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So we Because last not getting right into last night.
It's not even right anyway, so doesn't really matter.
I I was very I said the Nuggets will win because it is so hard to snatch momentum back.
You're right when you're up.
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Do you remember my visiting? Do you remember what? My reasoning of taking the Clippers? Because that quite Leonard.
And you look like an idiot.
Oh, that was my soul reset.
And that's just disrespect, Kroc.
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Anyway, let's get right into it.
Um, so last night, Game seven, Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers, they had to get it done.
The away it was your mama e gets they're gonna done Jamal Murray with 40 points in Silas is This is if I'm not mistaking his 4th 40 point game in these playoffs, including 50 point games as well.
Paul George a coil under the two guys that the Clippers went out and heavily wanted all that.
Yeah, four points on 10 of I think it was 34 that What is that What I sent you know, 10 or 38?, 10.
30 in my bad. My bad. That's 10 for 24.
Didn't even make sense with CO I'll Leonard shooting six for 22 on the night and after the game.
Um, I actually didn't even title think I'm one.
This is a sport telling episode today.
That's not even what the title was after the game, Paul George said, Basically, Hey, well, this is a team that didn't really felt that was a championship or bust year.
Also stated Team that will get better with more time and that they say that they have enough under What's your reaction from last night? Year in Paul Gruber's comments.
Paul George, stop talking, man.
I mean, e think you're embarrassed? You should be embarrassed that you didn't even make the conference finals.
Everyone was expecting you to.
You were probably favored over the Lakers for a little bit.
Um, going into the season and and you collapsed.
And you can't blame that on chemistry.
You can't blame that.
You know, if you dropped 40 points and co I had 30 then maybe blame it on chemistry a little bit, but I mean, just looking at it right here.
Kuai 14 points, six and six yourself.
Four and two, two for 11 from the field.
So it's just something that that can't happen.
Um, if you wanna be taken seriously, you've got to show up, especially in the playoffs.
That's where the Greeks are made.
And then, uh, Yokich, 16 points.
How about that man? They cannot contain him now.
It's gonna be interesting seeing him and Davis battle it out.
I don't think he's gonna be as successful.
In fact, I know he's not gonna be a success while he was this season, but our this Siri's.
But, um, I want to see what he can dio Sean has said that there is no competition between the two, and technically, they do play to different positions.
He's revised his statement to Sanyo, which is the better center in eighties, the better power forward, which I can agree with.
But I said I said 80 No, no, no, no.
You're gonna quote if you're gonna if you're gonna quote me, quote me fricking right.
That's what you all said.
I clearly stated in one more more recent episode.
Okay, just be better Center 83. Better.
I never said powerful.
So call me right.
At least please.
And we will see about that in this series.
I'm not taking anyone yet, but we will see who's who's the better big in this series.
I'm gonna be a low.
I'm gonna hop to a couple of different places here because a couple of different things I want to say, um, start with the positives for the nuggets.
Um, I'll bite my words.
I will eat all my freaking words about the Denver Nuggets.
I have stated multiple times one of the This is one of the rare times that I was wrong.
That said, the Denver Nuggets for fraud to prove it in the nicest way possible fraud.
And that the Raptors of the Eastern Conference not they're gonna be a great regular.
Hey, I want to do not going to get over that hump.
Last night they got over that home by a large margin.
Um, now the Clippers Raptors in the West can't get out the second round and number two Nicola Hokage is the best center in basketball.
I mean, when when my top my top 20 Indian players working, I gave and be the slight notch because I just looking and beat.
I'm like you're the most talented, more dominant players in the league.
Yeah, I gave him be the notch, but we judge players based off a postseason performance.
Nicole Leo Kids, if if it is officially the top 10 player, a top 10 player and really quickly I came up with the list.
I'm going to go through my top 10 players right now, warning we can get back to like discussion about the Clippers or what have you? Number number 10.
Number 10 is actually up for grabs between Jimmy Butler and Jason Tatum is up for grabs.
Number nine. I got Nicole Yokich.
Okay, um, how about eight? I think it's 678 You could put that anyway.
You want I would not care.
Uh, me, I got I got Damon.
Lower the number eight.
James Harden, number seven Luca doctors at number six.
So far, I have a few comments, but I don't have anything. Major.
Uh, number five.
I got Anthony Davis, number four.
I got step step.
Still be on the list.
I decided to be nice and kept Katie out of it.
Death is number.
Uh, number three e Got you. Honest.
Despite the collapse of game seven last night, koala is severely honest, and number one is LeBron your reaction.
And I'm going to get to you about last night's game when you had your kitchen number nine.
I was thinking Wait a minute.
Didn't he have and beat it? Number eight last time? I didn't beat a number 10.
You did okay um right.
Um, I think I think I'd take Damian Lillard over Harden.
And I think I'd take him over Luka, too.
But you don't know either way.
And that's why I said 68.
You can put that any order you want.
Actually, I'll go into more detail.
Lucas number six is one of the last time since LeBron we have seen a 21 year old and second freaking year.
Yes, good as Luca dons it has.
And he also kind of made me buying my words just a little bit where, like they're not clutch.
Hey, kind of made me by my work a little bit there as well.
Um, so and really, if you take out the two game Siri's ending buzzer beater shots from Damien Will with him and James Harden and the Post, these are about the same player.
So, uh, there was something Take out the to Siri's and the game winners.
They're about the same player in the postseason number.
Alright. Numbers wise or value wise.
Value wise, actually, value wise.
Um, I would if I wanted.
I think that you could have an argument tohave Harden at nine, Yoga at eight and then Luca and Dame.
Just because Yokich has had pretty much already more playoff success than Harden has on being the leader of his team.
And I'd say I'd say I'd say this every team hard.
I'd say this heart.
It was 27 Mysteries away from being the Golden State for yourself.
There's a lot 27.
Uh, I would say that that Rockets team that that was that had a shot to beat Golden State was a better team.
It was a better team than this Nuggets team is now.
But other than that, I really have no no core with your list.
I'm glad you kept, um, Mr Kevin Durant out after that.
Achilles, Um, looks like Alex finally talk some sense into, you know, But no, I was tired of your whining about being completely on them, but I think the honest might have a shot to take number two from quiet or even number one run next year.
Okay, Not yeah, but he would he would have to perform in the playoffs.
We judge players.
Here's here's my only gripe against Kwaht When he won the championship with Spurs.
He was probably the third or the fourth option.
Then, when you want a championship with Toronto, he had to go through the Eastern Conference, which wasn't that that wasn't as good as it is now by any shot and then face to kinda half slash one third strength Golden State Warriors team it's been then.
It's Clay's there, they still lose.
He played phenomenally.
But yes, if Clay was healthy, then the Warriors, I think take that Siri's and seven.
So we haven't really and and this this year, he's had the best team that he's ever had with the Clippers.
With him being a top option.
That's first team was pretty pretty good when they beat the Heat, but he wasn't the top option, so we really haven't seen him really do it against the decent Thio good playoff competition and then and then a good match.
Now we're going to see how good the Nuggets really are.
But I think if the Lakers make quick work of them, that bigger indictment against Quad okay, this is the first time in co pilot his career.
They each had the pressure Oh, uh, potentially being the best player in the world.
This is a preacher.
He didn't have the pressure to win the championship last year.
With Toronto Pressure in Toronto.
No pressure, no pressure in San Antonio.
First time he ever has real pressure.
Do you perform look bad? And now let's go back to the Clippers so I can actually get my thoughts on last night's game.
Right? By the way, in the game.
I was a minus 21 Paul George was a minus 20 on the floor.
Sure, I think it's a month ago now, maybe a little more than a month ago, we did an interview with Sabrina Merchant from SB Nation, covering the Clippers and Lakers.
And I said on that episode I was very critical of Paul George because you ate you.
You judge players that you evaluate players on their postseason performance, and this is at least at least the third straight year.
Even in his last year, India and I need to show a big time.
I guess that Kapstein and I think the point differential and that seriously cast slept, um, in 2017.
The point of Russia was like seven and through four games for all four games were incredibly close.
So even there great.
Don't get the job, Indiana.
We gave you the benefit of the doubt because you're like, Hey, you didn't have a real keen E.
You're going to get LeBron e.
I know you're going to get to the thunder in a minute.
Hey, did kind of have, like, half of the shoulder to shoot with.
What's his excuse? So I'm agreeing with you that he has consistently not come up in the playoffs since that gruesome injury and leaving Indiana.
But I just don't think you can hold the thunder one against him too much because of the show.
Okay, Maybe lasted, maybe last year.
But what about the year before that? Did he have one leg of that year? Is that I agree with you on that year and what just happened? But I think that the when they got eliminated by Damian Lillard and the plate and the Trailblazers.
Okay, So Okay, so Okay, So So so So last year.
Um, you and you and Sabrina more so, Sabrina, you guys brought up how he needs a world class defender No, no.
You get specific with this.
Paul George plays defense.
Kyrie doesn't play defense.
Russell Westbrook play defense in my column with getting dark.
It's in that serious Daniel.
You guys, I just said he's all I said. He's a good defender.
No, no, I recall it exactly because I brought up because Because you want to be like, Okay, Russell Westbrook above Paul.
George, You're Brad Sports.
You're You're extremely right.
They did not play together at all.
Thank you. Um um Crap.
What about? Should not have would manage that much.
That's George Paul.
George has constantly not showing up in the playoffs.
And I look like the freaking genius that I am after last night.
Now here's the problem with the Clippers, right? Cool.
And also that they call George Holder.
Stop making excuses for one year.
You can balance out the playoffs.
He does not making excuses.
Last year with Damian Lillard hit that big time, Sean, what was your post game? What was your postgame response? That was a bad shot this year? This year your shouldn't have taken that shot.
Good as I thought I needed you great.
And games that don't matter. Thank you, Brad.
For you know what? That's the deal.
I want you on the show now.
And then this year, way didn't have enough.
We didn't have enough togetherness and team chemistry.
Blah, blah, blah.
Never felt that this was a championship season.
What everybody else did.
You don't You don't build a team around Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with practically only two years on their contract.
And I say it's the championship or bust season.
You kidding me? At least a weapon final at least the Western Conference finals or bust season.
And they don't even make that I mean seriously and into a lot of managing point.
Like ultimately, if your two star players want to say, Hey, listen, Doc, I I understand.
And I agree that we need rest and we shouldn't burn ourselves out.
But we gotta play together something, and he's going to He is going to listen.
And because those areas two star players, because if he doesn't have the support of them, he's not really gonna have the support of anybody else.
Maybe Lou Will or or Harold who might be I just want to say one more thing is Warner's home phone.
E also pointed out that we I'm gonna get more credit to point this out really well.
Reason why we didn't take the Clippers is because and when, when it gets testy, this team is it built to go in a close game against the Lakers or against the Nuggets are against any real threat in the West.
The Mavericks almost took about.
If he didn't think that, that would have been a Christophe says to get ejected Game one, they probably won Game one.
Luca gets hurt games, too.
I think that was game to watch the Game three.
No, that's Game two, I believe.
And then Chris officers out for the rest of the Siri's.
So the Reds gift you.
Chris stops, is gone, and when Kristof's goes out is to to All right, let's move on to the next one game one.
Eastern, right? He was the biggest take away from last night's crazy Game one.
I would say that I think I don't want to sound like I'm hating on anybody too much.
It was only a three point.
Thank you, Brad Sports.
Appreciate the Love.
It was only a three point point differential, and it was a good statistical game by Tatum.
He had 30 points and 14 rebounds.
Here's what. Here's what I got to say.
I think the bench didn't play as well as they could have for the Celtics.
I think Tatum needs to be.
That guy needs Thio, and I know he's like showed that more consistently.
But I think he needs to just pound the rock, be that guy and finish the game.
He had a really, really good game otherwise, but I think he needs to really finish it.
And it's great that Market Smart gets 26 Jalen Brown and Kemba Walker at 17 and 19 respectively.
But I think you're kind of looking for a little little bit more, um, from either of those two spots, maybe 20 or 22 from from one of those guys, and then you win the game easily and then just a really, really good game by the Heat playing Miami Heat basketball.
They basically had four guys in 2020 point range.
Band had 18 but I'm counting him anyways, uh, Dragic really big names, and that's the advantage.
They just play the hot hands off the bench covering Dragic starting.
And then you have en Tyler hero Kendrick, Nunn, Meyers, Leonard, Andre Iguodala all coming off the bench.
And Tyler Hero actually had a pretty good game off the bench to 11 rebounds and 12 points.
So I think it was a very cohesive game by the Heat.
And I'm expecting the other six games because I think that we will play six more games to be exactly like this within one or two shots.
Um, first, give credit to Miami.
Give credit to mind that the block by bam First off, people say that that's the greatest defensive player of all time.
In the playoff great defensive play May in the playoffs.
It was one particular game seven just four years ago, Um, tie game and the toughest probably rolled up all the drugs head.
I'm all abroad, fan.
I get offended when people say that they're better e mean, yeah, it's true.
I I can agree with you, but but I think you're acting like I'm just saying I'm just that was game one coming from my boy.
They're coming for LeBron.
That that strikes me in a way that is not cool, man.
I got to defend LeBron.
LeBron doesn't need you to defend them.
That was game one.
That was game Last night.
Was game one in the conference Once I was Game seven.
The MBA from, uh, bigger situation.
Yes, I know it was It was undoubtedly a bigger situation.
And worst case scenario, uh, digging goes to double overtime.
That's Game seven.
Golden State goes up to and the game is completely different.
If LeBron is the block, that that's all I'm gonna say.
But, um, I said Boston needed toe win that game.
And this is exactly why First of Boston should have won that game in the first place.
That's number one Number two, I said Boston, even when they gave because you're facing Miami down 10 Kemba has been playing well.
He was one for nine from three point range on the sign.
He did get 17 points, but missing Gordon Hayward.
Can I? I was just looking through the team stats, and Miami made one more field goal in Boston and one more three point of in Boston and it was a three point game.
I mean, you can't get any closer than that.
It was It was an outstanding game.
Um, Miami shot a little bit better from the field with Boston shot better from the line.
The rebounds was seven rebounds split.
I mean, just what a game I I think I'm not trying to say it doesn't matter, because, of course it matters.
But, I mean, you can't take this if you're the Celtics or the Heat and say, Oh, yeah, if you're the Heat.
Oh, yeah, we we got these guys in the back before the Celtics.
No, we're no, We needed Gordon Hayward so bad.
Unless he comes back, there's no way we can win.
And, you know, it was an outstanding game.
It just shows the competition between these two teams.
I think it's gonna be a great Siri's and, you know, once Gordon Hayward get back, Maybe Gordon Hayward makes two more threes and selfish one by three point this time, two points.
But, I mean, just what a game.
We don't know the impact that Hayward's gonna have.
We assume it's gonna be a good impact because he's a very good player and he could be one of the starters, if not the sixth man off the bench.
Um, but we don't 100% No, that he's going to be the difference maker in a Siri's, where or in his postseason, where Kemba Walker has been.
This is the first round, not the All Star or even he's been okay.
Hey, or the star caliber guy.
I'm really quickly.
Just when the point is just randomly throw this out there and the games.
Gordon Hayward's played against Miami.
He's averaged 22 points.
Uh, he's averaged 22 points and, uh, eight rebounds on 56% from the field.
So way don't know if they will have any impact at all but 22 points and eight rebounds.
Yes, what? But back to what I was saying about last night.
Jason, Tony, we gotta finish the game.
My God, you have You have multiple opportunities late in the fourth in the overtime to put your stamp on the game, and I I said, the winner of this Siri's between Jimmy and Tatum is going.
Is that that number 10 spot it there for me. J.
I want to give it to Jason Sam because I rave about Jason Tatum.
He's gonna be one of the more peripheral scores when he enters the problem.
I read a list is a short list of all time great that have made it to the Finals interview.
Come on, When finals M V p.
Is like Kobe LeBron.
I have to find the graphic again.
Um, but he will join an elite class off of players.
If you wanna make compliance this year and he wants him to prove that is that guy chasing that guy finishes that game last night? I mean, you gotta find some way to finish that game last night.
That is a game which why? I said, I'd like Boston and win the Siri's, but it is so much easier.
I don't know if that's the right word.
Is a lot less harder, rather, to have to so lose, get to lose Game one with against his Miami team back in and have to try to rally around.
And, by the way, Game two tomorrow night.
I think it's a must went for the ball.
You cannot go down.
200 of this Miami team can't do it.
Uh, Chile. Gordon Hayward.
Things go real quick.
I'm not saying that he wouldn't have good games, but he might take away from some guys who might, um, nice.
Very slow down the tempo, but he might change it a little bit.
That just makes you feel a little off.
So Miami could take another game.
That maybe? Well, then maybe they wouldn't be able.
When was the last time he played? A little while ago.
Go the first round.
But you're saying like he's going to change the tempo.
Isn't Boston from last year? There is cohesion.
They love playing with each other.
They have that team camera.
Marcus Smart is one of the most unselfish guys you'll find out there.
Campbell Walker may be the most unselfish superstar or star.
Whatever. You wanna call them out there? Okay.
The adjustment period is going to be completely fine, I think for Boston, when Gordon Hayward returns back to Thio the rotation, I think they need him to win this syriza last night with the indication for me you need Gordon Hayward Gordon Hayward were neck and neck.
They're neck and neck without them.
I think Gordon Hayward takes them to a riel.
Legit, eh? NBA championship contender like can challenge the Lakers.
The Lakers take care of business.
We'll talk about that tomorrow, Um, with Gordon head without Gordon Hayward? Yeah, they're not serious threats.
And they're neck and neck in Miami without them.
With Gordon Hayward.
I think they win the series for sure.
E think they have a lot better chance e.
I think it's more, I think, more of an even playing field without basically on.
So really quickly, uh, let's are we can, uh yeah, we're gonna do, Actually, we're running out of time.
So tomorrow, sport times, we'll look at Denver.
L a Game one preview.
Your, uh, Game one preview.
Um, Game one, preview.
My best will also do our NFL game predictions.
And, uh, we'll do one topic.
Uh, actually, uh huh.
Want to keep it short and sweet.
Run a long time here.
Two minutes left.
Who? Who are you more worried about? Tampa or New Orleans at the weak one? Um, I'm worried more about New Orleans.
um, Tampa is going to get more cohesive as the year goes on.
Um, now, Tom Brady did throw a pick six for his second straight game, um, playoffs last year being the first.
Um, but I'm worried about worried about the saints, even though they won.
I think Drew Brees is not the Drew Brees that we've seen, and I don't think he's gonna be able to get it done.
I don't think he's gonna win another championship.
Um, before he inability retires Real quick, though.
Sean, um, you wanna make predictions for tomorrow's game or there's in a The Browns are gonna win if the Browns don't win.
Baker may lose his job, depending on how he performs.
Odell is already trade when we're surfacing.
Yeah, A lot is at stake tomorrow if they lose, all right, But that is sports headlines.
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New Orleans and that's hands.
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That's why we do that tomorrow remember will predict some games tomorrow.
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Um, game to heat.
Will do a preview in game one.
I can't tell you with a straight face and not a bit anxious for that.
Serious to get over with.
Like I'm a little I'm gonna answer.
You should be a fun Siri's but give you a bullet preview.
I got Lakers and six because last thing, then l A The Lakers have something that the Jazz don't have and the covers don't have and what they have.
Um, what they have is a big that is as versatile and can play and come out and guard Nicole Yokich.
Carol couldn't do that.
Rudy Gobert is best when he's protecting the room.
Think of three good flicked in that series.
So with that being said, I think I think the Lakers will be able to stop him to some degree and I got L.
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