Breakfast Special: Klay Thompson Just Made Another 3

We’re getting confirmed reports, yes, confirmed reports of three-point detonations in Chicago. We’ve lost contact with our affiliate stations… Klay Thompson set an NBA record, hitting 14 three-pointers in a game on 24 (!) attempts, and what this mostly means is that Warriors coach Steve Kerr set a precedent whereby the next time Stephen Curry has eight or nine threes in the first half, even if it’s a blowout, Kerr’s going to have to let him try and go for 15 lest he be accused of playing favorites between his two sharpshooters. I mean, we knew Klay was going to …

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Breakfast Special: Golden State Has a Three-Point Problem

The Warriors have a legitimate issue out beyond the three-point arc. Namely, nobody on the team besides Stephen Curry is hitting them with any regularity anymore. Steph is 46-of-89 (51.7 percent!) beyond the arc, draining threes with beautiful and reckless abandon, playing like he wants to hit 500 of them just to future-proof the single-season record (he’s on pace to hit 539, but that would be if he played all 82 games, which we all know he won’t.) The rest of the team? 34-of-121 (28.1 percent.) But on the other hand, the Warriors continue to chug along close to the …

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So We Killed the Midrange Jump Shot in the NBA. Now What?

In my article about Scott-Hollins Syndrome a few days ago, I sang the praises of the kinds of shot charts that the Bucks and Rockets are putting on the board these days, a ring of three-point attempts separated from layups and dunks by a no-man’s-land of empty space in the midrange, where be dragons. There’s just one small problem with all of this. Namely, with the midrange shot more or less completely off the table, what does this mean for the two-sided flow of a basketball game? Or, in simpler terms than that, what’s the defense going to do about …

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Breakfast Special: The Education of Lonzo Ball

Are we seeing LeBron James singlehandedly turn Lonzo Ball into a quality NBA player? Because in Lonzo’s past two starts since Rajon Rondo got suspended, he’s 10-of-19 from the field, 3-of-8 from long range, and even though he’s still one of the worst in the league at willing his way to the line, that’s not terribly surprising for any second-year guard (and he has hit four of his five free throw attempts this season.) Throw out the Portland game (in which Lonzo went 2-of-7) and he’s averaging 13 points a game on 52.6 percent shooting and 43.5 percent from three-point …

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Breakfast Special: Chef Curry Gets Spicy

So…you think Stephen Curry got a little bit cheesed off at that unflattering comparison to John Wall that was all over Twitter yesterday? Repeat after me: JOHN WALL IS NOT BETTER THAN STEPH AND ANYONE WHO THINKS OTHERWISE DON’T KNOW S—. Ahem. Now then. Curry had 51 points in three quarters, the Warriors pounded the Wizards like cheap steak 144-122, Steph’s performance came on just 24 field goal attempts (15-24 FG, 11-16 3PT, 10-10 FT), and the Warriors’ Big Three combined for 100 points as Kevin Durant added 30 and Klay Thompson notched 19. Wall? 13 points, 5-of-12 shooting, six …

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Breakfast Special: 50 Points to Griffin-dor

Blake Griffin might just be worth all that money Detroit’s paying him after all. In a weird NBA night in which three undefeated teams entered and three undefeated teams left, Griffin stood out, dropping 50 on the Philadelphia 76ers, as the Pistons improved to 3-0 with a 133-132 win. Andre Drummond got ejected, and Joel Embiid, taunt-master extraordinaire, claimed to “own a lot of real estate in his head.” Drummond’s response was a real winner: Lol does he? If that’s so he wouldn’t be so excited to have me off the floor? Think about it that’s a silly statement ! …

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Scott-Hollins Syndrome or: How To Tell If Your Coach Needs to be Fired

Scott-Hollins Syndrome is a sickness that afflicts certain NBA coaches, players, and broadcasters. Named for Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins, two coaches who were the ultimate examples of it, symptoms include eschewing the three-point shot in favor of the midrange jumper, settling for floaters rather than attacking the lane, and perilously low FT/FGA ratios on two-point shooting and nearly nonexistent opportunities for and-ones. It has been a byword for inefficient basketball here on Pace and Space and on my Twitter (@RealFoxD) since we launched, but until now I’ve never actually bothered to define it. And it’s been on my mind …

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Breakfast Special: LOLeBron

Man, any night the Lakers lose is a good night. I wear my fan loyalties on my sleeve around here, and the simple fact is that I grew up in Boston, rooted for Larry Bird when I was a kid in the ’80s, and fully intend to teach my own children someday to recoil in instant disdain from anything purple and gold. So for the San Antonio Spurs to march into Staples Center, get 37 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 32 from DeMar DeRozan, and overcome those exact same point totals from Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James, respectively, in a …

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Breakfast Special: Ragnarok, NBA Style

Sunday was a terror show worthy of the kinds of movies that come out in October and then quickly disappear from theaters on All Saints’ Day. The Golden State Warriors lost to the Denver Nuggets, the Houston Rockets fell short against the better-than-you-think Los Angeles Clippers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder got whacked at home by the Sacramento Kings. Oh, and Atlanta beat Cleveland because the league said they had to play a game whether people wanted to watch it or not. Let’s get to the highlights and then you all can skewer me on Twitter (@RealFoxD) for not doing …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron Bean Bryant

So my one-game-sample-size overreaction to the Portland Trail Blazers’ 128-119 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night could be best describe as “these are the 2006 Lakers, Lonzo Ball is Smush Parker, and LeBron James is Kobe Bryant.” I am reminded why I don’t turn comments on around here. Go follow @RealFoxD if you want to call me an idiot. Seriously, though, Ball is up to his old tricks again, as he shot 28.6 percent from the field and 25 percent from three (2-of-7 and 1-of-4 respectively.) Oh, and he played just 19 minutes because the Lakers got a …

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