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: The Golden State Reformation

Here’s to the restoration of NBA order, as the Golden State Warriors, behind 29 points from Stephen Curry and 28 from Klay Thompson, shot 55.2 percent from the field, got a triple-double from Draymond Green (17 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists), held Houston to 17-of-50 (34 percent, and wait, 50 three-point attempts?!) from long range, and won the game 124-114. Eric Gordon had 30, Gerald Green added 29 off the bench, and Chris Paul had 28, and if you want to go for a fourth, Clint Capela had 15. That accounts for 102 of the Rockets’ points. The rest of …

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Lou Williams: Is He Any Good?

Lou Williams, who may just end up being the last prep-to-pro from the old era left at the rate he’s going, was drafted out of high school in 2005 and immediately banished to obscurity; he’s been a starter for only 95 of his 808 career NBA games. But the 31-year-old journeyman, playing for his fifth team in the past four years, is making an incredibly strong case for Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 20 points per game off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers. So this leads us to a simple question. Is Lou Williams a starter in …

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NBA Breakfast Special: New Orleans Boogie

The New Orleans Pelicans have never quite figured out how to use Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins together. A twin-towers big man lineup just doesn’t work in today’s NBA no matter how much Boogie might want us all to believe he’s a stretch 5. But by himself, and against his old team in Sacramento? How’s 41 points, 23 rebounds, and six assists sound? He was the focal point, and being focused propelled the Pellies to the win, 114-106, on national television. His “l’etat, c’est moi” game on TNT came against a caring-and-sharing Kings squad that saw seven players in double …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Clippermania

by Fox Doucette The Los Angeles Clippers are sixth in the NBA in Offensive Rating and the best in Defensive Rating. As much fun as small sample sizes are, a +25.3 point differential is fiendishly difficult to ignore. And sure enough, Steve Ballmer’s plaything went out and stomped the Utah Jazz, owners of the league’s ninth-best defense and slowest pace, scoring 102 points on a squad that plays at a 94.1 pace like nobody told them it’s not 1997 anymore. Note the score here in this clip with two minutes left. Then consider the final score was 102-84: Big Shot …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Lonzo Can Into Space

by Fox Doucette Can we talk about Lonzo Ball? And by talk, I mean point and laugh as his NBA debut involved just three points on 1-of-6 shooting and a pair of missed free throws in 29 minutes. For those conoisseurs of Big Baller Hate, this was pretty much a best-case scenario, wasn’t it? Short of breaking his ankle, tearing his ACL, or getting slammed face first into a basket support by a pissed-off DeAndre Jordan, that is. Yes, he had nine rebounds, and Lonzo does look to have the tools to be a very capable defender (he put up …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Los Angeles Clippers

by Fox Doucette The Clippers, who were gifted Chris Paul by the league, apparently missed a payment to their State Farm agent, because CP3 got repossessed and given to the Houston Rockets. Which means… Blake Griffin’s so fragile that he hasn’t played a full season’s worth of games since 2014, DeAndre Jordan is a one-trick pony who doesn’t have Paul to lob him easy dunks anymore, and while the addition of Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari, and Montrezl Harrell make them an intriguing team, the question then becomes whether any of these pieces actually fit together. Can …

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