Sports news Talking All things MBA had Amar Brecht's Matt Brooks ahead of Game seven.
Man, he's the kind of things we want, right.
Western Conference doing us favors here between the Jazz Nuggets tonight and then Ah, Thunder and the Rockets will get into its eventually.
Ah, bottom of the hour, man, this is the the improbable.
The ones will be the fourth time that it's either come down 31 like this.
What's ah, what's the hot take? What? Where you looking in? This one is just the inevitable for the Nuggets or to the Jazz.
I mean something.
You've been asleep and it had just been getting our cool down the stretch.
I think the jazz win.
Honestly, I really think Yeah, I think that's where I'm going.
Nuggets I didn't want I didn't want to gilded, you know, and safe before we got on What? Ah, what are you hanging your hat on for the Jazz then? You know, God, it's so hard cause they have Gary Harris back and I just think like Malone was really bad for the first four games.
But he liked finally got to the adjustments that he really needed to do, which is mostly just like rotations.
Things like, Hey, maybe don't play Michael Porter Jr at all, and just and just, you know, shape these rotations up.
Get Paul Millsap out of there.
He clearly can't play in this Siri's.
I'm actually really having a lot of second thoughts about Paul Millsap in general right now.
It was a big, big name for the Nets world of things, but man did.
I'm very excited for this series.
I, uh we just finished a really, um, crucial Celtics Raptors game.
I really, really wish the Raptors and one that I'm like because we didn't get a great first round.
Like I wouldn't say out of 10.
It was probably a three or a four.
Some like, man, this is the Siri's I've been waiting for Cannot be a tuo deficit.
So these games that are a Game seven I'm hanging on to, um, and this one especially like I for as far as that rockets.
Okay. See, syriza's gone.
It's been kind of maddening from an execution perspective like that.
Like for somebody who kind of like this is what I'm not saying I'm like a coach or anything like that.
But I spent a lot of time looking at film like I look at bad turnovers and stuff and bad shots, and I write about that so that serious has been, like kind of not a disaster, because Chris Paul was great.
But it certainly hasn't been aesthetically like perfect.
This Siri's has just been, like top notch, like these guys are going off.
I just come down to look, man.
Donovan Mitchell's gotten every single shot.
He's wanted this entire Siri's.
They put Nicola Yokich in two man action every time.
And you know what? I'm gonna be honest.
I don't think my changes, I just don't.
And I think the spotlight is gonna be really bright for Jamal Murray, who's carried them.
So that's where I'm at right now.
Yeah, I think about Murray and Mitchell just having a blast going toe to toe down the stretch of these games.
And hey, listen, last admits.
So listen, why don't we take every shot for teams and just drink some insane threes? But what I will say is, I think that and maybe this also goes to what I'm hoping for.
in terms of future matchups in the playoffs as well.
But I'm what I'm hanging my hat on is actually used in the Joker.
I'm I'm thinking, Ah, 30 plus point performance from him tonight actually ends up being the real difference between between the between these two teams.
Because offensively he can do that.
Yes, mayor, the other big, you know, whatever in this matchup, I just don't see him being able to maybe make his impact on the offensive and the way you need to.
So if I assume that Murray and Mitchell are doing their thing and going for 40 plus, maybe going both going for 50 bombs, I want to say the Joker, the guy that coming to the SYRIZA after one for the Nuggets, you would have said He's your superstar.
He's the guy that moves the needle for you.
He's been able to take a back seat, and now maybe it's just an opportunity for him.
Teoh remind anybody, but you don't just say, Hey, listen, when everything goes down to the wire and it's all equal, I'll hit a couple of the big shots that we need us to.
Even though he looks like a dog that's just panting in the summer heat.
Hey, has a very concerning physical presence on the floor.
I'm hoping that maybe he moves the needle for it on that.
The line on this over under, we'll throw out some of the you know, the big bullet points over.
That number feels, I think, feels loaded.
May I think I would take the over in that regard? Do you think who has the bigger performance? If you're saying that the Jazz win, Do you think it's Jazz win solely on Bill? He has the bigger scoring performance.
Then then does Jamal Murray.
He has the bigger night.
Or is it just an ac***ulation of that has to be for you, right? If Michelle doesn't have the bigger game in the bigger scoring performance, I don't see how you can pick the Jazz to be winning it.
I think whoever of the two centers plays better.
I think that's who wins.
That's gonna be That's That's what it comes out into me.
Um, I don't know. I don't see.
I'm like buying the Jamal Murray thing.
Is that how you buy stock? No, you don't buy it when it's high.
That's the worst cited.
They're doing it. Don't care.
I'm buying it right now.
Just does the staff going up on the screen right now.
142 points in the last three games Is that what's moving the hot take from from Matt Brooks tennis right now? Ah, way I got tennis going on in the other room, which is hilarious.
I heard that in the background we started.
I'm like, I'm actually Matt Brooks tennis for once. No.
So, honestly, like I I don't know something about watching Murray.
I was like, Do this is just advanced shot making And it was like the stuff he was doing at the rim.
And I think Game four, where he had that, like, spin around layup.
I was just like, Okay, this is this is a little uncharted waters for me.
Like I feel like he settles a little bit.
So to see him take those shots at the rim and really pressure it that way, I just I just didn't know he had that in him, and it makes him a three level got So if you making those shots, I think the threes will go down.
I'm ready to buy Feel good Bye bye.
That's three only thing that this is such a weird way to frame it because obviously his shooting percentage has gone down.
But when you start about 70 it's hard to, you know, really lift that standard.
If I'm gonna hedge my bets on, then I go.
But you're setting in just in terms of percentages that is putting up.
So that's a maybe what? I'm also saying, Joker, you need to step up here because there's a chance that even a just a 35 point performance from drivel Murray well will pale in comparison to what he's been doing.
So I am wondering about the well balanced there.
Ah, let's get Let's get out of here on this.
What is the final score, then way down to the war.
Second shots here is Are we r e are we See ya Come just stepping out of bounds and ruining what could have been an interesting this great basis.
What a terrible finish by him.
He's getting bro, Sted on Twitter right now, which I feel so bad for nothing says playoffs.
Like getting just cooked on Twitter.
That's like a bad two minute stretch.
I don't know a god. That's a good question.
What if they where they've been scoring at in these previous games? I should I should have that information on me.
So let's you know what? All this rubbish ourselves.
Yeah, let's see here.
So they've been kind of in the one seventeens one.
All right, so we'll say.
Probably like one.
I think it's gonna be close.
I think it's gonna be like 1 14 to 109 or something like that.
Like I think it will be. Floats.
Okay, like the Jazz a little bit, I don't know, but this is a good Siri's.
Like neither of these teams defend Holland.
It's just they're kind of score.
You know what I'll live on? I'll live on.
I think I'll go 1 14 19 But I'll tell you right now, if you go back and look at the score lines of this, that prediction would suggest the Nuggets win because 1 19 1 of 71 17 to 107 losses for the Nuggets.
Oh yeah, that 1 29 1 27 1 24 to 8. 87.
I forgot the snowman.
Well, so, uh, you get this wrong as you can you tell the deep dive that we did before we get his predictions.
But I like I like the stat line, man.
All I hope just give me Just give me three minutes at the end of the game were Jamal and Mitchell.
Look, I just just have it be there, have it be there were These guys are just jacking these things up.
And unlike that finish to the Celtics Raptors game, where it felt like we felt like I was just like, Yeah, Miss Fan Sleet, you admit missing from the corner you get client, get off the side like none of those shots look pretty or smooth in the stroke.
Jamal Murray has been absolutely phenomenal.
And I wasn't to man the physical size of both of these guys, I think is a big difference between them and some of like, the leaner, young point guard you talk about.
Like three young.
You write like John Durant like you want to talk about like, you know you want to take over and dominate games.
You don't take the next step in your career for these guys.
Like, ready to be able to do those things and sustain it over 48 minutes, as opposed to when you said training is a great sample.
I love your deep shot.
But guess what? You're asking to get your butt check If the referees want to let things get more physical in the playoffs, which I can't lie.
I had that thought that the that That's a great, great point.
I'm happy you brought that out.
I don't think we're gonna hurt us to get going cause I could go on for another 20 minutes a game.
Actually, we know Go Bear is gonna win the tip off.
Like, Okay, so let me live on this.
I was watching that game.
The ridiculous like, these guys weren't missing game and I can't lie.
I had that thought in the back of my head.
I was like, Are these the two best guards of the next generation with Devin Booker? And they're like, is this what we're looking at? I don't count Lucas a guard because he said LeBron wing, he's whatever whoever Lucas that the different breed of of player wing point guard, All of the positions in one.
I was watching that game.
I was like, I gotta be honest.
Like both these guys can handle a little bit of physicality and create their own shot and just I don't know, they're just so polished.
I I don't really If you can't tell the Siri's makes me so excited because it just you see the future of lead in this.
You really dio what? It was low key, man.
Like, I didn't I did not come into the playoffs first round matchups, right? You're never necessarily enticed by any of them.
Yeah, I was just kind of like, Okay, tell me who tell me who comes out of it. Whatever.
Look at the matchup.
And I like I just talked.
Teoh, What does that go? You know, I've been really engaged on this series, and it's easy to remember things happening right about why wouldn't I wasn't hanging my hat on.
I thought, Maybe I'll watch a game of that and I've literally now watched.
I didn't watch the first one.
Admittedly, but then I was like, Well, I got a chicken on the series now.
Well, it's like that.
It was weird because the first couple of games I was just, like, kind of disinterested.
And then once you hit game, Florida was like something clicked for the Nuggets.
I think they just figured out rotations, to be honest with you like that, just like kind of swayed it and it really made it interesting.
Siri's and again, like I just like watching this.
I I always It's a really cool to see two young guys showing out, and by the way, if you haven't already noticed all the guys with young legs, air playing way better the bubble, and I don't think that that's a coincidence, I think that's absolutely because these guys take, like there much quicker to get acclimated.
Co ISAT a monster.
I mean, otherwise, it's mostly been these young guys, but be to see them both on smaller market teams.
I think it's really cool.
I'm like looking at this like, Hey, these guys were drafted.
What I think A for Jamal Murray, 7th, 8th and then Donovan Mitchell is 10th 11th.
So and then Devin Booker is a small market team as well 11th so or 12 out of what you consider to be.
But like everyone knows, right, like top three or four picks in the N B.
A draft for all the money gets made, and everything else is that roll of the dice.
Yep, every one of these teams rolled themselves into a phenomenal player.
Throw another one in SDA.
SDA is another guy picked outside of the top 10.
So that's a lot of guys that you're like looking at now that yeah, they're not really like a top three pick.
They're not even, like, a career, anything like that.
Like they're, like, legit, you know, guys that are picked outside of like to talk to them that are killing it.
Well, by the way to men like, Ah, the you mentioned the O, K. C.
And Alexander there like they've been, they've had a strong enough Siri's now, like they didn't need They don't need to win this series, but they've done enough to be like boy, should we should.
We want to keep Chris Paul here even just for another year.
See what we can come back with for the Denver Nuggets.
Now you're listed as the three seed.
But we all know how muddled is in the West.
Jamal Murray showing off like Okay, maybe we already have the guy to become maybe the number one the leader of this team and Joker gets to be this absolutely elite freak player that you have on the roster to.
For the Jazz, though, this feels like is good as Mitchell has been.
This is all you know.
This all comes back to this all get back to that gold, their relation and saying like Hey, guess what? If we lose from being up 31 and Mitchell has been showing out like this, and even though I'm not go bears you got, he's got one off the rebound.
That's that's what he does.
But if they lose this, I do think that then it's like, Okay, what do we want to make an adjustment here? What moves you make if they win it, then I think you can convince it to be.
It's a run back.
Maybe we tweak some of the supplemental players, but we'll stay as is, and you can do to convince both those players and really Mitchell convince him.
Hey, we're going to keep gold bear here.
We can do this thing.
So a lot hinges in terms of the move, the off season and what happens here.
A lot comes out of this Siri's, especially for the Jazz.
It's funny, I don't like even no matter who wins tonight.
I actually feel a little better about the Jazz in the in the short term and maybe even the long term, because I'm like, Hey, look, you put boy on this team and, like, are they kind of feisty? Aren't a the I don't know, the third best team in the West right now.
If you look at the remaining teams, I think Dallas actually really had a puncher's chance to be in there.
I think you know the way they tested the Clippers like I was looking at them like Boy, I don't know what the hierarchy is right now, but you guys there in the mix like you're right there, like I really don't know.
I think we're not gonna learn much about the Lakers until what Around three.
I mean, yeah, e like already, really? Okay.
See, Winds like we will walk.
We won't learn anything until LeBron is either hoisting the trophy or not learned something about the Lakers, he said, Like that.
Okay, see, But Houston, on the other side of the two, I know you're not a big fan of that, and by the way, I've had these conversations around.
You know, I get I get what the Splash Brothers introduced into the league.
I understand the mentality, but by the way, it's a pretty elite class of teams that can do that into the playoffs and have deep playoff success you having that come undone a little bit.
So, Houston, on the other side of that series, you're a team that's a bad season.
Pieces get pulled apart.
I think if you were to fall in this syriza's well, because that's all relative, the Western Conference is going to shift in.
Houston could easily next year be in Dallas is positions You could be sitting in the seventh race T just because so many young teams are building up getting better there.
Yeah, it's an interesting time for like, if you, if you mostly built around shooter, is like you look at Milwaukee, Houston, All these teams that are built around shooting.
They just don't have like, if that if the shots aren't falling, What what's the backup plan? They don't really have it right now like you kind of watch that and you're like, I mean, I could even, I don't know.
I mean, I guess that's what happens when you build around one singular star.
I actually think the books are probably in a better situation than Rockets.
The rock. You know, Middleton's been awesome.
So um, I don't know.
I think that's a really interesting turning point for the league.
I think we're starting to see that pendulum swing the other way a little bit where it's like, Hey, we actually don't need to throw out, you know, just lineups of exclusively shooters because we're not trying to outscore the Warriors anymore.
Like you actually can just play your best players and actually, maybe it's better to have three go to scorers than one and a bunch of shooters like I I would be interesting things back, actually to like the three star alignments, all this stuff that we've known historically I do have to wonder well caused by the way with if it comes to pass at any point we get a Lakers Rockets matchup that's like the antithesis of going small and shooting versus getting weren't and muscling up.
And I dug on the podcast mentioned to me I said, Yeah, but I just think that, like that can become a really boring Siri's really fast because I think that the Lakers can start dominate that very quickly and I just like I don't know if I want.
I don't want to sit through that, do it on the same way that I'm like, I want to like them so badly and I'm like I love it, the numbers, the like.
You don't love it, but I get it like I understand the idea, but you watch them play and you're like, I don't know what's missing, but there's something fundamentally wrong with this and I love it until I until the end of the shot.
I'm like, Uh oh ugly and I'm just like, yeah, it's alright, I cut.
You have concluded, I don't know.
I just I'm happy somebody shares this because I watched them and it's so frustrating, Like I've watched that Siri's and I'm six games into it.
There's a Game seven I'm like, I don't even know if I want to watch this Game seven.
I'm going to do it and I'll get into it.
But there's something weirdly dissatisfying about watching them because you know what they could be.
And you know what it would look like if they were making their shots.
But I think that the nature of the three point shot you're making 35% of them.
So naturally you're gonna be sitting there for the other 66 60 65.
Let's just say 65% of the time we're gonna go.
That five got airborne map.
It's ironic that I do know that I am terrible mental, uh, 55% of the time and you're just like, uh, you know, I just I don't have 65.
I'm gonna I know that it's good.
I'm done, it's hard, and it is hard to watch that and and again, it's ****ytics, right? Saying, look by the numbers.
You use more than two.
So take more of those and live with it, and it just doesn't make for the most engaging basketball on a procession to possession basis and or for like five minutes stretches.
The only other thing is as this game starts to get under way.
It's a 33 nothing lead for Utah.
I told you, Um, when you mentioned the Bucks, I will just say that, Um, I think that they are a dominant kind of point guard away.
You talking again? Yeah, getting 3 ft.
That That's the thing, that they're kind of missing there.
And maybe maybe you're right, that you can convince the guy to go to Milwaukee, who's in that kind of position of will take on a contract and get him there, because that's what they need.
They need someone as good as Middleton has shown up to be.
He also has lows, and there's some something needs to happen there with the honest as my name and Joker knocks down a bucket on the inside.
Everything together here.
There's a lot of things there.
Let's let's not make me do math anymore.
Let's let's agree.
No more math for me.
I'm calling for the Nuggets.
You've got the Jazz big performances.
Let's see how it all pans out, man.
Always fun to get all of that