Rockets came by semi files.
Warner Singer, my compatriot uh compatriot, joining us here later a big just 20 years later, 95 69 more than things that we said in our previous show with the Rockettes.
Have to come out with some intensity.
Game five play like they don't want to go home tonight and one of the way we're talking before we decided to hop on when he told me we're up three more and I guess we can now kind of look at the Rockets season and recap and it is a lot of changes the inevitable leader coming to this Rockets team.
But first, let's talk about this game that we can progress for us.
The future Azzawi gave back to live action here.
Uh, LeBron James will place to start the fourth quarter.
Um, how Whatever you lights on the way the rockets that played.
Or have you like anything from the way the rockets that plays off tonight? Yeah, not tonight.
I mean, I don't care, coz Mop cruise maroon downtown.
The Lakers have made 16 3 pointers there 16 or 28.
That's 57% from three.
And when they do that it's all over.
Yeah, and I don't care how the individuals were playing.
What plays that Mike D'Antoni's drawn up or anything? If you guys were down by 21 points now what? 29 points? I believe I'm doing my math, right.
Said the start of the fourth quarter.
You're just playing poorly.
Um, I don't care if I don't care if you're two stars have 25 each by the by the end of the third start of the fourth.
If you're down by 15 or more points, you're playing a bad game.
Now that could be defensively bad.
That could be offensively bad.
I think right now it's a combination of both.
And I know you must, um, all three of us in the pregame show picked the over.
I don't know if the rockets are gonna uphold their end of it.
I mean, the over with what to 16.5.
And at the moment, it it looks like the Lakers could be well up above 1 20.
But are the Rockets gonna get to 100? Um, they'd have to score 29 more points this quarter, and I mean the way they've scored tonight.
The way they've scored in the past, it's certainly possible.
But the way they have scored tonight, just it is unlikely that they're gonna put up 30 points in this quarter.
Bad pass out of bounds.
It will go to the Rockets. The update.
You, we This is a play by play really quickly.
The Lakers look at this team defensively.
They have the most players that in all NBA selections. LeBron.
LeBron James was six.
The White House were five all defensive selections and Rondo and a D with four apiece In Regime Rondo with one is LeBron James snacks.
The rebound that was dangling before.
Yeah, Danny Green with one.
You know, I didn't know that LeBron has actually had six.
Um, that just goes to show how, under appreciating people are of his first sentence.
Clean having in Miami, coos Ma.
Wanda will fire three.
What I wanna do from downtown the Lakers? I don't know.
I'm more is past that, but hey, it worked out.
Rhonda is hitting threes now.
There are about 30.
I mean, you might as well just bench everybody.
LeBron was assistant message though LeBron wants to send a message by playing this fourth quarter by putting up a crazy stat on uh, he's looking.
He's looking toe.
Show the Clippers what he's all about and show all the Doubters what he's all about.
Rhonda gives it to James James.
Look, the post work LeBron James.
Jump better, more glow.
I'm in. LeBron just tonight.
Has what I mean.
So and this we still have just under 10 minutes ago.
States as Rondo, Mrs LeBron gets the rebound now has a double double.
LeBron James would shoot free throws.
It's just that's enough standing here to being played by by the Lakers and they're taking to go.
And it's it's showing here, Uh, 19 or 17 tonight for LeBron Fuego wise.
There's been out Saturday night.
He's definitely going to get his triple double and, you know, probably a 35 point trump. 11.
Okay, LeBron makes the first free throw.
He's got one more.
Okay, and in the West, looking hard and just look gas down.
They look tired.
They don't know what what's going on.
There's just something is a little bit lost.
And that's not what you want to see from your two stars.
And the Lakers air Still playing kind of a trap kind of press defense is Caruso goes hardened right when he gets the ball.
Not even past half court coming in drives Looks like a travel on Robert Covington.
Or they call foul or travel.
They are a Honda.
Yeah, Lakers up 103 to 74 1.
A performance wire wire.
These past two games have won the correction.
LeBron James is one rebounds and three assists shy of a triple double and the Lakers up by.
What's that? 29? You have dropped by 29 in a Game five? It wasn't.
If you're Westbrook, why are you Why are you talking to Rondo? I mean, And if you're Rondo, why are you talking to wrest Brook Westbrook Europe by 30 points? This series is over.
I know you're competitive and all that, but you don't want any technicals.
Any unnecessary fouls? Exactly.
And remember, remember technical fouls they count.
Remember back in 2016? That's a prime example.
Draymond Green Miss Game five Because you have too many technical or flagrant fouls.
That is excellent ****ysis.
Wonder don't want to get yourself into trouble here.
You're going to need him as hard and makes the lay up.
If I'm the Lakers Warner, I need to put this game away for sure.
Get the started off the floor.
The Rockets plan to Careful Right now.
I've been playing too comfortable, right? A.
LeBron James took the handle.
James Market Morris outs Caruso.
Eight To shoot cow.
Kuzma gets him up and draws the foul.
Kyle Kuzma believe he's gonna shoot two free throws and cow Kubla mourner and always has so big expectations for him tonight.
At least 30 guy Lakers Like the Bonified third guy, Our Lakers, the the favorites, basically won the title this year.
I think they're the favorites right now, and he I don't think he's quite solidified himself is the third as the third option, the third guy as Ah Rhonda will check out, but you know, he had a stint there.
He's had a few stints where he's been, you know, almost unstoppable.
Really, really good.
Third option for him on then.
He's at other stints where he's kind of like the fifth of the sixth, or maybe even the seventh option.
Yeah, that's what he's done. For the most part.
This Siri's, by the way, cop free throws and again, like water mention they're still playing their defense on Harden and the Lakers wider wire gained thus far.
Six players in double figures include the entire starting five and Markieff.
Morris has really made everything out of him starting this serious and that syriza is just, like built for a guy like Want Keith Morris? You would think God wants 69 strong, athletic, physical and just athletic enough to stay with the smaller guys but at the same time body him up and take advantage of the small.
It's like somebody who's 17 or 18 or 19 playing up against a guy who's 13 or 14.
Anthony Davis checking back in.
I mean, I think right now if you're the Lakers, you want you guys to get as many reps as they can because you're gonna end up having a few off dates years, so I'm gonna do the Western Conference finals.
How many in the Western Conference finals? Um, and You know, I think you're just trying to get Davison action.
Um, that's That's the only reason why I would think he's coming in right now.
Police down 27 is Davis were playing on the floor.
Is 13 points tonight is rolling you a Houston Rockets ball carusone breath Brooke fighting for on the floor.
You know, I think they might be trying anything.
Davis, out of the new like hybrid one, uh, hybrid.
Uh, point point centers.
Um, for the Lakers or the Clippers? Siri's? You never know.
Good, Great hustle.
Play there by heart and showing he's not giving up despite the 27 point lead for the Lakers.
Yes, E all 8 31 to go.
Westbrook shoots one of free throws and it is short off the front iron.
The Rockets are in the bonus.
They have three time outs to go.
The Lakers have four timeouts, and, uh, they are not in the bonus.
So we are going to end up seeing the Lakers either play the Nuggets.
But most, like most likely the Clippers is Westbrook tips in in the second free throw off of a couple bounces and you know it's gonna be It's gonna be a really interesting Siri's the rest of the way for the Nuggets in the Clippers and Nuggets.
Kind of Stoli game from the Clippers in Game five.
And what a block by Jeff Green.
Crucially, going into the way up, Westbrook has the ball bobs up to green green, kind of captured it awkwardly and lays it in in traffic.
I'm I'm taking it up the court 105 to 81 Eight minutes to go and E guest, since seriously, Rockets fan.
Since he's crying so much and yeah, Fallon, Lakers hardened will go to the line.
He makes his we Houston ball inbounding from half court.
So I wanted Was that blogger Fadell? Honestly, the immediate, But it was either a flagrant s.
It was a technical fell on Rondo Rondo neo, um in one transformation by January E everything just under 13 points to three assists.
2 to 3 rebounds a game.
Okay, see first three seasons going to Houston in 13 2030 points per game.
Perennial triple double threat as LeBron slams it down.
A lot of complaint there from the huge when the Rockets players and looks like they might call a foul on LeBron.
Where's the foul rivers? Garden? 12? I think they might have wanted to travel on.
There were push off seven seconds left on the shot clock, James in the lane and a foul.
LeBron James getting into it with Dr Rivers doing the shoulder shrug.
He likes to do Austin really respect the ball back off LeBron's head.
It was like, Oh, no, no, no, My bad, my bad, My bad.
I was just tracking.
Yeah, it looks like they call the reach and fell on Rivers.
But E was just making it a He did a so quick to LeBron misses the first free throw that was so quick, Everybody on Harden is still talking to the Lakers bench.
I'm sorry, what's was still talking to the Lakers bench, and you know, Russ has almost nothing to lose right here, except for maybe a something find money.
But the Lakers have something to play for.
They need to shut their mouths and focus on the game into the locker room, so they anymore distraction they on there.
It looks like they call a tech technical foul I don't know.
They didn't. That's my fault.
LeBron shooting his second makes it Tucker, in balance to Gordon Gordon gives it the green green crosses half court guarded by LeBron Harden with the ball Caruso all over him.
Step back past the green in the corner green for three.
Awesome rebounded by James James will bring it up.
LeBron James, 29 rows out.
LeBron James, whose can't get I want to go.
Lakers lead by 24.
Already drive Russell Westbrook in the lane.
This is a layup rebounded by cow, whose LeBron James will take it up the floor.
That was really, really Oh, they have 30 Westbrook and oh my Davis.
But not like who's going to get back to heart and contest contest the shot and when they were travel called on Kuzma.
Oh, and what a sequence, though.
For those of you who are just joining us, the Rockets are down 24 points.
Five Lakers up, of course, 31 Looks like the Rockets will be sitting home, um, and sent home from the playoffs with a disappointing around to exit.
And Sean Well, we're well, we're at this break.
What do you think this this is going to entail for for rockets staff and Rockets players.
Looks like we might have to cut this stream a little bit short as we have a guest coming on camera a little bit.
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That's the only way to keep this here from trying for once and have my camera on mute it so I can help e Here.
Changed the light.
Um, my name is how I said it the other day.
I think he's got a hit he's gonna get.
You're gonna mutually parted ways because his contract expires.
You think they're gonna mutually part ways.
You're not gonna win a championship.
Kobe Bryant said it last year.
You're not gonna win a championship playing this style of basketball.
And he is right.
This how this style of basketball? Because when I went before Russell Westbrook, uh, if you if one second for me, if you think about it, I think everyone pretty much you nationally agrees that Kobe Bryant is and was a better basketball player than James Harden ever has been.
And if you can't do it with Kobe, then you're not going to do with James Harden.
And, you know, Kobe was, you know, a better, better defender, even though, you know, he was very defender.
Better clutch player.
Better three point shooter.
But, I mean, that's due to the era.
I'd say I give that credit to the era Kobe in today's era, where he has to shoot the ball lot more.
Kobe being better three point shooter to Kobe was definitely more mid range.
Kind of specialist there, but me range assassin.
Um, but, um, to answer the question, he said, the thrill before are you Chris Paul And like Diggle 2016 17.
So I think the caps on the title of the year after that with D'Antoni by the time hardened ran through the regular season about it, I'm gonna playoffs came Hardy was gas.
He couldn't do anything in the playoffs.
Chris Paul comes along right? And then, like, it doesn't look right.
And now this year, right, you go full small ball.
It looks like it's working.
I mean, Westbrook benefits dramatically benefit.
He was he benefits more than than hard and in my opinion, right um, together more.
Looks like you might have a chance, right? And you? A.
And for four straight games, the Lakers have just been so far and away the better team.
It's back. The live action.
Russell Westbrook posting KCP on the elbow.
Pump fakes tend to shoot Gordon Drive.
Kick out, Deflected by LeBron for 30.
I just said Bada bang in a while.
So can somebody had a three hold on and drives in the lane? And, uh, it is very hard to tell What's happening? Calling.
It was gonna take a mid race.
LeBron steals it.
And what? What a crazy sequence Defensively.
Game six Clippers, Nuggets Tomorrow one o'clock Eastern time on ESPN and Caruso.
Find Davis six minutes left.
You have to wonder.
How much longer are we seeing LeBron and a D on the floor? James Caruso, Who's my shot clock fires his current Carol Kuzma.
Lakers lead is 27 LeBron and a d.
You're gonna play as long as they want to play the stars and they're gonna dictate their minutes, especially in a game like this, where it's just, man, we're gonna win the game as the Bronx Chris passing crews.
Mike gets stripped by Harden good defense there by Harden.
As I said in the last Rockets game, we did.
Harden has those sneaky hands.
He'll just deflect the ball or strip it away just up beyond.
That's unreal. Part of his defense.
18 threes as a franchise record for tonight for the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs.
At least that's a franchise record and a shooting him an elite club.
But a foul on Kyle Kuzma.
Russell Westbrook will shoot three shoot free throws and Rondo just saying How on the bench? I don't honestly, I think I agree with Rondo a little bit there.
E don't know where the foul is.
Um, that's such a hard played a guard because, I mean, what do you want to do? Dunk on anybody? What do you want to do? Because because Abby walls up.
They're gonna say that's a foul because he Westbrook's angle he take.
That's manipulating the foul call because Westbrook what's driving at an angle? And so it's **** Uva.
Walls up, does a jumping wall.
It looks like he's fouling him when he's really not due to the angle is taking.
And then he just he tries to get his way.
That's about two.
So all I'm saying is, what is What is Kyle Cruise was supposed to do? There it is.
LeBron James checks out.
And if the Davis So we're seeing some Jared Dudley.
Terek Taylor hoarded Tucker right now.
Tucker drives at a O trying to get a nice finish around Jeff Green cutting it to go really wanted to foul there.
Um and I think it looks like green hit him a little bit on the wrist.
Oh, good one gets the rebound, Rondo.
Excuse me? That that's KCP in the corner.
What number is Rondo? Nine Kuzma Tucker for three.
You can't say it anymore.
I just disrespect that Mike Brain.
I said it good, though, too.
I did a good one.
That was a good bang.
Tell us a great Corden.
Tucker has five minutes and five points in the game, so maybe he's the third option now if charisma doesn't pan out.
But was that a good bank? I think that was a good bank.
It was pretty good it was in a moment.
It was a pronunciation, but, uh, just not yours.
Just not my dang it to the Rockets.
This is what the fifth straight Or is this 1/4 straight? It's gonna be like the fourth straight year.
Why does, too? I have commercials right now.
Why is to have a show? He has the whole show off.
Like like the Fox has, like, a whole show.
Siri's do***enting his career and stuff like that.
So, yeah, I'm wondering that, too.
I mean, like, he's a good player, but he hasn't proven anything.
I mean, we're talking about the Browns and Baker Mayfield happen.
All those commercials for Lulu and Progressive and all those other ads.
I think he had more commercials than winds last season.
Um, you have more commercials than wins.
Not sure about that.
That's messed up E.
And more commercials than wins.
E mean, what? They won six games.
I think he had at least nine progressive.
Resourceful? Uh huh.
I mean different versions, of course, but still, that's funny.
Um, you feel like you losing the stadium, right? But let's go back to the rockets here.
Um, this'll be the fourth straight year.
If if my memory serves me correctly, hold on, Let me go back.
Will this be the fourth Street? Four straight.
So was that the year 2000 year? Yeah.
This would be the fourth straight year that the Rockets g o and it looks like it can make some noise and they inevitably fail.
They've only made in these four years really quick.
Let me give you some outlook in 2016 always a really good regular season team going to get a top foreseen and then the playoffs like they can win the first round series.
They might even make it to the comments finals, but they're not going ****her than that.
Whether that's due to coaching or lack of talent.
Just way, I think that three different what the Raptors problem. Waas.
The LeBron has such a psychological advantage over that Raptors team that whenever, like I think this was the first time since I think it waas the year they lost to.
So not the Wizards, the Nets.
So that must have 2014.
This is the first time they've lost somebody.
This is the first time they've lost a Siri's against a team that wasn't led by LeBron James.
So my point is, the Raptors thing was LeBron has such a psychological advantage over them that whenever they face the blonde, it waas because I knew it.
60 sleep practically right.
You have guys like Max like screaming to the rooftops, talking about the Raptors and then LeBron just turning into LeBron toe and hit 70,000 fadeaway jumpers on them in the game, right? So the Rockets problem is this is not designed toe work, and this is the fourth straight year is the White Howard finally get some playing time? Uh, maybe Kyle Lowry in the block, LeBron Just to love This is the fourth straight years, hard and untiring, his shoes.
That looks like looking looking frustrated.
I mean, Harden give props to James Harden.
We said he has to come out and play well tonight.
That's what you guys said.
I also said that we got they got to give some help and tonight it was nobody else.
Nobody else helped him tonight.
Yeah, 36 5 for Harden, assuming his night's gonna be done.
There's four minutes and 20 some odd seconds left 1 12 days before game.
Um, but yeah, As you know, I said Alex said, um not Harden was the X factor for him.
Harden was, you know, hey, was he was He was pretty good.
Hey, only hit two out of his eight attempted three pointers.
But more importantly, I think this really tells the story.
They were a minus 29 with him on the floor, and he had 30 points.
So he on Lee was I mean, that means basically the The Lakers scored 31 points and he was on the floor.
And here in this world, 30 or 61 points, honestly, when When he was on the floor.
And I think that's an indictment returned The compliment.
I know the porch minus isn't just from a personal fact.
It's really for the whole team playing.
But, um, I'm not sure Harding had all that great of the game.
The stat line may say one thing, but StatsCan be deceiving.
Um, as you know, Lamar Lamar Jackson stat line was deceiving last year.
Jeremy Lin in the Linsanity, his stat line was was deceiving and, you know, it's just I think it's an indictment against Harden When when you come up and see a guy scored 30 points, six rebounds and five assists and he's and and have a minus 29 4.
I think that just shows he's a selfish player, and I'm not saying he's a selfish person.
But just when he's on the floor in the way he plays, I think it's it's selfish and the whole Rockets bench just looks like that.
They've given up blank stares, staring all the way across the arena in tow.
Disney World theme pack Park.
Um, just not something you want to see.
Demoralizing, even Mike D'Antoni Just looking like crap.
Now I gotta go find a job somewhere.
Oh, my goodness.
And that's a foul on the Rockets.
Dwight Howard had an easy mismatch and was fouled.
Will hack a Shaq action going on there.
Lakers are now in the bonus, up 1 13 to 87 3 26 left to go, and as Dwight Howard shoots the first of two free throws, it's the first one.
Yeah, and just the Rockets bench just looks like they've just given up.
Um, they traded Chris Paul for, uh, and and to future around.
First picks, uh, for a first round draft picks for Westbrook.
They gave Gordon Ah, contract distension.
They traded for Covington and they re signed Rivers and house looking, looking positive.
They end up trading Clint Capela as a nice pass by Rivers into the corner.
No good, though.
Rebound Rockets passed out.
And so I'm not here but bottom being as it is now, 1 14 and 90 game, a 20.
24 point lead for the Lakers.
Turner with the ball.
Howard gets the rebound over Rivers and is fouled again.
Dwight Howard is just racking up the fouls, and he's making up for all this time and Siri's three time outs for each team to 43 left.
Ugo, as the Lakers are well on their way to a Western Conference finals berth in the season for Kobe Bryant, among many other important historical markers going for the 17th championship.
Um, LeBron's time in the Late Show, making the playoffs and making a run for Anthony Davis first year and and Davis his playoff career.
He's averaging exactly 30 points a game, which is incredible.
Um 55% from the field, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
Justin, outstanding presence in in the paint and rivers.
Makes the second free throw. 1 14 92.
Now, as the Lakers take the ball up and another foul call Alright, Come on, now, please, let's just going.
Those were three guys.
Right there is the Lakers get a win championship.
They have to play well in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Cal Coups.
Mama, I think the one tonight 17 8 free throws just in the last e I mean, really, they just keep on following them.
Oh, like, Come on, guys, this game is over there playing Dwight Howard JaVale McGee at the same time on the floor.
You know something's wrong.
You know, you're losing battle when Jr is on the floor.
Jars and his jacked up a shot yet.
Actually, they're running. Get set for him.
General Smith for three dangled Jared Smith.
Why? Almost another rebound by Howard.
I mean, he's just going ham on these little kids in the paint and it looked like it was blocked.
Howard said, Before it goes out, Jr has the ball uh, shooting J.
Was gonna make it, too, because he was Thio.
Oh, my goodness.
E was just waiting for a bottom being right.
There was a a a You're trying to develop trying to show Coach Vogel.
Hey, Coach e can't play small, but yeah, I can knock down a couple of threes for you.
I'll be a three d guy.
Yeah, just watch.
Misses the 30 e.
You gotta take out the four to feeling you're gonna be checking on that.
And you know how that looks.
You shoot it shot like it wasn't a pretty shot, but it wasn't terrible.
Tell the quarter Tucker pretty play.
Well, spending in the paint lay it in 25 point game.
Now, for all those who are placing bets on how much the Lakers will win by Oh, my gosh.
Rockets getting chipping and fired up like glass, Like I mean I mean, like, what was is that it's all the game like you get LeBron and aid me just laughing it off.
If you're the Rockets, you might as well just get ejected.
Get into a fight when somebody face.
Because calling somebody in the face of the Lakers, you have to keep calm.
Do not get ejected. Rondo.
Shut up! Stop talking.
You're going to get a tech or a flagrant, or you can get a flagrant from the bench.
But you're gonna get a tech, and you're gonna hurt your team right now.
Just like so bored. Just LeBron James.
And the Lakers are a minute and six seconds away from advancing to the first conference finals appearance in almost a decade at least has been a decade. Exactly.
And Dwight Howard gets a technical foul now.
Gotta watch yourself, man E.
I don't watch yourself.
Lakers are sorry.
Clippers and the Nuggets are gonna play Game six.
No technical prowess.
Also, my apologies There, Sunday at one PM Although you might be watching football if you are honestly like the n b A is on purpose, they're trying to compete with the NFL.
I mean, you might as well see you've got not the marquee matchup, but you've got a good matchup going into a Game six in the playoffs.
I mean, you might as well.
See how well you can do.
And it's not like it's a Game seven tale.
The Horror Tucker Again, He's looking nice.
30 seconds to go here in the fourth Los Angeles Acres.
And what's the three Rocket? Well, channeling his energy James Harden, except making or in the fourth quarter, four straight.
You're a failure.
Fourth straight year of disappointment for the Houston Rockets.
Oh, dang it, uh well, it was all right.
My bed. I've written my body being chance.
I did it once with the bank as curious that body bang bang it.
You really shouldn't.
I said it once when you were done.
No, I forget who made the three.
But I said, it doesn't mean the same with you.
Saying it right by the bang.
Los Angeles Lakers had defeated the Houston Rockets, 1 1996 That will advance to the SEC to the Western Conference finals for the first time since the last time they won the n B. A championship.
Is that a foreshadowing of things to come? Are Is that Is that foreshadowing? I think so.
Respect from LeBron James and James Harden, two NDP finalists.
You have to wonder what's next to the Rockets.
Thank you for watching S a prime time Lakers winning five.
The second straight.
Siri's They lost Game one.
Got a lot of heat, and it has dominated the opposing team for 43 games.
They could prepare now for especially the last two.
I mean, the last two weren't even a contest.
Yeah, they cannot prepare for the the the winner off the Clippers and Nuggets.
That's called for me.
The Lakers win 1 1996.
LeBron James 29 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals in the block and Cal coups was the second leading scorer with 17.
Tucker almost became another player with double digits.
He had nine it hard and had 30 wasn't enough.
The next leading scorer had 13 once again.
The final score. Lakers 1 19.
Rockets 96 Game six Tomorrow between the Clippers and