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15 Apr 202421:50

Summary

TLDRThe transcript appears to be a discussion about the NBA playoffs, focusing on the Los Angeles Lakers' chances and strategies. The conversation covers various aspects such as the importance of playing against the Denver Nuggets early in the playoffs, the Lakers' performance with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and the potential impact of injuries on the outcome. The participants debate whether the Lakers should aim for the longest time in the playoffs or the best chance at winning the championship. They also touch upon the performance of other teams like the New Orleans Pelicans and the Boston Celtics, and discuss the significance of matchups, the athleticism of teams, and the potential for upsets in the playoffs. The summary suggests that despite the Lakers' recent struggles, there is optimism about their chances if they can secure a win against the Pelicans and subsequently face Denver.

Takeaways

  • 🏀 The Lakers' path to the NBA championship involves getting out of the 9-10 play-in game and facing Denver as early as possible, according to the speaker.
  • 🤔 There's a debate on whether the Lakers fans should be happy with their current playoff scenario, with different opinions on whether facing Denver is advantageous.
  • 🚀 LeBron James has been playing exceptionally well, which is seen as a key factor for the Lakers' potential success in the playoffs.
  • 🎯 The importance of rest and health for LeBron is highlighted, as his performance tends to drop in the fourth quarter when fatigued.
  • 🏆 There's a discussion about the Lakers' goals in the playoffs, whether it's to prolong their stay or to aim for the championship.
  • 🤷‍♂️ There's skepticism about the Lakers' chances against Denver, given their recent losing streak against the Nuggets.
  • 🧐 The potential weakness of the Denver Nuggets is discussed, particularly the reliance on Jamal Murray's performance and his history of injuries.
  • 📊 Statistics are mentioned to support arguments, such as LeBron's three-point shooting percentages and the Lakers' performance against Denver.
  • 🌟 Jamal Murray's performance in the playoffs is recognized, but there's a suggestion that his outstanding performance last year may not be repeated.
  • 🔥 LeBron is attacking the rim more and reducing three-point attempts, which is seen as a strategic move against a team like Denver that doesn't shoot many threes.
  • ⛰️ The impact of Denver's high-altitude home court advantage is considered, with speculation on how it might affect player endurance.

Q & A

  • What is the current situation of the Lakers in the play-in tournament?

    -The Lakers are locked into the play-in line and need to get out of the 9-10 disaster zone area to have a path to compete for a championship.

  • Why is it important for the Lakers to play against Denver as early as possible?

    -The belief is that if the Lakers are to make the NBA Finals, they will have to go through the Denver Nuggets, and their best chance is to face them earlier when LeBron James is rested and healthy.

  • What is the debate regarding the Lakers' goal in the playoffs?

    -There is a debate whether the Lakers' goal should be to prolong their time in the playoffs or to maximize their chances of winning the championship, as these two goals may not be aligned.

  • How has LeBron James been performing in the recent games?

    -LeBron James has been playing exceptionally well, with the only loss being when Anthony Davis couldn't play due to a concussion.

  • What is the general sentiment towards Zion Williamson after his full season performance?

    -People are happy that Zion Williamson played a full season and are optimistic about his future, although he was outplayed by LeBron in their last game.

  • What is the discussion about the potential matchup between the Lakers and the Nuggets?

    -There is a disagreement on whether the Lakers have a realistic chance of beating the Nuggets. Some believe that injuries to key players like Jamal Murray could shift the outcome.

  • What is the record of the Dallas Mavericks against the Denver Nuggets?

    -The Dallas Mavericks have a strong record against the Denver Nuggets, being 15-2 in their last 17 games, excluding the last two games of the year.

  • Why is there a belief that the Lakers could become the league favorite if they beat Denver?

    -The belief stems from the Lakers' strong performance when LeBron and AD are healthy, suggesting that overcoming the Nuggets could position them as a formidable contender in the league.

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  • What is the general consensus on the importance of Jamal Murray's health for the Nuggets' success?

    -The general consensus is that Jamal Murray's health is critical for the Nuggets' success, as he significantly improves in the playoffs and the team has struggled without him.

  • How has LeBron James' three-point shooting performance evolved this season?

    -LeBron James has improved his three-point shooting this season, making it his best three-point shooting year, which is a significant change from his previous season's performance.

  • What is the strategy suggested for LeBron James against the Nuggets?

    -The suggested strategy for LeBron James is to attack the rim relentlessly, as he has been doing, and reduce his reliance on three-pointers, especially considering Denver's defensive strength inside.

Outlines

00:00

🏀 Lakers' Playoff Strategy and Denver Matchup

The first paragraph discusses the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff mode and their fans' mixed feelings. The speaker believes the Lakers' best chance to compete for an NBA championship is to face the Denver Nuggets early, despite it being a controversial opinion. The importance of LeBron James' performance and health is highlighted, with the argument that a well-rested LeBron could be a game-changer. The paragraph also debates whether the Lakers' goal should be a long playoff run or the championship itself, suggesting that the two objectives might not align.

05:01

🌟 Zion Williamson's Progress and LeBron's Impact

The second paragraph focuses on Zion Williamson's performance and his potential to play a significant role against the Lakers. It acknowledges that while Zion has shown promise, he has not yet reached the level of playing a winning playoff game. The discussion also touches on the New Orleans Pelicans' season, the importance of Brandon Ingram's performance, and the team's chances against the Lakers. Additionally, there's a debate on whether the Lakers can overcome their losing streak against Denver, with a focus on LeBron James' current form and the Nuggets' strength.

10:02

📊 Analyzing Denver's Performance and LeBron's Shooting

The third paragraph delves into Denver's performance over the past months and their standing in the league. There's a debate about whether Denver's loss to the Spurs was a setback or a wake-up call. The paragraph also discusses LeBron James' three-point shooting performance, his potential fatigue in the fourth quarter, and how it affected the Lakers' games last season. The potential for a rematch against Denver is considered, with speculation on how LeBron's current form and health could influence the outcome.

15:04

🚫 LeBron's Adaptation and Denver's Style of Play

The fourth paragraph examines LeBron James' adjustment in his playing style, focusing on his relentless rim attacks and reduction in three-point attempts. It contrasts the Lakers' and Denver's three-point shooting strategies and suggests that LeBron's adaptation suits the matchup. The discussion also explores the potential impact of playing in Denver's high-altitude environment on LeBron's performance and the overall series dynamics. The paragraph concludes with speculation on the Lakers' chances against Denver and the odds of different teams winning the Western Conference.

20:06

🏆 MVP Candidates and Teams' Success Against Denver

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Lakers

The Lakers refer to the Los Angeles Lakers, a professional basketball team in the NBA. In the context of the video, they are discussed in relation to their performance, potential playoff scenarios, and their chances against other teams. The conversation revolves around the team's strategy, key players like LeBron James, and their path to competing for a championship.

💡Playoffs

The playoffs in basketball refer to the elimination tournament held at the end of the regular season to determine the league champion. It is a critical phase of the season where teams compete in a series of games to progress through the brackets. In the video, the discussion focuses on various teams' chances and strategies in the upcoming playoffs, including potential match-ups and the importance of securing favorable positions in the playoff bracket.

💡LeBron James

LeBron James is a professional basketball player and one of the key players for the Los Angeles Lakers. Known for his exceptional skills and leadership on the court, LeBron's performance is often pivotal to his team's success. In the video, his recent form, health, and potential impact in the playoffs are discussed, highlighting his importance to the Lakers' championship aspirations.

💡Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team in the NBA, and they are discussed as a potential opponent for the Lakers in the playoffs. The conversation revolves around the Nuggets' performance, their key players like Jamal Murray, and their match-up against the Lakers, highlighting the strategic considerations and potential outcomes of such a series.

💡Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray is a professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets, known for his scoring ability and impact in the playoffs. In the context of the video, his potential health and performance are discussed as crucial factors for the Nuggets' success in the playoffs, especially in a potential match-up against the Lakers.

💡Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson is a professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans and is known for his physical prowess and scoring ability. In the video, his development and performance over the season are discussed, with a focus on his health and the expectations for his team's performance in the playoffs.

💡Match-ups

In basketball, match-ups refer to the strategic pairing of players against each other during games, with the aim of gaining an advantage. In the video, various match-ups are discussed in the context of the playoffs, highlighting how certain players or team styles might fare against each other and influence the outcome of games or series.

💡Bracket

The bracket in the context of basketball playoffs is a diagram or chart that shows the structure of the tournament, including the teams, their seeding, and the path they must follow to reach the championship. It is a crucial element as it determines the order of games and potential opponents. The video discusses the importance of the bracket and how teams' positions on it can affect their playoff journey.

💡Three-Point Shooting

Three-point shooting in basketball refers to the act of shooting the ball from beyond the three-point line, which is a designated area on the court that, if a successful shot is made from, awards the shooting team three points instead of the usual two. In the video, the importance of three-point shooting, especially in relation to LeBron James' performance and strategy against Denver, is discussed.

💡Altitude

Altitude in the context of the video refers to the effect of playing basketball in high-altitude locations, such as Denver, which can impact a team's performance due to reduced oxygen levels. The discussion suggests that playing in such conditions might have affected the Lakers' performance in previous games against the Nuggets and could be a factor to consider in future match-ups.

Highlights

Discussion about the Lakers' path to competing for a championship and the importance of their current situation.

The necessity of getting out of the 9-10 disaster zone and the controversial opinion of getting Denver as early as possible.

LeBron James' exceptional performance and the impact of a rested and healthy LeBron on the Lakers' chances.

The debate on whether the Lakers' goal should be the longest possible time in the playoffs or the best chance of winning the championship.

The potential benefits for the Lakers of having a playoff schedule with multiple days between games.

The importance of Zion Williamson playing a full season and public reaction to his performance.

The strategy of intentionally losing to get a more favorable seed in the playoffs and the risks involved.

The potential matchup between the Lakers and the Nuggets, and the Lakers' chances of winning.

Jamal Murray's significance to the Denver Nuggets' success in the playoffs.

LeBron James' adaptation of his game by attacking the rim more and the impact on the Lakers' performance.

The discussion on which team poses the most significant threat to the Denver Nuggets.

The analysis of the Denver Nuggets' performance by month and their recent form.

The potential impact of LeBron James' improved three-point shooting on the Lakers' playoff performance.

The importance of the Lakers' health and LeBron's foot injury in the previous playoffs.

The potential for the Los Angeles Lakers to become the league favorites if they beat the Denver Nuggets.

The discussion on the Dallas Mavericks' impressive record against Denver and their potential in a playoff series.

The closing thoughts on the show, including apologies for any unintentional disrespect to certain teams.

Transcripts

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mad at me much now now you've over I I

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wasn't here Friday I'm back you spend a

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great weekend together true playoff mode

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is here I know let's go Wilds actually

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talked to us away from the was czy

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grandparents who they are not happy

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about sorry I was a big hit I told you

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but the most important people there are

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good first things first today no Wilds

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they shouldn't be happy oh here we go I

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mean they should be

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ecstatic

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euphoric

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elated over the

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moon how however was well done right bro

00:41

I won't do it again I just felt like I

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needed it for that moment listen here's

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the reality however thin and it is very

00:48

thin admittedly the Lakers path to

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competing for a championship okay is it

00:56

had to start here well I mean once we

01:00

knew they were locked into the playin

01:02

line that in my opinion the two things

01:06

that needed to happen was were get out

01:09

of the 910 disaster Zone area yeah check

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and and I know this is controversial to

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believe but I adamantly believe it get

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Denver as early as

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possible and that is not because Denver

01:26

is a better matchup than other teams

01:28

would be it's not because the Lakers are

01:30

better than Denver but if it is because

01:32

we are to assume in order to make the

01:35

NBA Finals they're going to have to go

01:37

through the Denver Nuggets the only

01:40

chance they have is now it's a

01:43

reasonable rested healthy LeBron if we

01:46

can show you rolling LeBron's the last

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seven he's been playing out of his mind

01:52

the the only game they lost was when ad

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couldn't play because of the I think it

01:56

was a concussion I don't know if they

01:58

called it that but concussion simp and

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the Warriors had the greatest shooting

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night in NBA history and so I've not it

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really to me Brew is about if you're a

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Lakers fan are you happy is about what

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your goal is is your goal the longest

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possible time in the playoffs or is your

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goal the best chance of winning the

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championship cuz right now I don't think

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those two things are aligned if your

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goal is the longest possible time in the

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playoffs then you want to be on the

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other side of the bracket as Denver and

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just like last year maybe see him in the

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Conference Finals when you're exhausted

02:37

and old and get swept if your goal is

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you know what what if we could win it

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with four days but between the play in

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in game one or five days and then

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multiple days between every early game

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which is only the case in in round one I

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think this perfect I think this is

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exactly what the Lakers fans should have

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hoped for and they got it if they win

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tomorrow night I'm going I'm going to

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address that I know we got a next tou

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we're gonna talk about the Denver Lakers

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matchup so I'll address what you said

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then as far as answering the question

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it's all about your perspective I mean

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because when you look at the fact that

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just a few days ago they were the 10th

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seed yeah and looking at playing Golden

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State and then maybe Phoenix Road just

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to get to the on the road both times

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then yeah this makes you feel good

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because they've owned New Orleans right

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three I think they're three in one

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obviously they you know played well

03:33

against yesterday and you mention LeBron

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how well he's playing one thing I like

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too at times he was Garden Zion so even

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just taking on like big game we need

03:45

this win give me Zion and he did a good

03:48

job on him and so yeah you're excited if

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you're the Lakers um considering all the

03:53

other options to be in this scenario a

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lot of people Nick are talking about

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they should lose and try to get to the

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eighth seed obviously they've owned

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Oklahoma City beating them three

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straight times three out of four this

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year the problem I no I am totally

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against that because you can't play

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around like that cuz then you get

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probably Golden State or

04:16

Sacramento against you yeah in a in a

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one and done you know you definitely

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don't want that so I think this is a

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good case SC there I don't agree and I

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think we're going to get to that I don't

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agree though with your take about them

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playing Denver now but so just just stay

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on the if they lose if they you know I

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everyone at this table agrees that they

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should of course do everything they can

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to win tomorrow night even though it

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means playing Denver whether you think

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what so we all agree on that but this

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can also be true because of how the

04:50

bracket fell a loss last or tomorrow

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night won't feel devastating to most it

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might to me because I think you want to

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get Denver early but to the rest of you

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know people rooting for the Lakers or

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rooting for LeBron or whomever it will

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be like okay the season will come down

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to a game which is terrifying but then

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after that then you would be on the

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opposite side of Denver and exactly and

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you get OKC but then it opens up the

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door to your season being over in 72

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hours quickly brw just on the Pelicans

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Zion we're in year five never been to

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the playoffs played 70 games this year

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got cooked up by LeBron last game but I

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think there's a little bit of like all

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right ingrams missed 12 games he was

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held to Ingram had 13 Zion had 12 do you

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think this is sort of a moment for Zion

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against the Lakers no no no I mean that

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we've look honestly we were happy and I

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think I speak for a lot of people we're

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happy he played a full season oh my God

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yeah no that's where the bar is on the

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number one pick in the yes Kaitlyn Clark

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it was Zion it's

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like that's over I'm serious so happy

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that he played he's always he baby steps

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baby steps has been 5 years but he

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hasn't been healthy well now he is and

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look he played well and he's a nice he

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handles the ball you know get into the

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hole it will I mean he played well but

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no 70 game next year we'll talk about

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winning a series get in the playoffs he

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can't play a playoff game he just lost

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they could have gone to the six just

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lost make the playoffs make the playoffs

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beat LeBron I mean I I but if they

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they're not going to beat the Lakers and

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I don't think you think they're going to

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beat the lers I think they're going to

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win tomorrow I think they're going to

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win I mean they haven't I think it's a

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tough match up they working in Ingram

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that's the thing I think that's what

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they and the I mean yesterday they could

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have been the six if they win which

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would be super them being New Orleans

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super useful for them and that was not I

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understand it was Master Sunday there's

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a lot going on maybe people were there

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lot 30 G or 30 teams playing yesterday

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that game was an Annihilation from day

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from opening tip uh but don't you think

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an Ingam thing no I listen I think that

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if you're New Orleans or Minnesota this

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whole incorporating your second best

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player right before the postseason could

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be a problem but I do want to say real

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quick before we move on

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Brew I will never again underestimate

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the power of the bud list I put Wilds on

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the bud list demanding he let the tiger

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out more often I mean the first segment

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of Monday show you guys

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are there is a game G four go back to LA

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you know what I want

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bro 15 points okay well listen he he'll

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give you 15 points tomorrow here Tatum

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he's going to lose to LeBron James and

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you're gonna kill him for that he LeBron

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James was old as me yeah I'm going to

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Paul George had his moment against

07:47

LeBron Tatum young Tatum had his moment

07:50

against LeBron in losses well have a

07:52

moment and win and some people have

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George and the Goat conversation not

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players in the league I mean all right

07:59

if the lake show do get by the frisky

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pels which is no guarantee they'll head

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to Denver in a scenario that Nick once

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proclaimed was their best case scenario

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now they've lost eight games in a row

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against Denver and six in a row since

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Darvin ham inferred he had seen

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something in the fourth quarter of game

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one of the Western Conference finals and

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told the world we'll be okay trust me

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six six losses since then uh Brew what

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chances do the Lakers have to take out

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Denver I mean no chance other than never

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say never anything is possible no there

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there's no I mean look the greatness of

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LeBron and AD I'm doing my all NBA teams

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they're both on the top three you know a

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third second and third Team all NBA I'll

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share I'll keep it a secret which one's

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second which one's third but there there

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are great players obviously but there's

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really not much other than if you just

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say you know LeBron this his maybe last

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harah like last best chance to win a

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championship or get there he's going to

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take it over but he played well last

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year and they got swept and he had a

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Lebron game and they couldn't it

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still and it wasn't enough and so

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there's really no realistic logical

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basketball reason to pick them here's

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why I disagree with your theory Nick

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yeah cuz there I get what you're saying

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but I think the uh nuggets have one

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weakness and I'm not it's not their

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depth to me or lack of depth it's the

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possibility of Jamal of Jamal Murray

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getting hurt okay that's true no because

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he has they cannot win the championship

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they cannot win the West without Jamal

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muray I mean as great as joic is Jamal

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Murray is critical he always plays

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better in the playoffs significantly

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better and they must have it and my

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thing is this Nick he's back and he's

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been hot 24 points a game and like 25

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minutes a game since he came back from

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last five or six games I think it's five

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games he's he's shooting it like 47%

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from three well over 50 overall and and

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obviously we don't want to see anybody

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get hurt but I think the chances on the

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cuz he's not been able to make it

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through all the postseasons and so if he

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were to get hurt it's probably later in

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the playoffs versus right away and

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that's why I I don't agree with that no

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so that by the way that is a that is

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almost assuredly correct I am operating

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from the unrealistic place but the place

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that I think we almost always do these

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predictions of everyone's as healthy as

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they are right now you know and so

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that's he stays healthy so you said

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there's no basketball reasons well he

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said it no and you and then you was an

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amen from the choir so so I would like

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to

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just posit a few questions sure to Mr

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Denver Nugget you know for you know bro

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no but you've been Mr Denver Nugget all

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year yeah on your lightly followed

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Twitter account you've written dozens of

11:06

times no one's beating Denver and a

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seven game series wild you've been I

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know you've been staying up late

11:12

watching these games because you send

11:13

that tweet the moment the game ends and

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then I think you pass out immediately

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after a bit of a burden yeah exactly he

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just wants to send the

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Tweet if you were to rank Denver by how

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they've been playing by month where do

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you think this last month of basketball

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well they had the one they won four

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their last five the one seed on the line

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against a Spurs team that was not even

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playing two of its five best players

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they don't have a lot of great players

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they're up 17 in the fourth quarter yeah

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and they lost that game in a game with

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real implications where the nuggets are

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playing everyone slight slight hm

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concern I Canad counter point yeah I

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liked it why you know what I didn't like

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it I loved it now we're why tell it's

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wake up call a little wake up call okay

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maybe Mike Malone was like guess what we

12:04

have to play defense and we have to

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rebound I think they gave up eight

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offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter

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like guess what any team can beat you a

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team with a star can come down and take

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over and they took the foot off their

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gas like ah you know it's the Spurs and

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that so that they lost it I I was kind

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of good and also Nick depending on how

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far you want to go back last month last

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two month they have the best record in

12:28

the league since the allstar them and

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Boston 21-6 and the games Murray's

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played they're 16 and3 that's a higher

12:35

win percentage than even Boston which

12:37

been running through the league so

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they've been actually playing great

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basball I agree with that they and the

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losses you can be like that one was an

12:44

overtime to

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Phoenix but this was a bad one because

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they what was on the line which was the

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on two which I think matter to them but

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the other I'm going to give you one

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other basketball reason and this is why

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I think it is critical that if the

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Lakers have any chance of beating Denver

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that it has to happen now Brew what did

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you call this Series last year a close

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sweep a close sweep and it was and it

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okay so I don't I've heard others call

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it a gentleman sweep even gentleman

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sweep is fine no I know they said

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because it was so close here I'm just

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like they want to give me my PR what and

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you and you I think correctly ident if

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I'm remembering right identified when we

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were talking about the games last year

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that it appeared at the end of these

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games LeBron was out of gas and the

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numbers support that if we can show you

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LeBron last year he's rolling all

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systems go quarters 1 through three and

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was spent quarters in fourth quarter

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okay what's the other story of LeBron

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last season his worst three-point

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shooting year in the regular season in

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15 years and in the playoffs second

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worst of his career if you remember you

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were Wilds was saying give him the Ben

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Simmons treatment one for

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right I'm not saying he's going to keep

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it up necessarily but what's the story

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of LeBron this year his best three-point

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shooting year and I'm going to add one

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other point Jamal Murray is a great

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postseason performer we all know that

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what he did in those Conference Finals

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and we can show it to you is aberant

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even by his standards every other series

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of his career he's awesome 24 five and

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six on those splits last year he had the

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best series of his career so the point

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I'm making is this LeBron what they were

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close good games until the Lakers best

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player wore down in the fourth quarter I

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don't think he's as likely to wear down

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when it's not every other day like it is

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in the Conference Finals and it's not

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after two rounds of playoffs and he's

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not nursing a bad foot bad foot whatever

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it was he couldn't hit a three and Jamal

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Murray played the series of his life now

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the Counterpoint obviously is yeah and

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so maybe if that's right it'll be 4-1

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this time or 42 this time I get that but

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I I think there are a lot of factors

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that if if this ends up being the

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matchup you could see it go very

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similarly as last year but if LeBron is

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a just a touch fresher and Jamal Murray

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is just a touch less

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incandescent those games turn Murray

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though has had a lot of great series his

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numbers are down both regular season and

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playoffs cuz of early in his career the

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numbers weren't as prolific I'll give

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you this though as a support for what

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you said about LeBron cuz he's been cold

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this month from three I think he's like

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30 1% something like that lession don't

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41% for the season right but what you

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see is and I think this is why he

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shooting such a high percentage and I

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think it's wise of LeBron he is

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attacking the rim relentlessly he's

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shooting like three three-pointers this

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month a game that's low and it was four

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and a half the last month in in May in

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March so he's dialing down the

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three-pointers and attacking the rim

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more which is what I think he should do

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and Denver doesn't shoot a lot of Threes

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they're actually last in the league in

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three-point attempts the Lakers are SEC

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third to last so the fact that if

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LeBron's not draining a ton of Threes

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that's okay because Denver is not going

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to be draining a ton of Threes either

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and you he should keep attacking the rim

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Josh you know what I'd like to do take

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Nick's graphic and let's look at the

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Denver La splits and I wonder if it's

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less uh just LeBron wearing down and

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more of the altitude

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o once you're in that thin m it was it

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was and but the other Denver and he has

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to he had to play so well and hard to