Breakfast Special: While You Were Off Doing Football

If you’ll indulge me today, I’m going to cut straight to the lightning round in the Breakfast Special; I debated not doing one of these at all because let’s face it, absolutely nobody is talking about the NBA right now, not after the upset of the century that the Eagles pulled over the Patriots in the Super Bowl. So normal service resumes tomorrow, but a quick catch-up for you in case you missed the basketball before kickoff: Al Horford hit a fantastic game-winner, and the Blazers got the Bad Backcourt as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum hit just 15-of-41 shooting …

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Breakfast Special: Detroit’s New Old-Fashioned Twin Towers

Blake Griffin had 24 points powered mainly by his 11-of-13 night at the free throw line. His frontcourt mate, Andre Drummond, put up 14 points and 15 boards, and Marc Gasol happily obliged the home crowd by shooting just 6-of-21. Despite Gasol’s 19 points and 14 rebounds, that inefficiency was the tipping point of Detroit’s 104-102 win. But you came here for highlights, and Blake had his share of moments, including a gaffe where he didn’t have his jersey on under his warmups. Your man of the match: Blake Griffin goes for 24 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST and the …

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Blake Griffin: Is He Any Good?

Blake Griffin, he of the max contract and frequent injury, got traded from the Clippers to the Pistons this week, and as he begins his career in Detroit, the question must be asked…is he actually any good? And not just “is he a good basketball player”. Any fool can see that. He’s athletic, strong, a massive improvement over just about any power forward in the game today. But that’s not the point of the question. This week, we ask the question a different way: Is Blake Griffin worth his max-level contract, or is he a massively overpaid cap albatross who …

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Breakfast Special: Danny Ainge Makes LeBron His…

To say that the Celtics won the Kyrie Irving-for-Isaiah Thomas and the Nets 2018 pick trade is to have a grasp on the obvious so glaring that you’re probably dressed up in a silly outfit and introducing Shaqtin’ A Fool. Thomas and LeBron James got into a scuffle after the Cavaliers’ disastrous offensive performance against the Miami Heat, where James called out his teammate’s poor (2-of-15) shooting as the Cavs… …wait, Cleveland won? What the actual…? Yep. The Cavs beat the Heat 91-89, their atrocious offense matched by a display of defense so surprising that even the Browns, looking up …

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Breakfast Special: James Harden Is On Another Level

James Harden has done something that your humble columnist hasn’t managed to pull off in thousands of hours of playing NBA Live and 2K over the years. That’s how utterly ridiculous his 60-point triple-double, which broke the record held by Russell Westbrook (and previously held for almost 50 years by Wilt Chamberlain) for points while recording a triple-double in a game. The perhaps even wilder thing about all this is that Harden did it in 46 minutes of a relatively slow-paced game; the Rockets’ 114-107 win over Orlando was played at an estimated pace of only 93.3, snail-like by today’s …

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Should Myles Turner Be Indiana’s Sixth Man?

Over the course of this season, we’ve learned some things about Myles Turner, and they’re not necessarily the lessons we’d hoped to learn watching him navigate his first two seasons in the league. In particular, the belief that his ceiling was “rich man’s Hassan Whiteside” may have been a bit overly optimistic. Turner, unlike Whiteside, is a terrible rebounder, and he’s so afraid of contact that you’d think he was shooting 30 percent from the free throw line and not 77.8 for his career. Instead, his ceiling is more “Roy Hibbert with a jump shot.” The Pacers are 9-7 when …

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Blake Griffin Trade: How the Clippers Fleeced the Pistons

The Los Angeles Clippers traded Blake Griffin, along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson, to the Detroit Pistons. In return, LA gets Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, HERO OF SERBIA fan favorite Boban Marjanovic, a first-round pick, and a second-round pick. In other words, the Clips shipped out an oft-injured guy who hasn’t come close to playing a full season’s worth of games since 2014 and hasn’t made the All-Star Game since 2015, who is nearly 29, and whose scoring efficiency has cratered without Chris Paul getting him the ball. And they got back a defensive wizard who has played with …

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Breakfast Special: That Ain’t No Devastated Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo was “devastated” when the Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd last week. But let’s face it; they’re 4-0 since the move, playing great basketball, and got their first win over a quality opponent in that mini-winning-streak when they beat the 76ers at home 107-95 Monday night. Giannis had 31 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, and contributed to a defensive effort that held Philly to just 2-of-26 (7.7 percent!) shooting on threes. The Bucks also turned the ball over just nine times (Nine times? Niiine tiiimes.) Oh, and just to rub it in, Milwaukee hit 20-of-22 from the free throw …

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Breakfast Special: Still Russell Westbrook’s World

It remains a fundamental truth of the universe that when Russell Westbrook wants to impose himself on the stat sheet, there is not a player in the world who can stop him. Westbrook went for 37 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds Sunday in the Thunder’s 122-112 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, and as if that weren’t impressive enough? Steven Adams had 10 offensive rebounds. TEN. Anything OKC’s Big Three misses, Adams just hoovers up and puts back; Adams’ 20 points came on 10-of-11 shooting. Oh, and newly-minted All-Star and injury replacement Paul George went for 31 of his own. …

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Steven Adams: Is He Any Good?

Steven Adams has always been a bit of a wild card in his four years in Oklahoma City. He started his career as a bit of a cleanup guy on offense, putting back whatever Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant missed while doing very little offensive work of his own; at his peak in that role, he was hitting on 61.3 percent of his shots while grabbing 2.7 offensive rebounds a game. Last year, he was the second-best player on a Thunder squad that was Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Blue Featuring Steven Adams. This year? His role is the …

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