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He's not here with us today.
Ah, he is in the grips of summer school finals and wrapping that up.
So he's taking the time to focus on the, uh, Accademia site of his life, which is absolutely understandable.
And we wish him all the best of luck there.
Ah, but I am joined today by Garrett Chorpenning of Sports Illustrated.
Garrett, thank you for joining me on this live stream. Absolutely.
So when I had talked to you initially about coming on here, you know, I was like, we're going to do a recap of the MBA playoffs so far.
You know what we've seen in all these different matchups? Um, you know where there's one game happening right now? Actually, the Milwaukee Orlando game, but we've got at least two games from every matchup.
So a little bit of a sample size now to kind of take away from and discuss, but, uh, before we get to that.
Like I you know, you and I talked about that, and I was like, Are you comfortable coming on this, like, commie leftist show? Like I don't want you to be uncomfortable with, Like, any associations on, Like, some of the stuff that we've said on the, um, on the previous episodes.
And you were like, No, not at all.
Actually, I was raised by a, uh ah. Union representatives.
So Ah, you know, that's been a big discussion.
So before we even jump into the n b a kind of wonder just fat, like, really piqued my interest because workers rights of something.
You know, Stephen and I have discussed a lot and feel very strongly about, and I'm kind of curious, like being raised by someone who, um, is a union leader.
Like what? Is that bringing been like one of those, like family discussions, like talk.
Talk me through that just a little bit before we get to the playoffs breakdown.
I mean, I think I was involved with that stuff from an early age with him doing what he does.
Um, I was talking to you before the show talked about how, um you know, as far back is like when I was in fourth grade, we would go to like Barack Obama was campaigning Indiana.
Um and so I got to meet him when I was in fourth grade.
And so it's always just been It's like, little things like that where I got to meet people who represents and, um, go to these things, that kind of show.
Um, you know what we feel like, how things should be right in this country.
Um, but now it's it's cool to to grow up and have discussions like that and kind of see that perspective of things, especially going up where I grew up because I lived in a pretty, um, more expensive area, like a nice suburb of the Annapolis.
Um, and so to see that not everyone is like that and how this kind of stuff can help people to, um, you live a better life.
And that kind of there could be more control themselves.
Um, it's very interesting.
Very great experience.
Right? So what I'm hearing is your dad is Jimmy Hoffa.
Is that right? Is that correct? OK, so we have found them we have actually found Jimmy Hoffa.
Um, that's awesome.
And then just in terms of, like that kind of shaping you because I feel like unions, workers rights, like, obviously, I am in the camp of, like, the Marxist belief of giving the means of production back to the back to the labourers.
And, um, you know, the the Bolshevik idea of, like, the proletariat in the working class kind of starting the revolution like Has that ever been a discussion in your family? Or is that something that you've kind of explored on your own? Just having that early exposure to to the idea of, like, unions and workers rights? Yeah, it's not so much something we discussed in my family.
I mean, the thing about it is that, like, where we've had these discussions about, you know, political issues and that sort of thing, But it was never consent was like forest Honest, right? Like we always like he always say, Like, you know, this is the way I think about things, and this is kind of what I do.
But like that, by no means means you have to be that way as well.
Um, but yeah, I've been taking history classes in high school and college, and that kind of stuff is definitely made me take it a step further and see things like that.
So awesome. Awesome.
I just I wanted to kind of get into that a little bit, but let's let's get in to be the Let's enter the bubble, uh, get into the MBA playoff.
So we're gonna just go over each match up a little bit, kind of what we've seen.
I want to get your take on some of it.
I have notes written down on actual paper because that's that's just I'm old like that, Um, so I want to start with the Lakers Blazer. Siri's.
So the Blazers took one.
Get it? It's a tight series right now in 11 Blazers took that first game off of them, Um, and then the Lakers really came back and responded in Game two.
There was some chatter online and even on some of the TV broadcast of like, you know, port Like, I think What wasn't Chuck predicting that we're gonna sweep that Siri's, um, on inside? I'm sorry inside or something like that.
Like he brought the broom out after the first one for Portland.
There's been a lot of chatter about, like Portland creating problems for them.
But I'm curious.
Where you at where, Like, where do you see this going? What have you seen so far? And then we could even talk about you know what happened That Damian Lillard dislocating his finger in game two.
Yeah, um, I mean, I think it's ultimately going to be a short Siri's like, as greatest Portland in it is, and as much productions that get out of their guards.
Um, and as bad as the Lakers guards are, I always felt like this is a Siri's that you know, LeBron James and idea the two best players in the Siri's.
They're gonna control the Siri's, um, overall, the better team, right? But I do think Portland has the chance to give them some trouble.
Um, on the defensive end, this because Portland such a good offensive team you can't ever contain or control Damian Lillard.
He does his own thing.
He makes us on shots.
He has unlimited range.
Um, so now and obviously it's not gonna be a sweep.
It's not asleep anymore because it's already been a split serious at this point.
Um, I probably would have to go with the Lakers and five or six and this one.
Um, but I do think it's been really fun, serious so far.
And I think that if we get more from CJ and dame and markets like we saw in game one, um, this could be a more competitive Siris on the stretch than I thought.
Maybe it would be a first. Yeah.
I mean, that second game Lakers really came back and was like the team that we kind of expected the Lakers to be right like that.
There were some issues in the bubble on their offense and even really, from the All Star break.
We saw the offense kind of take a dive.
Um, but it's really those minutes with 80 at the five where they just destroyed teams.
And I'm not understanding why that isn't just a full time thing.
Like JaVale, McGee should not be the starting five, especially in the playoffs.
Like I get keeping them fresh saving, you know, saving some legs for the playoffs.
But here we are, and I really think that a D needs to be playing the five for them to be most effective.
Um, and then Portland, like I'm with you, I I do think it's gonna be Lakers and five.
I think they're gonna take the Siri's from here on out.
Um, I just you know, Dame's gonna play.
They already said that he's gonna play.
He dislocated that finger, which the frustration worried me like like when he threw that I was like, Oh, he broke his hand like this is gonna be something bad.
It was that, like, Chris Paul when he punched the seat and anyone else with the Clippers, I was like, Oh, he's not coming back.
But it was just a dislocation.
Zach Collins is out for the season.
He had surgery on his ankle.
Um, and then in Game two, like the fact that the Lakers were able to be that dominant and Onley take 10 free throws as a team says a lot like they only got to the line 10 times in that game.
Which one is because Portland's defense is so bad that they're not making any contact on that side of the ball at all? Um, but for them to do that and then they just move the ball a lot more right.
And, like we saw the opposite from Portland like it was 26 assists from the Lakers, 14 from Portland.
Came to so just the ball movement alone, I think got Lakers looks that they wanted KCP kind of broke his his cold spell in that game.
Um and then Portland went absolutely cold.
They were eight of 29 in that game from deep.
Then I think, in the Siri's now they're they're shooting under 30% as a team, which is if they're gonna have any chance of making more noise in this series, that they're gonna have to change that, they're gonna have those.
Those shots are gonna have to start falling because that's what their game is kind of predicated on it.
And if they're not doing that, they're obviously not gonna be saving the game on the other side of the court.
So, um, your you have to be a hot shooting team in order to take out this Lakers team, which I just even if they go back to average, I still think the Lakers just have too much talent toe toe, lose this Siri's.
Maybe maybe they give up one more.
Maybe, but with all the injuries, I just don't see it happening.
Yeah, at one of the biggest things for May.
Like we saw how great Portland can shoot in the seeding games. Right.
Like we saw Gary Trent, Like, burned the clippers.
We saw that means that he was shooting, like above 60% from three.
I remember his numbers in game two, but I want to say he may be made, like to a three point since I'm not I just thought it was not a lot. Right.
Um, so I think one of the big things, it seems to be less. I said ball important.
Like he said, A lot of a lot more ball movement.
Um, work to find those open shots.
More movement, just off the ball in general.
Um, yeah, Something needs to change.
Um, all right, So anything else you want to touch on that? Siri's? Not that I could think of.
Okay, so I want to go toe bucks magic.
So the magic took that first game, which I think shocked a lot of people.
Um, but then the bucks came back answered the next one, and I think that I gotta look it up.
I'm not sure what the score is currently because those teams a two point those two teams are playing right now.
But, um, where do you see the Siri's going? What was your take away in those first couple of games? Uh oh.
And just for the record, it is Bucks 55 Orlando Magic 34.
Yeah, about four minutes left in the second quarter.
Um, I mean, great on the magic for winning game one.
That that was very impressive, right? You take arguably the best team in the NBA.
Um, and you show him up in game one.
Um, but the way I see the fight against is a repeat of their series with the Raptors last season with a take game.
One of the syriza looked like the better team for the first game.
And then, you know, the better team responds and just bluster.
Unless the rest of games, the Siri's right, like Orlando.
I love seeing Mom Marco hold succeed.
I think Terrence Ross and Nikola Vucevic through all very likeable players.
Um, but ultimately, I think this is a five game series.
Even with Chris Middleton struggles, which I think we can get into a little bit, talk about that kind of how it relates to Paul George.
I think these are two guys that air some of them or elite second options in India.
You have struggled so far, but ultimately it's nothing.
I would really worry about it.
And it's the first syriza couple games into the Siri's.
We know that can turn it on.
PG was crazy hot in the seeding games that Chris Middleton played well as well.
Um, so I'm not really concerned about walk at this point or have look in this series.
Yeah, and I almost wonder if that first game was Milwaukee looking at the injury report and then being like, Yeah, we can go in at, like, 50% and get pulled this one out of our ass And then that came back to bite him.
But we saw the response.
And Vucevic's who I still think continues to be one of the most underrated players in the league has been great so far in the Siri's.
He's kind of carrying Orlando as much as you can right now.
I mean, They're missing so many pieces like we saw Jonathan.
Isaac, uh, go down in the bubble.
Is that the first game of the bubble that he went down? Second, Something like that.
Yeah, it was It was That was rough.
Aaron Gordon is out right now.
Um, yeah, there.
There's a so many, you know, useful contributing pieces on this team that are missing that the I think the bucks kind of got caught off guard with just a underhanded team fighting really hard.
Yeah, and Milwaukee's kind of put some things together that that I'm I really want to Like I meant like Brook Lopez.
A shooting hasn't been that great this year, right? He's known at Splash Mountain.
He's known to be this like, you know, kind of threat from Deep is as your five, but his shooting really hasn't been that good so far, but he I think it was like Game two or something like that.
He was five of eight from her four of eight from three, so he would you know, he's starting to get that stroke back.
He's getting the confidence back on that end.
And then Pat Connaughton was really surprising off the bench.
He went five of eight and Game two from deep, and that was all of the shots.
He didn't take a single shot inside the arc.
He was, um he was hot from three and he just rode that wave and and it was great.
And on the Orlando side, like Vucevic's as much as I do think that he is, you know, an underrated player, he can't be your best player in a playoff series.
There's just no way you're going to survive a playoff.
Serious what? That is your best player.
Um, the defense stepped up Ah, lot.
In that second game, they held Orlando Teoh seven of 33 from Deep, which is 21% of the length on that team.
It's such a problem, and that's why the Bucks scare me, right? Like if if I'm if I'm facing the bucks, they terrify me because that length and just their versatility and and it's not just length, it's like athletically right.
It's not your slow big guys, which they do have some of those, but, like eat like George Hill is like such a secret weapon off the bench.
And, you know, depending on what Bledsoe looks like, George Hill might have to start.
Like George Hill might have to replace Eric Bledsoe in some matchups, which register super interesting to me and George Tiller so that he could turn it up in a second anyway.
And he's been right.
I think, off the bench this year for Milwaukee, and I want to say, last in the playoffs, he was one of the best three point shooters, like he's got a terrific shot on DSO Bledsoe is someone that, you know you might need a little more from.
You wanna start George Hill? This place? I think that's a very sneaky, scary movie.
Simple now, with Milwaukee being, they have been really sloppy with the ball these first couple games.
I don't know where they are currently and again that playing right now.
But like even in Game two, where they had this dominant performance, they had 20 turnovers as a team.
Is that something that would worry you going forward? Maybe not so much in this series unless, you know air.
Um, Aaron Gordon starts to come back in some of these longer guys kind of comeback for for Orlando is that Is that something you're concerned with? Or is that do you think it's just kind of shaking off some of these nerves a little bit? I think that's part of it.
I think if it would continue to be more of a worry for me part of it, I think it's just execution, right? Might not just be going this hard against Leicester team, which I understand, Um, Clippers.
I think we've seen them doing that a little bit us.
Well, um, but I think if if you're playing in the second round against a team like Miami, if it is Miami, a second round other playing against could be Demmer, Indiana.
Um, at that point, I'd be more concerned about it if you're not picking things up, but I'm not being a sharp on that of the floors.
You want to be special your team, but has title aspirations and you're one of the favorites.
And then, if you're playing sloppily in the first round and that picks up into the second, maybe the conference finals as well, then I would start to worry about their huddled chances.
If I was a Milwaukee.
Anything else with that? That 18 matchup in the in the east that you want to talk about? We got it covered, I think.
Okay, so the next series I want to talk about I've actually been kind of surprised by I thought it was gonna be more competitive.
Used to know Casey.
Yeah, I really thought this was gonna be a competitive Siri's.
And Houston looks like they just own the thunder right now.
Um, so and when I I guess I shouldn't be shocked by this.
As someone who's watched the Clippers for a long time and been a big Chris Paul fit Chris Paul has been bad.
Chris Paul has been really bad in the Siri's.
Um, were you surprised by that at all? Like I don't What are you seeing in this Siri's right now? Yeah.
I had the exact same thing written down.
This is the Siri's.
I think this is the first round Siri's.
I was looking forward to the most out of every series out there, but this is going to be the most competitive that's gonna be been most tight like this is gonna have multiple overtimes gonna be chippy.
It's gonna be fun, is gonna be exciting on.
And it's really been none of that so far.
And I'm really let down because I wanted to see a great basketball commuter teams.
Um, and I am surprised because O.
This season was that team that kind of had that, like underdog mentality like they were picked against by so many experts like that one supposed to make the playoffs.
They weren't supposed to be here right now in the sixth seed wearing outfits.
Um, I'm just a little surprised that I think that hasn't that same mentality hasn't come through in the playoffs.
And they haven't believed, I think play to their potential against Houston, especially with Russell Westbrook on the bench as well.
I mean, not even right all the way there right now in Houston, still making pretty quick work of Okay, see? So, So so.
One of the things I'm wondering about with with what O.
K C is doing is in the regular season match up.
That three guard lineup kind of gave the Houston trouble and and Dennis shooter over the regular season.
Siris was fantastic against Houston, and now they've been going to that a lot.
But I'm kind of wondering if they're going to small and I know that Houston's a small team, but it's like they're small in the sense that they don't have a massive front court.
But everybody on the team is like 66 right, like there's still long in some positions where where o. K.
C isn't and I think that's maybe where their backcourt is struggling a bit and I like one of the things I have written down is like Gallinari needs a bigger role for O K C.
To survive in this like he's not getting enough touches.
I again, Like I said, I like same thing with Vucevic's.
I think Gallo is a very underrated player in this league, absolutely.
And I think a lot of that comes from his, you know, injury history.
Ah, and missing a lot of time when he was in Denver.
But he was a huge part of of that.
That kind of scrappy Clippers team last year and I even remember when the Tobias hair straight happened when the Clippers sent Tobias Harris to Teoh, Philly and Clippers fans were like, Oh, well, it's, you know, tank mode from here.
And I remember thinking like Gallo does everything Tobias Harris does.
It was just a good as Tobias Harris, if if not more efficient.
Yeah, if not more efficient.
So, like, I don't understand why getting rid of Tobias Harris is your tank mode.
But I think it comes down to people not really respecting what Gallanar is capable of doing.
And I know I kind of feel like he needs to have a bigger role in order for O.
To keep up with with what Houston's doing and what's crazy.
Houston isn't even shooting that ball that well from three.
All right, the three point shooting and Houston hasn't been that good in this series.
Um, and then the other thing for okay, see that I have written down is Steven Adams needs more touches like we're talking about.
This team is small in the front court.
In the last game, he only had four attempts at the at the rim and he made all four of them.
So he's obviously able to kind of do what he wants in that area.
Why are they not feeding the ball down to him more often down there.
You know? I know, I know.
Tucker can be a pest, and in that he's a great defender.
But Steven Adams is a ****ing ox like there's no reason that dude can't just put his arms up and be above everybody else on the floor.
So he definitely he definitely needs more touches their, um And then, I mean, if we want to talk about surprises.
Jeff Green has been fantastic used in this series.
We'll Stairs What's what's he looking like right now? What's the out of shooting? He's shooting over 50% from the floor right now.
Um, I don't know what his actual averages are, but he's been insanely efficient and okay, sees kind of in.
And I am guilty of saying this.
I was like, You know, I think when you play in Houston, you gotta just especially with Russ out, you have to trap Harden.
You know, even with Russia's, then you kind of collapse on them a little bit so that he doesn't get those layups and dunks that he likes.
And you leave somebody like Jeff Rio, Jeff Green open and you live with those shots.
If you shouldn't like this, I don't think you can live with those shots anymore.
Like Jeff Green's like Ben with an actual threat for Houston, right? So I I mean, Jeff Green is kind of fooled every team into thinking he's the missing piece.
Yeah, maybe he was the missing piece.
Which is crazy? Yeah, something like Jeff Green's been that guy for so many teams over the course of career.
He was that guy for the Clippers for a while.
I think Doc gave up a first round pick to ground.
He did? Yeah. What? Memphis.
Wherever it was after that.
Um, but it's great to see.
I mean, everyone always talks about how great a guy Jeff Green is, and we see him flashed potential all the time, right? So for him to be doing this consistently in a playoff series now, I think it's fantastic for him, and I just pulled it up in.
This serious so far is averaging 18.
5 rebounds, eyes shooting 61% in the floor and 46 from three.
I mean, that's that's a hell of a backup options.
Yeah, that's off the bench To like I would take that as a started the starters doing that.
I'm like that guys killing people.
But he's doing that off the bench.
So he's been great.
Daniel House is a player that I really enjoy.
Watch watching place.
So I mean, do you think that it's time to start taking Houston seriously as a contender? You know, I think so.
Um, and I was hesitant on that all season long just because we talked about James Harden struggles in the playoffs in that kind of thing.
And I just because the West was so top heavy this season with the Lakers and the Clippers, I just really didn't even consider Houston being in that same group, right? Yeah.
Um, but I think what they're shown in this first round series against O.
C so far as a really impressive Um, I think if they can keep this up and push the Lakers a little bit, that Syria should go to seven games that seriously going away and then clippers Houston.
If Clippers get that far in the conference finals, that would be an amazing Siri's.
Um, yeah, I think you could do it.
Yeah, I I do think that it is time to end.
Like I I'm with you, man, like all season, I was like, Now he stands like it's a gim**** for the regular season and I don't I don't see it working.
I was in that camp.
They've been They prove me wrong.
They've been fantastic, like they really look like a threat.
And and, you know, I've always said you you know, that team lives and dies by their their three point shooting.
But we're seeing in this Siri's they're not shooting that wolf in three and they're still making it happen.
So if they can keep that up, that is a scary combination and that I think that is a team that, you know, the NBA's Ah Hole is gonna have to start taking seriously as a contender this year.
Definitely any other thoughts on that Syria's before we move on.
Uh, I just love say I really I mean, the jump he's taking he's taking this season.
Um, I'm just happy to see him.
Yeah, I know, I know.
Clipper Nation was sad to see him go.
Um, and, you know, I just kind of got done ****ing all over Chris Paul in this series, but I I couldn't think of a better mentor for for Shay.
Um, just because Pat to Chris.
Paul, What's that to go from Pat Bev last year? Chris Bright.
You got talking about Lou Esther, too, But you know, im I just see P I mean, as bad as he is, you know, right now and his his track record with the playoffs and all of that, I think when his career is done, he's gonna be in the top five conversation of point guards all time.
His ability to pass his ability to read the game.
I mean, yeah, he's a ****, right when he's on the floor and he'll snitch on players not tucking in their jerseys and doing all kinds of stuff that drives fans crazy.
But it is, Yeah, his basketball.
Like he was crazy.
His passing is unbelievable.
He's a great shooter, which is something that we haven't really talked about much in terms of Chris Paul's career, because everything else that he's so good at, but yeah, like, I just think that you're right.
Don't like for shade.
Going from Pat to to Chris Paul is like, I couldn't think of a better foundation to build on a how big is shades like 67 point guard like, Yeah, what we stand? I mean, he's golf tools is gonna be a star. Oh, absolutely.
So you touched on one of these teams are ready, and I'm interested your perspective, because you are in Indiana, Indiana, Miami, Miami leads the series 20 and like, pretty handily leads the series 20 what do you What are you seeing in the Siri's here? I think it's I thought. Okay.
See, it used to be the most entertaining first round series.
This has been the most 21st round series.
Um, Jimmy Butler, like, made for the playoffs, right? He's been incredible.
I mean, I feel like everyone out here kind of over heights, the Pacers, um and I got kind of and with it, um, all the depo and this Siri's, and now he's still kind of getting the scripts back in that kind of stuff, but I haven't been super impressed. What he's done.
Um, Malcolm Brogdon, I thought, has played pretty well.
I think they're also really missing Sabonis.
He's been a big He was a big, absolutely during this season, and I think it kind of seeing that front court is a little bit thinner than we may be expected without him there.
Um, but Miami's intensity did Butler's intensity, Um, the way they've played in the clutch in this series.
I've been really, really impressive.
Miami's done, and I think they, like I mentioned earlier, could be a team that probably doesn't win the series against Milwaukee but punishes them for their mistakes and plays very intense games down to the wire.
Um, you know, doesn't matter if the score is into the game, my name is gonna be playing them as hard as they can.
Yeah, yeah, and you know, you touched on Jimmy Butler and let's go like what's been so amazing about Jimmy Butler's? He doesn't have to be the leading scorer, rightto have his impact on the game.
He's doing all the little things and I think one of the most interesting things to me about him in the Siri's is.
We saw him this season with Miami, not really shooting much from from Deep, which is something we've known Jimmy Butler is is capable of doing is good at.
I mean, he became that guy for Philly in the playoffs last year, and we'll get to that a little bit later in in that matchup.
But, um, but he started shooting threes again in this series, and he's doing it efficiently.
He's shooting really well, and he's only attempting to think like 2.
5 3 a game right now in the first two games.
But just just doing that and showing that is efficient is going.
It's keeping Indiana's perimeter defense honest, right, because they I think at first they were like, Well, he's not really shooting from there.
We don't have to worry about too much, but now they have to really press when he's on that line because he's shown what he's capable of doing there.
Um and then when we're talking about guys that air scoring for Miami, to Duncan Robinson has been so good, so good, Um, game, too.
He was seven of eight from 37 of eight.
Garrett, he must 13 pointer in eight attempts.
It's so interesting to me because they have Jimmy Butler, who I think is, you know, not necessarily a top tier superstar.
But he's really good and they have these, like young guys that are proving they're also very capable, and it's like this very well rounded team.
I really like what Miami is doing.
Um, and then in terms of like the Pacers, they've been keeping up with Miami.
You know, when it comes to, like assists and rebounds there always right about there with them, they're playing really active.
I just a couple things that I think is.
I think Miami's paces is a little too much for India, you know, no pun intended there, Um, and and then when they start to feel it, slip a little bit, I've noticed Indiana really starts to just go.
I so heavy and and starts jacking up shots like especially early like in the shot clock, and I'm wondering if that's them being like this team is so fast.
We have to kind of keep up with that pace.
But I feel like Indiana needs to trust their system and play their style of basketball and not get kind of pulled into Miami band like, yeah, run with us because nobody nobody can run with Miami if you're trying to just, like, keep up and play fast.
Miami's training that they have as a team is the most brutal in the MBA.
Like there are multiple stories about how intense their training program is and like do, like, literally do like body fat checks on their players.
And it's it's it's really gnarly.
So you're not you're not gonna beat them at that game.
Um, and so you know, I think Malcolm Brogdon needs toe slow down a little bit and get back to what he does best.
They need toe, you know, not let the ball stick too much.
Um and yeah, I just I still think I mean, do you think it's gonna be a sweep? Do you think Miami takes the Siri's? I think it's a gentleman. Sweet.
I'm kind of stuff hoping T.
Warren has a big breakout game, like he looked in the seating games because I really looked the part of that in this series.
I know it's partially Because Jim Butler has just been Howard exist.
Right? Um, but I think it if they can if they can get that from from T.
Um, and I think India's bench I mean, there's not a lot of guys there that, like, Excite me.
Um, but with how little that benches put out in this series, I think has been a big issue for anything.
Getting things set up that rotation a little bit.
Um, maybe keep some more offensive minded guys that starting five in there with the bench, trying to get some production because they have some great shooters off the Dutch.
It's just that they haven't really done a lot to impress me the series so far.
Um, yeah, I You're picking gentlemen sweep.
I kind of think Miami sweeps.
Um, I just think Miami has their number.
Um, and and they're just gonna They're gonna run with it, I think.
And I think they want to.
And this is fast.
It's possible to get ready for that next match up.
Ready to move on. Yeah.
This one's really interesting to may, um, Utah leads the series 21 Denver punished him in that first game.
Denver kind of came out and looked like the Denver.
I think we were all expecting.
And then you talk came back in game two and made it really competitive, and they were good.
And then in Game three, Utah just kicked Denver in the ****ing mouth, just destroyed them.
So I and I gotta be honest.
I was not expecting it to go that way.
I knew it was gonna be a competitive series, and I would.
I had this serious circled is as one of the most interesting ones to me just because of the two front courts are fundamentally different, but both really good.
Um and yeah, Utah and Utah has been one of the most disappointing teams this season from they.
And I know you were never really riding too high, and I'm you and I have talked about this just together.
And I was one of the people that after some of the moves Utah made over the summer, it was like you talk is contending Utah is going to be really good.
And then this whole season on Washington's that Utah's middling, they're not that good And then Game three was like, That's the Utah.
I thought we were gonna get this whole time.
So what are you seeing in this matchup? Where you going with that? Break some of it down for me.
Well, im going Utah.
First of all, I think what they're showing up in these last two games.
I got to tell me that you talk to take the syriza pretty easily, but the rest of this, uh, next couple games, right? Um, my big thing going into this Siri's and one of the reasons why wasn't so high on Utah's chances in the postseason was because they're missing Bogdanovich, right? I someone that averages nearly 21 points for gay and he's flamed therapy point range me someone that you have to get in plan for, Like, he's terrific.
Um, them not having him made me feel a lot less confident in Utah.
But then that Mitchell came out and dropped what 57 points in Game one in the loss, right.
But the past two games he's been very efficient, which is something that he's not.
Typically, one of my big things that had against Mitchell for so long was that I didn't love the sauce left all the time right.
He's someone that I tried horse things.
If he's not going to be sent to take upwards of, like, 30 some shots in the game before when he's not, um, you know, hitting against Clippers, I think he's had a couple of games, was taken like 35 shot attempts.
Um, so that turns me off from that sometimes, right.
But, um, the way that he's played has been really impressive to me.
I thought my kindly in his first game back.
I mean, you can't say enough about the job He did.
Just I have that written down.
He's got Thea because he left.
He wasn't there in Game two because he had a kid, right? Exactly.
So he's getting the Fred VanVleet like new kid bump right now.
Like I I think the secret weapon in the MBA is just have a child.
And then and then come back in the playoffs and you're unbelievable.
Yeah, well, we saw Blue earlier this year to write, like back in December.
Luke had that kid.
And then in the first week of January, he was like, untouchable.
I mean, the best stretch Lu had this season was like the 1st 10 games.
Three guys. Kid.
So newborn is the new Like having a newborn baby is just like the biggest MBA secret of all time.
Yeah, they're going to start like doing fertility tests on players.
That will be the new drug test.
Oh, my God, I Yeah, it some insane to me.
The other thing.
Dude, Yokich hasta care like and we've seen This has been a season long habit where we've seen Yokich come out in certain games and just looked like he doesn't want to be there.
He's He looks very disinterested a lot of times, and it sucks because I love Yokich.
I think he's a killer.
He you know, if he really tried all the time, I think he could be in the conversation of some of the greatest bigs that have ever played the game.
When all is said and done because his skill set, he has such a big bag of what he's capable of doing.
But Game three was that Yokich game where he came out and just kind of looked like he didn't give a **** um even when, like they went down big like it didn't look like he had any fight or had any interest in wanting to get back into it like that.
There is a shot, I think, in the third quarter of the bench, and they all just looked like somebody had ripped their hearts out and it wasn't like it.
And it didn't look like it was like, Oh, this is a bad game.
It looked like they were like, This is the Siri's.
Yeah, like that was the devastation on those players faces.
Um, and if Yokich is your best player, he's got to set the tone and it sucks when it comes out.
And he just has this, like, low flicking.
I don't really wanna be here.
It's hard to get the other 14 guys up right, and I mean props to really go bare.
And the Jazz were jumping all over that, recognizing that he's not in it right now, and they can.
I mean, instead of playing down to that and bring the game down a notch, they're capitalizing on that and making them look like fools, Man.
Speaking of Gobert, Trevor Gustavus in a really awesome article about how kind of Utah secret weapon has been go bears passing out of the short role.
Um, and I think before the see the Siri's even happened.
Zach Lowe had mentioned, um, how efficient Utah is with shooting threes and how good they are getting open looks in the corner.
They love that shot more than anyone like.
You'll see Ingles always open from down there when it gets there.
And I think that short roll past from Go Bear that Trevor brought up is making that even a big, like, more of a threat than it was already.
And it was already a big threat.
And if he keeps that up and he has that vision and that that mindset of passing out of that short role, especially when he's going up against somebody like Yokich like that, makes that team really scary.
And it's funny because Yokich is like the dude who can pass really well, right? And if if I and I almost wonder if, like go bears, watch that and been like I'm gonna add that to my game like that's I'm gonna I'm gonna do a little more of that, and we've seen go bare.
Kind of want to be more of like the offensive big this season.
Like he seems like he wants more touches.
But if it becomes passive and continues to play his style of defense, do co bears Unbelievable.
Yeah, no kidding.
And it makes me worry a little bit about if the Clippers and the Jazz do need in the second round, because I was feeling very comfortable about that second round opponent, regardless of who it was, I thought Clippers have done a great job invented this season, especially lately.
Before that suspension of play, they beat them by 29 points.
They beat him in the seeding games.
Um, and then Utah.
We talked about it.
I was low on Utah all season, Um, to seeing what what they have done to Denver so far has made me a little concerned about how long that second round series would go on.
If clippers and Jazz do meet.
Um, I'm with you, though.
I I would have to see a huge performance from Denver to change my mind on this, but I still I don't know, man.
I still see the Siri's going to seven.
I think Denver is going to come back with a couple of good performances, but based off of what I've seen in the last two games, and maybe it's recency bias and maybe I'm not giving Denver enough credit.
But I think it's gonna be Utahn seven, which is wild, because I think I was on the other side of that before the series started.
Yeah, I was two and I mean, I think Denver isn't whole right now, which is part of it, and they're missing to really, really great defenders.
Gary Harris is probably best perimeter defender, and then we'll.
Bart has had so many games this season where he was like looked like Denver's third best player, like he's been so good at times on.
So to miss both of those guys right now, I think it's a bigger blow than maybe Denver is being given credit for right now.
Anything else on Denver, Utah? I think it's it.
All right, Boston, Philly, man.
I'm just going to say right now I think Philly is going to take this Siri's Oh, no, not at all.
Boston is 30 on the Siri's.
Ah, what the hell is going on in Philly, man? They got to change it up.
Yeah, got blown up.
I mean, I again, I've said a couple times now I've been really excited about a couple first round series and that big competitive on.
And this is one that I was looking forward to seeing because the Philadelphia Boston matchups, whether it's regular season or playoffs, they're always so exciting. There always chippy.
They're always fun, always down to the wire.
Um, and that was true a little bit in Game three.
But besides that, this has been an extremely one sided Siri's.
Ah, and I can't give enough credit to Jayson Tatum.
Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker died Tandem X.
I mean, they've been fantastic.
Yeah, and Thais has been really surprising because I think before the serious started, I was like, you know, Tyce is good, but he's not there yet, you know, Give him a little more time.
Um, and he's gonna be no match up for Joel and be, But he's been fantastic, has been really, really good.
And then ever since Jason Tatum cut his hair, he's just been unstoppable.
Um, and the tandem of Brown.
Tatum is so unbelievable and Brown and Jayson Tatum is so good that I almost feel like Jaylen Brown gets a little underrated.
Nothing get enough love because Jaylen Brown has been Fanta on both sides of the ball.
He's really good.
He's such a such a efficient, two way player.
But yeah, I I'm with you.
I think it's time to stick a fork in Philly.
My heart goes out to Philly fans like they had to go through the process and they had to trust the process.
And they have now been completely just deceived by the process they've been.
Yeah, I just It's rough, man.
Um, Phillies three point shooting has been horrific in the Siri's.
I think that they're sub 30% right now.
Um, in those those first three games, Um, and what's crazy is indeed is getting to the line a lot.
And that's where he's like.
I think he's averaging like, 30 points a game right now in this series, but in like, half of it's coming from the line.
But I almost feel like that's to his detriment, and he's not able to kind of find his rhythm and like, you know, we know that indeed is capable of shooting the ball and stretching the floor a little bit.
But if he's got no rhythm, that's a hard thing to ask him to do.
In that Siri's, um, Tobias Harris is struggling, and, you know, we touched on that a little bit when he got traded.
You know, Clippers fans were like, It's it's tank time, but it's like, No, this is kind of the Tobias Harris experience that you're going to get some really good games.
Then you're gonna get some games that air and that contract is just starting to look worse and worse off man.
Um, and did What do you do with Horford? Do you trade him the summer? Can you try it? Horford the son? That's that's the question, right? Because that like you want to talk about bad contracts, that looks like it's so funny, because I feel like this summer Horford could have gone literally anywhere but Philly and been effective and help the team out.
He went to the one place that was an awful fit.
Yeah, that's thing, man.
Like I was so high on Horford last summer.
I was like, if, like before, the whole PG Colli stuff, whatever came out, I was like, Man, we need to get Kawai and we need to get Al Horford like that's the team right there.
You're set on defense, right? And I've seen over this year and I'm like, God, I've been so surprised.
But the Tobias Harris experience, right? I mean, I think Phillies super overpaid.
I mean, you can argue that at this point, but the thing that I think we've seen the Clippers fans experienced with with Tobias Harris was with the fourth quarter stuff right where he's someone that comes out in the first half of beginning and his leg having a really, really great game.
And then he gets like, three shots in the fourth quarter like that.
It's like you need someone that's getting that much money and is that good a shot maker at times to be more aggressive in the fourth quarter and more goes down the stretch? Um, and I think that's that's one of his biggest faults is that he's just not that guy.
Well, and like, I think one of the big criticisms about Philly is they don't have that guy.
That is just like I **** it.
I'm taking this over like, What's that have to be, brother? Exactly, Exactly like because even Ben Simmons is like a bit passive and like, is capable of being the dude.
I think I think he's talented enough to be the guy but doesn't want to be the guy.
And I think that was an issue for them last year in the playoffs.
And that's when Jimmy Butler was just like, You know what? **** it.
I'll be the dude and took over and made them competitive in the playoffs.
They're missing that right now.
And like, I don't know, Joel Embiid has it or not.
I like what? What? What do you see Philly doing this summer like it's your right? Like some of those contracts are somewhat untradeable.
Um, I think the obvious thing is that a lot of is gonna fall on Brett Brown and they're going to try to get somebody else like, Do you think it stops at Brett Brown? And they hope that another coach can kind of figure out the algorithm here, or do you think it's they get rid of Brett Brown and then start to move some pieces.
Well, I'm gonna ask you the same question about what they need to do this summer, because I think or whatever they're gonna do, offseason animal.
Um but I think a lot of change, right? I think it's It's more than break from.
I think it's like you mentioned.
We have a lot of guys that air passes.
No wants to be the guy.
Um, and you can't have, you know, two star players that are this passes, right? Yeah.
Um, so I But that's the question than two is worried where those guys go because you probably can't trade Al Horford.
Health probably would scare some things away.
Um, Joel Embiid, I think might be the guy you have to move.
Um, and I was looking at earlier this earlier this this week, talking about like, pairings and that kind of stuff it would be good with.
And I saw a video, someone retweeted um that was kind of highlight types of like Jimmy and Joel Embiid last year.
And how well those guys work together and how, like, just how much happier Joe Wilson be playing when he's in the Florida. Indeed.
But we were all saying so Jimmy and and and be pairing in Miami could be fun.
I don't know how I am.
He has to give a bam to make that happen, though.
Do you think they're willing to do that? No message thing I like, I, like, conditional on them not to buy.
Um, I grabbed him in our fantasy league Ah, during last season and had him right before.
He had, like, his big break out performance being of this year.
And I was like, Man, **** it, I was the guy like, he's gonna be so good so soon, And he's proven this year, right? Yeah.
Um, so that stuff, that stuff I mean, it's tough, but I think it's gonna be removed, but brown and and make a few moves.
I just don't know what that's gonna be and how easy it's gonna be.
They're gonna have to offload a lot of stuff and probably take not so much back then.
Right? And I'm with you, I think, indeed is the piece that you move to kind of, you know, do like I don't know what you call it, like a soft restart.
Um, but personally, I feel like Ben Simmons is the one that they move.
I don't think that that's the right move, but I think that's gonna be there.
I've heard some rumblings of Portland wanting to get Ben Simmons, which would be an interesting I mean, he would have the shooting that he needs around him, but, you know, and we've seen, um, nurkic start to take those threes and become, you know, someone of a threat in that in that setting.
So if you add that, you know, maybe maybe that's something he kind of has to ramp up a little more to make it work. I don't know.
I just I love Ben Simmons.
I think defensively he brings something toe any team that makes them a major threat.
And I think the shooting will come.
It's just not coming as fast as everybody wants.
But if he's as as efficient as he is inside and driving and then even just his ability to drive and kick is unbelievable.
Um, I think that yeah, he's my Here's my centerpiece on a team, you know, personally, if I'm choosing between those two.
Um, but I I don't think that that's I think that's the move they're gonna make.
And I think it's the wrong move Philly is gonna make.
Um, my only other note that I have here in the Siri's with Boston is Marcus Smart is a little too confident from deep.
Like, I think he's jacking up like 5 to 7 threes a game, which, okay, in this round.
But, man, if you're doing that in the next couple of rounds, that will come back and bite you in the ass real fast, especially if you're playing against, like, Toronto, right? That is that's you don't want him doing that from 11 him? God. Yeah.
You want him sticking to what he does best, which is defending and, um, and bring aggressive inside when he can, but yeah, like Marcus Morris.
Sorry, Marcus. Smart.
You're not that good of a shot maker.
Stop jacking him from three.
If you want your team to get deeper.
Yeah, that's not gonna size that.
I mean, when he's 6 30 does best, which is defend the perimeter and attack the room like that.
He's incredible, right? I mean, you could argue he's one of the best defenders in India.
He's right up there.
Probably should be a 1st 2nd team guy this year.
Um, and every year, honestly, like he's terrific.
But when you have better shot makers in the team, you can't have Marcus Smart taking that money.
Threes a game, right? Maybe.
Like you said, the first round against Philly.
This team you can do it against, but against Toronto against teams, they're gonna punish you for that.
Yeah, and he's one of those guys, right? That's like in that class of like when he's on your team, You love him when he's not.
You absolutely hate him.
It's like him, Pat Bev and like Draymond Green like the Mount Rushmore of that guy. Exactly.
Um, but he's He's such a good defender that stick to that man, stop jacking up threes.
I don't care if you I don't care if you're open dude and stop taking those threes because it's not. It's not.
It's not a good look.
Anything else in the Siri's you want to go over? I don't believe so I'm picking Boston, and for I think it's a sweep I'm also Boston And four.
Yeah, I'm just I'm disappointed them.
I wanted more out of this.
Siri's same same.
Um, all right, so these next two, we're gonna run through real quick cause I really don't have a ton of notes for them.
One for different reasons.
Brooklyn for Oh, I'm sorry, Nets.
You don't have enough people.
Toronto is really, really good.
Um, I think it was somewhat disrespectful.
People kind of counting them out to start the season.
Yes, I know they lost Kawai, but the rest of that team is so smart, so good.
Pascal seaq, um um is has been fantastic.
Kyle Lowry's never gotten enough respect and attention for what he does.
You know, I saw somebody joke like Kyle Lowry is who Chris Paul wishes he was in the playoffs.
But that team just has such a high basketball I Q that, um you know, lacking that superstar is gonna help them out a lot.
And I do think that they are a threat to get into the finals.
I think that they are legitimate contender.
I'm curious to see in a potential Eastern Conference matchup how they answer you honest without Kawai.
I think that's the biggest question.
I think everything outside of that this team is made to make it.
Um, so, yeah, I mean, anything.
Anything else you're seeing in there, like I like Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is gonna be really good in a couple years, like next year.
They're gonna be really good.
Um, I think next year they're gonna be really good of Jared.
Allen keeps his starting position, Aziz.
Much as I love DeAndre Jordan, I think Jared Allen is a better player right now.
Um, but yeah, like, even like Joe hairs.
But I just have a feeling they're gonna move a lot of those pieces.
Um, but, I mean, what are you seeing in this series? We'll talked on Joe Harris.
Real quick efforts and stuff only broadcast in that kind of stuff That Brooklyn has made it a priority to keep Joe Harris this offseason.
Just okay, It works around anybody, right? And he's such a big that you put him alongside Katie and Kyrie, and that's a great option have on the court. Right.
Um, as far as Brooklyn goes, have loved seeing how aggressive and competitive Garrett Temple has been This is I like him.
I wish I love Garrett.
Temple is great.
He's like the ideal That right? Yeah.
Um, but to go back to Toronto, Man, I love Toronto.
They have some extremely likeable players.
I love Kyle Lowry.
I love how hard he fights.
Fred VanVleet is amazing.
He's a superstar, Dude, he's a He's a supercilious Pascal C aacm is probably one of my favorite players India, right now that's not a Clipper.
I just lovely does.
I think is gonna be a star.
Already has a star is going to be a superstar, like, really spirit, um, and then talk about what they gonna do with the honest.
And I don't know if if if they can implicate this against him in that bucks team, But, oh, gee, on an OBE has been fantastic defensively.
Yes, um, having him learn and learn a lot from Kawai last season has been really great, but I've seen a lot of quick highlight clips in that kind of stuff of on Obi and his defense. If i q.
I saw one possession where Brooklyn moved the ball around and I think he defended like, four guys on one possession and, like, just student paid and watch to go back and forth and didn't commit to someone until, um, you know, Brooklyn was, like, set to take that shot, right? Like you just he's so smart and moves so well on defense.
And I mean, I don't know if that's gonna be enough to stop the honest, um, but I would be confident and at least think of a slowing down a little bit.
I mean, just think about how defeating it is for your average NBA player.
When you're, you know, let's say getting downhill a little bit against Toronto and you're like, All right, I got past Kyle Lowry cool past that because he's really good defensively.
And then pass Kelsey Alchimist standing in front of and you're like a shed.
And then you somehow get past Pascal seaq, um and then o j and an O.
B is right in front of you.
Just think, ****, dude, when does it stop? And then if you somehow get past Ogi, then you've got Marc Gasol dinner, and it's just like, dude, how like that has got to be so defeating there.
I mean, aside from what they're capable of doing offensively and the way they move the ball is beautiful because there's so much chemistry on that team and they play such a good, fundamental game of everybody gets touches and all of that.
But just offensively, what that team is capable of doing.
Man, I I love Toronto.
I I've always connected with Toronto, the Raptors.
I, you know, growing up.
My favorite is still my favorite player of all time is alleged one.
He ended his career.
Zoar Apter Um, I loved Ah, Damian Satya Meyer.
I love Mighty Mouse growing up, but Toronto sports fans have always connected with because they're so defeated and it is not an optimistic fan base.
And growing up, you know, I grew up the Clippers fan.
I understand what it's like to love a team and have them disappoint you all the time.
So I even even when they're good, I connect with me just like defeated, like it's not gonna work out the kind of attitude I love it.
I I can't I'm not an optimistic person.
So when I find another pessimist, I'm like you and May were connected.
We met How cool would it be with that history to see the Clippers Raptors India finals? That would be amazing.
That's that's the matchup I really want to see and it be a hell of a matchup.
Yeah, I think Clippers stuff the Siri's this season.
The both of those games were incredible.
Now they they play each other.
Really? Really Well, um, anything else on the syriza want to touch on? That's all I got.
Alright, Toronto for um, and then this last one.
I honestly don't want to go too much in detail about it.
Just because you and I both covered the Clippers.
We have a lot of coverage.
You want sports? Illustrated me with the clips that podcast.
Um, but clippers, Dallas competitive Siri's.
Um, Clippers kind of came out and didn't take it seriously in the first couple games and then gave him an answer yesterday.
The Luca thing is worrisome.
Um, it I think Carlisle even said today with ah Sunday's game being an early one, that it's even less likely that Luca plays in Game four.
But, man, I mean, I'm still picking the Clippers to take the Siri's.
I think they do it in five or six still.
But Luca Don Church is the future of this sport.
It It's like it's like a privilege watching him play every night.
I just everything that is, and there's always that there.
Everybody wants to make some kind of comparison like, Oh, he's, you know, card in or, um or if you're Ben Simmons, he's Larry Bird just because of his skin tone.
Um, but like he has so much LeBron in his game like it's he's this amalgam of everybody that he's gonna be the guy people are comparing players to in 10 years his size His.
I mean, he's a 67 point guard, basically like he at, but plays like a Ford when he wants Teoh, um, his ability to read the floor to a Justin in game time like his.
But he's got one of the craziest basketball minds in the game right now, and everybody's if you're not watching Luca Dodge itch and just having your mind blow all the time and realizing that you're watching what might end up being one of the greatest players to touch a basketball Then you need to open your eyes and appreciate what you're watching here.
Yeah, I think the biggest thing from me with Lucas so far for people that maybe didn't notice.
Capable of the fact that the Clippers have rotated Patrick, Beverly and Paul, George and Kawai Leonard and Marcus Morris onto him in this series.
Uh, Kaleigh and Pat, you know, to the best defensive player in the n b A.
And then PG and Marcus Morris, both of whom I think dependent pretty well in this series.
Um, they respect Luca, and it's impossible.
Not Oh, yeah, but I just I think it's eye opening for guys that don't watch.
Look all the time to see players of that calibre, and they're the ones that are big Gianluca.
And even still, he's been incredible.
Good night, Mrs.
Yeah, that's what it is. It's amazing.
Um, Doc made some adjustments in the Siri's.
Um I think, I think yeah, I think he finally had enough footage to, um, cut down Reggie Jackson's minutes significantly.
Um, he moved Landry Sham it into the starting lineup and Sham.
It has been bad, but he was fantastic in Game three.
He was really good in game three.
Made some big shots he dunked on.
Ah, he dunked on.
Who did he dunk on? Oh, Boban, He don't on Boban.
It dunked on lurch.
Um, that was that was wild.
Um, they made a lot of really big adjustments.
And you know what? Dallas still kept a competitive.
Ellis still made some runs there, especially in the fourth.
They started to kind of chip away at it.
Um, and and I think that made the Clippers like, take him a little more seriously again.
Um, but, you know, it sounds like Doc Rivers also had a conversation with Zuba tsan entrez before the game and basically was like a like I'm matching zoos minutes with Boban.
Um, and I think that was more him, like, in a way, telling Trez like, Hey, you're gonna have a limited role in the Siri's because they've punished you and you still have some conditioning to dio.
Um, but it didn't seem like there was any hard feelings the team really like Seemed like they were clicking.
Um, I still think Dallas, especially if Luke is going to come back.
At some point, I think they take one more game.
Um, just from what I've seen so far, they've They've been better down the stretch than they have in the regular season.
Um, so and and, you know, I think we'll get a big KP game out of them.
I'm gonna say Clippers and six on this one.
Where you at? Based on what I saw last night and the adjustments that were made in that kind of stuff, I have gone from being not so confident in Doc's coaching and the rotations, that kind of serious to being extremely confident.
I mean, there was still some issues that I would I would fix.
I would remove Reggie from the rotation completely just because at this point, what does he offer that someone else can? Right, right.
I mean, what he's doing in this series right now, that's that's positive, is catching shoot three point shooting.
Um, and the Clippers have a lot of guys that could do that on defense.
Reggie's been atrocious when he has the ball in his hands, tries to make plays.
That's been a disaster as well, so I would probably just bumping out.
Um, but the thing with Zoo in transiting was the biggest adjustment made in Game three.
Agree? We've been saying for a while that zoo needs to Plame, or I think, because A.
I think Doc had confidence in doing it because Oop has played so well against Dallas so far this season.
He had that breakout game, one of the best games his career well, the best game of his career.
I established in the seeding games, um, so I was glad to see him play, you know, a 30 minute game and have it not be because Montrose isn't about child or something like that just because he was a better matchup and Doc recognized that and played in the minutes he deserved to play Landry.
Shame it, like we've said, is someone that we think runs better with the starters.
That definitely was the case last night.
The biggest thing is that he doesn't take away shots mpg, ankle wide, like Doc said, I left at last night's game.
He lets the game come to him on DSO when he was getting those wider than looks.
It wasn't because he was.
It was it wasn't off the dribble, right? It was just catching shoot.
Or if it was off the dribble, he was driving at the rim of being aggressive, which is when he's at his best.
So I thought the Justin's flippers made last night's game make me feel a lot more confident about the outcome of this Siri's.
And I think, if they can matched that intensity, um, an urgency to platelets last night for a majority of the game, Um, and get a better overall performance from PG, I think Clippers and five.
Okay. All right.
Anything else you wanna touch on in this series? I don't think so.
Um well, Garrett man, thank you so much for joining May on on this ball is live stream balls left.
Um, do you have anything you want to plug before we before we close out here? Where can everybody find you? Yeah, You can follow me on Twitter at G A.
That's G a c h o r p and and I n g.
I don't like Brian said I covered clippers for Sports Illustrated.
That website is all clippers dot com.
Well, thank you, everybody, for joining us.
Steven will be back for the next stream.
We're gonna be doing these weekly are normal show releases every Wednesday on we cover all kinds of topics from best ball we have.
Ah, really awesome upset coming up this week.
Um, I don't want to give away too much, but we interviewed one of our very good friends and covered some Some really awesome stuff that is outside the spectrum of Of what? Stephen and I know so really interesting conversation coming with that.
Um, thank you, guys.
So much for joining us.
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Ah, and we will catch everyone next week.
Thank you so much, Garrett.
You have a good week, man.