Breakfast Special: Devin Booker’s Fragile Body

Devin Booker continues to suffer the slings and arrows of one minor injury after another. He left the Suns’ 120-96 loss to the Lakers Sunday with Los Angeles up 49-43 in what would prove to be a 40-15 outburst in the second quarter. Booker was plus-6 for the game. No good can come of this for an already gods-awful Phoenix team that now stands 4-19 in the standings, a 14-68 pace by record and 12-70 by point differential. On the Lakers’ side of things, Kyle Kuzma led the scoring with 23, LeBron James had 22, six Lakers scored in double …

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Breakfast Special: La Rouge for LeVert

Caris LeVert deserved better than this. The Nets’ up-and-coming star, who has been on fire this season as Brooklyn has improved—they’d make the playoffs if the season ended today, at 6-8—fell victim to a gruesome season-ending injury in the Nets’ 120-113 loss to Minnesota. As if that weren’t bad enough, it was right before halftime of a game where LeVert was possibly on his way to a triple-double; he had 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Now normally this is where I’d show what I’m talking about, but… Do not watch the Caris LeVert injury.Go out of your way …

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Breakfast Special: LeBrons N’ Roses

Derrick Rose has become one of the most curious stories in sports, a fallen hero who very obviously still knows how to play basketball, but his body simply will not allow him to do it at a high level consistently for 82 games. Meanwhile, LeBron James is what happens when you take someone of (beyond) Rose’s talent and put them in a nearly indestructible body. Which is how the Lakers beat the Timberwolves 114-110 on Wednesday night. Rose had 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting and 7-of-9 from three, putting up a +11 in 37 minutes…oh, Tom Thibodeau, don’t ever change. …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron Bean Bryant

So my one-game-sample-size overreaction to the Portland Trail Blazers’ 128-119 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night could be best describe as “these are the 2006 Lakers, Lonzo Ball is Smush Parker, and LeBron James is Kobe Bryant.” I am reminded why I don’t turn comments on around here. Go follow @RealFoxD if you want to call me an idiot. Seriously, though, Ball is up to his old tricks again, as he shot 28.6 percent from the field and 25 percent from three (2-of-7 and 1-of-4 respectively.) Oh, and he played just 19 minutes because the Lakers got a …

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Breakfast Special: Risin’ Up to the Challenge of a Rival

Look, for all those of you who think the Sixers are a serious challenger for the Eastern Conference title this season, what part of “Celtics in 5 if they meet in the playoffs” don’t you understand? Joel Embiid on the "rivalry" between the Celtics and Sixers: "This is not a rivalry. I don't know our record against them, but it's pretty bad. They always kick our ass." — Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) October 17, 2018 Boston just played 48 good minutes of basketball…well, OK, they played 48 minutes of ugly-as-hell basketball and finally flipped the switch in the fourth quarter such …

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Are the 2018-19 Philadelphia 76ers Good?

Talk about your mood whiplash; when you sort the Atlantic Division from worst to first, you go instantly from the Nets and Knicks to the 76ers, Celtics, and Raptors, a massive gulf in talent that instantly trades the 23rd and 22nd best teams in the league for the top three seeds in the East last year. We begin with the third-best among them, and the team that a lot of folks have pegged for the 2 seed this season behind a newly-recovered-from-injuries Boston squad. The first thing that jumps out at you is that Wilson Chandler is the second-highest-paid player …

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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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