Show Recap: April 15, 2019

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First Half

Bad look for 76ers fans to boo home team?

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Brilliance from Steph, James and Giannis who all took care of business in respective game 1s
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But in Philadelphia, their 2019 playoff run started with a big ole fashion flop in front of the home crowd

“That’s who Philly fans are. This is the northeast basketball. They’re passionate about their team. You got to expect boos when you have a Brooklyn team who you are favored to beat in the playoffs and you put on this type of performance? You got to know that this is coming” – Pierce

“Embiid and Simmons said it was bothering them” – Windhorst

“Everything is built around him [Embiid]” – Nichols

“Ben Simmons has got to influence the game. That’s what the kind of player he is” – Windhorst

“The last 2 years have shown me that he is a liability out there without a jump shot” – Pierce on Ben Simmons

76ers fine Amir Johnson for having phone on bench

“Whatever excuse it was, it was deemed as not acceptable. If they win, this isn’t so much of a big deal. But they’re getting beat, it was a terrible look” – Windhorst

How worried are you about Raptors?
Lowry: 0 points (0-7 FG) in 34 minutes in Game 1 | Raptors: 2-14 all-time in Game 1s

“I’m not as worried. I felt like the Magic shot the ball really, really well. Nick Nurse is coaching his first playoff game. I don’t know if the game plan was exactly what he would have wanted. He didn’t play Kawhi Leonard enough minutes. He only played him 33 minutes. They’ve been saving him. Even Nick admitted he didn’t look in his game plan to have enough for Kyle” – Windhorst

“A lot of it has to do with Kyle. If you are putting so much dependency on this guy and he hasn’t shown up year after year in the playoffs, especially in game 1s, how do you give Toronto anything? How do you give them the respect?” – Pierce

“There’s regular season players and there’s playoff players. Some have both, some only have one. Kyle Lowry is showing that he is a regular season player because when playoffs come, we have yet to see him really step up and really give you that all-star that he’s been over the years performance” – Pierce


Replay
April 15, 2002 – Shaq (Lakers) with the crossover on Jerome James (Sonics) and finishing hard with the one-handed dunk!

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Make or Miss League Kawhi

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Extension; Should Giannis start playing with a cape?

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Stopping Ball; Derrick White the perfect Spurs player?

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Monikers; Dame living up to “Logo Lillard” nickname?

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Whistles; MCW’s reaction justified?
He was whacked in the face and no whistle was blown

“Ref knows he’s wrong. That’s why he didn’t get a technical. The ref missed that call” – Pierce

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Trolls; Think Steph regrets calling Tiger the “Greatest comeback story”?

Moving on…

How should Lakers fans feel about coach search?
Ty Lue, Monty Williams and Juwan Howard are the candidates at this point (Per Woj and Ramona Shelburne)

“I’m not so much worried about who the Lakers are talking to. If I’m these coaches, I’m asking the Lakers some questions: Are you going to be my boss or are you going to hire someone else to be my boss? Are we going to get some three-point shooting? Is LeBron going to be involved in this process? Am I going to speak to LeBron or not? These are all questions I would like to have answers to before I even give my opinion on what I can do for the team” – Windhorst

“If you’re the Lakers, you have to wonder who can they bring in that LeBron is going to respect. Those are three guys that LeBron really respects” – Pierce

Another edition of The Jump’s oldest show within a show…

As The Kings Turn

Luke Walton a good fit for Kings?

“This is showing Vlade taking control of the franchise, but he did this before” – Windhorst

“I’m not so sure. Only time will tell because they have to take the next step now” – Pierce


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Thunder will only go as far as PG-13 can take them by Royce Young


Second Half

Rachel’s conversation with Blazers stars, Damian Lillard & CJ McCollum

Highlights:

On how does winning Game 1 take away some of the sting of last year:

“Personally, I don’t think it’ll take it away. Winning a game is great, but were not here to just win games. Our goal is to win this series and keep it moving” – McCollum

On the matchup with the Thunder:

“Were mentally ready because of what we’ve gone through” – McCollum

On last year’s sweep vs the Pelicans:

“We were all in a depressed state. Now we know what it takes to get over the hump” – McCollum

On dealing with uncertainty of the franchise after Paul Allen’s passing:

“For us, we just focused on each other” – Lillard

On their relationship and the team’s as a whole:

“A lot of times behind closed doors, some things aren’t what you think it is. And behind our closed doors, it is what we say it is. Our biggest strength is the environment we created” – Lillard

On Nurkic’s season-ending injury:

“I was crushed. It hurt my heart. Essentially, besides Dame, he’s the heart and soul of our team because he controls the paint, he controls a lot of our offense and defense” – McCollum

“This is happening at the wrong time. I was like, were going to have to come together a little bit more and figure it out” – Lillard

On the Blazers history of major injuries and the curse:

“I don’t believe in curses” – Lillard & McCollum

Dame on his rivalry with Westbrook and the trash talk he does:

“I don’t have much to say because I’m not moved by trash talk” – Lillard

On having that opportunity again in this year’s playoffs:

“The good thing is that were really excited about getting back and redeeming ourselves” – Lillard

The panel’s reaction to the interview:

“They’ve developed a great bond together. They’ve been through a lot of heartaches. They need this series. I felt Dame’s pain. He feels like he doesn’t get the credit that he deserves as a superstar in this league” – Pierce

“Let’s have real talk here: With Houston and Golden State on the same side of the bracket, there’s a real window here to possibly get to the Conference Finals for the winner of the Blazers/Thunder series. Whoever wins this series might be favored in the other series. If they come back and make a run like that after last year’s disappointment, it could be a great step forward for them” – Windhorst

PG-13’s shoulder injury give Blazers edge?

Via Royce Young:

“I couldn’t even lift my shoulder. Fast-forward to today, it’s the first time I shot the ball. It’s just rhythm. Tomorrow, I’ll get shots up, get that in tune and try to get the same looks we got tonight.” – Paul George

“Every game, it feels like he’s got more tape on his shoulder, adding another strip [of tape]. If he can’t deliver, I don’t how they win this series” – Windhorst

“He can’t play like this all series and I don’t expect him too” – Pierce


A playoff edition of…

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Pierce: Nets
“If you have a hobbled Embiid and a liability in Ben Simmons and guys like JJ Redick and Tobias Harris not being able to find their shots, it has to be them”

Windhorst: Nets
“If your best player is dinged up, that’s a major problem”

“If Caris LeVert is going to be back to the Caris LeVert before the injury like he was in this game, that’s a game changer. When he plays like that, they are no longer a 6 seed. They are an undervalued 6 seed”

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KD’s apology:

Pierce: Pat Bev
“He gets in people’s heads. That’s one of his strengths. I love his competitive drive”

Windhorst: KD
“We already saw what happens when he gets suspended from the Warriors. You can’t beat them at full power. This is one of the biggest threats to the Warriors championship is the suspension at the wrong time”

Harden or Giannis.JPG

Pierce: Harden
“The things he has done this year, we haven’t said that about Giannis”

Windhorst: Giannis
“He is a force of nature. I don’t know how you stop him from imposing his will on the game”

Bonus: Windhorst voted Giannis for Defensive Player of the Year


Replay
April 15, 2008 – Richard Jefferson (New Jersey Nets) with the poster dunk on Emeka Okafor of the Charlotte Bobcats!

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Woj: Pelicans hiring David Griffin as EVP of Basketball Operations

How should David Griffin approach trading AD?

“It’s an organizational decision. It’s an ownership decision that had been a big part of the talks before he got the job” – Windhorst

“The right play is go after young players, draft picks, especially with the value he is going to bring. They have to start over now” – Pierce

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