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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 64: New Jrue, Who This?

What went right, what went wrong in the Kings and Sixers matchups? Giving some due praise to Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis with a continued defense of DeMarcus Cousins.

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We dissect the Kings’ game and discuss the decision of resting Rajon Rondo, not resting Anthony Davis and starting and then sitting Ian Clark. We analyze how much this loss hurts, and what we’ve learned from this match up. We also discuss Gentry’s fiery post game comments — is losing your composure while complaining about players losing theirs that bad of a thing? Oleh, peels back the Gentry onion with some insight and defense of the oft vilified coach.

Oleh also talks about how hard it is to talk about DeMarcus Cousins. He provides so much, yet sometimes gets off the rails. However, with an oddly growing number of Boogie detractors it makes you pause your criticisms because he’s so often scapegoated, name-called and attacked without merit — it’s hard to find a middle ground when covering him.

Preston asks if effort is a concern for this iteration of the New Orleans Pelicans. I suggest that rebounding is a good indicator of effort, and the Pelicans being out rebounded on certain nights by wide margins show that consistency has been an issue.

I give my take on the resting Rondo decision and then dissect the PG rotation in the Kings loss. We also break down the risen from the ashes reborn Phoenix-like rise of the new Jrue Holiday and how he is a completely different player when sharing the court with Rajon Rondo — is “Rajon” Kryptonian for, “Earth’s Yellow Sun?” For instance, over the last ten games, Holiday is averaging 24.3 points per game and has a 51.9 FG% and a 40.9 3PT%.

Preston interrupts the pod to reveal that he records the pod in a dark closet and falls victim to an unexpected scare from things that go bump in the night.

We spend a few minutes to dish out some Richaun Holmes love, and I also throw out a trade scenario — though I really don’t see the Pels’ making another move.

Oleh, dives into the small ball Anthony Davis lineup that went on the game sealing run against Philly, and how promising it was for Cousins to refuse to go back into the game because that lineup was cooking. Oleh also takes it to the “haters.”

Preston and I spend some time dishing out some love for AD — the teams best player and backbone — who somehow is living in the background behind the mercurial hot topic that is Boogie and the emergence of Jrue, Rondo, Darius Miller and E’Twaun Moore. Preston’s pets make another cameo, and then I go on to question those people who tweet things like, “I hate watching this team” when you get to watch a player like Anthony Davis every night. Oleh, dives deeper into Davis’ growth as a playmaker.

You’ve already seen the Rockets’ game, but hear how we thought that game would go. Oleh, did predict a very hot shooting night for our boys.

We look ahead to the Bucks (Preston, Oleh and I will take this one in together live at SKC — come find us) and Denver games.

We discuss how much or how little the injury to Tony Allen affects the Pelicans.

Oleh analyzes the drastic swing in offensive and defensive ratings of this year’s team compared to last year’s team. Why is the offense so potent? What happened to the defense? Oleh’s got you covered.

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