NBA Breakfast Special: James Harden’s Excellent Adventure

The Houston Rockets just put up a Total Team Effort in Chris Paul‘s return from injury, and it wasn’t Paul but rather James Harden who got all the headlines in a monster 142-116 win in Phoenix over the Suns. Harden had 48 points on 12-of-22 from the field, 6-of-11 from three, and a perfect 18-of-18 (!) from the line. The shocking display of efficiency was in part powered by CP3’s 10 assists, as Paul had a double-double with 11 points, but mostly it was powered by the Suns being hot garbage on defense. Harden himself added seven dimes and two …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Joel Embiid 46, Lonzo Ball 2

Man, the more Lonzo Ball stinks out the joint, the more the big steaming Number 2 on his uniform looks appropriate to his skill level. Meanwhile, Joel Embiid scored 46 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished 7 assists, and swatted 7 blocks, a savage beatdown of the Lakers on the same night that Ben Simmons came a rebound shy of a triple-double and Robert Covington celebrated his new contract extension with 12 points on a deliciously efficient 5-of-9 shooting and 2-of-3 from long range. Dollar Store Westbrook? Two points. It’s one thing to score your uniform number if you’re Kevin Durant …

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NBA Breakfast Special: The Kyrie Irving Show

The Boston Celtics and Kyrie Irving got perhaps a bit more than they wanted in a fun back-and-forth game against the Brooklyn Nets on Military Appreciation Night at Barclays Center. Irving had 25 points to lead a balanced attack from Boston’s starters; no starter had fewer than Jaylen Brown‘s 14 points, and no starter took fewer than nine shots (Brown, plus Jayson Tatum, who had 19 points on 6-of-9 and has emerged as the runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year.) Speaking of Kyrie, here’s a class act move for fans in attendance who served their country: On military appreciation …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Le Morte d’Arthur Memes

Man, the Cleveland Cavaliers just make no sense at all anymore, huh? One night they’re left for dead, the next LeBron James is back in 2007 and singlehandedly willing a G-League team toward the playoffs. But what really mattered in their come-from-23-points-behind win over the Knicks? Arthur memes, that’s what. How many Cavs players posted Arthur memes after they beat the Knicks? Not one, not two, not three… https://t.co/emzJglL4id — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 14, 2017 This is the first display of true team unity we’ve seen from Cleveland, and it all started when, early in the third quarter, Tyronn …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe Problem

So, as would inevitably be the case, Lonzo Ball got himself a triple double, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, dishing 13 assists, and pulling down 12 rebounds in a loss to the Bucks on Saturday. He became the youngest in NBA history to do it, at 20 years and 15 days, surpassing LeBron James. But have you noticed that Ball has had exactly two good games this season, and both involved his being guarded by Eric Bledsoe? After making Ball look like Russell Westbrook twice, you have to wonder if Bledsoe isn’t either washed up or else so disengaged …

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NBA Breakfast Special: LiAngelo Ball’s Sunglass Hut

Look, I’m just going to leave this here and go eat some breakfast. I’ll be right back. 😎😂 (sound on) pic.twitter.com/KGg8bB1AVi — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 10, 2017 OK, let’s get this show started. Lonzo Ball Is Still Garbage And Everyone Still Knows It OK, you all know how I keep calling Lonzo Ball “Dollar Store Westbrook” around here. Tonight was a prime example of why. Ball had 10 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. And you’d see that and think “whoa, he almost got a triple-double, that’s great!” Until you realize he shot 3-of-12 from the field, 1-of-7 …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Jeff Van Gundy Is A National Treasure

Jeff Van Gundy, national treasure, got assigned to a game that was competitive for about two quarters before the Golden State Warriors ran away with it in the second half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-101. The game was dull, a mismatch, an exposure of Minnesota’s greatest weakness—their Letter League-quality defense. Luckily, this gave the Notorious JVG a chance to take a good swipe at the Ball family; LiAngelo Ball got busted for petty theft in China, and that…well, see it for yourself: Jeff Van Gundy and Dave Pasch discussing the UCLA incident in China, and also college athletics. pic.twitter.com/llrdhqt1vs …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Eric Bledsoe’s Sweet Release

Eric Bledsoe finally got what he wanted, and hopefully whichever hair salon in Milwaukee his wife chooses, he won’t have to tweet that he doesn’t want to be there. The former Suns guard got himself traded to Milwaukee in exchange for Greg Monroe and a protected first-round pick, so Phoenix essentially got nothing. The question for the Bucks becomes whether Bledsoe’s volume-shooting game, trouble staying healthy, and need for the ball will fit their offensive needs. It’s an open question. Meanwhile, the Bucks dropped to 4-6 with a 124-119 loss in Cleveland. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points on 16-of-21, Khris …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Dub Nation Defense

The Golden State Warriors are good at defense. Everyone always forgets this. Dub Nation got to see a slugfest at the Oracle Arena Monday night, as the Warriors beat Miami 97-80, dominating the boards 51-44 including a 13-7 edge on the offensive glass. They held the Heat to just 36.1 percent shooting from the field and limited Hassan Whiteside to only three points and six rebounds. Nobody on Golden State made more than five shots; all of their Big 4 made that many, but Stephen Curry missed 14 shots, Klay Thompson missed ten, Kevin Durant whiffed on eight, and Draymond …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Kristaps Porzingis, Pacers Killer

Kristaps Porzingis might as well just grow a horn out his forehead and make it official, because the NBA’s unicorn just had one of those games where he did to the Indiana Pacers what Reggie Miller used to do to the New York Knicks all those years ago in the playoffs. Porzingis went for 40 points, including at one point scoring 15 straight Knicks points as they roared back from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit in a game where they trailed by as many as 19, pulling out a 108-101 lead behind a 36-17 final frame. I mean, it’s pretty much …

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