18 Burst results for "Anthony Slater"

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

02:20 min | 4 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"About him and you talk to he has taken it. He's taking the bad coaching, he's taking the benching at times this season. There'll be four people will make a defensive mistake over a bad sequence during the regular season, but the last one was Jordan Poole missing a box out, let's say that and it's like time out Steve Kerr, everyone's getting Mike Brown is right in Jordan full of space. He would all is coming over. And I think there's been at times a lot of Jordan pool of the season like really me again. How about draymond? I can't make a jumper. You know, something like that. But he has absorbed it well and has come out better for it. And now, to me, the relationship between draymond and pool is a very strong. Were you in the building last night? Yeah. Okay, did you? What was Denver mad at each other for two and a half hours? What was going on in the bench because the broadcast did not really do a great job on it. So I mean, it was really, it wasn't a full game, obviously. They were up a, they were playing pretty well, and then when that lineup came in, September just got completely discounted, their matchups kept getting screwed up and transitioned. And you suddenly like Gordon was on staff. There was one point jokic was on pool. I remember when yoga's just crashed it into Jordan pools, he shooting a three. There was just like a lot of that going on. It was so disorganized. And clearly, coming into game two, like pregame, that's all Malone was talking about. Like we have to be better communicating. So that seemed to be at the core of what was going on. They were there was one possession where Denver made a shot. You might remember, Steph walked up and transitioned and was like, nobody's picking me up and he just pulled up from three. And Monte Morris, Bart and I remember did one of those like looking around like they were starting to yell at each other and then I see he's going to the bench cousin says something to him. Don't know what DeMarcus cousin said. I've had plenty of conversations I used to cover the markets cousins. He can be a little bit mean at times just like those short little comments. Clearly it Barton off. They go at it. And it was the microcosm of the night. They kind of had a little mini scuffle on the menu. What was crazy about it though is only the little corner of the arena that was near the Denver bench saw it, but draymond saw it. And he ran out to center court during the timeout and was telling everyone like, get up, get up, like yell at them, basically. And then in postgame he criticized the fans. He's like, they got to see that sooner. They got to get louder quicker. They got to be on them. Yeah, we'll see if there's another one in that building again for this series. Thanks a lot, man. I appreciate your work. Yeah,.

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

02:07 min | 4 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"Those two guys, they're great dive men with Steph and I know curse point at times is like, so we're putting draymond in the corner. He's the stationary in the corner. Obviously ignoring him. So they run a unique style, but what they didn't have last season when they had wise men out there not knowing where to go and tell you gray who plays a unique style in itself that does not fit the warriors. They have guys this season that just know how to run how they want to run. And you're seeing that all come together with even Iguodala. I know he did play yesterday, but he's been back lately too, which stabilizes the second unit. And I mean, it is a really, really good matchup for them. Denver, but how they've looked makes you wonder how far they can go. Yeah, and it's really the question here because I'm always going to give them the benefit of the doubt because of the step part of it. But now when draymond looks like this in clay, it looks like this, but then I'll keep coming back to me like you kind of knew this was going to happen with Denver and once you've seen the players, but all right, this team isn't really that good. And the defensive stuff with jokic, although I think better but exposed last year in the playoffs, but better in the regular season part of it, you can see when they're getting the ball and they kind of swing it to the other side. And then there's an angle on the drive. Those guys couldn't be happier to have jokic standing under the rim. Like it's pretty funny how they was like, yeah, whatever. We don't care what we're going right at you every time. There's just nothing. There's no resistance there, right? I mean, have you seen some of that stuff? I don't know if it's even something touched on in some of the postgame stuff. But it's one thing to have spacing in a lane run. It's another thing to have spacing and no fear. No room protection. I mean, in Aaron Gordon, I mean, we don't need to get into an Eric Gordon conversation, but is he their second best player? And if he is, he's had a horrible series. On both ends, right? They're sagging off of them, and then he just doesn't do much. But to me, I'm already maybe I actually don't think it's unwise. I'm already looking at the other matchups, right? If it is Memphis, jaren Jackson's small ball center and they're out there and they got Dylan Brooks hounded some of these guys and Desmond bane and that is a.

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

05:17 min | 4 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"Sports, but people that work hard like draymond green have worked themselves to this point. Our impressed with his work. So that's how he got better, got his body stronger. Year two, they signed Brad wanamaker to play over him and speaker did play Brad wanamaker over him, which in retrospect looks like a rough decision, but it sends him to the G league bubble. He's basically the best player in the G league bubble. That convinces Kerr finally to put him in the starting lineup, but Steve has been on this type of, you know, he's not a true point guard, and he's always wanted to have a ball handler out there with him. That's why he wanted wanamaker with him and then he Nico Mannion actually when he brought pull back from the bubbles he's like, well, we can't blame it back a point. It's got to be Nico Mannion out there with him. Finally, he has allowed Jordan Poole a little bit more rain and you saw this season what he's done with it. So this guard lineup, which I had been told like, okay, what do you think the plan will be with this team and it was just, we're going to throw all those dudes out there at the same time and just see if it can't be defended. And right now, Deborah can't defend it. What's the number that you had this morning? Again, it's real, but it's kind of fake, but it's also absurd. So the plus 29 and 11 minutes, that's a 204 offensive rating and a 75 defensive rating. I think it's like 42 to 11 or something. Yeah, it doesn't matter. I mean, it's broken open both games. Denver's been in both games and then second quarter. He finally goes to it. And it's just a little like four minute pocket games over. Now, the question becomes moving forward, gotta start signing up. Draymond's, do you hear draymond at the podium last night? Yeah. Somebody asked me, you know, Steph Curry, 6 man, best man you've ever seen, like a joking question. He's like, look, Steph Curry's starting. But then he was like, I think George Paul should be starting too. And then you're just like, all right, well then who's coming out? To me, it's clearly going to end up being loony. I think that that lineup starts against Memphis or Minnesota, and that is just who they ride with, I think, going forward. And then you could back up draymond with Looney, but I think in the modern age with how draymond's looking, like he's just started center. Have you had moments then? Because I've joked and made fun of myself as I mentioned in the open because there was an open that we did and then Steph got rolled up and I taped at the night before, which I never do. And I called Kyle, my producer, I go, hey, just cut that open because now curry got rolled up and I don't know. I felt like prior to that game. That's how much I was looking forward to that Boston game, but I was like, I think I'm starting to feel things again. I'm worried about the frontline depth, which maybe we'll touch on here a little bit, but even if it's Denver, but having these three guys back and then pool playing like this and this is the best clay is left. Do you do you start to have like little moments of going, wait, do I have to think that this team can now get out of the west or is that just still crazy? Yeah, I mean, it's because of how gray month looked at pools looked. And we can match the stuff. You did have 34 points in 23 minutes off the bench last night. But it's, and I'm writing about this tomorrow, but this draymond pool connection that has formed over the last month. I don't think it should be kind of, I guess, understage or overstated whatever. Early in the season, there was a moment. You know, Jordan Poole started at the two and Klay Thompson's place and they played a few months ago. We're really good. They went 18 to start the season, but Poole was the kind of still playing his a little erratic game, always looking for his own. And he kept rejecting draymond's screens. And there was, they were beating, I think it was the wolves. And there were suddenly a blow up on the bench that went viral, like, well, draymond green's going after Jordan Poole. They're up like 11, and they're ten and one right now. What's going on? And it was because pool kept rejecting the screens in the half court in trying to take guys one on one and draymond kept trying to impress on him like, look, look at what I do with Steph. You can use the DHL as you can use my screens. I can make the game much easier for you. And there was never that type of connection and then draymond just belief is because Steph was out the last month, blessing in disguise, he said, he could suddenly just start working on that stuff with Jordan Poole. And he said, even himself, look, if Steph's not out there, I was just looking for something. Because I think we all know like draymond's kind of reliant on that too, right? Because if Steph or Jordan pool is not out there, he kind of gets someone embarrassed offensively. They sag off them. A shooter because there's no shooter out there. So they did that the last month. And to me, that exploded, Jordan Poole even more. I don't know how much you've probably noticed it lately. He's basically doing the stuff stuff. Yeah, but it's a great point on draymond too, because if you're turning down draymond screens and he's like, what am I doing out here? Because I mean the whole point is either I get the ball off the double or the back cut stuff that we saw last night too is hilarious. I mean, you had the clay cut because two stay with Steph, but then you see some of the shit happens with pool now, where you're like, this is all, it's the best version of basketball because it's like, hey, if you just give a little bit more effort than what other teams do in the half court, your life is going to be so easy here. And once people figure that out, then this is that kind of an explosion. Yeah, and it's funny because they've had wives and they have come in now and sometimes there's a thought of like run.

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

04:11 min | 4 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"From the athletic, does a great job cover in the warriors. The two O up on Denver warriors. It's Anthony slater. All right, this looked really good. I think a lot of us knew this was probably not a great matchup for Denver. Denver's not that good. And it's been even more horrifying. What have you seen the first two games? Yeah, I mean, as you mentioned, particularly without Murray in Porter, they the oak is going to be targeted and all the screen action they want, which tires them out on the offensive end. I think that's an important part of that strategy. And they just are guard defenders. Like, will Bart and Monty Morris okay, I guess, defensively, Austin rivers is supposed to be there like curry ace off the bench. I mean, I wouldn't even have him in the top 20 curry defenders in the league. So they just can't do anything, but how the warriors have looked as matter, not just that they're up two O on Denver. What draymond has done with the oak ridge matchup has shown he should be able to go small ball center, all playoffs, essentially. And then I'm sure you want to get to the Jordan pool stuff, but if Jordan Poole is just going to be like a second Steph Curry on the floor, that seems difficult to defend. All right, we could go in a million. Let's just do the Jordan pool part. I voted for most improved players. I did too. And I remember hearing, because I had mentioned, I think he was 8th in overall plus minus last year. I'm going, okay, wait a minute. Some of that's connected to Steph. And then I think there was another gold State Warriors medium member. I don't forget who it was. And I don't mean to say that to be dismissive, but it was like, hey, it's not, you don't watch the games. They're different rotations. So then I went to second spectrum, I go, can you sort this for me? And they were like, yeah, there's still enough minutes there with stuff that like Jordan Poole's not 8th in plus minus in a normal situation over the course of an NBA season. But it was a sign, right? It was a sign of improvement and his confidence and a little bit more of like, oh, wait, is this guy showing me some things? But then to see this, where it doesn't look like anybody can guard him and he has like, he has it all. He has the full package and you can't stand from any can shoot and he's as confident as anybody out there. Give me your Jordan pool like timeline, but then also like bill and I have started to do it like what if he is this good? Like how different do you have to look at him and then the future of the warriors? Yeah, I'm going to preseason. I think I think I was on Zach Lois podcast and I was like he might be going towards CJ McCollum range. I'm like ducking. I'm like, that sounds terrible. But then I might have told you you were crazy. So, you know, that's what I get it. I was saying, I felt like I was saying that to a national audience and they were going to be like, what is this guy talking about? CJ McCollum for this kid. Now that seems like a floor almost. But anyway, his timeline. It is fascinating. Really, I mean, we're talking 28th overall pick comes into a dynasty that has just died, at least temporarily, right? Clay's out for the year basically vacation away from the team. Draymond's on interested in the season Steph breaks his hand 5 games into it. They're 15 and 50 that year. His forced into the rotation and he was maybe the worst rotation player in the league. I mean, I think the December of his rookie year, he was like, one of 20 on two pointers and like, oh, of like 16 on threes. I think he finished the season 28% overall, 30 something or 28% for three, 30 something percent overall. And then the pandemic hits, and he's basically an afterthought. They don't go to the bubble, you are basically entering his second season, which happens way further away than you thought. Thinking like they whiffed at 28, which they had done, they whiffed on Jacob Evans at 28. It was, that's not catastrophic. That's the whiff neighborhood, by the way. Yeah, it really is. And but you're talking to people behind the scenes, you know, Chris Demarco's the coach that works with him closest and some of the other people that during the bubble they were allowed to go. One basket, one coach, like one player, coach gotta wear a mask and gloves, but he was watching pool was watching like the bubble playoffs and watching Tyler hero, the way Tyler hero moves off the ball and scores. They're very similar games. And he was sending clips to Demarco. Hey, let's go in the gym tomorrow, work on this. Run me through some of the Tyler hero stuff. And you I'm sure you've heard all the stories. He is one of those obsessive workers behind.

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

Game Theory Podcast

03:54 min | 9 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

"I think having both of those two on the court, maybe not necessarily together, but being able to play them a substantial amount of minutes. It's been huge for them. Anthony Edwards has taken a leap defensively this year too. Like he's a bit, he falls asleep a bit off the ball from time to time and makes some mistakes, but he is engaged when he needs to be engaged. I think is the best way to put it. Carl towns has been fine on defense. I think Patrick Beverly has been pretty good to the level that you would expect Patrick Beverly to be defensively. Like they have actual tone setters on defense like Joshua kogi has missed like a little bit of time here and there. Like I don't think he's played a crazy amount of minutes so far, but like he's a tone setter, defensively on the ball. Now that they have actual real defenders that have matured and developed around Carl towns and Anthony Edwards and D'angelo Russell, I like the way that this team looks. Like I think they actually make sense now. Well, mark this down NBA media world. I believe I gotta say, I think you're the first voice to say Minnesota Timberwolves playoff. So that needs to be remembered if the Timberwolves go to the player. So I'll say this. I think that bob vulgaris said it a while ago. And honestly, I was like, bob, you're fucking crazy. I was like, he said it like in the second week of the season. And then they went on like that big losing patch or whatever. And I didn't believe it at all. I was like, how is this going to work? But man, that. I think that what they're doing makes sense. I think they have a roster that makes sense. I'm in. I'm in on the Minnesota Timberwolves. I'm like, I'm as surprised as everyone else is. I think at this point..

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

Game Theory Podcast

04:38 min | 9 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

"To live in that role player environment at times is very good for him and I think I agree with you. You could see that in his early season play. And in their winning streak, where it's like, in the past, particularly when he was younger, it was like for the son's the win while he just kind of had to score like 50. Now it's like he could score 23, but he might have had a really large impact on every area of the game. And they're going to win the game because he was really good on the floor. But you know what else you saw the other night with him out? They're just a complete team. You know, they can lose a guy, and they're still really tough to play. To me, that wasn't like the warriors let their guard down in allowed an undermanned sons team to beat him. It was like, no, Phoenix was really tough for them to score against. Even after busy left. No, I think that you hit the nail on the head with that. With the warriors, I mean, what's the vibe around the warriors right now? Because you're there every day. I mean, like, is it a situation where they're obviously like super pumped about the way the season is gone? And to an extent they're waiting for Klay Thompson to get back and even maybe take this to the next level. How do we think the warriors are feeling about this entire thing? They're feeling very good. It started in preseason. They had a 5 O preseason and they were just killing teams. They shot 69 threes in their preseason opener in Portland and the offense was just humming and you could just felt like the different amount of space and also just the increased level of offensive IQ with guys I got a Porter, be aliza. You felt early on, like, OJ mon arrived in shape, which has been a huge thing. And the fact that they started winning early just got took draymond to another level where if you click on that championship possibility in his brain, suddenly the game ends and they've talked about it. The game ends, he sprints to the weight room and he's hammering out different workouts and having smoothies and talking about how he's drinking less. And you just see that hunger within him. And there's just a refresh mentality organization wide where you didn't if you're them you didn't want to have the last couple seasons. You didn't want to be 15 and 50 and have Steph really break his hand badly and all that. Or even last year, they were really, really wanting to get in the playoffs and try to give Utah a test in the first round. But I think the fact that those last two seasons went like they did, which was like vacation year in the first year. Obviously, I think. Late a lot of just priorities on the line and made them re look at their lives a little bit and then last year to just fight, but be kind of undermanned and kind of figure out who they had to be, you know, obviously they made some personnel mistakes last year, stylistic mistakes. And then coming off of that the way they just revamped this summer. They made the right roster decisions. Steve Kerr is operating in a much more urgent way early this season..

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

Game Theory Podcast

04:53 min | 9 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

"Very curious. They go back to San Francisco. You're going to have a little bit more of a motivated warriors. They don't want to be swept in this one, two. They're going to they're going to watch film and scheme up a little bit. I could see them targeting ayton with some other different misdirection stuff because they have counters off of their counters. I want to see him in that play Friday night, but in general, if this was a playoff series, we'd be between games one and two. We would be talking about the adjustments the warriors need to make to atone and I haven't talked about a traditional center like that with the warriors in a while. Yeah, you know, it was interesting. Like with 8 and I think for a long time, people thought, you know, to bring it back to draymond green, you've heard draymond green talk about the 82 game player versus the 16 game player, probably as much as any media member. And I mean, I think that the concern with Deandre was that he's an 82 game player, not a 16 game guy, and then the lights came on last year like you said. And it was just abundantly clear. He's like, oh, he's a 16. And he's not an 82 game player. He's actually better in the 16. That's what it seemed. Draymond green's the belief is draymond green coined that phrase because he told Larry Harris that and then Larry Harris related to us. Is that true? Is somebody who's in draft world? Do you think draymond green coined the 16 game phrase? Look, I've always kind of attributed it to draymond, but like, I don't know, man. You know that better than I do because you know? I put it out there through, you know, and this is funny that when draymond drafted Jacob Evans, I don't want to say draymond did, but he was part of the draft team that came to the consensus that they. By the way, I really like Jacob Evans too. I was there with drag on that. Yeah..

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

Game Theory Podcast

05:12 min | 9 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

"Yeah, I'm glad you brought up the Phoenix defense. I think that that is the thing that just totally has continued to blow me away. I thought that you mentioned Mikhail bridges that ayton was the guy to me. I thought he was unbelievable. That game was like in one single 48 minute stretch. Every reason why the suns should have no issue giving Deandre ayton a max contract. And I think that some team will this summer and I think that the suns will end up giving him a max contract. I think it'll probably be one of those auto Porter type deals where there are poison pills attached to it and a player option in year four and it'll make it harder for the suns to keep 8 and for 5 years as opposed to three years, which they could have done by signing him to an extension. But I also think that at the end of the day, this is a no brainer max guy in today's league, particularly. Just due to the way that he can impact the game defensively as a switchable center. I remember when Deandre was coming into the NBA, I mean, this is a guy that people like murdered defensively. They thought he was terrible on defense. They thought it was an awful number one overall pick because of the defensive side of the floor. And look, I think that there was some reactivity stuff around the rim that was a concern, but you looked at the way that he switched at Arizona. I mean, he essentially played the power forward spot next to like a big 7 foot Serbian kid named duchan risch, at the center position, and had to guard on the perimeter regularly at Arizona. He had a hard hedge and recover out in Sean Miller's ball screen system and showed that he was as mobile as he is and you just look at the way the NBA was going. I always thought that he was going to be at least an average if not a plus defender going forward because having guys like that who are 7 foot tall who then also can see a lot and finish and take advantage of mismatches on the block or in pick and roll settings off of switches..

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

Game Theory Podcast

05:08 min | 9 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

"Okay, we're back here with Anthony slater and slater was lucky enough to go to Phoenix to see what I would say it's the game of the season thus far, at least the most anticipated game of the NBA season thus far. The at the time 18 and two Golden State Warriors riding what a 7 game win streak going into that game against, I believe it was an 18 and two 17 and two Phoenix Suns team that was riding a 14 game win streak going into that game. 16 actually. And they're playing the pistons tonight as we're talking if that's a win. They could be coming back to San Francisco at 19, which is crazy. That's crazy. It's absolutely nuts. Basically since the Robert sarver investigation began the sons have been and unbelievable force of efficiency and play on both ends of the court. Let's just start with the game on Wednesday. What was your me or no? I guess it was Tuesday now. Australia has the days just totally fucked up. It's the worst. Let's start with, let's start with your takeaways from that game on Tuesday. Yeah, I thought it was Phoenix's defense was my main takeaway. Warriors played a pretty good defensive game. You know, they were top defense coming in. I thought they held Phoenix down, but they just had trouble scoring. And we've seen, I've seen so much this year. The word is just blowing teams out, mostly mid to lower to your teams who just don't know how to cover Steph Curry. And I don't even just mean like, they can't, and they'll guard stuff carry one on one, like all of the stuff curry off ball action, and then all the stuff that comes from that, the slips, the pin downs, the misdirection, some of the draymond green stuff. Young defenders were just bad defenders are just lost out there. And the warriors, that's why I believe they entered with the third best offense. But as we've seen in a couple of their losses this season, and as we've seen in years and years past, when they play, tougher veteran defenses who study up on some of that cur read and react system stuff, they just have a tougher time because particularly with Phoenix, they switched a bunch. And when you switch, you're trying to drag teams to beat you in isolation settings. And the warriors without Kevin Durant, the non Kevin Durant warriors have always had a tough time just like breaking you down one O one. Not only because they just collect Thompson's not really that guy Steph Curry can be, but Steve care doesn't really like to let him be at times, or curry himself doesn't necessarily. And Mikkel bridges as the primary staff guy, I was very impressed with the way he was able to..

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

Game Theory Podcast

05:40 min | 9 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

"And then once maybe that all coalesces, maybe we see them in a west finals as a big time contender in a year or two. But at the same time, Nikola Jokić clock then starts taking a little bit like Durant was taking by the end where it finally felt like the thunderhead coalesced again into what we thought they were going to be. But then boom, the warriors knock them off and Durant's gone. And then they're never really to be seen again. So that's just a parallel I would kind of look at. The thing with the nuggets to and this will be where we finish pull we move on to the box and brook Lopez because apparently today is back surgery day in the NBA. The nuggets throughout the course of the early portion of this year really got by defensively. They just kind of made it work, right? They were a top 5 defense throughout the first ten games of the season. You look at the last ten games of the year that they've played so far. I believe what that'd be going back three weeks now. They're a dead last in the NBA. They're allowing a 116.2 points per 100 possessions in their last ten games and that's just not the way that they can live. They really need to tighten up defensively and then just hope yogic can carry them home, offensively, we will see. If that occurs, let's go to brook Lopez and Milwaukee. Now, Brooke Lopez has just had back surgery. And Milwaukee is fine. They've been fine so far this year. Got the big win, a couple of nights ago. And something just feels a little bit different about this team. This year to me, just based off of what we've seen so far, part of it is that I just don't want to be the overreaction guy a quarter of the way through the season with a Milwaukee team that had Chris Middleton and drew.

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

Game Theory Podcast

05:16 min | 9 months ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast

"The show. The guy I've been wanting to get on for a long long time. It is Anthony slater, our writer. I don't know. Who are you covering now? It feels like you've got everyone. You've got the warriors, you've got the suns, you've got a wide swath of the West Coast, let's call it, right? Yeah, it's just give me that region. No, I honestly probably would have stretched out a bit more this season, but I've kind of had a hyper focus because this warriors theme that I thought was, I don't know, like four or 5 seed felt optimistic is suddenly 18 and two, now they're 18 and three. Look again, it feels a little dynasty days where I just, most of my time just kinda has to be around them. Yeah, I mean, it's not a bad thing, you get to sit at home and you know, obviously you're working, but like, you know, you've been around the block, you like to travel a little bit on the beat I'm sure, but I don't know. I'm a homebody. I like to stay home. That's why I could never do the job that you do. Like this is a, it's tough. Well, I mean, what I don't envy for you is your timing. What time does a West Coast NBA game tip off for you? Yeah, West Coast games a good question. So West Coast game tips off probably around like 12 o'clock 1 o'clock. A.m., right? If you have 1 a.m., okay, that's really nice then. No, it's the best. Okay, now I do envy you. My bad. Never mind. This is the dream. Like I get to wake up and I start basketball. There's like obviously a two hour time difference throughout the year. Like sometimes I'm 8 hours different from the east coast. Sometimes I'm ten hours different. And the ten hour ones can be a little bit wonky because then like I have to wake up and be ready to watch basketball at 8 a.m. sometimes. And then the NCA tournament for me particularly like with college basketball, it can get frustrating because Saturdays end up being crazy, like starting at noon, right? So I feel like I end up missing a lot of the news cycle during college basketball Saturdays, but for the NBA, it's great. Like I wake up and it's 9 o'clock and I'm rolling, baby. Yeah, it's sweet. It's almost like what it is for me as a West Coast. Like if I'm watching the NFL game starting 10 a.m., that's nice. But yeah, no, it's been good around this team. I can not complain even though I'm on the road again a bit more. I'm not gonna say post pandemic, but at least we're traveling like it's post pandemic world. It's been good to be back on the road, but it definitely wears on you. Yeah, I can buy that for sure. Like I said, I'm someone who likes to sit at home and I like to go out like my wife and I are going to dinner tonight. We're gonna go to the movies at some point this weekend, but like I wouldn't want to be traveling around the country the whole time either. But that's neither here nor there. We're gonna do an MBA focused podcast for the most part. It's gonna be on the Western Conference in particularly the teams at the top of the Western Conference, but we're gonna hit a couple of injury news and notes things at the top from the east that just occurred over the last 48 hours as well..

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

04:17 min | 1 year ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"Back in the day. Bartending deals you know for my twenties and he drove to a breakfast place on the way back to his house pulled in. I mean obviously everybody knew. When he sat at the counter he was a mess. Sat there it a full breakfast and then they were like wait. Are you driving. And they're like please don't we'll call you the cab please. You know just getting a catholic. The diner was trying to help him but it was such a disaster. There were like no way so he got in his car told him out because he's just he's just not you're not thinking straight. Your things are shut down. you know. it's it's the singlemindedness of being that. Banged up where you're not even thinking you're doing anything wrong just like everybody leamy along. I just want get behind the wheel and clearly in this case like that's all that's happening in so that my friend you know drove back made it to his house pulling drive. I guess what it was like two cruisers right behind him because the diner call the cops on him they should have called the cops on him he got a dui and that was his wake up and you know he he figured it out very quickly right after that because everything about him was great he was great he was but he was. He had a thing where he always wanted to drop so clearly. Tiffany has something in her with her wiring that once. She's that banged up. All she wants to do is drive. And it's it's scary as hell. I don't know she's gonna listen to any of you. She might need that moment Were hopefully if that moments bad. It's only her that she's hurting. But i would straight up to say. Hey you're not invited to any stuff anymore. You're not and maybe that'll be enough but it probably won't because she's younger And you know. I don't really know what else to add to it other than she's like if she's banged up. There's no point in ever talking to her. You've already given us evidence. He's not gonna listen to anybody here and it's in look. It's a little bit more than just driving drunk. It seems like and then. I also think it point out like the boyfriend part of this. It seems like he's down with whatever this this program is so she's not getting pushback from him either but the only way you can even put a dent and trying to solve this which again my guess would be. You're probably not going to would be when she sober Be like hey jesse you know you're not bite at any stuff anymore you just not. Nci she takes it unless unless you like her so much that you don't wanna not invited stuff which i'm gonna tell you exactly what's going to happen at the wedding. Something's going to happen. So i know you look. Yeah the good news about is this is absolutely something you could talk to her about. You don't feel weird about talking to her about it like it's not it's not as it's not as hard as saying like hey your gifts kinda suck but i love you you know. It's it's way easier like this is not all right. That's that's like it's definitely qualified. Bring it up to her when she sober like. It's not a difficult thing to talk about. Well i i. I think what you're saying just on hearing you is that there's an awkwardness of saying. You don't like presence. There's no awkwardness and saying. Hey you keep making these horrible sit yes exactly you have to stop doing zach I just wanna make sure people understood what you're saying there. I don't know. I i kinda put you in about spot by reading this one because it's not like you guys who jump in and be like well hold on like is there is no. There's no no but the interesting question would be does the listener And the guy riding in is he obligated to say something when it's it's his. I don't think it's his direct friend right like he hangs out fiato's bridesmaid. Yeah so yeah. Like i don't i don't know that situation. I'm not sure enough for him. Probably raby tough scene for him to just approach. This girl who he caught casualty knows. It'd be like hey you know you have a problem when her other friend should probably be doing that. Yeah i don't think it's on the emailer. I think you're right But clearly like she can keep doing this stuff and everybody likes her enough I think the reference here would be still isn't a college town that most of us went school and so sounds these people in friends here for quite a while. If he says he just turned thirty so they're almost addictive at college and they're still in the mix and she surprise mesa very close to the fiance so Not getting invited to stuff. Because you're a mess can hurt you know it can really.

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

03:18 min | 1 year ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"Went to school with as the group is spread out over. The state will call her. Tiffany event one after bridal shower. Brunch girls went out had several drinks including shots some point. Tiffany snuck away from the group over backed to the other bridesmaids home had been hosting branch. Grabber keys the host husband walked out in the street and told tiffany that she statehouse. They had extra bedrooms couches. Whatever she wasn't having any of it drove off back to her house to tiffany. My fiance and another may decided to meet up for drinks to catch up in the city. I know That i now live in girls. Were back to my place at about one. am whereas already sleep. At some point the night my fiance and other bridesmaids took tiffany's keys away from her which tried to give back your keys. my fiance. the other bridesmaid. Lock themselves in the guest bedroom with the keys. Tiffany started screaming bang on the door. Obviously this woke me up. I had to get to the other guestroom. i had. I tried to get her to go to the other. Guestrooms sleep it off. She just kept screaming about how she wanted to go home. And bang her boyfriend's okay. I called her boyfriend to get him to talk to her but he was absolutely useless. I took the dog and slept in my truck. Screaming ensued for another two hours to the girls whose gave up and gave her backer keys. This is The couple of fun nights here events three. We took a couple strip after day. Visiting wineries and breweries up back the cab we were staying in. It typically decided she wanted booze took the keys away. Friend struck just drove off in a town. No knew where she went her boyfriend. Who at this point passed out in their room thought his truck had been stolen. I'm sure the three events that i listed aren't the only time she obviously not But it's starting to cause real uneasiness in our friend group whenever she invited how the world will handle this. It happened again. Is it better to talk. Comes from her friends instead of me or another one of the guys that are group. What advice can i give my fiance and her group friends. To tell tiffany. This is the way to act. I know that drinking impairs judgment. I've had my bad nights but this is becoming more of a habit rather poor decision. I really don't want the end result. with her getting a dui seriously hurting yourself or even worse the person all right so this is really serious. Look this is what i look. She's obviously Has sincerest issues drinking. Okay but i think everybody. Here's here's the real problem. Is that whatever her thing is when she's blacked out. She's that far into everything and super banged up. She doesn't wanna throw in an allman brothers cd. She wants to get in her car and drive every time so whatever. Her programming is that goes on in her head. Her move as you pointed out here and clearly. She's habit is she. This is what she's going to do. I had a friend like this. I he would drink late night with us and then he would just hit a point and then everything would kinda shut down and then he would be like okay. I'm going to get my car and drive home. Because that's all i wanna do. He wanted to get in his car and he wanted to go sleep in his own bed when there was always a million other options. And that's the thing that's so shitty about people do zoltan now just like look you have all of these other options that are always all these options and it doesn't matter. There's no reasoning with this person. Obviously i mean for two hours did not give up and keeps screaming while people are locked in a room. Like this is this is screwing up everybody else's deal here So again the one friend that this goes way back we were hanging out late. One night you know. I could always walk back to my place so it wasn't ever an issue and he got his car and look. The sun was coming up. It was.

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

05:04 min | 1 year ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"Is the man behind a new podcast series. It's been out now for a few weeks of finale coming up this week as well. What if the lend bias story and now going into this jordan. I thought you know. Look i remember being in new england. I remember my father coming outside. As i was shooting baskets in the driveway at ten years. Old say halen buys died. We're talking about the nineteen six draft. He was drafted june seventeenth. Two days later he was dead. And i'm incredibly impressed with this podcast because it's boots on the ground reporting the narrative. The writing of is great. The interviews are terrific so this is a story. I think a lot of people think they know if your generation Younger people may not understand it. But give me the motivation behind. It will first of all thank you. That's really kind of you and thanks for having me You know. It's i think you like you mention you. You can remember yet getting the news. And i think this is one of those stories where you kind of depending on where you are generational it resonates in different ways for for different people. You know i. I am of a generation. Where i i was born when this happened but i i was too young. I was eighteen months old. But i can as a sports fan you kind of. I can't remember a time. When i didn't know who lynn bias was i. It's just one of those stories that you just. Even though i was too young to see him play you grow up learning about him and learning about his death because i it's just kind of so permeated kind of our history of the nba and of college basketball. And um and is one of those stories that kind of sticks with you. i think that's you know for for us. The motivation for this is It is in some ways. It's a story that feels familiar but but also a story when you really take a look at. It's an in depth all these years later you can kind of peel back the layers of the onion and see that this is someone who's his impact is still with us thirty five years later and you can see that in in the nba So many people we talked to in this story. Talk about how you know. There's the these obvious. Comparisons to michael jordan and a lot of people want to debate. What jordan's career might have looked lake If it might have looked different had biased live than if that impacts jordan's legacy does that impact someone like lebron's legacy now or whoever the next guy is like it's it's a loss that has these ripple effects through kind of generations in the nba. And then you also look at it. Outside of sports and in terms of some of the legislation that was passed in the aftermath of his death. legislation around mandatory minimum sentencing with With crack crack cocaine as well as powder cocaine and how that is you know led to a lot of unjust sentences and a lot of people who are who are locked up Many years later on With sentences that we now have you as harsh and unjust trying to be repealed by politicians on both sides of the aisle So yeah it's a story. That's you'll feel familiar but also feels like it had had a lot of complexity that was really kind of calling out for You know that this kind of treatment and dispense this of time with and i and really explore kind of these all of these ripple effects these later episode tuesday heavy one Not the eve. It's light necessarily good I was listening to that recently. And you have john salley talking about him as a friend at five star. Then they get to the mcdonald's all american or it was the play ball playboy all american then and there's a playboy party. Yeah yeah yeah and the guys were just sitting there after and len was like these guys are poisoned their body. Like why would they do that. There was always this weird part of went by story where it was like. Well who was he because everybody that was close to him was like shocked and they couldn't believe like what happened but then when we get to the night of and he's with Obviously brian trouble. And then you know earlier. He'd been with keith. Gatlin but then triple and a couple of other guys guys start doing the coke with and he's like i'm a horse in linda's like a horse. Did you ever get to the bottom of like who he really was. Did he have the small smaller group of guys that he was parting with more. Because i remember. When i was young it was all he tried it once in died and then his little kids. We were all freaked out about it. You know yeah you know. I think that's one of the the. It seems like so many people. There are people who is kind of the story that they have lived with and believed to be true for many many years as this is the first time he ever touched cocaine and it killed him And you know there are stories of parents telling their kids never touch cocaine when biased at once and then he died That's exactly what it was like by the way to be a little kid. Yeah 'cause it was just okay limbaugh. Is this happened like the cultural impact of this night of news was pretty staggering. When you think back on it but go ahead. Yeah and i. I've talked to people just casually telling people. I'm working on this people who are not even sports fans but who told me. Oh i know absolutely who he was because my parents told me when i was a kid. Do not touch coke because they killed len bias and and so but that was the kind of story that a lot of people lived with another story that some people have lived with.

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

02:30 min | 1 year ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"Is maybe like a little bit deeper At least offensively before we let you bounce here. He covered the warriors They got the two picks here. And then there's really a bigger kind of overall offseason sue instead of me just saying like. Hey here's all the things i think like. Give me a sense of what you think happens here before the draft man. It is a to me. They're kind of like the team in the next few weeks talking. A potential seismic moves Seven and fourteen. I think if you ask me what's today our two weeks from the drafted. Still i sixteen. I think they use both fix. I think that from ownership side Joe lake of is is being pretty transparent and like number one that he does not have this unlimited tax bill that he's willing to go. I do think there's some type of drop dead number And he you know he's a. He's a draft nut. He has his own big board. He studies these guys in these workouts. I mean that's just who he is. i so he really likes james wiseman he's still thinks that was a good pick He believed by the way. Do you think it was a bad pick. It's tough for me to say that. Because i was all about it beforehand saying they should pick james wiser than i do. Think you know four years down the line. James wiseman could be a really good center And could look like a really good. Pick in retrospect. I do think i underestimated how raw an unready he'd be. I remember going in the draft. I was saying You know he'll play the javale mcgee role. You play the javale mcgee role for two seasons and then you know you turn into a better center but the reality is last season he wanted to. Hey give it to me in the mid post like lemme operate and it's like now javale mcgee was never like getting mid posters. It was like rim running It you know it was doing very little of the andrew bogusch stuff. i think. They made a coaching mistake. Maybe missed last season trying to like you know them into the warrior style. Where he's doing all these dribble handoff and and stuff and it's just like he's not ready for all that i underestimated that he's further away than expected. And then he had all the injury setbacks including right now he's nursing the knee so And i also think you're on the same boat as me like i underestimated how good lamelo was going to be particularly right away If i'd known that obvious like you would fit the warriors style great but regardless organizationally. They're still higher on james watson and then maybe the league sound like they are particularly from the top. They're higher.

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

08:10 min | 1 year ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"Game. Yeah you know devon booker's like game. From on deep twos tough twos is maybe like the unsustainable part of phoenix. Early something. you can't count to be. You know repeated in game five because i mean those were really difficult shots a game after he goes three or fourteen and That's you know. That's kind of phoenix's Achilles heel in these playoffs is like there are nights were him and paul just aren't as good from twos and they shoot so many twos So you know i. It's kind of flip side. I mean milwaukee looking at sears milwaukee's minus twenty five with brook lopez on the floor I think you mentioned they have found. They've found something with smaller janas. Five lineups But in general your i seventeen offensive. Rebound seventeen phoenix turnovers. Only five milwaukee tournaments those are kind of unsustainable numbers that lead to so many more possessions for milwaukee that i don't think bull will necessarily repeat i i still like phoenix going into five and part of that. I mean as. I'm sure like you said we'll we'll get to i think of chris. Paul bounced back in. Some form is probably coming. Well it can't be any worse. And as i spent in the open going through the turnovers and how hasn't was and then i was trying to figure out like he was bobbling. The basketball he had a couple of portis isolation's on the other side and like what the hell is going on with them. And then you know. After simmons. And i did the game for recap i don't want to sit here and make it sound like i'm making shuswap because it's always hurt. He's hurt. He started grabbed. His wrist always hurt. Because i you know. I don't i i. The the risk goes back to the clippers series. And then he didn't look hurting game six. So i don't wanna use as an excuse. Would you see in game four from somebody at the very least even if he's not making shots you trust him I don't know if you think it's the milwaukee defensive pressure which they've certainly picked up going in game three and four but there's times where he's even getting switches against lesser opponents and now he's in on this really an unprecedented run a turnover. Somebody who always takes care of the basketball. It's just been such an odd playoffs for him. for a guy you consider you know pretty steady. Just he's either terrible or awesome. I mean the lakers series He was unplayable at times. Because of this like odd stinger he got his neck like basically right away in game one. The thought was going to basically end phoenix's season. The davis injury allows them to survive but really that entire series. He's not good booker. Drags him into the finish line. Forty seven Then again in the nuggets series made it might have been the greatest mid range series. I've ever seen and i've i covered kevin durant but like wh- what he did in that series against yokich is dropped coverage including in the game for close out. He went eight in the third quarter on mid range that will end straight mid-range jumpers and it was like your eggs in that series going shoulders. Fine chris falls in a gray situation right now. Heading into the clippers. Then he gets corona virus like the absolute wrong time in his career comes back from that goes nineteen of sixty in those first three games. And then i you know. I don't know when he's exactly. He suffered the this wrist injury that he's mentioned in the clippers series. But it did happen in the clippers. It might have been on the play that one. Beverly kind undercut him you know. They were both kind of doing their own. Like you know odd stuff and he fell really hard anyway he says he gets the mri between five and six but then in game. Six forty one point zero turnovers. I mean maybe you might say the signature performance of his career. I don't know So i including the wrist doesn't stop them from having these type of nights and then he goes the game one he was like you know. I'm not that we take straw straw polls on like finals. Mvp after game one but he was the best player in game. One against switches. Against all that. So you're feeling pretty good about him in this matchup going into game to your your thoughts. How does milwaukee adjusts to what they're doing with chris. Paul they did you know. Drew holidays pressuring moore. He's going over screens. He's pasture of more milwaukee's longer. I think than any of these other teams in lengths can bothered a small guard like chris ball. So maybe that's some of it. But i also think weirdly right now i'm going to the arena night tonight. Just not known what. Chris paul is gonna show up. I think game for it wasn't like oh milwaukee was like swarming him so much he just played really poorly. And that's in these playoffs. But then the next game he'll come out and hit nine three jumpers and he's the best player on the floor. Yeah the pressure is definitely different. The effort has been better from milwaukee. And i love and gundy's line that like adjustments justice sometimes the adjustment is just effort and attitude and i think that happens when you're down to oh end. It is evenly matched looking to milwaukee won the nba finals. I'm not gonna. I was never going to sit here and be like. I can't believe that happened because the lopez minutes. It's pretty clear as we saw at the end of game one and we saw some times in atlanta other than when trae went out janas out and then it was like by desperation. They needed him. Because both of these teams are very short in the rotation and even options Lopez is not somebody you're going to want. I can't imagine lopez closing any of these games. The rest of the way you know if this goes seven i'd be surprised to see him out there closing. Maybe there's a weird vibe in a game or actually turns out that way. And he's hitting shots is giving them spacing. But it isn't just about like give milwaukee credit for adjusting the defensive pressure him because drew is making it tough for him to start the offense earlier the way basan series but paul was just so bad that i almost feel like ceo whether defending him so much tougher. That's that's not putting enough emphasis on. How terrible was because the turnovers were all bath. They're just bat. They you know there was always. Hey that was on somebody else's that was somebody else there. I guess the weird thing is when i when i saw him deferring to cameron payne and big possessions late. That's when i'm like at home going. What the fuck is going on like. That's what i'm at home go. I can't believe i'm seeing this. That's that actually is more disappointing than a forced turnover. That's that's been the weird part about his playoffs. There have been several moments in these playoffs. Where i've gone just sitting there thinking. They better with camera on the floor right now which. Let's not go. that far. The lakers serious will look like remember the lakers series. When he when the the yes. He couldn't move his right arm right. I mean i wasn't l. New monty williams closed in that series twice with cameron. Pay cause remember who was kinda hot. He's given them some juice in in the clippers series You know they win the first two games really. It was because they won the first game. 'cause camera pan goes twenty. Nine points nine assists The second game they were kinda lucky to escape pain. Wasn't that good but there was parts of game. Three of four young men. They're they're playing. Really slow and paul is getting to his jumper getting switches with more cities. He's just missing everything and you're like i wonder if they inject a little life with paint. Can you get the game on pay. Now paint sprained his ankle. I don't think he's been nearly as good. But i mean you're mentioning it right there. It's just it's been so weird because there have been moments like that and then there have been other moments where you feel like a chris. Paul coronation is here because he's just ten miss and he's control on the. I mean. think about game six against the clippers. I mean that felt like you know for a night. This is chris paul's league so I i just. It's i don't know who's going to arrive at the arena night tonight in these playoffs and i'm just surprised covering chris. Paul like as closely watching the sons as closely as i these west. I'm surprised i'm saying that. But i think it's kinda true anything else on this series. You're looking for anything else that you're because drew yes go ahead. I was just surprised how how bad he's been offensively. And i do think he is a part of chris paul's struggles. But what is he like thirty three percent overall shootings in the twentieth from three He's basically eric bledsoe on offense for them now. He hits giving them way more on the other end. They're not if they have. Eric bledsoe in this series. It's not too But you know is a breakout coming. Do you think i mean. Is there a drew holiday game that that changes it because if he if he has a really good night Suddenly milwaukee is maybe like a little bit deeper At least offensively before we let you bounce here. He covered the warriors They got the two picks here..

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"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

06:25 min | 1 year ago

"anthony slater" Discussed on Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo

"Virginia anthony slater from the athletic cover the nba. He's been in the words before while he's also on the final side of this thing so be going to gain five as well big fans of his work here on the podcast. Let's start with this anthony. Who what was your pick. And where your thoughts now on how. The series is played out. I remember actually writing my preview in phoenix. Because you had to get there two days early because there was all these testing rules And as i'm writing it janas gets upgraded for game one from doubtful to questionable. And i mean usually that trend means doubtful. Question was like probable offensively. And i remember. That was the big question. Because i'm sitting there watching You know the two regular season matchups. He was dominant in the regular season against phoenix. Eighty points and two games. You're sitting there going you know. They don't trust any of their wings garden every used against jae crowder michelle bridges right through them And he was on eight news. Kind of killing aiden You know. I think had a really good playoffs defensively. I thought it was awesome against yoke. It's the main reason they sweep them. But he's he's not comfortable more out on the perimeter facing basically a wing that is his size coming downhill. You know just kind of going by him but coming into the series. I'm like you know we'll janas have that burst. Will we have that list. Any game one. I mean he didn't really emmys ziemba ginger on that knee a little bit more hesitant. He was still okay. It was. You know you left game one going. You don't look. He'll good considering besides knee. Ben back like he was a running back Essentially in game one and ever since then what we saw on the regular season in what he has been i pick sons and six. But i think if you told me i like this was the honest. You're getting from game to through game seven. I might have gone bucks seven yet. The honest thing i think is like this example of something that i always think about like sometimes like i have this bigger philosophy thing where we completely underestimate how special these guys are but then i think sometimes we overestimate the impact of injuries with certain players. Where if you're jaanus in your strongest years and you're as young as he is as bad as that hyperextension looks than when somebody will like. Look what he's doing a game three or four and be like this guy still hurt me like well. Maybe he's just not hurt. Maybe he's just young any recovered and it looked bad. And you know the amount of guys that play like. It's even like the brady news. This going o'brady played with an mc l. And you're like if you actually asked athletes about the mc l. thing you go is actually a way you can get through things. Maybe not a basketball player station or quarterback. So i think sometimes we we underestimate the talent gap of how specialty are but we completely like get bogged down in the injuries and not really understand how guys can get through this because at this point now like i don't even think about the hyperextension with all like i don't like you can't block eight shot like that and be you know seventy five percent because the thing about that block and granted. The lebron steph was surprised. Lebron's camp has issued a statement on the importance of their block. the magnitude lebron's block was more important. Janas block was more spectacular because his back was to the play and booker thought he had free money as soon as you let that go in the air and for him to get that block on aden. I think physically. We probably should stop asking the questions about janas. Because i think at his age it's probably just recovered that well. You're not thinking about that retention. He doesn't seem like he's thinking about it. Which is the main thing. But the block. I mean it was like the ultimate versus the cat and mouse game that you know. I covered draymond green. He plays it so well. It's like you know you don't wanna go too far away from the center but you wanna be a threat to to the guy coming down hill That was like the greatest version that i've ever seen where you know. He drew the law. It was a good lob it was one of the best lob finishers in the league and he still gets back and blocks it and yeah i mean but you also just never know because i think the trae young ankle tweak on a referee which they didn't look bad at the time i think that completely changes obviously the east finals when trae young does play series is decided because he doesn't have any bursts or lifted and that's my mind going into the series of of thinking like even if he plays this injury might completely change how he plays it. Hasn't it's athlete to athlete. I mean you know you mentioned the brady thing. That's a good example. Didn't philip rivers one year. Plan an acl. Darren the playoffs with a big ankle or neighboring played. Fine because how he plays to right. I mean he is stationary. So it's player to player. But like you said i mean. We're probably took definitely to the point where we don't even need to discuss like how's he looking on that knee like no. He is jaanus Full throttle right now. Better than i think. I even saw him two weeks ago against the nets. I mean this is the best version of him. I think i've ever seen And that's phoenix is problem. Because i think other than that. Like phoenix has the advantages in the series But they don't really have much ability to contain him. No and i think that net series is a good example. Because you're watching them. Offensively get through that they weren't gonna be brooklyn of brooklyn had just one of the other guys. I don't think and what we all worry about with. Milwaukee is house stale. The offense can look at times where it's like. Hey yon it's just go ahead and bail us out. And that's really what they were doing in the third quarter game three but yana saw his free. Throws you know so. That's that's part of it. You're like oh we you know outweighed me game too. Was i think the third quarter where i actually felt like i felt better about jaanus even a loss because i was like look what he did in this third quarter. So there's parts of milwaukee's offense. I feel a little bit better about. But i can't help get past the idea that it still feels like phoenix has an easier go of it offensively and when you give up the thirty four extra possessions on the differential of turnovers. Were now going to turn the ball over like crazy. Which i wanna get to with chris. Paul obviously the big part of this interview But then the offensive rebounds where. I did think the size options that milwaukee had was going to be a problem for phoenix times. The series I didn't know that enough for me to go ahead and pick milwaukee but the plus thirty four in scoring opportunities in that. It's still a close game because milwaukee shoot it well. Phoenix actually did overall. I guess i'm just feeling like phoenix back home and that that can't repeat itself that again. I could be wrong here. But i even felt like it game four. I still like things. Phoenix was doing better offensively up until they were gonna kinda that too man game with middleton janas which seems to be a real problem for phoenix.

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Everybody rightfully hated the refs in Rockets-Warriors Game 1

The Leadoff Spot

09:50 min | 3 years ago

Everybody rightfully hated the refs in Rockets-Warriors Game 1

"You in the leadoff spot. Following a warriors one. Oh, four one hundred win in game one of the Western Conference semis. This is the series. Everyone's been waiting for. And I feel like Dame lived up to the hype and and following game one now all of the post game discussion and all of the the soap opera that goes into. What makes the NBA great continues here on the Monday morning following James Harden's line? This is an all time line, by the way following a loss. I just want to. Fair chance. I just want them to give me a fair chance to go out. And try to win James harden who shot one less free throw the Kevin Durant did yesterday. They just didn't have it takes a village to stop James harden and takes a village to try to stop the Houston Rockets. I I'd say, Dan, Tony probably did not manage his his rotations the way he wanted to down the stretch you end up with a couple of mismatches with Steph curry being guarded by a and he not start a coach three. And then of course, all the calls about this is the feel like in the NFL we get this every couple of years where you get a new term that sort of takes over the league for a season. Or so Dave, you know, what I'm talking about next up. Dave back, by the way this week. You get these different things like member. Of course, the wildcat was a term one year gay manager was a term one year things. Just like you get a little you get comfortable with the phrase, and you continue to use it the term right now. Of course, we've had load management was a big win this year in the NBA the one we're dealing with right now. We'll last series. It was top locking with the LA clippers. And now, we're dealing with the landing spot the landing spot is now going to be the theme at least until they played team to tomorrow night. So what we're talking about is whether or not these things should be called fouls. When a joke shooter goes up comes down in a spot that maybe wasn't necessarily the same spot. He took off from and what the responsibility of the defensive player is he allowed to move laterally towards the the player who's taken the jump shot as he allowed to come down in the in a similar spot. Does the jump shooter has to contorts his body to get out of the way of the defender. And if so is that a foul, I think those are really mad. It does matter because the Houston Rockets are complaining about it. So let's let's break this down for just a minute. I wanna make a couple of points about a few things here. The Houston Rockets losing this game by four and my dantonio had coach after the game said that at halftime the officials told them. Hey, we missed four calls. We missed a handful of calls and he's saying, hey, if you're going to tell me that too that means there are free throws that we should be having right there at the low. I mean, my my. My assumption or my feeling about this is figuring tell me you miss calls. That's like an empire saying, hey, you know, what I blew a couple of those balls and strikes calls, you probably should have had a few more guys on base. When that dude hit the home run. It's almost like you've earned something here that an official has completely botched completely avoided or not called then he realizes after. Yeah. You know, maybe maybe I did sort of boxed that one. Or maybe I did make a mistake on that one in basketball that directly affects how many points you may have. It's the one game where I can put you at the line with the ball and say here's a couple of free points for your team because of the foul committed by the opposition. So the Antoni was not irate after the game. He gave a comment about we've got to look in the mirror. We've got to figure out what we can do better talking about. How he maybe? He agreed. I think with some of the media questions about whether or not nation have been on the floor at the end there with forty seconds left trailing. And he's out there guarding Steph and Steve Kerr made a comment that at this point of the season in the NBA playoffs when? You've got five guys on the floor. You just are sort of having your guys guard whoever the opposition wants them to guard because you're going to go with your best five guys. They're going to go with their best five and whoever they can guard us whoever they can guard. That's just the situation you're in at that point. Now when it comes to committing these fouls or whether or not these were fouls after the game. Whether or not you agree with what Houston's been saying that they were getting officiated differently. And I don't agree, by the way. I I'm not gonna stand here and say sit here and say that Houston had some major disadvantage in this game. I think the Dame was called pretty consistently though. I will agree that a couple of the calls. The Houston is upset about. We're probably fouls. I know people are upset with the Chris Paul won the technical foul. The first one in my mind, that's a foul the Shaun Livingston bleeping at M M B, and I got into a heated debate about fifteen minutes ago in the bullpen where I did. We did a freeze frame by frame of Chris Paul going taking the shot. You can see shod Livingston's feet come down behind Chris Paul. He's not directly. Under him. But in my mind, he's changed Chris Paul shot enough to where he's invaded his landing spot. And he's committed a foul because Chris Paul does not have the right to where he went up and came back down on now when you flop and Chris Paul did flop on that play. You lose a whole lot of credibility in my mind. If you flop I think, you should be less likely to get called you should be less likely to to to get the foul called in your favor that said, it's probably still a foul. Now, you've got players from the Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert was check it in yesterday on Twitter Jared deadly the nets a lot of players who team seasons are now over of course, watching what everybody's anticipated to be the almost the pseudo Western Conference final between the rockets and the warriors, and they were checking in and Ruediger bare said, hey, my guys in the last round against the rockets were not allowed to close out and defend that aggressively. And then Donovan Mitchell, the young guard for the jazz re tweeted and said, why don't you just give me the twenty five thousand if you've got a complaint about the refs on Twitter. Just throw the cash. My way 'cause you're probably going to get fined anyway, Jared Dudley. The nets went as far as soon as look I don't think anybody deserves to get a foul called when you flop, but that's a foul the Shaun Livingston running by people. I it's polarizing people feel differently about it believe it was a foul. The second one at the end of the ballgame. And Chris Paul gets called when he's trying to throw the ball away. I don't totally agree with that. I do think James harden might have been affected a little bit by the Klay Thompson contact at the top of the key on the the attempted three that did not go in. But you can also look at that. And just say him, and you didn't even get that good of a look at it. There was a guy right in your face. You heaved a three with multiple seconds on the clock. And did not go your way ball gets tossed out of bounds. And the rest is history. Warriors, get the the technical foul and the knock down the free throw to win it. So from the side of the of the Houston Rockets where you lose this game. You feel like it was a -ficiating in a way that was not in your favor. They've been very. It's a word. I'm looking for. They've been political with how they've gone about talking about the officials because they have not called out officials. Exactly, they have not said, hey, this guy botched this call right here. Chris Paul went as far to say, hey, I got to be better. I can't be getting tech new thousand getting ojected from the game almost putting it on himself saying I've got to be better for my teammates. Now, they're upset about the way some of these calls have gone gone down. But they're going about it in the way that the warriors went about it during the first round against the clippers. And that is to contact the league and say, hey, look at all this video that we have of Pat Beverley pushing and pulling and tugging and shoving on Steph curry, you guys have got to keep it out of it. So at the very least here, I think the rockets have now called attention or spotlighted something that is going to be a theme throughout the rest of this series. And that's that it's going to be physical. It's going to be aggressive. These benches are going to get smaller and smaller as we get near the end of this series. But this is only the beginning in my mind. This thing is not going to go away. Anytime soon, by the way, we didn't even mention the Friday night. This is how how intense game one was even mentioned, by the way warriors advanced past the first round of the Western Conference playoffs after fifty point performance from Kevin Durant. Put it out read from the clippers on Friday night warriors less than forty eight hours later, come back to oracle and the beat the rockets who are already sitting in their living room with their feet up waiting for him to get here. And and they stuck it to him. So hey last week. I made a point I made a sort of a plea to to Steve Kerr, San hey, man. You can't be playing these starters like thirty three thirty four thirty five minutes any Kevin Durant out there for forty plus last night, forty three minutes from Kevin Durant. He goes thirty five points, three assists, five rebounds. He may be the hottest streak we've ever seen him on as a member of the warriors. I say that sort of just because I I'm being a victim of the moment here with how much a Kevin Durant. Spent successful since the eight shot performance in game two of round one. When everybody kinda lost their heads, saying, hey. He's he's not locked in. He doesn't want. It that bad. I said do just like Kevin Durant. Kevin durant? And what did he say, David? Kevin Durant attacking me Celeste. I thirty five points to lead all warriors scores. He goes twelve or fifteen from the line was a great note here, by the way from Anthony Slater, saying, you know, we talked about how aggressive he's been in people want to say, well, he's dishing too much. He's not getting to the rim. Nobody said anything about that. By the way in the last five games that he's played. But Kevin Durant. Attempted fifteen free throws yesterday. He's taken seventy four this entire postseason Hughley averaged six and a half free throws a game in the regular season. He's averaging ten and a half a game right now in the postseason. He's taking over Kevin Durant right now, maybe at the prime and the peak of his career. He's making sure the warriors are going to have a damn good shot didn't back to the Western Conference. Who is he? Kevin durant? All right. We've got some great sound from yesterday's post game. We haven't even had to mention the giants getting swept out of oracle part of it was not good. Derek rodriguez. Did not have it yesterday. We'll get into some of that the sharks tied one one and their series in the as take another sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays the one team. The giants can beat the Toronto Blue Jays. The as can't figure them out swept twice in the last two weeks by that team. We got some great sound, Mike Keown, Tony Steve Kerr. And James harden, San all I'm saying is give me a chance all we're saying. Dave is give James harden a chance Draymond green was not having it with that comment

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