one of five for the two of 14 from the flu.
It's 14% friends.
It's not pretty.
Now, over for the older who? The other game inside this bubble way.
Folk guys, we go back in reverse alert.
Give you 16 29 13 2017 33.
The 13 is probably just a hair too low for you that can't against Denver in the 1 25 1 15 victory back on the sixth of August.
So you know that games a little bit low for for my taste.
Now we've gotten I got I got to keep all the screens on it.
Otherwise I can never know something.
Uh, yeah, I message in our in our little a little slack channels.
So, by the way, all I got for the slack channel is I think I think something bad.
And for me, I didn't follow.
I didn't follow any other information there.
So my eyes, my social was on my own anyway, poisoning in the building.
Listen, don't worry.
Don't worry about this guy and that that that that Brooke, But I was just so I was just going in on obviously you could get your take on the in stain on the insane bounce on that three ball from game, I said, Like, you know, it's like the distance.
It was crazy, but not really for Dame lately.
That's pretty standard for him.
It's another insane performance, but where I was just getting into was the idea of is not so Look past what he's doing.
But if you don't have Carmelo Anthony on this team that you lose that game last night because CJ McCollum this is getting to us.
He started the season kind of flat, rounded himself into form.
He's been okay in the bubble.
There's a couple of lower nights of 13 point performance back at the beginning the month, but 30% from the field.
You know, he is not a true number two.
Yeah, it's folks you need.
And having Carmelo is in credit is incredibly important for this roster of you having success, right? Yeah.
I mean, they're kind of they're interesting because they have a bunch of guys like, I think, on paper, I wouldn't really think of this working like it's like Damon and Mellow and C.
J and Gary Trent.
Now who, like all kind of need their shots but like they've really made it work.
I think part of that, like you have to give that to Damian Lillard, who is playing 41 minutes but is obviously trying to involve Melo on those.
And I actually, you know what? Let me give the credit. Hello.
I think Melo is the one who may be more than anybody deserves credit for, you know, going from a guy that said he wouldn't come off the bench a couple of years ago to being like Hail, standing the on the in the slot, essentially, and just catch and release three like he's been amazing.
And um, yeah, I don't know where they would be without him in a lot of ways, like he's been passable on defense.
I think that's the most you can really ask for.
So um, yeah, I mean, he's a He's a great story and it, like it continues to be a great story.
It's the story that never stops giving.
Yeah, and I mean, by the way, because when you bring him up in terms off lesson, he is never something to be a strong defensive player.
I don't know where I said this, but I do.
Uh, maybe it was actually a friend of mine who, um, is a Syracuse alum.
So he has this ever long affinity, and and, uh, I don't apologetic nature around around with me, but in these games, right, 26 last night, 2021 had a quiet one there against Denver as cold as well, but he's putting on the offensive performance that you need from them.
And before that, I need to.
My friend was, Listen, I think that the time, often a couple of things one made him realize I'm not at least looked at the same way that I was.
That's one thing.
And to everyone said, she's been in the best shape of his career with the Blazers and Ukraine.
He looks great like he's the skinny Melo thing is like, really something.
But there are players.
Everybody's great in the MBA.
But there are some players that I think come into the league and just are naturally gifted and more talented even than other guys.
And they just live off of that.
And then you get towards the back into your your twenties and into your thirties and it starts to become Well, guess what? There's guys that allow run you out work now.
And if you're not at your physical but you're not LeBron ing it, you may find yourself in a little bit tricky spot.
And that's what I think happens.
Teoh Carmelo, where it was like a Why don't you take a year and realize that you're gonna have to dedicate yourself if you want to be on a quality Boston and now he is, which is just phenomenal.
I'm happy to see um no, no, no, no.
I was honestly, perfectly said is pretty.
I'm dealing with others at the top of dealing with another power outage amid a bunker of my brother's ba*****t.
Um, now we look at it, though in the playoff picture here, they're officially in the eighth seed.
So now very controlling any team that's gonna come after them is goingto have to take them on.
And when she had a three or well, when two in a row anyway is not officially locked in that way, if I'm not mistaken when you look around, um, the NBA's standings what are your guess expectations that I don't think we ever thought.
I know I didn't.
At least until last night as this game was going on, I started to look at a couple of things.
I realized a week you could get a Portland Phoenix matchup for the A C Ugo.
That's all it wants to look like you could get.
Also Spurs matchup, maybe, but the most desirable one.
That just from the teams that have made things that most expect heading in the bubble.
You feel like Port Phoenix earned their way into that place situation, right? Yeah.
I mean, Phoenix is like the story of the bubble.
So I think you want them to have that opportunity to continue this and, like, see what? Like you know what, what they're gonna look like against another team that I think arguably like Portland was healthy all year.
What a top seven top six seed like? I think they truly be in the mix like they're just a good team.
Like they they have the right guys and there's that Collins and Nurkic being out, I think, hurt them a lot.
Like I know, White Side was decent this year, but I think it's also very even in my basketball with Damian Lillard and look good at basketball is a big man.
So, yeah, I mean, I think that for them like they are, they are both of these teams.
I feel good about them making it to the playoffs.
Phoenix for just playing so well and just exceeding every single expectation and things clicking and Devin Booker rising.
I mean, aren't he's gonna be in people's top 20 by the end of this.
Like, I really think people are gonna be looking at this guy way differently.
And then for Phoenix are for Portland.
Like, you know, we know what J.
It is like he's a guy that could just throw up 60 multiple points in the season.
He's really like, I don't know.
He just at certain points in like this is like the most high voltage score we've seen since.
Like I mean, I guess Curry is a really good one.
But even like Kobe and people like that, I'm like this guy like, you know, you have other guys like a Durant.
So, yes, they can throw up 60 but they don't always there a little bit.
They're more likely to throw with 35 or a 27 points per game like they're They're kind of more likely to do that, especially their careers of progress.
Like David Little.
It can just throw up 60.
It's not big deal. It's crazy.
So either one of the date of a change.
Yeah, friends of good 12 Thank you.
So, uh, I mean, it's like, you know, this is one of those guys like you can handle the load and he can He doesn't get hurt and he can play as many minutes as you meet him.
And he's machine.
So a couple things, I guess after that game, as we know, we keep a clean here on SportsCastr but put some respect on by mother loving name D E.
Does he get overlooked? A little bit, I guess.
Does just a me a little get overlooked a little bit.
Maybe as a result, on their lack of success, I'll call it without without taking respect off his name.
But they haven't been as successful as you might think they should be, given that whatever your opinion is of C.
McCollum, the feeling is that we got to.
We have a number true Number one, And then we have how they perceive to be an elite borderline number one player with C.
I disagree, but they haven't had the success.
So what does he get overlooked? And then maybe it's the two is.
Is this finally a turning point for this team like they're not? They're not a young team there.
They have a lot of veterans around there, but this is a launchpad for them, tohave some sustained years of success and and move themselves up into the upper echelon of the Western.
I think this is a good year for them, like it's such a strange year in terms of like everybody who is playing what kind of has had their rhythm interrupted and, like the teams that I was wondering if they would get going a little bit have not really done that.
I'm looking at you.
Um, I don't really know who's gonna win, and like in a way, like I could just see just about anything.
If they beat the Lakers, you would be surprising.
But like what? I don't think I'd be like you know, losing my absolute mind like it's actually a pretty interesting matchup.
Like they have the size to match up with Anthony Davis.
I don't know if they have the verse Italie to do it.
You'd be relying a lot on, you know, set Collins.
It's I don't know how that would look, but, um, you know, I mean, they have on the other side of the floor, like they had these guys that can put up crazy points.
It does depend on my coal himself, like they need to see him healthy.
And, ah, I know it's just there in the mix like this is a good year for them.
It's It's felt weird because it's felt like such a down year for them.
But this bubble gave some teams.
I mean, pretty much every team chances to get back into it.
So well, you said shoot.
It was a good place anti of like this team really is probably a top five team in the West.
The injuries derailed them.
So in some ways this this baby feels like the universe relighting, just Andy involved feels like a ride.
If this should be a part of this, if they were healthy throughout the season.
When we now look at the games that are gonna wrap up this bubble of the Mavericks losing last night kind of takes the matter that I have the concern of playing this eight this final game out for them.
So that could end up being, ah, benefit.
Because if I have this correct, you have the maverick against the sun, so sons haven't lost and they're into even greater position to win that final game against the Mavericks Grizzlies that we're gonna get the bucks.
Johannes is headbutting people left and right.
I don't think they're gonna listen.
I don't think they're going to be concerned about.
But we'll just also signed time for a second here.
I know that he did hit him in the head.
He didn't do it like it wasn't that it didn't happen.
I also don't like how much force can you legitimately legitimately generate from, like, happening official way? I know this is cool, but I was popping up about what do you do? What should you know? Ramifications.
Be free, honest if any more serious than a hard found the game.
It's stupid, but I don't think it's any more egregious than, Ah, hardship ended that whole shoving honest to the floor in the matchup against the Nets.
Yeah, I don't I don't think it's really like I don't know.
I didn't think it was that bad.
And I also felt like Walker flop twice in a row like you flopped on the initial rebound.
And then he kind of looks like he flopped on the head.
But, like, I think it more like caught him by surprise.
It's like you're the M V p of the leader two time MVP soon, um, and here headbutting me.
Mo Wagner, the backup center for the Washington Wizards.
You sure? Like I don't help? I mean, maybe it just, like, caught him off guard that he he you know, I got I got into the honest his head yacht has got, like, a little nasty side to know, like if you know this.
But there has been a source of frustration for the bucks.
Overall, things have not been a smooth, is they? They would maybe would have liked.
You got whole meeting.
Anybody honest feels like Why? Why am I not? I should be getting more respected bison fighters around this bubble, right? It's been interesting.
I wonder how that impacts them as they finally get to the playoffs. Yeah.
I mean, I don't I think they're just going through, like, the pains of, like, being on such a historically great pace and like having this rhythm and having the home fans, which I think is huge.
So I don't I'm not sure if I'm ready to, like, panic on them yet, but I do think it is like something to monitor.
Um I don't know.
Who would take their place exactly.
I mean, I guess the Raptors would be the favor.
I still kind of like that Celtics team.
I don't know why, but, um, that's this is going so far.
I mean, that's kind of what this inevitably turns into.
Um, but yeah, I mean, like for ya, honest, Like it? It just seems like I don't know, Like I it's so funny how you can just sort of even though the bubble is kind of random and these guys haven't played in four years like they're all super competitive.
Even now it's like a whole new start to rid them and these guys actually feel it.
I'm definitely a believer and rhythm.
I think that Oh, that's why yeah, whatever you say.
Like Phoenix on this rock in the trail led.
I'm the residents love it Seems like you got the Brooklyn next.
Had just found this written in the bubble, and it's like it doesn't matter who were playing.
You're gonna have a concern around them.
Um, OK, so what? Phoenix will get the bucks.
I think that's you know, it's a non consequential game for the Bucks.
So if we chalk up a win for Phoenix, you're talking about the Spurs having to take on who they catch the last time out here, the Spurs were going to run into the Jazz that game again.
Relative impact for the Jazz is low.
I ask you this, Would you rather the Brooklyn Nets go six into in the bubble and maybe create a scenario where as hot as this one has been for Portland, they find themselves? Actually, they until they fall out of this thing with a loss in the final game, would you rather see the nets go six and two or are you.
Are you locked in that? You want that? You want to be The Grizzlies lose Phoenix and Portland win.
They get that playing game and you get kind of a mini playoff for both these teams.
Whoever ends up taking it.
Yeah, it's funny.
Like I'm like, I want the I don't know.
I want the sons to make it really badly.
I think like everybody else, like we've seen Portland so many times And like in a way that kind of makes me, like, want them not to make it but also want the last two teeth, like the two good teams playing for that spot like, is it really that fun? If we have Phoenix against Memphis and I think the Knicks would potentially have the higher seed, I don't know.
Ah yeah, that's right.
Memphis against San Antonio doesn't intrigue you.
No, I'm just like I want the best basketball possible, like we've never had the seeding games.
So I kind of want them to be really good and not like some just boring matchup.
That doesn't matter at all.
The other fun thing about it, to a couple of thoughts that I had was on one, you'll end up with two teams that are high on the offense event.
So we've been talking about, well, matching up the Lakers first round the defense.
You know, the Clippers, even a second round match up or anything shakes out for any of these lower seeded teams.
Um, you're going to get a free for all.
It's gonna is gonna be an all out.
It's gonna be Booker at it.
You know, it would be fun to actually that that would be great from seeing Booker.
How? How How hot can you get me gaining like that to take on a challenge? Daimler.
Two guys, Maybe serving for 40 plus kind of nights like that would be a really exciting one. Toe watches.
Well, the we were talking about before we got on here, um, are calling the coach Aguilera.
I'll call it Overlord.
Nick was saying about how last night's game really got him dialed in on this in a different kind of way because of the Southern is something I think to this this isolation Inside this bubble, the lack of crowd like this feels like pickup game style basketball just in the center of the chip ***** is all about the in between.
Between player to player, there's nothing about the crowd getting you over hyped about something that you normally wouldn't, or about maybe getting settled down from the environment that you're in.
This this feels very different and unique to the normal n b A landscape.
Do you want to see some Some style or form of this survive going into the future of the MBA? Because there's an intensity around these games for whether they count or not.
For some teams, that seems to be different than especially down the structure that NBC's.
Um, yeah, I don't know how they would replicate it like you, because you need the revenue.
So I think you need to have the home crowd's there.
Um, but I don't know.
I mean, I think part of it just the randomness of not playing in such a long time.
I think that also has a great deal to, and you're also not really gonna take a giant break.
So I think the only change you really could make would be he's playing games so you don't have you know these.
Whatever teams that are a couple of games out like, Oh, we're not gonna get this and see weaken like tank the last game or two And not like, I think there is some something to that.
Like, even if you're not necessarily tanking out, right.
But, you know, you're probably not gonna make that last spot.
What, are you really gonna go that hard in the last two games? I don't know.
Like I think so.
They're going to do anything.
They're They should keep these things.
I think the fans could get really into that as well.
Especially if you could have both conferences involved, Cause this year, you sure didn't have that national you did.
But I think the Hornets were pretty close last year from when I remember, um, in that race, if you want to call it that.
I think the pistons were decently close as well.
So, you know, if you could replicate where they meet it technically, So, um so, yeah, if you could replicate that, then I mean, totally try it.
Go ahead and do that.
So, listen, we're gonna get real far field here, but I don't think thought about the great thing to do is like when you get to the playoffs.
And maybe this is an opportunity in terms of bubbling actions of fans.
Maybe isn't the necessity, but take all the teams that don't make the playoffs.
When you're talking about impacting lottery picks and where you're gonna land in it, have them play in the something a sub lottery tournament that helps the higher you seat out in that If you win a tournament like that, you actually increase your lottery odds as opposed to negatively impacting it.
So that be, you know, incentivizing those teeth.
I've often gotten pushback about that big names Solar's aren't really going to be too concerned about, you know, over straining themselves in a non consequential kind of tournament like that, where they could be hurting themselves physically for the benefit quote of the organization.
But that's always something that I have at least thought about.
How do you incentivize some of it? And that's it.
To get more revenue to either who was just from TV, and your absence of fans or something could be an option the last, unless you have a thought there.
But the last two thoughts I had were one.
We talked about it before, as as powerful as one.
Luca Don trudges down the stretch.
Man I missed missed a pivotal feel free throw there and it doesn't matter the girl to his overall Ginia.
But it is one of those things, man like and you saw Dane miss a couple in the Clippers game as well That cost him down the stretch free throws count, man.
They think that that was pretty crucial in that moment.
To go one of two with the line there.
Any of defensive Luca.
I know this is a no no, no.
I think it was a good moment.
I think we'll have a better sense of like where Luca is in the higher key.
Once these playoffs air done like, I think that's kind of my take away.
He's been awesome, but I you know, we he's like thrown into the top seven right now.
Like just with the Davis, LeBron, Kevin Durant, Curry Harden, Johannes Kwai Group like he's kind of thrown into that group already.
And now I'm kind of you kind of look at this like, should game be in that group like, are we sure, like I actually think like that game was fun because it was like, Who is better between Damon Luca? I don't know.
Honestly, Look, but actually, kind of a pretty good conversation, like between those two, I think part of it you want to take the younger guy.
I think you like when you look at somebody like Luca, Part of it's like you projects like you look at him, You're like, Oh, yeah, this guy's gonna clearly be arguably the best player in the league, maybe atop it.
Thought there if you want to be conservative.
So I think part of that plays into that.
And you're like, OK, well, you're comparing what 22 year old to Dame, Who's 28? 29? So you're going well, it'll be honest Luca, like that's a future of the league.
So we can just bypass the guys that have another 567 healthy years ahead of them build a resident out.
All right, so I didn't even do that with the honest a little bit.
It's like, OK, like we have the honest ahead of curry heart, and I guess we could say that, but like, I don't Are we sure? We want to do that just yet.
Like I just like these rankings that we do with players.
And I hate when people are like, Oh, we shouldn't ranked players and why it's fun.
But what do you want to do? Like that's How do you want to ****yze them? It's like a very weird killed.
I think that's such a weird such a strange hill to die on, like just like I don't ranked players like What do you do? Do you just like it's like very participation award.
It's everybody like Everything's todo wrong, by the way, Like that's what I thought about with The Honest World was like, You know how to say this year becomes crucial in some way, But it becomes very intriguing because he's 25 you think still very young.
Yeah, bunch of chain option.
A lot of ways like that's where my mind starts to go automatically.
You think? OK, 25.
You know, if you're not winning a championship this year, you wanna hang one on your belt over the next couple of seasons.
Be because otherwise things isn't a comparison.
Apples to apples, but saying like Well, what about Charles Barkley, right, who's was an incredible talent, played at a high level on, accomplished a lot but never won a championship.
And then that's where you talk about not ranking players.
Well, that's what happens.
You end up falling into the subcategory, and maybe that's where Damian Lillard is right now of being like you're one of the truly elite players.
That's just outside of that upper echelon player of being either a veteran who's won championships or a young player that you feel like, Well, obviously, you're going to get to some point.
But let's get outta here on this.
I want to say, Of course, Dingus, having forgotten because he was in New York and then had an injury like she's probably one really one more really strong season away from me.
Happy to say, Where does he have is he shuffle into the upper echelon of players still being very young and seemingly showcasing that? It's like I don't know.
It's calling the Robin to Lucas Batman.
It feels like a very disrespectful Later Freeport think it's Dallas? Not really fair, like in there.
I think they're one guard away like they're a guard a score something away.
You could maybe even get a defensive guy.
I I Actually, it's funny.
I was talking about this with two people yesterday.
I was like, It's funny that they're playing the blazes because he puts CJ McCollum on that team and they're like, I think it's it's a good fit.
I mean, maybe you want to go the defensive way a little bit because you know, they already can score so well in that pick and pop with.
You know, Luca and forcing guess is like Is there? But I do think like they having somebody next toe.
Luca is like ideal because I think, you know, forcing this is great.
But even in the clutch, it's like, Are you? Give him the ball in the block.
He's probably gonna do like a fadeaway off glass like something like that.
And I just like I think that you want a guy that can pressure the basket a little bit more, so I don't know.
It's it's very It's very tricky to figure out.
But if I If I if I told you Victrola Depot could find his way to Dallas, that's a don't fit.
Yeah, I love that.
Wow, That is usually one of my favorite things that we do on these streams.
Get down to the nuts and bolts of some conversation I love.
I love to floated it in and get a just get a A list reaction from map Rosa that we're all needs to do.
Like we don't you play offense.
We know that, but like your defense alone would change the entire dynamic of vaccine, especially come playoff time in the West.
And he could almost be, like, focus a little bit more, not being the Drew holiday of that team versus like like, Hey, you're gonna be the guy and like he's able to do it.
I don't think I mean, at least in the past he has.
I don't know what he looks like.
You better, but I think it's gonna take him a little while to get his legs under him.
But I mean, clearly, that's the place to do.
All right, listen, we will, uh we'll leave this Portland Trail Blazers stream that we're doing a to that point with our Victor Oladipo to the Dallas Mavericks conversation as always you can polish in a shout out to our crew.
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