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Um, and that is the Grizzlies.
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Guys topped in things today.
Unfortunately, this brought a tear to my eye when Sandeep suggested this.
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. Three.
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 team that 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 the the Jared back.
Something doesn't help the like.
Their lack of experience has kind of show, you know, as you guys have noticed and I would have as a Lakers guy, I would have preferred, obviously, like the Grizzlies in the first round, because it's an easier match up.
It could still have a Borland serving and like I mean, there, guys, they're healthy and we don't factor in that.
They don't have Rodney Hood or trouble Arreaza.
The reason they're best perimeter defender.
And he's a guy that if they do any meeting the Lakers in the first round, you can 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 when I am, I think it is anything.
But We have to respect him 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, as though um you know, supportive.
I think we all mentions last week if they had been healthy all season, that could 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's, he looked a little rest in the beginning, but he started liking Get into flow things, too.
So they're scary.
Plus, you get a team just take over and 1/3 or fourth quarter.
Any game doesn't matter who's playing.
You 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 in the second half of the ticket booth was on the 1st 2 but like he kept it going and I think he made 11 threes.
There was, you know, and it was not something were threes, you know? And they're a big thing for for them to is Ah, man Gary.
All right? Yeah, I think it's awesome.
Will know tweet that before, before the bubble he's averaging.
Maybe seven day points.
Is games 22 or something Now, up the bench as well.
Like just another weapon for them.
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 the word.
Say what I said.
He wasn't even like that.
I do too much like he couldn't pretty solid, but he didn't.
He wasn't the three point guy he was.
Now, you know. Yeah, he was.
He was streaky, just like he still is, even though his streak is hot right now.
But the knock on him was he couldn't play defensively because Duke's Year, I think that was a year of Marvin Bagley 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. Thanks, man.
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.
And any time you can play along somebody such as game or McCollum, you could Onley look better, right? Because you're gonna be the guy.
So 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.
Oh, 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 gets the playoff games.
Eso the bubble regular season is coming to an end.
We got a week, so we'll talk about that later on.
Um, if you have questions 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 dame over 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, finally got finds it.
If you put him maybe with a different cast, um, I think he's so much better.
Um, I don't know.
I say putting with Anthony Davis instead of LeBron might take Dame.
All right, So, uh, let's get off that for 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.
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.
The Devin Booker is great.
You can average you might build averaged 30 points in the league down line.
I'll let Deep get to it cause he wants to free book.
But I think that, uh, the supporting cast around Booker has been now, Yeah, I I don't know how.
I didn't think they is good, but 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 by six years.
But I mean, John Drayton is emerging as second star there.
He has improved dramatically on the defensive end.
He is no longer a negative.
He's probably average center defense, which in the n b A.
Is means you're good to thunder 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 a look on their bubble performance.
They should have a reasonable chance of 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 states in the playoffs yet, but it's kind of like, you know, I'm sure you guys have seen a lot of people think that it'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 the heart of 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 there, you know? So you know, guys like us.
We know book book is a Cooper.
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.
You know, 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 it is hasn't been the right amount of talent or guys haven't been healthy, you know? Stem was saying Now they have those guys like DeAndre A.
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.
Now but this is a game numbers.
If he's on the sun.
Probably not like he stole 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 have said that they took a and because, like, he's still a really good big, you know, he's a 20 tender.
You can still get a little bit better on defense.
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 free 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 under 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 their worst well, they're stealing for that is three.
They can win three out of four, at least in elucidating, and then does next three games up in big states.
You mean that he don't have Jimmy Butler? Were you thinking? Yeah.
I mean, he had blocked off the bucks yesterday, so, you know, But any of these games you can't really like, take one scene where the other special teams are fighting for a spot like the sons? Well, yeah, I like Aiden.
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 es 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 eyes 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 something 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 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, Uh, but are they the dark horse to win the East de latest off? I was, actually, it's crossed my mind earlier.
I'm like I was driving, driving back from former I'm like, who is, like, the dark horse team.
So when that could win the championship and I don't think we can say then the Raptors unnecessarily a dark horse, you know, because the Arctic defending champions 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, Honest 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, don't 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 your guy like Jimmy Butler, who people like, you know, yesterday in our group, shot in the you know that he supports me, the big the big group shot.
Some guys were saying why? Jimmy Butler is kind of overrated wherever I'm like.
Do you 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 toe work hard and play ball.
Didn't work out for your spot, but him, But, you know, im a team Jimmy Butler guy.
So I think they have a good, very good Franken 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 to change it there, but yeah.
I mean, Bowler, 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 the big nurse degree 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 a close game, the end of the game, who's getting the ball for them, like his Pascal siac.
Um, ready to be that guy? Yes.
Karl are gonna be a guy that did you, like, 30 points in a game seven date when you needed him? Only that's the only question that happened.
Because their defense is clamps.
Yeah, but that was only worried.
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 kind of see what you off 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, hit the 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 Yonts is a little bit too much for him, but I think that him playing off a 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. Personal.
But I think playing off of the one of the Lopez twins, I think he could help with you honest and clog up a little bit and make that team shoot more threes.
Um, even though militant looked amazing last time they played when you honest Got foul trouble? Yeah, go ahead.
Why? But they have bodies that they can throw like Marcus.
All surge Pascal Yonas.
Like the book? Yeah, somebody's pagers gone off, so it doesn't my back with my message of pages.
You're the only one who has a major Daniel now that Z but yeah, all right.
Let's go on to number four.
This will be a leadoff for Tim, because this is a good segment, Uh, that I think that we should talk about You could talk about the rest of the time.
I don't want to make this quarter 10.
We can, Um But this is the Lakers struggles.
What is going on with the Lakers, and why will they not win the championship? Good.
I mean, I I don't look at it as, like struggles for 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.
All I 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 if you believe you're staying here.
Yeah, 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.
They're averaging the least amount of points of any team in the bubble on, uh, you can 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 industry.
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 Cook, you know? And I'm glad you finally moved to Bill 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 to stay like I'm not trying to play your who knows.
Maybe maybe we'll find out about that. Maybe not.
Smith, like also, I don't see him getting big minutes Tom postseason, So I 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 meat market, 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 Cruz up 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 in the Horton Tucker, who can, you know, at times you could place a 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 they 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 before they play these next few 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 touch him before.
So I think they're starting to move towards that squabble kind of lineup with Davis at the five to start games.
How much like practice time, they need to get that wine.
I've been rhythm, I don't know.
But I mean, it 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 shouldn't be able to win that first round series easily, regardless, Foodie Pires, even if it's the red hot or litter withers.
Hey 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 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 had a matching up well, against obviously, the Grizzlies, if they would make it cause they're just down.
But the Blazers, because the bloggers are pleasures, are more traditional team with with Nurkic on some Whiteside.
The only reason is because not because Anthony Davis.
I think he is fine at the 45 whatever you play him at.
But the simple fact that they have JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard to run out there for spot minutes of 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 13 is absolute trash.
I think I think that Dion waiters is so not good and I think that's showing.
I know some people really like him, but I completely disagree.
He looks like he's out of shape, personally, use 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 an injury or something the other night? Yeah.
Yes, Like his pain and his next in the game before.
Okay, Yeah, I would put like Caruso, um, out even wouldn't be against playing.
Um, whatever. Caldwell.
Pope, whatever sourcing isn't for, um can Darius call Well, 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.
Marquis, 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.