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Mother rocks today.
Unfortunately, you know, you guys, they're big fans.
For whatever reason, you all off.
Last year, I lost last night, 1 17 to 10 no, no.
Get animal star with the Romney first.
Um, if I'm being honest, I'm not, like, as angry as it usually about for rockets loss, you know, considering we were down 20.
Plus, I don't expect Morrison clues to go 80% again.
I don't expect rust to be that awful again, but you never know with Russ.
Um and I mean, the fact that we were able to adjust, like come back within half of like, the third quarter wasn't like the entire third quarter.
We just went on that run and we were able to adjust to the zone that the Lakers were thrown out.
I mean, I'm feeling pretty good for Game three, like, in my opinion, I may be biased, but I feel like Houston's looked like the better overall team through the first two games.
But I might be biased.
So that's romance.
I thought Yeah, I feel the same way.
I mean, you look at the game.
They were down 20 points in the first quarter.
You may come back.
Russ had one of his worst games, you know, other than Game six against the thunder.
Okay, you have Anthony Davis and LeBron.
They both showed up.
They don't seem hard in the whole game.
Their pants scored our batch.
Rondo, who was horrible, That three this game had a great game.
I mean, market Morrison even know if you're still on the team and he comes on makes for primary.
So I mean, you've affected and all that and the Rockets Steel have the lead going into the fourth quarter.
So I feel feel good.
If somebody got blown out, then are probably a lot more of *** right now, But the fact that they came back and had a chance to win, I'm actually looking for the Game three.
But I said from the game was So this was the first time all season that the Rockets lost a game where they shot 40% from three.
That's, um so, you know, it's one of those things.
I'm not gonna say the Lakers.
They didn't get lucky.
But, you know, there was some stuff for you.
Got shot over 40% from three.
And there was sometimes, you know, they were wide open and they would just missed out shots.
You know, in a typical you know, you guys have never lost our season shooting 40% over three.
So, you know, the I say that you also do that again tomorrow you're gonna win.
So that's kind of what Oxfam from it.
I was speaking of the double teaming.
I think the Lakers strategy is pretty much middle.
Gonna double team harden half court that they used to have a double Tina with 10 seconds or less.
And they have song that we trap him and he gives it up.
He's not going to get it back.
He's gonna chill at half court and just wait and see what happens.
And I think that could have ever yesterday, you know, with rust coming back, I think that the rockets they were better when Russell's wasn't playing.
Because simply fact, when hard and is trapped, you kick it to rush, he can't shoot.
So that shot we're gonna live with him shooting he with one for seven? Yes, sir.
He doesn't even shoot them in the threes a game.
But typically you'll have Austin Rivers over there, or a record will be that first entry pass off the trap.
They make that shot off floor and he's taking those.
He almost shouldn't even be on the floor sometime.
You might wanna put someone else in certain situations.
You know, you could go ahead this hard now, just don't say.
And that's kind of thing.
He was talking about him in the postgame Russ that he's just kind of out there running around.
He didn't really know where to be at when they were trapping up.
Now I think, honestly, he's better off being on the baseline, kind of where Capella used to be in a position because he doesn't know what to do when he's in a militar court.
He can't be out on three point line at the top of the key because he's not gonna make that shot.
But if he's able to come off the baseline and have a running start, sort of like it was when Capello was here and hard and was going out You know, I think that works out better for him because him being in the build of court, where all the defense's it's just too congested in.
He's not able to get, you know, not Rust likes to get a running start for the basket.
I think to me, you move them out to the corner threes on outside P J Tucker into me.
That works out a lot. Better than hard to track.
Um, I'm gonna say, though, like the Lakers are given in that shot.
And when Roast was his most effective this season, it's when he would like, punish teams for giving him that space and he would just drive.
And just either driving Caykur drivers with reckless abandon to the basket, get fouled, throw up a wild layup, having go in or miss.
But you know, either one, like even one of those, is better than him.
Settling for a three like seven threes is very much for him to be settling for what I want to see last night.
It didn't happen, but I want to see if D'Antoni would any point thought about taking that rust and starting Ah, Daniel putting in danger housing crunch time because I mean, I like that you have.
I think he's one of the more underrated players on your team, but also in the league. I mean, he does.
He gives you guys, give me, he makes shots.
He's active on defense.
I was know as the Rockets fans, I would have hoped that last night able to put house and crunch time because I just feel like he's gonna make that shot a lot more consistently than Russ.
And I feel like I'm going to give you guys just more consistent playing crushed. I believe last night.
The best thing about Tony.
He's loyal to a fault.
So, yeah, you get on Daniel on his good side.
It doesn't matter how bad you play around.
You're probably gonna get man's, especially Westbrook.
He's for which No way, only a whisper in crunch time.
I mean, he said last night that Russia is just gonna work his way back, So I mean, that's kind of Russell Westbrook experience.
You know, you have the really high highs and then really low low.
So I really think this next game he's gonna come out just like he did in Game seven.
He's gonna come out more control.
He's probably I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't even take a three next game.
I think just don't continuously to attack the basket.
And, you know, I didn't agree last game.
They would be better off with Westbrook on the bench in the fourth quarter.
But, um, and you know, Romney and myself.
No, he wouldn't think.
Yeah, Unfortunately, that's just the way it is, because I think that because I want to see, like this even have you know, the Stones to even take him out that, you know, that's the That's the second best player on the team, you know, it's hard to take him out for, you know, a rotational player.
So he didn't do it.
I would have liked to have seen it, but like you said, that's on his loyal to a fault.
And he showed it again last night.
Yeah, not only that, it's like hell say, Oh, you know, we're not winning unless Russ is playing like I get that.
But when the dude has five fouls and the Lakers air switching in Modern, that you could just drive past them every time because you know he's not gonna defend 55 just take him out, put in house and knocked down threes. You could drive.
He's becoming more of a playmaker.
It seems like he could, you know, attack off the dribble and e just didn't make sense.
He's loyal to a fault.
That's a perfect way to describe it.
So a question I have is what is wrong with Russia, But I think I have a theory was wrong with him.
So do you guys think that he has some type of PTSD from LeBron dunking on him? LeBron thrown his shot all across the rim, You know that? Do you think that there was some type of PTSD going on with Russell Westbrook Right now, that's what I think it is.
I mean, I think that he's he's catching the ball, you know, on the elbow on the week.
He just I was LeBron.
Where's the Bronx? I have to find LeBron.
I think it's a type of PTSD.
What you think so Well, the problem with that is, after that happened last game, you actually have really good came last game.
He did, so I don't think it really any PTSD from learning about LeBron.
Because, you know West Breaking Jack dumped on before you gonna love enough to know it's no big deal, I think is really Mawr.
He's still working his way back from that fostering honestly, all right, so make up so much for his mistakes that he's like our control and that he needs to am going off.
It's possible, but he needs to slow down a little bit.
But whispering hospital speed? Yeah, so he's just gonna keep going and going.
And eventually, you know Westbrook is gonna be Westbrook.
So I think he's fine.
Kind of the problem he had at the beginning of year, where he was heading 563 points again.
And then they made the trade well, even before the trade, he was down to, like, maybe two or 33 points a game, right, and he was attacking the basket, and that's just what he needs to go back to.
BP is no reason for him to be shooting threes.
I'm hearing that should just go out the window, right, and during the season right, he was averaging 20 points per game in the paint, which was number one in the league.
And so it's not like they don't know what works for him like you have to consider.
He was out what it was like, what is first like his fifth game in like five weeks, right? And you consider that coming back from injury he's thrown into the middle of Ah, okay, see Siri's Game five and then he's working his way back in the middle of like a ending first round playoff series into the second round of the number one seed like it's not ideal that this is when you have to work off some of your arrest.
But I still think he's playing back into game shape.
He might be a little hesitant cause his quad may not be like 100%.
Maybe it's like 90%.
That's why that's my reasoning for him settling for so many shots.
But like I said, I think I agree with Sorry, I think Game three, you seem a lot more discipline and ah, I mean, since the restart have been dealing with a lot of, you know, we all know he had ah, the Corona virus, and he's obviously, you know, battling back from a from an injury.
So people you know about the coronavirus of you know it's a strange vibes.
You know, sometimes you know he hasn't played in so long.
He's probably he's definitely not back in game shape.
And then, you know, that last serious.
He he really wasn't even suspected to play, But he ended up playing, you know, a couple of games.
So I think I agree that he still, you know, battling just a bunch of stuff going on.
You know, the Corona virus.
Sometimes it does.
He doesn't have any more, but it does take a strainer on effect on your body long term.
But I wouldn't go there when he first got into the bubble.
He was still having, you know, issues with his like no taste and smelling and things like this.
I don't know that I'm not going to speculate, but that maybe could, you know, maybe that could be something that still affecting.
Not to mention this quality is a very explosive player that's taking a toll on his will.
And nobody really knows the long term effects of clearing 19.
So I mean who knows it.
And I like to say even before, like you said before that he got to the local late so he didn't practice time and then he heard.
So I mean, that's a lot to ask for somebody to come right into the middle of a playoff series, especially one you know that's coming down.
Wiring Ochlik Oklahoma City.
And then you face on a totally different from the Lakers.
It's just taking a little bit more time to get acclimated into serious.
But, honestly, Westbrook, I'm really not too concerned about.
I really think he'll be fine.
I'm more concerned.
Yeah, I have PTSD from Eric Gordon's first from like this dude went seven of my 46 at some point, and now he should have, like, fingers crossed like keep it up because this, like he could go over 12 next game.
That's my main thing.
Is Egypt stay consistent? It's that there will be huge for him.
I mean, the rocket there, just a vice of art you team you know of is virtually, you know, they make 20 plus three.
They're probably gonna win majority of the game.
Like I said, this is the first time they lost the game all year when they shot 40% from three.
But when his vice and they're missing shots, you know, that's when all different types of random possibilities happening.
Like you talked about the bench.
They only had one guy on the beautiful last night.
And this thing has, he had 13 points.
He shot over 50% made three of seven from three.
But Jeff Green he pretty much was you guys.
Star of last series.
He was over, you know, for yesterday he was minus 2000.
Being Macklemore can barely get on the floor.
Austin Rivers, six minutes.
You know, they're gonna need those guys to come and step up.
Yeah, you know, if anybody follows me on Twitter, I'm my biggest Jeff Green fan out there.
And the fact that you only have two shots yesterday, that's that's a big problem.
And it's almost like the pick and roll the Rockies used to run this time.
Just went out the window with Jeff, and I think that's kind of a big part of scoring, which kind of negated with the, you know, with the Lakers size.
So I think they need to find a way to give you have great more evolved and also reverses.
Just That's just kind of also Rivers is one night heats, you know, one of the top players in the league the other night.
He just not existence.
So you can't really depend a lot on off somewhere with a lot of times.
And Macklemore, I think with his defense, I think he's got it on the backside of Magic Time tonic.
And when that happens, like hell you want.
Starting early with Kenneth three last year, it was the same thing.
10 Free didn't play a little defense, so he didn't even get on the court.
That's kind of where Macklemore's going, even though Macklemore's probably our best shooter. Johnson.
Yeah, he is, um, as Faras Rivers goes.
I mean, like like he said, Rivers is kind of hit or miss.
Yeah, but with Jeff Green, they ran this play a couple times in O K C series.
I don't really remember like the specific instances in which had happened, but they ran a play where Harding would be the screener, and that would get Jeff Green and open, and he was shooting something like Like what? Like 40% from three or some crazy and they needed.
I don't know why they went away from that or they had this other thing when Harden would get doubled and they would have, you know, green kind of flash between two defenders.
He'd become to that release valve at the top of the key.
He would either like going into the corner.
He would just go up himself, and they rock is just kind of went away from that for some reason.
I think it's a lot harder industry because you know Anthony Davis, I think, yes, there's one of best on defensive games I've seen from him all year, which is saying a lot because he was the runner up in the DP oi.
But he was just all over the floor, contested shots.
He's running these closing out here doing that. Even Koosman.
He looked horrible.
He was just missing rotations everything.
But yesterday Coutinho was flying all over the field.
Farmall the floor.
I think it's because the Thunder Series they had Green playing a 0.
5 and when you have Steven Adams guarding him.
You know, he's a big man.
He doesn't move well.
But when you have Anthony Davis markets, Morris are Markieff, Morris and Kaku von.
Before they move just a little bit better or live better than Stephen, I'm so I think they're able to close out and heads those screams better than that.
Yeah, exactly my point.
They their their big man now that they went with Anthony Davis directly at the five and makes a little bit hard for Jeff Green and B that it burn center.
But I think this is also kind of where we, uh, some of a frog Osama problem with.
My dad told me It's adjustments to me.
You gotta have hardened Maurin the Post the hard coming off with screens because it's just too easy.
Toe the game plan for hard when you can, just trapping with top key and force him to get rid of all you have me in the least in the block.
There's a lot of heart of the double teams to write down low.
It's a lot easier to have cuts and people wide open on three point line, so I just think that's something that they did a little bit in O K.
Siri's when they have, like, a shrewder or give Alexander own them now.
Nixon opposed he to pretty much do that against graining.
It doesn't matter where they problems.
They really don't have any my garden.
So I just think D'Antoni needs to make that had just been in the next game.
Yeah, and going off, which he said they need to make that adjustment to get hard in the post more.
But I saw something on Twitter like before exchange now.
But before Game two, up in the playoffs, Harding has been like 11 of, like, 14 on catch and shoot threes.
Yes, so they need a, you know, have someone else bring up the ball, have, like, I mean, it's tougher with Jeff Green ringing because you got a d on you, but I have a record and bring the ball up, have roast, bring the ball up and get hard and off a pin down spring.
You know, Carla towards the corner on the wing.
Just get in the three because he's he's eating those catch and shoot threes.
You just need to get more of them get the defense off from? Yeah, when they go on a transition to talk about a Rondo.
I mean, I'm I'm not saying that the biggest fan around, I just feel like some time.
But he's on the floor, you know? He doesn't do a lot, but yesterday I mean, he he was a big.
He played very well for them yesterday.
He was, what, 10 points and nine assists, five steals, three rebounds.
But there was a key eight minutes.
Caruso, Koosman, Ron, though that's what the Rockets, 35 to 14 8 minutes.
They were 14 for 16 from the field.
Tennis is six steals to turn of.
This is only an eight minute stretch.
This line about thinking only played five minutes all year.
I believe in these eight minutes yesterday's playoff, and they were 36.
What outscored the Rockets 35 to 14 was that the stretch where Keith went off? Yeah, I think I think I think it was first quarter.
Think so, Yeah, get those 453 pointers.
I mean, that's the thing.
I think the rocks a little with Rondo and Markieff Morris making threes, I think, they said at the three to zone come from off and again.
That's another thing like you have to respect that.
That was coming because, okay, see, grand songs? Well, that's nothing.
Where they told me in game adjustments, sometimes they're not existent.
And that's kind of what happened here you saw in the third quarter when they adjusted to it.
That's when they started to take off.
And I think that you just have to expect that they're not just gonna let hard just go One on one they're gonna run is only going to make people house and Tucker an green and Rivers.
They're gonna make them make shots and especially Westbrook.
So it's just a matter of you have to just whenever they running and zone, you have to have cut is going to the basket because you can't just be stationary because if you're states areas on this really? Yeah, and I agree.
I mean, you live with Morris and Rondo hitting threes, but they let Morris wide open, like six times like y o man is not lewd or like you step up and like you said once, once they adjusted, they were ableto get back into the game within, like 10 minutes of the third quarter.
Nine minutes, like they were back in it.
Obviously, you're 21 point deficit proved to be too much.
I think they adjusted his own like they did.
And they just I hope the Lakers play zone again.
Next game, they conned award you switch and kind of randomly, like kind of back and forth.
It would be in his own 11 12 figures on the stock like they would go trap harden, switching back demand in, You know the issue, I think with the Lakers have made one last night.
But when you have and I think you have Dwight Howard or JaVale McGee in the game, they can't run around.
They're just they're just a floaty just slow, you know, they don't really have that many fast guys, I know this isn't, you know, a good opinion, but every rally that leaves fast when he you know he's not there when yellow, he knows dipping the ball from corner to corner around the perimeter.
You have to really take advantage that because the White House and Javale McGee, they don't move that well to be time to cover on shooters not think that's what kind of help you guys get in the last year.
Last night there was a play, I believe Harden.
He kicked it out to Jeff Green.
He get harder because he gets the ball.
I think someone Mr de Kateb, on the right elbow on the right block.
He doesn't touch pass to, um I don't know who made this.
That was it Might have been.
I think they're going to touch.
Pass right to, Ah, a record in the top of the wing.
They just don't move well enough.
Those bigs, I think when a V or javale McGee here and again, you really have to visit their baller.
I think this game they're just gonna just go straight 80 at the five.
Why don't you felt like it actually got hurt? That might be a blessing in disguise.
I actually seeing that.
I don't think him our way.
Our s gonna play another vineyard and Sudanese.
I think they're going to go straight.
Marquis horrors and a D at the five.
Even in that case, the rockets still got the shot state one.
It's just that they were down by so much in that first, they ran out of gas before quarter and and Westbrook, Conn.
Just kept turning the ball over.
Oh, that's the one thing you can say.
Uh, sometimes heart can wear down, especially in the fourth quarter.
And when you have to come back from 20 points down, that takes a lot.
Yeah, a couple of things.
Ah, Like I said, I think javale being out is a blessing in disguise because Dwight was about to check back in before Morris went on that little run.
So I think something might click for the Lakers there.
And when did you really even get injured? Like, was it when he was like, celebrating marquees three is like jumping all over the mention one night.
Well, this is develops.
That's very, very develop him.
Yeah, but I think javale McGee being out actually actually helps because they're gonna be able to space the floor a lot more.
I think, um, I think a coast, their favorite lineup is ah, for his paper line of his KCP green Cozma, Anthony Davis and LEBRON, so far in the playoffs, limited sample size with their money's 18 in the playoffs.
But during the regular season, that line of was plus 25 43 minutes.
I think you're going to start seeing that hit shots move, you know, defensively, I've been coming along back.
It may be scared, the Rocket cause you know, you can't have too big before you pointed out that you just can't cause the missed shot goes up.
It's easy, fast break.
They can get back fast enough.
So I think more is going to be pretty much the X factor for the for the Lakers.
But if he's able to, you know, make shots and move in transition, I think he's a plus for them.
I think he would be the expected to help the maybe left like Windows theories.
Yeah, I think that's kind of where people didn't understand that teams usually have to adjust the Rockets if you're using not running all the way around.
Even that thunder is the same thing.
Stephen out of play, probably like 25 28 minutes a game.
You play in the fourth quarter, so teams usually just to the Rockets, because the rockets are find what you're trying to dump the ball down low trump stuff, even every day was posted up.
I think the rocks and actually find yeah, is really about getting it.
You know, Scott false.
I won't get into that.
But that got in foul trouble.
And that kind of limited where he didn't play a lot of minutes in the third quarter began fourth.
I think that's part of the biggest problem.
Is Tooker getting a file troubling Covington? Those to get in foul trouble? That's when we were rocked, the kind of trouble themselves.
That's those, like, that's their anchors on defense.
Um, you know, pretty much because talking plays very frantic, like, you see what? He's guarding a d. He's moving his feet.
He's hands, ladies and what not.
He's really trying to take him out of his element when he can play as aggressively as that.
You know, you're gonna live with a d, making those turnaround jump shot.
You're gonna live within dropping 32 this 80.
But yeah, Tucker.
And coming through a huge especially Covington, with his length getting into the passing lanes and breaking up plays.
And what not So you have followed trouble is huge for them. Going forward.
Yeah, I mean, Peter Tucker. He's like a linebacker.
He pretty much just like the hardened soldier, that if if he's flying around, he's really physical and even Covington.
He's you guys tallest player, at least holiday rotational player that plays the most minutes that you're gonna need him be on the floor.
But I think it's far like you said the shark about team, you know, matching with the Rocket.
It was kind of weird to me cause you see the Lakers another one.
See, you know how many one sees have you seen have to adjust to, ah, amount of turnovers per get a good in transition as well, so have to shoot for symptom free.
But if they if they would have took care of the ball last night, I think they would have pulled away.
And that's the That's a trade off that D'Antoni and Maury mention is that you know you're gonna lose the rebounding battle.
You make up for it by taking care of the ball the way you're you know they're way bigger than who are.
You guys are friends who have you got to pick the Rockets at home games.
Do you think it will take for the Rockets to beat the Lakers series? I was going with seven initially, anyway, Just because I'm not with a big surround family is still Ron.
I didn't see you.
Don't be some people saying, if I Yeah, this is crazy.
It was gonna be the latest love.
You brought your thinking and then you have an three days.
I just saw it going seven games.
Anyway, I just think that if we get getting seven Westbrook the rest of Siri's, I still think the Rockets are better. Overall.
Taking is not just because, you know the matchups matchups.
I just think the Rockets philosophy.
It's just better than what the Lakers can put out trying to match that same philosophy.
So I just see the Rockets and 72 right? I won't agree with you.
I say rockets and six or seven.
Then again, like you're betting against LeBron and I don't feel good doing that.
Yeah, like I don't know, like from a non biased perspective.
Just looking at these two teams.
I also want to say rockets and said, but like you said like, it's it's LeBron so you never know with me yesterday we are made that come back and sit the lead I was rushing again Also, I think they figured electric is out for a moment, I figured cause you got one game one and I was like, They come, they beat them in game two.
I thing, they're gonna be able to smell the roses a little bit.
I think they're gonna be like, you know, waken beat this team.
Unfortunately, lost last night, but I think they might have.
We were down 21.
Like you said, It just takes so much out of black.
Think they might have figured something something.
We'll see whether when javale McGee does in place, I think they figured something out.
Going forward, I'm gonna pick the Lakers and seven just strictly, because if he gets to seven games, I felt the Brown.
I don't trust him.
I mean, and that's that's fair enough.
Um, like I say, like you said, Yeah.
I mean, that's why I was encouraged.
And I'm hoping that the Lakers, with this win, get a little bit completing and feel like, you know, we'll just keep doing what we were doing.
We won that game.
Uh, I think the Rockets did figure out how to beat the zone, but it's just gonna It's a best of five series. Now.
I think it just comes down to execution.
Yeah, all the reason of state rocks in them because I just think three point is still to be.
Yeah, yeah, it comes down to it.
Rocks are still a better three point shooting from the Lakers, and as much as possible on LeBron is still 35.
I'm not surprised.
But you could tell it he's not able to go full 48 minutes LeBron anymore.
So he still kind of picks his moments.
And if a D drops off just the slightest, I think the Rockets still have a better overall team.
I think the Lakers top two players a bit of a right to stop, to clear, Teoh, to say, I just think that the Rockets them a better overall team to me.
I I have more confidence and Tucker and Covington did.
I do cools Miran.
So right, if they're just shows up, I just think the Rockets just have a bit of a thing, and one more thing I want to add.
It's like on the Rockets.
They only have three players left from 2018 But that's what, like that's hard and Tucker and Gordon, my guys have been there.
Ladies pressure packed playoff series of the person that the Lakers have done that is LeBron and then bringing to a lesser extent.
But I mean, like, you know, 80 hasn't been in that situation.
Perusal hasn't been in that situation right now, but I don't know if I trust run to stay.
Yeah, playing like a, um, I try their experience and like their coach like Tony like he's been, he's been there before.
This is like his four year with Rockets.
Been there, done that.
I won't say I trust playoff experience more, but it always comes back to like you're playing against the run.
So you never know for me the, you know, the Lakers, the Lakers roster.
It really isn't that good.
You just had LeBron and after David, I mean, the Rather collectively is a good what.
A year ago, Caruso was energy.
R. Smith, monopoly a year.
Dion waiters in the MBA.
He's pretty much on his last, you know, string.
If he that the Lakers cut him tomorrow, I don't think is going to be in English around there.
I highly doubt it.
So full of their rotation of player.
You know, two of them haven't even been in the NBA in a year.
Pretty much, you know, for the most part, and these guys play Smith, please play significant minutes.
I I, um, totally agree.
I mean, you just have the brown and you have two stars in just a bad habit.
Like a reality show.
In my opinion, they're just ableto overcome, overcome, You know, they're gonna win because you have two great player.
I think the Rockets roster is ah is definitely better.
It's just with the rockets, just there.
So many random possibilities that can just have happened.
You know, you're going there, you're shooting 40% from three, making 20 plus three here, you're gonna win.
But the game with your cute seven for 44.
This just like oh, **** well, you know, the the whole whole table can just turn true else commended the defense's before this game rocks white number one defense entire playoffs and the defense can't fill off last game again.
It's just a real outline.
Are seeing market more for five threes in a row? Rondo.
He made a three.
Yeah, we're just I think he had 13 points.
Just me. I just watched like it's all here.
I just can't see that happen. Three.
Dion Waiters really have 13.
Like I don't remember this minute school during at all.
If I'm not staying, I think it was like late in the game.
He probably like I don't remember.
Well, that's nice.
Game last allows me.
Only played try.
You only have two minutes ago.
He was scoreless over one off the bench for them, so I just don't to me.
I just don't see how that's a more consistent that they can.
You can know every single game.
That's why I'm surprised.
Has dismissed it.
Like who? Like everyone.
Els best like perimeter defenders like he's not all defender.
He was what he was.
I know using average from three like the 35 to 39% range, so I mean, they don't with them.
I mean, with Bradley.
I mean, he's the best for under defender.
Yeah, and the West is just a bad card.
Numbers did not have good perimeter defenders.
You have little Aaron Lucas the curry button on the playoffs, obviously.
But you have all these great guards in the wedgie perimeter defenders.
Secondly, I mean, I know of anything right down to compete.
You know, he's played in big Playoff members before, when he was in Boston.
He's been in these moments, the fast you played teams like the Rockets.
You need guys that are going to be fast.
They're swinging that ball around.
You need hours, they're gonna know, turned their hips and go running contest shots.
So your I don't know why, but and right now, the thing that they have nothing, it's gonna be a game.
It could be named in Harm's gonna have a game in school for 40.
You have no one to stop them. Caruso tries.
But effort and scalability are two different things.
I can try to do a lot of things if I physically can't do it.
What good would that does that even mean? You know, is that Yeah.
I mean, if you look back on a brand back in Boston Celtics days.
He's always been a great defender.
Make even a little bit.
So, yeah, point on a college? Yeah, I think a mission that to a couple of things, like blown off Avery Bradley you like.
OK, but you don't have anybody Congar heart and have a decent game.
They have absolutely nobody on the process.
It is playing on control, so I just don't I don't see West replaying that bad again.
And without him playing that bad this series, we're probably already, too.
Oh, exactly, and you go back to that.
They're meeting in February.
Rockets at Lakers When Russ dropped, like 40 and A d was his primary defender like that's why I have a happy him coming back.
There's no way like they know what works for him.
It's just a matter of executing and Russ being 100% actually play his style and not settling for threes.
But if if those plays like Roast like how we know he can play and benefit the Rockets, I want to say Rockets and six for us is shaky.
I want to say Rockets and seven because he's he's the X factor perform.
Okay, so let's just say the rockets do lose.
And 67 game with everything.
What, buddy? What did the Rockets go from? Because, you know, D'Antoni hadn't renewed his contract.
I'm going to assume he won't be the coach next year.
They do lose this series.
You know, Hardened started one rushes into what? He was 31 as well, I believe.
You guys, Your Honor.
Young team, P P. J. Tucker's with 40.
Almost every voter don't know the oldest team in the league.
Yeah, you are very young.
So what is the future of your team? You know, dollar are good enough to worry.
You can't, Hank, you know? So what's next? I mean, honestly, they don't have any draft picks.
They gave those away.
So K c and pretty much every year. Yeah.
I think the only D'Antoni stays as if they won a championship.
I just don't think for Tito really want to bring him back.
I think more if they want Stanton to stay because they philosophy is saying, but yeah, they'll be gone.
And honestly, I think just this year they will be trying to back a chair.
Gordon somehow and maybe better now makes a little bit easier.
But the only reason it didn't treat him during the daylight because they gave an extension that he wouldn't they were able to trade him.
I mean, it's so I really don't move a habits Trading Air Gordon and trying to sign Jeff Green.
I only know if re signing Austin Rivers is like a priority if he keeps playing the way he's been playing.
But other coaches air out there, that could fit this team because they the the roster, is pretty much controlled as a is, unless they go out and get a center trade.
Erik Gordon, like who else is out there that could coach this because, like, it's it's his philosophy is his strategy.
I don't see anyone else out there Could.
You know the thing with me will be a little.
They do lose at some point.
You know when you're going to try something else, because, you know, they buy this for a while and it hasn't worked.
Do you just blow it? Okay, good enough aware you can't.
But you haven't been to the finals yet, so they don't go to another finals again.
You know, the new coaches our hard.
They actually got to change some things.
Well, yeah, but you talk about, you know, you been in this for a few years.
They've been, like, teetering on the edge.
Like they they only went all in this season.
We traded Capella.
You know, I don't know if it's if this isn't necessarily what they've been doing 100 percent for the past few years, but I agree.
You know, the three is more than two and ****ytics and all that, you know, points at the basket free throw line in three point.
That is pretty much all on the line from this year.
I don't know, Like what comes next after this, if we lose like, I'm just gonna just sit back and let whatever happens happen.
And the West does get better next year.
You got the marriage? Got more warriors coming back.
Wars of the bank there.
Probably trade for somebody else, right? Training, drafting.
So down needs the Western stinking.
But I just don't think how It's me personally.
I'm from D Antoni Stand.
I just don't for TVO wants him back.
I just think for Tito some whatever reason, I don't feel like his agent.
Whatever it is, he doesn't want to re sign D'Antoni.
It could be a money thing, too, because we all know for Tito, he's struggling with money right now, so it could be he wanted to coach.
Honestly, I don't see anybody else out there. That just a philosophy.
I don't want Jeff Van Gundy.
He's going to Mark Jackson.
It should become our Jackson if if he wanted to coach.
I don't really want more.
Jackson asked the coach. I look like it's killed with Samson.
I think that he aren't having a relation.
Will a lot of Robert players already still there? I don't know if that's possible.
I'm Infantino already has made you of age will be a really easy transition, but be personalized, found with A until you still be in there.
I don't think that is a reason why they've lost the last two or three years.
I think is Chris Paul's injury, then last year's Chris Paul not shown up at all Joan and he tried to send us home like is exactly so.
It just they played against one of greatest teams of all time in the last few years.
I mean, that's just bad cir***stances.
So it's a little visit here again.
It depends on the loose.
If they go out and got for being five, then maybe you can see D'Antoni.
But they lose six or seven.
I mean, you just lost to a very team.
You just like toe.
No, I want to talk to three players of all time, so I don't really have the key thing you said there is.
Depends on how that blues like That's it.
I just think that at some point, you know, I mean, so things like, let's say you run it back next year.
Just gonna be there. You know how you guys are going.
I put the board everything.
Just every dollar Thompson.
Then teams will accuse it up.
You're gonna next year.
You know, I just feel like I'm gonna run it back again next year.
Underperformed? Losing in the western part of the semifinals then would gonna be here harder to be 32 going on 33.
Russ will be the same age.
And then at some point, I think, Russ, when he starts new starts to decline.
You're gonna see a shop.
The clock is his.
Yeah, him aging with amazing for me is just weeks after he he just didn't figure out that ****, I needed 100 to 3.
He just never figured that out.
You know, most great players when they get older, they started work on the job.
He was just like, I'll just run over.
People still jump through the method of 32.
And you know, he's already having having, you know, quad injuries, you know, often, but he has another one.
But you know what? It could be another quality in a cabin. Whatever.
His decline will be.
The sharp and steep one very quickly.
Well, that's so frustrated by Chris Call last year.
He's out of shape.
He gets hurt this year.
I don't think he missed a game which year.
Hagos, a vegan and all of a sudden desire, you know, he's in great shape.
He's playing great and India hasn't heard of you.
I won't get enough posted to the basket and its athleticism, So yeah, I mean, yeah, he's going to client so but that's kind of problem.
Your team is dead school.
You get rid of Dantonio.
Then what? You got to bring in another coach, try to fit their philosophy.
They don't change it.
Philosophy their team.
They're gonna put the brain back.
Kelkal another year, at least eventually because he wants extension.
So the team has said so to me.
You probably have to give them Tony another year.
And then after that, I don't even then more.
It doesn't blow teams he never have.
Since he's been here, they haven't had a losing record.
So that's just not the way that Daryl Morey does that thing.
Get rid of the horny.
That's a different story, but there are more is here that never, Actually, that's the one thing Del.
Or you finally trade rust for the honest, you know.
But on the flip side of that device, what happens if the Lakers lose? I mean a d you see, right? He's a free agent, isn't he, uh, in your region? I think for them I mean this.
This year's for agency class isn't really succeed.
It's a bunch of role players you do need.
It looks like gallanar to my rose in bunch of guys like that under middle class players a little bit below, But I think that I was the Lakers again.
You're very free agent to just like that type of player you might be next summer, but in the summer after he signed a two year.
But, um, I think it's decent middle class ro place.
If I was elected our public to cash in and go sign a couple of those guys because I highly, highly doubt they're gonna sign you on this side, I don't believe it.
I don't think I'm consigned himself.
I think the first priority for them is to some re sign 80 Dion waiters Has to go J. R.
Rondo has to go, then.
I mean, the money that they have go bring in some of those middle class.
Ah, Then again, the gallanar would you keep cool? Just watching Koosman.
Just don't see God team builder like Brandon Ingram.
But here's the thing that the issue I have with the Lakers just they don't.
So they have first round picks.
They trade them on.
I give it when you get to Anthony Davis, have a player that's fine.
Go ahead but imagine what his team would be.
They would have cared about so casually.
Is Randall all of their first round picks of last seven years? They traded all of them, all of them that I think the longest one that they did along with Julie around he was he was a liquor, I think 3.
5 years and traded, you know, And this is a problem.
When you have, you don't develop young talent.
You have guys like Dion waiters who really probably won't be in the n.
Maybe End of the Year to J.
Smith hasn't played basketball in the year.
You haven't Rondo's Your start important does things like that.
This is the problem when you don't develop young.
After I think that they lose, they're gonna probably tell a go spend a bunch of money.
There's offseason, the sign for ages, and I want to see how that affects them.
You know, with this coat.
Yeah, I think the Sandler capital actually not gonna get my deal.
I don't think it's gonna go up.
So and I think the Rockets Lakers account in the same situation, the same thing training you draft picks.
You have much older players, much role players.
I mean, it's not really a lot of having to. You can go.
So I think whoever loses the Siri's that kind of copy and then you also think about it.
It's gonna be a short off season and I'm gonna have a lot of time.
I don't know what's that? When they started, they said the Super seven.
But I guess you'll be starting my back up in a couple of months, so it's not gonna be Oh, fine, Yep, I want to see, you know, do the Lakers try to go get Chris Paul? Is this where they get the band together and form regular way to get Chris Paul with the Lakers? You know there's some shooters out there, you know? Joe hair.
Is it free agent you have? There's some decent guys out there.
We're going to be able to do what? They're going to spend the money with her for it if you have to re signed.
And today if you don't really have a choice.
But I want the homeless, go ahead.
No, no, go ahead.
I want to say how much money is in a costume.
You know, With the salary cap crashing, you're gonna have to give him majority of it.
How much money will you realistically even have left? I mean, yeah, they kind of are in the same position.
Only difference is one of the team has LeBron and it's weird because, like, he's 35 36.
Like what? Is this man going to slow down? He just, like, doesn't, um I think the priority for them, like I said, should be Chris.
Paul is clearly, you know, he's back to post E p. Three somehow.
Oh, like even if the Lakers like if they lose this year in the second round and you go out and get a cripple and you do have to load manage, for whatever reason, could you have LeBron 35 see p 36? I could see that making another like finals run If you have Chris Paul in LeBron James.
Those are two proven closers winners.
You could be like 4th, 5th in the West and still make it to the finals.
That wouldn't even be that surprising.
Yeah, yeah, I mean, I mean, we'll see with the traditional Well, they have a late first round pick there.
Probably, I don't know, traded for something.
But I want to know what they do with Cruz.
Because you're I don't think that he would develop like Ingram.
So I want to do you move him.
Do you move that, You get off him? I don't know.
Then we didn't also was.
What's the value from? Do they even have any tradable players not train LeBron on trade in a d? Who on that? It was even tradable.
You don't have anybody else like you don't have anybody who's more media of sensation.
Yeah, good player.
But he is not. Yeah.
I don't think he's gonna get You really think back in the trade and you go, You're not gonna be there.
Waiters. Smith gone.
You really don't have anybody else that, um I mean market Morrises.
So I mean, you really don't have anybody there really top heavy? So they're kind of stuck in a situation where you have to train Koosman and try to get something in return.
Because me a late first round, you never really know any of their They do hit a late first round.
There will be two or three years down.
Line approach for thinkI is LeBron.
He is a free agent.
I believe in two years he will be targets every year, though he's older.
But that is something Bubbles like your fans.
I would keep my eye on that.
They turn next year.
You know he doesn't get a re next year.
That's the last thing I want to talk about.
What bothers me is walking.
Why do you guys think you got? Can't? I'm major free ages.
There's no state income tax.
Fourth biggest city in America.
I don't team players won't even come visit here.
Why? I never understood the Dallas is the same.
You look at Jimmy Butler, right? I don't I don't blame.
Maybe that right.
Rile. You got Miami.
You're the guy there.
Clearly, it worked out for him.
Katie, On the lighting visit with this? I thought that would have been insane if Katie joined one.
People would have respect Katie way more if you don't use instead of the warriors, um, gets the fact that they see, like Kobe years ago.
Signed Ty Lawson didn't work out trading like I think players, they're scared.
Like if I don't perform, there's in the flip me like Paul is there. You flip.
Everyone made use of the village for getting rid of Carmelo Anthony, even though this dude was awful for us, I think free agency, that and kind of see like there's no loyalty from the front office.
But that kind of goes for anywhere in the lead.
But the Rockets specifically, you know, Daryl Morey has that reputation of like, I'll do whatever it takes Plane.
I'll trade my stories if I saw, but for a year and you're not performing like your dog, but they didn't see P.
Yeah, I think about it.
Must is a little hard.
Home is the guy he's gonna happen.
There's not Iraqis, don't have a system like, you know, like Miami or Golden State, where everybody are these two guys going to touch the ball.
So I mean, you know, places like Jimmy Butler or Katie.
They're not gonna want to be in a system where they're pretty much gonna be standing in the corner.
Are they already got standing and pain.
So yeah, I said much of the live hard and is a certain type of player that that has to want to play with art.
And even with the life situation that didn't well, so I mean, player, see that hearts Not a heavy, heavy recruiter.
I mean, it's just not me.
Yeah, wanted Westbrook, but Big Ben Francisco.
So I mean, you got So what about even the middle tier guy who were a few years ago? Kim Bays more came out here, Couldn't sign upon? Yeah, he was he after he signed that kinda.
He didn't play well, but at the time, you know, he was on the Hawks.
Seem he was He was solid using role play. You know, problem yourself.
Didn't want to come here either.
You know, these guys think they came.
I took a visit, but they filled your shows Not to my take on other interesting.
The heart been thing.
You don't want to be in the corner doing that.
But also I think is that you know, the embryo play the millionaire.
The young men is Houston.
Houston is more of a business.
You know, there's nothing.
I'm from Houston.
I love you, but it's not a ***y said that you think of the cities where you want to be as a young millionaire.
Our first place thinking of in Miami, New York, I guess.
But out West L a San Francisco, places like that.
And I feel that well, you have a degree in marketing.
You know, there's nothing ***y or glamorous about the city of use.
I think that might have something to do with this.
Well, we have a market media were man marking Media city.
There's one It is not.
It's not a you know, right? When you're in Houston, you don't want to leave, you think? But yeah, you don't really realize that.
Like you're not going to go on vacation in Houston.
Yeah, you're right.
You won't never vacation to use that.
You're not going to Galveston over Miami Beach.
So I mean, a lot of players look at that and you say it's the same thing with Dallas one.
Last time Gallus signed some big time free agent trying to, and it didn't work.
Well, that's when they signed a huge free agent.
No, none that I can really think of so usually through trades.
And I mean, this is kind of just the way it is.
The last time the Rockets signed somebody really big creation, of course, it was our, like, Tyler Austin was sort of, but White House like, still make a start.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I think it just also, I think with with sentence, don't generally do it because they have a culture, you know, we're gonna get better through the draft, you know, Pop the leader.
He's gonna make all the right decisions behind closed doors.
These guys undeveloped quickly and gonna be well, you know, Dallas.
Um very, very, very big boat owner loves his European guys.
We're going to get those guys in that they're gonna pop immediately.
And rockets a kind of rock is just unique, you know, they try their very been ****ytics.
They're gonna you know, they believe in They won't even step players.
They don't fit their lay their criteria.
You know, some players they don't they don't feel that way.
So, you know, if your ah, you don't fit their little mold and literally they're not gonna look at you.
That's happened. A lot of guys don't fit their way.
Right? Well, I mean, yeah, unless you're like a superstar like Chris Paul.
You're exactly You are who you are, But I didn't be. I agree.
You're in a tough spot.
Well, are you saying you go back to our the story about the arm or someone markets when he was first coming to the league? If I Well, he doesn't really fit what we were trying to do here.
That's why we didn't even scouring.
Wouldn't even thinking about getting a man.
Yeah, it's a certain type of player that a think fit, and if they don't fit, they don't even bother even looking out on it. Burn.
Sometimes you get like a Shane Battier or you get a pizza.
And sometimes you just missed out on players.
Should this kind of way Go Look, I know there must have Garrett Temple and Michael Green, which would have Yeah, it didn't work with the Mona.
Thank you guys for coming on my show today with a lot of fun.
Hopefully you got some collective theory.
Guys play tomorrow, so hopefully you know what expectations going on tomorrow? If you score predictions.
Uh, I I'm pretty.
I'm pretty big on jinxing so I don't want to say anything.
Hey, Okay, E, I got Westbrook coming.
I didn't like a near triple double.
I honestly think the rockets going tomorrow.
You knew the Lakers going come out on fire.
They were gonna come on, try to push rocks in the mouth.
And I think the Rockets solved the best shop yesterday.
Honestly, because LeBron 80 played great.
They played private, you know, the best they played.
Maybe an awful out.
So I just see that Westbrook get better.
They still have asked for Harden.
I just see the rocket going on game free.
Honestly, this'll serious count is going back and forth.
You could defeat of you.
Yeah, it's going.
That's That's my only predictions.
All right, we'll see.
I'm I'm I'm going.
I'm going Lakers, and I'm gonna go Lakers and seven.
But it won't surprise if you guys have set the number instead.
Wouldn't surprise me at all, but those are here with this.
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