Breakfast Special: Still Russell Westbrook’s World

It remains a fundamental truth of the universe that when Russell Westbrook wants to impose himself on the stat sheet, there is not a player in the world who can stop him. Westbrook went for 37 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds Sunday in the Thunder’s 122-112 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, and as if that weren’t impressive enough? Steven Adams had 10 offensive rebounds. TEN. Anything OKC’s Big Three misses, Adams just hoovers up and puts back; Adams’ 20 points came on 10-of-11 shooting. Oh, and newly-minted All-Star and injury replacement Paul George went for 31 of his own. …

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Breakfast Special: Featuring Damian Lillard’s All-Star Beef Sandwich

Man, sometimes you just want to skip ahead to the lightning round, with a fairly modest slate of games in terms of playoff implications. But then Russell Westbrook goes out and beefs with Damian Lillard about the latter’s All-Star selection and the snubbing of Paul George, and it’s on like Donkey Kong. Mind you, the Blazers didn’t play Oklahoma City—that would’ve been too perfect—but instead took it out on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home by a 123-114 count. Lillard laid the smackdown on Minnesota, scoring 31 points to lead Portland in a game where defense was for suckers; the Blazers …

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Offensive Rebounds Vs. Getting Back On Defense: Which Is More Effective?

There are two maxims in the NBA that are seemingly contradictory. To do one, you must concede the other. One is “you need to limit your opponent to one shot.” The other is “you need to get back on defense and prevent transition baskets.” After all, if you miss a shot and you’re getting back when the shot goes up, you have given the opponent the former…but if you crash the boards to try to get multiple shots on the possession, you’re vulnerable to a 2-on-1 or a 3-on-2 going the other way, especially in an age where more and …

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Breakfast Special: Steph Curry Eats the Basketball

Stephen Curry is very good at basketball, but when Lauri Markkanen up and decides to serve him the ball for breakfast, all Chef can do is take a big bite and then get the next one: Lauri Markkanen just spiked the ball on Steph Curry’s dome lmao pic.twitter.com/Yr7EQs3Kfh — Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) January 18, 2018 Mmm, delicious basketball. The Golden State Warriors won 119-112 at United Center, and the Bulls continue to make no sense whatsoever; in going 14-8 since their 3-20 start, they have looked every bit the kind of team that goes 14-8 in 22-game stretches (that is …

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Breakfast Special: A King Gets Deposed on a King’s Day

With the exception of Christmas, no day of the year is a bigger hoops bonanza than Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and if you were lucky enough to have the day off, you could wake up at 9:30 on the West Coast, turn on League Pass, and have games until almost midnight. And like Christmas, you even got the biggest marquee matchup in the league… Warriors 2, Cavaliers 0, I Don’t Think This Is the Finals, Guys LeBron James had 32 points, but this Cavs team just isn’t very good. Isaiah Thomas is back to being the high-volume shooter and …

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Breakfast Special: Cleveland Cadavers

Just when you thought the Cleveland Cavaliers couldn’t get any worse after that ritual slaughter they endured in Minnesota Monday night, they came out and lost 133-99 to the Toronto Raptors. They’ve lost their previous two games by a combined 260-198, dropping their season-long point differential all the way to plus-1.1 in 96 minutes of basketball. Put another way, they dropped from a fringe contender to a team that would expect to go 44-38 over the course of a full season. Meanwhile, Toronto, with the big win, extended their own differential to plus-8.3, the second-best mark in all of basketball …

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Breakfast Special: Russell Westbrook’s G-League Spectacular!

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been soundly thwacked by the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team they might well see in the first round of the playoffs. The 104-88 loss was Oklahoma City’s third straight, all by double digits. The funny thing about all this is Russell Westbrook, who has come alive recently, put up a monster performance; he had 38 points on 15-of-23 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds to up his season average to 9.6, and dished five assists even though nobody else on his team could make a shot. Westbrook is averaging 25.1 points, 9.6 boards, and 10.0 assists per contest, …

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Breakfast Special: Chef Curry, Extra Spicy

The Denver Nuggets had four players with at least 20 points in Oakland Monday night. They shot 49.5 percent from the field and racked up 114 points. Trouble is, Stephen Curry exploded for 32 points, the Warriors shot 56.5 percent as a team, and the Nugs, who seem to only win on Friday and Saturday, lost another game during the week to the tune of 124-114. For Curry, it was another fantastic display of efficiency. 9-of-17 from the field. 5-of-10 for three. 9-of-10 from the line. Just a .529/.500/.900 line because he clearly got upgraded to MVP caliber again during …

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Breakfast Special: The Lakers Tank Fail

Lakers coach Luke Walton is taking the continuing criticism of Black Marv Marinovich in stride. BMM’s son, Lonzo Ball, continues to be the biggest bust at No. 2 overall since Darko, and indeed Ball shot a disappointing 5-of-13 from the field in the Lakers’ you-can’t-even-tank-right 132-113 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. With the game decided, Walton pulled Ball from the game to preserve his health, but he couldn’t resist taking a dig at the media circus around Lakerland. When asked why he’d pulled Lonzo, Walton simply said “His dad was talking s— so I took him out early.” …

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Breakfast Special: Steph Gonna Steph With A Vengeance

Stephen Curry has been full Beast Mode since returning from injury; in his two games back, he’s shot a combined 24-of-36 (66.7 percent) from the field, 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) from three, and 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) from the line, scoring 70 points, and sticking the knife into the heart of the Dallas Mavericks as Golden State won 105-102 Wednesday night: The game-winner! Steph Curry called game as the @warriors beat the @dallasmavs 125-122 in the final seconds! Curry: 32 PTS, 8 AST, 5 REB, 6 3PMDurant: 25 PTSKD: 25 PTS, 11 REB, 6 ASTDraymond: 18 PTS, 10 REB, 6 AST#DubNation pic.twitter.com/BYVyCfGJ7r …

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