The Brooklyn Nets are screwed for a long time.

The Brooklyn Nets famously got fleeced by the Boston Celtics in 2013 in one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history. In exchange for a way-past-his-prime Kevin Garnett and the short-term rental of Paul Pierce, Brooklyn gave up three prime first-round draft picks, the last of which just got sent during last year’s offseason to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. The Celtics are a powerhouse, fresh off an Eastern Conference Finals appearance and well-positioned to make another one as the No. 2 team in the East, and they’ve done this even as the biggest free-agent acquisition the franchise …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron With A Little Help From His Friends

This season, LeBron James has been out on an island in Cleveland, putting up one of the better statistical seasons of his career, especially his post-Miami career, while getting nothing from his teammates and having to win games by himself. Monday night against Detroit, LeBron had his usual mind-blowing game, with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting and seven each of rebounds and assists, but this time he got some help. Larry Nance Jr. had 22 points on 9-of-15 to go with 15 rebounds and two steals, while Detroit happily obliged the Cavs by shooting 39.1 percent from the field despite …

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Breakfast Special: March Forth, Eastern Conference Confusion

Sunday’s NBA games were a smorgasbord of tanking teams, pretenders losing gimme games to contenders, and two shocking Eastern Conference results that shook up the playoff picture in one heck of a way… Your New Home-Court Heroes The Pacers went into Washington, where as the fourth of March opened, Indiana would, if the playoffs started on Sunday, have been playing a Game 7. The Pacers left Washington in a position where, if the playoffs started on Monday, they would have played a Game 6. Myles Turner scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points on 11-of-20 …

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Russell Westbrook is Oklahoma City’s biggest problem

When is a great game not a great game? Russell Westbrook puts up fantastic counting stats; after averaging a triple-double in 2017, he’s got 18 triple-doubles this year and sits just 25 rebounds short of averaging another one for the season. Trouble is, he’s also shooting the Thunder out of games, and especially lately, his downright atrocious shooting has either caused a loss or led to something like the game against Sacramento last week in which Westbrook hit only four shots on 15 tries, his insistent bricklaying leading to Oklahoma City winning by just three points. Since January 28, he’s …

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Breakfast Special: Lonzo Ball Does More With Less

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said of Magic Johnson that Magic could take three shots and still impact the game. Considering Lonzo Ball led the Lakers at plus-24 despite shooting the ball only five times (making three), all while scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing seven assists, and yanking six steals, maybe Kareem’s remarks should be updated to the Lakers’ scoring-deficient young rookie. The scoring portion of the program was brought to you by Isaiah Thomas (29 points off the bench) and Julius Randle (25, on 8-of-13 and a stellar 9-of-9 from the line) as the Lakers pummeled the Heat in …

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Trevor Booker: Is He Any Good?

The Pacers recently acquired Trevor Booker off the waiver wire for their playoff run, shoring up their power forward situation and presumably giving Thaddeus Young a backup who isn’t Al Jefferson. In theory, this should add bench depth to a team that is in critical need of it while at the same time they get Glenn Robinson III back; by the time Darren Collison returns, this should be a fully loaded team for the playoffs. But that presumes that Booker is actually any good…and at age 30, he’s as good as he’s ever going to be. So let’s frame the …

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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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What Glenn Robinson III’s Return Means for the Pacers

Glenn Robinson III is back in Indiana, with two games under his belt since returning from injury. He has posted a workmanlike 6-of-12 shooting, scoring 14 points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing four assists, grabbing a steal, and committing a turnover in 40 minutes. He hasn’t made a three-pointer yet, but he’s a career 37 percent shooter from out there, 38.2 if you discount his rookie year and focus only on his two-plus years with the Pacers. He also plays the same position as Bojan Bogdanovic, and that means that controversy is imminent as coach Nate McMillan decides who’s going to …

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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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