Breakfast Special: A Near-Choke In Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers needed a win to snap the funk they’ve been in lately, but a 104-103 win over the Orlando Magic at home in a game where the Cavs nearly choked away a 20-point halftime lead despite their opponent making only five three-pointers the whole game? That’s bad. Like almost as bad as if they’d lost bad. LeBron James had 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting, a dreadfully inefficient performance for the King, and Isaiah Thomas, while leading the team with 21 points, shot 40 percent from the field and 30 percent behind the three-point line. Kevin Love got his …

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Breakfast Special: Stirring The Western Conference Up

It began with the New Orleans Pelicans, who rode into Boston, turned Anthony Davis loose, and sicced him on the Celtics to the tune of 45 points in a 116-113 overtime win. Davis had an astonishing eight offensive rebounds and 16 overall, going full Beast Mode alongside DeMarcus Cousins, who added 19 points and 15 boards of his own. The Celtics gave the game away. They played something resembling Rockets-style basketball, hitting 19 of 50 from beyond the arc out of a total of 101 field goal attempts, but they hit only 41.1 percent of their two-pointers to land at …

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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: Lonzo Ball Still Sucks

Damian Lillard was a hero on national television. Lonzo Ball continued to live up to his moniker of Dollar Store Westbrook, managing to fail to score, get rebounds, and dish assists. Ball had zero points on 0-of-2 shooting as he got frozen out of the Lakers’ offense at a time when if he’d been as good as the idiot yahoo on Twitter who once tried to tell me that Ball would average a triple-double (this was after that game in Phoenix the first week of the season), Los Angeles might not have lost the game. Instead, Lillard did this… IT'S …

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Is This NBA Player Any Good?: C.J. McCollum

Any discussion of great NBA backcourts always seems to eventually veer to Portland and the Blazers’ combination of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Their scoring prowess is unrivaled, but there’s more to quality basketball than simply putting the ball in the basket. You’ve got to stop the other guy from doing it too, for example. With that in mind, and with acknowledgment that Lillard is one of the top 20 players in the league in a bunch of the advanced stats, let’s put the spotlight on the other guy in this partnership and ask a simple question: Is C.J. McCollum …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Portland Trail Blazers

by Fox Doucette Seattle, where this site is based, is not the hotbed of NBA activity it once was. Most of this city’s denizens hold nostalgia for the Sonics; the folks my age remember Payton and Kemp, while the grizzled old folks remember the ’79 title team that brought this city its first (and, until the Seahawks won Super Bowl 48, only) championship. Folks don’t follow today’s game, not since the team naffed off to Oklahoma City. Still, there are Blazers fans in the midst, folks who decided that the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland, at least …

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