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Celtics heat the game, too.
Touched on a little bit in my dream yesterday s o.
And I didn't spend a ton of time on it, but I did make a little bit of mentioned to it.
So only fair that we do that a little bit more today s.
Let's talk about this.
This, uh, this game we have tonight Game two of a Siri's that I think, personally, I'll say it now and this will kind of tell you where I think this game is going tonight.
I think this is going seven.
Um, we have been blessed with a Siri's last round.
That was an absolute chest smash in terms of coaching.
Um, you know the things that nurse was throwing out their last round defensively at this Celtics team.
Andi and the same thing with Spoelstra this round the way that they were using their rotations, the guys that they were bringing in I mean, he's so sharp with his adjustments.
Onda again, like I just think that this Siri's much like last series is gonna be an absolute treat.
So let's start with this.
I'm gonna just get, you know, usually kind of save the predictions and everything like that for the end of the broadcast.
Doing it right now.
Eso I think tonight is gonna be a Celtics one.
Personally, um, I think that they are going to come back with a vengeance.
Um, I'd expect a little bit bigger of a Kemba Walker performance.
It wasn't like the shots that he took in that first game where bad per se.
And it looks like Adam can't be joining us today, so I'm taking this one sold on.
It appears so, um, So I looked anyways, as I was saying, it wasn't like his looks were bad, per se.
He got to that mid range pull up where you give him a high screen.
I thought that he did a good job pressuring off the three point line, but he's gonna find space for his shots.
Maybe that's what you want.
If you're the heat is just to be able t o thio to be able to add Let's say this gonna work.
Sorry, we're trying to We're trying toe run a multicast right now.
But what was I saying? Yeah, no, like that.
I think the goal for the heat is just going to be to try and run him off the line and just push him into shots that maybe he doesn't take quite as often in the game.
Kim is a really good player, and he's just like he's just really good from, like, free throw line out, especially just coming off a dribble and really pulling up sharply.
So that's kind of what I'm expecting.
That, um everything I saw.
It really looks like Tatum can get just about any shot he wants.
Um, especially kind of outside on the perimeter, like the one say about Miami.
They I mean, the way they play his own and the way they toggle in and out of that of that zone.
Um, it really flummoxed the Celtics like it really got in the way of their ball movement.
Ah, lot of their sets broke down in a pretty big way that I thought was really significant, but they just have, you know, that's the thing about Boston like, yes, they play a beautiful style of team basketball, but they just have guys that can score.
Now, here's what you can't necessarily rely on.
If you're the Celtics, you're probably not going to get a Marcus smart.
What did he have? 20.
Let's look, look this up.
I'll even look it up right now.
Is that what he had in Game one? Um, you're just probably not going to get that in every single game.
Uh, and that's just because again, like he's he's a guy.
I think he's better as a pullup shooter than as a man as a catch and shoot guy.
Um, and by nature, pull up shots are tougher, like they're just tougher.
So those shots are a little variable.
I'm pulling it up right now.
I wanna look at the box score a little bit.
I should have done this before, so I apologize.
Yeah, So he had 26 9 of 18 shooting.
That's just a lot of shots to like, I think if you're also the heat, you're gonna want him to take 18 shots.
So look, I think the heat did everything right in game one.
Um, the Celtics led for most of that game, so I think in a way, you could kind of look at that performance and say, Okay, well, why wouldn't that happen? Every single game, it looks like Adams calling for a 106101 Celtics win.
Yeah, I think that.
So the goal for Boston would be to keep the score lower.
I think that place to their advantage is a little bit more.
It felt like in that game one, they just were playing this.
He we're just getting up and down, like, really, really nicely.
Um, you know, it was weird.
It actually really didn't feel much like a Jimmy Butler game.
Um, which, you know, you think about him, you know, kind of running high screens and getting into the post.
It was just kind of like a sporadic, really young team coming out there.
Um, so I think that because of that, I I it was it was just odd.
There's a lot of Tyler hero.
They didn't get much from Duncan Robinson.
So I mean, I think my final score is gonna be something close to that you'll be looking at Maybe 1 10 Celtics one oh, four heat.
But, um, more on this game itself.
So, candy, I think is gonna be a lot more involved in this game.
I would say that Tatum just feels like you could get any shot he wanted.
I mean, he had a couple of big shots over over Jimmy Butler That I just was like, Okay, all right.
I mean, that's that's where this is going.
This game, Um, and on the flip side, Goran Dragic, it feels like he can get it.
It's Are we really going to get that many, you know, lay ups and stuff like that? Um, I think the Celtics don't necessarily have a prototypical rim protector.
And it feels like not maybe the best Siris for Robert Williams just because of his issues with defensive awareness that I think are still very much present.
Um, he's just kind of a young center.
He's gonna chase after stupid blocks and and failed to rotate over and and just do things like that.
And even though he is like a nice, um, alley oop option and adds a little bit of verticality their offense and defense as well.
Um, it just doesn't quite feel like the Siris for him yet.
Now, maybe that would be the adjustment in this game.
I think that if I'm Brad Stevens, my adjustment looks something like, yeah, maybe play a little bit more.
Um, I always feel like they I I don't know if they should feature Jalen Brown more, but he just seems to do good things whenever I'm watching him.
And he was doing good things in Game one whenever I was watching him.
Um, and I don't know if you can quite rely upon him with the strength of his handle, which has improved a lot this year and like he can legitimately get to his spots now.
It's still not great, like he's still not going to create against you.
I think he's still a little bit straight line ish, like he doesn't really have any shape to his game just yet, But I think that's something I would look to involve because I think the biggest thing that they have right now outside of Bam, who we saw his athleticism, um, you know Jalen Brown is like the best athlete on the court outside of Bam.
So because of that, I think that's the little You just have to find the little advantages for Brad Stevens.
So those are the things I'd be looking at the high screen game, I got to say, like, because of how athletic ban is, how good he is at recovering if he's brought out on the pick and roll, Um, the way they were using the high screen game against Toronto, Boston.
I mean, I don't think that's really gonna work for them as much.
So I What they could do is do a little bit.
What, um, Denver did against the Clippers? You know, the Nuggets or the Clippers were doing a really good job neutralizing their high screen game.
So they started using Jamal Murray in different ways.
UM started running him off the baseline and having him cut around a stagger screen, which is a pair of screens facing the same way.
He ran around those screens and receive the ball, and it wasn't for a catch and shoot opportunity.
It was to curl around these screens, come right down the middle, right down the pipe, and lost one of those floaters, something like that.
I think you could run those similar actions for Kemba Walker.
I mean, if you can't tell, I think that would be my move.
I mentioned Kemba Walker about 19 times in this podcast.
I would use him a little bit differently if they're throwing, because in that game, when I gotta be honest, like he looked small and he looked like he couldn't really generate his own shot.
And that was just kind of the reality of the situation with what was going on.
Um, I think if you use him in different ways and take advantage that he's a wonderful off ballplayer on def someone that's very willing to playoff ball.
If you could do certain things like that and vary the way you're using him, do the same things that Denver was doing with Jamal Murray.
And by the way, Brad Stevens will definitely do that.
I think that could be a little bit of an advantage.
Um, you know, discombobulate the heats zone, which they just go to just about is I think they're the most.
They use own the most in the league by a considerable margin, so discombobulated that zone.
Um, you know, what you want to do when you're playing a zone is tryto warp.
It tryto try to force all the players on the one side of the court that I think is a really advantage for them if they could do little things like that.
And I'll tell you one thing right now, running high, pick and roll is not going to warp that defense unless you're running it from the sideline or something like that, which Denver again was also doing against the Clippers.
Uh, I think that that is a way to really sway things in their favor is just very the use a little bit.
What they ran against Toronto definitely isn't gonna work in this Siri's now.
Fortunately, Brad Stevens is a killer adjuster.
I mean, I think that with this playoffs, you just want guys that a just like I don't I don't care about any other trait right now.
I feel like coaches that adjust are almost more important, like and I don't remember ever saying this then, like a really good complementary piece.
I've never felt the value of coaching like I do in these playoffs, and I think that in this Siri's your featuring two guys that just really are really fantastic with it.
Recognize what's going on, and that's a total tree.
And honestly, if you look at the three remaining coaches, um, you know, I mean Malone Malone has been pretty pretty outstanding as well.
I think Vogel showed.
I guess I should say for because Vogel has been decent with adjustments to so, yeah, today, I think we got a Celtics.
When one tendo one owes four.
Let's say one of six.
I want a close game.
Um, but, you know, I think that this is gonna be a big game for Brad Stevens.
Vary up the offense a little bit.
I think that's your key to doing this for Miami.
Just continue to do what you dio presumptively.
You're not gonna have Duncan Robinson get in foul trouble.
Uh, so because of that, I think that you're gonna have a little bit more spacing that way.
Um, you know, maybe Jimmy Butler gets going a little bit earlier.
Let me before I go.
Let me just say this about Jimmy Butler.
Um, the way he has empowered this young team, I don't feel like is talked about enough.
I think we've talked about how clutch he is, and we've talked about, you know, the culture aspect of this.
But we haven't particularly touched upon the way like he's like he's honestly like a He's like a veteran football coach, like he's on the side.
He's making sure plays or being run as they should be.
And then he steps in every now and then makes a big shot and then he gets out of the way.
He moves the ball.
He plays tough defense.
I've never and it's I guess it's a little LeBron ish.
But even LeBron puts up big numbers like I've never really seen.
I'm trying to think of like a really good comp for what this would be.
Is it? Is it a little bit like late career Tim Duncan ish, where it's like this guy just knows when to pick his spots and finds a way to make sure that the offense and defense or being run accordingly and is the vocal leader? But he also kind of he lets guys shine.
It's just a very interesting style of leadership.
It's not necessarily what you would expect when you look at all the tabloids or the headlines, I should say, And the whatever the gossip about Jimmy Butler, you think this is an overbearing guy that wants 30 shots a game that you know, needs full control of the offense? Kind of similar to what we saw last year against the Raptors, where he was trying to basically go toe for toe and did, for I'd say about four of the games of their seven game Siri's against Kawhi Leonard.
No, I think that what he's more comfortable with is taking a little bit of a backseat role, taking his shots when he wants them and when he gets them, absolutely taking those last second shots.
And let me tell you right now, the Heat want him to take those shots, too? I mean, that's a young team, um, and a bunch of guys that have really just, like, really ego list team, a team that cares.
But a team that understands what this guy is there to dio and conversely, like he does a great job just again managing the game a little bit, Um, just a bunch of another.
Another thing that we just seem to have a lot of in these conference finals game managers.
Yokich, LeBron, Jimmy Butler, these Air guys that air just really managing the game behind.
You know, our next to I should say, um, really sharp minds in terms of coaching positions.
So it's It's been lovely, man.
I'll say it again.
I'm gonna continue to say it.
Uh, the outcome of these playoffs has been super satisfactory.
All four teams likable, like I, you know.
And you know, you wouldn't necessarily say that, Um, you know, for a Lakers team or a Celtics team or even a heat team, Um, you know, just because those franchises always seem to win and sometimes it zits fun to root for the little guy like normally, I think he'd be rooting for the Clippers a little bit.
But that's not the case.
Um, these guys, they just I don't know.
They really play a likable brand of basketball.
All the teams involved on bond, you know, no matter what, I think we're just in store for some good Siri's.
That brings me to my plug.
You guys know I plug something every time.
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Um and I guess, previewing a little bit of the Lakers Siri's I you know, I'm sure I'm not sure how long we're gonna, you know, devolved into that.
I know we are, obviously, but, you know, I really think more.
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Thank you guys for watching and enjoy this game tonight and I'll be back tomorrow.
Probably re capping it.
Talking all about Kemba Walker staggered screens or whatever I talked about on this today and we'll make that fun.
I'll see you guys.