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As you can tell, we're gonna be doing a little bit of Lakers Nuggets.
Before we even get into that, I want to just say so You're going to see the title of this video, right? I usually just get straight into if you've been watching me for a little while here, or you've caught little snippets of these wherever you are in the world, Maybe you're on, fan cited.
And you're looking at an article and you see my head pop up and you watch a couple of seconds.
Usually, I just get straight into the, you know, into into the actual, you know, game.
Siri's itself not going to do that right now because I first want to say that the idea here, the concept for what the title of the stream is is I think a little bit different.
Um, the Lakers air now up to the one in the Siri's they've played, you know, mostly better than the Nuggets.
I would say for a majority of this Siri's Onda again, you could say that for that.
That that clippers Siri's? Yeah, like the Clippers.
Through what? 4.
5 games? You know, you could even say 5.
5 because they were up, even though they blew that lead in Game five.
Um, you know, they were up and they were very much the better team.
They look very much the better team.
The Lakers have been in large part, the better team.
For at least, you know, I guess, like a game and and pretty much three quarters, which it doesn't sound like a ton.
They made a little bit of a running this one, I don't know.
It just doesn't seem super comparable to be to to make a comparison after a Game six versus a Game three.
But that's neither here nor there.
Um, let's talk about the game itself, as I like to do as we tend to do on these streets.
So, look, the Nuggets came back.
They had the resurgent Game three that you see many times.
I would say if if a Siri's is going to go over, Let's say six games.
Um, you're typically going to see a team come back in that game three and especially if they're in a to a whole, they're gonna come back and win that game.
That usually just means that Hey, we actually might have a Siris on our hands.
Um, it's a weathervane, I think, to what should be exciting times to come.
We have something like that happening out East with the Celtics in the heat.
So I think that what that means for us for basketball fans that want longer Siri's and competitive basketball because, really, you know, we don't know when the next basketball is gonna be once these conference finals and finals conclude.
Um, because of that, I think it's a good sign for us now what the Nuggets did.
And I've spent honestly, I've spent all morning because I think what is the hardest things as somebody who I'm sure a lot of people are gonna be in this, but maybe not a lot, because there's a million frickin Laker fans.
Um, but let's say many people are going to be in this boat where I haven't watched the Lakers every single game of this season.
I haven't I cover a team, Um, here in Brooklyn, I, Ah, lot of the regular season.
I'm either watching the Nets play or if you're a fan of another team, you're probably watching that team play.
And then I'm writing things about that team that I've been watching every single day.
So for you, that might be your consuming content.
I don't know, like streams about the team that you like to watch during the regular season.
So what I'm trying to say is, Look, I haven't watched this team every single game of this year.
I definitely haven't not watched the Nuggets every single game of this care because even if you talk to people that cover the team, uh, like I did last week and here's a little plug for this stream with my guy T.
McBride, who's covered the Nuggets for six plus years, you could watch that on my other channel.
Matt Brooks, N B A.
Would you like that plug? It was a pretty good one.
Um, you are going to be in a position where recognizing some of the adjustments that the Lakers are making and what the Nuggets are doing, it's gonna be a little difficult.
So one of the so what I'm trying to say is essentially this, um, the Nuggets.
Let's let's start with the Lakers were doing The Lakers played a much different style of offense.
They left their centers on the floor, which I think we can all recognize what we didn't.
What's a little takes a little bit more detail? Uh, you know, oriented view and maybe a view of the team that you're watching every single day is that in terms of how they were running their offense and again, I learned this through a little bit of research today, they we're using their centers in a way that wasn't particularly advantageous for them.
So you've got a center like Dwight Howard out there standing in the dunker spot, which is really right next to the basket waiting for that, Al you the Lakers Because of how they were running their offense and maybe a little bit of what the Nuggets were doing, they weren't getting him the ball for that alley you.
Now again, that's something that I'm not gonna recognize because I'm not going to see that every single day.
But that's something that Lakers fans were complaining about.
Here's what I did notice about this game with, you know, and just something that I was watching quite a bit.
Um, So what the Nuggets have done for the most part during the regular season is that they played Nicola Yokich in what is called drop coverage.
Drop coverage is a defense that is deployed by a lot of teams in the league.
Um, it's increasing.
Lee popular, I think, in the regular season, Um, and it's really all about how you use your center.
It's for guys that are a little bit more on the verticality side of things and not so much on the athleticism, switch ability, side of things.
So you have guys like Nicola Yokich who I mean isn't really like a shot blocker, But you're just kind of sort of trying to hide him.
Rudy Gobert, Brook Lopez.
Guys like that block a lot of shots.
You're playing them in this drop coverage what it is that you essentially have the big hanging back in the paint and pick and roll situations.
So that high screen at the top of the key, you have the big hanging back.
I should get, like, a white board, huh? I would be kind of cool for these.
Um, maybe I'll do that.
So basically, you have the big hanging back in the paint blocking the lob situation.
Should the offense try to run things that way.
And what you're essentially going to do is say, Hey, if the ball handler, you know, gets around the screen and has a wide open look from three off the dribble, well, let him take that.
Because statistically, we feel like that shot is harder to make than you know, say, ah lot Doug or a layup at the rim s.
Oh, so that's what the Nuggets did with Yokich during the regular season in the playoffs, their arm or pull up shooters, guys that can make those shots off the dribble at the top of the three.
It's just the way the game is.
There's just more talented offensive players.
There's Mawr, guys that could make that shot and giving up that type of a shot really isn't a great look.
If you're trying to, I don't know when a championship and go against guys like Luca, don **** and and all of these, these players in the West that are very, very good at this type of a shot.
So you know, Denver's flux, like the tricky part is, is you can't really use Nicola.
Yokich is a guy that's like defending what what is known as at the level which is basically right up at that pick and roll.
Like you can't really do that because he is so slow that he's not really gonna move around all that well.
But they've done it a little bit here and there yesterday.
What they did was they just went all the way back to that drop coverage, Meaning they said, Nicole Yokich, plant your butt in the paint and do not move.
And what we're gonna do is we're gonna pack the paint.
We're just going to say, Hey, you know what? Lakers beat us with threes, beat us with just completely beat us with threes.
If we lose that way, whatever we're down to Oh, anyways, we've got to try something and we're just gonna try to take away some of those painted area shots that you guys have honestly been killing us off of, and I think part of that played into Anthony Davis not having a great game as a big man.
I mean, he played a little bit more, as he tends to dio, um, as like a 67 wing where he's just shooting jumpers and not really pressuring the pain and not really pressuring Yokich or people like that.
But that's what they did.
So if you don't mind, I'm gonna pull up a couple of stats right here just to show you kind of what that affect had.
But that was kind of The biggest adjustment I saw was that they're drop coverage.
Whether they were, I felt like they were using a little bit more.
I'm sure there's some stat out there on like a website like second Spectrum, but to me it seemed like they really went back to that drop coverage and just stuck with that.
So because they were giving up all these threes, here's what the Lakers did.
The Lakers shot a combined 23% from three Onley, taking 26 threes, which really is not a ton.
I mean, if you think about the Nuggets are effectively saying hey, shoot threes against us and If we lose that way, we lose.
I think that's pretty interesting that they were in a situation where they only hit 26 of their threes.
Some notable guys not making threes at all.
Rajon Rondo Alex Caruso went over seven from three.
Those are the guys like, Hey, if you're the Nuggets, you're saying Shoot those threes all day.
Markieff Morris, who was a huge factor.
I'm being a little liberal there, a large factor, a decent factor in the previous Siri's against the Rockets because he was making threes the way he was.
Only 11 minutes.
Um, just hasn't really played in this Siri's and, you know, and or hasn't been a large part of this Siri's.
So yeah, I mean, I think that stuff's really interesting for me. In their starters.
Anthony Davis, With over four from three, he famously only grabbed two rebounds, which I think he's getting a lot of crap for, um in terms of points in the paint.
Let's look at these real quick because that is what the Nuggets were trying to do is take away those points in the paint.
Um, the Lakers scored 64 points in there.
I still I want to say that that's lower than than some of their previous games as we pull that up.
But that was kind of the strategy, and I think that in a large part it works.
I mean, the Lakers air going to do what they do.
LeBron was much better in this game, and I really felt like, um, you know, their transition offense really got him going more so than and and actually that's not true because, you know, he had his points off those high screen, Um, he looked a little zippy, er, but really getting him going in transition, I think, was really dangerous.
And and overall, I mean, I think that the Lakers made the run that they needed to do.
But, you know, I I thought that this was kind of the wind that the Nuggets needed.
So what's next? What are we looking at? What adjustments are the Lakers gonna make? I mean, I think probably the adjustment right is going to just is literally just going Anthony Davis and saying, Hey, like that game to you just had Let's dio do that again.
Like I that sounds really you know, ridiculous and simple.
But, you know, I e don't know really.
What else there is to say That was a huge difference between this game and that game, and that's been probably the biggest issue with Anthony Davis, and even so, he still had a good game.
But it's like an intensity thing, like he just doesn't I think, came to game.
It isn't always quite there, so I guess that would be the biggest adjustment for them.
And then I think the other thing would just be, I don't know.
There's there's an art to not over passing the ball and and just passing straight up open threes.
And maybe if you're the Lakers, you just sort of have toe.
Let Karoo, especially Caruso, I think, is probably a better shooter than Rondo.
I know the stats would probably say otherwise, but I think you probably want to just let him continue to shoot.
But maybe if you have time like reset the play a little bit, either reset it with with, you know, with Caruso handling or especially Rondo handling.
If you if you have time, of course I don't know.
I have to go look at some of those possessions again and see how much time they had on those threes.
Are those end of shots you know, shot clock situations? Or are these three is with time, you know, 10 seconds left on the shot clock.
I don't know if you do have time for those possessions.
Like maybe you reset and run a pick and roll with one of their two stars on day.
Try to put yourself in an advantageous position that way.
So I think, like, yeah, biggest possessions Right now, if you have time, try to reset and get the ball in your best players hands.
Because really, that's who's gonna beat the Nuggets and they Let's be honest, they don't really have guys to stop either one of a D and LeBron and they just don't.
And I know there's a stat flying around that Paul Millsap is held Anthony Davis to five of 15 shooting.
E don't I don't know like this kind of feels like the P J Tucker thing all over again, where it's like, Hey, man, like that's a cool stat in a couple of games.
But Anthony Davis is Anthony Davis.
And like, if If you're gonna match him up with Paul Millsap possession after possession, he's gonna figure out a I could post this guy up and just use these extend o arms over him, or I could just shoot over him.
And I think something like that's gonna happen.
I mean, maybe that is a good matchup.
Maybe that's the type of guy you want on Anthony Davis.
Somebody that's just slightly taller than P J.
Tucker and and kind of same build.
But I would say, Yeah, I mean, that's pretty much what you're gonna want to do.
And that's all the Lakers really can do in a lot of ways, is just expect those guys to be great.
And, by the way, they're working with two of the best players remaining in the playoffs.
I think it's funny.
This Siri's probably features numbers 12 and three in terms of best players, remain it right now.
I don't think that's really I mean, I guess Tatum could maybe be in the mix there, but I'm picking Yokich A D and LeBron all over Tatum in this situation.
I think that's kind of what makes the Siri's so great is that this really may be the best two teams remaining.
Um, you know, and that's a testament to the Nuggets growth.
It's It's been fun so far.
It's been a good Siri's, and I think there's a small little part of me that, really hopes were watching the Nuggets take a leap.
There's a lot of people doubting.
Oh, is this Jamal Murray thing? Really? Is he the next breakout star, or is it just because of the bubble, which you know, classic like? Of course, people are going to do that when Ah young guy looks really good that some people really It just seems like there's a lot of really strong opinions on him.
Um, it just seems really classic to me that people are doubting his leap a little bit.
I'm kind of buying it.
I bought it since probably.
I mean, I guess that jazz Siri's I was just like, this is just such advanced shot making.
So yeah, I hope that we're getting this leap real time.
I want this serious to go seven.
I hope that this is a sign that it is, and you know, I'm gonna I'm excited for the game tonight.
I think that we're looking at probably another Celtics win just because of I don't know, the Gordon Hayward things interesting.
I could see them just running the table on going four straight.
I really think that Gordon Hayward thing was exactly what they need, just to somebody that moves the ball a little bit more and, uh and and, you know, just gives them a bigger body.
I think he's probably their biggest body.
They have out when they go small.
So he's huge for them.
And then, yeah, a little bit of scoring is Well, I mean, he's gonna take a bit to get back, but yeah, I think that that will be a good Siri's.
And, uh, I don't know.
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