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Talk about the dreadful game to get out the watch tonight and we're really off with that.
So all the three teams everybody has a favorite have struggle coming out of the coming out of the gate so far, the Lakers, the Clippers Clippers should be down.
Oh too, but once for that horrendous.
Christoffer Zynga's technical ejection.
Rather, the Bucks lost Game one to the Magic in the Lakers.
Lost game one of the rather close game to the ah Polin travel Isis.
Where is the money? More concerned about all of three probably main contenders while I shut my door.
Um, I've got to be more concerned about, um, the Bucks.
Only because they're facing the far easier opponent.
Um, being the Mavericks on the Blazers are for, in a way better than the Magic.
And I think you would find that 98% of NBA fans would agree with that.
The 2% being the Magic fans.
So, um, you know with it with it being, um, so, so different postseason climate in a different way, the in a different game that these players having to get used to, There's gonna be some time to adjust.
But if you come out of the gate firing, then you're gonna have an early advantage.
And so I got to be more concerned about the bucks.
Um, Yonas didn't have a bad game.
Um, nobody else if you did.
If you if you look at the numbers, um, and so that That's me.
That's another cause for concern.
For for um um, Yonas had in 34 minutes he dropped 31 17 and seven, which is a tremendous stat line.
12 to 25 from the field.
And everybody else was pretty lackadaisical.
Middleton had 14.
Brook Lopez had five.
Matthews had 10.
George Hill from the bench had 16.
Everybody else on the bench was six or under.
So just the way they played in that game was was a cause for concern for me.
And and I know these thes ah Buck fans or the honest and VP lovers and say, Well, you know, Yanis is all we need, you know? We're getting on.
This is gonna be good, but is he gonna be enough? Especially with, And I know I feel like I'm saying this a lot, but the lack of the three point jump shot that he has you know, this guy is like a cool guy, Leonard, or these thes two way Let wings can can shoot better than than Yonas can.
But they can also get in the paint.
Um new the effectiveness that Yannis can I know ya, Mrs on a whole nother level with that, But just the way they play, they provide all of the same numbers and effectiveness inside the paint that that Yonas does.
But then they also have, ah, jump shot consistently reply upon.
And an honest doesn't have that yet.
So am I worried about any team? Know what team that I'm more worried about is the Bucks? Yeah.
Um I guess the magically showed a strategy to beat the bucks.
You don't be honest.
You beat the bucks.
Like like God is.
Do whatever crazy stuff he's going to do in a weird way.
Focus on everybody else.
Make sure nobody else does, Do I go for 20 minutes and gas? 25.
George Hill has 20.
Brook Lopez is affected by both ends of the floor.
That's when you lose by 30.
Sure what? You and your team that can match up with the bucks then that's like the heat. Then you like. Okay.
Shut down, Johannes.
But your love you the magical You don't have a young to stopper, right? You're deployed of weapons compared to the box.
You have to be like hey, have teams.
Do I mean their main scores, their center food which of age And then it's, I guess.
Fornier California who played terribly But it was all cool in Game one, A is.
And Steve Clifford, I mean I mean, if you're the magic, what else did he say? Hey, we're not gonna stop Yonas Johnson, Isaac Aaron Gordon and your two best options that don't get Yonas are out.
Yeah, I just got to go for 60.
You gotta go for 60 to beat us and he didn't get 61.
Fraternity one, They lost.
So in a weird way, great strategy by the Magic.
But I'm not worried.
I'm worried about the bucks because I think we're I think we're ignoring their issues.
Um, I'm gonna wait about the Clippers.
Clippers should be down to of right now.
They should be down two games to zero Right now, it is not like Game two was back like the Clippers got to Ah, hot started game one than the mathematics came back and made it closer with back and forth.
Three months wrested away.
Game two with dominated from the get go, the Clippers have the little runs to get close.
They got down to two and then the biggest problem.
That, like Kirk, who is our special guest one episode who came on like one look at those off the floor worth the score and get it come from looking out the floor.
Harold had a layup, right? It's 85 83 in the Mavericks.
Went on an 11, run with no look advantage and that point.
No, When Luke is not on the floor, you can have your steps for Zynga's account. Lead.
Lead your offense.
Tim Hardaway Jr went for 17 and 37 minutes, so that shows quality minutes from him and quality scoring.
And then you've got guys like Trey Burke, Steph, your Seth Curry who come off the bench in Just shoot and shoot and shoot and shoot.
So as long as you have that ball handler and that pure score, you're you're going to be fine.
And if that pure score is not as good as Luca doctrines, which a lot of march But you know, Chris outsourcing its and no no stretch of the match donation is a scrub.
He is of a is a very talented player He's a good defender.
He's a good school. Nick got rot.
They got robbed the next.
The next did that to themselves.
Um, the Knicks really had a nawf just climate around him.
Hey, was supposed to be the savior to that organization.
Um, after the Knicks fans after the next fan stopped hating on him, um, special skills, that from him, which all it took about three years, only the model year special steels that from him.
And I think I think he can.
He can be be good, score on a playoff team and with him is your second option.
You know, it's not like you're devoid of of of wet weapons.
Teoh score the ball with another.
Another fact in that game to look only have only played 28 minutes.
Lead the minutes with 36.
So, um, he played 36 when you're two stars come almost 36 28.
64 were to Star minutes.
Averaged 32 minutes in a playoff game against a team like the Clippers, you're doing something right.
Let's even scarier Warner never exciting that their full potential Luca can get only better unclothed and according to become a better shooter defensively as lazy and fruit.
And Kristof's coming.
This is his first year playing basketball and three years, two years, right? Took a whole year off because he wore his a c l.
And we know like looking Gordon Hayward and Paul George, for example.
It takes a year to get back to somewhat where you were and Bo about a year and a half, two years.
You know, we saw him get on that hot stretch right before the bubble or before the shutdown happened.
And that was about a year and a half after he he tours a c L.
So, yeah, he's just getting started.
Yeah, it's some weird scenarios.
They better with the comeback.
What argued Paul George is especially last week.
That better when he like in his first, like our like compared to free injury, he got better.
So that's the scary part.
Um, you know, I see what you're saying there.
But the box lost to the magic.
Sean, when we did our when we did our first round predict projections where each took a team, it said that this really said I was too bench.
All of my good players, they didn't get injured and go on the next year.
Are you doing better than me? Which I don't know how that's possible.
A professional NBA coach of me.
But But, you know, I thought they were gonna get swept, and I thought if they didn't get swept, then it would be like a really, really, really close game comes down to the wire big shot from from, Ah, Magic player in that just that didn't happen.
They didn't need it.
They dominated by viral and a like they were dominated but dominated.
They patrolled the whole day.
Orlando controlled the game.
What I wouldn't quite say dominated.
But Orlando just kept going down.
The floor kept scoring.
They got stops and they control.
I have many times where they let the Bucks get on a run or get out in front, and I think that's that's That's why I would be worried about Milwaukee unless they unless they lose another game like they lose either tonight or Game three and they go down like two games to nothing or to guess what daddy like you're down.
You got you got two games.
So if Orlando ends up winning two games, we will not be thinking of the upset of the century.
I mean, um, just one seed versus eight seed, the one seed having the best record in the whole MBA and the 80 being Orlando with two of the better players, better defenders and scores injured.
I mean, that's that's that's insane.
Uh, what do you talk about? The Lakers. Right. Quick.
I need a fix. Much of what you talked about the Lakers.
Um, the Lakers it was It was an interesting in. You know it.
Damian Lillard did Damian Lillard things.
Um he played, what, 43 minutes for 34 points.
That's a typical day, Millard stat line.
But call him on his broken back.
Maybe not having self 42 minutes, and he had 21 points and no, Melo had 11 and 38.
So that's not really what you would want from him.
Gary Trent Junior only had five, but it was enough.
They It was enough for the blazers to win, and they got They were carried by their guards, which is why they paid them so much money and why they They believe that this this kind of thing situation could win.
You saw a D play 40 minutes just about had 28 points.
LeBron 41 minutes 23 points.
But then they was kind of kind of off.
KCP played almost 30 minutes.
Did not make a single shot at one point.
Um, in Danny Green 24 minutes.
He went two for eight from three and and had 10 points.
McGee only played 13 minutes, had six points, so that's not terrible.
But then, if you combine that with Howard playing 15 medicine is scoring four points.
That's that's just that's not what you what you need from good.
I know he's not a score, and I've said that a lot.
But 29 minutes only scored two points and he was one for six from the field, which means he wasn't getting to the free throw line.
And also he wasn't making shots when they came to him.
Um, Dion Waiters played one minute, so he's kind of avoid, although I do want to mention Dion.
Smith were projected to be kind of the saviors that replaced Avery Bradley and Racial Rondo until Rondo got back.
Um, maybe not the saviors.
That might have been bad wording, but but very forwarding Warner, the people who were supposed to take the heat off of LeBron and Danny Green and get quality minutes for the Lakers.
In the absence of Rondo on, Bradley and J.
Smith got a DNP and waiters played one minute.
So, um, when you look at it that way, you also had Kyle Kuzma who me and Sean were both talking about, You know, if he can play well defensively and be that third score, then they're gonna be successful.
He played 30 minutes.
He was one for five from three and had 14 points.
So you had a D and LeBron kind of carry the load, which is again what the Lakers are trying to do, them trying to have those two guys be the main force and carry this team.
But then the second leading scorer was 14 10 and then a bunch of single digit guys, and that's why they only scored 93 points.
I wasn't defense.
That was the problem.
I would say it was by far and away the offenses from the stars.
The KCP He just doesn't seem to come up.
Clutch in those clutch moons is a missed shot.
It's going ice cold.
Can't stand KCP.
He may be my least favorite Laker by a large margin.
Here are my thoughts to the game.
Let me get the Let me give.
My thoughts are off with the negatives.
Stop being stubborn.
There's nine games that they played us for.
You should know by now what works and what doesn't.
What has not worse is JaVale McGee.
That is not gonna work.
Okay, this is the authority lineup that I need to see.
Javale McGee's, um, has that ugly as his plus minus has been negative all nine games last year And like the games that they want that Clippers game.
We watched me cover that game.
The Lakers were hope not.
Run is horrendous on both ends of the floor that clippers were getting any bucket that you So, please, when Javale McGee is on the floor as soon as Javale McGee goes off the floor, it waas faster there vcenter and quicker Defensively, the rotations were faster right, and I mean down the stretch.
Kawakubo's mom and there was high.
We might be down by through my I think I was 81 78.
My memory serves me correctly In the fourth quarter, Kyle Kuzma LeBron LeBron has a three.
That Kakuta's goes on a 60 run by himself.
Environmental correctly, right? You're up 87 81.
They take The place was called Time Out and Vogel takes Cozma.
Why, Okay, so that's a little frustrating.
Um, that's really my only g**** on.
But we got to shoot the ball better, obviously.
Do you bet? Now let's go to the positive many Green was four for 12 from three and to free from three.
So we were talking about him needing to heat up and take those shots.
Well, it seems like he's taking the shots.
He's just not making I'm rather than take the shot because because because my problem with Danny Green it was a lot like I threw a lot of hate towards him, not Hebel.
I think this, you know, from with great frustration.
Frustration towards him is because you're getting paid $15 million a year to do two things.
Play pro nerdy Bets is shoot in the first five or so playing games.
It was he was hesitant that she was no shoot the daggone ball.
We're gonna need you come playoff time.
Did you think about it? If he would have taken those shots, he may not be missing matters.
So that's what I know.
Do should shoot. Shoot.
You don't care if you miss these games.
We got the once.
He locked up to shoot the ball until your ankle small off shoot.
Look, your hand falls on the hand like my sound better.
Um um, but again, the positives they were in a bubble, they offensive.
Was 1 26 that they got red there.
Officer was 1 26 which is far, in a way.
Feels the regular season the best.
Even better than the mat Mavericks, which is historic.
Um, and we held them through 100 points, which and really that those points came in the last five minutes.
So actually go back to the negatives.
It was a good defensive sending a They held Gary Trent to on five points.
They'll mellowed 11 and column only at 21.
So, you know, Wheeler is gonna get a messy Jay's point specially seizure of bump. Ah, Both.
Like they were in the 19 6 run in the last five or so minutes.
So go back to the negatives.
Are, uh are, um, execution down stretches.
Poor, but going full positives.
LeBron is first came in support guard.
How in 23 15 and 15 playoff game is the point guard, right? Come on, now, just that, um, a boards and 16 assists for LeBron in that game.
Um, I don't expect like, LeBron tonight.
I'm gonna be completely honest with you.
I thought Game one, because go go back The last time we saw LeBron the playoffs 2018 right grand.
The team is completely different.
That in game, while he's all a broader thinks we did see him doing and that's 2018 clubs like he would drive this 2018.
LeBron's going to dunk on the big he drives of the big air kicking out.
He's He did that on purpose to see who we can trust deep in the playoffs.
So tonight, LeBron gated 30.
I'm saying it right now on air LeBron gated 30.
And I think I might have to have a say is ever saved.
Watch, huh? You see, triple level two.
The Lakers will win tonight.
Um, well, I liked what I saw from LeBron.
I liked what I saw from our defense.
A d I don't know what to say.
Um doesn t better.
The Lakers shot 15% from three.
Think about it if they shoot 30% which is not a great shooting line here, but if they should 30% they win the game.
They only lost by seven.
That's two threes in and a foul it is.
It doesn't even have to be seven.
It just has to be like he played like, um, again, we had the game until the end.
We were up 65 minutes or so left, and that is why they went on a run.
And we said it in the Portland Memphis game is a game of Ron's.
Whoever has the last run typically wins unless it's a blowout.
And then to probably screwed.
Typically, the team has the last run, wins the game and pull in the last one.
They won the game.
Um, really quickly update you guys right now that he are beating the Indiana Pacers, 79 of 70.
It's except from the field.
Um, leading scorer for the Pacers, this Myles Turner so that he they could go up to a lobby big as well.
Warner has been the most surprising in a good way.
Let me rephrase that.
OK, Now let's get that look.
You just have to be the magic.
All right, Warner? So, look, the Sixers lost last night again and lost to the Boston cells into the game where they came out blistering fast.
They lost 1 21 28 to 1 on one.
They were They were not What you say Boston's up to? Oh, yeah, There will.
The sensor leading by double digits in the first quarter.
Jola be did have 34 10.
But Jason, eight of you making me look like what? Like like I'm just perfect.
So I know that you were making me Look, we're not gonna talk about J t cause you know that superstar in the making.
He is maybe even argue he is not making any more.
If I have a being to make, you might be one right now.
Um, is bread Brown is shady.
So first of all of the ramifications, if the Sixers lose a little get swept.
Do you think that brain Brett Brown back one more year, though? Let's see at the Ben Simmons and Embiid experiment can work and then blow it up if it doesn't order.
Or do you fire break ground this year after losing a person? Or maybe get swept? All right, here's what I do.
I have not been a fan of Brett Brown.
Neither of us have there thinks that staying you should what in fired? Just because I think he is not.
I mean, the Sixers should be way better with ah Rookie of the Year.
Ronaldo are every game triple double threat, dynamic fighter like Simmons in there, but the guy with the potential to be the best in the world Indeed, I personally, if I were calling the shots in Philly if we lost in the first round, even if it is to Boston, brought backgrounds gone, What I think is gonna happen, though I think you should keep his job even if they lose because Ben Simmons is out.
We'll use that as an excuse and they'll find it viable.
Um, but, you know, we were talking about Sean.
How, When Simmons is gonna miss time, how indeed is going to play a lot better and we don't.
It's doubtful that he will be the reason why they win, because I don't think they will necessarily be winning.
But he's the reason why there, at least in the game, which this was a 27 point game.
But, um, 34 uh, points in 34 minutes, 10 rebounds and he was 11 21 from the field.
He only took two threes He only took to three pointers, which was the same amount as Tobias Harris was was one less than Josh Richardson, who also had 18 points in 29 minutes.
So I like I'm encouraged by the indeed and Richardson performances a man, Tobias Harris, 35 minutes, 13 points.
Oh, he had a double double.
He had 13 points and 11 rebounds home and he's supposed to be your second best player with no He's the guy who's supposed to close games because you don't have Jimmy Butler anymore.
They his time defending Max dollars to to be that second score fine and be.
And he was for 19 from the view.
No on to probably the worst contract given out by any team this offseason.
Horford 0.3 minutes.
He took three shots and he had 3.
So, um, that's not exactly what you want.
Cokie, if you do want to see on the map prospects really pick up steam and, uh, what's happening? Put the masks on.
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Stay diligent about that.
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We typically don't do that, man.
I need my zero day.
I worked to get our, uh, back to the aim.
The shake Milton 29 points, 14 29 minutes, 40 points, 20 points out a little About 30.
Um, you know, you like to see it, but he's still not Ah, during what JJ Red**** did or Jimmy Butler did.
And so or even Benziman.
So, um, you know, you like to see it from from that guy, but, um, at the same at the same time, it's not gonna be enough.
And that's what it showed.
And then on the Boston Tatum, 33 points, 30 more minutes.
You took 20 shots, made 12 of them, eight for 12 from three point range.
That's that's tremendous.
Um, can 22 Jaylen Brown had 20.
Marcus Smart it and cancer had 10.
It was just an all around team win.
I have Gordon Hayward's out, but it didn't look like they needed his help at all just because, you know, they all they played other supposed to play there.
They had three got in the 20 point range and significant bent on self well played game um, from the Celtics.
And it was just not enough talent game for the Sixers.
And I think that's that show.
In the end, I'm looking down my phone so much cause I'm up.
I want to make sure that status is not disrespectful.
So, yeah, the way is looking by the end of the playoffs.
You ready? Warner? You ready? I'm going up on my list, but he and the playoffs.
Jason's hands going.
Be a top 10 player.
I'm staying on the air by the end of the playoffs.
Jason Tam's all the scenes.
The way it's going, he's gonna be a top 10 player.
I mean, if he's shown us in the first two games, he could perform in the playoffs.
Right? That first run when they went to a Easter congressman Silvestre calves and lost in seven games, right? He showed he could perform in the playoffs, right? And my number 10 is that beat.
As of right now, I'll take it to him. Over. Indeed.
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And then you know, how do I look? And Tatum so don't like that is my That would be my top 10 things keep going the way it's going.
Yeah, but he better be in the top 20.
I want to take him over, go bare despite go bears defensive wizardry and not making it a list of the and the playoffs.
Get a list of the and boil, Um, but it's take away from the game.
Jayson Tatum is a ban.
May Boston is not when a chip in the next five years, because I think they're all three.
Tatum, Brown and Steve is all extensive. 2026.
If they don't win a chip within the next 5 to 6 years, it will be a failure because you have a top 10 player in the league.
You actually you know what? Top Simply League Top Bob, coach and up and coming arriving star in the league.
And Jay LeBron, who should be a perennial all star in the next couple of years.
Um, you build around those two, they don't want a championship in the next 56 years.
Is failure failure? Yeah, and you know, it's LeBron is gonna be retired in three years.
I mean, this year and then two more years, assuming he picks up his player option and wants to play again. Bore straight.
I don't think it's an opt out.
I think it's all for being a player.
I look and I thought four, but you might be ready.
Um, yeah, he's gonna be out of the league.
Um, well, if we're in a six year window relatively soon, um, you look at these guys and being really hasn't six years, just as an organization are kind of a mess.
Al Horford Contractors What three years and the Tobias Harris contract was They were both know Tobias was five.
Harris was three devices, five horrible for my bad, my bad five.
For they're gonna be tied up in bad contracts really through that whole window.
And, um I mean, the box, I think the bucks and and, um, the box and the Celtics are gonna be the two genes find for it.
Hey, don't forget me.
I would. And don't forget the Raptors either.
Or even the pacers.
My getting into Victor Oladipo, Orry honest.
They're getting one home.
So one of those teams I got to go down.
Really? I don't think Johannes is leaving.
They get in one of them, they don't get they don't get back to the getting honest.
They're getting you.
One of them will tell you Pat Riley has his waist.
If they get Victor all the deeper, that's gonna be one scared.
We're talking about Bradley Beal as you.
Because what if Beale do you like, don't we? No deal is better.
But what? He didn't spend it simply better than Bill.
I mean, uh, old people will help the get away with travels.
Yeah, that you wanted to buy Six steps.
Arresting, falling, no job snow travel, But said, What does he do? Better.
I settle the deep was a better defender.
Arguably, um maybe bear score bell that depots in a BAP.
Yeah, um, that's that's definitely going to be Ah ah, scary fit.
If the heat gets get all the de bell.
Yeah, and last question that you walk just one time.
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One more question for you, Warner.
How excited are you for Saturday? Idea 50.
You got to be a busy.
Let's go Let's go.
But oh, 23 for the goat.
Not not not not the one in.
Ah, not not that one.
You shouldn't said 23.
I should say six.
You should have said Centrism said no.
Because then I mean, I'm not excited.
Uh, o e I think watching most intently points of sports you have? No.
If you have no idea over talking about, maybe we'll go live at the end.
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