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Maybe that's probably less than that.
I don't really remember, but, um yeah, today we're going to be talking about MBA Western Conference and the battle for the eight seed some huge games going on today, considering that eight seed and the playing And if you don't know how it works, here you go.
So pretty much the eight seed and the nine seed.
If there within four games of each other, I believe which is happening that this will happen.
There is gonna be a little playoff game.
Siri's whatever you want to call it.
So, um, let's just say the travelers with the eight seed and the Grizzlies are the nine seed, then that means That means that the Trail Blazers and the Grizzlies will play little Siri's that Trailblazers have to win one game to move on to the actual playoffs.
And the Grizzlies will have to win two without losing one, Um, to go to the playoffs.
So it's gonna be a max of two games if the nine seed wins the first game.
I believe this is not happening in the East.
I'm not sure it might be.
Uh, no, actually, I don't think it is happening.
Yeah, because the playoff matchups are locked in, um, go Sixers where they could collapse by the Celtics.
Um, you know, I've lost pretty much all hope in my Philadelphia 70 Sixers, Which is sad to say, considering last year during the playoffs filled with hope.
Portland Cheryl Blazers, um, there's four teams.
Then I'm gonna be going over the eight seed.
And then there's three teams that are half a game back and the scenarios to be able to get them in and for things to work out for their tea.
So I will start with the highest in the number eight team Portland Trail Blazers, and they're five and two in the bubble in same time.
This is the definition of dame time.
Hey, is stepping up in the big moments? I believe the last two games said 55 61 or something like that.
Um, yeah, Damian Lillard, man, hey is just taking over after choked in that game against the Clippers.
And, um, today they play Brooklyn and all.
They need just one win, and that clinches the eight seed, and they could be a real pain in the Lakers side.
If they get in that eight seat and they play the number one seeded Lakers, they can be a real pain and Lakers side.
Um, it's this is ah, is a bit of a hot take, but as of this moment, right in the bubble, I'll say this in the bubble.
Damian Lillard is probably that would be the best player in that series between the Lakers and the Travelers in the bubble.
He's not better than LeBron.
He's not better than Anthony Davis, but in the bubble he has been and it's always dangerous when, um, the team who has the best player is always dangerous, can always make a run.
Um, like, let's say the Bucks were six seed, but Johannes was the best in the bubble.
They can make a run.
So Damian Lillard is one of the best players in the bubble right now, if not be best player in the bubble.
I'm not saying I don't really know describe.
He's been the best physically in the bubble.
I'm not saying he's the best n b a player there, but through these games he has been the best player, and that's always dangerous.
They could be a real pain in the Lakers side.
All they need to do is win over a very undermanned Brooklyn next team today, or, UM, two out of the three of Memphis Phoenix and sent so Portland can lose and still get in.
They can lose, but Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio through two of those three teams, has to lose, um, for them to get it.
So the trail blaze at number eight, they can get in while losing, but hey, they don't want to do that.
They want to keep it simple, win and they're in there. The number 80.
They only had to win a game that's big for Portland and now half a game back in the nine seed, the Memphis Grizzlies.
They have been on a four game skid in the bubble, and a large part of that is one of the best players out Jaren Jackson with the Tor meniscus that is big.
He is one of their best players, a great big man for them.
And, ah, he has been out in that.
The big reason why they have gone on this losing streak.
They are half a game back off the Portland Trail Blazers, and I mean the clinch to clinch the nine seed to clinch the playoff game.
They need a win today against Milwaukee, which sounds very difficult.
But yesterday I think a huge blessing in disguise, huh? Johannes? I think Johannes headbutting Mo Wagner was a huge blessing for Memphis.
Now they play Milwaukee to get into the playing game, but they don't have to face Yonas, which is huge, absolutely huge.
So that's big for them.
And they need to win and the Trailblazers toe lose to close the A C.
And they just need a win.
They need a win.
Or for Phoenix and San Antonio, both of them to lose, um, to get that nine seed and clinch plunged the second seed in the playoff game and two more teams to go.
Phoenix Suns and Spurs will go over the red hot seven to know in the bubble.
Phoenix Suns first Devin Booker is on fire.
Ah, Devin Booker.
I mean, he is just Wow.
Wow, That's really the only way you can describe it.
Devin Booker, man on fire.
And that whole team is not just him.
They're all playing well, playing with team.
They're meshing right at the right time, and it's gonna be tough for them to even get into the play in game.
So ah, Phoenix, seven known bubble.
And so to get into the playoff game to get into the playoff game, they need a win and the Grizzlies or Trailblazers loss just to get into the playoff game just to get under the playing game and to get to the eight seed, they need a win.
Memphis loses and the Portland Trail Blazers lose, so it's gonna take a lot for them to get the 80 but definitely possible for them.
Um, to get that nine to get into the playoff game.
They need a win and the Grizzlies or Trailblazers loss, and they get into, um, and they get into the playoff game.
They played Dallas today.
Which there? Tough team, and they're a good team.
I believe those succeed right now in the West on, and But, I mean, Dallas is a tough team, but that the sons of the hottest team in the league right now, seven and on the bubble I mean, that's crazy.
So they have a chance.
They have a chance.
Still, long shot now, but they have a chance, and this would be just so awesome with some terrible to get in that be, like, insane.
Known the bubble on getting some walk to get in as well.
So they need a win against Dallas today.
And for Portland or Memphis to lose.
No, they need a win, and Portland or Memphis toe lose, um, their next game.
So, I mean, it's a long shot, a bit of a long shot for Phoenix to get in, but it's definitely still possible.
No doubt about that.
Anything is possible with this, uh, this bubble Phoenix Suns team.
You never know what's coming with them and now the last team going over in this eight seed battle.
Believe it or not, I feel like I have not heard of these guys all year along the San Antonio Spurs.
Half a game back of that, ABC.
And, um, what's crazy? Is it? Sixers played them.
I was watching that game. Sixes.
Barely one that if they have spurs, one hand came.
They'd be the eight seed right now.
I mean, one game will change the complexion of this whole battle, which is so crazy about this and the Spurs.
They've been OK in the bubble, just like they've been OK in the regular season.
Just not a great team.
And, um, they need a lot of luck.
We talked about the something some luck to get in the Spurs.
I mean, it's gonna take a lot for them to get in.
First of all, they need to be jazz, and that's a need they cannot get in if they lose to the Jets.
So they must be the Jazz, which is a tough game.
And then they need to two out of Portland, Memphis and Phoenix to loose.
They need to out of those three teams to lose, and that's just to get into the nine seat that just have a chance to get into the playoffs.
They need the win and have all three of them lose to be the eight seed because, I mean, it's possible it's possible.
But is it gonna happen? No. Hum.
But could it? You never know in the bubble.
Um, so I mean, you always gotta look out with the Spurs.
I mean, they're one of those low key teams.
Every year you cannot.
This count team that has Gregg Popovich coaching them, you can never, ever discount a team that is Gregg Popovich.
You know, all guys like that coaching them because they're just not going to go away, It does not matter.
They are not leaving.
And, um, I mean, I like Damian Lillard.
Um see, I hope Portland gets in.
But at the same time, my kind of bold prediction before the season was that the Trail Blazers were not going to make the playoffs.
So to see that on one hand, I like Daniel other man underrate and started from the bottom.
I mean is the good guy and generally donates I mean, that's really when I look at God's mother teams, whether I like him for there, not like just really being a good guy in general first.
And Damian Lillard's a good dude started from the bottom.
He's underrated, and I mean, he's one of the hardest working and that do just competes.
I don't know how you can hate Damian Lillard, but, um, I know there are a lot of people that hate day Mueller, but I don't really know how you can.
But the Spurs, man.
It's a long shot for them to get in, but you can never discount them.
They had Gregg Popovich, so you never know what is gonna happen with them.
So now, just to go over what's going on today and teams clinching scenarios.
So the eighth seed Portland Trail Blazers.
If they went against Brooklyn, they clinched that aid seed and they get to be the top seed in that little play in series.
They can still lose it.
They can lose and be the night they can lose a beauty eight seat, just the Grizzlies sums and Spurs have to lose well and they can also lose and be the number two seed in the playoffs.
In the play in Siris that they lose.
They got a hope that two out of three that Grizzlies, sons and spurs two out of three of them lose.
Because if they lose and two out of three of them when I showed leases are out, they're out.
So are the Trailblazers.
They're the high chance of making it.
Just when just when they're the eight seed.
That's all it takes for them.
Luke, thank you for joining Brad. Thank you for joining.
Um, So the Trail Blazers I, um they have the Aegis chance of getting in and then half a game back of them in the standings. The 19.
Right now, the Grizzlies to get to the 80 they need a win and a trophy Leaders loss.
They at the plane Milwaukee today, but no Johannes after he was suspended for for head butting Mo Wagner.
Um, so the Grizzlies and a win and Trail Blazers lost to get into the 80.
They need a win.
If the Trail Blazers win and the Grizzlies win there, the nine seat Grizzlies can still make it to that nine seed.
Um if, um, Grizzlies can still make it to that nine seed.
If they lose, they just need two out of three Trailblazers sons and Spurs toe lose.
No, actually, now they need the sons and the Spurs to lose both of them to lose if they lose and still get into that nine seed.
So just win again.
Just when that for all these team, just win.
That's all you can control.
And the sun's, um, they need a win and, um, either Grizzlies or a Trail Blazers loss, because that's just what they need to get in.
Um, if both of those teams lose, the sons are gonna be the eight seed, and if only one of those teams lose, they will be the nine.
But they need a win, and either Trailblazer Grizzlies lost, get in the ninth, seeded to get in the eighth seed.
They need a win, and the Blazers and the Grizzlies loss got this complicated going over these scenarios and the last one, the San Antonio Spurs.
They need a win, and two out of three.
They need either the Trailblazers, the Grizzlies and the sons they need to out of those three teams toe lose.
So they need two out of three.
They need the win against the Jazz and have either and have to out of the three Trailblazers Grizzlies and suns lose.
So, guys, thank you so much for watching.
I really appreciate it.
Going to be very interesting how this some eight seed battle, um, shakes out today.
I got the blazers being the A C and the Grizzlies being the nine.
Um, I think the blazers are gonna win over Brooklyn.
Um, the Grizzlies.
That's gonna be a tough game against Milwaukee.
Um, I'm not sure, but you never know what's gonna happen.
So definitely be watching that playoff battle today.
And guys, thank you so much for watching a really appreciate it peace out.