Show Recap: May 25, 2018 (Live from Cleveland; Town Hall Cafe)

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Opener: LeBron on the Cavs defense in the playoffs this year

Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Opening Monologue: Is this the end for LeBron and the Cavs?

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Topics:

–What happens with LeBron if Cavs lose tonight?

“He’s got a complex decision because there isn’t a scenario out there that’s a perfect scenario. Where it’s a championship contender, perfect for his family, to challenge Warriors, Rockets, Celtics, and Sixers. What’s probably going to end up happening is he’s going to have to make a concession. Maybe that he stays here [Cleveland] or he goes elsewhere” – Windhorst

“How could he possibly look himself in the mirror and say: ‘You know what? My best chance of winning next year is staying with this team that just got embarrassed'” –  McMenamin on if the Cavs lose this game vs the Celtics

“He is not going to be the first part of a team. He’s not going to be Player A. He wants to be Player C.” – Windhorst on if he were to go elsewhere and be a third option

Crossover: The story of Laurence Moses Bryant (Uninterrupted)


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Praise; Fan of Damian Lillard’s clapback to 1st team All-NBA haters?

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Posters; Is this why Draymond didn’t make 1st team All-Defense?

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Hypocrisy; Perfect response by Steve Kerr?

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Taunting; Like CP3 giving Steph Curry a taste of his own medicine?

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“Some days you shimmy. Some days you get shimmied on” (Bumper Sticker) – Windhorst


Topics (Cont’d):

–Chris Paul out for Game 6 (Hamstring) | Rockets have any chance in Game 6 without CP3?

“The thing that they still might have a chance is that the Warriors are dealing with injuries themselves” – McMenamin

“We could be in 15-20 years talking about this injury because they [Rockets] are going to be 3-2, with home court advantage coming in. The difference between Houston winning and losing a championship this year might be that injury” – Windhorst

“They [Rockets] had the momentum in this series. This could be a significant moment in NBA history, I hope I’m wrong” – Windhorst

“Unfortunately, this is part of the Chris Paul experience” – Windhorst

–Should Harden care more about shooting struggles?

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“Some of it is probably just bad luck” – Windhorst


Replay
May 25, 1997 – Eddie Johnson with the game-winning three-point shot over the Jazz!

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Second Half

Highlights from Game 6 of the 2010 East Semifinals, LeBron’s final game with the Cavs

Topics (Cont’d):

–LeBron on facing elimination tonight | What needs to change for Cavs tonight?

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“They [Cavs] got to make three-pointers. In this series, when they’ve made threes, they’ve done a lot better than they have” – Windhorst

“For the Cavs, they just have to find a little bit more consistency out of one or two more guys actually contributing” – Jefferson

Jump Game: What were you thinking? With Richard Jefferson

When you “retired” in 2016?

“I was trying to get Griff [David Griffin] (Former Cavs GM) to pay me more money” – Jefferson

When you dunked on Klay on Christmas?

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When you left your feet to make this block against Stanford in 2001?

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When you had a game-saving block on Chauncey in 2004?

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When they called an offensive foul?

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Topics (Cont’d):

–KD trying to do too much?

Here’s what Warriors Head Coach, Steve Kerr told KD, who was mic’d up during the TNT broadcast:

“When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game. He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren’t getting anything going. Phil Jackson said ‘Who’s open?’ ‘John Paxson.’ I want you to trust your teammates early. What you’re doing is you’re getting to the rim and then you’re trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?”

“KD is holding onto the ball too much. He is reverting back to OKC KD, especially late in games. His isos per game are way up and some of it has to do with the way the Rockets are defending him” – Windhorst

“Let’s not just blame Kevin Durant for this. Steph Curry missed a ton of time. So they needed him to be more of an iso player” – Jefferson

–Confident in Warriors facing elimination?

“I agree with Steve that they are still in a great position where they can advance and they would be favored if they did advance. But they are not fine. They should be worrying. They got a huge break with Chris Paul coming out” – Windhorst

“I don’t think ‘worried’ is the right word. They have things that they need to address that are controllable” – Jefferson

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Jefferson – Under

Windhorst – Over

Game 6 result: Scored 46 points

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Jefferson – Kevin Love

Windhorst – Al Horford

Game 6 result: Love left the game with a head injury
Horford scored 6 points, 9 rebounds

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Jefferson – Half of both; One-half cold; One-half hot

Windhorst – Buckets

Game 6 result: Scored 5 points |1-5 on 3s | 2-7 FG

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