NBA Best And Worst Contracts Part V: Southwest Division

Welcome to Part 5 of our 6-part series taking a look at every contract in the NBA—except for rookies and two-way contracts, plus anyone who didn’t play in the league last season due to injury or having been overseas or something—and quantifying the ratio of minute-weighted dollars paid to Win Shares produced. To remind folks who haven’t read previous entries in this series: As a quick reminder, a rookie, veteran minimum, or midlevel exception contract should produce a Wiggins Factor below 100, a rotation player with a rotation salary should be under 200, and ideally you want your superstar-level contracts …

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Breakfast Special: New Year, Same Great Choking Rockets Taste

Last year in the Western Conference Finals against Golden State, the Houston Rockets choked away Game 7 at home by missing 27 three-pointers in a row. This year, in the Western Conference Semifinals, the Rockets took a lead into the fourth quarter and choked it away, but this time they shot just fine from three-point land (43.6 percent for the game) but just couldn’t get a defensive stop when they needed one. The Warriors didn’t have Kevin Durant, and even though they should’ve been the weaker squad sans merc, they managed a win and pulled off a cool feat in …

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Breakfast Special: Kevin Durant’s MRI to Decide NBA Finals

Heading into Game 5, a strong undercurrent of “the team that wins this game is going to win the championship” permeated the atmosphere and lent heavyweight power to every dribble, every shot, every minute of the game. The Warriors won the ballgame 104-99, taking a 3-2 lead in the series and keeping alive a wild run where all five games have been decided by no more than four points nor fewer than six. Which, well, series over, crown the Dubs champs as the first three-peat since the 2000-02 Lakers, right? Wrong. Because Kevin Durant went down in the fourth quarter …

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Breakfast Special: Bucks Got In 5 On It

The Milwaukee Bucks are, in the plainest and simplest point of fact, a better basketball team than the Boston Celtics. Milwaukee’s star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is the legitimate for-real honest-to-gods MVP in the whole league. Boston’s stars, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, are “the worst parts of Allen Iverson‘s game” and “half the Domantas Sabonis for twice the price” respectively. And there’s something oddly satisfying (if you’re a Celtics hater) in watching the culmination of Danny Ainge‘s years of wheeling, dealing, scheming, and roster building at the expense of the Nets and Sixers turn out to be Boston advancing just one …

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Breakfast Special: Stephen Curry, Playoff Choker

Kevin Durant has scored 45 points or more in three of the Warriors’ nine playoff games so far. The Warriors are 1-2 in those games. First it was the Los Angeles Clippers beating the Warriors despite Durant’s 45 in Game 5 of the first round. And Saturday night, it was the Houston Rockets either winning the obligatory Game 3 on their way to losing in 5 or winning the game that keeps this all about home court and stands as a milepost where the series will be won in Game 5 when one team goes up 3-2 and either closes …

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Breakfast Special: Referees 115, Rockets 109

Jonathan Coulton famously sang that the first of May is the beginning of the season of having sex outdoors, but on April 30, the only screwing going on was happening inside Oracle Arena and involved Scott Foster going to the window, to the walls on the Houston Rockets. James Harden had 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting and shot 8-of-9 from the free throw line, but he also had four fouls, never quite looked completely in rhythm, and ended up carrying a minus-9 accumulated in the first quarter all the way through his 34 minutes of action in the game as …

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Breakfast Special: Refs 1, James Harden 0

The NBA didn’t need another refereeing controversy, but when a seemingly pulled-out-of-a-hat set of calls involving Klay Thompson‘s defense on James Harden cast doubt on the validity of a 104-100 Warriors win, that’s exactly what the NBA got. Let’s start with a highlight… THAT IS A FOUL. IM DONE. pic.twitter.com/K7oxB0A6zt — UniquESports+ Featured (@SportsProvlder) April 28, 2019 …and then leave it to Twitter to correctly point out that if this is a foul, it’s an offensive foul on Harden, not a defensive foul on Draymond Green: Lmao you’re right actually. A foul on James Harden for jumping straight up but …

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Breakfast Special: The Golden State Warriors Blew a 3-1 Lou Williams

There is no simpler way to summarize Wednesday night in the NBA other than to simply say the Rockets turned to the Warriors, said, “ready for that Western Conference Finals rematch, friends?” and the Dubs turned back to the Rockets and said “let us get back to you on that, we’ve got a 3-1 lead and, you know how it is…” Lou Williams went on a one-man 8-0 run in the clutch, the Clippers won Game 5 129-121 to take their second game on the road this series—just imagine if they could actually win at home!—and we’ve got ourselves a …

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Breakfast Special: Nuggets-Spurs Has Gone Mad

The Denver Nuggets went 34-7 at home during the regular season. The San Antonio Spurs won 32 of their 41 home contests, losing just nine. If you knew nothing else about the series, you’d predict that it’d be the kind of seven-game series where the home team won every game and it ended in the Mile High City without the series truly starting in the “a series doesn’t start until the road team wins a game” sort of way. Well, hold on to your butts, folks. Denver won 117-103, in San Antonio, and leveled the series at 2-2, with each …

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Breakfast Special: #FearTheDeer Hearts And Gentle People

I am, via a couple of national-media follows, plugged into Pistons Twitter in a way that is matched by few other NBA teams—it’s pretty much the Mavs, Suns, and Pace and Space Emeritus Zach d’Arbeloff’s particular brand of Weird Celtics Twitter (speaking of, follow @embracesmarf)—and as such I got to see a fanbase demoralized by the pure power of Milwaukee Bucks basketball and Dwane Casey’s coaching their own team. I have about one hundred and one questions for Dwane Casey. — Duncan Smith (@DuncanSmithNBA) April 18, 2019 The Bucks won 120-99, bringing the total margin on the first two games …

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