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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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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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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NBA Breakfast Special: Lonzo Can Into Space

by Fox Doucette Can we talk about Lonzo Ball? And by talk, I mean point and laugh as his NBA debut involved just three points on 1-of-6 shooting and a pair of missed free throws in 29 minutes. For those conoisseurs of Big Baller Hate, this was pretty much a best-case scenario, wasn’t it? Short of breaking his ankle, tearing his ACL, or getting slammed face first into a basket support by a pissed-off DeAndre Jordan, that is. Yes, he had nine rebounds, and Lonzo does look to have the tools to be a very capable defender (he put up …

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NBA Breakfast Special: The Celtics Are Dead

by Fox Doucette The appetizers are eaten, and the NBA served up a main course of Opening Night action for most of the rest of the league’s teams, plus the first SEGABABA of the season, a twin bill featuring the Rockets and Celtics in games with quite opposite results. We begin on the East Coast with… Requiem For A Leprechaun In their first full game without Gordon Hayward, things did not go well for Gang Green. Kyrie Irving was an atrocious 7-of-25, Jayson Tatum looked not ready for prime time defensively, and the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo kicked off what some …

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