NBA Podcast: Clippers on the ropes, new life for Lakers, Bucks break through

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Welcome to the latest edition of "Pound the Rock," an NBA podcast hosted by Joseph Casciaro and Joe Wolfond.

Find the show on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Topics for this episode, breaking down some of the first-round series that are two games deep, include:

  • Clippers-Mavericks (0:42)
  • The Clippers are on the ropes, again. Can they turn things around?
  • How much were the first two games about them, and how much were they about the Mavericks?
  • Literally what are you supposed to do with Luka Doncic?
  • Can the Clippers afford to not play their centers?
  • Suns-Lakers (32:18)
  • Chris Paul's shoulder injury is a downer, but the Suns still have a chance thanks to Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Cam Payne
  • How Anthony Davis got back on track and helped the Lakers close out Game 2
  • Kyle Kuzma's defensive growth deserves praise
  • Bucks-Heat (46:30)
  • How the Bucks learned from their past playoff mistakes and put the Heat in a 2-0 hole
  • Is Brook Lopez the defensive player of the playoffs so far?
  • Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo need to be way better
  • Nuggets-Blazers (1:01:40)
  • The benefits and drawbacks of the Blazers' plan to defend Nikola Jokic in single coverage
  • Why Denver putting Aaron Gordon on Damian Lillard worked, and how the Blazers can counter
  • This series is impossible to call
NBA Podcast: Clippers on the ropes, new life for Lakers, Bucks break through
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