Show Recap: November 29, 2018

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Opening Tip
Did Luka just “James Harden” James Harden?

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Today’s Panel:


First Half

Monologue: Yes, Clippers are still atop West standings

It seemed like a cute story in the first chunk of the season when the Clippers made their way to the top of the West standings
Did you see Boban dunk with his feet still on the court?
The Clippers aren’t cute anymore. They are for real
The current conventional wisdom is you need at least 2 to 3 superstars to win games. The Clippers don’t have anyone on their roster that’s been an all-star
With the Rockets struggling and their depth not being very good, they’ve relied on players from the G-League. The Clippers are nothing but depth
Nolan Richardson’s Arkansas teams laid this down in the 90s
Clippers coach, Doc Rivers has put Boban Marjanovic to work. He has made a big impact in the Clippers early success


Deandre Ayton on playing against Boban:

As long as the Warriors are still around, now that they’ve stopped setting themselves on fire, don’t expect the Clippers to hang onto the top seed in the West all season long

Believe Clippers can continue winning ways?

“Reality is an operative word here. This team is really a blue collar team. They have tremendous screeners. They have good efficiency” – Ogwumike

“I love the Clippers. They’re kind of an old school team. They run through their offense. They have 12 guys that they can use” – Windhorst

“I’m a little bit worried that this isn’t going to last forever, that they’ll come back to reality, but I am enjoying watching them so much. They’re one of the bright spots of the season and I hope it lasts” – Windhorst

“If they make the playoffs, it’s a tremendously successful season for them” – Windhorst

Adversity only making Warriors stronger?

Credit: Nick Friedell/ESPN

“It’s was a reminder that Klay Thompson isn’t going anywhere this summer” – Windhorst on the quote

“Every time there’s adversity or every time there’s a crisis and opportunity, it’s true. This team has some challenges that they have to work through. You’d much rather have them work through them now as opposed to May” – Windhorst

“To me, this got real because the adversity didn’t necessarily bring them together, it just sort of took them out of that honeymoon phase where they’re always winning. It showed me that this is Steph Curry’s team. He’s the guy that makes them go” – Ogwumike

Andre Iguodala: “I’m going to be done soon”

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“This makes sense to me. He’s been a central part of their identity as of late, especially with their championship. He’s the type of guy that won’t let his body dictate his career. He wants to be in his prime both on and off the court” – Ogwumike

“He’s an extremely important player for them. But they know that long-term, they have to replace him. When he signed that contract two summers ago, he knew that it was going to be it” – Windhorst

November 29, 2008 – LeBron James with the nasty one-handed spiked block on Ramon Sessions vs the Bucks!

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Make or Miss League Pop
“Really?” – Popovich

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Phys Ed; My goodness, Ed Davis
Blocked Royce O’Neal (Jazz)

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Answers; Giannis most dominant in paint since Shaq?
Had 24 points in the paint last night vs the Bulls

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Clinics; Did Mavs think they were playing in All-Star Game?
Dropped 128 points in their 20-point win in Houston

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Settling; Lillard sinks ten 3s sets franchise record
Dropped 41 points in a win over the Magic last night

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Hang Time; Timberwolves get a steal with Okogie?

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Run it Back

Top posterizations in Timberwolves history:

3) 2016: LaVine on Alex LenAnimated GIF-downsized_large(98).gif

2) 2009: Corey Brewer on Derek FisherAnimated GIF-downsized_large(99).gif

1) 1998 KG on Shawn BradleyAnimated GIF-downsized_large(100).gif

KG poster on Bradley.JPG

Moving on…

Expect Korver to make big impact on Jazz?

“They’ve had a lot of spacing issues. Their offense has just been off this year. He’s been hot. He played in Utah before, he knows people there. He’s very happy. I talked to some Jazz officials last night. They are over the moon that they can make this deal in November” – Windhorst

“They’re 28th in the league in 3 point percentage and Kyle Korver directly correlates to that. I hope he has an opportunity with the Jazz” – Ogwumike

No Curry 5’s for sale in the girls section of the Under Armour website?

Second Half

D’Antoni: “Rockets depth obviously a problem” | How can Rockets booster bench?

“Buyout market, but that’s not going to happen until later. Secondly, they’re going to need one of these guys that they signed (Ennis, Carter-Williams) to make a big difference for them” – Windhorst

“When I look at the depth issue, the Rockets need to understand that when one of their superstars is out, Eric Gordon hasto start, your boost off the bench. Health is going to be the best boost” – Ogwumike

Think Melo will find a team? (Still technically a Rocket)

“This has showed us that whole experiment in Houston that his role has to change. His role in the locker room, his leadership. That’s where he has rely upon. It’s not necessarily winning a championship with a contender, it’s more so now fading out in a most positive way, especially for your legacy” – Ogwumike

“There are executives who I have talked to who loathe Carmelo’s defense who will say: He has played his last game in the NBA. I don’t believe that. He still has some skills to contribute. But, he is going to be hard-pressed to find a team” – Windhorst

Hot Mics.JPG
During a commercial break on Tuesday’s show (11/27): Byron Scott on recruiting Peja Stojakovic to NBA, Doncic’s secret sauce:

Early returns on Luka?

“What you guys don’t see is the rookie adjustment. Think about his ceiling when he’s fully adjusted” – Ogwumike on what her friend/Stanford Alum and current Mavs forward Dwight Powell had said about Doncic

“He has come in at a beautiful time where he doesn’t have to deal with much physicality as those before him” – Windhorst

“The moment on draft night where they made that trade, it could be one of the most important draft night decisions in a generation the way it could affect those two teams” – Windhorst

“I was shocked he didn’t go higher” – Nichols

November 29, 2002 – Kobe Bryant with the 360 dunk vs the Grizzlies!

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Is chemistry the reason for Timberwolves improved defense?

Jeff Teague after the game last night:

“I think the group is jelling on and off the court. I think that helps”

“Honestly, Robert Covington has become a candidate for DPOY these last 2-3 weeks. The difference that he has made to what the Wolves are doing defensively and what’s happened to the Sixers, he’s the best perimeter defender in the league” – Windhorst

“They finally have their locker room back” – Ogwumike

RecommendsRaptors gamble on Kawhi has paid off so far by Tim Bontemps

Kawhi trade worth it even if he leaves?

“I like Kawhi in Toronto. If he does leave, it does stink. Toronto embodies the mindset of Kawhi Leonard. Toronto is kind of an outsider city. It’s in Canada. It fits the Kawhi narrative. I see him staying” – Ogwumike

“They were going to trade DeMar DeRozan anyway” – Windhorst

Tonight’s game more important to Warriors or Raptors?

Tale of the tape.JPG

Ogwumike: Raptors
“They’re at full strength”

Windhorst: Raptors
“The Warriors are like: ‘Go ahead. Go ahead. Take it.’ If they’re serious about this, they got to stake their claim”

Game of the NightPacers at Lakers

Magic Johnson on LeBron usage: “We don’t want it to be Cleveland all over again” (Via Sirius XM NBA Radio) | Buy Magic’s vision for Lakers offense?

“When you have two point guards like Ball and Rondo, we don’t have to have LeBron having the ball in his hands all the time. We are trying to make sure that we watch his minutes but also that we don’t run everything through him because now it is Cleveland all over again and we don’t want that” – Magic Johnson

“I know why Magic is saying this because the team that he built was built for LeBron to play more off the ball. But the way they’re playing right now is LeBron holding the ball” – Windhorst

“This is new and it’ll take some time” – Ogwumike