Ep. 675: Peaking

On today’s show, Skeets and Tas brave a sudden case of Heat stroke to discuss Miami’s defensive revenge, the Spurs’ questionable front-line athleticism, Bynum vs. Dwight, Rondo’s disengaged attitude, Kendrick Perkins’ Thunder debut, “Tymond Lawton,” the Nuggets’ chip and Buckets’ 42. All that, plus a hilarious jersey fail, super-happy Nets dude, and some obnoxious asshole behind a steering wheel. Enjoy.

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Comments (23)

  1. OKC have the best 4-man rotation at the 4 & 5??? Got a little excited there, huh Skeets? How about Bynum, Gasol, Odom and Artest?

  2. What about Noah, Boozer, Gibson, and Asik?

  3. A real Tenacious D, eh Melas?

  4. Bynum’s got a good post game actually (great soft hands and some nice moves) it’s just that he doesn’t get much chance to show what he can do there nowadays (I feel like he got more toches there is the years past)

    The Thunder do look great but I think there is some concern with this lineup. When the playoff start and teams start to pack the middle it might be tougher for them on the offensive end, with no outside shooting (Durant being the only real threat with Harden maybe)..Westbrook, Sefolosha, Ibaka and Perkins..Unless Ibaka is consistent with his mid range jumper it might pose some problems.

  5. re: rondo’s recent poor play, how about the fact that he lost perkins? he grew up, nba wise, with perk, and they were the two young faces of the starting five. i imagine rondo probably relied on perk a lot and went through a lot in learning how to work with the big three. you lose a partner like that and you’re bound to be bummed.

  6. I think you’re right about the Celtics in that I don’t think they give a rat’s rear right now about these bad teams they’re playing. I think they’re betting on it being themselves and the Lakers in the finals again and all they care about is finishing higher than L.A. Or if somehow they end up playing the Spurs, they don’t have a chance of catching them now anyway. Their play indicates to me that that once again, they believe they can beat anyone else in the East regardless of where they end up being ranked. When they actually play the defense they’re capable of, I think they’re right.

  7. Boozer and Gasol can’t play D. If you’re talking defense and energy, OKC’s got the best four. I’m with Skeets.

  8. after the game bynum was telling dwight that the magic werent passing to him enough in the 2nd half

  9. I’ve been disappointed with the coverage John Wall got.

    I mean, since steals have been an official NBA stat, he’s only the second rookie (Phil Ford) to average 15 PPG, 8.5 APG and 1.5 SPG. And as you guys said, the PG position is the hardest in the league.

    To be fair with Blake, he’s the 7th rookie to average 22 and 12 in his rookie season, and the first since Shaq. That’s impressive as well.

    I’m not saying Wall should get it over Blake, but this shouldn’t be the landslide it will probably be.

  10. Gasol can’t play D?
    How is that?

    I know he’s lean, but he’s stil good on the block, and he’s a very good help defender.

    He doesn’t do that much, but he doesn’t commit a lot of mystakes…

  11. Skeets, your hair is shitty today.

  12. Si Senor,
    I’m a Laker fan, and I was just as mad, but Bynum/Pau/Lamar are the 3 player-rotation at the 4 and 5 if you have been following them this season. Artest primarily plays the 3.

  13. Regarding the post-Melo Nuggets, Bill Simmons described this as the Ewing Theory (via basketbawful, whose mention made me look up the term): http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=1193711
    And since I already mentioned Simmons, he had a great interview recently with former Celtics forward and BYU star Michael Smith: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/player?rd=1#/podcenter/?callsign=ESPNRADIO&autoplay=1&id=6190478

  14. The Spurs are not built for the playoffs and King James and the Miami Heat aren’t going any further than the 2010 Cleveland Cavaliers. Miami is entertaining to watch but they don’t have “it” yet.

    If teams are smart they’ll use a small forward to guard Bosh slow the game down and don’t double team James or Wade in a the half court. If Miami can’t run Miami can’t win.

  15. Boozer might not be able to play D but (1) he’s a far better offensive player than any of the Thunder’s big men, and (2) Kurt Thomas has been outstanding for the Bulls this year, meaning they have five solid rotation players at the 4 and 5.

  16. Great Perk coverage! Love it.

    The Beast looked majestic in his number 5. The homage to KG is great, and as you guys said, it shows us that he knows exactly what he wants to bring to OKC.

    I read several thunder blogs that expressed some dissapointment in Perk’s boxscore last night. He looked great…making space, playing solid D, cleaning the glass. 6 points and 9 boards in 20 minutes….doesn’t get much better than that folks. This isn’t Hakeem the Dream. He’s like a great interior defensive lineman…..the real impact is not in the numbers.

    I agree with Tas that this is not the most important time. A month is a REALLY long time. I think the Celtics need the 1 or 2 seed. However, I do also think Rondo needs some rest. He doesn’t quite look right. Arroyo and D-West (starting tomorrow) will be able to spell him, and I think they’ll manage to keep their starters’ minutes around 30 per night and still win games and get 1 or 2.

  17. Obviously BYU is never going to win a title with policies like “no pre-marital sex”….especially since Jimmer is nowhere near as good as Kemba Walker.

    Too bad BYU can’t go back to the good old days:


  18. When the hell is Breaking Bad going to return? First they say March, now June?!?
    Better call Saul.

  19. hey god, great job setting up the lights for todays episode!

  20. iTunes!!!!!!

  21. as a long time wizards fan, and a john wall fan, I feel he has very much so been disappointing. with the excitement of the 1st pick, and the expectations for wall to bring us out of the gutter, i believe that most of my fellow fans believe he has been disappointing and hasnt brought quite the energy that was expected.

  22. I feel sort of on the fence about wall (meant to add this in my first long comment). No doubt he hasn’t been as good as Griffin.

    But, he’s had great stats. And, when you watch him, he’s super exciting and he’s missing on a lot of plays right now even with those good stats.

    If I were a Wiz fan watching him every night, I think I’d be really excited about his future. He’s just still really raw. Since Blake wasn’t available, I’d still have taken Wall if I’m the Wiz.

    I’ve heard people say Fields is better. No effing way. He’s great, but no way. Cousins is the only guy in that draft class that I think we can say you’d maybe rather have.

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