d did it all. I mean even on defense, lakers contested 21 of the blazers 22 shots when davis played center that’s a 95 contest rate. The blazers made just five of those 22 shots, it’s, no wonder 80. At a game, high 32 plus minus and again la portland, tip off again game three saturday, 8 30 on abc. We are rejoined by stephen a smith here. I want to focus for a second stephen, a on the jekyll and hyde lakers. If you will uh after game one, it was basically defcon one with concerns about their play and then last night they were completely dominant steven, a who were the lakers. Well, i think they’re more of what you saw in game two and what you saw in game. One in game, one they couldn’t hit the back side of the ball. Couldn’T make shots we’re, not attacking the basket aggressively, so the combination of all of those things spelled their doom in game one, even though they played good defense. Damien lillard still dropped 34. in game. Two, they really amped up their defensive effort. Obviously, kentavious caldwell pope showed up on the offensive side of the ball, unlike the zero, he put it. Fourth in game, one j.r smith, there was finally a sighting. They got him off the bench instead of leaving him mired on a bench in favor of alex caruso, he came off. The bench contributed 11 points and anthony davis just showed why he’s one of the top five players on the planet? Former number one overall pick national champion at kentucky.

We know the kind of skills that he brings to the table. It wasn’t just about him scoring 28 points. It was how he was going. He was attacking the basket inside. He was finishing on the break. He was grabbing offensive, rebounds over assange, whiteside and yusuf nurtured, and he was putting the ball back in the hole that kind of dominance that he showed on. The interior really put the portland trailblazers on their heels, not to mention the fact that it wasn’t helped by damian lillard, ultimately, dislocating the finger on his non shooting hand, cj mccullum, having a relatively pedestrian outcome and carmelo anthony is a starting forward playing the minutes that He played but just scoring two points and when it’s a 1 6 shooting you’ve got to do better. If you’re going to compete with the los angeles, lakers twos are not going to beat threes. Portland can hit the threes the lakers can hit twos. But if the lakers really lock in and shut you down defensively, then those twos will really spell doom for the opposition, because we all know that with lebron james, who only scored 10 points in two games in game two rather but him and anthony davis they’re, going To get their points particularly two point: shots it’s, whether or not their defense is going to show up it, showed up in game two and that’s more of what we saw from the lakers before the season was postponed.

Yeah i was going to say that’s. Maybe the scariest part for the blazers is that lebron was largely a non factor and they still got routed by la let’s focus on a game we’re going to see tonight game three between the clippers and mavs who are tied up at one all which team should We feel better about heading into game three tonight. Well, i think you got to feel better about the dallas mavericks right now. I don’t expect paul george uh to to to have the relatively subpar performance that he had in game two. I certainly expect him to be better he’s your secondary star on that team. Next to kawhi leonard he’s got to be better in order for them to beat this dallas mavericks team, luca doncic has arrived we’ve known about him. We’Ve seen him we’ve seen him during a regular season or what have you, but the kid is absolutely spectacular. We know what he brings to the table um, he had 42 in game, one had 28 in just 28 minutes in game two. If porzingis had not gotten ejected in game one in the third quarter, a legitimate argument could be made that the dallas mavericks would have won that game. So there’s a lot of people looking at them and saying this team could easily be up 2, 0 collectively. The clippers are a better team top to bottom here’s. The problem with doncic and porzingis. Both of them are very, very formidable offensively and in porzingis case defensively and some of the supplementary pieces that the dallas mavericks have have been a bit underrated, especially at tim hardaway.

Jr, so you look at these guys and the clippers have been put on notice that they need to be aware of the threat that this team is and they better find a way to neutralize luka doncic, because the mavs feed off this guy when he’s on his Game he’s not only great, he makes them better and more confident and that’s problematic for the clippers. They got to get it together and find a way to neutralize them with their four defenders. Kawhi paul george beverly, who didn’t play in the last game and, of course morris. They got to figure out a way to defend luka doncic yeah, a lot of people calling for kawhi to become maybe his primary defender to see if that’s, something that will help control him. We’Ll see game three tonight, stephen a smith joining us on sportscenter thanks. Thank you now, let’s go to the nfl patriots, quarterback jared stidham, taken to a local hospital yesterday for precautionary tests on his upper leg. According to adam schefter, those tests came back. Negative instinctum went through practice today with a lighter load patriots reporter mike reese joining us. Now, with much more on the story mike uh, what more have you learned about stidham’s injury here? Well, let’s start with this kevin offensive coordinator, josh mcdaniel, said after today’s practice that he expects stidham to be ready to roll the next time the patriots practice probably going to be sunday but here’s why this was so significant.

Today, you’re dealing with a condensed off season. Pre season as it is, the patriots have been splitting their reps three ways and jared stidham’s performance through the first four practices. His interception count has been a little bit high today, kevin just two guys cam newton and brian hoyer, so it really gave cam newton a chance to further entrench himself as the guy the patriots might be. Turning to interception count not not something that you uh would normally talk about in this patriots, offense it’s, new life, without tom brady cinema, of course, is in that battle and and that starting spot also includes cam noon. As you mentioned, this will be the first season julian edelman has played without brady. He had high praise for camp today on w e e, i in boston he’s, definitely a former mvp. For a reason i mean the guy’s, the professional he works and tail off. He’S extremely dynamic and he’s got a charming personality. It’S uh it’s been fun to be around and you know it’s something out. He’S got a confidence about him that you know all quarterbacks have a confidence but it’s just a little different with cam and uh. You know. It’S, a vibe that you can you can uh that that can fuel you and get you in a mindset julian. I would call that swagger mike you’ve been at all of the patriots practices. So far. How has newton looked physically? Well, i would sum it up this way.

He looks big and he sounds loud and when i say sounds loud kevin when you’re at a patriots practice, you hear cam newton out in the field taking command almost trying to make this uh his offense, now it’s clear. There are times kevin physically. He looks fine, but there are times when it’s, clear he’s catching up to what this offense is and he’s. Making some mistakes but quarterbacks coach, jed fish, said he’s been very impressed with the gains that newton has been able to make in short time, and i do want to tell you one thing: kevin today goes off to a side field with julian edelman and muhammad sunu. Just the three of them developing that connection with his teammates. That is a big deal, as you mentioned, to no preseason games. The patriots are scheduled to open up the season september 13th at home, against the dolphins mike reese, on the patriots coming up new today. In the nfl here cowboys head coach, mike mccarthy’s mentor yesterday i mean they were so worried afterwards, huh right, uh a.d did it all. I mean even on defense, lakers contested 21 of the blazers 22 shots when davis played center that’s a 95 contest rate. The blazers made just five of those 22 shots, it’s, no wonder 80 at a game: high 32 plus minus and again la portland, tip off again game three saturday, 8 30 on abc. We are rejoined by stephen a smith here.

I want to focus for a second stephen, a on the jekyll and hyde lakers. If you will uh after game one, it was basically def con one with concerns about their play and then last night they were completely dominant stephen, a who are the lakers. Well, i think, they’re more of what you saw in game two than what you saw in game, one in game, one they couldn’t hit the back side of the ball. Couldn’T make shots we’re, not attacking the basket aggressively, so the combination of all of those things spelled their doom in game one, even though they played good defense. Damien lillard still dropped 34. in game two. They really amped up their defensive effort. Obviously, kentavious caldwell pope showed up on the offensive side of the ball, unlike the zero, he put it. Fourth in game, one j.r smith, there was finally a sighting. They got him off the bench instead of leaving him mired on a bench in favor of alex caruso. He came off, the bench contributed 11 points and anthony davis just showed why he’s one of the top five players on the planet, former number one overall pick national champion at kentucky. We know the kind of skills that he brings to the table. It wasn’t just about him scoring 28 points. It was how he was going. He was attacking the basket inside. He was finishing on the break. He was grabbing offensive, rebounds over assange, whiteside and yusuf nurkic, and he was putting the ball back in the hole that kind of dominance that he showed on.

The interior really put the portland trailblazers on their heels, not to mention the fact that it wasn’t helped by damian lillard, ultimately, dislocating the finger on his non shooting hand, cj mccullum, having a relatively pedestrian outcome and carmelo anthony is a starting forward playing the minutes that He played but just scoring two points and when it’s a 1 6 shooting you’ve got to do better. If you’re going to compete with the los angeles, lakers twos are not going to beat threes. Portland can hit the threes the lakers can hit twos. But if the lakers really lock in and shut you down defensively, then those twos will really spell doom for the opposition, because we all know that with lebron james, who only scored 10 points in two games in game two rather but him and anthony davis they’re, going To get their points particularly two point: shots it’s, whether or not their defense is going to show up it, showed up in game two and that’s more of what we saw from the lakers before the season was postponed. Yeah, i was gon na, say that’s.

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