d. He came to la to try to win a championship and he came out in this game like yo, we can’t let this continue and he was all over the court in every way. Laker fans want him to be and it’s hard to believe that the lakers have not won a playoff game since may of 2012. yeah. Maybe 80 knew that stat game one. He had 12 points in the paint game. Two at the half he had 16 points in the paint 21 and eight total in the first half third quarter. How about the wildcats a.d knocks down a three from the wing and then another one hand up Music back to back trays for ad about 3 30 to go in the game from the baseline. You can’t defend that too long too skilled too good. 31. 11. 3. New owned sportscenter a.d with cassidy hubbard after the game um, but we just want to come out aggressive tonight and play with a lot of sense of desperation, and we did that. You know guys made shots tonight, which we can tell is going to be a difference. In this in this series, god shot the ball a lot of confidence, but we want to come out and play with a sense of urgency, sense of desperation that we’re able to get to win tonight. Yeah. To that point, no fans, no home court advantage. How much was this effort tonight about a motivation being down 0 1 yeah.

I mean you never want to go down 0 2 in a series and our mantra. This entire season never lose two in a row, and that was our mindset coming to the game. Our benches has been one of the best benches in the bubble uh. As far as the motivation – and you know the the fan noise, you know that we’re not able to get so um, it was good. You know guys was gon na was cheering up cheering each other on and was able to come, come get a big win yeah and you guys were able to help hold the highest scoring offense in this bubble to just 88 points tonight. So what was the biggest key defensively? Uh stopping damon cj? We know those two guys can get going at any time and our bigs and our guards did a great job of containing them um. You know they got to align a lot in game, one especially early and kind of got going. We just tried to limit their free, throw attempts and limit their threes, trying to make them beat us with twos, and we did a good job of that tonight. So we got to make sure that you know game three. We know they’re going to come out. You know, guns blazing and try to get theirselves going. So we got to have the same defensive effort for the rest of the series we saw lebron on the bench. He said this team is built different.

How different is this team from any team you’ve played on uh? We got a chance. We got a chance to win a couple years ago. You know if the market doesn’t get hurt. You know i feel like we got a chance as well um, but we got a chance. We got a chance to to do something special this year and you know all you know rondo and brian talk about. Is it doesn’t come around often when you have a great team to compete for a championship, so we want to take advantage of our opportunities in this team that we have and try to reach our goal. That’S the win, but you know we just try to go out and do things that other teams can’t do you know and when we you know we have such a talented team. You know, and we still try to play scrappy and when you, when you have a team, that’s talented and play scrappy, it’s, very tough, to beat them so that’s kind of been our mindset. Um for the entire playoffs, well serious tied at one congrats on the win. A.D, thank you all right, a little more perspective here and just exactly what a.d did in this game. According to elias 80s, the fifth player since the shot clock became a thing nearly 65 years ago to put up 30 points and 10 boards in a playoff game. While playing less than 30 minutes and kids get out to google, so you can educate yourself on some of the all time greats other than that company clyde lavellet tom heintzen, kevin mchale, but joellen b.

Did it just last year against the raptors all right. Speaking of perspective, when we want to talk to some real hoops, we bring in tim legler here to sportscenter all right tim. Clearly, a blowout win for the lakers, and everyone says this is the response you would want from a championship team. But what was it about? Anthony davis play that led to this type of response. I love everything he just said in that interview, because rarely do you hear star players talk about that level of desperation this early in the series but that’s exactly the approach they needed to have. I thought he set the tone he was just gon na be physically overwhelming for the portland trail blazers. He showed all his versatility, but in particular the way he started the game defensively. This incredible play right here. Look at the speed to track damian lillard to the rim, that’s the layup early to get you going here again. Both lebron and a.d just occupy the low post in the front of the rim and just beat them up with their physical power. And then the skill started to take over i mean a.d was really feeling it tonight from the three point line. He got into that rhythm, no one’s going to come out there and guard him and then finally, the face up game. The quick one step gets, the contact gets the finish. I just thought he had posed his will on this game, so early um and showed you everything that he’s capable of doing gave you the full full package, tremendous job here too, look at the effort.

He falls in the corner, gets up, gets the rebound and it triggers this break. That kind of summed up aed’s night for me and he wasn’t going to have any quit in him. He was going to give you everything that he had and he set the tone for his team. I love their approach tonight. They needed this kind of game, particularly defensively they’re, the number one seed they didn’t really play that well offensively in game one, but they also let their two best players get away from them at a key time that wasn’t going to happen tonight. They they took care of that early enough. I love the response that the lakers showed you in this one, particularly anthony davis. Well, dame lillard was that guy for the blazers in game, one of this series, but suffers a dislocated index finger on his left hand. Now the x rays legs were negative, so that’s good news, nothing’s broken in that finger, but how much of an effect can that have on his shot? It’S not his shooting hand, but it is his left hand yeah and that’s one of the most understated injuries when it comes to affecting your shooting. When you hurt something on that offhand, the way that affects you, it can affect the way you catch the ball cleanly. If that is really tender and sore when you go into game three, you know when you catch it. Sometimes that can affect how cleanly you catch.

It certainly going to your left for that step. Back three point shot that he loves going in that direction. That could be affected. We’Re gon na have to wait to see what he says after a day of rest and then by the time you get to game night for game three, but it could be a factor um. You know also going to the left and finishing at the rim could be a factor i think for me, you know it’s something that we’re going to have to wait and see because it’s a total different level of severity. With that type of injury, it can really affect you, or it could be something very, very minor. I want to hear that out of damien lillard um sometime, probably closer to game time for game three in the meantime, cj mcconnell can pick up the slack. I think he is ready to have one of those cj mccollum moments. He’S been quiet for these two games, but remember what he did last year in game, seven against denver. He took over that game. He is capable of doing it. Don’T be surprised if cj mccollum picks up some of the slack for a little bit worn out damien lillard right now to be honest with you, with all he’s had to do to carry this team. Cj mccollum could have one of those moments and he may need to if they lose game three, they could lose this in five that’s.

How important i think game three is to make this potentially a six or seven game series. All right. You mentioned here from dame lillard before game three we’re going to hear from him here on sportscenter momentarily so stick around for that and legs. We need to stick around as well we’re going to talk about the bucks and how they respond to that game. One loss that’s right mike also hear from lebron james lakers. First playoff win. As you mentioned in over eight years, it won’t be eight years until they’re. Next, i can promise you that we’ll hear from lebron and lillard as this sports center continues, but first let’s talk about and with legs as well. Magic bucks, not regular bucks. These are bucks uh, orlando won game one. It was a bit of a a shocker. A key for them, of course, is gon na be hitting their threes. They didn’t in this game. Fultz misses there and again all over the place, the magic shot 12 and a half percent. He takes it. The distance 10 of 23 from the floor for giannis 28 points, 20. Rebounds again. Kick it out, get some help and that’s what he did: bucks leading 31 15 off to a quick start in this one didn’t get much from chris middleton again only one for eight. In 31 minutes and two points, we’ll have to try to rectify that kyle korver in the corner, from matthews after blenso drove and kicked buck shot over 40 from three in the first half giannis yeah.

He ends up a bit. He can finish up over gary clark. It’S a 16 point lead couldn’t, do much with vucevic on the offensive end. He still had a big game. He finishes there. He had 32 points, 10, rebounds, 13 and 23 from down low, but again there’s giannis, with the left, 28 and 20., a sense of urgency for giannis in the bucks and they deliver to even the series just came out played hard. You know, i think we had the excellent film session. We were able to see. You know what we were doing wrong uh. It was a lot of effort plays like he wasn’t playing hard enough and uh. You know our own mindset. This in this game was to come out play hard play together. It feels good to be us. It feels good to play hard. It feels good to win uh and we just got to keep it up. We got to keep it. I got to take it game by game day by day and get better and keep playing hard fewest kevin, garnett 36 minutes back in 2004, all right tim legler back with us. You got to love, giannis, obviously hugely talented, but also so serious. He got the sense of urgency in this one uh. What did you like about the bucks in game? Two? Well, first, i know mike budenholzer didn’t find one thing in that film from game, one that he could point out in a positive way.

Forget good cop, bad cop in the film room, where you show him some good stuff that hit him with the bad stuff. It was all bad cop in that film room i’m sure, because i didn’t recognize that team defensively i’m sure he didn’t. The tone has to be set in terms of your response by your best player, and i thought giannis did that with his energy and he brings it every night, but he had a play. I felt like early in this game that really, i think, set the tone for exactly how his night was going to be and how he was going to lead look where he starts off trailing this play. He never at any point lets up out of a full stride and gets that block at the rim, and i just thought their half court defense, which was porous in game one, giving up back cuts and no weak side help on penetration. Take a look at this possession look at the way they scramble pressure on the ball everywhere, great close out there by george hill. You get the prep help from robin lopez and you lead to a 24 second violation. You didn’t see a lot of that in game. One out of the milwaukee bucks, then the other aspect of this game is a little different. It helps when guys make threes to take some of the pressure off giannis to have to attack multi defenders in the paint, and i thought kyle quiver pack connoisseur – did a great job coming in ready to shoot, ready to knock down shots.

Do your job and contribute now we talk about response a lot here. This one was more predictable because really the magic shouldn’t win another game in this series. If the milwaukee bucks come with the right level of intensity and energy, they are too good defensively and they have too much to deal with on the offensive end of the floor for the magic to stay in this series. So i saw this one coming. I just wish i had gotten some money down on the game before it started. I wasn’t thinking i didn’t get my bedding in time because i knew what the result of this game was going to be, and this is not to knock the magic it’s. The milwaukee bucks are on a different level in the best record, nba for a reason, they’re the best defensive team. For a reason you saw that today and i think that approach is going to be there going forward. They weren’t quite ready to play in the first game that i think that’s going to be a different attitude in the future yeah. They shouldn’t give up 100 points to this magic team, like you mentioned, and that should be three straight victories: tim legler with magic and bird right behind him all right boots.