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So if you guys I'm Logan from the league sports media and we have a special guest with my brother Max.
Um, he's gonna become a regular now here on Sunday nights.
Um, so we'll kick things off here by talking about the dark horse.
Playoff candidates in both the Eastern and Western Conference is, um, the box have gone extensive talk.
The Raptors got extensive talk, and the Clippers and Lakers have also gotten pretty pensive talk in the at least mainstream media islets.
But we want to talk about, you know, more of the middle of the road playoff teams.
Um, the Sixers, the Pacers, the Celtics, the heat, the 3456 teams in the East.
We want to talk about various implications of players you like him to play, not to play lineups, basically just just just a whole assortment of things.
But I wanna start things out by talking about the shape mills in, um, Brett Brown extra***anza.
So last week, Rep Ron announced that he's starting shape, Milton at the point and moving by the Senate's before Ben Simmons has started every n B A game at the point guard position for the Sixers and Shake Milton has started maybe 10 games total at the point.
Um, when Ben Simmons was injured, he was pretty outstanding.
He averaged, I think, close to 20 a game, well, having good splits and was making some really tough shots, especially towards yen directly for the hiatus.
What do you think Max is gonna do for the Sixers Floor spacing, tohave, shake, starting appointed.
Have Austin's coming before? I mean, obviously, I've been encouraging them to experiment with this ever since.
I started to realize that MBI and Simmons had such demonstrably chemistry issues in terms of just never being on the same page with spacing in the pick and roll.
And it just it always creates these avoidable, these completely avoidable clogs that happen, their half court says, You know, absolutely What I'm really surprised about personally is that shake.
Milton has emerged as the central candidate to take over this offense when I personally would have so much confidence in dire Smith to come into his own as a playmaker on this commune.
I remember him coming out of Texas tag thinking.
This kid can absolutely create offense if he's in a winning sister, if he's in a system with looking Tobias hairs on the way, and I just wonder what kind of happened to him and how Shake Milton got the nod over anybody else on his bench.
Been good, but do Shakman was really good host.
He was. He was in a lot of tough shots.
Tire Smith has had the injury bug ever since he came until the Army again beforehand.
Yeah, and attacks is taking on board.
What half a season did he come out after his? He had that 13 60.
Don't get in the tournament and everybody was like, All right, including me There.
There's a Nuggets blogger who was to m v a player comparisons, and it was just like belief.
Like Terence Ferguson said.
Michael Jordan, I love that, Yeah, but no, I I honestly, I like the move by breath Brown and I think it's kind of a Hail Mary.
Uh, yeah, he's more, more so on the hot seat than you know David Fizdale Waas to start the year.
Right now, if if the Sixers come out and you know drop, drop it my heart tonight in the playoffs, I think Brown's out.
I think even there's a possibility that they're gonna make roster changes regarding and beating Simmons.
But I don't I don't think the Sixers can afford to lose Ah, first round playoff series.
I think the 1,000,000 Decision is ultimately to throw a wrench in the mix and make it harder game plan against for a potential matchup against, you know, the Celtics or the Heat, Um, in terms of what that magic could be.
We heard also last week that Victor all the Depo might play and he's actually beating towards playing at this point, which could, you know, vastly changed the playoff landscape, especially considering how close he teams are on this.
The Celtics air sitting at 43 21 the heated 41 24.
The Pacers and Sixers are both at 39 26 so it's really at three through six.
It's anybody's seed and if the six there is, you know what wants to avoid the Celtics in the first round, which I think they do.
Um, it would be it would be nice if do the shake melted spearheaded offense now could pick up a few early wins.
That one of the easiest schedules.
Aside from the publicans and bias, Um, there in Orlando. Sorry.
So I guess what? What do you think is the ideal first round match up for the Sixers that could provide them with the easiest path this, like around.
I mean part of me if I'm a combat brown, I'm absolutely scared out of my wits of the Celtics yet again, because I think the way that I think the way Stevens designs his playoff offense is always the worst nightmare of all of Brett Brown structural in competencies And how he coaches the team.
Yeah, he is just so on willing.
Usually, you know what? Don't move being an exception to adjust, roster and adjust minutes on the fly.
And Stevens is a guy who he'll he'll give Marcus Smart 20 night or give him 40 and I all depending on how that vibe is going and how and how he sort, you know, the flexibility that Stevens provides to that offense and provides that roster is just a such a leg glaring contrast with breath.
But I don't want to play the Celtics if they got better.
Um, I still think I still think the Sixers match up really well defensively with the Pacers because the Pacers just simply don't have enough playmaking off the bounce.
Obviously, all the people back provides some of it, but all the people has never been.
You know, Kyrie like Rubio like like even Chris Paul.
Like just intuitive playmaker.
He's moving down for a player not like Schroeder level downhill player, but Or I'd say he's on par with Kat week.
I mean, Kawai as as a playmaker.
Yeah, well, like I think a lot of what Simmons does defensively to hurt teams like that is he's an absolute genius at using his his wingspan and using his angles to get in passing lanes politically blind off 3/4 of the court to the opposing point guards.
And I don't see Brogden really believing that I don't think all the depo can as well.
I still love that I still love the bucks against the six years.
But I think if I was bright ground, I want to play the Pacers.
Yeah, Another thing to talk about when discussing pacers like a playmaking is Brogden is just over inflated inflated assist numbers.
Um, you know, to start the year brought in was averaging like I think, eight or not, he was leading the league in assists for a while and assist to turnover ratio.
Everyone's like, Oh, this is the greatest thing to happen abroad And, you know, you know, no more Yana See Keys free.
You know he's gonna be an All star.
And in reality, it was just T.
Warren and Jimmy Lam have never seen a shot. They didn't look good.
So rockets blew, told me, facilitated on that team with the Depo out and, of course, is no assist.
Numbers are gonna be inflated.
But in reality, what we saw, at least with the boxes, Brogden isn't all that much of a playmaker himself.
He's more of a black hole on offense.
He loves getting to the rim.
He's really efficient at it.
But Brian is not a natural point guard.
He's not a natural playmaker.
All the depots really like you said and teaching McConnell like after the only two natural playmakers on a team.
And old people really all not that much of, ah, natural playmaker himself.
So I think you're right.
That Ben Simmons is certainly the kryptonite for the Pacers offense.
And, um, I mean, I would love to see that Siri's, but I I'm really skeptical about what the Cyst six there's gonna actually do, considering what we've seen from them all year, we haven't seen even like a 10 game structure of consistent basketball from them and even with only people out, so bonus has been outstanding.
Miles turning was great at times.
The Pacers were more consistent all year sixes.
Despite the star power resources.
I don't think I think with this good news, they saved some so much of more foibles by their perimeter defense.
And I think Embiid gets a lot of credit for being, you know, a pseudo relieve, some sort of interior defender rim protector when in reality, a lot of rim protection starts with perimeter defense being able to force a driver being ableto force a cutter into an incongruent, disadvantaged position to take a shop, and I think like if there's one thing brought Brown really coaches, well, it's forcing baseline and forcing into doubles.
So much of like this Clippers, just inadequate use on offense, have been put this guys by just how well they have defended even the elite teams.
They played really well against the heat.
Well, against the Bucks.
At times, I know they played amazing against the Bucks like Christmas, and they started faded down the stretch.
Um, I think you were at that game when they played the Bucks at home.
I was at the game in early February, which was this.
There was the first matchup since the Christmas Day slaughter of the box, which have the three glasses of eggs knock geek on Grandma's couch.
But that, you know well, the the Bucks came out immediately in that early February matchup against the six years, and it was clear from the start that they're not gonna lose that game.
Um, I saw envied thrown iPad on the floor.
At one point, I was about 10 rows right behind the bench, and Embiid and Simmons did not talk with that entire game.
Communication off the floor was next zero communication on the floor.
Next zero Onda, As good as the Sixers defence has been and beads um, you know, perceivable in that defense, being amazing is greatly overstated when in reality embiid on floor communication And this was even cleared Amir after I saw it play live and I was so up close to it is, you know, quite quite bad.
It's like envy is not communicating, especially on defensive rotations whatsoever.
Where Simmons is taking the dominant helpful role on that defense and really is the crux of that defense and being received.
You know, the spine of the media because it's blocked numbers are great in his rebound up is a great Simmons is by far the superior is under.
I will die on that hill, I think, is the most Ivan.
He's the most versatile defender in the MBA.
That's much more durable.
And, you know, and anyone is watching this and wants to dispute, you know, drop a comment on below boat.
You know why you think nb It's better.
But I think, you know, going forward If the Sixers had to pick or they're gonna build a team around for me, you would absolutely Ben Simmons.
Um, what about you? I mean, I think they should have traded and be for out of bio, you know, eight months ago.
So that you Yeah, I I think bam's been better than indeed for a solid six months.
Um e there, like, I've actually like, spearheaded the campaign that not only is Embiid both overrated and poorly conceptualized by people who are kind of just watching highlights watching the 33 to 5 site, five minute segments of the game like I think Embiid is massively detrimental to a team success when he's in one of his moods do when he's in his mood, what it is like a power, a power of good.
And he's just like we all around the floor just is really toxic.
Future energy is what it is, is just It turns into what Boogie Cousins was doing for the Warriors in their finals, where he's being overly aggressive in every way.
But he has no idea where his strengths and weaknesses by everybody watching the game can clearly perceive what he's good at and what he's not.
And he willfully ignores that.
And no, I don't.
I You know, I seriously.
Just think and you play so instinctually that doesn't even knowledge that he's batted some things, which is why he's still had make someone and be It is the only, you know, superstar in the league who makes anywhere close to as many mistakes as he does.
Like there's no, But I couldn't go away.
I would say The only guy that comes quote that is Russ.
And like Rust, this year has kind of cleaned up on a lot of things that people just won't want to stop them and be like given You can't do this.
You can't take 18 shops from 12 post beauty game.
It's probably incompatible with winning basket.
And so, like, I don't know.
I think Simmons does it.
And Envy doesn't believe him because Embiid still sees himself as like Superior to send a Little League.
And I think a lot of that has to do with how the media has so just enchanted and been enamored with them being ever since he can really Yeah, um, but look again back to like, the real world application of or the Sixers won a fair in this playoff series again.
I think it's really dependent on.
If shake Milton can come in and provide provide like something that Simmons really can't, which is the ability to knock down that shot just making outside the pain.
Yeah, and like everyone's like, Oh, that'll free up.
And we need to do this and that and B is gonna do whatever whatever the hell he does regard who's playing with what I really think it will do? Is it allow Richardson and and Harris toe have way more pump and Dr Room toe work with? Because every trying Harris is on the wing or Richardson on the wing and they try to make some sort of dynamic power dribble move or, like multifaceted move Simmons guys literally sitting at the free throw line, ready to double or ready to just arm swipe into that driving we game, and it totally hurts their momentum.
See, I think what the Sixers could you offensively with Shea at the point is, have Simmons and Embiid run, pick and roll baseline on the opposite side of Milton at the top of the key and milled into bias and kind of ah, run ice of all professions they want to or they can rotate it around too, Um, and beat in the post and have Simmons playoff with one of those baseline pick and roll plays.
We've seen it a couple times.
Um, not that not anywhere extensive, but I I saw some numbers on it that, like, emptiness is in the baseline.
Pick roll, like 98%.
Some some, like, crazy ****.
Small sample size.
But I think we're definitely gonna Seymour of the, um Simmons baseline play and slashing, um, ofall.
Then we're going to see Simmons running the show offensively in the half court.
Of course, Simmons, you know, facilitating on the fastbreak.
It's one of the best in the league.
Aside from you know, Johannes LeBron being the obvious too.
But yes, it's gonna be interesting to see how the Sixers fair with Milton at the point.
And how will the Depo maybe come back? Um is gonna affect the Pacers and their in their run.
Um, so we cover those extensively, I guess I want to talk a little bit more than about the Celtics and heat out of those two teams.
Who do you see as the biggest threat to the bucks as the you know, clear favorite to make to the finals.
Other Hughes, I would say outside of maybe see aacm when he's really dialed in on defense and Dorian Cindy Smith all the time.
**** it, If I was the third player in the n b A.
That I'd want to match up on the honest right now, given the bread.
You, you're telling me Dorian Finney Smith is the second best Ani honest defender in the track, and I think I think actually, statistics would well help me out on that case during Finney.
Smith brings so much to the table in terms of just bothering the honest is mechanics because he's just such a passkey defender and his track record, it solidifies that, um, I think the heat are dangerous for a couple of reasons.
I think, like, obviously, I think bam is so dynamic with his out with it, with his outlet passing and is that more passing in the half court? I think his vision boosts a lot of the shots they can produce in a post.
Even I do question of if a guy like Herro, a guy like non and a guy like Duncan Robinson who have been contributing Major in the regular season, getting a lot of accolades, getting a lot of hype for MBA Twitter if we're going to be to be able to defend at a high level quote reason when they've never played postings before and they're walking into a ****ing bubble environment that nobody even especially a rookie, has no ****ing precedence in experiencing.
I just I don't know if those three guys who have been playing major minutes are going to be able to and especially got, like, still be a to like guys, these guys who like again, we're a little shake and defense of the regular season.
We're doing so much on offense that they garnered a lot of minutes and hype if they're gonna be able to defend at an N b A level in the postseason.
The Celtics, on the other hand, have so many proven defenders up.
When I branched, bro.
Is a is money I love.
I love Rob off, the bench wrote.
I think I think a lot of their guys on their bench who haven't even received as much time as those Heat.
Yeah, look more proven, capable defenders that I trust against the Bucks.
Then with the E going out going on, you know, despite despite what bam is capable of, you know, despite Butler's clear, maniacal hunger for something, the reason why I am still, you know, as afraid of the Heat, I think, is because the Celtics do not have a holdover and Al Horford has killed the box in 2018 and even, you know, in last year's playoffs, Siri is, I think, had at least one or two games where he made Brook Lopez just look foolish defensively and his inability to defend him on the perimeter.
And this The Celtics doesn't only have any shot makers at the baby lost Aaron Baynes.
The Stones, you know, by the ways, have just a tremendous season.
But, you know, Daniel Tyce is not the guy.
You know, the Lopez brothers, they're gonna oh, entice both on the boards and just defensively overall, Um, so they have historically to they have the same with the honest Yeah, absolutely.
And I horribly unplayable bridges.
If you go there.
Yeah, So they what I'm saying about the sounds today seriously do not have a big to match up against your honest or the Lopez voters defensively.
And you know Campbell Walker.
I think in the one or two games that he was healthy against the Bucks this year did not play all that well.
Tatum, you're nothing.
Was James Brown kill us one game, but we match up defensively really well against the, um against the Celtic picks and bans.
Bam kind of is weird matches for the Bucks.
Both, you know, because of his offense, versatility and and just how did Dynamic is on defense? Whereas, you know, the Celtics have more of a traditional big enticed despite and being, you know, a little bit more of a small balls honor, try to categorize pie star traditional.
I feel like he's not.
He's not something out.
I said that smooth player broke.
The only player that I would like home dribbling, compared heist to is probably like, almost like the dryness it.
We got scared when he played with LeBron early in his career.
I was not watching Bath.
I was like running.
He even do you remember from Tiago Splitter, who played on a couple of property.
Yeah, yeah, it's sort of a weird lurk e big who lurks around the block but never really aggressively rebound hard.
But it's always really good at shuffle past, like technical mama Shuffle passes finishes in here ways, but no, your right eye.
The idea that this Celtic will have any defensive answer for the Bucks.
I think it's pretty scary.
I'm I still like the Celtics in any matchup against the Heat.
Yeah, because I really think that outside of if they're gonna put if they're gonna have Butler on Tatum, I think Jalen bronc and go It didn't put color on Jenna Ground, I think Hatem Figueroa.
But I don't love the Heat secondary defenders right now, even though their defensive metrics really good.
I think that's I think the acquisition of Eagle Dollar is just so overrated.
I don't believe anything from you go doll in the last year, and I have to sit just that.
He's gonna be playing more than 15 minutes a night in the playoffs and even in those 15 minutes, be playing at that. I have a level.
I think everyone is extracting his 2016 performance as if he has an age to be what, like 30 He's one of those players in the league.
This is the envy.
Am finals M v P.
And 2120 15 2014.
Half that it was over 1/2 tacky to go like this guy's age.
And like while he was aging semi gracefully, I don't think you would.
Allah is gonna be able to play at a high level in like a late playoff series anymore.
Maybe first round, but, like, I don't see you with Allah getting major minutes, and I don't think it warrants with them plying him over like hero defensively.
At this point, I just like, I want to ask you, if you're Spoelstra, who are your go to crunch time lineups in a series against the Bucks, and it's yours against the Raptors in the series against the Celtics? Because I think a lot of those rookies, I don't think both Rubio is touching the floor in the fourth quarter of the class.
So here we go with the shot making 100 none.
Well, don't get Robinson will again because the shop making I would my my crunch time lineup would be Dragic Jimmy Hero Don't get bam Dragic and dogs can guard nobody, bro.
Like they really can't.
They were so good defensively just because of Jimmy being because Spoelstra is a literal genius.
Yeah, obviously, obviously, Eric, But I'm paying personnel lies like in terms of individual defenders is not like there that menacing they don't expose individual defense though.
Your eyes this some of defense that relies on assignment and passed orientation, you know, like or of actors both play like we're gonna rely on O g to be a stopper, or we're gonna rely on quiet to be a stopper they don't rely on, like stopping.
They do what they do a lot of over helping, which hurt them, and then they rely on a lot of bam just directing traffic and bam, just knowing exactly when to help anyone did not over help.
How's it going to be bowlers? Um, energy is just infectious.
It's a lot of fourth quarters.
Like, did he sound like, um, South Beach is really not been electric for quite some time since LeBron left on you know the Chris Posh long Instead, everything that happened in Miami, I feel like left that team just like and rather energy lists you Dion waiters run.
That happened two years ago where they almost made the playoffs.
That was pretty cool.
But the heat have not had a lot of electricity and in, you know, around the team in a while.
And I think Jimmy Butler just arrives off of and and Spoelstra also can capitalize on to be boys ability.
Just ignite still, just like light a fire under under.
Like the guys like Hero who have totally bought in and, you know, display like you said, not being put into individual offenders.
They just as a cohesive unit can play so well.
It's filtering guys in tow on low percentage.
So no, definitely.
And I will take issue with the lack of a side of minutes on feed because I need me and Carol down that we watched the game and people like, really get worked up over there.
Look, I'm saying up until, like last year, up until this year, from like 20 stuff like 14.
Until now, there wasn't all that excitement surrounding the team and like, it was a notorious for that building, just being pretty quiet.
Obviously, they're not gonna be in that building.
We're not gonna have any crowd noise.
But Jimmy Butler does not need crowd noise to feel his know these.
He's pathologically and saying he he he has plenty of motivation on his own.
Well, he just he just doesn't care what Nobody.
I think Jimmy Butler, Kyrie and Harden our then three guys who like If you actually sat them down after, like, a couple of shots, they would admit that they think like even the idea of teammates and coaches is just, like, fundamentally ridiculous to lay like they don't need any of that.
Like, I think they see basketball is primarily an individual endeavour.
Yeah, I don't do that.
I don't think I really believes in slight basketball systems, the coaches, or like the MBA.
Like I don't I don't think you believe like believes, period.
I think you stop it pretty quick.
All right, Um, so now that we've discussed Eastern Conference, I want to dive into dark horse Western Conference teams to emerge.
It's pretty close.
Standings between three and seven.
The Nuggets Art 43 22.
The Jazz er 41 in 23.
The Thunder said at 40 and 24 rock instead of 40 and 24 in the Maverick start 40 and 27 Out of these five teams, Who do you see as the biggest threat to the Lakers and the Clippers to challenge what it seems to get to the Western Conference finals being Logan, Listen, let me start the number.
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See thunder under my good personal friend, Billy Donovan.
Better personal friend Sampras.
They started six and 11 right, Everybody hopping on the Chris Paul is washed up.
They need to blow it up.
They they should just trade gallanar Ian Tank, right.
You know something? A common coward take coming on.
And then after they go six and 11 they go 29 13 after that initial 17 years, which matched the best record in the West during that span.
Okay, look at Les Lakers now What? Why do I like Okay, see? Crazy? Because I think this three headed monster of point guards who are versatile enough to capitalize on different matchups in your oppositions defense is truly the future of the game.
And I think Billy Donovan's way ahead of the curve with how he's utilizing shy and Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder I think they should.
I don't I don't think he's the 1st 1 to steer.
Had the at least two guard offensive like offensive system like we saw what the Pelicans did.
It is a pure do.
Their their best lineup is literally Schroeder.
Chris Paul Shy Guild is ****ing Darius Baizley or Dordt and Steven Adams like that.
That is their most beneficial lineup, plus Niners wide and has been for, like, 30 games ever since.
Like Schroeder really emerges like the guy just to come off the bench and and ignite their offer.
I mean, I might have to run the numbers on that, but I mean, I believe you'd like got Gallo out.
He has been absent ridiculous, and I I can see a situation, Um, you know, first round fun, nervous rockets where you know Steven Adams becomes an absolute menace.
Almost become like second option offensively for the thunder because P.
J. Tucker I'm sorry, p. J. Tucker.
He's a savant offensive rebounder at 65 p.
J. Tucker is not guarding Steven out.
PJ talker and Robert Covington are not guarding.
Steven Adams is not on the Rockets, literally, just like it's like they go on Twitter and just play Russian roulette.
Find out who their bench big.
They're gonna be like, just like it's like zoo.
They just like in these like that was like two.
What are you talking about? They've had, like Manet.
They've had legs. Dukie.
They've had ****ing heartened Steen, bro, and open up like 50 minutes this year And the continent they cut hardened state hard.
This team does not have a player in the rotation over the height of 67 Do you think the Rockets are just basically going into this? Plaster is saying we're on Lee playing small period.
I don't know what their I don't I don't want more of all this level.
More able cannot work.
I'm saying it right out. It's insanity.
Do their benches.
Who's what? 64 and venom maximal.
Who? 63 do They don't have anyone playing.
Who's over 67 Are you okay? What? I discussed the rockets.
I feel like I'm in that Moneyball movie with Brad Pitt, where he's just like this sitting, trying to explain his devious schemes.
Toe like all of these, like old head managers and scouts there, just like, look at him, flabbergasted like they're just absolutely aghast with what he's saying.
You just I don't p J.
He gets about like, I don't know if you just he just gets boards like I don't care that he's 65 We don't need to play the events we have. James Harden.
It's No, it's I don't think I don't think it's gonna work in class.
I don't personally.
I hope it doesn't actually in the, um, games leading up to the highest in the month month of March.
The Rockets, you know, after having a week going undefeated with that small ball, UM, lost four out of five, including losses to the Knicks and the Hornets in that Knicks lost.
They were outrebounded 72 to 46.
Mitchell Robinson was just annihilating them, OK, ****ing Zuba could have annihilated them, I'm saying, like peaches locally, Jake Tucker.
I think you can place mobile center in limited minutes, but having PJ talker started center and having them.
Your backup, baby.
What? Like Oh, ****ing, um Demery.
Carol Tamari care.
Well, we're ready to market.
He was like he was good for the Raptors in like 2012.
Mari Peril played like Alan Crabbe until he got but rockets.
And now they just expect him to play let before it's just, like, more involved.
I hope it fails because I actually don't think the aesthetics are active, that consistent.
I think he gets ugly sometimes, especially when they're missing shots broke.
Their offense is so ****ing dependent on just singular creation that I actually don't root for a taste 60 bro.
Like I'd rather have.
I'd rather have Utah.
Just Washam I'd rather have.
Okay, See, coming and barium, dude.
Whereas like in defensive scheming for the rockets, usedto have to worry about the law passed a harder not from like the to dribble into the paint were hard and always fixed between the floater.
In the past, we worry about compel a cutting backdoor.
So Steven Adams could just plant himself Or, you know, Rudy go bare or even one like Yokich isn't good defensively, but he still you can still weren't actually playing him against the Rockets for, you know, 35 minutes a night on defense because they don't have any threat.
And you're, like, on the interior no more, Maurice Whole bet is okay, We're gonna play.
We're gonna play Quin Snyder.
We're gonna play, we're gonna play Billy Donovan.
And what we're saying is, for at least two games, we're gonna go 19 for 35 from three.
And because we went 19 for 35 they only took, like 26 shots or 20 schansman three, we just inadvertently win that game because of because of we just leveraged the numbers.
He's betting, basically that those 19 for 35 are going to beat out the 10 for forties like it is a purely derivatives bet from, or his point of view that that's what he's assembled its personnel.
And I hope it gets exploited personally because I don't I don't think it actually is the most like, comprehensively entertaining wouldn't play at least showing, like, the consumer's perspective.
Yes, we're watching hard in.
Um I don't know.
I do hope Ross continues to play well because he can He can really help diversify their portfolio on offense, but I do, but I could really see happening is hard and just freezing rust out of the rhythm in the playoffs.
Yeah, you know what I'm saying? Like, doesn't that feel kind of inevitable? Do that.
I don't know how they're going to college this together in the playoffs, and you could say, Oh, you know, hope Post January ball.
Um, you know, Russ found his rhythm. He was playing outstanding.
Honestly, he was playing.
I like a dark horse.
But that was for two months.
And, you know, for the 1st 4 months of the season, we saw pretty erratic offensive rhythm, and I just don't expect the, you know, insane Russ play we saw at the end of the regular season.
It continue considering how volume this Harvard is offensively in the playoffs.
And no, Harden hasn't been all that effective historically playing that way in the playoffs.
So it's gonna be interesting to see how, then Coney schemes.
And have you seen to say, All right, we're gonna We're gonna, you know, split this 50 50.
You're gonna get these.
I don't know it.
Z isa had it It's a headache when you try to build a team with the computer.
It's a ****ing Alec.
Yeah, and ironically, I actually liked, um during the during the last couple of years ago, Chris, Paul and Harden actually had a very cohesive system of responsibility going that I think sort of organically arose from like them being just mono maniacal lunatics who neither was going to budge.
You know, I think like hardens lunacy definitely outweighs Rust is in the sense that, like when Harden wants to just control 80% of possessions, I think on this team he's gonna be able to because he has Maurice full backing and he has D'Antoni's full backing to, and I don't think either of those guys trust trust quite yet.
You know, I I don't at least the way that the way that a lot of their their time out sets and a lot of their like early season offenses strategy was designed.
It was like, All right, we'll get well like hope.
Russ gets a lot of offensive rebounds and we'll hope he gets in transition a lot, but when that kind of design a lot for him and then right after the All Star break, Ross just started popping off.
It's gonna be interesting.
Is there? Is there any other team in the West that you think could surprise some people? I've seen some, like I've seen some talking heads on ESPN start raving about Portland's chances against the L A.
Teams would not.
I think it's all talking points.
I don't think Portland is a chance of making the playoffs there.
Three for three games behind the Grizzlies and the Pelicans have the easiest schedule in the bubble by like a significant amount.
If any team is gonna come in and take the Grizzlies a seat, it's the elegance.
I don't even think it's close.
I don't Damian Lillard could really average 60 again in the eight games, and they would still have to go six into to even have a chance of taking the grizzly spot because I think the pelicans, they're gonna go six into as well.
Yeah, the pelicans airplane mostly marshmallows that entire time and a lot of marshmallows where they were gonna be resting players and it got players who have differed, you know? And the pelicans definitely want this.
They have a lot more to prove.
Have you see Diane? Oh, yeah, he's I and I.
Oh, he lost, at least, like one or 2% body fat.
It's just ridiculous.
He's like, OK, what I wanted to talk to you about specifically is OK.
We've seen with die on this hiatus.
This whole world has blown up, has clearly benefited his training and his conditioning.
What other players and or teams who, if the regular season would have continued as it were with the regular skeleton scheduling with injuries and such and general fatigue are now in a completely different position because we've got two months off to rest? Yeah.
I mean, my original prediction about Yokich was this guy's gonna be £350 back.
Like I thought he was just gonna be on the Dunkin Donuts and Fried Chicken diet.
But he lost so much weight.
Have you seen? Have you seen picture yoga? It's weird.
I've seen a lot of guys.
He was his readers, digestion in quarantine for like over 100 days.
But here's the thing about him, Luke and losing weight.
I don't think it helps his game whatsoever, especially defensive, right? I think his pudgy nous works to his advantage.
Really, because he's never gonna be quick like it's not like he uses it like his athletic ability.
What? And it's not like, Oh hey, Yoga's lost some b m I.
So now what? He's gonna just like, ripped and curl.
I'm following this little like yo catches.
Whole game is just literal like folklore.
It's literally just exploiting, like, weird little angles, and we're little shoulder maneuvers that catch everybody off guard.
They've never seen them before and they don't know how to adjust to it.
Like, I think the notion that did you well, I was gonna say, I think the notion that losing weight for a player that makes a lot of almost all this past passes with back to the basket and all this offense comes back to the vast mitt or like it.
And in the face of game from the perimeter, it's ludicrous.
He's I've He thrived in the low post at bat weight because of his ability to hold his position and made who's in that position and and I could I could count offer you numerous examples of guys who the Twitter envy.
A community has said, Oh, if he loses some hounds or puts on muscle that he's gonna be unstoppable.
We have the whole thing wrong about Fred friendly or begins door or or hard or harder guys who are actually using their girth to create leverage in a league where perimeter physicality has become the order of the day.
Being able to exploit your physical leverage with how the game is being called right now, which is very, very, very much so toward in the favor.
Off offensive flavors.
Offense of players physically overpowering that perimeter defender Guys like VanVleet would not benefit from losing weight.
Absolutely, they have become electric pick and roll defenders off, using their low center of gravity to exploit matchups.
What's so that blood shows the same way? Let's those the same example, you know, blood.
So is in any matchup that isn't Ben Simmons.
Bledsoe is always has the physical advantage.
I can't think of a player in the N.
On the height of 64 that doesn't have, like a significant amount of upper body, upper and lower body muscle that is a good defender.
Look, a gibbering Carter, given cars.
Another perfect example of a man.
He's you know, he's a community.
And, like before someone comments Patrick Beverley Patrick, I was one of the strongest player will be.
I don't care if he looks tiny Patrick Beverley is so ****ing strong.
Beverly David Robin to David Roberts. Another example.
The guy who really able his low center of gravity and physical girth to be like an unstoppable defended, you know, and Blue.
I think there's just so much pseudoscientific bull**** that goes into, like, What is the optimal India bobbing? You know what it were you actually optimizing for as a 15 year old Vanderbilt MBA body? You know, like Jeremy Land weighs £102.
Probably has, like, 3% duffel math.
And he's electric has all sorts of, like, weird, spasmodic strength that, you know, doesn't look that doesn't look like you have.
And then you know the other who, you know, like even even a guy like who's not.
Not O J O J Busta Labor.
You Have you still have your felt that two biggest how looks like he would be really strong looks like you, Bilbo throw some bodies around, but he's just so saw he gets moved on.
Used by Kyle Lowry.
Yeah, it just I think a lot of it is the sort of knowing it's not necessarily what your body has.
Kind of how you sort of adapted to you there.
And like Frank is not quaking muscle size by any means, either.
Like I, you generate bull just as much force from mike actor fat than you do from muscle.
Like someone with the exact same muscle density.
Um, you know, that's 100 60.
Violence is going to be out lifted in the weight room.
I'm a badge on swat by someone that's 200.
Even if they have the same, like muscular density fat moves, more weight, it I mean row.
It's, you know, it's, you know Well, what's what's that? What's the basic physics equations Force Times mass.
What woman is forced Exactly? Yeah.
Shadow Isaac Newton.
Um, I what else we have to talk about? So what basis tonight? Yeah.
I want to talk about, um, being inside the bubble for three months about ladies for a little bit.
I think Stephen a touchdown a little bit.
He was on the national media, so he couldn't, you know, get into with elaborate as much as he probably wanted to.
But I think you know, this seems like a pitch from like a Hollywood producer who walks into the studio to the boardroom in in the morning like, Hey, let's take 200 of the most ***ually active players in the world and put them in quarantine for three months and see if they can stay absolutely and then and then create a rule that says nobody can go in or out Just to, like, make it even more formidable and more prohibited is to encourage people to break it even more.
Can you imagine, like calibration of the first day? Like after open gym he's calling up is in the ground like models and Adam.
So I was on the corner, like all you can't do that because I e I can't do this is like, sir, I can't **** an instagram model.
I don't even have to be told to get on the floor like this Little I'm addicted.
Yeah, I've actually thought about that too.
Especially the especially the like, uh, like walking substance, used to like thes guys are like, I'm I'm sure that you know there's dispensaries in Florida that they're that they're getting, like, delivered but, uh, broke with Perkins or a MBA veteran said, Really, Steven Jackson.
He's like, bring.
He's like, bringing more than you need anything you need, just like you're gonna be in their approach a long time.
Yeah, and I do not wonder what the psychological toll that that has on guys were like used that having a private chef at their crib at their ****in like, 3000 square foot crib, where they started in a routine with like a dog and, you know, just like being cramped up in a place.
I think all that contributes to how you prepare how you're sort of in rhythm or out of rhythm for a game, especially with the fan stopping there.
There's just so many variables that are just completely out of whack that are leading to get stabilized outcome where I have no possible and there's there's been kind of a blowback against some of these players taking pictures of their food and their living conditions, and my response about is these guys are multi multi millionaires who are usedto three very specific Taylor ways of life in prison diet, workout recommenced in terms of drug use, all of the usual wrench in that not only are they a lot of them superstitious, but, you know, just, um, like a very minor miscalculation, their daily routine could totally throw off their way of us.
And then a 1,000,000,000 Bringing on the court like this isn't the NFL where you're making and like, Oh, I'm a little backup defensive end that makes no broke like hugging Lamar Jackson makes Terry Road here.
Okay, like even even ****ing bench level N b A.
Players have astronomical expectations for how they should be treated of luxury and lavish.
That doesn't ****ing really map onto any other sport at this point.
So, like President to the extradition, like, imprisoned them all in this like resort and say like, Hey, like, go at it and just go to practice, go back to your hotel room It like, I don't know, I I understand.
Like Winslow's frustration.
I understand a lot of guys frustration the fact that they're kind of scapegoating it in terms of like, oh, safety.
The NBA's like endangering like, OK, go back.
None of these players have had any anything close to even severe symptoms from Corona.
So, like, really the odd that even any of these n b A players are gonna have held constant complications even if they were to, you know, in probably contracted from like a jar under an employee is super low.
So I think that's being blown out proportion.
But like the fact that they're being contractually forced to be in this situation that it is like totally out of there, norm out of their professional needs out of what should be expected from them to care.
Three expectation to stay absent is absolutely saying like I'm serious.
That's part of your daily routine for a lot of these guys.
Every envy city, they land on the F Instagram girls that they got their pregame the free exercise.
It absolutely it absolutely ludicrous to assume that Callie you Gray Jr over James Harden can go three months without hitting the club and getting an island into that.
I mean, like, do you think hard is gonna be like, two months? He's gonna be like, um, like Tom Hanks in Cast Away. But we have a volleyball.
Is this committee to absurd things? Do it like if it's not gonna be good mad these guys had space relies on Not that it is not gonna be good.
I'm with you, bro.
It's like, remember when we were There is a rumor Is that like the Drakes baby Mama might have been the hardens as well, Like like any time, Like anytime someone in rap pops up is like, Oh, they're taking a paternity test like someone on Twitter comes up and they're like, Oh, and Harden has also been pictured with this woman.
It's like what is happening? It's like, Incredible.
I honestly think there's a possibility that, like a group of guys get together like one in this thing and sit down with Adams over and safe.
If you don't let us bring Instagram models integral, and if they can spend 72 hours in like a quarantine zone, that's negative.
But if you don't let us bring in girls way, Beijing a coup like, yeah, no, I understand not to.
I like some guys like a gang grammar Gilo who like literally are, like, just, like, have been chain smoking since they were kids.
And now we're expected to just, like, be inside this hotel.
You know, it's like, Dude, I I'm pretty sure they're able to get what they need in terms of recreational substances.
But I heard rumors that LeBron is actually living in, like, a separate cabinet.
I'm hearing things that some of the superstars there is not.
They arrested you.
It reminds me of everyone in the last dance.
Or, like, Jordan would be like you would go on camera and be like, Oh, yeah, like when I first after the bulls, like all the older guys were like doing coke and smoking cigarettes.
But I just I couldn't be about that ****, you know, I was about business, and he's literally saying this while his eyes are like Dewey, Amber hoped out to the gills.
And clearly drunk is help.
And it's like, Okay.
At what point, Michael? What? At what point did that **** just, like, hit the family? At what point did you just, like, submit to this? Yeah.
Yeah, I feel like the also another under under talked about, um, you know, problem per se is the susceptibility to tampering inside the bubble.
Like there's gonna be lifelong friendships that come out of the public because of the mirror exposure of these players next to each other for such a long okay being like, Okay, Jimmy Butler is really just gonna be knocking on the Oscars door.
Three like a Let's go get extra.
Yeah, Chris melting doesn't want us.
Which is me, like Mike Bruno's isn't wise, which is their schools to? Yeah.
LeBron LeBron is gonna be honest hampering **** the entire time.
You know, it is the father Point is still gonna be on winning a championship.
But I think that the tampering is there's no as can be kept under control.
And this small hotline is gonna be active.
I mean, Chris, Paul is just gonna be like the kid from recesses outside the door.
Dion Waiters is off the regarding these J.
Smith is rolling up like, Yeah, I'm hoping we get some some footage from the bubble.
I'm hoping to make a do***entary something because I can't imagine the mosque posterity's say, just like how that has never, ever been introduced before this idea.
And did you know that like the MLS players are down there to like, the entire Major League Soccer organization is being housed at a resort that's like within 0.
4 miles over the N B A players, but it's wholly different bubble.
Totally different bubble yet Wow.
Yeah, something Alma Greer.
I feel, you know, like, just terrible for some of these w n b A players because, like as like ****ty has the MBA bubble has been, you know, for some guys and it really isn't all that action comparatively like.
So what some of these girls is living is like next to like like Section eight.
Housing with a dorm is like, basically like your community college dorm.
It's just a little working would desk and I in a bunk bed like it's insane.
Yeah, I mean, it is what they did, and I don't know, like, I think there's larger cultural reasons why we've really pushed the return of the N B A.
Yeah, you know, like, will be this something to rally around specifically shot out draftkings, our sponsor here.
I'm pretty sure there being in the bed onto e think at some point silver was like, I don't care if we have to literally build like some sort of like like like Violet from The Incredibles like Force field bubble like we're making these games happen because this is a unifying spirit.
This is important for this country and I think actually a lot of players are on board with that sentiment.
But like there's a lot of players like me who is say, I'm just here about my bag, I don't care about you know how the country response to this, I don't you know, it's just like I signed a contract to play under these conditions and now I'm being forced to be imprisoned and play without fans.
You know, it's like I understand both sides of it and I think it really depends on what your approach to the game is.
Why game? Why you continue to be in the game.
You know, I think it's an individual case by case basis.
You have to examine this by and like a guy like LeBron, who's like I'm 35 years old.
I have ****ing gray on my beard.
I haven't I'm a lot more like Uncle true than LeBron James right now, like there's absolutely no way that I am not winning like, yeah, for him.
Like his legacy, that steak he wanted people floor as much as possible.
Like you have one like I mean, he is an alien, But Father Time stays undefeated and, like, realistically, brought has 2 to 3 years laugh playing at this level and to happen.
What? I mean, we're saying 2 to 3 years for LeBron is literally the undisputed NDP runner up this year to say that he's got three more years and that's a true three playing at this level, which is honestly do like when have we ever seen and like, obviously having because this is LeBron James, you haven't seen, but at a certain point, I know she is gonna lose 1/2 step.
But the question is, at what point does that happen? And I think he knows it's coming.
He wants to be there when his son enters the MBA.
That would be what age 39.
But you know, until then, he wants to win at least two more rings for his legacy.
And this isn't gonna be a great of you to do so.
The Lakers that they're looking good.
You know, Avery Bradley? Um, missing is a minor mishap, but overall, this roster is still really solid.
I think Rondo being absent actually benefits some more than hurts. Done.
Like you probably wish for a cruise.
My injury to know when you know, I like, How could I think? I think who's I think this month's up.
I think this'll is.
This is harassment.
I think these three months off, it was better for Kawakubo that anything else could've been.
He's gonna come in, and I think you know, Tiger Woods spent a couple years away from golf.
He came back and won.
The ****ing masters have been driven away call yet Today, Tiger was Do you remember what happened with the She cheated on his wife with no region hookers.
And unlike injured his shoulder, got addicted to purpose.
Eyes drove Leyland watched you a three at which Bill he did.
Did you get caught drunk driving twice one time.
How many times did you get deep? What is it to do your eyes or what? Yeah.
You want how all Kyle Kuzma does it just like it is just like have instagram girls, that is, which is time away from the game.
Psychologically can be really good, especially when you're in a slum.
And who was playing pretty poor basketball, however defensively post All Star break camp who's had some really outstanding performances.
I think if Kyle Kuzma is making his shots, he is absolutely a viable playoff option for a lot of minutes.
If Kyle Kuzma is missing his shots, his defense kind of goes to and you can not warm playing even over a guy like Caruso.
Okay, and I'm I'm kind of on the bandwagon that the every Bob Bradley exit hurts them a lot more than people are saying actually in that in that corporate Siri's because I think one thing Avery Bradley could really exploit against the Clippers is their lack of secondary playmakers.
You know, like Paul George is handle tends to be a little iffy at time.
He creates a lot of turnovers, especially when Kalak off the floor.
Avery Bradley is a ravenous defenders that he can exploit that.
The crux of the issue is that if the season would have gone on as planned.
The world would have kept Kermit kept turning.
It would have been decisively bucks in the East verse, one of the L A teams coming out of the West.
Each of those teams was so head and shoulders above the competition in terms of how they were consistently executing on a day to day basis.
Now the fact that we're in a bubble, we've had two months.
What's happening? The world.
I'm not ready to say anybody's out seriously, and I'm not ready to say anybody in either.
No, I'm honestly, the Nets around. I don't think it cares.
Look, Burger is gonna, you know, take home.
Realistically, we're looking at in the East box Celtics He Raptors, as the four teams that could possibly advanced the finals in the West were looking at Lakers Clippers.
You know what? I still don't think in the end bar and catastrophic injury in the West, I seriously don't see anyone beating the Lakers of the Clippers.
All right, so let's end our broadcast.
Let's let's both actually do predictive flow chart of how these matchups are gonna line up.
But let's just like pencil in for, um, the the bracket.
What? It is kind of right now and what we both kind of expect everything all in place with.
So let's assume in the East, Bucks and Lakers remain one and two seeds, which they re comfortable leads.
So Eastern Conference semifinals box Raptors.
And then you can pick between Sixers, Pacers, Celtics Heat.
Yeah, So I got it in the I got the bucks eventually matching up against the Celtics in Eastern Conference finals with the books coming out in that before too.
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So, bucks in six over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference.
What do you What do you got there? I like the Rogers you like.
I think it's gonna be buff.
Raptors bucks in seven over the Raptors.
You better get Ogi shooting, bro.
Paschal's Jacome is gonna average 25 plus a game. The playoffs.
Cholera is gonna have another outstanding playoffs.
Um, eventually, it's gonna be really good.
I think the Raptors are my second favorite coming out of these, But I still think about I still think the bunker far away.
I don't see anyone beating them.
Um, Western Conference.
Who were you picking? Western Conference.
I obviously got the l A team in the in the Western Conference finals, but all will make a little caveat and say, I think the real major significant development in the Western Conference playoffs will be the Rockets getting washed by somebody, preferably the thunder.
What? I'm really looking forward to the Rockets getting absolutely obliterated by the thunder.
That's my like, that's my state, Timoney. A spirit.
See, my personal opinion is that Mike Conley is gonna come out and benefit from the Tiger Woods.
Time off he's gonna have is going to save your cute three months off three months off Mike Conley's gonna benefit greatly from it all season.
Couldn't make a shot, couldn't move his feet defensively.
I think he dropped £10 in quarantine like everyone else.
I think he's gonna come out.
I think he's gonna be a Bible option both offensively and defensively.
And I think all the all the nonsense about you know where to go bare giving everyone in the league Corona virus and Donovan Mitchell wanting Teoh overthrow the higher the team hierarchy and trade Gobert.
It's all nonsense, I think.
I think they're back on good terms.
I think the Jazz Air gonna be an outstanding throwing the playoffs.
So I think they're gonna be the Clippers.
The Lakers? No, but I wouldn't count them out as they're my dark horse team.
Well, there you have it.
Um, Mike Conley's gonna morph into some sort of late career Iverson and get 29 a game in the playoffs.
I'm joining you, Mike Conley. Easy.
If by Tommy he's been playing at, like, half way.
What? Rana wasn't a pelican.
Siri's two years ago. The Jazz.
We're gonna go at a recent win.
A playoff series, if not to.
I mean, listen, whatever my comedy does.
He's doing better than indeed.
And he's doing better than Andre Drummond.
So God work and I'm at No, we're starting off here.
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And we're Corona free now.
Well, I'm gonna find out tomorrow morning, but, um, everyone, no mask up.
Make sure this **** happens.
I'm naturally immune.
Yeah, I thought I was, too.
Nobody can get near me, basically.
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