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So Lakers, as we talked about her coming into tonight's matchup, tied 11 with the Houston Rockets.
We at the Nation of Laker.
Don't expect another W in Game three.
Home, in a way, doesn't matter.
Just technically, a Rockets home game prepares, but Kwamie it.
It seems like the Houston Rockets, even after a loss, have a little bit more confidence than they did a supposed to coming into the series.
So why don't you get your first initial thoughts on the Rockets lost game two after winning Game one, and now all of a sudden arm or confident and the prospects of winning the series.
To be honest, I think it's because I mean, in my opinion, it will be because the Lakers got a lot of contributions from players they may not normally got.
Contributions like Marquis Morris had four big threes in about, Like what? A three minute span Rondo in a couple of good threes have had a couple good steals.
You got contributions from Koosman, but I think the one thing that really kind of, um, gives him hope is that Rust played a tremendously terrible gain, like awful.
And there was a point they were leading the game, you know, even late in the second half.
So I think that gives him a bit off confidence on that end that you know a lot of things that should have put the Lakers way ahead.
It still was kind of a close game at the end.
You got great contribution from you know, LeBron anti days is expected, but that you know, some bench players stepped up and gave you know what a bit more than what people may have expected them, especially in the playoffs of them.
I mean, our starters didn't really play great.
Derailed in that he played like a God awful in all of them.
Then, you know you have Danny Green and was was pedestrian him a case of people, neither of whom cracked 10 points.
So, I mean, I would say that's a bit of an anomaly in its own right.
But I guess to the Rockets, I think they would say Russ played, you know, absolutely terrible game, and they still have a chance.
So that would probably my reason why I have the car loans, but, uh, we're still waiting on that.
We're still we're still getting out.
Small really worked as we saw Mark IV played fantastic when he was able to get minutes.
Rondo played well.
Also in the game, too, which was, you know, far it was, you know, a complete flip of the coin from game one.
So it was interesting to kind of see, and, you know, I'm interested to see how they continue to play forward.
Rockets now have their turn to adjust, and now we got a, you know, adjusted their adjustments.
So, um will be excited to see how this game goes now.
Yeah, well, you don't see what the Rockets are going to do as far as they adjustment.
Life's all about adjustments, is it not? But it just seems to me that the one person who adjust the least in the N B A as far as coaches is Mr Mike D'Antoni.
He doesn't, you know, really change his game plans.
That's a cerebrally.
That's kind of been, you know, the knock on him is why he's always bounced about the playoff.
Their team is their team, their play, how they're gonna play.
But they've embraced small ball.
3000 90 days is the most efficient player is far scoring in the bubble so far.
I think the one person and if I looked around to was like, Hey, you gotta do your thing, you gotta be dominant again.
Tucker, You know he is.
Any dates is not doing it in the way that maybe everybody else thinks that, you know he should, you know, the shack dominant kind of, you know, a little bit dweller be dominated by just literally embarrassing people down low any days is not necessarily that player, but the way that he's shooting right now that's scary, broke the way he is knocking these moves down and then rising up in the Jumpers and these look like hard shots.
They are hard shot, but he is draining these boys and they're not close.
So I, you know, a bomb, a betting man.
I'm betting that Russell Westbrook is going to continue to struggle, but not as much as he has been.
And if I'm a betting man, I'm going to say Anthony Davis's efficiency might come down a little bit, which will lead to a very, you know, entertaining.
And like we said before, Ah, hand wrenching Siri's.
But it's it's not Anthony Davis rooms Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Did we have the ultimate stop button? You know, the adventures when you know Loki was talking about We haven't I have an army and then, you know, Tony, start with like but we got a whole like LeBron James is by far Oh, the best 34 year old basketball player I have ever seen reminds you wise, I know Jordan was winning championships still at this age, but as far as athleticism.
LeBron got that nice little UFO crop circle patch in his head and it's looking at the rim these days.
So, you know, you got just gonna have to chalk it up to LeBron.
Might have to take a couple of steps back for Houston toe.
Have a chance? Yes, the Lakers shot outside of the body, is a little bit from three last game and the like.
You said quietly, contributors did pick it up.
But I think that if we're talking about things that are going to change or stay the same, LeBron James is the one kind of common denominator that most confident I have an idea for me.
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I mean, you talk to me, let me know if you think that there's some type of you know secret sauce that Houston has been doing or has not been doing, that's supposed to change the scales of this game.
You know, the Lakers need to shoot better.
Continue to shoot better from three.
The shot 44% and shot before percent from three.
And you've got rockets that time.
But the Lakers can keep this up.
Yeah, absolutely not. That's gonna be tough.
Like bruh shot 41%.
You jacked up like a god**** trillion like, so I'm stuck between understanding that James Harden is a bad, bad man and I don't really care about the reciprocal kids. Lovely.
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But he's our he's already.
If you ask Houston fans, they get ready to blame it on the Corona virus for why he doesn't have it all together.
And that is by far the crazy.
Should I have heard off so far for a list of excuses for why X N b a player is struggling.
During the boat we saw Paul, George is reasoning.
We don't joke about it.
Very serious things with depression, anxiety really, really get.
We see players get injured.
Damian Lewis banged up his finger, banged up his knee.
If you want to tell me that Russell Westbrook is a worst decision maker because of the Corona virus, I need to see you.
You need to see you in my office.
So we need you off of MBA Twitter.
You do not belong here.
This is not a conversation that we need to be having with you.
If you want to blame why Russ is going 1000 miles pro.
That's just like it's like ask you put the Tasmanian devil on the injured reserve for a couple of weeks, bringing him back, and then realized, Oh, ****, the Tasmanian devil.
You know, he's still doing all the stuff.
You physically, it's all there.
But you know, it just, you know, something a little bit off.
Yeah, Russ hits God.
He is mentally and physically rusty in the worst time to get undressed.
E is in the second round of the playoffs, so it's use me if I'm not willing to blame a very serious virus and why your bony million dollar man is not stepping up to the point We got quite me back.
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Why? I think that excuse of Russell Westbrook struggles beyond rust is just preposterous.
You would not blame it on the Corona Viruses.
Why he's not 16 right? No, not at all.
I don't think that be in.
I mean, to be honest.
I mean, Russ is kind of all he's never been the, you know, the most careful ball handlers.
So the turnovers, I expect to be there.
Sometimes he gets too erratic when he puts his head now.
Ah, he's not known as a notoriously great shooter, so I mean him shoot the shot out of anybody else on the court is a win for us.
In my opinion, I would say Lift where? If anybody's gonna shoot, let it be, Russ.
So I'm okay with that as well as much.
It is the Rockets.
Rockets fans are talking rockets.
When you raise on Rondo without there and he's shooting and they say, Oh, he's with us We could say the same thing about Russell Brussels.
This data is nowhere near as all the whole the three point shooter, as Rockets fans are doing.
Incredible like he might as well be assigned one side shooting.
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About what? What, you quick to stoke stones that Rockets fans in the last house would kill me? Oh, yeah, and I dont be interesting to see, but, I mean, I don't know how Russ is really gonna be able to turn it around cause I've even their defensive scheme as soon as somewhat they literally shade it basically kind of leave Russell s Procope it As soon as the man drives that direction, that man comes with the help, and if they kick it to the heart and they kick, It's Ah Westbrook.
You know you live here.
He probably just drives it.
I mean, they're guarding the man with centers, so yeah, I wouldn't even talk to.
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I want to ask him a little bit about these Lakers defensive rotations out there.
You know, pretty much good for into we're gonna give up a shot.
It's going to be a Russell.
There's a lot of different looks like throwing up like going sewn, inherent in the middle of the possession.
They're switching up and going, man, you know, Hey, guys, we'll talk about him in a little bit, but that takes a special kind of I.
Q Teoh be able to call out those types of things hand up.
There's only a handful Lakers with that kind of basketball like you that you know as the reins, to call out defensive rotations and sides in the middle way won't be too much into it.
But it Rondo had a hell of a big game for me.
He had a night out that game, too.
After we were ready to nail him to the cross, we said playoff round over with dagga and to never come back offensively and defensively, I as someone who is part that I hate Regina Rondo in club, um, let me know what you light your on gay, too.
And if any of that with duplicated and replicated the game for, uh, well so honestly, I think he actually he he seemed a lot more sound on defense, and I think he played much better.
Is the help or even sometimes of the primary? Because, you know, he was guarding Harden 94 ft.
You know, irritating is durable, not letting the high pick and roll really get into action as easily as they wanted to.
So that was good to see.
And then even though the help sides and like the weak side, he was, you know, he was cheon rotations.
You know, he wasn't necessarily getting blown by and causing other people get ill trouble like he was in game one.
So I actually thought that was a really nice adjustment.
They seem to be more locked in a little more cute in on the Rockets game plan.
And you know, there's a couple times where Russell Westbrook, you know, drove on the left side of the rim trying to throw it across to the right side of the court.
Rondo's right there to pick it off.
Happen about two times, you know, even offensively, he was able to find Mark IV and strive to get some really good shots off, got him rolling and even himself.
You know, he didn't necessarily settle for too many threes.
Kind of stepped into the middle age where he could, but overall, he seemed more comfortable.
Aside from three, he took what was given from giving to him right by.
Obviously Rockets planned on giving raise on those open shots in.
So where we did not hit him.
Yeah, okay, I think that's enough, right? That's all we can have.
But the defensive like you Bereano was the actual pleasant surprise of the game.
Like you said, applying ball pressure to James arm full court, you know, is that going to actually show him down, possession by possession, probably over the course of the game.
Of course, games, A record three games.
Lakers hat everybody, everybody to do that before Rondo checked into the game.
You know, not weird things.
The answer for slowing down James Harden.
I'm just saying that good Rondo has a place on a basketball court for X number of minutes.
Yes, even in a playoff game or sometimes especially in a playoff game, right? Yeah, we're on.
Where did the help come from? The way he saw some key contributions from Keith Markieff Morris plaguing a little bit of small ball five and even at the four.
And they're knocking down really big shot big threes in the second quarter, right? You know, Are we going to add marks? Need to do that again.
He loves you, right? But you know what I'm talking about? Who has followed me home is going to me die that continue or actually step up in gaining three for the Lakers toe, have a similar outcome in Game two.
Uh, now I think it's really the starters.
I think Danny Green KCP need to give us a little more on the offensive end.
I mean, I think it's minutes will be limited yet again because, you know, for some reason Vogel can help would start the man.
But I think, um, kcp and Danny and he did need to find a bit of a better offensive group.
They're getting some looks, Um, there's not able to convert him as much.
Obviously, off the bench, you know, uh, coups, Rondo and Marquis for basically the three men off the bench.
I mean, crystals getting look good looks to.
But he hasn't been able to convert the threes, and, you know, he's a better shooter than he's shown us forward.
They just had. He has been able to knock it down.
So, honestly, have I had to kind of lean a direction.
I would aim for the starters because, I mean, you know, I don't think our starters have, you know, consistently all cracked 10 points in the first two games, which is something that we would like to have.
Meanwhile, the Rockets starters, basically, you know, are there their biggest contributors because, you know, obviously, the way they're spread offenses, you know, they're getting the looks, you know, they hit three shots, you know, that's nine points, so I think we just need to find a way to get our others are other starters a bit more involved.
I mean, they're playing the ball.
Come minutes, But our bench has been fantastic.
And we found a way to kind of isolate their bench.
Kind of diminish their effectiveness just due to not them. It won't.
They basically kicked off river.
That with rotation.
He's gonna antigen operate the perfect Segway because I need I need to tap into.
To win A is far is why we're starting to see the dwindling of the Houston Rockets.
So let's get let's given a in here on the late night glacial pregame shows our do.
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Glad to be part of the pregame.
Um, you know, I was listening to you guys as you as you guys were kind of discussing the rockets bench on and then Ricky.
You were also talking about Russell Westbrook and his decision making.
I think you guys had a lot of good things on the head there.
The first thing I was really gonna mention is I guess the first question is asking as you guys know what Russell Westbrook is shooting from three in the playoffs.
It was 14% the last time I checked it out before the game.
As of as of today, he's shooting 16% from three right now.
Um and so, uh, you know, one of the things that you know, they folks talk, say Rockets fans and the ****ytics guys say about the Rockets, they want to play the math game in the number game.
And so, you know, frankly, I think the Lakers have to do exactly the same thing.
They have to look and see who's on the court when, when.
Ah, Harden and Gordon are playing and they have to realize that there's literally one guy that you should just basically leave wide open and play the numbers game.
If Russia is going to make, like, five threes in a row and you're gonna lose, then that's just what's gonna happen but, um, this this goes even beyond this.
Siri's, uh, Russ has been shooting really back like the front from distance.
If he can't get to the rim, he and you know, on top of that, he shooting 36%.
He's eight for 22 in the playoffs, uh, from the mid range.
So literally just keep him out of the painted area, and that's the best thing you can do.
And so, uh, um, I just wanted to, like, add to what you were mentioning Ricky like, I have a little quick.
You talk about keeping Russ out of the pain, right? The Lakers are thrown different looks at the Rockets.
Mostly Teoh throw James Harden off his game.
But the results of that right Is there going to be open shots where bodies are, especially if you're playing zone there are making the conscious decision.
It looks like, right? If not, they're thinking that they won't get to that point.
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Get your take on how the switching of defenses meanings are actually playing out.
And you look back and look at the tape.
Are the white kids are they finding these pockets? Do they really together a nice little game plan to attack these pieces? Or is this one of those things where it's like you're gonna have to figure out a different counter that has been done in games? Yeah, So I don't think the Lakers have to do anything like much more different than they've done.
Like probably from last game.
They were doing a pretty good job, like kind of mixing up some of the actions they were playing three to zone 23 zone and then so 32123 Like every time I tweet, I call it Shell Zone because it's not a to three, and it's not a 32 It just it's just it's a certain you just make a shell around around the painted area.
So that way, the defense is really know where the ball is supposed to go, and then they run a distinct 1 to 2, which is that box and one that you guys always hear about would like curry or hard undergoing isolation, uh, or when they're shooting really well from from distance.
So the Lakers mix that stuff up, and then basically the only time they really tried to trap Harden was when he tried to use, like, pick and rolls with Jeff Green and stuff like that.
So earlier today on Twitter, I kind of put up like what happened, essentially, based on what? When the Lakers went to double Harden.
And a lot of times you saw situations where hard and always passes to the better shooter.
If Russ is the other guy that you can pass to make in basketball, the fastest, easiest passes, the one to the person right next to you, right? And so the Lakers were sending the double team from like Eric Gordon.
So Gordon was always a guy getting the shot, or he would make that skip pass to the corner.
And, um, one of the things that Houston loves to do is that is, is get that corner three.
They want to get that passed over to the corner three.
And, you know, I expect them to do the same exact thing.
You know, I read that I read the comments and the postgame comments from hard needs.
Like all they're doing zones and traps and we love that kind of shop was not.
Yeah, yeah, He's like, Oh, we could pick this apartment all that kind of self in, you know, like That's like, That's cool and stuff like what he's saying stuff like they've got.
There's a trump card in their pocket that they're pulling out.
But there isn't.
There's no other than them literally putting four guys to one side of the court, which is, I think a pressure is illegal offense because they took that.
You can't do that anymore.
Uh, it's the MJ role, but, um, like there's no variation, all they're going to do, the only thing that they're going to change if they do change anything, is they're going to try and put Russ in the very very corner.
Um, but then that works for the Lakers because you're just gonna play off of in many ways.
So it's not gonna matter literally the best thing.
And I think I saw some rocket fans say this or tweet this.
Ah, if Russ is on the court like it's actually helping the Lakers you guys mentioned before in the same way, like if Iran does on the court, it's helping helping the Rockets goes and you know that that's that's the logic the Lakers really have to use.
He can't shoot, and it's nothing against him as a person or anything.
It's just knocking, knocking it down right now.
And, um, the Lakers have to use that to their advantage.
Speaking of Russell, Westbrook is in his game play.
Could we take a moment to talk about how this man, LeBron James, has been abusing him on the defensive, Them just relentlessly abusing this man from sending his shots all the way to the baby's in the 15th row? You know, attacking him on offense.
This guy has been almost liability on both ends of the floor, and it's very telling.
I mean, he said he's gonna find a way, D'Antoni said.
They didn't get that.
They couldn't have gotten this far without him.
They're gonna continue to run until until he can't run anymore.
So it'll be interesting to see what adjustments he's going to make to reinvent himself, cause it seems like he's the weekly from that group.
If you think about it like we're talking about Game three of the second round of the playoffs, like what adjustments are you going to make at this point of the Siri's outside of personnel itself, like you're either gonna play Russ basically like your center and have four shooters out there with Harden and Gordon, or you're going to literally just play faster.
That's actually the only thing I think that they're going to do.
They're just gonna play way faster.
They're just gonna keep trying to run out in transition.
They'll take the first three that open three that they get.
They won't try to set each other up in half court, because that, I mean, that's that's how you can possibly beat the Lakers.
But the moment you do that, that means abroad now gets to go running the other way. If you miss himself.
Also about well, let's talk about personnel right? Like there's a difference from being a catch and shoot three point shooter and it off the dribble off.
You know, emotions stop pull up like we have been abused watching KCP thinking that is a transition three point.
Just run down to the three point and pull up Chuck it, I don't know, accused it P.
Tucker is pulling up like that where did you? P.
Little heavy ass speed in some nicer pressure groups in the corner, or it's crashing corner baseline.
You know, I you know, it's one of those things where the Lakers talked about.
They need the speed up their game to match the Rocket.
The Rockets are, you know, outside of the reputation of our make Antoni offense there.
I am very introduce e how these young, scrappy three point shooters three and D guys do when they need to be Mawr Clay Thompson than you know Bruce Bowen.
You know, and you don't know how they're like I thought one of the strangest things that I not strangers building.
The most interesting things I I saw in the fourth quarter of last game is there a passing of wide open, like even long to like.
It's like he pope take the guy went right to the free throw line.
He's a pretty good free throw shooter, and he just like things you started looking around like where where's the open three.
And I was just like, Well, you guys are down.
What are you doing? Just take a shot and, um Ah, that's the kind of stuff, you know, that that's, like, really interesting to see.
Like, I think I start taking mid range shots. Probably not.
But, you know, like the reality of the situation is is that, um the Lakers did come out with a lot of different different looks for that offense.
And, um, they were still actually kind of late on some of their rotations that third quarter.
Their defense of scheme was good, but they were so late on the rotations that they're just bombing wide open threes and some were contested.
So props to the rockets for making him.
But to do that over 48 minutes is very, very hard for a team to do to make that money contested looks.
And, you know, like I said, this is a team that wants to play the math, so we have to play the same way.
They're not gonna be shooting 45% every single every single quarter, like that's that's an absurd number.
They get hot for sure, But will they get cold for sure, Way we've seen that happen to.
So the Lakers just got.
You know, don't get into a shooting game with them.
Keep going to the rat.
Keep putting pressure on them.
Give it to Anthony Davis.
He's pretty much getting whatever shock he wants.
Uh, and you can't miss for mid range anti David shooting like 61%.
He's shooting better than Kalai, the mid range king of the N B A.
And the Davis's should better than him.
So you know, like it? Yeah, I got one more topic for UV, but I wanted I want your thoughts on a D shooting first, right? Right.
I call me and I were talking a little bit before, and it's excited at right.
What about how he is the most efficient to murder right now in these best mid range shooter in the left? In the playoff in it, you know, Can he do that consistently? Do you have concerns cause that we're watching the same game and we are? Lakers aren't getting a whole lot of easy buckets in the half court.
What? They're making a lot.
Yeah, and I think that's you said it perfectly.
Um, the buckets.
That's actually that's the crazy part.
That's that's funny.
about what's happening with the Lakers offense.
They're not getting easy shots, and they're making them like and so like.
Imagine what happens when the Rockets have to start helping out a little bit more on the perimeter guides, or they have to send that double team every single time.
Teoh over to Anthony Davis because he's pretty much a shooting over PD attacker like there, their entire the Rockets defense with all the switching.
The whole point of that defense is that the guy that we're gonna put in front of you can stay in front of you.
And so that works up until somebody just starts shooting over you and scoring every time.
And that's what's happening with Anthony Davis.
A lot of people, you know, I posted the video of him going like seven of 10 in like true isolations versus the doctors.
To some, people are like, Well, he's taking jump shots, So that's a win for the Rockets.
It's not a win If he's if he's making 61% of those shots, clearly he's a jump shooter.
Yeah, and if anything, you're helping him get Maurin rhythm like as the series goes on and So if anything, you want him driving to the lane so you can collapse and try and strip him on the way up that kind of stuff.
But you guys are just letting him shoot that.
And I mean, like I said, if that's a math, you wanna play, then go ahead.
But if he's making them, then I don't know what to say.
And, you know, you think about the ripple effect that it has.
If he keeps making them, that defender has to come up a little bit closer than other help.
Defend outside over a little bit more.
Now look, now you've got LeBron on the perimeter, seeing where the angles are for for himself to drive, you're seeing Caruso was a great cutter.
Pope, who's a great cutter crews move, has been cutting all these guys that we have that make back cuts and stuff like that.
It opens up space for them.
So it's his shooting has been unreal.
I'm very surprised at how good is shooting is.
Um is it possible that he regresses a little bit for sure, but it could also be the X step in his game, right? You gave it to the generational town.
Andy Davis could be one of the best players to ever play the game right through this.
Be one of those career defining moments pages in his book where I was like Yeah, well, when everybody thought that LeBron would have to go up against the, you know, the Trail Blazers by himself and any Daves was dominating other seven footers.
And then it was like, Oh, well, Brian's going to have to outshine James Harden.
LeBron is still.
I mean, Andy ****'s still ripping through all defenders.
This could be one of those stories where we get to the end of the season and we're looking around in, by all case in point, you already here First, LeBron James will be the finals and BP for the Los Angeles Lakers if we win the N B A championship.
But I would hope, and I assume that if we got to that spot, there's going to be a large conversation to be like, Well, she well, technically, Pau Gasol had a better Siris in Kobe.
Yeah, for sure that united Coby, right? But those air good problems toe have Yeah, and just just want to put a button on that last point.
Fans that are watching the games should see the way Anthony Davis attacks P.
Tucker versus attacking Daniel House like you made a great point.
This may be like his like growing up moment in this series, and when you see the way he, like, gets a separation from P.
J and takes a shot comfortably, and then how he actually attacks the room when Daniel houses on him, that's him like that says you could see his brain working over this guy like he doesn't want me take the Jumper, but I can definitely get by him.
So I'm gonna go by him or this guy's, you know, sitting so far back that he doesn't want me to drive on himself.
Just take the jumper like it's like shooting over a chair so that maturation him becoming more mature as the playoffs are going on in high stakes moments is I mean, that's awesome.
That's what we want to see out of our young guy.
Gentlemen, the Shams just released the NBA All defensive teams.
First team Johannes 80 Rudy Markets Mark Ben Simmons.
First I have a question.
Are they just picked they They just get to pick five guys that under positions, no more.
I not seek Saturday.
Yeah, I think it's two guards, three forwards.
Oh, there's not really a position.
It is not a position.
You more front court backward.
My back during Simmons is almost as tall as Anthony Davis, but he is a benefit of being in the backcourt.
Right? Second team is down.
Patrick Beverley, Eric Bledsoe, Kawai and Brook Lopez.
So the Los Angeles Lakers have a first team all defensive player for the first sign up **** since Kobe.
I don't remember the last time we had in all defense.
It's gotta be Kobe, right? Because you metta world peace and get any nods.
You know, they bottle really getting hot.
Yeah, so that would be a nice little tip it that you know 80 is the first one since Kobe Bryant.
We just got to get the year, but I mean, it just goes to show, you know, it is an award that while Lakers fans I feel like you should have got the Top Dawg Entertainment Award on the defensive end, you know, it's just another solidifying thing off.
It was work, you know, getting rid of all the Children for this generational player.
And I would hope that this playoffs is like washing everyone's, you know, mouse in hand, clean of any regret that yes, the eyes, most improved modules doing, You know, Alonso and Josh Hart is playing for the pelicans.
But, you know, there was no second guessing this one V when we get you up out of here, just your thoughts on Anthony Davis's impact on defense in just any, you know, little tidbits that you want to throw in there that people may not be seeing as far as how much impact this man is putting on the court.
Yeah, I'll give you I'll leave you guys with two points.
I'm just gonna take this moment to say Anthony Davis should have been the defensive player of the year.
Because Brook Lopez John is his teammate who starts with him is on the second team.
How do you have two guys that can make it to all envy a defensive teams and then give it to the guy? Give it to one of them when you will only have one guy, right? So anyways, that's my only gripe.
Something I said way before.
And people like, No, look at the defensive metrics and I was just like, you guys don't know what what numbers you guys were using.
You're just using numbers to make the argument a lot of good.
That's doing them now in a second, right? Exactly.
And, um so that's my That's my first point.
And second point is, if you want to understand anti Davis's impact and you have not watched Laker games at the beginning of Game two, go look and see how Anthony Davis was guarding.
He wasn't guarding P. J. Tucker.
He was guarding Russell Westbrook and LeBron James was guarding James Harden.
And there were alternating possessions on them because they knew that they were going to try.
And you know, Harden and Russell got started about it happening in the ball.
The other one's gonna be doing a whole lot of car right, and and you're basically talking about a 6 11 you know, forward center guy who's able to stay in front of rust and rust.
You can attack the rim.
You go with either hands.
That is what a defensive player is.
Where I say, All right, I need you to stop this guy from going to the rim.
And if you want a good understanding of that, I won't be surprised if they do that today.
See how Anthony Davis defends guys like Hardin, Gordon, Russ and see how he has no issues switching out on guys like that and just taking that challenge itself.
Um, and you know, I expect to see that today.
And, you know, hopefully today I think the line on the Lakers is their favorite by 5.
5 or some My God, which I think is what it was last game.
I mean, so I've been following the I'm not a betting guy, so I don't know what to expect out that all of what it says this, that the pattern of it's a short pattern.
But the pattern of LeBron gradually getting better and better as a Siri's goes on as he sees the kind of things that teams do, um, is something that I don't like betting against.
So in the first game, LeBron kind of felt out the Portland right Game two.
He actually only had 10 points, but he was part of that.
Use the guy facilitating when they went on that huge run to blow them out, Um, for the team.
And then you saw a similar thing happened.
It wasn't with brawn, but it was with with rage on and self.
I got in this in Game two, I feel as though Game three Maybe this maybe a Braun game like abroad, like I'm here game.
None of you guys can guard me.
And I think it's kind of playing into the Lakers hands to some degree cause if he was thinking alot ****y after a loss, and it just might get ingredient to these comments a little bit too much and I mean, if Houston plays faster, it actually helps the Lakers.
A lot of people think that, like Lakers could be run off the floor.
They can't because they actually have the guys that can run with you and the guy that they have that you know.
Lakers played LeBron and center last game also and nobody said anything about that, but like they're doing different things that you didn't expect them to do and you know, they play faster, like I think they will, and it turns into, like, a back and forth game.
Uh, you know, we may get a nice nice Braun game today because he needs to kind of put his foot on the game today.
Are on this Siri's.
And I feel like he's probably waiting for that moment.
So that's what I'm looking for.
Obviously, I'm rooting for the Lakers to win.
I don't know if they're gonna win by 5.
Like Game three.
Repeat of the Portland Siri's where we're not way want.
We want Blowout so that these guys can get rest and they don't have to play these fourth quarters.
But Houston's a tough team, so you never know Abbot's.
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He sees every every smallest adjustment made and is able to articulate so well and just, you know, like Digest the whole game plan, you know, and kind of put it back out on the simple terms.
So, you know, they confirmed for stopping in the show, kind of giving us a little bit of insight on how the Lakers have played defensively and even offensively.
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What's the score of that game right now? Did you put it up on the TV and that Quantum TV's probably off, right? No, I've only ain't showing that and showing the game hang out.
Let's put up the sport that might need to slam your the Bucks and get them on 18 11 18.
11 books are up 18 seconds, right? Even if the honest comes back next game.
And whatever happens if your bucks and forcing another game that hurts of PDP away? Yep, I would say so.
I mean, let's see, this is the thing that we saw last time Is that and let in.
The last game is just simply in late game.
It seemed like Chris Middleton obviously had more room to operate on the floor because the honest wasn't a clogging in the space. It be.
There was the defender that could cheat off him.
So Chris Mills was kind of able to pick his spots a little better on day.
I think that helped, cause we've seen their inability to close, close, gay and simply due to Yonas being unable to convert in the clutch and him just kind of being there.
You know, it's a big body just there, Um, but without him there, you know you have.
You could throw in another shooter, another agile defender, another cutter, somebody else that's not nearly as big and hulking.
That isn't necessarily a threat, cause I mean, all those other guys, you found them.
They could probably make their free throws.
Yon issue following late games to get Air ball bowled is gonna baseball thing.
That's the hard part, so I don't see without Johannes, but I think this Siri's late game.
They function better without it.
We'll obviously have to see how it goes this game, where they just running off fumes.
Would Miami obviously took their gas off their foot off the pedal? But, yeah, it's not a good look early on.
Miami go figure out how to get him about it here.
Send Yonas home packing so the timeline could have their proper evaluation on honest future.
A soon as possible, the Lakers need to take care of their business.
First and foremost, though, there is no good day on the timeline if the Lakers do not men and we are hunting game ones.
If you didn't know like I had to get used to this a little bit, too.
Game ones just get used to lose it.
This is the blue crab under times of being with LeBron James like is that if the Lakers especially win today and do it in a way that everybody feels good about F it, Game one don't care.
Clippers Between Game one of the Western Conference finals, the he are gonna win Game one of the NBA's finds now we eat Boston? I didn't say that. You would.
You think if we did see Boston at the end of this road, be nice toe, kick him in the kick him in the next No rice to grow for number seven.
I don't want to see Boston.
You wonder why that is literally the last sign that the world is doing it.
If they could years lost.
And it's like, Okay, that's all I'm going to see you guys about to get a bus out of here come December, and then we could just call it in existence.
But, you know, it will be a hell of a Siri's once you get to that point.
But, man, I just want to circle back for me, close out for the day and get this up on podcasts.
We all think off a wrong with us.
I just want to go back.
Teoh James Harden's confidence that they got the pure and **** around, and the Lakers just about He talked like they talking like they about to embarrass the rakers Game three.
Oh, I made sure that this was not a live stroke for me.
Like what? We're just hanging out next to each other.
Watch again with folks will do that soon.
Were there from crunch games? How about that Clutch games, even finding but out from doing which are just war up.
We will not stream.
The game will have a score up.
But my words for James would not be pleasant if I was caught on a hot mic at the time because this ****y isn't talking.
Man had not been absolutely destroying the Los Angeles Lakers, and that might be a creek precursor for what he may do tonight.
But James you, sir, are the epitome of running out of gas.
Is any three of the Western Conference playoffs said you run.
You went seven games of first round.
You might want to be 70 overhead talking for you, it breathing, my brother, cause you don't know that you should know what game against.
Okay, sure, when the stakes are high, you go hide it. So relax.
Let's just let's just have a good game.
That's a look, brother.
This what? Preparations for tonight predicted Lakers Lin.
Um you know, as much as I wanted to be in the convincing fashion, I find it hard.
I mean this this Rockets core, You know, they they've been battle tested while some big say they haven't been proven or anything.
I mean, they've gone against, you know, this juggernaut Warriors team had to head that for the past, you know, four years.
So they know how to play against good teams.
So even though still none of those players in the Warriors were as good as LeBron James and Anthony Davis, so they had external pieces that are not that to be this note.
There were no two players on those warrior teams is good as LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
So I mean, as good as good as their core has been and been able to, you know, contain superstars.
And D'Antoni knows how to see these kind of offenses and, you know, kinda Nana play against them.
I still I still expect the Lakers when, um, again, I don't know how convincing of a fashion will be, but I mean, I like a lot of what I saw him gain.
Three, um, the third quarters, where we kind of slipped like the naked.
Some kind of slipped a bit defensively a little bit, and some of our rotations.
And again we gotta play the numbers.
It's, you know, if you if the shooter is Daniel House on the wing and then the corners P J.
Tucker, you should probably shade a bit bored towards the past two p. J. Tucker.
You know, just because these obviously the best shooter in the corner, the NBA's statistically.
So there's these things that I think the Lakers need to get a little more into their heads is playing the numbers.
If they're gonna get open, Look, who's the guy that you want to get that open look.
So we saw that that play out really well in the second quarter and kind of dropped down a little bit in the third quarter.
So I like to see the Lakers improve their.
But offensively, I like the looks we were getting, but and I like how we kind of picked up and kind of disrupted their defense, Morville of the Nayed said.
But, um, I expect us to kind of continue to capitalize on those Things will be interesting to see if Russell Westbrook makes any adjustments again. I don't know.
His game is made for the adjustments just in that manner, like just strictly go to the pain, no matter what, like forced the issue, like in of back and forth, right? We respect the Houston Rockets, right? We respect the dangerous Houston Rockets.
Is there a combination of scenario where the Lakers lose the series to the Houston Rockets? If you ask Doctor Strange, he saw one of those scenarios one or two of those scenarios, right? But it would have all the the best player in the game.
LeBron James, the second best player on the court statistically in the playoffs.
Anthony Davis, as far as efficiency to accept Stir.
I'm basketball seems sports and the Rockets have shooters, right? But at the end of game, where it's, you know, you not country time, it's usually down toe.
Who has the better players that can make the best place towards the end.
You saw LeBron seal that game with that little turn around mid range at the free throw line.
That's a practice game winning shot.
My booth at that move.
Can't you see that to finish off a game? Didn't he do that against Jimmy Butler? One.
You here? I don't know if it was the playoffs or just drills against Jimmy Butler in a playoff game, was it? Not now, you know you want a great season.
Okay, was same moves and the little drop.
Drop the ball for the game winner.
Those that the sites that you see in the playoffs anyhow, it's getting hot for 15 minutes.
Sure, James Harden had to put the ball in the hoop with two minutes left in the game after multiple Yvette possession.
But I saw basketball.
As the pendulum swings.
We'll see ifit's back into the Rockies favor, but all intensive purposes.
It is moving in the Lakers direction, and we'll see if the Mo Mentum continues to travel that way tonight.
Agreed before it.
Before we go, you can't your keys A my man.
I need your keys.
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That my weight would be Russell Westbrook continuing to jack shots, allowing him toe have all of his open shots.
Clearly, my son agrees with me. You can hear him in the background.
Secondly, I need to contributors outside of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Pick your to I don't give a **** who it is.
Let's just say House Caruso is going to have a high impact offense again for cheating games.
They're gonna get so locked in on LeBron James out.
Truce was such a good cutter.
A C is gonna get some dunks tonight.
That's gonna be like, Oh, my God.
We're gonna be talking about bald eagles and cat.
You know, Captain Caruso is on that ship, right? Thirdly, um, I just need Kyle Kuzma to continue to play Kyle Kuzma basketball in this.
Let's he is a active offensive rebounder.
He is also a slasher like Caruso, and he is a confident shooter.
Whatever his dynamic is with rage on Rondo and another big on the court, that equals literally dog ****, I don't know, but it seems like game to they were able to figure out how the mix up that recipe.
So everybody successful.
I need Cal Koosman to continue the have that confidence of playing in his role to the best of his ability because right now he is the Lakers unsung hero of the playoffs in writing.
Need Brussels Brussels to continue business as usual.
I need to adults in the room.
Besides anything Davis and LeBron James.
And I need Kyle Koosman to continue to think that what he is doing is championship basketball.
I got Lakers winning by nine tonight, and, like v said, I think LeBron James is going once again show you all that ain't a mother****ing in this world that can guard.
And that's that on that.
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