Breakfast Special: HEAT Culture

Four games on Sunday marked a bit of a breather for the NBA before its big 11-game slate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All four had some flavor of playoff implications for the teams involved, even if a bit indirectly in two cases. We begin in Miami, where the Heat smacked the Bucks 97-79 in a defensive showcase that included holding Milwaukee to 31.6 percent (25-of-79) from the field and an astounding 4-of-28 (14.3 percent!) from three. You really don’t even need to play well on offense to beat that, but Miami nonetheless shot 46.1 percent (35-of-76) and 11-of-29 …

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Goran Dragic: Is He Any Good?

Goran Dragic, America’s Best Slovenian, has been a factor in the Miami Heat’s surprising run to the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference this season. With 17 points and just under five assists a game, he’s been the anchor at the point guard spot, and with Dion Waiters just having suffered what may be a season-ending injury, it’s going to be down to the Dragon’s leadership to keep the Heat in the driver’s seat as they look to continue the momentum that put them at 30-11 in the last 41 games of the 2017 season, falling short of the playoffs …

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Breakfast Special: The Lakers Make Danny Ainge Look Smart

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings Tuesday in a battle of two of the worst teams in the Western Conference, and by extension among the worst in the entire NBA. Previously, I’d referred to the LOLakers as “they can’t even tank right”, but it was brought to my attention that “hey, genius, the Lakers don’t own their pick in 2018.” And that’s true; if the pick is No. 1 overall or 6th or later, the Sixers get it; if it falls between 2 and 5, the Celtics get it. The whole thing is the result of the Steve …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Memphis Grizzlies Start Collapse Early

The Memphis Grizzlies, rather than collapse down the stretch in March and April and limp into the playoffs as a sacrificial lamb to a much better team, have decided instead this year to have everything go to hell before the holiday shopping season’s even gotten started. Memphis lost at home to the Brooklyn Nets 98-88, giving the teams identical 7-12 records. Thing is, Memphis got there by losing eight in a row after starting 7-4; Brooklyn’s just always been lousy, as they’ve been ever since they mortgaged the future on an over-the-hill Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, which ought to …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Jeff Van Gundy Is A National Treasure

Jeff Van Gundy, national treasure, got assigned to a game that was competitive for about two quarters before the Golden State Warriors ran away with it in the second half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-101. The game was dull, a mismatch, an exposure of Minnesota’s greatest weakness—their Letter League-quality defense. Luckily, this gave the Notorious JVG a chance to take a good swipe at the Ball family; LiAngelo Ball got busted for petty theft in China, and that…well, see it for yourself: Jeff Van Gundy and Dave Pasch discussing the UCLA incident in China, and also college athletics. pic.twitter.com/llrdhqt1vs …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Miami Heat

by Fox Doucette The Miami Heat started the 2016-17 campaign by going 11-30. They finished it by going 30-11, barely missing the playoffs but earning the distinction of getting back to .500 from the furthest deficit under that mark in NBA history. From the moment they won 13 in a row to get back to 24-30, the rumblings began, and to anyone outside of Indiana and Chicago, they became sentimental favorites to do the impossible without LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. The question now becomes what does Erik Spoelstra’s team take away from this? For half a season, they were …

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