Breakfast Special: Drubbed Nation

Last week, the Indiana Pacers went into Oakland and beat a depleted Golden State Warriors team 92-81.

This week, the Warriors, with Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant all back, marched into Bankers Life Fieldhouse…and got destroyed 126-106.

And besides Victor Oladipo doing this like he does every game…

Bojan Bogdanovic had 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting and 6-of-7 from three.

The Pacers shot 50-of-93 (53.8 percent) from the field, 15-of-29 (51.7) percent from three, won the turnover battle 16-12, the rebound battle 47-39, and even the assist battle 32-29.

If the Warriors hadn’t shot 23-of-24 (95.6 percent) from the free throw line, this wouldn’t even have been as close as it was.

It was a 20 point blowout not as close as the score. Chew on that.

It’s also the first time under Steve Kerr that the Warriors have been swept in a season series. By the Pacers. After you’re done chewing on the result, have the implications for dessert.

You Cannot Kill the Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets and Timberwolves have identical records after Denver held serve at home against Minnesota 100-96.

Jamal Murray led the way with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting and a plus-15 in 36 minutes.

Meanwhile, Devin Harris (really?!) had 20 off the bench, finding a niche as the playoffs approach.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson both had double-doubles, Towns with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Gibson with 17 and 14.

And Andrew Wiggins? He is killing Minnesota. If the Wolves miss the playoffs, Wiggins’ poor play will be as responsible as Jimmy Butler‘s injury. 4-of-12, only nine points, and minus-13 in 33 minutes. Just atrocious.

Oh, and Nikola Jokic was an assist shy of a triple-double because of course he was:

Minnesota still has the tiebreaker for the 8 seed, but the Nuggets are alive and they’re knocking on the door…with a SWAT team battering ram.

Take Note

The Utah Jazz are 28-6 in their last 34 games. Only two of their last 25 wins were within five points. The rest have all been running the other team out of the building.

Rudy Gobert returned on January 19. The Jazz lost to the Knicks as Gobert shook off the rust. Since then, well, they’re 28-6 and winning by big margins like they’re the Rockets. Don’t count this team out to do the impossible; you might be looking at an NBA Finals team here.

Donovan Mitchell had 19 to lead the Jazz, who got a Total Team Effort with seven guys in double figures to beat the Clippers 117-95 and effectively eliminate the Clips from playoff contention.

Meanwhile, LA shot just 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from three as they rolled over and died in this one.

Dante Exum is your man of the match. I don’t care about anything else, if you block HERO OF SERBIA when you’re a guard, you get to be man of the match.

Close But No Cigar, Portland

The Blazers had a chance to all but lock up the 3 seed in the West. They just had to beat the Rockets on the road.

Yeah…not happening.

Houston won 96-94 behind 27 from Chris Paul and 24 from James Harden, who shot a combined 18-of-32.

Meanwhile, Portland didn’t have Damian Lillard, and Shabazz Napier stepped in and went just 2-of-9; C.J. McCollum wasn’t much better, shooting 7-of-25, turning the ball over six times, and scoring just 16 points, a terrifying efficiency level that impressed absolutely nobody.

Oh, and Portland turned it over 18 times as well.

But they still lost by just two because the rest of the Rockets were horrible, shooting just 16-of-41 (39 percent) and 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from three.

But Harden and Paul? They weren’t letting their team lose.

Especially Paul, WITH THE DAGGER

And how ’bout the usher with the smooth moves?

No, the Wiz Aren’t Ducking the Cavs

Speculation that the Wizards were trying to tank their way out of sixth after clinching a playoff spot in order to avoid the Cavaliers in the first round (talk around the league is that the 7 spot is the plum, as they get the depleted Celtics in Round 1 rather than Cleveland or Toronto) evaporated when they put up one hell of a fight in Cleveland.

At the Q, the Cavs won 119-115, but they needed a heroic come-from-behind victory to get it; Washington led by as many as 17 (104-87) with just 7:35 to go in the game.

That’s right, Cleveland scored 32 points in under eight minutes.

LeBron James had 33 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter, dished 14 assists, and unlike John Wall (who had 28 points and 14 assists of his own), LeBron didn’t choke the game away with a critical turnover in the final minute,

Cleveland shot 54.5 percent as a team overall, 13-of-27 (48.1 percent) from three, and got 21 points on 8-of-10 from Jeff Green in support of the King.

And how about Cedi Osman with the clutch steal?

Watch the Cavs go nuclear down the stretch:

Milwaukee Rolls Over And Dies

They’ve no longer got the Pistons to worry about, but the Bucks continue to yack down the stretch, this time losing at home to Brooklyn 119-111.

The Nets got a combined 17-of-30 (56.7 percent) from D’Angelo Russell and Allen Crabbe, shot 54.7 percent overall and 48.7 percent (19-of-39) from three, and won despite turning the ball over 17 times to the Bucks’ eight because Milwaukee was just that bad with their shooting defense.

Khris Middleton had 31 to lead the Bucks, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 but needed 7-of-21 shooting to do it.

Allen Crabbe is your man of the match:

And Finally…

Last one of the regular season…

It’s been a great regular season, but we’re not done yet. Stay tuned for a Pacers-themed Is He Any Good immediately following the Breakfast Special, and thanks for reading!