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Unfortunately, this brought a tear to my eye when Sandeep suggested this the The Blazers are surging.
They're looking to take the number eight spot Any day now.
We're halftime of the Grizzlies and the Thunder Grizzlies are up.
Everyone's important for them for the Grizzlies, but let's talk about the Blazers.
Are they looking like to be the best team that playing the best basketball right now? Deep? Go ahead.
Are they? I mean, of all the TV, they're playing the best basketball right now.
I guess you can't technically say that because UNIX is undefeated, right? We'll get to them later.
But right, this is not something I wanted to be right about.
Remember the first time we all we all helped on the video, I said, I think the Grizzlies would fall out just because of the lack of experience, you know, And obviously that Jared back something doesn't help the like.
Their lack of experience has shown, you know, as you guys have noticed and I would have as a Lakers guy, I would have preferred off Wait like one between the Grizzlies in the first round because it's an easier match up.
It could still have a Borland serving and like me there, guys, they're healthy.
And we don't factor in that.
They don't have Rodney Hood or Trevor Arreaza reason their best perimeter defender.
And he's a guy that if they do any meeting the Lakers in the first round, you can't do a decent job.
No limiting LeBron not stopping, but like limiting.
And so, you know, for Lakers stands like their talk on Twitter on Lakers, Twitter and via Twitter, Um, some people are like, Oh, we're scared of you know what? We're scared of Ah, of the Blazers and one and you should only introduced anything.
But we have to respect that because any team with a good back court is going to do damage on the Lakers, especially baby Bradley not being in the mix for them now, So, um, you know, problem supportive.
I think we all mentions last week it had been healthy all season.
That would be a much different story right now.
If they were healthy all season, they'd be in that three through six argument.
That's like Denver, Utah, Oklahoma City and Houston right now.
They would probably be in that mix, maybe even towards the top of it.
But, I mean, they've been great for, like, use of Nurkic.
Looks like he hasn't missed any time at all, coming back from his gruesome leg injury that he had last year and Zach Holland the little rest in the beginning.
But he started, like in get into flow things, too.
So I mean, there's Harry.
Plus, you get a team, just take over and 1/3 or fourth quarter.
Any game doesn't matter who's playing.
I mean, he's one of those guys in the league where regardless of who's defending him, you could drop 50 on your head.
Todo he was on the first have to be like he kept it going.
And I think he made 11 threes.
There was, you know, and uh huh not something were threes, you know? And they're a big thing for for them to is Ah, man Gary. Trend Junior.
Yeah, I think it's awesome.
One tweet that before, before the bubble, he's averaging.
22 or something.
Now, up a bench as well.
Like just another weapon for them, you know? Yeah.
He has not looked like that all year.
Um, he's a former Duke E.
So I followed him.
He didn't The nominees on a word.
Say what? I said he wasn't even like that.
I do too much like he couldn't do three solid, but he didn't.
He wasn't the three point guy he was.
He was streaky, just like he still is.
Even though his streak is hot right now.
Um, but the knock on him was he couldn't play defensively because Duke's Year, I think that was a year of Marvin Bakley where he was there.
They played a zone for most of the year, which was weird.
And that was the knock on him that they didn't know that he was good enough for defense.
Wouldn't be consistent enough ST Benjamin.
Um, but that was kind of knock on who he waas and that he wasn't just a big guy.
Um and so I think it's Dad playing the league as well.
So, um, he wasn't really highly recruited.
Be honest, because he came with a lot of mawr fanfare for the other guys that were on the Duke team.
And so I think he's definitely found his niche in any time you can play along somebody such as Dame or McCollum.
Um, you could Onley look better, right? Because you're gonna be the guy.
So ah, being the third wheel is a good thing on that team.
Um, you don't want to be that on the date, but you could be that definitely with them on the court.
So, um, yeah, I don't think they are the hottest team because I think Portland Phoenix air both hot.
00 yeah, Toronto.
Um But man, they are so good.
And just after watching the first game against the Grizzlies and then these other games that they have a tough schedule will kind of hit them a little bit.
They have two games that I'm looking forward to just the next few days.
Um, so we only have a week left of N B A basketball on the bubble before you get to the playing games.
Potentially forget to the playoff games.
Eso the bubble regular season is coming to announce We got a week, so we'll talk about that later on.
Um, if you have question justice temps that just give us a comment questions If you follow along with this or that segment, we put up two things together and make these gas shoes.
Ah, and so I'm looking for a comparison to Dame Lillard.
So if you have a Daimler comparison, I'm looking to see if you would take Daymo or somebody else.
So, um so hit us up with that because I think that's I think, James, probably a top five player for me in the league.
I don't know if he has finally talked.
If you don't if you put him maybe with a different cast, um, I think he's so much better.
Um, I don't know.
I put in with Anthony Davis instead of LeBron might take Dame.
All right, So, uh, let's get off that before I get hit in the face.
Ah, the sun's air searching.
Just so you said, um, and also the Devin Booker Love is coming and it's coming on strong.
Book them. Yeah.
Let you leave this one off.
But give us what you think the ceiling is for the sons because I don't see them reaching the playoffs or even a play in game.
But is this the coming out party for Devin Booker? Because this isn't this is like a playoff stage, but just not be in the playoffs because he doesn't go there.
Devin Booker is great.
You average you might build averaged 30 points in the league down line.
I'll let you get to it cause he wants to free book.
But I think that, uh, the supporting cast around Booker has been now.
Yeah, like I don't know how.
I didn't think they this good.
I was excited to see them play before the bubble started.
I think they were like my team, that I was looking forward to watching most binds to six years.
But I mean, John Drayton is emerging as second star there.
He has improved dramatically on the defensive end.
He's no longer a negative.
He's probably average center defense, which in the NBA's means you're good defender now, Uh, Mikhail Bridges has been phenomenal, is a wing defender, and you could hit downside shot.
I think everyone like, got mad at them for a pick.
I think he went 11th in the draft and everyone thought was it reached? But he's been great for them to just long bodied three and d guy that fits along with everyone there.
You know, they might be paying a little too much gonna pick up for them.
So I mean, they it's the same team next year and they can prove on their bubble performance.
They should have a reasonable chance that pushing towards the playoffs next year.
But the West yeah, is gonna be stacked.
Yeah, yeah, Booker getting on.
You know, it was quote unquote big stage.
Not the playoffs yet, but it's kind of like, you know, I'm sure you guys seem logical thing.
That's kind of like a March madness right where it's just like a short amount of games and the guys get hot at the right time.
It's like guys get hot in March madness, right before the draft.
You've seen guys, stocks go up and they get drafted higher.
Kind of like how Donte DiVincenzo like he got most outstanding player that year.
Villanova won the championship and he was like a mid first round pick.
And he wasn't even protect projected to go near that, you know? So you know, guys like us.
We know book book is a super.
He's been Hooper just He hasn't been on this platform before where because everyone's home now and you kind of have nothing to do.
If you're at home working, you have, You can watch a game at the same time and people are like, Oh, this guy's really good and it's like, Yeah, he's been that, You know, there's hasn't been the right amount of talent or guys haven't been healthy, you know, a stem was saying Now they have those guys like you 108 and you know, people forget like he was the number one pick in the draft, you know, and it's crazy to think, though, that they could have had it could have Luca and Devin Booker in the same backcourt now.
But this is the same numbers if he's on the sun, Probably not like he's still that he still as good as he was, right? Um, coming out of the draft.
So it would have been really interesting, you know? And I don't think, uh, sons, sons, upper management is to to upset that they took a and because, like, he's still a really good big, you know, he's a 20 tender can still get a little bit better on defense. The light.
You can knock down shots from mid range, and he's a He's a back to the basket.
He can face up once.
He has, like a three bowl, you know, it'll just make it even better.
So, no, it'll be interesting to see.
You know what moves the sun's making offseason toe.
Upgrade that team.
But for now, you're looking at their schedule.
They got the heat thunder six years, and Mavs.
I think that the worst don't go like two and two over those four games.
Wow, I think I think there were well, they're stealing for that is three.
They can win three out of four.
At least we're gonna lose sitting.
And then there's next three games.
I think bigot state even think he don't have Jimmy Butler.
Were you thinking? Yeah.
I mean, he talked about the Bucks yesterday, so, you know, But any of these games you can't really like, pick one scene where the other special teams are fighting for a spot like the sons? Well, yeah.
I think he's good.
Um, he definitely has to create more space.
He clogs the lane a lot.
Almost too much.
So you either gotta gotta go to different ways.
You gotta be that complete interior guy where you're just, you know, banging.
And that's how you're gonna be to create let four guards almost surround you, Which, which were kind of doing, which is fine or yes, to kind of Yeah, I guess.
Get with how the game is going where you actually have to step out a little bit and make some shots.
Um, that's gonna be his his, uh, his ceiling, I guess, because if you can create that three point shot and step out a little bit, he'll be OK.
But that's the only thing I see that's wrong with this game.
Besides injuries, he's got to make sure he stays healthy and kind of space a little bit.
But besides that, I think 18 is so good.
He can be good at first.
You look like a bus, but I think he's bouncing back.
So, um, all right, let's move on.
Number three, the Toronto Raptors.
They are the defending champion Toronto Raptors.
Um, I picked them in a little poll that we all do.
We're picking our teams, and I picked them to finish in the top five.
Um, many people made fun of me.
Um, and I have told all those people they are stupid now, But are they the dark horse to win the East deep Latest off? I was, actually, it's crossed my mind earlier.
I'm like, when I was driving, driving back from somewhere I'm like who is like the dark horse team to win that could win the championship, and I don't think we can say then the Raptors unnecessarily a dark horse, you know, because they are deter petting Campion's.
And here they are.
You know, everybody thinks the bucks are gonna win the East. Everybody.
I don't know whether that's a dark anybody.
That is not the bucks without ya.
The the Greek freak because he's a generous man who does spin moves and, like, 1/4 of a second and makes you look like you're an idiot.
That team, they're gonna be the winner.
So that had to be a dark or your favorite for sure to come out of the East.
But I don't think, uh, if I had to put money like, do I want to put money on the bucks coming out of the East over the field like, I don't know if I do that cause Joan Bacon bacon Hang on, Only hang.
But they can knock on some of these top dogs and then the heat, you know, have strong that throughout the season to they being the Bucks.
A couple times, they beat the Raptors as well.
Um, they have a good mix of young talent and veteran guys, you know, and a guy like Jimmy Butler, who people like, you know, yesterday in our group, shot in the you know the least, force me to pick the big group shot.
Some guys were saying Why? Oh, Jimmy, but was kind of overrated.
Wherever I'm like, do like Jimmy Butler's like I like the veteran guy you want on your team.
Like he He's not selfish.
He likes to push the young guys if you need a bucket like he's proven, he could do that.
But he says he doesn't want any of the spotlight on him.
He just wants guys to work hard and play ball. Sorry.
Sorry, didn't work out for your spot, but it's him.
But, you know, im a team Jimmy Butler guy.
So I think they have a good very good, very good roster.
Very good, coach.
Obviously, they're exposed to.
So I'm not like I'm not gonna put my money on the bucks 100% to come out, come out of the East just yet.
Why? Why? We went to Miami tangent there, but yeah, I mean, color.
But at least Toronto wise, um, like I would say, they're dark words coming out of the east for sure.
I mean, they beat the bucks last year because obviously *** nursed a great coach and put them in Greece situations.
But the main reason that they got out of that matchup was just quiet neutralized Johannes Exactly what they imagine with walkie again.
They don't have that option anymore, right? The only other concern that I have with them is because they can scheme all they want.
But in close game, the end of the game, who's getting the ball for them like Is Pascal siac um ready to be that guy? Yes.
Karl are gonna be a guy that gives you, like, 30 points in a game seven date when you needed him.
Only that's the only question that I have.
Obviously, Yeah, every game.
Because their defense is clamps.
Yeah, but that was the only warrior have.
Yeah, they Their defense is, um, very good.
They play on a string to use the way or by talks about a good defensive team playing together.
I'm gonna put up a poll real quick respond.
Um, who you think the hottest team is in the bubble right now? Um, so just answer it.
I'll kind of see what you all think.
Um, because I might differ them with something.
Um, but just follow along if you're if you're listening, watching Whatever, um, go ahead and ah, have to pull up.
Um, but yeah, I do think the, um I think the Raptors are I think that they now looking at how they play and because I think you have Marc Gasol, who's not the greatest of defender or greatest of players.
And he's not as young as used to be.
I think he ah, he plays well against the big um, the big guys.
I know Yanis is a little bit too much for him, but I think that him playing off of Brook Lopez a little bit Raptors are the hottest nobody else picked.
Um, the Blazers, who I think the players can be like, so good.
I think they're playing much better competition than the others right now.
But I think playing off of the one of the Lopez twins, I think he could help with you honest and clog the pain a little bit and make that team shoot more threes.
Um, even though Milton looked amazing last time they played When you honest got foul trouble? Yeah, people go ahead.
Why? What? They have bodies that they can throw like Marc Gasol.
Surge Pascal, Johannes Like pencils, Even after the buck.
Yeah, somebody's pagers gone off.
Sorry, doesn't my back with my message of Page A, You're the only one who has a major Daniel now that Z but yeah.
All right, let's go on.
Um, to number four, this will be a leadoff for Tim.
Because this is a good segment that I think that we should talk about it, talk about the rest of the time, and I want to make this court through 10.
We can, um But this is the Lakers struggles.
What is going on with the Lakers on? Why will they not win the championship? Good.
I mean, I I don't look at it as, like struggles your Lakers, which is probably what I'm gonna say.
I mean, they already have the one seed locked up, but they have to play for you.
We'll have to do is just make it through Elfi.
I didn't see you there playing in the spot, so I don't see it as much of an issue is all at all.
Really? I don't know where you're going or staying here, De What do you see? So I think Yes, we do have the ones he locked up, you know? But there are struggles for sure, and, you know, among them obviously shooting.
I think the Lakers are dead last in three point shooting.
Right now, they're averaging the least amount of points of any team in the bubble on, uh, you can't let you can ignore those things, you know? And I'm like, yes, we do just want to be healthy going into there.
But you need to develop some sense of, like, chemistry.
Or like, I should say, like a rhythm.
You know, going into the into the postseason and something that's gonna help with that is both a little getting this rotation down.
And so I don't know what the hell he's been doing playing guys like mm cook, you know, And I'm glad you finally move JaVale McGee to the bench yesterday and he didn't play at all, which is very interesting.
I wonder if there's something kind of like going on there.
Like, Was he upset that he was moved out of the starting rotation and then he did it.
Just say, like, I'm not trying to play your who knows.
Maybe we'll find out about that.
Maybe not, but, um, J R.
Smith, like also I don't see him getting big minutes come postseason, so I've limit his time as well.
You know, I think the only guys that should be getting in the rotation right now, um so first, like Markieff, Morris should probably moved into the starting lineup.
You don't place a McGee this way.
You get, um, a little bit more floor space saying you play Anthony Davis at the five, not the bench.
Only guys like I really want to see is Crusoe on waiters.
And then why Howard As the back of big? You know, it might give a little bit of burns.
The young guys deal an important Tucker, who can, you know, at times you can play some pretty good defense and you can get to the rack, so I wouldn't mind getting a few minutes.
But those guys, you know, not too many other people want to see playing.
So I don't get the nurse said, I don't care if they lose these next three or four games have left.
I just want to see them knock down some shots and start to learn, you know, kind of, uh, how they how they all fit together.
So don't going to be the main bigger for is they like these next two games.
Yeah, I think by not getting rid of coups might that deadline, like they either verbal or upper management, essentially is like in a playoff series.
When we need to JaVale or Dwight Howard is not playing.
They'll get the back of one of the one of the back of five minutes, the other guys not touching before.
So I think they're starting to move towards that small ball kind of Lina with Davis at the five to start games.
How much practice time they need to get that wine.
I've been rhythm, I don't know.
I mean, they should be able to afford the first round.
Siri's to kind of mess around with it and figure things out because even if that lineup isn't working too, like the way that everyone would like it to, they should be able to win that first round series easily, regardless for deep IRS, even if it's the red hot or litter withers like a should win that Siri's.
But I think what is very encouraging, at least, has been the Clave Kuzma shooting what near 40% from three.
He's like the one guy and the Lakers are is making threes right now.
Yeah, I think Stalin.
He's been a solid defender for them, too.
So I mean, if he can produce in that way, that makes the Lakers rotation much more interesting.
Yeah, I think the matching up well, against obviously the Grizzlies, if they would make it cause they're just down.
But the Blazers, Because the bloggers air pleasures are more traditional team with with Nurkic on a song.
The only reason is because not because Anthony Davis I think he is fine at the four or five whatever you play him at.
But the simple fact that they have JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard to run out there for spot minutes.
Those 78 minutes if they really want to do that, I think would be fine to kind of, um, neutralize their bigger guys.
Ah, because you want to put Anthony Davis all inner Kage in the fourth quarter.
And I think maybe making sure that you don't have anti Davis on Nurkic for fouls or whatever regions throughout the other game, I think that actually benefits them.
Besides that, the rest of the team is absolute trash.
I think I think that Dion waiters is so not good.
And I think it's showing.
I know some people really like him, but I completely disagree.
He looks like he's out of shape.
Personally, it is a lot of shape.
And so and just looking at what they've done lately, Caruso is good.
I don't know why he said, did he have a injury or something the other night? Yeah.
Like like is paying a his next in the game before.
Okay, Yeah, I would put like Caruso, um, out even wouldn't be a begins playing can, um whenever Caldwell Pope.
Whatever sourcing isn't for, um Kandarian call, we'll put you obviously gonna play Kuzma Green, Davis and LeBron.
So those your four guys you're gonna go with and I'm one of Morris twins. Mark IV.
Um, I think you're fine.
I wouldn't go too much deeper than Caruso Markieff, Morris, Um and I just I just don't know how deep they want to go, But what that I see they're gonna I think they would win the first round easily.
But my issue with that is I think you put a lot on Anthony Davis and LeBron in the first round, which you normally shouldn't do.
But I think that's what hurts them in the end.
Because you're putting so much on LeBron and Anti Davis.
First round that second round there still good, but they're only gonna wear down over time, I think personally, So I don't know if that's what you see or not, but that's what I see.
That that could be the biggest issue is not that they won't win or get past first.
And I think that those minutes will kind of add up because they're not as deep and he can't take the time office.
Uh, you normally, can anybody else have anything on the Lakers for we go to number five, All right, I think deep, deep great.
WiFi is so awesome.
Please make fun of him about that.
Maybe needs upgrade.
Passed the 24 megabits per second he gets or something.
Yeah, she's probably dropping off, like, one more time here.
That's all right.
So the last thing is the injuries, and I kind of want to kind of go with that with, you know, the recent ones.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Um, there have been others throughout here.
I saw Valanciunas from the Grizzlies just got kind of hurt.
I'm not sure what happened.
I'm not just arrested like all the hours of the day after they played the Grizzlies.
There's deep, deep comeback.
Um, but I think the injuries is very important with here because the simple fact that, um, there's a lot of games in a quick turnaround.
I know there's no travel.
I get that, but you're you're playing every other day and sometimes on a back to back and sometimes just looking.
Just as the Grizzlies schedule, for example, could not pay attention the most, they can play a night game and then have the day off in the next thing to have, ah, day game.
So it's actually two games in less than 48 hours.
So it's more, you know, like 36 hours or were somewhere in that area.
So, um, there's a lot of games a lot quickly.
Do you think that we will see Mawr injuries as we keep going down, Or do you think because there's been injuries these last three or four games that people are playing, you're going to see a lot of people doing what Utah did or setting people like Lebron Caruso.
Anytime you have a nagging injury, you're sitting.
I think you might steal like over these next few games, depending on where teams stand in the rankings.
And if they're locked up, kind of like in their stating a few games number the meaning leading to them.
Then they can horn to do it with your team fighting for a spot or so wanna move up in the rankings and you want You don't think so.
Yes, I would say, I think it just depends on the context of whatever the team is like.
I think you'll see this happen.
Teams one through six in the Eastern Conference in Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston, Miami.
We're currently seeing it.
Indiana and still like I would imagine, Joel beats gonna rest a game or two before the playoffs.
Um, like the Lakers were doing it already.
Clippers do this during the regular season, so they'll probably do at some point.
Yeah, um, so yeah, just like But a team like the Grizzlies is not gonna do that because you were fighting for their life right now, and most teams that are fighting, they're gonna have to put the guys after I get that.
But always there is already on, like, a seven man rotation in all their kids.
Yeah, that I think you're going to see that these injuries, you know, there was more than there.
Probably they thought there was gonna be, um and I think that is important.
But I think realistically, the entire but will experience that's happened so far has been all positive, for the most part.
Um, so I think these are injuries, but you can't say it's because they're playing so many games so quickly.
Ah, because this is towards in the season, I think because these games are so important to a lot of these teams, you're seeing a lot of mawr minutes, boss, for your stinking, you know, people playing harder.
And usually when people play harder, you kind of get ah, the injury bug a little bit, so But I think the I think the injuries were going to kind of, you know, stop and kind of hold up a little bit.
People start resting.
So all right, this is halftime.
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Ah, but no, there's, ah, just how it worked out today.
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This will questions be after everything right now, um, and then kind of play long as we go after the thing is, after the ah, the last one on this is that we answer all questions, too.
If you have something you want the guys to pick between, such as, uh, you know, Damian Lillard and whoever lebron James me little or ignore me, Um, you know, like, the next 10 years, I break maybe a little, too, but yeah, what we do.
But we're about to get into Zion talk.
And that is number six Zion sitting out tonight's game against Washington.
Jim, really this off? Is that Maura of the opponent and the Wizards? Or is it because there's ah, his body failing him? Which one isn't I mean, I wouldn't say necessarily body failing him, but I think it's it's definitely something's there.
I think the David Griffin in the organization in New Orleans is just trying to pro actively manage his workload because obviously we know it's gonna be a short off season after this.
If the season starts in December like it seems like it's planned to right now.
Uh, so I think they're just taking a very cautious approach with that.
Like we talked about this last week, six years did the same thing when they had joy.
I'll be like, Oh, just be very careful because they don't want to do any long term structural damage to his legs.
I mean, Dude's like homeless £300 maybe the most forceful athletic guy in the league.
You gotta make sure these air not gonna blow up on him.
Yeah, you know, maybe maybe like a thing.
Like over playing the Wizards.
They maybe they think that they can beat him without without time, you know, which they can, I think.
But it also if if they really want to, like, if they're gonna hold him out of a game like this, you might as well to shut him down to this is it shows that winning isn't the most important thing to you, you know, which is not necessarily like.
That's a bad thing, cause Zions health is obviously important.
That's your franchise guy.
But if there's something underlying even was just like some states, um, knee soreness just come out and say that, Yeah, he has some soreness in his knee lie.
Everyone's ready time suspecting it anyway, because you guys have been limiting his minutes, you know, and just come out and say that and then just shut him down, you know, because if you wanted to make a push for the playoffs, you would be playing like point blank, period.
Yeah, I don't think their team in a rush at all, either.
Like they're not like the Lakers or the Clippers this year.
Like they have time on their hands.
Dying is literally only played 25 games, first year in the league and almost everyone else.
That's a major piece for them.
It's either under contract like your holiday.
We'll get extended like Brandon Ingram or are also still on rookie deals like Alonso and Josh Hart.
So they're fine.
They shouldn't have to worry about trying to chase for the C.
That's not what their prerogative is.
Yeah, I think at this point, I think there are a little, um, far behind because that last loss that they just had Ah, that was tough.
Um, and I think that's what's eventually going to be their bugaboo and what hurts them.
Ah, because today, I think is an easy win.
But if you look a thea standings, they're behind.
Um, the Grizzlies bod was 2.
5 games, uh, has him now.
So did you get the nine, though they don't. I'm sorry. No.
5 Game does right to enough games.
They're actually the lowest, um, the teams so far there underneath Sacramento, Phoenix, Santonio and Portland.
So I think, Ah, I think shutting him down might be the most important part because he doesn't look healthy when he's playing.
And I think that, um, Zion has potential of being a bus If he doesn't get somebody in the off season to get his health and well and kind of his body straight because he does look a little too big and we all know that big guys don't last long in the league.
No matter how much of a freak athlete you are, you don't last as long.
Um, I think he could be the same player if he can slim down and kind of just leaking around a season.
So I think it's gonna have to take time.
But I think you need somebody to kind of get his life together.
Being down to New Orleans with that food.
Dude, that's that's just dangerous.
I could put on £10 just thinking about your, um, you just you have to remember like I sound like Bill Simmons about Jayson Tatum right now.
But you still only 19 years old, like right, Ill like he still has time to like.
Sure, he's not even like, fully grown into his body yet, either.
Like, yes, that happened.
Just get through.
Yeah, that men metabolism slows down, though.
Man, it's, um, it only goes downhill from every year.
I mean, but he's also playing basketball for lead 12 hours a day.
But is he, I think is the tables was probably more like 30 minutes a day.
Yeah, he's thinking about 20 hours a day, and he's playing 16 minutes a day.
Uh, unless he's onto NBA two K and he's like playing the whole time as himself.
Duncan, everybody, um, I would have house him.
Um, all right, So let's go Zion.
And on to kind of the future and kind of what we're looking at.
Games wise, Um, tonight games that are coming up.
And then also next season, Uh, and then we'll finish it off with this or that.
So we'll just kind of blow through.
These were actually on a good time here.
Ah, but let's go through these.
The pre preview the game of Boston and Toronto tonight.
It has at eight.
Central, nine Eastern.
Um, what do you think that I mean, probably back, back up? Do you think this game is as important as it looks? Or is it does it matter? Because in the end, you're the 23 seed because I think that's what Boston and Toronto are gonna be the to 30.
Does it matter? Or is this game important? I like Personally, I don't think the game is necessarily important, but as you said.
They're pretty much locked into their seats.
Almost something really drastic happened bigger than that.
I think like the he is being about this game.
Is Boston improving their defense? I think they're like 22nd out of 22 teams in the bubble defensively.
So far, there D Ventures been awful, and they're staring at a potential first round matchup with Drone Bead.
And they made like Steven Adams looked like he was shack in the two thousands.
Like that could be a big problem for them.
If they don't address that issue before the first round, it could be either they could get upset in the first round or didn't demolish the second round.
If they don't play their defensive issues of they could be screwed.
Yeah, I think your name is important for, like this eating as Hector kind of order.
That means elastic.
You know, Uh, I think Toronto super locked in, but Boston's been kind of like, but they look nice a couple games and other games they have been like so and so And, you know, like Tim touchdown defensively, they need to find their their niche.
Still, you know, they have.
They have guys on the perimeter that could defend, you know, jamon Brown, Marcus Smart, even take him.
You know, it's a pretty solid defender at times, but they got no rim protection, and that's that could end up hurting them.
You know, uh, as early as in the first round.
Or who knows, maybe it will make it past the first round.
It, you know, that's an ****yst, I think the biggest area where they need to upgrade, you know, is that the center spot moving forward.
But, um, yeah, I think the game is gonna be like more implications on just can we beat this team.
And that's more on on Boston side.
Because Toronto, at this point, is like I said, it's proven that could be anyone.
So Toronto's half court offense hasn't been brain either, so far.
It's kind of okay, but yeah, I mean, I think the bigger issues bosses defensively for sure.
Look, you're saying like, that's one reason, I guess why are, uh, like Toronto? I can't like also well, im stake into them either.
You know, have a great team in great depth coaching defense.
Who's gonna be the closer, you know, and I can't put their I can buy the Siachen stock yet because he's not a great shooter.
You know, he doesn't have, like, a nice, like, shifty, crossed over a step back where he creates a great amount of separation.
And he can do that, you know? So maybe, like Daniel is kind of joking earlier.
But he said, Fred Van Fleet, you know, maybe using to be that guy.
And he's made some big shots, you know, in his college career in March Madness at Wichita State.
You may be able to take that role.
Or maybe it will be kind of a game by game.
Just who's Hot Chicks takes the last shot.
Or, you know, maybe don't come down to Nick Nurse having the drops in the place, you know, off timeouts and one night.
But if they come down a close game situations, things will get interesting for them, for sure.
Yeah, I think this is ah, the ultimate game that gets the overhyped for the simple fact that Ah, these two don't care which one wins.
Um, I think they're going to try stuff.
Um, I think both these coaches um are really good personally.
And so I think that you're going to see a little bit of what? Um, Brad Stevens and Nick Nurse, um, what they're looking to do, Maybe try out some different things, run some guys some minutes that normally don't get minutes.
I'm not sure because you don't want to show too much.
Yet you don't want to get beat up completely, right? So it's like, just stay in the game and you when you win.
Let's try some things out because in the end, like I said, it doesn't the the win and loss does not matter.
And so I'm curious, Um, what happens in this game? It literally could be where they're just fighting because they want approach the other team, that you can't beat us and that when we come, you already know walking to that game.
You can't beat us.
I don't know if that Toronto's mentality Or is it Boston that saying Hey, we need to try some different things and see what works, and then we'll see what works and then pull out of it because we don't want to show too much.
We don't want we don't want to get you to used to Ah, what a new defensive scheme might be.
So I I see some head coaches going at it, and I I kind of think that this is what l ends up being is not about the actual game.
Um, I actually think that is going to be more about the head coach is going back and forth.
Um, and so Eric wants to know, Do you think the grizz will hang on to the eight c? Um, we were not really talked about it.
I think that we looked at the numbers and I'll try to find it wrote, but I'm babbling, But we're guy what you say And I hope they dio e.
I hope they dio, um, one guy who have followed then unfollowed because he's, um he's a loser.
But I do like some of his Twitter.
Hey, came out some time talking about what their actual score or what their record would need to be to lose.
And the only team that really at the Grizzlies Uh huh.
Is it Kevin O Connor? Oh, it was probably just let me just copied.
I'm honestly, um, Grizzlies go any These teams need to go, like six into the rest of the way to jump.
Yeah. Um, yeah, sure.
That's like what kind of what kind of what you try this way like, Yeah, I think everybody.
I think they're just kind of trying to dampen down exactly what everybody already thinks how he does.
Okay, this came out, uh, 9 34 So I think after the last game, Uh, no, I'm sorry.
That's this is old.
Ah, the Trail Blazers need to go, um, says they need to go if they win one of their games, which looks like they're gonna hold on here.
The Trailblazers, we need to go three.
And well, actually one once.
I think it's two and two now, so they need to go 500 which is possible to kind of overtake them.
Um, I think the Grizzlies will have a tough time holding on to that eighth spot.
Ah, but I think that there is possibility, because the simple fact I just looked at their schedule again.
Um, Toronto is about to play the Celtics.
Right? That's gonna be a big game.
I feel like all they're gonna play well right after the Toronto game is you have the Grizzlies playing the Raptors.
Do they sit some of their players because they want to make sure they rest up that game found important? It's a Western team, Um, and after that, then you have the Grizzlies by the Celtics.
Do the Celtics rest up against the Grizzlies because their Western team Then you have the bucks playing them, and that's Ah, Boudin holders.
Guy is, um, Taylor Jenkins that our head coach.
So I think potentially.
Ah, the Grizzlies could easily beat the Bucks in the last game because I don't think you play honest the day before the game before the playoffs.
More than 1500? Yeah, Grizzly.
So I think that they easily could hold on to it.
I don't see it being an issue.
Um, worst case, they fall to the ninth and have to beat the Trailblazers two games, which is practically impossible because we there's no way we're beating them two games.
Um, just without trouble.
Yeah, without a j.
You know, um, and even Taya's tires might be back by then, but, uh, but anyway, let's keep moving on.
Thanks for that, Eric, But let's go to the preview next week.
Ah, pick a couple game.
Just kind of look through this schedule.
What? You see, I'm gonna go with an easy one.
That's gonna be from Saturday Clippers and the Blazers.
The Blazers need that game, and the Clippers have looked hit or miss in some games.
Do the Clippers stand up and actually use Paul, George and Kawai against, You know, Damon CJ, um, and pulled that one out.
So any games which are looking for this next week? Like we said earlier, this is pretty much Friday.
Next Friday is the last bubble games.
You have a week.
We will pretty much wrap up everything next week.
But what do you see? Big games next week.
I like the one you mentioned as well.
I think just from ah, a pure, uh, entertaining entertainment standpoint.
It would be really good game.
Just go there. So many stars.
You're gonna be featured in that one.
But look at the schedule tomorrow.
Also the sons and sends a game.
You know, our sons obviously continuing toe Gonna look to keep winning and stand defeated.
And then the here, obviously just one of the toughest teams in the league.
So not something that's gonna be a good one.
Um, have you gotten even looking at the schedule a little bit more? Yeah, I got to from Sunday.
The first I have Spurs pelicans.
I think that would be really interesting.
I mean, absolutely a huge game for the restore exceeded.
Could potentially knock out whoever loses that from even thinking about getting to the ninth seed.
Um, and anyone? Oh, besides that, the Spurs have looked great.
Even without work is Aldridge.
They're pushing tempo.
They're giving the vaulted DeRozan toe cutting kick toe three point shooters everywhere.
So they've been actually a lot of fun to watch so far.
The bubble and then the other game from Sunday is the six years Blazers his Blazers will be coming off of back to back with the Clippers.
They'll need it in the Sixers that way.
The Magic today, but they'll still be trying to figure out what to do without Ben Simmons and line a bell.
So I think that one will be very fun to watch.
Yeah, that's important.
Just looking at the teams.
Um, Utah has fell from where they're in the fourth spot therefore fell from 4 to 6.
Um, they're pretty much can hold on to that.
Um, they'll be in the six spot.
Um, and then o k c has jumped up.
Sees loser Announcer The Grizzlies The best team in the bubble.
Um, and Houston has now joined up to the four spot.
They claimed home filled advantage against Oklahoma City in the bubble.
Just three to they could.
Denver's up a game and 1/2 with a game and 1/2 Afford to go.
That's so tough that happens big.
Um, I don't play each other e I don't know, but so just look at that.
I think any game that Houston okay, see, play, I think sometimes could be important.
But realistically, they want to kind of stay in that area because, um, it's not that being home court advantage really makes no difference.
You get your virtual fans there, that's about it.
So maybe you could turn your hard work Clippers throw this game tomorrow against the Blazers to kind of, well, the Blazers get one and slide up into the eight seed, so they have to find a late first round Yeah, Yeah, they might.
You know, I would.
But the only problem? Yeah, I don't know.
I don't know if you ever blood a good team in That's so dangerous.
Yeah, because that Ah, that's gonna come back and bite you somehow.
That's just how common works.
But but yeah, look at Miami.
I think Miami is so overrated.
I think they could easily for fall down Indiana.
Only a game and 1/2 back.
But I just haven't played well, so I think they're going to stay.
Get your talk recruiter, either from either.
Yeah, so I wouldn't doubt if Indiana end up jump in Miami.
But like I said earlier, it's a 45 I think everything's gonna stay the same.
What? I think we see games Waas.
I think you're gonna see a lot of people resting because everything is kind of starting to shape up how it is.
And I don't think much is gonna move from here on out.
Ah, now that home court doesn't matter, you have no advantage.
So I think at this point, um, you know, I think you're going to see people just got to stay where they are.
Uh, there's two and one in the bubble, but oh, and three in our hearts.
Yeah, so All right, let's jump into our next one.
Ah, the number nine.
And then also, if you guys do you have anything he wants to pick between on this and that? I have about five or six.
So far, I've kind of added to my list.
Ah, throughout this, um, And guys, if you all have anything that you want put up against me, I'm down with looking at if you want Maybe picked thunder or Grizzlies, I would probably pick Grizzlies right now.
Ah, they're up 20 with six to go.
Do the thunder suck or the Grizzlies.
Good. Nice one with my bed.
Yeah, I think just the thunder.
Just having a tough time.
Next season this is one from deep Deep brought this up, but next season, the start date, um we've had either march is the new rumor.
The old rumor is December.
What do you think about the advantages or disadvantages to either? Ah, why would you wait till march to start? And why wouldn't you just jump on it? Right December deep go and let us off that one.
Yes, when I first saw that tweet, you know, I clicked on the article and I was like, OK, this is interesting.
And NBA's main reasoning for maybe wanted to push it back to March is that hopefully by then, um, you know, we'll have a vaccine.
That means fans would be ableto comeback two games, which would obviously increase revenue.
You know, a lot of teams are ready right now, especially ones that are not playing in getting revenue.
So that would be their main reason for wanting to push back.
Which makes sense.
Um, you know, I would stuck from, you know, for us because I love waking up on Christmas morning and just having five games on deck during the holy days.
You know, basketball nonstop, um, being stuck from that standpoint.
But it also be cool because, uh, then we get a smoke.
Some football, you know? I mean, you know, because once fall started off, it's football season, and then it would just be all kind of Saturn on that several, having his plus minus two both, You know, it's just a room right now, so I don't have somebody.
Think, Yeah, I mean, the death march start days for fans to go to the games, but it's really just so that they could make more money.
But yeah, um, I would prefer the December started because if you plan on the march start, there's no guarantee that stands will be allowed into the And at that point, teams that aren't even playing the bubble are losing so much money.
So they might as well get some sort of revenue going in rather than no revenue at all.
It's crazy, but it seems like season is supposed to end.
Like what? First versus second week of October for, like, the finals.
And if you're must couple teams, you essentially get, like, what, a month and 1/2 a max.
Two months often in your back.
You're back in it, you know.
Seems very quick for at least just going to be late into the playoffs.
Yeah, What? I see what that is.
If you wait till march, um, that kind of gonna go into the even the next season because there's no way you can start again.
Back to where, um, somehow my camera went off So start about that.
Um But honestly, you can't wait to march because I think if you wait till then, you're pushing back almost the next season.
Um, and so that's gonna be tough.
But also, the other thing that I've looked at as well is what about the guys that come in a college? So they're gonna come out and have to wait almost a whole another year to play.
Or can the guys finish after March madness and jump straight to the N B A.
And you have your draft, um, in April.
So you miss out on a month? How is that possible? Like there's so many ways that I think that's kind of weird.
And I know it's only three months difference, but, um, I also like my sports toe overlap because they all usually start off a little slow.
Um, and so you have a little bit of overlap if you start in December and even January, if you want to start in January, that's finds a new year.
You keep it the same calendar year you call this season.
The 2020 season 2021 season.
There's no 1920 whatever.
That's always weird to me as well.
But, um, I just don't I know you're not competing with anything much in March.
Besides, maybe baseball is going to start up and you know, NBA's gonna rule baseball, but I don't know how in the world you don't start December because it's just playoff football at that point, pretty much into that.
Um, man, I would start December.
You be able to capitalize.
You just gotta hurry up and change your teams.
That's the main part.
Is trying to get these ah, new free agents and get your guys back together.
But they have already been off so much.
I don't know why you would wait another three more months when they've already We're waiting for four months.
So I think starting December's, uh, what what I would pick in the end.
Yeah, I think you said if they want us to stay on track for for the following season to start maybe back a customer we're used to seeing, which is like mid October, You know, if they start in December, maybe they have, like, a shortened season by, like, maybe let's say, 10 games or so, and they could probably probably start the playoffs around like the same time we're used to seeing, which is, you know, in April or may be late April or early May, you know, which would, uh, bring the time.
Went back to what it used its used Teoh used to be.
So, you know, the one start December would be awesome.
That's better for us as fans and you guys will work in this industry.
Yeah, I think I think the December January start, whatever is going, I think that's what they end up going with and using this is a reason to do because trying to shortened seasons and speed up seasons and await, you know, for the next I think getting to December started from there would be the best.
Personally, I think that get the most viewership out of December 2.
What is it? August? Maybe this summer? August, September.
I don't know how long they dio, uh, you're starting your I thought they already ended in July.
Normally, usually they end in June.
So I'm saying, like, whatever insurance season, you know? Yeah, Okay.
You tell my shorts and I got you. Uh, no, that's fine. I get that.
But I think that December.
Where you gonna put that in the air? I hope December's the The day are the month.
You all have anything else for again to this or that.
All right. Nothing.
Well, sorry I don't see me.
I don't know what happened.
Maybe my, uh, my camera broke.
Um, I did almost a few minutes for me.
Oh, yeah? Well, maybe that's Ah, somebody.
Maybe My wife did that.
You're bad wife getting off with me.
Um, all right, so let's get in this or that.
So I don't have but five so far.
Might think of a few more as you all.
Ah, never make fun of me.
Um, but Damian Lillard or Luca Lucas, always my favorite one to give But Damian or Luca, I was just a team loses a game or book for deep.
Just a freak out over.
But I go look just cause what? It's only his second year.
Okay, I'm gonna win right now. Give me a name.
Yeah, that would be That's tell us when I feel like we've had cause damos so good.
But Luke, a man he fills up the stat sheet and make sure teams so much better.
You put somebody really good, and I know person is displayed well.
But put somebody next in them.
I think the only makes them better.
Because I don't think you saw this sporting.
It's as much and as consistent as you've seen in when he's playing alongside Luca.
Um, All right, last Ah, four to go this air that Raptors Celtics This year they play in the front or not in the finals.
But let's say they play into the playoffs.
Decide who goes up to Milwaukee.
Obviously, which one se Raptor is? Yeah, I got Toronto today.
Nurses a better coach and I got more death.
That definitely could be.
And I think the rafters air very good defensively as well. Um, all right.
So one that Ah, that Bailey talked about on with the Grizzlies at Grizzly, um, Deandra, Ayton or Triple J Jaren Jackson Jr.
They're both pretty much the same age.
Same are you know, early on in their careers you had the pick on your team, right now.
Who? Based on right now I brought you say, uh, jam Jackson Junior because he already got the three point shot in his game and he showed us a little bit more.
I think defensively, that makes the information so far.
But I think a the Instruments upset.
Yeah, probably go eating just on, like upside.
Like, if you ever figures out defensively like he will be a bistro and protector.
Yeah, just looking at the way Triple J played.
Um, just in this bubble, man, um, I might with a pick dating before then.
But just looking at what I think his ceiling is, he did not even in his grown man body yet.
Um, I really do think that, um that Triple J.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Will be the better player in the end.
Um, so just because I think even to has, like, as of now, better offensive game, like he doesn't out of the three point range yet.
But like, you can throw a ball down doing the post and he'll get a bucket.
I don't have during Jackson's there yet, but, I mean, they're both of their ceilings are very, very hot, right? All right.
So, to left, I'm bringing up on old one last because I'm a strong sieving.
Things change, but this one this might be my best one so far.
And don't Hey, I guess you know what Be honest.
Tell me if you think it sucks or not.
But Chris Middleton Pascal C aacm.
See? All right, you are thinking I like it.
All right? I did good.
I'm thinking because Chris Middleton and I'm guilty of this too.
So, like underrated, You know, everything.
Hey, don't Don't You gotta suck up to Eric.
No, I'll take the everyone say that.
Like, I'm one of those guys That kind of, like wasn't too hot too hot on them before, But he's Ah, he's arguably in all n b a player this year, you know, second best player on the second best team this season.
So And he can shoot, man like that's a thing with Jacome.
You just have to show you, you know, and both them are pretty good. Defenders do.
So that was pretty tough.
Um, if I go see how come they're just going outside? Woo? Yeah.
I mean, if you asked, like the lead slack, you probably have guys telling you she outcomes like top 10 top five player in the league right now, which is wild.
But sure, while Middleton's don't, I think, the better player right now, but like in terms of like future output, I probably get Siachen just cause what it is fourth year in the league.
I think Middleton's like air.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but he's on a second contract right now.
So Joel, more years under his belt.
So like, if there's a team for the future of, it's a SIAC, Um, but if you're trying to win right now, Middleton yeah, yeah, watch.
So I think these guys that I have always been the Robin to the Batman.
I think you're seeing a lot of these guys in this bubble because everybody's watching.
Um, everybody's paying attention to a lot of these teams who normally don't get a lot of publicity.
I think you're seeing a lot of these guys kind of take off.
Um, and just like Middleton asking, you know, Pascoe, see, aacm has looked good.
Ah, vam bleat Booker.
Ah, my kids yelling at me honestly, but, um yeah, she thinks she's the Robin, I guess to Ah, but yeah, I think that, um I think I think these guys are taking off because people are actually watching them play now.
So last one I have this is an old one, and you all went completely against me on this.
But one more time.
Bucks, Lakers, Clippers or the field here.
Also, that bucks late, Lakers or Clippers? Yeah.
I'll take blocks.
And I kind of want to throw Toronto into that.
Get out of here. You can't have.
You gotta give me if there is one more team like trial that was in the field.
I'm gets called Houston.
The Rockets Do they have a very good They have been phenomenal so far.
Well, here's their getting.
That's here that they're getting there and they you know what? They might not have to be that great.
All they have to do is beat you in a Siri's.
And I think throwing a random team, um, at you, um, and arrived.
Random lineups are not team, but lined up at you.
A small ball lineup can cause issues, and I think there's a potential there to beat you in a series.
So I think the seven games, though, evens out the randomness.
And that's what it ends up being.
But I don't know.
Ah, I can see them actually taking off and playing well, because James Harden's so good.
I hate watching their team play, and I've seen more of them in this bubble than I have any of time.
My life not just hated more.
Even I've enjoyed watching them.
Someone for their defense is ridiculous now, because Houston is there also a seven and their defense has been great.
It doesn't make any sense.
Yeah, yeah, they actually pretty like they switch pretty well.
And you gonna offense like, even though it's just a lot of like it starts with a lot of one on one, right? Either from heart under Westbrook.
Once that guys will keep the ball, they make that extra pass, take a pump, fake dribble.
You know, you see a lot of that.
And so that's one of the good things.
But front, you know, live by the three.
You die by the three.
That old rule and obviously receiving die by the three when they missed 27 in a row against the Warriors.
And I said they could be a little crazy.
Ah, little different.
But I like crazy and different.
So I might take a Toronto or Houston to given upset because those teams are pretty goods.
And also see Houston beating one of the L A teams.
I can't see them being goes.
Yeah, no, l 18 billions go through one of them.
Where is, like everyone else in the West probably has to be both, Um, right now you clippers just cause I just I just don't see him stopping Anthony Davis like, yeah, and the name of speed against that team.
But but team against the Clippers and also likes to play play small at times.
You know, I think they're more susceptible to get upset by the Rockets.
At least she I think the Clippers we match up better with them just because of that.
Yeah, but that's my opinion.
Well, let's wrap this up.
Um, on the again that just ended.
The Grizzlies knocked off the Oklahoma City thunder.
Thank God we're not gonna go winless.
So whatever happens from here, it's only a bonus.
JB's walking off the court on the cell phone.
I don't know who he's calling.
Maybe it's called his kids.
Don't talk about this game, but ah, but join us.
Um, each and every week.
Um, we're gonna be here again next week.
Ah, Friday around, you know, 45 depending on how these gains play out.
We're trying to kind of get in between the Grizzlies and a 70 Sixers game tonight.
Probably a bit more important.
The Grizzlies game even though they actually win.
So maybe I'll just ah, do a random video every time they place.
I don't pay as much attention to it now. Actually.
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