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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.

A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.
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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.




Damian Lillard Sent Russell Westbrook and the Thunder Home | The Corner 3

We recap one of the most ridiculous shots in NBA history—Damian Lillard’s 37-foot stepback 3 to end the series against Oklahoma City (1:08). Then we talk about the rise of the pull-up 3 in the NBA, and how it might affect scouting and drafting going forward (21:00). Finally, we go over the remaining series and give exit surveys for the Nets and Magic, the other teams that were eliminated on Tuesday night (34:30). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks


It’s Time to Fear the Deer | The Mismatch

The Phoenix Suns fire head coach Igor Kokoskov, continuing a season of constant upheaval for the franchise (1:14), the Milwaukee Bucks look unstoppable as they complete their sweep of the Detroit Pistons (22:38), and the Utah Jazz pull off an impressive win against the Houston Rockets to avoid a sweep (33:36). Plus: as the first round comes to a close, the most interesting narratives for the remaining series (49:56). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


Round 1 Check-In: Where Do Teams Stand? Plus, Player-Fan Interaction | Heat Check

With the first round of the NBA playoffs in full effect, Joe House calls in to check on where the current Eastern and Western Conference matchups stand (02:51), including 76ers - Nets (18:03) and Clippers - Warriors (28:59). Then Tyler Tynes discusses his recent piece on the touchy relationship between NBA players and fans (50:14). Read Tyler Tynes's piece on fan abuse towards players here. Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Joe House, Tyler Tynes


No Embiid? No Problem! | Group Chat

The Philadelphia 76ers found themselves without superstar center Joel Embiid against the Nets in Brooklyn for Game 3, unintentionally unlocking Ben Simmons to seize a win (0:52). Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs handily beat the Denver Nuggets behind an unlikely outburst from Derrick White (15:10) as the Golden State Warriors re-established their dominance over the Los Angeles Clippers (26:22). Plus: Which matchups are we most interested in so far (39:24)? Host: Justin Verrier Guests:...


The Nuggets' Comeback Might’ve Saved Their Season | The Corner 3

We break down how Jamal Murray shot his way out of his cold streak, helping the Nuggets tie their series with the Spurs at 1-1 and potentially stopping the bottom from falling out from underneath them this playoffs (1:30). Then, we wonder whether the Thunder will be able to get back on track when they come home, considering how bad they looked on the road in Portland in games 1 and 2 (12:38). Finally, we breeze through the Eastern Conference series and do a little draft preview before the...


The Warriors Blew a 31-Point Lead | The Mismatch

The resilient Los Angeles Clippers make a historic comeback against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors in Game 2 (0:42) and the Philadelphia 76ers redeem themselves with a resounding win against the Brooklyn Nets (26:44). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


Upset SZN: Game 1 Shockers and Not-So-Shockers | Heat Check

The 2019 NBA playoffs are finally here! The first round kicked off with some surprising upsets (2:53), most notably the Brooklyn Nets defeating the Philadelphia 76ers (29:55) and the Orlando Magic edging out the Toronto Raptors (57:16). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Justin Verrier, Spike Eskin, Kevin Clark


The Playoff Matchup Draft | The Corner 3

We preview the 2019 NBA playoffs by drafting the series we’re most excited to watch, including intriguing stylistic matchups like the Rockets and Jazz, talent-heavy lineups vs. up-and-coming teams like the Sixers and Nets, and hotly contested new rivalries like the Blazers and Thunder. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks


The NBA Playoff Brackets Are Set | Group Chat

We open by briefly delving into the Kings firing Dave Joerger, and examining what the potential trickle-down effects of that might be (1:30). Then, we preview the playoffs through a series of questions (9:00): How far do teams like the Raptors and Warriors have to go to keep their stars? Who’s legit and who’s not ready? Will talent win out for the Sixers? Hosts: Justin Verrier, Chris Ryan, Paolo Uggetti


Magic Johnson Stepped Down and the Lakers Are (Further) Off the Rails | The Ringer NBA Show

Magic Johnson resigning put the finishing touches on an NBA season that was filled with an absurd amount of drama. What does this mean for members of the Lakers franchise—including Rob Pelinka, Jeanie Buss, and LeBron James—and have we reached Peak NBA Reality TV yet? Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O’Shaughnessy


Ten Questions Leading Into the Playoffs | The Mismatch

Top prospects audition for the pros in the NCAA championship game (0:46) while the still-murky NBA playoff picture continues to shift (15:23). Then: 10 burning questions for the 2019 NBA playoffs (22:24). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


Concern-Trolling Playoff Teams and Just Concerns for the Sixers | Heat Check

With the postseason just within grasp, which flaws could haunt playoff-bound teams in the weeks to come (4:50)? And of course, the Philadelphia 76ers generate genuine apprehension from their fan base (34:04). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Joe House, Dan Pfeiffer


Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP Moment | The Corner 3

We recap the exciting Bucks comeback win over the Sixers on Thursday night, which featured gigantic performances from Giannis and Joel Embiid (1:30). Then, ahead of the Final Four, we take one last dive into NCAA tournament prospects like Jarrett Culver and De'Andre Hunter (21:30). Hosts: Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks


Whose Future Timeline Is the Darkest? | Group Chat

We weigh the different bleak futures of some of the NBA’s bottom-feeders and try to determine who has the longest path back to contention (2:00). Then, with the playoffs on the immediate horizon, we go over the teams that are trending up and trending down, and whether that will matter for how they fare in their opening series (49:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O’Shaughnessy


First-Round Matchups We’d Like to See | The Mismatch

With the end of the regular season in sight, which first-round matchups would be the most interesting (0:56)? Plus: even more NBA draft takeaways from the NCAA tournament (30:43). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


The Only Playoff Race Left: The Eastern Conference | Heat Check

With the Western Conference playoff teams locked in, we shift our focus to the four teams competing for the last three spots in the Eastern Conference (5:39). Then, we examine how media coverage for NBA teams varies across the country (34:50). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Bryan Curtis


Sixteen(-ish) NBA Prospects in the Sweet 16 | The Corner 3

Halfway through the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, we examine the notable players with draft potential (1:12). Plus: parity between the Eastern and Western conferences (39:05). Hosts: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks


2019 NBA Award SZN Is Here | Group Chat

We hand out some traditional awards for the 2018-19 NBA season, as well as a bevy of 'Group Chat'–specific ones—like Most Washed, the Best Player in the World Belt, and the Skeleton Key Award. Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti


(Not) Jockeying for Playoff Matchups | The Mismatch

Jusuf Nurkic’s horrific leg injury takes the air out of the Portland Trail Blazers’ postseason ambitions (1:00), the variability of playoff seeding in the Western Conference makes matchup-jockeying impossible (20:15), and the NCAA's March Madness sheds more light on NBA draft prospects (46:55). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


The NBA All-Entertainment Team and the Über-competitive Coach of the Year Race | Heat Check

Who have been the most entertaining personalities in the NBA this season? (4:01) Plus: our pick for Coach of the Year from an unusually stacked pool of candidates (43:10). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Ian Karmel, Chris Almeida