Round two started off with a thud. Jay and Marc are angrier than ever and tell you why all show. I think we mention the round 1 victory for about a minute, but since round 2 started so quick or happiness was immediately crushed by the weight of this terrible game.
Jay tries to convince Marc that things aren’t so bad right now, another petition to the basketball gods, listener questions and ranting about the last two games.
Marc took his annual vacation during the playoffs. Again. So Jay fills him in on all the playoff action he missed, both with the Knicks and around the league.
Guess what we talk about? If you guessed Game 1 against Boston you are correct. There was a ton of questions that we answer that pretty much cover the game from every angle. We also talk about the rest of the playoff games very briefly as there was only 1 other game that wasn’t a blowout.
Jay and Marc talk about the Chicago, Cleveland and Indiana games, locking up the two seed, Solomon Jones, have a seance with the basketball gods and beg them to not have any more injuries, talk about how apparently almost the Knicks whole roster will be healthy for the playoffs and answer listner questions.
Jay and Marc have possibly their most positive episode ever after the Knicks win in OKC. Talking about the last two wins, Melo going for the scoring title, who’s been key in the win streak and more. The guys get some criticism and Marc doesn’t seem to like it. Listener questions.
Jay and Marc can’t decide if they are happy about the winning streak or worried about their hobbled big men. Interview with Amare, guessing what big men will be available going forward, comparing the Knicks roster to the cast of Walking Dead, listener questions and much more.
Jay and Marc talk about the implications of Amare going down for the season, what the new rotation will look like, Kenyon Martin stepping it up, the possibility of Copeland getting out of the doghouse and much more.
Western Conference Preview
Oklahoma City Thunder – I do not like the Harden trade for this season. The Thunder might be better in the long run, but when you are so close to a title, why mess with it? Kevin Martin can flat out score, but he couldn’t guard me. That’s going to be a problem in the playoffs. His scoring will get them a lot of wins in the regular season though.
Los Angeles Lakers – It always works out for the Lakers. They were able to turn Bynum into Dwight Howard AND add Steve Nash. A Nash, Bryant, Peace, Gasol, Howard starting lineup is as good as it gets. Their bench is pretty terrible, but once the playoffs start and the starters play extended minutes, it won’t matter as much. The window for this unit to win is fairly small since 4 out of 5 of the starters are nearing the end of their careers, but they are on the short list of contenders this year.
San Antonio Spurs – The Spurs are one of the two teams in the conference (league?) that are two deep at every position. That means less minutes for Duncan and Ginobili which in theory will preserve them for the playoffs. This team should take a look at the standings near the end of the season and “adjust” their lineup to try and avoid a 1st round matchup against the Grizzlies. Continue reading