HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Survive and advance.
That is the phrase all of the teams still alive in the NBA playoffs should have plastered on those shirts splashed across the seats in the arena on game day.
Survive and advance. It’s what the best of the best do on the rugged road that leads to The Finals.
Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce and LeBron James — buzzer-beater heroes for their respective teams over a wild playoff weekend — know exactly what we’re talking about on Episode 201 of The Hang Time Podcast: Survive and Advance.
It’s the same attitude James Harden must have if the KIA MVP runner-up wants his season to continue beyond tonight’s Game 5 showdown against the Los Angeles Clippers. The same attitude KIA MVP Stephen Curry showed in the Golden State Warriors’ season-saving Game 4 win in Memphis against a Grizzlies team that had Curry and his screw on the edge heading into that pivotal tilt.
The aesthetics are meaningless at this stage of the season.
No one really cares if you win big or win in style.
The only thing that matters is that you survive and advance to the next round.
Tune in to see who we think will accomplish that goal on Episode 201 of The Hang Time Podcast: Survive And Advance
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