Breakfast Special: Boston Massacred

The first test of the new-and-improved Cleveland Cavaliers came in Boston on Paul Pierce‘s jersey retirement night. And LeBron James and friends passed with flying colors, beating the snot out of the Celtics to the tune of 121-99. James had 24 to go with 8 rebounds and 10 assists, the Cavs posted a Total Team Effort, getting seven guys into double figures, J.R. Smith made 6-of-7 from the field in getting 15 points, and the Cavs shot 53.6 percent from the field and 53.3 from three against Boston’s 40.6 percent overall and 26.3 percent from long range. The rest of …

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Breakfast Special: The Western Conference Joins LeBron James

The worry in Cleveland was that LeBron James was going to take off and join the Western Conference, perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers. So owner Dan Gilbert, in a flurry of activity at the trade deadline, brought the Western Conference and the Los Angeles Lakers to Cleveland in order to play with LeBron. George Hill joins Cleveland from Sacramento, Rodney Hood comes from Utah, and Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. arrive from the Lakers, the younger Nance joining a squad his dad made some noise on back in the Michael Jordan era. What’s more, they put one heck of …

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Myles Turner: Is He Any Good?

by Fox Doucette Myles Turner is in his third season in the league, and he’s played 180 games now. The day looms large where the Pacers will have to decide in free agency whether he’s essential to the franchise future; his rookie deal, which pays him $2.57 million this year and $3.41 million next year, is up in 2019. But is Turner worth it? The way he sends shots back and protects the rim brings to mind Hassan Whiteside, but his rebounding draws comparisons to Roy Hibbert. Likewise, he’s ranging out beyond the arc and shooting slightly below league average. …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron James Stars In “L’Etat, C’est Moi”

LeBron James IS the Cleveland Cavaliers, and if anyone doubted that, the King used an overtime stage against the Minnesota Timberwolves to go right ahead and prove to the world and remind his teammates that he is the guy for whom, to steal a line from Winston Churchill, “never has so much been owed by so many to so few.” As in one. The GOAT. LeBron Raymone James. Bron had 37 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds, a 16-of-22 shooting performance, the Cavaliers finally followed him into the valley of death to the tune of 59.1 percent shooting, 21-of-41 from three… …

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Breakfast Special: Antetokounmpo The Amazing And Acrobatic

Giannis Antetokounmpo is faster than a speeding Eurostep. More powerful than Darryl Dawkins attacking a rim. And able to leap tall basketball players in a single bound. No, seriously, I am not making that last one up: Giannis Antetokounmpo just hurtled over a 6'6" human like us mere mortals stepping over a puddle pic.twitter.com/4tks5c4gPd — Kristaps Wobzingis (@World_Wide_Wob) February 7, 2018 Vaya con Dios, Tim Hardaway Jr. You just got reduced to a poster. Meanwhile, the Knicks lost Kristaps Porzingis, because everything Jimmy Dolan touches rusts away like a reverse King Midas touch: This is it. This is the end. …

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Keep Victor Oladipo Sealed And Refrigerated When Not In Use

Victor Oladipo missed the Pacers’ 111-102 loss to the Wizards Monday night, a statement game that could’ve vaulted Indiana all the way to fourth in the East, with an illness. Indiana is now 0-6 without him. They’re 30-19 (a 50-win pace over 82 games!) with him. What does this tell us? Well, mostly it tells us that Oladipo should be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator so that he doesn’t get bacterial growth. Just keep him away from all humans who could make him sick, except in the offseason, where he can have his immunity built up. But …

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Breakfast Special: Seven Short Films About Basketball

We begin our adventure today by discussing the wonderful word of point differential regression. “Oh, gods, Fox, AGAIN?” Yes, again. The Miami Heat lost 111-109 at home to the woeful Orlando Magic, dropping them from nipping at Cleveland’s heels just a few games ago to seventh and falling in the East. Miami has now lost four straight, seven of their last 10, and stand just two games up on Detroit for missing the top eight entirely. Their point differential, minus-0.8, is a 39-43 team’s point differential. At 29-25, they may yet have even further to fall. But such is life …

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Breakfast Special: While You Were Off Doing Football

If you’ll indulge me today, I’m going to cut straight to the lightning round in the Breakfast Special; I debated not doing one of these at all because let’s face it, absolutely nobody is talking about the NBA right now, not after the upset of the century that the Eagles pulled over the Patriots in the Super Bowl. So normal service resumes tomorrow, but a quick catch-up for you in case you missed the basketball before kickoff: Al Horford hit a fantastic game-winner, and the Blazers got the Bad Backcourt as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum hit just 15-of-41 shooting …

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Breakfast Special: Detroit’s New Old-Fashioned Twin Towers

Blake Griffin had 24 points powered mainly by his 11-of-13 night at the free throw line. His frontcourt mate, Andre Drummond, put up 14 points and 15 boards, and Marc Gasol happily obliged the home crowd by shooting just 6-of-21. Despite Gasol’s 19 points and 14 rebounds, that inefficiency was the tipping point of Detroit’s 104-102 win. But you came here for highlights, and Blake had his share of moments, including a gaffe where he didn’t have his jersey on under his warmups. Your man of the match: Blake Griffin goes for 24 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST and the …

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Blake Griffin: Is He Any Good?

Blake Griffin, he of the max contract and frequent injury, got traded from the Clippers to the Pistons this week, and as he begins his career in Detroit, the question must be asked…is he actually any good? And not just “is he a good basketball player”. Any fool can see that. He’s athletic, strong, a massive improvement over just about any power forward in the game today. But that’s not the point of the question. This week, we ask the question a different way: Is Blake Griffin worth his max-level contract, or is he a massively overpaid cap albatross who …

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