What does Cousins’ absence mean for Warriors?
It’s a torn quad injury and he will miss the rest of the playoffs, per Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)
“It’s a devastating loss for both sides” – T-Mac
Monologue: Don’t sleep on the Clippers (Literally)
That starts with Doc Rivers (on halftime speech):
When did you realize Clippers could win Game 2?
“Lots happen: Trade, a lot of questions in my head not knowing what was going to happen from that point. I gotta give Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] some credit. I don’t know how he got that pass to me” – Shamet
“Our poise didn’t change throughout the entire game” – Shamet
T-Mac on Rivers:
Where does Clippers confidence come from?
“My teammates keep telling me to shoot the ball” – Shamet
“Everybody from top to bottom kind of has a chip. Nobody is that A-List superstar on our team” – Shamet
“You got guys coming off the bench and know their role, like their role and that’s the difference with this team. Guys that enjoy their role, embody it, embrace it and know what they have to do to help us win” – Shamet
Shamet on Beverley:
April 16, 1995 – Rodney Rogers (Nuggets) with the nasty putback slam vs the Spurs!
It’s a Make or Miss League, Patrick Beverley!
Keep Away; Like the pettiness from D’Angelo?
Respect; Is it time to step out on Boban?
Accidents; Embiid deserve ejection for this elbow?
“It was a flagrant 1, not a flagrant 2” – T-Mac
“He was definitely clearing him out, but it was not excessive. There was a basketball element to what he was doing” – Windhorst
Confidence restored in 76ers?
Scored 51 points in the 3rd quarter
“It’s going to be a dogfight. They will win this series. You expected this type of performance from Philly. They cannot go to Brooklyn down 0-2. Philadelphia came out and they got great performances from everybody” – T-Mac
“This, to me, feels like a series that will be 2-2 coming back to Philly. Game 5 will be an all out war. I feel like that’s where it’s headed” – Windhorst
Before Game 2, Doc Rivers shouts out the guy who let him know he dropped $2,000 on the street while he was walking in San Francisco 😮💵 pic.twitter.com/LS6n9AYT3I
— ESPN (@espn) April 16, 2019
Surprised Doc was carrying around so much cash?
“Yeah. He collected $100 from everybody in the locker room, he closed the door and nobody knew it was there. It was during Christmas Day. It was up in the ceiling [at Staples Center] until June. He was like the only way we can get our money back is that we got to get back here [in LA]” – Perkins
Pat Beverley’s tactics getting to KD?
“No. It’s not working. I don’t see KD being bothered. He’s not being himself right now. Patrick Beverley is doing a great job. I love the way he’s playing him but Chris Paul tried to play KD the same way when we were in Oklahoma City. I think the Warriors probably just need to do a better job of putting KD in position to be successful” –
“It has worked for the first two games because I haven’t really seen an MVP KD” – T-Mac
“You can’t stop KD straight up. He’s just too tall and too talented. I really think the only way you can stop him is to try to get to him emotionally” – Windhorst
What makes you think KD will leave Warriors?
Said on “The Woj Pod” that KD will leave the Warriors this summer.
“He’s great enough to go to a franchise and have his own team and win a championship. That’s why we hold him to a higher standard” – T-Mac
“When Kevin won that first championship, I think he expected more” – T-Mac
Right coach for LeBron & Lakers?
“Ty Lue. He’s the guy that actually steps up to Bron. He studies film more than anybody I’ve seen past Rondo. LeBron respects him” – Perkins
“Monty Williams and Ty Lue are very strong candidates in my mind” – Windhorst
“Ty Lue” – T-Mac
Steve Clifford on Kyle Lowry’s 0 point Game 1: “He was terrific”
“He’s making $31 million, Kyle has struggled in the playoffs continuously. Game 1s? He is so bad and it continued in this game 1 [against the Magic]” – T-Mac
“You can have a good game without scoring, but not as an all-star” – Perkins
PG-13 on shoulder: “It’s well enough now to throw out any injury problems”
Paul George, wearing an ice bag on his right shoulder, says he’s pain free. “It’s well enough now to throw out any injury problems.” pic.twitter.com/wUTdIZDQes
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) April 15, 2019
“I think he has a torn labrum. I’ve dealt with that before in my career and it is very painful” – T-Mac
Luka Doncic on ROY: “I honestly don’t care” (Via a Spanish publication)
“This guy won euroleague MVP and the euroleague championship” – Windhorst
Doc on 2010 Finals: “I think of Game 7 loss far more than 2008 title”
“We were up 20 points and they didn’t call it because it was garbage time” – Perkins
“I shut off my Twitter account for like a month. I was so mad at Serge Ibaka because he messed up the coverage and I decided to rotate” – Perkins
“This was a misunderstanding. I was just messing with my old teammate, Serge Ibaka and I just hear somebody talking in the background with this soft voice just like ‘Hey man. Shut up. Shut up.’ I really don’t have any beef with Drake” – Perkins
April 16, 1997 – Rod Strickland (Bullets) getting into traffic and finishing with the tough underhanded layup vs the Pacers!
Looking for redemption
Key for Raptors in Game 2?
“We need a Kyle Lowry sighting. He has to be more engaged on the offensive end” – T-Mac
“More Kawhi Leonard. Only 33 minutes in Game 1. Got to get those minutes up. That’s what you’ve been saving him for” – Windhorst
Get well soon
WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart suffers possible Achilles injury
“This is heartbreaking. Give these ladies more money. Please” – T-Mac
DeMarcus Cousins suffers torn quad (Via Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated)
Windhorst and T-Mac:
How worried should Nuggets fans be?
“They should be extremely worried. I actually think the Spurs can pull this series out. The Spurs are playoff experienced-ready. With the Nuggets, they have a bunch of young guys that are in the starting lineup that haven’t had any playoff experience” – T-Mac
“I will say that they are not that far away. The problem is: They’ve been a bad road team this year” –
“Here’s why they’re in trouble: The Spurs went into Denver and stole Game 1. The pressure is on Denver to win Game 2. Let’s say they get a split, San Antonio is really, really good at home” – T-Mac
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been granted permission to meet with Los Angeles Clippers general manager Michael Winger in the franchise’s search for a President of Basketball Operations, league sources told ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2019
“This would be a chance to run an organization as a team president. Unfortunately, you have to swallow the existing coach and existing GM which may not be the perfect situation” –