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Alright, guys, So talking about the rock's today Unfortunately, you know, you guys air big fans, for whatever reason you lost last year.
I lost last night, 1 17 to 109 What were you guys? It stops on, you know, last my game star with the Romney first, Um, if I'm being honest, I'm not, like, as angry as it usually about for a rockets loss, you know, considering we were down 20.
Plus, I don't expect Morrison crews 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're able to adjust and, like, come back within half of like, the third quarter was there 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 names.
But I might be biased.
So and it's romantic.
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 anti Davis and LeBron.
They both showed up.
They don't even hard in the whole game.
Their pants scored our bench.
Rondo, who was horrible.
The three. This game had a great game.
I mean, market Morrison even open, still on the team, and he comes on makes for primary.
So I mean, you've affected and all that and the Rockets still have the lead going into the fourth quarter.
So I still feel good.
If somebody got blown out, then 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 for you.
Yeah, but outside from the game was So this was the first time all season that the Rockets lost a game when 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 software.
I mean, shocking.
Yeah, shot over 40% from three.
And there was sometimes, you know, they were wide open and they would just missed those shots.
You know, in a typical you know, you guys have never lost our season student four digits and over three.
So, you know, the I say that you also do that again tomorrow you're gonna win.
So that's kind of without food from it.
I was speaking of the double teaming.
I think the Lakers strategy has pretty much been having a double team harden half court that they used to have a double teaming with 10 seconds or less, and they assume 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 Russ 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 with one for seven.
Yes, sir, he doesn't even shoot them into three of the game.
But typically you'll have Austin Rivers will be there, or every gold will be that first entry pass off the trap.
They make that shot more off floor and just either driving Caykur drivers with reckless abandon to the basket.
Get fouled, Throw up a lot Les of having to 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 too 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 Ruth starting, Ah, Daniel putting the Indian 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 I go in the league. I mean, he does.
He gives you guys good, really make shots.
He's active on defense.
I was no as a Rockets fan.
I would have hoped that last night able to put housing 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 at least last night.
Well, that's thing about Tony.
He's lowered to a fault.
So you get on dancer on his good side.
It doesn't matter how bad you play, You're probably gonna get Mansion, especially Westbrook.
He's promotional way only whisper in crunch time.
I mean, I 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 in control.
He's probably I wouldn't be surprised if you 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, you know Romney and myself.
No, he wouldn't take.
Yeah, unfortunately, because I think that because I want to see, like this even have you know, the Stones even take him out.
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 on his loyal to a fault, he showed it again last night.
Yeah, not only that, it's like he'll 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 five filed, like 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 LeBron? I have to find LeBron.
Some 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 is really any PTSD from learning about LeBron because, you know, West breaking jacked up down 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.
Sometimes he's just, especially now he's trying to make up so much for his mistakes, that he's like our control and that he needs to.
It's possible, but he needs to slow down a little bit, but whispering kind of 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.
I think he just has to attack the basket more, and this is kind of the problem he had at the beginning of year, where he was taken 563 points again.
And then they made the trade well, even before the trade, he was down to, like, maybe two or 33 points again, right? And he was attacking the basket.
That's just what he needs to go back to him.
He is no reason for him to be shooting threes.
You 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 where 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, he's been dealing with a lot of, you know, we all know he had the Corona virus and he's obviously, you know, battling back from a from an injury.
So people you know about the coronavirus that you know, it's a strange vibes, you know, sometimes you know he hasn't played in so long, his colleagues 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.
The 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 affected, Not to mention this quality is a very explosive player that's taking a toll on his Well, yeah, I agree.
And nobody really knows the long term effects of clearing 19.
So who knows it, like you say even before, Like you said before that he got to the bubble late, so he didn't practice time, and then he got hurt.
So I mean, a little playoff series, especially one that's coming down to the wire in Oklahoma City, and then you face on totally different from the Lakers.
So 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 the bench play and the role players continue to play.
Well, that's to me.
Yeah, I have PTSD from Eric Gordon's first round like this.
Do went seven of 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.
So that's my main thing is Egion.
That's that will be huge for Houston.
I mean, the rocket there, just a vice of art.
You team, you know, if it's 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 where they shot 40% agree.
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 have one guy on the beautiful last night and everything 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 serious.
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.
I mean, if I follow me on Twitter on my biggest Jeff Green fan out there and the fact that he only had 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.
And I think that's kind of a big part of this corn, which kind of negated with the, you know, with the Lakers size.
So I think they need to find a way to give Jeff Green more involved and also rivers just just that's just kind of also Rivers is one night heats, you know, one of the top players in the late the other night.
He just not existent so you can't really depend a lot on awesome, very with a lot of times.
And Macklemore, I think with his defense, I think he's got it on the backside of Magic Tonic.
And when that happens, like if you want to start early with free.
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 is going, even though Macklemore's probably our best shooter, honestly 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, 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 rocket just kind of went away from that for some reason.
I think it's a lot harder in history because you know Anthony Davis, I think, yes, there's one of deaths 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.
He's closing out here doing that.
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 at the 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 marquees 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 adults.
It went with Anthony Davis directly at the five and makes a little bit hard for Jeff Green and be that burn center.
But I think this is also kind of where we Sullivan for Oxfam.
A 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 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.
It's a lot harder to 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.
Siri's when they have, like, shrewder or give Alexandro no down into the post, he could pretty much do that against Grain Rondo waiters.
It doesn't matter where they put.
They really don't have any my garden.
So I just think that Tony needs to make that had just been in the next game.
Yeah, and going off what you 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.
So they need a, you know, have someone else bring up the ball, have, like, I mean, it's tougher with Jeff Green bringing it up.
You got a be on you, but have a record and bring the ball up, have roasting the ball up and get hard and offer 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 was talking 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 on the floor that was pivotal when he was on the floor.
So this line of it was LeBron Markieff Morris Caruso, Koosman, Rondo.
They outscored the Rockets 35 to 14 in eight minutes.
They were 14 for 16 from the field.
Tennessee's six steals to turn of this is only eight Ministries this line about because only played five minutes all year.
I believe in these eight minutes.
Yesterday's playoff game, 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.
I think so, Yeah, it was 45 I mean, that's the thing.
I think the rocks a little with Rondo and Markieff Morris making threes, I think eight instead of the three to zone from off and again.
That's another thing like you have to respect that.
That was coming because okay, see 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 his own make people house and Tucker and Green and Rivers.
They're gonna make them make shots and especially westward.
So it's just a matter of you have to just whenever they run in that zone, you have to have cut is going to the basket because you can't just be stationary.
Because if you're stationary zone, that's really Yeah, and I agree.
I mean, you live with Morrison Rondo hitting threes, but they let Morris wide open, like six times.
Oh, man is not lewd or like you step up bombing.
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, a 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.
They conned award just switch and kind of randomly, like kind of back and forth.
It would be in his own 11 12 figures on the stock market.
They would go trap, harden, switching back demand in, you know the issue, I think with the Lakers and made one last night.
But when you have and at night you have Dwight Howard or JaVale McGee in the game, they can't run around.
They're just they're just a slow T 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, you know, zipping the ball from corner to corner around the perimeter.
You have to really take advantage that because the White House and Development 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 may pass right to Ah, they were going on 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 zip that ball around and get those guys out the place that they just don't have enough fast.
Guys, that just scrambled.
I think I think this game, they're just gonna just go straight 80 at the five.
I want to know, 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 gonna play for another vineyard and Sudanese.
I think they're going to go straight.
Marquis, Horace and a D at the five.
And 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 half.
They ran out of gas before quarter and and Westbrook, Conn.
Just kept turning the ball over.
That's the one thing you can say.
Uh, sometimes hard can wear down, especially in the fourth quarter.
And when you have to come back from 20 points down, that tastes a lot like a lot.
Yeah, a couple of things.
Ah, Like I said, I think your veil 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 injury? Like, was it when he was, like, celebrating marquees three by jumping all over the bench? And one night I heard Wow.
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 favor line of his KCP Green Cozma.
Anthony Davis on LeBron so far in the playoffs.
Limited sample size, but 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 line up a lot more.
Maybe you could take out Koosman slide in a more is there.
But if Moore's is able to, you know, his shocking that we know we can move, you know, defensively, I think coming along back it may be scared the rocket cause you know, you can't have two big summer for your plan 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 a window.
Siri's Yeah, I think that's kind of what people didn't understand, that teams usually have to adjust the Rockets if using out all the way around.
Even the thunder is the same thing.
Stephen out of play, probably like 25 28 minutes a game because he couldn't play in the fourth quarter, so teams usually adjust to the rockets.
The rockets are fine once you try, don't even every day is posting up.
I think the rocks is actually fine.
Yeah, he's gonna give up is really about getting in foul trouble. Especially Tucker.
Um, you know, Scott false? I won't get into that, but it's a tough guy in foul trouble.
And that kind of limited where he didn't play a lot of minutes in the third quarter, began 1/4.
I think that's part of the biggest problem.
Is Tucker getting a file troubling Covington? Those two getting followed show? That's when we were rocked, the kind of trouble themselves.
That's those, like that's their anchors On defense.
You're pretty much because Tiger plays very frantic like, you see what? He's guarding a D.
He's moving his feet.
He's hands late in and whatnot.
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 30 because it's a D.
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 P. J. Tucker.
He's like a linebacker.
He pretty much just like the heart and soul of the defense.
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, the be on the floor.
But I think it's fine.
Like you said, the shark about team, you know, mashing with the Rockets do is 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, you know, a team.
You know, that's not nice.
Highs themselves were to happen to adjust like this, But like you say, I think that McGee being hurt will be a Ah, yeah, it's something.
I was gonna pick it back when he said, I mean, like, you know, they could realistically put in Tyson Chandler, but I mean, he's he's he's not going to play.
So they pretty much, you know, went all in on this style of play.
I mean, I respected, you know, they're going down swinging, they're going down, Gonna win a championship? This what they're gonna do? And you know, they didn't They don't blink.
You know, the rocket, they're not gonna blow.
Think they are who they are.
And this is how they've always been agreed.
Something that I was gonna add is that it was encouraging to me seeing how hard and he would say 12 shots and got 27th.
But it was encouraging to see how he was able to kind of read the doubles and make the right reader every time down the stretch, like in the fourth.
He knew where he was passing before the double came.
And so you know they would.
There were multiple plays where the Rockets would swing like four or five times and get a clean look.
Now is hurting for me to see rather than hard and forcing a step back three every time, Or like trying to split the split to double and get the ball straight for a fast break.
But I think going forward he needs to be more aggressive and a bit more selfish in the fourth.
But that comes with him playing off ball because when they double, you know you need someone else be able to create for him.
And I mean, obviously 82 did in type of player.
But I think there's something that any Davis used to work on.
It will last night, you know, like you said The rocket there.
Find him posting up P.
He can't stop up a deep. He's gonna make things difficult for him. You know he's gonna be No.
80. Doesn't. He's not a He's more finesse.
Guy doesn't back down.
As you know, he had those issues in New Orleans, but they're comfortable, the bad habits, and you see the bad happens when they will see him.
He would rather step through into like, a fadeaway hook shot things.
I'm contested Labour when he missing.
I'll just take off three. Take out fast.
Really, I think that he needs to just be a lot more pain because he knows the double team is coming.
He has a, you know, keep his head up and find open.
Doctors lied when he doesn't do that, you know, that happened in game one.
He just the double team would come.
He would take a bad shot, fall to the ground layer, and then it just there are positives.
Repeating those points add up, he continued.
I think this is a serial of the Rockets can beat the Lakers.
Yeah, it also come down to turn over me that common reason why rocks May 22 threes.
Usually, they do that. They blow team now.
But yeah, 17 turnovers.
The previous series, when they lost those gangs, that was all gang.
But they lost a child number one in no amount of turnovers per game in the playoffs and also forcing turnovers.
So when they have 17 turnovers and a Blazers on 15 that's when they run into trouble because they can't get out.
Profess break and it can't and the legs are very good in transition as well.
So Rockets just have to take care.
Will Westbrook needs to take better care of the ball.
Yeah, and if they do that, then they don't necessarily have to shoot 4% from three.
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 the trade off that D'Antoni and Maury mentioned is that you know, you get there, lose the rebounding battle, you make up for it by taking care of the ball.
That's the way your so I mean, you guys rock fans who? So you got to pick the Rockets and 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 know it was a big Brown family is still Ron.
I didn't see, you know, don't be some people saying, If I it was crazy, it was gonna be latest.
Love it, LeBron on your thinking.
And then you have anti days.
I just saw it going seven games anyway, I just think that if we get Gang seven Westbrook the rest of Siri's, I still think the Rockets are better overall team.
It's not just because you know the batch of the matchup.
Don't just think the Rockets philosophy, it's just better than what the Lakers can put out trying to match that same philosophy.
I just see the Rockets and seven stew right and I won't agree with USA Rockets in six or seven But then again, like you're betting against LeBron and I don't feel good doing that, Yeah, 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 when you are made that come back and sit the lead.
I was watching the game Also, I think they figured the Lakers out for a moment.
I figured cause you got one game one and I was like they beat them in Game two.
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 you down 21? Like you said, it just takes so much out of you.
But I think they might have figured something something.
We'll see whether when JaVale McGee has been played.
But I think they figured something now going for I'm gonna pick the Lakers and seven just strictly, because if he gets to seven games, I felt the ground. I don't trust harder.
I mean, that's that's fair enough.
Um uh, died like I say.
Like you said, Uh, yeah.
I mean, that's why I was encouraged.
And I'm hoping that the Lakers at this win get a little bit complacent and feel like, you know, like, we'll just keep doing what we were doing because we won that game.
I think the Rockets as they figure out how to beat the zone, but it's just gonna It's a best of five series, and I think it just comes down to execution.
All thing, I read a lot of state rocks and sell because I just think three pointers still be.
Yeah, it comes down to rocks.
It's a lot better.
Three point shooting team, the Lakers and as much as possible on LeBron is still 35.
I'm not saying the price.
But you can tell he's not able to go full 48 minutes LeBron anymore.
So he's 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, to say, I just think that the right couples just shows up.
I just think the Rockets just have a bit of 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 tough and Gordon like God, I've been there.
Ladies pressure playoff series.
You know, the person that the Lakers have done that is LeBron and then green to a lesser extent.
But I mean, like, you know, 80 hasn't been in that situation.
Caruso hasn't been in this situation, right? No yell.
But I don't know if I trust Rondo to stay.
Yeah, playing like a I trust their experience.
And like their coach, like D'Antoni like he's been, he's better before.
This is like his fourth with Rockets.
Yeah, he's been there, done that.
I wanted I trust their playoff experience more, but it always comes back to like you're playing against the run.
So you never know for me.
You know, the Lakers, the Lakers roster, it really isn't that good.
You just have Laban and after David, I mean the roster collectively is a good what? A year ago, Caruso wasn't really J R Miss Monopoly.
A year Dion waiters.
He was in the n B A.
But he wasn't in the MBA.
He's pretty much on his blast, you know, String.
If he that the Lakers cut him tomorrow, something is going to be innocents around there.
I highly doubt it.
You know, two of them haven't even been in the NBA in a year.
Pretty much, you know, for the most part, these guys play Smith.
Please play significant minutes.
I I totally agree.
I mean, you just have the bonnet, 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, there are We don't win because you have two great player. The I agree.
I think the Rockets roster is ah is definitely better.
It's just with the Rockets, just there.
So many random possibility that can just in a win, but the game we shoot seven for 44 this is like, Oh, **** well, you know, the the whole whole table can just turn true.
It is work with else condemning the defense before this game, right? Number one defense in the entire playoffs and their defense can't fell off last game again.
It's just a real out wires seeing market for for five threes in a row.
He made a three way just I think he had 13 points.
I don't know just me.
I just watched like there's all Yeah, I just can't see that happening.
Dion Waiters really have 13 like I don't remember this minute scoring at all.
If I'm not staying, I think it was like late in the game.
He probably like I don't remember.
Last night's game last last night, he only played.
You only have two minutes to me.
I just don't see how that's like more consistent that they can.
You can know every single game.
That's why I'm surprised when Avery Bradley and I wasn't coming to Bobo like I was probably so many Lakers fans like casual Lakers.
I know he's shooting average from three like the 35 to 39% range, so I mean, they don't with them.
I mean, with Bradley.
I mean, the defenders, you have literally Lucas the curry, but on the playoffs, Obviously.
But you have all these great guards in the West.
You need perimeter defenders.
Secondly, I mean, I know of anything rather than compete.
You know, he's played in Big Playoff.
Remember before when he was in Boston, He's been in these moments, Rocket.
You need guys that are gonna be fast when they're swinging that ball around.
You need guys that are gonna know, turn their hips and go run contest shots.
So your I don't know why they would The school board.
You have no one to stop them.
Caruso tries, but effort and capability or two from things I can try to do a lot of things.
But if I physically can't do it, what good will good does that even mean? You know? Is that particular? Yeah.
I mean, you look back on a brand.
Beckham is Boston Celtics days.
He's always been a great defender.
Make a little bit.
So yeah, phone point on the college? Yeah.
I mean, just a mission that to a couple English Scranton like I would get blown off.
I really sucked all year.
I'm like, OK, but you don't have anybody.
Congar apartment It was so frustrating about Westbrook is if you could just have a decent game, they have absolutely no body.
They brought They'll Westbrook if he's playing control.
So I just don't I don't see West replaying that bad again.
And without him playing that this series will probably already, too.
Exactly. And you go back to that.
They're meeting in February, I think.
Rockets, Lakers When Russ Tropic, 40 and a deal was probably defender like.
That's why I have.
I have faith in him coming back because 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 so and not settling for threes.
But if if Rose please like roast, like how we know so he can play and benefit the Rockets, Okay, so let's just say the Rockets do lose in 57 games.
Whatever every Woody, What did the Rockets go from vehicles? D'Antoni hasn't renewed his contract.
I'm going to assume he won't be the coach next year.
They do lose this series.
You know Harden's 31 resident what He was 31 as well, I believe, Um, no, you guys.
Your Honor, Young team P J.
Tucker's with 40 are most of the older. Don't know.
Yeah, you all are.
You are very young.
So what is the future of the scene? You know, ya'll are good enough to worry.
You can tank, you know? So what's next? All right, honestly, they don't have any draft picks they gave him mumbles away.
So K c and pretty much every year there is no traffic.
I mean, honestly, they're going all in right now if they lose and 67 Yeah, I think D'Antoni only D'Antoni days is if they win a championship.
I don't think for Tito wants to bring him back.
I think Moriah actually wants Tonto saying, but yeah, they're gonna be gone.
And honestly, I think this next year there will be trying to package chair Gordon somehow and maybe a little bit better.
Now they still look it easier.
But the only really didn't trade him during the daylight because they gave an extension that he wasn't.
They wouldn't able to trade him.
I mean, it's so I really don't move a habits Trading air Gordon and trying to re sign Jeff Green.
I only know if re signing Austin Rivers is like a priority if he keeps playing the way he's been.
Yeah, I mean, video.
Really? Think D'Antoni gone like, say, Rockets lose so LeBron in the Lakers and seven, but could coach this team because, like, it's his philosophy, this strategy, I don't see anyone else out there.
You know, the thing with me will be that they do lose at some point.
You know, when you're going to try something else, because, you know, they try this for a while and it hasn't worked, Do you? Did blow it up good enough to wear.
You can't really blow it up completely, you know, But at the same time, not doing it for a few years.
You know, at some point, something's gonna have to change.
I don't know what that specifically, but you're gonna be getting a lot of work.
You got one of the gangs.
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, we're talking about, you know, you been doing this for a few years, they've been like teetering on the edge like they they only went all in this season when they traded Capella.
You know, I don't know if it's if this isn't necessarily what they've been doing 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 freed the line in three pointers.
That is much all on the line from this year.
I don't know, like what comes next? 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.
They're probably trade somebody else, right? Trading, drafting.
So that means the Western stand get tougher.
But I just don't think me personally.
I found that only stand.
I just don't think for TV wants him back.
I just think for todo something.
Whatever reason, you know, I want to do like his agent.
Whatever it is he doesn't want to re sign.
D'Antoni could be a money thing, too, because we all know, for Tito is struggling with money right now, so it could be he wanted cheaper culture I don't see why it's out there.
That 50 philosophy.
I don't know. Jeff Van Gundy.
He's going to your Lamar Jackson.
It should make him our Jackson if if he wanted to come.
Yeah, I really won't work.
I don't know if that's possible.
I'm Infantino already has made you of age will be a real easy transition, but, um, the personal cell phone 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.
Chris calls injury, then last year's Chris Paul not showing up at all showing and any trust to send us home like is so It's just they played against 20 greatest teams of all time the last few years.
I mean, that's just bad cir***stances.
So a little visit here again in the body lose.
If they go out and Scott for being five, then maybe you could say D'Antoni, but then lose six or seven.
I mean, they just lost to a better team.
You just like toe.
No, I want to talk to three players of all time, so the key thing you said there is depends on how they be back next year.
The war just there going to be there.
You know how you guys are gonna put award everything.
Just every dollar tips just follow down.
The teams are going to use it better 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 harder to be 32 going on 33.
Russ will be the same age.
And then at some point, I think, right.
That's when he starts New starts of the climate.
You see a stop? The clock is his.
Yeah, him aging with him.
Aging for me is just weird.
He he just didn't figure out a ****.
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 jump shot.
He was just I'll just run over.
People still jump with the mef age of 32.
You know, already having is having in the quad injuries, you know, already has another one.
But it could be another quality in a cabin.
Whatever his decline, I will be the sharp and steep one very quickly.
Well, that's a frustrated by Chris call last year.
Do? He's out of shape.
Issue Do you need, You know, he's in great shape.
He's playing great, and he doesn't need to be getting all that.
But so, yeah, yeah, he's going decline.
So but that's kind of the problem your team has said.
So you get rid of Dantonio, then what? Change of philosophy in their team.
They're gonna pump it up for another year, at least eventually, because he wants to detention so that the team has said so to me.
You probably have to give them tone in a year.
And then after that, I don't even then more invisible both teams he never had since he's been here that haven't had a losing record.
So that's just not the way that Daryl Morey does think that they get rid of their horny.
That's a different story.
Not that there are more reporters here that probably never, actually, just like that's the one thing down more.
The opposite foot slips out of that to buy it.
So happened that the Lakers lose up 80.
You see, right? He's a free agent, isn't he? Uh, it is a region, I think for them.
I mean, this this year's for agency class isn't really succeed.
It's a bunch of roll.
There's which you do need.
It looks like gallanar to my rose In a bunch of guys like that out of the middle class, there is a little bit below, but I think that I was Lakers.
You're a free agent to just like that of a player you might be next summer, but in the summer after he founded two years.
But, um, I think is decent middle class ro place.
If I was the Lakers our publisher to cash in and go sign a couple of those guys because I highly, highly doubt they're gonna sign you. Homicide.
I don't believe it.
I don't think that I'm assigned him.
So I think the birth priority for them, Mr.
Some Grease on 80 being our waiters has to go.
O j r Smith has to go.
Rondo has to go, then.
I mean, the money that they have go bring in some of those middle class ASM for agents.
Maybe never getting the gallanar.
What if you could? Just watching, because I just don't see it seemed like no at all.
You're not not an Army Heat.
But here's the thing that the issue I have with the Lakers is they don't so they have first round picks.
They trade them on.
I give it when you get an anti Davis of a player, that's fine going.
But imagine what his team would be if they would have camp.
Is Randall all the first round picks of last with seven years traded? All of them, all of them that I think the longest one that stated the longest with Julie around.
He was He was a Laker, I think.
5 years and they traded him, you know, And this is A to J.
Smith hasn't played basketball in the year You haven't Ronald. Your start.
Important are things like this is the problem when you don't develop young time and when you don't keep picks.
So after I think that they lose, they're gonna probably tell it'll spend a bunch of money.
There's offseason, the sign for ages, and I want to see how that affects them.
You know what this covert situation teams don't have.
Reminder have his money as they thought.
And I think the Rockets Lakers accounting the same situation.
It's the same thing. Trade all 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 where would lose the Siri's? That kind of kind of be, And then you also think about it is we have short off season.
You're gonna have a lot of time.
What's that? When they started, they said December 7.
But yes, you'll be starting back up in a couple of months, so it's not gonna be Oh, find free age.
I want to see, you know, do the Lakers try to go get Chris Paul.
It is this what? They get the band together and LeBron have a for niggle away to get Chris Paul with the Lakers.
You know, there's some shooters out there, You know, Joe Hairs is a free agent.
This is a decent guys out there.
I don't know if they're going to be able to do.
It opens in the money with the first fraud.
If you have to re signed anything that you don't really have a choice.
But I want the Hamlet.
Go ahead. No, no, go ahead.
I want to say, how much money is that going to cost you? You know what? The salary cap crashing, you're gonna have to give him majority of it.
How much money will you? Me? Yeah, they kind of are in the same condition.
Only difference is, you know, one of the themes as LeBron.
And it's weird because like, he's 35 36.
Like what? Is this man going to slow down? He just, like, I think the priority for them cause clearly, you know, he's back to Prime TV three somehow.
Oh, I'm like, even if the Lakers like if they lose this year in this second round and you go out and get a stripper's pole and you do have to load manage, for whatever reason, could you have brought 35? See p 36? I could see them making another like finals.
If you have Chris Paul in LeBron James, those air to proven closers, you could be like the 4th 5th in the West and still make it to the finals.
It wouldn't even be that that surprising.
I mean, we'll see with the digits in a weird for they have a late first round pick there.
Probably don't know, traded for something.
But I want to Do you know what they do with using? Because your I don't think that he will develop like Ingram. I don't.
So I want to do you move him.
Do you move that? You get off him? I don't.
Also was What's the value from? Didn't Do they even have any tradable players? But even tradable, you don't have anybody else.
You don't have anybody who's more media of sensations.
Yeah, good player.
But he's not. Yeah.
I don't think he's gonna get you really think back in the trade and you've got People are not gonna be there. Waiters.
You really don't have anybody else that more. Keep Morrises.
He's all I saw Me.
You really don't have anybody.
You have to train Koosman and try to get no smoking in return.
Because me, a late first rounder for thinkI is the bomb.
He is a free agent.
I believe in two years he will be released every year, so he'll be older.
But that is something that I was like because I would keep my eye on because they turned cheer.
You know, he doesn't get a re next year.
I could hear live again.
This will be his last time doing it, but I think he would try one more time.
He won't even give you guys a visit with that.
The last thing on I started to doubt about what wonders if you're walking.
Why do you guys think you guys can't sign? Maybe you're free ages.
There's no state income tax.
Fourth biggest city in America.
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.
He hardly have been recruiting him all year.
But you got parallel.
You got Miami. You're the guy there.
Clearly, it worked out for him.
Right? Katie, I don't feel like eating visit with this.
I thought that would have been insane if Katie joined one.
People would have respect.
Katie way mawr if you don't use instead of the warriors.
Um, yeah, I don't know.
I think it's the fact that they see, like Kobe years ago.
Ty Lawson didn't work out trading like, I think players.
Even though this dude off, I think free agency that in the lead.
But the Rockets specifically, you know, don't we have invitation of like, I'll do whatever it takes to win.
I'll trade my stories, but for year you're not performing like your dog, But they didn't see p No guy, it's not.
Rocket don't have a system like, you know, like my family or Golden State, where everybody hardness two guys going to touch the ball.
So I mean, player is like, I would be standing in the corner.
Are they the guys standing in pain? So that has to want to play with art.
And, you know, even with the wife heavy, heavy recruiter Yeah, they wanted, But they have been Francis.
So I mean, you got to.
So what about even the middle tier guy number? A few years ago, Kim bathed more, came out here, couldn't sign apartment.
Yeah, he was he after he Stein? That kinda He didn't play well, but at the time, you know, he was on the Hawks team.
He was He was solid using a rope.
You know, problem yourself.
Didn't want to come here either.
You know, these guys, They came out here and took a visit, but they still just shows not to do my take on.
I just think that one, the heart been thing.
You don't want to be in the corner doing that.
But also, I think, is that, you know, these are the MP three player, the million that the young Megan is Houston.
Houston is more of a business.
And you know, there's nothing.
I'm ******s, and I love Houston, but it's not a ***y.
You think of the cities where you want to get a young millionaire first place I'm thinking of in Miami.
New York, I guess.
But Al West, L A.
We know what the fourth biggest city here, but we don't have a major ESPN marketing.
You know, there's nothing ***y or glamorous about the city of use.
I think I might have something to do with this.
Well, we have a meat market media were man marking media city.
Well, are the four biggest Sitting way have? Honestly, we have poor media market.
So there's it is not It's not a huge attraction, Seo.
Right? When you're in Houston, you don't want to leave you, but yeah, outside.
You said don't really realize that.
Like you're not going to go on vacation.
Yeah, you're right.
You won't. Never vacationing.
You're not going to be Avastin over Miami Beach.
So I mean, a lot of you look at that.
And you said the same thing with Dallas.
I mean, in the last right, that trying to knit and work is that even Santonio one last when they signed a huge free agent known, actually think of so usually trades.
And I mean, that's his comments the way it is.
The last time I could send somebody like a really big creation.
Of course it was white.
Our coming like Tyler Olsen was sort of.
But the White House I still didn't make a star.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I think it just also, I think with with sentence home, they don't really do because they have a culture.
You know we're gonna get better than the draft.
You know, Pop the leader.
He's gonna make all the right decisions behind closed for these guys and undeveloped quickly.
And then we will, you know, Dallas.
Um very, very, very boat owner loves his European guys.
We're going to get those guys in there.
They're gonna pop immediately.
And rockets are kind of the rock is just unique, you know? They try the very big and ****ytics they don't even they won't even scout player.
They don't fit their like their product.
Some players they don't they don't fit that way.
So, you know, if your if you don't fit their little mode and literally they're not gonna look at you, that's a lot of guys don't fit that way.
All right, Well, I mean, yeah, unless you're like a superstar like Chris Paul Russia.
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 Are the story about the arm or someone markets all, um, when he was first company to the league, It was like, Well, he doesn't really fit what we were trying to do here.
That's why we even even scouted him.
Wouldn't even get about getting a man.
Yeah, it's a type of player that they think fit.
And if they don't fit, they don't even bother even looking out on it.
Burn Com is great.
Sometimes you get like a Shane Battier or you get a pizza.
And sometimes you just missed out on players should just kind of way go rock.
Like I know they must have Garrett Temple and Michael Green, which would have been no, didn't work out.
Well, um, Omar, thank you guys after a coming on my show today with a lot of fun.
Hopefully you guys and collect this theory. Guys play tomorrow.
So hopefully in the score Predictions.
I'm pretty big on jinxing so I don't want to say anything.
E, I got Westbrook coming out getting like, a near triple double.
Honestly, think Iraq is going tomorrow? Just Yeah.
You knew the Lakers were gonna come out on fire.
We're gonna come on, try to push rocks in my mouth.
I think the rockets some of their best shot yesterday on because LeBron a deeply rate anybody private, you know, the best they played.
Maybe in all playoff.
So I see that Westbrook played better.
They still have an answer for hard, and I just see the Rocket pulling on Game three.
I think serious kind is going back and forth.
You get to feed on you.
Yeah, it's going.
That's that's my only predictions.
All right, we'll see.
Lakers an I'm gonna go Lakers and seven.
But it was surprised if you guys upset that no one said wouldn't surprise me at all.
But those are here with this.
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