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GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM)

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GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#1 » by FAH1223 » Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:58 pm

YOUR Washington Bullets are now 27-34 and winners of 10 of their last 12.

They had their 8 game winning streak snapped by the San Antonio Spurs in an overtime thriller on Monday night.

The Bullets currently are your 10th seed with a one game cushion over both the Bulls and Raptors who also hold the tie breaker over DC. The Pacers and Hornets are not far ahead but with the season rapidly nearing conclusion, it may be too late to catch them.

BUT... A good portion of us could care less about the play-in tournament! The Spurs game being a prime example of superior coaching trumping the low IQ Brooks coaching is what's in store on that scenario.

Lottery odds need to be strengthened.

And the NBA Champions come to town to perhaps help that! :P Anthony Davis has returned and is slowly getting back to form. LeBron James is also reportedly close to returning for a tune up before LAL's title defense.

The Bullets DID beat the Lakers in LA in a thriller back in February. But I think the wheels will come off for DC.

Oh and this is the FIRST nationally televised game for the Bullets all season on either ESPN, ABC, or TNT. :lol:

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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#2 » by doclinkin » Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:13 pm

Russ is going to be hyper to be on national TV. Beal is 50/50 to shrink in the spotlight or rise to the occasion. He played well in the all-star game though. So who knows.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#3 » by Ruzious » Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:21 pm

Man, that's a lot of size with Drummond and Davis starting. Harrell has his best games against the Wiz. And they have Giannis' other brother and a Gasol brother and a Morris thug - er brother.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#4 » by Frichuela » Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:24 pm

Yes, it's going be a challenge. But as another poster noted, Russ loves the limelight and the Wiz tend to play better vs. strong opposition. Either way, watching this one for sure!
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#5 » by nate33 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:29 pm

Ruzious wrote:Man, that's a lot of size with Drummond and Davis starting. Harrell has his best games against the Wiz. And they have Giannis' other brother and a Gasol brother and a Morris thug - er brother.

One nice thing about Rui is that very few teams can create a frontcourt mismatch because of his defensive versatility. He can guard big PF's like Giannis and Davis, and he can guard little guys like Tatum or Jimmy Butler. It's not something that shows up in the box score, but it's a considerable advantage when defending certain teams. Brooks doesn't have to massively alter his defensive system to deal with these guys.

Now, he just needs to rebound better.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#6 » by Chocolate City Jordanaire » Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:58 pm

This will be a blowout loss. No other reason than they’re the Lakers.

The Wizards’ guards are prone to play hero ball. That’s not going to beat teams that get to the rim easily.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#7 » by nate33 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:14 pm

I kinda like this matchup. The Wizards are weakest at small forward, and the Lakers don't really have any. The Wizards will be able to get away with Westbrook defending the SF position without penalty. Neto is our best on-ball defender in the pick-and-roll, and he can guard Schroeder. And we have big men with enough beef to avoid being overpowered by Drummond. My biggest concern is Wizard-killer Montrez Harrell.

I'm not saying the Wizards are sure to win. Predicting a win against a clearly better team is foolhardy. But it wouldn't surprise me at all if the Wizards win. I don't think the Lakers present uniquely bad matchups.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#8 » by ducler » Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:39 pm

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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#9 » by 80sballboy » Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:38 pm

Chocolate City Jordanaire wrote:This will be a blowout loss. No other reason than they’re the Lakers.

The Wizards’ guards are prone to play hero ball. That’s not going to beat teams that get to the rim easily.


Not sure what that means. They are the Lakers without LeBron and they don't have great guard play. This is the game where we really need Lopez.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#10 » by 80sballboy » Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:46 pm

So Kuzma at the 3 with Beal on him. That's an old-school big lineup.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#11 » by 80sballboy » Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:50 pm

That was the fastest defensive three-second call in the history of the game. The Lakers didn't even get down the floor yet.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#12 » by Frichuela » Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:52 pm

Our starting line up D sucks so far...
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#13 » by Frichuela » Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:54 pm

We look so outmatched in size with Brooks favorite 3 guard line up. Need to also get Gafford in pronto to have some rim protection.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#14 » by 80sballboy » Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:56 pm

This might have been the game you change the lineup and start Bertans with Rui. But it is what it is. We're going small, they are going big. We're feisty. I'm sure we can hang in there.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#15 » by 80sballboy » Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:57 pm

What a completely stupid foul by Alex Len on a rare jumper by Drummond. Idiotic.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#16 » by miller31time » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:03 am

I’d love to know Bertans’ 3pt percentage on catch-and-shoot 3s when he runs off a screen vs. 3s when he has his feet set.

If I had to guess, I’d say it was 20% vs. 45%.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#17 » by 80sballboy » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:06 am

OMG, Brooks is going to play a real small forward. Hutchison has arrived. Playing over Bonga.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#18 » by 80sballboy » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:07 am

Gafford needs to just dunk all over that smug Kieff.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#19 » by 80sballboy » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:19 am

Captain Hook back in. Rather see him against Drummond and not Harrel. He just needs to go down low and take Harrell to the post.
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Re: GT #62: Lakers @ Bullets 7:30 PM (ESPN/1500 AM) 

Post#20 » by 80sballboy » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:29 am

Ok, how long is Scott going to wait to take Lopez out. He can't defend Harrell. He would be better against Drummond. But Brooks has to stay with his center rotations and not worry about matchups. Harrell is killing all three centers, but mostly Rolo.

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