December 9, 2021 | 2:42 am
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The Baseline: West play-in predictions and Dame’s tenure in Portland

The NBA season is coming to a close with excitement for seeding at an all-time high thanks to the play-in tournament. We’ll touch on that on so much more including.

News and notes:

  • LeBron returns for the Lakers
  • Trae Young returns for the Hawks
  • Domantas Sabonis returns for the Pacers
  • Kelly Oubre has torn a ligament in his wrist and is seeking consultation if he can play through it
  • Erik Spoelstra reaches 600 wins
  • Vanessa Bryant launches Mambacita Clothing

The Breakdown

Western Conference play-in tournament

  • Will the Lakers fall into the play-in situation or will keep the Mavs and Blazers at bay
  • The Grizzlies have surprised but can they hold off the charging Warriors armed with Stephen Curry in MVP-form?
  • Meanwhile, the Spurs have moved on from the now-retired LaMarcus Aldridge and look like a team ready to start another playoff streak after missing the playoffs last season

The Drop

Is Damian Lillard too nice? Star denies unhappiness outlined in Chris Haynes story

  • Has Neil Olshey done enough to surround Lillard with championship pieces?
  • Does the story reach too far?
  • Should Dame be a player who demands more from his management?

Tune in and discuss with us

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