Breakfast Special: Jayson Tatum, Playoff Rookie of the Year

Sure, the Rookie of the Year in the regular season, the one they actually hand out a trophy for, came down to a two-horse race between Ben Simmons, aka the Second Coming of Magic Johnson, and Donovan Mitchell, whose case rested on Simmons having spent a year around NBA practice facilities with NBA team doctors and an NBA environment and therefore wasn’t a real rookie because even though it was his first year playing, it was his second year in the league. Meanwhile, Jayson Tatum gets the last laugh, as he was probably the consensus third-best rookie in basketball when …

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Breakfast Special: DeMar DeRozan Is Not A Star

Can we officially put to bed the idea that DeMar DeRozan is a genuine All-Star caliber shooting guard? Like, once and for all, please? If the disgrace that was the Raptors getting clobbered by LeBron James and friends on the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t make it abundantly clear, DeRozan is not a player for the modern league. He shoots midrange jumpers, can’t guard elite players, and disappears when it matters most. Which, come to think of it, the same could be said for Kyle Lowry, minus the midrange jumpers part. He’s perfectly content to miss threes like a proper 2018 overrated …

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Breakfast Special: The Celtics Play Smart Basketball

It’s a brave new NBA world we live in, where no 20-point lead is safe. You think your team is on its way to a blowout, the kind of game where the starters sit the fourth quarter, and then next thing you know, it’s halftime, you’re up by five, and you might as well not have played the first 24 minutes at all. And then there’s “you lost sight of Marcus Smart and he buried you beneath a barrage of three-pointers.” Such was the fate of the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston, as they fell down two games to nil against …

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Breakfast Special: Terry Rozier, Kyrie Who?

The Boston Celtics drew first blood in the Eastern Conference semifinals and remained undefeated at home in the playoffs in five games with a 117-101 clobbering of the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night. Besides Terry Rozier, who has been a more than capable replacement for Kyrie Irving, there’s also Jayson Tatum, who replaced Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford, who might just be the Ben Simmons-killer in this series. Because Simmons was, while not a complete non-factor, not his sensational self, especially when Horford was guarding him. He had 18 points on 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line, added …

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Enough with the Process: The Sixers are NBA InfoWars

by Zach d’Arbeloff Let’s take a journey back to a more innocent time. It was June 2013. President Obama had just started his second term. The Miami Heat won their second NBA Championship thanks to a miraculous shot by Ray Allen. The Boston Bruins lost an excruciating Stanley Cup Finals. Despicable Me 2 was released. Lorde had just dropped “Royals.” People found out who Edward Snowden was. Game of Thrones ended a shocking third season en route to Emmys Galore. CAN YOU GUYS EVEN BELIEVE THE RED WEDDING??!! Alex Jones addressed the annual Bilderberg Conference in England, delivered a searing …

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Breakfast Special: The Process of Elimination for the Heat

The 76ers just pulled off one of those curious rarities in the NBA playoffs; a five-game series in which the higher seed lost a game at home. Indeed, even though the Sixers lost Game 2, sending the series back to Miami with so much promise for the Heat, Philadelphia played like a team that’s been doing this for years, won both road games, then closed out Game 5 in front of their own fans 104-91. J.J. Redick did one thing and did it well; scoring points. He had 27 of them, hitting 6-of-13 from the field including 5-of-10 from three, …

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Breakfast Special: The Phantom of the Process Lives Inside Miami’s Mind

Well, it was fun speculating about Miami in 6, but with Joel Embiid back, the 76ers restored balance to the playoff Force, erased their horrid Game 2 home loss by seizing back home court advantage, and won 128-108, their second blowout victory in three games and a heck of a pointer toward the idea that this might be Sixers in five. The Sixers shot 18-of-34 (52.9 percent) from long range, drew enough fouls to shoot 37 free throws (making 28, a 75.7 percent clip), and won the rebound (41-35) and turnover (15-10) battles. In other words, they were Rockets East. …

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Breakfast Special: Heat In Six

Another playoff series started for real on Monday, as the Miami Heat solved the Embiid-less Sixers and dealt them their first loss since the Pacers beat Philadelphia on March 13, a span of 17 straight wins. They did this by partying like it was 2006, with Dwyane Wade scoring 28 points off the bench, making his first seven shots before finishing 11-of-16, and doing all of the above in just 26 minutes. Meanwhile, James Johnson threw an efficiency party of his own, scoring his 18 points on 7-of-7 from the field including a pair of three-pointers; his only miss was …

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Breakfast Special: The Raptors Put the East On Notice

The Toronto Raptors marched into Air Canada Centre with a two-game lead on the Boston Celtics and with pole position in the Eastern Conference potentially hanging in the balance; the winner would almost certainly get the tiebreaker in the Atlantic Division and therefore in the race for the top seed. The Raptors left Air Canada Centre celebrating a 96-78 complete beatdown of the Celtics, a 3-1 season series victory assured, the magic number for clinching the No. 1 seed cut to one (and with an exhausted Indiana team coming to town on a SEGABABA Friday night and with Orlando, Detroit, …

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Breakfast Special: No Fools in the Eastern Conference

The race between the Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Cleveland Cavaliers for the 3, 4, and 5 seeds has been everything you want a playoff chase to be. Teams are going on winning streaks and gaining no ground because their opponents are keeping pace with them every step of the way. Two of the teams are teams on the rise, one coming out of nowhere, the other a realization of the possibilities of long periods of nonstop losing. Another is a team on the ropes, declining in fortune, kept alive only because its star is having one of the best …

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