The NBA Has a Drama Problem

by Zach d’Arbeloff On January 28th, Anthony Davis informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he would not sign his Designated Veteran Player Extension – also known as the supermax – and his agent, Rich Paul from Klutch Sports, officially informed the team that Davis “wanted to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.” This marked the biggest fish to land in the trade market since Kevin Garnett in 2007, and arguably, in terms of player value due to Davis’ age, the biggest player to hit the trade market since …

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Breakfast Special: LA Finally Beats Boston at Something

The city of Boston has, in recent months, gone to town on the sports teams from the city of Los Angeles. Thursday night on TNT, LA got one back: A regular-season basketball game between a team whose star player tried and failed to trade away all of his teammates and another team that sometimes looks like a Finals contender and sometimes looks like the Knicks. Come to think of it, the Celtics lost to the Knicks at home earlier this season. And this time, Boston lost to LA 129-128 on a buzzer-beater from former Celtic Rajon Rondo: RONDO. GAME. pic.twitter.com/AjG34xhn2u …

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Breakfast Special: Go West, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia 76ers have pushed back into third place in the Eastern Conference, and during the toughest stretch of their schedule, they have a chance to consolidate the position and make a real run at hosting a second-round Game 1 if they can close the gap with the Bucks and Raptors (more on them later). Beating the Warriors 113-104 on national television, including beating the Warriors in the third quarter 42-26, will go a long way toward that goal. Joel Embiid went bonkers on the big stage, scoring 26 points (admittedly on a horrendous 8-of-24 shooting) and hauling in 20 …

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Breakfast Special: Philadelphia 76ers 121, Brandon Ingram 36

Brandon Ingram had himself a time in the Lakers’ 121-105 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. He went off for 36 points on 16-of-20 shooting, which is great. But what’s not so great is the minus-14 plus/minus he put up, part of an overall flat outing from the Lakers’ starters in which all five saw the team outscored by double digits during their minutes. Plus, if you take away Ingram’s shooting, the Lakers are left at 27-of-71 (38 percent), which is just straight-up lousy. Meanwhile, Corey Brewer is getting a 10-day lesson in why he should stay retired or …

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Breakfast Special: Thunder Up!

Jeff Van Gundy once went after the obsession basketball fans have with triple-doubles, saying that just because you get 10 of three different categories doesn’t mean you had a better game than the guy who scored 30 but only got five rebounds and five assists. Case in point, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who got a triple-double out of Russell Westbrook (13 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) but in a cause where Westbrook had a terrible night shooting (5-of-20) and overall did not play particularly well. No, the reason Oklahoma City pulled off the 118-112 win at home over the Milwaukee …

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Breakfast Special: OKC’s Westbrook Problem

Are we sure Russell Westbrook is actually good? The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped a game by double digits…in overtime, but still. The Los Angeles Lakers, minus LeBron James, out-fought OKC in Oklahoma City and beat them 138-128 in a game that was tied at 122 at the end of regulation. And Westbrook was a big reason why the Thunder lost, nearly notching a triple-double (26 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds) and shooting 5-of-12 from three. So why was he so awful? He shot 2-of-18 on two-pointers (!) and finished 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) from the field, shooting his team out of …

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Breakfast Special: Kyle Kuzma Goes Beast Mode

Kyle Kuzma, after shooting an atrocious 4-of-20 in his last outing, bounced back in spectacular fashion at Staples Center, scoring 41 points on 16-of-24 shooting in just three quarters of action as the Los Angeles Lakers clobbered the Detroit Pistons 113-100. For Detroit, they helpfully provided an atrocious shooting night of their own (44.8/31.8/57.1), got to the line only 14 times all game (making eight, against 13-of-18 for the Lakers), and played horrific defense overall, allowing the Lakers to shoot 56.1 percent overall. Someone clearly turned up Kuzma’s “recover from slump” slider in the video game of life. Lonzo Ball …

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Breakfast Special: Denver’s Impending Second-Round Exit

The Houston Rockets continue to round into form as the second half of the season looms, and their 125-113 win over the Nuggets Monday night was exactly the sort of performance we’re likely to see repeated if the Nugs are the 1 or the 2 and Houston’s between 3 and 5 and they somehow manage to meet in the second round of the playoffs. The Nuggets remind the viewer of nothing so much as those Seattle teams in the 1990s that were heavy on regular-season highlights and, except for one run in 1996 when they put it together in the …

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Breakfast Special: O Myles Turner, Where Art Thou

The Indiana Pacers went 7-4 in the absence of Victor Oladipo earlier this season, 8-4 if you count the Hawks game where Vic came in, had a cup of coffee, and left. The Pacers are 0-2 without Myles Turner, who sat out Sunday with a sore right shoulder as the Pacers lost 121-105 to the Toronto Raptors, who in the process became the first team with 30 wins as they ran their record to 30-12. The Raptors improved to 8-2 without Kawhi Leonard. Things that make you go “hmmm…”, since Toronto has a .688 winning percentage (56-26 per 82 games) …

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Breakfast Special: The Increasingly Implausible Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks are 17-18 after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-103 in Dallas Sunday. The win brought the Mavs to 15-3 at home. They are 2-15 on the road. The team is absurd and nothing makes sense in this world and also you have to wonder just what the hell happened to Russell Westbrook, who shot 4-of-22 from the field and 0-of-8 from three and put up one of the ugliest performances in a professional basketball game in recent memory. Even Paul George‘s explosion for 36 points on 12-of-24 (and 3-of-11 from three…whoops) couldn’t save the Thunder. Dallas played …

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