Breakfast Special: Never the Clippers’ Day

The Los Angeles Clippers have been the whipping boy of the 8 seed in the Western Conference. Fighting for their playoff lives, just when they get a chance to consolidate a position and move forward, they run face-first into Anthony Davis and his 41 points in the Pelicans’ 121-116 win at Staples Center. The Pelicans, left for dead after DeMarcus Cousins got hurt, have now won nine in a row to go to 37-26, just one game back of Portland (!) for the 3 seed out west. Davis went 17-of-31 from the field in this one, while Jrue Holiday scored …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron With A Little Help From His Friends

This season, LeBron James has been out on an island in Cleveland, putting up one of the better statistical seasons of his career, especially his post-Miami career, while getting nothing from his teammates and having to win games by himself. Monday night against Detroit, LeBron had his usual mind-blowing game, with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting and seven each of rebounds and assists, but this time he got some help. Larry Nance Jr. had 22 points on 9-of-15 to go with 15 rebounds and two steals, while Detroit happily obliged the Cavs by shooting 39.1 percent from the field despite …

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Breakfast Special: March Forth, Eastern Conference Confusion

Sunday’s NBA games were a smorgasbord of tanking teams, pretenders losing gimme games to contenders, and two shocking Eastern Conference results that shook up the playoff picture in one heck of a way… Your New Home-Court Heroes The Pacers went into Washington, where as the fourth of March opened, Indiana would, if the playoffs started on Sunday, have been playing a Game 7. The Pacers left Washington in a position where, if the playoffs started on Monday, they would have played a Game 6. Myles Turner scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points on 11-of-20 …

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Breakfast Special: Lonzo Ball Does More With Less

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said of Magic Johnson that Magic could take three shots and still impact the game. Considering Lonzo Ball led the Lakers at plus-24 despite shooting the ball only five times (making three), all while scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing seven assists, and yanking six steals, maybe Kareem’s remarks should be updated to the Lakers’ scoring-deficient young rookie. The scoring portion of the program was brought to you by Isaiah Thomas (29 points off the bench) and Julius Randle (25, on 8-of-13 and a stellar 9-of-9 from the line) as the Lakers pummeled the Heat in …

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Breakfast Special: Boban Marjanovic, HERO OF SERBIA!

Boban Marjanovic is everybody’s favorite player. Boban is love. Boban is life. And Boban scored 18 points in the second half, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a thrilling come-from-a-mile-behind 122-120 road win against the Denver Nuggets on national television: Boban Marjanovic scored his first points as a member of the @LAClippers and all 18 PTS in the 2nd half to push LAC to victory on the road! #ItTakesEverything pic.twitter.com/KjHiQyHLgK — NBA (@NBA) February 28, 2018 Because Boban is most stronk: Boban takes the hit…count it! #ItTakesEverything 📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/3asZhDjcs1 — NBA (@NBA) February 28, 2018 Lou Williams had 25 …

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Breakfast Special: Lonzo Ball, Ace Sixth Man

Ladies and gentlemen, Lonzo Ball—yes, THAT Lonzo Ball—had a perfect shooting night. OK, so he did it off the bench and only attempted four shots and two free throws, but 4-4 FG/3-3 3PT/2-2 FT is still 13 points. Plus, the Lakers beat the tanking Hawks 123-104 in Atlanta, sending Hawks fans into paroxysms of joy as they entrench their position at “We’re Number 30! We’re Number 30!” Since Dallas beat the Pacers (we’ll get to that in the Lightning Round, as it is unworthy of feature consideration), today was a good day for #TrueToAtlanta. The Lakers ran ten guys out …

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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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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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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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