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Anthony Davis Orchestrates Win Over Jazz

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Anthony Davis Orchestrates Win Over Jazz

"Bleeding purple and gold from the heart of Los. Angeles is is the Lakers nation dot com podcast euros forever lane. L. O. Lakers nation welcome in in here for Lakers nation dot com your home for everything. Lakers well, hey. We'll take Anthony Davis blows up on the Utah Jazz just went berserk against them. We're going to be taking a look at what he did. Tonight. We're GONNA talk a little bit about the Lakers lineup should there be changes coming because there were parts that gave the didn't look so great. But then again, what is the way it's we'll take it Gary Sheffield. Junior. Joining me tonight Gary. How are you doing? I'm great man I'm just I've always been critical I mean you know I've been pretty critical about Danny Green and I'm sure we'll dive into I. Mean they've got a they've got certain players that are come out of the gate a little bit slow I mean we're seeing a little bit slow start from Casey P.. And we're all hoping that wouldn't happen but this has been such a layoff. It's like a new season. So I mean, let's get it going. It's been the the first and third quarter that's been an issue before we dive into a welcome in first why everybody was coming in from from Youtube from periscope from facebook already seeing your questions, your comments popping up we're GonNa Talk Lakers with you and if you're listening to the podcast version of this, you're just listening to the audio cool. Make sure you re review in subscribe over on Apple podcasts or spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts we certainly do appreciate it. All right. So we've got somebody's. Already. Coming in people saying Gary Back and now Chris has gone. Are they trading spots or what usually ships passing in the night somehow just just barely missing each other yeah I don't I don't understand our schedules just aren't lining up right now crews heard that you were gonna be on he said. I. got. Company. So I can't. Do that. What he saw Danny Green put the ball on the floor. He started feeling it'll exactly look big story of the night of course, Anthony Davis Forty two points twelve boards four assists three steals one block twelve fifteen from the line four of eight from three including a step back three to really seal the way and it was an end a four plate will certainly take that thirteen to twenty, six shooting on the night. Amazing amazing stuff where the Lakers ninety any Davis Yeah and I, guess really bear can kiss defensive player of the year goodbye and now he probably wasn't in the running really but. People try to make him. It's I don't understand it ad put that to bed and he should be defensive player of the year a d that is and what a great night for Anthony Davis. So he came out aggressive got a ton of shots at early I mean it was almost Kobe ask right? I mean he just got the dude was he was creating shots and we saw he wasn't putting shots up and with any frequency last game that was a little strange to see but. In this game the dude getting up shots he was getting up turnaround jump shots. He was really bring out the entire repertoire. So it was it was very interesting to watch because he's such a skilled player and Lebron James is probably going to use him as really the gunner in the postseason. He's going to be the guy who's initiating a lot of the offense and they're going to be really firing at the elbow. So it was fun to watch well I. It was especially converted last game. There was such a stark contrast because what was happening in the last game against the Raptors is the raptors were doubling Anthony Davis the second he touched the ball and he would make the right play and the Lakers couldn't hit shots hit the open shots whereas this game it was like Anthony Davis said, look you're GonNa play me one on one I'm GONNA. Go I ain't Kinda he. Let loose all that frustration from the previous game I always expecting the Lakers team to play like that. But thank goodness did at least. Yeah. I'm looking forward to one another team double teams Anthony Davis because philosophically, what are the Lakers going to do? WHO's GonNa hit jump shots because in those games teams are going to play him that way that's when Danny Green that's win an Oscar. Peruse going to have to make some certain from the IRS. Yeah. You have to be able to make jump shots. Cow cousy has gotta hit shots and he's been shooting the basketball better. That's why this team has to figure out and use this time. Wisely understand who's going to be able to make those shots often double team and that's what the Lakers are trying to understand right now you've seen Jr Smith struggle you've seen KCPT. Whoever's going into the postseason? That's the guy who needs to be pointing. Yeah. That's what Frank Vogel has been doing. I've seen a lot of people mind that have been criticizing Vogel for his rotations. He searching he's searching for something that works trying to figure out what does because you've got to new guys coming in in waiters JR Smith. That's not an. Easy thing to do to integrate to new guys now at this stage of the season. So he's trying to find something that clicks and that's why he's playing around with these lineups so much but it can be a little bit frustrating at times. When you see the chemistry, it's not quite there. You see them a step off on their defensive rotations. The ball movement isn't quite crisp enough offense in the hope is that as these eight games continue by the end of it, then they'll really be clicking but so far it feels like the Lakers are definitely been a step back from where we left off before. The court got kicked out of the wall right and how about the guards that we're trying to understand who's going to be guys who could hit jump shots we've seen the chat they were so excited about dion waiters rightfully. So He's been great and he's been really highlight to me of what this roster's got going on. A great game. No, he did not in it goes to show. He's been doing other things. Well, he's he's really plank complete basketball but the hard part is even the guys that we're used to seeing play are not the same players that they were before we're watching Javale McGee take it feels like ten steps back now Dwight Howard is stepping up if Dwight Howard is playing at this level, he played great tonight I mean the team plus minus I'm pretty sure they should have been. Really good with do I in the eye test said. So Dwight Howard, has to be in the starting lineup for me, and if we're not gonNA, go with Dwight Howard in that lineup, I. would like to see this team goes smaller to help improve the shooting because the Lakers to me are not making enough jump shots to win series and when it comes down to it against the clippers and against the Milwaukee box all the way in the NBA finals you're going to have to. Even. At our be able to get close enough to the other team from the three point line these teams like the Milwaukee Bucks built to hit the jump shots from deep. We have to be able to at least get close enough and the Lakers starting rotation needs more firepower from deep and they don't have that right now. Are you close enough on a contest of the defense? Just in terms of plus minus the other teams are running south the gym from the line it's if another team is taking thirty three point shots I mean we saw. Danny. Green. Tonight. He is literally three point specialists. He took one three point shot tonight. Obviously he didn't make it otherwise we'd be talking but he if you take a Danny Green only job really is to defend and hit three point space. The floor and make threes if he if he statistically takes one three point shot, it tells you that something needs to be done in a player who knows who it is. Someone's got to step up and be able to get those attempts up. Yeah. Exactly. They've got to be able to to connect from behind the arc and that's a good point that other teams are out pace them from three, the Utah Jazz. Didn't do it tonight. They did very well, the Lakers didn't shoot all. We'll either thirty five percent from deep nine, hundred, thousand, six shooting, which is which is okay. That's about average, but it's not like they had a great shooting night but certainly better than twenty percent, right they shot against the raptors but the jazz were shooting twenty, eight percent from deep. So if they'd shot a higher percentage, this is a very, very different game. But some of that is credit to the Lakers defense. But let's go back to the whole Dwight Howard thing. Tonight, the jazz running through center Rudy Gobert. These days and so those are games where you're not GONNA be able to get Davis or McGee in I'm sorry Howard mcghee, and of course you're going to get Davidson, he's not going to your joys mchower, getting getting both of them in yeah is not easy against teams that don't run a drew center but tonight they played and I said, this was a big opportunity for both Howard, and McGee to kind of prove their worth began they're playing against a real center now. Thirty one minutes and I thought Dwight was effective but Jill Still Mia I'm getting worried about Ville Yeah. I don't I'm not sure what's happening of course we. Know what players are going to bring to the table with this long break but Dwight. Howard is stepping up in a we can lease act bring us some peace. Right. The fact at least one of them is playing great basketball. It's not like we're the only right he yeah in a Frank Vogel I'm sure is taking note of that. He's going to probably keep a close to notice on it but for teams like the rockets, that's where they'll be. I'd say Javale would probably sit or Dwight Howard would sit and that's where Markeith Morris will end up stepping in and I'm wondering when is Marquee Morris by the way when is he going to get into the fold because that is getting very interesting we're asking where is Marquis Moore's interesting I. Think his conditioning isn't there from what we've seen. Yeah. He arrived at the bubble late and I think he's just not quite there yet, and that's why Vogel's not throwing them out there. That's been a little bit of an issue. I assume we're going to see more of him at some point, but let me take a few questions here. Ludd see you. All right. So we've got one question coming in from Youtube. Lebron is trying to make up for the loss of Avery Bradley on defense. So you see Lebron focusing more the offensive under the floor in order to make up for Avery Bradley and if so. It's not working. Now completely I like Lebron's been doing. Yeah. But I think that we are really feeling the loss of Avery Bradley on the defensive end of the floor yet it's GonNa hurt because what you're going to end up seeing if they end up running into a Portland or a team can really at the point of Attack Donovan Mitchell run into Donovan Mitchell and one of those guys gets hot. The Lakers can't lose a playoff series at the hands of our Caruso having the guard, the other teams player who's dominating. Lebron James at some point is going to be asked I can't lose this playoff series to one of those guys. I'm going to have to be the one that they beat. Your best is going to have to beat our best and right now in terms of perimeter on ball defense, you saw the other night Kawai Leonard. Paul George Lebron James took on the. Going to stop those guys and I believe he gave up one point in the final ten minutes of the game to those guys that is significant and that is taking on the challenge. That's literally what that means. So I would hope that the Lakers are going to use Lebron. James Because Avery Bradley skill set allowed him to take a step back. That was what was so important about him to the thirty four year old Lebron James didn't have to. He didn't have to impose his will on the defensive end now he does. So it's the feat of winning an NBA title without Avery Bradley. Is that much harder? So it's going to be very tough. Yeah exactly. There were a lot of people out there that said, oh. It's fine. They were thirteen or fourteen in one or whatever with Casey. P in the starting lineup it's all good and I was trying to explain no. Casey tries hard on defense, but he's not even brad the end. We're seeing the results of that. We're seeing Kyle lowry blow up Donovan Mitchell blow kcpt again, I like him he tries yet, but it's not it's not the same. So I do like Lebron, stepping it up though and trying to get the defense to at least by in. But that's GonNa be a challenge for the Lakers to overcome. I'll go to question coming in here trigger. Are you shocked Vogel played ad and Lebron that long even with the big lead in the fourth quarter? So Anthony Davis played thirty nine minutes Lebron thirty, five, thirty, five has been pretty consistent from abroad. That's what he played. Last game to seems like that's the number they wanna hit we could certainly argue that maybe it's too many minutes but Anthony Davis. Thirty nine points on a night like tonight when he's just going nuts. That's fine. You. You don't want to pull him on a night when he's really got things clicking you want this positive experience fresh in his brain and you want that they kind of feeling building up as they head into the playoffs because you want that confidence not that he's not confident but but you want that positive experience. So. I didn't have a problem with the minutes tonight. Yeah. In the Lakers, don't really give a rip about winning or losing this game. It's not GonNa have any implications, but for Lebron James and Anthony Davis. Conditioning thing if Markeith Morse's an shape. Lebron James and Anthony Davis aren't GONNA be in perfect shape. They probably worked very hard but playing thirty, five forty minutes. That's the only way you can simulate to get that kind of conditioning Lebron James is going to need to get condition and that's we haven't seen him really impose himself on the offense in the third or fourth quarter. We haven't seen him really do that yet and I'm sure he's trying to work his conditioning to the point where he feels that win that he can. Go do that and that's probably has something to do with the minutes. Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely. It's a matter of kind of building that up Shaq used to use the term Amena play my way into shape. Exactly. He would show up camp out of shape and he would play his way into shape. It's and I don't think that's what the Lakers intended to. These guys worked hard. But there's a difference between running on a treadmill and making cuts and everything on a basketball court. I'm not saying they only ran bread milk but still. There's a difference and it takes a little a little bit of time to wrap things up. So that was a factor. Kimiko that reminded me of the lineup that I throw it there on twitter I said somehow some way we're living in bizarro world or something because right now I think the Lakers best lineup at this point is Alex Caruso Dion waiters, cow cruise mode Lebron, James Anthony Davis Yeah. You agree what do you think about that? I could close without lineup brainer I think they've had the most success. Yeah. In Dion waiters he's not just making shots which was very important obviously to make her miss leak but he's making good decisions on the floor and that's he's moving the ball when he needs to move the basketball very important nominal Bron James. Lead team he needs to make sure the ball's not held in dion waiters in his past has held the basketball. So he knows how not to do things right and that's something it's a learning experience and everyone's going. To be ready to play with Lebron James I believe Dion waiters right now just on the small sample, he looks more ready to play with Lebron James and maybe you can slot him next Lebron Anthony Davis enclosing time because I can't rely on Danny Green right now to make an open jump shot and dion waiters might not be the best jump shooter but I do trust him with the basketball more. So than Danny Green Right now, and that's not to say, Danny Green won't contribute he may he may not. But Dion waiters just seems more likely. Yeah look I liked we saw. Turnovers but overall, this is what we've been targeted. We've been talking about how bad the Lakers need somebody that could drive to the basket? Yes. They need somebody that can take make bad shots and somebody who can handle the basketball and he's he's doing those things. Now he is still getting lost on a few defensive rotations fact there was one where his man I forget who it was cut into the corner for three and waiters. ball-watching but he instantly raised his hand. So that was my fault. Yes. Accept it in the went on and kept playing. So I like what we've seen Outta him and somehow some way I. Know it's early we're only a few games in here still but right now I feel like if your friend Bogle, you've got to be looking at that as potentially your closing line-up which who would have thought that we look to dion waiters as the guy to close out games for the Lakers. To be to be clear we were cautious in our our chat was more optimistic and our chat technically was on it. They saw the skillset and he's bringing all of that skill set than the chat was discussing to the table. He is doing that offensively he's been great. Yes. He's had some turnovers, but he's also joining into a new team. That's another thing. He's these are all new teammates and he has to get himself acclimated to this roster cow Kouzmines, a guy who's shooting the ball a little bit better lately that's something that this Lakers team desperately needs they're going to have to find a way to get dion. Waiters Cow Kouzmin on the floor and winning time because the guys all five guys on the floor are GonNa have to be dangerous for a championship caliber team. You can't have guys that okay he's because no one's going to be afraid I could tell you right now if another team is leading Danny, green take game winning shot and yes, he's made some in this past. You would love to have Danny Green be the guy taking the last shot you would love to have that happen but dion waiters can really make guys pay. He has the skill set to do that I don't feel very confident right now in Danny Green. And we know that it can in fact, we've got a comment here from facebook saying Danny Green is going to show up a lot of haters once the playoffs begin playoffs begin I. Hope so i. was terrible against the raptors he was. Okay tonight he put the ball on the floor a little bit played. Okay. Defense I did see him get blown by a couple of times but ultimately, you just need a bit more Danny Green I'm talking I need two to three, three, thousand, nine, hundred angry period and you can't do that. If you're shooting one three on the night. Now, part of that came within the flow the offense cow crews MMA didn't get quite. As, many as he has recently either and that was that wasn't because he wasn't playing. Well, that was just that was what the defense was giving them. So that's that's certainly a factor but still the bottom line is the Lakers are going to need production out of Danny Green, and the fact that you don't have any of your Bradley. Now, you don't have a Rondo determine to just makes it that much more important that these guys do step up. So He's Definitely a guy that needs to get it going hopefully, he can pick it up on Wednesday Wednesday afternoon, which is weird. It's a three thirty star summer against the thunder. I don't like that. No. That's right. Yeah and the thing about Avery Bradley's absence it's amplifying row players in their in their performance and that's you might not notice Danny Green Oh for one if avery Bradley's able to go to shut down if they avery Bradley tonight in in Donna Mitchells maybe. A little less efficient. This is a blow out tonight that's an easy win, and that's something that every single game the Lakers play if they're not going to be able to make the three point shot their defense everything that these role players do defensively in terms of junk shot three point shots. Everything is amplified. Avery Bradley was a band aid to the entire roster and people don't understand because they say avery Bradley camp can't possibly be the reason we can't win it. Doesn't break is down one on one off the dribble, make a flashy play and Doug all over people. He has value in different ways exactly in this team desperately needs him in that role. So everybody else can slot in behind him Danny, green can instead of guarding the other teams best player. Now he's guarding okay. Maybe their second or third best player that. Affects him on the offensive event. Now he has more legs. Now he has the ability to maybe make a maybe one or two three point shots a game but now he's running around he is harder assignment defensively it's very difficult for an aging Danny Green as well. It's hard for him to go out there and perform consistently consistently and we need we literally. A luxury now to have Danny Green perform it is now a necessity absolutely absolutely. That's a good point about Danny Green's no longer having avery Bradley next door that puts even more pressure on him defensively because. Again Casey like he's just not that good. Defensively, people still have this thought in their head that Casey peas a good defender because that's what he was when he first came to the Lakers, she's this guy who focuses on defense that hasn't been him in a couple of years now, and he was actually rated out as the second. Second worst defender on the Lakers just a tiny fraction ahead of our Guy Rajon Rondo. So yeah we look it's going to be talked, but I would like to see more out of Dany Green but let let's talk about some of the positives. Look. I. Guess we shouldn't be the leader I saw so many. So many comments on twitter. Is Lebron really going to get going people were worried. He doesn't look right. Why isn't he? He doesn't look that explosive is the really going to take over everybody's saying Lebron had an off night Lebron. James, finished with twenty two points nine assists eight boards. Two steals a-block nine for sixteen shooting to five from deep into of two from the line. That's an off night. It is an off night apparently Lebron James. Is. He's going to be ready. There's I have no reason to worry about Lebron. I've watched seventeen years of Lebron James Basketball and. There have been essentially any given notice at some point in the last five or six years is Lebron James going to be falling off? James going to be falling off we're waiting for their just in. You know the second does have like I knew I predicted it Lebron James it's going to be sudden. We're never going to see it coming. So we should just stop trying to predict and see and worry can't worry about Lebron James Bond ready because he's given us no reason to believe he's walked in slow to the postseason before he slept walked through the beginning of the season before there's nothing that he could do they would ever sudden alarm off in my head because as long as Lebron James. Is Out there and I watched tonight he basically Barely had to break a sweat for twenty two and whatever else he had he. I mean frankly played a very nice game and he could have imposes will any demo known notice but he didn't need to against the Utah Jazz at all he just he really didn't have to do that. He knew he had Anthony Davis going and you might as well. Just let them get get it rolling because of the dude he didn't have a game last game letting Anthony Davis go and that's what he did and he was smart about it. A lot of people are saying okay. Well, Lebron, he's not beating as man off the dribble. Being posed or things like that. A Alex Langbo gets us. He's from from facebook says what while LBJ played phenomenal they miss the dunk where he just flew to the basket through three jazz defenders. Yeah. Yeah. Look. But I have to admit there were moments where he look sluggish and there were moments where he didn't look like himself and that happens but I think what we're really seeing is this is preseason Lebrun. That's what we're seeing. We're seeing Lebron right now that saying Do I really want a crash to the basket and wind up on the floor in when we've we've locked in not now officially locked in the number one seed in the Western Conference Lebron's thinker he knows there's no reason to take risks like that. He'll turn it on weight needs to come playoff time I think he's GonNa be fine. You know what they're really worried about. I think this undercover they're worried about the MVP race and I get it but it's over the Games don't matter they. They don't matter for, but it just feels like Lebron just putting the finishing touches on the season. Okay. Like you're looking around the league and you're seeing Jaanus okay is going out trying to get thirty, four, thirty, six points they just those guys are they're the way they impact the basketball game is to score. That is literally if honest goes out and plays the Lakers in the NBA finals gets you fourteen the box have literally no chance to succeed in that basketball game because of the way he plays now his ability to score is what makes him elite great. James can beat a basketball team without getting more than twenty five points. That's something that's very unique to him magic Johnson and there's been a few players were do the right and that's Lebron James understands. He plays the game the right way, and sometimes it's frustrating because you're like, why is he had twenty one points against the Utah Jazz understandable but he knows he has Anthony Davis. He has he really ever jump shot going, which is great. So if he seizes teammate that's on fire, there's no reason for him to impose his will that night? No No. Especially again in a game that really doesn't they're locked in to the one seed at this point and that's Another guy that WanNa highlight and actually these guys taking a little bit of flack here. Kyle Kuzma I just saw some comments go by people saying cal Cruz was defense isn't very good. What are we watching? The opposite. Literally. Yeah. I did too. That was one of my in fact what am I dance on my list for the show of the good points of the game was was calm crews month he was on the goods side House look does he get beat every now and then? Yes but so does everybody Every time he was also flying across the floor to contest three pointers. That's what you need out of Kyle Kuzma is getting that handle, and by the way his shot contesting ability has been much much better to see the way was contesting shots against Kawhi Leonard. This has been a thing. So I will take that kind of hustle out of cough Kouzmouk people look at the stat line and they see, oh, nine points on three of six shooting. He's not getting to the offense as much and he needs to do this and that and the other. Is it. That was the flow of the game. was that the ball wasn't finding him when he was opener, he wasn't getting open because they were covering him a little bit more and other guys were scoring. That's fine. I. Didn't think there were like, who's who shot three for fifteen now and put up nine points he was perfectly efficient and I liked what he did on the defensive end, the box score short but I think this was a good night from him and actually the plus minus Doug Schoen plus twelve on the night, and that is the number one team. Isn't that funny how I just love how just looking at the stats just debunks all. Necessary but here's the thing kyle. Kuzma. I like what? He's doing defensively and shooting the basketball so much so that I would love to see him in the starting lineup. I would love to see it. I'm not a huge fan of the Lakers playing the two bigs because it feels a little Dr Gic in slow in the passing is is a little off it seems like two man game. So crews for Davila's what your shoes for Jovana Okay and I know I said do I Howard and the starting lineup, but my mind is feeling like Dwight Take the rotational to take the minutes from Javale, McGee? In it just seems to me Dwight Howard playing better basketball in that space but for me Kyle Kuzma defensively, he was able to switch onto a a really big winging quite Leonard with we were very tentative and doing we talked about it before that we feel very worried about him stepping out and guarding a quiet Leonard at the elbow in he has done that show that he has the ability to go do those things and if he's playing defensively this type of basketball. Ostensibly. We know what he is. He should be in the starting lineup. If defensively, he can put that type of effort out and he's not just giving effort i. mean his it almost feels like his skillset has taken a step in the right direction and that's something. That's that's exactly what teams they were. We needed somebody to step up defensively in if Casey peas not going to be shooting the basketball. Well, if you're GONNA see other guards not shoot the ball well, put a small forward power flash power forward in there that can shoot the rock in dion waiters can be that main guy off the bench because as of now they haven't shown us anything since the bubble really has opened for us not to believe that they can step into those roles. Yeah I. Agree I agree and it's weird because I was the proponent for keep things the same when we headed into the bubbles they look let's just keep things the same try to keep chemistry trying to keep new. But right now Kuzma's just out playing he is out playing jail I like the Lakers small ball lineups a lot better they were really effective with big lineups but so far just hasn't been the case in the bubble by the way who knew all you gotta do to get get the Kyle Kuzma we've all been waiting for is to shut out the outside world and put them in an environment where the only thing he can do is play basketball right and something to know dion waiters is the only Reason that I feel this way about moving Kuzma into the starting rotation because you can take over the exactly the scoring would be horrific horrific if they didn't have cow coups from the bench. Now, if Kacoos McCann go out there into the starting lineup, you can probably see more consistent attempts from the three point line because he issued in the basketball better I would feel more confident in that over a Danny Green or even over Danny Green I don't care who I don't care who they take out because. Danny Green putting the basketball and the floor is just not I know he went four for seven tonight. But in terms of effectiveness defensively, he's not a wizard neither is calculable but Kouzmin just has more skillset and more firepower I would love to see that in the starting rotation. Yeah. Yeah. Wouldn't mind would mind saying that myself that's I think it's something that maybe tinker with and if you're GonNa do it now certainly time to give it a shot. what are the other things that we need to get into here is standings around the NBA because certainly the Lakers are now locked in right number one see the western conference that's gotTa feel good. But that being said, the standings around the league are starting to change their starting to shift a little bit gray and let's let's get into that. Let me pull up the standings of where they are right now as of as this moment. So. The Lakers I would say, we were saying that we want Memphis to stick in the seed. Does it look like that's going to happen right now they are they have just a two game lead right now the Portland Trailblazers Memphis has lost their last four games. Now, before heading into the bubble, they've been losing some close ones. They lost the blazers already the spurs creeping up on them as well for the PELICANS fallen off a bit but by Memphis losing a bunch. It's saw it started to look a little bit dicey again, remember they needed to have a four plus game lead in order to avoid a plan? I don't trust love I don I don't trust Memphis to win a plane I would pick if it's the blazers the spurs or the Pelicans I pick any of those three teams to beat the grizzlies in that that play in game for that. Well worst case scenario for sure and and and it's hard. It's hard of course to look at it that way because you can't look at it scared of course, you can't but you WANNA play an easier series in the I found what does that not a human nature? You don't there's a reason that I don't know if anyone's following Damian Lillard, but he had a funny tweet earlier earlier today. Someone said, hey, how's the playoffs going to be from your couch? Here already knows we're getting into that plan at the very least we're getting into the playoffs if not running down memphis altogether for the seed, the blazers do have a really tough schedule from here on. That's the one thing that I'm clinging to. They did lose to the Boston. Celtics. But I said look this was gross I mean sick to my stomach right I said they'll blazers were play in the Celtics and I said look you laker you probably need to root against the blazers right now I didn't separate for the Celtics and we're not going to say that. That's bad. That's bad. Yeah. It Expedites Lebron James Need to come out of the gates hot. That's essentially what it does. Anthony Davis and nurture Nurk Merkich. He's going to have to dominate. He's going to have to dominate here someone from the Lakers and one of the two stars. It's going to be a signature series immediately because Damian Lillard being guarded by it's not just going to be Oscar. So that's the thing. That people don't understand is that out Caruso is not going to be the only assignment. Defensively, he can't spend thirty, five, forty minutes on Damian Lillard who will be playing thirty five to forty minutes. So it's also going to be a case EP Danny Green being switched out Lebron James going to switch out and that's thirty five year old Lebron. James. That could wear him down for the long stretch even if you. Do, get through, right. So that series with Portland is going to be trouble in for people that don't think that seriously going long I promise you that series is going to extreme lengths and that's not ideal and that's just at bats. That's the issue I'd always people saying saying all, what do you mean? You can't be scared of the Blazers you should be able to beat anybody and Blah, Blah Blah Look I. Would favor the Lakers over the blazers. There's no question there but I also think you probably sweep the grizzlies. Yeah. You're not sweeping the blazers and I don't like that because I don't WanNa see Lebron have to play an extra game or Anthony Davis that just increases the risk of injury and things get completely derailed and who knows look if you're putting Casey on either McCulloch or Lillard that guy is going off. is going to go berserk and again that's not Casey piece fault right but he's not a brad they that's what's going to happen and the Lakers have shown Donovan Mitchell went nuts kyle lowry nuts Luca. downtick went nuts to the point where they even tried to throw cow Kuzma on Luca Danni that might not work got torched it's eight Lakers don't have guys who can defend these high scoring guard so I don't want to run into them in the first round. I. Want them to breeze through the first round haven't been nice and easy. Now let's talk about the second round though because that's also looking worse right now. The Houston Rockets had moved up to the force in fact, rockets men so good. They just beat the bucks the other night and it's to the point where now we almost have to root for the rockets to win so that they can go all the way up to the three seed stay on the clipper side of the bracket because I would rather see the Denver, nuggets than the Houston Rockets at this point completely agree. Because again, look at the structure, those two rosters Damian Lillard, James Harden. The point of attack is the score the guy, the ball handler is the score. That's the guy getting to the rim. That's where the Lakers struggle, and that's very worrisome and for people who are saying, well, we're a better team. You're absolutely right. The Lakers are better team than each of those seeds I don't care who they play their team, the box. They should win those series, but you have to understand this whole court is gone. There is no homecourt. So when you go five six into game seven staple center, the atmosphere staple center will not be there. Now that is something there's a reason that the Lakers can go win an NBA title in the Lakers Celtics series. There's a reason that series the Lakers. Were able to overcome. It was an exhausting series to watch but the staple center brought out that when you see the the Rauner tests and he had hardly any legs left and he makes that shot part of the has to do with the staple center and people don't understand the home court advantages mean everything in the series. So now that you're GONNA go. Probably, guaranteed a lease into game six with Portland that is very troublesome considering there's no court advantage to help you over the Hump There's there's going to be no hostile environment for those players to deal with. It's all going to be an even playing field, and that just amplifies the opportunity for the underdog to come through. So you would rather avoid it if you can't. Yeah absolutely and I, I would like to avoid that. If possible. The rockets already beat the Lakers. Once when I went with a small ball lineup, it's just a weird bizarro lineup that they've got. Any creates issues you you start to kind of get I. You get sucked into playing this style where you think oh my Gosh, they've got PJ Tucker at six seven or whatever defending Javale. Let's give the ball to jail because he's got an advantage and then your whole offense gets taken. It's taken out of whack, and then it ends up being a mess and so that's where the rockets gets you. In the next thing you know they're burying threes, which is what they did against the Grizzlies, what they did in order to against the the box, and then it's what they did against the mavs to when they came back in one thing. So at this point, I think you almost have to be rooting for the. Rockets to wait in fact, people throwing out here should the Lakers lose to the rockets on purpose? Yes. They've played them out Frank Vogel mentioned that that they're going to be looking at the different matchups and even if they're locked in first place, they might in this was like a month ago that he said it but they're going to be keeping a close eye on things and they're going to see how they can impact the standing so. Maybe Rush Lebron and Anthony Davis that night didn't we just? Solidify the number one seed as. They go that decision should be easier than any other decision. We've made all year because why would you not try to manipulate the standings? Do you're giving W. start. You definitely starting at point guard. Absolutely. I think that maybe that's going a little too. I Love Jared Dudley but he starting at point guard against the Houston Rockets, you do absolutely nothing to win that basketball basketball game because why would you want to? There's no reason there's no reason to go into a six. I'm assuming we're going to play Portland Dot is my assumption right? So you're going to go into a six to seven game slugfest with Portland is going to be an entertaining is going to be very entertaining if you're not a Lakers fan. Portland to be there it'll be fun. We'll be happy and entertained or but my goodness if you go six seven games, you see Houston again by the by the another six seven years and then you run into the clippers it's like dude, they have played they've essentially played. Every serious. They're just tightly contested and I've never seen an organization have a tight series all the way through. I've never seen that done for the most part. All title runs have at least some type of breeze somewhere in there would be no breeze there and for an aging star many people are asking, Lebron James Finishes he slowing down I'll be very quick way to find. That's a very fast way to find out if you slowing down is by throwing literally the. Hardest, schedule You could possibly throw out there because the last team anyone wants to play. I'd rather I'd rather face Houston serious first round and avoid Portland. Altogether. That's literally how good Damian Lillard is because I see him in a better life than even James Harden, because his positioning and where he is on the floor at the point of attack is literally the most dangerous position against this Los Angeles Lakers team. It's pretty scary well, both hardening and muller going to be. A similar role of being the point, guard their lineups and running things being initiator but they're both obviously super super dangerous I'm at a point where I think the Lakers need to do whatever they can to avoid those teams just because you don't WanNa have to fight through that and then go deal with the clippers. After that, you don't want to emerge beaten and bloodied from the first rounds. Figuratively, and then wind up taking on the clippers you WANNA be more well rested somebody said. You know the Lakers will beat the blazers easy. Portland's not that good blah. Blah Blah look six months ago. Yes. The Lakers would beat the blazers easy right. The the game they lost to the Blazers Lillard went nuclear which he's still can. But this is a different blazers team why? Because you circuit is back and Zach? Collins back and no exact collins in a vacuum easier on all star player no. But he's got the size to contend before that the blazers literally had to defend Anthony Davis with Carmelo Anthony that doesn't happen anymore Brian. This is a much sturdier blazers team that can contest in the pain and still has these high scoring guards with mccollum Lillard that's why this is a much better blazers team than what you saw during the season before. So look it's it's not an ideal match for the Lakers and so right now I, am going to be rooting for any team. Not named the Blazers to make it into that. Yeah. In for me right now. Like I told you I'm. The good feeling is that Portland is probably going to get into eight obviously. Unfortunate. And I want an extended olive branch I know. I feel like I know that the Lakers are going to beat that team but I know fact that is going to be a hard feet it is going to be a long drawn out series. So the Lakers are going to make an NBA title run. If they're going to win a title, you can't run you can't run Portland Houston clippers box you're not going to be able to. Do that physically there's no team in the NBA it's not just the Lakers there's no team if the clippers running through that schedule, if the bucks are running through that schedule, they probably would have a shortcoming somewhere because the rest of those teams whether no matter how they got to the Western Conference finals they probably didn't go through the same rigors that you did. They probably had one. Or Two series early on there cakewalks and maybe not cakewalks but Y- four, five six, maybe even an easy six games but Portland is going to be a difficult series. It's going to wear down it's going to wear down Alex Caruso physically physically Alex Russo's going to go through the hardest five or six game stretch of his entire NBA career and we wanna try to make predictions on. What else crew? So how is going to prepare how he's going to perform in that window? We've never seen him do it before and Wallid like to believe he will and I have confidence that he will. We haven't seen it and he's going to be asked to do it from not one but two, three, four series in a row it's going to be very difficult on the Lakers. Hopefully. They can a way to dance around some scheduling here. Yeah. Yeah. I really hope that they can do that and look just to clarify everybody out there everybody saying, Oh, you're the Lakers should be able to beat anybody and if they can't beat the blazers than they're obviously not champs and all that kind of stuff. I would pick them to beat the blazers, pick them to beat the rockets. That's not the question here. The question is what you have to do in order to get those winds. My priority number one is not hey I want to run the Gauntlet and beat all the best teams and proved that we're the best winning the championship. The end is what says that and that is my number one priority is. Winning that championship at the and win the last game of the season, and if you can increase the probability of doing that by not taking on teams that are difficult matchups than that's what I'd like to see happen I'd rather have an easier path to the finals because you know what? The end of the day fifteen years from now whatever it is twenty years from now nobody's GonNa look back and say oh Well you know that Lakers team had faced the blazers maybe things would be different. No nobody's going to say that all they're going to say, that's the year. The Lakers won their seventeenth championship. That's that's what matters at the end of the day. That's why we're talking about this not because we don't think they can beat those teams but because it makes the entire process of winning a championship that much more difficult. Yeah, the easier the better for the first and second round I. Don't want to avoid the clippers. That is the one team I will say I. would to invite the challenge because that is a part of this journey that feels necessary. It feels needed. They need to beat the clippers. That's really the big hurdle playing Portland implying Houston is just very unnecessary challenges that can almost derail that challenge we don't need that. For the Lakers. Portland they're not going to be outrun they're. GonNa. They got healthy at the right time and obviously thinks bounce in their favor and they're no homecourt. But to run into a Houston I don't know what were the other teams that other than Houston, guys I guess the Jazz Denver Oh, you know. So so the the preference heading into all of this would have been for Houston to states six, which would keep them on the clippers side of the bracket and then it'll. Be Houston versus Denver to see who would play the clippers in the second round and the Lakers would get the four five spot the winner of Utah and Oklahoma City two teams that play more of a traditional style of basketball, and I'd be much more comfortable dealing with one of those two teams rather than and they're and they're good. But I'd be much more comfortable going against them then going up against the rockets. Utah poses to me no threat. Now the Utah is literally speaking there I would I would liquidate everything I own and put. One hundred percent of what I've got on the Lakers in that series and physically speaking it's a good series for the Lakers because while Donovan Mitchell is at the point of attack all that he's not overly efficient. He does not. He does not scare me in a playoff series very young. That's not going to scare me very similar to Ajami rant very talented players, but again, they're not going to impose their will on Lebron James on Anthony Davis, they're not going the Lakers are not going to succumb to that a star at the level of Damian Lillard can do that James Harden can do so. Let's all root for the. The Houston Rockets, you can the Houston. Rockets have got to go to the three spot and that's just the way it come one. That would then push the Denver Nuggets in theory. Play side of the bracket and there is a little mini rivalry brewing. There is there was back when it was like the young Lakers Lonzo ball was still a Laker in yeah that you had that whole thing going on but. At this point yeah, I would rather play the Denver Nuggets than the Houston Rockets. So we'll see I mean, I'm going to hope that the Houston Rockets do jump up to that three C and then who knows maybe Denver somehow gets knocked off in the first round and you wind up with the Metro jazz or the thunder or somebody like that interesting I wouldn't wouldn't be bad I'd be okay with that one there. Okay let's wrap up with this. So on Wednesday the Lakers had this weird three thirty game. Yeah three thirty PM. Game since an afternoon game, they're playing the thunder. Then, the thunder right now in a spot where they actually have something to play for their playing for playoff positioning, they are ten games back right now the jazz or nine and a half games back the rocks are nine games back. So they're all pretty pretty tightly packed there. What do you see happening and that one there you've got Chris Paul, the banana boat crew going up against. Lebron James, you've got you've got obviously some really good talent in shade Alexander and Yeah Look Gallinari tends to beat up on the Lakers for some reason he always blows up against the leg. So what do you think about that match up? Well, does it help Oklahoma City to get past the Lakers in that game because that's the question is. Who Does, Oklahoma City if they do win that game and they go forward, of course, in terms of positioning like who are they running into because that's also going to play into right now they're at six there on the clipper side of the bracket. If they've move up to five or four, they would then be on the Laker side of the bracket. Okay me neither way whatever gets you in the on the clipper side of the bracket. I'm sure they probably rather they'd rather have. No. It really depends on what the players think about the Lakers and clippers and. That's gotta be it right and it's just who do you who would you rather play in match up and if I'm the if I'm Oklahoma City. Their best player is at point guard. It's almost as if you would rather play the. Lakers. Just in terms of that match because he is the point of attack and not to say it's me personally I believe that the Lakers are still a better team than the clippers and I believe that if they get to the Western Conference finals, they will beat them. But in terms of matchup for Oklahoma City, the point guard scoring, he's scoring twenty five thirty points Chris Paul is going to be scoring the basketball in the postseason. He has a more likely opportunity to do that when Patrick Beverley is not hounding him in a series. That's just that's just the way it goes, and if you're going to want to get to the Western Conference finals, you're GonNa have to go through that team so in terms of matchup for Oklahoma, city? It seems like the Lakers would be a better opportunity now. Here's an interesting comment coming in from Youtube says, do you think the rockets would prefer to stay in fort to play the Lakers in the second round instead of playing the clippers that way they wouldn't play the clippers until the western conference finals? So from the rockets perspective, I'd say, yes. Yes I if I'm the rockets, I. would rather take on the Lakers and. The clippers because I feel like the clippers are a little bit more equipped to deal with their small ball to deal with their three and deep players Yes I. I think the Clippers are tougher matchup for the rockets actually than the Lakers aren't I wouldn't put the pick the rockets in either series but I feel like the the clippers are better equipped to. Counter what they're doing. So maybe we do see the rockets do what they can to try to pull back a little bit and stay in that fourth spot. Yeah and if you look at the clippers, the way they're constructed, they can easily put a mantras herald out there and play center there. There's different adjustments that can be made. That's what's so interesting about what happened. With. Bradley, the flexibility of the Lakers roster when other teams make adjustments, it's that much more difficult when teams go small, that's an avery Bradley was going to be very impactful because the guard plays the ball handlers shooting all the shooting on the floor you need those guys at the point of attack to stop the ball and the Lakers now do not have somebody. Who's going to consistently stop the ball because even though Al Rousseau is very good, he gives great effort. He's not that ball dominant bobber. He's not that. So if you don't have that, you need that when a James Harden on the floor, right, you need a guy to be able to stop James Harden at the point of attack nobody's GonNa stop exactly these make. Things tough but we know that Patrick Beverley will be able to limit. James. Aren't. He will be able to impose his will at some point in the series he'll make a difference he will make it. He would absolutely be a difference maker in just because you overcome him, you also have to have the wing play to be able to stop not one but two. Wings with the clippers, they just have different ways to beat you rather than just being dominated by literally one person out there and the Lakers they have a weakness right now and that's defending guards. So if defending guards if someone's weakness in your names James Harden, how would you WANNA play? The absolutely would apply that team that's and that's something to keep in mind to. Somebody's mentioning. I'm getting a lot of people saying is saying the rockets on fire can the rockets beat the clippers? Yes absolutely. Rockets could beat the clippers again I wouldn't picked them to do it but but they certainly could some people saying that kind of playing the positioning game cheapens basketball in general I give you two really throw out jared Dudley start dubbed the end Quinn Cook and Markey Moore's or whatever against the rockets trying to push the rockets up in the standings or whatever that doing. That is kind of unsportsmanlike or somehow you'd be offending the basketball guys do you buy into that side of the argument at all? Yes, no because. At first, you're gonNA say well fell a little cheap but then in the end when you're pointing the title, you're just going to forget that's just the reality of it. By the time you end up playing the Los Angeles Clippers and you I don't care how you found a way to get there. Once you play that six seven game series and you overcome the clippers and then go beat the boxing finals or the Celtics I don't care who play. Once you do those series and you make those you overcome that was going to remember who play in the second round. Most people don't even know who the Miami Heat the Miami Heat I title in Two Thousand Twelve people hardly even remember any series before the Indiana series and it's very difficult to remember who they play in the first round because so we can all my God yeah. Played The whoever right? People don't remember all. They played the Hornets you don't remember who those teams I. Really Really Good. Who discern who knows. No one no one remembers but those those first to the second round it's like. No one even the the trip doesn't matter. People don't remember that the Lakers ended up beating the the the New Jersey Nets and it was a shock saying, oh, it's an easy series. People just remember the title it was an easy series, but you remember the NBA title that all that matters and the Lakers have to find I don't care if they have to manipulate the schedule if they have to lose on purpose whatever they do they've already worked hard enough all year long to get the number one seed, they've earned the right to be able to manipulate the schedule. It's a good point. I mean it's almost I almost wish that they did the seating the way they've been hockey where you get to pick your opponent. The top seed gets to pick WHO THEY WANNA play the baseballs doing that Oh yeah which basically I think that would be a really interesting but obviously that's that's not what's happening right now. All right guys we've got to come here. David Says Clippers will not make the western conference finals care what we'll put you down for that that certainly. Possible. Let's Let's do one more will wrap things up. We'll call it an evening. I'm seeing a lot of different comments in here coming in a lot of questions a lot of people talking about the rockets an obviously concerned about them and for good reason yet rightfully some. Okay. So Here's one that's been coming in a bunch. Who is your MVP? Is it Lebron James Or is it? Well, you know who I who I feel is the MVP not only because of how he played. But Lebron head to head that was to me the MVP raise in that game because teams were trending in different directions and it was almost like. Janas could have put. Really a cap on the bronze momentum and ended that race then and but Lebron James. Crank the floodgates, and then he also the very next game I can't remember which game came before which but. He and applying Kawai Leonard and he went out and dominated the Clipper Renton dominant performance against the clippers. It's not just stats to me because Russell Westbrook statistically when he was getting the triple doubles, you should have been the MVP every year. But how impactful is it really to go get numbers or are we looking at context everywhere what happens if Lebron's not on the Lakers who are the Lakers right? Okay. What happens to the bucks? Okay. Is Chris Middleton, he's playing at this level look at the rest of the Rosser they're all shooting the basketball the almost leading the NBA jump shooting from the three point line. Okay. What are the box without Janas? What are the Lakers without Lebron into me? Lebron is just more impactful to the success of the Lakers. He's created this environment where we said that he's playing in a wiki conference, he comes to the Western Conference. He gets an Anthony Davis, and now he's the number one seed in the West. Of course, they don't have a golden state warriors to have to go through, but even still they'd still be the two seed in the Western Conference of Golden State we'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they'd be the number one seed. They've still be a top two seat in the. West, which is basically debunk everything. They've ever said about Lebron James. So to me considering the narrative Lebron's EP, but the way Janas has been playing and just it seemed like the that analysts and the wave was still jaanus would your husband on us the entire time it surprises me and he's been really good. He's been been very, very good and he certainly deserving but I think a lot of the mainstream media has kind of just brushed. Lebron aside and just latched onto this whole. It's Janas thing and people thrown out there. Your stupid. If you think it's it's Lebron and all I mean not literally saying that but implying that Piece where where he said it's Janas and it's not even close or something about effect. Look Janas has been great but I think you have to like narrative matters context matters when you look at all those things that leans toward Lebron but I also think we go back to our big Lakers Nation Watch party and that was an amazing night and Janas gets hurt and he's going to be out two weeks. And then everything shuts down. Imagine how much ground Lebron could've made up in those two weeks that was when Lebron was hitting threes from half court just for fun and he was playing on just a completely other level. I think this MVP race could look very, very different hand things continued to play out. Another few weeks. Yeah. While I agree it seems to me like the people who earn believe Jonah's is the MVP right now always really wanted him to be the MVP and NBA MVP is really all narrative driven and they haven't given up on Janas in taking over as the best player in the game. The whole narrative because they did this with Steph curry and Steph curry to me should have won the MVP all that. But if you look at even before that with a derrick rose winning MVP overall sale Lebron James Bro. Statistically he was better in literally no way but the narrative of him going out with the Chicago Bulls. What was on his plate? Offensively, he was very everything for that team. Offensively, they were a low scoring team that needed him to score the basketball in his impact on that bulls team was the. Reason why not just points per game or assist per game rebounds because you see you throw up seventeen rebounds it's very impressive. It's dominant but in terms of impact, Jaanus is not as impactful as a Lebron James, it's just as simple as that and to me the narrative of what he's done for this Lakers organization where they'd be without him to me, he's the MVP Lebron is but I feel that the it's GonNa go to feel that Yoenis sky to take just based on how media is headed. But hopefully, as a result will seem angry Lebron James Look into prove everybody wrong in the playoffs and that could be kind of silver lining. Right guys. Let's wrap things up there. Appreciate you guys all the questions on the comments can. And been great those join us from Youtube from facebook periscope. Awesome stuff. Sure you subscribe to the Lakers Nation Youtube Channel finest there don't forget the notification bell get notified every time we have a new video coming out. Look Lakers take on the thunder weird afternoon game at three thirty. I'll be checking that out and we'll be going live right after talking all about it. Breaking everything down joining you guys. This is awesome. Basketball's back. It's great to actually be doing a true post game show once again era guys. Don't forget follow Gary Gary Sheffield Junior on both twitter and instagram. You can follow me at Trevor Underscore Lean on twitter at troubling NBA on instagram till next time everybody. And stay.

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Gentleman's Sweep: Lakers Knock Out Blazers

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Gentleman's Sweep: Lakers Knock Out Blazers

"Bleeding purple and gold from the heart of Los Angeles this is the Lakers nation dot Com podcast your host Trevor Lane. whoo-hoo. Indeed, Kobe gotTa love that Lakers win gentleman sweep four games to one take out the Portland trail. Blazers. The series is over the Los Angeles Lakers are on to the second round I. Love Guys. My Name's Trevor Lane for Lakers nation, dot com, your home for everything Lakers. We're GONNA. Talk all about the game. You just saw the Lakers win over the Portland Trailblazers in game five. We're going to talk about the highs which there were in the last few minutes we're going to talk about the lows which will happen pretty much the rest of the game and everything in between we're also going to, we're going to dive into the stance to we're also going to get into some of your questions, your comments on you're joining me from facebook from periscope from Youtube welcome in. Appreciate you guys joining me tonight just me but again, I always say it's not really just me. It's me and all of you we're going to be talking about everything going on here and I know I know Chris the masterpiece masters is watching live here. He I'm sure is going to be texted me as we go through it's got my phone out just in case he sends anything. Anything in that, we need to go over. He actually had a match tonight in Texas. So obviously, he did he did well there, and so that's great. We're going to dive into everything that we need to talk about for this one. But again, the most important thing the Lakers are under the second round the second round of the playoff semi-finals. Here we go. Lakers or they're gonNA. Love it. So, let's talk a little bit about just the game flow first of all. So going into this one, this is one of those games where I said, it was going to be an energy thing going in fact, I wrote a piece for Lakers nation Dot Com all about the keys to victory for the Lakers and I talked about how this is the type of game where you give a team energy they will take advantage of it and next thing you know you've got fight if you come out in this game thinking, okay the series over we're up three. To one, we can just Kinda coast they're missing their star Damian Lillard and you let down and you are not sharp. You're going to have a challenge on your hands and that's what we saw tonight you'd C. J. mccollum went bonkers in the Lakers looked like it was so different you could visibly tell win the Lakers were trying versus when they weren't I mean their defense was not what we're used to seeing and then at the very end they just kind of okay we'll try again it was just this game of burst for the Lakers where it felt. Like they push down the gas pedal a little bit got a little bit of a lead said, okay cool. We can coast now let off a little bit next thing you know the blazers catch up Lakers say okay we'll have to try a little bit again. Let off again same thing blazers catch up they just never put them away and that's on one hand. That's not a great thing that's not a good quality you WanNa see in a team you want teams that are GonNa have that killer instinct get up by twenty get up by twenty five whatever. It is and just say okay, cool Lebron. Anthony Davis you guys take as for the rest of the game fourth quarter. Sit over there on the bench rest up were good But at the same time, what the players have been dealing with recently and given all of the circumstances, it's actually a very difficult thing to do to stay as locked in as you need to be in order to be successful defensively in the NBA. So I understand it it's not great but I understand why what we saw tonight happened why it was a frustrating it was this. Game but also say this. There was no point during this game where I thought Oh, the Lakers are going to lose this right I. Don't think that I'm alone in that based on the reaction I've seen online I know point was I thinking Oh man that we're going to game six? No, it never felt like the Lakers were not in control because you could tell it was so obvious that they they weren't trying their best. which I it's like they were trying to do the bare minimum to get through this game and again give them all the circumstances and everything. That's that's understandable I suppose. But and no felt appointed I feel threatened in this one so. It is what it is. We're going GONNA get stats in just a minute. But I I we got US send our best wishes to Gary Sheffield junior you guys know. So he posted twitter. So it's public now so I can. I can mention it on here but obviously best wishes to. Gary. He he did test positive for covert and from what he's told me, he has lost his sense of smell and taste So but other than that. He's doing. Okay. So again he's doing, okay we're looking forward to him being able to rejoin us. He is quarantining himself for the next few weeks, and so that's why you're not going to see him on here or anything like that. But but I was texting with him during the game. He was making fun of K. P. Missing, layup. He seems to be in good spirits and everything. So again, best wishes to Gary and. Hopefully, he will be on the way back now. I will also this. I spent a little time making some new transitions for the show, and so we're going to try these out a little bit and throw him in here, and the first thing that we're going to dive into is stat. So we'RE GONNA WE'RE GONNA set up a show a little bit differently in terms of having some different segments in categories, and so the first segment I want to get into is our stats breakdown. Here we go. All right. So the Lakers are gonNA pull up with the win in this one, thirty, one to one, twenty, two, the final score they outscored the blazers by well actually. Yeah. They always out sort of by one in the fourth it felt like a much bigger verse because they the Blazers and eight nothing run to start the quarter but they really put their foot down on the gas on the fourth quarter. First Guy, we gotTa Talk About Anthony Davis Good Lord. How thankful are you guys that the? Lakers did that trade now and they got Anthony to forty three points forty three points on the night for Anthony Davis. That is ridiculous. Fourteen of eighteen shooting eleven of thirteen to the free from the free throw line four of six from deep nine boards forces one steal weird that he didn't have any blocks but look, here's been the difference with Anthony. Davis is game over the last two, three games. It's been the mid range jumper that has been falling for remember game one when he couldn't hit anything he was eight of twenty four shooting and he was fired from deep. Yeah. He got all those misses out of his system. Now his jumper has smooth and it is pure. This is is a very bad sign for the rest of the NBA. Because, what do you do with Anthony Davis when he suddenly automatic from fifteen to twenty feet that used to be the game plan for you try to wall them off, make him do a jump shooter well, not when you shoot four of six from three and he's nailing all of his shots in the mid range he is has turned that mid range shot into a weapon now we have to. Hope that it sticks around and that he's able to continue hitting that. But this was a monster performance from Anthony Davis and some clutch shots some shots that maybe we haven't seen out of him all season but some plays where when it was time to really push down on the gas pedal and time to surge ahead, there was Anthony Davis coming up timely buckets incredible stuff from him Lebron James. Not so bad himself a triple. No big deal just a triple double thirty, six points ten boards. Tennis says still one block and I felt like, Lebron was in Costa Mode. Didn't you? I. Felt like Lebron was in coast mode most of the night and yet. There it is. He has this insane stat line also leads the team, an a plus twenty overall I. Think as much as we felt like Lebron might have been coasting. It was very obvious when he was off the floor that he wasn't there right like the offense just looked so different and so we got to see just how good Lebron James still is and how efficient he is and how he doesn't he doesn't look like he's trying. And he just puts up ridiculous numbers fourteen of nineteen shooting four of seven from three, four four from the line Incredible stuff. Absolutely incredible stuff from Lebron James. CASE EP. Japan with fourteen points only five or twelve shooting but four of nine from deep. Again, we've talked about how Casey has rediscovered his shot and he is knocking in the threes at a high rate and that's exactly what the Lakers needed. We saw both Danny Green and KC struggling Danny Green didn't have a great night shooting case EP was fine from behind the ARC. That's what you need from him for for nine from deep. We'll take that all day every day. If he can do that, that mitigates Danny Green's shooting woes. If those continue shall last game, hopefully, he can pick it up by next round but again, fourteen points five assists for Casey. As well, the Lakers were doing a nice job moving the ball and three steals so nice performance out of him tonight, and then you've got eleven points out of Dwight Howard Dwight, Howard? Especially in the first half I loved the activity level. We saw from Dwight five of nine shooting, six boards and eleven points from him. That's great on the negative side Kyle Kuzma three of twelve shooting four from three. Perhaps. Perhaps, a master lock of the night. Candidate. Right. Here, two of four from the free throw line three boards one steal one block five. And I felt like a lot of cruise missiles were not smart. They were not smart fouled. They were they were fouls where he just got a little overly aggressive little, overly anxious. Which isn't what we've seen Outta Kouzmin lately he's been playing very smart defense recently, and so I was a bit surprised with what we saw it. Okay. Kuzma and the shooting was not great. He did make some pretty scrappy plays getting to lose falls and things like that. Did some things that don't show up in the box score still finishes on a plus as a plus seven plus minus. So you'll take that and I thought it was okay performance. But when you add up three for twelve shooting plus you add in the five fouls in particular, some of them were kind of momentum files. Not Not a great not the ideal performance. Kouzmin. Looking over at the Blazers, you've got twenty seven points out of Carmelo Anthony Throwback performance nine of sixteen shooting. You had use of narcotics at Sixteen Gary Trump junior had sixteen, but the big story of course, for them was CJ mccollum who went beserk thirty six points. Seven assists six boards gutsy performance, three threes. Thirteen twenty five shooting, and his little mid range shot was was was going in. You know that's been one of the issues I've had with the Lakers is has been their defense they've been over helping into the paint and not covering the three I thought tonight, they did a better job getting out to the three point. Shooters or at least paying attention to them, the blazers still knock them down forty eight percent a lot of that though was on a secondary or a third rotation where the Lakers just weren't sharp there. But CJ mccollum, some really tough shots why insane for a while now, I'd rather see the Lakers let some of the guards get into the paint rather than send multiple defenders into the paint to. Try to stop them and make that guard shoot over the Lakers bigs tonight C. J. mccollum did that and he did it well You look at why this game was close again forty eight percent from deep for the blazers eighty percent from the line forty, seven percent from the field. But the Lakers just a little bit better fifty, five percent from the field not as good from three thirty. Nine percent from three, but still solid percentages from the Lakers as well, and they were able to close this thing out guys I am going to get into some of your questions and comments right now. So this whole segment now is all on you guys but I quick shot out to one of our sponsors. We've got MANSCAPING DOT com your home for some men's grooming products phenomenal was. Like the lawnmower three point Oh, you can go check them out and if you head over to manscaping dot com and use Promo Code Nation Twenty twenty percent off and free shipping we always appreciate it when you support the companies and helps support us so we should go check out MANSCAPING DOT COM. All right. Let's get into our next segment of the night. We've got the Lakers nation fan zone. All right. So this part of the show is all about you. So I'm going to be taking all of your questions all your comments I'm looking in here the Chatham seeing Oliver coming in from Youtube from facebook from periscope, you guys are throwing in all kinds of cool stuff. Let's see here. All, right? I've already seen some people talking about about the transitions and all that kind of stuff that we're throwing in. I've got a lot of comments JR Smith. All right. Let's get into that right now. Let's get into that one right. Now I've got Bro Jerry Smith didn't have that many minutes tonight Mark Morris had more minutes tonight. Yes. So that was a little bit surprising to me that Jr Smith was the was the first guy coming off the bench the first guard that he brought over say at Dion waiters we know dion waiters is the only guy who didn't play tonight. I still I don't get it. I don't know I'm hoping the Vogel will address it at some point. Again, the only thing I can come back to his defense, but that's at Jerry Smith played seven minutes and you pretty bad in those seven minutes I. Mean Look at the mistakes that he made fouling a three point shooter giving up a four point play and then shooting a three from out of bounds. Not. Like he cut the ball and then did that thing where players they push push off in order to get a drive to the basket and their toe touches, the line or whatever, and they're out no, he was just standing out of bounds when the ball got past him been a while since I've seen anybody do that look we know Jerry Smith has been good in the past. We know that one point he was one of the best three D wing players in the NBA right like that. That was the thing and Jair Smith now though what thirty five years old I don't see it. I don't I mean I, guess you can make the argument that Vogel Trust is defense a little bit more than than. Dion waiters now to be fair dion waiters was dealing with a migraine. So that's you know it is what it is but still I I'm just surprised to see him out there. Not Obviously Jerry Smith didn't get many minutes after that. So I guess. Good on there but I think it might be time to try to find someone else in the rotation I would love to see dion waiters out there because of his scoring we've talked all about it. Lakers have been dead last in the NBA drives per game and dion waiters will do that. I know the defense hasn't been great but I'd like to see him get some minutes out there. People commenting waiters was out with migraines. Yeah. We heard right before the game that he was available that he was able to play but that he was dealing with with migraines and so that could be the reason why he wasn't in in this one. But if anything it feels like to me Jerry Smith, it just keeps proving why he probably shouldn't be out there right now. He's a veteran don't get me wrong tons of respect for him. His passing has been better than I thought it would be but he hasn't been efficient as a shooter. He hasn't been great defensively and he's made some silly mistakes like those are the three things that you would. One of them is to play good defense make threes and do smart veteran things on the floor and I think he's done the opposite of all three of those things. So that's been that's been a problem. I'm already getting people that are asking about the Houston Rockets in next round. I. Don't know We'll. We'll get to that in just a minute I want to focus on right now and also I'm getting because of questions about the Victor Oladipo traded video about earlier today we will talk about that one as well but I want to focus on this game four the moment. I'm getting a lot of comments depot by the way. Now, I will get into all of that Dory guys we're getting there I will get to that. Starting lineup against the rockets. Okay. So got another question says dion for the next rounds question marks will he be the x factor see? I would have said, yes. Two weeks ago. I already said, yes dion waiters can be an x factor because we saw him do that for the seating around. We saw him come in and be an immediate scoring threat. Right he was an immediate threat to score the basketball and he was and he was great. I thought he did really well, he was the guy. We've seen the Lakers second unit and we saw it even tonight bogged down where they just can't quite get into a scoring step dignity those minutes where Frank Vogel pulled both and Anthony at the same time, pull them both off the floor in the first half and I went oh, this could bad did you need somebody in those moments who can just flat out put the ball in the basket, the Lakers version of Lou Williams if you will not saying dion waiters Lou Williams, but waiters is the kind of guy where if nothing is working, you give him the ball and you just say go do your thing. Do it go? And he can go get you a shop and he can get you a bucket. It's not always pretty. It's not always hyper efficient but as as a safety blanket security blanket, right? He can do that. He can do that for you, and that's that's what I'd like to see him. Do come off the bench get on the floor when the Braun is not in specifically. When Lebron is not in I feel like waiters should be on the floor but for whatever reason, he hasn't earned Frank Vogel Trust. And I don't know why. But? We'll. See. Patrick Martin from facebook said, why are they keeping Jr playing again I I'm not sure but. I kind of feel like tonight JR Smith was bad enough to where maybe he played his way out of the rotation. I think that's at least be on the table if you're the Lakers. That was really really bad. Okay. So we got RCB from Youtube said Danny. Green has earned Vogel's trust with a question mark. Yes. He's been in the rotation all season and I thought that. Well, he didn't shoot well one of six from three. That's not good. You can't have that outer Danny Green you need him hitting a few more threes you need them to at least be threat out there to of eight shooting. Overall, I also thought Danny Green made some smart veteran plays out there some couple of turnovers which wasn't great but also two blocks five points three assists I thought he did some good things defensively he does a really good job when he reaches indestructible getting his hand square on the ball and not getting arm, he might be one of the best players in the NBA at doing that. When a guy is getting ready to gather and go up Danny Green is very good at getting his hands on the ball and not fouling in that situation. We saw him do that tonight he's been. He's been solid defensively. And so because of that, he's got the trust of Vogel because he's a veteran because he's been in the rotation all season, and again, there's the feeling that he's going to shoot better. He shot better last game. Last game now, obviously, this will change but as of last game, his percentage for the playoffs was forty, four percent from three. And that's with us. You know panicking over green and his poor shooting he was forty four percent from three. Because he started knocking them down again that's obviously going to drop after tonight's game. When he just want one for six, it's going to drop considerably. But still, there's a better shooting. Danny. Green there. So yes, I believe the Danny Green has earned Frank Vogel Trust and for. Good, reason. Dakota Jordan Wagner from facebook in Casey P is hitting shots. Love to see it. Agreed to CODA agreed remember we were worried worried in the seating around I worried more about continuous cobo pope than any player coming back from. The quarantine coming back from the shut down because he had been rolling because we know he's a streaky shooter because he had had the best season so far I believe of his career. But we've also seen bad KC. We saw him to start the year. It wasn't as bad. It was really bad. It was Lakers. Fans are getting torches and pitchforks go march on Staples Center bad. It was the comments online were all about not just Nudges benching him but getting them off the team like people were not happy. He was blowing like air bowling lamps. That's how bad was those first few games of the season people were losing their minds and frank? Vogel said no we're going to let him find his groove. And he did he founded minutes down a little bit but then he found it and he rewarded Vogel first patients and Vogel did the same thing here stuck by Casey p. even though he was shooting terribly through the seating round and so far Casey's paid them paid them back again he's hitting shots and you gotTA. Love that makes me happy for KCPT. Glad. To see it, and by the way, he will have a player option for next season. Maybe he's back with the Lakers maybe he decides to test for agency we will see but I think he'd be a key piece for the Lakers winning a championship this season if he's hitting those shots if he's connecting from outside, it changes everything for the Lakers because suddenly defenses have to run out to him, they have to get a man to because they know he's going to kill him from behind the arc if they don't. And that's critical. That's critical for the Lakers spacing. Sean Christopher said R.I.P, Cliff Robinson. Lute Olson. Chadwick Bozeman. Cliff Robinson. It's it's been brutal I don't. I mean this is crazy. It's been crazy. I don't even know what to say about all that this has been It's one thing after another right now, and that's certainly certainly frustrating. Chowdhury from from periscope King Caruso Matchup with Patrick Beverley on defense. Okay. So if you mean, can Caruso defend. Patrick Beverley. Yes. Yeah of course. Yeah. He definitely Patrick. Beverley. Not some offensive dynamo or anything like that Caruso can defend him now are you asking? Is Patrick Beverley or is Alex Caruso on the same level as Patrick Beverley as a defender? I'M GONNA say no but not that he can't be he can be instructors. We just don't know if he can do it in the playoffs. Patrick Beverley just has the experience edge he's also and don't. There's a lot of words that I would want to use that. I can't. Here's right now but. He's not the best guy. In terms of the way, he acts towards people sometimes when he's upset and we saw this recently with his. Exchange with Michelle Robertson from from the NBA Players Association and all of that. So Roberts. So because of that. I think he's got this little bit of an edge to them that maybe crusoe doesn't. and. So I if you're coming down in a close game, I think Patrick Beverley is the guy who can make some big defensive place but the potential is there. Like, they're both defending at their best level. I think cruise right there. He's that good of a defender. He doesn't get like a ton of steals or anything, but he slides his feet very well he positionally does a good job. He's a great help defender so he can't do that but I don't think he's the kind of guy that's just going to lock somebody. Patrick Beverley is more like a one on one defender who can come up with the big stop. That's more. What beverly's going to do Caruso is gonNA play great within the defensive scheme beverly is more. If there's a guy going off. You could put them on him and he would give the guy some problems. So. That that's a difference I see. Course cody asking my Tattoo, Israel? Yes. My tattoos are are real. I like basketball tattoos what guys say All right. All right. All right people asking can we talk about Victor Oladipo now? Fine. Let's talk about victory depot. All right. So put out a video earlier today. This actually happened a few days ago I wanted to kind of let things cool down for what was going on in the NBA before we got into this whole depot rumor but Eric Pinkas flow from bleacher report put out a story. in which he explained the financial reasons why it would make sense for the Indiana Pacers Trade Victor Oladipo. And essentially, it comes down to this. They can't hit his Max number this year. So if they want to extend him if they want to extend them, they can't give them a Max offer and if you want a max offer, he can't get it from Portland they can't give it to him an extension right now would they would have to do is wait for him. To, become a free agent, the following offseason I, want to say the next summer. But who knows image really GONNA be summer but the following season they have to wait until then to offer and that but then he'll be a free agent and if you're if you're the Pacers, you then risking older depot leaves and you get nothing he just walks because he'd be a free agent. So, if you're only depot, you're probably not signing an extent below that well, below that backs number of you about seven million dollars below the Matt, his Max starting, and you can argue whether he's worth at a couple of years ago. He definitely was worth it because he was tearing it up for the Pacers he's been hurt and so his numbers of dipped but a lot of people still feel like that top level guy is still in there. So it might make some sense for the Pacers to trade him and see what kind of value you can get rather than run the risk of him walking, and then there was a story I saw out this morning that mentioned that all the depot is planning to leave the Pacers, in two, thousand, twenty, one. So. When you add all of that up, that sets up a scenario where the pacers are going to be motivated to trade him and in Pinkus he mentioned the Lakers as a potential candidate as a as a team that would be interested in trading for Victor Depot and it really does make sense. It makes a lot of sense. There's a lot of teams that would not want to trade for Victor Oladipo because he would only have one year left on his deal and then he would become a free agent. Right, and that's scary for a lot of teams. Especially, if all depot starts telling teams like Hey, I'm probably not going to stay with you teams are GonNa want to trade much for him. But for the Lakers they're planning on having cap space in the summer of two, thousand, twenty, one anyway or the season of two, thousand, twenty, one they're planning on having cap space that because this is a free agent. Few other guys are free agents that summer and so if they go treat for all the depot, even if he has one year left on his deal the worst case scenario. You're right back where you started right now in terms of cap and that's having. Some capital. Best case scenario is only depot becomes a perfect complement, Anthony Davis and the two are very similar in age and they blossom and Lebron is getting a little bit older and so you then give the depot a new contract in the summer or the off season of two, thousand, twenty one and he stays with the Lakers. Again worst cases you have money to spend in free, agency. Now, the question is, what do you have to give up in order to get him? I said you're starting with the contracting green and then you've got to add in from there and there's GonNa be other teams after him. Other teams are going to want victor all the depot. He's a good player. So you're probably looking at adding an account Kuzma and I know there's a lot of people that will instantly say, no. Right. there. Just Coosa, nope not doing it. which is fair I totally understand but I'm saying from the Pacers perspective, they're going to want something. and. Keep in mind that the Lakers can extend cow Coosa this off season, but they probably won't. and. The reason why is because they probably don't Wanna cut into that cap space for twenty twenty, one in twenty, twenty, one, Kuzma would become restricted free agent but do the Lakers really WanNa match any offer that comes in for Kyle Kuzma especially when they know they're going to be in a situation where they are chasing free agents. I don't know maybe they do. Maybe they're okay with that but I'm just saying that's a factor it's not going to be. On his current salary, it's going to become costing you a lot more. So if you're GONNA pay Kyle Kuzma who knows what he gets on the open market, maybe it's fifteen million. Would you rather play pay cow Kuzina fifteen million or did you rather put pay only depot twenty, two, million? One guy's been an all star. One Guy has. A real question to ponder, and then you might have to throw in more on top of that just to make the money work might have to add in a Caruso something like that. Is that a deal that you make, and again your banking on all the depots health. But I'm seeing questions coming in here. Already comments coming in saying only boquets hurt too much. That's fair. people say don't trade MMA then I might have seen other people saying Kuma is the eighth man. At best so I gotta come and coming in here and says, crews is the face is the next face of the Lakers. Do you see what Anthony Davis did tonight. Coups I'd like how Kouzmouk but he's not the next phase of the Lakers. I'm seeing trade COOSA. It's masons from Youtube said I'd take over depot over coups and I'm seeing other compensating saying no coups for people. I. Get it. Guys I'm sure that would be. That would be. Polarizing that idea because. We grow with these guys. Right. We become attached to them in straight basketball sense which one would you rather have its victory in the depot. But we've seen Kyle Kuzma grow obviously tonight was not a great night form but we've Seen Calicoes Madeira we've seen him get better. We've seen him approve. We know what is potential is it so there's the reluctance to let him go I mean remember cow was the only piece leftover I. Call Him the boy who lived the sole survivor the only piece left over from the Lakers rebuilding period really. I mean I guess you could argue Caruso. But that's it. It's cow crews. And so. I understand the reluctance to part with them? I'm saying financially there's some reasons to do this. Now let's also not forget the Danny Green is something. I know right now a lot of people are down on them and so you just think, oh, well, Danny Green's contract. That's it. We don't even think of Danny Green the player because we think he's not doing anything well, no, he's. He's still a factor out on the court for the Lakers he is. You makes plays defensively and I still think he's a better shooter than what we've seen. So. At the very least you have to decide though is this where we want to use this trip. Because remember even if you don't think Danny Green is going to be the guy that you need moving forward. Even if you decide, you know what? It's time to probably cut bait. He's a fifteen, million dollar expiring contract is this the move you wanna use that chip on? That's what the Lakers have to decide now and also throw in this and I mentioned this in the video and then I'm GonNa move onto something else here the pacers they don't like the Lakers they they don't remember they called the tampering police on the Lakers during the whole Paul George Situation. So. If the pieces are gonNA to treat the Lakers they're gonNA want top dollar. They will probably ask for more from the Lakers than they would from another team. The NBA's like that? How they roll. So again, I'm not expecting this to happen, but it's interesting. It's interesting that this is coming out now I don't think it's going to affect the Lakers only it's GonNa Affect how they play or anything like that but I still think it's interesting that. You know this is coming out. And the Lakers might have an opportunity to make some moves this summer, and if you can add an older depot, you can add a secondary ball handler. We've been talking about for so long. That's an all star caliber player. At. least. Consider it right. I've got a question here. Danny Green poop prove his worth second or even third round if the Lakers reached that far. Yeah I would. I would like to. I would like to see Danny Green prove himself. Question you're where are your co host? We'll go back to the beginning of the show and you can find out where they're at Christmas busy slapping, the master lock on. Somebody. A Bogdan is better than Allah depot. So you can go after Bogdonovich but again, you've got to figure something out there figure out how to make that make that work RJ Damian said, is there any way they can bring back Avery Bradley within the postseason? No everybody leaves done for the season he is not allowed to come back. Sorry I wish he could. All right. What are we get into a perfect timing art Jimbo from facebook said the rockets are going to be tough. All. Right. So let's talk about this. The rockets. Took it to the Oklahoma City Thunder today. There are now up three games to two. I predicted cutting into the series that the rockets were going to win it, and that means the rockets will be there for the Lakers to face. This is not the outcome that we wanted. Remember I was I was hoping that the standings would stay the same in the bubble and the Lakers would get either okay see or Utah. Utah has been incredible but okay see or Utah Round two and they were going to get Memphis in round one that was my ideal situation. My worst case was Portland around one and Houston around two and guess what the Lakers got. My worst case. That said, here's the deal. The rockets are good. Rockets do a good job diving down defensively the rockets present some challenges challenges because they play. So Weird, they play six seven and under video. Nice job swarming in the post. If you just try to give the ball the bigs all day you get in trouble if you're if you're trading two for three all night because you're giving the ball to Javale McGee and Dwight Howard in the post and you're getting twos sometimes out of them and the rockets are coming down hitting threes constantly you'RE GONNA lose. So they've got to figure out how they can. how they can slow down the rockets offense and as I said at the beginning, the Lakers have a tendency to over help into the paint. So when the drive gets going and they get into the paint, the Lakers have extra defenders that duck in with the rockets are very, very good at hitting the ball out to open shooters get Daniel House who's been an amazing fine for them. You get PJ Tucker knocking down threes and next thing you know you're down big. They do have Russell. Westbrook that you have James Harden who are capable of breaking down there man off the dribble at any time getting into the paint collapsing defense kicking out. Death by three it's going to be a challenge. There's no way around it. It's going to be a challenge that said. The Lakers also have a team that can place mall. You can play and I should say small in air quotes here because if you run Anthony Davis says your five which you clearly can do. Then you still have rim protection and you can put a cow who's who's much more versatile defensively at the four, and then you can match up with the rockets better, and then you're kind of killing the rockets with their own their own strategies. The one challenger for the Lakers is going to be that you basically can't play. Javale. McGee Dwight Howard. You're essentially can't play them. Like maybe you play them for two minutes of the start of the game three minutes. But they're not gonNA be able to to defend on the perimeter and they're not gonNA give you enough offense to force the blame the the rockets to do anything on their end. So I don't think you can really play the much and that's part of the reason why the Lakers have been so good defending the rim is you constantly have Javagal or Dwight in there to help protect the paint and to rebound. So I think this is going to be a key series if the rockets do get through, I'm not count out. Okay. But. If the rockets get through I, think the key guy is going to be cow Kouchner. How much to see step up defensively on the boards, and then what can you give you on the offensive end because I think he's going to have to play major minutes because the Lakers are gonNA. Go small a lot that means a lot of cow but at the at the four. Franklin Palladio says the rockets have challenged against La Too Yeah look the the Lakers aren't an easy. Option for the rockets either that's not easy. Match Up I. Think the Clippers are actually a worse matchup for the rockets. So they're probably a little bit relieved there. But the Lakers aren't an easy match for like. The rockets they'll put pj Tucker on the Brown. But WHO's GonNa Defend Anthony Davis. Nobody. They they don't. They don't have some wanted their they may end up putting. PG. Tucker Davis but then WHO's defending Lebron Right, you're probably putting Robert Covington on Davis and he can do some good things there That's probably the matchup that they'll go with, and so you need Anthony Davis to dominate that match which he's got sized rubbings very, very good defender though, but Davis is on so the Lakers can figure out ways to get a go and I think the series should go well for La but again, the rockets can take and make so many threes that if they get hot, it can be a challenge if they miss the Lakers are gonNA blow them out. But the rockets are hitting threes. It's it's going to be a very, very tough game tough series. I. Think it will be I think the big question though is. Can the Lakers figure out the rockets? Can you adjust to what the rockets do encounter it and it might take us a game or two in the series for the Lakers to really figure out the rockets they don't play traditional style of basketball and so takes the while what we've been saying all along about. Houston we've been saying that. In the regular season on a random Wednesday night in January. They're going to give you problems because you don't have that much time to prepare for them in the playoffs when you can lock in and you get used to seeing them and you know exactly what they're going to be doing. And you can prepare for that for a seven game series of that, you have a better chance of countering what they're doing because you're going to become more familiar with it than if you just see them random game between seeing a bunch of other teams So that's the counterargument there, and the hope is that the Lakers will be able to figure it out and counter whatever the rockets are doing. Scott's trevor what do you think the series is going to go to Houston I'm not GonNa make a prediction on the series just yet I want to dive into the stats a little bit and I want to wait for Houston, actually get through again, I can't count out. Okay. So you just yet because Chris Paul is very very, very good and I thought okay. See was unsustainably bad from the offensive end of the floor tonight. And so I think that we might see a bounce back from okay see. It comes down to how effective westbrook would be. Yeah. So this is going to be a series where you're really wishing you had avery Bradley. Right to defend if not hardened westbrook to go on their. Casey that's a rough ask to have him defending either Westbrook or harden. It's rough. I actually think Kyle Kuzma has had a little bit more success defending Westbrook. Luis Islas from facebook said we shouldn't be reacting to them I. Get it I know like. I understand that way of thinking that you force them to adapt to you. But they're not going to. They're not what are they like? Tyson, Chandler is their only center. They're not putting them in there. They're not. So the rockets are GonNa, continue shooting threes all day. And again, if you are leaving their three-point shooters open all day. And they can hit. It's just math if they can hit forty percent from three. They're going to win. Right, if you had, for example, let's say each team had one hundred possessions and he put up one hundred shots which never happens. There's turnovers all that kind of stuff but just to make the math easy. If the rockets took a hundred three's and say they shoot forty percent as a team. Very very achievable especially, if they're wide open because the Lakers are playing a center. They make forty percent that's one hundred, twenty points if the Lakers play a center all game and they're getting easy looks at the rim. And they shoot. Fifty five percent from the field and they're shooting choose all game. They lose one twenty to one ten. Because math now, obviously fouls get called in there and that changes things and it's it's not quite that simple but overall too big math problem and trading three for too long term. You lose. And so that's why you don't want to say, Oh, well, we'll make them adjust to us and then hope that we can defend them or hope they miss or whatever. They're probably not going to shoot very very well, you're probably better off just matching them, and then if you can no longer give them an advantage and you still have a size advantage because you have Anthony Davis. Well. That's the argument for the Lakers right if you can shut down some of their shooting and knock down to thirty five percent, still get your points inside because you've got a D. in there. That's your game plan for success. I'm seeing in all caps. So we know they're serious Vasquez said playoff Rondo. Yeah. So Rondo is still MIA still dealing with those back spasms however from what I heard he did practice yesterday he did practice yesterday. So there is some optimism here now by having this time off actually really glad the Rondo didn't play tonight because this gives them time to get. Right. We had a few games off when the Games were postponed. So Rondo obviously had some time to heal up there. Now the Lakers are waiting for the winner of Houston Okay See I game six I hope okay. See wins it in triple overtime and I hope game seven goes to triple overtime. I. Want to see a beaten and bloodied team whoever gets through emerging to play a rested Laker. Squad. I want that series two seven and that will give Rondo that much more time to come back and then hopefully hopefully, we'll find out if playoff Rondo is indeed still thing. We'll see. Esteban surrounds, as said, Rondo was gonNA shut the haters up. I hope. So man, even if you count me among the haters because I've always said I'm not a big Rondo Guy I want to see him do well, he's wearing the purple and gold. I would love to see Rhonda go out there and absolutely kill it and go nuts. Would love to see them but again. I'm. Not I'm not confidence GONNA happen but if I will be cheering as loud as I possibly can be taken laps around my house if playoff Rondo shows up. It'd be great I would love to see it. Restored said you already Rondo Hater? Fair enough I tried to just call it like it. parts aside trip. Do you think? Sorry sorry guys, I, lose some of these comments. Do you think the type of defense? We had a play on Damon CJ set us up to play Russ and hardened yet. That's a good question. So It does give you a little bit another very different players, James, Harden and Russell Westbrook compared to Lillard and CJ mccollum terms of how they score what they do their tendencies and all that. But so for the on ball defenders, I don't think it helps a ton. I mean you have to be locked it all the time you'RE GONNA get lit up I. think that doesn't change. But for the off ball defenders I think it's pretty big because you're focal point has to be on those guys. Right. If you're off ball and you're defending PG Tucker you always have to have an eye on okay. What what's James Harden doing you also always have to consider that and same thing with Westbrook and so in that way, it's similar to the blazers where if you're defending Whoever Gary Junior. You've also got nine on CJ mccollum. You've also got nine on Damian Lillard I think that similarity is there but otherwise I think their different enough to where it's not like selling going up against. Lillard and mccullum is a crash course on how to defend James Harden and Russell Westbrook because they're so different in terms of how they attack. Harden. We'll get the flop calls. Yeah. Get ready get ready for some games where you are frustrated with the officials. There's GonNa be some calls. There's no question GonNa Happen. It's GonNa. Happen. Do you see US beating either Houston or KC yeah. I think regardless of which team gets through. I think the Lakers can beat them in fact that would be my pick be the late for the Lakers to beat whoever gets through. That's the way I see it going. I think the Lakers will win over either of those teams. But again for me, it's not necessarily about with the Lakers win. It's about what is going to be the best. Probability for them to get through and the quickest right this the playoffs are a war of attrition. It's not just. Did you. Did you lose its? Did you survive? Right? Do you have guys getting hurt? Are they worn out? We saw a worn out blazers team for a few games share in the middle of this series. Are. They worn out. Are they beat up or did you fly through a series of four straight games and now you guys are arresting in they're ready to roll I think that matters. browbeat shed I. Reckon we can beat Houston Westbrook and harden. Yeah I I agree I, think they definitely can. Sean Christopher said, the Lakers backcourt needs to remember not to file three point shooters of the rockets? Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely, do not fell three point shooters. That means if he does his little step back move, you don't contest as strongly as you normally would. You certainly don't contest him straight on you're going at an angle making sure that you don't get conduct. He's going to do everything he can and get contact. You saw tonight you saw CJ mccollum Jab Jab Javale McGee with elbow and get called in jail gets called for a foul. Players are doing that stuff and the revs are falling for it and James. Harden. We'll absolutely do it. So you've got to be very careful when you're him bruce old you completely writing okay off no I've said it a few times. I I am not writing. Okay. See off no way. Absolutely. Not Chris. Good I think the okay. See Offense is better than what we saw tonight. I'm not writing them off I could very easily see them winning game six, and then in a game seven, who knows we've seen the Houston Rockets go over twenty seven from three. In crunch time. Leave by the three, you can die by three to. All right somebody who's asked me do you have a master lock of the night? Transition Well Funny, you should mention that. Yes. I do and I feel a little bit weird unveiling without Chris here but I know cruises watching because he's texted me. So Chris Man let's go ahead and let's unveil the master lock of the night transition, and then let's go throw out who gets the master of the night tonight. Here we go. All right. So the master lock of the night tonight I don't like giving it to Lakers players I. Don't I'd rather give it to Portland player. In fact, an honorary master law goes to Carmelo Anthony who got upset when Javale McGee and they gave them a two handed shove but Carmelo played. So well, tonight I can't say he deserves a master lock tonight's master lock. In this pains me because this is my guy. This is the guy that I think has been great in the playoffs he's been stepping up. He's been consistent but tonight. It's not his night. Being putting the master logs com Kuzina. Maybe. Maybe passing out. And then when he comes to reset Kouzmin and we'll get the kyle. Kuzma we've seen in the bubble up to this point because tonight was not his he was three of twelve shooting oh of four from deep. You need coups, Muhiddin those threes, and then he was aggressive and got to the line but only shot fifty percent when he get when he got there five thousand, some of them were just silly fouls I did think he made some. Hustle plays but overall Kyle. Kuzma. Just did not quite have it tonight. Again I don't WanNa hit on him too much because I think he has been very, very good lately but tonight Kyle Kuzma did not bring it eight points on the night in two thousand, five minutes again if they see the Houston. Rockets in next round we're GONNA have to see a much much better version of CAL Calcutta. So for tonight, he's getting the master lock of the. People are asking why JR Smith it because he barely played he made to really bad mistakes and he and then he was off the floor. So that's why I went kyle. Kuzma. But in terms of how bad the mistakes were. Yeah. Maybe we need to pass out to master locks at this point because Jerry Smith shot a ball from standing out of bounds and that never happens. So. Let's. and. I'm seeing a few more people saying Jerry. Smith, only played a few minutes. Exactly. That was my rationale for why JR Smith wasn't getting the national because it wasn't that damaging whereas Kyle Kuzma made some silly plays wasn't hitting shots all of that. So that's why I went. Kyle Kuzma but maybe we just need to pass out to tonight. And give one JR Smith to again because how ridiculous that you shoot a three? From standing out of bounds at. Haven't seen that in a long long time. So again, hopefully we'll we'll see better out of cal cruise boat and maybe the rotational change and we won't see quite so much jared Smith nothing against Jerry Smith but hopefully, he will get a little bit a little bit better. Hopefully, he will be able to be a factor moving forward. So that is the master lock of the US can see us no I'm I'm am fulltime now. All right. We talked about this before I'm fulltime at this point I was working two jobs at the same time. Now, I can focus all my attention on just lakers. So that's why we're getting stuff like the transitions being added in and things like that, and there's more coming guys mortar calm. But now, I've got more time to build out the show and do things like that. So more stuff coming but just give me a taste of what what we're going to do moving forward here. Right. So master lock of the night, let's give out to why not we're going with Kyle Kuzma and we're going with JR Smith. Let's talk about Caruso Alex Crusoe was good. Alex Caruso was good. As could be as you usually is I thought that he turned the ball over a few times but defensively liked a lot of things that he did out there. So I'm not gonNA worry about Kosovo here's A. Plus five overall. Yeah four steals he did up three total turnovers which are ugly but other than that I didn't have a problem with with Caruso. All right guys appreciate all of you for coming in appreciate all your questions all your comments if you're joining Youtube you're joining periscope you're joining from facebook again. Thank you guys for joining me next game. We don't know exactly win it's going to be but. It'll be there against the Houston Rockets or Oklahoma City thunder right now, I'd say most likely it's going to be the rockets, but we'll see again can't write off. Okay. See they play next we will do another post game show this hopefully I will have Chris back and hopefully gary will start feeling better again best wishes to Gary Sheffield Junior. All right guys again, thank you for coming in. If you guys want to follow me, you can find me on twitter at from underscore lane could also follow the Lakers accounts at Lakers nation on twitter and facebook at Lakers nation official on instagram till next time. See you stay safe.

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"Believing purple and gold from the heart of Los Angeles. This is the Lakers nation dot com podcast with Euros Trevor? Lane? Hello everybody. Welcome in to the Lakers nation podcast. My name is Trevor Lane for Lakers nation DOT COM. It is playoff time Lakers versus blazers. Let's go. We're going to talk all about a break down the matchup adverse quick reminder guys look. We always appreciate it when you support the companies that support us today, our sponsor is manscaping dot com some excellent men's grooming products especially, the lawnmower three point Oh very. Very, precise device, you definitely have to check it out and in the great thing is coming through us. You can get twenty percent off and free shipping. All you have to do is go to manscaping dot com and use our Promo Code Nation Twenty. Go check them out joining me today we have Alan Leeward from ESPN follow me on twitter at Allen's Lihua Allen made. It's been too long. How're you doing? is going on I mean, did you say we have first round of of MBA playoffs coming up I it still doesn't register to me not all there for me. Yeah it's crazy. It's been six seasons somehow since we've seen the Lakers in the playoffs. I'm Giddy. At this point I can't believe that we're finally here through everything through covert and everything else that we've seen. Now the Lakers are back in the playoffs and they've got to deal with the good pretty good Portland Trailblazers team. I love it. Actually you know it's it's kind of interesting as a fan. You always WANNA. You know we could say, well, you don't want the easiest path. You know you'll hear that a lot and I'm a Mike Nive I've been pretty good with the Lakers if we can get an easy path couple couple matchups that are favorable to us we'll take them but I know what it was I feel like the Lakers need the blazers in the first round like I feel like they need a little bit of a wake up call to kind of. Just, get go. You know we've been. We know they've been in Orlando now for Lyle, but at the same time on, really had much to play for. So I have I. Think we're in for some good basketball in the next couple of weeks. So you're of the mindset it sounds like Allen that you think that they will raise their games up to the challenge that the blazers bring being Damian Lillard and CJ mccollum I've been been thinking along. Gave me the easiest past path to the finals. GimMe the grizzlies or whoever, and I'm beginning called out quite a bit by Lakers fans who have been saying saying, no if you're a true shape and you should be able to deal with anybody but I liked the your take your you're looking at the positive side thinking this is what's GonNa Kinda snap the Lakers out of the funk that there were only three and five in bubble play. Lie I don't think you know was Memphis in the first round. Travel where you'RE GONNA get up for that for I mean just from like a fan perspective. Yes we're going to enjoy it but you're thinking about from a player's perspective where they going to jump out of bed tomorrow morning and say, Wow, it's playoff basketball like our lives are on the line I. Don't think they were having Poland kind of changes that for them you know Portland's been i. Don't have to vote the way they've been playing what they had to accomplish to obviously just get to where they are and be a part of the postseason but I'm okay with it I think it's GonNa be I like the fact that we're going to get right out of the gates of good exciting. Basketball Lakers left to be on top of their game the guards are GonNa have you know? They're going to have to figure out how to try to at least slowdown, Damian, Lillard CJ mccollum Gary Trend Junior. So I kinda like I like the concept of coming right out the gate having to play an opponent that certainly is not going to lay down to you because I didn't try. Now failed. Lose. And then take everything back that I sat. Famous. Allen I lost you for just a second there and you actually like you did a little mario brothers. Thing I don't know why we had all these kind of tech issues coming in and you like your screen shrink to tiny size than wit backup. Anyway it's fun watch for A. Youtube are. Yeah we're. We're good. Now I I I hope fingers crossed but but look I think that you're right that it does give them something to get up to to play against. But let's talk about that guard that guard match OB's. That's what everybody's talking about from the Lakers side. That's what you're going to be concerned with its dealing with Damian Lillard. Dealing, with CJ mccollum Casey Danny Green Alex Caruso now Rajon Rondo is is back. We don't know exactly when he's going to start playing again but he's back in their dion waiters can the Lakers guards you can't shut down these guys but do you think the Lakers guards have it in them to at least make life difficult on those high-scoring blazers cart. At the that that's a million dollar question right? Trevor. It's like trying to figure out daming go off for another fifty i. think what's just as important as Damian going off for fifty is if Lillard gets his make sure it doesn't. Twelve Times half of it. I'll make sure it doesn't have enough of it. If they going to go off for fifty points, make sure Gary Trenton Junior and Carmelo anthony don't combine for forty. You know what I mean like I didn't that's going to be the key for the Lakers. If Damian's GonNa get his then he gets his what would you gotTa make sure is that? Not Everybody is scoring at will. That's that's one of the things I saw Portland as much attention to Damian Lillard mccollum was still getting twenty five. You had others, shooters contributing you had Yousef Nerkin another twenty inside the paint. So I think that's going to be the key, not just the Lakers by the anytime you play the Portland Trailblazers if one person gets hit it. To. Control. A G with the Lakers in Anthony Davis I'm sure there's GonNa be a lot of teams that say, well, let's try and stop Anthony Davis or it's just a D. that gets his most likely. You're GonNa Tried Soft Anthony Davis and let players Casey Paean Caruso beat them It's going to be a challenge for these Lakers guards no question about. It only thing travel. You know if you really think about it the the Portland Trailblazers have pretty much played nine postseason games. I wonder if they're just I wonder if they're a little tired I wonder if if just for them to get to this point, took a little bit a little wind out of their sales where the Lakers should be fresh. Yeah. That's a great point. I was talking about that. The other day Damian Lillard had a post game quote after the Grizzlies after they took out the grizzlies where he said you know we didn't fight as hard as we thought in order to get here just to to give up essentially on paraphrasing there but but they really have had to. Fight from day one in the bubble, they've played every single game like their lives depend on it because it did I mean they were going home. If they deserve those games Lillard has averaged forty two minutes per game mccullum has averaged forty one minutes per game. That's a lot of minutes. I'm the Lakers I'm doing everything I can to at least make. Life difficult on them, sending waves of defenders at them so that you hope by the fourth quarter, their legs are shot. I think there is an advantage there that perhaps the Lakers can seize upon but let's flip things around for just a minute here Alan. You mentioned that he Davis in defending him of teams have been doubling him on the. On the cash and so that has been a fairly effective strategy so far but we know Zach, Collins is going to be out of game one for Portland. He's dealing with some health issues. So if you're the Lakers, what are you doing to try to get a d. going and do the blazers have anybody who has any hope of of stopping him? The don't I. Don't think they have any chance by the way I. Don't know who's GonNa Stop Lebron James, and if you see how many points. If you see how many points the blazers are giving up They're not playing any defense so I think right now. The Blazers of what an amazing team this is but I think people are talking about them like the eighty showtime era something like give it a second I mean they're they're playing good basketball. They got a lot of holes to There is no answer answer to Anthony Davis We've seen the Lakers when they do want to lockdown on defense when the Games. Met something they do actually do play some pretty decent decent defense. They haven't done it in the bubble GONNA get back one the things think Anthony Davis is going to have to do is he's got to be aggressive and that's that to me changes everything for the Lakers when he's aggressive, it's a completely different team when he decides maybe over things A. Little bit maybe isn't selfish enough and is trying to find that open shooter. You can always kick the ball out but the Balkan go right back. Anthony Davis I. THINK THERE'S A lot of times they settled too much when Lakers take thirty plus three pointers a game. If I'm another team and I'm saying, wait a minute so you're going to tell me that. Instead of Anthony Davis, having the ball down low getting to the free throw line where he shoots over eighty percent getting all our other bigs into foul trouble. Instead of that Lakers are GonNa live with Casey p taken seven threes and Danny Green taking another seven Caruso and coups and all these other players you take your chances. So I think if you're anthony. I'm not saying he has to do at every possession but tribe, you've got to be a little bit more selfish. Sometimes, you gotta go away of WHAT'S THE SMART? What's the right basketball play nobody nobody can stop Anthony Davis I think he's got to be. One, the baton says. We got a win or lose based upon my performance and he goes to work. Yeah When people have to end and that has been a criticism of ad a little bit is that he's been a little bit passive at times. This is one of those series where he has to really get in there put on his hard hat and just battle in the paint because he can make a big difference in their if the blazers were trying to defend him. I they're gonNA stick use of Merkich Dwight Howard or Javale McGee, this is a series where the Lakers actually can run a center. It's not like if you're playing the rockets or or somebody like that. That goes small a lot. So. I think whoever they stink on Anthony Davis they might even be Carmelo Anthony. We'll see. They're in for a long long night. So I think he's got to be aggressive and you mentioned Lebron, James. Same thing the Blazers Trevor Rees it did not report to the bubble I stayed home with family, which is understandable. You know nothing against him there. Same thing with avery Bradley everybody's got to make their own individual choice there. But there is no reason there for the blazers I am expecting we've been talking about playoff Rondo is that a thing I want to find out what playoff Lebron looks like because we have not seen that in purple and gold just yet and I I can't wait to see what he's GonNa do to these blazers. I'll tell you what he's GonNa do. He's going to slice and dice. He's been doing for the rest of the NBA When he goes off to the bench, we see that in the team completely changes that we won't change for a while as well Now, the been amazing this year Trevon and we've got obviously opportunities to get a chance to see him over the last couple of years much more than when. He was with Cleveland or when he was with Miami even though we are watching a lot of those games but with all that being said, I would say at the end of the day Lebron is GonNa be Lebron James. I have such a fascination with what the Anthony Davis do what the calculus must do because you know eighties only been in thirteen playoff games and the expectations going to be as big as. Any player in the entire Bible. So I I think we're going get the right version of Lebron James. The question's GonNa be can everybody else keep up with them? You know you mentioned that you mentioned cow whose mother that's where I was going next Allen. You're one step ahead of me Kyle Kuzma I, think for for me. In the bubble, we've seen the cow that Lakers fans have been begging pleading, praying, what everyone save for for the last however many years he's been consistent. He's been shooting the ball well I even like what he's been doing on the defensive end of the floor Tim Me Kyle Kuzma is the X. Factor. In this series, you WanNa match up mccullum matchup Lillard, scoring wise with the Brooklyn and ad fine but if Kyle Kuzma can step up and give you that consistent fifteen eighteen points per night on average. The Lakers become much more difficult team to stop. So I'm expecting big things on account. Kuzma. But with this being his first playoff series, what are you think we're going to see out of him to the nerves get to Kuzma or is he or is he a guy that just pushes through mob mentality nothing bugs him. I don't know of nerves will get to him I think this is one of the few players I feel like. He's going to like those close games. He's GonNa like when he has to take a big shot, he's bald in it. So that part of it I think we're fine on the Kuzma Front I. Think there's just a lack of experience is going to hurt them right the fact that he's never played in a playoff game the fact that you only know what you know and I think that's the position that coups is going to be in there's going to be situations and predicaments where coups makes a mistake that two years from now he doesn't make the same mistake. So I don't know what we're. GonNa get from coups every single night. That Lebron said a couple of days ago that he's got to be the third best player on this team if the Lakers win an NBA championship but. You know in order for that to happen something that we got to see on on a night in night out basis can't be we see coups do it for one night and we don't see for two more nights. So until where I think around two rounds it and You know. You sixteen tonight that's just the lock you could put it in there. I I'm not I know what his potential is I. Don't know what he's GonNa do yet come postseason because he's never been in this position before and but I'm not worried about that. Worried about will the moment get to them I think he actually drives in those moments. Yeah. I agree one hundred percent. I think we've already seen him hit a game winner in the. Bubble I feel like we've seen more consistency but at the same time, the sample size is small and historically has been inconsistent. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed though and hoping that Kyle Kuzma can be that consistent threat for for the Los, Angeles Lakers what about the bags what about dealing with this is been a big shot in the arm to the Portland Trailblazers Giddy use of back he has been absolutely tremendous job on the board storing inside. Dwight Howard Javale. McGee. Have I told task ahead of them dealing with him? Are they prepared to handle a guy with that kind of energy in the middle and do think the fact that the blazers have him there? lessens the amount of minutes that we're gonNA see a deifies. It's a good question. Look Javelin and white have Their role is so defined right? Lakers don't need forty minutes twenty minutes from each of those guys. They need a combination of twenty five minutes from those players. grab rebounds block a couple of shots. Dwight Howard actually had a pretty good run in the bobble year over the last week or so he definitely showed in my opinion He was much more useful than Javale, McGee was developments struggling in the bubble We're also we're GONNA see a lot at the five I really do like I think there's GonNa be I if they want coups in Games late, right? If they want that opportunity where they have to go small I think you're GonNa see a D. on Nurkic, and here's the other thing that means nurture going to have to guard Anthony Davis and if player that you're trying to. Get into foul trouble and so forth. That's why I'm kind of. You know that's why I was Kinda emphasize eight. He's gotta be the most aggressive player because if he's aggressive one, he's aggressive. This team's completely different but has been nice look at his last name against Memphis You know that in that plane game that's such a different dynamic that he offers and it's not like. He has no skill is just a lanky big man. No, he's got skilled knows how to properly score around the basket knows how to. kind of anticipate rebound. So that's a that's a great great advantage for them that came into the season. Now, they still have no shot against Anthony. Davis even with nurture no no absolutely not Anthony Davis Lithonia Davis isn't than the Lakers might be a little bit of trouble, but I would fully expect him to dominate I. He's way too quick for Turkish to deal with them That's I'll be looking forward to that match up in there and I'm expecting big big things out of a deep. Let's talk about the other guys you know the Lakers did. Did a nice job surrounding. Lebron James and Anthony Davis, with veteran role players, you've got guys out there a like Danny Green Bringing Back Casey p. All these Alex. Caruso though he's not really a veteran does have some experience under his belt and he's a guy that can get out there and floor and do some things for you. Now you bring in Dion waiters you bring in market more as is there anybody you're looking to that? You think should really shine in these matchups against the blazers of out of those other role players I expect Caruso to have a good series for the Lakers Lakers need somebody kind of feisty like him. Somebody that will give effort on both sides of the ball for a team like Portland that doesn't really play that good at defense I could see him. Around the basket to get a couple of buckets defensively I could see being very useful dion waiters maybe waiters get some opportunities here to kind of get. A Rhythm Perspective Lakers these guys can kind of create for themselves. Those are probably the two guys that jumped out to me Now he's GonNa be can Lakers get stops on the other end? You know you're humping Damian LILLARD has a couple bad shooting nights, but I would say Caruso Caruso specifically I. I think Caruso can be kind of a thorn in Portland back. If you put it that way, you can be one of those players that you don't really scout. You don't pay too much attention on but rowdy forty, forty, eight minute game. He could present problems that may be just didn't anticipate. We're GONNA come from him. That's a great point. He makes he just makes flat out winning plays and sometimes they don't show up on the box score. You see like, Alex, Crusoe has zero points, but then you look at the plus minus and he's a plus fifteen or something like that. He manages to make things happen on I. Think his defense is GonNa be really important on Damian Lillard. All Right L.. Let's let's wrap up with this though. Lakers Blazers. Here we go. What's your prediction for the series? How many games are we going and who's winning this thing. I think Portland can take a couple I think I think they'll present. You know they're going to carry that momentum that they had to just getting into the postseason but I do think there's too much hype right now where you know people are looking at these eight. Nine Games for the Blazers and putting them in this category of their unbeatable where with the Lakers I think it's the opposite way You know where I think we're looking at the Lakers, all of a sudden and you don't feel like. It's like you're almost forgetting about everything else that they accomplished this season Lakers will be fine. They'll turn it on I say Lakers and six by the way do reminder on Portland, they had a ton of games almost lost in this bubble now give them credit because they want, but it's not like they were taking teams out by twenty five and the Lakers literally had nothing to play for so. I think it's kind of a combination of those typically things just average themselves out I'll give Portland a couple of games. Lakers in six. Yeah. That's a great point about the blazers. Maybe we're not talking about enough that they've barely beaten some of these teams barely beating the grizzlies barely beating the Brooklyn Nets the nets had a chance to to basically knocked out of the blazers out at the Buzzer that. Happened to miss that's That's a great point about these blazers and I agree I think that we're putting too much of a focus on these eight games that did not matter at all for the Lakers and completely forgetting the sixty or so games that came before that when the Lakers were dominant. Now, of course, the blazers had injury issues back. Then there are different team at this point I think they're better than a standard eight seed, but it'll be that means they're suddenly the. Favourite I certainly don't agree with Charles Barkley who said the blazers are going to be the team representing the West in the NBA finals i. don't see it. I'm with you. I've been saying six games Lakers are gonNA take this thing Allen, men thank you so much for coming on here and helping me preview writers I can't wait. I. Can just just the fact that the Lakers are back in the playoffs it's been six seasons. It's been way way too long. I'm fired of let's Goldman. Now it's going to be great. It's going to be great traveling. You know luckily, we got all these other games going on as well. So if you're an NBA fan what a couple of months, it's going to be an hoping for the Lakers all the way through October absolutely absolutely hopefully they can. They can keep this thing run a guys make sure you're following Alan on social media. You can find him on twitter at Allen Sleet Mixture. Go check him out there and of course, catches work on ESPN, seventeen radio does a phenomenal job does the halftime does the Post Game pre-game all of that kind of stuff. So Allen always a pleasure to talk with you man I always enjoy it. You too. Thanks for up. All right guys that's going to wrap things up for now. Let me know what you think. If you are watching this on the Lakers nation youtube channel fired off the Dumbo. What is your prediction for the series and if you're listening to this on apple podcasts on spotify, wherever make sure you do rate review and subscribe we always appreciate getting your comments there. Till. Next time guys Cassia in stay safe.

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The Lakers Are Heading To The NBA FInals

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The Lakers Are Heading To The NBA FInals

"Bleeding purple and gold from the heart of Los Angeles. Is the Lakers nation. Dot Com podcast Euros D- Trevor Lane. Let's go. The Lakers are back in the NBA finals just took out the Denver Nuggets in game. Five. NBA. Finals here we come I can't wait to see such an amazing moment the Lakers back where they belong in the finals Trevor Lane from Lakers nation dot com welcome in. Oh man tons to break down on today's show just me and all of you everybody out there on Youtube on facebook on periscope. We're GONNA talk about game five how it all worked out for the Lakers what happened Lebron James, what a performance from Him we'll break that down wall. So talk a little bit about what's to come in the NBA finals. Do we want to see the Miami Heat? We WanNa see the Boston Celtics, which would be the better squad for the Lakers to take on we're GONNA. Break everything down we'll talk about the performance of Dwight Howard. Anthony. Davis Legs Caruso even Danny Green. Chip in in other defensive end making some big plays, we're going to break everything down here today and we've got a lot to go over. So let's dive into it actually but I quick reminder guys the Lakers nation Youtube Channel it's my baby my baby. So what don't want you guys to do is make sure you go over the Lakers nation Youtube Channel and some scribe we are blowing up over there. On posting videos there every single day giving you guys much Lakers content as I can so make sure that you go and subscribe to the Lakers Nation Youtube Channel, and if you're listening to the podcast version of this, don't forget go rate review and subscribe to this show the Lakers native podcast on Apple podcasts or if you find this on spotify Stitcher, wherever doesn't matter, make sure you do review and subscribe. Right. Tonight I do have a giveaway tonight. I should go and put up my. My twitter handle here. So you can dm there it is and what we're going to give away tonight actually Lakers nation t shirts. So I'm GonNa give away three leakers, nation t shirts to some questions that I pick throughout the night. So if you are chiming in here, you're coming from facebook you're coming from periscope becoming from Youtube fire off some questions and it designated moments if your question gets picked. You're getting a Lakers nation t shirt all you gotTA DO is dam. On twitter right here and and you will get shipped one of those Lakers news and t shirts. All right. So we're going to get into it. The Lakers do defeat the Denver nuggets final score one, seventeen to one. Oh, seven. I guess before we get into too much of the celebration here, and that's going to be the bulk of this show by the way as it should be. By the way Chris, the masterpiece masters for those you asking he is wrestling tonight, but he just texted me. Apparently. Either right before or right after the match he checked his phone and saw the score he is going crazy. So he's very excited. I hope it's right after because I feel bad for whoever is wrestling against if you stepping into the ring right now because he is fired up, he's very, very excited. But the Lakers do in one seventeen to one seven before we get too excited with everything. Jomo Murray. All the credit in the world to him The Lakers were essentially playing the nuggets without joe-marie tonight if you if you know what I mean, you saw what was going on out there he did. He did play but he wasn't himself. He still scored nineteen points at eight assists fine stat line but he couldn't really control things that we as games passed and that was due to an injury. So we saw a lesser version of Jamal Murray out there and that made a big difference for the Lakers. So clearly that that was a factor here. But all the credit to the Lakers they they played phenomenally how many times did we see? Alex Caruso make the right read on Defense Yeah. Yeah. It's great cuts in the first half but defensively, my Gosh, how many times did he scramble out to contest a three or make the right read Danny Green with a couple of blocks I know he's frustrating he was driving me crazy the beginning with all the miss shots and the attacking off the dribble that wasn't working for him but meet some great great plays defensively especially in the second half help close things out he was tremendous. And Dwight Howard I did a video this morning all about the loss ageless redemption story for Dwight, Howard. He was hated in La for so long for leaving the Lakers in free agency and going to the Houston Rockets this it's been one of my favorite story lines of the season has been the redemption of Dwight. Howard him becoming a fan favourite once again in Los Angeles and he was huge for the Lakers once again, tonight was a beast on the boards doing things defensively played well played under control did pick up the one flagrant foul I thought that was a little bit. Overall Dwight Howard had an excellent performance and I think whoever the Lakers see in the next round. I think Dwight Howard got to hang on to that starting job and I know that question is going to pop up quite a bit. we are going to dive into the stats in just a minute but Anthony Davis story lines to talk about here Anthony Davis cutting out with the ankle injury wasn't great on the boards again, whatever it is about the Denver Nuggets, somehow they keep it up the boards. But for a guy who's playing at what we saw maybe eighty percent, he was still tremendous meet some great plays inside scoring the basketball and that big block on Michael Porter Jr. that was definitely a momentum changer in the game at that moment So those guys were were fantastic of course. Lebron James and all the discussion and I thought this to. So this isn't like Laker heater bias or anything like that. I thought Lebron look tired after game four. I told you guys I was worried about the Lakers energy moving into game five after this kind of emotional game where they couldn't get separation from the nuggets and the nuggets were constantly right there in game for they never overtook them but they were right there the entire game in game four and it felt like the Lakers burned a lot of energy and I felt like we seeing tired Lebron James When it was winning time tonight all the credit in the world. Damn. He shot everybody up including me clearly energy is not a problem. He was tremendous hitting clutch shots. He knew the ad wasn't one hundred percent Lebron put the load on his back bear the burden ended everything he needed to do to make sure the Lakers won the game. That is a true superstar. That is a guy who is in the goat conversation what a performance by by Lebron James He was absolutely phenomenal. This was this was playoff Lebron. Maybe, not full like like volcanic playoff Lebron Mike. I'm GonNa, Destroy Worlds, but this was a surgical playoff Lebron he was so precise with everything that he did. Tip The cap to Him Lebron James was amazing. And he's a Laker I still there were a number of times during this game where I'll do a shake my head I'd say Lebron James is a Laker. Okay. Let's give away a Lakers nation dot com t shirt I am taking a look in here looking for your questions, your comments, and the first one that I paid here. All you gotTa do is go right here. Go to my twitter handle Choubey Adm, send me your name, Send Me Your address I will send you a Lakers nation t shirt so let's find a good question here. All right Daniel Lauren from facebook Daniel you get the t shirt says, should we be worried about Davis possibly reinjuring the ankle on that one play all right. So Daniel again all you gotta do shoot me. Right there on twitter and I will send you that t-shirt. Okay. So the question should we be worried about eighty well, unfortunately, Anthony Davis and Paul millsap just don't mix well apparently because millsaps foot was the one that. KINDA SORTA landed on in game four, and he turned his ankle and now tonight, millsap falling backwards again, not this wasn't intentional by Millsap at all just like the first one wasn't he's falling backwards and he happens to fall onto anthony. Davis says Ankle I don't think he really. Enjoyed it so much like it surely heard because the ankles already hurting but I think you saw them just Kinda lay back backup I think he's okay but also say this. Anthony, his ankle is a reason why I'm not GonNa say you should root for the Celtics. To Win Game Six, I won't go that far. That's just that's kind of gross pay. But what we should be doing is just kind of hoping that the Eastern Conference finals goes to game seven and a gives a chance to to heal up. That's what we WANNA see. We WanNa see the East finals now go as long as possible. So eighty gets those extra days of arrests and he gets Rehab. That's what we want pay so. I'm not again I'm not. Super worried. Sorry. My I was yelling all games. So I've got my water here to help me out, get me through this but I'm not super worried about the ankle but I think that Anthony Davis is it could definitely do for a little bit of rest. So yeah, let's let's hope the Eastern Conference finals go seven. In fact, the ideal scenario would be game six and game seven. Let's let's go crazy. Let's go quadruple overtime in both games. I. Want those teams to be dead tired. WHOEVER MAKES IT Out to the east out of the East I, want them to be exhausted, beaten and bloodied by the time that we by the time they get to the NBA finals. That's the ideal scenario, and again, the added bonus you give a little bit more time to heal up again, I, think he's going to be okay. He's going to get treatment and fortunately the finals starting tomorrow or anything like that. We gotta wait and see what happens with the east before we figure out the NBA finals but again, man. Every time I saved just saying those words NBA finals. The Lakers are there. The Lakers are in the NBA finals think about where this team was a year ago. Missing the playoffs with Lebron James on the roster and now. They could win a seventeenth NBA Championship. Amazing absolutely. Amazing. Just just incredible. Just incredible credit to credit to the Lakers, the Organization, the coaching, the players everything. Amazing season so far, and it's not over yet. All right. Let's let's get into some stats. We're GONNA go to the first segment of the night, and that is these stats breakdown. Here we go. Lakers stats. All right. Check it out the stats here first and foremost we gotta start. Lebron James Good? Lord Thirty Eight Points Sixteen rebounds ten assists. Okay. Maybe. This is volcanic Lebron James Destroyer of worlds are tremendous. Again, a triple double thirty eight points sixteen boards tennis says one steal only two turnovers fifteen of twenty five, shooting fifteen of two thousand five has shooting was absolutely tremendous Anthony Davis again, chipping in tonight you could see that defensively you could see the ankle was bugging him a little bit on the boards it was bugging him but still Like an eighty percent healthy Anthony Davis twenty seven points. Twenty seven points five boards three assists steals one block he was the Michael Porter Jr. Block eight of sixteen shooting and two four from how about that big dagger three from Anthony. Davis. In the fourth at the end, they're all for that kickout Lebron James gets the ball into the paint and that's been the key for the Lakers and their offense get the ball into the paint and then good things will happen from there either you're getting a shot at the rim or you're finding open shooters and big credit to I. Believe it was Alex Caruso who passed the ball along. Dwight. Howard. Nine points, nine boards, two blocks perfect three or four shooting. That's it. That's all you need from Dwight. Howard. That's all you need from the Lakers Center. But the biggest thing that will credit white with is he played thirty five minutes. He committed five fouls. But if you went by the foul rate that he had when he was playing twenty minutes, he would have found out at like twenty five right like. Dwight. Held himself, in check. And that's credit to him because this is a guy who is some part of his success comes because of how aggressive he is because of his energy that he brings out on the court and he's being told to rein that in a little bit because the Lakers needed him to play more minutes. Amazing stuff from Dwight Howard tonight defensively he was tremendous. He tied Lebron James In plus minus to leave the team plus Twelve Dwight Howard. Again, I talked about this other video. I did this morning Dwight Howard before this game I'm not sure what it looks like after but before this game Dwight Howard for this series was leading the Lakers in net rating. He didn't play last series. About that Dwight. Howard was unplayable against the Houston Rockets because the style of play. How quickly things change Dwight was indispensable in this series you don't do what you did tonight without Dwight Howard. Amazing amazing performance from him, and again, the stat line doesn't doesn't do justice to just out. Good. He was nine boards only to offense aboard the nuggets obviously put an effort to keep the Lakers off the offense. classically, they had eleven in game four five here tonight. In Game Five Danny Green Eleven. Points two blocks three of seven to four from deep he started sluggish but everything he did since it's just fine. He was a plus six on the night. Alex Caruso stepped up as a score eleven points four assists one steal one block. Did some nice things for the Lakers out there he was tremendous as usual. You look at the stat sheet nobody else really blew up. Points Wise Casey only took two shots, which is weird for him to steals and was over one from deep on the night. The Lakers shoot fifty, five percent from the field. A lot of that is credit to Lebron James who was scoring pretty much whenever he wanted and then thirty eight percent from deep for the Lakers eighty three percent from the free throw line that's going to get done for. Sure. So. Before the game I said, the Lakers needed a third guy to step up. And as it turns out, Lebron just played like Lebron plus another guy that's basically what we saw happen. Right? We talk about in football I. Christian, McCaffrey puts up the stats of a running back plus a really good wide receiver like he puts a both of those stats. He'll up Christian McCaffrey Hilo. Buddy but Lebron kind of did that tonight instead of the Lakers needing like a sixteen point performance say Kyle Kuzma Murky Morris or somebody like that Lebron just put up the extra points himself. That's that's basically what happened. You've got the extra scoring that you would normally see from third guy from Lebron because he was just that good and you also notice the way. The Lakers were so merciless in targeting Jamal Murray, putting him in when the nuggets were switching on defense, they put him in all the pick and rolls to make sure that he was going to be the defending Lebron. or Michael Porter Jr. the Lakers did that earlier in the season gets the clippers. If you remember Lebron just torturing Lou Williams and forcing him to switch onto Ab- constantly and just just tortured them left and right and and destroyed him that's how the Lakers finished out that game that was back on. March. Tenth I think. Tenth I believe. Man. It's crazy. How long it was but but the Lakers did that again tonight you felt for Joel Murray in the moment. But the Lakers had to do what they had to do in order to win the game speaking the Denver Nuggets forty two percent. Finally. Finally I've been talking about this, all series that the Denver Nuggets are not a fifty plus percent field goal team they're not all season long they've been forty seven percent the entire regular season forty-seven percent in the playoffs forty-seven percent every game against the Lakers one through four they were about fifty percent if not better one game, there were fifty, five percent I think that was game three. I kept saying there's regression coming. There's a regression game coming we need it. It finally came it was tonight. This was the regression gave the game where it's where they shoot below average enough to bring them back to that forty seven percent number, and that's exactly what we saw happen. Jeremy Grant made himself a lot of money heading into free agency. He was very good but still just seven of eighteen shooting Yokich was nine of sixteen. That's fine. But seven of seventeen for Jamal Murray obviously hobbled but he had been shooting over fifty percent. The Nuggets did twenty seven percent of their threes again, regression they're. Finally, the Regression Games here. Okay guys. Let's call it a actually. Let me talk about points in the payroll quick for we move into. Everything. Else. Because the Lakers did a really nice job attacking the paint and making things work from there the Lakers put up fifty two points in the paint on the night, which is Great Denver, put a fifty credit them there. But eighteen fast-break points for the Lakers to just fifteen. For the nuggets, the Lakers did a nice job getting out on the break but ultimately, it really came down to the Lakers shooting better than the nuggets were and they and they converted their shots. All right. Let's go into the Lakers fans that means I'm taking just questions. That's it. I'm taking your questions and nothing else and we're going back and forth talking Lakers basketball. So if you're chiming in here from facebook from periscope from Youtube, now's your time. Fire off your questions I'm going to address them and the first question I. Pick is going to get the Lakers nation t shirt again when I pick you shoot me on twitter I'm GonNa compile those and we'll we'll get those sent out shortly. All right. Let's enter the LAKERS NATION DOT COM fans. Lakers. Nation Fan so All right fan zone. Here we go. I'm seeing all kinds of questions coming in. there. By this is awesome. I'M NOT GONNA start project, and how many Championships Lebron Eddie Wind together I'm focusing on this one guys. I'm focusing on this one. All right. I'M GONNA go I'M GONNA, go with. Just word. All right Kevin Vera from Youtube. Kevin Vera you get it asking Celtics or heat tomorrow. So Kevin Again, all you gotTa do shoot me Diem right here on twitter and I'm GonNa send you a Lakers nation shirt. All right. So It's your your address. Also, this has got to be within the United States have to be in the US so question Celtics or heat tomorrow, and I'm going to piggyback on that one a little bit. A lot of people asking do we prefer the Celtics or the heat? So who wins tomorrow? I'm going to say because OPTIMA. This is me being optima. Is this really optimistic I'm going to say the Celtics win. And on what like? That's the best scenario for the Lakers. But it feels gross to say, I want the Celtics to win. No I don't want the Celtics to win. Their the Celtics. Makes, ME, nauseous. That's disgusting but The best scenario for the Lakers is that it goes to game seven. I'll just say that not going to say who WANNA win game six I think the best case scenario for the Lakers is it goes to game seven. From, there which team to the Lakers want. So I, think the challenge with the Celtics is that they offer the top end talent right Jason Tatum can go nuts jalen brown can go nuts. These guys are very, very good and the Lakers their weakness heading into the season we said this. not this last July but a year ago. July because this season has gone on forever. After Free Agency in July of Twenty nineteen. We said it was very clear then that the Lakers don't have enough wing defenders. Light Lebron was pretty much their only real like small forward. They didn't have that guy cal KUZMA's more powerful than small forward. Now, they got Markeith Morrison that helps. But who's defending Jason Tatum, and if you say Casey P, that's wrong. K. Maybe Danny Green a little bit. But Casey is proven time and time again, and this is not a knock on him but he's proven time and time again that asking him to defend a big wing does work. Casey P, six, four, six, five, he's better defending ones that he has threes he's too. He's better defending ones than he has threes kind. That's that's the way he is built great. He gets torched by Kawhi, Leonard gets, torch by a lot of the the bigger wings, which again is totally understandable. It's unreasonable to expect him to fend those guys. He's giving up a giant size advantage so. The Lakers don't have a lot of wing defenders and because of that I look at the Miami Heat and I see okay they've got Jimmy Butler crunch time. Lebron can check him. Other than that, you can casey p chase, Dunkin, Robinson offer screens. Probably Danny Green can do that. Goran Dragic He's tough. He's very good but. I think defensively, it matches up a little bit better. You've got the Energy Obama of bio and then you get the energy of Dwight Howard. I feel like the Lakers match up a little bit better with Miami in terms of defensive strengths. But again. the this I think Miami is playing better as a team than the Celtics have been. I think if you look at which team is the most cohesive on the defensive end of the floor and the offensive end of the floor, I think so far in the playoffs, it's been the Miami Heat, the Miami he'd have been the most locked in and so that would be a challenge. So it's really a toss up. I'm going to say I would rather see the Miami Heat. And Trust me, there would be if it's Lakers Celtics in the finals and the Lakers beat the Celtics. There would definitely be that little extra something to winning that seventeen championship tying the Celtics if the wind came over the Celtics so don't get me wrong. That's got its appeal but I also kind of like the idea of the Celtics not even getting there. You know, I mean the NBA for their part. They should be praying that celtics getting to the finals because Lakers Celtics there's always obviously all the history of the rivalry but I I think I feel a little bit more comfortable seeing the Miami Heat but it's so so close both are phenomenal team. Very good. Okay. Let's get in a few more of these questions. Somebody said the clippers are overrated. Tonight just showed the Lakers are still the kings of Los Angeles. I don't think that was in question but I saw somebody and I wish I could remember who somebody sent out on twitter. We're not the clippers are Hashtag we're not the clippers. I. Love It. I love it didn't choke away the three one lead. Jason asking me if I'm watching your Europe C two, fifty three. No, I am not watching UFC two to three. I'm talking to you guys. Alliance Bueno from. Youtube. I know you've talked about stuff like this before but hypothetically, if we were able to get any player in the NBA to add to our team, who would you pick? Any player will give me honest. Right literally, any player just magically poof that guy's a Laker. Yoenis. if you're talking role players though. Some interesting names out there definitely, some interesting names the one that POPs into my head. I PJ Tucker I look at a lot of what he does and how that could help the Lakers, that type of player his kind of been, what they missing been missing in terms of a wing defender. That's the first thing that comes to mind. Brian Williams from facebook do you believe Kuzma will be traded in the offseason? Okay. So. Kuzma did not have a great night tonight offensively he did hit the Big Three I. Believe it was at the start of the half. And or maybe it was the start fourth yes. started the so Kouzmin did hit a big three. Other than that that we saw a lot of sloppiness from on the offensive end he did some good things elsewhere. Defensively he made some nice rotations and things like that. But offensively, he has been a mess this series, it has not been pretty. Just hasn't had sure hands on the ball, not hitting the shot from outside mostly. His best role has been as a cutter. He's done. Okay. They're cutting to the basket but. This Kouzmin get treated I. Think it comes down to more than just Oh, this guy's not playing well, trade him. I think there's a lot more to it than that. So Kyle Kuzma. contractually. He's up for an extension this season. So that means the Lakers can extend to a new deal if they want if they don't. He will become a restricted free agent the following off seasons I'm talking about the off season of two thousand, twenty one he would become restricted free agent, and that point any team could offer him whatever they want. and. Then the Lakers would would decide whether or not they want to match if they want to keep him. I don't know if the Lakers want to get into that that situation. So if the Lakers right now feel like coups was not going to be the Guy K for whatever reason if they look at this performance and they say, you know what he's he's now developing liquid want. Better for him to be a different scenario and I'm not saying, this is where they're at because the Lakers have loved Kuzina. But if they decide that the fit might not just be what they want. Now's the time to move. It's going to be well, this season would be the time to move because otherwise you're going to risk potentially losing him for nothing and you want him to have some time to get acclimated to a new environment. It wouldn't surprise me at all throw this out here right now. This off season to see. It we might hear about it. We might not but the Combo Cow Kouzmin Danny Green. Danny Green has an expiring fifteen million dollar contract. Kyle Kuzma gets paid about three million or show next season that's expiring as well. That's a lot of money that you can go after somebody with. So again and I'm not saying the Lakers were there because they have loved. Kyle Calculus. But if they look at these play offs and they say, you know he just hasn't quite stepped up and may decide that they're not sure if they WANNA pay him moving forward. It might make sense even if they love him to consider finding deal if it's the right deal came. So that's where that's at. But again, I don't want to talk about trainees guys away 'cause we're going to the NBA finals come on. people asking about bringing Rondo and Howard back I think if they want to they certainly can. Bradley will ever Bradley stay with the Lakers next season. Avery Bradley has a player option next season for believed four point five million. So he can if he wants to, he might find more money in the open market. He might not make a lot of it is up in the air right now because nobody knows exactly what's going to happen with the salary cap. So that's that's where that's at. Shamed Oliver. Said Wow. Just while Lebron reserved the monster game for game five, three, one lead. So at the end of game four. Five minutes and forty seconds left Lebron James said it's winning time went to Frank Vogel said I want Jamal Murray? And he took Joel Murray did not score on the Brian. James was over to you can argue one play was a foul at the rim he had one assist, but Lebron pretty much shut him down. When it was winning time Lebron turned up, and now here it is chance to close out the series Anthony Davis is one hundred percent and here's Lebron says, okay mature ended up. Thirty eight points goes ballistic. Amazing amazing stuff people have been asking. Does he still have this other level he can get to. De Tonight. Easy. He confident is jumper. Did it tonight? Guy Is incredible. He's just absolutely amazing. what do you think about the closing lineup I'm sorry I missed the name just flew past me but as what do they think about the closing line-up? Vocal was fine with the closing lineup I. Thought he did a good job Like going back to Dwight there forbid I thought in. Free will does a pretty good job as far as finding the hot hand goes and Danny Green Abate. Some Nice plays defensively in. Vogel saw that, and you realize that we're GONNA win this game on defense because Lebron is going to make the place on the offensive end for us. He is going to carry us through there so I was fine with it again and then and then Danny Green. Steno hit that three. So can't complain about that closing lineup for Frank Vogel. Can we get Victor? Oladipo. I would expect the Lakers to go after him if he's available the trade bloc yes. I. Think the Lakers will be in those discussions. I don't know if they have enough to get them but they will push them. I would imagine that would happen. Jeremy Grant is a free agent yet he has made himself some money. You know how many teams out there are looking for three wings. And that's exactly what he's done. He showed well, defensively against Lebron even if Anthony Davis hit the corner three was attacking off the bounce Jeremy Grant is getting paid off season. we've got a comment from. Youtube. What do you think about the health of Lebron ad? They're both soared eighty has a minimum injury. Do you think we can get both them to one hundred percent again? That's part of why Lakers fans don't root for the Celtics but root for a game seven, you want to see the eastern finals game seven because you want the NBA finals starting as far out as possible. SO THAT GIVES And Lebron, more time to recover. So they are if they're not a hundred percent, maybe get them to ninety five percent. That's the the goal there. So the ideal scenario again would be the eastern finals goes to game seven. How much rest will get I don't know yet. The NBA, final schedule is not out. Not, from what I've seen. So yeah. Eric whitlow will abhran retire. If they win this year, I don't think. So he's still is another year on his contract and then a player option after that. So I doubt it. Donnas as from Youtube Miami plays a lot of zoned. The questions flying past? Oh, who's going to be the ball handler than will burn and Rondo? Would you consider Taylor Horton Tucker. No I would not consider Taylor Tucker great question though I wouldn't consider him but it is not because as you're watching the show, you know how I feel about Taylor Horton Tucker it's not because I think he's a bad player. It's because I think asking Taylor Horton Tucker at nineteen years old to step into the finals and produce as a ball handler is to March I was surprised that he was able to step into the series against Houston and produce there. But you notice they used them in short stretches they used them they got positive minutes out of him and then pull them back out. Okay. We're building up his confidence here. Pay Short verse get him a little bit of experience, pull them out Taylor Horton Tucker's very young. He's very talented, but he's still makes a lot of mistakes on the floor and right now you're playing teams that will one hundred percent punish you when you make a mistake that's what these teams do. They're good. They're good for a reason. So, tailed horned Tucker is not the guy I'm going to go with because he doesn't have the experience in the finals you're trusting experience but again, that is not me saying he's a bad player. I'm very excited for what he does what he can do moving forward. He can do some things on the floor that very few people can do because he's what six four but he has about a seven one wingspan, which is ridiculous. He can shoot he can handle the ball he can pass he can do all these things, but he need seasoning he needs to mature as a basketball player and he's on his way. All right. So again I'm trying to Overdo it here and make sure you guys understand I'm very excited about Taylor Horton Tucker but I'm not turning to him as ball handler. I'd rather use outs Caruso who is shown well, even in pressure moments, he's done a good job there. Lebron's going to handle the ball a lot Anthony Davis can initiate a little bit from the top I. Don't know that you have been bringing the ball up all the time, but it's mainly going to be Lebron and Rondo and speaking of Rondo remember he's been dealing with back spasms. So a later start to the finals would probably be good for him as well. Dare you. Stone Caruso was a better shooter. He would be a great third option. Agree. That's that's that is the whole right. Now in Alex crusoes game is shooting his outside shooting is just inconsistent. There was a point to ago where he shot like forty percent from deep, it was forty five percent and it was in a short spell though that he that he played. So we knew it wasn't sustainable but we were hoping it was assigned that maybe he's at thirty, five, thirty, six, thirty, seven, percent, three point shooter. That yet but. Alex Caruso look if if he was hitting threes. He'd be a starter right I mean that's pretty much what we're at and he was five or seven tonight. But that was a lot of that was at the rim on some great cuts. Robert Gonzalez's from two trevor. Do you think the Lakers will try and wear the Mama Jerseys at least four times to win the finals those jerseys I think they will wear the jerseys I don't think they're gonNA wear them four times. They're absolutely wearing them. But I think they kind of keep it. For you don't want to Overdo it with those. That's what I'm getting at I. think that they that they wanna Kinda hold those in reserve because you don't want you don't want the Black Mamba Jerseys to be like, okay. Hey, we're wearing these again third night in a row fourth night in a row. It kind of loses some of the specialists you wanted to be have everybody feel feel like something is picking up a whole level you know the energy, the enthusiasm, the intensity all goes up when you put on that Jersey. And if you wear them all the time. You kind of lose that that specialness and so that's why I don't think they weren't four times but I do think they are gonNA wear. Mama Jersey once per series symbolic enough. I agree I re by the way I will say again it's my favorite. K. and I'm a I'm a Lakers fan from the eighties the showtime era I've seen the the purple and gold all the way right? The Classic Jersey. I Love Love Love that Black Mama Jersey. It looks so nice. If Davis miss a couple of games because of ankle can Lebron, win the finals without him I'm not GonNa say there's anything that Lebron can't do. But I also don't think Anthony Davis is missing finals games. I just don't. Terrance Jiang said we should try to win the final game in the Mamba Jersey that would certainly be poetic but so far what we've seen. So in round one, the Lakers wore the Jersey in game four and they weren't then because that happened to be August twenty eight, twenty four was Mama Day. That's why they were that Jersey. Then in round two in round three, they wore it for game too. So that's what I would anticipate for the NBA. Finals as well as they wear it for game two. Maria Neil Rondo Dwight, Howard man, they earned their spots of this series what Howard did to joker and Rondo did to Murray on lockdown yet. So let's that Marie hurt. So that's we definitely have to mention that he's obviously a great player, but he was hurt but Rondo did some great things defensively, not just tonight but all series he's done some good things. This has been the question guys. This has been what we've been asking all season long every time every time we've said Rondos not playing good basketball and he's turning the ball over. He doesn't shoot from outside. He's getting torched on defense all this stuff at the end of it we always said but. What if playoff Rondo Israel what if he really does take his game to another level in the playoffs and that's what we've seen credit to him to. He's the reason that's why I've got now a Rajon Rondo Jersey. I never thought I'd be the proud owner owner of a Rajon Rondo Jersey but I now have one because I told you guys I would buy one if player Rondo showed. Up and sure enough he has all the credit to him, and again I already went on on on and on about Dwight Howard I am just so so impressed with everything we've seen from him. He has been tremendous in this series and I think looking at the ups whether it's heat whether it's I. think especially if it's the maybe or if it's the Boston Celtics, he's the starter now. Plain, and simple. He has earned it. There's was there was no question that Dwight Howard was by far the Superior Center Javale McGee played two minutes to fouls in two minutes. He was not good. White Howard ones he's the starter. He gets the minutes period and that's not to say Deville hasn't made impact the season he's been very good for spurts. The season right now Dwight Howard has been better and showing. So you stick with them. I've happy for a D. Casey p Caruso first NBA finals. A lot of these guys are in their first NBA finals now. Den Mark Lowen Oak from Youtube said, what's your thought on Dunkin and hero in the finals? Okay. So. Somebody says Trevor wants to start, Jr Swish in the finals? No. I do not. Let's not. Let's not go crazy. So Dokan. Robinson. Obviously. He's. He's tremendous. He's been great and his ability to come off of screens and shoot threes is scary particularly because of his height he's pretty tall, and so that's going to be a challenge like this is a guy like if you leave him open for a split second that three's going up. And he shoots a very high percentage and he does he's not a spot up shooter he he's almost like if you remember Richard Hamilton he's kind of like that the way he comes off a curls and shoots gray catching shoot but coming off screens doing it, he can have his back facing to the basket and turn and fire very, very talented in that regard, and then of course, tyler hero can come into light things up used. That score coming in for for the Miami Heat. He's tremendous. Defensively, the Lakers would have to deal with them right staying glued to Robinson that would be a challenge same thing with hero contesting he can make contested shots but forcing him to take tough looks he's a guy who will cut off the ball quite a bit too and so whoever defensive has got to be pretty smart, pretty savvy and understanding where the angles are for the cuts. I guess what I'm saying is not cow Kouzmin and that's not I feel bad like in picking on Kuzma but he's not the guy that I would put on either one of them because I think everything has got to be right in terms of your angle that you take defensively. The reads that you make, and I don't think that's Kyle. Kuzma, right now it's. So He's not the guy I've got defending either of them. I'm probably looking Danny Green and probably looking at Casey P Alex Caruso I've got those guys more chasing them. Seventeen seasons ten finals. Appearances now for Lebron James agreed one hundred percent. Agreed Amazing. Amazing, amazing. Ten files and seventeen seasons. That's ridiculous. Brian Holiday from Youtube. The Lakers Celtics or heat. I mean both they're both so good I still think Miami again, I look at it this way if we wanted to break it down. Brass tacks here. Miami's playing better as a team except the second half of game five. Miami's played better as a team. The. Celtics better. Top End talent. I think if the Celt, the Celtics, their ceiling are better than the Miami Heat at their ceiling. That's what what I feel like. But not by a lot I, think it's very, very, very close. Those teams are both good. Somebody mentioned youtube by a slightly better victor from does boogie. Ring now. So here's the thing. demarcus cousins is not on the Lakers right now, which means technically he would not get a ring now maybe the Lakers could work something out but remember they released him in order to bring in mark if Morris. So there you. Will deal waiters be available for the finals I. Think. So I, think he will I think he will be available for the finals I. Don't know if they turned to him because he's been out for so long and getting up to game speed do you really want to like practice that in the finals like senator takes a little bit of time to get your legs under you again and the NBA Finals Get your legs under you cry. But let's say game one is a blowout in either direction no no. Let's. Let's be optimistic. Let's say game one is a blowout Lakers win. They're up twenty with five minutes to play. You can put dion waiters in and let him get will experience see how he does but his injury was such and held amount for long enough that I'd be hesitant to go back to them too soon. and I'm saying that as a guy who loved dion waiters coming in thought he was a great addition. He gives the Lakers something coming off the bench that they just didn't have in terms of somebody who could attack the basket. So I. I would like to see him out there but I don't especially with Rondo playing well, I don't see it happening. Do. You think he will get minutes against the guards I mentioned that a little bit ago I don't think. So because again, tough to throw him straight into the NBA finals. Evans juice from facebook waiters got play against the Miami Heat. He needs that smoke for trading him. He will go crazy. Okay I'll admit I forgot I forgot about the waiters Miami, heat relationship and all of that. Have maybe a waiters revenge game thing. Okay I'm I'M GONNA lean a little bit more. I'm still not going to say you're throwing them in there but I'm a little bit more receptive to the idea I forgot about that. Marvin, but he said, is it okay to want to play the Celtics more than Miami I know Spoelstra knows how to play Lebron. So that's another angle here. Erik spoelstra probably knows the Braun. Better, than. Most people out there like he's GonNa Understand. His strengths and his weaknesses. Now that said it's been a while since Lebron has played for Spoelstra. His Games changed a little bit over the years but. Has Probably, a bit of advantage that the Miami. Heat have that Lebron that's that Brad Stevens for the Celtics does not have. SPOELSTRA has experienced guarding dealing with the. Maybe matters. Maybe it doesn't. It might not. Will Lebrons playing wake you did tonight. Doesn't matter. I don't. I. Don't care what you're scheming defensively. Tonight's Lebron. Not Stopping not stopping, you can't stop that Lebron was amazing. Tonight if this is the guy that shows up in the finals. Nothing you can do. Dairy stonewall loan knew him to Yeah Malone. Also had experienced against him but. I think the relationship was Spoelstra was a little bit different. Michael's era trevor. Wind, Lebron left the heat Pat Riley. told him. He will never win another championship that will give Lebron fuel I think anything's GONNA give Lebron fuel. About. Anything he's GONNA. Take it personally. My Jordan. Think. That's what's GonNa? Happen Will there be a parade. I'd only want to address that just yet. Tyler cable. How does the Heat's defense stack up against ours? The Heat's defense is very, very good. A lot of defense comes down to not just hey, I've got this guy that super athletic and can block shots. That's great. But defense in the NBA especially right now. Is Becoming. Like. Individual skill absolutely matters individual talent on the defensive end one, hundred percent matters but. The relationship between the five players on the floor is mattering more and more and more every year in the NBA. The way the offense is a running. It becomes even more important that all five players are honor string and they're able to read a react together and make the correct decisions not just individually. But as a unit that is the hallmark of a good defense right now in the NBA. And the Miami Heat do that they do that very, very, very well. Okay. So how does the stack up very good I the Lakers also do a good job at that. Sometimes they get caught over helping into the paint, but in general, the Lakers do a pretty good job making reach Alex. Caruso does Danny Green does as well. I will say the Lakers top end. I. Feel like the ceiling for the Lakers defense when they are at their very best is slightly better than the ceiling for the Miami Heat Defense but extremely close. Does Avery Bradley get her a ring. If they win he might that'll be that would be an option. John Boards from facebook said signed Boogie next season. I would not be surprised to if we see demarcus cousins back, they have built that relationship. There would not surprise me at all if cousins comes back unless he gets a big offer somewhere else, but it wouldn't surprise me if he is back. WHO's the better offense the heater, the Celtics. I think the the Celtics have the better offensive talent overall. Guys who can just go off but the Miami Heat, the way they play. Again I think they played better together as a unit by the way guys Lemme. LemMe take a moment and mentioned I got a message from one of our fans in Melbourne Australia asking for a shoutout. Difficult Times going on there. So of course, shot to everybody in Australia and this one, it really caught me because way back feels like a lifetime ago. Before everything shut down before Kovic shut things down I'm talking about March sixth we had Lakers vs bucks. If you remember the Lakers won that game and then they went on to beat the clippers and that night we did in Hollywood, we did a Lakers nation dot com watch party for that game, and we had a few guys who traveled all the way from Australia just to be part of our watch party and income join us and that was. Very humbling very cool to see and Australia's has offered a ton of supporters for the Lakers. So to Gavin in Melbourne Australia and everybody else over fans there you know big shot onto you guys and credit to all of you for for staying up to date on the Los Angeles. Lakers the Lakers are really a worldwide team. It's it's amazing getting the comments that we've gotten from all corners of the world. So certainly appreciate it. We're GONNA. Do if you're more than I do need to give away one more Lakers nation dot com t shirt and I. Know He's not here right now but he's here in spirit we need to do the master lock of the night. So let's do one more question. Okay here's a good one. Damon Long from facebook. If Lebron picks up the triple double record for magic and handles business in five games, does he finally earned the respect of being a Laker Damon? What else does he have to do at this point is that has to win a championship and pass. Magic. Past Kobe and scoring. I understand. There's fans out there who still It's not as many anymore but still see Lebron outside it was I was like fifty fifty right when the Brown signed with the Lakers. Lakers fans who are not happy because for years it was Kobe versus Lebron, and that was just built into our DNA of tear down the Bron- lift up Kobe. Because Lakers fans that's what we're going to do it. So suddenly Lebron's a Laker and it's hard to kind of flip that around. All right and people weren't have your door. Some people were happy with his politics. So people don't don't like the way he plays the game or you know any kind of antics when he gets fouled or whatever. Right. Is Lebron accepted as a Laker. At this point, I feel like the people who don't accept Lebron is a Laker that call themselves. Lakers fans are just never going to. Just give up I think that the turning point for me the point where there's it shouldn't exist anymore. This is Lebron. Laker is not you know he's in the he's not really one of our guys for me. The moment that was gone should've been completely wiped out. was when Lebron address the staple center crowd. in the first game back after Kobe's passing. That moment. was. Special and certainly one that that will live on past this season. And it was in that moment I think he tweeted out Lebron is a laker period. That's that was it. There was no more. Lebron, versus Kobe or any of that, Lebron. One of US was part of Lakers nation. Pay An again, most a lot of people that accepted him before that. But that moment to me I felt like cash if you're. After that after what he said. If you don't accept him at that moment, you're probably never going to. So I don't know I don't know of winning a championship and passing magic and triple doubles and all that will ever change the mind of those those few people that are still holding out and still anti Lebron. Probably won't. But I'm not going to worry about them because right now Lebron blew up tonight Lebron carried the Lakers or helped carry the Lakers to an NBA finals. Can't fault them. Can't fault Lebron is a Laker period. All right let's do the master lock of the night. Let's get into that. We got a master lock somebody. So let's put on the Master Lock and hopefully Chris put on the master lock in his match tonight and got a win. We are going to do the master lock right now, and then right after I will do the final question of the night getting the final Lakers nation dot com t shirt. All right. Let's get into the master lock of the night. All right. Here we go. Who is getting put in the master lock and is going to lose consciousness. I'm going to say this last show, who did we master lock? Who Was it again? Oh wasn't it Danny Green and Jamal Murray in the rationale was we were going to try to wake Danny. Green. Up With the master lock we were hoping that it would snap him out of it. Somehow the wind came to he would be the better version of Danny Green and then joe-marie we put the master lock on hopefully hoping that he would finally have that shooting regression game what happened in this one I know he was hurt Jamal Murray was but we saw the shooting regression game and what happened for Danny Green to four from deep. Too Big blocks made some big defensive plays for the Lakers. I know he did some frustrating things as well, but overall a better performance out of him to. So with that in mind the idea that if we put the master lock on the Laker, we can snap them out of things. I'm putting the measure on my guy. Kyle Kuzma. The boy who lived the sole survivor, the one guy, the one member of the Lakers young core not treated for Anthony. Davis we're putting them in the Master Lock Kyle Kuzma tonight three of seven shooting three files eight points three boards one of three from three. Look very sloppy on a lot of place didn't have any turnovers became very close to a few didn't look in rhythm on the offensive end had a couple nice cuts but eight points in twenty one minutes and over the and sloppy play. I was hoping we would see more Macau Khouzina. So we're putting the master lock on cow. Kouzmin. Hoping that when he comes to, he's perfectly healthy and we're going to see a better version of Kyle. Kuzma. We're GONNA. See The cow Kouzmin that we know exists because we saw them in the bubble remember Kyle, Kuzma the guy that the Lakers went to to hit the game winning three over the Denver Nuggets in the seating round. Yeah I WANNA see that Kyle Kuzma in the NBA finals. So He's getting a master lock tonight we're doing it Outta love and hoping that Kyle Kuzma, will get things going in the NBA finals. All, right we're going to take one more question last question of the night, and this one will get the Lakers nation t-shirt our third one that we're handing out of the night again, if I pick your question, I got to shoot me damn right here on twitter send me your name. Your address will send you one of those Lakers nation dot com shirts. Okay. This one isn't it, but as Lebron still giving anything DAVIS HIS JERSEY number next year I saw I don't know if they're for next year but I saw some jerseys that looked like maybe there for next year. That's still have Lebron wearing twenty three maybe that'll change I. Think Nike is going to ultimately decide great but that's not that's a that's just kind of a little question. All right. I've got right here Rick Davis from facebook. How will surveilled McGee matchup against the heat or Celtics was his poor performance mostly due to Yokich. Great. Great Question. Rick. Rick Davis from facebook asking how will avail match up against either the Celtics or the heat rick shoot me. Your. Info. Right here. On twitter, send it over to me and I will send you one of those Lakers nation dot com t shirt. So Javale McGee. Greet series from him Yokich thing. I think it was the here's the thing javette-le. What does he tend to do white doesn't much much better job defending not necessarily on the. On the perimeter yes. But. Five to ten feet from the basket. Dwight does a better job stopping a guy from getting good positioning inside. And then defending from there and he can still block shots whereas Javagal doesn't do as good of a job setting up a guy defensively he lets them gets their spots and relies on his length and shot blocking ability to recover and then contest at the rim, and you know exactly what I'm talking about how many times have we seen jail where it looks like he's beat and then suddenly he reaches out that super long arm and blocks the shot. That's his Mo. that doesn't work against Yokich. He's too big. He's too. It's too easy for him to hold you off. So if you're not a good positional, which isn't You run into some problems. Okay. Again, Jill gets by against less athletic guys aren't as big guys who aren't as skilled because he can recover. Any wasn't able to do that against Yokich. So the question is, what can you do against the Celtics? Oregon's the Miami Heat. So Bamut a bio. I worry about that match up a little bit. I think. Jill would be okay in the post but at a bio can also step out and he's so quick with that first step that worries me I feel more comfortable across the Board Dwight Howard in their jail. I can't say it's a good match I. Think it's a better match than Yokich was four Jamile because of the the because out of doesn't have a ton of experience whereas Yokich everything. So precise what he brings to the table So I think it's a better match, but I won't say it's a good one against the Celtics I think it's a fairly decent matchup. because you're talking about and his canter. Daniel ties, both good players ties can be a little bit physical in that that would be a concern jail can occasionally get moved out of position, and so I would worry a little bit there but I think, Leslie. He has an advantage over both ties and Kanter so I I see him having more success in that Celtics series. That's what I see. But again, the little worried about jail he was really really bad and Frank Vogel was very quick to Yank him out of this game but at the same time. Dwight Howard. Basically didn't play against the Houston Rockets and then he comes in and becomes our key control major contributor here against the Denver, Nuggets So you never know series two series, things can change quite a bit again, overall I do think both are a better match up to what we saw in this round. But I think Dwight has got to get the bulk of the minutes I. Think he's proven that he deserves them. He's the better player right now got to go Dwight Howard. All right guys let's call it a night on that again. The Lakers are going to the NBA finals. I'M GONNA, wake up at like three in the morning randomly just grinning like an idiot, and because that thought is going to be just echoing in my brain the Lakers are going to the NBA finals were back. been ten years and the Lakers are back in the NBA finals. The amazing I mean. You take a step back and you look at. Where the team was a year ago you look at the Lonzo Ball Brandon Ingram days will we're praying for somebody the pop and turned into a star saved the franchise and all that stuff? And now here we are back in the NBA finals. Amazing amazing stuff, I palm dominant be fired up. All night I hope you guys are too. Don't forget head over to the Lakers nation Youtube channel make sure you subscribe forming and I'm tons of content coming out. definitely will do something tomorrow after the heat and Celtics game if there is a winter. So if the heat win it, we will go live and talk about Lakers versus eight, and we'll break down all of that. So we'll be covering everything Make sure you head over to the Lakers nation dot com as well for all the latest breaking Lakers News. If you guys want to follow me across social media, you can find me at trevor underscore laying on twitter at Trevor Lane NBA on. 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The Unlikable Lakers

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The Unlikable Lakers

"Hello Lakers Nation welcome and Chevrolet in here for lakersnation.com your home for everything Lakers. And today. I want to talk to you a little bit about a comment that was made about your Lakers recently and it got me thinking about a few different things that involve the Lakers and how likeable they actually are in the general NBA audience little bit different format than our typical YouTube videos here. Usually there's some bit of news that I'm going to break down. You know this player said this and this is how it applies to the Lakers. We look at everything through purple and gold lenses. You guys hear me say that all the time but today this is going to be almost more mini podcast format before I dive into these comments though. Quick reminder do subscribe right here to the Lakers Nation YouTube channel and don't forget bring that notification Bell right over there. All right. So Bill Simmons of the Rings who let me preface this by saying that I like Bill Simmons. I would not be sitting here right now if it weren't for Bill Simmons his writing Captivate wage. When he was with ESPN as soon as he published something new it was an automatic drop what you're doing sit down and read this I loved his style of writing. I really appreciated what he did there were times when I tried to emulate Bill Simmons style as a as a writer and so he was somebody who captivated me very very early and got me involved in this and this whole business he along with several other people like Mark Steyn also have ESPN who had read all the time and reading these guys coming up it made me want to be like them and want to emulate their lifestyle and their their level of analysis and it made me push to make myself better and better and better and so I don't want to disparage Bill Simmons too much or anything here, but he is known as a Celtic song writing me. That's that's where he grew up. That's what he knows. He's in L now, but he knows the Boston Celtics, right? Like that's that's his team and that's that's fine. Right? We're obviously not going to agree with that, but he made some comments about the Lakers jersey. Is podcast and by the way, I like him a lot better as a writer than I do as a TV personality or has a podcast. I'm not saying he's bad at those things by any means but I'm just saying he's that good of a writer off but on his podcast he made a comment about how the Lakers are just not likeable and you look at the four teams that are left. You look at the Miami Heat you look at the Boston Celtics you look at the Denver Nuggets and the Lakers and Simmons says, oh it's the Lakers that are constantly complaining about calls and and all of this stuff and I just don't agree and obviously I'm going to be biased. Like I said, we look at everything through purple and gold mines here. This is my my job is to cover the Lakers and if it wasn't I would still be paying attention to Lakers basketball because I grew up around this team. I'm very fortunate that I get to cover the team that I legitimately long and I hope that comes out and everything that I do but Simmons taking a shot at the Lakers now, It just felt a little bit flat to me. It bothered me a little bit because of what this team has done this season because of the challenges this team has overcome and forget it. He's going to look at things from a Celtics perspective. And of course, we as human beings we have this this natural tendency to root for the underdog and the Lakers right now are not the underdog they are the faith. They have two superstars. They've got LeBron James and Anthony Davis and there is no team remaining that can say that the Clippers with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. They're gone. They're at home. See you later. Right and then you've got off the reigning MVP and the current MVP. He's at home to Giannis antetokounmpo at the Milwaukee Bucks. These other teams that are left are kind of those Scrappy squads that you just you don't want to face them on a bad night. They're not out with star Talent or anything like that. And then there's the Lakers built around two superstars. And so they kind of stick out and so I get why if you're more of a fan of the underdog which again, it's human nature wage. You would pull for somebody that's not the Lakers and of course Bill Simmons. Also as a Celtics fan he is going to have a natural tendency to root against the Lakers just like I have a natural tendency to root against the Boston Celtics because I grew up during Showtime. I grew up knowing that the Celtics were the bad guys, right? I mean, that's just that was my upbringing but his comments about how the Lakers aren't likable. I think he just overlooked everything this team has done all season long you look at what they've overcome in terms of Kobe Bryant's passing, you know, I've even had Lakers fans who has messaged me recently within the last few days who have told me the playoffs just don't feel right this year. This team feels like it was a a bot team full of mercenaries and things like that. No, it's a very small percentage by the way. Most people are very behind the Lakers who are Lakers fans, but I've gotten that and I don't understand it people who look at this Lakers team is oh, these guys aren't real Lakers. I think for me I got it when LeBron first arrived. I understood why people would feel some sort of way about LeBron becoming a Laker after spending all that time arguing be versus LeBron, which one is really the best in the NBA and no we never got to see that that match up in the finals but Kobe fans were and inherently Lakers fans were very entrenched in their opinion that Kobe was the Boston and then you had the brown fans who were saying LeBron was the best and suddenly you smashed them all together. And so of course, there's going to be an uncertain time, but I feel like even though even though it's an entire season in L. I didn't completely erase that. I felt like the first game back after Kobe died. That's when that went away. That's when LeBron really being a cab or Lebron really being a Miami Heat was gone. LeBron is a Laker. The speech that he gave the Staple Center crowd that night to me that pushed LeBron into the family of Lakers Nation. Anybody who was holding out at that point now needed to see LeBron as one of our own people talk about Anthony Davis, you know, you surrendered all these young assets. He's not a guy that you that you drafted. Did they draft Shack? Did they draft Wilt Chamberlain? Did they offer Kareem? No. That's not historically the way the Lakers have built teams. And maybe we were spoiled by Kobe all along. Right and we saw Kobe even though Kobe technically was traded for but we saw Kobe from an eighteen-year-old kid did grow up become a man become a father become an MVP become a champion. All of these things happened before our eyes. That's not the norm though. That's not the normal relationship between a fan base and a player and that's what makes Kobe Kobe. That's why nobody's ever going to replace them. LeBron was never brought in to replace him. Anthony Davis wasn't brought into her. Mom Ko B. Nobody's going to do that. And yet we still have some fans who look at LeBron as this Outsider. Look at Anthony Davis as an outsider because the Lakers had to trade for him know of anything. I think what they've had to go through this season from stopping due to covid-19. But this is a likable Squad people like The Underdogs was the likelihood that this Lakers team would come together and day one. They would have the chemistry that they showed that they would be able to work together as a unit that everybody would understand their role right from the get-go How likely was that to happen? I was in predicting and I didn't see anybody else who was who was thinking that the Lakers were going to be the number one seed in the Western Conference. Most people said it was going to take a lot it was going to take some building. There were going to be some bumps in the road some trials and tribulations in order to get where they are right now. Chemistry isn't something that just magically comes together when you put enough talented people on One Squad we've seen that we know it we've lived through that we lived through the Kobe Dwight Powell Steve Nash voelker's that happened. We know that sometimes all the talent of the world doesn't matter if the chemistry is not there and yet this Laker Squad found a way to find chemistry right away home and I think that's impressive and then you look at the individual stories. You might not like the Dwight is taunting the Denver Nuggets, but his back was against the wall when he started this season. Look how many people thought it wasn't going to offer. I was worried about Dwight Howard being a Laker and about what kind of chemistry he might bring it in the locker room how he might disrupt things and yet for the most part he's been a model citizen has been a key contributor. He has turned Lakers fans. Who hated him. to his core into now Dwight Howard fans. Once again, he has become a fan favorite in Los Angeles that transformation. It's been incredible this season Alex Caruso. What are the easiest guys to life in the NBA? Because he just focuses on doing all of the right things and then he makes the big big the big plays. He dunks. He blocks people does stuff that you wouldn't expect to see him do and there he is making winning plays in crunch time. And this is a guy who wasn't even drafted fought his way up through the G League talk about LeBron. Oh, he just wants to form super teams. He's got himself an Anthony Davis and then a bunch of role players and Bots has done for the games of everybody around him. Looking Kentavious Caldwell-Pope turning in the best season of his career. How many times does anything he Davis talked about LeBron pulling him aside putting him under his wing and talking him through tough moments talking him through when he missed the game-winner against the Brooklyn Nets, even though he was bothering him for four or five days. There's LeBron helping him through it. How about when rookie tail and horn dog? Comes onto the floor in the NBA playoffs and he's nervous and LeBron tells him. Don't worry. We got you if you make a mistake, we're backing you up. And LeBron knows his legacy is on the line in these playoffs. If you lose it's all going to fall on him and yet LeBron is telling this rookie. Don't worry. I got you. I'm going to cover for you. And I get it some people might not like like LeBron because of his politics might not like LeBron because of the the politics that he brings into the game or that he's outspoken. But you also look at the good that he's down you look at what he's done with his voice to express himself those things matter this team. Maybe you don't like maybe people are saying oh the Lakers are unlikeable because they because they're a threat and in that way. It's kind of a good thing, right? They hate tells you that they're doing something right if people around the league are saying they're not very likable that tells you that they don't want to lose this Lakers team. Think about how many people hated Kobe? Hated him. He did those Laker squads with Shaq and Kobe completely hated them wanted to see them fail. So so badly. And yet they couldn't get they weren't able to put a stop to that Lakers run. That's what matters sometimes that hate tells you that you're doing something. Right? And I think that's what this little Narrative of. Oh this Lakers team is unlikable really comes down to the Lakers are doing something right but from a fan perspective. I look at this Lakers team and I think yes Celtics fans are going to hate them fans of other teams are going to hate them. They're going to say, oh they're unlikable. But I look at this squad as somebody who watched the lungs odd ball Brandon Ingram Lakers, watch the whole rebuilding era watch teams. That didn't get along all that. Well watch teams that just didn't click on the court. They had personalities. That didn't mesh track coaches that didn't know how to get the best out of their players all the time. One thing after another front-office mistakes. This season for me for most Lakers fans has been a breath of fresh air because we finally seen that cohesion to me. This is felt like Lakers basketball for the first time in a long long time. So some people like Bill Simmons may see the Lakers as unlikeable. And that's okay. Maybe they don't like the Lakers but I think if you're looking at them objectively and again, I'm not objective. I'm I'm certainly biased here. But if you're looking at this team and you look at them as individuals and as a unit, I think there's a lot to admire about what they've accomplished this season and maybe it's going to lead them to a championship and maybe it's not but regardless this team has accomplished some really amazing things this season and I think that's something that not enough people are really recognizing. Yes. They're good on the basketball court, but you look what they've done in terms of their chemistry their actions as human beings you look at their ability to come together as quickly as they did to stand up for each other to play for each other off of them rallied around Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when he couldn't make a lay-up in the first few games of the season and there they were there was this team propping him up supporting him. This has been a fun bunch to watch and I think there's a heck of a lot to like about this year's Los Angeles Lakers. 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Lakers Comeback Falls Short, Lose Game 3 To Nuggets

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Lakers Comeback Falls Short, Lose Game 3 To Nuggets

"Bleeding purple and gold from the Heart of Los Angeles. Yes. Here's the lakersnation.com podcast with your host Trevor Lane. Hello Lakers Nation welcome in Chevrolet in here for lakersnation.com your home for everything Laker said if you're watching you're watching us on Facebook on Periscope YouTube. Chris Masters is showing us what we're all feeling right now after the Lakers lose game 3 a very very tough one against the Denver Nuggets. They tried there was a major comeback effort of the fourth quarter. I couldn't believe it. They just about a raced a twenty Point deficit. We're turning the Nuggets over left and right, but ultimately they come up short. We're going to break everything down. We're going to take your questions your comments as we go through everything here tonight on this show. And by the way, let me throw in if you guys are listening to the podcast version of this. Maybe you're listening to it the next day and you're just listening to us on on Spotify off. On Apple podcast, whatever make sure you toss us a rating review and don't forget to subscribe as well. And again, I'll ask everybody. Please make sure you go subscribe to the Lakers Nation YouTube channel or making a real push them at 300,000 number and I can't wait to get to it. All right Chris the Masterpiece Masters joining me tonight Chris. We've got some license plate frames to give away tonight. So I guess that's a positive. But otherwise this this was a tough tough night. Oh my gosh. I mean, that's great that we have the license plate holders, but come on man. Like there's nothing to get this going to soften the blow tonight. That was rough. I mean the only thing I mean they almost made one of the best comebacks I've ever seen in the fourth quarter like what a run Rhonda was how many steals did he have? And I know you were saying yeah, he got away with some fouls but I mean, whatever I mean as you know, the officiating was a little sketchy at some points tonight. You didn't really know how they were going to call it. But you know, it just we're going to talk about all the details but really all it's going to come down to and I think we both agree. This is you know, the Denver played with their backs against the wall. They played with more urgency more hunger more desperation and that reflected a lot of what we saw tonight, you know, if she has tried to turn it off, but I think they lost the rebound battle Lakers turned the ball over and you could just see it in the way they were moving around the court and wow boy trip how exhausted were those bulbs team fourth-quarter my goodness. Wow, they they looked like they were playing in altitude. It was a home game for Denver, but they were still in Orlando. But yeah, they looked exhausted and that's I guess that's and we'll get to this maybe that's considered moving forward is how you know, like what kind of shape is LeBron going to be in for the next game after they burned themselves out like crazy in this fourth quarter, but they did almost come back and get that thing could see the legs were dead by the end of that fourth quarter. They were missing all their opportunities. And so unfortunately the the rally just fell short but you know what this game was a must-win for the Nuggets they knew they could wage. Around 3 nothing and they played like they came up with that kind of energy and they got contributions from their role players. They got contributions like Jeremy Grant where did that come from? He stepped out for them big time and the Lakers wage. They did. I mean in the fourth quarter, yes, but before that, I mean look Anthony Davis had zero rebounds through what three quarters which was strange. Oh, yeah, it felt like it felt like the Lakers just couldn't get anything going at any point until the fourth quarter. Suddenly. They they tried to turn it on and by that point though, it was kind of too late. So we'll break it all down and we'll talk about all of those things. But I am moving forward like if you're the Lakers you're coming out of this game. Yes, you feel bad about the way you played the first three quarters, but I feel like the fourth quarter gives you at least a little bit of confidence of hey look when we're playing at our best and we're playing defense the way we should and we can we can hang with this team. We can beat this team. And so I feel like that part is at least a little bit of a silver lining. It's not like they just got got beaten from one end of the floor to the other all seemed like they were able to inflict some damage in that fourth quarter and show that hey when you put pace and when you defend at the level of this Lakers team should good things do happen. And so I think there's just that tiny little silver lining to take into the name game. Yeah, I hear you Trump. I mean the only I have a little more concern and it's not to say that I think Deborah is going to win the series but like I was telling you before we came on when you look at the series so far. Okay. The Lakers game on game one, you know, they kind of stole game too. And now I understand Denver came out with urgency and what not. But now Denver is won game 3 and again, there's something to say for this team the series goes on about I guess, you know again, we're talking up tonight to you know, the desperation and bags on their wall, but you know, they must get better as the series goes on with what they've done in the past two rounds and and again, I don't know if that's, you know, just a coaching adjustment, you know, or just smarting up to the opponent you're facing again tonight, you know, it's like we're both saying the Lakers just in you know, they didn't have the urgency you could just see it. So I still think it's that and again I had Denver I had this series going five anyway so long He's kind of right on course. And so I was wondering if we were going to sweep him quite frankly after the last game. But now I take my prediction might come true and my you know, the four games of want well, so with the Lakers in in this game, it felt like they just didn't have that energy from the get-go. Like you mentioned. It felt like they were approaching this not not the same way as the Denver Nuggets were but to get back to the last game, you know, you said it felt like the Lakers stole that one and I get that but at the same time, you know, the Lakers were up 8 with three minutes to play they they gave that away a good point, but I would have looked at home. The Nuggets one has the Nuggets stole that game and then of course the energy for this one probably would have been a lot different but I like a little more little more optimistic right but in any event the Nuggets they they play hard we've talked about this. This is this is the Zombieland team. You can't just assume they're dead you have to log The double tap you have to you have to put them away and then put them away again just to make sure this team doesn't stay dead. They're going to keep coming after you and yes, they do get better as the series goes on because they start to figure things out they start to adjust to what you bring and their defense gets tougher and that's what we saw in this one. Their defense was very very good very locked in and then they got these contributions from guys that you wouldn't expect to see how big scoring outfit again like Jeremy Grant Michael Porter Jr. Was pretty good on that end as well. So we will get into the stats. But before we jump to that let's do our first question of the night. We're going to give away we grabbed him right here. We're going to do our license plate frames tonight. So we've got the Mamba forever lakersnation.com my license plate frames, by the way, if you want to one one of these authors a previous show, I believe these just got shipped out today, so you should be getting those shortly but I'm getting some comments about the Reps we will talk about that too. But so if we pick you right now, all you got to do is shoot me a DM on Twitter. Right here should be a DM give me your address and we will send you a lakersnation.com Mamba forever license plate frame. Okay, so let's get involved. And the first question I see I told you Chris we were going to have some comments about Kyle kuzma. I'm seeing people saying that kuzma was soft Thursday. I've got Eduardo arceo from Facebook Eduardo. Our sales said, why did we close with kuzma? So Eduardo? All you got to do is shoot me a DM on Twitter. Send me your name your address and I will send you home one of these lakersnation.com license plate frames. So why did the Lakers close with kuzma who objectively was pretty bad most of the night Chris your thoughts on why kuzma got to stay in there, but I'm not completely sure on that either. I mean there was so much when watching the game tonight that stood out. I mean all that really stood out to me on Coos is nothing really did stand out which I don't know if Palm Stop. This may be a bad matchup for him. But I'm curious to hear what your take is on cruise tonight up to look at his numbers to honestly even know really what he did. Yeah tells me he was pretty quiet. I'm not even with that scoring outburst and we'll get into all the stats in a minute. But even with that scoring Outburst at the end that kuzma was part of he was a minus-3 on the night like that tells you how bad he was in the other parts of the game. He just couldn't seem going had a couple of costly turnovers are actually only have one start over but it was it was bad. It was bad enough to be two or three turnovers cuz he threw the ball Straight Out of Bounds when the Lakers should have had an open look awful just didn't really assert himself. He did get going a little bit at the end there and I think as far as to answer Eduardo's question, why did he get too close as a coach when things are going well and wage making a run like that. That's when you don't want to change anything right? Like you want to keep everything exactly the same so you can try to keep that Mojo going right? That's what you're what you're trying to do. And so kuzma. Yeah. He had a dog. Off night, but the Lakers were making a run with him in there. His defense of flexibility was helping out a little bit offensively gave can't really trust him. But at that point the Lakers were on this insane run and so you kind of have to leave a note in there and just hope for the best. Yeah. Ideally you probably would have gone with somebody else. But again, they were making a big run so I could see if I was coaching in that in that instance would be really worried about changing anything too because any little tweaked that you make can backfire right like you change up the chemistry in some way you stop the play to make a sub page playing with fire when you've got things going. Well, usually just kind of Let It Go and hope that it's all going to work out. I see what you're saying. You know you kind of want to milk as much as you can get out of it when you're cooking like that, you know, and they did want to run they made man. I really went from thinking this game was you know, we were just going to lose it off really made me a Believer man. I was like, oh my gosh, they're actually going to do this and you know, just a couple bad plays or about the two-minute Mark. I don't know what I think Jamal wants to hit that three-month. There was a dagger three that Jamal had some of his shots. He makes are just unbelievable. But by he'll really just bury a diag on you did the same thing to the Clippers and that last game he hit that kind of drifted off three from the order and that was it you just knew was over and it's pretty much the same thing tonight. Like he hit three that Alex Caruso was trying to guard him and he just knew right then and there was still about a minute. I don't know if it was a minute and 10-second something like that left. But you just knew I was like, oh, that's it. Yeah, and that at that point it was pretty clear. The Lakers are just they they ran out of steam and then Maria hit that three and that was okay. That was that was dead. End up that that come back they got within three it looked like they were going to do it. But it just they just ran out of energy. All right, let's get into the stats. Let's break down the stats of the game not all going to be pretty but lost it. Lakers stats All right, let's talk about the stats. And by the way, let me throw this in Gary Sheffield Junior just texted me a minute ago. And he said narrow lost this team is really winning at all. So he looked at this game as more of a positive in terms of how they finished it as a sign that hey they they're still going to win the whole thing. So he's still feeling confident. I'm not feeling quite as confident but glad that that somebody is Jenny Davis. What's up? No. No, go ahead. Go ahead. I'm just going to dive into the stats. Did you have a car? Okay, so hit the okay off any Davis 27 points only two rebounds. The Lakers got worked on the glass tonight. We'll get into that LeBron James or nine of ten for the line of 17 shooting. That's fine came over from 3. 4 8014 is 23 for LeBron 10 boards. 11 assists have the triple double two steals to blocks 30 points six turnovers. LeBron did not look good for 3/4 for 3/4 LeBron James. Games aside from a few jumpers here and there he some of the shots were not good. Yeah, they did not look they were way off. Some of them turnovers were sloppy. Yeah. This was not a good LeBron James was like it was like the second half of last game carried over into this game. And that's that's a concern for LeBron 12 points from k c p u it's a big shots 58245 did Miss and 3 that would a tight ship in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately Kyle kuzma 11 points. That's about it. I mean Rondo had three steals eight assists nine points. So that's something but again, he didn't really get going until the fourth quarter Thursday. We talked about this we talked about how the Lakers were going to need another player to step up. You're going to need a big performance out of a Kyle kuzma a Rondo a Caruso. Somebody else was going to have to step up you were going to need one of those 16 points from Markieff Morris kind of nights and it didn't happen again the second game in a row that it didn't happen. It was mostly LeBron and Anthony Davis doing the heavy lifting Rondo. Then in the fourth quarter defensively, yeah, especially defensively but other than that the other Lakers just didn't get going you go. Look at the Denver Nuggets 26 points from Jeremy Grant a career playoff high for him that can't happen ten of twelve from starting. Yeah, they double Jeremy Grant and I like Jeremy Grant right, but they you mean twenty-six, but you can't give up 26 points to Jeremy Graham 22 points ten boards five assists one steal one block 9 to 14 shooting for jokic 28 points for Murray on ten of 17 shooting eight eight boards 12 assists to steal box. And then they got another 14 points from mon say Maurice who came in and gave them a lift. So check this out. I mean we talked about a maker Miss league on the night the Nuggets shot 38% from deep and 55% from the field. They did turn it over 18 times a lot of those coming in the fourth. The Lakers turned it over sixteen times, but most of those came earlier in the game and those turnovers were I mean really painful only shot 20 jul. 3% from 3/6 of 26 shooting from Deep 52% from the field the Nuggets shoot board Jumpers in general than the Lakers do so, you shouldn't see the Nuggets field goal percentage be above the Lakers yet. That's what happened on this night. The Lakers were not hitting shots. The Lakers were not doing a good enough job getting to the line 29 free throws for the Nuggets 22 for the Lakers. Some of that is going to come down to the whistles Chris anything that jumps out at home from that stat line. I mean, you know when you're going through the stats, I mean you talked about the first half compared to the second half but you know, what stands out to me is really odd ever did borderline collapse in that last fourth quarter. I mean, like literally how many turnovers did they have in a row. So I mean, I don't know it just kind of it's kind of a Q&A jury saying in terms of maybe what tonight showed us is again, the Lakers will come out with more urgency in the next game and like, you know, really Denver almost collapsed in that fourth quarter. I mean almost literally watch Choke that game away like right in front of our eyes and epic fashion. Always Clippers style. Yeah. Yeah. It was like her style like disaster. So I think we should try if anything we should kind of hold on to that and know that okay. Yeah everything we've already said Denver played with their with their backs against the wall and the Lakers did it but look with the Lakers were still able to do in the engine. So, you know, I think we'll be okay. No, I I agree. I'm laughing because one of the comments said as I'm scrolling through I say somebody saying Masters looks pissed off tonight wage. Yeah. Well, of course we're going to be we'd like, all right. So there's some people within Sports media who they separate themselves from fandom, right? They don't consider themselves a fan of any team and they right not I say I can't do it would be genuine if we did that we live and die with this team. This is this is what we're all dead. Out we can't do that. So yes, of course, we're going to be upset if the Lakers lose a game like this. I was just doing the math real quick. So if the Lakers had shot an average percentage from 3, which way okay, if you take a bunch of years in general league-average from three tends to be right about 35% I think it was a little bit higher than that this year but right about 35% if they had shot average from 3 to 9:35 % they would have hit three more 3-pointers tonight and they would have one by one point. Yeah. I mean, sometimes it really does come down to just making shots or missing shots and a former Lakers missed just enough for that come back to full short and that's ended up happening over and I saw some guy kept writing on our chat about you know, Okcps seemed to me like he had a pretty good game and he's actually been efficient and yeah, you know, like when he missed that 3 it didn't feel like the old Casey peed to meet a just thinking about shot down or just felt like he missed he missed the three, you know what I mean, which any of these guys can do they're not perfect just cuz of wide-open doesn't mean they're going to hit it. You know, I was I was surprised when he missed that it looked good out of his hand, but she want that on the night. He had 12 points which have case if he gives you twelve points. That's great. That's phenomenal and he's 2 or 5 from Deep. He was forty percent from three. Yeah, I'll take I'll take two or five from 3012 points from Canadians Caldwell-Pope every single night. It was it was a solid performance for him. Let's talk a little bit. Well, let's get into real quick. The team stats don't want to talk about the officiating cuz we're getting a lot of, that points off of turnovers the Lakers gave up twenty five points off of turnovers. They would give the ball up way too easily. Even though that was a point heading into the game that Coach Frank Vogel was talking about About about limiting turnovers because those were bad in the previous game and that was another problem points of the paint though on the night 64 for the Lakers 48 for Denver a lot of those coming off those fast breaks in the fourth quarter at the end there that's really push them. I had twenty six fouls called on the Lakers 21 on the Denver Nuggets. Let's talk about that. So I was upset with the officiating in this game. The officiating is not the reason off the Lakers lost. I mean now that it's a little bit closer. Maybe you can say those calls were magnified earlier in the game, but overall the Lakers own lackadaisical play early and shooting themselves in the foot with the phone numbers and the huge mental mistakes. That's what caused them this game. But my frustration with the officials was the inconsistency. If you go back and you look at the way game too is officiated. If you've applied that to this game Nikola jokic would have had four or files in the first quarter. I mean plain and simple unless they did that whole thing. Where were reluctant to give him another foul, which two reps did that song He would have had 4,000 the first quarter. He was pushing shoving grabbing doing everything. He could setting illegal screens. It was bad. It was really really bad and they were letting it go unchecked. And so I said I've been mentioned on Twitter. I said look when Dwight Howard gets in he now knows they're not calling fouls and then sure enough within a minute or two of Dwight checking in he bumps. Jokic as they're both running for a ball. Boom Fallon Dwight fact that you can't set the tone. Early letting a player get away with everything and then switch things up in the middle. And then I think the Lakers got away with some things at the end. There wasn't just inconsistent off the game. There was inconsistency within this game and that's hard for me to watch because I start start losing track of. Okay. What is a foul or what is it? I can only imagine how upsetting it's just been for the Lakers players that are out there and even the Nuggets players if you if you can't figure out what is a foul or what isn't in different segments of the game. That's really really tough. And like, you know, it's the Western Conference Finals. So like I saw what you'd rent on Twitter about the first quarter and like that's how they should have called the whole game like young guys make mix it up a little bit like, you know, there's isn't the time that be blowing her whistle on every ticky-tack foul and like this is if any point in the year, you're going to let the guys go with little bit. It's now so long like just call it consistent like you said and call it the way you started the game in the first and then started to call it again in the fourth, I guess later on so I don't know. It's just weird. You know what I mean? Just let the guy is a I understand you gotta keep control but I mean like it's okay to have some physical play without blowing the whistle every time. Yeah, I I agree with you. I would prefer to see it. Like if you're going to let you know can't get away with that stuff. That's totally fine. Just just keep it consistent like that throughout the game. I have no in fact, I think that's an advantage to the Lakers if you're going to call a game that way but you can't call it that way at the beginning. And then suddenly trying to rein it back in at the end of the fourth quarter quarter go. Okay. Well now we're not going to call it anymore. It's gotta be consistent. You're right more starts to get through cuz a couple you stand out, right? Yeah, I did want to mention 29 free throws for the Denver Nuggets 22 for the Lakers 11 a.m. For the rebound. That's right. That's what it was and I was missing so the rebounds bad bad bad. Okay, it's also almost doubled am not quite but you know twenty six bulbs for the Nuggets including nine offensive rebounds. I'm sorry 44 boards, that's including nine offensive rebounds 25 for the Lakers and for offensive boards. Yeah. That's that's really really really bad. So what sort of twenty-five think about that everybody the Lakers on the night, they missed forty shots the Nuggets missed thirty-three thoughts on the night. So with that being the case, you would expect with the Lakers missing more shots than the Nuggets defensive rebounds happen more often than offensive rebounds. So you'd have to imagine that if one team has Morbid shots the other team has more opportunities to get defensive rebounds. So you would expect the Nuggets rebounding numbers over all or at least offensive boards to probably be a little bit above the Lakers but not that much 944 225 and with only two rebounds from Anthony Davis that is going to be a major thing for Frank Vogel to look at and the whole team to look at on film and figure out what happened to us on the boards because that I mean that could be the game right they're giving them nine extra possessions on the offensive glass. That is something that needs to change really fast. Yeah. I just feel like and what I hear that it drives me crazy because I when I look at our team, I feel like we should always win the rebounds and that's probably a little unrealistic. But honestly, when you think of the fact the length we have on this team when you think of just Dwight Mike Howard and Anthony Davis alone, and then you know, there's a lot of other long guys on the team is just like we should always be at least matching rebounds with teams. It should never be this month. Of a differential so I don't know. I don't know that one. Just kind of really stood out to me what you said though makes a lot of sense you're missing shots is going to be naturally more defensive rebounds, but still man, that's a that's a big gap between them. Yeah that Gap is too big to to explain away with the difference in the number of missed shots. That's just it is so that's and the thing the thing is rebounds ultimately a lot of it comes down to positioning and effort and I don't think the Lakers did a good job at either of those things tonight. You look at Javale McGee had one rebound Four Points Dwight Howard had one rebound Kyle kuzma had one rebound Markieff Morris had my gosh Anthony Davis had to LeBron had 10. The Lakers Biggs got outrebounded by a lot by the guards and the wings LeBron again with 10 for for Danny Green three 4K CP24 Rondo, but in general The rebounding numbers just aren't there. They did not rebound tonight. Well that really tells you something right there, especially when you read it like that. Sorry. I know I've noticed so much negativity so much need seventy. Okay. So let's get into the Lakers Nation fan Zone. First question. We take out of the fan Zone. And again guys, just a reminder the fan Zone. That's where we are. Just talking directly with you guys in the chat. I've been keeping up with something seeing what people are saying in there, but now we're hitting the portion of the show where we're just reading the comments from you and we are going back and forth and so cross to help me out cuz they fly by super super fast. First question that I pick is getting their very own lakersnation.com license plate frame. All right, here we go. Let's enter the Lakers fans or off. Lakers nation and Zone. All right, Christy happen to have a good question. I know a lot more comments than questions right now, but I'll keep looking. Okay, I've got one I've got one from Psy on YouTube app Sy on YouTube says should Dwight start over Javale McGee and I've seen a lot of people asking that question so sigh Cy on YouTube shoot me a DM right here on Twitter and off send me your address and we will send you one of these lakersnation.com license plate frames soap Frank Vogel started Dwight Howard in the second half. I thought Dwight was a lot more effective. He Vogel has resisted making changes quite a bit. He had to do it at the Rockets series, but is it finally time Chris? Does Dwight Howard need to enter the starting lineup from the first quarter. Is that is that what we're going to see happen next game? Well, I'm not inclined it's tough cuz we just went through the numbers and I'm led to believe that they call it the way they do tonight. They did tonight that Dwight Howard volt put us in foul trouble as a team within the first few minutes of the game. And so I I don't know what necessarily that's the answer. I do like Dwight at the physicality. Our topic is when you looked in that first quarter, if you noticed Joker was really kind of bowling javel a bit like backing him down easily kind of moving him up his spots and stuff like that. So I took I know that the trains white and Jebel I feel like Dwight has the better shot at matching up with him, but I'm still just not completely sure about you know, how we want to start that game. What do you think? It's tough? Because if you if you go to Dwight and you say we need you to stay out of foul trouble. We need you on the floor more then you're kind of stopped it like the benefit of Dwight dead. Is that he's a wild man out there that he's going crazy. He's grabbing all these rebounds he picks up some fouls but you'll take it because of the energy that he provides so it's hard though. Like if you're going to start him you're Assuming he's off to get more minutes. I personally though I think it's going to happen. I think it's going to happen. And here's why Frank Vogel said it in the pre-game today that he considered making a change to the starting lineup are ready and off tonight given how flat the Lakers came out that was all the evidence. He needed to finally pull the trigger and just start to I mean he started him in the second half. I think he's going to have to do it and I don't know if they can get it to play a little bit more under control. A lot of it. Unfortunately isn't even in Dwight's hands. It's in the hands of the officials. It depends on how they're calling the game and you won't know that right away. And so that's going to be a change for Dwight is to stay out of foul trouble cuz he can get in foul trouble very very quickly, but I think that if you're the Lakers you saw it tonight, you can't give them the first quarter. You can't give them the first three quarters and wage. Just hope that you can rally back. I mean they almost pulled it off, but that is not a sustainable path to success. So I think they've got to get off to a better start in this next game and I think to me that means starting to gain power. When you know, there was another question here. That was pretty good. But his oh piss torello who was saying and this is a good question for you cuz you just did a video on this page. He said do you think Dwight Antics fuel to Denver Nuggets you talked about from the last game? So Dwight after last game after Anthony Davis hit just for anybody who didn't know month after Anthony Davis hit that big three to win the game. The Lakers are all celebrating and you can see it on the replays. You can see this. If you go if you go you find the highlights you'll see do I do this he kind of breaks off from the sneakers, you know, kind of huddle or whatever where they're all jumping on each other and they're celebrating as they should and he starts waving goodbye to the Denver Nuggets and he starts saying go home and apparently some of the Nuggets coach staff took exception to that and got it started yelling back and Dwight yield back a little bit. It went back and forth. That's that's an issue. Right? You're giving them that white board material giving them. Little extra bit of motivation and I think we did see that tonight. We saw in Duggan's team that played with that little bit of extra fire. If you're Dwight Howard. You have to be smarter than that. This is game. That was the end of game too. If that was the game for sure be like like Damian Lillard. Do you can wave good-bye, right. That's what Lillard it against the Thunder over a year ago game to you can't do that. You can't envisage players are too good. You can't give them that little bit of extra motivation. I don't care if you're going to take on the bully Persona or whatever if Dwight just felt like they were definitely going to win this thing. We've just seen it happen too many times. You can't make statements like that and maybe it did play a role in in the Lakers losing tonight. We'll see. They're the Lakers did a good job up until that of being not being like arrogant like the Clippers and and whatnot and just being much more humble about their approach and not you know, overlooking your opponents or giving them like you say whiteboard materials. So, you know, I don't know if that was a factor at all, but you definitely you don't want to give them that like you said that extra motivation. I agree with that name Daniel Martinez from YouTube says which is more concerning rebounding or turnovers or yes. I mean, they're both very concerning and I don't know Chris is the one that the one that stands out. Comes to me right now again, just because of our Personnel by to just it shouldn't happen. Not not to that extent, you know, the turnovers were careless and then you know what it tells you about turnovers tell you that I was a lot of carelessness going on and the lack of rebounds shows a lack of effort. So, you know, they were obviously had both of those going on tonight and Denver didn't so here's the thing with the Lakers and this is Faith is true of any team, but it's especially true for the Lakers. Everybody knows how you beat the Lakers how you beat them is you force them to play half-court basketball and when they're in the half-court on offense force them to take jump shots. That's that's it. You do those two things and you have a good shot against the Lakers or at least a better shot. They're still a very good team, but it's keeping them out of transition. That's what you want to do. And so for the Lakers, it's it's not even just the rebounds. It's not just the turnovers. It's everything. It's you have to get the snowball off. And in your direction, right? Because you start picking up steam you get a stop that gets you out of transition you get an easy bucket. The opponent opposing team is taking the ball out of the basket. So you get to get your defense set. Get out in transition get another bucket opponents taking the ball out of the rim and on and on you go you can keep that kind of momentum rolling and we saw that in the fourth quarter. That's what the Lakers were doing quite a bit of Denver had going for them for much of the game where the Lakers weren't getting stops. So the Lakers couldn't get out in transition. They're taking jump shots. They're missing those jump shots that gets the nuggets and transition that's not wage you want to and so the Lakers have got to figure out a way to break that cycle and get themselves into more situations where they run off three four baskets in a row that are coming off of stops for me. It's about the defense pact with the Lakers if they can defend and they can get stops. They're going to be just fine because their defense creates their offense the rebounds are certainly part of that. You have to be able once you get a stop you get amice. You've got to be able to secure the bag. And then you can't turn the ball over. You can't the Lakers out of three on one fast break in the fourth fourth quarter Kyle kuzma wide open and they fumbled it away out of bounds. All of that stuff has to get cleaned up a rules up to this bigger concept of how basketball is played and the way defense and offense is connected. The Lakers have to figure out a way to get that momentum working for them where their offense and defense has that stygian can lead from one end to the other guy. That was beautifully laid-out man. It's all about everything is connected. Essentially, you know, yeah, it really is dead. All right. I've seen people asking will Anthony Davis re-sign if we lose to the if we lose to the Nuggets, I I have no I haven't seen anything indicating that it works is going anywhere. I'm not I'm not sure about that at this moment Elijah Lawrence were YouTube says Denver is packing the paint and daring the Lakers to shoot. Yes. Why wouldn't I mean the Portland Trailblazers did that in game one? That's how they won. The Lakers couldn't hit outside shots. It's not it's not rocket science. Everybody knows at this point. That's how you beat the Lakers you make them shoot outside shots and the Lakers the way they win is they get turnovers they get stops and they don't shoot jumpers instead they get in transition. That's how they win in the half-court. They work to get the ball in the paint if they can do that. They're going to win the game. They can't do that and they shoot jumpers. Up in the air. Somebody else can win. So yeah, of course the nuggets are packing to pay if the Lakers get onto the NBA Finals whoever they play whether it's a Celtics or the heat. They're going to do the same thing you pack the game against the Lakers that is the blueprint for Success. The question is can the Lakers do enough to mitigate that can they do enough to get themselves into the paint and still score. Can they do enough to get in transition? They're not going up against the set half-court defense. That's what it all comes down to you. Oh, here's a good one. Javon Dube said from YouTube said do you think the song from Mari should have been a flagrant-2 it looked like he purposely through that Chris the thought passed crossed my mind. Is this going to be a to what did you think when you saw did you think it could have been a flagrant-2 long? Were you happy with the one? It felt like a flagrant-1 to me. Honestly, I don't know. It didn't seem like I guess they call it a hostile act. I didn't seem super hostile to me. I'd probably maybe have to watch it again. But maybe I'm way off on that plane, you know, they were even thought that on comments here. I mean, it seemed like LeBron obviously took a shot but it seemed like LeBron might have been published it. Yeah a little bit too. So, I don't know did you what did you think on? Yeah, so LeBron absolutely people are saying LeBron flopped. Yes. He definitely embellished the contact to make sure that the officials saw it and look I don't like flopping. It's not it's not something that I enjoy but if he had just stood there there's a very good chance that with that kind of an elbow the way it was thrown the ref probably wouldn't have seen it at all. Like if LeBron didn't recoil from that it probably goes unnoticed. It was like almost a John Jones style elbow over the top and now LeBron when he set the screen, he did come up with his arms a little bit higher than a screen normally should be and you're not really supposed to do that so long LeBron wasn't LeBron screen wasn't exactly legal either but that forced Maria's arms up. But then instead of just putting his arms down to the side or whatever Maria's looking straight into the bronze face and throws it. He throws the elbow over the top. And so I started I thought you know, that is unintentional Blow To The Head LeBron screen was not legal, but that was an mma-style elbow. No, it didn't do any kind of like major damage or anything like that. But so you think flagrant-2. I think it could have been I don't know. It wasn't any religious maybe LeBron's over some of it didn't help the cause that's Punk. That's that's definitely possible. But I don't like it wouldn't have surprised me. I guess if they had called that took over too because like people talk about Rondo's elbow you saw in the fourth quarter That Elbow that Rondo got Paul Millsap with Yeah, there was the difference was Brenda was going to to make a cut the other direction and you could see where he was reaching out to make contact with Millsap shoulder and Millsap had kind of crunch crouched down defensive stance. And so the his arm just reached high and it just caught him right? That's a lot different where Rhonda was legitimately trying to make a basketball play vs coming over the top with an elbow to the face off. I will say you're right. I won't say they got it wrong cuz in general I prefer more physical play, but if we're going by the letter of the law, it could have been somebody saying I believe how did it on purpose? Yeah. It really did look like it was on purpose. I've been up to see that back again. Yeah, I wasn't necessarily convinced that it looked like it was on purpose. But you know, I don't know we've seen Jamal do some questionable stuff in the past Halloween. Oh, yeah. Absolutely. I ask who we certainly have some of them wind up on video. We've got a comment here and I missed the name but said should we put in JR Smith to defend Jamal bro? I love it like that about any player. But I mean again JR Smith hasn't really shown us anything, you know thus far and I don't know just to put him out there and think that who is he saying to put J off on Jamal Murray? Oh who gets towards? Yeah, it gets worse man. Like, you know, I think the most were hoping out of J R isn't to get his defense defense out of them. It's more it's needed some kind of offensive punch, you know, I mean not getting much of that. Can you get can you get a DeLorean get it up to eighty eight miles per hour and go get the song Smith from six years ago that guy sure this JR Smith now, he's shown defensively. He doesn't have that in a man and that's not he should be expected to have that right? Like that's that's not where he's at in his office right now. You can't ask him to go defend a guy like Jamal Murray and expect him to be the solution. That's that's not happening some people saying, I'd rather see him than trash. Danny Green. Trashed it. So Danny Green tonight was one of four shooting points. I like know. Danny Green is yeah. We've had our problems with Danny Green, but I wouldn't put JR Smith in over Daniel Greenberg. No, I'm not I think that's exaggeration just to try to just cuz people aren't happy with a look. There was a point where Danny Green Mist to Corner threes in a row, that's his job that's odd, but he is on this team for its for his defense and his ability to knock in threes like that. Now again, it's just two shots, but this has been a trend and we keep waiting Danny Green. He's going to start hitting shots off. Maybe it's going to be tonight. Oh no. Oh, okay. Maybe it's going to be next night hasn't quite happened yet. I'm still I'm not giving up Faith and Danny Green. I still think that at some point it's going to come around but tonight was not that night. Yep. What was the lake? What were the Lakers lacking tonight? The reality went into all that pretty much. Yeah energy effort desperation hunger. I mean all of that and Denver, you know, they had all of them. Yeah. It was it was everything it was it was the the Washington Sentinels when they were out there without Shane Falco. What were they lacking? Part, that's what they were lacking. Hopefully some of you guys got that reference. I didn't get the reference but it sounds pretty good. It's pretty good. It's an old old Keanu Reeves football movie called The Replacements. Oh, I do remember that. I don't remember that one. But I think I have seen it going into halftime and Coach begin to use asked by the reporter. What do you guys need for the second half and he says heart and then Keanu Reeves can just like a Shane Falco can magically get from like wherever his his boat out in the bay to the stadium in 5 minutes and suit up and he's ready to go play and how is that whole life went great movie a movie people are saying underrated movie. All right. We're missing Avery Bradley. Certainly. Yeah, but we've been saying that you know what that that ship has sailed off somebody asking our Denver's bench players better than the Lakers bench players. Tonight they were tonight tonight. They were absolutely absolutely Denver's bench players were better than the Lakers bench players tonight. I don't think there's any question about that. Let's get into wage Steve trauma talking about your boy t h t m Jansen minutes. For who? I mean, I guess you could say for Danny Green but it doesn't make sense. Yeah, and here's the thing like at this point just match up. I guess the nuggets are too good at recognizing any time you make a mistake and exploiting that that's what the best teams. Do they punish you for their mistakes tht is probably going to make a few mistakes and that's nothing against him. He's expected 2018. Yeah. I don't know if you put them in in this type of situation people ask you. Where is Dion Waiters? So Dion Waiters was not active tonight. Hey wasn't on the active roster. But off Kyle goon from the Orange County Register did report that tonight. He was warming up before the game. And that's the first we hadn't seen that before so that tells us he's getting closer to being ready to go. I didn't expect him to play tonight when he's been out for so long, but obviously he's getting closer. So that's that's the update on Dion Waiters for the moment. Let's see. Still looking for questions. Yeah, we'll do one more. Let's do let's do one more John size says, you know, the Lakers should be down to one, right? Why they they won last game again. They were up there. They almost gave it away, but they didn't this is why you have Superstars is to make plays like that shot any Davis made? That's the benefit of having Superstar level players. I don't look at it as they should be down to one at least not right now. She's having a Samantha calmed down. She's she's mad about them as performance to she's the dog right now is saying the Lakers shouldn't be down to one. Yeah, look Anthony angry shop, but she's not happy about that. She did not like that question. That's wrong. It feels better. Now. I think Chris do you look at it as the Lakers should be down should have lost their last game. Well, I mean I like the way you put it where we at an eight point lead with I don't know if it was one minute to go and we kind of let that slip but you know part of me still feels like, you know, we stole it because it had to come down to that last very long in shop. But you know, I'm choosing I'm actively choosing not to look at it like that. Cuz again, I like the way you laid it out better where we cuz really when you look at this series from the whole I did page. Like at least in the first two games like the Lakers kind of controlled the game of the most part. I mean today today was the first time out of any of the games that you could see Denver's urgency and that translated into them actually controlling the game. So I mean they went up by 20 at one point tonight, you know getting so I mean, I I'm thinking more positively coming out of this month. So that means I'm not thinking that we necessarily, you know, should be down two games to one now as opposed to what we're at. That's it. That's a fantastic Point Chris. I know I agree with you a hundred percent the first choice to games for almost the entire game. I felt like the Lakers were in control. It was through like 2 and 1/2 quarters in game two of the Nuggets came back in the middle of it, but then I thought the Lakers had a little fourth-quarter pushing. I felt like okay, they're going to go and take this thing gave one. I felt like the whole thing was Lakers. I never for the first two games. I was never all that were words. And then today it was it was very difficult. Day and felt like the Lakers just weren't in the game until the very very end. Oh, yeah, they switched roles Denver took control tonight and they just controlled the game, you know, and like, you know, the even in the first two games any time it felt like Denver made a run it was because the Lakers had been really playing well and then eventually took their feet off the gas pedal, you know, like coming out of halftime of What Not So people are asking right now. What are the Lakers need to do to take game for it's really turning around that energy. You've got a hit shots turn around the energy on defense and you got to rebound and cut the turnovers off simple, right? You do those things though and you're going to win but it all to me. I believe it all stems from the defense if they bring energy on the defensive end of the floor and can get stops dead. I think they're going to be just fine. Everything else will flow out of that. All right, Chris. Are you ready for the Master Lock of the night? I am unfortunately I could be a happy one. Not a happy one. Okay, let's do it off the Master Lock of the night. Here we go. Thursday and open after 1. All right Chris the Masterpiece Masters who is getting put in the master log nights. All right tonight is going to be a not-so-happy master lock of that. There wasn't much to be happy about tonight. We've already discussed all of it. But basically we're dishing out some master logs to our own guys tonight. Oh so, you know lack of production or rebound. So what I'm doing is we're lining up Kyle kuzma overlong up Javale McGee were lining up to an hour or even lighting up Anthony Davis tonight. And again, this is tough love cuz these are Lakers but we're gonna line each one of them up birth. Are going to Mast about each and every one of them just to wake them up for from tonight's performance. You know, I feel like a good Master box in order, you know, that will Splash of cold water on their face don't bounce back and they'll come back. You know, we talked about Charisma, you know tonight. He didn't really provide much of us. I know he put up 11 points, but I mean just some bad turnovers and not exactly what we wanted out of him. And then you can't leave off all the bigs when you have a rebounding performance like that. Like we we have to we have to be able to rebound at least at least closely match up with these teams. If not beat the heck out of them. So, you know what to look for all our guys tonight. They won't come back better from this Beast Master box. I'll tell you that so hopefully they rebound from these Master locks. Oh, there we go. So what are you guys going to do agree with that? I you know I was going to stick with just the bigs originally but then somebody had pointed out kuzma and I'm like, all right, you know what? We'll just don't Cruise mine that today too. And you know, so think of any good Denver players the more you know, the the job Denver would then replied well, some people are mentioning a lot of people are saying Danny Green deserved to be bad for long, but I think when you are coming out this game off, yeah, I mean people would be calling for Danny Green DP Master Lock every night. In fact, Danny Green could be passed out and they'd be screaming for you to just keep it locked in on them. I don't know people people love to hate did any Creed for some reason but but it's his contract but but I like it look when you look at the rebounding discrepancy that shouldn't happen to this Lakers team. This Lakers team is the bigger stronger faster more physical team. Here's what happened tonight in the battle of the boards should not happen. And so I agree with you Master locks going to all of the bigs and I think this Markieff Morris need to get added into that to the kid. What's your name? Words, yeah, that was Zero only played eleven minutes, but still zero boards. So the Lakers Biggs are all lined up there getting Master out. Everybody's got a box office or they're all everybody. Whoever doesn't box out is getting Master Lock next game. That's like it. I like it. Hopefully when they all come to their minds will be clear maybe a little bit scrambled, but they would clear and they will be ready next game too box out after this Master Lock. I really like it'll be some wake up juice one. I like it. I like it. All right. Let's give away one final liquidation.com license plate frame before we call it a night here. So we are looking for one more question to close out the show. I'm looking through I'm going to find a good one at Chris and Chris helped me out if you a good one, let me know. Okay? I'm still seeing lots coming in. People are calling for a master lock on LeBron. I think that's a first yeah, I don't think I've ever seen that before. We already talked about changing the lineup next game so I don't want to get into that. I'm looking. Okay all the way we already gave the gave one of this person. Okay, I've got one. I've got one here from from YouTube Yasser Barakat Yasser, if you just shoot me that DMV his question is should the Lakers play more zone defense. So Yasser, all you got to do is shoot me a DM on Twitter. Send me your address and I will send you one of these as and by the way, I should have prefaced this before when we were talking about these you have to be within the United States in order for us to ship to you. I have had a few people who were from I got one from New Zealand and things like that. Unfortunately, we can't ship to you. If you are if you are not within the United States, but we're being asked about yeah great question. Should we see more zone defense? That was what happened the Lakers in the fourth quarter. They switched to the Zone the Nuggets couldn't adjust Chris. Do you go back to that song? Yeah, I don't know somebody as a question. Yeah, cuz I was a big part of our run and I think Frank Vogel smart about it. I don't know if that's necessarily saying your stay in the zone the whole game but you know you surprise them with it at some point and I mean it worked wonders for us tonight. Did you I mean that's what caused almost or almost caused Denver to choke in that fourth quarter. I mean, you saw some of the possession that joker had and that I believe was all caused by the zone. So I definitely think that that's a takeaway from tonight that you might be able to use that in some situations going into the next game which is what all this is about, you know, the teams try stuff they make adjustments. So, you know, hopefully Lakers can have success with that again in the next game. What do you think? Yeah agree a hundred percent. I think you go to it until they prove that they can beat it right now. I'm if I'm Mike Malone from the Denver Nuggets, I'm tomorrow running through that with the team, but I'm saying look this is what they threw out of it at us. This is what we knew do in order to Beat It Off. Or if you're the Lakers until they show you that you that they can beat it you continue to throw that at them because if it throws them for a loop if they're not expecting it maybe you don't even start in it. Maybe you start in your regular defect and then part of the way through you switched to that zone just to hit him by surprise. So it worked and this one so absolutely you do it until they prove that they can consistently beat it just like with the the blame the first round they completely packed the paint. They even ran Twin Towers against the Lakers until they proved they could beat them with the outside shot. You keep going with what is working. And right now the zone defense worked with you absolutely one hundred percent go back to it. Maybe the nuggets are prepared for it, but make them prove it. Yeah. Well, I mean you kind of answer my question. I was just curious when you said that if you keep going to what if you're going to mean you're going to start your defense like that in the next game, but you know, it might make sense to start with a regular defense gym, like which is what I was thinking and then throw that in at at the right Point whatever that is. Absolutely it's kind of like so a team is struggling to be the defense and then the coach calls a time-out usually like if I'm coaching that game. I send my defense out in something else for just that possession because you know, that coach just went in and drop something specifically to beat the defense that you were in smart and then something else out of it throws them off. So I I would keep them guessing that's what I would do. I wouldn't start in it, but I would be ready to switch to it pretty quickly. All right guys, thank you guys for all the questions. I saw some people saying we you know, I asked that question about the zone defense a bunch of times throughout the night. Keep in mind guys. We're bringing in questions from Periscope off. Facebook from YouTube we're seeing all of them on one screen they go by Superfast so we don't always catch them. So just because you type something in that doesn't mean that we saw it. In fact the majority of questions wage, Miss. Okay, we're doing our best. But again, if you asked that question already, it doesn't mean we're ignoring you or or didn't like your username or anything like that. We just legitimately didn't see it. It just it's the way nature of the beast. That's the way it goes. And we appreciate all the questions coming in. We love that. It's a challenge to try to catch these questions as they come through It's amazing And we appreciate you guys sending all those to us. All right, Chris final thoughts for we call it a night. I'll just a couple of things. I just wanted the first of all give you props on your video. You did the unlikable Lakers if everybody out there hasn't seen that yet check that out. I'm not sure exactly where you're going with that cuz I just listened to Bill Simmons. Maybe not much prior to that video. So I just thought that was a great piece talking about the birth. I'm talking about everything we've been through and why you know, obviously we're Laker fans, but why we're specifically such fans of this team this year the the bonds that they've and the adversity that everything is taken to get here. I just thought it was one of the best things you ever did and also I just didn't really get to acknowledge this in the last show because we go live so quick but I I know myself lakersnation.com how awesome was it on a positive note that last game when Ada had yelled out KO V. Three point shot. We didn't we didn't really get to talk about that. So I just felt like it was worth mentioning home. Awesome. That was Yeah a hundred percent. That was an amazing moment wearing the black mamba jerseys to hit that shot and then to say Kobe like it's it's on their minds you saw Frank Vogel with about six minutes left in the game referenced Kobe off in their in their huddled talked about. Hey, you're wearing these jerseys he hit big shots. Now. It's our time to hit big shots. It's amazing. The way this team has done everything to continue to incorporate Kobe and everything they do and yep. Appreciate you mentioning that video, you know, most of the videos that I do all messed up at least once or twice and so I stopped on edit it and all that kind of stuff that one I didn't know exactly what I was going to say. I don't have a prompt or anything in here and I just I just hit record and that was the first take that came out and I just went you know, what I'm I'm going with it. It just it just kind of flowed and so that it had a good feel to it. I wasn't sure if I was going to put it out. Because that's not our typical style but it was received pretty well. So I appreciate the kind words that Chris. Well, awesome. All right, man. Let's let's calling night on that one. Thank you to everybody who joined us from YouTube from Periscope from Facebook. Appreciate you guys coming in and joining us. We will be doing this again after next game. Hopefully it will be a much happier show because the Lakers will pick up a win and oh man. They win the next game then they're up 3-1 Denver want that? That's our next issue. Yeah, let's let's not even start speculating on this page. All right, but hopefully it's a win after the next game and then the Lakers can break the lake the the Nuggets, you know run of coming back from 3-1 wins, and they can they can finish it out in five. Hopefully, that's what happens from here on out. Again. Appreciate everybody joining us. 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Lakers Practice Facility To Re-Open

"Hello Lakers nation Trevor Lane here. For the Lakers nation dot com your home for everything Lakers today, I get to bring you guys good news I, love it I love what I can bring you good news. This is about the Lakers and their practice facility, but first quick reminder subscribe right here to the Lakers nation Youtube Channel and don't forget Goto. Lakers nation DOT com, even in these troubling times. We are cranking out all kinds of. Of Great Lakers contents. Go check it out. Lakers nation DOT, com, alright so the news from Chum's Toronto of the Athletic and stadium. Is that Los Angeles County has granted the Lakers permission to reopen their practice facility, and that's something that they have been requesting for a while trying to get the facility reopened. It was looking like it was going to happen, but now it's official starting Saturday the sixteenth. The practice facility will be opened that. That means guys can go in and get shots up. Knock the rust off all of that now it doesn't mean the facility is going to be open seven days a week. It also doesn't mean that the players are gonNA be scrimmaging playing five on five three on three none of that they're not going to be doing team stuff working on on plays or anything of that nature, the which you know is a very important step for. For them to eventually come back, but it means they can at least get shots up and we know that as much as we like. Think Oh these guys all have basketball courts in their homes and things. That's not the case so them having the opportunity now to get onto a court and get shots up. will for one thing help knock off a lot of the rust that has been accumulating over the last couple of months. Plus it'll give them a little bit of a sense of normalcy, and this is what these guys do. They play basketball and for them to not be able to do that has been frustrating so to at least get in and get shots out. That's a reed thing now. We still don't know for sure. If the NBA season is coming back or not opening up, the facility is obviously a step in. In that direction, but we should have an have decision from Adam silver in two to four weeks I. also want to stress that the this is be voluntary. These workouts around the NBA are voluntary right now players if they don't feel safe or whatever. They don't have to be there we know, some players are not in La Dwight Howard. Just the other day was seen in Atlanta. Atlanta because that's home is so players will be coming back into town. It doesn't mean the day one everybody's going to be there. Though we do know that both jared Dudley and Alex. Caruso already said the they would be there. So take that for what it's worth, but bottom line great news that the practice facility is going to be open in the. We can take step towards eventually getting back on. On the court and hopefully making a push for that seventeen championship. Let me know your thoughts. Guys fired off in the comments down below. Don't forget fall Lakers nation across social media and leakers nation on twitter and facebook at Lakers nation official on instagram. My Name's for WanNa. Follow me you could follow me at Trevor Underscore Lane on twitter at Trevor Lane NBA on Instagram to lifetime. Stay safe CEO.

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Lakers Dominate Rockets To Take Control Of Series

Lakers Nation Podcast

59:10 min | 2 weeks ago

Lakers Dominate Rockets To Take Control Of Series

"Bleeding purple and gold from the Heart of Los Angeles. Yes is the lakersnation.com podcast with your oath Trevor Lane. Hello Lakers Nation. Welcome into Lakers Nation live. My name's Trevor Lane for lakersnation.com your home for everything Lakers. Just made tonight Chris. The Masterpiece Masters has the night off of Sheffield Junior still recovering, but it's never really just me. Like I always say because it's me and all of you. I'm going to be taking all of your questions and comments and I've got a special surprise for you guys tonight because we are doing a giveaway. I'm going to throw them up on the screen right now. I'm giving away three of these the lakersnation.com Mamba forever license plate frame. So I'm going to be picking some comments back to give these away to people who are commenting went to pick three of them and give those away. We'll see if we can get some good ones in there. The only requirement is that you have to be a resident of the United States you have to be in the u.s. You have to be also a follower our subscriber of our Lakers Nation YouTube channel. So those are what you need to the requirements. You have to meet in order to win this you just have to be one of the three questions. That are picked for tonight's show. So plenty to talk about the Lakers beat the the rockets and now have a 321 series lead and don't get me wrong. I thought this thing was done. I thought it was over and the next thing you know, it's a seven-point game in the fourth quarter and the rockets are coming back and I'm just thinking no this is not happening. This is not happening and then the Lakers pulled it off and I took it down to 5 and then our guy Alex Caruso hates the big three puts the Lakers back up sigh of relief right? I was on the edge of my seat the early part of the game, but you know what the Lakers were able to get them felt pretty comfortable most of the way and I can say that even through the first quarter when the Rockets were keeping things close. I wasn't that worried and I'm not sure what it was exactly during the previous games. I was I was on the edge of my seat for everything every little call every every basket everything but I was keeping a super close eye on I was super worried about every rotation this game didn't have that field after the first quarter. I went. Oh, they've got this and I'm not sure what it was that was giving me that impression. I'm sure off of you felt the same way. I think it might have been the body language of the Rockets the Lakers defense once they locked in to me it felt like the rock is just kind of went. Okay, we're going to go home because that's really what we're at. Now. It's a 3-1 series lead we're done. We're not and look. I know it's not done until it's done. We've seen teams blow 3-1 series leads before it's happened. Right but not watching this game. It's hard to imagine the Rockets coming back the Rockets. They they look like a team that is just they're they're out of fuel Rockets are out of fuel. That's what we're seeing out there once a month. Lakers went small and smothered them with their defense that just took all the life right out of the rockets. And once the Lakers made sure that they weren't able to get open looks from 3 because that's really the life of this Houston team is their ability to change it open threes. And because the Lakers are have been doing a decent job of preventing them from getting those open threes with a smaller lineup and I'll talk about that in just a second that's taken some of the energy away from the Rockets these teams who live and die by the 3-pointer they get a lot of energy when they're able to get open looks and knock those in they see the ball going through the basket. They start feeling good that picks up the intensity of their defense and the rockets were not in that situation tonight because the Lakers were able to continually chase them off the three-point line or at least make shots difficult for them will get into all the stats and just a minute but the Practical change going into this game and we found out 30 minutes before game time because Frank Vogel clever guy decided that he was not going to release his starting lineup until he absolutely had to until the league pass. Did the deadline of 30 minutes before the game? So at that point we found out that Javale McGee was no longer in the starting lineup That was knew that was new we've seen JaVale starting basically all seemed right Javale McGee has been in the starting lineup, even if the Lakers have done better with small ball what they've done is they've started JaVale and then sub them out. Not tonight not tonight tonight. The Lakers decided they're smaller lineup has had so much success because of the defensive pressure that they've placed on the Rockets and the turnovers that they force the live off of turnovers and we've talked about that. There's a difference between live ball turnovers and deadbolt turnovers and the live-ball turnovers are much more valuable because it gives you a chance to get in transition and and they so they decided to say, okay we're going small. I don't think we've seen the last of Javale McGee. I don't think we've seen the last of Dwight Howard. These are guys that you're going to need probably in the next round. Hopefully after that right there guys that you're going to need but at this point, I think the Lakers small lineup is pretty much proven themselves. They've done some things defensively that I didn't anticipate them being able to do the pressure. They've been able to put on the rockets taking away the three-pointer as much choice they have that has been absolutely devastating to Houston's offense. And and so it's been a big success for them. So credit to Frank Vogel credits of the Lakers coaching staff and the players for how they've executed this small lineup because I can tell you After game one the big lineup looked much better the floor spacing with a big lineup was much better than the small lineup, but I think once the piece is all started to click with the small lineup and a few adjustments were made in terms of doubling the ball or bubbling on the ball on Harden to get it out of his hands that changed a lot because suddenly the ball is out of Harden's hands. You're asking Robert Covington PJ Tucker to become a playmaker for the rockets and that is outside of their comfort zone and the Lakers were able to capitalize on that. Okay. We are going to get into our first segment in just a moment. I am seeing the questions coming in all ready. We will get into Lakers stats, but you know what I'm seeing. I'm feeling it. I want to give something away. I'm not even get a wait. Let's give away one of these Lake Nation Mambo forever license plate frames again. You just have to make sure you are a subscriber to the Lakers Nation YouTube channel. You guys know I am I am doing everything I can over there at the Lakers, New Jersey. YouTube channel and putting out all kinds of video content there for you for Lakers fans and my goal is to get us to 300,000 subscribers. So make sure we're almost there. So make sure you are subscribing to the Lakers Nation YouTube channel. I'm going to take a question right now and the and who whichever question I take this one is getting a Lakers Nation Mamba license plate frame. Let me find a good one here. We're going to answer that and then we'll get into our stats. Oh, I've seen the questions coming pouring in already. I love it. I love it. I love it. I've seen it all kinds of questions about about James Harden. Don't worry. We are definitely going to talk about him. All right, I'm going to go with this one. I'm going to go with this one. Let me see though. It's flying past me so fast. I'm trying to trying to stick with it. Where did it go? I'm trying to hang on to these. So many questions pouring in. All right, there it is. I'm sure I'm butchering the name but from YouTube Josue alvarenga said thoughts on tht. All right. So Josue all you got to do you can see it right here right down below right here. I should say that is my Twitter handle just should be a DM. If you are not on Twitter, you can email me on my Twitter account. You can find me find my email address. Shoot me your details. I will send you off of those Lakers nation license plate frames, but he's asking about tht what our thoughts on Taylor horton-tucker. Okay. So I was shocked shocked when the Lakers put him in when Frank Vogel inserted Talen Horton Tucker into the line of the, me off-guard. I was not anticipating that but after a minute or two once we saw t h d playing I thought that is urgent Freight Vogel. Look, he's a good coach and this was a smart move and this is why okay, obviously Talen Horton Tucker was successful. He had some nice minutes right didn't play a lot, but he had some nice. And it's made a couple of baskets. Right did some did some good things but we remember we know about Talen horton-tucker. He's what six four but he's got like a like this crazy wingspan super long arms. That's the kind of guy that you want. When were going to switch and then have three Defenders defending four guys when you're doubling the ball right when you're doubling James Harden and then you have just three Defenders that are Walling off the rest of the Court you want those song long arms of THC out there. So here's an ideal fit in that regard and we saw him make some nice plays get a steel and things like that. But the bigger thing is this Dion Waiters is hurt. He's not eligible to play Jerry Smith is not look very good. So if you're going to put a wing player into your rotation at some point which is coming in the second quarter right now, there's an advantage to playing t a month and that Advantage is this the Rockets have scouted you in the playoffs. You've got up to seven games to play the same team. So you're going to scout that team like crazy, right? You're going to know them. Our players you're going to know their Tendencies. You're going to know the plays that they like to run you're going to know their defense has their weaknesses all of that. Who do you think it is on the Lakers roster that the Rockets haven't scouted very much haven't paid a whole lot of attention to Talen horton-tucker, right? I'm sure the Rockets were surprised to see him out there when kcp steps on the floor. They know. Okay. This guy's a shooter we gotta make sure we close out to this spot right Anthony Davis. Okay, we gotta make sure that we keep them off the block here do what we can to push him to this area of the floor with Taylor door and Tucker. They don't know what to do cuz he's not a guy you're going to focus on and so he came in and hugged impact know I would assume the Rockets are going to take a look at them between now and the next game but still it was a great use of the element of surprise. And so that's what I loved about what Frank Frank Vogel did there. It was like Hey Okay, the Lakers are going to put a wing defender in here comes JR Smith. Who's this guy? That was awesome. That was just great bye-bye. Frank Vogel. It's limited minutes to so even if he comes in and he's got the butterflies for being a rookie first experience really in the playoffs and all of that. He's not going to hurt you that bad but the best case scenario which played out he's going to come in the Rockets are going to be familiar with them and he's going to do some positive things for you. And that's exactly what we got out and Talen Horton Tucker. Very smart move in retrospect by Frank Vogel. All right, let's get into our first category our first segment of the night. Let's get into some Lakers stats. Lakers stats and remember I do still have two more of those Lakers nation license plate frames to give away. Those are going to be coming up here in the show. But let's break down the Lakers stats for the night. You know, what? LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they put up solid stat lines. There's no question LeBron 16 points 15 boards for LeBron James nine assists two steals 2912 and 554 ad incredible performance from him ten 4:18, and I didn't feel like at least at the start of the game. His mid-range jumper wasn't following and that has been money lately was not going in for him over seven from Deep for LeBron and off but that's nitpicking at this point nine of nine at the line for Anthony Davis two blocks as well for eighty but five turnovers for a D4 for LeBron fortunately. It didn't make an impact in the overall outcome of the game. But what I liked about the game was this game the the scoring was more evenly distributed than we would normally see. So if you look at the Lakers every single player who played scored the lowest scoring player was for that was Kyle kuzma, and he was 246. Kyle kuzma was a little invisible tonight didn't do a whole lot, but he didn't really have to he just kind of played with in the system got for Palm. You had nine for Markieff Morris you attend for Danny Green Danny Green 245 from Deep 449 shooting had some nice place blew a wide-open lamp though that couch. But other than that, Danny Green had a pretty solid performance 10 for k c p two or three from Deep will take that 16 points for AC fresh Alex Caruso. Woo AC and especially that big three at the end break. It looked like the Rockets might get back into it. There was Alex Caruso slammed the door shut getting LeBron the assist and knocking in the three gotta love that five four nine shooting two and five from Deep Rondo playoff Rondo almost out of triple. Yeah, he was kind of quiet but he almost had a triple-double five of eight shooting. He had 10 boards eight assists two Steals and 11 points playoff. Rondo is real we know that for sure. So this is not a typical Lakers game. Typically, we see the scoring very heavily concentrated in Anthony Davis and LeBron James and then everybody else just kind of chipping in here and there and you're hoping a third month. Our Pops like a Kyle kuzma Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, somebody like that puts up say 15 points. That's usually what you see with the Lakers scoring lineups in this one almost everybody got to double finger of the nine players who played only three of them didn't get to double figures pretty good. I liked how evenly distributed was. The ball was moving very well LeBron only had to put up sixteen points and the Lakers still steamroll Rockets. I know there's a stat hear that some of you are not going to like and I'm right there with you. I don't like it either 21 points for James Harden 20 free throws. He shot 2468 his 20 points came from the free throw line. Are you kidding? I wish I had the whistle effect still loaded in here cuz I'm just I'm blow that I'd be you guys wouldn't like me your ears would hurt. Unbelievable. And you know what? There were a lot of bang bang plays in this one where hardened just ran into somebody and got the call and that was probably fact there was one play in particular where Kyle kuzma I thought did a wonderful job sliding his feet getting a front getting himself said letting hard and run him over and the referees bailed out hard and at that point he had two fouls and I wonder if maybe that played into it at all. But if I bought a Christmas coach at that point, I would have been applauding him telling him wonderful job the ref just missed the call fortunately. It didn't hurt the Lakers. But of course, it's still frustrating. He only shot to 411 from the field but to see James and being gifted 16 points and I shouldn't say gifted all those some of those were fouls, but he got the benefit of the whistle tonight. In fact the rockets on the night shot thirty-nine free throws. So many the Lakers shot 16 16 free now, there are 15 to 16. So we'll take that that's I mean 94% free throw shooting night for the Lakers. Doesn't happen very often, but you know what I tell you what the main stat that we need to focus on here the big one by the way, Eric Gordon put a 19 and 25 for Russell Westbrook. But Austin Rivers 5:14 But ultimately the Lakers did a nice job shutting down the Rockets. They did wind up shooting 42% from 3, but they only shot thirty three of them, which is actually low for that team. So again, the Lakers did a nice job during those three point attempts, even though the Rockets did hit a decent percentage there, but let's talk a little bit about the offensive boards because man what a difference that makes the Lakers dominate the offensive boards 12 to 1. 12:00 the one like normally and then that's a bit of an outlier. Normally you're going to see some long bounces from those threes that go the Rockets way and so Houston's going to get a few offensive boards. Not tonight. The life is completely dominated the glass. They won the defensive rebounding battle 4225. The overall rebounding battle was 5226 5226 in the Lakers generated all at 12 Second Chance opportunities there on the glass. So again love that love that. I love that in terms of fast-break points the Lakers again dominant 19 to 2:19 to 2 in fast-break points, man, if it wasn't for letting off the gas a little bit in the fourth quarter the Lakers turned in an incredible performance tonight against the Houston Rockets. Okay, let's do before we move into our next category, which is the Lakers Nation fan Zone. I want to give away another license plate frame. So let me take question here. And again, you have to be a subscriber to the Lakers Nation YouTube channel. If you are not going to pick use a winner then I'm going to give it away next show gotta be a subscriber to the Lakers Nation YouTube channel in order to get this order to win this year. All right. I'm looking through our questions. I'm going to find a good one. Oh, I'm seeing so many different questions coming in. People asking about whether or not there's going to be a master lock of the night. Yes. I'm going to do a master lock the night. All right. I've got one here Jaden woods from YouTube. Okay, Jaden woods. So what you are going to do is once again, you're going to go right over here find my Twitter handle there. You're going to go there shoot me a DM Jaden woods and you give me your information. I will send them out to you Lakers nation license plate frame. If you don't have Twitter. Well, first of all, you don't have Twitter get on Twitter to where there's all kinds of news there. But if you don't have Twitter, you can email me if you can go to this account down if you're not signed up for a Twitter account go to my account and you can find my email address right there and you can shoot me an email if you prefer but easier for you just to DM me on Twitter send me your information and I will send you one of those off right so question was do the Lakers. Look Championship ready. Yes, I think they do and here's why because as much as like we we want to kind of I don't know cringe at the thought of the Lakers giving up that lead to the Rockets where the Rockets went on the run late. We've seen this Lakers team do this. They did this in game five against Portland. It was very very obvious when the Lakers were trying and not focused and locked in and when they're not and that will come and go in the middle of games. They'll do that. Now if it's a close game where they're actually worried about winning they tend to stay locked in but if it's a game that they feel like they've got it you can see them let off the gas by the body language and everything you can see them just kind of relax and that's that's human nature. But it's also a trait that a lot of good teams have it's not a great habit. Right? I mean we talked about playing down to your competition. It's not a great Habit to have but really good teams understand that in the long haul off they need to to exert their energy at the right moments. And this Lakers team seems to have a sense of exactly when they do that like look even look around. Oh right playoff Rondo showing up now. We've seen him once all season do this one time and that was against the Oklahoma City Thunder way back on January eleventh when there was no LeBron. There was no Anthony Davis Rhonda went. Oh god. Well, the stars are out there gone. I'm going to have to step it up. If we're going to win this game. That's what he did the rest of the season. We got back. We got bad Rondo this Lakers team full of birth seems to understand when to really push down on the gas pedal. So I think they are Championship ready now getting past the Clippers is no joke, that's not going to be easy. Right? Assuming they're they're in the Western Conference Finals. Yes. I am already dead. Ahead to that and maybe that's a mistake but assuming the Clippers are there in the Western Conference Finals, that's not going to be easy. But I do think that this Lakers team is ready to take on the challenge. You've got robbed playing at such a high level. You've got Anthony Davis starting to convert from the mid-range and the way he's getting to the free-throw line. LeBron has taken his game to another level. In fact, if you go over to lakersnation.com, I wrote a piece that published today all about LeBron taking his game to the next level as much as we talk about playoff Rondo. How about playoff LeBron that's been something to behold. So right now I do feel like the Lakers are Championship ready? That doesn't mean I'm sure they're going to win and all I think there's going to be some hurdles there for them to get through but this right now looks like a championship-caliber team and I don't think we would have said that a couple of weeks ago when they lost game one off the Portland Trailblazers, we would have been saying that then a lot has changed since then and I think this Lakers team is looking really good right now. Okay, let's focus in on solely your questions. This is your time those you've been firing off all the questions left and right. I am digging into just your questions right now because we are entering the Lakers Nation family. Lakers nation and Zone All right, taking all of your questions and your comments and we'll take this one first chocolate thunder from YouTube set Trev. Can I win your plate even if you're outside the US know you have to be inside the US in order to win the license plate frame. All right. I've got just in Hartford. And by the way, I do still have one more to give away. I'm going to save that for just a bit. Justin Hart for it from home to said this series is really showing off the versatility the Lakers have and our bigs are fully rested for next round great observation just in one hundred percent. The Lakers were sylheti has been on full display. You saw them play Big against the Blazers in order to match up with Whiteside and and Jusuf nurkic and now here we are against the rockets and they're able to successfully go small. And I say successfully because that's not necessarily an easy thing to say. Oh, we're just going to match up with them. No problem. The Rockets have been playing small basketball since February now. I know we had shut down in the middle and everything but I'm saying this team has a lot more experience playing smaller than the Lakers do it's not easy to say. Oh, we're just going to match them and go small, right? You have to understand what your rotations are. You have to understand where everybody's going to be. What are you going to look for on the offensive end. How are you going to rotate? These are all details that can win or lose you series and the Lakers have done a tremendous job making that transition and showing their flexibility and that's the mark of a very good team. That hey, you want to play small against us? You want to try to play our Bigs off the off the floor cool. We can beat you that way, too. It's impressive. It really is again. I went out a game one thinking they need to play Big to win because the bigger lineups looks so much better and therefore spacing was better and it turns out the small lineups because they've turned up the defense and they force stops and turnovers and that's allowed them to get into transition more that's mitigated. The fact that the half-court offense looked better with the bigs. Credit to Frank Vogel great great job great job. Yeah, and I've already seen Caillou board and said shout to Frank Vogel 100% one hundred percent. Shout out to Frank to Frank Vogel Joe Hernandez from chips and how will we be able to shut Kauai down? We won't That's it. Right. I mean, that's the answer. It's like how will the Clippers shut LeBron down. They won't how are they going to shut you down? They won't you're not going to shut them down. You're not going to shut down Damian Lillard, right? You're not a shutdown James Harden. All you can do is you can make life difficult on them. You can hope that hey tonight. I'm not going to shut this guy down. He might go for twenty-five. He might go for 30, but I want him to shoot 42% I don't want him to get those points on 15% shooting what I'm shoot low 40s, maybe high 30s. I want him to have to work for everything. So at the end of the game he's tired. So at the end of the game when he needs to make a defensive stop and he goes to push off his legs don't have it. That's the goal with these Star level players. Just stopping them. You're just not that's the NBA game the way it is right. Now, you are not stopping the Stars. What you want to do is make them into less efficient players. If you can do that. That's how you beat them. Now. Can the Lakers do that? Well, that's always been the question right even back a year ago. Not this July but the July before the previous offseason coming out of free agency took the Lakers got DeMarcus Cousins and Quinn cook and and all these guys, right Avery Bradley Casey. Signed all those pieces. We were saying the Lakers were lacking Wing Defenders and that would be a problem against the Clippers if she put kcp on Kawhi Leonard you're in trouble. We've seen that over and over and over again. Kcp Is Not Great defending and that's not his fault. He's 6-5 doesn't have the size to do it. The Lakers didn't have that guy. I think Markieff Morris and Kyle kuzma will be need to be very big in that series offensively because they're going to spend some minutes on Kauai and Paul George. It's going to happen and losing Avery Bradley's going to hurt in that series. But again, the Lakers are found a way. They've found ways to get this done who won their teams going to guard a d I'm not sure who's going to guard LeBron. I mean, they'll put Marcus Morris on them. But Marcus Morris got cooked by law must have you played him? It's going to be quite a serious. Ryan Craig, would you rather quiet shoot a three instead of mid-range? So Ryan that's a great question and I would have to dig into the stats to see exactly where he's better and I guess it really comes down to are we talking a contested three months or not? Because threes don't you're more likely to get an open three than it open mid-range shot. Well, there's some defense has that will give you the open mid-range shot. But Kawhi seems to be very efficient you shooting the mid-range shot. You see the kind of drive and he's able to hang and float and then hit that it's kind of a line drive jumper. So when he's able to make that shot, he's very efficient at it so long I would imagine it's pretty close in terms of points per possession Kawhi Leonard shooting a contested mid-range versus Kauai shooting a contested three. So again, I can't really answer that with that go without going into the into all the details. My guess would be that you would rather have him shooting the contested mid-range shot rather than the three, especially when you add in the possibility of a Reshot foul, but I would have to dig into those numbers. That's a great question. Jason geter what was the thinking behind playing tht pleasant surprise Jason? I talked about a little bit earlier, but that's exactly it a surprise to the Rockets. Hey, you've been preparing to play all of these guys. Well, guess what surprised? Here's somebody new. Here's somebody you probably haven't done a whole lot of homework on and he was great. He did a great job and you know what? We've been saying this about THD, I think literally back in October. The skill-set is there he's not a guy that can come in and be a win-now peace. I know he had some nice moments right now. But are you going to trust him to go in game 7 of the NBA finals and make a pledge? You probably not but we need to remember he's 19. This guy can do things on the floor that very few players can do but he makes a lot of mistakes in between. Once he refines his game. He can really be a player and we saw the good sides of his game tonight. We saw the long arms getting Amis teal we saw the eurostep and then scoring at the basket. We saw him knocking of three. Okay. This is a guy who can do things out there on the floor. He's not you can see he's not quite ready to make this jump yet, but man has he improved a lot just from March when things shut down to now he clearly wasn't just sitting around the house. He got to work and that's a credit to him his body even looks different. He looks thinner than he was. He looks like he's in better shape so credit to tht. I'm excited to see What he can do next year. I I'm thinking that next year. We're not going to be seeing tht with the South Bay Lakers tht is going to have a rotation spot next year. That's my prediction right now. Joe Williams from YouTube said Danny Green looked all right tonight or am I bugging know Danny Green dead? And that's just it we don't want to overreact to with negative performance, right? And I guess in the case of Danny Green it was several native performances. He had some bad ones. There's no question not going to deny that but he's a veteran he's done it before and we knew he's he's better than what we were seeing. Did we believe that Danny Green was really that bad is that just who he is now, I didn't buy it at some point things were going the other way and I thought we saw a good performance out of Danny Green tonight. I won't say he dug himself out of the whole tonight cuz he put up what ten points. Define was it a bad performance. It's a good performance not great, but good good performance from him. Let's hope we see more of those moving forward because again, I believe the Danny Green is better than what he song. I know everybody was torches and pitchforks wanting to run Danny Green out of town. Okay a week ago not even a few days ago. And I get it. It's frustrating when it's playoff time and it's we have to win to see a player struggling but I'm glad to see him fight through it. I think he's a good guy and I think that he plays hard and tries hard and sometimes things get to them and that's okay. That's I mean, he's humid, right? So good to see Danny Green get that done. Trill Josh from YouTube said do you think we will beat the Clippers? I am going to stay optimistic and I must say that the Lakers will beat the Clippers. That's been what I've been I've been saying the Lakers are winning the championship this year. That's what I'm saying that said it's not going to be easy. It is 100% going to be very very difficult. Okay, but I'm going to stay optimistic. Colonel Michelle Johnson for Facebook saying Trevor, you're ignoring drains missed wide-open layup tonight know I mentioned that earlier I saw and he blew a wide-open lamp, but I'm just saying hey, other than that, I thought he was pretty good. But yes, he that was embarrassing. He blew a wide-open lamp. We've got Rohit monkey from YouTube said don't you think cuz Bush should be more aggressive offensively. I think that it with cruise, but it's all about staying within the flow of the game and tonight. He didn't have to be a fifteen Point per game score. Ideally. Yes, I would like to see them put up more of what four points that he put up tonight. That's not that's not ideal. That's not really what you want to see on Kyle kuzma. But again, the Lakers scoring was different tonight. The Lakers scoring was much more opportunistic like whoever was odd, but that's the player that was getting the shots and I so I didn't see a ton of place where I thought oh how cool it was having a bad game. He just didn't do a whole lot but that's kind of part of his role right now is to take what the defense gives him. And when things are open then he he goes. I'd like to see obviously some more cuts to the basket and all of that but back in the flow of this game. I'm not going to worry too much. Now if the Lakers other guys were kind of getting locked down and you needed someone to break that deadlock and get through and score some buckets. That's not LeBron or a d. Yeah, that's where I'd be exposed Kyle kuzma to step up. It's Weezy from YouTube said do you think Rhonda was a third guy or kuzma? Well, you know what they made a big deal out of this on the broadcast tonight. This is something that Frank Vogel said, I think two weeks ago said our third grade is the open man. So as much as we are trying to anoint someone as okay. This is the third star Rondo kuzma tonight is Casey Caruso, whoever For the Lakers, there isn't that position doesn't exist. Right? Like if they had landed so the rumor was that they had targeted Kemba Walker if they'd landed Kemba Walker clearly. He's the third guy down there Linda D'Angelo Russell even okay D'Angelo Russell's the third guy. They didn't do that in the off-season instead. They've got all these pieces that fit in well, and so the third guy is not one person. It's whoever the defense leaves open. That's the person who needs to be the third guy now more often than not it's kuzma or now that we're in the playoffs. It's playoff Rondo or its crew. So right. Those are the guys that you tend to be stopping up, but it's nobody in particular. It's not like you know that okay if LeBron's locked down and he's locked down then clearly option C. They're going to Kyle kuzma or they're going to Rhonda or they're going to need you don't know. And in a way, that's a benefit to the Lakers because teams can't scheme for that. Now with the ideal situation have them with a guy who could just go and create whatever for himself as that third piece. Yeah dead, but they don't and so the Lakers have adopted this mentality of whoever is open is going to be our third guy and I like it. It's it's a it's a very interesting way of thinking in terms of ball movement that hey don't ever is open. We're going to trust that player to do the right thing. I like it. All right lar Mana. Oh, sorry. I lost the last name there. was saying and the the questions are going by fast. I'm trying to alarm on a lot from Facebook. So Trevor now that the Lakers Mobile Works. Do you think it will work against the Clippers in a seven-game series or with the Lakers be better with Jawad Howard? Okay, so great question and I love the joint mcalary reference the Lakers combo Center the two-headed monster Javale McGee and Dwight Howard. So with the Clippers will do is they're going to try it out if it's as long as they're starting center still hurts right here to see him wearing those colors no question, but they're going to bring out z-bots as your Center as long as you box is on the floor. You can play JaVale you can play a dead. They don't play them a ton though. So when he's off the floor, you're going to be have a smaller quicker guy in Montrezl Harrell acting as your 5 And I think if you want to match up at that point, you're running Anthony Davis as your center. Now, we have seen a d at Center going against you Bots and they've had some success there because you abouts defending a d doesn't work. In zoo is a good Defender but a DS too quick form. And so the Lakers actually had some advantages they're going small. So given their success right now. I would expect to see some small-ball but I don't think I'm like against the Rockets. It's if you're going to try to force those turnovers defensively like the Lakers have it's tough to play JaVale or Dwight to play join the coward against the Clippers. I think they've they're useful and you get that extra Rim protection when they're in there. It's more of a traditional style of play from the Clippers. And so when you've got when you've got Kawhi Leonard driving when you've got Paul George striving, okay, and they're going to you know bump somebody and do the James Harden head flail thing and all of that. They're going to be doing all that stuff. You want them shooting over a JaVale shooting over Dwight Howard and see if they've got a little bit more usefulness in that series know bilmar day from Periscope said, I think Dwight will have something to say in the Clippers series. I agree. I agree. I think you're going to see obviously a wage. Rested white heart. Hopefully, not Rusty Dwight Howard or Javale McGee, but these guys are going to be fired up and I would expect them to bring it against the Clippers. Iliana Kosta Junior from Facebook said Lakers need to do a better job limiting turnovers. Yeah, you know what the turnovers can be an issue. I thought they got a little bit sloppy in terms of points off of turnovers. The Lakers did give up Seventeen. So they won that battle the Rockets gave up 19 points off of turnovers. So they won that they're on the night. The Lakers had 16 turnovers. That's not terrible. Right but some of the the turnovers they had were pretty ugly. So they're going to stick out a little bit more but 16 is it's not good, but it's not awful either but in general you want to try to limit turnovers. Jason Nam from Facebook said does Alex Caruso the goat he put in a little goat Emoji deserve to start over. Kcp Jason. You know what? I know Frank Vogel just messed with the starting lineup and he switched out. McGee. I think that's just for this series. I'm not messing with it. I'm not messing with the rotation. Caruso is in the groove coming off. The bench kcps used to starting right now. I'm sticking with them. I'm not tinkering too much with things right now. I'm just not that's not what I would do. I like this Nicholas Kylie from Facebook said bol bol is going to be a problem for this name. Is that your way of making a prediction there that the nuggets are going to come back and win this series and the Lakers could see Denver in the second round. Christian Gonzalez from YouTube said not to jump ahead. It's okay. We're all kind of doing doing it. But do you think Morris is going to start against the Clippers? I'm going to say they go back to their starting lineup that we've seen most of the Year and that includes jubail again, because the Clippers are probably going to start if it's a zoo pots. And so that's what what I would expect that said against the Rockets. I thought Markieff Morris has done a nice job. Okay, he's done. Well, he did get blocked at The Rim by Russell Westbrook tonight and that was unfortunate. But other than that, I think he's done a solid job. I expect to see minutes for him. Cuz he's done well enough here in this series. I think we're going to see em, it's I'd like to see him defend his brother and see what happens there. I think that'd be fun. In fact. I've got a question here DK from YouTube said should we have Morris defend Morris sure, but I think mostly you're going to Markieff Morris spending a few minutes here and there on Kauai he's not the answer. It's not like you just like back in the day right when it was Lakers Warriors. It was throwing Adela at LeBron James. Your job is to defend LeBron and you want to Finals MVP because how well he played Markieff Morris. He's not going to do that against Kauai, but he could play five maybe ten minutes a game defending Kauai and probably do okay. He's got the size. He's got the strike not quite quick enough, but that's why I'm expecting to see Markieff Morris used mostly as as an extra Wing Defender to help deal with Kawhi Leonard. Who is the stronger Morris from hey, what's up on YouTube? Zack Morris actually is the stronger Morris. He's been off working out with AC Slater. I'm sorry. That was a terrible joke. I don't know which Morris brother is stronger. I don't I don't know we're going to have to get them side-by-side on a bench press but fun fact, did you guys know that they're not only twins they have matching tattoos wage? Yeah, they even got the same tattoos could even harder to tell them apart. Okay, Jason damn said the question was does Caruso deserve to start over kcpt Okay, Jason the questions go by quickly. So I saw your name and I got the gist of the question that flew past did not deserve to start look in terms of Merit is Carissa one of the teams five best players. Yes, I think so. I think he is one of the team's five best players. So if you're looking at it that way as in a starter is one of the the best but we know the NBA doesn't necessarily work that way look Manu Ginobili came off the bench right? These are we've seen guys come in as more of a six-man or a super-sub than work out really well in that role so dead, but yes, I think Russo has been very good. And that's credit to have especially in its first playoff performance. It's way easier from YouTube said we need to win game five in the Clippers to lose tomorrow. So we're fresh. Right? Yeah, that's a great point. So in round one and round two now the Lakers suck the benefit of playing Tire teams. We've seen the Rockets tire out. We saw the Blazers tire out why because the Lakers spent what of the 8:00 seating games the Lakers tried for a one of them, right the rest of the time they were pretty much coasting. They weren't trying very hard. Anyway, whereas other teams like the Blazers were playing lame that lives dependent on because they did and by the time they got to face the Lakers they were pretty exhausted and now here we've got a Houston team that is coming off of a seven-game series. Whereas the Lakers beat the Blazers in five five and then got to rest and I think that's making a difference. So yes one hundred percent you want the Nuggets to win you want every game to go to Triple overtime quadruple overtime you And right you wanted to go seven games quadruple overtime and whichever team emerges to come out beaten and bloodied for a Lakers team that knocks off the rockets and five games in the next one and then is broadcasting relaxing rejuvenating all of that. That's the ideal scenario right now. So one hundred percent you are still hoping for a Denver win, but like the comment coming Thursday and from Ryan Craig from YouTube said, it's Denver has done. Yeah, if I had to guess I would say the Clippers win the next game. Scott Bryce said Trevor. What do you think of the uniforms tonight? Purple arm and leg coverings made it look really crisp so I couldn't figure it out at first. I wasn't sure what was different and I'm by the way, I'm terrible with clubbing and all that kind of stuff and and and you know, noticing things like that, but at first I I even said to my wife I said and their uniforms looked like extra yellow today. Is there something different wage and she said, oh you it's because of all the purple. Oh, yeah. That's what it is. I was making the yellow pop a little bit more. Yeah. It was kind of a cool. Look I liked it. Gavankar said yeah sure. The Clippers are going to be tough, but they are not unbeatable agreed not unbeatable. I think that they can they can definitely beat the Clippers off. Who is the best Trill Josh we're going to do one more than we're going to get into the Master Lock drill. Josh, who would be the best opponent for us for the finals if we make it. All right. Oh gosh question here is stable and see so from Facebook said Trevor. Where is your Rondo jersey? It is seriously on the way. I ordered it. I think three days ago. It's on the way as soon as it's here. I will wear it during the show. I have already bought it paid for it is getting shipped to me. Okay. I'm a man of my word. I did not go back on that one. I said if playoff run to a. I would buy a Rondo jersey. There is a Rondo jersey on its way to me right now. So which one is the best playoff opponent so for looking at the Celtics? The Raptors or the heat. Those are the three possibilities. So in terms of star power, I think the Raptors are at the bottom of the totem pole there. But all three of those teams do a really nice job playing together and I know everybody's amped about the idea of another lakers-celtics finals. I think that in terms of basketball taking away who the team is in the history and all of that. I think the Celtics of the team, I'd want to see least And the reason for that is because they have so many high-scoring wings. They've got Jaylen Brown. They've got Jayson Tatum and the Lakers can struggle a little bit dealing with that the Toronto Raptors play very well together as a team. And so they were presumed challenge as well. The Miami Heat are right there too. And Jimmy Butler has been playing at such a high level they're difficult. But again, I think the Celtics are the team out of that group that I would want to see least. I know that's not really an answer as far as who did not see most I guess maybe the Raptors, but all three of those teams are very playing very good basketball right now and some of these matching Hayward would come back as well true true. All right question. I've gotten a ton of these coming in before we do the Master Lock in the night. I've got all these questions coming in saying. Oh, here we go by buddy. Jeff Bloom just just commented from Facebook early night tonight Trevor laying the Dome is along for the ride Jeff. Thank you so much. He Jeff has me on his radio show all the time Jeff. I didn't find out until about an hour ago that I was going to be going solo tonight. Otherwise, I would hit you up. I know I promised you I'd have you come on next time. I had to go solo. So we will get you in next show. Jeff has his own radio show out in Coachella said, he's he's awesome. You guys got to make sure you follow him to go look up Jeff Bloom. But so last question here before we get into the month before we get into the Master Lock of the night. And to be honest. I lost it when I was remembering to talk about talk to Jeff and respond to that. I forget what my question was that I was going to respond to. Oh Daniel house. That's what it was. So there were a bunch of people who have been asking about Daniel house and that whole situation. I don't know guys. So the NBA right now is investigating. And from what I know from what I've read. I'm reading the same stuff. You guys are something happened where I bought a a testing agent got into a building where the players are and they could see whose door was open at the same time because everything's all high-tech now and you should see that when the door opened and a short time later Daniel houses door opened and maybe Something's Happened. The NBA's rules are there for a good reason and I've seen some people mention things Spencer Dinwiddie on Twitter mentioned. Hey, you know, she's in the bubble and he's in the bubble then why does it matter of it's because this was somebody who was allowed off campus right out of the bubble and they're not supposed to be interacting with NBA players. At least that's my understanding of it is that that was the issue that it's somebody who goes off campus and they're not supposed to really be interacting with the players that closely and that's the thing, you know, the NFL I think has done a very good job of promoting this mentality the idea that even if you're not worried about covid-19 Chance that they've been exposed to something in this kind of environment. You could shut everything down. It could all be thrown away. That's that's really I mean you think about how much time has been spent in a bubble by these players how much time away from families the effort put in by Disney bye-bye the NBA by everybody involved all of that could have been thrown out the window. It's that's what you're risking when you do stuff like this. And so that's why the NBA is taking this so seriously, cuz you have to and and hopefully I'm you know, what? I'm hoping the NFL can get through their season without issues right fingers crossed. But again, you have to protect your teammates in this environment. There's there's just no question. You can't there's no getting around it. Hey, there can't be lenient seeing that I don't care. Who knows? I don't care if it's a Laker. I don't care if it's if it's a rocket of clipper doesn't matter. Okay, you have to protect your teammates. All right, let's get into the master lock at the night. And then I'm going to give out my final Lakers nation license plate frame. Here we go. It's time for the Master Lock of the night. Okay. All right Master Lock of the night time and if you know me, if you follow me on Twitter, I try I try my very very best to hold back because I know that these people have some of the most difficult jobs ever write their job and I'm I'm just going to spoil it here. I'm talking about referees. Their job is to take these incredible athletes from the best athletes in the world who move at lightening speed and make split-second second Split Second fraction of a second decisions dead. And that's incredibly difficult incredibly. How many times do we see a play and we see it on replay even in slow-mo and we still can't quite figure it out. We still argue. Oh that was a block. That was a charge. That was just whatever. They have a very difficult job. That said tonight my master log in the night is going through the officials. The referees are getting Master locked in this one because James Harden shot 20 free throws on the night. That doesn't sit well with me and I also don't like how many times he was given the benefit of the doubt there was a play where Anthony Davis didn't touch him and Harden just acted like he kind of got bumped a little bit. Well free throws Kyle kuzma beats up the stock beat them to the spot blocking free throws James Harden multiple times that happen. All hardened had to do was drive into the paint throw himself into somebody and it was free throws. Now. I was pleasantly surprised to see that at one point and actually got called for an offensive foul for throwing his arms into one of the Lakers players as he tends to do hoping for a foul but still 20 free throws on the knife James Harden wage is is brutal. And yes, if I had my whistle sound effect, I would be blowing it right now. I didn't load it into the show, but not great. So tonight the Master Lock of the night. Goes to the referees. Hey, and that's not to say they're wrapped app or game or anything over all they did just fine. But in terms of specifically the way they handled James Harden tonight, they are getting the master off of the night. All right, and I'm seeing all of you responding it looks like a lot of you agree with me on that one that it was. Oh, here's a here's a hypothesis. Civilian. See so from Facebook said his boss hypnotizes the referees. Okay before we get out of here before we call it a night. I need to give away. We've got one more Lakers Nation thousands plate frame. And so I'm going to pull a question here. one more question and Oh, I'm seeing some good ones. There's a lot of good ones fine in by the way and you're coming in from Facebook from YouTube from Periscope appreciate all of the questions that you guys are thrown at me. There's so many coming in that I can't even keep up with them. I'm going to go with this one from YouTube Ernesto Sanchez. Okay, arnesto. So Ernesto is asking how do you feel about the role players versus the Clippers coming up? Okay. So we don't want to look at it. So Ernesto again what you're going to do send me a DM right there. There's my Twitter handle. Hopefully you're following me already. But if you're not shoot me a DM and give me your details. That way I can send you out your very own Lakers nation license plate frame, but the role players against the Clippers so I can say this if the Lakers role players play the Clippers role players even and I'm talking about not LeBron not Anthony Davis versus not Kauai and not Paul George. Okay, those other guys if the Lakers play them even the Lakers are going to win the series. Because I believe that LeBron James and Anthony Davis as a Duo are better than Kawhi Leonard and Paul George is it close? Yes, it's closed. But the advantage the Clippers have I feel is the benefit of all their other guys. I think the Clippers have a little bit more depth and you can argue they have more talent and a lot of that is in Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell the two of them particularly with the way they run the pick-and-roll, it's Jim. Bendis yes LeBron James picks on Lou Williams and it is hilarious. If you are a Lakers fan to watch and probably infuriating if you were a Clippers fan because LeBron puts the Williams in pick-and-roll every single time and just treats him like a high schooler would a sixth grader it's yeah, it's crazy. So defensively Lou has some choice but they can produce so much on the offensive end and then you've got your Marcus Morris. You've got players like that. They can come in and do things for them Patrick Beverley obviously can do some things defensively and make some big stops out for them. I do think that if you can make things difficult on Kauai and Paul George, they don't have a whole lot of other current creators Reggie Jackson can get in there and do some things but if you can shut down the two of them in terms of their creation, that's just the Clippers our offense can stagnate a little bit. But again overall, I think that the Lakers have the slightly more powerful Superstar Duo whereas the Clippers probably have the better bench dead. So how do I think the Lakers bench is going to do or the Lakers other guys will do against the Clippers. I hope they do well cuz it's going to be key. That's going to be a big key to this series Canyon Lakers players step up and I mean Denny green hitting threes kcp hitting threes. I'm talking Caruso and Rajon Rondo playoff Rondo needs to be there and I'm talking about Alex Caruso doing things defensively off. How do you defend George and Leonard? How did the other guys react to them? Because so much of defense and you've seen it a lot in this Houston series is not just the guy defending the ball. It's what does everybody else do to react if James Harden beats his man, how does everyone else on the floor react that is the determining factor and how good a teams defense is in the modern NBA so with all of that said I think they're going to blame even again, I'm going to stay optimistic. I'm going to say the Lakers other guys play the Clippers other guys even and then the stars for the Lakers are slightly better than the stars for the Clippers and that pushes the Lakers ahead in the series. That's where I'm going with it. All right. Good good show tonight guys. I appreciate all of you coming in young Elder from YouTube throws in this comment. If Rondo plays like this against the Clippers, we will defeat them. I sure hope you're right. And I think that that I agree run was playing at a high level another person John Caleb Bradburn says Rondo's dialed in LeBron's getting rest Coos is playing smart and our big men are getting rep. Alex. Caruso is really good love this team. You know what that's a great thing to finish on. So I did a video earlier today for the Lakers Nation YouTube channel, which again you guys should all subscribe to and actually they use this as one of my props here. I pretend this is Frank vogel's clipboard on our YouTube channel. So I write different messages on here. This is what the late this has been the Lakers Mantra Mantra from day one be a star in your role. This is it this is what they believed from day one Jared Dudley was saying it off literally at media day. They've bought into this idea that everybody can contribute and that's why you don't see Javale McGee or Dwight Howard getting angry and upset that they're not playing because they are all bought in June to the greater good and so when you see this Lakers team and people say they're dialed-in. It's not just LeBron and AD. It's everybody across the board. This entire team understands that whatever they need to sacrifice whether it's their minutes their role. It's worth it because of what the outcome can be because they can win a championship. That's how special this group is. That's a rare thing because you look at how many how many players on the Lakers right now are either going to be free agents or have the option to be a free agent this offseason. K CP right Rondo javel Avery Bradley those guys all have player options Dwight Howard will be a free agent Kyle kuzma up for an extension. These guys have money on the line. And right now they don't care about their individual stats. It blows me away because that is credit to Frank Vogel that's credit to LeBron. That's credit to Anthony Davis that's credit to the organization for the culture. They've created. Look at where we were a year and half ago a year-and-half ago Magic Johnson walked out the door and people were making fun of the Lakers saying the Lakers are disaster. The Lakers are dysfunctional. and look where they are right now come a long long way and things sure have changed a lot in terms of not just who's playing but the attitude that they've got the buying that they've got sometimes it's good to take a step back and appreciate where we are because you know how far we've come. I think that's a good place to end it. All right guys, appreciate all of your questions all of your comments joining me from YouTube from Facebook from Periscope. You guys are awesome. As always make sure you go subscribe to the Lakers Nation a channel. If you're not already you guys know, I'm putting out tons of stuff there and don't forget to follow Lakers Nation across social media and Lakers Nation on Twitter and Facebook at Lakers Nation official on Instagram. And if you guys want to follow me, you can find me a truck underscore Lane on Twitter at Trevor Lane NBA on Instagram a great night. Everybody. Lakers will take on the Rockets again in a few days. 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Anthony Davis At The Buzzer! Lakers Defeat Nuggets In Game 2

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Anthony Davis At The Buzzer! Lakers Defeat Nuggets In Game 2

"Bleeding purple and gold from the Heart of Los Angeles. Yes. Here's the lakersnation.com podcast with your host Trevor Lane. Let's go to the Lakers beat the Nuggets at the buzzer Anthony Davis for three saves the day. Oh my goodness heart-stopper. I was stressing the Lakers wind up being the Nuggets by 2 in game two, they're down one and Anthony Davis rescues the Lakers buzzer-beating three-pointer for the win incredible. We're going to talk about all of them were also taking your questions and comments with your coming in from YouTube from Periscope from Facebook. Welcome and tons to talk about I'm traveling from lakersnation.com joining me as always is Chris the Masterpiece Masters cross. Oh man. I was I was stressing. I was stressing so much during this game. The Lakers didn't give enough for Anthony Davis. I think that's where we're at. Now that was that was amazing. Oh, yeah. It was amazing. I mean on Iraq was a stressful the second half for whatever reason either the Lakers let them back into it, or maybe you gotta give credit to Denver's defense. I know you and I had a little bit of beef with some of their shock off. Selection throughout the game, but honestly, I thought that not even that last three. I thought the three before that they be hit I figured that was the dagger. I think we went up by like a Twist. I don't know if it was a minute-and-a-half a couple of minutes left. But man this Denver team is Scrappy. I mean these guys are they are the come back kids and you gotta give them respect and hand it to him. Honestly. I was stressed out. Obviously I didn't want us to talk but I also feel like Denver is going to pull out one of these games. So I think I would have rationalized behind that if they would have pulled out tonight's game but you know a demon he stepped up all that smack Charles Barkley just talk about mindset mindset versus skill-set. I don't know if baby was watching it or maybe he saw his mentions or something but man he came out, you know, really one in this sort of something. He thought we were talking about the what would be the master lock of the night before we came out the air. Maybe maybe we've got to throw Charles Barkley's name into the mix here just to toss it into your head cuz we've got a few people that we're considering here for the Master Lock of birth. But yeah, man, it's it you know what I felt pretty comfortable during this game during most of it. Especially after that first quarter. I just went you know, what the Lakers are the better team and it felt like they went away from a lot of what they were doing to get them success as far as attacking the basket the points in the paint way down will get into the stats in just a bit and then the Nuggets started hitting some shots the Lakers they kind of went game one against Portland where they suddenly could not get their outside shots and they were missing and missing missing and taking some bad shots and part of that is certainly credit to the nuggets and their defense and like you said, the nuggets are a team that can come back and stay in any game. So if anything I hope this is an A cup call for the Lakers cuz it felt like they came into that second half they can okay, we're going to be able to put this team away whenever we want to and the Nuggets show them that wasn't the case, but who thank goodness for Anthony Davis coming off skew right at the buzzer there. Oh my gosh, what a shot. Now what a shot. You know, it's great for me cuz hey, I'm sure everybody watching all of Lakers Nation you mean when we when he at that wage? We all jumped up out of her chairs. And you know, we yelled as loud as I could I was so fired up but you know, yeah, like Lakers seemed like they had a habit sometimes when they have these really good first-half swear. They took like you said they kind of think they got the team and sometimes they come out a little lackadaisical in the second half which could have been the case tonight. You know, I'm not sure really what it was that again. I don't know if it was really Denver's defense or shot selection or just you know, the Lakers just you know, not you know giving 100% effort like they could be in that second half but man Denver really made a game out of it, but you gotta give props night man like a d game ball goes to a d but crucial in case if he also were kcp had a quiet pretty dang. Good game. I think I don't know how many put up I'd get into that and Caruso man. I mean, it's Caruso the commentary on Caruso tonight was just hilarious. They were making comparisons with Jordan with Walter Payton and or Gary Payton rather wage. Walter sorry and then I don't know who else but you know Crystal was pretty awesome and great win man. Great win, right? Yeah. Absolutely. I mean great win for the Lakers. It's one of those games where at the end. I didn't feel like they were going to win and somehow they still pulled it off and that's the mark of a good team. Kcp hitting that leaning three when he thought he was going to get subbed out in the note was standing Green in case if he hits this ridiculous 3 a.m. Alex Caruso was tremendous again the first half had a lot more Lakers highlights in the second half but man overall. This was just just a good win for the team to get and now I think though they've got to have a fire lit under that because they're going to the locker room now if they can okay, we almost blew that we almost gave that game away. And again, it is credit to the nuggets and for the the way they play it on both ends of the floor. I thought they really took advantage of the Lakers switch on defense. So that's something to fix. We saw the Lakers switching guards on the jokic and then he was posting them up and see you had Caruso degrees were coming. Yeah can't do that can't do that. So the Lakers game. We'll work and they'll scheme and figure that out. And then the Nuggets defense. I thought got a lot better and helped keep the Lakers out of the paint and then the Lakers started missing on the jumpers they were taking and so that was that was off again stressful, but they pulled off the wind and and that means they're not want to zero in the series. So the nuggets have got to come out of this pretty frustrating because they've got to be feeling like that was our shot. We could have stolen that game and it didn't happen. I am expecting to see a very motivated nuggets team next game. But at the same time I just I feel like if the Lakers are at their best they can definitely handle this team didn't see that in the second half and I think they also learned the danger of giving a team life because that's what they did in the second half of this game. They gave a team life and you just can't do that. That I could tell you and me are very careful about not wanting to overlook Denver and also, you know, you have to look at Denver's, you know, the past 3 Series man to come back from 3 to 1 and 2 series. I mean that tells you something about a team and that tells you even in this series it should tell you, you know, like even though they're down to zero like you just still can't Overlook them. But I I agree with you, you know, I just I want to again I'm just so worried about not wanting to jinx the team or anything like that but I mean matchup wise and you know, I just Lakers is the has the mileage wise Lakers have the better players, you know what I mean? Like in terms of what they you know, you can get by Joker and then, you know also having Dwight Howard to throw at them and all this and you know, trying to stop LeBron for this team. I like when LeBron did tonight to you kind of started the game a lot of there were a lot of clients a lot of bricks going up and then LeBron started taking it upon himself to really get to the basket and you know get his offensive wage. Going so, you know can't forget LeBron not like we ever do though right? Well, yeah, I mean LeBron certainly carried them early, but then he kind of took his foot off the gas in the second half and then when he tried to push down again, it wasn't down there. He wasn't in Rhythm. And so there was no problem. I bought a couple of times and absolutely but that was but that was great in the first half that he was able to kind of get them going when the Lakers were struggling to score. We need to get into some stats. But before we do that tonight our giveaway, we're going to do these bad boys the Mamba forever lakersnation.com license plate frames. We're going to give these away. I'm giving away all three of these and I've got right here got three of them here to give away. And and so we're going to take one question from somebody right now coming in from Facebook, Periscope or YouTube and all you got to do is select your question. All you got to do right now is go to Twitter DM me send me your name your address all that and we will send you one of these. All right, so Chris help me out. We're going to find a question here. Let's see here. I've seen some funny questions here. We've got some good ones. Yeah, they're coming fast and quick. Is Alex Caruso to go on that? I saw that one? I saw that one. I'm getting into a few of the Facebook questions here a few of the YouTube questions here. Let's go with. All right. So I've got a question here from YouTube from chocolate thunder. So choco Thunder DMV on Twitter. Send me your info and we will we will get you this and chocolate that oh, I just lost his question. I just lost his question, but we're still going to they are they're coming so fast, they're flying by but chocolate thunder. You know what we're going to go with one of the questions that that we were asking but we'll still go with him as the as the winner here. So Chocolate Thunder against me your info on YouTube and we'll get into into one of these questions here and we'll go. Well I've seen I've seen you got a question. No, go ahead. I just seen a few people ask about the possibility. They keep asking trap. Do you think the Lakers are going to sweep the Nuggets Oh Yes. Actually I think that was the question that he that he so good. Good job. Catch you that for me Chris. Yeah, do we think they're going? With them. I'm still going to say no I said this was going to be a six-game series at the outset. I think this was a game. The Nuggets could have taken right like this. This was a great possibility. He's a great chance for the Nuggets to get a win because how often do you think the Lakers are going to play a second half like this? I think this is one of the worst second hats we've seen the Lakers play in a while and maybe fourth quarters judged just missing shot after shot after shot an uncharacteristic place and we'll talk all about the turnovers. How often do we think that's going to happen? I think this was this might have been the most winnable game for Denver, but I'm still going to say it doesn't end up being a sweep cuz I think Denver's just to Scrappy of a team. You just can't project that that's that's where I'm at. Anyway, yeah, I'm on record saying I still think Denver's Denver's at least going to get what I mean. Yeah. I think you're right tonight was the perfect opportunity has to be very deflating for them. But again coming back from 3-1 that the amount of times they have. I don't know if this team is ever deflated, you know birth. But you know after seeing tonight to it's hard for me to think that they're going to take two games, but you know, we've seen stranger things especially this year. So I'm still sticking with five games Denver pull one of these gentlemen sleep first round second round and the Western Conference. All right, I'm with it on that. I would love it if that if that winds up happening. All right, let's get me to our first segment of the night and let's look at while it's not going to be totally a pretty long time. But let's look at the stats page. Lakers stats off All right on the night the Lakers win 105-103 buzzer-beater by a d to secure the win hou clutch Victory from the jaws of defeat Anthony Davis 11 to 23 shooting 204 from Deep including the game-winner seven of seven at the free throw line the Lakers shot 95% at the free throw line at the night only missed once that's not going to happen very often nine board. It says one steal two blocks for a d with 31 points LeBron James 10 of 20 shooting. He had 11 boards for assist two blocks 26 points. Danny Green 11 points five boards 3/4 10 from deep Danny that is not going to get it done three four tens not quite good enough, but he was a plus 10 on the night, which is a tie for the team-high again. How did the daily green? Does it somehow he's always right there in terms of plus-minus kcp 305 from Deep. He got it. 11 points the bench not so great, Alex Caruso was good and in moments, but he also had had nine points one turnover one of four from 3 Rondo. We saw a few playoff Rhonda like moments. We saw a great lob to Dwight Howard not this one still three points Dwight himself 13 minutes of good defense, but five fouls we talked about this last time we talked about concerned about Dwight Howard fouling out three points kuzma not a great choice. It's 3474 turnovers eight points not kuzma at its finest Markieff Morris after being a great 3-point shooter before didn't even take a shot tonight. Only nine minutes did not take a shot in this one so that way Certainly, a head-scratcher Chris anything that stood out to you from those little stats. I mean, you know, I don't think all the stats are completely telling again with Caruso. If you watch the game you saw like in life yours point out. He was all over the place. But the more you basically what you told me is we got a steady dose of Lebron in the first half and kind of a be in the second half. If not throughout most of them tonight, really and you know, cuz with koos yeah who's didn't really stand out tonight is you know, a big contributor but you know kcp was super efficient and I think that's two game like the lack of games. Yeah. He's been very efficient. So, you know, that's why I said, you know tonight when I look at who stands out obviously a t, you know Caruso and you know k c p a little more quietly, but he did. Yeah, absolutely all of those guys were were certainly Stand Out players. I think kuzma I think had probably the roughest game of the Night Owl kuzma just it's just wasn't in Rhythm couldn't get going down. Have seven shooting over three from Deep when when they were there were big shots on the line. He didn't hit him. And this is the guy who beat the Nuggets during the sitting round with a three-pointer at the buzzer. So that's now in the last month or the last three times. The Lakers are played the Nuggets twice. They've now beat them with buzzer-beating threes about Michael Porter matchup between him and cruises pretty interesting. You know, those guys kind of you know, young guys truck roll out there and one up each other and I don't know if it just kind of, you know cruises too quick too and I think the commentators will enjoy it seems like who's if Michael Porter does something cruises in a rush to try to say, you know, I don't know if they want up and yeah, or maybe that's the term I guess so, you know, maybe Cruz isn't necessarily, you know choosing some of the best offensive possessions on some of these. Yeah. Absolutely. And here's the okay. So Michael Porter Jr. 15 points coming off the bench the Lakers didn't have that guy tonight. I mean Nikola jokic had 30 points nine boards for steals for jokic the Lakers were not very careful with the basketball tonight. We'll off At that in a minute six boards nine and twenty shooting and then he got 25 out of Jamal Murray. He was only 249 from 3. He's a better shooter than that. So he'll they'll probably shoot a bit better at some point. But 47% from the field overall. That's pretty young for Denver. But again fifteen points from Michael Porter Jr. The Lakers just didn't have that guy off the bench. We always talk about how for the Lakers it's the the third guy is whoever's open tonight that it just never really had happened. It wasn't like a night where you got 16 from Markieff Morris or something like that. It just didn't happen. And that's why the part of why this game was such a struggle and then on top of that I think this is the biggest red flag here $23,000 for the Lakers 23, like that is way way way too many turnovers to get part of that is credit to the Denver defense, but part of that is also just the Lakers and them being careless with the bass. We sell LeBrons slip a few times and throw the ball away kuzma makes them careless errors. There were some moments where the ball looks like. It must have been coded in butter or something like that cuz nobody could get a hold of it. That was an issue. That's something off. The Lakers going to be kicking themselves for the number of turnovers they had tonight. Yeah, I saw it quite a few of those right when you said turn over as it's like you start having these flashbacks from the game. I remember the one where Levon slipped. I remember a couple of them that they just threw out of balance off the other. I mean, you said it right it just they seemed a little careless for some possessions and I don't know if that was just after maybe that I don't know how many of their turnover is were in the second half compared to the office cuz that's when the game started getting closer, but right, you know just makes sense. Like you said there wasn't really a third guy and that kind of tells the story of the game and maybe why it was so close tonight and Thursday. Yeah. I have one other point, but I just lost it no worries. But let me let me hit you with this then this is this is another thing that the Lakers are when they go and they look at the film. They're going to be talking about this. I thought they only had eight points off at fast-break. So that means they weren't quite getting the defensive stops that they wanted to tonight. That's a big part of the Lakers offense is getting those defensive stops and getting in transition the Nuggets were making sure. Are they were getting back like crazy, but then points in the paint the the Lakers lost the points in the paint battle 38 to 34 last name. I don't remember the exact number but last game their points in the paint was in the fifties. No further illustrates that they were settling for jumpers instead of attacking the basket. Like they were in game one and during the first half and again part of that is due to defensive switches keeping them out of the page, but the bottom line This Lakers team is going to have success against the Nuggets by getting into the paint. They don't have a lot of shot blockers or Rim protection get into the paint do your damage there and tonight in the second half off doing that. We saw a lot of long jumpers and that is a huge. No. No, that's how you lose to the Nuggets. If you settle for these long jumpers instead of getting into the paint. Well that goes to drive over here saying, you know just the shot selection on some of those seem kind of questionable, you know, you know, they were like you said they were settling but you have to give them props for one thing. I mean tonight I heard from the free throw line. They almost went perfect and they did 18419. So, you know 1819 so I was pretty good. Yeah, certainly can't be upset about that one. All right, shall we get into the fans Illinois? Which means we're going to be just dealing with your questions coming in from YouTube from Facebook from Periscope. I say let's do it. Let's do it. All right, here we go. We are entering lakersnation.com fan Zone. And the first question is going to get a lakersnation.com license plate frame Mama Forever at the top of it. Here we go back. Thursday and Lakers nation and Zone All right. Here we go. So entering the fan Zone and let's get into this. I'm seeing a ton of questions already. I saw a few questions. There's one topic that I know I want to get into so I'm looking to see if there's one on that wage. Somebody out of pretty good question. Actually that I've never thought about you know, we don't have to spend too long on it. But somebody was asking about Avery Bradley getting a ring if the Lakers were to win a championship, you know anything else. Yeah, so he would have the option to get one. The Lakers could give him one if they want. I think that they've already said they would it would be on Avery Bradley decide whether or not he would accept that ring and we'll see I'm not I'm not too worried about that. But yeah, it would it would make sense though. If they would at least give the option because you know what? It's not just the playoffs. It's everything else. It's the entire season that comes into play. All right. So Jack Jackson from Facebook said who is the MVP so far for the Lakers. So Jack Jackson from Facebook. Send me your info shoot me a DM on Twitter. You can find my Twitter info right there and we will send you one of these Jack Jackson again asking what who is the MVP so far for the Lakers, let's go for this series Chris who is boss games into this series who is your MVP of the series for the Lakers? If you were to give a Western Conference Finals MVP award. Oh my gosh, that's tough. Like cuz I mean LeBron is LeBron and off when you think about what he did tonight. I'm I'm just going to say Anthony Davis personally, even though it could very easily obviously go to LeBron just cuz of eleven the brawn dozen the floor but Anthony Davis was when you know, there was one play that both of you and me we texted each other tonight. It was that play where eighty got switched on the Jamal Murray and you even tweeted about it, but the judge a d be able to stay in front of Mirage. And remember this is the same Jamal Murray. That was just blowing by Kawhi Leonard that will light on a lot of the possessions. So afraid either kind of lock him down and put a complete stop to him. It was one play it was just very impressive. So I mean only maybe yeah, you know, like I think I tweeted out people his size shouldn't be able to do that shouldn't be able to stick with guards and yet Anthony Davis does it on a regular basis? I agree with you a hundred percent. I think it's Anthony Davids so far this series not to say LeBron has him but good. He has he wasn't great the second half but he's been very very good. But I think it's Anthony Davis and I'm obviously hitting a three at the buzzer to win it is going to help but I just watching you know, every time my Anthony Davis squares up with Joker. I mean I get a good feeling about it cuz you can just kind of see the way you can gets a buck. Even though Jokers a big guy like Jake my joke is not as limber and can't kind of move or they'd be so I I feel like he has a lot of success offensively against gjocaj question here from Wesley Taylor from Facebook page is giving their rookie minutes. Should we bring in Talen horton-tucker more Talen horton-tucker? I don't believe we've even really seen him so far in this series unless he got some garbage-time minutes last game that I missed. We haven't changed a lot of table Horton Tucker based on the box score that I'm looking at. It doesn't look like he was even on the roster in terms of playable players the Laker you can only have 12 players on the active roster. So it doesn't look like he was in on that Chris do we see Talen Horton Tucker in this series? I'm going to lean I mean, maybe we will but I'm going to lean kind of I like what Frank vogel's doing rotation wise, I mean wage The last series was small ball is Houston Rockets. So there was a little more opportunity for that. Especially with waiters was sidelined and Jo Smith hasn't really had a chance and hasn't really contributed too much. So I kind of think that we might we might not see him unless it's maybe you know, we have a game at the complete blowout and it's garbage time. Essentially. Yeah, I agree and you know what to throw him into this situation like there was a genuine need for him against the option Rockets. There was a need for another Wing player when the Lakers decided to go small you had Dwight Howard you had Javale McGee on the bench. And so you needed a girl who could do the things that he did. I don't think there's a need for another Wing player in this series. And so that's that's why it's so to put them into force them in just to get a minutes. I'm not ready to do that right now. Let's see. I've seen some funny comments in here, too. Okay, so there's one topic that I got to address and I've seen a lot of people mentioning this I don't have a question in front of me mentioning this but there is a lot of people that have asked about this Jamal, I did a story earlier this morning. Oh, yeah posted the video to YouTube about Jamal Murray after last game. He talked about how the refs are letting the Lakers manipulate them and how they're not getting the calls simply because they are a young team and that they've got to earn the respect of the officials. He did it all it was all very it was very passive aggressive in terms of he did. He did everything he could to not get fined but still take shots at the referees it so he kept put it back on himself, but then he was also saying, oh, you know, it's just because we're younger players, which if you're a referee that's not supposed to be a thing. It's not supposed to be a thing where the veterans get calls that the younger guys don't or any of that and tonight. What did we see? We saw Dwight Howard pick up a game. Vowels pretty quickly. We saw the Lakers get whistled for a lot of things. We saw you could get away for a lot of things. I saw Nikola jokic in tonight's game. We had kcp had his back to him. He's down in a defensive stance has this back to jokic yogic runs into him slides his left arm. Underneath kcps right arm flings it up moves Cape c p out of the spot in case if he gets caught a foul he wasn't even looking at your package was it didn't move was just standing there and he gets called for a foul on the night twenty two fouls whistled against the Nuggets 30 against the Lakers the Nugget shot thirty three free throws the Lakers shot nineteen. I think that that Maurice comments after game one made an impact and that's why I did a story on it because these things do matter for some reason in the playoffs. We see the brake system Lee Chris. Am I just am I being crazy? Like am I just being being too into a conspiracy theory here? Like did you think that the Nuggets got a more than fair whistle tonight boy? I think you might be onto something but coincidentally, the funny part is is as you were saying that I remembered about 30 seconds into the game Jamal Murray picked up kind of a Tic Tac eat, I push off valve which I shall of interesting cuz I remembered your your story and you know, he was very good about the way he worded it, but it was very passive aggressive, you know talking about us being the younger team and you know, all that stuff off. I think it could have had some kind of sway on the officials. I mean that's been a thing for a long time. I mean, you know, we can remember, you know in all these Series going back years and years that they would you know home Is something to the media and then then that would kind of reflect reflect the officiating or be the story of the officiating going to the next game. So maybe that played a part of it. You know, I think part of it too was you know, it's Joker had a a better Joker handled Dwight Howard. I think a lot better this game. He was able to kind of bait Dwight in a little more engine light wasn't able to kind of Sucker him into his many fouls. So, you know, I don't know if that contributed but you know, it seems like it might have served its purpose with Jamal Murray was trying to accomplish, you know, they got a quite a more quite a bit more thousand away. Yeah. I think it definitely worked you know, and that's why he said it that's why he risked getting fined was that that he knew that that was going to allow his team to potentially get a job in and still wanted that's that's what happened. We saw them get more phone calls in this one and they were just they called a closer. And again if the game is being called with not such a choice. Whistle that allows the Lakers I think to have an advantage because they're the stronger team the more athletic team the more physical team those sorts of things matter and the nuggets are the team that are going to want things call closer shave complaining it works. I wouldn't be surprised if we see them do it again. I wouldn't be surprised either, you know, you mean what you're saying your time out Jamal talk about the officiating officiating in the series. Yep, how everything you said makes sense. I mean they need they need some calls to go their way because again talking about the the length and athleticism of this team. I mean, they're just I mean physically it's just like LeBron said last year's they're built different. It's it's no different than any other team and it's pretty incredible to watch it some points. Yeah, it definitely is. Let's see got a question here. Want to dig into another one the refs one game seven, obviously. All right. I've got a question here from Jaden are said how do you feel about them on T commentators? Comparing Alex Caruso to Gary Payton. Chris will let you answer that and let me I loved it. They do take care of it. Oh my gosh, they didn't just compare him to Gary Payton was a month apart. They are compared with early. I think don't slam dunking and who was it is Gary Payton. And then even Michael Jordan on the slam dunk. So, you know Caruso's it's just dead, you know, I was thinking about it during this game. What a incredible story they were talking about how just a couple of years ago. Alex Caruso was on the summer league team and now to think fast forward just a couple of years I bought and now he's teaming up with guys that he grew up idolizing. You know, I'm sure LeBron James and it's just it's amazing story man, and I just I thought the commentary on Kruse was hilarious tonight. But like I really liked the Carrizo broadsided again, it doesn't really say it in the stats as much as when you visually watch kind of, you know, how we kind of made an impact on the game. Like like usually does. Yeah. I mean like this was this was the classic Caruso performance. He he made it a couple of nice defensive plays Michael Porter Jr. There was one where he went up for a 3 and that's a very dangerous shot to contest the way Crusoe did strip the ball download didn't get whistled for a fact because he got all ball was great. And so he's a guy who I'm I mean, you're not going to compare him to one of the greatest Defenders at the guard position all the time you're not but but he kind of he has that mentality, right? He has that that sort of Defense a defense of mentality. That's that's what Caruso's got he's not Gary Payton, like that's that's that's crazy. But he does have that kind of defensive mentality. So I like that there were serious about the comparison, you know, I work but it cracked me up a bit Anthony felt like from Facebook page. To travel, let's talk about Dwight not saying time in the second half till 7:30 ish Mark at the 4th all while Joker started. Take over the game. Yeah, Christine did the Lakers go back faster to Dwight Howard. I mean a fact last time about being worried about foul trouble at the rest call it to call it tighter Dwight gets in foul trouble. And here we are Dwight Howard 13 minutes five fouls. I think that's why they couldn't go back to him as quickly like obviously he is playing the best against jokic. There's no really you can't argue it any more. It's it's done Dwight is playing the best against jokic. He's playing the best defense on him and it's making a difference but Dwight also played with a ton of energy and they weren't calling the game the way they did last game if they were calling the game the way they did last game. He would have been fine this game. He picked up fouls because they called them for all the little things that they usually do. So five vowels tonight. What do you do with Dwight Howard here? Yeah that goes right into your argument about Jamal Murray calling out the officiating. You know, Dwight's going to have games like this. I think you know home You know that I mean we've talked for the last I don't even know how long about Dwight Howard's ongoing feud with the officials. So I was kind of you know, part of me was actually hoping to wipe my life starts and I just for the sake of you know, it's it's fun and here it is. Like Dwight has had the most success that I think it's just because you know, he's so big and athletic and you know, really is size Works a little better. I think against Joker than Javale McGee who is just a little bit more I think lanky and I don't know if he might be just slightly the longer not completely sure. But you know, I just thought I like the fact that vogel's kind of doing different looks a joker and I'm just hoping and I I think you know, I don't think every game is going to be like this for Dwight, you know, I think you can have a better game coming off next game. But you know, I think Joker was really just kind of bathing Dwight tonight A little better like I think he got he had a little bit he just had a better time on the court tonight as far as kind of Beijing. White out to some other stuff. So, you know, hopefully do I can make some adjustments to that and then, you know kind of counter whatever Joker was doing out there tonight with them. Yeah. I mean yogurt was definitely more happy tonight. And we and we saw that he was doing little things to try to get fouls on Dwight and I made a difference. So I would expect to see that next time to the question is do the refs fall for it for one and does Dwight buy into it too does not do anything that's going to get him in foul trouble. So it's going to be interesting to see obviously I would like to see Dwight out there for more than 13 minutes. You would ideally points out there every minute that you'll catch is I thought I think that would be the ideal ideal situation and say from you know, maybe you do a d vs jokic for ten minutes or so, cuz let's face it. Jokic can't stick with Anthony Davis, but you would like to see more of a Dwight versus jokic man's job, but Dwight gets in foul trouble. So you can't you have to save that for certain burst and I think Frank Vogel wanted to use that to close the game. It didn't really work out for him the way you wanted it to unfortunately by the time you went back to, Georgia. The Nuggets had a ton of Life. The Lakers will let them back into the game and it looked like they were about to lose it. So didn't work out there. Let's do one more that we're going to get into the Master Lock of the night off. I'm seeing a few comments a few people saying okay many people now saying you should start Dwight Howard or asking the question. Should they start Dwight Howard wage? What do you think? Do you make that they didn't make that change this game? They continue to start your bail. Do you switch over to starting Dwight Howard now home? You know, I'm inclined to just think yes, just because again, I feel the same way you do about that matchup and it's not any slight against Javale McGee and I hope it wouldn't hurt his feelings either. So I just think that Dwight Howard. This is a good matchup for Dwight because Jokers just the more heavy-set Center, you know what I mean? And I just feel like Dwight's again Delights the biggest guy on the song mad and he's got like, you know, he's jacked. So I just I I feel good. I just feel good about this match the match up with Dwight Howard being out there and it would be kind of nice almost just for Sarah off knowing what we've kind of the what's white how it's been through with this organization and kind of always turned it around and been such a different guy this season. It would kind of be nice to see him start a game just to say the name of the starting lineup for all those reasons alone. So by the way, Javale McGee on the night, no blocks 3.5 boards one of three shooting one of one of the free throw line, he was a minus-2 on the night by the way down. Occurrence here LeBron James - 9 on the night. Mine is not for LeBron James. Anthony Davis was a plus 8 some of those broads. I guess maybe yep. It was down the street from us but June, I mean he didn't have a major impact on the game. Dwight Howard was a plus ten like Dwight Howard made a difference and I wonder you know, I had been saying continuous starts to fail but realizing the refs aren't going to call the game the same way that they gave one as much as we would like them to I wonder which starting Dwight changes mentality a little bit like with that making money. I'm going to be in here for the Long Haul so I got a tone it down a little and make sure that I can go 20 minutes tonight instead of fouling out in like if you had played fifteen minutes, he would have been found that that's a good point. I thought that's a really good point. Yeah, maybe you would but are you saying that in a positive way like maybe we just won't get the amount of fouls out of him and he'll play a more efficient game. Yeah. Yeah that that's it exactly like dead. We get more of Dwight on the floor if he's in that starting group and he knows that you're going to ask him to play 20 minutes will we see him be a little bit more selective as far as when he gives you know goes crazy Dwight Howard. Yeah, that's a great point. But I mean I also I know we talked about this last game, you know, you are kind of sacrificing that energy Off the Bench. I don't know how much willing for this matchup that matters, but you know, like I don't know it's just a good point. Maybe Dwight would pull back a little bit and maybe you just get a more efficient kind of player out of them for for that game. And that's and that doesn't mean that he could push and pull back a little bit and she'll like I'm getting a lot of people coming and saying Dwight needs to chill he could do that coming off the bench to I just wonder if that shift in terms of his rhythm of being with the starters would suck really drive that home that hey we need you to stay on the floor know. Okay, so I'm just digging through to look and see if there were any particularly interesting post-game quotes right place. But I didn't see I see a few people came with the LeBron getting mad about the MVP vote. That's it. Exactly. I was that's what I was looking for for anything like that off of apparently Frank Vogel said Mamba shot. That was Mamba right there when he was talking to the team about Anthony Davis and by the way, how great is it? That Anthony Davis hit that shot wearing the black and gold Mamba Jersey. Like that was just yeah so fitting I was yeah, that was a Mamba shot right there. And like that's a kind of a thing. We don't want to see them lose in that the Kobe Bryant jerseys. We have a record in them. And I'd like to see us win every game that we wear those jerseys and then remember, you know, just exactly you know, what they're playing for which obviously is a championship but you know Kobe is in all of our minds every day every game and you know, this year is always going to be about Kobe and every year after this man, you know, I mean, that's how much you meant to us. So no birth. Set when it for Kobe. All right, Chris. Are you ready for the Master Lock of the night? That's right. Okay, here we go, the Master Lock of the night. Thursday, all right, Chris Masters who is getting put in the Master Lock to night won't rubber after lots of contemplating and debating with myself. I think we're going to have to change. Once again, we're not going to be able to settle for just one Master Lock tonight. We are going to be settling well not settling but we're going to be giving dual Master logs here tonight. These dual recipients are going to be number one Jamal Murray, obviously for the comments that we have already mentioned. He wanted to be passive aggressive and complain about the referees complaining about the officiating talk about them. Younger and had an impact on tonight's game. They got a lot more foul calls go their way, but in the end a d showed that Mamba mentality and hit that 3-pointer so in my thoughts Laker Nations mind, that is a Master Lock to Jamal Murray. And also also while we're talking about a d we've already we all know about this Charles Barkley tonight 1 a.m. As usual. I love him. I love him. He's hilarious but he was running his mouth talking about skill set vs. Mind said saying he doesn't have the goods but hey, I'm happy about that because sometimes we all want a d to be a little more aggressive. So liquidated came out and did tonight after Charles Barkley said that he was even more aggressive and then he hits that shot to finish the game, which was probably one of the best dog shot sites last-second shots. I've seen the Lakers hit this whole postseason. So the recipients are Charles Barkley Jamal Murray. Both Master locked. I'm not going to say at the same time. But simultaneously over the Dual Master Lock Charles Barker and Jamal or you've got you've got Canadian and you've got Canadian bacon with Charles Berkeley off. They're getting they're getting a dual Master. Like I agree and Anthony Davis. He slaps the master lock on Charles Barkley and Jamal Murray for his comments about the referees. Hopefully the referee next game don't give him as much respect as they did. And and this one Chris. Let me let me ask you this because I've seen a few people asking this. Where would you rank that Anthony is shot that anything he Davis buzzer beater among all-time Lakers buzzer beaters, like like I'm not putting that above I won't put it above Robert no worries three against the Kings, right? Like I'm not going off of that cuz that was a game where it felt like the Lakers were going to lose and they come back and they hit it. I don't think I can put it above like any of Kobe. Especially Kobe's against Phoenix. I think those those buzzer beaters. What about Kobe Smith? Portland in the 04 season at the the last game of the season he had a couple of buzzer beaters there a better concept. I feel like the context matters cuz I think we still felt like we were going to win this game for so long and then never had turned it around and it just I don't know I'll say this about a tee shot again. I feel like that was the issue. That's definitely the biggest foe shot especially for us or less. I can shop this post this but I'm not yeah, but I'm not ready to pull. I might you I'm not ready to put it above or e or or any of any of Kobe shots. I don't think but it just feels like more the context of this game and just felt like if it kind of sucks cuz it felt it kind of sucks at a B had to hit a shot like wage in the end. I mean like when you look at the game from the beginning to end so by still props to him man for a big guy to do that too. I mean think about that. We're not talking about a guard we're not talking. About even I mean, I know I guess he's a powerful word but he's a big dude and he hit that shot and is just I've watched it while we've done this show. It's on the TV back. They probably played it about 5 to 10 times on the television. It hasn't gotten old at all. I'm going to be watching it tomorrow. I'm going to watch it in the next day. Yeah. It was a great great shot. I can't put it above Derek Fisher's point four, but it was me that that was the biggest buzzer-beater for this team. Certainly the biggest buzzer-beater of the LeBron era in in Los Angeles. I think bigger than Rondo's buzzer-beater in Boston last year because this was a playoff game. So this was big this was a big buzzer-beating win. I guess it's bigger than Kobe buzzer beater over the Miami Heat because it's a playoff situation. Yeah, but I heard about some of the classic, you know, Kobe over the sun's the that fish are former Magic Johnson's Baby Skyhook. I can't put it over those maybe at the Lakers win a championship this year. Maybe they went at all then we'll look back and it'll become more important. But it's I feel I feel like you should have a little more weight to it too. If we were a little deeper in the series, like let's say for argument's sake that we did battle to a game seven with Denver and and AD would hit that shot in a game in that or even like a 5 or I don't know. It just feels like it would have a little more weight to it for whatever reason am I wrong in thinking that or do you understand know? Yeah. Yeah. I think I think it definitely did. I got a comment hear from somebody. Hey, what's up from? YouTube said Staple Center would have been going crazy if they played their could you imagine that's another thing, you know what I mean? Like, I love seeing them all celebrate together, but you know you can log But when you think about that you you miss kind of the reaction in that shot two of the crowd and kind of that might have given to the shot a little bit more. You know, what am I looking for? You know the substances grab? Yeah. Yeah a little more gravity a few that you know twenty thousand plus and Staple Center is all getting up. I mean we all have I mean I got I was laid out on the couch. I mean actually I was probably sitting up by that point obviously because the game was closer but as soon as they be it that shot. I mean, I was up I was screaming I was yelling the whole the whole street heard me and it so you just imagine that X twenty thousand people in a staple center setting it would have, you know been pretty amazing. Yeah. So I I I met a spot where I just think I missed the boss shot of the Arena like that. I think whatever there's a buzzard figure that's my favorite shot that the way back shot from the back corner and where you see the entire Arena and everybody just kind of dog. Waiting eagerly anticipating and then when you see the ball go through the net everybody goes nuts. That's one of my favorite shots you get from these and we didn't get this because of you know, the Covetous that but still what an incredible moment. I was hearing my studio setting up and and I was getting on my lighting right and I'm watching it. I'm watching it on my my my TV here in the studio and I went crazy I could hear my wife going crazy and other part of the house. Yeah, awesome awesome shots, so it's up there but I don't think it's one of the greatest ever but at this proposed the Lakers to a championship, I think we're going to remember this moment even more fun. Somebody asking King Hussein said Dion Waiters update as far as we know he's still out still out, you know, those groin injuries can be very tricky and so for right now, I don't I don't see him coming back anytime soon. I haven't seen a lot of moments in this series where I've thought gosh. They really need Dion Waiters right now. So I don't think won the Lakers are going to rush him back and to I even when he is healthy, I don't know they put him out here out there. Right now having not gotten any minutes recently. Maybe if it was a blowout and he was healthy you throw him in there just to get him some experience, but I'm I'm kind of not counting waiters a part of the equation for right now until we hear that he's healthy and ready to go. Yeah, I'd like tire rotation so far even though today's game is closed. So it's like you said, I don't know how much we're missing him not to say you can't contribute, you know, obviously he can but you know, it's got a nice Thursday. We haven't had to miss them too much yet, you know, cuz that means we'd be looking deeper down the bench outside of the guys. You know, we've like what Rondo's done we've like what he's done. We like you know what I mean? We've got good contributions these guys, you know a little less today from a few people obviously, but you know, I like koos even I think who's bounced back in one of these games coming up, you know what I mean agreed. Let me finish with this Thursday night. We saw I do think kuzum is going to bounce back to you. We've been getting a lot of negative comments about him. But let me fire back with let me finish this. I think the Lakers tonight showed why they are better than the Clippers this the Clippers would have lost this game. Right? Yeah. The Clippers would have panicked. They would have not hit that last-second shot. They probably would have been down 10 cuz they would have been floated. They weren't used to being in tough pressure situations. And I'm not saying the Lakers handled the pressure. Well, they didn't they didn't do a great job tonight, but they did enough to get the wind to put themselves in a position where Anthony Davis could bail them out. The Clippers would have completely imploded they would have lost by double-digits and I think that you know for the Nuggets that was they were thinking. Okay, we took this and then oh the Lakers have guys that are going to make plays like what Anthony Davis just did we saw the difference tonight between those two ever loved that Trevor, you know, I wasn't even thinking about the clippers, but that's a great Point man. Like they would have bolted under that kind of pressure and that's the difference between us and them quite frankly, you know, at least this season, you know, like I'm just he you know, this team is here to win it and you off I'm sure the bubble has affected everybody in different ways. I'm sure but you know, I think the Lakers mentally seem like they've handled it really. Well. I mean obviously the nuggets have I mean they battled they really battled in this series but man, you know like yeah, that's a pretty big that kind of shows you the difference right there man. Good point. All right, let's wrap things up on that. I appreciate everybody who came in for from YouTube from Periscope fraud Facebook. Thank you guys for all your questions comments. We always love it. We love getting to talk Lakers basketball with you guys after every single game. We will be back doing this again next game and you know what? I've got one that needs to give away before we get out of here. I never did well in school, right? We need to give away one for these guys. All right, let's find somebody else that we can give these away, too. All right. I'm going to go Blake Forsyth from YouTube. All right, so hit me up. He asks is Caruso or k c p a better Defender one-on-one against Murray. So what I want you to do Blake is shoot me a DM on Twitter. Send me your address your info and I will send you one of these lakersnation.com Mamba forever license plate frames asking. What do you think Chris? We're you more comfortable with Caruso wage are one let's say you need to stop game on the line. You need to stop everybody else is cleared out. Who do you want defending Jamal Murray? Is it Caruso or is it k c p Walsh, you know just asking me now, I mean, obviously if I could look back and isolate them defending him it would help but I'll say this I think I I lean towards Caruso and that's only because when I think of Casey people whatever reason I think more of an offensive-minded Garden when I think of Crusoe for he just feels kind of more like the tenacious Defenders not to take a c p kind of went home. Scared to Lakers was more known actually for his defense from what I remember. So I just I'm a little more inclined to go Crusoe just cuz I've seen you just see the hustle and how much you never gives up on something and either he makes a mistake. You see him really trying to make up for that mistake right away and not by doing something stupid but you know just really hustling and and being as pesky as possible. So I don't need your thoughts on that so kcpt didn't trade out as a very good Defender this season for the Lakers, but I think in that type of scenario and you need one stop he could really dig in and he has been a good defender of the past but I agree I'm going through so I think that he gets the nod because he's been such a highly rated Defender for a while now and his ability to read plays and just play really good position defense just going to necessarily stop Jamal Murray, but I think Caruso would do a better job of at least making life tough on him. So I would go there but good question. All right, let's wrap it up there again. We will be back after next game. Little Lakers basketball till then you can find Chris on social media and Chris Adonis on Twitter at Chris Masters 310 on Instagram. 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Lakers Defeat Nuggets In Thriller, Take 3-1 Series Lead

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Lakers Defeat Nuggets In Thriller, Take 3-1 Series Lead

"Purple and gold from the heart of Los Angeles. Lakers nation dot. COM podcast euros. D- Trevor Lane. Hello Lakers nation welcome in Trevor Lane here for Lakers nation dot com your home for everything Lakers and welcome to Lakers nation live if you're joining us from Youtube from periscope from facebook welcome we're GonNa talk all about the Lakers big win over the Denver. Nuggets to push the series two, eight, three one. Three one Lakers lead we know this nuggets team has already battled back from two three, one deficits in round one and round two scary scary stuff but the bottom line the Lakers got the win. We're GONNA dive into everything. If you are listening to the podcast version of this, make sure you do re review and subscribe to this show over on apple podcasts over on spotify stitcher wherever. You listen to podcasts. All right. So I'm going to be taking all of your questions and comments. As you guys can see, it's just meet tonight there is no the masterpiece masters somebody put a master lock on his noggin because he's dealing with a migraine. So he is going to be resting up I have a feeling that the stress of this Lakers game had something to do with it. Because man, it's certainly got to me as always. Don't guys never. It's just me. It's never really just me because it's me and all of you and I'm already getting all of your comments coming in here again, welcomed from facebook from periscope and from Youtube. So let me start off by saying this normally going into our shows. I have a few key points that I want to get to kind of laid out ahead of time and ready to go and things that I wanna discuss different little things to break down that I know restoring the Lakers game to down things. Not so much tonight. This was I'm sure you are feeling the same. This was the most stressful game that I have watched it a long long time and I couldn't look away for a second because this was so close back and forth it kept feeling like the Lakers were going to give this game away every single time they would get a significant lead they will get up by ten they would get up by twelve. They would revert back to those bad habits and they start settling for bad jumpers and next thing the nuggets are scoring and by the way the nuggets. My goodness I was expecting regression coming today. Hopefully, it'll come next game. I was expecting a regression coming in terms of their shooting did not happen joe-marie is making shots falling down now he's these on one leg falling to the ground flipping the ball up and it's going in the basket I can't believe the shot making that we're seeing from the nuggets right now that's what kept this game close The Lakers did make one adjustment to their lineup they started Dwight Howard, and that was something that we speculated about made a big difference. Why was a monster in there we saw. I don't know if I want to say two, thousand, eight Dwight maybe not quite that level the we saw a much much better, Dwight Howard than we've seen recently all the credit to him I was surprised Frank Vogel didn't go back to him to close the game. That's good. White was on the boards, the offensive boards man that was what finished it. That's what finish this thing of for the Lakers in fact I even wrote it over here on my clipboard offensive boards made such a big difference in this game it was the was the difference it's what allowed the Lakers to win is that they were able to attack the offensive glass. Get dominated on the boards like they did in game three against the Denver Nuggets but man a close even with the Lakers getting so many offensive boards. Dwight Howard in there doing work this was still way way too close for comfort and again I was heading in tonight I think even sent a text to the masterpiece masters. I said. I could go for a nice low stress blowout win for the Lakers. Tonight that would be that would be a nice evening for me. We did not get that at all. This was one of those on the edge of your seat living and dying with every shot. Playoff. Games for the Lakers and Man I am so glad that they were able to walk away with the win. But again, as we've seen the Denver, nuggets are extremely good at coming back and so this is far from over they've already come back twice from three one series deficits, and if they're able to win the next game, if they're able to win game five, I, think that's going to start creeping up again, people are going to be talking about and it might become a storyline. As far as what we're, GonNa do for our giveaway today I think today. Let's give away some Lakers nation mugs. So we'll give away some of these Lakers nation DOT COM mugs, three people I'm going to take your questions and once I pick you, you're gonNA shoot me a dam right? If, I can figure it out right there. That's my my twitter handle. All you gotTa do is dnb right there shoot me your name and your address and will get you a Lakers nation mug. But again, it's gotTa be once I pick your question and I'm GonNa do it at three different times throughout the night and the first one? Coming right now. So let me dig into your questions and your comments. And the first one that I pick is going to get a Lakers nation dot com mug. And it is a good one. I've got a couple of a couple of myself. Let's see here. Ag Twenty Four AG twenty four said what do you think about Lebron shooting so often instead of driving. All right. So AG twenty, four, shoot me your info over on over on twitter. Yeah. You're asking a question about shooting and you're gonNA shoot me your Info over on twitter and I will send you one of these Lakers nation dot com mugs. So you're asking what about the Brown shooting instead of driving I'm right there with you right there with you. I can't tell you how often I was. I don't want to say yelling. But Really encouraging. To, my TV abroad should drive to the basket I'm. Not GonNa lie guys I'm a little bit worried about Lebron. I think it's fatigue I'm hoping that's what it is. He looks a little tired. He did look like he picked it up towards the end of the game but there were a couple of times where he's got joe-marie on him and he's posting up and kicks the ball out. It was a little bit strange to see and we didn't I was Kinda thinking. Okay. This is going to be if there's ever going to see if we're ever going to see a throwback, Lebron old-fashioned takeover put the team on my bag. I'm not going to let them lose kind of night. I thought this was going to be it but I think instead what we saw was the other side of things where we had the Lakers team that looked burnt out at the end of game three when they made that massive come back and we talked about this on the show last time I said, are we worried at all about the Lakers expending so much energy at the end of game four and now the quick turnaround Tuesday to Thursday and they've got play again. What kind of impact is that going to make I think we saw that on Lebron tonight because he didn't look right he didn't look right when he missed. He missed badly then tells me that his legs are gone. He has to get to the basket in order to be effective, and again, we saw a couple of times down the stretch and crunch time who's able to grit his teeth and go. He also got a little banged up took a knee to the giants of that was something to consider as well. But overall, yeah a little bit worried about what's going on with Braun interested to see what the post game comments. Are, deceive. He's alright and it's just you know he was a little bit gas or if is this something more going on we know you already turned his ankle once in this series and speaking ankle, we're going to talk a little bit about Anthony Davis as well but as far as Lebron goes I just keep hoping keep hoping that he's GonNa find that killer instinct game that game where he just goes Berserk. and. This is what we need to be at. This is where we need to be out with the Brown. The Eastern Conference finals right now are up three to one. The Miami Heat are up three to one of the Boston Celtics. You don't want I'm not going to root for the Celtics. I'll tell you that I'm not rooting for the Celtics but I will say that if the Celtics win the next game, that's not a bad thing for the Lakers if the Lakers are the ideal scenario would be the eastern conference series goes to game seven. K., and the Lakers finish off and five because I feel like Lebron needs a week off. That's what he looks like to me like he needs time off to rest and recuperate. That's what I'm seeing. Yeah. That's what I'm hoping for although the way they've been playing I kinda think the Miami Heat are GonNa, close things out, but we'll see. Okay let's get into our first First segment of the show we're going to get into the stats of the game. So the Lakers nation dot com stats. Here we go. Lakers stats. All right let's crunch some numbers here and we'll talk about the stats from tonight's Game Anthony. Leads the way man what a game he had hopefully that ankle is okay. He did turn it after taking that jumper Paul millsap backs into him a little bit Anthony Davis landing his foot turned it a little looked did not look good. He was in some serious pain that is probably going to swell up. I hope he's okay for game five. Anthony Davis thirty, four points though only five rebounds, which is interesting in autumn came late after he had all that talk about not getting on the boards in game three, then two rebounds he's still wasn't great on the boards in this one but again, hard defaults him the way he started I believe he started six for six for the game thirty, four points three steals three assists blocks for a d but Ten fifteen shooting thirteen, fourteen from the free throw line he led. The Lakers on the offensive end there's no question. He was the guy for the Lakers tonight. Incredible from him. Lebron meanwhile seven for eighteen shooting an answer. What I'm talking about that's not a normal field goal percentage for Lebron that he's tired fueled field goal percentage. That is what I'm a little worried about their eleven fourteen from the line of nine boards eight assists and I'll tell you what though Lebron last game six turnovers he didn't look right tonight but zero turnovers. That's a positive. That's a big big positive because the Lakers got themselves into trouble turning the ball over in game three, and it was a major point of emphasis that they limit the turnovers and this one and Lebron was able to do that. Still put up twenty six points to White Howard my goodness and twenty three minutes got the Jordan minutes, Eleven, Boards, eleven boards at twenty three minutes. That's part of why the Davis have more because Dwight Howard was Goblin them all up five of six shooting. One Steal One says twelve points, ed six of his eleven more than half of his rebounds. Offensive. Boards. Amazing performance from Dwight Howard on the boards. Great. Great stuff from him. Danny Green I know you guys are ready to grab the torches and pitchforks. Not Good not good tonight one of six shooting. One of four from deep. He's did somehow lead the Lakers and plus minus plus twelve, but three boards three points for Danny Green Thirteen for Casey P. Three, nine from three but hit a few big ones not a bad performance for him. Calm cruise ship than ten points four of eleven shooting though again, not getting it done. We're still waiting for that big how crews MMA game and we had Rajon Rondo. We saw some flashes of playoff seven assists five boards. Eleven points wasn't minus nine, but one of one from deep four, six shooting and had a big jumper towards the end of the game for the Lakers. GotTa, love that Let's see here and for the nuggets, joe-marie my goodness joe-marie twelve twenty shooting twelve twenty. Three from deep somehow, but eight eight evaded the line eight says thirty two points. Yokich was mainly held in check sixteen points. Seven boards for assists two steals and the Lakers continue to star Jeremy Grant who put up seventeen points somehow that that did happen Michael Porter Jr. had some big three's thirteen points and twelve for Monte, Morris Monty Morris and he had a big too. So the nuggets bench thought played a little bit better than the Lakers bench. You had some big scoring explosions from Michael. Porter Jr., you had Monte Morris of those were a concern certainly for the Lakers I want to get into the points in the paint. Fill percentage nuggets wound up shooting fifty, one percent from the field. This is a forty seven percent field goal percentage team. So that's not. That far off. But still they were fifty five percent last game come on regression to the mean kick in they are do they are beyond due for a bad shooting night but it just isn't coming yet the Lakers forty, eight percent from the field, which is actually a little below average for them. I believe thirty-three percent from deep on the Lakers for the Lakers thirty five percent from thirty six percent for the nuggets free throw percentage eighty seven for the nuggets eighty for the Lakers, which is really good for them on the boards thirty three for the nuggets forty one for the Lakers. Again, that's the game right there being able to non dominate on the boards the way they did last game. And nine steals for the Lakers. Eleven turnovers for both sides seventeen fast-break points for the Lakers, which is what they need. They need to get out in transition and run forty four points in the paint for the Lakers forty-six for the nuggets. So they lost that one there. In the foul com twenty. Eight for the nuggets twenty, five for the Lakers the Lakers did. Contact the NBA to complain about the officiating and talk about Lebron not getting enough calls and. and. They were absorbing a lot of contact in general. And the the nuggets tonight, pick the twenty eight fouls. I think this works they does work. When you talk about the officiating next game, you tend to get a little boost look after game one joe-marie complained about the officiating I. Think they got the benefit in game two and game three. So the Lakers contacted the League after game three low behold they get a better whistle in game four. Now that being said I still thought there were a few minutes calls that went against the Lakers but also there were some calls that could have could have gone the nuggets wave I'm sure nuggets fans right now walked out of this game not pleased with the officiating. It's the way. It's GONNA be. Alright biggest lead of the night was twelve for the Lakers and three for the Denver. Nuggets. So stance that really jumped off the off the page at me again, Lebron? James. Field. Goal shooting seven for eighteen. Again he looked tired. I don't know I. I'm curious to see what he says after the game, but I am a little bit nervous about that. What's he gonNA look like in game five if he's already this depleted here in game four and especially. Especially Anthony Davis dealing with an injured ankle and he's not able to carry as much of the load what happens in game five, and again, the other thing that stands out is the nuggets field goal percentage I've been saying there needs to be a regression at some point, not this good of a team shooting the ball and yet still they continue on. So I'm hoping there is a massive regression game where they shoot like forty percent from the field of forty, two percent or something like that because that will probably be a Lakers win. All right. We're going to get into another segment in just a moment. All right. People asking about if we have a license plate frame today, we are doing these mugs and in fact, we will kick off the next segment, which is the Lakers nation fan zone with another mug winner, right so we're going to jump into it right now and the first question. The first one I picked we'll get the LAKERS NATION DOT COM mug. Let's do it. Let's head into the Lakers nation fan zone. Lakers nation fan so All right. So where the Fans Ota, that means this segment of the show it's just me and all of you it's me taking your questions coming in from facebook from periscope from Youtube and going back and forth, and we're going to talk about what just happened in this game breakdown and project moving forward. All right. So just in Hartford Justin, hard for question is what adjustments does Kouzmin need to make to be successful in this matchup all Justin Hartford from Youtube shoot me your Info Shamir. Right, here, and I will send you one of these Lakers nation dot com mugs. And I do still have one more to give away on the night. All right. So what is Kukoc? WHO's my need to do? Well, for one thing, this game is played a very, very, very high intensity and I feel like because the speed and the overall intensity has ramped up a lot. If feels like it's just a little bit too much Kakuma like he's biting off just a bit more than he can chew, I've been waiting and waiting and waiting thinking. Okay. One of these Games we'RE GONNA see cow Kouzmin, really get going. And it just hasn't happened yet it hasn't happened. The nuggets continued to target him on defense. He made a few errors there, and then on the offensive end, his shot just hasn't come around we need. We need like a six for ten shooting night from Kyle Kuzma where he puts up, say twelve to fifteen points. That's what we're waiting for and we're just not getting it right now we're getting to me Mrs too many misses on the wide open threes and those are a killer. Those are killer because usually what's happening is Lebron is driving into the paint. He's taking contact. He's firing the ball out to an open shooter it's. And he's not hitting. Okay we need them walking knocking those down because you want the nuggets defense scrambling win case EP gets the ball kicked out to him. You Watch the nuggets defense they scrambled to try to get out to put a hand up when it's Kuma? When it's Rondo when it's even Danny Green now each. They don't quite care as much. I'm not saying they don't try they do get out and put a hand, but it's not like the. No we need to get to him right now, this is an emergency situation when Cao gets the ball. And that doesn't fly. KUZMA's got to be able to knock down those open looks in that's been the question and frankly in the bubble he was better at it. But now that the intensity is ramped up, this is gotta remember this is his first experience in the playoffs, but it just feels like it's just a little bit too much for him. He did have a couple of Nice. Cuts, he had one in particular that scored off of I. think that's the path forward. Would you what are you going to get from Kuzma? You simplify things for him as much as possible and I believe the Lakers have done that you notice they're not using him handling the ball in pick and roll anymore Frank Vogel was experimenting with that for a little bit not doing that anymore. All you gotTa do is just make a spot of shooter which he's doing and music cutter. That's pretty much all we're seeing him doing the offense right now. So would that be said there isn't a whole lot that they can do to make him successful beyond this I think the the biggest thing would be to use them more as an off ball cutter to setup more situations where he can cut. But do you want to change your offense at all in order to maximize CAL Kuzina? I don't think that he's the kind of guy that you're going to tweak your offense around. If you see advantageous situations where you can get him cutting, he is very good in that scenario then you do it but I don't think you're running place specifically to get coups on a cut. That's where he's at right now and I know I'm getting comments and I've been seeing them on twitter everybody talking about why is Tyler Heroes so good and CAL Kouzmines not Not. Everybody is the same right. I mean you can say, why is Luca Danni so good and and Kyle Kuzma? Not Why is? Everybody develops at a different rate right some just because one player is playing well, doesn't mean you would immediately turn and look to your guy and go wires you doing that. That's just that's not that's not life credit. Yes. Would it be great if Kyle Kuzma was hitting those big shots for sure but tyler heroes the outlier. Right, he's he's hitting big shots at a young age but why are we making such a big deal out of it because it's not expected? Right, we're not expecting young players to do that. Kyle Kuzma did it. He's a little bit older and we've been waiting and waiting and waiting for him to of really get going. But it just hasn't happened yet. It'd be ideal if it was, but it's not. All right and I keep waiting for. The breakout I feel like it's still there. He can still do it. This is a guy who is very confident. Just hasn't happened yet. And those who are asking? Yes, Kacoos. What could potentially get traded this off season? That's that's a possibility too crazy. He is going to be up for an extension this off season, and then the following year, he would be a restricted free agent. So the Lakers would have to kind of decide do we want to potentially lose him for nothing in a year? Or do we WANNA trade him. Now if we don't think he's a long-term peace. Going to be something to look at after the playoffs over though. All, right few more questions here. Andrea. Morris. Should the Lakers play? Quinn. Cook for bench scoring. The nuggets were playing Monty Monty Morris Yeah. Look I don't think that the Lakers are gonNA turn to Quinn Coke at this point Quinn Coca Morris for two very, very different players. Muncie Moore's as much faster in terms of his ability to get into the paint his finishing at the rim better his mid range floater is better quick. Okay. Good. pull up jumper but. His handle is I don't think quite good enough to where the pressure defense from the nuggets would cause some problems I. don't see him getting in there right now, and I liked by the way I. Do I think he's a he's a good player he's able to hit shots. From outside especially. But offensively, I don't think he brings enough to make up for the issues that you're going to have on the defensive end. He really struggles there. The nuggets would pick on him in a second. As soon as he steps onto the floor, he's an instant target for the nuggets offense I don't think you can do it. Toronto fish face. Do you feel Vogel? Is the right coach for the job you like his lineups So we can say somebody mentioned Morris has better than yet. That's why Morris closed out the game he has been better than Kusaba. But that was one of the benefits of getting Moore's. So we said if Kouzmines not working if it's not going well, you lean on Morris a little bit more and he still gives you that size without being too big and slow and gives you some of that floor spacing and so. They got him. But is Vogel the right coach for the job. Yeah. So all season vocals done a good job I think he's been a good coach. I it's not an easy situation to come into where you've got to navigate personalities and all of that you have to make sure that Lebron. Any Anthony. Davis have a voice leaders on the team while still maintaining your own authority and that's something I think Vogel has done very very well as far as the lineups there have been times where I've questioned them. But that would be true of any coach any coach in the league literally whether it's Great Popovich whether it's Phil Jackson Franko, it does not matter any coach. We would be nitpicking LINEUPS and talking about should they played this guy? Should they have played that kind? That's that's going to be true anyone. So, that doesn't bother me so much. There have been times where he's been a little slow to react. So for example, in Game Two at the end of game too. We saw the laker struggle with some things and the nuggets came roaring back in then Anthony Davis failed the Lakers out with a three pointer at the buzzer. Game Three I was coming into okay. Vogel's go to switch some things and he's GonNa fix this. He switched a few things up but not as much as I thought and the nuggets dominated most of game four. So by tonight five, it was like he had to switch things that meant dwight starting and that obviously worked out great but he didn't do it until he absolutely had to. I think that some of the adjustments that were made tonight needed to be made for game three That's that but that's my one complaint. I think overall, he's done a good job. He's been a good coach and I'm going to continue to have faith in him that he's going to make sure that the team does whatever they can in order to get the win. There are times where the offense really bogged down in the half court. But he's a defense I coach you take the good with the bad overall. The Lakers defense has been pretty good. I gotta say tonight the nuggets hit a lot of really tough shots. There were a number of times where hand in their face fadeaway to in a win. comment here from Youtube says, I'm absolutely not concerned about three one choke by the Lakers the way the jazz and clips did the Lakers have too much experience for that to happen. I. Agree. I don't think the Lakers. Lakers do the same thing. Maybe, I'm wrong. I hope not but I don't think they choke away a three one series lead. Right. I am worried about next game. I am worried about game five because the nuggets are gonNA come out in desperation mood and frankly the Lakers looked very, very tired. They. Just do. I'm thinking if the Lakers are gonNA take this series, it's happening in game six. I'm definitely concerned that the nuggets are gonNA come out playing with fire in game five. I hope I'm wrong. I. Hope the Lakers take the opportunity and they knocked the nuggets out in game five or hopefully the nuggets have their big regression game where they're shooting finally falls off and they start missing some of the shots that they showed some of these miracle shots that they're hitting start to start to fall out and they're able to get it done in game five just the way this game finished and the way Lebron looked and with Anthony Davis is a goal. I kinda feel like game six is going to be the Lakers opportunity to close this thing out at least that's my early early prediction here. Rubber Gonzales Hey trevor do you believe the Lakers have to play desperation basketball in game five hundred percent? Hundred percent. We did not see them that out of them in game three, and that's why the nuggets one game three, and that's why the nuggets were in control. Most of the game they played a desperate style of basketball and that's what allowed them to to win as they should. They had you. They know they can't go down three nothing. Right they've come back from three. One three nothing is a whole other story. They knew their backs were against the wall and they played like that's what the nuggets did in game three the Lakers did not in game five. I'm expecting the same the nuggets no, it's win or go home. Now for them, they're going to be playing desperation basketball. That's what's going to happen. So now the question is, can the Lakers match that or at least get close enough to it or at least have the nuggets have an off shooting night and then get to win in game five. But again, like I said, I am a little bit worried right now maybe my opinion change tomorrow. But right a little bit worried about game five because that ankle and because of how tired Lebron James Looks. Alex Correo from facebook says take care of business game five. Out What I would love it, I would love it knock them out in game five because you don't want to go to a game seven. That's what you absolutely don't WanNa. Do you don't want to go to a game seven with this team? So in my mind that's kind of throwing it into a toss up category and game six if game five there little bit. Winded I'm hoping that even though the nuggets still look pretty spry, they are feeling tired at this point to. That's my whole, but they're not shooting Lincoln. Leonardo Rodriguez facebook trevor on Anthony Davis Wise. Vogel. Hosting him up more in the second half. So I'm not sure i. saw the Lakers doing what they could space the floor. And I saw Lebron getting into the post a little bit but not as much anthony. Davis and it was a little bit of a surprise. It came be Kinda tough for eighty to get the ball into the post. The Post entry passes not as easy. But when we go back to. When we go back to the video, we re watch this and the Lakers rewatch this. I have a feeling that Vogel's going to see that and he's GonNa. See some missed opportunities there. Because I do think that Anthony Davis in the post sometimes settles for that turnaround jumper. That's not. My favorite. But. If you can get Anthony. Davis at the Rim that is much better than some of the shots the Lakers were settling for and this was my. Out of everything that happened in this game everything those stressful the thing that drove me the craziest in this one on I'm sure it did some youtube was that when the Lakers would get up They. Would suddenly go back to bad habits. They would do good things right. Get stops on defense score on offense by attacking the rim, and then suddenly they would get up you know up eight obtain ten. And then it's like they will go. Okay. Cool. We don't have to do that anymore and they'd start shooting jumpers again. The nuggets want the Lakers shooting jump shots. Every team wants the Lakers shooting jump shots the. Path to victory for anyone playing the Lakers is very, very clear. It's very obvious. Everyone will do it. It's make the Lakers play in the half court on offense. And then make them shoot jump shots if you can stop them from getting transition and make them shoot jumpers, you have good shot to win the game because the Lakers outside shooting is so streaky again, thirty three percent from three tonight. That's okay. There are thirty, five percent. Average team twenty, six percent last game that's not quite cutting it tonight was obviously better but still you need guys stepping up and hitting those shots and you know who I'm talking about. Understanding Green I've been and I've been in the quarter of Danny Green but the Lakers really really really need them right now to start hitting some shots. Okay question comes in says why don't they trap. And I missed the the on why don't they trap Murray the way they trapped Hardin and Lillard. Great Question. So the reason why they don't do that is because against harden or against Lillard the release for that trap, the first pass out in that scenario would be going to. It will be going to somebody like say a Robert Covington, who's a good player, right but getting the ball at the top of the key or just beyond the free throw line, and then attacking defense in a four on three situation because that's what you've got if you commit to defenders to the ball handler and kicking it out of it, then you've got a forty four on three advantage for the offense but asking that guy to be the ball handler in that situation. It's out of his comfort zone, and so the Lakers would trap that hard knowing that a guy like Robert Covington or Daniel House while he was there or whoever Even if was PJ Tucker. They're not going to be. Instant received the ball recognized who's open whip out for an open three they're not that's not their forte. They can do it sometimes but that's not what they're good at Yokich is the release point with the nuggets and that's why you don't see the Lakers blitzing that pick and roll as much. Just doubling the ball hard to get the ball out of Marie hands. They did it a few times but the release for it is Yokich, who will do that he will. receive the ball and in a split second, he's got the ball whipped to shooter or he's driving to the basket where he's a great finisher on that little mid range floater that he's got. So that's why it's because you're putting the volunteer Yokich is ends with a four on three offense defense advantage, and that's trouble when the ball is in the hands of Nickel Yogurt. That that's why you don't see them doing that as much but they did do a little bit. They actually forced turnover tonight wind surprise me if they. If we see them, do it a little bit more The nuggets will beat it from time to time, but if you can get enough turnovers. MIGHT BE, worth. It. Carols Ronald, Lakers are smart team. They know they They know they need to close them out now. I hope I hope and I. Agree. This is a smart team. But I saw them do a lot of dumb things tonight. And again, I'm happy they got the win. I think they did just enough to get the win Anthony Davis was phenomenal. Don't get me wrong like this is this was a good night right to go through stressful game like that, and still pull out the victory and the nuggets through everything they had at him. But the decision making when they get up and this is something we've seen consistently when they get up, they take their foot off the gas. And they let team stick around and the ad like to see a little bit more killer instinct and so that's what worries me there. Wayne, my junior from facebook. Why did not why did white not play? Why did not play? So Dwight Howard, not playing down the stretch I was I was surprised I thought they would go back to him but they didn't they decided to go the smaller lineup had eight, hundred, five and Lebron at the four at one point. Once Markeith Morris fouled out, they went eighty Lebron and then three guards case ep you'd Rondo and you'd Caruso. My guess is that Vogel just wanted as much quick ballhandling as he could get on the floor and he was trying to get defenders that could rotate out quickly. And not give up threes dwight out of the floor I think you're risking giving up more three point shots because he's not going to be able to adjust and get out onto a shooter as quickly as possible. So that's one reason why but Dwight was so good on the boards that I also a little bit surprised. They didn't go back to them. I. Think also in a foul shooting scenario, you worry about hacking Dwight you know if he does get the rebound they just and then your offenses is dead in the water. So. That's another thing. But I I'm curious to hear what what Vogel himself says after the game about why he didn't go back to Dwight. But again, why did play was at twenty three minutes tonight That's more than we typically see out of and again he was fantastic and I love that he stayed out a foul trouble. Robert from Youtube hatred you believe Lebron's poor shot selection and timing has something to do with their struggles. Absolutely. Absolutely, one hundred percent that had something to do with their struggles right if Lebron didn't shoot what are you should seven for eighteen? Then this is a much easier win for the Lakers. I thought there were a few times where he settled for the jumper and that's why I'm wondering is he hurt? Is He tired is both Because he didn't look right Gary Sheffield. Junior was texted me during the game today and he was saying, I'm so surprised to see this Outta Lebron were thinking. We might see one of those below up games from Lebron where he dominates. and. We didn't see that. I hope he rests up because it's a it's a quick turnaround here. do we think Lebron look tired because of playing Murray I don't think so I think he did a pretty good job defensively on Murray. He was fine. But I don't think that was it. He looked exhausted on the offensive end and the nuggets looked more than happy with the browns shooting Jumpers Lebron looked like he did not want to shoot those jumpers they were giving him open threes and Lebron had no interest in taking them to me that tells me his legs were gone. Not, great. somebody asking who'd you rather face the Celtics or the heat in the final? So I've been pretty consistent on this. I would rather see the heat. And I know there's something. About beating the Celtics in the finals, if the Lakers get their again can't count our chickens have hatched here But if the Lakers get to the finals, there's something poetic about beating the Celtics for a seventy championship auto the Celtics. Number. But I'm not going to be sad if the Celtics lose I would rather see them not anywhere close to winning another championship I. Don't want them to be able to say well, we got to the finals. I you know. I again, I'm not going to shed any tears if the Celtics bow out in the Eastern Conference finals, and then they go home that's I'm not gonNA root for them to win or anything like that. I would rather see the heat and then strategically I think I would also rather see the Miami heat the by the way are playing. Great Great Basketball. They have been phenomenal. You talked about Taylor hero Jimmy. Butler, of course, Bam out a bio. These these guys are good. Good. Good good. But I. Look at what the Celtics bring. The Lakers big weakness is high-scoring wings they. They don't have a lot of defenders who can deal with them and the Celtics Gordon Hayward they've got Jason Tatum and they've got jaylen Brown. I think that they offer a little bit more in terms of the scoring wings. So matchup, wise I think I like the match up with the heat a little better. But I'm talking about by a fraction it's super close both those teams are very good. A young Eve Rub Youtube says Danny will be back in the finals I. Hope. So I hope so. on Youtube, we've got Kobe Ko bi says, Allah says that Lebron will be. The browns defense on Murray was great. Yeah. You know what I was. Glad that Lebron was able to that. gave me a little bit of hope. They'll Lebron was able to turn it up defensively on Murray. He did a good job there. So even if you didn't have a ton of energy on offense at least he was able to get that done. John Baltasar from me is Rondo the key to winning the next game. You know I went into this game saying somebody needs to step up the Lakers need a third guy. Whether it's MMA Caruso Casey p Danny, Green Rondo, whoever it is. I need somebody to step up and be that third score and somebody mentioned. Lebron filed Murray every time I thought some of those were a little bit generous. I was pretty happy with the way Lebron sled and stuck with Murray. That's mentally but the Lakers needed third guy and if it's Rondo great tonight I think it was Rondo in the second half and it was Dwight in the first half that was the third guy who stepped up but you've got to have it. You have to have it at all points of the game. You need a non, Lebron Non Anthony Davis player who steps up and performs better than expectations. I keep waiting for it to become cowboys, but it hasn't been. Danny. Green. Is Long overdue for a good shooting night. Stepped up in moments but tonight I think it was Rondo and it was and it was Dwight Howard and it wouldn't surprise me if it was those two again in the next game. Although I will say, I am expecting the nuggets to complain about the officiating tonight, which means the officiating will probably be different game five and it means Dwight's probably going to be in foul trouble. That'd be my prediction right now. do I think the Lakers will ever switch back to zone again from? Chris Turner on Youtube. I think they will but you also saw the nuggets were completely prepared for the Lakers zone this time engaged three. The Lakers diced the nuggets with zone. They were able to force turnovers that was what changed the game in game in game three and almost led to a Lakers improbable. Comeback Win. Tonight. Not so much tonight as soon as the Lakers put zone on if you noticed. I've got my clipboard here. So we can actually illustrate if you noticed the nuggets were finding shots right here and right here. K. Right at the forty five degree angle here on the Ark they were getting shots there and there because that's the weak point on the zone and so you saw guys like Jeremy Grant like Michael Porter Jr. consistently getting getting open right there. The nuggets knew exactly where to attack that zone and that's again that's good coaching by them. They're our team was prepared. They were ready for I still think they will use zones maybe not that particular zone, but they will use zones in the future. Danny. Green. Is playing more like his alter ego Lionel Richie I haven't heard that one about Danny. Green before but I kind of get it I. Get it. crispy Shell. What are they surprised them start dealing waiters as their third score. Well, that would be a huge surprise because dion waiters hasn't played in what three weeks maybe more. It's been a while and I liked the waiters brought a lot to the Lakers I. thought that he did a lot of the things the Lakers needed, but he's been hurt for so long and that's not an injury you wanna mess with a groin injury. I would be shocked I would be shocked to see him again in this series. or to see him at all in this series. I would be I look. He's a great score. He brings them some things they can. They can use off the bench. He's not going to be in rhythm I think to deal waiters is not Lebron like if it was Lebron who was out for a few weeks and you suddenly get him back and it's the playoffs. Yeah. You're putting them in there because he's Lebron James Dion waiters out of rhythm not used to the speed of play not used to this intensity. I'm probably not going back to not right now maybe if there's a long way off before the finals. You can work him back up to speed. Right now, not happening. somebody says anyone else thinks trevor looks like Frank Vogel. What is it with me and and looking like Lakers coaches because all I heard last year last few years was that I look like Luke Walton. Now. I'm getting a look like Frank Vogel. I'll take it. I. Guess I look like a professional coach. Somebody said who rugs your twitter handle? ME. Me On there. Are Guys I'm going to do one more these, and then we're going to get into. And then we're going to get into the. The master lock of the night who's getting master lock I'm seeing people already asking that yes we need to. We need to do that for sure we need to do a master lock somebody has is Davis. Okay. I don't know. I don't know and I. I haven't been over onto twitter to see the quotes from Anthony Davis but I. Hope. Oh, here's a great from. Lebron we'd just talked about switching on Murray I. Knew it was winning time and Jamal had a going hugh specialist for Mike Trudell Lakers reporter Lebron demanded to switch over onto Murray that was great scene. Look wasn't able to get it going on offense. So you've gotta going on defense I'm double checking to see if there's anything out there on Anthony Davis Ankle trudell says no real update on eighty s ankle. They'll see how it responds to treatment over the night overnight. But They're waiting for Anthony Davis to come out and talk about it. So that's where we're at right now. So you mentioned, Davis's Ankle's going to be hurting tomorrow hundred percent going to be hurting to morrow. All right guys, should we do? The master lock of the night I think we need to get into the Mardi seeing some suggestions I know Chris isn't here but he's with us in spirit and we're GONNA talk about the master lock of the night who is getting that thing locked in to night. All, right. Here we go. All Right said nights. The people who are going to fall victim to the master lock I. Don't know why we've been doing this lately but we've been doing dual master locks. We've been master locking to people. At so I do have to recipients of the master lock to recipients tonight. Both of them are going to get master locked. The. First one. Pains me to do it because I don't like having to put a master lock on a Laker. And even though he led the team and plus minus. Dana Green getting put in the master lock tonight because Danny Green, he's a veteran. And we need more than one for six shooting and one for four from deep and frankly Danny Green is better than that. These are the moments Y.. Danny Green is on the team these big playoff moments where his veteran experiences supposed to shine. And tonight we didn't see that we saw pretty empty stat line. He did some okay things defensively but Danny Green, we need you knocking down those shots when I saw the nuggets not worried about closing out on you. That's when I knew that something is really really going on here and we need degree. We need like a five for eight shooting performance Danny Green coming up next game that's what we need. But for tonight we're putting the master lock on Danny Green and hoping that when he comes to. He will snap out of their shooting slump and we'll see some big performances from there and the other master lock I am doing this master lock not because this player did anything wrong but because he was too good and I want to try and slow down because nothing seems to be working. joe-marie gin master lock call yourself the Blue Arrow doesn't matter pay. You're getting putting a mass talk you through in a Canadians there wasn't even a euro step it was a Canadian step and somehow scored he threw the ball into the basket falling down he couldn't miss he missed from three. But thirty two points for Joel Murray who was a thorn in the side of the Lakers all night long he had that crazy up and undershot which is going to be on highlight reels forever now. Amazing player, but we got to put them in the master lock and try to slow him down a little bit. We've talked about this good defense doesn't mean you're stopping somebody good defense especially a star because you're not stopping good meat good defense means you're going to make them work harder and you're gonNa make them a little bit less efficient. That's what I WANNA see. I WANNA see instead of a sixty percent shooting night like. Jerome, ahead tonight I WANNA see Jamal Murray shoot forty percent forty percent from the field if he goes for thirty points but shoots forty percent from the field to get there and isn't just living at the free throw line I will take that that would be a wonderful performance for the Lakers. So let's lock Jamal Murray into the master lock and hope that. Whatever it does maybe maybe like pinches a little nerve in his neck or so we don't want to hurt him. But just enough just enough to maybe throw off his shot next game because let me tell you the Lakers. We've been talking about it. They need a regression game from the nuggets because they have been shooting far far too well. All right. So We've got Jamal Murray and Danny Green are recipients of the master lock. I saw a lot of people throwing out Kyle Kuzma. I get it but Danny Green Bean, the bedroom that's why he is going to get the master lock. All. Righty. I'm seeing all kinds of comments come in. I gotTA give before we get out of here I gotta give away one more Lakers nation dot com mug. The next question that I pick shoot me your information over here on my my idea on twitter I will send you the Lakers nation dot com. Let see who were. who were going to go with lots of questions coming in? People say Danny Green are the highest plus minus of the night is but I need him shooting better. Than what we just saw. Few good questions coming in here. Some people asking about starting Howard I. Feel like that's obviously that's a hundred percent that's happening. He was too good tonight to switch that up. So that's definitely happening. All right. Here's a question. Pass me so I didn't see the name. Still, more questions about dion waiters. Right I've got JEN cells aquatic from Youtube asking why doesn't it feel like we just one all right. So from Youtube. What I want you to do is is going send me your information right down here on twitter shoe BMI will send you one of these mugs. So why doesn't feel like we just one? That's actually a pretty good observation and I was feeling the same thing after this game ended I was like man, this is a win but I didn't feel like I could come into the show and like celebrate. Like Anthony Anthony Davis is buzzer beater three, it was stressful but it was such a big win was such a big moment that we came in your happy. I didn't start this show feeling like. excited. If anything I was just relief but I felt exhausted. I. Think that's why. I think that's what it is. I think because this game was so back and forth. And because the Lakers couldn't put the nuggets away, they couldn't put them away away to where we can finally exhale wasn't until the final buzzer that we could finally. Okay they want. It was a stressful what two and a half hours or whatever it was three hours. It was a stressful experience, the entire time. And that's why. So you come out of it just feel beat up because all the highs and lows like all right. Okay. The Lakers are up ten. Oh no now they're down now they're now they're only up four because the nuggets came back. Unfortunately, the Lakers kept them at bay most of the time but a few times nuggets got into within three and then the Lakers it was up and down roller coaster effect that is exhausting if they get up twenty and they keep it right around twenty all game. It's a relaxed. It's a smooth ride. It's nice. You get to talk about how great it was. The Lakers were shooting well or that their defense was doing a good job and all of that instead we got the got the uptown nonstop. And again, that's that's tyree. I left that game feeling physically tired and I didn't play. Barely moved. I think that's why it didn't feel like a win. Because it seemed like it was in jeopardy the entire time. And especially when I don't think it should have been. I think with the Lakers go back and they look at this they're going to realize that they had opportunities to take that ten point lead and push to fifteen or push into twenty and they didn't capitalize on them instead they went away from what got them the lead to begin with and then let the nuggets back in. I think that's why. somebody's asking how you feel about the Lakers contacting the League office about the the lack of free throws I was okay. With that. A lot of people are saying, Oh, you know that's that's not what you WANNA. Do you don't want to be seen as complainers you don't want to be seen as Weiner's and all that. Jamal Murray did it after game one he made very careful public comments about the officiating walk the line. So you wouldn't get fined, but it was very clear and it appeared to make a difference in game two in in game three, the officiating was changed. And so I don't blame the Lakers like if you lose this game and it's suddenly a two two series you're in trouble. So if there is a abundant press that you think might get the officials to call the game a little bit differently and give you the benefit of the doubt. You're going to do that. And so I don't blame them they. This isn't the first time a team has done that. Phil Jackson used to do it. Right, the good teams tend to do that. They might not make it public. The Lakers did but. What by the way like like Lakers haters say the Lakers have no right to challenge any question any calls they always get the good calls. They Lebron lives at the free throw line Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah. I see things purple and gold glasses. So that's. That's that's the thing. That's obviously going to impact my opinion of things but I thought game three was very clearly called in the favor of the nuggets. It's so coming out of that if you're the Lakers and you know if the game is officiated that way in game four, you're probably GONNA lose. You've gotTa push that. Even. If people call you Weiner's who cares if you win the game that matters that's what matters. Somebody says cruises but disappointing this far my wrong. You're right. I keep waiting for like fifteen to eighteen point game from Kyle Kuzma have not seen that. Jackson. From facebook says driver the Lakers lost what one game per series against good teams what do you want Jeez I guess that's a good way to look at it. Right? Like if we take a step back and we say the Lakers had just won six games in a row against playoff level competition before they loss game to argue star game three two, the nuggets. They want six in row against playoff teams. That's pretty good. We take a step back and we look. Right now. The Lakers are what eleven and three against playoff teams Like does insanely good. Okay, there's no question there and you could certainly be happy about that. But. The playoffs are about mistakes, the playoffs or about. What teams can capitalize on and teams in the playoffs are very are much more likely than a regular season squad. So you're playing the Knicks on a Wednesday night you can make mistakes and the Knicks probably aren't going to punish you for them against the nuggets right now, a locked in team you make a mistake they're probably going to punish you for it they're going to score. and. So that's why we we look at things a little bit. Hersher. Pay and we look at. Did they make a mistake here. Did they need to push the lead more here? Do they need to do these things because those are things that eventually playoff teams we'll come back and capitalize on but big picture you're right we should be happy again. So far the Lakers have been great. especially, tonight was important because you go to suddenly it's the best of three series. That's trouble and three one we can't even say, okay, we're good now because the nuggets have already come back from three one series deficits twice. This. Team's not going away. The Lakers are going to have to put a boy. Hopefully, it happens in game five, but we're GONNA have to wait and see what the status is of Anthony Davis Ankle. Our. Guys, we're GONNA do one more. Terry are you still worried about the nuggets? Yeah. Now Look I the the Lakers should win. They should take the series up three one. Should But. The nuggets came back from a three one deficit to the clippers. Every time we think they're done, they come back. So Zombie Land, you got to do the double tap. GonNa, take this thing. Take this team down. You think they put away their put away you gotta put them away again. So until it's done. I'm going to be a little bit nervous. That's. That's the way that I that I tend to look at things. I'm not I'm not excelling in all of not assuming that, hey, this is over because it's not until it's done. you still got to be a little bit worried about this team. All right. some people say close the door on them next game. I hey put. Yeah. If you can do it if you have a chance to knock them out next game, you absolutely do it and again I keep waiting I keep thinking that at some point. There's going to be a shooting regression for the Denver Nuggets. At some point, they are a fifty plus percent field goal percentage team. And regression would mean shooting forty, three, percent forty, two percent. And a night like that can be a Lakers win. So. That's what I'm hoping for in Game Five Anthony. Davis Ankle Man. We have to have to have to keep an eye on that and hopefully he's okay. But at this point, let me just take a quick look if we have any updates here Anthony Dave. Okay. Here we go Anthony Davis on his ankle this is from my trudell. Said Ankle feels fine. I got tonight tomorrow before the next game to get a better. He added that he ruled it pretty bad. But not too bad. I'll be fine. Anthony Davis thinks he's going to be okay. I hope that he is right. Sometimes those things can swell up and they can be a problem. But hopefully, if they Davis is right and it doesn't limit his is movement at all in Game Five. All right guys, WANNA thank everybody for joining tonight everybody coming in from Youtube from periscope from facebook. Awesome stuff as always great questions from from all of you appreciate joining me appreciate you coming in and talking Lakers basketball with us after the game, we're going to do it again next game as always. We'll be right here talking Lakers basketball with all of you don't forget to head over the Lakers nation dot com all kinds of great lakers content there, and do me a favor if you're not on Youtube rain even if you're on Youtube Go to Youtube right now for me and subscribe to the Lakers. Nation Youtube channel I am posting tons of videos. They're even ring the little notification bell to make sure you get notified. When we put something new out I'm doing new videos every single day as we're running through the playoffs here. So head over there and subscribe to the Lakers Nation Youtube Channel, Ari guys till next time. Stay safe and see you.

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Phil Jackson's Influence On Frank Vogel & Lakers

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04:16 min | 5 months ago

Phil Jackson's Influence On Frank Vogel & Lakers

"Hello Lakers nation. Welcome in. Trevor Lane here for Lakers nation dot com your home for everything Lakers today. We're talking about Phil Jackson that's right. The legendary Lakers coach whose fingerprints are actually still over the franchise today we're going to talk about why in just a moment, but first quick reminders subscribe right here to the Lakers nation. Youtube Channel, ring that notification bell over there, so you get notified every time we have a new video coming out, so Ramona Shelburne of Espn wrote a great piece all about Phil Jackson's influence. Of course. This is on the heels of that amazing documentary on ESPN. Michael Jordan, the last dance that's been a lot of fun to watch and featured Phil Jackson quite prominently, and it's interesting to see the links links that Phil still has in today's game including with Lakers coach Frank. Vogel Vogel actually interviewed for the Knicks job a few years back when Phil Jackson was still running the show in New York and so that's how he. He got to know fill on more of a personal level, but before that he would always admired Phil Jackson and as Ramona mentions, he actually asked Brian Shaw about fill all the time, and said what would fill have done in this situation when they were both coaching together with the Indiana Pacers, so that was something that was interesting to me. That stood out. Out that the Vogel has really leaned on the teachings of Phil Jackson, for quite a while leaned on his methodology, and you can see that in what Vogel does today with the Lakers. You can see the way that he interacts with the players. In fact, Jer Dudley was just telling me the other day in the interview that we did you guys can find. Find the video. Right here on the Lakers nation Youtube Channel Jared Dudley was telling me that that Vogel before practice starts meets with the Brown James and Anthony Davis to discuss practice with them. Go over what they think to go over what they think the team needs to work on, and that is a very Phil Jackson thing creating that buying with your team. Team. We've also seen Vogel Lean on his players during timeouts and things like that. We've seen games where we're. Vogel was trying to decide whether or not to challenge a play to use his coach's challenge, and he's leaned on his players to make that decision. Guys like Casey P guys like Lebron. They have a voice in that situation, and that's again very much Phil. Phil Jackson, thing he would empower players. Let them play through situations, not call timeouts. Let them grow together. Fact here's a quote from Vogel About Phil said I always admire that approach leading guys play in not bailing teams out with timeouts, leading them play through things and figure it out themselves, so that's pretty big I mean look frank, Vogel is not Phil Jackson. Jackson. They're not the exact same kind of coach. Offenses are very different, so there are defensive philosophies are different. They're not going to coach things the same way we've seen Vogel. Get fired up on the sidelines. Get technical fouls, look. Phil Jackson got him every now and then to, but Vogel's probably a bit more demonstrative on the sideline. He's not a Phil Jackson. Jackson cloned by any means, but he has taken a lot of the things that Phil used to make things work with a team of superstars and has applied them to this year's Los Angeles. Lakers which is really really cool to see on top of that. Just a cap things off Phil Jackson actually approved of the hiring Frank Vogel. No, he didn't hire him. To The New York Knicks a few years back Jeff. Hornicek got that job, but Phil Jackson was left from there. His meeting Vogel with a very positive impression of so in Vogel, came up for the Lakers job according to Adrian which Ramsey Phil Jackson was one of the people who signed off and said Yeah hire this guy. interesting again that fills still has that kind of influence within the Lakers, but again he is still still has his fingerprints all over the Los. Angeles Lakers and their head coach, Frank Vogel and I think that's that's a good thing. I think that's the betterment of. Of the team because Bogle has had a lot of success this season, and some of that has to be attributed to the things that he learned from Phil. Jackson all right, guys, let me know what you think. What are your thoughts on Phil? Jackson five championships as a laker eleven total certainly one of if not the greatest coaches of all time. Fire off your thoughts. The comments section down below again. Don't forget to subscribe right here. To the Lakers nation youtube channel followed Lakers, nation across social media at Lakers nation on twitter and facebook at Lakers nation official on instagram till next time. STAY SAFE!

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Bubble Trouble: Lakers Fall To Pacers Despite LeBron's Scoring Spree

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45:34 min | Last month

Bubble Trouble: Lakers Fall To Pacers Despite LeBron's Scoring Spree

"Bleeding. Purple and gold from the heart of Los. Angeles. This is the Lakers nation dot Com podcast with your host Trevor Lane. Hello everybody welcome in Trevor Lane here for Lakers nation DOT com. Well, the Lakers just felt one sixteen to one eleven to the Indiana Pacers just two and four in the bubble that means they gotta win their next to in order to match my prediction coming in that they would go four and four in the bubble because they have a ridiculous schedule against some really difficult teams but. I have a feeling a lot of you out. There are GONNA be frustrated with this one specifically with the output from Anthony Davis. We're GONNA talk all about it. We're GONNA dive into it I'm going to be taking your questions your comments. So if you're joining me from Youtube from facebook periscope welcome in we're going to dive into this and if you're listening to the podcast version of This you're finding us on spotify your on Apple podcasts. You're finding this on stitcher wherever it doesn't matter rate review and subscribe to this show and let me throw this out here before we dive into. Thanks to you guys know the Lakers nation youtube channel has been growing. It's been taking off. I'm been putting videos up there pretty much every single day we've been talking about lots of. Different topics, do me a favor and make sure you subscribe to that Lakers Nation Youtube Channel Ten my personal goal to get that thing up to three, hundred thousand followers and we're getting there sitting right around two hundred ninety right now. So help me out make sure you go subscribe to the Lakers Nation Youtube Channel. All right. So let's talk a little bit about what happened here look. All at all I thought in general the Lakers were better than what we've seen recently there was some promising signs here and this one. I would've felt a lot better certainly if they got the win but that didn't happen here. But again, there was some promising signs but there were also some reasons for concern and we'll get into both of those things but one sixteen to one eleven they all Lebron, James from solid thirty one points eight boards seven assists one block can't ask for much more. It felt like Lebron kind of stepped it up in this game like he really got going. was some other people didn't really second leading score on the Lakers now not Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis didn't even get the double digits. It was Quinn Cook Twenty, one points on eight and fourteen shooting for Quinn Cook five of nine from behind the ARC. That's the kind of shooting deleted waiting for but even with Lebron shooting thirteen to twenty four and Quinn Cook shooting eight of fourteen, the Lakers only shot forty two percent from the field and thirty three percent from deep. That means that you pretty much had. Lebron and Quinn. Cook and nobody else nobody else really got going including Davis and that was a big big problem. In this game you can't have that you can't get eight points out of Anthony Davis eight boards forces to steals to blocks four turnovers eight points out of Anthony Davis three of fourteen shooting. I was GonNa, talk about a few other things first before diving into this, I don't like having the negative lead off the show, but it's kind of the big story from this one. So I guess we're going to start with. Anthony Davis has got to figure out the double team. And it's going to be on Fri Bogle, the coaching staff to figure figure it out as well and come up with ways to be successful successful. What happened is this? The NBA is a copycat league. We know it. We've talked about it a ton. The Raptors did it the raptors double-teammed Anthony Davis anytime he cut the ball in the post they double team almost immediately as soon as you put the ball on the floor boom double team Anthony Davis struggled to find outlets and then when he did find the open man, the Lakers weren't hitting shots. So there was no, there was no penalty to the raptors for doubling and so then we started the other teams, do it in the Pacers did it tonight and it worked out very very well for them. So that means from here on out expected teams are not going to just not notice that teams will notice it and everyone will do it from. Here on out, it's going to happen every single game. Anthony Davis should now expect double teams because he struggled to find the open man four turnovers that's not going to cut it, and when he's found that open man, the Lakers have not knocked down shots that's been the big big problem. See. The way it should be is that the Lakers are taking these double teams and saying, thank you because you're giving us an open look and we're going to kill you from behind the three point line because you're giving us that opening because you're sending guys to one player, we're going to quickly skip the ball maybe one two passes boom we've got an open shop. And that's GONNA punish teams and dissuade them from Doubling Anthony Davis, and that's totally fine. That's Davis being effective right? Even if it's not him putting the points up if he is still getting doubled and then making the correct pass and the Lakers are scoring because of it, that's great. You'll take that but that is not what's happening right now and so that that has to be number one on the priority list for Frank Vogel. Is. Making. Sure. One that Anthony Davis has options when he gets doubled that he has guys either slashing to the Basket Jail McGee did a couple of times or popping open for three and the guys know how to counter these and the Anthony Davis understand when win where to do that and I think he does but they're just not executing it right Now. So that is right now the thing I'm most worried about in fact, that's jumped up ahead of the three point shooting as the thing I'm most worried about because if you have Anthony Davis contained if this double teaming continues to contain Anthony Davis, that is a gigantic problem you need at a superstar level in the playoffs and right now this it. That's not not when he's getting double team that's been a big big problem, and so that's something to look at now again, the three-point shooting it was better but a lot of that was Quinn Cook It was pretty much all Quinn Cook hitting threes tonight, Lebron was to from six, which is okay. Casey P two four that's fine. Take that but it was really quick five of nine shooting from from deep that you that you gotta like. Tucker was true for as well but. For. Four four of his fourteen shots were threes and he just could not hit them how to be. He had to be frustrated after that one that was a tough performance for him. Right looking at some of your comments. somebody saying stop the blazers talk already they lost it actually choked they're not gonNA make the playoffs. We haven't even talked about the blazers yet but yes, they did lose to the clippers We'll talk to them at some point though. David sees talk about T. H. T. All right. David Donald Tell me twice t H. Detailing Horton. Tucker. You know what? We've pretty much seen the good and the bad from the we've seen the good side. We've seen what he is good at. We've seen what he can do. But we've also seen exactly what I've been telling you guys. This isn't a victory elaborating thing for me is this. I was right now I would love to see t hd playable in the playoffs but I don't think he is I. Don't think you can put him on the floor in the playoffs and I think this game was a great example of why I don't think he's GonNa play in the playoffs but why he's also tremendously talented and why why he's the guy that I'm super excited about this guy that I'm very excited but he just needs seasoning he's nineteen. That's he's nineteen years old you. We shouldn't expect him to step and be dominant player or anything like that or someone who's ready for a platform. There was a play I believe it was in the in the second half where teach t got completely lost on events. He thought he was cutting to stop the past Malcolm broaden broaden, Zig zagged and next thing you know it was a wide open three and it was all on hd was just him not closing out to the right spot? He has a general sense of what he should do on the defensive end, but he's often off by a step or two or steps in in the wrong direction at the wrong time and. Look NBA players are too good. You can't be leaning the wrong way at all because they will take advantage of if they have a foot of space, they're going to score on you. That's that's just the nature of the beast and so. We've seen get exposed that way but. On the offense about I thought he's done some really good things again, two of four from deep one of Mrs was really bad miss. But still he got he got sixteen minutes out there for seven shooting. I like the way he was attacking things So again. It to put everything in. This was a good performance from. But we also saw why you can't play him in the playoffs because those kinds of mistakes will bury you. You can't you. You can't have that in the playoffs. You can't have those things taking place but again. Be excited about. because. He's GonNa. These are things he's going to pick up on as he gets more experience understanding that he needs more experience looking at the things he can do right now you have to be optimistic about his future you have to be you have to be as you know, the reading the game understanding defensive responsibilities reading the floor a little bit better that stuff that's GonNa come with reps the things that you can't teach his offensive versatility. Already. Really good. At case I'm really excited for. Somebody says test. Test TJ warned for. Drugs TJ. Warren Man. You know what? I somebody check on the Sun's right now because they gave this guy away in fact, I think even paid to get rid of him. They gave up some get rid of if I'm remembering correctly and he's been incredible. He's been amazing in the bubble bubble life is suing him well, Thirty Nine Points Tonight Fifteen, twenty, two shooting just unconscious couldn't could miss. It was amazing. Amazing as somebody asking the Lakers really missed avery Bradley yeah, they do. There's no question and. We're not going to go over this every single show. But yes, very clearly, very obviously the Lakers are missing everybody you can see it on their defensive execution. You can see it in the defensive energy. You look at this team right now and you think man if they hand that really solid energizer piece on the defensive end of the floor that'd be great. Let's Avery Bradley and he's not there. He's not with them hopefully, he'll be back next year though. I've come in here from facebook. This game is a good example of why they're not going to make it far in the playoffs I wouldn't go that far. I wouldn't because again and I've been harping on this lately. Are the Lakers this bad of a shooting team. No I don't think so I think if you look at the big sample size of the season. Are they really this back to where they are what were the worst? Team they are in fact, they offensive rating was dead last in the bubble. Do we think they're that bad on the offensive. No they were last I looked before the game they were third in terms of defensive rating, and that's with them getting beat up and losing a lot of these games. There are still third in defensive rating. Is that real? Yes we were really good team defensively during the regular season. So I would expect the offense to come up with a little bit and if the defense as higher, even if it slips a couple of spots, if the offense gets back to anywhere close to where they were there just fine. and. Again, we've got one a sixty game samples is of seeing them perform on the offensive end now, every game that goes by. It gets a little bit more concerning and that's natural. There's nothing wrong with that. You can get a little more concerned with each game that goes by but again, what do we believe? Do you buy the Lakers as the worst offensive team in Orlando. Because that's where they're rated right now. Do you buy that I. Don't I don't think they are the worst offensive team. I don't think they're gonNA continue to shoot this poorly from three because I think they are better than what we've seen. That's why I don't think. Oh, they're clearly a second round exit or anything. Are there issues? Absolutely? Absolutely there's issues and there are reasons to be concerned. But this is also a very good and very talented team and so I'm GonNa stay optimistic and believe that they are gonna turn things around and they are going to figure things out. I I liked that we saw Lebron today. I felt like Lebron took a step towards ramping things up in this game Lebron was aggressive. He was attacking he was hitting shots that fadeaway three at the end that was ridiculous. that. We saw a closer to Lebron Lebron right closer to his own lofty heights in this one in these previous games, he's been coasting a little bit. There's been a few plays where he just doesn't look like he has that much burst and everything but that's because he's probably going eighty percent. Now we're seeing him start to pick it up a little bit and so that's encouraging seeing Lebron. Lebron. Thanks but you gotta get Anthony Davis back there. Hey, great point that wasn't in my show notes that I should have had and I'm sorry I just missed the name but they said Dwight was great today I thought join our did a really nice job as well, and thank you for reminding me of that Dwight Howard, three for five from the field four or five from the line. Go figure four, five from the line. In fact that makes Dwight Howard was tied on wait no anthony. Davis was true for to We also had jails one for one, but still eighty percent from the line you'll take that from Dwight Howard twelve boards twelve big rebounds one block, ten points I felt like Dwight had looked a little bit less explosive than what we saw during the most of the season and this game suggest maybe he's playing his way back into shape I like that he got twenty minutes out there three of five shooting. You'll take it. This was this was regular season Dwight Howard. What we saw. He did miss an easy don't on LOB. There were few little things here and there he certainly wasn't very graceful on the offensive end but overall I liked what we saw from Dwight Howard. So credit to him McGee only got thirteen minutes but between the two of them joint mccower put up a pretty good performance on the night I mean, what do you have your? You have they were five for. Shooting from the field they were five or six from the line doing math on the Flyer guides sixteen boards, one block and fifteen fifteenpoints. You'll take that from your starting center position. Absolutely take that. Now I think you could argue that thirty three minutes of traditional center on the floor is too much and the Lakers should have gone to Anthony Davis at the five a bit more I think that's definitely a fair argument but I also think Frank Vogel was trying to force minutes onto some of these guys to build that chemistry. I talked about this new video yesterday. I said that at some point Frank Vogel things stay as they are he's going to have to do something drastic. He's going to have to maybe change the starting lineup in order to get the chemistry clicking in order to open up the floor and create more shooting opportunities that. Bright now Vogel because these Games don't matter for the Lakers they're the one seed no matter what right now Vogel can tinker with things and he can try to figure it out. But at some point, if the playoffs hit and they're still having these offensive problems, he's he's going to be forced to try something different because you can't just. Credit to him for sticking with it, but you can't stick with it if it just continues to not work, and then you go into the playoffs because it's do or die in the playoffs. But again, Vogel has been rewarded for sticking with guys drought. The season think ACP at the very beginning when he was air balling lab that literally was the thing that was happening he airball layups and Vogel stuck with them and said, no, this guy he's we're going to believe in him. He's a better shooter than this Etcetera Etcetera Etcetera and it paid off Casey peas turned in the best season of his career. So I would expect Vogel to stick with this group for as long as he can. But. he made some changes tonight in this one and that was that we had there was no waiters. No Jerry Smith no murky if Morris or those guys have in common. Thing. Thank they're all the new guys that's all the new Lakers he held them out now. Yeah. Danny Green was also out but Danny Green was out with a bruised hip people say we want we want Chris there's the missing Chris Masters me too man me too. I Miss Having Chris here, but he will be back. Don't worry. Don't worry. He's doing family stuff right now. So he will be he will be back. And and Gary while he was just talking to Gary he was really bombed that he couldn't be here to talk about this one because he had a ton of things to say but. The Lakers held out frank. Vogel held out the new guys because he's trying to develop that chemistry and I understand what the goal was here I think the Lakers probably win this game. If Dion waiters can get some minutes in there because I think he would give them a little bit more of a scoring punch although cook did a nice job but for Mobile, it's not so much about winning this game. It's about getting the chemistry clicking from here on out and the way to do that was well, let's put in the guys who have been here. Let's put in the guys who know the system was put in the guys who have been here from day one. And we've seen it. We've seen Jr. Smith we've seen dion waiters a number of times. They've made the wrong rotation. They made the wrong read defensively and that's On the offensive end, you can get away with it on the offensive end. If Dion waiters doesn't cut to the exact bright spot, you can get away with it because he can still break man down one on one and score that can still happen even if he doesn't execute the play perfectly. and. That's pretty much what we've seen on the defensive end though all five guys have to be on the same page if they're not opposing teams are going to get opportunities, they're going capitalize on it. Especially, the really good teams which are the teams that are in the bubble and so having waiters out there having Jr Smith out there that can be a little bit of a weakness on the defensive end. And any weak link in the chain can cause the whole thing crumble. and. So I think that's what Vogel was going for here. Let's get everybody clicking on the same page, and then we can try to ease the new guys because look dion waiters has been too good to not. He's going to play but I understand what Vogel was going for in one and again, Danny Green would have played if he was healthy. Rubber Gonzales Saint Ever do you think Dwight Sha post up more in the playoffs to help Lebron eighty to take some pressure to kick out to shooters or guys who can cut like CPA So, Robert, that's that's not a bad idea on the surface as far as playing inside our basketball, throw the ball into Dwight let him post up and then hopefully they will that will collapse the defense and he can kick out to open shooters however, if I was coaching against that. I would say, let them stop I wouldn't collapse my defense I would make sure all my guys knew that we're going to let Dwight go one on one. Because historically over the course of his career that has not been efficient. As far as offensive option, dwight has not been good back to the basket one on one guy. He can occasionally score from there. There's times when he can beat you but he's not he came on down there. Right? He is not the guy that's GonNa put on a bunch of moves that have this soft touch that's not him more often than not the defense is winning that proposition if the. Is a Dwight Howard post up. Now I get the idea and every once in a while, you can certainly do that just to mix things up. But in general if you're using that as a consistent strategy, a smart coach will look at that and say, cool, keep giving dwight the ball. We'll take that because we know he's not going to score enough points per possession for it's a matter of we're going to score more on the other end. This is an advantage to us when dwight is posting up like that. So every once in a while it makes things up. Sure. You can get that in whereas a kind of a if you've got a mouse in the house, you've got somebody that's. Much smaller on Dwight shirt. Maybe you can try something if you're not completely throw your offense out of whack to work the ball inside but in general I don't think that's something you WanNa. Do consistently and to do to Dwight's credit this used to be his thing was if he was going to play defense if he was going to defend the rim, he needs touches in the post he wants his offensive opportunities to score. and. That's the way it used to be. That's the way it was his first date with the Lakers and that's gone away that season. That's been one of the things that have been really pleased with which White House. Let's see. We've got to come in from facebook from Limb said Hey Trevor. Oh shoot. Sorry guys. The these comments go by really fast and it reload on me all the time. So I missed that one limb. Sorry you had. You had a good comment there but I missed I didn't get to see it I found that again, this is disgusting but our Lakers. fight for pride this game on this game and insert T H T and waiters for the game hoping to sweep the remaining two games defense is the key. Yeah. Defense is is indeed important but defense is actually where they've done. Okay and I know we look at it we go. Oh Man, they're given up all these open threes and they have and that's been a problem. What are the Lakers issues? All season has been that they over help into the paint off of penetration off of players getting into the paint on the offensive end, rather than just trust that Dwight or jail or a d is going to affect the shot enough to make it a low percentage. Look the Lakers have extra guys crashing into the paint whether it's a Danny Green whether it's a T. H. T. whoever is out there? was dropping into the paint a lot and what that does is that opens up shooters on the perimeter I. We're at a point right now where we've seen the Lakers get killed by three point shooter. So much I'd rather see them stay at home on the shooters and then let the long arms of Anthony Davis Javale, McGee and Dwight Howard deal with whoever's attack the basket. So that's been an issue, but otherwise defensively, I think they've been. Okay like it's hurt not having a Bradley I. Think Really. What I'm looking for these next two games and they've got the nuggets the Kings I'm looking for the offensive execution. Can they get that back on track I? Think that's going to be the key for them and it all starts with just being able to knock down shots they've got to be able to knock down shots. You can't be the worst three point shooting team in the bubble when a championship. You just can't and they were better. But thirty three percent is still below league average they need up forty, two percent explosion were they hid evidence? That's gotTa happen forty, two percent from the field isn't going to work and they were I believe I'm GonNa say they were either number one in the league or in the top three anyway in terms of field-goal percentage in the NBA. In the entirely, and now they can barely get above forty percent from the field. So that's what I'm looking for I? Think that's the biggest thing that needs to needs to improve. John Brown says Trevor Why can't we shoot? It seems that every team shoots well, what are we doing wrong and he threw a ton of Question marks and he typed it in all caps. So we know how serious he is. Look I. Wish I knew I wish there was some magic elixir that we could just say here. Have this and you're you're good and now you're gonNA start hitting your shots. The shots have been following. They haven't been in some of that is this double teaming, of Anthony, Davis in the post and frankly teams have done a really nice job scrambling to shooters and the Lakers have been doing a good job of getting the ball first of all to the right man and then making the correct follow passes in order to generate the open shot and there's been times where they've created the open shot. And then not shot it because they overcast. So the offense of execution in general hasn't been good. If they execute better on the offensive end, you're going to see more open looks which is going to result in a higher field goal percentage, but part of it still is just shotmaking. Let me see here. Let's let's talk a little quaint Cook. Let's Talk Wink ucare because that's one of my talking points that I've got on my list right now. Quinn Cook I've told everybody. Quinn Cook was the guy that I was. Mike Somma said Trevor, can you play on our team right now we need something. Okay I don't talk about this a lot but I'm five eight guys like I'm not tall. All those you who at the? Party you guys. Saw Me. Here's no. I am not all there and I'm also not very fast. So that combination is not great for NBA basketball also kind of old. So yeah, that's I will not help them in any of those areas. But Anyway Quinn. Cook. Less summer when Quinn Cook signed I was the guy that was irrationally excited about Quinn Cook. And I thought I thought okay. This guy is legit. He's GonNa Steal Minutes Rondo. They're going to. He's going to be so good shooting and he's going to take advantage of all these opportunities that are created by plane with Lebron and playing with a D.. That Quinn Cooks GonNa get minutes. He can also get the ball in workout on the pick and roll you have dwight setting the screen of setting screen. Quinn Kooks Goto shot is that low pull up fifteen footer and he's money he scores at high point per possession from there I thought this guy. This guy is going to be good. Maybe, he's not a great basketball player because his defense isn't good. But I this guy, he can do some stuff. He can do things that will fit with this team. And then we didn't see it. Tonight, we saw what I was expecting out. Of Cook I expected now maybe not five of nine shooting from three on a nightly. Bailey. You can't expect that McQueen could be what the greatest three point shooter in history if he was five of nine from deep. Every single night, that's you can't expect that. But the way he played tonight being a threat to hit from downtown at all times stepping up and hitting the little mid-range. Jumpers. As well. He had a one as I recall cutting off the baseline the Lakers actually ran plays tonight to free up Quinn Cook from behind the ARC. See that they ran plays for Quinn Cook because he shooting that well. I think he proved that he can be something out there for the Lakers I. Think he started the bubble strong. He had some rough games in the middle when he was kind of acting as the point guard and trying to run the show, and then this game, he reminders just how deadly he can be as a shooter. The question is, can he do this consistently and Ken his offense of shooting in the spacing it creates make up for the defensive deficiencies because there's no question he's a bad defender. Don't get me wrong right and EP in terms of advanced metrics. Casey P. has not been a good defender but Quinn Cook. On the offense of vendor the season he wasn't making up for the defense in this game he did. And, then some. Twenty one points. So that's making up for the for his poor defense and more but I thought that he was good overall and maybe this is something where the Lakers can turn them to at least come in and put in some some shots. Lynn. Lot said our defense needs work. Yeah. Look I agree that it needs work but I think the defense is farther along than the offenses. That might my all the offense is the bigger concern. The defense has had some issues but I think they picked it up quite a bit in the second half enough to where it made me think okay. When these guys really want to go like. They can still be good defensively. That's what I believe. The Lakers are wasting KUZMA's talent They didn't run any place for MPM. Isn't that Koojmans thing? Like isn't that cow Kouzmin and nutshell is that guy that can get out there and get you buckets without having run plays for him think like like Shawn Marion years from years ago not that they're the same player but that's kind of the appeal of cow Kouzmin is things break down and you can hit coups cut to the basket. He can score or he'll pop out from three. Now they had been running a lot of Kyle Kuzma as the ball handler picket and roll. In order to try to get him going. I didn't see much of that. Tonight if any, it's possible that I miss them but I didn't see them run that. So maybe that's what you're talking about. But in general I don't think they should run a lot of place for Kakuta I don't think you need to I. Think a lot cow cruise game would he's playing well, it just comes within the flow of the game just going out there and playing basketball on the night. Goes was pretty quiet obviously three or four shooting that's not going to get it done. Three steals eleven, points, five boards, but. We're at a point now where cow coups has played a number of good games in a row that this one poor shooting night three for fourteen I can't count against him too much. It's not like he had one good game and then three bad ones, which is what we were seeing during the regular season. We're seeing a very good Kyle Kuzma so far I thought he did a nice job popping open in the paint a few times missed a little jump book. Most of his looks were just he just missed the shot. He did everything else right. He just happened to miss the shot. So I'm not gonNA I in somebody's saying carols are bonuses don't blame COSMO. Not. I WOULD NOT BLAME WHO's in this scenario he had an off shooting night the way he's played so far the bubble has been great. It's been a pleasant surprise and I would expect a better performance out of him terms of shooting next time around pain. That's that'll. BE AGAINST DENVER. Kevin Arthur's Quinn colds the ball too long and a stagnant than he has no moves to the basket to finish. She's really a spot of shooter. Kevin I think that's a very observation. When he is the ball handler, he is things do get a bit bit stagnant and then because he's not great at creating his own shot if shot Clark starts winding down, he's small enough door via tax the basket he's GonNa get blocked. So. Yeah it. It doesn't work that. Well, I do like him a little bit better off the ball, which is a great point that you're making their have him off the ball with Lebron, James out there is the ball handler can really take advantage of the fact that this dude is legitimately a forty plus percent three point shooter. That's how he's going to make a difference on this team not necessarily running the offense. He can run the offense in a pinch. He can pass a little bit. But if you are relying on him to be your ball handler, you're probably going to have problems. You know what I mean like a you can get away with it here and there but if he is your secondary playmaker That's not that's not a good spot for you to be in. Right, you've got an issue on your team if that's the role that you're expecting out of them. All right so From, facebook what's the news on Rondo? So is getting ready to reenter the bubble. He's still going to have to be quarantining. We're still thinking that maybe second round of the playoffs that's when we'd be looking at Rondo returning. So it's not like it's happening next week or anything like that. Still be a little bit. Core Gopalan Caruso struggles as a playmaker. Yeah. Agreed Korean and Look Caruso has actually talked about this. He's talked about how he prefers and you can see it after he said it you went. Yeah. Okay. This this is what he said. He said he prefers to not be the best player on the floor. He likes it much better when he can just play his role and do was thing and that means defending that means making smart cuts when he doesn't have to run things and he doesn't have that burden on him he plays a little bit more freely and he can focus on doing the things he does well, and that's playing good team defense making smart cuts to the basket doing the little things that allows him to do that. But when he has to run the offense, it feels. Like, he has to do a little bit too much. So that's what we see out of Alex Caruso tonight to of eight shooting his shooting has not been great. That's been a big big problem shoot. He's not been good but five assists three steals two turnovers five five points aside from the shooting I thought he was okay out there. But again, the Lakers really need somebody to start knocking down shots and I think Alex Crusoe Light Quinn Cook though is best served being off the ball. Which is an issue right? I mean because Lebron can't bring the ball up every single time. You need someone else who can do it maybe it is maybe you have to put the ball in his hands they even had Taylor and Tucker, bring the ball up at this point. This is where you go back and you think. Cash, if Darren Collison joined the Lakers, how different does this look right now? Because that's one of the things that they're lacking is that other Balkan Caruso is better when he doesn't have to initiate the offense. Quinn Cook is better when he doesn't have to initiate the offense. Rondo CAIN. The offense. But if he does it, you're facing shot because nobody guards in mind the three point although right now they're spacing his ingrate anyway because teams are leading them shoe. So that's it's going be a challenge but that again, when the playoffs start Lebron's probably playing forty minutes night and maybe it's not as big of an issue as we think. Right, Lou, what do you think about the chemistry issues off the Court Lebron was hinting at? So Chris mentioned this to me the other. About Chemistry issues and I've yet to be able to find the quote I've been digging and I can't find the quote where Lebron was hinting at chemistry issues but it does appear like the chemistry has been a little bit off. It doesn't look like they've been having quite as much fun. I'm seeing more people like the body language hasn't been as good landscape. Quinn coke was driving me crazy because every time you missed a shot, he was hanging his head Anthony Davis look frustrated in this one. But for everything I've heard from all the players they still really enjoy. Each other enjoy being on this team and all that. So I have to think that's GONNA. Turn around. At some point. A few more a few more comments here Carol, mentions the chemistry doesn't look good. There was one play there was one play and I don't even remember I think it might have gone out to Taylor Horton Tucker. It was a series of quick passes in the paint on the fast break got shot out to a three point shooter who knocked it down jared. Dudley was involved with a quick pass out. And that was. The, I don't know the skies parted and for a moment, the Lakers looked like the Lakers right? Like everybody was on the same page and it was such a stark contrast everything else we had seen. You just need that chemistry to come back. You need it sooner rather than later. On me for a Youtube Celebrity think will play Queen Cook more often. Now they got twenty one points this game. Well, I think Vogel. Like code didn't play himself out of any minutes in this one. He didn't I. He was tremendous shooting was great. So I think that he played his way intimates, but I don't know if that's going to be consistent minutes, we'll have to wait and see it's going to depend on matchups depends on like to the Lakers really need somebody to get to the basket if they do. Then you probably looking at dion waiters Is there a defensive issue out there like I can cook gets burned so badly by whoever he has to guard that it's not worth it that's those are things. Vogel is going to have to we'll have to wave but for the Or consider anyway way I should have said but Vogel in general is going to have to decide can I get Quinn cookout there candy help us I think that today he showed that he can help at least as a shooter but how often can shoot like this? Craig Stephen Talk about how bad was Craig? Where were you at the beginning of the show man? We talked all about this we brought out. he was not good. He was not good. At all you can't get eight points out of Anthony Anthony Davis and expect to win you can't. But the biggest concern is how he handles double teams and I'm Frank Vogel Right. Now, I am sitting down with Anthony Davis and we are going over all the film of all the double team plays and we are pointing out what he needed to do in each situation because again. Looked Lakers, playing Denver they will double Anthony Davis the Lakers play the kings after that they will double anthony. Davis whoever the Lakers play from here on out there doubling Anthony Davis. Because it worked for the raptors just worked for the Pacers you held hundred eight points when he put up forty something Earlier this earlier the bubble play when he was single covered and the Lakers weren't making the Pacers pay for doubling him. So if you can double him and get away with it, teams will do it every single night. So they have to figure it out real quick. That's figured quick row from facebook says lately, a lot of fans have been talking trash Rondo believe me we need Ronald Room point this time Caruso and cook are only good off the ball i. think that's the biggest argument for Rondo right that's the biggest argument for Rondo is that he you need him to initiate the offense you need him to be the ball handler out there. The problem is that he's such poor shooter that teams just sit back in the paint. But that's where Rondo can help you at least on the organization side of things and you guys know not the big Rondo guy or anything like people bright blown out of proportion and think I hate Rondo and all that and I don't hate him but. That's the one area I think he helps, and if playoff Rondo is the thing that's a whole other story. So I'M GONNA. Keep my fingers crossed and hope the playoff Rondo is still a thing when he gets healthy. But for right now yet like you can see instances where they could use them. I just hope they don't overuse him because I think the floorspace going to be important. Daniel Middleton says, y'all don't remember Raimondo. That that tends to happen right if a player's been out for a little while and you haven't seen them for a little bit then suddenly we remember all the good things that they do and we just totally ignore the bad things and the negative side of things That's just that's the way it goes and when guy comes back were all excited and everything, but that's human nature. continues God be from Periscope said Mella would be nice. Yeah. That's the irony. Right? Carello Anthony might have helped them as another score but overall I still like the Mark Morris addition I think that he can fill the role defensively a little bit better than Melo. I didn't think even credits mellow. I didn't think he had this much left in him. I thought that the defensive issues we're going to be such a problem with him that it didn't make a lot of sense. He wouldn't have been a great fit for the Lakers but looking now hindsight being twenty twenty I take. I take him and again, I'm full full disclosure here guys I was not on board the mellow train and hey, I was I was wrong clearly, he's been great credit to him. Rockstar Ray said Ken. Okay. See played the Lakers in the second round. Yeah. Let me double check all the standings right now let's talk about that real quick before we call it a night. Standings. Wise. The nuggets right now sitting in the three seed, but they're only other two games up on the Houston Rockets who are in the foresee. That was the team I was hoping to avoid. The second round of the playoffs as of right now, I think the most likely scenario because so the grizzlies are a game and a half up on the blazers the blazers lost today so that helped but I think if they get into a play in series the grizzlies and the Blazers, the blazers are going to take that eighteen i. think that's what's going to happen. I would rather see the spurs who are two. Games back in the Grizzlies, leapfrog the blazers but we'll see if that happens it feels like the Pelicans even though they're what two and a half games back if feels like the Pelicans are pretty much out of it at this point, the sons have been playing well, they would have to win a few more. I shouldn't say the PELICANS are out of it because they're not totally I guess they could still jump up. But right now, it feels like the most likely scenario is Lakers versus blazers around one which I hate. Not to say, they can't beat the the players are good. The Blazers are better than a typical eight seed when they're healthy. That's why I don't WanNa see that happen. the second round is going to be either the rockets or the thunder based on the way things are looking right now but Utah is in the sixth seed and they are tied now with thunder in theory, they could jump up into that four or five matchup, and if that happened then okay, see would drop back right now the only way the Lakers thunder in the second round is of okay. See Houston if things stay as which I would not pick them to do that I would say thirty percent chance. To Houston and maybe even high. So, I wouldn't anticipate that I would say the most likely scenario as of this moment, which pains me to say it is blazers. Rockets, clippers. Bucks. Maybe, the Raptors get through who knows they've been playing great but but yeah, that's that's what I think. We're GONNA see. which is brutal absolutely brutal. That is everything that could go wrong in those matchups went wrong for the Lakers. Just terrible. The best scenario would have been the four five being Utah and okay see because I feel pretty comfortable as far as them running pretty standard offenses. Traditional lineups. BEST SCENARIO WOULD HAVE BEEN MEMPHIS in round one okay. See or Utah in round two, and then you probably see the clippers in the western conference finals of the box instead I think you're going to have to run through. I think legit you're talking about probably the top three teams in the western conference right now. Right, you're probably a non Lakers teams. Aside from the Lakers I you're playing the top three things three teams if you go. Portland Houston. And the clippers. I've got the Denver Nuggets on the outside looking in just a little bit I feel like the the nuggets kind of have the Lakers number arms are flip that the Lakers have the nuggets number. But yes, that's that's what they're staring at. So bottom line this people talk about an asterisk people talk about you know, are we still going to count the NBA Trophy or the the finals? Are we still gonNA. Count. The Championship. Championship, are we gonna put an Asterisk by say well, it's a bubble environmental that it's different. If the Lakers get through that if the Lakers get through that murderers row of teams. That there you can't take anything away from them if they can survive that and it's going to be really tough to do even think back like the Shack Koby Lakers right and when they had to go through Sacramento and San Antonio and all those teams in the blazers, right they had to go through Portland, and Sacramento and San Antonio what was that when they went sixteen and one are fifteen, one I guess and the because back then it was still five games in the first round. In the playoffs, but then you wind up with. Who is the seventy sixers and the finals that year team? That's good. But the eastern conference was so weak or they go through and then they get the New Jersey Nets in the finals. That's not what's going to happen here. It's not like hey, all they got to do is make out of the West. No, you make it out of the West and you've got a good. Bucks team waiting for you or a good raptors team, right? Waiting for you there. This is going to be a very difficult playoff run for the Lakers don't no question but again. If they do it oh man man that would be a a an amazing feat if they can pull it off. All right guys we're going to do one more. We're going to do one more. All right Jordan and company from Youtube says, what do you think about? Dion waiters. In playing this one. I like Dan waiters I like what he's provided. He's been better than I thought he would have been. We've seen the issues. We've seen the problems on the defensive end where he's not quite used to the scheme. We've seen him take some bad shots. We've seen him turn the ball over things like that but. All season. Long. We've been saying the Lakers needs somebody who can put the ball on the floor. And attack the basket off the off the bench and somebody that can create their own shots. You need those two things off the bench. It was very painful painfully clear that they were lacking those skills and dion waiters can do that It's a big part of the reason why I was saying the Lakers need to try to make a trade for Derrick rose that he would have been such a great fit. It wasn't so much that. Hey, they need dirk. Rove's. His skillset and that's getting to the basket and then being able to create his own shot and it helps that he's a ball handler to it. Don't get me wrong. I would rather have re rose than waiters but waiters provides some of what you would you were hoping to get out of I like we've seen Outta waiters quite a bit. somebody said gun to your head what do you think the Lakers do in the playoffs? I think they're going to be okay. I think this is going to be a good team. I. Think it's GonNa come down to some make or miss scenarios. They make a few shots here or there I think that's ultimately going to decide What they do if they went championship or if they fall short. I will say that the playoff run more difficult now than it did a couple of weeks ago. So that's going to be a challenge, but I think that this team can battle throughout their chemistry has been good. All season things have felt good as a team all season, and so I'm I'm still I'm going to stay optimistic mistake optimistic and say that this is definitely a team that can win a championship. Now, again. If it stays as they have the hardest playoff schedule of any of the contenders. They do there's no. There's no debating it out to go through those teams that they have you know. If. They win it. There's no denying that they are the best team if they win this going through that playoff schedule. All right guys. Let's wrap things up there. Appreciate all of you joining me tonight coming in from Youtube coming in from periscope coming in from facebook. Awesome questions. I know guys frustrating watching the Lakers lose these games and everything but again, I did see some positive signs in this one. They gotta get that chemistry back on track and I'm curious to see what Frank Vogel does. I would expect I was thinking this game. We were going to see a very playoff ask rotation I think next game he pretty much has to We got to see the actual playoff rotation and then we'll see it again I think against the kings and then that's it. Playoffs are starting. Keep an eye on the blazers keep your fingers crossed and hope that the blazers dropped a few more games because I'd rather see the spurs I'd rather see the Pelicans rather see the grizzlies. The instead of the Blazers. So let's let's keep rooting against the blazers and hope we can maybe get the Lakers a little bit easier first-round series as they're trying to get their chemistry back in order because their chemistry off a little bit against the blazers that could be trouble. All right guys. Thanks again stay safe out there. Don't forget follow Lakers nation across social media at Lakers nation on twitter and facebook Lakers nation official on Instagram WanNa follow me. You can find me at Trevor Underscore Lane on twitter at Trevor Lane NBA on Instagram. See guys. We'll be back when the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets up next.

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Lakers Blown Up In By Rockets In Game 1

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54:02 min | 3 weeks ago

Lakers Blown Up In By Rockets In Game 1

"Bleeding purple and gold from the Heart of Los Angeles is the lakersnation.com podcast with your host Trevor Lane. Hello Lakers Nation. Welcome in Chevrolet in here for lakersnation.com your home for everything Lakers a tough one. Unfortunately your Los Angeles Lakers just lost song opening game of the second round of the Houston Rockets. It was not pretty we've got a ton of things to break down. We're going to talk all about it right here. We'll talk about what worked for the Lakers which might be a fairly short conversation with them talk about what didn't work. We're going to talk about how everything looked we're going to be taking your questions in your comments. So if you're coming in from YouTube from Facebook from Periscope welcome and we're going to be taking all of your questions your comments you're getting as well. Usually this show when when the Lakers lose it turns into like a big group therapy session. 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All right there. Yeah. I know all of Lakers nation is going to Echo this but man that was painful painful painful to watch. I mean from every aspect I mean the defense the Lakers played the authenticity played just the effort and Body Language doing late into the fourth. And you know, I'm just trying to stay positive actions of the fact that you know, a lot of times especially with LeBron. The game ones are feeling out games. So let's just hope that the Lakers bounce back strong and dominating game too. Cuz after something you kind of do this way this game was going to go the Rockets. I mean nothing was going right. It was just ugly. This was one of the Most difficult games to watch all season. I don't know if it was the most difficult but it sure is up there and it's feeling like the most difficult to me right now. I don't know. I'm curious to you. Can't wait to hear what you think Trump. Yeah. I'm in the moment right now. It definitely hurts and it's frustrating I go back to during the season getting blown out in Boston. I think that one might have been a little well. This is the playoffs. They're they're both very cool man. These are this is a tough loss. No question. And what's it's not like if it had been closed and it looked like the Lakers had stumbled upon some things and they had some figured some things out with Iraq then okay, I think I would be a little bit more accepting and say, okay. Well, you know, hey just shoot a little bit better and you're going to beat this team. That's what we were saying after game one with Portland. But no in this game we knew exactly what the Rockets going to do and they did it and we knew exactly what the Lakers needed to do and they didn't do those things. And of course we'll go into detail about what those things were but there weren't very many surprises and I felt like a lot of the dog Problems. The Lakers had were self-inflicted and unfortunately, I gotta say, you know, he's done a good job all season but a good chunk of this this lost should go to Frank Vogel rotations were in absolute mess that I've got a lot of people in our comments that are kind of echoing that a lot of people that are that are not happy as you can imagine. But but this was a problem. I will say this though the sky is not falling the end isn't here. This doesn't mean they are done. I believe Frank Vogel overall is a smart coach then he makes a bad decision tonight. Yes, there were some players who made some bad decisions to some players who played poorly. I think the Lakers are going to go back they're going to adjust and they're going to try to fix the things that didn't go. Well, I hope anyway if they don't and they come back game and they do the same thing over again, then we're going to have reason to be really upset but the playoffs are all about adjustments. So I'm curious to see what the Lakers do in game two. But before I get too far ahead of myself, I know we need time to vent. So let's foam So on this game for right now and we'll get through. This Chris was there. Was there any moment where during this game where you just thought? Okay. That's it. We're down the Rockets are just a better team or what was your thought process during it, you know, it was somewhere in the 4th. I pretty much kind of I think it was maybe with five minutes left in the fourth that I've kind of resigned to the fact that we were losing this game. And honestly, I mean it was not having to watch man. I'm I'm literally feel ill to my stomach and lost any sense of appetite just watching it was just I don't know man the effort, you know, the offense, you know, the language is just were not really getting anything offensively and you know, like how many open Corner threes did PJ Tucker end up at least, you know what I mean? It was just it was just really ugly to watch you you would you know, I know a d is not shocked but you would kind of hope that you could kind of maybe assert himself and get the offense that he wants rather than being being held out at the job. go line and a little, you know kind of out away from the basket, so Man, and you know the bronze face said a lot to an exhaust, you know what I mean? Yeah, you was upset and it was just this was not a great performance, but I'm kind of I'm clinging to the hopes. I kind of what you're saying that they can kind of go to the drawing board again game one as a feel out game go to the drawing board and then execute their plan in game two and really kind of a song themselves. And now the rotations were crazy man. You didn't really know, you know, we were going big some of the time we were going little some of the time we weren't necessarily committing to anything necessarily and I don't know there's just so much to kind of pick apart on this game really. It's like I don't even know where you start on this one. Yeah, you know, it really felt like like Frank Vogel at one point in the game just started throwing things at the wall just to see what would stay. Hey, let's try this line up and see if it works because they could I don't know where yeah. Hey finally, we've been begging for that for for games and games. Right the entire playoffs have been begging from where where is Dion Waiters? And then he'd suddenly appears towards wage. Of of this game after they're into garbage time and then you know, we're going to talk all about this weekend of the stats. But the decision to make Rhonda one of your first guys off the bench yikes. Like I've been asking the question I've even gotten myself a little bit optimistic and you know, I'm not around no fan. But but about the idea of maybe a playoff Rondo like could he still exist tonight? That after was no like a very often or very emphatic know but what were they doing making him the first sub Off the Bench and taking the minutes of Alex Caruso the guy who just helped you win the last series with his defense on Damian Lillard. You don't think it might be a good idea to maybe continue going to the guy who was one of the most efficient players and was rated as the most efficient efficient defender in the NBA instead you go to a guy who has changed since March decisions like that are are maddening. And and again, I still believe Frank Vogel is a good coach, but this I think might have been his worst game of the season as a coach and it came at a birth. What time? Yeah, I was kind of surprising that Rhonda was the first guy up after all that time up. I mean, you can't expect Rondo to be playoff Rondo go to give them as much responsibility as he gave him tonight was kind of perplexing was off and that's not even fair to Rondo right to to ask that of him. You haven't played since March we're going to throw you into the fire within a few minutes into a second-round playoff series against a real good team when you haven't played in this long, I was blown away. I was shocked when Rondo stepped onto the floor. I went. Oh my gosh. What are they? Why would you do that? Why would you first of all why would you make that decision to move it over Caruso? And then why would you do that to Rondo? Even if you believe that he's a guy who can come in and help you out. You don't just throw them into the deep end like that when the guy hasn't played since March thought it was just maddening. But anyway, let's get let's get into our first segment of the night. Let's get into our stats. Here we go. All right, so it's not going to be pretty but let's break down some of the the stat line and I'll tell you what I'm going to get into like the points in the paint and all that kind of stuff. But first of all for the Houston Rockets, they had three guys took the basketball for them. And that was Russell Westbrook Eric Gordon and and James Hart. I've got a little running gag going on the YouTube channel where whenever I say James Harden's name. I have a whistle sound effect that I play and I am loaded it loaded in here. So it kind of goes kind of goes something like this. Let me see if I can get it. All right. So if I say if I say James Harden then a whistle plays and and basically lets everybody know that that we can't even say his name anymore because you know, it's not even like just looking at him is a foul. It's if you even mention his name you get called for a foul. We saw some of that tonight James Harden with a few months Phantom files went to the free throw line 12 times 11 of those came in the first half though. He had 36 points five boards 23 for Eric Gordon on seven to fourteen shooting six of six from the line 3 of eight from Deep they had a Efficient third scorer step up. The Lakers did not have that tonight Russell Westbrook 10 for 24 shooting. Okay, we'll take that one of five from 3, totally take that three of six from the free throw line in a problem. But he also put up nine board six assists 24 points and he was a plus-15 almost led the team in plus-minus Westbrook despite the poor shooting which is what the Lakers wanted was able to get done Anthony Davis 10416 shooting 14 boards, three steals three blocks 25 points LeBron 20 points eight board 7 assists two blocks. Only one other Laker double figures. That was Danny Green on for for 12 shooting that's not going to get it done two threes and you had 10 points everybody else on the team was in single digits up waiting held up. I did miss out on Alex Caruso did have 14 points in just 16 minutes. What do you know you play Alex Caruso and it's a good things going to happen only 16 minutes for Alex Caruso, but he did have five fouls. So I guess you can log Check on that and say that he you know couldn't play as many minutes as you would have wanted for assist for him seven assists for LeBron, but only 18 assists on the night for the Lakers 15 turnovers. And here's the problem with the rebounding battle 41 to 41010 offensive rebounds for the Lakers for for the Houston Rockets and to make it even even worse the points in the paint were won by the Rockets Houston Rockets win the points of the paint 4240. So Chris, I just rattle off a bunch of stats there. What stood out to you? Oh my gosh. Well the rebounding obviously, I'm not sure all the Lakers they should get the same thing the rebounding you gotta you know tip your hat to Houston. They were really making a joint effort. It looked like a rebound like everybody was putting putting themselves on a body and they were boxing out but man there's really no excuse man for the Lakers if if there's one battle that they should absolutely win, especially when you're offering like not just Anthony Davis, but you're still going with Dwight and JaVale like we should be killing them on the boards. And so that part and then even though the points in the paint again surprising got a team of three point shooters. We have the best interior. I mean, this was I text you during the game. This is just a weird game. This is one of the weirdest games I've ever watched again. It's long as we just kind of perplexed here. But like, you know for the rebounds to be equal for the Houston to be leading and paid points. Like I still don't even know what I saw tonight. This is this is just really perplexing it is and I know I've used that word a few times but it just I don't know what else to say about it. Okay, so on the night and let me just hit you with this. So join make our way the way I made a graphic for joining coward. I'm glad I did not upload it yet because they don't deserve a graphic tonight Joe. I'm a coward on the night. You had 243 shooting between the two of them seven rebounds one block and Five Points. That's not going to get it done. When you're going up against a team where the tallest starter is six foot seven. You can't do that. You can't turn in a performance like that. The Lakers needed them to be dominant. Now, we knew the big battle the big ideological battle heading into this was going to be the big Lakers versus the small Rockets which teams playing style was going to win out tonight. It was Houston because we said the Rockets are going to hit 3s. They're going to shoot a lot of the Lakers actually shot a lot of Threes tonight to they like Rashad 38° wage. 39 for the Rockets that's probably not a winning proposition for the Lakers. If you are getting into it the reports true stories 743 is quite a bit like Rondo they were giving Rhonda open threes. But even Le Brock m a d on a couple of those they were just you know, they were just settling yeah, they did they absolutely settled for them. And part of that is a credit to the Rockets perimeter defense. They do a really good job of trying to shut off the driveway so that even though they don't have Rim protectors. They don't have to protect the rim as much because they keep guys from getting into the rim, but that's it. I think the Lakers can still do things to to attack the basket. They can come up with counters to that down. The bottom line is is the big question was which playing Styles going to win which team is going to be forced to adjust while the Rockets playing style clearly one because we said going in that what the Lakers have to do is if you're going to play a big and therefore you're going to give up more open looks from Deep because that big whether it's Dwight or JaVale is not going to be able to close out on the three-point line the way a smaller FAQ. Player would that big has to dominate on the boards and they have to protect the rim? Well, clearly those two things didn't happen because the Rockets score more points in the paint and the rebounding was about even wage. We need the Lakers to absolutely dominate on the offensive glass just about every missed shot should be a rebound for the Lakers because they have that size Advantage. I'm being hyperbolic there, but they should still have a very very big offensive boards advantage and that didn't happen. And so now you've got this problem Vogel adjusted and he and he put in the small lineup wage. What do you do next game? Did you go back to Dwight Howard in Javale McGee? Because like this you can't play the they can't be on the court unless you're going to dominate the boards because you're not give up too many outside shots. So I don't know is it time to abandon The Bigs Chris? Is that where we're at or do you stick with them and then just be kind of quick on the trigger of things are going poorly at getting game too. Well, if we abandon the big stand that means a bunch of those minutes are going towards Cruise right so that we need cruise to really step up as kind of anything like, you know, you know, honestly, I I don't even know. I'm not quite sure what to do in this situation, you know, and I'm hoping that Frank Vogel can kind of re-evaluate the situation and figure it out. But I mean there was just a lot of stuff wrong tonight. But I mean anything I know we're going to get to it is LeBron and AD in the fourth quarter didn't really produce. I don't know if it's true. Somebody have wrote in there that LeBron didn't score in the fourth quarter. So if that's the case that's a huge part of tonight. You know what I mean? It indicates that and I know I've seen quite a few people quite a few people say this LeBron kind of gave up tonight. Yeah somewhere in the 4th because he didn't like maybe it wasn't happy with the coaching philosophy or something they were doing so, you know, there's a little more than meets the eye with this game. You know what I mean? Like, I don't think we should Invest too much stock into this like yeah, it's definitely got our attention and it's yeah, it's definitely gross this out. Watch. I mean, I just feel dirty after watching it but you know, I think you know, there was something out tonight LeBron kind of checked out and I don't know what they did in the fourth, but he really wasn't, you know, cuz I know that those guys put up numbers, but I wanted to ask you if we could isolate and see what they did in the forests, you know, and cuz I'm not sure about a d either you know, I don't have the 4th quarter stats for each player. I do know that LeBron didn't score. I'm Marty sure Anthony Davis dead. I'm pretty sure he did but but I do I'm so glad that you brought up that LeBron was frustrated because if you watch what he was saying, we couldn't hear it, but you could see it what he was talking about the spacing and here's the one thing that we know about the NBA and it's true for the Lakers as true for the entire league when LeBron is upset about something things happen. Okay, look at when the players went on strike who did everything. You look to LeBron. Are we going to play or are we not right like what LeBron thinks matters? Okay, LeBron was frustrated that with the lineup that featured Rondo on the floor. There was no spacing. He's trying to drive and the rockets are all standing in the paint if you watched Eric Gordon defending Rajon Rondo, you saw him playing five six seven eight feet off of Rondo. He was literally playing with a foot in the paint and ignoring Rajon Rondo behind the art because that's what teams will do to it do to them and LeBron was recognizing that and he was upset with Vogel for that. So that makes me makes me think the next game Vogel is going to be more cognizant of spacing and that's going to be very very important for the Lakers offense. We kind of saw some similarities with the first game against the Blazers where the page is packed the paint and dared the Lakers to beat them from outside and the Lakers couldn't do it the Rockets kind of did the same thing but the Rockets are a much better team and so they're not going to be as forgiving. So the Lakers have got to figure out A quick but again with LeBron being upset about that that makes me think the vocal is going to make changes and maybe some drastic ones for game 2. Yeah, well, I mean and maybe that's you know, I was just thinking about this, you know, we were talking about what maybe needs to change. I mean, maybe maybe we just start there a little bit less ROM maybe you know companies. I know just based on the fact that he's had so much time off and also like based on what you're saying right now based on the spacing if that's messing up took offence and they're able cuz it's like you said they are not guarding Rondo because they know they're making that calculated risks like okay, we're going to play the percentages Rondo. There's not a great shooter yet who hit some here or there but you know, they're able to kind of base their whole defense on the fact that Rhonda wasn't a good shooter and they had success with that. So, you know, maybe you just start there by a little less Rondo in that might be helpful, especially I like you said if he's taking the minutes away from Caruso Cruces had so much success, especially when playing with the bronze so, you know, maybe we start there. Oh, yeah. Absolutely. I mean you look at the at the minute wage. 25 minutes for Russia. There's just no justification for that. There's not and again and again, even if you are a Rondo fan and right now you're saying shut up Trevor, you're a Rondo hater and and I and I get those comments. What what happened tonight wasn't even fair to Rondo to ask him to play that much in his first game back since March you don't do that each player and you certainly don't do that to the team where clearly things aren't working with a guy on the floor and you just continue I get he's a veteran. I know he's friends with the brownies friends with Anthony Davis. That doesn't matter. It's the Black Ops you have to win you cannot put guys out there that aren't producing and so I think that that's something that's going to have to change you mentioned. Kyle kuzma was going to get more minutes actually got 28 tonight didn't do a lot of I put out a video this morning about how girls going to be the X Factor and he was and we talked about how the Lakers didn't have that third guy tonight and how it needed to be somebody I expect it to be Kyle kuzma Did not happen tonight. I do expect to see more Markieff Morris only played nine minutes. I think the Lakers are going to have to make the switch and go small, you know, we talked about how you know, the Lakers can force the Rockets to adjust. They're going to play Big dominate the boards that didn't happen tonight. Okay. So if that's not going to happen, then you have to make the switch and do something else and I think that's going to mean more kuzma more Markieff Morris home and a lot less Javale McGee and Dwight Howard, which is going to be a big change for the Lakers. What did you think of the defense? They were playing on hard in tonight? I know Harden had a great game offensive like he was playing making, you know, they were trying to they were sending random doubles at him at different points, but he was still trying to be able to break down the defense and get into the pain and make plays and stuff like that. Like, you know, I don't know. I'm trying to figure out what they can do differently with that and you know, your Westbrook even to Westbrook was cooking more than it usually is tonight. Like Westbrook was in his own. I mean, did you see him when the dog There was a dead ball playing he was still defending to a degree in like that guy something else. Oh, yeah, the Rockets defense the Rockets actually have the top rated defense in the playoffs so far. So they they've been very very good and they're fired up and you saw PJ Tucker play really good defense Robert Covington made some big plays to their defense has been excellent. That's not that's not a fluke or anything. They've been very good. But as far as hardened goes what else the Lakers can do against him. So the difference between what he was seeing when he was playing the Thunder and what he's seeing now with the Lakers is with the Thunder the Thunder we're playing a big weather was Nerlens Noel Steve or Steven is add or subtract items. Mostly Steven Adams and they had a big that was at least coming over and trying to contest hurting at the rim and the Lakers didn't have that the Lakers Biggs were chasing so far out to the perimeter of that they couldn't recover and the rockets do things systematically in order to try to make sure that that bag is pulled as far away from the rim as possible. But the the Lakers just didn't offer that resistance the Lakers jersey. Recognize that which again OKC just pulled it off against the rockets and and how the Lakers didn't just take what the Thunder did in order to exist with a big on the floor against Houston and use that I don't I don't know maybe that was part of the game plan and they abandoned it. They just didn't do it. Right? I'm not sure but the Lakers needed at the very least somebody rotating over to help them Harden but their their rotations were consistently late and then they were trying to absorb a charge and a lot of times that wasn't working. So also say that Harden got probably three or four very very generous calls, but I guess we should expect that at this point, but I don't think we can just not be frustrated with it man Trevor, you know, the Rockets really just wreak havoc on a defense don't they? That's how they're set up their set up defense out and and open up driving lanes and then that will in turn open up three's I was a big part of the frustrating this frustration. I was seeing of the way they thought they had the Lakers, you know, running all over the place trying to catch up to the open guy and the the miss rotations and oh man like they are just dead. Yeah. That was just something else man. Like well again, this is It's not like the Rockets through anything at the Lakers that was surprising. There was no it wasn't like Mike D'Antoni through some brilliant new wrinkles to his offensive scheme and oh my gosh, we've never seen anything like this, you know exactly what the Rockets want. They want two things. Well three things they want layups. They want Corner 3s wage free throws. That's it. That's where they want their points to come from. So you've got to set up your defense in order to defend those things. And if not the Lakers just they didn't look prepared. They didn't look like a team that's had dead. A week almost to prepare for dealing with the Houston Rockets. They looked like a team that was sort of Shell Shocked by seeing that style of play. And so hopefully they can make those adjustments before the next game. But we do need to move next next segment. We are getting all kinds of all kinds of comments coming into our chat and I want to spend some time focusing on that. So let's get into the Lakers Nation fan Zone where we're going to focus on just your questions and your comments coming in from YouTube from Periscope and from Facebook. So keep firing them off. We're going to dig into those right now. I'm all right. Let's get into your questions and comments. I'm almost scared to go in here. It's not it's not as in place right now in in our chat, but let me dig into the Sonata. So Chris you let me know if anything jumps out to you. I'm going to go start with a car with a comment here from Levon. Joseph said as a first seat, it could be worse. At least. We're not the Bucks much of the whole season is never lost two in a row. I kind of like that. There's a little bit of positivity and they're saying hey at least we're downtown. Oh three like the Bucks are right now facing elimination, at least, you know, we haven't lost two in a row here. What do you think Chris? Is that the name? Over lining that it is really just one game or I guess we do tend to overreact sometimes to just one game but this one felt a little extra frustrating. Oh, yeah. Well this particular game the fountain at this game was super frustrating. But when you laid out just the simple facts, I like with this guy saying yeah, it's only one game in if you look at the Bucks man. Yeah, that's you would not want to be in Milwaukee fan right now because that's the number one seed in the league and now they are down three games to nothing. They're done like yeah historically nobody's ever come back from that. So they are done, you know, they might be able to walk out of it, but they're done, you know, and they were the first seed so, you know, like I just I like that Outlook, you know what I mean? We can't as Laker fans. We always tend to act like the sky is falling in any of these situations. I think I did the same thing with Portland. Let's let's not forget. This is what happened in the Portland series. So, you know again, I I could imagine in the next game if we came out with a loss. Yeah, we're all going to start freaking out but as of right now dead. You know the sky is not falling. It was a terrible game to watch we all hated it. But you know it is what it is. We have to move forward from this and you know, how if we do the 4th, you just knew I was surprised LeBron even played as long as he did you just kind of knew like oh, wow. I mean, I knew I know personally because I start getting ready for our show like if the game is closed right? Well watch that game till the very last second, but we come on a little bit later when the game is going and the game is close. Exactly. I went about the four-minute Mark. I started figuring out what shirt I was going to where I started setting up. So that's that's no that's it. By the way guys speaking of speaking of our show. I do want to want to mention this. I did chat a little bit with Gary Sheffield Junior today and he did tell me he is starting to feel better. So that's that's wonderful. I appreciate all of the the warm wishes and and kind comments that you guys have directed towards him. You guys know that he was dealing with with covideo does sound like he's through the worst of it. He's starting to feel better. He said he lost his sense of humor. And smell for a little bit but sounds like thankfully he is going to be okay, and we certainly look forward to the day when we can get him him back on the show with us. So let's get into there's a comment here. That oh it flew past me. You guys said it said it a lot. So sometimes I I missed them. But so I'm going to miss the name on this but our way I found it. Okay, so tip she said from YouTube said Trevor Rhonda was fine. Why are you outshoot it flew by again? Sorry guys. I'm trying to keep up with this but basically says Rhonda was fine. Why are you blaming it on Rondo? When should we should be talking about Anthony Davis and Kyle kuzma. Okay, so I don't think that like Anthony Davis was he dominant know but I don't think he was awful either you can say he should have been more aggressive and and all of that. But again, you look at what he what he did out there on the floor you look at the the stats 25 points 14 boards, three steals three blocks 10 of 16 shooting and we're going to say that he had a bad game. I mean, yeah, but we want more out of molding. I think you know, I think there's something about the fact that we all know that PJ Tucker was Is the one guarding a d and yeah sure it is always going to put up as numbers but to see page PJ Tucker for Sadie out of his spots and force him into the shots. He was taking like again, we just we bought a little more on fat of a d a little more like take what's his type of thing like again, I hate to keep using this comparison cuz I I know it's a completely different player but we need a little more kind of shake out a little more just like dominance and getting you know getting his type of stuff and I don't know, you know, I think that's what myself I think that's what all kind of Lakers nation is looking for a little bit just suck want to see easier buckets for a d let's just put it that way at least I'd like to say easier buckets for a d where he's not, you know fading away and so far up in the basket and PJ Tucker kind of hack his way with them a little bit. Like I just felt like PJ Tucker was able to guard a be a little too. Well, that's true match up. That's certainly fair. I just look at it as Like a a d didn't help them win the game. I don't think he costs them the game though either. I think he was good enough. But yes, ultimately if they're going to if they're going to win you're going to need more out of them. You're going to need more of a superstar Palm Mist instead of just kind of this middle of the road for him type of performance or dead. So I guess that's the that's the huge mismatch right like going into the series. We know it's like we're like nobody can guard a D & M I D got you know, I don't know what you said you had 25 points or something. Like, you know seen boards. Yeah, like I don't know. It's I guess like this might be unreasonable. I mean I am just a second here. But like, you know, I think we would like to see a d actually with 40 points and like Spirits in a series like this. We want to see like Wilk Chamberlain slash Kareem Abdul-Jabbar number, I mean cuz he's going to be the biggest guy on the court. So like, you know, we want his numbers to reflect that we want his play when we're visually watch him to reflect that and even though he did his thing tonight. It didn't reflect that at least birth. And I'm sure you can do it but it just wasn't Bentonite really fair enough and and piggybacking off of that and I got a question coming in saying should Anthony Davis play more minutes at centre-back. Essentially we're talking about should the Lakers go small more small ball, but what do you think? Do you think that at this point the Lakers should just make Anthony Davis even if he's not the starting center, even if you start you off maybe you play JaVale 5 minutes and Dwight Howard five minutes and the rest of the minutes you're running. You're you're running 41 minutes of Anthony Davis. I guess the math doesn't really work out on that. But you'll you run more Anthony Davis at centre-back. Is that something that you want to do? Like should should Anthony Davis be playing say eighty 85% of his minutes at Center in this series. Well, I think in comparison to what we did tonight just took the erratic rotations and you know, I don't know like again this kind of questions probably a little above my pay grade quite frankly, but I just think that again our rotation seems wrong. It seemed weird tonight. Maybe you start with the center and then eventually you just lead into a d being the center. And then maybe you just leave The Bigs out. I mean, you know that that's the million-dollar question with this series back go back to go little who kind of imposes their will on the other team and I can't say I mean as of tonight small-ball, I mean small ball once I didn't you know what I mean? And like I feel like home at certain points Vogel tried to go small but I I'd like to hear your thoughts on this cuz honestly I again I don't really know which way you go which direction you gave us game. I mean, I have leaned towards yes wanting to have a d run the center position, but that means we're depending again we have to depend hope the Coos can kind of hold his own and defense may also be productive offensively. So there's a lot of factors here so I get the I get the the drive or the the want to to play The Bigs right? Because that's what the Lakers are done all season and the kind of I don't know Macho response is is now we're we're going to make the rocket. Just yeah, right. You're going to have to deal with us. We're not going to deal with you right? It's that that type of thing. Well, we just found out so far. It hasn't worked. Right the Lakers played the Rockets twice since they went with this all small lineup and they've lost twice now in the the one one of those games. There was no LeBron. There was no Russell Westbrook. There was no there were a few guys missing you just kind of throw that one out but they were over one basically against the small rockets. And now we see kind of the same issues pop up in this game. And if this was if it was January, you would say, okay. Well, let's let's keep trying this and let's see what we can do. But no this is the playoffs which somehow we're taking place in September, but this is the playoffs if you experiment with things to age You go home. Like there is no time to experiment you have to do whatever is going to work. Whatever is going to work right now. Not what hey. Ideally, we're going to dominate the backboards. Ideally, we're going to get all the offensive rebounds. Ideally we're going to protect the paint all of that. Maybe someday you can work out the rotation to do that. But if you can't do that fast, you got to change things. Would you rather give yourself a chance to win and right now going big it didn't look like the Lakers had a chance to win. So I think that Vogel if I'm Vogel, I'm trying it off trying to start Javale McGee and seeing if there's some tweaks that I can make and if not within the first five minutes, I'm pulling the plug cuz you don't have time to mess around. You can't go down though, too. So you don't have time to mess around with it. I think that the answer might be to go small and if going big isn't going to work you have to try something different. Drive I just want to Michael Mendoza let his comment and I like it cuz he said it feels like deja vu which again like this does feel like deja vu cuz we went off from Portland first game we lost right but also one thing I want to point out too that we haven't really talked about much that everybody already knows but I feel like it's worth mentioning it again. Remember the Lakers have sat around them and I know they practice but they haven't had a game in about six or what is it seven days now about a week. Yeah. It's been what was it was a Monday. I think Monday was the was the last game so been about five days right off what five days off. So I mean, you know, I don't want to use that use that as an excuse but you know to have the five days off, you know, you would think that you would actually thought that Houston would have came out a little more guests. I had seen as a page that's another important, you know, after doing going through a game seven, you know, you just kind of figured fatigue what I got them, but they did not look fatigued at all tonight, which which was actually kind of surprising. Yeah. Yeah. They absolutely did a, New Jersey Is what I expected you even mentioned on Twitter the rockets look fresh in the first quarter. Will they still in the fourth quarter? It felt like once they got a lead though, the Lakers kind of wilted and they kind of mentally shut down and so it didn't really matter of the Rockets were tired or not because the Lakers were pretty much done. I've got a question coming in Nicholas Ryan Braun, why aren't the Lakers bags able to punish the Rockets small ball lineup offensively. So that was our Thursday. We said the Rockets made choices, they decided to go small and the Lakers have to punish them for those choices if they're going to go big. So why are they able to well the Rockets see we think back to say like them mm NBA and we remember Shaquille O'Neal and what was the Lakers offense? It was hit the wing the wing throws the entry passed into the post and then everybody cuts off of that everything works off of that if they double down in Shack in back out to Kobe and etc. Etc. Well, there is no Shaq for for one thing but defenses have changed and the rules have changed. So it's easier to defend the entry pass into the post and the rockets do a very very good job of it. Because they have to because they're playing small guys like Robert Covington. Robert Covington is 6-7, but he has a 7-2 wingspan. So it's fairly easy for him when he's on the back his opponent to reach and knock the balls free on the entry pass. And so that happened a few times PJ Tucker is extremely physical these guys, even if they're not tall they're strong. It's kind of like wage like remember Josh Hart how he was always difficult to deal with in the post even though he's only six four he was defending much bigger players. It's because he's strong and the rockets do that. They've got that physical strength that allows them to to defend bigger players than what they've got. So when you're the offense and you look at this, and I know I'm going on Long here with this answer, but when you're the offense and you look and see page McGee has a dude who's six five on him. Your instant reaction is to give him the ball because you go. Oh cool. He's got a mitch. Mismatch. NBA offenses are taught to find mismatches. Yep. Oh cool. He's got a mismatch and you tried a lob the ball into him for one the Rockets make sure that that entry pass is a very difficult one and then they force some turnovers tonight on that and 4 to the Rockets. No, JaVale Thursday and Dwight Howard are not that big of a threat with their back to the basket. Even if there is a mismatch that's a winning proposition for the Rockets. If the ball is going into JaVale, they are baiting the sneakers into doing that. And so that's the other part of it. They're the Lakers Biggs don't dominate inside because that's there aren't as many back-to-the-basket centers anymore. If it was Jack. Yes, you're giving the ball all day every day and he is probably slamming slam dunking PJ Tucker through the hoop with the ball, but the Lakers don't have Shack JaVale and Dwight have to get offensive boards put backs cuts to the rim off a pick-and-roll things. Like that's how they're going to get their points and the rockets did a nice job box in the mouth. So again, sorry that answer was long, but that's essentially why you didn't seem The Lakers Biggs dominate they they couldn't deal with the physicality of the smaller players which again to me says it might be time to pull them. That Houston worked really hard tonight like I mean PJ was fronting on almost every possession, you know, where they were trying to even get it to a g r a d PJ Tucker was from a a d defensively just to make the entry pass difficult like you were saying and you know, just really, you know, I was actually I was just surprised to see Houston play that kind of Defense honestly. Yeah, and you know, I was too they haven't been a great defensive team all season, but they've really turned it up in the playoffs. They did it. Okay, see two they played at this level so we didn't see this, you know, crappy credit to them. Some people are mentioning. No Houston doesn't have a choice to play small. They don't have any bigs. They don't have bags. They can throw in when I say they they are making the choice to play small. I mean they traded away their Center halfway through the season and decided to go. I mean they traded away Clint capela to get Robert coming around and play small that's that was a choice that they that they Made, I'm not saying their bench up for you to pay. Yep the free up the pants so they could drive so Westbrook Westbrook. Is there guy to get their main guy to get to the basket in mid-range and it's like it's worked out well for them. It's actually dead or not. I hate saying this after game tonight, but for me, it's made to Houston Rockets a better team to watch, you know, like what the combo of Westbrook with heart and because I mean, I really just used to hate watching them together cuz it was always you know what I mean free throws with James Harden but you know Russell s Westbrook ads and athletic and a competitive components of the group that you know has made him more entertaining to watch now that's not saying I was entertaining but oh that was obviously not what exactly what going for but I mean, you know, this is an interesting matchup to cuz I mean these guys Westbrook and Harden our thoughts are to Los Angeles guys. They know exactly what the Lakers franchise means. They probably grew up on it. I think Westbrook grew up watching magic and heart and grow plants and Kobe. So I mean these guys suck. To have a lot of incentive to play their best games against the Lakers here and really kind of make it a make a point. I think Westbrook and Harden have lost their cards at this point. I can't consider them Los Angeles guys. It's like it's like Paul Peirce. Paul Peirce isn't going to receive a warm welcome in Los Angeles. He's not really an L A guy anymore. Same thing with Westbrook and and hardened to me. They've been they've been playing too long out of La off just like a Paul George. Is it an L A guy? I don't even care if he's a slippery still really guy is you know, Lawndale or what is up Honda in a strong winds that is there a way to contact Frank Vogel on social media. I don't think Frank mobile and social media and I don't think he he cares that much about about what people are going to say to him on there. He's an NBA coach. He's you know, I think he can take the the pressure. Oh, here's a good one Wayne Watson said, I'm so damn mad. I need a stickers. I like it. It means a while. He needs a Snickers Snickers. You see those commercials where people are getting hangry and they turn into into somebody else. Yeah. Yeah. I like it. I like it off. Let's see. Okay, so Joey from YouTube says eighty should be averaging a minimum of thirty five fifteen and 5 is that that's more what you're looking for, right Chris like that the big blowup 35.15 here at 14 boards, but 15% hit those high levels right again. Yeah, and I think he won't do it. You know what I mean again? I think this is a classic kind of over-reaction because we created what we saw so bad, but I think a deal bounce back and have a big game and assert himself against PJ Tucker and all of that. But yeah, we just I want to see just see numbers when you look at life everybody else that you're like bam. You know what I mean? Like a D should be the one there was a game this season were a d went to the foul line like twenty times or something like that. Like that's what we want to see like, okay. I'm going to shoot a bunch of Fritos. We want a d shooting a bunch of free throws as well. You know what I mean? That be a game more suitable for us to win. Yeah. Yeah. I agree a hundred percent like and that's kind of what we saw out of ad when he's getting from home. Did like in game one against Portland? He got to the line a bunch after that. So I'm hoping that's that's going to happen. Let's see somebody. Oh, here we go. Bryan Burgess from YouTube said there's something called pick-and-roll basketball. What happened to that? I'll tell you what happened to that Brian Burgess. So what happens when you run pick-and-roll against a team where all of the players are about the same size. What do you think the defense does? They switch cuz why wouldn't they there's no reason not to write like if you are let's say Alex crusoe's defending Damian Lillard and Jusuf nurkic comes up and sets the screen and White House is defending him. Why doesn't Dwight just switch on well because then you're at a massive disadvantage. So if you're the defensive team you want to do whatever you can not to switch that sometimes you wind up having to but then you've got along with Dwight Howard on him and then you're in trouble right? If you're the right person doesn't have that used it. Does it have that problem at all? If you're if you're the rockets and AD comes to set a screen for LeBron and 80s being defended by Robert Covington and LeBrons being defended by PJ Tucker PJ Tucker's what six five Robert Covington is six seven. Who cares? There's no advantage to that. So that's why you're not seeing as much pick-and-roll. They're they're going to shut it down just by switching it every time and the Lakers aren't going to get an advantage out of that. So that's that's why you don't see that as much now. That doesn't mean you can't run at all. Maybe you try to get a smaller Austin Rivers on the Braun and let him take advantage there. Maybe you try to get a matched up with with James Harden and get hardened into foul trouble. Like there's still things that you can do. But when you're running up against a team that has all guys that are pretty much the same height and and have similar abilities that it's not it's not as effective. You don't get those switches. So that's that's part of why however again LeBron can go switch hunting and he can make it work. We saw him do it a bunch against the Clippers with Lou Williams. So if the Lakers find somebody that they believe is the way we clink. I would still expect to see the pick-and-roll but I think tonight they just they just didn't do it as as much Let's see here. Game through Sunday night Lakers are are coming in that one. All right, I sure hope so. I hope the like your show up in game. In game seven, somebody's mentioning the Kobe jersey saying the Lakers need to play in the Kobe jerseys every single game. I saw and I can't confirm this. I saw somebody talking about on Twitter though. And so I'm going to put this in the category of a room right now, but it was that the Lakers will be wearing the mama jerseys for the next game. Beautiful. I would love I think after that last performance. I mean it should Inspire them and I think it does inspire them and inspires us and and they look good. So I mean all those are all winds that are so hopefully absolutely absolutely let's wear them. All right Chris. Are you ready for the Master Lock of the night? I think I'm ready for the master Wok of the night. All right, here we go guys. We're going to get into the Master Lock of the night off off. All right, Chris, who is it? That is getting put into the Master Lock tonight. All right. So Travis was a very difficult decision. I literally didn't come up with this decision until the last maybe fifteen minutes or so on the show and I do want to preface this by saying this guy the guy who gets the master. Log of the night is someone who's done great for us this season. I he was not I don't even know if he was our second choice, but maybe our third choice as a coach. Yep, the Master Lock of the night is going to go to our great coach again. Let me preface. This has a great deal of you. But either way we're giving the Master Lock of the night to Frank Vogel because of well, I mean, you know, when you you you kind of really shed light into it when Volvo decided to give so much responsibility to run off after coming back after four months when you saw LeBron Space and the fourth quarter being frustrated with the spacing and how they were able to pack up the paint. I just feel like Frank Vogel needs to get the master lock into a job. But I do also think that he will respond to the max a log of the Night by coming around in the next game and making the proper adjustments and leading us to a victory. Once he regains Consciousness off. Yeah, exactly is going to get rag-dolled like like okay like if you were putting the master lock on Dwight or something at least like it's a it's a contest there, right? But old man that that is going to be that's going to be devastating but I will say that our chat agrees with you as soon as we started the segment all the way down Vogel Vogel Vogel Vogel, all of the answers wanted to put his language and I knew you'd agree with me. Yeah, they're they're they're like the way they felt like the way to go tonight. Yeah. I mean like I mean, honestly there was so much wrong with tonight. I didn't know where to go with this at first, but it really kind of came clear to me within this last half hour or so. So there it is. There. It is Master Lock of the night going to Frank Vogel. Sorry coach, it's your first one of the Season hopefully, Franklinville, New Jersey. Can't put any more mass. Like I hope next game we can throw it a Master Lock to somebody on the Rockets but I felt like the Lakers I knew going into this that the liquor shot themselves in the foot so much tonight that it was going to happen after you just going to have to go to the Los Angeles Lakers, which is unfortunate. Hopefully next game that will change. All right, Chris. Oh, somebody say we missed Jason Kidd tonight don't hear a lot of that. Jason Kidd actually has back spasms now, I think somehow Rajon Rondo just mystically transferred his back spasms over to Jason Kidd because now kid has back spasms that are so bad. He can't even sit on the bench for the game, but not saying that to disparage him at all basket back spasms are not not fun can be really difficult. So hopefully he gets well soon and can help the Lakers out from the bench. All right, Chris. Let's wrap things up there any final thoughts for the night. Well, I mean just real quick outside of the Lakers. Is there anything I mean, we know the Clippers dominated their match up yesterday. So that's more more news to be unhappy. We already talked about the Box being down 3-0 which is shocking a first seat down to Miami. Jimmy Butler is having his way over there. And then what's the other matchup now the song something happened to the Celtics yesterday. I did not see em all losing losing on a three-pointer at the buzzer with with point five seconds left on the clock. OG anunoby wage is it that was much much better than seeing the Celtics go up 300. That's for sure. Anytime Boston loses. That was like my one Saving Grace the Clippers got the Clippers like they dominated no question. They they destroyed the Nuggets rolled right over them. But at least Boston law lost that was a silver lining to yesterday's match. Yeah. I got it this I I gotta disagree with this only because I'm because there's part of me right now that if everything if the stars align and everything falls, right that is kind of rooting for a Lakers Celtics match up now. I didn't think it was going to happen in Toronto Raptors. Is were actually might pick because they were playing so well, they look like such a well load my machine like my whole playoff bracket is just gone to, he'll now but you know, I I don't want to see the Celtics win the championship obviously, but I'm just thinking if you know, it would be something special to see the Lakers and Celtics in a finals matchup this year and I didn't you know, I didn't think it's possible. But the more this is going on, cuz if you know the heat are going to progress and then it looks like the Celtics are I feel like the Celtics are going to beat the heat and you know, hopefully the Lakers take care of their business and we have an epic showdown this seem to finish it off. So we'll see that would I don't remember what you put on that but it's just something that I've you know with you watch the playoff picture unfold and you're like well, what are the possibilities for matchups going forward and we know we're destined to take on the Clippers, you know, knock on wood that we don't see many more games like tonight with the Rockets obviously and then you know, where would it go from? There is the question that way Would be pretty epic but could you imagine if that was like we've been talking all along about how the Lakers kind of Drew the Short Straw with their playoff path right getting the Blazers and round one and now the rockets and round two, I would much rather have the Denver Nuggets or Utah Jazz and they got the Houston Rockets the worst team that they match up with and then the Clippers in the Western Conference. Imagine that imagine if we went Blazers Rockets Clippers Celtic, that's a red square. Did you like and Bucks was was bad enough, right, but they played Celtics the emotion behind that. Yeah, that would definitely be it would be epic as long as the Lakers won. It would also be much much more painful like even more painful if the Lakers lost a long got to the finals and lost to the Celtics. So that would be the part that would be nervous for me. But especially if they lost to like Jayson Tatum not blowing up with Lakers could have drafted him. And anyway, that is a whole other Rabbit Hole to go down. All right, we've got a few comments in here last ones people are saying that the Lakers have to show up Sunday or else they're in trouble. Yeah. Yep. Seven game series, but you definitely don't want to go down though, too. So, let's see what the Lakers can do on Sunday. All right, Chris man. Thanks so much for for joining me. Glad that you've been able to return to the ring and you'll do this again on Sunday. That's cool. 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Thunderstruck! Lakers Look Sluggish In Loss To OKC

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Thunderstruck! Lakers Look Sluggish In Loss To OKC

"Hello, everybody. Welcome in apparently our intro. D-, screen doesn't want to work just like the Lakers. Play very well. Tonight, they didn't WanNa work either so I guess it's all good all in their man welcome in everybody the Lakers just lost the Oklahoma City thunder in. Ugly one I would say the Lakers were just going through the motions but I can't even give them that much credit. They didn't even go through aim ocean. It didn't happen. We're GonNa talk all about what's going on why we might be seeing the things that we're seeing and why it may not be that big of a deal we're gonNA talk about all that my name's Trevor Lean for Lakers nation dot com flying solo tonight. But as always guys I've never really solo it's me and all us if you're joining me from Youtube from periscope welcome in from facebook. Welcome guys appreciate you coming in and toss your questions and comments. I have a feeling there's going to be more annoyed comments coming in after this game not a fun one certainly not a game that we're all fired up about not like after that clippers game or anything like that but be interesting to see what we get coming into the chat this evening, and it's really kind of weird and early evening three thirty, Pacific Time. START I don't really like that so much but we're gonNA dive into it. We're going to talk about everything that went wrong in this game and That's about did anything right I don't think so so we're the mostly talk about what went wrong and also whether or not we should really be all that concerned about it. So I'm already seeing chats people coming into the chat and saying why things were bad or some people saying they're concerned some people saying they're not concerned. Yeah we're going to break it all down but first, let's just dive into the stats. So the Lakers lose one zero, five to eighty, six to Oklahoma City Thunder. That that's rough. That's rough and all game they just they didn't have it. Garnered Gallon already put up nineteen points and seven boards Gallo. There were a few times where he got James Harden whistles where I was like man, that's that was not a foul. He's still found his way to the free throw line thunder dominated at the line got thirty, six free throw attempts and hit thirty two of them eighty, nine percent from the line Then you Ed Stephen, Adams put up eighteen points Lakers without Dwight Howard eighteen points, seven boards for Stephen Adams Chris Paul Eight of twelve shooting, which is pretty good. Twenty one point seven boards six assists Shea gilders Alexander chipped in with thirteen and Lou dort. Lou, with the incredible name but fourteen, in fact, every thunder starter was in double figures. Double figures for every thunder starter. Anthony Davis was not in double figures nine points after that blow up forty two point per for performance through the night against the Utah Jazz. Anthony Davis. Nine points out know he did get into foul trouble at five fouls and then sat down only played twenty nine minutes eight boards five assists for eighty three of eleven shooting three from Deep Lebron James. Not that great either they're seven of nineteen shooting eleven boards four assists one steal nineteen points to lead the team in scoring. Second Highest score was dion waiters with fourteen points five of thirteen shooting. Let's face it. There's nobody played all the well cow Kuzma did his thing a little bit hit a couple of threes. But that was that was a rough one. No question that was a rough game I saw comment here that said the Lakers built a brick house. Yeah. So I'm waiting right now for the stats to update on NBA Dot Com because I want to dig into exactly what there stats are since they've returned and it it hasn't updated yet so I will get that to you soon but. For the night the LAKER. Shot. Drum roll please. Fourteen percent from three. Fourteen. Percent from behind the ARC. Good, Lord five of thirty, seven from deep. That will get done but I, guess on the bright side, we're hoping that they're getting all of these misses out right now so that when it really matters in the playoff come around, the Lakers will be hitting them because there is an epic. To the mean coming and I guess that's that's the biggest point I'm going to lead this off with by the way I didn't even bother doing show notes for this one because I was. So just perturbed by the game and everything I didn't bother listing out. We're going to talk about because I could just one thing the Lakers looked awful. That was a terrible performance, but here's the thing. We look at the stat like this and we see Anthony Davis over three. We see Lebron over five right from deep Danny Green was actually an improvement and he was two of. Seven. Right, these guys are not hitting from behind the ARC Kyle Kuzma, and continues Pope or the only other players to actually hit a three. Markeith Morris went over Jared Dudley went over Quinn Cook over. Jr. Smith over Dion waiters over Alex Russo over nothing. None of them could make a three now silver lining. Are they really that bad at shooting. Now. I would think I would like to think that if they were really thirteen percent shooters, fourteen percent shooters from deep, they wouldn't be in the NBA. So again, that tells me that there's probably a positive regression to the mean coming they're better shooters. They're a better team than this than what we just saw. So we know that have faith in that at least I know it's frustrating in the moment to look something like this and say, Oh, my gosh, would is happening. This team is terrible. They're not even GONNA make it out of the first round Gary. Sheffield was texting me during the game and he said I'm legitimately worried about what the first round was gonna look like for these guys I'm not ready to go there. They're better than what we just saw. And that's say Oklahoma City Shock. Great. They were five or twenty, four, twenty, one percent from deep. That's terrible. These poor rims in this game. They got beaten to a pulp here. But the bottom line is the Lakers are not this bad of a shooting team and had they shot average from deep? This game might look a little bit different. But also didn't really look like they wanted to be there i. don't know if you guys got that to and I'm curious to see what the players say after the game. They wanted to play I want WanNa say they just completely gave up but They looked like they were Kinda done right? They looked like they would rather be somewhere else maybe out by the pool at Disneyworld. They didn't look like they wanted to be there on that basketball court and for good reason, they clinched first place in the Western Conference this game. Means zero to them. Zero nothing. Game has no impact on their standing whatsoever. They are locked into the one-seat nothing they do between now and the playoffs we'll change that. So. Is it a surprise that they looked with Arctic? Probably not this team that's been battling that's been pushing all season long. This is a team that's had some really good wins. This is a team that sits first place in the West for a reason now. Can we still be concerned. Yeah, sure and there are some things that we're going to touch upon. That might be a little bit concerning know avery Bradley being one of them. We're GONNA talk about that in a minute. But. You almost kind of I don't want to say that we condone what we saw out there I don't want to say it's okay. But, the Lakers kind of mailed it in like I would have rather seen them just rest. Lebron Anthony. Davis is this. If this was the performance, they were GONNA get. What was the point of having them out there? Didn't do them any good. Clearly the guys were. Elsewhere, and again, this game meant nothing to them. Oklahoma. City is still very much battling in the standings right now, this game meant something to them. So the Lakers it, this might as well be a scrimmage they are locked into their final spot. They are the top team in the western conference period. So. Is this. That's surprising. No I. Don't think. So it's still frustrating and certainly we can say all while you should play for pride you should as a professional, you should get in there and give your best every single time but these guys know. These guys know in a few months, we are not going to judge this team on August fifth. Weird even saying August fifth but that's the world that we live in right now but on a game that does not matter for their standings. With only a few games left in the season. No one's going to judge them on this game. We're going to judge them on the playoffs. This team is championship or bust if they wanNA championship is anyone GonNa Complain About Tonight? No no one's going to remember it. GonNa talk about it at all just like the bucks what last night night before. Losing to the Brooklyn Nets. The bucks the number one seed I will say at least they rested they had the good sense to rest to. In the second half. I wish the Lakers done that just your stars if you're gonNA play like this no reason to put them out there. But the bucks lost to the Brooklyn Nets are they going to care if they get to the Eastern Conference Finals They WanNa Championship. Now, of course not. They're not. GonNa care. So should the Lakers be super worried based on this game? I don't think so I'm not ready to go there yet. Not. Ready to go there yet. Okay. Let me get into some of your questions and your comments. here's a good one. Let's start off with. This was positively Alright Sunshine Ryan. From facebook says eights over for US Trevor Yes definitely Ryan take this as a sign that it is over the Lakers. Are Getting bounced out of the playoffs. It's done turn it off don't pay any attention. Now, come on again they clinched though for a seat in the Western Conference this Games meaningless for them. That's what we saw. That's what we just saw. Are there's things that are concerning. Yes. Look the Blazers get the that's going to be concerning. They could lose in the first round. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's unlikely. Do you really watch that game. We think that's the best. That's the best the Lakers have, and this is what they're gonNA show come playoff time. Now I certainly wouldn't think that I would like to think that most would not. That that leaker seeing that we just saw is the same one we're going to see in the playoffs. It's not. It's not over. One game and it was a meaningless game that. Let's not worry too much about it. Unknown. Person Literally the name unknown person from Youtube said they look like they weren't trying I agree not so much that they completely worth right? It's not like they were standing still but Oklahoma City was beating them do a lot of the loose balls they looked like they weren't putting in the extra effort they looked like if anything they were going through the motions although I hesitate to even say that started off with I don't know that they were even going through the motions. They were just kinda there. They did a couple of things here and there, but that fire wasn't there the attention to detail wasn't there. The rotations weren't there on the defensive, end. The Christmas the sharpness to their cuts was not there on the offensive end. And again, that's because this came doesn't matter to them, which worries me a little bit about tomorrow night when they take on the Houston Rockets and Iraq, it's team still battling for for playoff position. By the way, let me throw it a little conspiracy theory here I think the rockets are are not a great match up for the Lakers and based on the way things are sitting right now the Lakers could very well see the rockets and the second round. But if you push the Oklahoma City thunder up and you go full bore and you beat the rockets tomorrow. That would swing things and move the rockets back into sixth. was there alterior motive here and I'm not gonNA say the Lakers through the game and the chances of that being the like being what really happened are very, very slim but. It might not be the worst thing if you push the thunder into the four or five slot which put them into a second round match up with the Lakers if they get there. Instead of the Houston Rockets, I would rather see this thunder team than the rockets out rather jazz than the rockets. So, I'll be curious to see how the Lakers approach tomorrow night's game. And if they go all out. Craig Stevenson or Steven Sorry Craig Stephen Trevor these are bad habits they're developing. Yeah. Look. That was that was the argument. So I posted a video today on Youtube all about whether or not it was time for the Lakers to rest their superstars Lebron James Anthony Davis it's done the number one seed is the time to have them rest a little bit take a seat for a game or to get back in then and then try to build up that chemistry. A lot of people said, no Saddam crazy. What are you thinking? Why would you do that? They need to build chemistry and they've looked terrible they need to get into a rhythm. This game isn't going to help with that. If this was the performance we were gonNA see there was no point in taking the floor. You'd be better off with them sitting out. So is this something that that is concerning. Yeah probably it's gotTa be a little bit concerning at least that you're having the play and then you have such a lackadaisical performance. But again, bottom line do we want? Lebron eighty to be out there developing chemistry. Yes. I think. But. Again, based on this performance, you'd rather have them sitting down. Do they need comes through? Yeah. They've been they haven't been sharp. They were pretty good against the clippers. And that's the team that really had their focus since then this team has not been very focused and that's what we thought coming in. We thought coming in that the Lakers would be focused that this was going to be a veteran team that all throughout that four month period of no basketball. They would be the squad that was gonna stay locked in because championship is on the line there veterans lebrons in their ear, all of these things. That's what we expected happen. And so far it has it. Doesn't mean it can't come playoff time though. Here's another thing Travis Wilson from facebook says starting lineup has to change. So a lot of people are saying, it's time switch the starting lineup. It's time to put in somebody else and specifically the targets I've seen more than any other. Are Javale. McGee. Danny Green people are saying, those are the two. Those are the two guys you need to swap out. Get them out. Put somebody else in. I'm not totally opposed at this point and I would have been just a couple of weeks ago. Because I feel like continuities. Important continuity is something that you need for this Lakers team you need them to get in there and play with the same chemical Kenneth Chemistry that they had before shutdown and as of this moment that doesn't appear to be happening. So, if the chemistry is not there, then that takes away what are the reasons why you wouldn't make that switch now now obviously tonight, you couldn't like the big thing. I've heard a lot is putting Dwight Howard instead of jail white. House was hurt tonight so you can't do that tonight. Okay. Danny Green is not shot the ball very well but again, do we believe Danny Green is better shooter than what he's shown over the past three or four games I do. So. If you pull the plug on him now does that just torpedo confidence? Look what happened in Casey EP earlier in the season? He literally was air balling laps. We've talked about this a ton he air hold lamps he could not do anything right three or four games and fans are calling for his head. Frank Vogel get him out, get him off the floor and Vogel stood by and ultimately what happened Casey paid paid paid them back with one of the best seasons of his career probably the best season of his career. So. I understand why Vogel will be hesitant to make a major change right now. But I will say that if the playoffs start and these problems continued. Then might be forced to make a change but for the time being this hasn't cost them anything this slump for Danny Green the poor play from Joel it's cost them nothing they're the number one seed in the West. So, they're fine they're. So for the time being you stick with it and you see if they can regain their footing if they can get that rhythm back. And if they can't complain time and it's starting to hurt you maybe then you're forced to do something different but for right now, I, think you stick with it. I know maybe that's not a popular opinion because a lot of people they see performances like what we just watched and they say, clearly, it's time for a change fix this vote will do something else. But I'm not quite there yet not yet. I, want to see in the playoffs I want to see what they do in the playoffs because I think these guys have earned that opportunity. somebody from Youtube said Lakers are going to lose every game from here on out until the postseason? Gosh I. Hope Not. I hope that's not the case that would not be fun for the next week or so losing every single game. That wouldn't be wouldn't be a Lotta Fun. Coming from facebook said I can shoot better than Danny Green right now. Maybe. You can Danny Green up and shooting very well at all but he did at least hit a couple of threes tonight to of seven from deep, which again is great or anything I'm not saying, Hey, yeah, he's finally hitting for seven but. It's look it's at least an improvement. He hadn't hit a three and what like two games in fact Gary Sheffield were sending me. This is how long it's been since Danny Green has made it three they came up with it's been one hundred minutes or something like that. Since standing green had made a three which was which was crazy. Even Chris Masters. Whose text me as well was saying the same thing like this has been brutal and he was worried fans we're going to overreact go to what's going on and we understand why we understand why so people saying start, Dion what Look I've been a big fan of what we see now to dion waiters. I've really enjoyed waiters island. For so long we've been talking about how the Lakers needed somebody who could come in off the bench and attack the basket, and that's exactly what dion waiters can do. He can also create his own shop but I felt like. Tonight we saw a bit more of the bad dion waiters we saw. Just, import shooting support decision making things of that nature and we knew it was coming. I've been telling you guys for a week and a half it's coming. We knew there was going to be some bad performances in their overall big picture take step back. Look at all the Games he's played. Dion waiters has been excellent. Tonight was not tonight was not the night where I go. Oh, man dealing waiters is two good. You have to put them in the starting lineup. WHO's okay five of thirteen shooting four from deep four or five from the line you'll take. Fourteen points second second leading score on the Lakers. It wasn't bad but. I didn't love what he was doing out there either. Body made a number of mistakes. I thought some of his shots were. Were just half and part of that has to be when the offense is struggling to click the way the Lakers offense was struggling to click dion waiters guy with his mentality is GonNa to say I can bring us back the ball. Let me shoot us back in and he can shoot you right out of a game too but again. I love what we've seen Outta waiters. She's been great but tonight was the night that made me go oh. Yes. Okay. That's it. He's clearly a starter I like him coming off the bench I think he's great as that kind of microwave score. It's a great role for him and so I'm sticking with them there. Chris Masters isn't even on the show and people are calling for Danny Green to put in the master lock. He's not even here right now and you're asking them to put them in the match lock. Johnny from facebook said, when can we expect Rondo back? Okay. So Rondo is just getting back to to Florida, and now he's going to have to go through his own quarantine and there's going to be a number of days of that. He has to pass like seven. I. Want to say. He has to go negative reading on like seven test and then quarantine for another four days before he can get back in and that's just for him to return to the team. That's not to get back on the floor. Best case scenario. He's getting back on the floor sometime around Brown to play offs. That's best case pay. Now the question is and I'm thinking about this a lot. When Rondo comes back? Is there a role for him? Does he immediately come into a rule and whose minutes does he take if he does Are you. GonNa Bench Dion waiters to get Rondo back in probably not waiters has been good. He's been really good. Maybe are Smith's minutes. Jerry Smith hasn't been that effective maybe waiters sees more minutes sliding down as the de facto three. Now, he's only what sixty, six three he might go play small forward and you bring Rondo in a little bit. Fully like twenty five minutes a night Rondo especially when he's getting thrown into the middle of the playoffs if the Lakers have in chemistry I think freight mogul is going to have to be a little bit cautious that said Ron news a veteran anything you need a shot in the arm we'll have to be keeping our fingers crossed and hoping hoping the playoff round is indeed a thing because playoff Rondo can make a difference for the. Lakers. The regular season Rondo. Not so much but playoff roanoke that exists I'd be really happy to see him. Of Ron Iraq from facebook said the Lakers do not look worried thunder were were not celebrating wonder. Well, look that's a good point and we've seen that more in the bubble though and maybe that's the that's a symptom of no fans being there but we haven't seen a lot of celebrating people actually asking me. Why were the Lakers not celebrating after they beat the Clippers We haven't seen that really be a big part of the bubble I mean look Devon Booker got mobbed when he hit the three at the Buzzer, the shot at the Buzzer and everything as as we should. But we haven't seen the Lakers really celebrate and the thunder didn't celebrate this one I think it's because everybody knew it's kind of a low energy game. Every knew what the story was. Every knows what the deal is. They know that the game is meaningless for the. Lakers. So they went out there thunder they they did what they needed to do when they got the win. I don't think they walked away from that feeling like Oh. Yeah. I, look we're great. We just beat the Lakers we took their best punch and they still couldn't beat us look how strong we are now. I. Think they knew that the Lakers were kind of just going through the motions. Walking through it. question from or a comment from Youtube I. Really Miss Every look that's the that's something I. Think we've learned from this. You look at these games. Okay. What can we take away about the Lakers i? Think one of the big takeaways is avery. Bradley is really good. That's one thing that we've seen. I said this going in and I'm not saying this to take a victory lab or anything like that. But I said the Lakers defense you can't just say Oh they're fine with Casey p the difference between KCPT and Avery Bradley on the defensive end of the floor is massive. It is it's mass I know they did well with. During the regular season when they didn't play anybody, they went through a stretch where they weren't playing very difficult teams and kcpt filled in for Avery Bradley in the Lakers degrade their what like thirteen or fourteen and one. Fantastic. But. You can't expect that against teams that are legitimately good. You need avery. Bradley. Defense, out there. So Losing Bradley was a big loss and this is what I've been saying this is what I wrote a piece about for Lakers, nation dot com explaining why it was such a big loss bigger than what fans see because Avery Bradley is like Alex Caruso he's like Danny Green. A lot of the best things that he does don't show up on the box score. So it's easy to look at the box score look at Avery Bradley, stats and go. That's nothing. That's no big deal you can replace that. But that's not where his value comes from his value comes in ways that don't show up on the box score his value comes with his tenacious defense. His value comes not just in stopping his man but woody energy he provides out there on the cord because it transfers to the rest of the team. It spreads his energy on the defensive end. It does you know it I, know it. We've seen it. We have seen over these last few three or four games. We have seen the value of Avery Bradley. That's one of the big takeaways so far and I'm not saying that to be pessimistic or the Lakers can't win or say they can't defend because they absolutely can't. But I'm saying don't discredit avery Bradley and just blow it off as nothing that he's not in there I think these games have proven just how valuable he is because we've seen how different the defense looks without him out there and that matters that absolutely matters. Good Question Michael's Rod from facebook said, trevor is avery still ours next year. Okay. Michael so yes and no. What he has is a team option. Now he's got a contract just over four million and he has I'm sorry team option a player option. So here's a player option for next season. He can pick that up. There might be some better offers out there for, but we don't know what's going to happen with the salary cap yet we don't know what's GonNa look like we don't. The salary cap is tied to how much revenue the League is bringing in and with Kobe the League, a lot of money. Now, there has been some talk about artificially suspending the cap and that means it's about one hundred, nine, million right now that means the NBA would just pretend like time froze the revenue was the same. In. The leave, the cabin one, hundred, nine, million. If you don't do that, you're going to have some teams that felt like they were well below the line they have plenty of breathing room who suddenly are over the cap and that changes all their plans or teams didn't think they'd be paying the tax the luxury tax suddenly find themselves in a situation not. Their fault at all where they're suddenly paying the luxury tax because the cap so much because revenue dropped so much and the NBA doesn't really want that scenario. So it's very possible that the salary cap stays on one hundred, nine million. Now, what does that matter for Avery Bradley will it's going to help impact the amount of offers that are out there will a team give avery Bradley their full mid-level exception is that possible? Would the Lakers tried to give him more if he opts out of his deal? It's also possible that it. feels like the salary caps going to bounce back up not this off season but next offseason maybe he picks up his player option returns has agreed season and then tries to cash in the following year. That's also possible. But the bottom line is out of the hands. If it was a team option, I would say, yes, one, hundred percent they're going to pick it up going to keep him but it's not it's a player option and it's the same story with continues couple pope same story, which avail McGee Rajon Rondo, all those guys they have player options they will get to make the decision. Comment here, facebook Martine Morris has been pretty disappointing to the Mark Morris has not been great. There's no getting around that. I feel like he's looked pretty sluggish. He's looked like he doesn't really have his legs under him and maybe that's to be expected I. Think with Markeith we have to remember he didn't really get the training camp that the rest of the Lakers got. He came in late and he looks like he's behind he looks like he's behind the rest of the group. I am hopeful that he can pick things up and maybe get better over the next week or so and get ready for the playoffs. But right now I agree he he's not look good. Hasn't been great for him. Comment, from Youtube, it's sad that Kouzmin is our best three point shooter I mean is that a is that a bad thing I don't like on the one hand protocol Kuzina for knocking down shots because how much did he take for not hitting shots all season, and now he's been a much more consistent threat from behind the ARC but. It's also indicative of just how bad the Lakers have been. The ARC they've been shooting terribly in fact let me check the NBA Dot com stats again. And See if they've updated. Yes they have. Okay. Let's take a look at this. It's not GonNa be pretty you guys. It's not going to be pretty. But. Here we go. Let's see. Last four games. In the bubble. Oh. Oh. That's bad. Okay. So the Lakers according to this over the last four games they are only shooting. Each. Forty percent not from three from the field forty percent for and they were I believe they were tops in the League and field goal percentage heading had forty percent from the field and twenty five percent from three. Ouch that is a serious shooting slump, but again, it's only four games. So hopefully, that will right itself at some point. Hopefully, there is a positive regression to the mean coming. But that's ugly. Twenty, five percent from three that will not get it done and yes. Like some people are saying that as bad field goal percentage. Yeah. That's hurting. That's not good at all but again. We. Have to stop and think are they really that bad? Is this team really that bad from behind the ARC are they really bad bad from the field I would say, no. I would say, no, they're not that bad. I think what we're seeing here is some rust and small sample size. Hopefully. That's the case and by playoff time, they can kinda right the ship and get things going in the right direction. At some point, there's going to be a blow up game because these percentages aren't gonNA stand at some point they're going to have a game where they shoot fifty five percent from the field and forty five percent from deep or something something is going to swing and it's going to push things back to their average but right now it's not pretty. If those percentages do stand. They're not winning. That's that's that's a fact. You can't win an NBA championship shooting forty percent from the field twenty, five percent from three. It's not gonNA happen. So things have gotta turn around. But again, when you look at that you, you know that numbers artificially low. They're not that bad of a shooting team. It's not good. Not. Good. Not Pretty. But again, they are better than that. Jason Nam from facebook says there are really not trying right now they clinched the first seat. Yeah. That's exactly that's what we've been talking about. They clinched the seed. That's what we saw in the effort in this game. They looked like players that no, Hey, we're going to the playoffs. I want to not get hurt. That's my number one goal. Let's go out here and not get hurt. Casey P still banged into Chris? Paul. That wasn't great but they look like they're trying to knock it hurt. I, think that's that's certainly a factor. So he from using Youtube, says I shoot thirty three percent from deep congratulations maybe you can get a purple and Gold Jersey you can be a Laker. Dare you stone from facebook said, Danny Green will play better. Yeah. Look I agree again, Danny Green is a great. No. Have people been frustrated with the season. Yes. Is this bad no, he's not. He's a better player than this than what we've seen. We have to have faith that he's going to get things going. Here's a great comment. from Youtube people think people actually think that LBJ is going to play this passive when the playoffs start then you haven't seen him play. Maybe, they haven't. What Lebron last season we did not see playoff Lebron because the Lakers didn't make the playoffs. If you're a basketball fan, you've probably seen the Lakers. You've probably seen Lebron play. You've seen Lebron play in the playoffs. But. Still Different. You pay a little bit more attention. He's wearing that purple and gold. So. People who are concerned probably weren't paying a ton of attention when the season was waning. And it was over in the cavs new with their spot was or the heat with spot was they probably weren't paying too much attention to what the Brown was doing with like five games on the schedule four games left on the schedule nobody freaked out if Lebron was applying that well. But now now you're seeing him in a Lakers Jersey nursing them looked terrible. And you're going oh no. What if this is the broad? kind of what he does. This is essentially preseason mode. Lebron is not expecting to see this guy in a few games, and if you games I think we're GONNA see Playoff Lebron. Hopefully. He still has that top top top tier that he can take it too. But right now we're not seeing it and probably for good reason because again. The goal right now is health don't get hurt. I think that's what we're seeing I. think that's a great point. That people who Lakers fans who haven't seen. Lebron. In the last few games of the season when he was with another team maybe weren't paying attention to that stuff. Probably are bit surprised seeing what we're seeing of the Ron Right now in our in our worried. And maybe for good reason, they'd be worried after what we've seen. But again, this is kind of the way it goes. Tyler via block buys into my conspiracy theory he said `I, legit think they through the game tonight. Did they throw. What are you guys think? Did the Lakers throw this game to try to stop the Houston Rockets from getting in to that for four or five seed. Our No. I don't think. So I'd like to say no, but Vogel did have a comment and I'm paraphrasing but he had a common before before this all started. Where he talked about how even once the number one seat is locked up, they can kind of manipulate the standings a little bit. I took that to mean that okay. You know they're going to go all out against some teams where it'd be advantageous to knock that team down. But could it be that? Maybe they took their foot off the gas for a team that they wanted to see win. Possible I don't think so. But I suppose it's possible. All right guys we're going to do a few more. I've got a lot of people saying they threw it people say I hope they threw it. Like I don't blame you I don't blame you after what we saw. we've to come in here from facebook Bobbin. Patel says, we don't want to play Portland Lillard will kill our guards look if the Lakers play. PORTLAND. We're going to get even more of an indication of just how impactful avery read. The is because you're not GONNA have avery Bradley to put on either Damian Lillard or CJ mccollum and that. That is a recipe for disaster. Now, I'm not saying the Lakers would lose that series, but you look at the way use of nurtures playing the difference that he has made out there. We've talked about this ad nauseam. It's a tough match-up. I'm not saying the Lakers lose but I'm saying if it's the grizzlies in there I feel pretty comfortable. The Lakers are gonNA sweep them it's going to be a four game series. If it's the blazers I think it's going six maybe even seven. That's the difference and I don't want those minutes being put on the Brown being put on. Eighty. I Want Games where the Lakers can blow amount by twenty and the bronze resting for the fourth quarter. That's what I wanna see, and that's what I think is more likely if you're playing the grizzly if you're playing the blazers while bronze plan forty minutes, ABC's playing forty minutes and the series going long. Especially when the Lakers are lacking guys who can actually defend these high scoring guards on Blazers, and if Javale McGee doesn't get things together, which is going to be a problem. That's why it's not that we're scared of the I get people saying that all the time the Lakers should be. To go out there and play whoever's in front of them. If they're really the best team, they can beat anybody blah, blah, Blah Blah, look I, get that and I want to have that bravado and everything. But the bottom line is I want them to have the clearest easiest path. To An NBA championship. That's what I care about. Above. Everything else go. Will they win a championship? I want them to have a clear path straight there. I don't want to have to see them to struggle against the Blazers Blazers and the struggle against the rockets. Why? Because it just increases the likelihood that something could go wrong somebody could get hurt somebody has an off series. The next thing you know a few games get stolen and then suddenly you're balanced out. I don't feel like that's newly as likely to happen against. The Grizzlies now, it doesn't seem like the grizzlies are going to be the they've lost jaren Jackson junior they're continually losing games. Not Great. Not Grade. So what's the best case scenario for me right now? I'm Kinda rooting for the. Spurs. If anybody is to jump up I would feel more comfortable playing the spurs than playing the Blazers. and. Again, that's not to say that they can't beat the blazers not scared of the blazers they can deal with that. But I think it's going to be a longer series than we would ideally want. Scott King said would Rajon Rondo start again once he gets clear well, he wasn't starting before. So I wouldn't expect him to start I. Don't think he's sliding into Casey piece spot or anything like that. I don't think Rondos. GonNa Start. When he comes back. Real heavyweight championship still Lakers vs clippers. Yeah. Absolutely. Absolutely. Agree. Joseph Stroman says, so you're not going to mention the PELS. The PELICANS look the PELICANS would be a lot of fun. But I'm saying I am more 'cause. I'm more concerned about the blazers and the Pelicans, I'd be more worried about that squad. And again I think for good reason because the PELICANS getting their absolutely they're a good team there a young team. I would feel more comfortable playing a young team like the Pelicans though that a veteran team with a guy who can go nuclear like Damian Lillard, with the Blazers. That's where I'm at with that, and the only reason why skipped over the Pelicans is because I would rather see the spurs than the Pelicans and the spurs have been playing good. But I would rather see them than the pill Pelicans have a higher ceiling if they get it together, so I would rather play team like Spurs. That's all no disrespect for for the PELICANS or the Pele acres as I like to call because they've got so many young young former Lakers on that squad. Jabari Wilson. Do you think Lakers fans are overreacting to one loss? It's kind of what we do. This this is our thing is overreacting to losses overreacting to wins I try to stay on an even Keel as much as I can and to their credit a lot of people in here in the Chattanooga doing a good job as saying I'll it's just one game all these things they you know they they already locked up the one seed. This game doesn't matter all of that. More than I would have thought. Are doing that. But there are still a few people that are very concerned and again with how bad the Lakers load and how bad they looked against the raptors at I get why there's reason for concern not saying there's none. But I'm not ready to panic at this point. It's not where I'm at. quinter you gotta be says I'm rooting for the Pelicans Fair. Fair enough. Yeah. I'm fine with that with rooting for the Pelicans if you want to see them. Again, I would rather see them than the blazers. Take it's a better matchup. Ivan grow. Said you you think the Lakers really are trying I see I don't WanNa? Say not trying like they're giving up. I think there is not one hundred percent we saw like eighty percent tonight. I think that's what we saw. So Lakers team that. Wasn't that they weren't trying they just weren't incredibly sharp. They were incredibly motivated. Think the number one and there was let's not get hurt. And again in a game that does not matter. Can't change their standing at all. I can understand them wanting to to do that. Derek Stone says it's gotTa be rust. They're missing wide open shots. Yeah. I'm again I'm hopeful we're only a few games in small sample size. I'm hopeful they're going to be an epic progression to the mean I hope happens in the playoffs and we're going to see a game to game three games where the Lakers are lights out. Because again, they're not this bad of a shooting team there does not at some point it's going to get corrected. If Toronto makes the finals and meets with the Lakers who wins Gosh I have not look Toronto again I was so impressed. So impressed with their defense I would have to think they've the end of the day the Lakers talent would win out. Because I think the Lakers are overall the more talented team, but you know what the raptors. Incredible stuff so much credit to that coaching staff so much credit to those players really enjoyed the way they got after it on the defensive. End. Yeah that's a team that has something to be proud for. Proud of I should say. Sean Tait why did Danny Green forget how to shoot? because he was quarantined pets I mean that's probably where we're at right like we they haven't played basketball on four plus months. Again I keep going back to is really this bad of a shooter. So I think it's going to swing. That's point. Question from Youtube who's your rookie of the year and MVP? All right. I'M GONNA make the homer pick on MVP, and I must say Lebron, I'm Lebron just because I feel like there's too many out there in the mainstream media right now. That are completely dismissing Lebron. You can make a very strong argument for yours. Don't get me wrong, but it drives me a little crazy when I see people out there saying all the MVP clearly Yoenis you can't even make an argument for Lebron it's not the same. Really Lebron has been tremendous. The Lakers are the number one seed in the western conference. Yes I know the bucks are number one in the east. Yoenis has been good. There's no question, but so is Lebron. And I don't think that Yoenis has been so much better than Lebron that they're not even in the same discussion I think they absolutely are. Tell me. Oh narrative doesn't matter for the MVP. Race narrative absolutely matters look at when Derrick rose one look at all the Times Kobe didn't win when he was the best player in the League and the MVP is going to Steve Nash. Now. The Steve Nash was in great. But there were times where Kobe legit deserve the MVP. And he didn't get it. Because the narrative wasn't spending his way. Narrative absolutely matters and if I'm looking at narrative I'm seeing a thirty, four, thirty, five year old the Brown James, who's turned in the season that he's turned in he absolutely deserves credit for an MVP caliber season. As far as rookie of the year. He's been tremendous and Zaylon missed a ton of games. No long-term. If you told me, hey, you can have one of these guys taking zone. He's got the high ceiling. That guy could be unstoppable. But in terms of rookie of the year ongoing jaw, I'm GonNa Drummer for sure. Somebody saying, we need to think about pulling any green a few minutes into games I think the vogels pretty committed to getting something out of Danny Green and it should be. Danny veteran player Danny Green was brought in specifically for this. For this environment for the playoffs. When the pressure's on, that's why they got Danny Green has he been great so far? No. But I think you gotTa keep the faith that at some point it's going to turn around for him. Do, you ask Anthony Davis to play more at center in order to be able to enhance the lineup? Yes. I. Do expect to see more Anthony Davis Center in the playoffs. I think so far during the regular season, we saw a lot of good play from the Lakers with a traditional center with Dwight Howard which avail in there. We did. But so far since the restart. That hasn't been the case having a traditional center has often been a hindrance for them especially on the defensive end, and perhaps that's also symptom of Avery Bradley. They haven't been nearly as quick to recover to three point shooters or recovered guards, and that's caused them to get lit up from behind the ARC by by quick point guards. So the way to counter that would be to play more Anthony Davis at the five. With some quicker players on the perimeter. So when you have to switch things when you have to close out and get to the three point line, you can do that a little bit easier than when you have a big lumbering guy like jailer like Dwight Howard out there. So I do expect to see more at the five especially in insert matchup. So they're playing the rockets who don't even run the center at all. Right like they're only true center Tyson Chandler. They start a six seven and under lineup you're probably not going to play those traditional centers very much. The Clippers go small quite a bit using mantras heroines is they're five. Against that squad I would also expect to see a lot of Anthony Davis at the center some teams like if they didn't play the Grizzlies Grizzlies bronner traditional center with iota, mounts Eunice. That's where you can play your jail. Your Dwight. Howard. A little bit more. Hey, it's matchup dependent but in general overall. Yeah I think we're GONNA. See more eighty at the five. Okay guys. We're going to do one more by the way I am going to be Hawk hopping on in about an hour layover I'm going to be hopping on Lakers talk with without sleep over at ESPN. So we're going to go back and forth a little bit at at eight fifteen. So make sure you guys check that out too. That's going to be a blast. I Love Allen's one of my favorite guys in industry. questionnaires is trevor. Why aren't you on the coaching staff? Look. I Have I've gotten over the years of covering the Lakers I feel like I've gotten fairly good at breaking down the action on the floor and figuring out what's working and what's not okay. Maybe not pizzas level or anything like that as far as breaking down the encore action that guy's. Ridiculous when it comes to break into I've got stories. I could tell you about him and the way he's broken down stuff but but I feel like I've gotten pretty good at that. It's very different to transferring that messages to players on the floor. I have coached a little bit of basketball but not nearly enough to where I could step into an NBA locker room and start tell start telling, Lebron? James. This is what you need to do in this situation they are going through stuff that has way more advanced than what I'm going through with you guys than the things we're talking about here. It's very different. So I appreciate the compliments but no, I'm not the Guy To step into the coaching staff or anything like that. Feeling back wise Krugman not getting the credit. He deserves. I think he is. I think a lot of people have come around on CAL Kusa. And I think we've seen some really good stuff out of him. We've talked a lot about him on this show how good he's been and you know what? I'm happy for him I. Really Am Lakers fans were not pleased with all season. We talked all about the KUZMA roller coaster he's up he's down. He's all over the place. You couldn't get a consistent performance out of him and so far at the very least on the defensive. I think we've seen consistency out of him at least when he's not defending Luca Danni. was ridiculous to begin with asking him to defend sick. But I thought cruise was done a nice job doing a nice job defending quite Leonard we've seen him make some strong plays on the defensive end of the floor and then the shooting has for the most part been there. So I hope he keeps it up but I think we've gotten a good sign of what cow coups McCain be for the Lakers once it all comes together and clicks and that's a really good player. Mike Sauce I like that shirt trevor. Thanks my wife. Got It for me for for Christmas one year. Think it was this year and Yeah. It's one of my favorites. Let's go one more. One more already talked about Mark Morris. Aw here we go. Jason Dams Quinn Cook Not Cooking Yeah Quinn Cook the Guy I was irrationally excited about in the off season I was hoping hoping hoping that his ability to shoot forty plus percent from three his ability to score out of the pick and roll with little pull up jumper, which is what NBA teams are taught to give up now is the pull up jumper out of the pick and roll and he's maximize that I thought he was going to be so useful on the offensive end that it was going to make up for any of. His defensive deficiencies but it hasn't happened hasn't happened for him this season and that's that's disappointing. He does have one million dollars guaranteed on his contract next year we don't know whether or not. He'll be back We did see him get a little bit of run in this game. I thought that he looked good in the first few bubble scrimmages. He looked good trying to capitalize on the opportunity of Rondo being out of what that provided, but you know what overall it just he hasn't been able to to mitigate his defensive issues. On enough with his offense production. I think that's what it all comes down to so. I still think it can be a useful player I. Just I don't know if it's going to be for these Lakers or not. I'm leaning towards. No. And that breaks my heart because he he seems like a very genuine very nice guy somebody that you really WanNa root for grew up as a Lakers fan. There's a great story there This is the guy who went out front of Staples Center and stood with Lakers fans as we all mourned over the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant on the day that he passes. The, you know the Lakers flew back into town day He stood out there with fans and I think that's something I will always remember Quinn Cook for but I don't know that he is going to be the guy to really make a difference out there on the floor and again, it pains me to say that because he does seem like such an incredible guy. All right guys. Let's wrap things up there tomorrow right back at it. Back to back the Lakers, take on the Houston Rockets. We'll be right here after the game talking all about it will break everything down. Appreciate you guys joining us make sure that you do subscribe to the Lakers. Nation Youtube Channel I've been putting a ton of content there summation. Check it out the Lakers nation. Youtube Channel. 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Lakers vs Heat- Everything You Need To Know

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Lakers vs Heat- Everything You Need To Know

"Bleeding purple and gold from the heart of Los Angeles. IS THE LAKERS NATION DOT COM podcast euros Trevor Lane. Hello, Lakers nation. Welcome in overlain here for the Lakers nation dot com your home for everything Lakers. Now, we know we know who the Lakers are going to be facing in the NBA finals just about twenty four hours after the Lakers, themselves punched their ticket to the finals so too did the Miami Heat that's right. The Classic Lakers versus Celtics NBA Finals is not going to be happening in this year in the Orlando bubble instead it's Lakers versus Miami. Heat and let me tell you this is going to be a good match up. It's going to be a lot of fun. Maybe it doesn't have the history behind it that the celtics matchup would have had but I think this is going to be a really really good matchup. It's GonNa be a lot of fun on both sides. There's some really interesting wrinkles that they Miami he can throw at the Lakers and at the same time you look at. The Lakers you look at the top talent you Lebron James You look at Anthony Davis the Miami Heat don't have anybody on either of their levels either of them but they play together as a team. It's going to be a fascinating series to watch. So I wanted to make sure we come on here and we talk Lakers basketball with you. So if you're joining me from facebook from periscope from Youtube welcome in leads Talk Lakers in the NBA files. Guys I'm not. GonNa lie I didn't sleep much last night. I probably slept maybe about four hours or so because I was so fired up about the Lakers being in the NBA finals and now we know for sure who the opponent is going to be in. That is those Miami Heat we will over the stats and everything from the game in just a moment I do want to dig up here the schedule for the finals now that it's official. Toronto and put it out the day. So here's what we've got four the finals we've got it starting up on Wednesday. It's going to start at six o'clock Pacific Time we'll be game one. The Lakers will be the home team not that that kind of stuff really matters. At this point, we'll go Wednesday Friday. Then Sunday for the first three games We've got a two six o'clock time. So Wednesday at six Friday at six and then Sunday at four, thirty, Pacific Time. So that's going to be an early game Chris. The masterpiece masters text me right now that he also. Didn't sleep very much because he was so excited a Tuesday would they'll the them play at six o'clock and hopefully that's the end of the series. Hopefully, the Lakers went in for and we celebrate championship. But obviously, that's it's tough to predict that there will be a three day break. Then Friday will be the next game on October ninth, and that's also a six PM start and then Sunday For. Game Six would be October eleventh at four thirty Pacific Time and then the final game game seven would be Tuesday. October thirteenth at six P. M. if there is a game seven, hopefully, it doesn't come to that. Hopefully, the Lakers just win it outright in four or well if they stick with what they've done so far when in five games that would be great to see. So scheduling. Wise. That's not the ideal scenario right I mean what we were all hoping for what I was hoping for anyway was that they would go to a game seven not that I could bring myself to root for the Celtics I was rooting for a game seven and hoping that would happen for one thing I was hoping that it would tire out both teams a little bit. A little bit more, and then I was hoping it would give Anthony Davis his ankle a little bit more time, but he does have until Wednesday. So that is a decent layoff for him to kind work on that and get as close to one hundred percent as you possibly can and Lebron didn't have a bruise and I believe it was his thigh. and. So that's just to kind of keep an eye on, but I would assume NBA. Finals they're playing right those guys are going to be out there. They're going to be playing I love the fight that we saw from both teams tonight with with Miami with Boston both teams clearly very very badly wanted to go to the NBA finals wanted to be there. In the end, Miami just executed a little bit better. You saw if you watch the game tonight, you saw how good their three point shooting is how that can really make a difference and we'll get into stance in a moment but Boston actually dominated Miami on the offensive glass and getting those second chance opportunities. But Miami close that gap with their three point shooting in their overall efficiency on the offensive end. So that's going to be the challenge for the Lakers just can you slow them down? They have so many guys who have very quick trigger Duncan Robinson. That guy has eight lightning-quick twitter trigger and he's really good coming off of curls. So that's something that's going to be. It's not easy for a guy like, say a case ep to chase him around a screen. So that's GonNa be something to keep an eye on Bam out of bio, Bamut of bio is tremendous Lakers just dealt with dickel Yokich, which maybe that gives them a little bit of a feel. But Bamut of bio brings you a very different element to the game not quite as skilled as Yokich is but breath Lennox, certainly more explosive than yoke and so there's going to be a challenge there I think you got if you're the Lakers, you have to start Dwight Howard because he has the best shot of at least bothering Bam to some degree Bam was absolutely tremendous tonight. Anyway let's get into some stats and then I'm just GonNa talk about your questions. We're going to break down the entire matchup. Don't forget guys make sure you do subscribe to the Lakers Nation Youtube channel do me a favor and hit that subscribe button over there. All right. Let's take a look at some stats right now I'm not even GonNa hit the graphic because it's not really laker stats. This is Celtics and Miami Heat stats on the night. Obviously, we know that the Miami Heat got the win one, twenty, five to one thirteen. We saw from the heat side we've got Bama by thirty two points fourteen boards five assists one steal eleven of fifteen shooting, ridiculous efficiency and ten of eleven at the free throw line ten of eleven. That's Anthony Davis ESQ AT THE FREE THROW LINE FOR A. Big Jimmy Butler eight of nineteen not super-efficient of three from deep. Not Great. They're six thousand from but eight assists this is a guy who can't control the offense he was a plus eighteen on the night terms of plus minus twenty two points and then the Guy I, talked about Duncan Robinson five of seven from deep. This guy is a sniper absolute sniper. I know he doesn't look like a basketball player, but he has a sniper. This guy will light you up from behind the ARC. If you are not tied to them, you cannot leave him for a second because he has such a quick trigger and he is so accurate shot forty, four percent from three for his career. You can't leave. So the Lakers, you're going to have to be very careful that they don't help off of Duncan Robinson and the way that helps out the Miami Heat. Is, it opens up driving lanes, open up space for everybody else because everyone knows you cannot leave this guy otherwise it's an almost automatic make. He's even good hitting them on the dribble and off the fly. So that's that's going to be a challenge GARAGIC. Goran Dragic we've talked about playoff Rondo playoff dragic. PUT A. Eleven points tonight nope. Sorry. Thirteen points just updated thirteen points on the night seven assists four for eleven to five from deeps inaugurate efficiency but he's been tremendous. He's been a veteran leader for this Miami Heat. Squad of course the guy that you all want to hear about tyler hero tyler hero I mean. Who would have thought his age? We're becoming and making the shots that he has nineteen points in a game to go on to the NBA. Finals. The Eastern Conference Finals Tyler hero tremendous shot making ability eight of thirteen shooting plays with so much poise. Just nothing seems to shake him seven assists as well. They're ball handlers like Goran Dragic always there setup guy you're seeing a lot of setup from their wings and from their bigs and that's what makes Miami a little bit difficult to guard because most teams don't run that way most teams don't run the ball through their wings and through their bags as initiators. So you've got tyler hero picking up seven says you've got Jimmy Butler eight assists bay amount of bio regularly gets a lot of assists tonight again, fourteen boards and five assists those aren't typically where you see initiation of an offense coming from coach. Eric's full strength is tremendous, very, very good and so that is going to be a challenge for the Lakers. Adjustment Process. So we've seen that so far we saw the Lakers, take a game to adjust to the Portland Trailblazers and kind of trying to figure them out. We saw the same thing with the Houston Rockets we saw them have adjust some things to deal with the Denver Nuggets I. Think we're GonNa see the same thing here against the Miami Heat because they play. So differently because they don't have their point guard as. The Guy who setting everyone up and controlling the ball. You've got a lot of other guys getting in on the act, and so that's going to be a challenge for the Lakers to adapt you. But I will say this one of the things that's been most impressive about the Lakers in the playoffs has been their ability to adapt. Look what they've done. Right in round one against the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers win. Twin Towers, you add Hassan whiteside and use of Merkich, in the paint at all times trying to force the Lakers to shoot outside just wanted the Lakers. Do they tweak some things developed better outside shots start knocking them down against the rockets they bench their centers. That was one of the big strengths of the Lakers defense was having valley and Dwight Howard at the rim protecting things back there and against the rockets, the leaker said, well, all right. You're going to play small. We'll play small to we'll beat you at your own game when you don't have a speed advantage anymore, our overall talent advantage is going to win out. So they completely adjusted their strategy and took the rockets apart with it, and then it gets the Denver. Nuggets we saw Javale get pulled out of the starting lineup Dwight Howard get put in. We saw some different things in terms of how they handled a high scoring guard like Jamal Murray, and the Lakers took care of the Denver Nuggets again, in Five Frank Vogue Luna's coaching staff have shown ability to adapt, and they're going to have to do the same thing here against the Miami Heat because they're going to be hit with some wrinkles that they have not seen yet. Also say that the Miami Heat with Bam. That's another tough center that they haven't really seen yet in terms of his mobility terms of what he brings on the floor for the Miami. Heat. That's going to be an adjustment getting used to him compared to Yokich going to be an absolute adjustment, but the Lakers will enter this series as the favorites. There's no question you go look at the betting lines I'm sure they're out already the vegas betting lines will have the Lakers as the favorites to win an NBA championship. But they still have to do it. The job is not over as we've heard several Lakers say they have to get in there and beat this Miami Heat squad by the way they are to ano- against the heat on the season but the season has been so long it's hard to count stuff that happened back in November when here we are in September I don't know how much stock to put into that. So even though we can say, yes, the Lakers haven't lost to the heat yet things have changed a lot and in particular that we've seen in the bubble that has changed is the young players have had more time to grow look out different Taylor Horton Tucker is now compared to where he was last say November. It's a big big difference because the season is stretched on. So long we're seeing younger players make bigger impacts as though they're now in their second year because time-wise they kind of are, and so that's where suddenly you've got tyler heroes stepping up Bam at a bio hitting another level. Crazy. So the Miami Heat have some weapons that maybe they didn't have. When the Lakers played them back and say November right. So just keep that keep that in mind I, DO WANNA get into your questions and comments here. So let's dive into all of those coming in from Youtube from facebook from periscope I'm taking your questions, your comments. Let's Talk Lakers basketball for a little bit and get ready for this match up with. The Miami Heat I guess the the big narrative is spoke versus Lebron. If there's anybody that's GonNa know Lebron James Well one of the people it's really gonNA known. Erik Spoelstra. Does bolster have some tricks up his sleeve in order to slow down Lebron. James. That's going to be really interesting to see and also let's not forget the Miami Heat traded midseason for a guy named Andre Ebola and they got him for just this eventuality. In case they ran up against the Lakers in the NBA finals. Now I know it's a little bit of a surprise that the heat got through to the NBA finals most were predicting the Milwaukee Bucks maybe the Toronto Raptors here we are the heater there, and now they have a guy who won a finals MVP by Defending Lebron James Back when he was on the Golden State Warriors and Andre Adela. He's going to have a little bit inside knowledge on how to defend the brand that doesn't stop them but they're mamie he'd have IGUALA. They've got JAE crowder it. Also Jimmy Butler they've got solid wing defenders to send Lebron James but that said. I think it's going to have to be a big anthony. Davis. Series, we're going to have to see some physicality from him inside I wouldn't be surprised if we see a lot of Jae crowder versus Anthony Davis when heat goes smaller and going to use that size to his advantage for sure. People saying you're making the case for the heat to win. No Look I. I'm just telling you guys I would I'm picking the Lakers to win this series. There's no question about that. Okay. I'm just trying to say the heat don't overlook them don't look and I don't think there was any team in the playoffs that you should overlook. The heat or a good team and they're playing at a very high level. Don't go into this feeling like, oh, the Lakers have got this the last time that most Lakers fan vans went into a series feeling super confident. That was in two thousand four. Hopefully. You guys know what? I'm talking about. What happened in two, thousand, four, they lost to the Detroit Pistons I remember all the talk was. Oh well, the Pistons defense might be good, but they can't score on the Lakers. Then workout five game sweep. Pistons One Don't go in overconfident respect your opponent. That's what I'm doing here. I, WanNa break down what it is that the heat brain because they can't offer some real challenges to the Lakers but that said again. The Lakers have a guy named Lebron James. There is no one on the heat that can match that the leaker of Anthony Davis there's no one on the heat that are at his level. Now after that, you can say the next what? Top three players in the series after Lebron ad are probably on the Miami Heat I. Mean We look at what Goran Dragic look at Bam out of bio. Guys like that Andrei. Turns it up Dunkin Robinson can make a difference like I think they've got more depth but the Lakers have the two stars. We'll find out what matters most. All right. So I've got coming here from facebook. Our defense will be the difference. Let me tell you. It's going to have to the defense will have to be the difference and here's why. Not. Only is Miami a good shooting team but that's kind of what gets them going right getting those three point shots to go through. They take a lot of them not quite as many as the Houston Rockets did but they take a lot of threes. They shoot a decent percentage, thirty, five, thirty, six percent as a team they have been shooting pretty well in the playoffs specially Duncan Robinson they're going to do everything they can stretch the floor. and. So the three pointers big part of their arsenal. If you can contest though if you can get hands up, yes, they are still going to make some. But if you can get hands up on them, you can you can throw them out of their rhythm and for the Lakers. Their defense is the most important part of their offense the Lakers half court offense is still not great. It's not a dominant half court offense. Yes. There's times when Lebron James just goes King James. Mode and he takes over and he scores we saw that happening game five Lebron James. said. I'm done I don't WanNa keep playing I. Don't want to play a game six. I'm ending this right now and he did. He's that good. Guy But in general, the Lakers offense is much much better. They get a stop or I force a turnover especially live ball turnover where they are deadly is in transition. That's the Lakers at their very, best fast break basketball I know it's crazy but the Lakers identity has reverted back to the showtime era defend like crazy and run, and that's what we're seeing the. Lakers, do when they're at their best and so it's going to be really important that the Lakers defense is on point against Miami and you saw they will throw in little things to try to catch you being overaggressive. They'll throw in some back cuts. Jay crowder is really good at them under egr Dolla is snick is a sneaky with them. They will drive along that baseline when you're focused. On the ball on Jimmy Butler. On Tyler Huron whoever they will sneak in with those baseline cuts, and so it's going to be really important for the Lakers defense that they can test every shot that they force Mrs and that's going to allow them to get out in transition. So again, the most important thing in the finals and just in general is the defense period for the Lakers there are a lot of other things that matter you got rebound got a box out gotta hit high percentage shots, all of those things, but the defense is at the top of everything for the Lakers. And I guess we should throw out the old cliche. Defense wins. Championships right. somebody from Youtube took the name Pumpkin Seeds I. Guess Appropriate for this time of year says, are you at all nervous about this series? I don't I'm more excited than nervous I think Miami plays so well as a team that they can exploit some things but what I've seen from the Lakers has given me some confidence in terms of their ability to adapt like even if the Lakers come out and lose game one, the Lakers have done a really nice job of adapting to whatever an opponent throws at them. Right, they don't do it right away. It's not like first quarter ends and the Lakers switch everything they're doing and start throwing new plans at their opponent that hasn't been their Mo. it's been once they lose then they switch things. That's what we've seen. So it's this adaptability though that makes me think that whatever Miami's throwing at them the Lakers will figure out a counter to it maybe it's going big maybe it's going small maybe it's trapping the the pick and roll may there's lots of different options but whatever there is that gets thrown at them. I feel fairly confident that this coaching staff is. Going to find a counter to it and be successful in that. So I'm confident in what the Lakers can do but I also respect the talent of the Miami Heat and the level of basketball that they're playing right now i. think they are playing better team basketball than anybody in the playoffs in terms of all five guys being on the same page. I think they've been the best at that but typically we see talent went out and the Lakers have the top end talent sometimes like in two thousand and four that isn't the case. Hopefully, we don't see a repeat of that. I've got a few people asking me what the best starting lineup will be some people saying zone. Yes. Oh One, hundred percent be prepared for zone Miami likes to throw those in I. Think the Lakers will be ready for it but. Outside shooters Danny Green. KCPT. They've got to be ready to shoot and they've got to be knocking down those shots that's going to be critical when the heat throw in his own. Now. As far as my top starting five, I start the same group that started against the Denver. Nuggets I think Dwight Howard massively outplayed. Javale McGee was not clubs and I think the minute show you everything Jamila played two minutes in game five to white played thirty five minutes. It wasn't close that doesn't mean I don't think jail can still be useful but dwight was so much better that you can't go back to jail for game one you have to stick with white and beyond that I think that Dwight's physicality gives him a better shot of dealing with Bamut a bio then jail would have and I could be wrong. You know it's possible gerbils length and athleticism might give him a little bit of an edge but on paper I think Dwight is the better matchup with Bam and I liked white on the boards a lot better than jail. He makes much bigger. Impact there doesn't get pushed around as much and so I'm starting Dwight Howard pay and then my other starters, the same I'm going with with Casey. PM Going with Danny Green Obviously, Lebron and Anthony Davis. Those are my five starters going in I believe that's what Frank Vogel is going to do, and then you kind of tweak things from there. If you need to see more Rondo playoff Rondo stay with US stay with US playoff Rondo. If you need to see ads Caruso, those guys you need to bump up their minutes. That's where you can kind of tweet things. The big question for me also is Khouzina. What happens with Kusa can he finally break out and have a big series because we know cow Kuzma ceiling is much higher than what we've seen so far in the playoffs. The Lakers of simplified things for Kusa, they have made it. So his role in the offense is is very limited to where he he only has to do a few things and they've just asked him to play defense and try to take open shots and we still haven't seen a whole lot of success from cosmo. We've seen some very shaky moments I'm hoping that at least one game here in the finals he will. Really kind of breakout but I don't want to do those get sucked into a young player versus young player Tyler hero versus Kuzma thing like he did with Michael Porter Jr. a little bit in the nuggets around that is something that would be careful of, and if I'm getting even a hint of the bad kuzma coming out, I'm running a lot more markeith. Morris if I am if I'm frank mobile you just. And I like. I like a lot. You can't mess around in the finals. K. kouzmines ceiling is high but if he's not there if he's having a game where he's down here. You can't you can't afford it. You can't have him on the floor if you've got a good alternative veteran option that is going to give you more consistent play and will be marketing Morris. That's what that was. One of the benefits of the Lakers getting Morris was in case Kuzma was bringing it fetus didn't have it or whatever. You could turn to Morris any can fill a similar role and I think that that's what we may end up seeing the finals but again I'm I'm not giving up hope on cow crews my I still think he's got a breakout performance them. I'm seeing Lakers in four I. Love the optimism I love the optimism. Jail from Youtube said, can Anthony Davis recover from the ankle sprain in three days I? Hope so I can tell you what the Lakers are going to do everything in their power to make sure that ad is as close to one hundred percent as possible realistically is he going to be there? Is he going to be one hundred percent? Probably. Not that's just that's reality. Okay. But he's going to be as close to it as possible and the bottom line is it's the NBA finals. It's the finals you go out there and you give everything you've got. and. That's what I'm expecting to see. Somebody said I don't think he can still keep up with Lebron coming in from Youtube agreed agreed I don't want to and if I oversold Eagle before that's my mistake I don't want to say this is the same dollars a few years ago. This is an older also older Lebron. I still think he would all. I. Can turn things up. When he wants to kind of like we've seen Rondo turn things up in the playoffs and do things that we didn't see there in the regular season. We're going to see the best out of hundred dollar. He's not the lockdown Andre that we saw a few years back. Now. He's not that guy but what I wonder is, can you do enough in saint ten minutes a night on the Bra maybe fifteen minutes on the Brown can you do enough to bother Lebron and then he's giving some little tricks and tips on guarding Lebron to Jae. crowder to Jimmy Butler. That's what I'm wondering that. I think that's where you're dangerous. Kuzina it's your series. Somebody says I hope. So I m pulling for. Kyle Kuzma. I. Hope that he's able to turn things around. Will the Lakers go back to at the five? So that is a good point. Good question I do expect to see a lot of Anthony Davis the five because what do we see out of Miami? We see a lot of small ball. Okay. Not Not as much as the Houston Rockets obviously. But when Bamut of bio is in, it's not like they throw in another center. They don't most of the time they go small, right that's the way they run. Occasionally, you'll see Kelly Olympic in there in order to space the floor but tonight the Miami Heat essentially ran a seven man rotation. That's it. These are the guys who got real minutes Bamut of Bio Butler crowder dragic Robinson. Tyler. would. that. Was it now Bam played thirty nine minutes but that still means you've got You've got nine minutes there where there's no true center on the floor and they're playing small. I. Think in those minutes for the Lakers, you're seeing eighty at the five and then because they're starting, they're technically their power forward. They're starting power forward really easy either I mean it's probably Jae crowder. If you WANNA, try to you know put a square peg round hole it's probably Jae crowder. So the Lakers can run ad at the five and have him defending. Bam It's possible. That's a wrinkle that works out very well for that maybe eighty s athleticism. And length allows him to keep up a little better with Bam then even Dwight Howard I think that's a possibility too. So it wouldn't surprise me to see a lot of Anthony Davis at the five in this series and the Lakers going smaller and again I don't want to say they're small because they're never really small they I mean they had technically small lineup out last night against the nuggets and it was anthony. Davis. Markeith Morris Lebron James Cal Kouzmin Caruso. Every player aside from from Caruso was six eight and up but they didn't have like a a true center old school style center on the floor. So maybe we would look at that as a smaller lineup the Lakers never really have a small lineup but Anthony Davis. At the five as something that I think we can see more of in this series. Robert Zola Trevor. Do, you know we haven't seen Lebron in finals mode yet, but we saw Lebron in I'm done mode last night didn't we against the Denver Nuggets? We saw Lebron just locked in and say you know what? I don't WanNa play a game sakes. So because I don't want you, we're not going to I'm going to end this thing now in fact, crusades had a great post. From. Yahoo. where he said he said before the Game Lebron I'm paraphrasing here because I think there were colorful language in there but Lebron, Said said I'm ending this thing tonight, just watch something to that effect, and then after the game he walked by Christine's on the way back into the locker and he says see I told you he knew ahead of time he had a plan he knew he was going to finish that series in game five. Win Lebron his on it is on like that. He is unstoppable whether it's crowder whether it's Butler whether it's will not matter. If Lebron is playing at that level and that's again when I look at ceilings. This is why when I did my breakdown between Celtics and heat which one do the Lakers Wanna see I said, I felt like the celtics ceiling if they're at the very best was a little bit higher because I think their talent level overall is just a bit higher but the heat are playing better as a team and so that mattered that carried them in. This series. But again, if the Lakers are playing at their best their ceiling, I, feel like their ceiling is in a spot that the heat can't reach the heat talent. Wise. Are there with the Lakers but they play so as a team that they can bridge that gap in the talent and keep things close okay. It's possible for them to overtake. Again look we saw the Oh four Oh, four Pistons this is not in the bag by any means. But again, the Lakers will enter the series as the favorite to win a championship, which is exciting. All right let's do a few more. Any word on waiters if healthy, how can he help I have not heard anything on waiters. We have heard that he was shooting around before games looking like he was getting loose. Still he's been out. I would be a little bit surprised Frank Vogel turned to him unless it was an absolute emergency situation or if it was a blowout and you could just put them in garbage time minutes because he has played in so long but that said, there is the whole we talked about it. Last night on our post game show there is that whole narrative of revenge game. Right. Waiters, versus the heat getting his revenge on them, and he is a guy who can step in and score in an instant But the question is you know the Miami we've talked about this. The playoff teams are so good at sniffing out any weakness in your defense and exploiting it in a second if you're off by a step at most. They will find that opening and they will exploited. They will get it open look because of dion waiters has never looked instinct with the Lakers defense as much as I. Love what he does on the offensive end he's never looked in saint defensively. So is that a a risk that you're willing to take that waiters could cause. Some miscues on the defensive end and what if you wind up leaving open a three point shooter like Duncan Robinson. And then his jumpers not going on the other end. That's the downside of playing a guy like like John Winter. So I'm curious to see how Frank Vogel will approach the situation if waiters is truly ready to go. Somebody. Or the Lakers going out rebound Miami in the first game I I. Hope. So so on the night tonight, the Celtics grabbed forty two boards overall thirteen on the offensive glass, the heat grab forty, and only two offensive rebounds think about that. The Celtics got eleven extra possessions on the offensive glass and still lost why because the heat Sean fifty-six percent from the field fifty, six percent and forty, eight percent from three. You know what you already know what I'm going to say. There's a regression coming. We saw the regression game from the Denver Nuggets in Game Five. What do we believe? Hey, I always go back to this. Maybe I'm annoying about at this point, but do we believe the Miami Heat are a fifty six percent shooting team from the field? Do we believe they are forty eight percent shooting team from the three point line which would make them the greatest shooting team ever? Know. That means their numbers will fall back down at some point I believe against the Lakers defense they can. But Boston's a really good offensive team to in fact, they were the second rated defensive team in the playoffs. So I don't want to look at it and say, Oh, the Lakers defense is so much better than the Celtics Miami has no shot. No of Miami shoots like this. They're going to be trouble for anybody I just don't believe that they can do this consistently. Can they get hot and do this for a game? Yes. Can they do this all the time? I don't think so. I don't think that's reasonable to assume and speaking of which let me see if the stats have refreshed after this game. So right now, the Lakers are leading the playoffs in field goal percentage at just under fifty percent forty, nine, point eight Miami comes in seventh at forty, six percent, and again they shot fifty five, fifty, six percent tonight from the field and in three point percentage. The Miami Heat for the playoffs are shooting thirty, six percent from three. The Lakers are right behind them at thirty five, point, five percent from three. These teams actually shoot a very similar percentage from deep in terms of three pointers attempted Miami as seventh. So Ami does indeed take quite a bit quite a few more threes than the Lakers do, but they shoot a very similar percentage. So again, I don't believe Miami can keep up that level of shooting for any sustainable sustainable period of time, and that's where if they. To say what? Forty eight percent from the field even. In a reasonable three-point percentage and the Lakers hit the offense of glass the way that the that the Boston Celtics it. That's a recipe for success they're going to win that. Back. Let me check and see how many offensive boards. The Miami Heat give up. MIAMI. Gives up nine boards on average on the offensive glass, which is somewhere the Lakers feast. The Lakers only give up not seven point eight. So they give up a lot more offense rebounds. In fact, they are one of the worst teams in terms of giving up offensive boards. They also give up a lot of points in the paint, and that is also a place where the Lakers thrive and that's why in my preview. I said I preferred the Lakers see the Miami Heat. Because I feel like the heat's weaknesses match up with a lot of the strengths that the Lakers have in terms of rebounding in terms of giving up second chance points in terms of giving points in the paint I think all of those things look good for the Los Angeles Lakers The big thing for the Lakers is going to be defending the three point line I think if they do that well, if they can do that at a high level, they're going to be okay. Sealy from Youtube says, the heat is good enough to win two games. Agreed I. Think so as well I think they're they're really good. I think they could win too. In fact, my my official prediction I'm GonNa say, Lakers six that's what I'm going with. Hey, trevor. Do you think Lebron wants to destroy the heat for revenge on Pat? Riley? Why does he want revenge Pat Riley? He won championships there, and then he left on his own terms. Finally, Pat Riley kicked him to the curb the he wanted to keep him. I don't think there's any revenge or anything like that. Come in here from you to hey, trevor, the heat score evenly how can the Lakers combat that? So. That's another good point. In every round so far. The Lakers have been able to lock and okay. We need to do what we can to make. Damian Lillard job difficult. We need to do what we can to make James Harden's job difficult. We need to do to make Jamal Murray's job difficult and same thing with with with with Yokich with joker. Everybody else you're kind of lived with the Miami Heat have pretty balanced scoring. In fact, as I recall tonight, score was very, very balanced. You've got thirty two from. Bam. Twenty two from Butler thirteen from fifteen from Robson fifteen for me would Allah nineteen from hero you would a lot of guys chip again in fact. They're seven guys who played significant minutes. Only one of them. Yeah only one of them didn't hit double digits and the guy who didn't Jae crowder and he had nine. That is very balanced scoring and so that that's going to be up to frank. Vogel in the coaching staff to scheme around you're not. It's not like a team where if you take away like the rockets if you take away James Harden their dead in the water they're done. The heat aren't like that it's not like. Okay. Let's do everything. We can to stop Jimmy Butler, and that's going to solve the problem. No, that's that's not the way the Miami heater set up they have scores that can come at you from everywhere. He's any one of them as good as the scores the Lakers have seen. No. Paid there's no score on this roster as good as Damian Lillard as good as James, and even as good as the inferno Jamal Murray that we just saw in the last series no one on their team meets that but as a unit collectively, they are greater than the sum of their parts and a balanced scoring can present a challenge but it also can be a good thing for the Lakers because they don't need to get their defense out of wack trying to shut down one guy. Instead, they can play more straight up. Now the Miami Heat will throw in a lot of wrinkles to try to get open looks for a lot of different guys and it's going to be on the Lakers to try to rotate and figure that out but they don't have to sell up to throw everything out just one player. So some pros and cons, they don't know for sure where the attack is coming from but they also don't have to completely stress and get their defense completely out of sorts to where everybody else on the floor has to scramble and recover because you are desperate to get the ball out of James Harden's you don't have that element here too so that you take the good with the bad with that with that dynamic. Riley said the brown what win a chip again? So I think Lebron wants revenge. Okay. I. Didn't realize he had made that comment I'd forgotten at this point. If he did? My guess. To borrow a line from the Jordan Doc Lebron, took it personally. Somebody I'm sure is reminding Lebron of that before this series. Any little thing to get an edge? Don't leave Rajagopalan don't anybody open they're good. They can hit shots. Do you think it will be a good up among coaches. So. Yes and here's the thing. Frank Vogel. Wasn't. He wasn't like a highly ranked if there was like a power ranking coaches, Frank Vogel would not have been near the top Eric's supposed would be near the top. It'd be a mismatch. But what we've seen from Vogel this season? Suggest that maybe. We were giving too much credit to the or putting too much emphasis on the struggles in Orlando. Maybe Orlando was just a bad team. Because what we seem Vogel do with the Lakers has largely been successful. The differences he he's used the changes he's made the adaptation sees made between Games in playoff series have largely worked. And so I think it's not as much of a mismatch as you would think on paper that said, if I had my pick which coach do you want going into the NBA finals average or Frank Vogel I'm picking Spoelstra. Great he's been there. He's done it. He's a good proven coach. Very, smart guy. But. That's not a knock on Frank Vogel Frank. Vogel has been great this season. He's been been extremely good and. That hasn't changed in the playoffs. For some guys look I saw a stat that came out last night. And I thought was interesting. Frank Vogel. In one playoff run with the Lakers. Has Won as many playoff series the same number of playoff series as doc rivers had in seven seasons with the clippers. Think about that. Doc Rivers who was known around the League as great coach has won three series with the clippers and that's through the LOB city days. And Frank. Vogel, just one three series in one season. Obviously. It's not all on him. He's got the he's got Anthony Davis he's got good players that matters. But he's made some choices to. We've seen coaches with good players make bad choices. And things not go their way. Bring. Fogel is good coach as much as I say, yea, like the heat have an advantage in the coaching side of things. Don't take that as a knock on Frank Vogel I like what he's done this season. Do you think the Miami Heat are better than the Denver Nuggets? It's a good question I think both of them are similar in terms of getting the best out of their players I. Think both teams were playing much better than anyone would have projected heading into the playoffs. Both were. Their talent level. Which one do I think would win if they played head to head. I think Miami. But the with the wildcard is Jamal. Murray. If he is in this inferno motors I like to call it where he was just unstoppable player. DENVER. Probably takes it. But. It's close. It's really close I expect the Miami he does offer some real battles here to the Lakers they're not just going to say, okay well, you guys are more talented. We're going to wait. No, there's team is going to be throwing everything they've got at the Lakers. It's going to be a tough series I think. There's GonNa be some close games I think ultimately down the stretch you've got Lebron. You've got Anthony Davis and that's going to be the difference. That is what is going to make the Lakers come out on top. But Miami is going to make a sweat a little bit I think for sure. You'll be some nervous games. Who Do you think has the better series Lebron. Or Anthony Davis matchup. Wise. I like the magic for Anthony. Davis now, Obama Demayo is guarding him A. Maybe. I switched that up a little bit but I like the size advantage that he's going to have when Jae crowder on them I like his ability to run the floor and attack the rim. So I liked that a lot I think that the heat are going to send waves of wing defenders at Lebron and so overall I like Anthony Davis in this series. But that being said Lebron Still Lebron and I think when the time comes, she's GonNa go go nuclear so I think regardless of who they throw throw them. At the end of the day. Is The guy who carries the Lakers to a championship. I. Think. That's what we'll see. But just on paper matchup. Wise. I like what Anthony Davis brings I like the match ups that he's going to have. Okay we're GONNA do one more, and then we'll. We'll call it an evening here. What mismatch favors the Miami? Heat. Mismatch favors. The Miami Heat the center position. The center position amount of bio against White Orange Avail I think that's an advantage to the heat i. do think the Lakers have better centered play than say the Boston Celtics Dead I. Don't think he's GonNa go Berserk like you did here in game five game six, thirty, two points for. But I do think that he is still his ability to shoot from the outside put the ball in the Florida tag to facilitate. He's an advantage certainly for the Miami Heat. Also look at the Point Guard position, Goran dragic versus. Probably is going to be defending vending continues caldwell-pope Gore dragic is. A more effective offense if player than Casey P who's more of a spot, a player so I think there are some advantages but again. The question is the advantage of Drudge ICK versus Casey P. and then Bam versus a Dwight and then Lebron versus whoever's guarding him anthony, Davis versus whoever's got him the Lakers advantages I think are more pronounced than the Miami Heat's advantages but I do think there's going to be matchups that they will try to focus on and try to exploit. All right guys. All right I said one was the last one but let me finish with US larmer called from from facebook. If the Lakers win the finals with the broad, be the MVP or ad have a good chance either one of them would have a great chance. Either one would have a great chance of winning it. I, I'll tell you this. I hope that if it's close, it goes to Lebron. And for this reason, because if the Lakers win a championship that will reopen the Lebron versus Jordan discussion, the greatest of all time conversation will reopen I. Know I've already seen people online mentor saying no Jordan's still the greatest. Even Lebron won two more championships. Three more championships doesn't matter I get it right now our brains are wired do just instantly respond who is the greatest basketball player of all time food spit out Michael Jordan. It's like if somebody asks you what is two plus two, it's four we just accept that as the answer but I, think it is going to reopen that discussion at least a little bit. And what will shut it down quickly is if the Lakers win but Anthony Davis wins the finals EP. Now that it should shut it down. But that is what the Lebron detractors will cling to. They'll say see he's not even the best player on his own team he didn't win finals. So. If it's going to go to one of them. I would prefer to Lebron to strengthen that argument. But does it matter all that much? No. The important part is if it's going to one of them, that means the Lakers win a seventeenth NBA championship and that is the most important piece to all of this. All right guys, appreciate all of you joining me tonight talk a little bit about this obviously will be providing tons of coverage leading up to Wednesday's game. One of the NBA finals can't wait Lakers are back in the finals I'm super excited. Make sure you guys do head over to Youtube and subscribe to the Lakers Nation Youtube Channel we've got tons of content there. I'm putting up new videos every single day to. Keep you guys up to date on the world of the Los Angeles Lakers. So make sure you head over there and again subscribe and ring the notification belt as well and don't forget follow Lakers nation across social media at Lakers nation on twitter and facebook. 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LeBron, Davis, Playoff Rondo Go Off As Lakers Ground Rockets

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LeBron, Davis, Playoff Rondo Go Off As Lakers Ground Rockets

"Bleeding purple and gold from the Heart of Los Angeles is the lakersnation.com podcast with your host Trevor Lane. Let's go huge win for your Los Angeles Lakers over the Houston Rockets taking game three get it done on defense wage. And now are they to one series lead gotta love it. We're going to talk all about that tonight. We're going to break down the whole thing. So if you're coming in your joining this line from YouTube from Periscope from Facebook welcome and my name's Trevor lane from lakersnation.com joining me tonight. It's Chris the Masterpiece Masters. We're going to break everything down. We're going to take your questions your comments Chris. I was stretched. I was stressing this one man. I was stressing all the way up through the end of the third quarter and I felt like the game was right there for the Lakers to take it and sure enough. They got the job done. Oh man, Trevor. I'm so fired up after watching that I told you one of my buddies text me at halftime. It was asking me what's going on with the Lakers and I'm like, you know, I told him just wait just wait and not look what they did and that second half and I mean first of all prompts to LeBron James. How incredible is this guy? How lucky are we to have him look what he did tonight? He was scoring he would look at the Block you had the scoring like it's unbelievable. Like this guy is a he's a beast. He's like, he's a man amongst boys. He's amazing and he was amazing tonight playoff Rhonda real we gotta we gotta throw that out there Rondo Rondo came through in a very timely point in the game and and really was a key contributor and I was kind of starting to pull away in the third quarter and then Thursday last thing on my mind is a Laker defense man. Like they just they really clamped down they turned up. I mean they were just it was awesome. It was really good to see and I mean again LeBron was just in New Jersey. Double-u Chris, you just hit I think probably the three main takeaways maybe Anthony gets thrown in there is four, but that's it. I mean, it's it's LeBron. It's Lakers defense. It's it's playoff Rondo and I guess let's just start with John you mentioned the blocks those were incredible. We're going to get into a status on just a minute, but the effort I felt like the Rockets were pushing to try to just try to you know blow the game out. They were pushing to try to really take a lead on the Lakers and give themselves some some kind of a boost and LeBron wouldn't let it happen. That would that was a LeBron saying no, we're not losing this type of game at least through the first like 2 and 1/2 quarters. That's where most of the points were coming from. That's what was keeping. The Lakers closed even though they were doing silly things like turning the ball over on fastbreaks. I be look I we didn't know what version of LeBron we were going to get because he's thirty-five years old. We didn't know if he could still do things like this, but on both ends of the floor LeBron was dominant tonight and he was a huge part of why they won and this game wouldn't have been closed. If it wasn't for him those first couple of quarters and from the very start from the very I mean the confidence LeBron played with tonight. Did you see like, I think I mean his first shot I think was a long-distance 3 and then he was just doing it from everywhere. He was fading away. He was hitting it the Deep ball. He was getting deep inside the paint and like dressing up like it was just like I'm just saying like he was just he was you know, I think he was saying the other day they're built different like yeah the Lakers built different LeBron specifically. Yes. Yes boss man for a basketball player. I don't think we've ever seen such a hybrid athlete we've never seen like a guy with that size that speed that string, you know in a package that can still get around like the way LeBron does and those blocks tonight. Like I don't even know like I don't even know where you like was his offense more impressive or his defense and like believe me. I'm a Kobe guy. So I understand like, you know birth Sometimes you hear this stuff about LeBron and you're kind of like, okay, like everybody, you know get off his job. But like now that we're seeing it as Laker fans and it's for us it's like, you know, you gotta tip. Yep. He's unbelievable and like, you know, like there's a reason everybody puts them over so much and he's just he's incredible you definitely develop a new appreciation for a player once they're on your team right like that. That stuff does matter LeBron the the blocks definitely like the blocks or whatever but he's going to look at defensively and they should I mean those were those were incredible the chase down blocks that he had that he had shown know what it is about the Houston Rockets. It brings out the block party in Lebron because he has been going nuts blocking. He's having all these highlight reel blocks each one's Brooke. You have support Russell Westbrook. He actually had a nice game that I thought but but I also saw him hustling all over the floor sprinting to go to go launch a double-team on James Harden Walling off areas of the Court. He was I mean the energy level the energy That he expended was amazing and I was worried that he was going to tie her out. But fortunately he didn't have to do a lot of the heavy lifting in the final what maybe fourteen minutes or so of the game because somebody else showed up and that was playoff Rondo. Chris talked to us about playoff Rondo real quick. I'm going to fix my light so people can see me a little bit man. He's a real thing and he was off Rhonda was just I'm sure I'm seeing everybody in the chat here is talking about playoff Rondo, but you know his events what he was doing defensively and offensively was just so timely in that young man. I think he got maybe a couple steals or two functions and then he was hitting I mean anytime you get Rhonda was hitting that outside ball. I mean that's always a welcoming side, but I think a lot of you got a steel up hardened God live. I think he hit the three that might have put us up on the rockets and then after that even he was able to tip get a steal on Harden and then get off. On the break and finish so I mean just really really timely stuff and I loved it because we're just one step closer to I play off brand new jersey for you. And you're going to we're proud. Hey, actually, I ordered it today and Chris. I I I went ahead and ordered I said, you know what he was so good and I was having people asking me are you going to get a Playoff round New Jersey? I finally just went ahead and did it. I order today I did I ordered it. Hopefully it'll hopefully it'll be here in a few days and I'm glad he didn't make a fool out of me with his performance tonight, you know throughout the game throughout the game. I kept thinking. Okay. LeBron is doing well. Anthony Davis is Joan. Well, where's the third guy somebody what's going to push the way it felt like that game was right there for the taking for the Lakers. They were just waiting for a third guy to step up really contributing and we saw some good hustle plays here and there but somebody to really stepped their game up and I kept wondering is it going to happen and who's it going to be and it turns out it was Rondo. He was tremendous job. Yeah, we should give credit to Anthony Davis as well. He had a phenomenal night. I liked the things that he did especially on the boards his work rebounding was it was excellent. But the way the Lakers really wonderful thing in the end. It was the defense that turned things up and that just warms my heart because Mike D'Antoni and James Harden had just made those disparaging comments the other day about the Lakers defense and how and do you know Tony saying that they should be able to kill the Lakers own defense and hardened saying he can get any shot he wants whenever he wants and it was the Lakers defense that one this game. Yeah. It's totally was a man. It was crazy. Cuz I mean that first-half it was the Lakers turning the ball over right and the rockets were getting transition buckets and like, you know, we were hanging in there but you still you were like, oh the Lakers don't have any additional points and they're not they're not really playing that defense to get out on the brink but then everything switched and that second half man. It's like they really kicked it in the gear and I couldn't help but just imagine, you know wage. We're just talking about playoff Rondo. I'm just imagining Rondo and like a superhero costume with a little cake. You know, who's going to be our third guy? Who's it going to be in like, you know, whoever maybe the other guys aren't having a Rondo steps up, but I do want to see cuz I mean, you know Clues wasn't necessary our third guy Guide tonight, but he also had was doing some good stuff off the ball. Yes, making those cuts that we like and off on the tracks so much attention, man, sometimes cruises able to kind of get to the rim unobstructed. So, you know, it was a good effort on everybody's part but it definitely definitely obviously, you know, they they Embark was LeBron James and you know Lakers defense awesome and playoff Rondo, man, that kind of sums up this game. Like you said AP contributed but you know, I mean wage in compared it like just you know, LeBron really just kind of put his fingerprints all over this game Binny. Yeah, Chris you're killing it with the observations tonight. Yes, absolutely. The Kyle kuzma cutting to the basket has been such a welcome boo. Element I was so happy to see that last game and glad to see it continuing this one because that is a weapon for the Lakers especially against this Rockets team. That is so focused on trying to either pack the pain and prevent the offensive glass or trying to deal with LeBron kuzma is finding seems to cut into the basket and make a difference there. Let's dig into some stats. Let's get into that first segment of the show. We're going to talk a little bit about the Lakers stats and then we're going to be off of the fan questions and comments. Here we go. Lakers stats All right. So let's talk about the stats for this one. Let's break this thing down on the night Anthony Davis 26.15 boards six assists that is going to get it done that also had four turnovers. So that hurt a little bit LeBron James 13423 shooting tremendous 36.7 boards five assists 449 from deep four blocks only two turnovers on the night from LeBron, you'll take that and then the two other big stat lines that we got to talk about our Rajon Rondo playoff Rondo 8411 shooting three of five from Deepak Rajon Rondo just shot 60% from Deep 9. It says one steal he did have three turnovers but 21 points. He's a plus 7 on the night and then we had Kyle kuzma wage at 7 for 10 shooting three boards one block 14 points, and then Chris. Another thing we will need to discuss is the switch to going small and playing Markieff Morris at the center starting him in place of Javale McGee in the second place. Have for the Rockets you had 34 Westbrook eight board 6s says he suddenly was money from the mid-range was hitting that shot thirteen and twenty four shooting and 204 from Deep Harden 11 to 23 shooting 33-9 boards nine assists almost a triple-double for him for 3727 from the free throw line 16 points for Jeff Green gave them a boost but I felt like they actually missed Daniel house in this one who has out for personal reasons. And Tyson Chandler is also out for personal reasons, even though both are still in the bubble. So I don't know maybe we can connect the dots a little bit there, but I'm not going to speculate on that one page Chris. What's that lines really stood out to you from the Lakers side of things like which ones jump off the off the page well before I mean, this is kind of a Laker statue, but I'm kind of curious as to what James Harden off his total points. How much of those came in the second half cuz it just seemed like they were they played a much more efficient defense in that second half. So, I mean, I'm not saying you have those numbers in front of you, but I'm just I'm just curious George. About that, you know what? I mean? Because I mean that's when it seemed like at halftime Vogel made a defensive switch, right and it seemed like they were really committing to trapping heart and a lot more than they were in the first half dead. Yeah. Yeah, absolutely that defensive. So in the first half they and this is actually really smart by Vogel and I'm glad you brought this up Chris in the first game to the Lakers were trapping heart and it was working and then the Rockets kind of figured it out and game three and so that's where they went on that big run to the third quarter. And so, you know the rockets and James Harden even mentioned it the other day that they were they were counting for a trap. They were getting ready for the Trap figuring out all the ways to counter and all that kind of stuff and then they come out there in the first quarter and the Lakers don't trap and so that was smart by Vogel cuz he knew that the wrong like okay, we're ready for you guys this time and they didn't do it because they do they they surprised him and then they sprung the trap on him and by then they were out of their Rhythm the Rockets were dead. And so so that was really smart by Frank Vogel the way he ran that let's look at the team stats. Yeah. I don't know how many points Harden scored in the second half. I don't have that one in front of you. But the Lakers finish the game shooting 55% from the field of wild man that that's pork 47% for the Rockets Lakers were shooting 33% from Deep Rockets were 40% 16223 from them. I felt like the Lakers could have got more free throws. The Rockets were a perfect fourteen of fourteen for the line rebound battle Lakers win, 43 to 30. That's more like it. 9 to 6 on the offensive glass of that is much better 25 assist for the Lakers 23 for the Rockets. The turnovers were certainly an issue for the Lakers 15 turnovers only 10 for the Rockets and the Lakers did only give up fortunately it was much higher. So the Lakers were turned the ball over a few times late and didn't give up points because they gave up only 12 points off of those 15 turnovers, which is really not bad and the rockets gave up eight points of the paint blinkers 1 a.m. Battle as well $56 to $46. So we'll certainly take that Crystal. Let's talk real quick before we get into the fan questions and comments. Let's talk about this decision to move. By the way. I saw a comedy came through just a second ago. That was laughing at me for not saying Danny Green in the stats. There's not a lot to say about any green snot line. We're going to get to that but right now we're celebrating a Lakers win. They'll make us talk about the negatives just yet. I know people are frustrated and agreed that bringing up to any green. It's so far. It's such a thing in the chat, but like, you know, it doesn't if I know Danny Green did not contribute tonight, but I mean, you know, what matters is the guys we did get contributions from and Danny Green will have it have his moments. I'm sure absolutely absolutely let's and we will talk about any Greenberg now, we're celebrating the Lakers just got a big win in game three. So the decision to go to Markieff Morris Javale McGee played 7 Minutes Dwight Howard was again a dnp coach's decision wage. Did you think about that 23 minutes for Markieff Morris you look at a stat line 146 not that great for boards to assist one steal. But then he led the Lakers in plus-minus Markieff Morris was a plus tax. And so what do you make of all that Chris? Well, it looked like it was working was working out for them. And also when you looked at Javale McGee stat line and I kind of liked it, you know, I know JaVale McGee's office area post type of player but like Charles Barkley was kind of getting on him. If you're going to have them out there for those first few minutes, like, you know, whether you're you know, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or not. If you got a smaller defender on you like get into that pain and like punish them or at least try to call for the ball or a stretch yourself and when you look at your filmmaking that line and and you know, I'm not trying to pick up or anything, but you would just hope that if he's going to get those first few minutes you would at least be able to pull a rebound out of it or maybe get an easy bucket or something like that. And you know, he just he wasn't able to do that for whatever. Is Amanda just seems like I mean if that's going to be the case, then you might as well be running with the line-ups. They are you know what I mean, which just tends to be a d at the center and when it's not a d it's actually took us but Morris it seems like it's been a good contributor, especially when you point it out plus minus like I can't point to specifically what he did tonight outside of probably just play good defense. Yeah, Mom was it it was just more switch ability on the defensive add-on for as far as Javale McGee. Is that line? Zero's zeros across the board. Well, he didn't turn over in a foul. That's all if you're going to be the top 10 minutes or get it, please just get a Bounder a bucket man. That's like I don't know. It's just kind of frustrating. I don't know how everybody else feels about that. But that was a Berkeley brought it up and I was like, hey, you know, he actually has a good point on this one. This is Faith is a rare occurrence agree with Charles Barkley. Oh, I didn't think that was going to be happy but I also wasn't really thinking we'd be talking about playoff Rondo. But here we are and I couldn't be happier to talk about. Well I loved but yeah, I think I think Morris gives them that switch ability on the defensive end. He brings that toughness. Certainly we know about that. He's not the shot-blocker that Mickey is but we know that Morris is at least doing enough on that end of month to be a big body out there and to and to create some issues for the Rocketts. It's easier if Morris is going to switch on to say Harden he at least has a chance mean he doesn't really it's so that's where I am. Gotten it done. Now. We talked a little bit about how their floor spacing is actually been better with the bigs tonight. The Rockets didn't pack the paint as much and I think that's something I haven't go back to in-game for because LeBron was getting to the rim that changed things quite a bit for the Lakers their ability to get into the paint. And then when you add Morris out there, he's just another floor spacer and I think given what he did last game the Rockets were definitely aware of that. And so that's that's read them out. Even a bit more the Lakers have been getting it done on defense though. Like I said, they've been doing a nice job shooting the passing Lanes cutting things off. It's it's looked crisper with this group. So in game one a line of definitely looked better and it made a lot of sense for why it look better but I actually saw the Lakers take some elements of the big line up and deploy them in the small line of they stuck Alex Caruso in the dunker position at one point along the Baseline and he actually got a layup out of it. He got a pass from LeBron got Rockets ignore him. Yes. Incredible wasn't that was amazing. But so the labor recognize it was it was ridiculous. But think about that I'm just wanted so much great stuff that I forgot about that pass. That pass was incredible. I mean look at what this guy is doing offensively playmaking. He's through a blogging at The Rim like again, I don't mean to go on a rant about this. Oh man. This is unbelievable man, like in everybody like what people are trying to say. Why is the best player in the league quiz a good player, but come on man, like liberal LeBron's doing man. He checks every box. Yeah. Absolutely. He did it on both ends of the floor passing shooting defense block shots with everything. He was a monster tonight and I loved that wrinkled that the Lakers through in there because the big difference of having the having The Bigs out there right having to bail out there having Dwight out there. You put them in the Dunkirk off the Rockets had to stick someone right on them. And that was creating space for the Lakers. Well, they they said all right. Well, we like that but we like our versatility on the defensive end with a small as a little bit more. Let's put Alex Carruthers. Down in that spot. Let's put some Smalls down in there and see what happens and it worked out. So I liked that a lot from the Lakers but let's get into the fan questions here guys. Those who have been commenting from Facebook from YouTube from Periscope. Keep tossing him out there. We are spending this whole next segment just getting into your questions. Brian content is already asking me what I'm drinking. What's in my cup what's in my cup a great night is water because when you're talking this much, you've got some water with you. It's the way it goes. All right, guys, let's get into the the fan Zone Lakers Nation fan Zone we go. home liquors nation and Zone All right. Here we go. So let's dig into the fan questions of Chris. Hopefully you're going to help me out here to raise questions. Yeah, I've been reading them. Perfect. Perfect. I am seeing a lot of questions about Danny Green we will get to that but let's go. Let's start right here so much. There's so many dating agree. The Lakers just won LeBron blue us Anthony Davis was a walk-in store on the boards playoff. Rondo is real big me out. A lot of people are pointing out are throwing Rondo in your face. I will say that like emphasizing playoff Rondo. So I think you know, I think this is we've talked about this a lot though. Like we kind of figured that Rhonda was like hopefully Rondo can do this game in and game out. You know what I mean? But we knew that Rhonda was going to come do for us regarding was going to come through for some playoff games, you know what I mean? And tonight was exactly that, you know what I mean? Like, you know, let's just hope he can replicate this a few times for us cuz man that'll really kind of change the game for us. Yeah, absolutely. If you can keep this up here is a hundred percent it Game Changer, but I want to talk about this a little bit. So the Rondo discussion. I've been seeing all the comments and everything in my mentioned saying see you're you know, you're an idiot. You're Rondo hater all this kind of stuff. Right? Why can't we just be honest with the Rondo discussion, right? I mean during the regular. Well, I guess here's what it is. There were there's people who drew thought that Rhonda was really good during the regular season. I thought Rondo had one really really good performance against Oklahoma City back in January January eleventh. He led the team to a win off the road second night of a back-to-back on the road. He was great that night. The rest of the season Rondo has not been very good in general over the course of the Season. Rondo has not been very good. He struggled with defense struggle was shooting right off and that's that's what we've talked about because that's what we've seen. Now that Rondo is the playoff version of Rondo is showing up and he's been instrumental in two wins. Like it's it's okay to say say positive thoughts. About them when they play well and negative things when they play like can't we just be honest with what we're seeing? I don't think it's something where you have to be a hundred percent. Rondo is the best from day one bout. We just React to what it is that we see out there on the floor and then go from there. I don't I don't feel like that's unreasonable. But I agree with you. You know what I mean? It is it is what it is. You know what I mean? Just calling you like to see a type of thing. So but you know, like, you know, Rhonda has probably been doing this so long ago when it comes to the playoffs like, you know, there's just another level that guys take the game to you know, be playing eighty-two games in a regular season and you've got ten or more years under your belt, you know, you know, you know, you have to pace yourself, you know what I mean? You know that you have to pick your spots and you know, maybe that's just kind of it. You know, he's he he he knows that there's a whole nother level to bring it to in the playoffs and that gives us a playoff Rondo, but I know we're supposed to be doing questions here, so I don't know if you found dead. If you think the particular I was finding the Rhonda ones, but I had somebody Stephen pain yet. I believe it was asked me the question said what did you like about the Lakers defense? So I liked the defensive intensity, especially in the second half the way they turned it up. I liked how I like how unpredictable the Lakers defense has been and that's not even just this game. The Lakers are doing things on the Fly there calling audibles and they're switching up their defense to keep the Rockets guessing and I really like that because the Rockets are one of those teams where they want to scheme and they want to figure out okay, we're going to use this to get into the paint here and then we're going to kick it out and then the whole Lakers defense shifts and they're caught off guard by it. And so I really like the flexibility we've seen from the Lakers defense and I think that's been a big differentiators, right the Rockets have one way they can play the Lakers have a lot of different ways. They can play and I'm feel like that is starting to matter. Yeah, absolutely. I think it totally is and I I the same thing you're saying. I love that they mix it up a little bit. You know what I mean? Like I love the and it's like you said Houston has kind of one style of playing that fire stick to another Lakers are just you know, they can go big they can go small, you know, they can you know, they're just showing you a lot of different looks and I think you know that might be part of what's going to just decide 5 series ultimately outside of the fact that we still just have the two best players, you know what I mean to better players in this series being LeBron and AD and not just think when it comes to sing LeBron what he was doing tonight. I mean, he's just when he has to he there's nobody on the Houston Rockets that can really guard him if he's really committed to scoring the way he was tonight. Yeah, absolutely when LeBron turns it up because like we talked about playoff around. Oh and there is a big difference obviously between regular season Rondo and playoff Rondo playoff. LeBron is a thing too. And I think we're seeing both. Yeah, I think we're and that's the thing too. I just want to point out real quick cuz you know, we gotta remember LeBron takes a little while to really kind of ramp up a little bit and what we might be seeing is LeBron kind of transitioning into age, you know, the playoff version of himself, cuz I mean tonight was probably the best game that we've seen him have in the bubble if you really think about it. It was definitely the best team offensively but it might be the best game all around when you look at some of the passing and the defensive players, but sorry, I don't mean to go on a rant. I know we're trying to tell you any questions if anything else here. Yeah, you're good. Yeah. I had a question asking me about the difference between LeBron's blocks during the regular season and LeBrons blocks during the playoffs and I understand what they're getting at. I think that's a it's a good indicator. Not necessarily the blocks are everything off. Not that sticky, right? I mean one game you might have an opportunity to get a bunch of blocks and next you might not right. It's kind of it Ebbs and flows, but during the regular season LeBron average point five blocks per game. So one block every two games. That's what LeBron did in the playoffs right now through the stats on ESPN are updated yet. So it's through seven games. He was at almost one block per game. So obviously that's going to go up so he's at over one block. So we're saying that. So far he has more than doubled the number of blocks that he was getting per game during the regular season. And I think that's that's not everything but it's a good sign of how LeBron is turning things up because he's committing even further on the defensive end of the floor and that's I mean, we're seeing it and the stats are showing it. There's much more urgency Behind These shots that he's blocked because of where we're at in the season and it being the playoffs and I mean you always go back to that famous block on Iguodala and you know, we've just continued I think that was a good. All right, and the the finals but yep. Discontinued this we've continued to see that it's not like, you know, a lot of guys usually that part of their game because of a lack of athleticism as they get older it starts to wane but LeBron still consistently done that ever imagine you've seen him every year even since then come up with these defensive stops. And it only makes sense that during the regular season like sometimes he's going to let those go cuz the baskets aren't as urgent at that point and sometimes you're saving yourself or whatever but now everything's much more magnified, you know what I mean? Every you know, the, you know pulling this game is a big deal, you know, like the what is it? The third game is very important in a series of like just kind of like a swing game. It is hundred percent hundred percent. It was an important game and LeBron stepped up when they when he really needed to Tip Sheet said Trevor guessing I'm guessing Kyle kuzma was not the X-Factor. Yes, a look was good. Yeah. So before the playoffs started right? We said I said Kyle coetzer know before this month. Restarted I said Kyle kuzma was going to be the X-Factor because I hypothesized the Lakers. We're probably going to spend more minutes playing small and they normally would and so we were going to have to see more minutes out of Kyle kuzma and that they were going a big performance out of him. And you know, I thought Cruise was good tonight. Obviously as efficiency was was great. What's what's happened though is Rhonda has stepped up to be the X-Factor and I could predict going in that home and aways going to be that guy because we hadn't seen playoff Rondo in what two or three years so we didn't know if he still had that in him. So that was why I was saying that if there's a third guy it's going to step up its going to need need Thursday, but I felt like who's my did step up tonight? He made smart plays didn't commit any turnovers 14 points on seven of ten shooting and I liked his cuts to the basket. He was over to from deep but everything else he wage was at The Rim he's contesting on the boards doing what he needed to do. So I felt like even if you don't look at him and say he was The X Factor in this game, I think he was a difference-maker and that's really what we wanted to see. Yeah, I agree with you. He was a difference-maker on The X Factor doesn't mean that he's going to necessarily come up with the like like Rondo did tonight. You know what I mean with the timely buckets and steals but he did his part like liver, you know, it doesn't ever usually always work out like that. You know what I mean that just because you're saying the guys in X Factor that he's averaging more points than everybody else on the team outside of LeBron and not be so I you know, I get where you're coming out on this. So Carol. Zarbano is asking from Facebook. Will they play Howard again in this series doesn't seem like it. What do you think? She doesn't really seem like it does it but the Lakers rotation if you take out I mean we saw JR Smith get some minutes today only three, but if you down McGee and you take out Howard your job you're talking about when eight man rotation rotation, which might be a little bit a little bit tough, right if you completely take the bags out of the rotation, so I don't know like Chris. What do you think wage? Maybe if McGee is not being effective. What do you think about maybe trying Howard in with the Stars or at this point you even mess with it? I just don't know like just the idea of of Dwight's of you know, Versailles is a really fast guy, but I worry about him having to go up and down the court when you got a Houston roster that looks like that you know what I mean? He's going to get beat down court is what I'm thinking but I don't think I think at this point, you know, you can start Javale McGee in terms of you know, because that's the lineup on paper but really what it comes down to is I think atheism to be playing your center match up because you know, because as a big man, he can do he's so versatile. I mean, that's why you know what I mean and you know, which it's just not really it seems like it's just not at this point. You never know Vogel might mix it up, but you know, it doesn't definitely seems like Dwight Howard is not going to be utilized but I think he will contribute to us going forward, you know, like against the Clippers and then yes, whoever wage Gone in the NBA Finals. So, you know, I just think you know, I I kind of like what I've seen when you've had a d out there for a stretch at the five and then even Morris at the five, it just seems like they're having a success with those matchup cuz all the guys are really coming through there on the court and you know, if development you are Dwight we're able to really just kind of go out there and and really kind of kill on rebounds and get easy, but I think that would kind of help their cause a little more I guess but again the matchup yeah agree I joined by no means is done as a Laker. It's not like you're not going to see him permanently his still part of the part of the team. He doesn't make sense this match up right now with what we're seeing with the way that they're finding success. It doesn't make sense to continue to use. There may be some time in the series and I wouldn't rule that out where you need to play them. But right now they're finding success with a small lineup. So you stick with that until it doesn't work. And then maybe you look to go back to them, but they will absolutely need him in the Western Conference Finals. And in the NBA Finals, you will need the skills with Dwight Howard because he's been good this season. Let's see. Let's get into a shout out to Alex Caruso to hitting our timely Thursday and I you know, I only Port that out cuz she's not necessarily, you know, he doesn't always that was a big three the one that he had tonight and it was nice. It was nice to see cuz usually with Alex Cochran always getting to the bucket or he's just slam dunking on somebody's head which always looks amazing coming from a guy that looks like that but, you know, very timely three on his part and just really fired up for these guys and they're looking really good. It was awesome. Yeah, it really was and here's here's a comment reminded me of a play that I forgot about cuz it didn't lead to a bucket Travis. Hey what Sarah said said short River Cruise made some huge Place hustle sabores. Great cutting. Do you remember the ball that was rolling out of bounds down in the corner Lakers and that puzzled to go get it and save it. I thought the the Rockets did a great job getting back. I thought it was a sure bucket for the Lakers wage. So they didn't wind up scoring off of it, but that Hustle but the hustle yes, I loved loved loved that everybody else on the court gave up and thought it was going to be an out of ball out of bounds ball situation, but who's man got there and saved and I think they got two cracks at the basket. They weren't able to convert but still at the point is is that Hustle Man? I mean, you know, we were just talking about Cruise. I'm glad you brought that up cuz I didn't want that to go forgotten, you know, and that doesn't show up anywhere in the statute. So he's not going to get any credit for it. But the coaches saw it. I saw it. I mean it was a tremendous play Colonel Michelle Johnson from Faith said, can we trade Danny Green for a Starbucks gift card? So let's talk about let's talk about this. Everybody's favorite Laker trade. Danny Green for Jeff Green Green Eggs. Jeff. Green was a guy that the Rockets picked up off of waivers are not off of where he had been waived, but they picked him up as a free agent. So yeah, not not great job. Jeff Green was really really good. Danny Green not so much but here's the thing. So Danny Green Eyes every call last game. He was not bad. In fact. Yeah, he was last game. He was three or five from Deep South which is what you want out of him and he had nine points. I mean, he he shot well tonight though. He was over three. So I get the frustration with the inconsistencies six boards tonight. Once Spanglish Skip Bayless was saying this as soon as he came over here, I mean you're going to have these like this is just how Danny Green is man. He's not he's streaky and he's going to come to Pura some games and then he's going to be pretty quiet on the other night a little maybe too quiet. But you know, as long as hopefully it comes through the next game so then he's kind of keep him that one-on-one off kind of thing going. Yeah. Yeah, you know what and that's not what really what you want you want that kind of inconsistency. So I keep hoping that Danny Green's going to put it together, but we know he's also talked about the mental struggles of being in the bubble and that he's kind of sitting around and all he sees are like the college It's online cuz they've got not much else to do. Oh my gosh, I know they gotta stay away from it. Absolutely. And so that's that's a difficult thing that he's been been dealing with. So that's you know, the mental side of it that can be pretty tough job, but that said, I'm still holding out. Hope that Danny Green is going to help the Lakers out and hits a big shots at some point. There's going to be some big green moments and speaking of which mention kcp he was only two Freight for the field but his two makes were threes and I thought they were pretty big threes from the corners that he that he knocked in. So, you know, not a huge performance or anything from it, but you may need. K c p. Oh, yeah. Yeah. I mean he didn't like yeah, he contributed wasn't a stand-out game for him that slowly but you know, I'm sure he was hustling on the defense and hopefully at some point so let's talk about okay Edwin Diaz said the free-throw free throws are a problem with the Lakers are still winning. Will it affect the Lakers chances of winning a championship so dead? Edwin on the night the Lakers shot 16 of 23, which is 70% 70% free throw line. Yeah. That's that's not great choice Antony Davis 8411 LeBron 6 for 10. So of there twenty three free throws twenty one of them came from LeBron and AD and then Rhonda took too. So it was all just those three guys. Nobody else got any free throws wage. Is that a problem? Like it's not ideal. It's not what you would want. Like Shaq got a way of the Lakers one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the league all the years. They had shocked because Shaq took so many of them off their percentage down, but they won despite it. So it's possible to win without being good free-throw shooting team, but it certainly doesn't hurt to be able to knock them down. I would like to see them make a higher percentage not been great from the line this year. Some of that is LeBron. We saw him missed two in a row early in this one. So, you know, how worried am I like I think it's something they can overcome. I don't think it's O Frome. Those are going to be the death of the Lakers. But at the same time it's not great. When you're only shooting, you know in the mid sixties to low seventies from the line because then you're you're leaving points behind that that could end up mattering. It's interesting cuz I was wondering if no crowds if that was going to affect real percentages at all. But really I guess it doesn't comes down to the fact. I don't know how much crowds actually affect these guys if they're still doing that kind of percentage and they're in you know, essentially what's you know for the most part an empty building, right? Yeah. Exactly. Karna Michelle Johnson from Facebook said Lakers suck Houston off the free throw line that was huge. That is a great point that we should learning already mentioned fourteen free throws for the Rockets. They made all fourteen of them James Harden in the single digits from the free-throw line had been adopted Eric Gordon. Sikora Russell Westbrook only took two and he was in attack mode all night. The Lakers did a nice job defending without fouling and that's that is a great but now I did. Like they gave up some uncontested layup sat the rim that you would have liked to have seen them challenge. But yeah, what you tonight? Yes, and and so that was frustrating but overall keeping the rockets off. The free throw line is a good choice. Well, most of those inside points when the first half though, it seemed like again, they clamped down cuz the point differential for the Rockets what they did in the first half confirm the second was you know, it was pretty telling yeah. Yeah. Absolutely Chris. I've already got people in here asking all about the the Master Lock of the night and who's going to be getting that wage which we will get there. We will get that. I've got Stephen Lopez. So here we put it in the master flock we will get to that but but first let's let's Jump Ahead a little bit and talk about next game. So wage. What do we want to see out of the Lakers Thursday night? What? What is it? What's it going to take next game? I just you know, I like what they're doing and keep mixing it up on the defense keep them guessing. You know what I mean? Because I don't think they're able to prepare for this and you know, probably just you know committing to probably I guess a d at the center spot and just kind of duplicating data, you know, the defensive intensity that they brought tonight, you know walk in and definitely a big thing this team is you know, that defense leading to steals leading to transition whenever they're doing that man. Like this team is at its best. Top-notch high intensity defense that's getting and deflections. You know what I mean? That was a big thing tonight. They got a lot of links on our team. So getting these deflections getting out on the Fastbreak get lots of buckets like that. You know, I think that's kind of a key. But yeah hundred percent. It's the defense you got to get it done on the defensive end and the defense is going to lead you into your office now early in the game. I was first real job. Lakers because they had to fast breaks both of them. They fumbled the ball away and the rockets got layups going the other way. So it's a four-point swing twice. So that's an eight-point swing of those place. But in general it when the Lakers get stops on the defensive end they're able to get out and run and they are much better than going up against a half-court defense when they can go and run and so that's something that I would like to see them continue but I need I watched in Houston Houston is a highest-rated defense remember in the bubble. So that's another thing, you know, if you have a choice, you don't want to have to battle. They're set defense. Yeah, you know, even though even though they're undersized and off position man, like, you know getting those guys on the brake and you know, that's just a much better option. So I will say no you're good. So I will say that in this in this next game not even talking ex knows our strategy or anything. I think the mentality has got a has got a really show through the that's going to be the big battle. That's what we usually see in this these situations because now the Rockets they know we can wage. Down 3-1 right way if we go down 3-1, we're a big big trouble here. So they are going throwing everything at them. And so I think the Lakers are going to have to weather the storm early and they need to just stay close because the Rockets are going to they're going to be taking their game to another level their their aggression. Everything is going to go up and if the Lakers can weather the storm and stay close. I think the Rockets will fade late if the Lakers can continue to put pressure on but they gotta have the right mentality where they've gotta absorb some blows and keep moving forward that's not always an easy thing to do. But again, I think that if they can do that keep a close they can win Thursday at the end and then be ready to put the series away. That would be great to see if they don't then next thing, you know, it's too too and it's a best-of-three series. I did have a question here and I'm going to hit you with something here in a second Chris, but I did have a question. Somebody asked you what is on my my clipboard? So this is from something I was doing earlier today a video that I put out about James Harden in in the videos that I post a dog. I've got this little running whenever I say James Harden's name whistle blows to whistle myself for a foul because you can't even say his name anymore without getting called for a foul. It's not just you stay in close to him. If you can't even say his name and so on my whiteboard, it's on my clipboard here. It's written dos hard and hide extra whistles in his beard. It's a little bit easier to see when my screen is not Not shrunken down like it is on on this broadcast bumper. That's what I put on this one. So there you go Chris before we move on to the master Wok of the night. What what's your take? Do you still start Javale McGee next game or do you pull the plug on that bench JaVale benched white and start Markieff Morris? Well, I first of all just the Friday and I just want to say I love your analysis as far as staying close and then tying and then then maybe fading out at the end. Let's not forget that this team has just came off of an emotionally draining and physically draining seven-game match up, you know the last series so, you know like has to be kind of wearing all these guys, you know, playing every other day at this point. So and as far as divorce, I you know, I would still give the big guys to play only because every kind of like you I like starting the game out with the big I like winning the tip and I I still would like to see if you know, we can't be punished them for being so small compared to us. You know what I mean at some point in the game and to give them a different look and if it's not working, you know, you just kind of make the adjustment like he's kind of been doing. Yeah. I mean you can you can pull Javale McGee two minutes into the game if you want. Hey go in the opening tip for us and okay. Now you're out they could do something like that, but just for consistency. I kind of like the idea of it particular job. As we know the Rockets are going to now go and make more adjustments. And who knows maybe they make an adjustment where Maggie is suddenly a better fit. That's always possible. All right, Chris. People are asking for it. Are you ready for the Master Lock of the night? Let's do it. Let's do it. All right, here we go. It's Master Lock time. Thursday after all right. So Chris, who is it that is being put in the Master Lock tonight who is being rendered unconscious thoughts from this game. Well, first of all travel, I just want to give you some props again. I don't know if I got to say it before but that video is awesome. Great job with that keeps great. As far as the master Wok of the night after careful consideration and I think Lakers nation and I think you are going to agree with me on this and I know you're going to agree cuz we were both a little frustrated with this but I think the wage Master Lock of the night has to go tonight to the NBA official because they I like it because Trev I mean nobody else was stood out as far as you know, really wanting to Master Lock outside of the fact that LeBron you could see the frustration and LeBron. How many times is he kind of getting to the bucket or in the wage and the referees not giving them a call? You can see the frustration with them and you know, I just think they you know, they don't officiate LeBron James fairly is what it comes down to because he's such a dog. Catholic the same thing that kind of did with shocks things that are fouls on normal guys aren't necessary files for LeBron and Shaq which shouldn't necessarily be the case. So, I don't know if it was Scott posture tonight, but I'm getting Master Wok. I like it. I like it. So in this game in protected, in fact, there was one sequence and it was maybe a minute or two apart James Harden comes down attacks the basket case if he goes up straight up to defend the shot and he fouls James Harden's elbow with his face. At least that's that's the thing the officials had right James Harden and I didn't think it necessarily intentionally cuz I'm going to shoot but he led with his elbow and it and it hit me in the face and it hurt him and the foul was called on kcp his face and then come down the other way and LeBron attacks hardened and he jumps up gets off his feet which has been one of the big factors of a guy leaves his feet. That's when the fowls called LeBron gets clearer contact shoots the ball and nothing no whistle and there were a number A place where LeBron was getting frustrated. So you're right. He'd it's not even that the officiating isn't fair. It's that it's not the same. It's not the same for LeBron as it is for other guys, and I know fans of other teams like to complain and say oh LeBron gets every call now he actually doesn't like we've seen at this season. He gets hammered and doesn't get calls. So I did feel like the referees kind of had a tough one tonight. It was a faithful performance from them. And and so yeah, I I think that's a good good idea there a Chris Master locking. So just imagine me rag-dolling an NBA effect until they pass. So that's the sign I think people are pretty pretty excited are pretty much in agreement with that. I'm seeing a lot of people are saying a lot of there's a lot of master's degree. Yeah. Oh man that cannot affect people are so mad at Danny Green and you know what part of it is, it's his it's his contract people are upset that they are making fifteen million. So they're the expectations are higher if Danny Green wage, And a veteran-minimum deal. I don't think people would be as upset, right? That's just that's that's a fair point. If we got a comment here coming in from YouTube said Rondeau should start the rest of the playoffs off. I don't think so. I that's not I mean is he playing out of starting quality? Yes, but right now it's working him coming off the bench is working and he's coming in to give LeBron breaks down. So it's working. I'm not messing with that. Well, you know, what's beautiful about Rondo is also if you notice tonight, it gives LeBron a chance to operate in different parts of the Court, you know what I mean? Cuz I'm not the one distributed. So like Rondo would bring the ball up and now LeBron's working his way into the post and he's just reeking havoc on their defense. So I mean, I think you know, that was a another girl tonight. They kind of stood out, you know, I mean, it's nice for LeBron and certain stretches to not have to actually be the ball-handler cuz you can kind of attack in a completely different way and that's something that both LeBron and Anthony Davis mentioned after game. One was having that kind of it's not that you're giving LeBron a break. It's that you're giving him a break from having to be the the playmaker and run everything because now Rondo can do that and Rhonda was pretty good in transition as far as hitting guys. So and that's what he's always done somebody mentioned and it just flew past. So, I'm sorry. I didn't see her name but they they said Rondeau played thirty minutes tonight that starters minutes and I think that's a great point. It's not about who he's on the floor when the the opening tip goes up. It's about who gets the minutes and 30 minutes. Like that's fine. Look, I mean remember Manu Ginobili didn't start but he was a major weapon for the team. You can still be an impact player and not be a starter. So I'm not worried about Rondo starting or anything. I think they go with with the way it is Colin Powell just to get a few of these in phone call it a night calling post is why mom was Dion Waiters not dressed because he's hurt. He had a groin injury. Got it last game. That's why you saw JR Smith get some minutes tonight. Dion Waiters is hurt. We don't know when for sure he's going to be he's dead. Back, so he's dealing with an injury right now. All right. Kevin Arthur's from Facebook is officially declaring his apology to mister Rajon Rondo. I was wrong. That's what he says. I like it. I like it like it by the way before we close out the show. Let's we should mention that Anthony Davis today was selected to the all-nba defense first-team have been defensive player of the year, I believe but all defensive first team for Anthony Davis. So congratulations to him. That's great. I was surprised there were thirteen voters took actually had Anthony Davis on their second team didn't have him as one of the top five departs in the NBA. That just makes like is there that much Laker hate out there or are they were just watching something else that could you not it blows me away have a big to have a big man with that kind of Versatility who can all you know, stay in front of guards and big men like that alone. It's just it's an unbelievable quality. So I don't know I don't get it either. Maybe we're biased cuz we're obviously Lakers Nation, but you know, it just seems like Hades a special talent when it comes to that dog. Like it says versatility alone should put him somewhere high on that list. Yep. Absolutely hundred percent. He's able to switch out on guards. He's able to to protect them for him. He does everything out there. And by the way, hopefully that that ROM jury that he got hopefully that heals up and hopefully Robert Covington is okay. Obviously, we could see the cut everything but clearly he was bleeding and so, you know best wishes to him. Hopefully, he does does not cover. I didn't always bleeding. Yeah, I got busted open. Yep. Yeah. He definitely did. All right guys, let's wrap things up their appreciate all the questions all the combat still coming in. You guys are tossed down here from YouTube from Facebook from Periscope great stuff tonight. We always enjoy coming on here and talking with Lakers fans right after the game. It's a it's always a blast Lakers are play the Rockets again and just a couple of days and they'll be looking to push the Rockets to the brink. Hopefully they can put push the series 231 that would be great to see so that's coming up. And after that game we will go live then and take all your questions and comments once again wage. We know where that make sure you head over to the Lakers Nation YouTube channel And subscribe and putting on all kinds of stuff there. I did a video today about the controversial statements from Mike D'Antoni and James Harden about the Lakers defense statements that I think they proved wrong tonight. So that was great. So you guys could go find stuff like that or in the YouTube channel and make sure you head over to lakersnation.com because they put up everything all the Lakers content you could ever want is Arthur lakersnation.com. So make sure you guys check that out as well. If you want to follow Chris on social media. You can find him at Chris Adonis on Twitter at Chris Masters 310 on Instagram, and you can find me at Trevor underscore Lane on Twitter at Trevor Lane be a on Instagram Chris final thoughts for we call it a night. I just like to give you props. I don't know if you've been waiting since Twitter started to be able to tweak this but I really enjoyed your bucks stop here today the Iron Sheik that was that popped into my head in the moment. That is not something I thought of a while ago. I just I just went out for that. You've been waiting. It's been way I wrote it down on a piece of paper like back in back in. I don't know like the last July and it's just been sitting for Be Clever, you know, that that popped into my head, but but I did find it funny. So I'm glad somebody else did to break. All right guys. Thanks everybody for joining us till next time stay safe and see you.

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Lakers Secret Workouts

Lakers Nation News Feed

05:46 min | 3 months ago

Lakers Secret Workouts

"Hello, Lakers nation welcome in overlain here for Lakers nation dot com, your home for everything Lakers today. We get to talk about rumors a conspiracy theories. That's right. Put Your Tin Foil Hats Q.. The X. Files Music. Let's go. Are the Lakers holding secret practices Gosh I? Love it. Guys make sure before we dive into it. The you subscribe right here to the Lakers nation Youtube, channel, and then ring the notification bell. Bell right there. Get notified every time we have new videos coming out all right, so the rumor comes from Celtics. Lover Himself Bill. Simmons starts this this comment all right. This was on a podcast that the Lakers are holding secret practices. Here's what he said Have you heard there's this L. A. Room right now that I haven't been able to crack of all the Lakers are playing at some rich guy's house. That's what he says Kay. Jj, rediker, who is on the podcast with him, said all right, so in regards to the Lakers, I've heard similar things, obviously nothing imposed on social media, supplying us with the evidence that we need, but there is a gentleman I. think is houses in Belair. WHO has a staple center replica in his backyard? He goes on to say my assumption is those guys are working out there. That would make a lot of sense. Okay, so this is spread quite a bit and the first thing I want to know is that Jj Redick says my. My assumption not that he's heard. They're working out there that he's assuming they're working out at that particular location now first of all, does that exist? Yes, hundred percent eight exists there is a guy named Steven Jackson and he does have a home in biller that has a replica staple center, floor, full-court, bells, and whistles. All of that NBA teams have been known to work out there the sun-sentinel how to story from years ago on the Miami Heat practicing their right teams. Go there. They use it it. It's available. It's known as location so. Jay rettig and you're thinking. Where could the Lakers be going? That's probably the first place. They'll pop up in your mind if you know you know. Hey, training centers are closed. The training facilities not not acceptable, so it would make a lot of sense and we've also heard that Lebron. James and Anthony. Davis have been scouring the area for places for the guys. Guys to work out, and so if you if you are Lebron, if you're a D and you're looking for a place to get the Lakers or workout in that would probably be the place to go, so that makes a lot of sense now. Are they keeping things secret? Keep it off social media. Yeah, that would also probably make a Lotta sense to do. But is it a full team workout well first of all, Bill? Simmons said all the Lakers no one hundred percent, not true one hundred percent. Why am I so confident? That goes Dwight. Howard is not there and he's not the older one, but we. He's the one we know. He's been in Atlanta. That's where he was was doing his social distancing. Himself Isolating Dwight. Howard has not been in La, so he's clearly not so it's not all of the Lakers. It's not truly a full team practice, and the other thing that I wanNA question is. Is, it just hey. The Lakers have been working out there. And suddenly that rumor of your played, the telephone game turns into all the Lakers at the same time. Work out because that's what Simmons is kind of insinuating here or implying here, is that all of the Lakers were working out at the same time, which would be in violation of NBA rules. Isn't it also possible that Lebron was able to get the guys into? Into this gym and they have one or two guys. Come in at a time. Sanitize the place when those guys leave, and then more guys come it like that's also possible, and you would still be able to start that rumor that hey. The Lakers have been practicing 'cause that wouldn't necessarily be untrue, but they could have been following social distancing guidelines and still getting in. That's still that's still plausible but is it also possible that the entire teams been going in there and working out sure and if you're if you're the Lakers new looking for the motive? This team needs all the all the edge. They can get right. They've already lost homecourt advantage that exist anymore. That's gone as soon as you go to. Orlando and everybody's playing on the same courts. There is no homecourt advantage out the window. They worked so hard for that all season, the number one seed in the western conference and it's gone. Just think about a potential match up with the clippers you would. Would have had essentially seven home games for the Lakers. Yeah, there would have been a dozen or so clippers fans in the crowd, but that would be about it right. It will be seven home games for the Lakers now instead you get to play in an empty arena with no fans. That's going to be Irian quiet and all of that it's Leonard. Dream right. That's the situation that you're now in. And there are some people who say Oh homecourt doesn't matter. If you good team should win, no matter what homecourt does matter unless you're the Sacramento Kings in its game, seven homecourt absolutely matters so the Lakers have already lost something so would it makes sense for them to be looking for some other kind of edge to give back that advantage possibly possibly right if they've been getting work in and other. Other teams have not and they're able to keep their chemistry. They're able to keep the momentum that they had four months ago. Almost then, yeah, look at that might make sense to as a as a plausible thing that the Lakers could do. There've been pictures of Lebron. James going at open run workouts. Ben Simmons is there as well. Alex Caruso has been been playing in gyms and things so. Look if they pulled it off. Okay, we'll see what happens. Hopefully it allows the Lakers to keep their chemistry as they head towards the NBA playoffs coming up on July thirtieth. Let me know your thoughts. Guys have the secret workouts. Really been taking place fired off the comments down below. Don't forget to follow Lakers. Nation on social media at Lakers nation on twitter and facebook at Lakers nation official on INSTAGRAM WANNA. Follow me. You can find me at Trevor Underscore Lane on twitter at Trevor Lane NBA on Instagram till next time, stay safe and.

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Lakers Dominate Rockets, Move To West Finals

Lakers Nation Podcast

55:17 min | 2 weeks ago

Lakers Dominate Rockets, Move To West Finals

"Bleeding purple and gold from the Heart of Los Angeles. Yes is the lakersnation.com podcast with your host Trevor Lane. Let's go. Welcome to Lakers Nation live your Los Angeles Lakers. Oh, they just blew out the Houston Rockets German sweep. Five games Lakers gave them one and then said no more Rockets. You guys are going home dominant performance from the Lakers in game five to take down the Houston Rockets wage to break it all down tonight. So if you're coming in from YouTube from Periscope from Facebook welcome and we're going to be taking your questions and comments and if you listen to the podcast version of this, please make sure you head over to Apple podcasts and r8000 view And subscribe to this show. We always appreciate it when you do that. My name is Trevor lane from lakersnation.com joining me tonight. We've got Chris the Masterpiece Masters before we dive into everything. Let's talk a little bit about our home. For tonight at that is manscaped guys be head over to manscape, You can get some amazing Men's Grooming products including the lawnmower 3.0 which is an amazing little trimmer that has LED light on it. So you don't make any mistakes in areas where you really really don't want to make mistakes and the best part is you guys can get 20% off and free shipping. All you got to do is use our promo code Nation twenty when you head over to manscape, so we would appreciate if you guys would go check them out Chris. Let's get into it. How you doing today, man? I'm amazing. I'm sure as I would guess you are and as I took his nation is all of Los Angeles is because we are back. We are going to the Western Conference Finals. We absolutely demolish the Houston Rockets, you know, the only time the Houston Rockets game on tonight and I was was Tony this but is when the Lakers took their feet off the gas pedal. I mean we dominate we doubled them up on rebound so much for small ball, you know, maybe it would be you dead. To have a guy over six foot seven out there, you know, maybe to collect some rebounds. But hey, you know, go ahead, you know, shoot your three pointers and do your, you know, your James Harden offense, but doesn't matter of life now cuz they're going home. And you know, this just feels good man. I mean what more could you ask for the Laker fan the Clippers lose yesterday the Lakers close out today. We're just sitting around waiting on I guess the Clippers. I mean, it's nice to make it out of their series with Denver. I don't know. We'll see but everything is good. Yeah, the Clippers just doesn't win one in the next two to meet the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. I mean, the only negative is the Boston Celtics getting through their game seven. But other than that gotta be happy Lakers get the win and you're right. So the Rockets small ball this whole experiment on one hand like I gave them credit for trying something different because they looked at their situation and they went. Oh, we can't beat the Lakers. We can't beat the Clippers. We can't beat the best teams in the league if we continue playing the way we thought So let's do something different now to the Lakers credit. They adapted I wrote an article about this for lakersnation.com today. The lake. They took that that Marine ideologies of improvise adapt and overcome and the Lakers took what the Rockets were throwing at them caught them off guard and game one and then they adapted they made the necessary adjustments and then they proved it to the rockets that they can beat them at their own game. The Lakers went small and beat the Rockets with small boat like how ridiculous is that the Houston Rockets have been playing small since way back in February and the Lakers just started really, you know, they've had some little stints in games where they went small but for the most part this is a big team and they switched to small ball and then beat the rockets on their own terms. That's amazing. Yeah. Well, I mean I totally agree but I mean, the only the difference is is you know, the Lakers still have Anthony Davis, right? You know what I mean? Who is you know every bit of six foot ten? So we're six foot eleven even so I mean, Just dominant performance. I mean I the small ball thing. I hear what you're saying, but there's just so many flaws in that. You know what I mean? There's so many flaws. I mean, I understand the analytics that 3 is worth more than the issue. You take a certain amount of Threes you get to the bucket you you avoid the mid-range it's lower percentage lesser points, but I mean, there's just so many flaws in it. And you know, when you face a team like ours off again, just when you have LeBron and ad out there, you know what I mean? It doesn't matter but I will say this I feel it almost felt to me like watching this series like we lost that first game and then it almost felt to me like a video game makers. I'm unlock some cheat code like in Contra up up down down left right left right ba. It's like they found that and they hit it and then they just the rest of the way, you know what I mean there there was a couple times where I think we had some stressful moments, but man like look at where we're at tonight man. Were you stressed out at all at any given moment as I say, what did you say actually, what did you say about the Rockets before we went on home? They came out they were did you say they were looked ready to lose? Yeah, they they looked like they they looked like they were ready to to lose this game. They came out looking like hey if the Lakers they were going to try but then if the Lakers went on a big wrong were going to pack it in and you know, maybe that's part of the bubble environment or whatever. But but Chris, I love that the the Konami Code bringing that up. Yeah. It's like the Lakers found the cheat code for the rockets and just what? Okay. Well, this is how we met you and and they did that I could say the last two games the last two games. I have not been stressed the first three games of the series. It was the edge of my seat living and dining with every shot which you know, how long I've done watching the Lakers playoffs game 7 2 2010 that was probably one of the most stressful experiences in my life, but it ended up great after game three. That was it. It didn't feel I am stressed anymore this game. It felt like the Lakers were in complete control. This reminded me. It's not the exact duplicate, but it reminded me of game five against the Blazers. Well where it felt like, okay whenever the Lakers Walsh To this game's over. Yeah, and I will get into the specifics of all of it. But I mean to me what's so great about this is how good do they look and it's just the most opportune time because now we're looking at the matchup like this next matchup is basically I know it's not technically the finals but this is the matchup. And again, that's assuming Clippers make it down past the Nuggets which you know granted they probably will but hey, you know, you can always hope I guess but they're they look primed and ready man, you know, I mean the Lakers look as good as they've looked awful defensively or offensively just the Synergy of the team. It's just like this is the time and I couldn't be more static about us looking like this at this point now going into the Western Conference Finals one hundred percent. Yeah, they they are peaking at this point. And so you gotta love that. I will say this. I think this is a great indicator of how just perfect wage. Right. This was I'm getting positive comments and the chat that are popping up about Danny Green. David grade is getting low in our chat right now. And I think that is a that's a great sign what we gotta give them some I think he went to hit like for 3 tonight. He might have actually been 4444 actually. I don't know pull up the numbers but now like I was that was funny. It's one of the notes I took tonight. I was happy to see how my oh cool Danny Green's having a good night tonight. So he's not going to get butchered on Lakers nation. And I mean and like this is the thing with the angry man. Like, you know, he comes he does come through and some big moments and he came back to big time and like again, I think he was for four four, but I might be wrong maybe missed one of them from the arc. Well tell you what what Chris I am super excited for tonight. Just because of the Lakers won but also because I'm not running the back if you watch last show you knew that we gave out three Lakers license plate frames. They say Lakers nation and they say and they say Mamba Forever on them. Let me see if I still have a job. Loaded on here. Nope. I don't have the image to load it on there, but they are very awesome license plate frames and it's a we're going to do that again tonight. And so before we get into our first segment, I'm going off the first question here. All you got to do is ask a question. And if we pick your question then all you need to do is go to my Twitter handle right here. Shoot me a DM. I'm at Trevor underscore Lane. Give me your birth name. Give me your full address and everything. We will shoot you one of these if your question gets picked. All right, so let's get into the first one here before we start talking Lakers stats first question of the night. I'm sorry. That's sorry. That's me. I was just trying to put on herself gets a channel going. We're all good there. Somebody is asking well and I'm not going to use this long as the question but some people are asking where my playoff Rondo shirt is it is on the way keep playing. Well Rondo, the the arrival date says 22nd. So apparently these things have been in high demand, so I'm getting it on the 26th. It is on its way to me. All right, here we go. Chrisman ask from Facebook Chrisman. Ask. All you got to do is go over to go over to Twitter. Shoot me a DM. Give me your address and I will send you the Lakers nation license plate frame. He's asking what is the biggest challenge with the Clippers? So yes, we're looking ahead here Chris. What do you think the biggest challenge with playing? The Clippers would be well, it's the same concern that I had throughout the season it's you know, outside of the obvious stuff. You know, they've got great Wings in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. It really just comes down to the man. They got a bunch of dogs. They got a bunch of kind of I felt like they were a tougher team throughout the season although you know, it's hard to say at this point cuz the Lakers have been looking so good lately and you know with the Clippers losing to the Nuggets it kind of you know, it might have kind of turn that turn that on its head. But yeah, I just think it was really just comes down to, Georgia. After this thing, I'm just hoping that the Lakers can match the Clippers and in that part of part of the game and if so, I don't you know, it's not like I feel like I know the Clippers are deep but I don't think they have the better Talent necessarily. So so that's why I'm saying toughness might be a thing going into that series as far as you know, we know Patrick Beverley is going to be out there. He's going to be boisterous crowd and like they got the mentality of that team and you know that with the Clippers the tough part is as you know, the Clippers like, you know, they might have lost the nuggets in that last match up but the club get up for the Lakers and they are like, I feel like they're going to mentally prepare themselves. They're going to come into these games with the Lakers, you know with Next Level intensity Next Level Focus. Like I did throughout the whole regular season. I mean, you know, they've other people have talked about this any time the Clippers really got up it was when they played the Lakers and I don't expect this postseason match up to be any different if anything the dog I was going to be turned up. It's going to be a chippy match up. I mean, I'd like to hear what the over-under is going to be on there being a fight of some kind or directions right there. Cuz there's a lot of Pride here, you know being in its cage match up and you know, you got basically the two best players in the game scoring up and Kauai and LeBron James and I say that cuz Kevin Durant's hurt obviously, so there's just so many interesting things about this and then even when you look at Paul George and AD like these are two guys have been so criticized for kind of their postseason performance and you know, can they step up in the big moments? So, you know, there's just a lot of that's going to be going on in this series, but you know again, I just I like the way we're looking right now. It's giving me a lot of confidence that you know, no matter how the Clippers broke or how up, they are for the matchup that we can offer them. Yeah. I think that's that's a good call going with toughness. I I do have confidence in the way. The Lakers are playing right now. I think for me it's the other guys on the Clippers. That's that's my biggest challenge. It's I know kawaii's yep. Is points and by the way guys if you haven't watched the Clippers lately watch How often Kauai is flopping if you guys thought you were frustrated with James Harden wait until you start dealing with Kawhi Leonard. These guys were doing the head flavor. It's like to rid of James Harden in a row, right? It's the same sort of style. Paul. George is doing the same thing. But anyway, it's it's the other guys though. It's can you stop Lou Williams from having a game where he goes from 4:20 or keep Montrezl Harrell off the offensive glass visas Jubitz has been playing very very well. Which hurts right here. It's those other guys keeping them from getting going. I think that's going to be part of the challenge. All right, let's get into Lakers stats and first segment of the night. Here we go, and we do still have more license plate frames to give out. So stick with us. bath Lakers stats Okay digging into the stats for your Los Angeles Lakers and oh boy. This is looking pretty the Lakers every starter is a positive plus minus and Thursday Lord. Danny Green is a plus 35 on the night how ridiculous is that plus 35 and it's Danny Green. Everyone's favorite 29 Points for LeBron James along board 7 assists two steals one block on nine of 18 shooting Danny Green 14 points 446 from Deep. We knew he had it in him. In fact every shot. He took was a 3-pointer Ford birds that we had Anthony Davis came in with just 13 points didn't have to do as much tonight 11:00 boards for assist for of nine shooting Markieff Morris boy. What a stand out tonight 16 points three boards name is Chris you talked about toughness. I think Markieff Morris gives you some of that six or seven shooting forward for from deep and then the boy who lived Kyle kuzma the sole survivor 549 Shooting three of six from Deep for boards one block 17 points and let's not forget playoff Rondo had a bit more of a quiet night three points five boards five assists looking over in Rocketts. Oh, wow. That's all kinds of ugly. Their PJ Tucker was a -38 - 38 LG Tucker hurting James Harden did go for thirty six thousand five. The only other rocket starter in double-figures was Russell Westbrook and he did it just barely with ten points. Every other rocket starter was in single digits while as well. Every Lakers star year was in double figures plus the Lakers six man with the most minutes on the night Kyle kuzma also in double figures that is balanced balanced scoring Chris anything jump out to you from those stats. I just said you with world. Just what you just mentioned. Cuz when I'm looking at all these numbers what stands out to me and even from watching the game is that the the the cool thing about tonight is wage. One particular guy stood out like everybody contributed to everybody like you can't I don't think there's anybody on the team that you could really dog tonight, you know ku's came through green came through Thursday, they all came through and and some fashion and you know, the scoring reflects that but like, you know, even Rondo. Yeah, he had a more quiet night, but he was he contributed, you know, I don't know what his plus-minus is. I didn't have that. In fact, you know it just everybody kind of did their thing tonight. Nobody really stood out besides, you know, of course LeBron and AD always stand out and and they be of course was gobbling up rebounds. But you know, it was just like everybody did the thing and it was awesome tonight, you know, we didn't even need a third man. Everybody was third man the Chris, you know, you were with this on the on the last show. This is a very similar feel in terms of the the scoring balance to last game where the Lakers they didn't have and it wasn't like hey LeBron went there for 35 Anthony Davis went for $33. And then the next best was, you know, kcpt put-up job. Or something like that. This was a very very balanced night. And that's what they've got. No two games in a row against the Rockets. I'm not saying they're going to do that against the Clippers or nuggets whoever they see next round, but it's a sign of just how much they were dominating the rockets that the ball got to go wherever the Lakers wanted to like. Hey, let's get Crews metal bucket. All right, here you go. Oh, let's get one for Alex Caruso. Oh, by the way, let's talk about our our guy Alex. Karev the chase down block. How about my God? If you did you hear the audio clip of the Houston podcasters who were going berserk like losing their minds because Alex Caruso had 16 points last game. I was making the rounds online. I don't know if you have it or not. It was not to work for that. It's pure comedy and I can only imagine what they were doing tonight because Alex Caruso again another great performance. I should I just got a message about our sister site dodger blue by the way guys, if you're a Dodgers fan, you have to make sure you check out dodger blue, They do an incredible job over there Daniel Stark and Matthew Morgan. No a number of our friends from Lakers Nation also help out with with dodger blue. And right now the Dodgers are perhaps going to beat the Houston Astros that looks like it's a really really close one top of the page right now and the Astros. Do you have a runner in scoring position? But the Dodgers are up 5 to 4. So we'll see if the Dodgers can hang in there but it would be great to see two wins over Houston on the same night by to La team. So let's go home. How about that? Let's get this thing done, especially after you know, the Astros and the cheating scandal and all that. Let's get the Lakers did have twenty turnovers on the night. Can you so the Rockets only had 12 turnovers wage. That was the worst part of the Lakers night was the turnovers. They give up 16 points off 20 turnovers. Can you imagine what this game would have been like if the Lakers had given up on more normal number of turnovers this this game would have been over even like they would have probably won by forty. I mean, we're up pretty much by Thirty and when you factor in the terminals you're talking about. Yeah like that. It's almost shocking because if you have they took care of them. A little more. I mean it could have been a 40-point lead that just goes to show you how in control we were of this game really, you know what I mean? Like it just it was a stress-free night for us all around it, you know just walk more thing on that on that balanced approach we had tonight. I love you. In fact that everybody got involved because that's much more heart. You know what I mean? Like it's easy to focus in easier to focus in when you're just focusing on cruise or somebody else. That's hot but man when everybody's doing their thing goodness gracious. Yeah. It's definitely a lot more difficult to defend on the night the Lakers shoot 53% from the field The Rock to 37% the Lakers shoot 51% from Deep the rocket shoot 27% How about that about that? I was yeah, like we beat them at their own game, you know, and the Houston got more points at the at the rim side. They got to the basket much more but you know, a lot of that actually might have been transitioned now that you mention it from those turnovers to take a job. Yeah, if you're looking at this the fast break points Houston had 36 the Lakers at thirty-four. So Houston was getting some buckets in transition in the paint there. And so that adds up pretty quick. But yeah, I mean to shoot that way against jackets team, I think was pretty clear the Rockets were ready to go home the rebounding battle 5231 in favor of the Lakers. Let's go. All right. Pop out that small. How about that small militia were able to dominate Tucker at the center position happens. Oh, well, that's what happens. We you know, they doubled him up on rebounds most of the game. Like that's actually a little closer than it actually was so but yeah, you know, I just you could call this experiment a failure and kudos to them for trying it was a you know, it's a nice experiment but you know, but it is too many flaws and you did mention Lakers lead the Lakers biggest lie to the night was Thirty the Rockets biggest lead in the night zero they never in this game. All right, let's get into the Lakers Nation fan Zone where we're going to be taking all of your choice. Since your comments and the first one we take is going to win a Lakers Nation Mamba forever license plate frame. So here we go. We are entering the Phantom. home and Lakers nation and Zone All right. I've got the questions pouring in and I saw one that I liked they're going by fast. So I'm going to do my best to try and keep up with them. Here it is. Here. It is. Come on stick with me. They're going by so fast. I can be a good one. Oh, you've got a great. Well, it was from earlier. So I don't know. I can't give a dog. We need to be able to do a shout-out so we can give somebody the the license plate frame. So let me do this one and then and then we're going to do yours. Okay. I've got Ricky Logan from Periscope. So Ricky Logan right here. There's my Twitter handle. All you got to do is go there. Shoot me a DM, you're the winner of this license plate frame. I have one more that I'm giving away. All you got to do is shoot me your info. Give me your address and I will send you a thousand acres nation license plate frame says Mamba Forever on it as well. He asked the question do the Lakers keep Markieff Morris in the starting lineup Rams exact one was that age. It's a great question. It's a great question. So so what do they do? What do they do? I mean, okay. So let's say regardless, I don't care if it's the Clippers or the Nuggets. I don't think it matters. Do you continue age? Starting Markieff Morris based on the way. The Lakers are played this series. Well, I think that again it's going to be situational but I I feel like Vogel is going to go back to the original starting lineup for this next match up. But I do think that you know, it's going to be a thing throughout the game where you might decide to take JaVale out relatively quick and then they might go to the kind of that lineup where they've got a job Morris and a d and you know, the smaller version. I just I'm trying to think on matchup wise with the Clippers. I know you got zubac and you got mantras so it just kind of comes down to maybe matching up with them. Like I'm not sure but I'm anxious to hear your opinion on this and see what you think. Yeah. I definitely will so I've got a comment coming in here. I guess I'll go to pair them up since you hate Facebook the first license plate frame went to somebody from Facebook. I went to somebody from Periscope for this one settled out there. But yes, I I definitely I definitely think they will go Back to running the big I think they'll go back to it. I don't know if it's going to be treveiler Dwight cuz now that you've changed it now that you've opened Pandora's Box do you go Gmail do you go Dwight Howard? I think you can argue either way. I would imagine they probably go to bail just because of familiarity, but I think they go back to a big because now instead of dealing with Robert Covington as your Center at six seven weather bug guts or the Clippers, you're either dealing with if it's as robots. He was a seven footer or you're dealing with Jusuf nurkic who's also a 7-footer and so you I think you need the size. I think it gets either one of those gems you need the size. I will say though that I wouldn't be surprised like you mentioned Chris to see this smaller lineup a little bit more often. So as soon as say, oh I said nourish I met Nikola jokic I mixed up nursing huge. But yeah, you know, you're well, whatever anyway, so I I could see them going small whenever those bags are off the floor. I could see the Lakers going to this page. Now especially with a d at the five and you've got Markieff Morris out there to give you that floors facing the way he shooting the ball. So I don't think you take what happened in this series and just throw it away and say Hey, you know it was because it was against the Rockets. It's not going to work against any other team we're never doing this again. I don't think that's the case. I think you take the success that they've had using this lineup and you at least consider it. I think it needs it needs a look and if it works, if it doesn't then you adjust and credit to Frank Vogel credits at the Lakers coaching staff credit to the players. They've done a very good job of adjusting in these playoffs. Yeah. I I figure out what I think happened kind of in this Houston series, it worked out beautiful for us and the commentators were pointing this out, but we kind of figured out a whole new look for our team and something that we can use going forward. So if anything I feel like Vogel discovered a different kind of line up he can use that works together in this series that might be a beneficial going forward, you know home In a different look from our regular, you know having a d out there in Javale McGee and maybe kind of a more versatile line up a little more. You know what I mean little more scoring punch, you know, not necessarily better interior defense, but you know everywhere else type of thing. So yeah, I think I think we discovered something if nothing else. I like the flexibility that the Lakers have. I think it's so it's so cool to see you know, so the Houston Rockets they went all in on small ball and if it wasn't working that's it. They they have no other options the Lakers can play so many different styles wage. And that's amazing. There's so many different ways. The Lakers can beat you and I instantly I think of like MMA fighters. I think, you know like John Jones or Anderson Silva who you know, they can beat you in the standing game. They can beat you striking can beat you as like they can kind of pick and choose exactly what style they want to play like the Lakers can do that. Same thing. The Lakers have the ability to play all these different styles. So whatever you were going to throw them they've got wage. Counter for it and I love that about this team good question coming in here from sea fish one from YouTube said we'll tht Talen Horton Tucker be a regular in the rotation now, so that was a stat line that I did not mention to this one. He did get minutes again tonight got minutes last game tonight ten minutes 447 shooting three boards nine points 9 points and ten minutes. What do you think Chris does tht stick in this Lakers rotation? Well, I mean, I wouldn't be afraid to like if it comes down to if you're telling me I have to decide between JR Smith or Dion Waiters and tht you know, what that's actually a tougher question that I thought because JR Smith hasn't looked good. But he does have that experience and kind of you know, now we're going to the Western Conference Finals. So you kind of favors guys who have been in these bigger games situations, but it it's tough because Jo Smith has not log. Good obviously, and I know I would probably be more quick to you know, go to Dion Waiters if he's healthy just because I have a little more confidence in him, but that's a tough question man, like he did well and he did well in this series but it makes me a little nervous putting him into the Clippers matchup for whatever reason just because the states are now even higher, you know, he did do well. What do you think? You know what so there's a common here from David Johnson from Facebook says tht should have been in the rotation from the get-go know. So here's the thing is my my thought on t h e we've been saying it all year. He hasn't been ready most of the year when ninety percent of the year. He has not been ready. You look at the difference and I did a video on this yesterday. It's on YouTube. You can find it you look at the difference between THC right now and back then just a few months ago. He looks like a different person. I mean just physically he has gotten himself in much much better shape lost a lot of weight gain. Skill set is still there, but take all of it away and you still have to remember. He's nineteen years old nineteen years old and we're talking about putting him into the Western Conference Finals. Like you should be a little bit concerned about that Frank Vogel had a quote the other day though, and he was talking about t h d in the way, he had played and I'm paraphrasing but Vogel said I have confidence in JR Smith, but like pretty much nearly like Jerry Smith has been playing. Well, he he said it was going to be Dion Waiters but waiters are still hurt and so he went to h e so what happened was Jerry Smith was playing poorly Vogel knew he needed needed to go somewhere else. Dion Waiters wasn't ready to go. Otherwise that would have been the pick instead. He went to tht. Now. The question is does THD even give up this role now that he's had the opportunity and I can say this I will understand if if waiters is 100% in vocal decides to go with him because of the experience Factor because of the scoring, but Horton Tucker has done nothing wrong. Take away this opportunity, right? He hasn't done anything out on the floor that has made you say. Oh see they need Dion Waiters in there and not him. And and I've Loved what Dion Waiters has provided Jordan Talen Horton Tucker has only made this decision more difficult for Frank Vogel. And that is a amazing and wonderful thing to see from a guy who is nineteen years old. He still has two more months of break nineteen that that is absolutely incredible that he is producing in the playoffs right now, you know, I started in WWE right around I got signed at 18,000 much started at nineteen but like for me, even when I watched this kid out here on this, you know in this arena in the playoffs and performed the way is it's just it's unbelievable man like to be nineteen years old and be in games of this relevance, right and to do a great job like he has been and I just I I think you covered this which I thought was quite odd. The way the team is kind of, you know, got his back and told him bed cover up for him if he makes any mistakes and you know, just cuz it's a lot of pressure on a kid that age and you know, like it's going to be helpful for for him to hear those type of things. It's going to help his performance and help them realize that like, yeah, he you know, you might make make mistakes but it's okay. We got your back type of thing now again, I just I don't think it makes me a little nervous with the Clippers. It's a lot of responsibility as for 19 year old but like it's like you said he hasn't been anything to unlearn these minutes and I thought you were asking me between JR Smith and tht I'm going to say tht I think yeah. No, I agree. I would go tht over JR Smith. I don't know that I would go tht over over a healthy. Dion wage know is Dion Waiters healthy that's going to be a big big factor in this for the Lakers see Del from YouTube to Trevor. Do you think we should use tht more for defensive purposes. Cuz I think you would not be pushed back more complain compared to like a c p or D on again. I go back to him being nineteen. I don't know that I like you're not putting Talen Horton Tucker on say Paul George and say here go shut him down. Like that's that's not that's not what you want to do to a kid that's going to destroy his confidence. I mean we go back to like like Kwame Brown and what happened his first year with Michael Jordan the Washington Wizards and how that that changed him forever as a basketball player. Right? Like that's not what you want to do Frank vogel's so far has handled horton-tucker very very well in terms of getting them in getting a small burst bought them in very low risk situations, even though it's a playoff game putting them in where even if he makes a few mistakes, it's not going to hurt the team too bad and then I loved the conversation that Danny Green shared. He he reads need that before going in Lebron went over to tht and told him don't worry about anything Chris you referenced. This said said if you make a mistake, we've got your back. We've got you covered just go home. Do your thing, right? That's got to be a relief and I mean that's like like you that's exactly what you want in a teammate right to know that this kid is coming in and he's going to be nervous and not putting him at ease and say and one of the greatest players ever is telling him. I've got you don't worry. That's great and that age. I mean that's you know, I think that's super important for somebody like that going in cuz you know in his head he doesn't he doesn't want to mess up. He doesn't want to make mistakes and you know, you'll go into a game probably like this kind of nervous about that. So I think perhaps out a lot. Okay kind of random comment coming in here from Tyler from YouTube. And by the way guys, we do still have another another license plate frame that we're going to give away right after the Master Lock of the night, but Tyler says, isn't it crazy? The Lakers might be going up against all red color teams. I did I had thought of that that you could you could see the Lakers go through the playoffs going really Blazers Rockets Clippers and heat off driving. The Clippers are partially red. Not bright. They read based well-bred of red blue and white. Yeah, but they all have read. I mean just it's not it doesn't mean anything. It's just kind of one of those weird quirks that that could happen. They're better than Celtic green, I guess. Yeah. Absolutely. Absolutely. If people are saying Denver isn't out. I know hey look that's the other thing we should mention. So right now what should Lakers fans be rooting for so game six, you are one hundred percent rooting for the Denver Nuggets. Absolutely. We want a long series you want seven games. I want to see this Series game next two games. You want quadruple overtime and you want to know ideally the Nuggets need to win game six, and I'd like to see I wouldn't mind seeing that I can't win game seven even but off. A lot of people are clamoring for the Lakers Clippers matchup and it would feel pretty good to beat the Clippers. There's no question there. So but the thing that the the flip side the glass is half empty part that worries me. I don't want any chance of a Clipper Celtics finals. But that's that is that is not sick. That's the most once you 20 NBA Finals ever. And so I I don't want that possibility. So that's kind of in the back of my mind, but I would say that I know I know I shouldn't even put that evil out in the world. So the there's a there's a game 6 coming up quadruple overtime would be ideal Nuggets win back to game seven again. I want to see quadruple overtime. So by the time whichever team gets through is playing the Lakers two days later after game seven. I want them to be beaten bloodied and exhausted. I want that to be the scenario. So that's that's what I'm looking for in these next two games between the demo. It's not since you Trevor. I've been thinking that the whole time I've been telling anybody who listened like I want that series to go seven games game seven people overtime Thriller, whereas, you know, just I want the Clippers to have to work as hard as possible before going into this match up against us, which makes this Victory even sweeter wage. Because now the Lakers get to just pick up their feet relax and you know, hopefully the Clippers lose tomorrow. Yeah. Absolutely. I mean and you know what that's like we could say that any day but like we're really hoping they would lose tomorrow. I think collectively myself you everybody here off Lakers nation in the chat everything. I think it's a Clippers did face the Celtics in the finals that we might have to just boycott the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, we might the basketball season would be over for us. I think we should all we should all just not watch the finals. I think in fact happy, it would be the least watched NBA finals in quite a while. I would be fairly confident in that if it was Clippers Celtics found it would really make 20 20 20 20 is already been pretty rough. Yeah. Could you imagine if we had to face that finals like it would that would really just be the exclamation point on twenty-twenty at least for us all off. You know die-hard purple and gold fans. It's so gross think about that. All right here let's let's let's spin around. Let's go positive here. Robert Gonzales says, hey Trevor, do you watch to see the Lakers beat the Clippers and then the Celtics if it happens, of course, yes like that that that's the flip side to this. Imagine if the Lakers beat the Clippers and then claim Championship number 17 by beating the Celtics. Well, that's why I'm sharing for the salt extra. That's the only reason why I know you've been giving cheering for this you don't cheer for that Celtics go. Well not sure about touring but when I see them Advanced it gives me the hopes and dreams of a Lakers Celtics just for the match up, you know, just for the matchup itself not because I want the Celtics to be successful or anything right one-hundred-per-cent John side from YouTube said put Trev in the master lock for mentioning the Clippers Celtics finals. That's that's fair. That's fair wage. That is fair. Okay, let's get into a few more of these and then we're going to and then we're going to move on to the Master Lock of the night package says Miami is going to beat Boston. I like that. I like that. I mean I'll be pulling for the heat cuz I can't watch a game and say like I hope the Celtics win or anything like that. Can we catch up? You know a good match up though that Miami Celtics like I'm going to be watching that and I think it's going to be something real and from YouTube says can we call Alex Russo and Elite Defender already this season he has been the problem is we haven't seen him do it consistently. It's not like we've seen him do it for five years, right? This is Alex Cruz has been mostly in the G league for the last couple of Seasons home. But this season he has been the advanced dance. I'll show it you watch the games you see it. He's good. You gotta love a man. I just I love there was one point tonight where Alex Caruso was bringing the ball up and I just looked at all the whole lineup that he was with he had LeBron out there in age and it's just the visual of that man. It's just so funny to see this guy because not really, you know look like what you would typically see out of a basketball player and he's got some of the best players on the world like looking at, you know, waiting on his move. It's just a remarkable thing, you know to go from the the G league and then to be in this situation man and like what how awesome is Caruso man a lot of Caruso's. He's just an awesome a hundred percent. I mean look Caruso was I mean undrafted spends a year three in the last name? Oh, I wasn't even here for the question about timely three years off like big time. Let's let's wrap up Crusoe discussion with this. What is the best Alex Caruso nickname because there's so many that are out there. Like what? What's your default? What do you go to? Oh shoot. It used to be the bald Bamba. Right but I think I don't I don't know if there's one that cuz I think he's just a man of many names cuz I hear a lot of people say Cruise show and I think that one has been good at it has been the bald Mamba there's been what was the other one? We we we called Captain America for a little bit when he when they're home is based on how to handle Captain America. We call the the bald eagle the bald Mamba big boulder brand all those things. A lot of people here are saying Caruso. I'm seeing a lot of that. That one seems to be kind of the like the one they've been using on television the most I think the cruise show, but you know, it's us I think he's all of those, you know what I mean like wage, you know Crews always every where wasn't you. Yeah, he's everything and he's the go he's also the goat I'm saying that's what I'm getting. I'm get a lot of comments saying the goat. Like I think go is kind of taught on within the team and therefore so might go might be the funniest one just cuz you know, it's just there's something funny about calling Caruso to go home. Although he is an awesome player and he's just he really brings the hustle man every night. He does he does and he's making big plays out there for the Los Angeles Lakers. All right, Chris. Are you ready for it took a lot of the night. Get it, right. Let's go some going to do the Master Lock of the night. Then we will finish things off giving off our final license plate frame Lakers Nation. Mom before every license plate frame. So send in your questions. Whichever one we pick palm will get one but let's get in to the Master Lock of the night. No choice. All right, Christopher piece Masters who is getting Master locked to night. Well Trevor after careful consideration and after watching the events of these past five games and what we like to call in gentleman sweep. Once again for the Los Angeles Lakers, I think you know, there's a lot of people that could have been I know a lot of people are saying Russell Westbrook, although Russell really just wasn't much of a factor for us, and I'm not that bad at him to want to Massillon him. But what I will say after watching the events of tonight, I would say that it was George. Just one person. I got master lock. It wasn't just it wasn't a team that got Master Lock It was the whole team of the Houston Rockets the whole idea of a small ball their whole philosophy. There are other analytics the Mike D'Antoni James Harden the you know, all of that wage. I think we just Master locked at whole a whole ideology tonight. And I don't think I think this is it and I was telling you this this is it for this incarnation of the Houston Rockets. D'antoni's probably going to get fired. Who knows what's going to happen with the roster again. It's just not the smartest thing in the world to put a guy who's six foot seven off center position, especially when he's got to go up against Anthony Davis. So Daryl Morey Mike D'Antoni small-ball Houston Rockets James Harden, you have all been dead. This is this is the biggest Master Lock ever. So not it's not even just a player. It's the entire team. It's the coaching staff. It's the organization and it's their big. Lots of them basketball philosophy has been Master locked. I love it the biggest Master Lock ever so far the entire Rockets organization all the way down to the core of their very being home has been Master locked. I love it. Out like a light and and and the proof will be when when you see what happens over the summer and how different the Houston Rockets will probably look next year because you want to keep putting out there. I mean there might count for some winds in the regular season, but it's been shown time and time again that it doesn't work. You can't just rely on what you're going to do from the three-point Arc across that's not always going to work somebody saying the Earth just shook on that Master Lock that was a massive Master like but I I mean I look up with this situation where you said they gave up a ton of pics to swap out Chris Paul for Westbrook. They probably would have been better off in this series with Chris Paul. And now what do they do? You've got Westbrook on this giant contract who can't shoot any more money. Like, how are you going to add pieces around this? I don't know where Houston goes from here. I don't know either and you know, they're lucky they even made it through the last series and they almost got beat by the player that they gave away and to a team that wasn't even supposed to contend wage was supposed to contend and OKC pushed in the seven and almost beat them. So, I mean, it's just, you know, it's over for them. You know, like I don't know and I you know that this team has been weird and like to use the rockets for a long time. I still remember all the way back to that match up with Lonzo Ball, but he got her. Oh, yes. I'm look good. So to me, I love the No Mercy thing with them. You know what? We hate the way you play basketball. We hate the way you try to draw fouls. We just hate watching you in general. So I'm happy that we just destroy them no mercy, let's just move on. All right. Yep. They are going home. The Lakers are continuing on. All right, let's give out one final license plate frame of the night again. If you get picked here, all you got to do wage. Go to my Twitter handle right here. Send me a DM. Give me your name. Give me your address all of that and we will send you one says Lakers Nation. It says mom before ever. Let's find a good question in Christian looking to. So let's oh, yeah. I'm trying to catch up man. They just come through so quickly they do that's that's why I need your help help here. Cuz there's so many there's so many years and a good one for us to finish on here. Questions. All right. I've got one do you what is it? Okay, sir. I just lost it it flew past. Oh, no, that's okay. Let's let's go with with this one. Let's go with this was this was a talking point on the broadcast a cash from YouTube says is coach Vogel shoving his worth. Okay a cash from YouTube you get the last license plate frame of the night again, shoot me a DM to my Twitter handle and give me your address and I will make sure we took one out to you so is coach Vogel proving his worth and Jeff Van Gundy on the broadcast tonight mentioned that one of the challenges of being the coach of LeBron James is that just like being a teammate for LeBron James. There's a decent chance that you're not going to get any credit. And if you lose you're going to take the blame and that's that could be difficult for a coach for other players to deal with birth. Are we at a point now? Here? We are. It's September amazingly. We're still playing really basketball in September. Are we to point now where we should be looking at coach Vogel a little bit differently than we were say six seven months ago when the season was was really kind of still just getting going. What would you look at what we did defensively to the Houston Rockets and how well it worked how well it worked trapping art and how well it were trapping Gordon. I would say yes, and I'd like to Vogel all year really. So I mean my my opinion really hasn't changed on him. I just find it remarkable that he was are I think are maybe a second or a third choice and it's just took so well and the team is really responded to my feel like they've bought into him and like there hasn't been I think it was maybe they're maybe be one or two games this whole season where we were kind of frustrated with Volvo. I think Vogel got a Master Lock actually of the night this series but I mean he bounced back strong. It's like maybe he was watching the show and you know, he didn't want to get master lunch or something because I you know, he's just unlike D'antoni, you know what I mean? He he adjusts, you know, he makes adjustments. He you know, and he just really I think he's done a great job. I mean D'antoni didn't even have the option to add. What was he going to do a play place and Chandler. He doesn't have the Personnel to make any adjustments. I do think that Frank Vogel we should start talking about him a little bit differently and it's not like he's had multiple great successful seasons in Los Angeles or anything. He was good with the Pacers back to the day right in the and then he went back to Orlando and things didn't work there. Then he's out of the league and the next thing you know, he's the head coach for the Lakers where they didn't get Ty Lue they didn't get money Williams and so they wind up getting Frank Vogel and everybody was wrong. How many months before Jason Kidd takes over. How long is it going to be before Jason Kidd takes that that spot people were saying by December Vogel was going to be gone. And Jason Kidd was going to be the Lakers head coach. What's happening right now Jason Kidd is looking for head coaching jobs elsewhere because he's not getting this one because Frank Vogel has been good. Yes, he's made some mistakes. I thought playing Rondo 25 minutes in his first game. Was was that was a bunch and that's what got him Master locked. But other than that, I mean look, you can't you can't be too upset giving what the Lakers have done and said, he's a defense-first coach. And so sometimes the offense looks a little bit muddied, but when you've got LeBron James that that erases a lot of those issues, so overall I think Vogel has done a good job in terms of the play on the edge, especially on the defensive end and he's also done a good job in terms of managing the personalities and making sure that LeBron and Anthony Davis feel empowered as super stars while still retaining Authority, which is very very easy to do. Yep, definitely agree. Frank vogel's worked out beautifully for us. I think here's a good point. Good point Jason Andrews from Facebook says vocal coach George four years. Yeah. So I'm wondering like the spring Fogle have the inside track as far as how do you stop Paul George for this next playoff series. I bet he's got something he's got some kind of insight you coach him for that long. So that'll be helpful. It'd be even better if you had some insight on Kauai but you know, Paul George comes to play you just you kind of don't know where you're going to get from Paul George anyway on certain nights you can it doesn't show up. So hopefully he doesn't show up for most of the games against us. Yes. Yeah that that would be nice. If anything just to just to give us a little bit of something after Paul George opted to stay with OKC and spurned the Lakers when he combined with with LeBron James and then a year later forced his way out of OKC to go to La and join the Clippers like like Paul George has taken some he was dead to me. He was dead to me after that. Yeah, exactly. Yep. Taking shots. The only thing you know what I remember about that Trevor. I remember how devastating it was to hear that and then I remember the next day we signed LeBron right and forgetting about that really quick. Yep agree. I I thought I thought LeBron wasn't coming once Paul. George said no because when they had to come as a parent so so with that being the case, I would like to see a lot of three for 15 shooting Nights from Paul George in this next series, but again that hopefully Vogel we'll figure out some things to do they can they can help slow him down. All right, Chris. Well, I think we've covered a lot here tonight. Obviously a great night off is fun when we can come here and join everybody from Facebook from YouTube from Periscope and we can celebrate a Lakers win, especially finishing off the Western Conference semifinals on to the Western Conference Finals Chris right now. We're a twins away from number 17808 wins away that close, you know, it's it's unbelievable to me Trevor khong We've waited when you think about it. This is like a decade in the making we've waited ten years to even just get to this moment. You know, I know we're not at the finals yet. But to get even to the Western Conference Bridge like we need to all stop and appreciate it. Like the last time we were even in the playoffs was what 2011, you know, and even 2010 to we had the finals. So this is a special paint for us and I just think it's awesome. You know, like we need to really it's going to be an exciting next few weeks ago hundred percent. Yeah. It's definitely going to be exciting. It's seen the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals whether it is the Denver Nuggets or the Clippers and hopefully that's going to be that's going to be a lot of fun and the Lakers will walk out there before before we wrap up. I was going to bring up a couple other kind of notable things from just real quick, you know, just in short form here, you know, the little shouting match between Westbrook brother that was pretty fun of everybody else. That's a lot of people were calling for West Palm. Actually get the master Wok of the night but I didn't think that that shouting match was enough to kind of you know, what more do we need to do to Westbrook? He's he's already we've destroyed the only need to master volume on top of that don't need that what you think of that Westbrook's Jumper Master Lock them. And that was and that was it. You know what I thought that was interesting. I thought I don't think I think in some ways the NBA kind of anticipating had specific rules for the fans that maybe there'd be some drawing because like not only can the fans here more of what the players are seeing are saying on the floor, but the players can hear more of what they fans are saying when there's that few of people in the building and so I wondered yeah, you got kicked out of the I was funny there were saying, oh, sorry, he made history first come first serve first fan in the bubble to get kicked out of a game. So I just I thought that was notable one other funny moment from tonight. I think a lot of people caught this we didn't bring this up yet, but I was pretty funny when LeBron James Was I mean us the rivers was just getting bullied tonight, but I think you saw that one spot where LeBron drew the foul on us and rivers and then the ball had hit LeBron in the head and then the brake and turn around and rivers was like whoa. Whoa. Whoa, it's just a funny moment. I figured if it was worth the Congress River saw his life flash before his eyes there in that in that moment offing. Yeah. That was that was another great great moment from this game or how about at the very end the Lakers playing the Twin Towers rolling out Dwight Howard in Javale McGee in garbage time was that was a laptop. That was something that was happened that happened. That's how much the Lakers were beating the Rockets but they brain to centers out there just to let them run a little bit on the floor. We we've never seen Dwight makoff out there at the same time. This was a whole new thing for us tonight. Like usually we're breaking them up and kind of putting them together by their stats as you know, you know with Dwight coming off the bench but yet tonight we got birth. The Twin Towers out there for a few minutes. So yeah, you got Jared Dudley out there. I mean, yeah that just shows you how great of a night this thing. It really was. It really was. All right guys. 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Lakers Fall To Raptors As Shooting Goes Extinct

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Lakers Fall To Raptors As Shooting Goes Extinct

"Bleeding purple and gold from the heart of Los Angeles. IS THE LAKERS NATION DOT COM podcast euros Trevor Lane. Elo everybody welcome in Trevor Lane here for Lakers nation, DOT COM, and welcome to the Lakers nation podcast live. If you're joining us from periscope from from facebook from Youtube, wherever you're coming in from welcome where to be taking your questions, your comments live we'll take your complaining to if you're not happy after that game I know we're not super thrilled about it either but we'll do a little group therapy session here and we'll rent a little bit about the Lakers loss to the Toronto Raptors Kyle lowry went nuts the raptors defense was really good the referees. Men Not. So great again, but that wasn't the reason for the loss. In this one, we're going to break it all down and don't forget guys if you're listening to the apple podcast version of this or if you're on spotify stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts if you're just listened to the audio version, make sure that you re review and subscribe to this show joining me tonight Chris the masterpiece masters has lit household because Chris. Your girlfriend is from Toronto and it's a she was cheered for the raptors. How did you get through this game man? Oh Man I don't know and yes, you sitting here gloating as whereabouts go on. But I? I would like to remind her that we have. Re We have remake named Toronto to Lebron Toe. I understand I understand that wasn't with the Lakers but you know what makes it difficult as well as so stu Lantz. At pointed out the fact that I think we've lost to the raptors like every game since twenty four. So the the thing about this game was just getting a w on the raptors to spend so long but I've been again as i. told you at the Lakers nation I don't think this is any reason to trip out or anything like that. Where none of these Games are most win they're still getting the legs unromantic anything like we were just saying To the coup or the bench was encouraging. You know when you look at Caruso and who's and waiters I mean that was They are the bench outscored the starter. So weird game where game but turnovers a bad shooting was definitely a thing for us tonight for whatever really. Yeah those were definitely issues. Here's the other night we mentioned after the clippers we hit one hundred comments within about thirty seconds we did tonight but they aren't nearly as happy. As were. Gets. The Clippers this this? This is not a happy fan base right now and I am seeing one name pop up a lot and that is dany green and he did not own was that was. Talked about how Danny Green is a guy who I feel like I need to explain the impact that he makes a lot of what he does doesn't show up on the box score tonight was not that night tonight Danny Green was awful was terrible. We'll talk about that. We'll get into into all of that stuff but I think the biggest thing that that stood out to me is you can't open the first quarter and the third quarter and just not score. The basketball and just you jumper after jumper after jumper and the Lakers did this against the clippers too. So it's not time to sound the alarm or anything like that. That's not what we should be doing right now but it's something to keep an eye on these scoring droughts that's going to be concerning the better teams in the NBA will typically not let you get away with that. You can't go five minutes without putting the ball in the basket just does work. Oh, man. Yeah, that was a slow start at really was and I'll tell you what travel. I personally got worried because I just watched that New Orleans, Pelicans and clippers game, and it was kind of the same thing for New Orleans. They have this really slow start. I think the clippers went up like they were up by double digits within the first couple of minutes. So that just. Like. You said Yeah, just that slow start really killed us I think you said the third? Quarter to was. Pretty slow you know ad and Lebron didn't really get cooking way right like Lebron's start at the turn it on the floor but I mean you the thing of with this Toronto team is and we've talked about this but I mean there they have a chip on their shoulders they are a championship team they lost why Leonard. But like even without y on the season that they won last season, they were still a great team. So I mean it's not I I again I know everybody's GonNa flip out 'cause you lost the raptors or the Raptors, but I mean this is still a really good team threat to prove something. So and this was the first game back. You know I don't think they've had a game you know the Lakers secondhand. So the routers really rally wanted to win this game. They have something to prove chip on their shoulder I mean they're gonna go as far as they possibly can upcoming playoffs. So you know it is what it is in credit the raptors they played great. I mentioned on twitter like I really enjoy watching the raptors played the way they play defense. Is Great. They were really hounding the ball and what happened was they were putting so much pressure on the basketball because they knew you've got Lebron who can handle the ball and not a whole lot else on the Lakers that's really a pure point guard type player. So they put a lot of pressure on the basketball. They put a lot of pressure in the paint and the the kind of the I don't WanNa say dared the Lakers to shoot threes or shoot from outside. But those are the looks that gave up and even when they did, they made sure they had somebody closing out to at least contests those looks, and then the Lakers rewarded them for playing that style by not knocking down the shots they were given I mean the Lakers shot thirty five percent on the night twenty, five percent from three. You can't do that. They're just flat out if you shoot those percentages you. Will most likely lose when you play the better teams in the NBA? That's that's that's a fact. Seventeen turnovers was also too high for the Lakers and that was that was a problem you mentioned that Lebron you look at the box score and you see twenty points, ten boards five assists. Okay. Not a bad night but a lot of that came later, a lot of that came when their desperation mode trying to catch up. So that was that was an issue Anthony Davis? Didn't get going until later on until towards the end of the third quarter fourteen points for him six boards three assists one steal three blocks but. For a long time, he was stuck on one point and just couldn't really get things going again, the raptors packed it in the paint the Lakers could not make them pay by hitting their open looks from deep. In fact, they shot forty three's almost half their shots were three pointers and they could not knock them down and that that's the game right there. Yeah. I was thinking about like even in transition, there was a transition play where Lebron was coming down and Stu Lantz alluded to this but they settled for an outside shot even transition, and this is when the game was still within one possession and I think the waiters that you know threw up with three but I mean it was just wasn't the best shot you know. Yeah that's what they were giving them. But on some of those possessions, it almost seems like they were kind of settling for that. They could have gone better or big step mixed and matched even a little more guest but You know again I mean at least. One bright spot I know we're going to get to them I. Mean. Get. Much should. Know what everybody else's seeing but I think this looks like the guy that we've been talking about this guy wanted by his offense shots he's faking it just looks better. Yeah, absolutely. Kyle. Kuzma was was was excellent. You know this was so far we've seen the cow movie were expecting I pull stats right now five, thirteen shooting I. Know a couple of those misses were towards the end when he was rushing upshot sixteen points, four boards one assists three of seven from deep. He had more threes than anybody else on the team and and look I thought he was good defensively he didn't find a little here and there but overall cal Kuzina turned in another solid performance and I think I think if we can continue to get this out of Kyle Kuzma, you're going to see better performances out of the Braun Anthony Davis Danny Green, the rest of the Lakers. So I I am encouraged by what we've seen Outta Kouzmin. Now, we just have to get everybody else playing well, and we we just didn't see that tonight. And you know you had talked about Danny Green to and I know people are talking. About data. I mean. You could see that like even he was super fresh and it wasn't that I. Don't think it wasn't that he was trying it was just an off night and you know I understand people want to get upset or frustrated but I mean I think we all know that that's kind of what Danny Green is and I think you've talked about that many times I mean this is just wasn't it Danny Green night I mean. Honestly I don't know I wasn't paying too close attention to the defensive end but I mean it might have just been I don't know who put in his place but I mean this would have been one of those is if you could kind of backup Danny Green a little bit but you know does Malecki wasn't trying out there i. saw him. See the frustration with each shot i. think he was like old for some. It was a really high number. It was it was pretty bad. Well, I'm seeing a lot of people mentioning. Avery Bradley and the fact that he was out there really hurt them and and look. That's absolutely true. Unfortunately that's not we can't really go back on that because he's not coming back. It's not like Avery Bradley was taking a night off and he's back next game or something like. That every brand that he's not coming back. So yes, they did miss him and games like these are going to really show why they miss him because you don't have to put on a point guard instead you've got case EP and KCPT has played pretty well all season is nowhere near the defender that Avery Bradley isn't. So that's that's a challenge I think they missed him last game too. I think there are plenty of instances where you were missing Avery Bradley in this one, but I'll tell you where you really miss them. If you have an off night from a Danny, Green Avery Bradley could have been that guy to absorb some some of those minutes. Instead we saw them going to JR Smith and Jerry Smith was not good. I don't think you can do that consistently turned. Jr Smith Frank Vogel was looking for somebody that could give them a boost and that guy wasn't there and not having that depth that hurt the Lakers tonight. But that was not the reason why they lost this game or anything like that. Avery Bradley. Certainly would have helped but it's not like if he's there there's suddenly winning this one. I don't WANNA I don't WanNa try to suggest that. I mean how much travelled you have loved to put Avery Bradley on one hundred percents how yeah. Call lowry wet Nutso so honestly that. I mean I don't have the statue trying to pull up the route. Here it is but I mean if you honestly you maybe you could have changed the game if you had eight. Lower 'cause I dunno lowry was just thought. He was really in the zone tonight man. Like he was not messing around, I'm talking thirty three points on eight hundred sixteen. Rebounds. Fourteen. Rebounds for that showed how that should never have triple double. No. That should never happen. But I mean this is I don't even know if I've ever seen a game this out of calm lowry. If you look at his stat line, it's thirty three point six re assistant fourteen rebounds like my head's about. Five of nine from from three and fifteen free throws for Kyle lowry to lead the game by nobody else even got double digits in free throws and Anthony Davis and Lebron James are attacking the basket and that's where Lakers fans get upset with the referees. The officiating when you see Lebron attacking, you see Anthony Davis attacking and you've got Kyle lowry I'm gonNA drive into the paint. Let me run into somebody I'M GONNA fall down and I'm going get free throws out of that. That's what's in. You know that's that's the way he. Plays. Though, right. He had a tremendous game the flopping yes look it drives me crazy too but he's a tremendous player and he played great and his stat line is just absolutely insane. He was a plus twenty four on the night. That's that's ridiculous. But again, are you going to get that out of Kyle? lowry every night probably not probably know now you know what I mean it's just crazy again again, he's about six foot one and he pulled fourteen rebounds tonight I. Just I don't even know how to fathom that and You know you had mentioned Jr Smith I. If anything I think Lakers nation should be bringing up jared Smith honestly and I know he's another guy who has the work himself back but I I, haven't liked anything. I've seen JR Smith since he's come to the Lakers every time he gets the ball I pretty much cringe kind of reminds me of the old score Casey p back when Casey is to take all those odds like. Every time Jerry Smith gets the ball. You just kind of figure that he's GonNa, shoot it, and it's usually a bad shot. So it's like whenever he gets the ball, I'm just like Oh my God please ask please I. Think the hope is Jr Smith was that you know they they knew it was going to take a little while to get his legs under. Way Mark, Morris Fed so many minutes early in the game you play ten minutes. was just because Vogel is recognizing that, Hey, look these guys they need to get their legs under them eventually by the end of this eight-game stretch here and to be ready for the playoffs. So he pushing minutes onto them we'll see maybe Jerry Smith we'll get his legs under him at some point, but it feels like the Games a little fast for him right now it feels like it's moving at a speed that that's a little bit quicker than what he's comfortable with and that's maybe to be expected but Bo. Yeah, it's an issue. After that I mean, how long has he been out now like I remember me personally when i? Was away from wwe and I came back for the second time. Even with that, it's just a different pace you're used to when you're under the bright lights and you're doing it and that on that grand of a stage, it's just a whole `nother level and it takes some you know take some getting used to it takes some adjusting, annotate some. By quite frankly you know you gotta almost developed. You know he's gotta learn to bring it back next level again because he's been out of practice. So long right exactly and that's going to take time. If it happens at all, it might not might not I've got an interesting comment here from Kayla porn from Youtube said, the starters lost of this. That's not something that we we've been saying much this season. It's usually been the bench, the bench the bench can't score the benches giving up leads the starters, get them lead, and then the bench blows it that's not what's happened over the last two games. It's been the bench that has given the Lakers boost on the backs of of Alex Caruso and coups MMA and the starters have struggled that's that's something that we're GonNa have to keep an eye on I'm a little bit on one hand. I'm encouraged that the benches playing better but my goodness, these starters have got to figure things. Out, because it's not looking pretty fast I think the say that in the first half, they only had what forty one points at halftime or something like that. Oh. They had a little bit more than what forty four but the starters only had like ten to fifteen of those points in the rest of them was the bench it's it's something to keep an eye on certainly next game is candy starters get going because you can't ask this Lakers bench to keep bailing you out and it feels weird saying that because that has not been the storyline at all this season, it's been the exact opposite. I mean, it seems like Lebron James has had kind of a difficult time offensively getting cooking and both games. But I understand we need we need them to do their thing. But again, I'm still just kind of encouraged by seeing because again, most this season, we've never had the talked about the starters again it's been the bench so for it to be the bench to be as encouraging because. Again for us to see this version of coups is going to be very helpful because this looks very different than what we saw before I mean he's confident he's hitting shots. He's even again, even with his defense. Is he still does not the greatest defender, but he's been able to stay in front of skies better than he has in the past. So I just I like what I've seen him and I'm I want the starters really get on but I'm at least encouraged by the backup. Yeah. Yeah. That will be something that continues in terms of their quality of play and then the starters bring it up and then the Lakers ruined. Getting people that are commenting like, Hey, you know what? About Jared? Smits twenty. Point explosion in the other night. I think that kind of proves the point more than anything else like it's weird. We got these JR Smith Fans that that believe Jr Smith is still there's this incredible player and he needs to be maybe starting and all of the it's almost it's not like Jeremy Lin level or or anything like that but it's very Rondo esque where you've got people that are diehard Rondo fans and they want to see him in there and I I'm seeing the Jair Smith kind of pop up here in our chat a little bit. Look. The fact that Jerry Smith went off against the Washington Wizards just proves the point that much more that. The the piece is a little bit too quick for him. Right now I'm not saying he's terrible player and he was a really good player, but against a mostly G. League team in the Washington Wizards, the peace isn't going to be nearly as fast. He looked much more comfortable there. He can score in a game like this where the raptors are playing this pressure defense and the game is moving at a much faster pace. He struggled. That's what we're seeing right now and I don not saying he can't get up to speed he can. He just hasn't so far and that's that's what I'm seeing out there on the floor. We are also getting a lot of comments here about changing the starting lineup. SAYING CHANGES NOT LINED UP, get rid of Danny Green Chris. Are you there? Do you think that they should change the starting lineup at this point? No I mean not that frustrated with Danny Green and we already kind of know what he is I mean he's going to have games He's like hot and cold. What it seems like some games he's auditor and some games he's missing a night was just an off game fan but I think he's still hustles out defensively and does. A lot of the other stop. So I I don't know I'm not. Automatic. If I was. Vogel if I saw him putting up the by kind of the doughnuts, he was putting up today I would probably have sat him maybe a little sooner but I'm not there. Based on your question but. I'm not there either I would I would not change his starting line-up at this point I think there's cause for concern that the bigger lineups are struggling so much and it's something. To Watch. But we're five games in and three of them were scrimmage games where you saw on a bench players coming in, that might not really be part of the rotation. So this is this is still very, very new, and so it might take the Lakers a little bit of time to figure things out but I'm not at a point where I'm going to say, just scrap the they've been using this starting lineup all season. With the exception of avery. Bradley and even when Bradley was out Casey was in so they've got a decent amount of experience with this lineup I. Don't think you just throw that away because of a little bit of a bumpy start here I think you stick with it and yes, it's frustrating when you see Danny Green Literally Miss Everything oh seven from the field of to the free throw line. And this guy is a shoe. That's that's insane and it's frustrating the knee-jerk reaction is a get this guy out get him off the floor if he can't hit anything but we need to keep in mind that it's one game and one of the things that we tend to do when we haven't seen basketball in a long time and we did this decay. The. Beginning of the season is we overreact things we hyper analyze what we do see because we've been missing basketball for. So long we don't have this long sample size to pull from anymore. We're pulling from this tiny sample size of these last few games, and so we're going to take everything that we see to be. Oh, this is the way it's always going to be, and then we react to that we make decisions off that. Just, like he had a chance to kind of fight his way through his slumps. I. Think Danny Green needs to be given the chance I think this whole Lakers team needs to be given a chance to get things back up and running. Because again, we're at a tiny sample size phase right now. So let's let's put the brakes on wholesale changes at this moment. While, but you know trump as you were talking, I was looking at the comments and boy, there is no love for Danny Green. You're saying, Hey, basically, they're like this is the daddy green with adult season always missing open shots and I only thing also we still I mean look where we are I mean he started pretty much all the games stole the one seat in the West. So I mean I I, understand everybody's frustrated with him like, yes it's frustrating what he did tonight how many time to miss that was frustrating but I mean he started with US pretty much every game with the first number one. Take that for what you will on the season Danny Green is a thirty eight percent shooter from three. Like. The Guy can shoot. He can shoot the basketball. Now it's not that forty six percent shot last season with the raptors and that's where maybe there's a little bit of frustration. Yes. He's been hot and cold. His overall field goal percentage is down to forty two percent instead of. Forty almost forty seven percent with the raptors. So look stats have dropped off a little bit but. Danny still a good shooter. Yes. Performances like this frustrating I get why people would be upset but. You know what? You've got to give them a little bit of time to figure things out. We've got John Kelly from Youtube set our bench did awesome are scarred or starters scored forty two points are bench scored fifty. Yet look if you WANNA look at the silver lining, that's it. The Lakers bench has been a weakness for so long and now with Kusa playing better with Alex Caruso getting more minutes, the benches is looking better and so hopefully, that's something that will continue and if the starter's get rolling. Lakers are in good shape. Dion waiters to man I mean I know we're gonNA surrogate talk about him at some point. I haven't minded what I've seen out of him and I'm just saying if we look at. All the guys that we are the guys that we've added I. Mean You know? Jr. Smith would be the guy we're talking about like the waiters has added a better outing pretty much. What seems like every night you know with the exception of wizards game, the waiters handling the ball. You know I li- I like what I've seen that in. Let's talk a little bit about dion waiters. So we've been saying for the past couple of games like he's played. Well, he's been shooting. Well, there's a bad shooting game coming because he's not this good of a shooter and I think we saw that tonight we just saw four of eleven shooting two of six from three now. Great but. What I do like is that even though he shots were falling quite as consistently, he's still needed impact out there. He was able to get to the rim a couple of times he's able to attack. There was one play early in the in the first half where the liquor swung the ball around a ton of by the way over passing that's something I wanna talk about necks was there to. Win Pass shoot but they were swinging the ball swinging the ball, swing the ball and the raptors to their credit. We're doing a great job closing out and shutting down the open shots. Finally, Dion waiters got the ball and rather than just swing the ball. Again, he put the ball on the floor. One two dribbles got into the paint raptors defense collapsed kicked it out then found an open coups for to bury a three. The Lakers didn't have that before they didn't have that guy that could just say all right. Forget it. I'm getting into the paint and I'm GonNa make things happen from there. They didn't have that off their bench and so I was happy to see the dion waiters was still providing that sort of dynamic even though his shot wasn't quite fallen. I mean and what did he put a twelve points tonight so I mean. At the point is, is I mean e- contributed at least when he's Out Thirties Wall and That's kind of exactly one before we've been saw waiters play. This is exactly kind of what we were talking about that. We'd want on him. You Know He's myth. He's giving us the guy who can drive to the bucket. He's handling the ball especially and rondos absence 'cause i. mean that's been the thing you know if you've noticed we haven't been trying to. Replace Rondo it's been Kinda by committee. I. Think they've been very out about saying that you'll have coups bringing the ball up sometimes you'll have waiters bringing ball of sometimes so so far I mean again, we lost tonight shirt but I kind of liked that I'd like what we've gone out of 'em as far as the production on those things. Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely. Look. When you've got different ball handlers coming in and they're trying to, they're trying to find a point guard by committee basically, and so far. I've liked dion waiters I've liked what he's provided. They're handling the basketball he's not a pure point guard but you. Just, forget the stats and you just watch the Game Dion waiters a guy that POPs he pops off the screen and you say, okay, this is a guy who could do so that this is a guy they can help this team win. It's I'm still excited with what they've got there. All, right. Let's let's talk a little bit about shot selection because one of the things that that I had an issue with tonight was the Lakers were over sharing and that's not necessarily a terrible thing. You would rather over share than under show you'd rather have a team that's going to pass a little too much that a team that is, is GonNa be shot happy and they're going to be selfish. The Lakers were not that in fact, they just didn't understand win to pull the trigger on their shots there was a number. Of Times we're guys passed up open shots to swing it one two three more times. The next thing you know they're in trouble going up against the shot clock and the wind up with the worst shot then had they taken the earlier one. So that was a little bit of an issue and I think it's something that's very correctable. So I'm going to be watching for that in the future, but it's the type of thing where Frank Vogel shows the team, the film of this, and it's a pretty easy thing to fix. Trying to change behaviors the other way where players are being too selfish is much more difficult to deal with. So it was a problem tonight, but I think in the future, the way that they moved the ball can be a positive thing. I'm so glad you pointed that out to trapped as I mean we were just talking about Jr, Smith and so. It was jared. Smith. I came into the game is I think one of the instances you're talking about where they had really good ball movement and then it came to jr Jr had an open look on the are exactly I. Guess he wasn't ready to shoot it yet. So he kicked the day D and then they kicked it to someone else and then we got a twenty four second violation we saw we saw that at least I. Don't know if it was a handful of times. It was a few times. Oh, I think they were over passing it but. I mean when you look at the components of who was out there again when you it's not picking Jerry Smith but you know, with jared, Smith being new to the lineup needing to step up chemistry with these guys you kind of look to that. It'd be like, okay. Well that could be part of why they're doing a little bit more of that than we're used. Yeah. Yeah. That's that's a great point and we saw that on the defensive end to there were a couple of times where dion waiters missed his rotation to to get out in the open shooter. But that's just familiarity with the team. He just didn't quite understand his job and that's about Joel. Wang from. Youtube why can we beat the bucks but not the raptors? One game it was one game against the raptors team that was fired up and was playing great defense. I had a raptors fan in here saying saying the raptors didn't even play that well, yes they did that was very, very, very good for the rappers don't offensively few shots here there yet, but that was. That was the raptors defense on just about tip top level, and that's really impressive. Coming out of the out of the break for the raptors should be playing defense on that level of the rotations they were making were next level stuff that was great stuff by them but again, it's one game. Let's not overreact to just just one game and say, Oh, they beat the rappers. No I. Still if it was a seven game series, I'm still picking the Lakers because I think that eventually Lebron's going to get going Anthony Davis is going to get going. They'll start to hit some shots I've got some people saying Lebron. For the beginning got a comment from Youtube right now saying Lebron has asked to be aggressive. Is he too passive? I. Actually liked it. I liked it and I'll tell you why it was the play at the end of the game where Lebron finally said okay. If we're going to win I got to really get going and he drove to the basket and there was little Kyle lowry sliding under him. While the browns in the air, Lebron is trying to take charge ends up being a block Lebron banks shoulder on the floor. That's why I don't want Lebron all game every game hurling himself at the basket doing what he's going to do in playoff mode. This is not the playoffs. The Lakers are GonNa are GonNa send you the first seed in the western conference you don't need Lebron hitting the floor. Five six, seven times a night right now that's not what you wanted. So I, I don't have a problem with passive. Lebron right now because I know aggressive Lebron is still there and we'll see him in the playoffs. Yeah. Another great point Trav- I think. You know again, these next. Well, now we have six games left right like. you know it's not these Games are not most win for us and I still want the team to go out there and compete every night out because I feel like they need need to create that habit. You know once again, going out there and competing and playing to win every night. You don't WanNa, go out there lackluster or not giving winning up. But. You know as long as these guys are getting reps in their their everybody staying healthy. That's kind of really what does next six games is about I. Don't know if everybody should be and we don't want them to lose the next six. Obviously that's not developing or or that's not you know the winning habit but. I did the best case scenario for us. What would be justice? Everybody comes out healthy get a couple few wins out of this and that everybody's kind of giving back to their their basketball bodies by the time the playoffs star. So I don't know I. I don't think we should freaked out about any of these next six games. 'CAUSE I. These guys have been offered four months. It's been a full offseason and it is what it is like if if we see this kind of performance and the play offs then sure we're all in here working at the group. Bands. We you know what I mean. That will not be fun. To, know, so I mean, we see a performance of the playoffs Shurmur. But like right now, everybody just relax. Let's look at the silver lining the bench came through the bench hasn't come this whole season and we're seeing really encouraging things about them and starters just needs to get their legs under on my yeah. Absolutely. Absolutely agree patients patients patients right now with the Lakers I've look at the Lakers are the next. They've got the Utah Jazz and I'm looking at the table here. I'm looking at at who they're playing and what's going to be happening. I mean the jazz are in a position where maybe they can catch the nuggets for the third spot, but the jazz did lose. Today to Oklahoma City, and it wasn't all that close Oklahoma City looked awfully good. So they're catching. The Lakers have some tough games and they've got two games against teams where their playoff positioning matters like they could really make a run here. So look the raptors were fired up to play this game. I would expect the jazz to come out and be playing with a little bit of desperation they're going to be playing against some teams that are motivated. So they're going to need to show up and match some of that intensity and some of that energy. But at the same time I, feel like Utah is a good bounceback team to go up against because they play a pretty traditional style. They can be tough. They're a good team but I feel like it's one where the Lakers should be able to handle the Utah Jazz if they're playing well and it'll be a good opportunity to kind of get things back on the right track. was interesting though to see the jazz loose in the fashion I did tell Casey today so I mean you can imagine that a combat game Monday they're going to be looking to have a bounceback game which will just turn out. You know it'll be a much more exciting game for us because both teams are going to be motivated to go out there and just get a win is Oh yeah absolutely. You know the jazz are not going to just go away. That's not what they are. That's not how they are is a team, but I think in terms of bounce back opportunities this is a good one there's not many easy games. Left. In fact, the Lakers believe the most difficult schedule. So there's not many games where you can say Oh hey, you know we get the Knicks tomorrow night that's a tune-up game right? We can just do whatever we need to do kind of get things right now they don't have those teams aren't there and the Lakers aren't GonNa be playing the Washington Wizards and are going to be playing the Phoenix Suns they're not going to be playing those lower level teams so. I think you is a good opportunity for them though it will be a battle, but I think it's one that they should win. So that's what I'm to be looking for in this next game for them to figure out a way to bounce back. In fact, I'm trying to pull up the schedule here and see who was that Utah beat just the other day. Because, they did win their first one. but I'm not seeing it right now. I'll have to who is at the House Yeah Utah Utah won their first game they lost. Okay. Yeah, they opened the whole Oh. Yeah. That's right. They open the season though because I know that. Rudy Gobert was the first guy to actually scores in the last. That's right but I'm trying to remember who they were playing I'm sure somebody will oh okay. Somebody's saying Robert Gonzales says they were playing the Pelicans that's right. I forgot about. That's the one I was forgetting I knew it was something I've watched so much basketball just today that these last my. At this point. I thought a couple of days ago was alive because I've watched about five hours. I think I top that with about seven hours today which by the way I know we don't usually do this too much but it might be worth discussing that okay. See or not. Okay. See but the PELICANS and the clippers tonight because. What I saw from the Clippers was pretty scary man Georgia's again just looking like an absolute beast out there man yeah. Yeah that was That was a blowout, but the clippers went berserk from three. They could miss home and that's what that's just that can happen if you're hot and they were also doing a really good job of attacking the paint and the young Pelicans team was terrible at getting out to open shooters. The the raptors did a great job getting onto open shooters. The PELICANS did not they gave up so many wide open corner threes and the clippers just let them up that was that was just a big big issue for them. Let's do a few more questions and comments here before we call it an evening, we've got S-. Common, here from Yawn Lathrop from Youtube said. Trevor. At this point, the role guys need to play more minutes and let them figure things out. I Want Lebron to play twenty minutes, Max Chris, what do you think do you if you're afraid Vogel do you rein in Lebron James and Anthony Davis a little bit at this point and trim their minutes and try and try to keep them healthy or do you want them to get a rhythm going and so you play the more their normal minutes where where do you sit with that? That's a good question You know I would probably I kind of like what he's getting I don't know if I would tap it twenty minutes, but I would definitely not give them a full schedule. You mean like I would not necessarily just put Lebron ad out there a bunch of extra minutes just because we're trying get a W.. In one of these upcoming six games I mean. I would yeah, I would just figure out a set time that they need or they even personally think they need to get the rhythm and I would just leave it at that and I would just hope that we can get. We can continue to get this kind of bench production. Really. So like you say, even do maybe shave a couple of minutes off Lebron a DJ so we're saving them for the playoffs. That's. That might be the best case scenario but again, especially if you're able to get what you got from Caruso. Coups and waiters tonight because the more we see those guys cook and. That's GONNA. Make me feel good regardless of whether we win or lose the next two games at have coups keeps looking like this version, the coups. Again, I'll just that's going to be one of the big things from. Yeah. Absolutely. That's going to be huge tonight Anthony Davis and Lebron both played thirty five minutes, which is about normal for the regular season. It feels like that's the path. The Lakers have chosen to try to give them regular season minutes. Let them play through things We'll see if that works again when when. Lebron To the basket and Kyle lowry slid under him. I went all know like time stood still for splits split-second there because I I hate that play I hated hated hated I hate the charge I hate seeing that that when a guy is in the air players are sliding over because you can't block the shot and so they're trying to take charge and look. I get it. You're trying to sell out for your team and all that sorta stuff, but it's so dangerous and Lebron hits his shoulder on the floor I went. Oh No, that's what I don't want it. So I'm not against cutting their minutes down but I feel for the most part. Lebron. Hundred. Okay. Job of kind of reserving themselves holding back a little bit. But at the same time. They're good. They're out there they're trying to win. and. So it's going to be something where we're going to hold our breath every time they go to the basket like that I don't know if a minutes limit though is really going to change that all that much they can. They can get hurt and twenty minutes then get hurt thirty five minutes but but you're right though about coups Makusa, twenty, eight minutes tonight he was tremendous waiters twenty two. Alex. Caruso Twenty Four These are the guys that are going to have to do the heavy lifting. There's just no if ands or buts about it. I do want to finish up with two centers though. So Javale McGee and Dwight Howard joint. mccower D-. I didn't like it I didn't like what we saw from those two guys tonight I was not. There's a lot of guys I pick on tonight but I've felt like jail and Dwight just they just didn't seem to have it tonight and part of that was their coverage part of that was getting pulled away from the basket trying to defend Marcus Saul but it felt like they just weren't quite sharp this evening and so that's something that that we're going to need to see improvement from because the Lakers need those guys. Well. The question is is how many thousand? Howard gets out like how is this whole lot rivalry with the refs going? Did you do out? So I'm looking at Dwight Howard only had two thousand and one of them was legit. One of them was for bad. He got a steel and again and these these the plays that drive you crazy drives me crazy and soccer too by the way when somebody's about to lose the ball and then they fall down. And this happens all the time in soccer. As soon as you stay up, stay up stay up and then right when you lose the ball room to make sure you get the call and that's something that that we saw Leonard do for the clippers when he was losing the ball Lebron was defending him, he just fell down and so the referee would would call it and that happened to Dwight tonight as well. But. Overall. He only got two fouls and so I guess you'll. You'll take that. But I think he was all that effective out there on the floor he had fi- boards one block five points to two shooting. But he did miss a couple of opportunities javale McGee was pretty invisible four boards. One block three points had one real wild shot on a runner in the paint that I didn't like just wasn't smart. So I just didn't think. They weren't. Killing the Lakers or anything it wasn't like Danny Green Missing Wide Open threes hurting the Lakers, it was. Just kind of being invisible. They just weren't there and I guess that was the that was the unfortunate part for them tonight. Why I think I think you you kind of summed it up I mean that's kind of what happens when the opposing has a big man who can shoot you know for the most part and it's not because I, know you just pointed out details offense but you know that's a good point. You know like assault can shoot. So really you're really taking dwight and Jay bail out of the game 'cause I mean that's The biggest contribution they give to their team is outside of rebounders interior defense. So I mean any team that's got a big man that can shoot is kind of Forgive me for the lack of a better term but kind of new. Defensively. So you know. You know it's. Aspect. It's a bad batch of fries. I guess roller when it comes to those that's the and that's something that they'll run into again. Should they if they get the NBA finals and you see Brook Lopez out there that's a challenge. Somebody was asking me about the Houston Rockets saying the rockets a bad match up. I don't love the match up with the rockets and the second round I'm getting question from Youtube. How possible do you think it is we play the rockets in the second round I think jazz and thunder schedule look easier hoping the clippers have to face them I I agree one hundred percent and I think I would much rather see the jazz or the thunder instead of the rockets personally. But yeah that that would be certainly a tough match-up and one where you can't really use these bigs. In a game like the rockets be just because they play so small and they play so weird I guess man named the other night. They. Had that beat had them beat multiple times and the rocket still come back Robert Covington tips that bullet and they got the win I'm like. I WanNa see the rockets stay in that six seed so that they are on the clippers side of the bracket. I don't WanNa see them sneak into that four or five matchup, and then over to the Lakers side I would much rather see the clippers have to deal with the rockets even though I think the clippers can deal with the rockets there equipped to do it but I'd rather see the clippers have to deal with them the Lakers. Gosh that game was so weird to watch too. That's the one. Didn't they overturn? And so I couldn't even like watching it was almost like my computer froze. You know you see PJ Tucker defending crystal presumably. but they get away with it. Gye but I mean I wanted a funny highlights of that day was. I'm sure. A lot of people saw the camera that was in Russell Westbrook's Locker Room I. thought that was pretty alerted. I didn't. There's a those clips of it on instagram everything, but they had a camera on was Russell Westbrook in the locker room and he was just. Stern a hole through it is you know like it was almost like what the heck is this camera doing it here like what? You gotta you gotTa Look Pretty Good Farrah. got a weird. Weird. Match at the rockets my goodness. Yeah that's that's the issue and that's why I'd rather not see them. I think the Lakers can beat them but I'd rather not have to do with it. That's that's what I'd be looking for. Okay. Let's do one more question. and. Then we will call it an evening here again Lakers take on the jazz six o'clock Pacific Time on Monday. You find one good one here. Okay. So try to help you look. So I've got Omni. Curry. From you sorry I'm bad with names guys trevor is there anything you worry about with the jazz next? Yes look the the jazz have Mike. Conley, and then they also have Donovan Mitchell. So you're dealing with those two really good guards. That I mean, that's an avery Bradley Game Right, that's a game where you would really need Brad. The MIC question is Ken Casey p stick with one of them. If not, that could lead to some trouble. The jazz are pretty smart team I like what they do with Joe. INGLES. He makes them some smart plays for them out there on the floor, and then they've got Rudy Gobert at the rim this game where the Lakers bigs are. Going to have to really step it up and at least be presence against Gobert But other than that I feel like it's a game, the Lakers should win they match up pretty well, if they can keep those guards from going off of Utah's GonNa win it's going to be because Mitchell and or commonly really got going in the Lakers couldn't keep them out of the paint and that and then we'll be saying again gosh, we need. Bradley. Yeah. Because you know even just the magic and now imagining Casey pugh trying to guard Donovan, Mitchell I just I don't know. Yeah I don't like that even. He might have an easier job with Conley. But still man. It's not picking on Casey because he's been good for us. But for him, some of these matchups men are just you know I I have nightmares thinking about Casey p having the guard Paul, George and Kawhi. Leonard, in that clippers, you know what I mean so. It just it is. It. Is What it is. But I think we should we should get a W. in that game as well and Yeah Dwight Howard. mcghee unlike you know tonight, they're going to be really necessary in that game to battle the Big French, mother. Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely and you know what? I look at the jazz and I think, okay who do they have? That's really going to try to lockdown. Lebron. They're not going to do a lot to stop. He should have a big performance in this one. They also need to the Lakers need to get Anthony, Davis going and they need to get a bounce back performance from him but but again, I think this is a game they should win the jazz are a more standard team than you would see against say like the rockets or somebody like that or even the Dallas Mavericks go small a ton of being the ball all over the place the jazz can do it there passing can be good but I feel like they're just they're wrong or two below the top top teams in the League so I think the Lakers can walk away with the windier. And that's what I am certainly expecting. All right guys, let's wrap things up there. Appreciate all the questions, questions and comments coming in from Youtube from periscope from facebook. Great stuff. As always we know a frustrating game tonight it was a hard one to watch. It wasn't a whole lot of fun. So my recommendation would be tomorrow or later tonight if you WANNA kinda get rid of this feeling go watch that clippers gaming in go watch that one. Watch that one more time and let's move onto the next one and we'll take a look at Lakers vs jazz on Monday evening. All right guys make sure you're heading over to Lakers nation dot com your home for everything Lakers. Don't forget follow us across social media at. Lakers nation on twitter and facebook. Lakers nation official on instagram and don't forget to follow Chris Masters at Christmas on. Twitter at Chris Masters Three one O on Instagram and he can find me at Trevor Underscore Lane on twitter at Trevor Lane NBA on Instagram Also, I will be back on Ktla five tomorrow morning at seven fifteen to do a sports breakdown on their their morning news show. So you can check out there tomorrow morning at seven fifteen as well. So that'll be a lot of fun. Are Gasol. Till next time so you stay safe.

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Lakers Beat Nuggets On Kyle Kuzma Game Winner

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Lakers Beat Nuggets On Kyle Kuzma Game Winner

"Believing purple and gold from the heart of Los Angeles. This is the Lakers nation dot com podcast with Euros Trevor Lane. WanNa Finish Lakers nation. Welcome into the Lakers nation post game. Show my name's Trevor Lane for Lakers nation DOT COM Kyle Kuzma in the game wintered Lebron James and Anthony. Davis are just decoys for a Kyle Kuzma game-winner go figure. But that's what we just saw happen is the Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets a much needed. Win. Super excited about that. What we're going to talk all about it. We're going to be breaking it down with us of those you joining us from periscope from Youtube from facebook welcome in. We're going to be taking your questions and your comments throughout the show. Don't forget if you are checking this out on the podcast version listening on Apple PODCASTS spotify whatever wherever you listen to podcasts, make sure you rate review an subscribe to the show. 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All you gotTa do is use that Promo Code Nation Twenty guys. Check that out again manscaping dot com that Promo Codes Nation Twenty joining me tonight we've got Chris the masterpiece masters Chris finally finally after three games in a row losing the Lakers get the One Yeah and it was definitely not a perfect game at all I mean you know the funny thing is is we've complained so much about. The offense and now tonight, the offenses come around pretty well, I mean, you know Danny Green came alive tonight cruises been a the model of consistency since we've got into the Butler since they answer the bubble and. It's just been. You know it was definitely but it was definitely much better offensively tonight but then defensively, there were a Lotta lapses are know we're GonNa get all that a lot of you know I don't know what the nuggets ended up shooting some ridiculous percentage but. You. Know I. I'm quite frankly I'm very happy because I'm glad we picked up the Winston I as I was telling you I think you know these last shoe before the playoffs are imported just for the sake of momentum and You know if nothing else since we've got into the bubble now you could see Lebron ad kind of ramping up a little bit tonight and again, coups has just been just off if nothing else has come out of this and and he's we're going to have like a legit third option like accuses doing exactly what we wanted them to do and it's beautiful to see. It really is just that game winner tonight man I mean how about that? Yeah. Absolutely. Look. Let's talk. In fact, we're going to start without crews but because I think we definitely have to give them what we just saw. I've got some negative here in the chat that saying all the Lakers played terrible. I'm seeing the Lakers barely beat the nuggets bench. Yeah. There's plenty to complain about and certainly we'll get into some of the deficiencies it was far from being a perfect game. But for right now, for this moment, let's just celebrate a win. It's been a frustrating last three games. The Lakers. have been playing great. Let's celebrate a win focus on. The positives for the moment and again, let's start with Kyle Kuzina on the night. Kyle Kuzma. He gets the start. He Starts Casey piece of technically cow Kuzma was the starting to guard for the Lakers or maybe the starting point guard I guess depending on how you want to read things. If you want to see Danny Green as the two in that setup, whatever cow cruise was started, he played thirty three minutes shot eleven for. Sixteen from the field three of five from three including the game winner six boards three assists two steals twenty five points and he was the number three score right behind Lebron James and Anthony Davis. This is the Kyle Kuzma. We've been hoping to see for the last few years. This is the guy this is it. We're seeing right now last game Kyle Kuzma didn't shoot. So well, this game he bounces back and he. Shoots very well, and that's been the big thing. Right is how many games we've seen cowboys were shoot really well, and then he drops down for three or four games before he bounces back up again instead so far in the bubble, it's been three or four good games in a row and then one not so great one that is much much better consistency and I am so so happy to see how Kuzina plan this way. Now I mean I again, just echo what you just said. This is exactly what we wanted. We kept talking about. Coups being the x factor what's WHO's GonNa do you know we know what we're going to? We always say we know what we're going to get from Lebron ad, but will be able to step into that a kind of third role and you know and like I don't know I'm just I'm very happy to see that like know it hasn't been so great but again these. Guys since they've been in the bubble after they beat the clippers, they've had the one spot secure the main thing really even before anything else has been just keeping guys healthy. So you know I think as you know all of us as Laker fans, we just turned the freak out when we see you know it's been some tunnel. So I mean, we don't do that. All right we. Return the freak out. I. Mean I even started freaking out it wasn't the okay. See game but I guess it was maybe the Ron instead because that was so hard to watch but I mean, you know really these guys. I think you know Lebron be I mean, if feels like they're just they're starting to kind of come around the ramp up and. You know it's you know they've been pacing themselves. I'm assuming you know what I mean and I I think you know again, the defense wasn't as great tonight but I mean, I, think that's what a lot of this is about is it's about giving your offense back to where was and your defense back to where it was You know. In comparison to like before we went on break. Yeah. Look and I don't think and we'll get into the defense. The defense was not good at all. There's a lot of issues there that we're gonNA talk about but but as far as the offense goes. Better. It looked like not even not just the shooting percentage which obviously that's a big part of it, and that's what's GonNa really stick out us they shot Laker. Shot fifty four percent from the field forty, eight percent from three. This is that three point shooting explosion that we've been dying because they were dead last in a offense rating in the bubble dead last in field goal percentage dead last in three point percentage it. Was Ugly, ugly, ugly ugly, and tonight we saw the offense start to get back on track a little bit. They went to Anthony Davis early, COW KUZINA was sprinkled in Lebron. James was aggressive in getting his looks. We even saw any knock a couple of threes Danny Green actually threes Danny Green Four for ten shooting, which you go forty percent from the field. That's not great. No. But when you're three of five from deep you'll. Take that I will take that performance out of Danny Green on the offensive end of the floor eleven points towards one assists for him there but but I don't want to stray too far from crews. My still have some things to go over there. How about the fact that Frank Vogel was using Kyle Kuzma as defensive stopper whenever one of the nuggets players would really get going and they were pretty much all going. In this game, he would put Kyle coups on that guy, he cow Kuzina on Jamal Murray to try to slow him down at one point. I think that's telling US shows just how much cow Kouzmine has improved on the defensive end of the floor and and they don't want to get your thoughts on the final play. So what do you think about cow cruise was defense for the moment then we'll get back to his offense. I loved everything about who since we've come back I mean like in terms of it feels like everything has been better like there's been times where guys have blown by was like like in the past but I've seen a lot more like even if somebody blows by WHO's like I've seen crews recover I've seen coup stay on top man stay in front of people I've seen crews. Block shots I've seen like he's just I I don't know if it's I'm sure part of it is as he's just going healthy now because we keep hearing about, you know when he was you know during the summer he had the injury Languid. Team USA and but I mean he also looks more comfortable. It doesn't like I don't look at coups like we did a few months. Ago, when we felt like WHO's trying to force up shots and he was just kind of out of place within the offense and the defensive feels like cruises got a lot more comfortable and showing not only on the offensive end but the defensive end and the defense of has been something we've been harping on him about of forever. So I I, just I feel like you know this is. The best case scenario breasts I mean rilya coming out of the bubble we this is what we wanted. Outta cruises what we're giving out a cruise and it hasn't been pretty some of these games obviously. But you know to know that we're going to go into the playoffs and everybody's going to be healthy and we know that light Kuzak awesome rhythm and thank God we're not talking about. Danny Green tonight it was really nice to see him kind of come along for his sake. Say. Because I you know because I even I was starting to get like I'm doing frustrated two of my men. Dr. been as late Wednesay GonNa come around can we depend on them but you know so I mean I just overall I mean highlighting the coups thing obviously but I feel optimistic about all of that were bras going into the playoffs. Yeah and let's let's finish on the Kuzina talk with this, and then we're going to get onto something else by the way I'm seeing all kinds of topics come all kinds of comments coming in about cow KUZMA everybody is saying how? How excited they are about him I've got TJ Rulli says cruises focusing. He's not out in La, posing for pictures, and that's really all he can do is play basketball. Hang out at Disneyworld. That's so he's he's definitely focused. That's for sure a lot of comments here about Michael Porter Jr. and how good he was here's the thing like my junior was amazing and he was he couldn't miss but there wasn't a single play went that was kouzmines fault. I don't like Kouzmin didn't give him any open looks it wasn't like he got any easy ones. He hit Kuzma made him tough shots and to Puerto Juniors credit he made them and so that's I. Don't look at those points as a fault of Kyle Kuzma or anything I. think that's the Lens. We have to defense through sometimes guys are just GonNa hit really tough shots Kouzmin did a great job there but let's finish this the final play who would have ever thought that Lebron James and Anthony Davis would be decoys for Kyle Kuzma to take a last second shot and credit the Frank Vogel for it because if you're GonNa do that even though the like your gut reaction would be. Get The win right. Do whatever it takes team needs a win give the ball the Labron give the ball of the post ad just make that happen no he ran a play for Kyle Kuzma because he wanted to find out what's Kuzma going to do under pressure and now you find out in a game that really still doesn't matter in terms of standings Frank Vogel got that opportunity ran the play for crews but he likes it down. I. Loved IT Great Decision Great Execution and then Kouzmin knocked down the shot it was brilliant. and. This is going to be great for us because this is gonNA give coups a ton of confidence back vet they didn't even more final second suffolk. He was on the team he's on a team with Lebron, James and Anthony. Davis and they actually intended to go to him. They did use those guys decoys so I mean. This is going to be great. You know this is what exactly what apply like who's needs I would imagine to have a moment like this is going to give him some competence that can carry over into the playoffs. I mean. It's not obviously the playoffs are going to be difficult in that. We're not always going to get games like this out of coups but like you. Said you know it used to be like every other game for coups. We're seeing a lot more consistent out of him. He looks like I mean it looks like the whole goal shipping he looks healthier. He looks more comfortable. He's He's looking more confident and he's going to be much more confident. You know just coming out of the Gay Mike Tonight Man I think this was Amazing Coups Mania is running wild goose means what you gotTa do what you gotTa do when it goes mania runs wild on you I've got a lot of people talking about about how good cow Kuzina was. Let's jump over. We're going to get the dion waiters just a minute but let's talk about the other two stars. Let's talk about Anthony Davis and Lebron. James. Lebron goes nine of twenty-one shooting. That's okay. five of eleven from deep. Six of ten from the line only one rebound, which is weird for Lebron, but twelve assists two blocks did a five turnovers but twenty nine points to lead the Lakers Anthony Davis super-efficient nine of fifteen shooting six boards. Five three steals two blocks stuff the stats sheet twenty-seven points. For Ad What did you like from from Lebron an eighty s performance typically Lebron going early to Anthony Davis and trying to get him established right from the Get-go. A If you noticed I mean there was a lot more aggressiveness of a tonight I mean some of those put back dunks and I think even in alleyoop and like a d was just really given light tonight and I felt like the same thing with the Bronx just really felt like. They. Were asserting themselves a little more and they were actually trying to get there but you know. The like they were, you know trying to get a little bit of rhythm and. You know they were doing a bit more than they had done in the previous few games. I think you know specifically Lebron might have kind of deferred two different guys because he's trying to get them going you know what I mean, and maybe not necessarily focusing on himself. But a man like Ab had a couple of plays where he dunked the ball and he fired up and there's not even any people that are Mansour me he was feeling it and. So I mean, I like what I saw them out with the exception. I guess I think Lebron had a tough night freaked wine. maybe even the team in general, my free throw line but you know it is what it is. You know he's just going to have to keep getting his reps in and hopefully that won't be a big issue in the playoffs. That's I mean you know it always typically is with the broncos have been the final seconds the game he's not driving and he's trying to make a basketball player. It turns into, he doesn't want to shoot free throws, right? You know let's just let's hope that doesn't continue to be an issue the playoffs but outside of that I mean I liked it. What did you I mean look I I liked what we saw on the night sixty nine percent for the team from the free throw line, which is nice. But not so nice on the Basketball Court Look Lebron I thought he played well I thought. Lebron. Tried to step things up a bit early in the first half. There was some moments where I was a little bit worried like he didn't look quite as explosive as we'd expect I started thinking maybe this groin injury really is a deal maybe it is something. To Be Concerned About Anthony Davis I'll tell you what. So there are moments where Anthony Davis is a little bit too mild mannered for me for my liking I would like to ad fired up a little bit more and kind of play with that. Just play with a little bit of that Venom right and tonight it felt like he did that felt like he was man after what happened last. Game and he came out and showed it and the Lakers were determined to get him going early. In fact, the first possession of the game was a play designed to get eighty the ball about five feet from the rim where he just turn and shoot and he did that scored it. He had a great night I love the Lob Dunks I. Love Him just getting up and dunking over. People, and having that kind of energy I, think that's going to be really important Lebron talked a little bit about I'm paraphrasing about how it's difficult not playing in front of fans, and now you kind of have to generate your own energy and I almost wonder if he was talking about Anthony Davis with that I think we saw a more energized Anthony Davis and a more self motivated ad. Tonight so that was that was really good to see Sure. There were still mistakes but overall I think you've got gotta be happy to see one ad bounce back and to Lebron. Have a nice solid performance like this and see him kind of it looked like he at some point he told himself. Okay. We have to win this one. I'm going to get going and he did he started takeover. I like I like what you said to 'cause I kind of agree with that with the ad sometimes, you just don't. You're not asking you know I i. know it's almost cliche. This point verts are trying to ask is out killer instinct armaments. I mean, you really really want eighty to be like you said a little meaner and that's why I pointed out that dunks man like a couple of those dogs he got. He really got some emotion after and fired up and that's going into exactly what you were saying just you know what we need some fire we need some meanness we need some aggressiveness out of. He's so skilled and everything, but you know just you know I I much prefer a mean Anthony Davis rather than eight. Anthony Davis who's you know just relying on his is fundamental skills all the time because you know that just doesn't always translate no no, it doesn't, and and and we also should note that Anthony Davis made a big block towards the end of the game there too. So He's getting it done on the defensive end of the floor in that particular one Okay. Let's talk a little bit about Oh somebody mentioned here Lebron James had five threes. Yeah. That definitely helped out the Lebron had advisories. That's that's pretty big founders range. Yeah. I definitely did. Yeah, absolutely. He was great but let's talk a little bit about the other guy that we get tons and tons of comments on. Yeah. We're GONNA, take a trip. Let's go to waiters island. We're going to go head down head down to waiters island pack your sunscreen. We're going to go ahead down to waiters island because it is scorching hot there I'm getting all kinds of heartaches that are coming in here. I've got people saying deal waiters is great I've got people saying Dion waiters should start I've got people saying deal waiters defense is terrible. There's all it's flying all over the place. Dion waiters on the night five, eight shooting. One of two from deep three assists twelve points. One turn over he was a plus five on the evening Chris Thoughts on Dion waiters tonight in this game. I still liked them. I think you look good tonight and I think definitely provides US something in terms of bench swearing and also ball emily and you know you're not in love with every possession is but it's not like you I. looked at the some of the guys we have. You know what I mean look at Jr Smith and Cook even though I know Cook had a great game last game I kept thinking about. You know just because you were such a cook advocate and then he goes off and Atlanta. So that was pretty cool but I just I like what we're getting from waiters but that's because you know I look at Jr. Smith you know I'm. I don't people are GonNa? Get Mad at me I guess but I kind of life that he's out of the rotation a little bit because I didn't like much of what he was doing and I it just it's not to say he can't shots and stuff like that. But it just seemed like every time are Smith the ball was about possession you know and I know needs to get his legs under him and all that. But I mean I'm just looking at our new acquisitions and even I. Know, we're not talking about Morris Morris even did a couple good moments night I think he hit a couple threes so but I really think that waiters, waiters, island kind of Ed's the list of all of our our new guys when you look at Morris when you look at Jr Smith when you look, you don't leave until cooking there because cook hasn't been a solid piece of the rotation but you gotta you gotta point to what he's doing it. You know mean breaking down the defense i. You Know I. Don't think there's much more positive than negative What about you? Yeah, I'm right there with you. So I think you hit the nail on the head there's more positive than negative. There is plenty of negative discuss here, and on the let's let's focus on the good right. Now, the offensive end of the floor, the offense is the good with the on waiters period, and the reason for that is because they so badly needed his skill set he can get to the rim which we've seen. Him that a bunch he can hit tough shots. He can hit from outside no he's not a total sniper. He's not Klay Thompson behind the line or anything like that but he can't he's a threat out there he can hit those shots and that's made a difference for Lakers second unit which has been really important. You need somebody who can put the ball in the basket when Lebron isn't on the floor and I think they have found that in dion waiters I think he's at the very least his. Skill set is what they have been missing on the bench unit. On the flipside his defense is atrocious and I don't know how much of that at this point is him being new to the system I think that there is certainly a percentage of it. That is because he's new to the system and not just he's playing a bad vendor. I think some of it is he's new to the system and he's trying to figure things out hopefully he gets that done because if I'm Frank Vogel I'm looking. At what you need to do for the playoffs and I am just sitting dion waiters down in front of defensive schemes all day and saying here crash course we need to teach you all of this because how many times did the Lakers get back door cut in this game? How many times were they caught fall watching? That was that was the frustrating part of this game was the defense and that's not all on waiters. There are a number of guys who did it, but dion waiters tends to get. Lost on the defensive end I think if you're going to play dion waiters, you have to make one hundred percent sure that tailored Horton Tucker is not on the floor with him because Taylor Horton Tucker does the same thing which we should expect. He's young nothing against t h t that's what you would expect out of him. He's he's nineteen years old. He's GonNa Occasionally Miss Rotations Miss Things on the defensive end of the floor. He did it a few times tonight but if you put him in waiters. Together that defensive issue is compounded because now you have two guys getting lost instead of trying to cover for one that said waiters offense has been so good. It's made up for the defensive deficiencies, but if you can get him to even be average at least make the right rotations at the right time even if he's not this incredible on ball defender then he becomes even more valuable. So if I'm frank, Vogel, that's my focal point right now for Dion, waiters is getting those defensive rotations down. With the we did see a lot of defensive lapses tonight and I'm imagining that was probably some of those were on waiters baby venda Talker as well. Tonight probably, right? Yeah. They they both. A number of plays that they just just flat out. They were either in the wrong spot or made the wrong re like reacted incorrectly to what was going on on the floor and it does really stick out and so that's that's certainly an issue. But again, I, don't want to sound negative about waiters. I am super pumped about what waiters has provided because we've been Chris. You know for months for the entire season we've been saying, this is what the Lakers need off the bench they need somebody who can score. They need somebody who can attack the basket and waiters is doing that stuff. So in my mind is still he's still a big big positive. You just have to figure out some way to get the defensive end to be at least respectable. Bowler. Great. Are We? Who Do you want to get into that? What you want to get into? Morris. Well, let's let's see. Let's get into the chat here. Let's get into when everybody is saying we've been all kinds of questions. A Rondo question go figure Myron Chan from Youtube says, how will the roster look with Rondo is back? Okay Crystal. Let's go with this rotation for right now. So you've got Murky Morris Dwight the starting five are the stars. Let's assume Casey P takes Kuzma spot back and he starts Bela's assume that which maybe you could make an argument goes mustard start danny green but so is it so daily green? Lebron? Ada. The jail and Casey. Let's assume that's your starters and then you've got coming off the bench, you'd have dwight you'd have Kuzma you'd have waiters. You'd have Caruso who somebody we'll talk about interest to bid. And, then you would have. I guess maybe Rondo but then you're cutting out, mark. Morris in order to get him in there are you not playing Quinn Cook like what are you? What are you doing? What lengths would you go to in order to get Rondo on the floor and we've been talking all about how the rotation needs to be cut down for the playoffs You're still looking at guys who deserve it's. Not Getting them because if you had Rondo back into it, somebody's gotTa lose their spot. Yeah and I don't think see I wouldn't that's a tough question because when you talk about Rondo, like the first person I, think of his waders. But then again, I don't know if you WANNA sacrifice what waiters is doing offensively Rondo we know the problems of Rondo offensively right like you as far as spacing all that so and I don't know that's that's a really good question. I don't know who you sacrifice the minutes for honestly for Rondo. Maybe I. I'm pretty sure Vogel is going to try to work to win because of his experience and because he can ball handle but I just I don't know the minutes are from-from I mean I guess maybe I was GONNA say Alex. Caruso. But I doubt that they're like sacrifice. Russo. Just because of what is the advanced numbers are with him on the floor with Lebron advanced numbers for. I that's I'm glad you brought that up. We need to mention this Alex. Even, though he had zero points led the team in plus minus tonight at his a plus twenty one. I mean does it's crazy. Wow. He didn't even get even Albany. Always Ause I. Think he has four assists not sir. Yeah. So you know what does that said? Wow he finds ways to get things done that don't show up on the box score I mean that's That so that what what do you think like? So how would you integrate Rondo or or maybe? Has I mean Morris. Morris is going to be needed on situational basis, but that's two completely different position I. Don't know I, really found a loss for how to do. So I think it's GonNa be a real challenge for Frank Vogel, but I think ultimately comes down to Robert Gonzales from Youtube mentioned this here I think he's right. He said it's going to depend on match ups and I think that's it I think I think that's really what it's GonNa come out it's there isn't going to be maybe it was kind of a trick question I don't think there's going to be a consistent player that you removed put Rondo in like I don't think you to say okay well. Dion waiters sorry. You don't get any minutes anymore rondos back. I don't think you do that I think it could be Mark Morris one night the next night. If they're playing a team that runs the different bench unit, it could be somebody else maybe it does wind up being Caruso or someone It's going to be up to Frank Vogel and the coaching staff to figure that out. But on one hand it's an issue but on the other like it's a good problem to have right to have more players that deserve minutes than you can give out is a great problem, right? You'd rather have that then more minutes than you can find good players for. Could. You ever see US using? In terms of a bench unit if we had to go small with our beds for whatever reason that we weren't using dwight or devel-, who'd you see Morris running the five spot and then maybe some kind of lineup that integrates Rondo. Waiters, Caruso I guess, and then who who am I leaving out on their or is it as Iran? Rondo and waiters, Caruso Markeith Morris, and and coups what would be in a small bowl lineup. Yeah. That would be and so I don't know just that's something Frank Vogel messed around with that a little bit before the season shutdown, and so it wouldn't surprise me to see that come back with Marc. If Morris, at the five, I can't do that by the way. Mark Morris did a pretty good job tonight three of five, shooting two, four, three, seven boards, eight points in eighteen minutes. You'll take that all day every day for guy you've got for free off of the buyout market and same thing with with waiters getting for free was real big. So that was pretty Pretty Awesome. See that happened. I do WANNA get into a little bit of Dwight. Howard. I had somebody made a comment and I lost again. That's so funny. You said I was just thinking about him too I mean he didn't have the best night in terms of when you look at the numbers but I liked what I saw. was battling tonight and I don't know. Where will you know I I agree with you I think that we've seen a little bit better version of white like it's been more the in season version of Dwight Howard that we've seen the last two games and somebody popped up popped up comment and I lost the name here but they said two games in a row of no moving screen calls against our it. So I think. That's a huge victory right there like we could celebrate that one two games in a row of no moving screen violations. That's that's pretty amazing. Dwight Howard root was also four of five from the free throw line tonight. So I mean, you'll take that I. think he's been he's been solid I've enjoyed seeing seeing dwight. Howard. Play that way it simply with which avail McGee he's been really good as well. Okay. Let's get into a little bit of the negative Some people are saying him over jail. We'll see we'll see what they do. But, let's talk a little bit about the Lakers defense. So this is been so far that has been the only good thing. They were number three when I looked this morning in defensive rating in the bubble that was the only thing like somewhat keeping them alive because they were dead last an offensive rating they can shoot. For the last seventy games couldn't shooter all. Night, the shooting came back. They shot great offense was good. I liked some of the cuts I like the ball movement the passing this were coming back up, which happens when you make shots. But the defense wasn't there. So what do you do on the defensive end? The floor does that worry like have we solved one problem and now we've just got another one. What are your thoughts on the defensive performance of the Lakers tonight. I don't think we solve one problem. We have another I think again, I think this is just part of like when you've had this much time off, I feel like gets about rounding in the form and I feel like you know the kind of stress the defense to a point where they didn't maybe they didn't worry about the offense the offense everybody started freaking out because the offense was so bad and then or maybe they didn't even consciously try to do that. But maybe it's just happening this way that like you know they they always kind. Of want a set the tone defensive, right that's part of their old deal but you know it just it just seems to me like the offense is either they were starting to hear all the chatter about what's wrong with the offense Oh my God they can't make a shot and they just wanted to shut everybody up or it's just you know they're just getting back rhythm I. Mean it's starting to get back and rhythm because again tonight when I watched the game, it felt a lot more. They felt a lot more like themselves so again. offensively. Yeah. You're not I mean like it felt like they were getting Luke's shooting with more smooth. Everything on that and the look much better look more of what I had been familiar with with the teat. Yeah absolutely. Look this has been something where where they haven't looked right they haven't looked like a as you said, they haven't looked like themselves and then tonight on the offense of the end of the floor they did. They looked like the Lakers again, the ball movement that cuts off the ball crews mcchord into the basket everything Lebron hitting these deep threes and Anthony Davis dominating inside it looked familiar it looked more like Lakers basketball. So if you're frank, Vogel, you've got to be happy with that the defense they were getting back door cut left and right? Simple plays even by bench players from Denver just executing they weren't doing anything crazy but they were executing and they were hitting shots which. Obviously it's a maker mislead Those were really given the Lakers problems on the defensive end of the floor. So there wasn't anything that I look at though and thought Oh gosh. Oh Gosh Denver just expose something with the Lakers defense it's all over now. Now I I, thought everything was very fixable. Everything was just so mental mistakes being off half a step or two. Of that hat Chris I like it. I like it. That's a nice is the Lebron dodger hat. I dig it about exactly Lebron by it is pretty close Ed. I'm GonNa put I gotTa Jerry Buss. With all the panel. Yeah I want to put that on this side Yep Yep. Yeah. You got it to I've ever. Got When I was just looking it's buried somewhere and all my money I want to get it right here. I'm thinking about taking it's a list because it's a patch actually not. I'll cool hatch. I got a couple of them. Yeah. I wish I had to be one I like it I like it but anyway look I think that everybody's saying Nice Hat. They're all chiming in here. Chris. They dig the hat. So gotTa talk about tonight even better we went tacos. This is. This. The defensive performance was great. But I think there's enough where Frank Vogel can just kind of dual film study say, Hey, these are the issues. This is what we need to fix and I think they can I. I think what they can do is fix these things and eventually get things going on that under the floor. We've seen it. I'm not gonNA panic about the defense at this point. I don't think it's that big of a concern like, yeah. The Denver Nuggets, bench, lighting you up. That's not great. But they're NBA players and they had a ridiculously hot shooting night. Apart of that was the Lakers defense was poor. But another part of it was Denver was just hitting shots I mean the nuggets on the night shot fifty, eight percent from the field and fifty seven percent from deep. Some of that is bad defense. Some of that hot should while. Those are socialism crazy pensive percentages Barrasso fiving this bubble has just been. You know there's there. It's been funny because out of what stop player for John Morand for mammoth person's been going crazy or memphis a song. Bob Has created this scenario where you know some guys are really shining that might have not actually shine before. I. Don't know. Everything about this unpredictable. and. Having to go into anybody's home arena. And play in front of a you know a raucous crowd or or you know an aggressive anything like that. So I don't know man. It's just You know some of these players playing out of minds that does not wouldn't necessarily I guess I think that. Way talked about that a little bit to life guy you know that some teams are going to be like, you know, ah, Lakers are going to be a disadvantaged. In terms of the fact that nobody's ever going to be coming into the staple center tap to face those kind of odd. But I mean, that's every. Right, every team has to deal with that it and let's move to that topic next because we're gonNA talk about what's coming next to the playoffs and so i WanNa talk about the fact that only the Lakers lose who? But they're going to be like the team to know who they're playing in the first round because there's going to be a plan. So let's talk about that stuff but. Overall I thought the Lakers were were good in this one I enjoyed what we saw out of them but I think there's an interesting effect on here and it's this bubble effect like suddenly TJ Warren. Is, a is a monster to superstar and suddenly the sons are going Berserk and and can't lose their six and now. What is happening I? Think the environment change has had a few unintended consequences that we weren't anticipating, and that's players don't have to deal with anything else. Now there's nothing there. They don't have to deal with all of the outside stuff that they normally would during the regular season and getting through those things is a skill getting through everyday life while managing your professional career is a skill and now all they have to focus on basketball, and so we're seeing these kind of random players and teams jump up and part of it is a small sample size too but they no longer have. Anything else to focus on, they can just focus on basketball, and so it has shifted a few things around the League Brook Lopez has been going crazy and you wouldn't think so because he's Disneyworld and he loves disneyworld but he's going crazy out there. TJ. Warrant is another one that The sun's going. Berserk you mentioned John Mirant who's who's very, very good. But I think that there have been a few little oddities that we weren't really anticipating. It's it's kind of fun. But when you're the, that's the number one seed you kinda wanted everything to just stay the same and not have any surprises. That I feel like this is going to be kind of an x factor going into the playoffs like guy you know you're going to. I don't know you just you really an Lebron's even alluded to it. You just kind of this is so different than yeah like I personally vouch for the fact that like you know the for these guys not out to travel is such a huge thing to not have to do these flights I, mean they're. Going to be. Though I mean they're playing a lot of games in a short period of time, but they're not having to endure all that other stuff. So he really just don't know like. It's really going to be I feel like it's going to create a very unpredictable type of playoffs where you might see some possible upsets that you might not have expected I could be wrong. Maybe everything kind of fall exactly. The way you know we're all expecting in terms of you know the top four teams whatnot but. Now. This is just the Zoll different game by I think, what's your friends? They say old new game I mean it kind of is in some respects it really is it's changed a lot of things and against some of it was was unpredictable in terms of what's change which, and again if you're a team that's in first place and everything's going well for you, you're not the team to see massive changes. All, right. Let's talk a little bit about the first round of the playoffs. So the Lakers are in a spot where again they're. They've been put at a disadvantage like the plan tournament is a fun idea on paper but I don't think the League anticipated the fact that you're going to take the number one seed and not only takeaway homecourt advantage from them but you're also going to put them at a disadvantage because every other team will know who their opponent is before the number one seed. So you're you're making even more difficult on them. So from the Lakers perspective, that's not great. But here's where things sit right now memphis currently has the eight see but just barely they were three and a half games up at this point I think memphis big big big trouble. I would not favor them over I, don't care who it is. If it's the sun's the Spurs, the Blazers does not matter. I do not favor the grizzlies in a plan tournament even if they're going in as the eighth seed where they only have to win once. I kind of think Memphis which which is a bummer I would rather play than any of those other teams but memphis sitting at the seed Portland is only a half game back. I thought they were GONNA lose their last game to the seventy sixers even without Ben Simmons and then losing Joel Embiid didn't happen. The Phoenix Suns are one game back. So the suns can get up there but they need Portland lose and then the spurs are also one game back in the Memphis Grizzlies two games to play for all these teams so. It's a very, very tough and tight finisher that we're GONNA see I I don't know what's going to happen I. Know I've got my my preference would be to not see the blazers, but I also think that's the most likely outcome at this point. Da just feels like that's kind of where this is going. Dame Lillard has been playing out of his mind you know Although he did kind of choke on those free throws but that created a whole nother story line with the clippers. Pat Bez George you know talking smack. So I don't know I just. I hate the back because I I didn't think about that too much by the Lakers are gonNA have no time to prep, which is completely unfair for the number one seed to you know you're supposed to out whatever advantages are available to you and. You and that's just kind of another reason I felt personally, I have a lot of people do that like it's going to be important that for it was an important getting win tonight but it's also going to be imported kind of this this last game they out before the playoffs because if things going to happen the way we're imagining they couldn't a- facing a red hot. Trailblazers Team I. Don't think you know the places aren't gonNA upset the Lakers or anything like that, and we've already clarified that everybody was we we? The last show but You know they it's definitely not a favorable first round match. Nope for our team and where we're just we're trying. Our I've know that our whole perspective when it comes to this is just you know we want them to have another. Looking I guess we are kind of looking for an easier route. Sure we don't want to put the miles. We don't want to put the miles on them in the first round is what it comes down to exactly exactly a hundred percent not saying the blazers would win, but I would rather the Lakers have say four-game sweep or A. Five game series against Memphis than deal with a six or seven game series against the Blazers I think it's a much more difficult team to deal with than say the grizzlies would be but again I at this point, I'm expecting it to be the blazers but usually got coming up Michael's rods that trevor please don't let it be the blazers then rockets than clippers. Okay, Michael, I definitely control that and so I will I will make sure it's not that I'll deal with it but no. So tomorrow night for games to keep an eye on here you've got the sons are tomorrow afternoon Russians say you've got the sons and the sixers and then you also have the blazers and the mavs and earlier in the day you've got the rockets and the Spurs. So the outcomes of those games are definitely going to matter to the Lakers. Ideally, you would see in my mind you would see. The Celtics and grizzlies you want. The everybody to wait except for the blazers, you want the mavs to be in the Blazers and then you'd WanNa see the sons, the grizzlies, and the Spurs all win. Because again, I would rather see any of those teams than the Blazers and so if you can bump everybody up a little bit and knocked the blazers down a little bit I would take that and then on Thursday we've got the Lakers finished things. OFF WE SACRAMENTO. By the way, we are not gonna be able to do a post game show for that one because it is a ten thirty am game it's going to be middle of the day and we both have prior commitments. So won't be able to do a post game show unfortunately when we get back to normal game times, I will definitely be back at it but Thursday, you finish with. Milwaukee against the grizzlies. which is not good for the grizzlies and their changes although Milwaukee could be resting guys. You've got the mavs and the sons which is going to be a real close one the spurs and the Jazz, and then Portland and. Brooklyn. Yeah. And Brooklyn is upset wins but still I'd have to think that'll be kind of a Gimme for Portland. So I'm thinking we really need the blazers to lose tomorrow against the mavs in order for these other teams to have a shot here I think that's what it's GonNa. Boil down to. And then I'm just curious because I don't know. I've ever or I don't completely understand, but is is definitely going to display and thing this is going to be. Come down to two teams ahead. Okay and then so whoever's in the higher spa would just have to win the one game and the opposing team but after correct yeah. So the the way they set it up is that if if say if whoever was in the eighth seed had a four game lead or more, the nine seed, there is no plan and the eight seat is just solidified and that's it. It's done and so that's what we're going to see. Happen the Eastern Conference because the. The magic have a seven and a half game lead over the wizard. So there won't be a plan game in the West though there's definitely because it's only a half game lead right now and only two games left there definitely will be a play in game or games. The nine seed has to win two games that are, oh, the eighth seed only has to win one to advance. So we'll see who that ends up being again, my preference would for it to be. Any two teams, but the blazers in that eight, nine C. But again it, it does feel likely that it'll be the Blazers Hey Chris Lemme let me throw this out here. I did a video yesterday speaking of the Blazers all about the clippers and them trying to take their game against the blazers just to Portland up and make it more likely that the Lakers will have to deal with the blazers in round one, they pulled Paul. George with five minutes left they benched him. They didn't play Kawai, which is shocking but they also held Lou Williams to eighteen minutes. They did everything they could to tank the game away and somehow they still won accident only when Damian Lillard business free throws and everything. But one, what's your thought on that would is that okay, does it bother you that the clippers were on purpose trying to lose a game just to mess with the Lakers? While circus I'm the Lakers fan obviously. So anything about them annoys me a you know it just they do this any chance they can. It reminds me of went quiet kinda jerk this around that old league and. You. Know we could've been making moves but I mean they just try to kind of if feels like it's been a theme for them to kind of stick US whenever they can and I'm not completely sure that they. Definitely looks like that's what they were trying to do but You, know it is what it is mad at the same time I know Doc rivers you know technically he can say that he wants to rest guys. We're that close to the playoffs. So I mean there's nothing there's nothing you can really do about it. You know what I mean if the end of course myself you and Blaker station we're all going to be upset about it but you know what it You know it is what it is right and and the Lakers aren't in a position to do that anybody really they. They had no opportunity to mess with the standings at all they're their wind tonight does put the rockets within a game of the Denver Nuggets and so the hope would be that the Denver Nuggets lose and game and the rockets can win and so ideally a personally, I would rather see the nuggets and. So maybe by by beating the nuggets here, you can bump the rockets up into the three seats and put them on the back onto the clippers side of the bracket that would be great I in my mind. But other than that, there's not a whole lot. They can do to really mess with the seating the rockets do get I'm just looking at their schedule here the rockets do get the spurs coming up which. That's going to be tough because I want the spurs to win to move up at the same time kind of what the rockets to win 'cause I don't WanNa them round to and then who the rockets finished with. Miss An oh, the pacers then they get the pacers to wrap things up. So it wouldn't surprise me if the rockets went to zero and then I guess it depends on who plays and all that and how badly the rockets want the three see. But then again, if on the rockets I'd rather play the Lakers and the clippers. So we'll see how things go there I but look does it Does it bother me all that much. It's a I guess you kind of expected. That's what the the clippers do. They're going to do any little thing they. That's why the clippers went after Darren Collison wasn't that they needed another point guard they just wanted to try to do a preemptive strike against the Lakers. It's why they went after Marcus Morris because if they got him, that means the Lakers didn't That's they're very very concerned with trying to stop the Lakers and keep the Lakers from having a path to the NBA finals and Okay that's fine. There are two big rivals and all that kind of stuff, but it does feel a little bit underhanded when you're doing everything, you possibly can to try to lose a game short of telling players to just flat out missed shots. And they do all that just to kind of mess with the Lakers. It's. It's not a great Lok but I can laugh about it. Now because because it failed, it didn't work it backfired on them. What are the you know? It's the clippers they hate us because they nuts us right like. You know they're always they're competing for this market and they just know that there's no way they're gonNA ever take over the sparking I think bomber has some kind of oppression that like, oh, he can. You know right Los Angeles Real cool on his jersey, put it arena in Inglewood all of a sudden people are. Going to convert, but it doesn't work like that. You a crappy franchise that has installed no confidence in Los Angeles for the last thought I. What is it five decades? Number is not it's is not GonNa happen you know what I mean like you can out this little pipe dream, but you'd be much better off than Seattle Unfortunately, there wouldn't make nearly as much money in Seattle as as so they're not moving there but but they would even here's my thing to like the clippers name would actually make sense in Seattle because a clipper is a ship, right? So it makes sense for the clippers to be in Seattle and look la you can say still close to water and all that. That's that's fine but it wouldn't be anything where it would be like the jazz in Utah which makes no sense. The New Orleans jazz moved to Utah they kept the name jealous. It's like it's like the Flint Tropics right where the name was makes no sense for the local. So, they wouldn't be dealing with that but now the clippers aren't going to seattle unfortunately that's not gonNA happen. What's Funny Senecas? rakers obviously for Minnesota I mean I. Guess We have weights era. Where it's not. There are leaks in California though, but it's not as prevalent as it is yeah, Minnesota. Why it works because it just sounds so good los. Angeles Lakers you know the the Elliott alliteration on. Yeah it doesn't even matter. Really. Yep Yep agree. Yeah, you know just real quick. So with a eighth and ninth seed, like if the let's say the knives see beat safety and how our they scheduling the Games is going to be on a Saturday then if they add the play. The extra game it's going to be on that the following day. Yeah. Let me see if it's even here on this. Eleven. Her writing didn't realize there were actually Friday games I believe it Saturday and Sunday and I think it's back to back over there two games back to back and I think that's how they're running it, and then the playoffs start like right away they have very, very little turn around. So I think that's I believe that's the way they're doing it in order to to get the Games in time and then get the playoffs. Off and running I've got a comment here. Joshua Seth Lane Lane spelled differently than mine the clippers being ousted in the first or second round would be the best gift of twenty twenty yet. Have we gotten any gifts in twenty twenty? If we have, I'd like to return those gifts because I feel like all we've gotten is is one just negative thing after another from quarantines in Corona viruses and losing Kobe and all of these things that have happened in twenty twenty but but yes, I certainly would be too upset if the Clippers did get bounced in the first round by the mavs Luca Danni goes nuts or in the second round, maybe by the rockets if they're I would. I would shed no tears. The clippers went home early. That's for sure. Are you kidding me we begin to. Maybe. Take a victory laps. Okay. We're GONNA do let's take one more question them. We'll call it an evening here. Let. Me See what we've got. We've got all kinds of good ones coming in. Julian Harris just a little. Well as housekeeping here, more than anything else can both the sons and the blazers make the playoffs no, it's like highlander. There can be only one because the mavs are locked into that seven seed I believe which means they can't drop out of the seventy only one team can claim that eight seed so they can both get into the play in tournament if the Grizzlies dropped little more on the suns, blazers go up. You could see sons versus blazers for the that's possible But that doesn't mean they're in the playoffs that means during the play in round, and then one of them would become the team the Lakers would face as the the. K- Question for Michael's Rod what happens if the rockets and nuggets tie in the standings I believe you go to the the next tiebreakers you go to like the head to head matchups you go to the I'm trying to remember what all the tiebreakers are. It's been awhile since we've had to worry about it since the Lakers have been in the playoffs but I believe they've just followed the standard NBA tiebreakers to figure out where the city would be. All Right Chris. Anything before we, we wrap it up calling an evening. Hiring I. Think we've pretty much covered. Everything you know like I guess we've got this game. Thursday, which again will be all right for that one but next time I. Guess you see us at least calling a game it'll be. The first playoffs first round of the playoffs Lord. Let's all get. Let's get ready. That's right. Let's go for the liberal up be Lakers, the playoffs I can't wait it's been. It's been way way too long overall look as much as we want to complain about the Defense Kyle. Kuzma, hit a game winner tonight I gotTa gotTa love at I'm going to be excited about that so good stuff on. The offensive end of the floor look good for the Lakers tonight. So we will take it. 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