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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We Need To Talk About Flagrant Fouls

by Fox Doucette Flagrant fouls are, by their very nature, judgment calls, the NBA’s equivalent of yellow cards in soccer, and it is for that reason that we need to have a very serious discussion before we go any deeper into this season about them. That’s right, I’m taking off my Nate Silver hat and putting on my Jeff Van Gundy/Charles Barkley hat, so strap in and hold on tight. What sparked this was the NBA’s decision to upgrade Greg Monroe’s hit on Derrick Rose in Friday’s Bucks-Cavs game to a Flagrant 1. The game was on national television, so …

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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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NBA Breakfast Special: Taking Off Like the Houston Rockets

by Fox Doucette There were two games to open the season Tuesday, and the Houston Rockets shocked the Golden State Warriors, stealing the game right at the end to pull off the 122-121 victory. The Warriors had Lawler’s Law on their side, but “first to 100 wins” ran up against the cold-blooded reality that “no lead is safe”, especially when the two teams that have embraced the mantra of “three is more than two” get together and start dropping nuclear bombs on each other from behind the arc. The good folks at TNT showed that they’re the best in the …

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The Only 2017-18 NBA Predictions You Need

by Fox Doucette The 2017-18 NBA season’s about to tip off as I write this, and Pace and Space Year 3 begins in earnest. We’ve got a new server (maybe I’ll take the time to tell the story of how and why we parted ways with SportsBlog after the Great Redesign Fiasco last March, but the short version is we lost about 95 percent of our search traffic overnight when their redesign left us with nothing but deadlinks on our Year 1 content), the stuff’s slowly being migrated over and patched together from where it’s sitting on old computers, and …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Boston Celtics

by Fox Doucette Talk about “no respect.” The Celtics were the No. 1 seed in the East last year, they added Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving in the offseason, and I’ve yet to see a Twitter pundit who wasn’t from Boston who’s predicting them to make the Finals. It seems like everyone thinks Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder are going to put LeBron back in the catbird seat, and some folks are even suggesting that the Wizards or Raptors are going to grab the No. 2 spot this year. That might just be absurd. Irving’s been waiting three years now …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Toronto Raptors

by Fox Doucette The Toronto Raptors are the last remaining holdout for the idea that old-school basketball can actually win games, and they went 51-31 despite ranking 22nd in the NBA in three-point attempts in 2017. While the Rockets and Warriors were breaking basketball with triples aplenty, the Raptors’ efficient inside-out game managed to rank sixth in offensive rating even as they were 24th in pace. Casey says he wants to modernize the offense a little this year, shoot more threes, look more like a pace-and-space team, but with the Mid Ranger playing shooting guard, will it be hi ho …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Philadelphia 76ers

by Fox Doucette Is it time for the Process to finally bear fruit? And if so, how much value is found in ending up as a 7 or 8 seed in the playoffs, getting smacked around by Boston or Cleveland, then relying on all the pieces to gel as the team starts to age into its prime? It’s a real question for the Sixers, as they project as a 39.5-win team in Vegas, making them the projected 8 seed in the East if everything goes according to Hoyle. Joel Embiid is about to play his 32nd career NBA game in …

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