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But back here, talking a little bit of feel like I've talked a whole lot about the Trail Blazers on this channel.
Um, why not do a little more talk a little more Trailblazers talk.
Damian Lillard, who is arguably the second best player, Really.
Just sum the best player of the bubble thus far playing.
It's the Lakers who, of course, are like the most marketable team you could possibly imagine.
Taking the best player in the league and putting him on the most marketable franchise.
We got a matchup coming up in about 10 minutes.
Um, between this one and eight seed, it's Ah, atypical 18 matchup.
The Blazers obviously ran into a lot of injury troubles this year, and because of that, they snuck into the playoffs as like this team that some people I feel like they're getting some buzz is like, Oh, these guys could have been like the 45 seed throughout the regular year.
Um, so let me get this out of the way.
Um, with this matchup coming up and these guys LeBron in demon lowered have a ton of respect for each other.
Um, I don't love the matchup for the Blazers in this game.
In particular, they're coming off a really, really brutal stretch where they had to play till their wits end against the Brooklyn Nets they got I mean, look, the Memphis Grizzlies gave them a little bit of a battle, and they're just coming into this game with just a lot of miles on their body already, Like all of their starters or playing ridiculous minutes, They have no bench, Really.
It's like Hezonja.
And you know, all these guys Gary Trends, a starter.
I think you know, I like Gary Trent very trying to be a really nice bench sparkplug.
They could really use Rodney Hood, Um, just overall, like not a team that I feel super confident about at least right away.
I just feel like they need another day off or something like that.
And, um, you know, I think in this game I wouldn't be surprised if they go down big and They end up just kind of punting on this one a little bit early.
That's just where my head's at right now.
The matchup itself.
I think it's interesting because the Lakers, obviously they play this giant style of basketball.
Um, you know, with two bigs and men, Anthony Davis and then LeBron.
It's very weird team like in its in its ethos, I guess.
Um, but it is an interesting one to watch nonetheless.
Ah, I think that in this matchup, in particular, the Blazers, the one thing they have going for them is that they have a little bit of height to throw at the Lakers.
Like you saw the Lakers just do whatever they wanted against the Clippers and that very first bubble game.
Um, this team, I mean, that's the one thing they can do.
They're obviously not going to slow down Anthony Davis.
In fact, that's a huge responsibility for somebody like Zach Collins, who's probably gonna be tasked with guarding him, or Nurkic, who just really doesn't have the foot speed to do something like that.
So otherwise, I do think that they can take away their lob game a little bit, just with size alone, but it's not exactly a favorable matchup.
There it is that just at least something they can dio.
Where the Blazers have an advantage is obviously guard depth.
Um, I don't get any good LeBron thing in the second, but right now the Lakers, I think their best defender to throw at Damian Lillard is probably KCP.
Part of me wants to say Caruso, but I think they stick Caruso on C.
McCollum and try to neutralize him and make Dame do it all by himself.
I actually that's a little bit of a viable strategy.
The one thing that the Blazers really have going is they have, like four bucket getters in Gary Trent, CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, who I do want to spend a little bit of time on, and Damian Lewis.
So I think if you take CJ McCollum or not, take him out of the picture.
But at least make things a little bit tricky for him.
Got that broken.
Ah, what? The fractured back right now.
Um, if you can make things a little bit difficult for him, I think that gives you a little bit of an advantage.
If you're the Lakers, Damon Low, I think, is gonna be unbelievable in this series, and I wouldn't expect anything less.
So let's talk about the LeBron thing because it ties into Carmelo Anthony.
I actually think they're gonna be guarding LeBron with Melo.
I don't love that matchup.
And look, I I I think that if LeBron posts up, Melo has the size to try to stay with them.
He's in, like, the best shape he's he's been in since, like Syracuse, I swear.
But, um, you know he's still lost the snappy.
And if LeBron can make his way around him, I you really don't want to get even at, You know, at LeBron's age.
You really don't want him to get into his first step.
You know, um, so so I think, and the other thing is like the Blazers don't exactly have the best.
I know that market is a good center, but their rim protection numbers were not good, like they were not good, and I think part of that is just how much offense they bleed from their guard positions.
So that's something really tricky for them.
They have to figure out they have to figure out a way.
Can we survive with Melo? Do we have to throw out something else? Is Gary Trent going to get that assignment? It's a really tricky task for them.
I personally think it's gonna be a short series.
Probably like five or six games for the Lakers.
Just because of the LeBron thing.
Like, you know, you're never really gonna contain him, feel like ever.
But you at least need guys to throw at him.
Like I think if if things go the way they look like they're gonna go, you set, you have Houston against them.
Siri's Houston's got some guys.
They got Robert Covington, Daniel House.
Jeff Green like a bunch of guys who at least throw at him.
Um, this Siri's I really just I don't know why I worry for the Blazers.
Damian Lillard is gonna have to go absolutely insane and he's played a lot of minutes and he's at a lot of responsibility.
He is also the NBA's version of like Iron Man.
So, um, maybe he can pull that off.
I don't I've never wanted vote against Damian Lillard, but it's a tricky.
It's a tricky spot for them.
I don't think it's a great matchup for well, for for either team in terms of containing each other stars.
But for the for the Lakers especially like they just the Blazers don't have anybody to guard their two best players.
I want to go through some other games.
I don't have a ton of notes.
I've been pretty good about watching those.
So if you don't know, I cover the Nets here in Brooklyn.
I say it every single stream.
Um, definitely made some timeto watch the playoff games, which is good.
You know, I do a lot of film stuff in terms of like what I'm doing, Reporter wise.
So appreciate the tip.
Ah, Jane and Steph.
I appreciate that, but, um but you know, with what I do a lot of film stuff, and sometimes I'll miss games because I'm going through film from a previous game.
Actually been pretty lucky. So far.
I've been able to catch everything.
So, um, I want to talk about Utah. Denver.
I'm gonna just go through every single game.
I did not watch Boston Philadelphia, like at all.
So I'm gonna skip that one.
I don't know if I'm gonna be watching too many of those.
I just think the Sixers are super underhanded.
Um, like neither of those teams have great benches, but like the one way you would beat Boston is if you have a good bench and Philly doesn't have that, so I I think I'm being could maybe win a game.
But that's a tricky Siris for for them.
And I haven't been interested in that Siri's even before it started.
Like I just I kind of saw where I was going.
I mean, the one thing they have is all these wing defenders to throw it.
Jalen and Jayson Tatum Here I go talking about interesting.
I wouldn't, um but, you know, the scoring is just really tricky.
I mean, Teibel and Richardson, who played out of his mind yesterday based on the little bit that I saw those guys are really good counters to throw it.
The guys that Boston has and keep in mind, they are gonna be playing without Hayward.
So maybe that evens things out.
But I mean, overall, I just I think that the threat of Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum pulling up off threes is too much for the Sixers to handle.
Well, um, all right, so let's keep doing this.
So, Utah, Utah, Denver, Utah.
Denver was an interesting one.
I mean, you got, like, the Donovan Mitchell game of a lifetime.
Um, I even thought Rudy go bare, did a really nice job staying with Yokich and kind of, you know, pushing him to dis advantageous situations.
They played Michael poor way, way, way, way, way, way, way too much like way too much.
Look, he's been awesome in these seeding games.
It was killer defensively and they still want it wants over time, but they still want.
And I was just watching that game.
I'm like, I don't know what the extra gear is for Utah.
Like, there's so much riding on Joe Ingles, and I guess that would be it.
Like, you'd be like, Hey, Joe Ingles, you ready to average like 17 shots like I don't know.
I don't know what the what, The movies For them.
I worry a lot about what that's gonna look like.
I think Donovan Mitchell could be the best player in that Siri's.
If I'm being honest, I mean, until the Nuggets get.
I guess Gary Harris back.
If they're gonna be throwing Tory Craig at him, I think that's it.
I think that's a win for them every time.
And of course, the three point shooting isn't always that good. Like it's not.
But you know, he's able to get to the rim pretty much every time he wants.
Of course, part of that is the threat of that three pointer that he was making so well yesterday.
But I don't know like that.
Siri's overall is.
It feels like it's going to go nuggets in five and six.
That's where I'm at right now.
Um, I touched a little bit on six or Celtics, I think Celtics and five.
Right now, I'm interested to see what it looks like without Hayward because he's been very good and was good yesterday.
Dallas and the Clippers.
I think if there's any serious and I and I thought the game that you could maybe here in the other room, um between the thunder and the Rockets thought that Syria's maybe would go seven.
This is the one that I think could do it.
You get Chris stops, forcing is thrown out.
The Clippers are a weird, weird team toe watch.
It's not a fun, beautiful basketball style of basketball, really.
It's a lot of isolation.
Um, I just feel like certain guys air completely iced out like, Look, it's, you know, Landers Sham.
It's probably gonna fall out of that rotation anyway.
The way they play, there's just no way for a guy like Landry Sham it to have really any impact.
You know, I could even see why I like a guy like Marcus Morris wasn't playing that whoa when he first got there.
It's just, you know, they don't have any really ball movers.
They brought in Reggie Jackson.
He's probably the antithesis of what they needed.
Um, and he hasn't been, but he's been pretty good for them.
He's been making threes at a rate that I certainly didn't think he would be doing.
But, um, there were Team.
They're so talented there, so unbelievably talented that you have a guy like Lou Williams almost feel like excess, like you don't even need him, which is just madness in itself.
But, um, you know, outside of that, I think that they are gonna coast off talent.
This Dallas team has a little bit of f you to them, though I mean that the way that they are playing with poor Zynga's who can shoot over just about anybody and don ****s who just makes everybody around him better.
I mean, you know, you look at what hardens doing in the game that I have going on in the other room.
He's just carving guys up.
He's making everybody around him better.
Jeff Green is suddenly just a prolific player under him or with him, I should say, um, you know, then Macklemore has revitalized his career.
It's It's just what hard and does, man, it really is.
So, you know, with that in mind, I have to say, like dogs, which I really think is a guy that can swing that Siri's they didn't have.
I thought that they would have so much to throw at him and they'd make life tricky for him.
He's passed every test with flying colors.
Um, you know, for guys that they they're gonna that they're gonna continue to rely on, you know, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Steph Curry, Dorian Finney, Smith.
All those guys that kind of believe in Maxie Cleaver.
I like their depth.
I think that's a fun Siri's and look like.
I hope that the Game one results don't really sway anybody.
I know it's very easy to, um, look a game one and be like, Well, I guess I know how that Syria's is gonna go.
I think I I mean shoot.
I'm doing that with some of these Siri's already.
That's the one where I'm like, Dude, I have no idea.
Like I could see Dallas winning that Siri's, I really could.
And I think the Clippers are the best team in the running right now.
Um, just a very variable team.
That that Dallas team, they take a look ton of threes.
They make life hard on you.
Um, just yet again, like I'm really some team to watch for Milwaukee.
We're moving on to today.
Milwaukee Magic did not watch the game.
I'm just I'm gonna be honest.
I'm not gonna worry about Milwaukee until it really starts getting dire.
The magic of it, you know, shot an unsustainable three point rate.
They played a like an actual modern style lineup today without Aaron Gordon in there.
But, um, you know, they I don't they just don't have the horses to play with that Bucks team.
I'm not quite worried about it yet.
We have Miami, Indiana, I.
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But the Pacers, that was the It reminded me a lot of Game one last year against the Celtics, where they threw everything they had at that Celtics team That just was better.
Like they were just a better team last year, even dysfunction at all.
I mean, they you know, this heat team, they I mean, they play a really nice, beautiful brand of basketball.
They're cross screens.
They're doing, you know, just all types of stuff with bam.
Who didn't even play that well today.
Jimmy was huge in the clutch.
Um, you know, you watched that game and you're like, Man, you're getting like, a huge car.
Sampson T J McConnell game.
Victrola, Depot Leaves and Victor Oladipo hasn't looked like I would say amazing since coming back from injury even earlier this year when he showed signs of life.
I just don't know what they do.
I don't know what they dio.
I felt like that.
Was there a plus game? I think they shot 41 42% from three.
I think they're in trouble, man.
I don't know what they could do that he team I you know, I originally had them in, like, six games.
I thought that was gonna be an interesting Siri's a lot of pressure on Malcolm Brogdon a lot on T.
I might even say that's a sweep like I just I watched that today.
I was like, I just don't know what gear the Pacers are gonna hit other than hoping that the heat just go completely ice cold and I just don't think that's gonna happen.
They have too many guys there. Too many guys.
Hedrick None didn't even play today, so if they're in a total slaw, you can at least throw him out there and say, Kendrick Nunn just tried to give us a little bit of energy.
We I know we're not playing you, but, like, we need something Tyler hero can get.
I think we've seen that in moments.
Um, they're they're very They're very, very, very visually appealing team to watch.
Just guys screening and cutting all over the place.
Tons of shooters.
That's a tough team to face.
I don't think they're going to go to the finals.
Actually, it's weird.
They could really use that gallanar e trade that they were looking at in the off in the ah trade deadline.
But right now, man, even without that, they're gonna be tricky.
And I think they'll give Milwaukee a little bit of a fight.
Assuming that the bucks advanced past the first round, Right.
We have to assume that that would be crazy.
Um, see this last one? Get about a couple of minutes, 57 minutes for this game starts.
Say, Houston, look, I think on the Houston side of things, so I'll say this.
I think that O k.
C. Has a lot of room for adjustments.
They have now seen what D'Antoni is going to do out there with hard and screening for Jeff Green.
Jeff Green taking the ball up.
You know, like Jeff D'Antoni has had months and months and months to prep for this, and he threw out a little bit.
You know, he played his hand a little bit.
Billy Donovan has some time to look at what happened.
Try to make adjustments.
I don't remember what he's like is an adjustment coach.
I really don't actually, um, so I guess we'll have a nice little reminder to see.
But the one thing with them is that their rotation is pretty rigid.
What they could do, I guess, is play Gallo at the five and try to space for space them and just play like an all out shooting game.
I think that's probably what she wanted you.
What they shouldn't do is try to like ice.
Oh, and you know, let go.
I So for Isil with Rockets, I thought that was confusing wrong, not a good way to play, and as a whole man like, I really just they came out really flattened.
It just didn't do them any.
It didn't do them any good.
Um, the switching style of defense, I think really flummoxed, really, really flummoxed.
Okay. See, today a Noja does.
You know Chris Paul finished with 2010 and nine, I believe.
I think that stat lines not reflective of what he showed out there at all.
Um, it wasn't the most impactful game from him.
SDA was **** near invisible.
I I don't know what that was like.
I think part of it is they just have, like, got like SDA, you know, he's smooth.
He's, ah, a tall guard.
So if you go guard for guard with him, um, he's gonna shoot over those guys, He's gonna finish over those guys.
But the Rockets have, like, just a deep, deep, deep bench of the 6 ft seven guys in guard, multiple positions that just seem like the worst possible matchup for a guy like SG A.
So I'm interested to see what happens with that Siri's.
I don't think it's over by any means.
I thought that the Rockets kind of showed that.
Hey, if Houston tries to play like a game where they're not moving the ball and I think shrewder needs to be a little more involved, they got to do more to involve him.
I feel like he's a weirdly like the catalyst to breaking that that Rockets defense.
Um, you know, because how much they're switching and stuff like that.
If you get them even slightly off the rotations, I do think that you can create some open looks for yourself, especially with a guy like Alan, Ari was just gonna shoot over the top of people.
I mean, that was the one highlight for them is that they don't have the Rockets and everybody the guard Gallo.
He can shoot over everybody.
Such a high release point.
He's an awesome player, so I think for them they need to involve shooter a little bit more, and, um, that should create things.
It's weird to say that because he's the third banana, something fourth banana really behind Gallo and SDA and Chris Paul.
But I think there's a way to make that work.
That would be what I'd be looking at right now.
Um and I know he's missed some time or is he due to miss time? I don't quite remember, but, um, nonetheless, I think that's the move for them in the short term getting Dort back, which he would be huge.
I mean, just having somebody throw it hard and I think would greatly change that Siri's But, um, they're not changed with at least even it out a little bit.
Pretty much everything I have.
Oh, I don't even talk about nets.
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I pretty much covered what I want to cover from Game one to game to.
Um and I think there's a specific guy that they need to be there x factor in order for them to win.
And I don't know if that means they're gonna win because I don't have that much faith in the guy that I wrote about.
Well, just say Garrett Temple, um, I he's gonna get a lot of shots and he's got to knock him down and doing that for four out of six games seems tough.
So look, all right, that's everything I've got.
I'm excited for this Blazers Lakers game, kind of feel like the Lakers were gonna take this one pretty convincingly.
Maybe we'll get a Siris in later games, but I could be wrong.
I've been known to be wrong here and there.
The three point shot is always the equalizer and will always be the equalizer when it comes to talent.
So maybe that's the game that they need to play with.
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