Breakfast Special: March Forth, Eastern Conference Confusion

Sunday’s NBA games were a smorgasbord of tanking teams, pretenders losing gimme games to contenders, and two shocking Eastern Conference results that shook up the playoff picture in one heck of a way… Your New Home-Court Heroes The Pacers went into Washington, where as the fourth of March opened, Indiana would, if the playoffs started on Sunday, have been playing a Game 7. The Pacers left Washington in a position where, if the playoffs started on Monday, they would have played a Game 6. Myles Turner scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points on 11-of-20 …

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Russell Westbrook is Oklahoma City’s biggest problem

When is a great game not a great game? Russell Westbrook puts up fantastic counting stats; after averaging a triple-double in 2017, he’s got 18 triple-doubles this year and sits just 25 rebounds short of averaging another one for the season. Trouble is, he’s also shooting the Thunder out of games, and especially lately, his downright atrocious shooting has either caused a loss or led to something like the game against Sacramento last week in which Westbrook hit only four shots on 15 tries, his insistent bricklaying leading to Oklahoma City winning by just three points. Since January 28, he’s …

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Breakfast Special: Lonzo Ball Does More With Less

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said of Magic Johnson that Magic could take three shots and still impact the game. Considering Lonzo Ball led the Lakers at plus-24 despite shooting the ball only five times (making three), all while scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing seven assists, and yanking six steals, maybe Kareem’s remarks should be updated to the Lakers’ scoring-deficient young rookie. The scoring portion of the program was brought to you by Isaiah Thomas (29 points off the bench) and Julius Randle (25, on 8-of-13 and a stellar 9-of-9 from the line) as the Lakers pummeled the Heat in …

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Trevor Booker: Is He Any Good?

The Pacers recently acquired Trevor Booker off the waiver wire for their playoff run, shoring up their power forward situation and presumably giving Thaddeus Young a backup who isn’t Al Jefferson. In theory, this should add bench depth to a team that is in critical need of it while at the same time they get Glenn Robinson III back; by the time Darren Collison returns, this should be a fully loaded team for the playoffs. But that presumes that Booker is actually any good…and at age 30, he’s as good as he’s ever going to be. So let’s frame the …

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Breakfast Special: James Harden 187, Wes Johnson’s Ankles 0

Excuse me for a moment here… WHAT THE ACTUAL F#$@, PACERS?! Ahem. We’ll get to them in a bit. But first, James Harden, man! Houston, basically sending a message to the Clippers “oh, you think you have a prayer in heaven, earth, or hell of winning even one game against us in Round 1 if we meet in the playoffs?” 😳 JAMES. HARDEN. 😳#Rockets pic.twitter.com/JCphxLzP18 — NBA (@NBA) March 1, 2018 Houston took a 31-7 lead on Harden’s field goal, and on the ensuing kickoff… Really, this one was over after the first quarter. Houston won 105-92, but between Harden’s …

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Breakfast Special: Boban Marjanovic, HERO OF SERBIA!

Boban Marjanovic is everybody’s favorite player. Boban is love. Boban is life. And Boban scored 18 points in the second half, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a thrilling come-from-a-mile-behind 122-120 road win against the Denver Nuggets on national television: Boban Marjanovic scored his first points as a member of the @LAClippers and all 18 PTS in the 2nd half to push LAC to victory on the road! #ItTakesEverything pic.twitter.com/KjHiQyHLgK — NBA (@NBA) February 28, 2018 Because Boban is most stronk: Boban takes the hit…count it! #ItTakesEverything 📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/3asZhDjcs1 — NBA (@NBA) February 28, 2018 Lou Williams had 25 …

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What Glenn Robinson III’s Return Means for the Pacers

Glenn Robinson III is back in Indiana, with two games under his belt since returning from injury. He has posted a workmanlike 6-of-12 shooting, scoring 14 points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing four assists, grabbing a steal, and committing a turnover in 40 minutes. He hasn’t made a three-pointer yet, but he’s a career 37 percent shooter from out there, 38.2 if you discount his rookie year and focus only on his two-plus years with the Pacers. He also plays the same position as Bojan Bogdanovic, and that means that controversy is imminent as coach Nate McMillan decides who’s going to …

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Breakfast Special: Lonzo Ball, Ace Sixth Man

Ladies and gentlemen, Lonzo Ball—yes, THAT Lonzo Ball—had a perfect shooting night. OK, so he did it off the bench and only attempted four shots and two free throws, but 4-4 FG/3-3 3PT/2-2 FT is still 13 points. Plus, the Lakers beat the tanking Hawks 123-104 in Atlanta, sending Hawks fans into paroxysms of joy as they entrench their position at “We’re Number 30! We’re Number 30!” Since Dallas beat the Pacers (we’ll get to that in the Lightning Round, as it is unworthy of feature consideration), today was a good day for #TrueToAtlanta. The Lakers ran ten guys out …

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Breakfast Special: The Spurs Are Not Dead

Stop me if you heard this before. LeBron James has a huge game, the Cavaliers play like hot garbage, and the other team gets a big win. This time is was the Rodeo Road Tripping San Antonio Spurs, who marched into Quicken Loans Arena, watched the other four Cleveland starters shoot a combined 6-of-28, and won 110-94. LeBron had 33 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists (and would’ve had a triple-double if anyone else on his team could shoot worth a lick); San Antonio had a Total Team Effort led by 27 from LaMarcus Aldridge. Cleveland had 15 turnovers to …

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Breakfast Special: Steph Up to the Mic

Stephen Curry may have been savagely abused in the dying seconds of the All-Star Game by LeBron James and Kevin Durant, but when he’s got KD on his own team, that becomes a whole different story. The Clippers have designs on the 8 seed in the West and a potential first-round date with the Warriors, but Steph, who canned 44 points on 14-of-19 from the field, 8-of-11 from three, and 8-of-8 from the line, showed LA just what folly it would be to even think that series would go five games. Golden State won 134-127, shooting 62.7 percent as a …

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