NBA Breakfast Special: Greek Freakout In Boston

Giannis Antetokounmpo may as well be the Breakfast Special MVP for all the highlights he’s put on this show, and that was on display in a 111-100 losing effort for the Milwaukee Bucks in Boston Monday night. The Greek Freak had 40 points on 14-of-24 from the field, adding nine rebounds, but the Bucks got otherwise outplayed by Kyrie Irving‘s 32 points and Jayson Tatum‘s continuing “hey, what about me” Rookie of the Year campaign. OK, so rookies aren’t subject to quite the same pressure to be on good teams as, say, the MVP, but go ahead and tell me …

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NBA Breakfast Special: James Harden Clowns Lonzo Ball

For the Houston Rockets, showing Lonzo Ball what a real NBA star looks like was always going to be on the menu. For James Harden to play the best defense anyone has yet played on Flea Market Westbrook all season? Wait…did Mike D’Antoni really just get Harden to buy in so completely that now he’s emerging as a legit NBA defender, in gross contravention of his reputation? Was that just a thing that happened? Ball was 0-of-4 from the field. His only two points came on his sole trip to the free throw line. And Harden, with Ball trying to …

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NBA Breakfast Special: LeBron James Vs. The World

LeBron James is still savage after all these years… .@KingJames is out here trying to end careers… 😳 pic.twitter.com/dqWGXpaT8I — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 1, 2017 And as if that weren’t enough, he’s doing Dikembe’s finger wave in front of Hawks fans in Atlanta… .@KingJames gives Atlanta the finger-wave after another HUGE block! ☝️ pic.twitter.com/DDqzLZVg9D — NBA TV (@NBATV) December 1, 2017 Bron had 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, Kevin Love added 25 points and 16 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, behind a 40-29 rebounding advantage and 18 three-pointers made in 39 tries (46.2 percent!), beat Atlanta 121-114 to …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Stephen Curry Is Broken

Stephen Curry just joined Eric Bledsoe in a very dubious NBA club. Specifically, guys whose defense is bad enough as to make Lonzo Ball look good. The Golden State Warriors very nearly dropped their second straight game, barely beating the Los Angeles Lakers on the road in overtime 127-123, and Ball ended up with 15 points and 10 assists while shooting 5-of-12 from the field, 3-of-7 from San Pedro, and even 2-of-2 from the line. And, of course, since the game went to overtime, there was all the statistical weirdness you could handle. Golden State had the Triple 20 you’d …

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NBA Breakfast Special: De’Aaron Fox, I Am Disappoint

Oh, De’Aaron Fox. My namesake. My adopted NBA son. Where, oh where did you go wrong? I mean, I was all ready to buy your jersey. The name. My lucky number. It was going to be so very, very glorious. But 2-of-10 against the Milwaukee Bucks in a 112-87 humiliation after that win over the Warriors just the other night? A horrifying .403/.308/.711 slash line that is more Ricky Rubio than Stephen Curry? I mean, that’s still a mile and a half better than the dog crap .309/.245/.429 Lonzo Ball‘s putting up, and anything that makes the Lakers look stupid, …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Marc Gasol Is A Coach-Killing Crybaby

If your team is 7-12, and your star player starts whining about the coach, just once I’d like to see a team trade the star player. After all, the Memphis Grizzlies need to blow up their roster and start over, not let one of the best young coaches in the league end up on some other team with an underachieving roster and a coach on the hot seat (mark my words, if Fizdale wants the job, Billy Donovan won’t be the coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas…if the Los Angeles Clippers don’t hire Fizdale first.) Although if you …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Memphis Grizzlies Start Collapse Early

The Memphis Grizzlies, rather than collapse down the stretch in March and April and limp into the playoffs as a sacrificial lamb to a much better team, have decided instead this year to have everything go to hell before the holiday shopping season’s even gotten started. Memphis lost at home to the Brooklyn Nets 98-88, giving the teams identical 7-12 records. Thing is, Memphis got there by losing eight in a row after starting 7-4; Brooklyn’s just always been lousy, as they’ve been ever since they mortgaged the future on an over-the-hill Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, which ought to …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Black Friday Observations

Rather than do highlights on this Black Friday edition of the Breakfast Special, we’re going to instead take a look at the things in the NBA that make the least sense, the “something weird is going to happen before Christmas” predictions that you can take to the bank. Why? Because I’m as turkeyed out as the rest of you lot; I took yesterday off, and who really wants to see highlights of two-day-old games? Let’s begin with… The Oklahoma City Thunder, A Third-Place Team With an Eighth-Place Record Oklahoma City is 8-9 through 17 games, and that just makes no …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Luke Walton’s Point Guard Dilemma

Another day, another Lakers win that happened in spite of rather than because of sensible point guard play. Lonzo Ball and his 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) shooting, 2-of-8 beyond the arc, and complete lack of free throw attempts got the Lakers only eight points in a game that they came back from the dead to win, grabbing a 103-94 win over the Chicago Bulls in a game they trailed 56-42 at halftime. And of those three makes, one of them was a dunk: This is like Lonzo Ball’s first dunk of his life. pic.twitter.com/TQBWEYPMG3 — Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) November 22, 2017 Coming …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Kyrie Irving’s Pancake World

Flat earth jokes may get old, but breakfast puns are forever, especially when the subject, Kyrie Irving, goes for 47 points, keeping the Boston Celtics from losing for the first time in 16 games against one of the league’s worst teams. Yes, it took overtime to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-102, but when Kyrie gets a super-efficient 16-of-22 shooting performance, throws in 5-of-7 beyond the arc, then cans 10-of-11 from the free throw line? Boston was not losing that game. Your Rookie of the Year Jayson Tatum went for 15 points on 6-of-11 and a plus-15 while grabbing nine rebounds; …

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