Steph and Klay are a nightmare for Dame and CJ – Stephen A. | First Take

  • Published: 13 May 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith picks the Golden State Warriors to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals because Steph Curry and Klay Thompson pose a major threat to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, even without Kevin Durant.

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Comments • 2 941

  • Big 3A Enterprise
    Big 3A Enterprise  3 weeks back

    Dude even w/out kd the backcourt duo of steph and klay are trashing same and cj

    • Bryner Liao
      Bryner Liao  1 months back

      "its a balance series"

        JOSEPH MERWE  3 months back

        😂 did he say serious

        • LynchGG
          LynchGG  5 months back

          Man CJ was cheeks from the FT line in this years playoffs. 18-19, 83% FT shooter. 18-19 playoffs he falls to 73%. Also 65% vs the Warriors in this years WCF.

          • Frank Miller
            Frank Miller  5 months back

            Who else is here after Blazers got swept by GSW 😅This video didn't age well...

            • Bo Reed
              Bo Reed  5 months back

              Klay and Steph are highly skilled shooters, great competitors, play in a great system and have high basketball IQ. As a tandem you can never relax against them if you do you got no chance beating them. The way they move the ball, the commitment to executing what they want to do eventually wears teams down. You chasing 2 guys all game long through a bevy of picks and constant movement its demoralizing to play hard, chase until about a 1/2 step away and one of those guys with their quick release swishes a 3 and you're right there. 1 guy like that is enough to worry but they got 2. Dame and CJ normally get their points through some type of isolation, Klay and Steph get their points by simply running their offense, catch and shoot is what they want to do eventhough both can put the ball on the floor at times to score. CJ and Dame are looking overmatched against Klay and Steph but they do this against everybody. You have to play smart, hit your shots, hustle with high energy and be willing contest and sell out on defense. Its just so hard to maintain that energy all game long, if you relax lose focus for a few minutes and those guys get clean looks its lights out.

              • Armed Titanium
                Armed Titanium  5 months back

                2:22 wtf is that noise

                • Hi Tops 2 Hi Hats
                  Hi Tops 2 Hi Hats  5 months back

                  HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey Max.... SHUT THE F*CK UP!!!

                  • TNC.Standing E.N.D
                    TNC.Standing E.N.D  5 months back

                    Its not about who are the teams lineups are,,its about how they cooperate with each other..GSW is on another level,you shouldn't underestimate them just because they dont have KD👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

                    • Tori Temple
                      Tori Temple  5 months back

                      This is not a 2 on 2 competition. The Warrior ENTIRE team and coaching staff is better and more experienced. Conversations like this are so low level and its daily conversations like this on this show.

                      • STATS DONT LIE
                        STATS DONT LIE  5 months back

                        KLAY 4 for 8 from 3 point line. 50%
                        CUrry 4 for 14 from 3 point line. 28%

                        • caleb yupe
                          caleb yupe  5 months back

                          smh blazers whaaat???? they are 2-0 down , and KD aint playing !!

                          • Reese Angle
                            Reese Angle  5 months back

                            I hate max voice

                            • BEAT LA
                              BEAT LA  5 months back

                              Warriors up 2 - 0 after Blazers blew a 65 - 50 halftime lead without KD of course. Can't wait for Max's "hot take" tomorrow morning. EAST COAST BIAS stupidity at it's finest, keep toting the fucking Yankees.

                              • airsoftgod211
                                airsoftgod211  5 months back

                                Sitting here after game 2 like... Yikes

                                • fake name
                                  fake name  5 months back

                                  Wonder how Steven is gonna play this in the morning with the romping cj put on the warriors tonight...

                                  • Napi Coyote
                                    Napi Coyote  5 months back

                                    You can bet that associate Warriors coach Mike Breen will be on hand to call a fair and unbiased game 2 ... 🤮

                                    • Erik Gregory
                                      Erik Gregory  5 months back

                                      I feel like the blazers were within striking distance most of the game. I don’t think dame and cj will be more off than they were game 1 and I also don’t think Steph will be as on as he was game 1. I see the blazers shaping up on defense and making this a series. They’ve seen enough disappointment in the playoffs to just roll over. Looking forward to game 2

                                      • Number8Soft
                                        Number8Soft  5 months back

                                        Doesn't matter if you have a team of clutch players if you get blown out with no clutch moment 😂

                                        • 3pointshooter2k Basketball

                                          Warriors are just as good without kd remember 2015

                                          • Julian Jacox
                                            Julian Jacox  5 months back

                                            They don’t need to take them seriously with all those turnovers they commit

                                            • The One and Only
                                              The One and Only  5 months back

                                              Max actually talked about Zach Collins as if he's a threat to the dynasty that is this Warriors team.

                                              • Steven Sampson
                                                Steven Sampson  5 months back

                                                Max kellerman on Monday Leonard is the best player in the NBA-tuesday Steph curry is the best -wednesday-kd is the best- Thursday is LeBron - Friday is giannis-saturday James harden and Sunday is Embiid# make up your fucking mind

                                                • yellowgamer
                                                  yellowgamer  5 months back

                                                  Max shut up and talk about how the refs forget what's a moving screen whenever the warriors are on offense, best backcourt, you never sounded more delusional, if refs called the moving screens like they should they wouldn't even average 10 ppg each

                                                  • Steven Sampson
                                                    Steven Sampson  5 months back

                                                    Max is a joke he was a new best player in the NBA every other day Portland ain't a #1 contender the only team with a shot is the bucks and even that ain't happening

                                                    • Brandon Vilssaint
                                                      Brandon Vilssaint  5 months back

                                                      Uhh they get KD in game three Max😭😂

                                                      • BEAT LA
                                                        BEAT LA  5 months back

                                                        I'm seriously wondering if the producers of First Take pay Max a bonus incentive to be deliberately be dumber than a pile of rocks when it comes to basketball. The Warriors just passed their biggest hurdle so far in the playoffs beating the Rockets with no KD, the Blazers are left over scraps. Warriors in 5 games to the Finals, Dame Time will get you one in Portland, nothing to talk about.

                                                        • Renold Birbal
                                                          Renold Birbal  5 months back

                                                          Is it weird I got this series in 4 or 5? I mean if harden was cookin like tht and couldn’t beat em I can’t see dame n cj doin it. And a other thing if u guys pay attention to the game enes kanter is fuckin garbage he has no iq at all. I feel if Houston did really good on defense against the warriors and still lost I can’t see Portland doin any better. Think of it this way Houston’s defense held curry and klay do miniature points it’s just they eventually overcame it, if game 1 and they let curry do that 36 bomb it’s like they don’t even know there competition like Houston did

                                                          • Sonny Blacksmith
                                                            Sonny Blacksmith  5 months back

                                                            CJ Dame Time vs The Slash Bros.
                                                            The Claw vs The Greek Freak
                                                            Oh shit 2 great Conference Finals series
                                                            Love it

                                                            • Shinobi
                                                              Shinobi  5 months back

                                                              Sonny Blacksmith Splash*? :)

                                                          • J. Tetlow
                                                            J. Tetlow  5 months back

                                                            Aren’t the warriors a nightmare matchup for like...anybody??

                                                            • Sideline Stories Entertainment

                                                              Denver would have been a much better match up. The Warriors have nobody to guard the Joker. Portland might get swept.

                                                              • Charlie dela Cruz
                                                                Charlie dela Cruz  5 months back

                                                                Max has a thinking of a kid wanting a lollipop instead of turkey... if Portland plays good, GSW will have an average of +15pts on the 4 games of this series..

                                                                • Vincent Bautista
                                                                  Vincent Bautista  5 months back

                                                                  "Balanced series"
                                                                  Got destroyed in game 1

                                                                  • ldeezy H
                                                                    ldeezy H  5 months back

                                                                    Vincent Bautista 😂😂😂

                                                                • Armed 3 Dangerous
                                                                  Armed 3 Dangerous  5 months back

                                                                  Ah it’s fun scrolling through the comments of all the blazers thinking they had a chance since the world witnessed them get shit on while having the refs on there side with 31 fts

                                                                  • Jon Davis
                                                                    Jon Davis  5 months back

                                                                    They shouldn’t be a nightmare but they are becuz they 2 bitches

                                                                    • Gurung Bros
                                                                      Gurung Bros  5 months back

                                                                      2:22 what the hell was that sound? I need answers

                                                                      • Joe Boi
                                                                        Joe Boi  5 months back

                                                                        Portland deserves it.. but then again Warriors deserve it too I can’t even front.

                                                                        • Somerset Bassett
                                                                          Somerset Bassett  5 months back

                                                                          Hahaha, wait, wait, Sas picked Liliard over Steph. Hahaha. Hes an expert?

                                                                          • Alex Turner
                                                                            Alex Turner  5 months back

                                                                            Steph >>>>>>>> Dame
                                                                            Klay > Cj

                                                                            End of debate.

                                                                            • Michael Van der Elst
                                                                              Michael Van der Elst  5 months back

                                                                              We gonna need a 50-piece from either Dame or CJ, but I mean if we can have 4 (now 3) competitive games I'm happy.

                                                                              • aloha from kenya
                                                                                aloha from kenya  5 months back

                                                                                Max talks like he gots labrooms balls in his mouff

                                                                                • Daniel Morin
                                                                                  Daniel Morin  5 months back

                                                                                  the things these guys say about any team or player, can be said about any team or player
                                                                                  how is _______ on offense? He wants it
                                                                                  EVERYONE WANTS IT!

                                                                                  • David Richardson
                                                                                    David Richardson  5 months back


                                                                                    • Reggie Hill
                                                                                      Reggie Hill  5 months back

                                                                                      After one game? Wow... so dame and Cj just gonna not play the rest of the series?? All this from one loss?? Weren’t ppl just bashing Steph and choosing Houston a week ago .. 😭😭🤣🤣

                                                                                      • soicystaxx
                                                                                        soicystaxx  5 months back

                                                                                        The only threat to the warriors are the bucks and that’s without kd. Nobody on the bucks has been to the finals.

                                                                                        • Denny Roman
                                                                                          Denny Roman  5 months back

                                                                                          GS will when it all
                                                                                          expericnce will win
                                                                                          throw the stats out the window
                                                                                          S.Curry is the Best player i think

                                                                                        • Quincy Myers
                                                                                          Quincy Myers  5 months back

                                                                                          We gonna ignore the fact there's a wind chime in the back😂

                                                                                          • Noah Dye
                                                                                            Noah Dye  5 months back

                                                                                            I just put $100 on a warriors sweep with a Portland friend. That white guy is nuts. KD is whole reason everyone hates the warriors, but now all of the sudden the warriors "need" KD to win? lol