may understand Ambassador medicine.
That's how it started.
Yeah, I've been listening to a lot of like sixties French.
It's called the A or something like that.
Um, because for my history of cinema class, I've been watching the French new wave of cinema, and it's it's a it's cool is ****.
Um, again, I'm not a movie person, so I didn't know about any of the ****.
Um, but I have been into yea music, which is sixties, like French pop for a long time.
And so, um, I just moved in my new spot that is 10 feet away from the ****ing son.
And it's so hot in here.
And, uh so I've been listening to those records because I set up the record player that you gave me.
Actually, I give you a record player.
Have no memory of that.
Oh, maybe you didn't.
Maybe someone didn't take credit for it.
I sound like a good person.
Thank you, though, in a very cool of you. Any time, buddy. Anytime.
Uh, so anybody who's joining us right now, welcome to ball is live.
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How are you doing? I'm good.
I, like, moved out of l A for a while and lived in the woods.
Um, and it was amazing because I got a lot of writing done working on a lot of school stuff, but also just like recreational writing.
I'm trying to write a book.
Yeah, let's be honest, those They're called manifestos.
Dude, if you're writing something, yeah, yeah, totally.
Well, I mean, I'm not far away, Let me tell you, especially with some current events that are going on, Uh uh, you know, sending packages with ah, you know, flowers and **** like that. Like I love you.
I love you cards, but yeah, so ah, lot of crazy stuff going on right now.
Of which we're gonna speak more on our regular episode.
Yeah, but now let me Okay.
Let me tell you, I have another answer to how you how I'm doing.
OK, I'm ****ing reeling.
I'm reeling from last night's game so much as everybody may know or may not know.
I mean, we're huge.
So, like, I'm sure a lot of people.
No, but, um wow, I'm I was born in the Bay Area, and I'm from the area.
I am a huge blazers fan.
Um And to be quite honest, the only real reason I'm a Blazer fan is because of game, who is also from the Bay Area and also a giant Raiders fan.
And also has a Raiders had to, such as? I, um So I'm I'm like, the world's biggest name fan.
And to be very honest, I'm still reeling from last night's game because it was such a fun and stressful game.
Um, I would have loved to see them just go in there and handle it.
Um, but, dude, you know, I have nothing to say about Brooklyn except for care.
Silver is a baller.
Okay, First of all, and Tyler Johnson, I wanted him out of my life so bad last night, but he would not go away.
He was balling here was so last night.
He was like playing with the nets jersey on but truly playing for Phoenix like it was like he was back in Phoenix.
Which, which was he was so good.
So, before we get into what this weekend entails and all of that I'm just curious.
I'm curious as one might Ah.
How do you see him fitting next to Katy and and Kyrie? Because cares liver.
Yeah, because like, he's a good shooter, all of that.
But like, he's best when the ball is in his hands.
Right, Right, right.
You know what I want? I want to I want to believe.
Okay, I do want to believe I'll say that much.
Um, I don't know.
I really don't know if it's gonna work out, but I feel like I feel what we all know.
It's it's really up to Kyrie if that's gonna happen or not.
Because because Kyrie two is also so good with the ball in his hand.
But he he can he can he can do.
I mean, if they really started working the perimeter with those two, you know, I think and I don't know.
I don't know what's gonna happen offseason, but, um, you know, if they still have Jared Allen on down low and the, you know, and Katie doing ****ing whatever he does, which is good at everything.
Like the possibility of them being like amazing outside is like, totally there.
And we know Kyrie can get to the hoop whenever he wants.
So it's like and ****ing apparently soaking Caris.
Levert! Jesus! He was blowing my mind last night.
Um, but yeah, I mean, I don't know.
I can't answer yes or no, because it's really up to Kyrie.
And a lot of that depends on where Kyrie is now in his career because, as we all know, and one of the reasons I love him is that Kyrie has a lot of you know, Cairo is mental like comfort, where however he's feeling is going to affect what happens on the floor.
Right, So So a lot of that depends on how they're gonna meshes people.
Me and you have talked about like I think Brooklyn is gonna be great for those two because him and Katie are friends, you know? I mean, Katie sticks up from all the time causing an artist which I completely agree with.
Um so Yeah, I think you know, I think I'm gonna say yes.
I think it would be amazing.
I just want to be positive, You know, I want to be positive.
It's gonna be so sick.
So Mike here says that liver is gonna be a trade piece.
Yeah, I was very possible, like I So I think Brooklyn's gonna be really good in the next couple of years, But they have also kind of blown up the whole culture.
They're since bringing in that to start like it still blows my mind that that Kenny Atkinson, just the way everything went down with that is still crazy Because Kenny Atkinson's a good coach.
He's a super good coach.
And he was just the ultimate, like, there's gonna be no egos.
Everybody's a unit here kind of coach, and I don't know, it's gonna be interesting to see what they do going forward.
I don't disagree them, like I do think that is a very strong possibility that he'll be a trade piece.
What? My roommate was talking me last night about, um I didn't read it, but he was talking about, like, big trades that would work he read this art, he read an article somewhere, and one of them I was so into.
It was, for the most part, it was basically trade the nets, trading everybody but Katie and Kyrie, Um, and keeping a few here and there.
You know, Jimmys and Joes and trading everything for indeed.
And I was like, Let's go, that would be so sick because my only thing is like, for indeed it's like you're going to need, uh, they're gonna want a star, right? But but the other thing is like if anybody's gonna trade away and be they should want a superstar back.
But the thing is, A that cir***stance at Philly is not normal right there.
Obviously, they obviously it's just not working out, but be I mean, if you're going to trade away, you know, care, Slabbert, Alan, Like, I think there is a lot of pieces there and, you know, throwing some pics or whatever.
I I do think that that is like a thing.
You know, it's a thing that could happen, you know, Um, so I don't know.
I'm like, I'm super down with it.
I I love the idea, but like who knows, You know? I mean, all right.
I want to get us off the nets.
So let's move on from Brooklyn.
Why have 10 more thoughts about the nets? Hold on.
Um, nobody on Earth has 10 more thoughts about the Nets.
Why, no there did I? I would beg to differ.
I think the Nets are super interesting, but anyways, me So Portland, more importantly, Portland, Memphis.
So this weekend, we get the play in tournament right, which will conclude the race for eight, because it still is technically a race for eight.
We've got an eight.
The nine seed Portland sitting in eight.
Memphis is sitting at night.
That means Memphis has to win two games if they want.
If they want to grab that seat, how do you so being the Portland Dame fan that you are? I'm assuming you're gonna your pick in Portland to just take it out in that first game.
Well, I I am picking Portland to take it out, and yeah, in that first game, however, there was some things that I saw last night that, like, had me concerned as a Portland fan.
As far as against Memphis Yeah, I do think that because again, like we said before, I mean, um you know, putting everything on jaw and Brandon Clark's shoulders is a lot in, like, you know, they really miss Triple J.
Um, and I'm a job believer.
He's like one of my favorite players.
But the thing is, like they're gonna have They're gonna have to score.
They're gonna have to score, which is, I mean, admittedly, not that hard against Portland, which is infuriating, but like, yeah, I do.
I mean, as far as, like, just all out like, score fast.
Like I do think Portland comes out on top.
There was a lot of things I was I was, like, kind of tripping on last night, though, as faras Portland.
Um, no, Eric got gassed like gassed, like he was like Like like, there's, like, gassed where you're like, Oh, he hasn't been doing much lately.
And then there's gas like, dude, he looks so he looks like me after I You know, I'm ****ing If I was in the n b a game.
Oh, well, I kind of like like, you know, no rigidness to my stride.
Like he was gassed, and and that's a problem because Brooklyn doesn't have, Like, I love Jared Allen, but Brooklyn doesn't have that, like, like beast like five that's gonna work.
Nurture Nurkic like like I don't know, a d.
I was like, I was watching that last night.
I was like, a D is going to maybe take this guy's life, you know? I mean, I was like, Dude, this is scary.
Um, and I wasn't I would love to have seen more white side towards the end, but they were really concentrating on scoring, you know? I mean, but he was just like, dude hurt.
And then the other thing is and this is a big her ball is CJ's back because he looked bad out there for I mean, he started off strong.
I think he had 10 points, like, you know, in the first quarter.
But right, it got, like, tough for him.
You could tell, and we'll do things like driving around everywhere and which is crazy, cause it's like you're okay.
I appreciate the hustle, but also you have broken back.
Maybe you shouldn't.
Yeah, dude. Yes.
It's and also, like, just sit that guy.
Dude, like what do you You know, I get it.
I get It was it was named.
It was a must win.
I mean, what he's going to be playing in the playoffs with a busted back, no matter what.
That's not gonna feel if you rest in the game.
So if if you think or if it gets bad enough, who do you replace CJ McCollum with? Dude? I mean, that's that's something I would I would talk, I would ask you, you know, I mean, because Because that's what I was thinking a lot last night was if Gary trends off, right? You know, Gary Train is the best shooter in the world, as we all know, You know? I mean, um, on this planet, I don't know about other planets, but on this planet right now is best.
Maybe the shooter, he might not be the best shooter in Orlando.
I know I'm being hyperbolic, but I will return to that and say he's the best shooter in the universe.
Okay, we all know, um, but as you saw last night, when sieges off in Gary trends off, I mean that Collins wasn't doing it like he wasn't He wasn't making those shots.
Uh, Hezonja, you know, I mean, like, Arizona wasn't, wasn't he wasn't coming through.
Basically, you saw last night that even when even when they're playing someone like Brooklyn, where there's no monstrous five, you know, four or five, it's gonna rough you up.
They were still scoring on the perimeter, you know? I mean and eso So when you know I wanted them to do I was like, there was times were on a switch, you know, Newark.
It should have had 30 points duty.
And I mean, but, like, they weren't giving it the ball, they weren't giving them a ball.
And that's that's not like, um, a misstep.
That's just how they play, you know? I mean, so it's like, that's their plan.
So I you know, so they really that's their weaknesses.
Like they need all those guys on.
They need Gary Trent or Hezonja to be on.
They need Zack Cones to be hitting those, you know, those mid range whatever you know.
But like without CJ and without Gary Trent last night, the struggle Do you know when you saw it? And that's when Dean had to ****ing come in and and put up another.
You know, if we have 42 last night averaging 51.
3 over the last time, you even put up 61.
Dude, I don't know how he's gonna boring go, Max.
So here's Here's some interesting thanks for me in the match up this weekend, right? So I'm only taking data from the bubble because it's been 4.
I mean, really, Portland's a different team than they were before the suspension of the season and everything.
Right? Because Nurkic wasn't playing totally different.
So? So I really only want to take data from what's happened in the in the bubble so far.
In fact, you know what? Before we even do that, I think they on Lee played one game against each other before the bubble, and that was that was in February.
Ah, and and pulling us Memphis, Kill them.
They held them Teoh.
Um, while 104 points.
I'm sorry. 37% from the field.
Uh, they I mean, Portland is a negative seven in that in that game.
Um, but then you go to the July game and Portland destroyed them for than put up 140 points on Memphis.
Uh, in July, they shot 53 from the field, 43 from from deep 85 from the line.
But the interesting thing.
So in the bubble right now, Portland has the number one offensive rating.
Their scoring 102 122 points for 100 possessions.
Yeah, absolutely insane.
Ah, but port When? Defensively.
Actually, you know what Memphis is 18 out of 22.
So they're one of the bottom offenses in the in the bubble.
But Memphis is number six on defense in the bubble right now, so their defense has been pretty **** good.
Um, 108 which actually isn't that good.
And consider their offense for rating is one of seven, their negative one net rating, which is not amazing, but Portland is 20th out of 22 in defense of rating.
Now they do have a positive net rating because their offense is so crazy.
But I just I don't know, man, I I love I love Memphis.
I just don't think they stand a chance.
The thing that for me, though, is everybody's like the big hyper on Portland is like they could take the Lakers.
And I'm gonna call you out because you said it on the last episode where you said you could see them possibly taking out the Lakers.
I just think that Dame is carrying so much on his shoulders like he looks exhausted there.
He's gonna have to go right from this weekend, play in tournament thing, which likely is gonna be one game and then have to go play the Lakers like that's brutal.
It just I don't know, man.
I like maybe they have a couple of games.
Maybe they take one game.
Wouldn't shock me if the Lakers sweet the Blazers in the first round.
Ah, and thanks for joining us.
I'm gonna head out now.
No, I'm just kidding.
Um, no, I agree.
I mean, the thing is like, you know, I do.
I do think it's possible.
I mean, I Yeah, I don't think they're gonna win the Siri's, obviously, because, like I said, they need those three, those three key pieces to be I mean, we're going to take, you know, we're going taking your kids out, because I mean **** it's gonna be.
It's gonna be a rough Siris for him, but, um, but they need they need for seven games.
Do they're gonna need Gary Trent.
They're going to need I'm we forgot about Melo.
They're gonna need Melo to hit all those shots and basically, what I'm saying his name needs all the help he can get, and game is not gonna be able.
I mean, you know, deems not gonna be able to do that, you know, with with, you know, with LeBron on him.
You know, I mean, in Mike LeBron in someone doubling him, you know, it means it's gonna be it's gonna be a rough go.
Um, but the thing you know in an I d like, you know, in a in ah, very positive sense.
Like if they do play how they've been playing for the last eight games, I think it's possible.
I just I I don't think it's possible over seven games, and I mean right, right, but yeah, I'm betting my whole life on it with the odd.
So hopefully I mean goodbye to this new apartment or ever walked into a Vegas casino.
We're like, Do you guys except human life.
And my future child that I don't even have yet.
But like you, I can write out Contractor River.
Do you have any other thoughts on on the Memphis Portland match up this weekend? No, I mean, I do.
I do think Portland.
I want to look up the odds, though, because I'm I wonder what the odds are for this game.
Um, because who knows? It might be ah, might be worth throwing.
I'm legally throwing some money on it, you know? I mean, um, but what? No, While I looked this up, what do you got? What's the what's the East? What's the East playing game? There is no east playing game here.
Yeah, the ninth seed in the East is the Charlotte Hornets.
Oh, I know. That's right.
I ****ing wish they were playing so bad.
Do That's so annoying.
They still they still doesn't.
They're not even close to the four game requirement.
I'm, like, ****ing I'm like looking at all these odds right now like it's all right.
I I only have one more thing that I'm gonna bring up that is not related to this conversation, but is related toe are our show in general, which is the l A Sparks.
So they're doing this really awesome thing on Monday.
And I just want to put this out there for the one person that's watching us right now on their twitter, the sparks, Twitter, ah, instagram YouTube linked in which linked in is hilarious that you'd stream on there, Facebook, everything they are going to be, Ah, couple of the players and on Derek Fisher are going to be talking to the l a.
Counter director of public health Dr Barbara.
Fairer, I think, is how you say it at 5 p.
They're gonna be talking about, you know, asking questions about Corona virus social justice issues.
They specifically said they're going to talk about anti vaping and smoking, which is super square.
But, uh, I don't like I just want to put it out there.
I think it's really cool. They're doing that.
We saw Steph Curry do something similar over the summer with Dr Fauci.
Ah, and it sounds like this is gonna be something, someone to that, But to l. A county specific.
So any l A folks go to any of the l A.
Sparks pages all their social media 5 p.
On Monday for that conversation because I think that's gonna be really awesome.
That is really awesome, because in I know we talked about it on one of our shows.
But it's like the cultural, the cultural influence as a currency I truly believe in, You know, um and and unfortunately, it it might in a in a country that values celebrities so much.
Unfortunately, we need right now celebrities to go publicly, say where a mask and I mean and it's it's mind blowing to me and you and all these things, but unfortunately we live in reality.
We're like, it's gonna help, you know? So I really appreciate people doing that.
It will work that stature of or with that reach.
You know what I want to see people do more of like a celebrity like you're talking about is more like black and white videos where your maybe singing a song with a bunch of people.
Oh, yeah, Oh, yeah, literally using your acting skills who pretend that you're ****ing of super affected by all this ****.
When you're not, you know, I mean, we're gonna say because you brought up acting skills.
It's offensive that Aaron Paul was even in one not one video.
Because And I love breaking bad.
Aaron pulls a ****ing awful actor.
Is that place, Jesse? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Come on.
Yeah, it was Come on.
I take responsibility for my own prejudice, *****.
It's like, Come on, dude.
Supposed to see, hear and believe these rich actors are gonna take responsibility for anything.
I'm not with that.
I don't got time for that **** at all. No time.
Sorry. You're annoyed.
Uh, you got Do you have odds on the, uh, on the play in this weekend? Oh, I closed him, but I know Portland's favored by seven.
Okay, over under was 2 23 a half or 2 33 a half. Sorry.
Well, Steven, I think we're gonna close it here.
We're going to do in this weekly.
Uh, yeah, and we're gonna just gonna be covering whatever.
Whatever we want to.
I'm sure it's gonna be a lot of NBA playoff talk as we go forward, but I'm looking forward to doing more of these getting some more interaction.
And right around the corner is NFL.
Baby, we're going.
That's another thing I want to say is, um I'm gonna start doing small blurbs of fantasy stuffs, which I am, um, perhaps the best in the world, but we'll see.
So my track record would say that I'm top three on Earth.
I would do something like that.
Anyways, um, I will be doing putting together some small blurbs getting ready for the fantasy season.
I'm super excited and yeah, that's that's something that everyone should look out for.
Read Well, Stephen had a good time.
Good to see you.
We will be recording a new episode of Ball is left this weekend and we will have that out next week.
It's gonna be a fun preview to the playoffs.
Among some other things that are going on around the world that are not sports related.
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