Breakfast Special: Eat Your Heart Out, Paul George

If Kevin Pritchard isn’t Executive of the Year for trading Paul George to Oklahoma City for what looked like spare parts and a bag of basketballs and managing to improve the team, then there simply is no justice in the NBA anymore. The Pacers beat Miami 113-107 in overtime, riding late-game heroics from Darren Collison to a 43-31 record through 74 games; Indiana went 42-40 in 2016-17. With just three wins in their last eight games, Indiana will post its best record since going 56-26 in the 2013-14 season, a year in which they made the Eastern Conference Finals and …

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Breakfast Special: Charlotte Hornets Break the Point Differential Stat

Way back in November of 2015, the Memphis Grizzlies lost two games, one by 50, the other by 30, in one fell swoop reducing their expected win total for the entire season by 2.7 wins. They lost three games for the price of two, providing the foreshadowing that would, by the end of the season, foretell their 3-14 finish in the regular season and, once they limped into the playoffs, their sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. It was precisely the kind of predictive outcome that analytics was designed to catch (and, if I may point the …

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Breakfast Special: Atlanta Owns Utah? Seriously?!

You wouldn’t have expected the Hawks to account for two of the Jazz’s three losses in their last 24 games. The only thing standing between Utah and a 24-0 record since mid-January is two tanking teams; the third loss was to Dallas. But here we are. Dennis Schroder shot 16-of-28 to score 41 points, Dewayne Dedmon had 15 rebounds , Utah shot just 37.1 percent from the field and 17.6 percent (6-of-34) from long range, and the Hawks beat the Jazz in Utah 99-94. Donovan Mitchell was honest-to-gods atrocious, cementing his status as the Evolutionary Jerry Stackhouse by scoring 24 …

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Breakfast Special: In Which Gregg Popovich Owns Steve Kerr Again

The San Antonio Spurs, left for dead just last week, have turned things around in a big way, and their fourth straight win just came at the expense of the Golden State Warriors. Even crazier, the Spurs held Golden State to just 75 points in a downright collegiate 89-75 slog of a game. Well, maybe “slog” isn’t the right word—the game was played at a 94.1 estimated pace, after all, slow by today’s NBA standards but a breakneck pace by the standards (86 possessions per 48 minutes, due mainly to the 30-second shot clock) of the college game. Anyway, point …

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Breakfast Special: A Glorious Day Without Tanking

Hey you. Reader. Did you spend Sunday watching college basketball, trying to fool yourself into believing that it’s better than the pros and a more pure form of the sport and whatever other trash we dredge up before a team that I legit confused with Maryland-Eastern Shore but was actually Maryland-Baltimore County busted everyone’s bracket like for real we didn’t even get past Friday before every single entry in every single bracket tournament was, like that jackpot in the Powerball a couple of years ago that rolled up to $1.4 billion because everyone played when it was $900 million and …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron’s Lue-sing Cause

So, this was a thing that happened between LeBron James and Tyronn Lue… oh shittt LeBron FED UP with Ty Lue pic.twitter.com/nYYPlRCFHr — Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) March 16, 2018 The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-105 Thursday night while the rest of the world was watching college ball. Despite a 15-of-25 night from James in which he scored 35 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and murdered Jusuf Nurkic in cold blood… Lebron James poster dunk on Nurkic pic.twitter.com/tfD3O1z2Tu — Jacari McRae (@JMcRae23) March 16, 2018 C.J. McCollum had 29 for the Blazers on 12-of-24, while Damian Lillard shot just …

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Breakfast Special: Wizards 125, Red Claws 124

Just a day before the Ides of March, the Wizards were Julius Caesar and the Celtics’ B-unit were the Roman Senators…and unlike Caesar, the Wiz escaped with their lives, though they nearly lost the kind of game that even a lottery team wouldn’t lose. The Wiz won 125-124 despite the Celtics not having Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis, Marcus Smart, and the gone-for-the-season Gordon Hayward. Bradley Beal played 47 of the 58 minutes of the double-overtime game, scoring 34 points on 14-of-27 and leading a DC Family that managed to lose the field goal percentage battle (Boston …

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Breakfast Special: Russell Westbrook’s Triple-Digit Triple-Doubles

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder are well on their way to topping last year’s 47-35 record, sitting fourth in the West at 41-29, three back in the loss column from Portland with 12 games to go. Westbrook just notched his 100th triple-double of his career, scoring 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, dishing 12 assists, and hauling in 12 boards in the Thunder’s 119-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night. Oklahoma City hit 16-of-35 from three-point land, 45.7 percent, turning the ball over just seven times. But a win over a tanking team doesn’t make much entertainment. Triple …

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Breakfast Special: Panic Time in San Antonio

It wasn’t long ago that the San Antonio Spurs were the solid third seed in the Western Conference, a team that even without Kawhi Leonard looked like they were well on their way to a 19th straight 50-win season. As of this writing, the Spurs are no longer a playoff team. The Rockets, behind 28 points on 6-of-17 shooting from James Harden (yes, really; he was 14-of-14 from the line), beat San Antonio 109-93 to take their 19th win in their last 20 games. Houston has a reputation, and a deserved one, for living and dying by the three-pointer, and …

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Breakfast Special: A Worthy, Deserving 3 Seed in the Eastern Conference

Say hello to your new second-round opponent for the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. It’s the same foe the Celtics lost to on Sunday: The Indiana Pacers. Behind 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting from Victor Oladipo and 19 points on 8-of-13 to go with 10 rebounds for Myles Turner, the Pacers, who nearly watched Bojan Bogdanovic choke away the game by reaching for a loose ball that, had he simply let it go out of bounds, would’ve secured an Indiana victory, nonetheless triumphed 99-97 to split the season series at two games apiece. Kyrie Irving missed the second half with …

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