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The Starters

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The Starters is a daily NBA podcast hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas that breaks down the league's biggest games, story lines and off-court antics.

The Starters is a daily NBA podcast hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas that breaks down the league's biggest games, story lines and off-court antics.
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Location:

Atlanta, GA

Networks:

NBA Digital

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The Starters is a daily NBA podcast hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas that breaks down the league's biggest games, story lines and off-court antics.

Twitter:

@jeskeets

Language:

English


Episodes

Thu. Apr. 25 - Clips, Jazz + Raps-76ers Preview

4/25/2019
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On Thu.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss the Clips forcing an unexpected Game 6, the Warriors hurting themselves, and key decisions facing the Jazz this offseason. That, plus we preview and predict the Raptors-Sixers East Semifinals, hit you with an action-packed Meme Team, and more. via Knit

Duration:00:26:07

Apr. 24 - Dame Time

4/24/2019
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On Wed.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss Damian Lillard's 37-foot bomb and the cold-blooded wave goodbye, as well as debate whether OKC should look to move on from Russell Westbrook. That, plus the Raptors and Sixers take care of business, the Nuggets win a pivotal Game 5, we countdown the NBA's all-time series-clinching game-winners, and more. via Knit

Duration:00:26:05

Tue. Apr. 23 - Stave

4/23/2019
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On Tue.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss the Jazz forcing Game 5, whether the Pistons should look to trade Andre Drummond this summer, and the Suns firing head coach Igor Kokoskov after just one season. That, plus a Celtics-Bucks rematch, the best dunk from the playoffs so far, funny postseason moments, the Nets' feisty front office, and so much more. via Knit

Duration:00:26:05

The Drop - Jazz Survive, Bucks-Celtics, Mad Suns

4/23/2019
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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the Jazz staving off elimination, the Bucks-Celtics second-round series, and the Suns firing Igor Kokoskov. That, plus NBA players who could help the Avengers defeat Thanos, getting dunked on, the zoo, floor-to-ceiling mulch, Reese's peanut butter eggs, Kiwi accents, and more. via Knit

Duration:01:21:02

Mon. Apr. 22 - Closing In

4/22/2019
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On Mon.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys debate the NBA weekend's most impressive road win, whether the Sixers/Nets ejections were warranted, and which 3-0 series ends tonight. That, plus the Celtics' sweep, Westbrook's "next question" routine, ex-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau in studio, new Weekend Whoopsies, and so much more. via Knit

Duration:00:36:27

The Drop - Recapping First Week Of Playoffs

4/19/2019
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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss their favorite first-round series, the most surprising individual performances, and which teams have disappointed so far. That, plus Fartgate 2019, Ben Simmons' heel turn, KD vs. Beverely, NBA weekend predictions, how to properly shower, and so much more. via Knit

Duration:01:21:58

Thu. Apr. 18 - 2-0 Holes

4/18/2019
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On Thu.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss Harden clowning the Jazz, the Pacers' ill-timed dry spell, and whether we should just sim the rest of the Bucks-Pistons series. That, plus a brand new edition of the Meme Team, and NBA champion Channing Frye stops by the studio to talk the Pelicans chances at keeping AD, the Warriors locker room, yoga, and so much more. via Knit

Duration:00:25:01

Wed. Apr. 17 - Bombs Away

4/17/2019
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On Wed.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss "Logo Lillard" and his Blazers taking a 2-0 lead on OKC, Jamal Murray's hot fourth quarter shooting, and the Raptors' lockdown defense. That, plus we debate the most appealing head coaching job available, the surprise of the playoffs so far, and which team has the best chance of tying up their series 1-1 tonight. via Knit

Duration:00:24:25

Tue. Apr. 16 - The Comeback & Cousins

4/16/2019
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On Tue.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss the Clippers' 31-point comeback, how Cousins' quad injury affects the Warriors chances of a three-peat, and whether Embiid should've been ejected for elbowing Allen. That, plus Carlos Boozer is back to talk playoffs, D-Wade, and ruling Westeros, and we debate which player is under the most pressure heading into tonight's Game 2s. via Knit

Duration:00:25:00

The Drop - Shout It Out Loud

4/16/2019
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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the Clippers' 31-point comeback, DeMarcus Cousins' quad injury, the Sixers dominant Game 2 performance, and whether Embiid should've been hit with a flagrant 2 for elbowing Allen. That, plus Lowry's 0-fer, the Spurs' defensive game plan on Jokic, Paul George's shoulder, running miles, Larry Bird's security, and Leigh reviews a KISS concert. via Knit

Duration:01:22:35

Mon. Apr. 15 - It's Just One Game, But...

4/15/2019
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On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys analyze opening weekend of the playoffs: Will the Jazz change their defense on James Harden for Game 2? Is Paul George's injury too much for OKC to overcome? Have the Celtics flipped the switch? Will Kevin Durant's temper cost the Warriors later in the playoffs? Are the 76ers ripe for an upset by the Nets? Also, for the one millionth time, are these the same old Raptors? And, even though it's the playoffs, it's still Monday, so the guys break out...

Duration:00:26:01

The Starties - 6th Annual Starters Awards Show

4/11/2019
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Hosted by Kristen Ledlow, The Starters hand out six major NBA awards (MVP, MIP, DPOY, ROY, Coach, and Sixth Man), while also announcing winners in some light-hearted categories, such as Fan, Wedgie, Whoa Boy, and Funniest Moment of the Year. That, plus we raise the Worst of the Year banner, countdown the season's Top 10 dunks, and say goodbye to NBA things we lost in a touching musical tribute. via Knit

Duration:00:48:38

The Drop - 2019 Playoff Preview & Predictions

4/11/2019
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On today's episode of The Drop, the guys preview and predict all eight first-round series of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. All that, plus, um, what you doin', Magic? via Knit

Duration:01:14:43

Wed. Apr. 10 - Magic's Disappearing Act

4/10/2019
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On Wed.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss Magic Johnson stepping down as the Lakers' president of basketball ops, why he did it, and what this means for the Lakers and Luke Walton moving forward. That, plus Dirk and Wade's tributes, Jamal Crawford, the Pistons' comeback, and Pacers big man Myles Turner joins us to talk playoffs, why he deserves DPOY, "Game of Thrones" theories, and more. via Knit

Duration:00:31:29

Tue. Apr. 9 - What We Do And Do Not Know

4/9/2019
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On Tue.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys start to break down the Celtics-Pacers first-round matchup, discuss whether the Nets or Magic will be a more formidable playoff opponent, and predict who gets that final East spot. That, plus Wade's final home game, All-NBA First-Team forwards, role players, the Minnesota Direwolves, and so much more. via Knit

Duration:00:25:30

The Drop - All-NBA + All-Rookie Teams

4/5/2019
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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys select and debate their All-NBA and All-Rookie Teams. That, plus Giannis vs. Embiid, Wade snubbing Mudiay, NBA players who should go full heel, Bing's search engine, soothing KISS songs, more relationship advice, that "Old Town Road" jam, and more. via Knit

Duration:01:24:30

Thu. Apr. 4 - Cheating The Game?

4/4/2019
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On Thu.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss Clippers commentator Don MacLean saying Harden is "cheating" the game, Ric Bucher all but guaranteeing that KD is headed to the Knicks, and the Heat losing their playoff spot (and possibly Josh Richardson for two weeks). That, plus NBA stars step into the squared circle ahead of WrestleMania, a new Meme Team, and more. via Knit

Duration:00:24:58

Wed. Apr. 3 - 20/20/20 Vision

4/3/2019
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On Wed.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss the Warriors embarrassing the Nuggets, KD's ejection, and Westbrook paying tribute to Nipsey Hussle with the NBA's second-ever 20-20-20 game. That, plus first-round series we want to see, the best NBA taunts, Dirk's upcoming party, the Wizards' open GM job, Curry wearing contacts, and more. via Knit

Duration:00:25:02

Tue. Apr. 2 - Long Overdue

4/2/2019
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On Tue.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss the Wizards firing Ernie Grunfeld, the Nuggets-Warriors race for No. 1, who wins home-court advantage between the Celtics and Pacers, and whether Zion will play for USA Basketball this summer. That, plus our Top 5 foreign-born and grown NBA rookies, extravagant purchases, and so much more. via Knit

Duration:00:25:55

The Drop - Playoff Projections, Zion, Rooks

4/2/2019
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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the muddled playoff races, Utah's hot streak, Atkinson's contract extension, Zion Williamson, and which players are under the most pressure this postseason. That, plus the best foreign-born/grown rookies, DJing, our April Fools' Day show, left-handed three-point shooters, and more. via Knit

Duration:01:13:14