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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.
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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.




Ja Morant Mania and the NCAA Tournament Through an NBA Draft Lens | The Corner 3

We assess a dominant first-game performance from Murray State point guard Ja Morant, who has now solidified his case to be a top-three pick in the coming NBA draft (1:20). Then we note a bevy of prospects to look out for in this weekend’s March Madness games (17:00) before switching to the NBA and trying to make sense of a heavily clustered race for the five-through-eight seeds in the Western Conference playoffs (35:10). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau


The Playoff Watchability Rankings | Group Chat

We do some in-depth analysis on the Sixers finally getting over the hump and beating the Celtics, then wonder whether the Thunder’s recent skid means they might be one-and-done in the playoffs (2:30). Then, we rapid-fire draft the teams in the playoff field that are most watchable (40:30). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti


The Hottest Team in the NBA Right Now Is … the Spurs?! | The Mismatch

Another home victory against the Golden State Warriors marks an impressive nine-game winning streak for the San Antonio Spurs (6:46). Plus: previewing regular-season awards (32:55) and NBA prospects to look forward to in March Madness (43:59). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


The Degenerate’s Guide to the NBA Playoff Race | Heat Check

Resident gambling degenerate Joe House gives his predictions for how the playoff race will shake out in each conference (4:05). Plus: New York Knicks owner James Dolan was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week; will he ever sell the team? (38:46) Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Joe House, Dan Devine


Early 2019 NBA Draft Thoughts | The Corner 3

We react to Thursday night’s games, where the Pacers proved they’re going to be a tough out in the playoffs and Luka Doncic started to look worn down by the NBA season (2:04). Then Kevin and Danny share a short list of prospects who are piquing their interest early on in the run-up to the 2019 draft (22:36). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Danny Chau


Which Team Is Headed for a First-Round Upset? | Group Chat

Now that the Anthony Davis trade saga has cooled down, we wonder whether the dwindling list of potential outcomes means he might just re-sign in New Orleans—and, of course, what that would mean for the Lakers and Celtics (01:30). Then, we speculate about which teams are most likely to be upset in the first round of the playoffs, and which teams are primed to do the upsetting (35:47). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti


The Race for the Playoffs and the Race for the Lottery | The Mismatch

Altercations mar an otherwise entertaining night in the NBA (0:53), playoff-bound teams jockey for matchup advantages (20:21), and draft season approaches as the NCAA action accelerates (42:37). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


The Infallible Warriors Might Not Be So Infallible | Heat Check

Amid a dynastic run of dominance, the Golden State Warriors are starting to show some cracks (2:47). But is anyone a real threat to challenge the reigning champions (8:48)? Plus: Is Brett Brown the right coach for the star-studded Philadelphia 76ers (25:12)? Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Jonathan Tjarks, Tyler Tynes


We Unironically Care About the Eastern Conference Playoff Race | The Corner 3

We start by taking stock of the incredible Thunder vs. Blazers Thursday-night game, which featured 51 points from Damian Lillard in a Thunder victory (2:00). Then, Danny goes iso in a special Dwyane Wade–jersey-swap-edition of "Huerter She Wrote" (20:03). Finally, we go long on the Eastern Conference playoff race, and all somehow agree that the Pistons are … good (21:40)? Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau


LeBron Passes Jordan and Lakers Fans Are ... Apathetic? | Group Chat

We react to the underwhelming response from the Lakers crowd as LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA’s all-time leading scorers list (1:30). Then we crib a segment from the Magic’s television broadcast and answer "Is this anything?" with regards to the Warriors' recent struggles, Gordon Hayward’s game-winner, and the Mavs’ tanking (32:06). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O’Shaughnessy


Is This Your King? The Clippers Win the Battle for L.A. | The Mismatch

The Clippers add one more blow to the Lakers’ playoffs hopes (1:40) while the Boston Celtics’ chemistry issues continue to fester (31:15). Plus: takeaways from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (43:05). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


Who Is to Blame for the Lakers’ Letdown? | Heat Check

The Los Angeles Lakers continue their collapse (4:04) while the Eastern Conference playoff race heats up (17:21). Plus: an inside look at the story of Rick Pitino in Greece (29:21). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Jonathan Tjarks, Chris Ryan, Dave the Greek


How Many 3s Will Trae Young Be Shooting in 2029? | The Corner 3

We recap the Jazz-Nuggets game and wonder whether this is proof that the Jazz are back to where they need to be to contend in the Western Conference (1:00). Then, Zach Kram joins to talk about his piece on the 3-point revolution (25:00). Finally, we throw an outlet pass to the weekend’s games (44:30). Hosts: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Zach Kram


Our NBA Potluck Dinner | Group Chat

We all bring one team, one player, and one take to discuss on this episode. Featured: the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, and more. Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti


Are We Sure the Lakers Will Make the Playoffs? | The Mismatch (Ep. 393)

After falling below .500, the Los Angeles Lakers are at risk of missing the playoffs (1:19). Plus: checking in with the young rebuilding teams (33:28). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


Are We In or Out on LeBron, Davis, Zion, Durant, Kyrie, and More? | Heat Check (Ep. 392)

With so many story lines in the NBA, which ones are we in on (3:41)? Then: the New Orleans Pelicans’ continuing conundrum (30:55) and the most interesting MVP candidates of the season (44:21). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Shea Serrano, Dan Devine


The Playoff Musical Chairs in the Western Conference | The Corner 3 (Ep. 391)

We talk about the sustainability of the Lakers' flipping the switch and what it means for Western Conference playoff contenders the Kings, Clippers, and Spurs (1:00). Then, we do a mini Draft Class in light of the news that Zion Williamson dodged a bullet with just a mild knee strain (33:00). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks


Should We Care Whether Kyrie Irving Is Happy? | Group Chat (Ep. 390)

We react briefly to the news that top prospect Zion Williamson has a sprained knee (2:40) before diving deep on the recent Kyrie Irving interview with Rachel Nichols (8:40). Then, news breaks that Anthony Davis will not only be active in the Pelicans game Friday night, but also will be the next guest on LeBron James’s ‘The Shop’ on HBO (29:20). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti


Stories From NBA All-Star Weekend | The Mismatch (Ep. 389)

Our hosts had an eventful time in Charlotte over All-Star Weekend, and they’re here to share some notable highlights. Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor


Our Top 25 Players Right Now and the Ongoing Anthony Davis Headache | Heat Check (Ep. 388)

The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis problem casts a shadow on All-Star Weekend (1:57). Plus: debating the Ringer staff’s ranking of the top 25 players (36:05). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Justin Verrier