Breakfast Special: Let All-Star Weekend Begin!

The time has at last come for that glorious celebration of basketball we call the All-Star break, where the Rising Stars go at it on Friday, the highest flyers and most spectacular practitioners of the good old-fashioned posterization go at it in the Dunk Contest on Saturday, and then the league tests the practical limits of the scoreboard as defense goes out the window for the actual All-Star Game on Sunday. But first, we’ve got some odds and ends to wrap up, namely games that managed to have playoff implications in both conferences, as three of the four participants in …

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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: Boogie Cousins 44, Jason Kidd 0

C’mon, DeMarcus Cousins. There ought to be an NBA rule; if I can’t do something with a player in NBA 2K18, he’s got no business doing it in real life. And 44 points, 24 rebounds, and 10 assists? No way. That is a 2K impossibility. Let’s just stop to consider that nobody had done a 40/20/10 in my lifetime… DeMarcus Cousins tallied 44 PTS, 24 REBS & 10 ASTS in the @PelicansNBA win tonight. The last player in @NBAHistory to put up at least 40 PTS/20 REBS/10 ASTS in a game was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on 2/26/1972 (44 PTS, 20 REBS, …

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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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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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Is This NBA Player Any Good?: Andrew Wiggins

Welcome back to the triumphant return of “Is He Any Good?”, Pace and Space’s Thursday-ish (as I write this it’s an hour to midnight Pacific time) weekly feature, and this week, we kick off the season asking if Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves is, in fact, good or if he just puts up gaudy counting stats because he touches the ball so often. More to the point, we’re getting out the flagrantly-stolen-from-Discovery Mythbusters plate graphics and asking the simple question: Is Andrew Wiggins as good to the guys in the boardroom as he is to the guys in the …

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NBA Breakfast Special: The Andrew Wiggins Experience

by Fox Doucette Three games on the docket on NBA Sunday, and Andrew Wiggins owned the day; his second career buzzer-beater pulled the game out of the fire for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Perhaps more importantly, it kept things from turning into new season, same old Timberwolves blown double-digit lead taste. Minnesota led by 13 going into the fourth quarter, led by two in the dying seconds of the ballgame, and then…well, this happened: Carmelo Anthony game-winner erased by Andrew Wiggins the only sport on Sunday pic.twitter.com/GJ1utOVyC5 — Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 23, 2017 While we’re on the subject of …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Minnesota Timberwolves

by Fox Doucette The Minnesota Timberwolves added Jimmy Butler to a team that already has Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. They shipped out Ricky Rubio, who can’t shoot and who gets as many assists as he does precisely because he can’t shoot and has to get rid of the ball to guys who can (Rajon Rondo on the Celtics built his reputation that way.) They’re coached by a defensive mastermind in Tom Thibodeau. But this is also a team that couldn’t guard anyone last year, that always seemed to be less than the sum of its parts, and that had …

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