Good afternoon, everybody.
This is the man Simeon with SportsCastr news.
And I'm here with my man Gamow so we could talk about the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard in the Los Angeles Lakers.
Of course, I was wrong, folks.
I was definitely wrong.
Gammel The Blazers lost last night.
They lost 1 35 the 1 15 to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Damian Lillard goes down with a knee injury.
They can what, like 11 points last night? They've got to get another MRI's The first.
Emery came back inconclusive.
You know who knows what that means, but his presence in the game is definitely in question when it comes to Game five.
Um, I don't know, man.
Uh, you know, just just on the whole Damian Lillard thing.
Listen, if they mean lower isn't there, the Blazers don't have a chance.
CJ McCollum has a back injury.
Blazes don't have a chance of D.
J if they mean little isn't there.
Over the past three games, they haven't had a chance anyway.
Are they eliminated? Yes.
I said this the first time I saw it.
Everybody wanted to know about the you know, media people want extol being time.
I see that, Dean.
Time is dessert.
Now, when you have a good dinner, you have a phone with your friends. Whatever.
Yeah, well, your girl, your wife, you know, you chilling drink a little bit, get nice dessert, man sees.
But if everything else is bad underneath it, you don't really care for dessert.
I mean, game time is not a dependable former basketball.
I mean, he did this in the first game, where literally in the first half of least the first half of the first half, passing the ball, they're cutting to the basket.
They were carving up the legal defense.
And that's when he had big guys like Javale, McGee, uh, Dwight Howard in the game.
And they went away.
I started I So McCullough was hot.
Given that it's like a habit.
They moved to make his first point since I could happen.
So, like, I think I forgot we're in the fourth quarter.
I don't see the next to be.
I don't follow it as closely, but the game I watch yesterday I don't know who have eyes.
It is Jason Kidd.
I don't know his Vogel.
It was LeBron James.
Someone said, Hey, why we playing this? This defense against him, at least from the first game, which I saw and they switched it up to the plate is aggressive amoeba type, zone type defense, where at times you see three guys peek up and stop them from taking a quick shot off the fast break.
Then they will have a guy kind of setbacks, kind of like a 2332 amoeba office defense.
Otto um, Syracuse on Turkey's where you have basically a guy come up to kind of guard against some of the shooters, disrupt them, and then they would not let the Blazers breathe.
When a blazer, the kind of China reset up top, you know they will go back to a to three, but then they'll have LeBron James come up top.
And how now and the thing that the thing that killed the Blazers, I thought was that they're too heavy.
McCollum and and aim right.
So in those defensive sets, whether the Lakers have shown especially one of three to even if you run a 23 you have to keep the big man had a foul line right in a 3 to 2.
Run a 212 and it did it once and at work.
I think nervous got the ball past someone in a corner.
I can't remember who, and I think I think the I think he laid up it cuts a bashing laid up on a 23 even you planning to three straight.
Still, keep a big man as a central file line.
And I felt like the Blazers because it got such a big hole because it couldn't get defensive stops.
They went away from that.
That offense, right? They didn't look just kind of slowed down.
There is going to hate McCullum, Dame, save us from this.
Hit some big shots.
And if you do some, you know, if you look at what like tech stocks runs, he runs a fist motion flare.
Remember, they try to do it once early on and LeBron James put the steal.
It stopped it, and they don't have a Plan B.
A legit Do not have a Plan B.
They are done is done.
And again, the Lakers miss a lot of shots in the first game since if the Lakers were making no shots in the first game with LeBron James.
I'll give us credit in terms of passing.
He's gonna get past is so serious that first game.
Go back and watch it.
The Lakers were missing a lot of shots.
LeBron James, practically easy.
Had 20 assists easily that game.
I don't know how many.
I don't have a triple double by my mommy issues. Yet.
This car is passing carved up that team, so please don't have a Plan B.
I mean, Carmelo Anthony is a decent role play, but he's not a guy that it's not taking them.
He's not gonna take over the game.
And he's not a plus defender.
He's not these other.
Plus spending in terms of defense.
I've seen LeBron James get by.
You know this guy, LeBron James has every legs, but, you know, Carly, it is just older.
I mean, they don't have They played on Anthony Simmons.
You know, he was okay. Yeah.
If you passed here and there, then play.
There's a little you know.
I mean, they don't have the depth shot out to Gary trends.
You know, I think that guy's gonna be peace it if they could develop him next year.
Uh, he's definitely gonna be a good piece.
He's only got I saw when they were losing last night and the game was out of reach or going out of reach easily.
Guys still shown heart hitting threes, pushing the ball up, trying to push the tempo, but they need another big man in terms of a big, quick man.
Uh, like I say, God, like James, swimming fit them perfectly because the sound bites.
I just can't space the floor.
He's kind of hit or miss in terms of intensity.
Nurkic is a final offensive play, But defensively, you get abused.
Um, yeah, yeah, this is another.
That's another agreement.
Yeah, I think Portland New after the second game because it is.
It's gone downhill from there, you know, they had the first game.
I think after the second game, they could feel that they were that they just weren't really the competition that they thought they were gonna be for the Lakers.
It's kind of like, you know, if you have two boxes going into a fight, you know one guy, he has a good couple of rounds and then When he finally gets hit with something, he's like, Oh, snap, yeah, I don't want to get again And then now they're going to a shell, right? They're going to sell because they're afraid to get hit again.
I feel like it was that way with the Portland Trail Blazers.
And, um, they're done.
I think they've done, you know, and listen.
I was one of the people that was like a They may have what it takes to at least fight with the Lakers.
At least take it to a Game seven.
I really thought that they had just some ingredients.
The guard play some big guys that can that can pound it down low.
Maybe they want good rebounding team, but some guys that can pound it down low.
And of course, they were hot.
Going into this series with the Lakers, Blake is just too much form, just too much form.
I really I really didn't I? You know, I thought the Lakers weak spot, you know you will not be.
Excuse me, but the person you have to keep your eye on the most, right? Just you know it was 80 when you can disrupt a d right? First of all, they're getting stupid files where you know, that keeping the arms out on 80 because do that sweet thing and then called they could get the easy garbage foul call.
They didn't disrupt him in a post and again 80 and a postman.
You have to send guys, Adam.
I mean, he's a capacity. Get me wrong.
But you know, you have to force some other guys to make those shots.
You know, again KCP David Greene making shots yesterday.
But it is most because a lot of shots that making they were wide open.
So the blazers, defensively, they will just inept.
And this is why I hate the fact they play a song Whiteside, because that can weigh in Gabriel.
You know, even though you didn't rack up a lot of 1001st game, you know, he's a little bit quicker. He's a little fast.
He's gonna, you know, find a little bit harder.
I thought they should have as soon as 80 per suborn aground.
You run from double team, um, and you force them to make that pass you force to make that quick pass.
Did they go four for five years said Believe from three.
But you know LeBron James, nine times out of 10 he's not gonna kill you from three LeBron James catching from the three with eight seconds left instead and try to take the shot.
He's gonna look around, see feet if you get past somebody else.
And I thought that Terry Sites had a terrible, terrible defensive plan, folks.
80 when 80 wasn't again use.
Um what? When a rocket again you kill 80 comes out that they brought in tacos known Who's him to kill them? Take out LeBron James is pretty 80 back and I don't 80 didn't come back because that backs classes, but it was just they were toying around.
Man is one of the worst playoff games. Idolized.
What is terrible? Yeah.
So what do you think going from here going into next season? What's gonna happen with the Blazers? Because they're kind of built to win.
Now, when you think about it, right, You got Damian Lillard, C J McCollum.
You got Carmelo Anthony, who was on the last leg of his career.
They're built to win now.
Where do they go from here? Going into next.
See, what did they go? Well, data have cap space.
I mean, he moves on a big contract, I think.
Commas in a big contract.
Um, they got off.
I don't even know, man.
They have to get depth.
That's one thing. So you didn't have the key people.
Carmelo Anthony for another year.
They need space shooters.
They need guys who hit big shots.
When they drop to the basket on the defense collapse, they gotta look to the draft again.
This is a draft where this is not the year where teams like this who are going to be picking up in the low twenties.
This is not a year where, UM, they can just look way just pick anybody.
They have to look into his draft and possibly use a second to help trade up again.
Get a guy like James Smith.
Get the kid from Nesmith from a Vanderbilt, the guy who shoot like 50% from three.
They need role players who can execute when the ball is passing them, and they're going to keep running the offense through game, will it? If you know the foot, this motion player doesn't work for those, too.
I mean, you get any other guys that could run that offense with two, but then also guys like a big shot. So they need defense.
They need something.
Hazem big forwards a four to run the floor.
You could probably get some guys of the scrappy.
I don't remember which guys are free agents, but again, a perfect perfect guy for them to trading fours.
Jaylin Smith, a 6 10 4 who run the floor play defense, can hit big shots from outside.
I think you should like high.
We shouldn't but ah, kind of doodle big and they haven't had that he is.
I don't have nervous, but Turkish is a different breed, and nervous is knowing is defensively capable? As you know, you could just put out there on an island and just can't do that.
Oh, he's not the type of player, so yeah, yeah, another idea, though.
And I think some people brought this up before was try to train my column and see what you could get because I want to go back for the Blazers.
But I'm also Mad Game.
Little because he signed an unrestricted free agency deal with them.
They didn't come to the Knicks after all that talk about the next, and you stayed in Portland.
So, hey, you want to take the more the extra year? You know, you're gonna get that endor*****ts in New York, so I don't feel sorry for, but people someone just said jealous There's gonna be a rookie, bro.
You there. A lot of rookies put like this.
What the blazes be a different team with Janet Jackson was only a second year player, Probably because Jackson that legit, you know? I mean, listen, Rondo was a rookie with Celtics when they wanted championship, wasn't it? And again there certain players they come and ready made on and they don't care.
You know, Jay, listen, I've seen his kid.
They talked about him improving his work at his work habits, workouts and Bob Line coming in from ****.
I might say, not know his personality like that.
But this is a guy who shot 26.
8% last year from three only improved attempts to from 2.
8, and he's shooting like three and, like 36.
39 can remember exact number from three, which is impressive because you take the same out of shots.
But that means you work on your craft to be that much more efficient.
So I'm just saying they need to find a gem, and they need to find a guy who can probably do it all.
They have to expand at offense because again, I can't keep watching games where Go back to the first game. The blazes.
Up by 13 the Lakers starts to make a run because the Blaze have no defense and literally the thing that saved them.
Because Mako was happening.
He went away from a common.
It's like a half is game time like dogs.
This is not this is not to K bro.
Okay, Just real quick.
Before we get out of here.
Tonight, you got okay.
See, in Houston playing tonight.
You got Dallas and the clip was playing tonight.
Both of those syriza tied at two.
Okay. Seeing Houston, we're gonna go quick.
Were you giving it to eyes is weird? I don't know, man.
I want to give it to O k c.
I think they have the better team overall, but hard to just happen those hard in games, man.
So I'll be back and forth.
I think hard is going to get it.
I think Iraq is gonna take this game by.
I will say, I think Casey might take the next game.
And it is gonna be interesting, man.
OK, OK, si is able to pull it out, pull the Siri's out, right? You know, for Chris Paul, it's going to be, you know, he's gonna love it because he was traded from the Rockets for Russell Westbrook.
You know, say he'll he'll love it.
And then he'll get a chance to faced off against the blade of the Lakers in the second round.
A team that, you know, he tried to go two years ago, and clearly it didn't happen.
Chris Paul would probably love it.
We're looking at the we're looking right now at the playoff brackets, right? So if you know it with the second round were assuming the Lakers were gonna win important, it's not gonna have a miracle comeback.
You look at the Lakers going against someone either Houston or Okay.
See, Utah Jazz looks like they're in the driver's seat to defeat the Denver Nuggets.
They'd be going against the winner of El of the Clippers in the Dallas Mavericks, and KP is gonna be out again tonight.
Who's Mark KP is going to be out again tonight if you're listening.
And then, of course, um, you know, Miami advanced.
You got Boston and Toronto in the East, you know, And it is going to be Milwaukee and Miami.
So, um, no, That's the way things are shaping up right now.
Ladies and gentlemen, the way things are shaping up.
Have fun tonight.
Two great matchups tonight.
Again, Who's Mark? I just want to say one more time.
KP is out again tonight within the injury.
This time, it's not the need that way.
L is the other knee.
He's out just saying, Who's Mark? Just letting you know this is a guy was to save New York, right? Right.
You know what a man.
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