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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

The Final Drop

6/14/2019
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On today's final episode of The Drop with NBA TV, the guys discuss the Raptors 2019 NBA championship, what it was like to be in the locker room and live in Jurassic Park, the Warriors' valiant effort, Leigh's press box etiquette, and what's next in store for the show. Turn up. Love you, guys. Awesome. via Knit

Duration:01:14:57

Thu. June 13 - Another Shot At It

6/13/2019
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On Thu.'s episode of The Starters, Trey checks in from Oracle to set the scene for the final game at the arena, explain which team is under the most pressure, and the recipe for a Warriors Game 6 win. Tas and Leigh discuss if the Raptors can bounce back, whether Klay will finally have an off-game, and what Cousins shows up tonight. All that, plus Skeets joins the show from Jurassic Park in Toronto to talk lines, weather, and if Raptors fans' confidence is wavering a little. via Knit

Duration:00:25:12

Wed. June 12 - KD's Recovery Tour

6/12/2019
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On Wed.'s episode of The Starters, Trey joins the guys live from Oakland to discuss how the team has responded to Kevin Durant's injury update, whether they'll use it as a source of motivation, and if other teams will still offer KD the max this summer. That, plus Leigh asks fans outside Oracle to share their best memories of the arena, and Skeets checks in from Toronto to share his thoughts on how the Finals plays out, and Kyrie Irving's next team. via Knit

Duration:00:25:26

Tue. June 11 - Yup, Still Here

6/11/2019
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On Tuesday's ep. of The Starters, the guys breakdown an extremely eventful Game 5 starting with Kevin Durant's brutal injury. Who deserves blame? What the heck were Raptors fans doing cheering? And does this change KD's free agency plans? That, plus the guys discuss the biggest reason for Golden State's win, whether Nick Nurse should not have called that late timeout with his team rolling, and their favorite moments from inside the Scotiabank Arena. via Knit

Duration:00:25:48

Mon. June 10 - Is This The End?

6/10/2019
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On Monday's special one-hour ep. of The Starters - live from Jurassic Park in Toronto! - the guys discuss what to watch for in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Can Kevin Durant save the Warriors? What's the key to the Raptors closing it out? And has Toronto broken the Warriors' sprit? All that, plus Vince Carter reminisces about the good old Raps; we discuss whether Golden State is a true dynasty; and an announcement about the future of the show. via Knit

Duration:00:47:47

Fri. June 7 - Game 4 Preview

6/7/2019
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On Friday's ep. of The Starters, the guys preview what to watch for in Game 4 tonight; talk to Leigh Ellis about Klay Thompson's return and what Warriors fans think about the country of Canada; and discuss the chances of KD returning at all these NBA Finals. via Knit

Duration:00:25:26

Thu. June 6 - Good Job, Good Team Effort

6/6/2019
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On Thursday's ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss whether the Warriors punted Game 3, Draymond Green's confidence moving forward, and the Kyle Lowry-courtside fan incident. That, plus Leigh asks Warriors fans to "trash talk" Drake, and the fellas break down the Nets-Hawks trade and Paul Pierce Poopgate. via Knit

Duration:00:26:02

The Drop - Raps Let It Rip

6/6/2019
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On today's Drop, the guys discuss Game 3 of the NBA Finals, including the Raptors' balanced team effort, Curry's 47-point night, Ibaka's rim protection, the Warriors decision to not play Klay, and Lowry getting into it with a fan. That, plus Kyrie's free agency plans, Paul Pierce Poop-Gate, whether Leigh's team cheated at the Media Basketball Tournament, Blair Masters, and more. via Knit

Duration:01:25:09

Wed. June 5 - What To Watch + M-V-Leigh

6/5/2019
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On Wed.'s episode of The Starters, the guys discuss what to watch for in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, talk to Leigh about his stellar media basketball tournament performance, and in Crossfire, debate whether Jimmy Butler deserves a max contract and the best landing spot for Kyrie this offseason. via Knit

Duration:00:25:28

Tue. June 4 - Who's In & Who's Out?

6/4/2019
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On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss whether the Warriors can overcome their injuries, what adjustments the Raptors could make in Game 3, and the early Finals MVP favorite. That, plus Leigh Ellis checks in from Oakland, Raptors fans tell Kawhi why he should stay in Toronto, and so much more. via Knit

Duration:00:26:03

Mon. June 3 - They Find A Way

6/3/2019
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On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss if the Raptors blew a golden opportunity to win Game 2, whether they should have fouled late, and if the wounded Warriors need Leigh to suit up for Game 3. That, plus the most disappointing Raptor performance, free agent news surrounding Ricky Rubio and Kemba Walker, and Trey talks shop with Nav. via Knit

Duration:00:25:37

The Drop - That Game 2 Of Runs

6/3/2019
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On today's Drop, the guys discuss Game 2 of the NBA Finals, including the Warriors' 18-0 second-half run, Iguodala's dagger three-ball, the most disappointing Raptors performance, and Toronto's chances of still winning the series. That, plus injuries galore, Jurassic Park logistics, Trey's selfie with Drake, Top 5 Freds, NBA Finals trivia, old tweets, and more. via Knit

Duration:01:23:04

Sun. June 2 - Transition Talk

6/2/2019
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On Sunday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss what to watch for in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Will Toronto be able to slow Steph Curry again? Do the Warriors concede open shots to certain Raptors? Can the Dubs get back in transition? That, plus Trey Kerby checks in live from Jurassic Park where he asks fans to name their favorite random Raptors players, and he has a conversation with Fred VanVleet. via Knit

Duration:00:24:59

The Drop - Spicy Game 1

5/31/2019
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On today's Drop, the guys discuss Game 1 of the NBA Finals, including Siakam's monster performance, the Raptors elite defense, Cousins' limited minutes, whether the Warriors need KD to win the series, and Drake prop bets. That, plus the Rockets interesting offseason, the idea of midseason tournaments, driving with your hazard lights on, summer colds, mint, and so much more. via Knit

Duration:01:28:00

Thu. May 30 - Life Will Not Be Contained

5/30/2019
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On Thu.'s ep. of The Starters, Trey joins the guys live from Jurassic Park to discuss the Finals atmosphere in Toronto, Cousins being cleared to play, and if there's pressure on the Raptors to win Game 1. That, plus key matchups and performances to watch for tonight, wildcard Finals MVP picks, Drake prop bets, and more. via Knit

Duration:00:24:54

Wed. May 29 - Finals X-Factors

5/29/2019
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On Wed.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys continue to preview the upcoming NBA Finals by discussing some Warriors and Raptors' X-factors, as well as make some bold series predictions. That, plus Trey Kerby talks with Serge Ibaka from up in Toronto, and in Crossfire, the guys debate whether Griff can convince AD to stay, and who the Rockets should look to trade. via Knit

Duration:00:24:23

Tue. May 28 - Cousins, Pressure, L.A. Drama

5/28/2019
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On Tue.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss whether Steve Kerr would start a potentially healthy DeMarcus Cousins for Game 1, and which superstar is under more pressure heading into the Finals: Kawhi or Curry? That, plus we dissect Baxter Holmes bombshell feature about the Lakers' culture of fear, distrust and anxiety; and we countdown the Top 10 plays of the playoffs. via Knit

Duration:00:24:25

Mon. May 27 - That Really Happened

5/27/2019
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On Mon.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss the Toronto Raptors advancing to their first NBA Finals, whether the Warriors need KD back, and if Kawhi will or should guard Steph Curry. That, plus Giannis walks out of his postgame press conference, Uncle Dennis speaks, Drake vs. Smash Mouth, and more. via Knit

Duration:00:25:07

The Drop - We Believe In The North

5/27/2019
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On today's special ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the Raptors making the NBA Finals, what it means to the country, Kawhi's historic playoff run, and Toronto's chances to upset the mighty Golden State Warriors' dynasty. That, plus Tas shares his wild Sat. airport ordeal, carpet popcorn, awkward poop stories, and more. via Knit

Duration:01:17:18

The Drop - One. Win. Away.

5/24/2019
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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the Raptors taking a 3-2 lead in the East Finals (!), the machine that is Kawhi Leonard, and Fred VanVleet turning into Klay Thompson. That, plus Drake's postgame comments, KD's injury update, All-NBA snubs, Kemba's supermax, chugging beer, ATL bugs, and so much more. via Knit

Duration:01:37:12