Breakfast Special: LeBron James Stars In “L’Etat, C’est Moi”

LeBron James IS the Cleveland Cavaliers, and if anyone doubted that, the King used an overtime stage against the Minnesota Timberwolves to go right ahead and prove to the world and remind his teammates that he is the guy for whom, to steal a line from Winston Churchill, “never has so much been owed by so many to so few.” As in one. The GOAT. LeBron Raymone James. Bron had 37 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds, a 16-of-22 shooting performance, the Cavaliers finally followed him into the valley of death to the tune of 59.1 percent shooting, 21-of-41 from three… …

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Breakfast Special: Antetokounmpo The Amazing And Acrobatic

Giannis Antetokounmpo is faster than a speeding Eurostep. More powerful than Darryl Dawkins attacking a rim. And able to leap tall basketball players in a single bound. No, seriously, I am not making that last one up: Giannis Antetokounmpo just hurtled over a 6'6" human like us mere mortals stepping over a puddle pic.twitter.com/4tks5c4gPd — Kristaps Wobzingis (@World_Wide_Wob) February 7, 2018 Vaya con Dios, Tim Hardaway Jr. You just got reduced to a poster. Meanwhile, the Knicks lost Kristaps Porzingis, because everything Jimmy Dolan touches rusts away like a reverse King Midas touch: This is it. This is the end. …

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Breakfast Special: Seven Short Films About Basketball

We begin our adventure today by discussing the wonderful word of point differential regression. “Oh, gods, Fox, AGAIN?” Yes, again. The Miami Heat lost 111-109 at home to the woeful Orlando Magic, dropping them from nipping at Cleveland’s heels just a few games ago to seventh and falling in the East. Miami has now lost four straight, seven of their last 10, and stand just two games up on Detroit for missing the top eight entirely. Their point differential, minus-0.8, is a 39-43 team’s point differential. At 29-25, they may yet have even further to fall. But such is life …

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Breakfast Special: While You Were Off Doing Football

If you’ll indulge me today, I’m going to cut straight to the lightning round in the Breakfast Special; I debated not doing one of these at all because let’s face it, absolutely nobody is talking about the NBA right now, not after the upset of the century that the Eagles pulled over the Patriots in the Super Bowl. So normal service resumes tomorrow, but a quick catch-up for you in case you missed the basketball before kickoff: Al Horford hit a fantastic game-winner, and the Blazers got the Bad Backcourt as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum hit just 15-of-41 shooting …

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Breakfast Special: Detroit’s New Old-Fashioned Twin Towers

Blake Griffin had 24 points powered mainly by his 11-of-13 night at the free throw line. His frontcourt mate, Andre Drummond, put up 14 points and 15 boards, and Marc Gasol happily obliged the home crowd by shooting just 6-of-21. Despite Gasol’s 19 points and 14 rebounds, that inefficiency was the tipping point of Detroit’s 104-102 win. But you came here for highlights, and Blake had his share of moments, including a gaffe where he didn’t have his jersey on under his warmups. Your man of the match: Blake Griffin goes for 24 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST and the …

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Breakfast Special: Danny Ainge Makes LeBron His…

To say that the Celtics won the Kyrie Irving-for-Isaiah Thomas and the Nets 2018 pick trade is to have a grasp on the obvious so glaring that you’re probably dressed up in a silly outfit and introducing Shaqtin’ A Fool. Thomas and LeBron James got into a scuffle after the Cavaliers’ disastrous offensive performance against the Miami Heat, where James called out his teammate’s poor (2-of-15) shooting as the Cavs… …wait, Cleveland won? What the actual…? Yep. The Cavs beat the Heat 91-89, their atrocious offense matched by a display of defense so surprising that even the Browns, looking up …

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Breakfast Special: James Harden Is On Another Level

James Harden has done something that your humble columnist hasn’t managed to pull off in thousands of hours of playing NBA Live and 2K over the years. That’s how utterly ridiculous his 60-point triple-double, which broke the record held by Russell Westbrook (and previously held for almost 50 years by Wilt Chamberlain) for points while recording a triple-double in a game. The perhaps even wilder thing about all this is that Harden did it in 46 minutes of a relatively slow-paced game; the Rockets’ 114-107 win over Orlando was played at an estimated pace of only 93.3, snail-like by today’s …

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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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