Show Recap: April 22, 2019

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Opening Tip
Did Embiid just jinx the 76ers?

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Guests:

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First Half

Monologue: Blazers stick together when other teams would fall apart

This season, the following have occurred:

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Kevin Durant and Draymond Green argued on the bench about KD’s free agency holding the Warriors hostage
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The Celtics have called each other out, apologize, and then do it all over again as players openly told the media how little fun they we’re having

And those are the supposedly happy teams! The ones that did really well in the playoffs last year.

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For the Blazers, they got swept in each of the last two postseasons. Last year was particularly embarrassing as it was 6th seeded New Orleans doing the sweeping
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They could have fallen apart when Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg, an injury that took a giant wrecking ball through the very center of their starting lineup

They didn’t:

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Instead, the Blazers came out for Game 4 looking quietly unruffled. No trash talk, no arguing with officials. CJ would later say they decided as players that they simply weren’t going to talk to anyone not wearing their uniform. And when their backcourt struggled a little bit early, the other guys picked them up

Meanwhile on the other side…

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Russ was spending the second half going 0-7 from the field, the worst shooting half of his playoff career. At one point, ESPN’s Royce Young overheard one of Portland’s assistant coaches telling his players “Don’t go help on Russ. We want him to keep shooting”

Still, the Blazers largely stayed away from rubbing it in the Thunder’s faces:

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That kind of resolve is so impressive, especially in the face of everything the Blazers have been through. Especially, seeing lesser things invade, in fester and damage more successful teams
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It turns out this is just the Portland way. And now it’s carried them to the brink of the second round

Confident Blazers can close out Thunder in Game 5?

“I’m 75 percent sure that they will win Game 5 in Portland. This year is their year. [CJ & Dame] are doing something about it and they are going to advance” – Scott

Ok with Westbrook’s “Next question” routine?

“Running away from it, you’re cheating everybody because were all putting in so that we get money out of this” – Elhassan

“You are the face of the franchise. It’s sending a bad message to the franchise. To me, it’s a little selfish and childish because you are representing the Oklahoma City Thunder, the city and the NBA in general. It is part of your job to answer questions” – Scott

Scott:

Elhassan:


Replay
April 22, 1993 – Charles Barkley (Suns), with 00.5 seconds left making the clutch game winning buzzer beater in Portland!

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Make or Miss League Kerr

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Handles; Better move?

Kyrie:
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CJ:
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Suspensions; Impressed by this coach’s instincts?

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Boosties; Does Myles Turner save his best dunks for the playoffs?

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Winning; Amin plays the Pitino Game for the first time this season!

Moving on…

Agree with ejections for Jared Dudley & Jimmy Butler?

Via NBA/TNT:

“I agree with the ejections. Dudley & Butler came in and did what they were supposed to do. They were protecting their teammates. Those two guys being ejected was fair and the fines were fair” – Scott

Scott:

“I thought Dudley was wrong. Don’t come in blindside shoving someone because that’s escalating it and we know how the league stands about this. It’s a zero tolerance situation” – Elhassan

Nets GM, Sean Marks suspended 1 game for entering officials locker room, per Adrian Wojnarowski

“I’ve never seen Sean Marks get that emotional. I’ve never heard of anybody doing this” – Elhassan

“I coached Sean in New Orleans. He was protecting his players” – Scott

Elhassan’s response to the tweet: “I think he’s going to get a fine for this. You can’t encourage this kind of stuff”


Second Half

Did first season in NY meet your expectations?

“It was everything I thought it would be. Our fans were fantastic. I don’t know if I could have got through the year if they weren’t because it’s tough. You are hardwired to win. We got great kids, they came to work everyday, they battled and got a lot better. It’s just according to plan just how we wanted it to go” – Fizdale

Fizdale:

Plans for Knicks this summer?

“A lot of conversations and angles. We got a lot of positive things to show. “We have 7 picks over 5 years, which means whoever we do get, we can continue to build around him and we laid down our culture” – Fizdale

“We got something here. He’s a top-level athlete” – Fizdale on Dennis Smith Jr.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily the case where if all the things don’t fall into place. The one reason I wanted to go to the Knicks is because it’s the New York Knicks. I like that expectation. I wanted to be somewhere where people wanted to win and expected to win. That’s a thing I embrace” – Fizdale

“I think were going to end up doing some good things” – Fizdale

Miami Heat days:

Fizdale:

“All of our guys are still so young. I just know that we’re going to put them through another great summer and will take a big jump and they are going to be ready to play a higher level of basketball” – Fizdale


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Should the 3-point line be moved?


NBA shooters this year made more 3 point shots than they made the entire 1980s

“I love the diversity of the game, I love the 5 position groups and I argue that as a means to sort of preserve the diversity of the look of the game and look at it as an increasing threat” – Goldsberry

Scott:

“I would love for it to be moved back a little bit because then it’s going to eliminate a lot of guys in this league that try to shoot it on a regular basis. For Steph Curry and Damian Lillard, it doesn’t matter. They got that much range. For the majority of the guys in the league, it definitely would hurt them and they will probably go more to that mid-level, mid-range game we used to know and love so well back in the day” – Scott

More faith in Spurs or Nuggets right now?

“I’m taking Coach Pop. He’s been in a thousand of these. This Mike Malone’s first real playoff series as a head coach and that experience is going to be key. Playoff basketball is a science: Matchups and strategy and Pop has been there so many times” – Goldsberry

“The craziest thing coming into this year: I would have never bet that this was a top 10 offense because of that shot selection” – Goldsberry on the Spurs prioritizing mid-range shots over the three ball

“The weirdest thing about this Spurs team is they are not very good on defense” – Goldsberry


Replay
April 22, 2003 – Marc Jackson with the lob pass to KG who climbs the ladder for the powerful jam vs the Lakers!

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crunchtime

Blake returns
Right call for Pistons to play Blake?

“He’s the only one that knows how truly healthy he really is” – Scott

“It was a now or never situation and now that they lost, it’s never” – Elhassan

Klay heats up
Did we witness peak Klay yesterday?

He went to the beach to play beach volleyball!

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Kawhi Leonard most impressive playoff performer right now?

“It always kills me when people forget about Kawhi when you’re talking about who the best players in the game are” – Elhassan

Playing with Confidence:

Harden: 14 points in 4th quarter of Game 3 (Missed first 15 shots) | Should Warriors take notes on how Jazz defended Harden in Game 3?

“The Warriors have their way of guarding him anyway” – Scott

“Utah’s style is very dependent on their personnel” – Elhassan

“With what you have is what you got to play with. You can’t play anybody else’s style unless you got those players. Utah played their style of basketball” – Scott

 

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