Breakfast Special: Warriors In 6. Not Warriors In 4.

By definition, in a six-game series, the losing team wins two games. More importantly, the losing team, usually the favorite in the series who starts at home, wins those two games at home. Either they take the first two games, lose two on the road, come back home, and everything goes sideways in Game 5, or they lose one of the first two games at home, fall down 3-1 on the road, pull one back, then ultimately succumb to the enemy’s fans going bonkers and the atmosphere of a team knowing they’re toast if the series gets pushed to seven …

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Breakfast Special: Time to Panic, Rockets Fans

It is one thing to read too much into a Game 1 when it doesn’t tell us anything about the relative strengths of the teams, with one team winning big, but on its home floor against a player notorious for treating a seven-game series as a boxing match, feeling out the opponent in the early rounds. It is another thing for a team to go into an opponent’s house, punch them square in the mouth, knock out a couple of teeth, and then dare them to bite back against a title defense by the champion. And that’s why the Houston …

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Breakfast Special: Conference Finals Preview and Breakfast Recipes

The conference finals start Sunday in the NBA, with the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers tipping off a seven-game series as the Basketball Gods intended, even if the drama we anticipated before the season went up in a puff of injuries and placate-the-King trades midway through the season. So we don’t get Kyrie Irving playing against his former team, nor do we get Isaiah Thomas playing against his. Nor do we get the frontcourt matchup for the ages we’d hoped to see from Gordon Hayward and LeBron James. Nope. Instead, we get Gordon Who and Kyrie Who, aka Jayson Tatum …

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Breakfast Special: James Harden Stinks Out the Joint (plus Dubs)

Let’s just say Alvin Gentry isn’t about to surpass his mentor Steve Kerr anytime soon. The Golden State Warriors closed out their five-game series with the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night, winning 113-104 behind a 36-19 third quarter that extended their lead to 20 with one quarter remaining. And even though the Pellies gave a good account of themselves to close the final margin down to nine, the fact remains this one was never in real doubt. Anthony Davis had 36 points and Jrue Holiday had a triple-double, scoring 27 points, pulling 10 rebounds, and dishing 11 assists. Trouble was, …

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Breakfast Special: Heroes. Kevin Durant, LeBron James…Al Horford?

Saturday’s Eastern Conference Game 3 action was off the charts for excitement. The Boston Celtics eked out an overtime win in Philadelphia to take a commanding 3-0 series lead; it’s hard to imagine this series going past Game 5, and that’s if the Celtics don’t just sweep the Processors out of the playoffs entirely. Plus, LeBron James tossed up one of those shots that we call a desperation effort…unless it goes in, in which case it’s proof that LeBron is the greatest of all time. In fact, let’s start with the Cavs’ extending their series lead to 3-0 at home …

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Breakfast Special: Rondo Alla Draymond Verdi

On Star Wars Day, balance was restored to the Force in the NBA Western Conference semifinals. In New Orleans, “the losing team in a five-game series wins Game 3” was in full effect as the Pelicans beat the Golden State Warriors 119-100. And in Utah, the Houston Rockets just up and decided to remind the Jazz that winning one game on the road does not automatically mean you then go on to win the series in six. Don’t believe me? Ask us Pacers fans. We begin in the Big Easy, where Rajon Rondo and Draymond Green got a little chippy …

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Breakfast Special: Steph-LeBron IV Coming In June

Stephen Curry is an impact player. We all knew that. But to see him post a plus-26 off the bench in a game his team won by just five points, 121-116 to put Golden State 2-0 up on the New Orleans Pelicans as the series heads out on the road to the Big Easy? Steph played 27 minutes. When he was off the floor, Golden State lost by 21 points. That’s a point a minute sliding away from them without their superstar. OK, so that’s an oversimplification. But the rest of the Dubs except for Draymond Green played like steaming …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron James Wins Series, Cavaliers Watch, Amazed

With the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers Sunday, the first round of the NBA playoffs officially came to a close. And while Pacers fans lick our wounds, grouse about how the referees cost us this series with that goaltend non-call in Game 5, and look toward a bright future for the franchise, one thing is clear: LeBron James is the GOAT. How else do you explain a guy who’s been to seven straight Finals, has the worst supporting cast he’s had around him since 2007, yet goes out and singlehandedly wins a series more or less by …

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Breakfast Special: The Process of Elimination for the Heat

The 76ers just pulled off one of those curious rarities in the NBA playoffs; a five-game series in which the higher seed lost a game at home. Indeed, even though the Sixers lost Game 2, sending the series back to Miami with so much promise for the Heat, Philadelphia played like a team that’s been doing this for years, won both road games, then closed out Game 5 in front of their own fans 104-91. J.J. Redick did one thing and did it well; scoring points. He had 27 of them, hitting 6-of-13 from the field including 5-of-10 from three, …

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Breakfast Special: The Phantom of the Process Lives Inside Miami’s Mind

Well, it was fun speculating about Miami in 6, but with Joel Embiid back, the 76ers restored balance to the playoff Force, erased their horrid Game 2 home loss by seizing back home court advantage, and won 128-108, their second blowout victory in three games and a heck of a pointer toward the idea that this might be Sixers in five. The Sixers shot 18-of-34 (52.9 percent) from long range, drew enough fouls to shoot 37 free throws (making 28, a 75.7 percent clip), and won the rebound (41-35) and turnover (15-10) battles. In other words, they were Rockets East. …

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