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Our early takeaways from the Eastern and Western Conference finals, where the Celtics are (mostly) taking care of business against a(nother) overmatched and undermanned opponent, and the Mavs again showcased their newfound adaptability by grinding out a Game 1 win over the WolvesDe către Score Media and Gaming
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After a week off, we check in on the wild Nuggets-Wolves rollercoaster ride and the tactically fascinating Mavs-Thunder clash as those Western Conference series hurtle toward their endgames. Then we shift over to the less interesting East, where the Celtics continue to elicit shrugs as they cleave through their bracket, the Cavs have some pressing …
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On our final episode of the regular season, we wonder what's up with Kawhi Leonard's knee injury, consider the implications of Giannis Antetokounmpo's calf strain, discuss Karl-Anthony Towns' impending return, and break down Jrue Holiday's extension. Then, we hand out some regular-season hardware.De către Score Media and Gaming
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We dig into some lingering post-deadline thoughts and observations on the 76ers, Lakers, Warriors, Heat, Suns, Jazz, Mavericks, and Spurs - Trae Young to San Antonio, anyone? In addition, with the All-Star break upon us, we look forward to some of the most interesting second-half storylines to monitor.…
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How trading for Steven Adams can help Houston a year from now, more on Doc Rivers' postseason woes, and reflecting on Joel Embiid's knee injury, the games-played minimum for major awards, and the continued scoring explosion around the league. To conclude, we get to our biggest All-Star snubs and disagreements, as well as our thoughts on Donovan Mit…
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We start with quick-hitters on the win-win Raptors-Knicks trade and the suddenly elite RJ Barrett, Utah's incredible turnaround, why a Markkanen trade could still theoretically be on the table, and a non-OKC destination that might make sense. Then we discuss Ja Morant's season-ending injury, a lost season in Memphis, and potential big-picture silve…
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With Cash out of town, Dan Devine of Yahoo Sports joins the show to discuss a wide range of topics, including: the relationship between fandom and professionalism, the current state of the Knicks, Julius Randle as a floor-raiser and ceiling-lowerer, impressions of the In-Season Tournament, what it feels like to watch almost-39-year-old LeBron keep …
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We check in on the increasingly moribund Pistons after a winless November, before turning our attention to the NBA Cup now that the eight-team field for the knockout stage has been set. Has the in-season tournament been a success in year one? What can or should change in the future? How do people around the league feel about it? And which matchup a…
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We open with some thoughts on how the in-season tournament is going so far, and how it can be further legitimized, before turning our attention to some under-the-radar storylines that have caught our attention during the first three-plus weeks of the season. We hit on Tyrese Haliburton and the Pacers' historic offense, the Celtics' wacky cross-matc…
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How and why the Bucks, Austin Reaves and the Lakers, the Grizzlies, Julius Randle, Trae Young, and the Cavs have disappointed us, and how those teams and players can bounce back as the season rolls on. Plus, some encouraging signs from Pascal Siakam and the Raptors, Rudy Gobert and the Timberwolves, the Rockets, and the Pacers.…
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Don't call it an emergency pod, but we do offer our takes on the James Harden trade, breaking down what it might mean for the Clippers and Sixers. Then we go around the league and extol the players and teams that have impressed us most through the first week of the season, including the Suns' defense and depth pieces, the Nuggets' well-oiled machin…
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With the new season on the horizon, we convene for one of our favourite annual traditions: picking the teams we expect to overachieve or underachieve relative to expectations in 2023-24. We explain why we're higher or lower than consensus on the Suns, Thunder, Grizzlies, Cavs, Wolves, Hawks, Knicks, Kings, and Nets.…
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The NBA says resting doesn't necessarily lead to healthier players, and we dive into some of the most interesting players of the coming season, including Chris Paul and Jordan Poole, Austin Reaves, Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren, Evan Mobley, Jaden McDaniels, and Scottie Barnes.De către Score Media and Gaming
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With training camps set to get underway, we start to prepare for the season by breaking down the implications of the Jrue Holiday for the Celtics, the Blazers, and the rival Bucks. Then we turn our attention to some Eastern Conference teams with less to be excited about. In short, we're bracing for whatever chaos James Harden is about to unleash on…
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Reunited to kick off Season 7 of the show and the unofficial end of summer, we unpack some news from the dregs of the offseason, including our thoughts on the new Player Participation Policy, Kelly Oubre reportedly signing with the Sixers, the ongoing Damian Lillard impasse, why the Raptors still make the most sense as a Blazers trade partner, and …
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Pacers writer/analyst extraordinaire Caitlin Cooper (Basketball, She Wrote) joins the show to discuss the fascinating season ahead in Indiana, including how starting lineup changes might impact the team, how or if Bennedict Mathurin can take the next step, the extent to which "feel" can be learned, Myles Turner's offensive growth, the big power for…
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TrillBroDude of the You Know Ball podcast joins the show to discuss the state of the 76ers. Has this team's championship window already closed? How will the James Harden standoff end? Will the Clippers blink first? Would Philly have been better off just giving Harden the new contract he wanted? Is Tyrese Maxey ready to step into a lead-guard role r…
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We break down the trade requests issued by Damian Lillard and James Harden, why neither player may be able to get where he wants to go, how the Blazers are doing right by Dame no matter where they send him, why the Raptors make sense as a Lillard destination, and why returning to Philly might be the best outcome both Harden and the Sixers can hope …
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On this post-draft episode, we try to figure out what Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak is trying to say, before digging into how the seven teams that made draft-day trades involving active NBA players made out. Breaking down the Celtics, Grizzlies, Wizards, Warriors, Mavericks, Kings, and Thunder.De către Score Media and Gaming
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We dive into the implications of the Suns-Wizards blockbuster, including how Beal fits in Phoenix, whether this was the best move the Suns could've made, why trading Deandre Ayton might not make sense, the challenges the Suns face in filling out the roster and fortifying their defense, a depressing rebuild ahead in Washington, the Wizards as a caut…
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In this post-Finals episode, we dig into how the Nuggets won the franchise's first NBA championship and why Denver looks poised to reign supreme again, where the Heat go from here after another Finals loss in the Jimmy Butler era, and a closing note - or parting shot - on Joel Embiid.De către Score Media and Gaming
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With Cash back from Denver, we break down the first two games of the Finals, which resulted in a split after Miami's rousing Game 2 win. We hit on how the Nuggets' defense fell apart, how the Heat's offense helped make that happen, the impact of the Kevin Love adjustment, adjustments both teams can make moving forward, and much more.…
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With Cash en route to Denver for the Finals, old friend William Lou rejoins the show to discuss Nick Nurse's fit with the 76ers, what Adrian Griffin might bring to the Bucks, and why running it back is a perfectly reasonable path for the Celtics. Then we look ahead to Nuggets-Heat, with a particular emphasis on how Miami might go about trying to de…
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We dig into the seesawing East finals, breaking down how the Celtics clawed back from the brink to force a Game 6 and wondering what the rest of the series might look like. Then we laud the Nuggets for a spectacular run through the West playoff bracket, before assessing the Lakers' strange but successful season and examining the choices they have t…
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We break down draft lottery night, in which the Spurs landed the No. 1 overall pick and the right to select yet another generational big man. Then we break down a wild Game 1 of the West finals between the Lakers and Nuggets, before diving into the latest in the Ja Morant saga, fraught offseasons for the Sixers and Suns, and the Celtics-Heat rubber…
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With all four conference semifinals still active after five games, we break down our favourite storylines and biggest takeaways from each series and from this round as a whole, including the ever-evolving pick-and-roll dance between Steph Curry and Anthony Davis, the mismatch-hunting going on in Celtics-Sixers and Lakers-Warriors, the state of LeBr…
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We break down what could be the final two games of a chaotic and unpredictable first round, reflect on the ends of the Clippers' and Cavaliers' seasons while pondering what's next for both teams, and finally break down the Bucks' catastrophic collapse, wondering if their season should indeed be deemed a failure.…
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On our second episode this week, we dig into the implications of Nick Nurse's ouster in Toronto, wonder if officials in Brooklyn doled out a makeup flagrant-2 call to the Sixers, and break down how the Warriors got back in their series against the Kings while playing without Draymond Green in Game 3, before dissecting three more first-round series …
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Injuries throw an early wrench into the NBA playoffs - and fuel a debate on charges - while Draymond Green gets himself ejected from a playoff game (again), the Heat and Lakers steal huge road wins, and the Kings and Sixers hold serve at home. Plus Joel Embiid can't get Nick Nurse out of his head.De către Score Media and Gaming
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