Show Recap: March 4, 2019

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Opening Tip
Believe Bogut can help Warriors? (Via Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports)
No official agreement in place yet (According to Marc J. Spears)

“I don’t know if he’s going to play much. But if he does, he can definitely help them. If he doesn’t play well, you don’t lose nothing” – Scott

Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Monologue: When NBA teams show you who they are, believe them

Maya Angelou
The great Maya Angelou once said: “When people show you who they are, believe them.” This is true in love and politics
Superstars
The quote is also true in the NBA where the playoffs begin in less than 6 weeks
Long walks on a beach
Or in other words, forget what it says on your favorite team’s Tinder profile. At this point in the regular season, you’ve seen enough to know whether “I like sunsets and long walks on the beach” really actually means “I am prone to superstar temper tantrums and falling apart on defense” This can be true in either direction
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The Celtics, meanwhile, they’ve shown plenty as well. All season, fans have hemmed and hawed over whether Boston will “get it together” but the truth is, who they actually are is a group of deeply talented individuals who have struggled to function as a team

Celtics are 3-7 in their last 10 games. In their loss against the Celtics, Brad Stevens called a timeout a whopping 55 seconds into the second half

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Semi Ojeleye, a second year reserve, of all people chastising his teammates to “Wake the **** up!” in the huddle

Via The Athletic:

“I don’t normally do that, but I felt like we were kind of splitting apart. I mean, the season’s wasting away” – Ojeleye

Meanwhile in other cities around the East, you see other teams solidifying their identities:

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As for the West, here come the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell was just sensational on Saturday night scoring a career high 46 points

Per FiveThirtyEight:

Jazz are projected to win 19 of their remaining 20 games

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In the bottom of the West playoff race, the Kings have lost 5 of their last 6 games. What they may be showing is that they are talented and fun, but perhaps still too inexperienced to be a playoff team
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For the Clippers, they are showing that they are made of grit, even as the team they share an arena with is showing yet again…
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They are not!
Lakers crew with Maya Angelou
The Lakers are currently not a playoff team. When someone shows you who they are, you need to believe them

Clippers better positioned than Lakers going forward?

“Two franchises that are going in total opposite directions right now. The Clippers are playing with that true grit, don’t have a superstar type player and they’re playing together and have chemistry. On the other side, The Lakers don’t seem to enjoy playing with each other” – Scott

“It hurts me to say this: The Lakers will not make the playoffs because of the distractions of these young guys not understanding what this is all about, their feelings got hurt” – Scott

“They’re [Lakers] not out of this yet, but it looks very bleak” – Windhorst

“The Clippers have acted like they want it” – Windhorst

in the zone
James Harden: 42 points vs the Celtics

More important to Rockets success: Chris Paul or James Harden?

“Chris Paul. He looks great and him lookings so healthy and dynamic is what’s making this Rockets team a contender. His health has been everything” – Windhorst

“James Harden. He was able to carry a team when they were depleted with injuries” – Scott


Replay
March 4, 2009 – Mike Taylor (Clippers) with the explosive double pump one handed baseline dunk vs the Grizzlies!

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Make or Miss league

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Arc; Should this have counted?

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Winning; Did Grizz give us a lesson in tanking last night?
Grizzlies had a late 11 point lead in the 4th quarter against the Thunder without Paul George; They missed 13 straight shots (7 minutes w/o a field)

Tank Wars (2019)

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Aggression; Does Derrick Jones have something against Dinwiddie?

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Reflection; Russ got a tech for talking to himself?
Pleads to the referee that he was talking to himself

Moving on…

Trae Young was ejected…for this?

“This to me is just ridiculous. I don’t understand why you would give that young man a tech instead of a warning?” – Scott

“It doesn’t feel right” – Windhorst

“As a league, we need to get away from the idea that looking at someone is taunting” – Nichols

“They [the fans] want to see Trae Young” – Windhorst

“I’m with Reggie Miller. Too soft. Too sensitive” – Scott


Second Half

Biggest problem for Celtics right now?
Got their first win since the All-Star Break

“For me, it’s chemistry. They’re just not playing together. They’re not all on the same page. It’s not all about winning right now with them” – Scott

“Brad Stevens has to take some of the blame too. You as a coach have to step in right now and figure out what’s going on with your team” – Scott

“I still feel like this team could get it all together and win the East, if everything fell right” – Windhorst

Could Celtics use Carmelo Anthony? (Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe)
Woj: Lakers paused their talks with Melo because they don’t want to add him if they’re not going to be in the playoffs

“Washburn is the only guy to vote for Carmelo for MVP. He’s a big believer in him” – Windhorst

“This team is a mess right now with roles. Bringing in a force like Melo right now, regardless of the fact that he would be a big problem for the defensive end. I don’t think they need any new bodies” – Windhorst

“This wouldn’t be a good fit for them right now because now you’re just bringing in another problem. They have enough” – Scott

Confident 76ers will meet expectations?

“An early playoff exit would be problematic” – Josh Harris

Full quote:

Credit: Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

“If this matchup happens, currently the way the Celtics are playing, I’m taking Philly because they are in a better place” – Scott

“Of course they would be disappointed [if they lose in the first round]. They made two major trades to commit to this season” – Windhorst


Replay
March 4, 2008 – Rudy Gay dunking hard on Joakim Noah!

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Agree with Adam Silver saying All-Star game is “antiquated?” (Via Bill Simmons/SSAC)

“Square on the nose” – Windhorst

“He’s right. Something has to be done. It still looks the same” – Scott

“It’s completely style over substance. But this is more than just about fixing the All-Star game. He really wants to bring in another competition within the season besides playing for the championship.” – Windhorst

“He wants to phase out All-Star Weekend and bring in a competition called ‘The Stern Cup'” – Windhorst

“Tracy McGrady said he wants to see a rolling 1-on-1 tournament in the All-Star game” – Nichols

“People want to see something new” – Scott

Adam Silver: “A lot of young NBA players are genuinely unhappy” (Via Bill Simmons/SSAC)

“He’s being 100 percent honest here. He doesn’t care about PR” – Windhorst

“Social media. Guys don’t talk to each other anymore” – Scott

“A lot of the veteran guys don’t have an interest in the younger guys because the younger guys, most of the time, come in and already have a little bit of attitude. They already think they made it” – Scott

“A lot of it has to do with communication, which they are not used to, of dealing with other people” – Scott

“It’s not just social media and the players, it includes GMs, agents, other team personnel and owners. It’s an issue” – Windhorst


RecommendsInside the Suns dysfunctional front office by Kevin Arnovitz


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Rough season
Knicks eliminated from playoff contention with loss tonight

A new edition of…

Excerpt from Kevin Arnovitz’ article in regards to the picture above:

“FOUR YEARS AFTER naming McDonough general manager, Sarver acquired some live goats from a Diana Taurasi event at Talking Stick Resort Arena and planted them upstairs in McDonough’s office. The stunt was both a practical joke and an inspirational message — the Suns should find a GOAT of their own, one who dominates like Taurasi. The goats, unaware of their metaphorical connotation, proceeded to defecate all over McDonough’s office.”

Where do Suns go from here?

“It shows how bad this organization is. And it starts from the top” – Scott

“This is kind of an insult to your general manager. He had extended his contract right after that” – Windhorst


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LeBron on Lakers: “We can only control what we can control”

“They are flawed, especially on the defensive end. He has to be LeBron” – Scott

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