Show Recap: February 28, 2020

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Opening Tip (New)
Think D-Wade is impressed by this dog?

“Yes” – Pippen

“Give him a two. That dog drops the ball” – Elhassan

Panel:

Panel (2-28)


First Half

Rachel’s 1-on-1 conversation with Rockets superstar, James Harden:


Agree with Harden calling himself the best player in the league?

“I believe he’s the best scorer in the league. Best player? No. When you talk about the best players in the game, you’re talking about guys that can make their team rise to the occasion (LeBron, Giannis, Kawhi). His leadership has been questioned over the last 2-3 years and the Rockets have underachieved. Even though he’s the best scorer in the game, that doesn’t equal championships” – Pippen

“I don’t agree with him calling himself the best player in the game, but I have no problem with him doing that. I can’t take Harden when he has that kind of track record in the playoffs and falling short” – Elhassan

Nichols:

Harden: “I wish I could just run and be 7-feet and just dunk…takes no skill at all”

Discussion:


Distant Replay 2
OTD in 2006 – Lamar Odom with the poster dunk on Dwight Howard!

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Make or Miss League (Jimmy Butler)

Make (Aggression)
Better bangout?

JaVale:

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Kuz:

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Elhassan: JaVale | Pippen: Kuz

Miss (Basketball)
Blazers & Pacers combined for 5 turnovers in 40 seconds

Make (Surprises)
What got into Gallinari Thursday night vs the Kings?

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Miss (Composure)
Think Draymond is looking forward to summer vacation?

“That man is missing KD and the splash brothers. Trust me” – Pippen


Best seeding scenario for Sixers?

“If you want to win a series, you might as well play the best” – Elhassan

“Going into the playoffs, you want to be healthy and you want the challenge of playing against a team that’s probably beaten you 2-3 times in the regular season” – Pippen

“The Sixers are not going to see a conference finals. There’s a strong chance they’ll go home in the first round” – Elhassan


Second Half

How should Celtics combat Rockets small-ball lineup?

Discussion:

Are Thunder better than last year?

“On paper, no. I’m willing to say that if last year’s Thunder played this year’s Thunder, this year’s Thunder would win in a 7-game series” – Elhassan

“This year’s Thunder is better on paper and are better on the hardwood because they have players that are playing their role and they got better leadership [particularly Chris Paul]” – Pippen

“This is a better fit for Chris Paul” – Nichols

What can Clippers do to get PG-13 back on track?
8.3ppg in the last 4 games

“He has to get healthy. He’s not 100%” – Pippen

“Last year in Oklahoma City, he started the year and they tried to get him going, drew up a lot of plays and it worked for him. But then once he started to just find and pick and choose his spots within the flow of the offense, he really flourished. That’s something that the Clippers can look at here” – Elhassan


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The truth about what really happened in the 2020 dunk contest is finally revealed!


Distant Replay 2
OTD in 2008 – Vince Carter throwing down the one-handed alley-oop slam from Devin Harris on the Bucks!

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Hits of Style

AD (Hits of Style)
Anthony Davis wearing a Gucci jacket with several gold chains

Jump Ball

Hotter right now: Tatum or Westbrook?

“Tatum. His skill level is somewhere else. He’s a lot better than I thought he’d be even earlier this season” – Elhassan

“Tatum. He’s truly the leader of that basketball team. The sky’s the limit for this young man. But there’s much more ground for him to cover” – Pippen

“Westbrook. I am very excited to see how the final accounting of this season for him because the change he made about halfway through with deciding to play differently is something that I think we will be talking about for a long time” – Nichols

League Pass

Mavs at Heat
Expectations for Luka on his 21st birthday?

“I definitely expect him to get a lot of shots up and be aggressive offensively during the game” – Elhassan

Rachel’s reaction to that…

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“I don’t expect nothing to change because he’s been drinking since he was 18!” – Pippen

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