Breakfast Special: The Western Conference Thickens

It was a St. Valentine’s Day Massacre for the middle of the Western Conference playoff field. The San Antonio Spurs are in real danger of having their consecutive 50-win season streak snapped, dropping to 35-24 with a loss on the road in Denver, 117-109. The Spurs shot 53.7 percent from the field, out-rebounded the Nuggets 42-35, and held Denver to 49.5 percent shooting… …but you’ve probably already guessed what comes next. The Spurs committed 18 turnovers to Denver’s 11. San Antonio also shot just 6-of-22 from three-point land. Extra possessions and poor three-point shooting combine to kill even good two-point …

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Nate McMillan is still a snail and that’s a problem

When you have a young, athletic team with lots of horses who can cause a turnover, run a fast break, finish strong, and get back on defense, it behooves you to play an up-tempo style to take maximum advantage of those strengths. Indeed, Golden State’s been among the fastest teams in the league during their four-year run of three Finals, two titles, and a likely fourth straight Finals appearance this year under coach Steve Kerr; since 2014-15, the Warriors have been 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 2nd in the league in pace. Likewise, now that they have Chris Paul and James …

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What Steve Kerr and the Warriors Teach Us About Leadership

Steve Kerr let his Warriors players coach themselves in a game on national television (NBA TV) Monday night. It was exactly the kind of game where shaking things up a bit might prevent a disastrous Trap Game loss against a far weaker opponent. It worked. Golden State beat the Phoenix Suns 129-83. It also caused an uproar on Twitter and on the NBA TV broadcast itself. In particular, former Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell took umbrage at the “disrespect” shown to the Suns: Steve Kerr let the @warriors players coach tonight. @CaseyStern, @SamMitchellNBA and @steve21smith broke it down. #FastBreak pic.twitter.com/sT0PhDNiC1 — …

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Breakfast Special: The South Bay Lakers are the Best Lakers

For the first time, we’re leading the NBA highlight show with G-League highlights, because the South Bay Lakers put up such a fantastic performance against the Texas Legends, winning 155-114, And because I’m a man of my word… UPDATE: 28 points away. And I said top 3, but screw it, I'll lead the damn show with them. (get me some full-game highlights to post, guys!) #BreakfastSpecial https://t.co/axM4ds62WO — Fox Doucette🏀🍳🥓🥞 (@RealFoxD) February 13, 2018 South Bay shot an amazing 61-of-101 (60.4 percent) from the field, 17-of-38 (44.7 percent) from three, out-rebounded Texas 60-36, led by 26 from Travis Wear, 25 …

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Breakfast Special: Boston Massacred

The first test of the new-and-improved Cleveland Cavaliers came in Boston on Paul Pierce‘s jersey retirement night. And LeBron James and friends passed with flying colors, beating the snot out of the Celtics to the tune of 121-99. James had 24 to go with 8 rebounds and 10 assists, the Cavs posted a Total Team Effort, getting seven guys into double figures, J.R. Smith made 6-of-7 from the field in getting 15 points, and the Cavs shot 53.6 percent from the field and 53.3 from three against Boston’s 40.6 percent overall and 26.3 percent from long range. The rest of …

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Breakfast Special: The Western Conference Joins LeBron James

The worry in Cleveland was that LeBron James was going to take off and join the Western Conference, perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers. So owner Dan Gilbert, in a flurry of activity at the trade deadline, brought the Western Conference and the Los Angeles Lakers to Cleveland in order to play with LeBron. George Hill joins Cleveland from Sacramento, Rodney Hood comes from Utah, and Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. arrive from the Lakers, the younger Nance joining a squad his dad made some noise on back in the Michael Jordan era. What’s more, they put one heck of …

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Myles Turner: Is He Any Good?

by Fox Doucette Myles Turner is in his third season in the league, and he’s played 180 games now. The day looms large where the Pacers will have to decide in free agency whether he’s essential to the franchise future; his rookie deal, which pays him $2.57 million this year and $3.41 million next year, is up in 2019. But is Turner worth it? The way he sends shots back and protects the rim brings to mind Hassan Whiteside, but his rebounding draws comparisons to Roy Hibbert. Likewise, he’s ranging out beyond the arc and shooting slightly below league average. …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron James Stars In “L’Etat, C’est Moi”

LeBron James IS the Cleveland Cavaliers, and if anyone doubted that, the King used an overtime stage against the Minnesota Timberwolves to go right ahead and prove to the world and remind his teammates that he is the guy for whom, to steal a line from Winston Churchill, “never has so much been owed by so many to so few.” As in one. The GOAT. LeBron Raymone James. Bron had 37 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds, a 16-of-22 shooting performance, the Cavaliers finally followed him into the valley of death to the tune of 59.1 percent shooting, 21-of-41 from three… …

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Breakfast Special: Antetokounmpo The Amazing And Acrobatic

Giannis Antetokounmpo is faster than a speeding Eurostep. More powerful than Darryl Dawkins attacking a rim. And able to leap tall basketball players in a single bound. No, seriously, I am not making that last one up: Giannis Antetokounmpo just hurtled over a 6'6" human like us mere mortals stepping over a puddle pic.twitter.com/4tks5c4gPd — Kristaps Wobzingis (@World_Wide_Wob) February 7, 2018 Vaya con Dios, Tim Hardaway Jr. You just got reduced to a poster. Meanwhile, the Knicks lost Kristaps Porzingis, because everything Jimmy Dolan touches rusts away like a reverse King Midas touch: This is it. This is the end. …

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Keep Victor Oladipo Sealed And Refrigerated When Not In Use

Victor Oladipo missed the Pacers’ 111-102 loss to the Wizards Monday night, a statement game that could’ve vaulted Indiana all the way to fourth in the East, with an illness. Indiana is now 0-6 without him. They’re 30-19 (a 50-win pace over 82 games!) with him. What does this tell us? Well, mostly it tells us that Oladipo should be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator so that he doesn’t get bacterial growth. Just keep him away from all humans who could make him sick, except in the offseason, where he can have his immunity built up. But …

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