NBA Breakfast Special: The Pistons’ Letdown Game

When the Detroit Pistons had a big win over the Golden State Warriors on the road, it was only a matter of time before they suffered one hell of a letdown game. Sure enough, that deal with the devil came due on Halloween night, as Staples Center became a house of horrors against the Los Angeles Lakers. LA shredded the Pistons for a .495/.462/.786 slash line, shot 14 free throws to the Pistons’ 3, won the rebound battle 53-44 and the assist battle 30-21, and watched HERO OF SERBIA get a DNP-CD in a 20-point game (free the Boban!) Avery …

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Are the Indiana Pacers Better Without Paul George?

Hey, Indiana Pacers fans, remember when stuff like this happened? Am I the only one convinced that the #Pacers will lay a giant egg at home against the Kings tonight because that's just what the Pacers do against bad teams after big wins? — Fox Doucette🏀 (@RealFoxD) October 31, 2017 Well, Indiana whipped Sacramento’s hide, handing the Kings a 101-83 smackdown in the process. And not only that, but the team showed that—dare I say it?—they kickstarted the future by trading Paul George not for a win-now quick fix on a fundamentally bad team but instead for pieces that are …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Brad Stevens, Coach of the Year

Let us for a moment examine the Boston Celtics, a team that lost two of its best defensive players over the offseason, and let a couple of Pace and Space emeritus have their say: After the win against the Spurs, the #Celtics now rank 1st in defensive rating and 4th in D-rebounding %. Who would've predicted that? — Brad Winter (@BradWinter12) October 31, 2017 "Who is going to defend without Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder???!!!" https://t.co/6Yvoofn8ek — Zach d'Arbeloff (@swarbleflop) October 31, 2017 The Spurs have had a Halloween hayride this week, first losing to Indiana and now getting smacked …

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NBA Breakfast Special: The Pacers Make No Sense

The Indiana Pacers are 3-3, looking as maddeningly inconsistent as ever. Victor Oladipo has been the lone constant, somehow managing to appear the superior of Paul George in the Oklahoma City trade from the offseason, the one that was supposed to send Indiana into full Tank Mode as the youth movement developed around Myles Turner. And sure, this team is legitimately horrifying on defense—24th in Defensive Rating, 28th in opponents’ FG%, and 26th in opponent’s 3PT%, but then they go out and do something like beat the Spurs in a slugfest 97-94, exactly the kind of game they always seemed …

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NBA Breakfast Special: New Orleans Boogie

The New Orleans Pelicans have never quite figured out how to use Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins together. A twin-towers big man lineup just doesn’t work in today’s NBA no matter how much Boogie might want us all to believe he’s a stretch 5. But by himself, and against his old team in Sacramento? How’s 41 points, 23 rebounds, and six assists sound? He was the focal point, and being focused propelled the Pellies to the win, 114-106, on national television. His “l’etat, c’est moi” game on TNT came against a caring-and-sharing Kings squad that saw seven players in double …

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Is This NBA Player Any Good?: Andrew Wiggins

Welcome back to the triumphant return of “Is He Any Good?”, Pace and Space’s Thursday-ish (as I write this it’s an hour to midnight Pacific time) weekly feature, and this week, we kick off the season asking if Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves is, in fact, good or if he just puts up gaudy counting stats because he touches the ball so often. More to the point, we’re getting out the flagrantly-stolen-from-Discovery Mythbusters plate graphics and asking the simple question: Is Andrew Wiggins as good to the guys in the boardroom as he is to the guys in the …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Always Bet On Black

Another day in the NBA books, and we seem to have learned two things. One, don’t ever bet against the Spurs, who remained one of only two undefeated teams in the entire league, beating the Heat in Miami to go to 4-0. And two, Lonzo Ball may be the dollar-store knockoff version of Russell Westbrook, but he’s also got the potential to be Defensive Player of the Year someday. But we begin in Miami: Just Wait Until Your Father Gets Home LaMarcus Aldridge has been laying lumber on the league two points at a time in the absence of Kawhi …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Clippermania

by Fox Doucette The Los Angeles Clippers are sixth in the NBA in Offensive Rating and the best in Defensive Rating. As much fun as small sample sizes are, a +25.3 point differential is fiendishly difficult to ignore. And sure enough, Steve Ballmer’s plaything went out and stomped the Utah Jazz, owners of the league’s ninth-best defense and slowest pace, scoring 102 points on a squad that plays at a 94.1 pace like nobody told them it’s not 1997 anymore. Note the score here in this clip with two minutes left. Then consider the final score was 102-84: Big Shot …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Memphis Grizzlies Ascendant

by Fox Doucette What if I told you that of all the NBA teams with at least three games played in the first week of the season, which is 27 of them, there would be only three teams that emerged still undefeated? Then what if I told you that those teams were the Wizards, Spurs…and the Memphis Grizzlies, and that Memphis would own wins over Houston and Golden State? You’d think I was high, wouldn’t you? Well, behold. Because I am high as a kite on the love of the National Basketball Association. Memphis beat Houston in Texas on Monday, …

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NBA Breakfast Special: The Andrew Wiggins Experience

by Fox Doucette Three games on the docket on NBA Sunday, and Andrew Wiggins owned the day; his second career buzzer-beater pulled the game out of the fire for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Perhaps more importantly, it kept things from turning into new season, same old Timberwolves blown double-digit lead taste. Minnesota led by 13 going into the fourth quarter, led by two in the dying seconds of the ballgame, and then…well, this happened: Carmelo Anthony game-winner erased by Andrew Wiggins the only sport on Sunday pic.twitter.com/GJ1utOVyC5 — Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 23, 2017 While we’re on the subject of …

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