In today’s episode, Michael and Chris give out NBA lottery winners and losers, question Team USA roster, answer a few more emails about the Sixers (should they switch to Embiid instead? ?) And break down the excellent conference finals that are taking place. (Hawks at 7).
The following transcript is an excerpt from the Open floor podcast. Listen to the full episode on podcast players everywhere or in SI.com.
Michael Pina: Okay, let’s move on to the Eastern Conference finals. Last night, the Atlanta Hawks perhaps shocked the world, by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks at home. You know, let’s start this conversation with an easy question, Chris. Do the Hawks really have a chance to win this series?
Chris Herring: Yes. Oh, definitely. I mean, if they lost by the margin they won yesterday, I’d say they still have a shot in the series. Milwaukee is, I mean, there’s a couple of things: they’re built around Giannis, who’s Giannis … he’s constantly giving you a certain amount of points, but you don’t know how, when and where they are. will come. Basically, by that I mean, we’re not sure what kind of performance it will have in the fourth quarter. Now, to his credit, between Game 7 and certainly Game 1 of this series, he was really the only thing they had at the end of yesterday’s game. But depending on how you defend him and depending on if he gets shy, depending on if he’s nervous or suddenly if he starts to look like John Stockton down the line regarding how well he’s shooting, which happens randomly from time to time. . time, you don’t know what you’re going to get from that point of view.
And lately you haven’t known what you’re going to get [Jrue] Vacation or [Khris] Middleton, which is the biggest problem. Middleton struggled, Holiday put on a great performance and it still wasn’t enough. So I’m already a little concerned from that point of view alone, because now you’ve had a couple of really key games in a row. I mean, I guess every playoff game is pivotal, but the one where you’ve gotten really uneven performances from the two. And I feel like based on the way we’ve talked about Giannis over the past few weeks, you’d think Giannis was the one who was terribly inconsistent when they actually have been the co-stars. So if Atlanta can score in Milwaukee, they clearly can. Yes, I think Atlanta can do this. I think his defense is decent and good enough to present enough trouble for everyone else. The shots Middleton relies on are tough shots to start with. And so if you’re not getting it right like you normally do … and Holiday can be up and down.
Even if Giannis is consistent, you know, Atlanta is clearly good enough to beat Milwaukee, where two of the three guys play very well. So for me yesterday it’s a little bit worrying if I’m Milwaukee, because you had two or three guys playing well and you still lost at home. Then I do not know. Bring won’t go for 48 most nights, I think we know. But for me, I, I don’t know, as if at some point you expect Bogdanović, be it due to injury or something else, to play a little better. You know, [John] Collins was great. To me, it doesn’t seem like a huge talent gap. And I think that’s what we’ve seen in the last few rounds.
Well, not the last couple of rounds, but in Philadelphia, there were times when it didn’t look like this huge talent disparity. And I think it looks the same as last night. … There wasn’t this huge talent gap there. And frankly yours [Yaron] Weitzman could have written this for Fox. It seems like Trae is the best player on the court at times or is tied with Giannis. And when that is the case, I mean they will meet in these games; They are playing well, I think they have six and two when they are five points or less; games are decided by five points or less in the playoffs. Atlanta could win this series, and I don’t even think it’s a winable stage. They can clearly win the series.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.