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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Spencer Dinwiddie: Is He Any Good?

This year, in the absence of Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie has been drafted into the role of starting point guard for the Brooklyn Nets. On the one hand, he’s a G-League refugee, a guy who never caught on in Detroit, and a third option. On the other hand, dude won the Skills Competition at All-Star Weekend. But anyone who is not Joel Embiid can navigate a skills course. Doing meaningful things in actual games is a whole other matter. In the grand tradition of movable goal posts on this here publication, we tailor the test to the …

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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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Domantas Sabonis is a true Rising Star

In this space, I have often gone after Myles Turner, suggesting that his ceiling is a lot lower than Pacers fans hoped it would be when Turner came into the league and effectively became a poor man’s Hassan Whiteside with his shotblocking. Well, move over, Myles, because Domantas Sabonis is about to take your spot, and the Pacers are better off for it. Consider this fun fact courtesy of Fanrag’s Andy Bailey… In the 910 minutes Victor Oladipo & Myles Turner have shared the floor, Indiana's outscoring opponents by 5.5 PTS per 100 poss. In the 812 minutes Oladipo & …

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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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Julius Randle: Is He Any Good?

Sometimes you learn more in a trade by who a team keeps rather than who they ship out, and the Lakers’ decision to keep Julius Randle at the deadline speaks volumes about what they think of him compared to, say, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., who got shipped to Cleveland in the Isaiah Thomas trade to placate LeBron James. Randle is the incumbent power forward on a team that has Brandon Ingram coming to his own at the 3 and Kyle Kuzma evolving as a sixth man behind Randle at power forward. It is that latter competitor for minutes …

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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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