Breakfast Special: January Blowout Sale!

The Golden State Warriors won an NBA basketball game by 31 points on a night where only six games were played league-wide. The Warriors posted just the fourth-best victory margin among the winning teams, as three of the top four East squads won by more than that. But the losing team in the Dubs’ game is why they’re leading the show, because they beat the Denver Nuggets, 142-111, in Denver. Golden State scored 51 points in the first. That’s first quarter, not first half. And they hit 10 threes in the frame, a franchise record. The 51 points? Also a …

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Breakfast Special: A Night of Festivus Miracles

Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, even Andrew Wiggins…if you stayed up late enough on the East Coast to watch the late games in the NBA on Festivus, you got treated to Feats of Strength and, if you follow fans of the losing teams (or Doncic’s own team) on Twitter, you got Airing of Grievances big-time. There were 11 games in the Association as everyone gets Christmas Eve off before the annual Hoopsmas extravaganza on Tuesday, and like Santa in his sleigh, here come the presents of highlights from all 11: Steph Gonna MVP Warriors, with Curry: 18-5 (64-18 full-season pace) Warriors, …

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Klay Thompson: Is He Any Good?

Klay Thompson is a flash point. Doubt his prowess in a room full of Warriors fans and it doesn’t matter what else you say, they’re going to say you don’t know what you’re talking about. Thompson has a reputation as a great wing defender, he puts up three-pointers like they’re going out of style, and he’s a four-time All-Star. But the stats hate him. So who do you believe, me or your own eyes? The question under discussion here is whether Thompson’s deserving of his role as a four-time All-Star and the association that guys who are perennial All-Stars tend …

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Breakfast Special: Steph Curry Eviscerates Cleveland

Stephen Curry‘s disemboweling of the Cleveland Cavaliers was a lot more fun when LeBron James was on the losing end, wasn’t it? Against the Canton Charge wearing Cavs uniforms, it’s just not the same. Steph had 42 points on 11-of-20 shooting including 9-of-14 from three, pulled down nine rebounds, and dished seven assists as the Warriors thrashed Cleveland 129-105 at the Q. Kevin Durant is better as the sidekick, and in that role he came an assist shy of a triple-double with 25, 10, and 9. And Jonas Jerebko (!) led the team in plus/minus at +25 in his 22 …

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Breakfast Special: Every Game A Finals Preview

The Toronto Raptors, every time they play a Western Conference team, get “potential Finals preview” added to it. Such is the nature of a Western Conference where it seems like every team except the Suns has looked like a title contender at least once this season. This time, it was the West-leading Denver Nuggets who came to Toronto…and became just the third team all season to beat the Raptors in Canada. Denver won 106-103 behind a huge triple-double from Nikola Jokic; he had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 15 assists. Jamal Murray had 21 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, …

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Breakfast Special: Score 50. Lose. Repeat.

Three times this season, a player has gone for 50 or better in a game his team lost. Kemba Walker had 60 in a loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 17. James Harden scored 54 on Monday and came up short against the Wizards. And now Kevin Durant has a 51-point game in a loss on his record, as the Warriors lost 131-128 in overtime in a potential Finals preview at Toronto. Bright side? Durant only had one turnover; Walker had nine and Harden had 11 in their losses. For the winners, Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points on 14-of-24 shooting, Pascal …

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Breakfast Special: B-Sides And Rarities

The Charlotte Hornets actually gutted out a close win for a change. Furthermore, they managed to get down 14 and still claw their way back. Besides, holding Giannis Antetokounmpo to just 20 points and 11 rebounds is an accomplishment worth celebrating. The real surprise here? Mike Budenholzer’s ultra-efficient inside-out game didn’t generate the easy two-point chances that are normally its hallmark (Milwaukee, at 59 percent, leads the entire NBA in two-point percentage), and that’s how 110-107 wins happen; the Bucks shot just 21-of-44 (47.7 percent) on the deuces. Kemba Walker had a weird 21 points in this one. He shot …

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Breakfast Special: Dray, Durant, Dubs Destroyed

Well, if the Golden State Warriors were hoping for anything resembling relief with Draymond Green back in the lineup for a big national-TV game against the Houston Rockets Thursday night, the giant turd they left out on the court at Toyota Center would seem to suggest that the squad’s got bigger problems. Dray was 0-of-5 from the field, had no points, five rebounds, five assists, and five turnovers, whatever he contributed defensively got swamped under a minus-10 that was second-worst (behind only Kevin Durant) among the starters, and Golden State lost to Houston 107-86. Durant had a team-high 20 points, …

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Breakfast Special: Draymond’s Durant DNP

Draymond Green sat a game after bringing up Kevin Durant‘s impending free agency during a heated exchange between the two earlier in the week. And Warriors management? Well, they just essentially reminded Green that 7.5 points and 7.8 rebounds a game do not entitle someone to influence personnel decisions and suspended him. Green’s decline—in addition to all his other woes, he’s shooting 24 percent from three this year—makes him a curious case for the Warriors. On the one hand, he’s still the best ball-distributing forward in the league, with 7.4 assists a game to lead the team. But on the …

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Breakfast Special: Jamal Murray’s A Mile High

You know the analytics people have gotten maaaaaybe a bit afield of the plot when there are Celtics fans on Twitter trying to point out that Kyrie Irving‘s 31 points was worth more than Jamal Murray‘ 48 because Murray took 30 shots while Irving took only 17. Meanwhile, Irving remains a little punk, one of my least favorite NBA players: Kyrie threw the ball into the crowd after Jamal Murray's attempt to make 50-points as the game ended pic.twitter.com/Vbx3oNxmaf — Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 6, 2018 Murray went for the shot to try to get to 50 …

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