Breakfast Special: Atlanta Owns Utah? Seriously?!

You wouldn’t have expected the Hawks to account for two of the Jazz’s three losses in their last 24 games. The only thing standing between Utah and a 24-0 record since mid-January is two tanking teams; the third loss was to Dallas. But here we are. Dennis Schroder shot 16-of-28 to score 41 points, Dewayne Dedmon had 15 rebounds , Utah shot just 37.1 percent from the field and 17.6 percent (6-of-34) from long range, and the Hawks beat the Jazz in Utah 99-94. Donovan Mitchell was honest-to-gods atrocious, cementing his status as the Evolutionary Jerry Stackhouse by scoring 24 …

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Breakfast Special: In Which Gregg Popovich Owns Steve Kerr Again

The San Antonio Spurs, left for dead just last week, have turned things around in a big way, and their fourth straight win just came at the expense of the Golden State Warriors. Even crazier, the Spurs held Golden State to just 75 points in a downright collegiate 89-75 slog of a game. Well, maybe “slog” isn’t the right word—the game was played at a 94.1 estimated pace, after all, slow by today’s NBA standards but a breakneck pace by the standards (86 possessions per 48 minutes, due mainly to the 30-second shot clock) of the college game. Anyway, point …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron’s Lue-sing Cause

So, this was a thing that happened between LeBron James and Tyronn Lue… oh shittt LeBron FED UP with Ty Lue pic.twitter.com/nYYPlRCFHr — Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) March 16, 2018 The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-105 Thursday night while the rest of the world was watching college ball. Despite a 15-of-25 night from James in which he scored 35 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and murdered Jusuf Nurkic in cold blood… Lebron James poster dunk on Nurkic pic.twitter.com/tfD3O1z2Tu — Jacari McRae (@JMcRae23) March 16, 2018 C.J. McCollum had 29 for the Blazers on 12-of-24, while Damian Lillard shot just …

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Breakfast Special: Russell Westbrook’s Triple-Digit Triple-Doubles

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder are well on their way to topping last year’s 47-35 record, sitting fourth in the West at 41-29, three back in the loss column from Portland with 12 games to go. Westbrook just notched his 100th triple-double of his career, scoring 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, dishing 12 assists, and hauling in 12 boards in the Thunder’s 119-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night. Oklahoma City hit 16-of-35 from three-point land, 45.7 percent, turning the ball over just seven times. But a win over a tanking team doesn’t make much entertainment. Triple …

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Breakfast Special: A Worthy, Deserving 3 Seed in the Eastern Conference

Say hello to your new second-round opponent for the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. It’s the same foe the Celtics lost to on Sunday: The Indiana Pacers. Behind 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting from Victor Oladipo and 19 points on 8-of-13 to go with 10 rebounds for Myles Turner, the Pacers, who nearly watched Bojan Bogdanovic choke away the game by reaching for a loose ball that, had he simply let it go out of bounds, would’ve secured an Indiana victory, nonetheless triumphed 99-97 to split the season series at two games apiece. Kyrie Irving missed the second half with …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron 1, Denver 1

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Denver Nuggets last week, falling 126-117 at home and jeopardizing their hold on third place in the East. Wednesday, the Cavs went to Denver and got even, consolidating their hold on third and sinking the Nuggets out of the West top eight entirely. Cleveland won 113-108 behind 39 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists from the King, who shot 15-of-25 from the field in the process. Denver turned the ball over 21 times to Cleveland’s 10, and it was a terrible waste of a great game from Nikola Jokic, who had 36 …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron With A Little Help From His Friends

This season, LeBron James has been out on an island in Cleveland, putting up one of the better statistical seasons of his career, especially his post-Miami career, while getting nothing from his teammates and having to win games by himself. Monday night against Detroit, LeBron had his usual mind-blowing game, with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting and seven each of rebounds and assists, but this time he got some help. Larry Nance Jr. had 22 points on 9-of-15 to go with 15 rebounds and two steals, while Detroit happily obliged the Cavs by shooting 39.1 percent from the field despite …

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Breakfast Special: March Forth, Eastern Conference Confusion

Sunday’s NBA games were a smorgasbord of tanking teams, pretenders losing gimme games to contenders, and two shocking Eastern Conference results that shook up the playoff picture in one heck of a way… Your New Home-Court Heroes The Pacers went into Washington, where as the fourth of March opened, Indiana would, if the playoffs started on Sunday, have been playing a Game 7. The Pacers left Washington in a position where, if the playoffs started on Monday, they would have played a Game 6. Myles Turner scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points on 11-of-20 …

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Breakfast Special: Lonzo Ball, Ace Sixth Man

Ladies and gentlemen, Lonzo Ball—yes, THAT Lonzo Ball—had a perfect shooting night. OK, so he did it off the bench and only attempted four shots and two free throws, but 4-4 FG/3-3 3PT/2-2 FT is still 13 points. Plus, the Lakers beat the tanking Hawks 123-104 in Atlanta, sending Hawks fans into paroxysms of joy as they entrench their position at “We’re Number 30! We’re Number 30!” Since Dallas beat the Pacers (we’ll get to that in the Lightning Round, as it is unworthy of feature consideration), today was a good day for #TrueToAtlanta. The Lakers ran ten guys out …

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Breakfast Special: The Spurs Are Not Dead

Stop me if you heard this before. LeBron James has a huge game, the Cavaliers play like hot garbage, and the other team gets a big win. This time is was the Rodeo Road Tripping San Antonio Spurs, who marched into Quicken Loans Arena, watched the other four Cleveland starters shoot a combined 6-of-28, and won 110-94. LeBron had 33 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists (and would’ve had a triple-double if anyone else on his team could shoot worth a lick); San Antonio had a Total Team Effort led by 27 from LaMarcus Aldridge. Cleveland had 15 turnovers to …

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