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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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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Breakfast Special: Featuring Actual Breakfast!

Welcome to the annual Breakfast Edition of the Breakfast Special, where we, in the absence of actual NBA games, actually talk about food. It’s a long, hard wait these four days between the All-Star Game and the resumption of hostilities between NBA teams come Thursday, isn’t it? Omelette Du Fromage Yes, Frenchies, I know you say it “omelette au fromage”, but that ruins le reference, non? I ran across this neat little video that teaches you the right way to make a French omelette: Note that a French omelette is nothing fancy. It’s not even “au fromage.” It’s a plate …

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Breakfast Special: NBA All-Star Weekend Wrap-Up

Fergie brought America to its knees with her performance of the national anthem… Fergie's full anthem, if for some reason you want to watch it again.#ICYMI #NBA #NBAAllStarGame #Fergie pic.twitter.com/R9OyaV6g2D — Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) February 19, 2018 …but this is the one time each year where the analytics-minded Pace and Space reader and the barbershop-dwelling eye test guy can come together and agree on one thing: Holy hell, is basketball ever a ton of fun. Team LeBron beat Team Curry 148-145, a low-scoring game by All-Star standards, as LeBron James scored 29 points, grabbed ten rebounds, dished eight assists, and …

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Breakfast Special: Let All-Star Weekend Begin!

The time has at last come for that glorious celebration of basketball we call the All-Star break, where the Rising Stars go at it on Friday, the highest flyers and most spectacular practitioners of the good old-fashioned posterization go at it in the Dunk Contest on Saturday, and then the league tests the practical limits of the scoreboard as defense goes out the window for the actual All-Star Game on Sunday. But first, we’ve got some odds and ends to wrap up, namely games that managed to have playoff implications in both conferences, as three of the four participants in …

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Breakfast Special: Not Good Enough, Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant scored 50 points against the Portland Trail Blazers. His teammates, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, together scored 50 between them (17 each for the Splash Brothers, 16 for Dray.) The Warriors lost to Portland 123-117. Damian Lillard tossed in 44 and C.J. McCollum added 29 as the two scored their 73 points on 26-of-51 shooting. How utterly putrid were the Warriors’ non-stars? Try 17 points on 8-of-18 shooting (44.4 percent), 0-of-3 from three, and just 1-of-2 from the line. Oh, and it’s not like Steph and Klay were sharpshooters out there; they shot a combined 12-of-32 …

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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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