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Sorry about those technical difficulties, but we're back here and we're talking about the amulet.
Just an incredible performance.
Um, if this is your first time joining someone with a start, we just talked about the variety of ways that he was going the ball tonight.
Just his ability to come off screens, nurture nervous chemistry with him.
His brilliant drop fouls, just the dilemma of going over under the screen against name and, um, just all bad stuff.
So now we want to focus in on the other of the Blazers.
Opponent and math specifically moved in KP.
How they look tonight and really how they looked the entire bubble.
So for me, like Luca Dontre has easily been one of the best players in the bubble Right now, I think he's first and points and assists.
I meant second rebounds in the bubbles, so just ridiculous what he's putting up like he's serving up a 30 point, are averaging a 30 point triple double at this point.
And he ah, he didn't have his good of a game as usual today, but, you know, still ended up with 25 7 a.
Um, but it was really poor.
Zynga's who's stepped up and just did an amazing job, just really caught fire from three shooting, 78% from 37 of nine.
And, uh, you know, it was just such a threat.
Off pick and pop.
You hear that now? 13 that person has hit near the end of the game from life.
Had it been like 32 was just incredible.
And we've seen that all season, especially Post All Star break him, just extending that range back more and more and more.
He just seems to be improving his three point shot with every game.
Um, it's just really, really scary to see because if you know Lucas, not even, at least his clip isn't that high.
But if, like Luke is always a three point.
But if Luke imposing its both become, you know, like very high volume three point shooters in addition to picket boat rides, I don't see anyone stopping the like, period.
I don't see the masking games, but I'm either defense.
Granite is still pretty poor butts there, only improving, and it's really staring empty because there are so good yeah, and I think, like one of the problem, uh, issues that the Mavericks this this year was they were just historically, um, arguably the best, just in terms of offensive rating.
The best offense in N B A history.
Which Brown was quite.
Yeah, yeah, they were ridiculous this season, and that's even with the injury of Dwight Powell halfway through the season, but really just shows you how great.
Ah, Luca Don Church was in just running the offense and just manipulating defense's well, One thing we saw is that they lost a lot of close games in the last couple of minutes and lie.
I forget the statistics, but in the last three minutes they weren't really the same team in close games that they were usually And, um, you know, like although they lost this game, one big win they had was against the box other day.
It was, you know, just one of the best performances I've seen from Lucca Dodgers just in terms of scoring, yet over 30 points, but also just the passing God almost racking up 20 assists and just I'm just ridiculous minute billing to the defense and really stepped up after ports and just found out in the overtime and beat.
You know, Bucks team.
It was more than a legitimate opponent.
Yeah, I was actually watching the boats mouths with my dad.
I wouldn't consider my dad like a too casual, but he's definitely not, like, die hard body means and does this first I'm really having the full Luca experience.
Uh, you know, after the game, these like, we're gonna be watching this guy play for a very long time.
He was just taken aback by how good Luca was in.
Like I since I've been washing, you know, since his very first game is worth a year.
You know, I've seen it 2030 times, games just like that.
But it was not in the last, so impressive.
And it's incredible.
Let's say that we've gotten usedto performance like that from a 21 year old.
I mean, he's got maybe eight months.
I me and I don't even think that she is playing making like I said, just continues to improve.
And like I said, I think if that replaying clips starts it, I think he only sits around 30 31%.
But if you can get at upper thirties.
Oh, my God. Watch out.
We're gonna be so **** good.
Yeah, I mean, offensively, there's almost nothing that you can ask more for him.
Just especially at 21 years old.
It's just putting up some of the best.
Like this was the best outline for, you know, many Hall of Famers careers just in its second season.
And I think the only thing that you can ask him to do better out is just be able to hit those three pointers.
But I suspect that that three points percentage would at least creep up Teoh maybe like around 33% if you just excluded all the late shot clock threes that he kind of has to take when the average don't have anything going on or about to get a shot clock violation.
I'm not just some of the ball for Bhutto.
I've heard some varying opinions.
How, How bad? How putting thinking actually is defensively in comparison to some other like superstars who are just all like stars such as Trey Young and even Curry, who have Kyrie guys like that mostly point guards that historically poor on defense.
How much? Imagine do you think she is to the Mavericks on the defensive side of the ball? And if so, where? Like you think little things you can do to improve on that end because, you know, is that blood? It says clearly, in terms of foot speed, that's probably not gonna happen.
But he said he has the n b A frame that compete with guys, and I think he could do small Amy's off with which was defensive strategy to improve on bottom.
So have you seen being approved? Yeah, so I mean, I think you kind of mentioned it, uh, his size.
I mean, he's 67 So even though functionally he, you know, mainly runs point guard, you know, runs the show on offense on defense, he really can be a lot of times it's, you know, Seth Curry.
Or even sometimes him Hardaway, who's like Tim Hardaway today, who's up regarding their point guards.
So even if he doesn't really have that foot speed, which was one of the criticisms that he had, uh, coming out of the draft, which just seems ridiculous now, a lot of times he could just make it up with that.
Um taller, you know, with that taller frame having a bigger wingspan and, um, the way that you know, teams which target players like, you know, at points in the finals, the LeBron tabs teams would just try to run, pick and roll and just switch, get LeBron James.
Um, having curry switched on to him.
But I really don't think you'd be able to do that with Luca Dodge because of the, um, sizing has that.
I don't think he's slow and necessarily slow enough.
He's necessarily gonna get killed by point guard every single time.
But I think there's a lot of other players that you might want to charge it on.
Um, that team and given playoff series before you hit Luka.
Yeah, I think we could could certainly start on even more upper body strength.
This crime here was nowhere near the size he is now, and I think it really helps harder to put on like this.
Also, masks expects its interior defense, I think, do a similar thing is that he's never gonna be incredible defender.
But in terms of just hear your defense and being able to help side, I think been greatly for Bunny out.
Some also So, yeah, definitely.
And we saw even from year one to year two over the over the summer, he was able to put on load more muscle, and I think that just helped him with this, finishing just as well as working on its floater.
So that was one thing, he added, and then he also just got decades such a better ball handler where you know, he was good last year.
But now he's just at the point where him just very similar, like the heart and it's really not about who's in front of him.
It's about, um, you know, viewing the second guy and figuring out whether to score off that or toe figure out how to manipulate the defense of you can hit the Open got.
But I think one thing between kin and Hardin is you know, Harden is also fantastic, Pastor, but it's a lot of times, especially the we're Houston offenses, really just kicking to a guy, um, to hit a three or just one more swing past the corner.
Who and that guy's gonna hit the three, whereas Lucas really getting some, you know, getting his teammates toe do some great off ball cutting like it was.
Unfortunately, the playoff didn't count.
But towards the end of the game, Luca got a double team.
Trey Burke, cut under the basket, had a great backdoor cut, Luca him of a great pass, and then Trey Burke hit one more.
To, um, I think Dorian Finney Smith in the corner, who is three.
But Trey Burke ran its Damian Lillard for the charge.
But, um, you know, I really just think the way that Luca passes and gets the teammates involved is, um, you know, so impressive and maybe even a step above harden in terms of passing ability.
And I think Bill Simmons may have been trying to allude to that on his podcast the other day, taking a lot of hate the last couple days due to I think it was perceived as a racist Thomas And you know, I don't know his head, so I can't I can't speak on the episode epistemological roots of his comment.
But, um, I can say that there definitely is a difference in the playmaking ability of Mugen Harden and Lucas, really.
Already the superior playmaker.
Um, well, and heart hardens a great bigger Not gonna live a lot of this.
A lot of his passes, air dump offs, you know, or lobs in the piano.
They're not use elaborate.
You know it like circus passes.
Houdini acts, if you will, That Luca can pull out at Wolf at will.
You know, regardless of what Bill Simmons men's.
I do think that there is a clear argument to be made for Luca already being superior.
Yeah, I think like the big thing.
I even listen that part thirds of the cliff in the podcast where he talks about it.
I think a big thing that he was trying to get across is just like I was talking about.
Just the awful movement.
I know Harden Harden.
They just want their five out Spacing is really just focused on hitting those open shooters and help the fender comes in.
Whereas I think Luca has a lot more different options in terms of how he, um, like you know how he's getting his teammates open.
And I think for a player like a Seth Curry for Tim Hardaway Jr.
They're not just reduce a spot up.
Three point role, three point shooting rules, even though that that's a skill them.
They're both, you know, get a couple off all cuts of the basket every game.
That results in a basket for Bammer.
At least a good defense in this match.
Yeah, I could speak on the nuances of the Rockets offense, and but unfortunately, we have to move on.
I want to talk about the, um, just quality of the broadcasts inside the bubble, what you've liked in terms of the overall basketball product that they've done.
Yeah, I mean, I think for all the NBA's fans, um, you know, the second bad MBA fastball is back, even kind of those three warm up games for each team.
Uh, we felt like it was a pretty good product, like gospel really started, be back.
But I think as the games actually started coming and s teams really started Ah ah, you know, playing meaningful games.
We saw that a lot of teams decided, not really even to, um, easier players in the rotation.
But start playing a lot of games kind of with the playoff intensity, so that was just so great to see.
And then I think the NBA's just did such a fantastic job job in terms of the production.
Um, the commentators, I thought, have been doing a really good job, especially given how many games that they're broadcasting a week compared to normal.
And then on top of that, I think they just, you know, really got their you know, their sound down.
I think the Rena sound feels really good.
Um, and they're just, you know, I think they just, uh you know, the fans in the back, I think adds an interesting wrinkle.
But, you know, eyes closed, not looking at the screen.
It completely sounds like a game.
And I think for us at this point, we've just made our small adaptations.
But, you know, it really feels like a real game.
So what do you think? I'm actually a huge fan of the virtual fan Mom.
I actually applied a few times, didn't get in, but I'm gonna keep doing it. I get.
So hopefully that's a playoff game.
I could sit in the next to Gucci Mane, making for a troop of rapid and up in the box, but it's awesome to see celebrities coming in.
We Leah, made a performance.
I've seen live animals.
I think they go to cup on, so we see no stopping.
It seems to be every game.
There's a new medium or something else that arises out of the birth man.
So I think it's been a really cool twist.
Both to get fans involved as well as celebrities would only be sitting courtside.
And I also think, um, like, you know, me and you're both, eh? NBA league pass subscribers.
And a lot of times we're watching cattle Beard games, not just a nationally broadcast games, and I think even the commentators have gone to more.
I remember the very first game of the N B. A season.
Like what? The preseason, which was, I think Clippers, Clippers, Magic.
Maybe there's just one Clippers commentator, and he was kind of just going desert just talking by himself.
I really think a lot of local broadcasters have been getting the game a lot together, although one thing I will say is that, um, the so called like announcer Jenks, where announcer will say one of the players a really good free throw shooter, it will be like he's 85% free throw shooter when he misses, they'll always talk about bad.
Is getting to be overused cliche when he also Zehr bowling those free throws a couple of games ago.
And for some reason they got Van Gundy in every box game.
He would not shut up about it.
I was what was about to lose my mind.
Uh, but you know, for somebody's announces, this is their first or second time watching these smaller market teams.
And you can tell that I'm even as we've gone up that the quality of commentary has gone up because they have more exposure to like a De'anthony melting or Kyle Anderson.
They start to watch these guys that many of them have never watched before.
You can tell us something, guys who especially, you know, Ben Gunn.
You can make this absolute ludicrous comments about role players, but I have been nice to see Yeah, I really like them.
Gandhi, like I really like kind of having that basketball mind.
More so been like a Mark Jackson.
I think then Gandhi really adds a lot of his coach insights up.
I probably good, um, and see Ah, it's Ah, What do they say? Every Rose has its thorn.
Yeah, you can be as handsome, pretty atrocious states.
But now, Yeah, I didn't think that, uh, yeah, you anything else in terms of inside the bubble and the TV? Um, chronic as a whole? Or do you want a transition and talking about the playoff picture in the playing games? Yeah.
So I guess the last thing is, you really just realize how much better in the basketball product is when there's 22 team versus 30 just a limiting those eight teams.
You're getting so many better matchups and higher quality play.
And that's, I think, just been such an awesome experience for all us basketball fans.
Unfortunately, that's gonna end in three days as the regular season ads.
But you know, we'll get a great ah, potential set of playing games this weekend, but kind of moving.
Let's talk about the race for the A C, which is really heating up with the Portland Trailblazers winning today and the Grizzlies getting the Celtics, but in yes, so as it sits, the Blazers, if they win, are in under percent.
They're gonna be in either the plan game.
Um, it's still sit slightly behind the Grizzlies.
However, if the Grizzlies lose and the Blazers win, then the blaze mint can have that eight seed.
So I'm going to go through a few more scenarios here.
Um, if the Grizzlies or the Blazers lose and the Suns win, Tomasson's right here.
Cuba will get that nine seed if they both if the Grizzlies and the Blazers both lose.
And the sons when the sons lined up with the A c.
Um, and then it just keeps on going down that cycle is that if the Grizzlies and Stones both lose, then in the Spurs, when the Spurs can get the nine seed and so on.
But right now, as a standing sit, we have Grizzlies in the eighth Seed Blazers in the nine seed, Sons at 10 and Spurs that I love it and the sun them yet like 100.
1 like 1/100 of a percentage point above the Spurs.
Yeah, it's it's It's crazy I like right now.
Ah, Grizzlies and Sons Air sitting at 45.
8% winning percentage and San Antonio's eyes at 45.7.
So it's really crazy how this is gonna come out.
I'm not really sure, um, I because I believe it's by winning percentage first before any, like, tiebreakers.
Anything, right? Yeah.
So it's it's really gonna be interesting to see how it's gonna shape up with all these teams having one game left.
And right now, Portland's just half a game above, and I think they're lost games against Brooklyn.
So should be a pretty easy win.
But I know like way the handles, the earth movers and Bowling Two.
While Cabra has been balling, made a lot of shops like, Yeah, granite.
There's been some stars that are being arrested against them, but they played a **** near Feli healthy Magic team.
Except for drunken eyes excitedly.
Yeah, uh, actually, you know what for? You'd invited a or, you know, you know, but care Sliver has been awesome.
And, um, Jared Allen's been playing some very basketball.
Uh, so you never know.
But I have a feeling that dame's gonna come out.
You let your kid Yeah, knowing that.
You know, there's only one thing this mind, it's I want to play the Lakers and make a spark.
Charles Barkley's prophecy come right.
So I think what we should do right now if you're up for the challenge, is let's just I'm gonna run a time room. Let's just do two minutes.
Kind of like talking about our thoughts on each one of these four teams, as were kind of, you know, finishing up the race for eight.
So that the person who are, um well, I mean, I think we can kind of just both talk, and it's OK if we go a little over two minutes.
Our viewers not so we're not just boring them with talking about the center abstruse, starting up right here on a leader off here.
All right, so let's just start with the Portland Trailblazers.
We already talked about them a good amount, especially Damian Lillard just because of what happened the game.
But, um, you know, I know we talked a little bit about Melo, but can we talk about their role players, particularly Gary try and turned or like anything else you're seeing from the team? Yeah, G.
T J Gary Trend Jr has been absolutely fabulous from downtown.
And, you know, normally what you see with these guys is like, Oh, I had that shot.
Like I might take another one. No.
I was like, he's ready to pull up every time he's playing some hard nosed defense.
He looks really confident.
It just looks like And that awesome to see because I think that cool thing about the bubble is it's the lack of fans.
You know what they say? Oh, in big games, Well, players disappear on the road you have here.
So young guys have a newfound confidence.
T J Warren Do farm, huh? You know, you I think, um, it's been really cool to see that Gary Trent Pizzonia.
I hate I think he's been carrying.
Yeah, it never would have seen his own.
You play a good game, literally.
I mean, you talked about this when he don't done you on it, so I don't want to move on in the next video.
Yeah, well, really quickly.
One thing l say I know we talked about it a little earlier in the week, but, um, obviously having nurkic back has been que Did you just see just how good a player.
He is fresh in the offensive adage, a pick and roll partner as with Damian Lillard.
But I also think, um, this it also presents an opportunity for White Slide.
This is white side of slide as a bench player.
And although you really good counting stats, I think was second leading rebounds first in blocks like we clearly know that that's not necessarily a great playoff center, and not necessarily the best viable option.
So I think having him come off the bench gives the Blazers a little well, first to give them more death, but also kind of maybe suits its role a little bit better.
So good for the Trailblazers to get that interrupt this.
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He really, really had better them.
He had burned him.
Um how good for you, honest man, I He's been hangar the last couple of games he wanted Teoh, You want to choke out.
Who was it after? They had a hard follow on him.
He told the rap he was gonna **** him up.
I quote that, we'll get into that.
Was it against the Nets? You believe me? On that was dot the hall? Uh, yeah, yeah, I know.
Yonas has been playing really angry.
I think he's unhappy with the way the Bus of Flame.
So hoping he gets all of us out of this system.
He doesn't get ejected in a playoff game because that would be atrocious.
So let's talk about the Memphis Grizzlies now, who are one in six lost.
Jaren Jackson, Jr.
Just look completely in, Ah, disaster mode.
What do you do? You think? Yeah, Um, yeah.
I don't want to see the Grizzlies in the playhouse, and I don't want without Jerry Jackson, you know, went with Jared and job and that, and then offense humming and Jerron on both ends if they can be really fun to watch.
But honestly, they've just been a mass.
Um, defensive rotations have been bad, and I would way rather watch the blazers of the sons or even the spurs and watch the prison.
Yeah, it's really unfortunate.
Just because they had such a great year really defied expectations.
But I think, um, you know, first of all, I believe the first game they went over time with the Trail Blazers and just losing bad plus game after that and just both heartbreaking fashions really set a bad time for that meant that when Jaren Jackson went out, you know, he was just such a you know, even last year, he was great.
But just to see the way that him and jaw work together this season, you really saw, um, the nucleus really starts a former as well as Brandon Court.
And, you know, it was just really disappointing toe.
See that? And you feel bad for them.
You know, potentially being kicked out of the bubble are like of the play in scenario.
But to be fair, they also had a Zeman e.
They had a better shop in anyone and they went one in six in their time, So yeah.
Dillon Brooks has been missing a lot of shots. Yeah.
So let's move on to the Phoenix on the hottest team in the bubble.
Seven and Oh, baby.
And they actually don't have telling you.
Very junior, who's, uh, injured, you know, doing a fashion shoot.
Who knows what? Tell your buddies out hand guarantees.
Looking good doing it, though.
But yeah, Devin Booker put up another 35 I believe today.
Just playing absolutely fantastic basketball.
Um, he's hitting shots from everywhere on the court.
His defense has improved and the sun's another list seems along Israel's who just really, really wanted.
It's impossible to see out of Booker, especially because of how many times, you know and the weather and the big it's always question is ability to wing win.
Big games get in the playoffs and they finally have a shot here after coming in as the heavy underdog.
So I wish I want money down on that.
But none of us expected this, frankly.
And, um, you know, Cam Johnson has been fabulous.
He's been hitting sum***** pots, be called bridges.
Has been really you a threat.
Talking about two.
It has been defending at a really high level.
I seem Get it, stick out.
His arm and tip of all are headed like three or four times a game.
He's gonna position block, It's it's It's been awesome.
Yeah, I mean, ah McCullough Bridges.
I think Philadelphia had him at 10 in the draft a year ago.
Are not this past rap with one before that on and treated him, And you just think about like how well that you'd be able to play that guy.
Any system I more and they have Bible now is obviously in amazing defender.
But I think another big thing is, you know, I didn't get a chance of washing many Suns game, nor was too interested to be honest this season.
But getting a better look at them in the bubble, just the strides of the Andre Aid has made on the defensive end.
I don't think anyone was really questioning his offense.
I you know, I think he's starting to become more efficient player, but just the fact that he's becoming a confident defensive player and everybody knew he had the tools, But, uh, you know, he was just getting killed his rookie year.
So, um, just like, good for him.
Teoh, you know, be able to kind of start to figure it out on the defensive and really become a huge positive player.
Yeah, and this surprised this unseen has been Cameron artist pain.
Who is my goats? Who like me name when I think of like, a genuine player.
But it's him in, like Walt Lemon Junior camera gentleman N B A player this all out of the blue.
Just say I'm camera on this pain.
I'm just started, like guarding people I don't came from and I but it's been fun to watch and like he's just another one of those role players who get sign and just all the sudden steps up gets his chance.
Doesn't have to play in front of your fans.
And you wonder like I said, how? Um, just being in an empty arena impacts these guys Psychologically, I think a lot of guys are really bad if it Yeah, and I think another thing that, um, I heard about was that the depth production is different or not having that huge crowd of people behind the basket.
And, um, you know, I think there honestly might be something to this explanation.
Given that, you know, players like Devin Booker T. J.
Warren are just going just crazy from three point.
Granted, it is a small set sample size.
But, you know, there are a lot of shooters that are just absolutely ranging from three.
Yeah, it's Ah, it's been crazy.
And, you know, not like I was expecting, honestly, a decrease in the overall shooting splits just because of how about these guys with So I think that we just further evidence that it is, in fact, easier in the death perception for whatever views.
And you don't have the big open, you know, causes.
Yet, guys, I just feel like they're in open gym, just, you know, in practice mode.
Melo Melo doing that eight hours a day.
Anyway, so for him is had in ages.
Um, so yeah, let's move on.
Teoh! Santonio Spurs Who have been? Yeah, I'm not as much as the sons, but I think I've just been defying a lot of expectations.
Yeah, I think this is going a little over four minutes or two.
We just got started talking about the Andre Aiden stop carried away myself.
Um, the Spurs, they don't have a guy who's been spend.
My jumped off the page, but the roses put playing really solid Calvin Johnson a great game earlier today.
Jaca party has been playing great.
Um, I don't think there's nothing to say about the Spurs that hasn't already been said about, you know, the Popovich has, but they've just been playing really strong, fundamental basketball.
They've been scoring, but I don't think there's anything seriously notable about them.
I must have seen anything that, uh no.
And I mean, I think a lot of people this is not a very unique take.
But I think the Rosen at the four has been very successful and like another thing you noticed is I think it was, uh I was against the Grizzlies when Jerry like it was a very close game and Jaren Jackson, you know, three from the corner and then jurors and comes the other way.
Pump fakes, gets ah, simply Kyle Anderson or Grayson Allen to bite for the pump fake and just get to the line.
It's two free throws to win the game.
But, um, you know, as much as advanced stats don't really like DEMAR DeRozan, Um and you know, I think we saw with the Raptors that.
You know, he wasn't gonna be a player that could take you, Ah, toe the You know, the finals and everything like that.
DeRozan still can be an efficient player or not necessarily inefficient player.
But someone like get you a bucket, That game help you win.
Especially kind of a regular season.
Um, I guess this is getting to test to see if the Rosen will I get those end up staying on the Spurs.
I don't know what his plan is.
There are a lot of whispers throughout the course of the season is getting out of Miami's You what? Lando Spurs or the Spurs? He's not in the long term plan to see what happens.
But personally, if I had my ideal playing matchup, its sons blazers, I think that's Ah, look, that common attitude among along MBA Twitter because that we have corn with as well.
Um, so I think Ah, I want to use this as, ah, points of transitions.
Kind of what the first round matchups like some of them might look like, especially with the Lakers and Clippers.
But I want to give a quick, like minute segment for you to just kind of ran about the pelicans, and I'm just kind of wandering their opportunity to make playoffs.
Yeah, you might actually want to start your stopwatch for this one.
Kisses to take all my, um uh, three weeks.
Oh, I got out of here and I talked about how there's no way that the pelicans, with their schedule, is not making the playoffs.
They have by far that you see a schedule bubble.
They got pictures of Zion looking like hurting use with, like, apparently, like 5% body fat.
No, Zion came out.
He was literally out of shape, like there's visibly out of shape, over way like or so than we've ever seen.
They could only play him for, like, three minutes segments the first couple of games, and we thought it was because of injury prevention.
But I'm traditionally because his cardiovascular system could not handle going down the foot.
It was that bad.
Um, Grande got better as the games went on, but the pelicans gave no effort defensively.
And really any game assigned from 1/2 stretch? I believe it was in the game before, um, last night's game with just hits the way.
I don't want to talk about you know what I mean? And I mean, I'm lying.
Just looks so out of shape.
He actually had zero steals and zero blocks in time in the bubble, which just I mean, considering when you when you saw, um, just had his year in Douma, his potential any, you know, his effort on defense? Um, it was just It was just a huge disappointment to have him combat out of shape.
But I really think you sense it.
Ah, the very first game, when it was publicans jazz and he played 15 minutes and even Zion out of shape.
You realize that the pelicans could have won if they just put him in for a little longer.
Just change their ah day plan a little bit.
So just really frustrating, for the pelicans will see if they have a new coach next year.
But I think it just invites a lot of interesting questions, which I don't want to get them into a rabbit hole here, but, um, coaching decisions whether or not to trade Drew Hall Day, which will sure have great trade value.
Um, but, you know, looking at this team, especially when they got Zion back in the regular season.
Looks like a playoff caliber teams.
So, uh, super disappointing into their season.
No, the, uh, talking about.
So we, you know, saw the blazers and Mavs, who are the potential 78 seed.
So just talking about, um, like, you want to start with, maybe like, clippers, Mavs? Like what? That could look like.
And just, uh, you know, having such a dynamic player like Luca s.
So it's not guarantee that we're doing clippers, Matt.
That's actually if the jazz lose out on the map when their next split.
Actually, I think it is guaranteed after that blazer.
Never mind the blaze.
No. Yeah, yeah, on the map.
So it's very, very likely that the Clippers will be playing the mavs.
Um, my personal take Is that colli in people? You're really gonna turn it on? Um, we haven't We seen them together? The bubble much one seem to be old managing the only ones managing the load he'd use up in the air.
You know, they had another court that much, but I think and as soon as you know game one starts, they're gonna be info for us.
The last time koalas playing riel competitive basketball tease was just absolutely outstanding.
So I'm expecting to cook first amount of full force.
I don't think the Mavs really have any defensive response.
For what? Um, both co i PG and that the benching it interesting.
And we were gonna throw out them.
Um, but granite.
I do think that Luca and KP is pick and roll.
In What? How to you j and shooting.
I think they're gonna maybe go six or at least win one game.
But I don't see it really going past six games.
I think the Clippers still by far the superior team defensively especially.
And they you know, there's the well, it's the in stream prove just really benefit.
Yeah, so I think Ah, it was funny the other day when ah, Clippers played the, uh played the Trailblazers and the Clippers bench bench.
Heard like why was resting the whole game.
And then they didn't play Paul George and then took out Marcus Morris for the under the tire of the of the end of the fourth quarter.
So they were basically running around Landry, Shamma and a bunch of players.
They're never gonna get any playing time and just seemed like the Clippers were trying to lose on purpose.
Of that, Portland would be the eighth seed so that they play the Lakers, which you know as a Laker fan I don't want.
And then, on the other hand, you know, like as a Laker fan, I really want the matter of Speed, the seven seed against the Clippers just because I definitely think of, you know, the ceiling.
But you just have with Luca's your best player and imports.
And yes, it is really scary.
But talking about, you know, Lakers Trailblazers, which might be getting ahead myself because it's not necessarily the first round matchup.
But, you know, I think most people agree that that's probably the most dangerous potential first round opponent.
Especially given how, with the absence of Avery Bradley in Orlando, there's just Lakers don't really have a great solution for being able to guard one.
And, um, also just both of ah players in season McCollum and Damian Lillard And yeah, that on the other hand, the trouble is they don't really have a good wing option the garden broadened.
And so, you know, maybe it won't be not competitive.
If LeBron can just kind of take care of business more so than, uh, the Trailblazers guards.
But, uh, yeah, I mean, I think no one wants to put the trouble is right now, what are your thoughts? Yeah, to be honest, I don't see that being back in part of the series.
Uh, I do think Damian Lillard is just an incredibly dangerous basketball player right now.
I think he's super hungry.
I think he wants to win, but the blade simply do not have the personnel to guard LeBron and Anthony Davis.
They was going to tear that defensive parties in a hopefully like, Swiss cheese bad like hand.
Not guard anybody right now.
And like, you know, Malcolm put little spurts of the other games when he's, you know, Do you know guys the perimeter and Dirk, It can, you know, place of interior defense.
It makes a nice place.
Then it's not happening.
They're not they're not running.
They're not guarding the Lakers for 48 minutes a night.
LeBron is going to eat them, OK, Even if Lillard gets hot you know, two games and they pick up, you know, two wins at most.
I just don't see them being able to make it an actual Syrians, just just from the lack of Yeah, And I think another thing that kind of be on the lookout for if the Trailblazers or to make the playoffs is troubling.
There seem like they've just been, you know, putting on the most miles out of anyone I know.
CJ and Damien Lillard have both been averaging over 40 minutes again and just, like, kind of a low that they have.
Um, offensively, I guess.
But on both sides of the floor is really, really draining.
And I know last year, um, you know, after Damian Lillard had just an amazing first round performance against the Thunder and sent Paul George home, which is another funny Tropic of the week.
But after that Siri's he looked a lot more gas in the playoff series against the Nuggets, and then they got swept by the Warriors after that.
So I think, you know, it would be a huge accomplishment for the Trailblazers who had won the hardest schedules to be able to make the playoffs in the first place.
Once they get there, they're ready.
Um, you know, I kind of had a games of playoff.
Are eight games of playoff intensity fastball which is, you know, equal to a serious before even actually getting to the real playoffs along with, you know, one or two playoff playing games.
Yeah, and like, not to mention, you said they have the shortest bench of just about any from the league.
Time is only in record.
It's like you're automatically giving up with 10 point on.
So you literally your benches are.
We could play Whiteside for 12 to 15 minutes and then Gary Trend for 35 you know, he's basically a rookie, so he's been awesome.
Fortunate for them.
I think they'd be in this situation if it wasn't for Jerry Front.
But like Mario Zone, you can't play plant basketball.
Neither can when you Gabriel like, Who are these guys that they were literally to do so playing, you know, playing Willard for 45 night, which they already are.
I don't think it's gonna, you know, for him too much, but mellows an old body dropped a few pounds on it but Mel is gonna get worn out like you're gonna get seriously worn out.
So I guess the next thing is kind of wrapping up the less as we're ending our regular season from the three of six matchups which, you know, still little bit in the air.
A couple of things could change.
Okay, see, and jazz could switch places.
I believe the thunder and Rockets may be able to switch places, but Denver looks locked into the three seed.
Either way, there's no home court advantage.
And, um, you know, out of that three through six range is there anyone that you see has been, you know, having good bubble performance, Or you'd be worried about in the playoffs.
Yeah, I m p j has been absolutely outstanding.
Um, he's been feeling you with pockets, you know, scoring at will.
Basically, um, I wouldn't want to play the Nuggets first round the jobs.
We're gonna end up in that situation probably and feeling that that could be a pretty quick Siri's the way that the Nuggets are playing right now.
Jamal Murray came back and he's been electric yet. One.
She's been playing pretty good to be senselessly.
But, um, I'm sorry that the Jazz did not stand a chance against the Nuggets.
I'm taking Nuggets. And five enough potential Siri's.
Yeah, I think one interesting thing for the Nuggets of Think about and for um, for Coach Malone to think about is just with the emergence of M. P J.
They've been missing both Gary Harris and Will Barton, who, you know, we're both starters for them and especially Will Barton had a very good season while Gary Hairs struggled a shoot, but is, ah, a good perimeter defender for them? Um, but in that position as the Nuggets coach, would you be thinking about potentially starting M P J over Will Barton Corp.
Where there's I think it's really magic dependent.
P J still be defensively? Uh, yes, toe.
Have a definite right at your firm like M p. J.
I don't know, man.
I would still start Will Barton a most playoff series.
I think there's very few situations where you want M P J in the game in crunch time, even saw and some of the Nuggets closer games in the bubble.
You know, MP James got heavy minutes early But when it came to crunch time, it got even if they called time outs or, you know, whenever there's news about follow another, they pull them out and replace him like Jimmy.
Grab, um, or Millsap for what was on the bunch.
Because it is don't like those defense in the actives for M P.
So I think ultimately it burns really healthy.
They will start him over.
Michael Porter, Jr.
Uh, your question is, Will Bull Bull Sinclair, That's yeah, yeah.
I mean, I you know, I saw him play the Lakers up close yesterday.
You know, he obviously kind of made it is making a name for himself in the bubble, but, um, you know, we'll see.
He just makes a lot of great plays.
Um, but as teams lock in for the playoffs, you really trust a guy who has had seven games of riel experience on a hard it's out.
So your thoughts on the potential Rockets Thunder matchup, which will be really interesting or union of Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook with their former teams.
I am so excited to see this manager.
I'm praying to God that this pans out for us because it is like it just seems like it was meant to be all season with Chris Paul going the funder, them being, you know, you know, way way out.
No, you know, no on.
No one's even in front of their mind of a team that could potentially be in this position.
And here they are ready to take on the rockets.
And, um, I would be fearful if I'm ah, Maury and a five.
If I'm D'Antoni that your entire system could be thrown by the wayside of Steven Adams comes in there with Christmas, her throwing mob on you.
I think Steve Adams could That could end up having been 25 in, like, 12.
At least in these lately.
I think that, um, Steven Adams could have a hell of a Siri's.
And on top of that, you know, the rockets have been really iffy defensively.
Uh, this entire bubble, um, they don't have the depth that they have in years past.
And I'm truly could be that the funder would end up winning the series against the Rockets.
And it sounds crazy to say, but, you know, with with a healthy shrewder with shooter back in the bubble and with, um, you know, with with Chris Paul play like has been all year and galloping and shots like I think things have to fall the right way for the crazy.
Don't get me wrong, but I have.
Snow actually is more likely for the pieces that come in a place for the thunder because they have consistently shown all year that they are a dangerous team and that they play defense.
And the Rockets, historically especially hard, have shown that he can fall apart and their strategy does not play out on the playoffs.
You know, especially now that they don't have Chris Paul is to step up and hit the big time because Westbrook has been great, but he's not getting to the back busted on Steven Adams.
And if you throw Logan's door on there on top of that, we're over said he's driving.
Yeah, and I think especially, Ah, you know, the thunder Being able third Robinson and door kind of more athletic players.
Teoh be able to get on them is gonna be kind of interesting experiment, but, uh, yeah, we'll see how it works out.
So I got a little bit of and there, but I'm so about this.
I The rise of door in the bubble has been tremendous to see.
He got a It was a four year, 5.
4 million Alipio, right? Or the bubble? Every making Scottie Pippen means about it.
Um, but he's a starter for a playoff team looking the winner.
Siri's and he's gonna make well over one million the next four or five years.
So awesome, grabbed by the funder, give you Tom cap fungible.
More importantly, it gives you a guy and very rare caves of a super, super well put together Rookie.
You've been defended a high level.
You just have so much, um, roster flexibility for potential series against the Rockets and near the robots.
And I could throw door, um, Galla, Lana.
You can throw him up.
It's just like Diyala here. Your team, to be honest.
Yeah, very interesting.
As I think most people would agree that the Rockets have just huge upside just country star players.
But, um, you know, on the other end the thunder just that enemy of a team that's really maximize their potential.
Led by Chris Paul s.
So let's wish to the east.
And, you know, I think one matchup that you're really looking forward to is the 45 matchup between the Heat and the Pacers, a k a.
Jimmy Butler vers t J Warren Cage match.
So, what you got on that s o last night? It was a little disappointing for me.
Honestly, I'm not expecting ability, fan.
I like it, But I would like to see teaching war and just dropped, like, 40 on his face last night.
It did not have the jail warden was, uh it wasn't good.
You kind of just disappeared after after the first quarter.
And like, hey, Jimmy Butler, you could call was a man on a mission.
He, uh he he was just speaking with this play last night.
There were wasn't shipping at all.
He just came out at a really solid game and that he won convincingly with House. The bonus.
I don't see the Pacers winning more than one game against the Miami Heat.
Oh, so talented defensive who they wrote.
It's a well, bandages covering so much ground with Jimmy Butler in the lineup, It's just it's just a wonderful thing to see if Spoelstra has humming.
And then the Pacers were kind of just in disarray offensively at times.
I really don't see the Pacers even making it.
It's like a real Siri's.
Yeah, I mean, I think I agree with most of those assassins.
I will say, You know, I think Chris is gonna overall successful season for the Pacers.
Obviously, really disappointing that Sabonis got injured while being in the bubble.
But, um, you know, very promising, especially I think that unlocked this t j warn scoring ability, but and I think native and MacMillan really doesn't get enough credit as a coach for being able to maximize his players.
Pacers just have done a great job.
Whether it's, um, you know, all the depo are Sabonis, um, just really kind of getting the most other players in Mount Rug had a really good year this year, but I think just the defense of the key and then also just the shooting.
I mean, obviously Duncan Robinson.
But you know, you have so many guys that can shrug it from three whether if you choose to use Meyers Leonard, you could be a stretch five.
Bam is obviously one of the most versatile players, um, in the league.
So I kind of agree with you with that, Um, you know, I think probably would be easy to match up for the heat, but, you know, really good story.
I think coming from the Pacers now, um, I think of 36 matchup is probably gonna be Celtics.
Ah, Celtics 70 Sixers.
And, you know, I think at the beginning, the bubble would be really excited.
It's here that about that matchup, but, uh, now, probably not as much.
So So where your thoughts on Celtics six years or more.
So maybe the disappointment of the six years I was so sad to see Simmons go down.
Uh, you know, the six years had a chance to come in and prove everyone wrong and say, you know, we got our **** together, and now it's like they're in it.
They're still in a tough spot because you hear all these rumors that Oh, if they don't, we don't put up a fight against the Celtics if they don't win this series.
But really, it beat the Celtics here that be like a tremendous we'd like.
They're gonna have the underdog, frankly, and I just don't think they have really anywhere near, um, the cohesiveness right now, especially with Ben Simmons out of the lineup to yet to beat the Celtics or even, you know, win more a couple of games against the Celtics.
So I think I think Boston is gonna have a pretty easy first round matchup.
There may be MP will have a couple of 40 20 games and I will prove wrong, but I just don't see that.
I don't see them picking up four games and I against against boss tonight.
I think it's very very, Yeah, definitely.
I don't want to talk about about too much more, but I think especially with the shake Mylan in the starting lineup experience, that was, You know, everyone got kind of false hope from map.
But you saw even from Game one when ah, six or started getting torched that ah you know, their defense wasn't even what it waas, and that was kind of their strong point in their offense, even if marginally better wasn't enough to really make the difference up a disappointing season for the Sixers.
I think Most people expect Brett Brown and be fired for them to get a new coach next year.
But it also, um, you know, brings up whether they make personnel changes like Al Horford.
Seems like he's on a pretty untradeable contract.
But who knows with Sixers as well as Tobias Harris just being on a huge contract.
Okay, so I think we've, you know, talked about most teams.
I'm not gonna cover the ah, for 12 seeds of the Raptors in the box because that should be a pretty much a cakewalk.
But just to wrap up, you know, we're about to be done with the, um you know, the n b a bubble regular season.
Um, and they just announced today or yesterday that they're gonna have weak announcement of awards for, like, kind of their first team in the M v. P.
So I was just wondering what your thoughts were for guys that you ah have under all bubble teams.
So, um, starting with the point guard, I have pain.
Dolla Davian color.
He's been absolutely fabulous.
Coming off 61 tonight.
I don't have anyone else in there at the plant card slot.
He's just tremendous.
He's got the Blazers right in position, secure.
Mornings said. There a guard.
I got Devon Booker again.
He's been he's got a great are is to be made for bubble EVP two.
He's got the Sun's at seven to know and hopefully aid.
No coming up here on Thursday and small forward, I got T J.
Despite last night's struggles, you still been absolutely filling it.
He had spent a bucket.
It's been awesome to see um and yeah, um, power for Michael Porter Jr.
Another guy who's just been pouring the ball at Insane clip, just filling it.
I think he had two or three in a gay.
I think it two games in a row.
He has had 30 and 12 and that scored 27 then 25.
He's just been scoring like a mad bad Um, and at, um, I guess the big spot and I wouldn't put Luke in year because you know, he's been tremendous, but I actually gonna put for Zynga's and just want a big ah.
Now KP is then really, really good on both ends the ball.
He's been heading a lot of the shots.
You get cities, but exciting range.
Um, yeah, that's my five right there.
I don't see anyone different.
Yeah, so, I mean, I think some of these obviously, like a Michael Porter Jr.
You're kind of giving credit for kind of their improvement and what they've been able to show the bubble.
So I think along with that, you know, we talked about him earlier, But Gary Trent Junior just Yeah, I mean, he is just has been absolutely on fire shooting at, uh, you know, have it up right now, but fifties.
Yeah, 57% run out mocha.
And then justice contribution on the offensive end has been great to so happy for the Blazers who were just fighting for their lives.
They were April Teoh, you know, ableto get a rotation player at the wings, you know, just seems like it'd be a pretty good option for the future.
And especially with Trevor Rees often thought Teoh, come on the bubble for personal reasons.
Just great to hear other people that I had Ah Luca, Like you said, Like I know you acknowledge how good he is, but, you know, first and points first in assists.
Second and rebounds, Um, and just I'm doing a 30 point triple double.
Just ridiculous, I think.
One of the key highlights.
The two best performances I've seen the bubble, at least personally, were Lillard just today was.
I mean, just the playoff intensity was amazing.
Just beating man.
And that, um, when Luca played the box the other day, just he's controlled the game and just his poison.
It's just ridiculous.
Um, other players.
I also you know, I have to consider tt Warren James Harden.
Obviously, you know, I just been ridiculous.
Still averaging 33 a half points.
I'm gonna have rebounds, you know, typical James Harden stat lines, but, you know, just has been, uh, really ridiculous.
He said he's doing it on limited minutes and you know, just being as great as ever.
But like, you know, also like D.
J and Booker to subject fantastic.
You know, I think for both of them, you know, they just proved the lots of people, and I think you know, you maybe give these games a little more weight than regular season games in certain cases just because of, um, you know, the pressure of, like, seating and everything.
Um, and then final thing Do you have a bubble nbp? Well, first I wanna have my book bubble.
Honorable mention at Derek White.
Um, Derek White, I don't have staff will appear, but actually, let me get them. Pull up.
Where are you? Well, I can't find Stanciute, but Derek Wise, you spend it tremendous.
He's been shooting the three.
Really, really well.
He's been a lot of playmaking on with Marcus Altered our Frankly, the Spurs offense is better than as all season.
Oh, he's been, you know, ask them all.
Well, has been getting some pick and rolls of cardinal triple length.
And I kind of I mean, Derek Light.
I've got to bring him up earlier with me talking about spurs.
But he has been the highlight of the out of sleepless furs.
Aside from DeRozan just killing in the mid major, is there a question? Um, m v p m um Oh, that I have Columbia feasible.
They both been so a tremendous If I had to pick one.
Honestly, when being over just because he's last time.
But that's no doubt that's That's no discredited Booker because what he's done and the Stones winning seven going seven to know.
And within six in a row.
You got Syria for the first time since 2014 and I'm the one last time.
But I don't know if I was live.
They just don't really get it.
Yeah, um, I think I figured with you with the Lillard and the key.
My other guy was Luca just on a statistical basis and his impact.
But, you know, I can't understand enough just the intensity and the pressure that the Blazers of Willard particular faces of pacing in.
You know, it was disappointing the other day when he, ah missed both free throws to send the Clippers game into overtime.
And, you know, obviously, Pop Beverly and Paul George had their time with that, but stepped up with having a 50 point game the two days after against the Sixers and then, obviously, a 60 point game today, averaging 41 minutes a game.
Just it's ridiculous what is due again, You know, even if the Trailblazers don't make it the playoffs.
This is just an all time structure, basketball that just possibly college, 100% games on another level.
And, you know, I wonder if the combination I think you know, there was an amalgam of things that have occurred that have no in our humility, that I'm glad to the Damian Lillard performances that we're seeing between the path Patrick Beverly and Paula George clowning on Instagram and then Skip Bayless remarks that have happened in the last couple of days.
And it's all up to this and I think we're going to see it finally.
And that's game just even a hot.
We could even see a higher effect.
Salomon. He's gonna go first.
The need is gonna truck one up that worker.
I don't know what's gonna happen, but I'm really excited for it.
And I'm gonna see what Skip has to say.
I don't only watch undisputed.
I think Skip is, um, you know, entertaining.
I don't think it is anything meaningful to say about the sport of basketball, but I think that's not.
I do want to see how he reacts this with performance because he was throwing some, having shade his way and I think it needs to be acknowledged.
So I think that's about it for us today.
But, you know, Sintashta talk hoops about you, and I think you know, next week only stream will be able Teoh, uh, you know, solidify the playoff matchups and get into something new degree tees off.
Like what? They might look gloomy.
Um, we might even catch you after a playing game.
Um, but I think that's inside Saturday.
So we'll catch you live then.
Next Monday night, Hopefully possibly Tuesday, but probably Monday with the reactions to the playing games.
Thanks for tuning guys and see way that.