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I'm Logan from the league sports media, and we have a special guest.
They My brother, Max.
Um, you could 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 electing 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 shaved mills in, um, Brett Brown extra***anza.
So last week, um, Red Brown announced that he's starting shape Milton at the point and moving Ben Simmons 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 or having good splits.
And, um was making some really tough shots, especially towards yen directly for the hiatus.
Um, what do you think Max is going to do for the 60th 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 and 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 comment to 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 system if he's in a system with booking 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 this bench shaped bones.
Been good, but do Shakman was really good.
Hotels will break.
He was in a lot of tough shots.
Smith has had the injury bug ever since he came.
Will be on me before.
And I think yeah, and attacks is taking on Paid 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 touring MB player comparisons, and it was just like belief. Easily.
Like Terence Ferguson said, Michael Jordan, I love that, Yeah, but no, I I honestly, I like the move by breath around.
I think it's kind of a Hail Mary.
Uh, yeah, he he's more, more so on the hot seat than you know David Fizdale Waas To start the year right now if if the stickers come out and you know drop, drop it, Martin I've 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 the throw a ranch in the mix and make it harder game plan against for Thanks for 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 it seems are on this. The Celtics.
They're sitting at 43 21 the heated 41 in 24.
The Pacers and Sixes are both at 39 26 so it's really at 33 sixes.
Anybody's, um, Seed.
And if the six is you, no one 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 public is advised, Um there in Orlando.
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 the second round? You can part with me.
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, 29 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 light, glaring contrast with breath.
But I don't want to play the Celtics cause 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.
I'm not playmaking off the bounce.
Obviously, all the people back provides some of it.
But over people has never been, you know, for Kyrie like Rubio like but even Chris Paul.
Like just intuitive playmaker.
He's moving down for a player not like Schroeder level downhill player.
But he's I'd say he's on par with Kat week.
I mean, come by 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.
I'm perfectly 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 again for 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 broadens just over inflated, inflated us this number is, um, you know, to start the year Brabham was averaging like I think, eight or not, he was leading the league in assists for a while in 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 all star.
And in reality, it was just t.
J Warren and Jimmy Lam have never seen a shot.
They didn't look good.
So broad concluded only facilitator on that team with all the depo out And of course, is you know, USCIS numbers are gonna be inflated.
But in reality, what we saw at least with the boxes broad and 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 unnatural point guard.
He's not a natural playmaker.
All the depots really like you said and teaching McConnell, like us, are 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 years can actually do, considering what we've seen from them all year, we haven't seen even like a 10 game stretch of consistent basketball from them and even with only people out, so bonus has been outstanding.
Mouse turning was great at times.
The Pacers were more consistent all year in that *** is, despite the star power Mrs is.
I don't think, I think, with the sick clues they are saved some stomach of more foibles by their perimeter defense.
And I think Embiid gets a lot of credit for being, you know, a pseudo leave 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 Brat Brown really coaches, well, it's forcing baseline and forcing into doubled so much of like the skippers, just inadequate, have been put a disguise I just how well they 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.
I think you were at that game when they play 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 Sixers, and it was clear from the start that they're not gonna lose that game.
Um, I saw him be thrown iPad on the floor.
At one point, I was about 10 rows right behind the bench, and Embiid incidents 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, M beads 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 its look.
And it 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 the defense's and being received.
You know, that's fine of the media because it's blocked.
Numbers are great in this.
Rebound off is a great Simmons is by far the superior is under.
I would die on that hill.
I think he's the most Ivan.
He's the most versatile defender in the MBA.
That's a 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 maybe it's better, but I think, you know, going forward.
But Hagel, they're gonna build a team around for me. You would Absolutely.
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, well, I I think bam's been better than indeed for a solid six months.
Um, e there, like I've actually liked, 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 segment of the game like I think MBI is massively detrimental to a team success when he's in one of his moods do when he's in his mood.
But it's like, How is it how even, 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 workers 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 you play so instinctually that doesn't even knowledge that you spouted 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 that is rust 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, Yo, but you can't do this.
You can't take 18 shops from 12 post beauty game.
It's simply incompatible with winning basket.
And so, like, I don't know.
I think Simmons does it and M because they believe in because Embiid still sees himself as like Superior to seventh in the 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.
Um, but look again, back to, like, the real world application of or the sixties gonna fare 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, 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, where goes? 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 origins and on the wing, and they try to make some sort of dynamic power dribble, move or like multifaceted move Simmons Guys really sitting at the free throw line, ready to double or ready to just arm swipe into that driving thing happened.
We game, and it totally hurts their momentum.
See, I think what the Sixers could do offensively, mystery at the point is, have Simmons and Embiid run, pick and roll baseline on the opposite side of Milton at the top of Key and Millman to bias and kind of, ah, run ice a ball on professional thing wants, or that in rotated around, too.
Um, and you didn't a post and have Simmons playoff with one of those baseline pick and roll plays receded 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 roller 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, off ball.
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, Yanis 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 may be coming back in their run? Um, so we've become of those extensively.
I'm gonna 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 box? As the, you know, clear favorite to make for the finals of unused, I would say outside of maybe see aacm when he's really dialed in on defense and Dorian Cindy Smith all the time.
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 tell me Dorian Finney.
Smith is the second bus on the honest defender and correct, And I think I think actually, statistics would well help me out on that case during Finney. Smith.
Thanks so much to the table in terms of just bothering me.
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 postseason.
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 hyper 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 shaken 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, I question it still takes another hand.
Have so many proven defenders of my branch, bro.
I mean, O J L A 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 does not type as those heat guys.
Yeah, more proven, capable defenders that I trust against the Bucks.
Then with the heat 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 horse for, and Al Horford has killed the box in 2018 and even, you know, in last year's playoffs, Siri, he's, I think, had at least one or two games where he made Brook Lopez just look foolish defensively and his inability to find them on the perimeter.
And this the Celtics started only have any shot makers at the big loss.
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.
But the Lopez brothers were gonna go entice both on the boards and just defensively overall, um, so that they have historically, too.
They have anything with the honest? Yeah, absolutely.
And like it currently unplayable versus the But you? Yeah.
So they know what I'm saying about the sounds today.
Seriously, Do not have a big to match up against your honest for the Lopez voters defensively.
And you know Campbell Walker.
I think in the one or two games that he was healthy against the boats this year did not play all that well.
Tatum, you're nothing.
Was Jaylen brown Kilis one game but we match up defensively really well against the, um against the Celtic picks and bans.
Bam kind of 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 being, you know, a little bit more of a small boats on Earth, you try to categorize Paice as traditional.
I feel like he's not.
He's not jumping out.
Your Isis were. Tyce is weird.
I said that ****k.
The only player that I would like home favorably compared Price to is probably like almost like the dryness lookouts gives.
When he played with LeBron early in his career, I was not watching Bath.
I was like, He you can even do you remember from Tiago's whether who played on a couple of popular? Yeah, yeah, it's sort of a weird lurk e big who lurks around the block but never really aggressively rebound farm.
But it's always really good at shuffle past, like technical gonna shuffle passes finishes in here ways, but no, your right eye the idea of it so they will have any defensive answer for the buck.
I think it's pretty OK.
Um I still like the Olympics in any matchup against the scene.
Yeah, 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 again.
Put color on Jenna Ground, I think Adam Tengo, uh, 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 It was anything from you a dollar in the last year and 1/2 to suggest 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 high of a level.
I I think everyone is extracted his 2016 performance as if he has an age to be what, like 30 he's one of those players in the league.
What? And he wanted This is the n b a.
M for the finals.
In 2020 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 and Allah getting major minutes, and I don't think it warrants plying him over like hero defensively.
At this point, I just like I want to ask you if you're supposed to Who are your go to crunch time lineups in this series against the Bucks and it's yours against the Raptors and this year is going to sell? Did because I think a lot of those rookies.
I don't think both Teoh is touching the floor in the fourth quarter of the class.
So here we go with the shot making 100.
None wall don't get Robinson will again because the shot making I would my my crunch time lineup would be Dragic Jimmy Hero.
Don't get Bam Dragic and dogs can guard.
Nobody broke like they They were so good defensively just because of Jimmy being because Spoelstra is a literal genius, obviously, obviously, Eric, But I'm saying personnel lies like in terms of individual defenders.
It's not like there that menacing they don't expose individual defense, so they don't your eyes.
Some of defense that relies on assignment and passed orientation, you know, like or the raptors both play like we're gonna rely on O g to be a stopper, or we're gonna rely on quite 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 hope.
I agree. Houses, injury bowlers.
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.
Um, and you know, the Chris Posh long instead, everything that happened in Miami, I feel like left that team just like and rather energy list.
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 in in, um you know around the team in a while and I think Jimmy Butler just arrived 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 it.
And, you know, display like you start not being put into individual offenders.
They just as a cohesive unit can play so well.
It's both bring guys in tow, low percentage look.
So no, definitely.
And I will take issue with the lack of excitement and some feet doesn't need me and Carol down that we watched the game and people like, really get worked up over there.
No, 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 the 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 animal.
I think Jimmy Butler, Kyrie and Harden are the 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 way.
Yeah, 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.
So, like basketball systems, the coaches are like the MBA, like I don't I don't think he believes what he 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 are 43 22 The Jazz er 41 in 23 the Thunder said at 40 and 24 rock instead of 40 and 24 the Mavericks are at 40 and 27.
Out of these five teams, who do you see as the biggest threat to the Lakers and the Clippers? to challenge those teams to get to the Western Conference finals being Logan.
Let me start the number.
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Better personal friend Sam.
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 build on is 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 house instead of a three guard, but it is a pure do.
Their their best lineup is literally Schroeder.
Chris Paul Shy Guild is ****ing Darius Baizley or dork 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 There are.
I mean, I'm gonna have to run the numbers on that, but I mean, I believe you'd like Gallo at times this year has been absent ridiculous, and I I can see a situation, Um, you know, first round funder verse 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 starting P.
He's a savant offensive rebounder at 65 p. J.
Tucker is not guarding Steven out.
Talker and Robert Covington are not guarding Steven, and it is not on the Rockets, literally, just like it's like they go on Twitter and just play Russian roulette to find out who their bench big.
They're gonna be like something just like it is like zoo. We broke.
They just like these.
Like, is not getting that was like, two.
What are you talking about? They had, like, Manet.
They've had like, zucchini.
They've had ****ing Hartstein, bro.
And like 50 minutes this year and the big condom, they cut Hartstein hardback.
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.
Do their benches.
Who's what? 64 and venom.
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.
Like he 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 65 We don't need to play the events we have.
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 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, lost four out of five, including losses to the Knicks and the Hornets.
In that Knicks lost, they were outrebounded 72 to 46.
Mitchell ominous thing was just annihilating them, OK? ****ing Zuba could have annihilated them.
I'm not saying like he just love conquer.
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, Marie Carol.
The more care Well, we're ready to market.
He was like it was good for the Raptors in like 2012.
Mari Peril played like Alan Crabbe until he got the Rockets and now they just expect him to play like before.
It's just, like, more involved.
I hope it fails because I actually don't think the aesthetics are actually 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 it to succeed, bro. Like I'd rather have.
I'd rather have Utah Just wash him.
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 that we worry about compelling cutting.
So, Steven Adams, you just plant himself or you already go bare or even one like Yokich isn't good defensively, but he's still you can still warn actually playing him against the rockets for, you know, 35 minutes a night on defense because they don't have any threat into your click on the interior.
No need 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 shots, 13 We just inadvertently win that game because of because of we just leverage, basically, that those 19 for 35 are going to beat out the tatter forties like it is a purely derivatives bet for more 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 will play at least showing, like other the consumer's perspective.
Yes, we're watching hard in.
Um, I don't know.
I do hope Ross continued to play well because he can.
He can really help divers that by their portfolio on offense.
But I could really see happening is hard in just three.
Zine rushed 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 gonna colors 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 BP level.
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, Harding 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 abusing to say, All right, we're gonna We're gonna, you know, split this 50 50.
You know, rust, 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 Alex.
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 rushes 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 backing to and I don't think quite yet.
You know, I don't at least the way that the lead 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 Will they cope? Russ gets a lot of offensive rebounds, and we'll hope he gets in transition lot, but one that could design a lot for him.
And then right after the All Star break, Ross just started Coppin off.
It's going to 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.
Not that 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 completely average 60 a game in the eight games, and they would still have to go 16 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 are playing 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 table. I'm not approve.
Have you seen Diane? Oh, yeah, he's I and I am agrees.
Oh, he lost, at least, like one or 2%.
Body fat is 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 teens 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 because you'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 he was readers digestion in quarantine for the 100 days.
But here's the thing about him.
Moved him 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 Yokich.
His 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, well, I was just, I think, the notion that losing weight for a player that makes a lot of almost all of his 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 it's ludicrous.
He's I've He thrived in the low post at that weight because of his ability to hold his position and my position.
And I could I could count offer you numerous examples of guys who the Twitter envy.
A community has said so if he loses some hounds, puts on muscle that he's gonna be unstoppable.
We have the whole thing wrong about Fred.
Then leave or begins door or hard or harder guys who are actually using that 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 Ben Bleed would not benefit from losing weight.
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 does 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 b a gun during 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.
Jim Warren Carter given cars.
Another perfect example of a guy you matter hit actual orders.
He's, you know, he's a community.
And, like before someone comments Patrick Beverley Patrick was one of the strongest player baby, I don't care if you look skinny.
Patrick Beverley is so ****ing strong that really David Wahba to David Roberts.
The guys really able his most under gravity and physical girth to be looking unstoppable defenders, 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 after my going for as a 15 year old Vanderbilt MBA body.
You know, like Jeremy Lamb weighs £102.
Probably has, like, 3% knuckle math.
And he's electric has all sorts of ways weird, spasmodic strength that, you know, doesn't look like it doesn't look like you have.
And then you know the other who you know, like, even even a guy like who who's not not overly.
Oh, God, Busta labor you have recently under Celtic two Biggest hell Looks like he would be really strong.
Looks like you, Bilbo throw some bodies around, but he's just so thought you get he gets moved on you by Kyle Lowry.
Yeah, it just I think a lot of it is the sort of knowing it's not instead of what your body has kind of how you sort of adapted to use it.
And like strange is not quaking muscle size by any means.
Even like I, you generate bull just as much force from like 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, on the badge, on swat by someone that's 200.
Even if they have the same like muscular intensity, fat moves, more weight, it I mean row.
It's, you know, it's, you know Well, what's what's the What's the basic physics equations forced times last year? Force acceleration.
What woman is a force? Exactly? Yeah.
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Um all right, what else? We have to talk about it.
So I wanted basis tonight.
Yeah. Holy ****.
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 in the studio with the border minute in the morning.
Like, 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 Alan Vibrational? But first they like after open gym he's calling up.
Eso is on the corner like you can't do that.
Tell it doesn't mean I can't do this.
Sir, I can't **** an Instagram model.
I don't even have the libido.
To get on the floor like this is a little bit.
Yeah, I've actually thought about that too.
Especially the especially the my, uh, like walking substance use to I think guys 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, with Perkins R N b a veteran said, Really? Steven Jackson.
He's like bringing He's, like, bringing more than you need anything.
You just like you're gonna be in their approach a long time.
Yeah, and I'm not wondering what the psychological toll that that has on guys were like, use that having a private chef at their crib at their ****ing 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 personal there's.
There's a carnival blowback against some of these players taking extras up their food and their living conditions.
And my response to that is these guys are multi multi millionaires who are usedto three very specific Taylor ways of bias in terms of diet through the workout, right? Vincent of the drug use all of that.
You throw a wrench in that? Not only are they a lot of them superstitious, but, you know, just like a very minor miscalculation, their daily routine can 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, uh, hugging Lamar Jackson makes Terry Road here okay, Like even even ****ing bench level N b A.
Players have astronomical expectation for how they should be treated of luxury and lavish.
That doesn't ****ing really map onto any other sport at this point.
So let's pursuant to the after this, like, imprisoned them all in this like resort and say like, Hey, like, go at it and just want a practice.
Go back to your hotel room it like I don't know, I I understand.
Like Winslow 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 their like, OK, go back.
None of these players have had any anything close to even severe symptoms from Corona.
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 my ****** under an employee is super low.
So I think that's been blown out proportion.
But like the fact that they're being contractually forced to be in this situation that, you know, is like totally out of there, norm out of their professional needs out of what should be expected from them to care. Three.
Expectation of stay absolute is absolutely saying like I'm serious.
That's part of your daily routine for a lot of these guys.
Every envious city they land on the F Instagram girls that they got their pregame the size.
It absolutely it absolutely ludicrous to assume that Callie, you Gray Jr or James Harden can go three months without hitting the club and getting an hour.
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 he's got a volleyball is this committee, But the absurd things do it like it's not gonna be good, man.
These guys had space.
Relies on it is not gonna be good.
It's like, remember when room there is a rumor is that like the Drakes baby Mama might have been 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 holding its like, Incredible.
I honestly think there's a possibility that, like a group of guys get together like one thing and sit down with Adams over and safe.
If you don't let us bring Instagram models integral and they can spend 72 hours in like a quarantine zone, that's negative.
But if you don't let us bring in girls way, baby in a coup like, yeah, no, I understand that Teoh, like some guys like Game Grammar Kilo literally are like, just like I have been changed smoking since they were kids.
And now we're expected to just, like, be inside this hotel.
You know, like 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 like it.
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 coked 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 the 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 life.
There's gonna be, you know, 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 Yosses Door three like a Let's go get extra. Wraps it.
Yeah, Chris Middleton doesn't want us.
Which is me, like Mike Bruno's isn't? Well, as much as they're supposed to.
LeBron's give the honest hampering **** the entire time.
You know, it is the father Point is still gonna be on winning a championship.
But I think the tampering.
There's no as can be kept under control.
And this hotline is gonna be active by me.
Chris, Paul is just gonna be likely.
The kid for recess is outside the door.
Dion Waiters is off the regarding these j. R.
Smith is growing up.
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 austerity say just like how that has 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 is wholly different bubble, Totally different bubble.
Or 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 batch comparatively like.
So what some of these girls is living in is like next to like like section eight housing with a dorm.
It's like basically like your community college dorm.
It's a little hard wood desk and I in a bunk bed like it's insane.
Yeah, I mean, it is what it is, 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 need is 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 that contract to play under these conditions and the arm 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 was more like Uncle True that LeBron James right out like there's absolutely no way that I am not winning like yeah, for him.
It's for him, like his legacy, that stay, he won't open floor as much as possible.
Like you have to want it 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 to the three year pro, LeBron is literally the undisputed NBP runner up this year to say that he's got three more years and that's true.
Three playing at this level, which is honestly do like when have we ever seen and like Obviously you haven't Justices LeBron case we haven't seen, But at a certain point, I know she is gonna lose 1/2 step.
It is inevitable.
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, she wants to win at least two more rings for his legacy.
And this isn't gonna be a great view to do.
So The Lakers that the weather looking do it.
You know Avery Bradley.
Um, missing is a minor mishap, but overall, this roster is still really solid.
Um, I think Rondo being absent actually benefits some more than hurts down.
Like you probably wish for accuse my injury to know when you know I like Calkins.
I think I think who's I think this two months up, I think this'll is, is this is harassment.
I think these three months off, it was better for Kawakubo that anything else could've that he's going to 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.
But Tiger Woods, do you remember what happened with the cheated on his wife? With no region hookers and unlike injured his shoulder got addicted to purpose Eyes drove a lot.
Watched you had three at which No, he wife.
Did you get caught drunk driving twice one time.
How many times did he get deep? What is it to do your eyes or what? Yeah, okay.
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 slow And who was playing pretty poor basketball.
However defensively Post All Star break 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 whose money is missing his shots, his defense kind of goes to and you can not warm.
Playing even over a guy like Caruso hurts them a lot more than people are saying actually in that in that first series, 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, and 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 chairman 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, he's gonna, you know, take home.
But I 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 a predictive flow chart of how these matchups are gonna line up.
But let's just like, pencil in or, 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 box and Lakers remain one and two seeds, which they really comfortable leads on.
So Eastern Conference semi.
You can pick between Sixers, Pacers, Celtics heat.
So I got it in the I got the Bucks, eventually matching up against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, with the books coming out in the four to okay, Bucks in six.
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Oh, okay, So bucks in six over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference.
What do you What do you got there? I like the Raptors.
You like? I like I think it's gonna be buff.
Raptors Bucks in seven over the Raptors.
You better get Ogi shooting, bro.
Doesn't matter. Pascoe.
Siachen is gonna average 25 plus a game. The playoffs.
Kyle Lowry 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, but I still think the bunker far away.
I don't see anyone beating them.
Um, Western Conference.
Who were you? Pick with the government.
I obviously got the l A team in the in the Western Conference finals, but all will make up The major significant development in the Western Probably 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 ammonia 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 the same during Q.
Three months off, three months off.
Mike Conley is 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 is 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, really go bare, giving everyone in the league Corona virus and Donovan Mitchell wanting to overthrow the higher the team hierarchy and trade go bare.
It's all nonsense.
I think I think they're back on good terms.
I think the Jazz air gonna be an outstanding throw in the playoffs, so I think they're gonna be the Clippers.
The Lakers? No, but I wouldn't count them out of their 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. Time.
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 are gonna go at reached win a playoff series, if not to.
I mean, listen, whatever my Connie does, he's doing better than indeed, and he's doing better than Andre Drama.
So God broke reason.
He's this and I'm at note we're starting off here.
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