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The Ringer NBA Show Podcast

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.

LeBron James’s Comments on China Spur Backlash. Plus: The Rookie Extension Deadline Is Approaching. | The Mismatch
LeBron’s comments about Daryl Morey’s tweet were surprising and spurred a lot of backlash—what do we make of them (3:00)? Plus, we go over some lingering preseason headlines and then run down the list of rookie extension-eligible players and opine on whether their respective teams should offer to bring them back (18:36).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor...

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LeBron James’s Comments on China Spur Backlash. Plus: The Rookie Extension Deadline Is Approaching. | The Mismatch
LeBron’s comments about Daryl Morey’s tweet were surprising and spurred a lot of backlash—what do we make of them (3:00)? Plus, we go over some lingering preseason headlines and then run down the list of rookie extension-eligible players and opine on whether their respective teams should offer to bring them back (18:36).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor...

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The Shallow Lakers, a Kyrie Irving Setback, and Max Player Buddy Hield? Plus: the NBA League Pass Draft | Heat Check
We review the stories coming out of this weekend: a minor Anthony Davis thumb injury, Kyrie Irving’s reaggravated facial fracture, the Kings’ Buddy Hield contract dilemma, and Zion Williamson’s impressive performances (2:51). Then we draft all 30 NBA teams in terms of watchability (12:16) before deciding whether an NBA news item is a good call or bad call (42:42).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Micah Peters, Isaac Lee...

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The Shallow Lakers, a Kyrie Irving Setback, and Max Player Buddy Hield? Plus: the NBA League Pass Draft | Heat Check
We review the stories coming out of this weekend: a minor Anthony Davis thumb injury, Kyrie Irving’s reaggravated facial fracture, the Kings’ Buddy Hield contract dilemma, and Zion Williamson’s impressive performances (2:51). Then we draft all 30 NBA teams in terms of watchability (12:16) before deciding whether an NBA news item is a good call or bad call (42:42).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Micah Peters, Isaac Lee...

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What Are the Chances Zion Williamson Is Actually As Dominant As He’s Looked in the Preseason? | The Mismatch
With Daryl Morey’s tweet now almost a week in the rearview, we talk about the NBA preseason games being played in China and assess how this story line might continue to unfold (9:30). Then, we share some more takeaways from preseason thus far, including the Rockets looking like the best team in the NBA and Zion seemingly dominating the NBA like he’s dominated his past competition (21:28).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor...

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Adam Silver’s Latest on Morey and China. Plus: The Five Things That Have Stood Out Most in the Preseason Thus Far. | The Mismatch
We discuss Adam Silver’s press conference from Tuesday morning following up on the NBA’s statement regarding Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong tweet (1:10). Then, we share our top five biggest takeaways of the early preseason, including Anthony Davis’s dominance and the new look Pelicans (31:51).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor...

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Daryl Morey, China, and the NBA | Heat Check
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey caused international ripples on Friday night after sending a since-deleted tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong. Facing fierce backlash from the Chinese government and businesses, the NBA finds itself in a delicate balance between protecting business interests and freedom of expression.Read John Gonzalez’s reporting on this story here.Host: John GonzalezGuests: Dan Devine, Haley O’Shaughnessy...

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Daryl Morey, China, and the NBA | Heat Check
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey caused international ripples on Friday night after sending a since-deleted tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong. Facing fierce backlash from the Chinese government and businesses, the NBA finds itself in a delicate balance between protecting business interests and freedom of expression.Read John Gonzalez’s reporting on this story here.Host: John GonzalezGuests: Dan Devine, Haley O’Shaughnessy...

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NBA Approval Ratings and the Making of ‘Sonic Boom’ | Group Chat
As training camps kick off, Chris and Justin evaluate their perception of some noteworthy teams (1:51). Then Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn comes on to talk about his new podcast, ‘Sonic Boom: How Seattle Lost Its Team’ (35:43).Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin VerrierGuest: Jordan Ritter Conn...

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Media Day Highlights: The Houston Experiment, the Knicks’ Expectations, and the Pelicans’ Playoffs Excitement | The Mismatch
Basketball is (almost) back! The guys discuss the most intriguing quotes from all 30 NBA teams’ media days, on topics such as the James Harden–Russell Westbrook dynamic in Houston, the return of Kristaps Porzingis, the hype around Zion Williamson, LeBron’s late-career trajectory, and much more.Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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Media Day Highlights: The Houston Experiment, the Knicks’ Expectations, and the Pelicans’ Playoffs Excitement | The Mismatch
Basketball is (almost) back! The guys discuss the most intriguing quotes from all 30 NBA teams’ media days, on topics such as the James Harden–Russell Westbrook dynamic in Houston, the return of Kristaps Porzingis, the hype around Zion Williamson, LeBron’s late-career trajectory, and much more.Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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What Are the Things You’d Love to See From Each Team Heading Into the Season? | Group Chat
We respond to a list of listener submissions about what they’d love to see for their team heading into the 2019-20 NBA season, including: Markelle Fultz getting solid NBA minutes, the Knicks looking competent, the Bulls becoming relevant again, and the Hawks playing at least a shred of defense.Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier...

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James Harden Thinks the Media Settles on MVP Narratives Too Soon. Is He Right? | Group Chat
We play a game of ‘Is This a Thing?’ with a slew of offseason story lines, including: James Harden’s comments about how the media chooses the MVP, the Orlando Magic’s locked-in roster, the outlook for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics, Isaiah Thomas’s injury, and Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram’s potential as a young duo.Hosts: Justin Verrier and Danny Chau...

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France Eliminates Team USA From the FIBA World Cup. What Now? | Group Chat
We gather for an emergency reaction to Team USA losing in international tournament play for the first time in 58 games. What comes next for USA basketball: Will they have to go young with Zion Williamson and Trae Young, or will veteran stars like LeBron James, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and more reenter the fold?Hosts: Justin Verrier and Dan Devine...

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2019 Story Line Over/Unders | Group Chat
We do a little game of "predict the headlines" ahead of the 2019 NBA season: When will Anthony Davis start to get unhappy in L.A.? When will Ben Simmons’s jump shot get called into question? When will we start to worry that Zion is out of shape? And more.Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier...

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No One Wants to Play for Team USA. Plus: Rookie Survey Takeaways | The Mismatch
De’Aaron Fox joins the long list of Team USA dropouts for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, so how does the current team stack up against other countries’ squads (0:45)? Plus: The 2019-20 rookie class cast some surprising votes for superlatives among their peers (22:11).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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DeMarcus Cousins Tore His ACL. Is This the End of Boogie As We Know Him? | Group Chat
We go over the news out of Las Vegas that DeMarcus Cousins has torn his ACL—what does this mean for the rest of his career, and what will it mean for the 2019-20 Lakers (1:50)? Then, we bounce around the rest of the NBA and talk about the sale of the Nets and Team USA news (20:46).Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier...

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Can Kevin Durant Be the Face of Basketball in Brooklyn? Plus: The Present and Future of Team USA. | Group Chat
We discuss Kevin Durant's first on-the-record interview since his Achilles tear. What is the NBA going to look like in 2020 without its potential best player (1:00)? Then we break down the present and the future of Team USA, including who should and will make it this year, and who we’re most excited to see in 2020 and beyond (31:11).Hosts: Justin Verrier and Dan Devine...

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The Blazers Lock Into McCollum and Lillard, the Raptors’ Post-Kawhi World, and Carmelo Anthony Musical Chairs | Group Chat
We break down CJ McCollum’s near-max extension, and what it means for the perennially good-but-not-great Blazers (1:00). Then, we briefly run through what it’s like for a coach and franchise to find out they lost their star free agent (25:10), before talking through some potential Carmelo landing spots (31:41). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Danny Chau...

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Lin-sad-ity, the End-of-Bench Rolodex, and Early Over/Unders | The Mismatch
Jeremy Lin bemoans the likely end of his NBA career (1:59) which begs the question: Which fringe NBA players could be valuable additions for contending teams (14:38)? Plus: Evaluating early Vegas odds for 2019-20 win totals (37:16).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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Kawhi Is a Fun Guy, Zion Chooses Jordan, Fixing Free Agency, and the Best Young Cores | Group Chat
We share our takeaways from the Los Angeles Clippers’ introduction of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (2:04) before discussing Zion Williamson’s Jordan brand deal (17:25) and the future of free agency (23:50). Then, Zach Kram joins to explore the best young cores in the NBA according to the numbers (33:31).Host: Justin VerrierGuests: Danny Chau, Zach Kram...

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The Wacky Wizards, the LeBron-AD Duo, and Coach Tim Duncan | The Mismatch
The guys discuss the noise coming out of the Washington Wizards (0:50), the Los Angeles Lakers’ new pairing of LeBron James and Anthony Davis (31:35), Tim Duncan joining the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff (50:26), and Zion Williamson's signing with Jordan brand (55:37).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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The Point God Is Stuck in Trade Purgatory | Group Chat
Chris Paul is reportedly “parked” in Oklahoma City. So how good will the Thunder be? (2:11) Plus: a way-too-early look at the FIBA World Cup (25:50) and a way-way-way-too-early index of 2020 championship contender tiers (39:19).Host: Justin VerrierGuests: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks...

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The Actual NBA Offseason Is Here: The Bright-Future Grizzlies, Ripple Effects of the Westbrook Trade, and the Star Movement Era | The Mismatch
With the 2019 NBA summer league in the books, the guys discuss the bright future of the champion Memphis Grizzlies as well as other Las Vegas standouts (1:08). Then, they debate the merits of the controversial Russell Westbrook trade (22:40) and the increase in player movement in the modern NBA (49:21).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul Emergency Podcast | The Ringer NBA Show
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets just shook the league—again—by swapping Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul. We convene to discuss the ramifications for these two teams and the rest of the league.Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier...

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To Russ or Not to Russ: Which Teams Should Be in on Westbrook? | Group Chat
With some distance from the initial shock value of the trade, we take a measured look at the unprecedented haul of picks that the Thunder received from the Clippers in exchange for Paul George (2:00). Then we try to find the ideal partner for Russell Westbrook at this stage of his career and consider which teams can make those partnerships happen (26:00). Finally, Tjarks shares his three biggest observations from NBA summer league in Las Vegas (47:30).Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks...

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Paul George Is Gone, What Happens to Russ? | The Ringer NBA Show
Now that Kawhi and Paul George have joined forces, what is the market for Russell Westbrook (0:57)? Then we discuss Kawhi Leonard’s savvy moves as a behind-the-scenes general manager, and the Clippers’ potential next season (18:10). Plus, a check in on the Lakers’ new roster (34:20).Hosts: Chris Ryan, Kevin O'Connor, Jonathan Tjarks...

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The Kawhi Decision Will Change Everything for an Already Changed NBA | The Mismatch
Kawhi Leonard seems destined to wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers, but whatever he decides to do will drastically shift the NBA landscape (0:36). The top Eastern Conference contenders reload for another run (16:59) while a handful of teams make some questionable signings (42:44).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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Free Agency Day 1 Madness: The Sixers! The Knicks … The Nets! And Wherever Kawhi Goes | Heat Check
Free agency is finally here! The Philadelphia 76ers sign-and-trade Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat (1:24) and the New York Knicks strike out while the crosstown Brooklyn Nets sign two megastars (23:00). Plus: Where will Kawhi Leonard end up? Could the reloaded Utah Jazz be real contenders? What in the world are the Charlotte Hornets doing? And much, much more (39:26).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Chris Ryan, Kevin O’Connor...

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NBA Free Agency Preview: Which Domino Will Fall First? | The Corner 3
Ahead of the start of free agency on Sunday, we go over some of the emerging suitors for the top free agents and speculate about the order of operations that could determine which guys pair up on teams. Will Kawhi Leonard end up in a Lakers jersey? Will Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant pair up in Brooklyn? Will the Knicks strike out? And more.Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks...

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A Rockets, Sixers, and Jimmy Butler Love Triangle | Group Chat
The Houston Rockets are doing what they can to insert themselves into the sweepstakes for free agent Jimmy Butler—can the Sixers convince Butler to stay in Philadelphia? Plus, after a new Kevin Arnovitz report about league schedule changes, we re-enter into past discussions about whether the NBA needs to be proactive in changing their schedule format and adding a midseason or a play-in tournament.Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier...

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Free Agency Speculation SZN Is in Full Swing | Heat Check
With the start of free agency right around the corner, everyone is wondering where some of the league’s biggest stars will end up (3:55). Plus: Draft additions make a handful of young teams (hint: one of the teams has Zion Williamson on it) instantly exciting to watch (34:06).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Dan Devine, Danny Chau...

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NBA Draft Instant Reactions: Pelicans, Hawks, Grizzlies Grab the Reins of the Draft | The Corner 3
We break down the teams with the biggest draft hauls from Thursday night: the Pelicans, Hawks, and Grizzlies—who all seem to have gotten the exact guys they wanted in Zion Williamson, DeAndre Hunter, and Ja Morant, respectively. Then, we speed through recapping the rest of the lottery picks, including the biggest surprise in Cam Johnson going 11th and the awkward fit between Darius Garland and Collin Sexton in Cleveland.Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks...

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James Harden vs. Chris Paul, Plus: Utah Is Trying to Seize Its Window With Mike Conley | Group Chat
The Jazz are putting their chips in the center of the table, trading for an expensive, sure-handed star in Mike Conley—will it pay off in a wide-open Western Conference (1:00)? Plus, we break down all the reporting, theories, and future fallout in Houston after an explosive report of discord between James Harden and Chris Paul came out earlier this week. Should the Rockets do what they can to get rid of Chris Paul and his huge contract, or should they press the big red button and trade James Harden (22:37)?...

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Ka-Why Not Stay in Toronto? Plus: Draft Picks Who Will Not Fail | The Mismatch
Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to the first championship in franchise history, but will he re-sign with them (1:46)? The Anthony Davis trade shifts the landscape of the offseason, including raising questions about the fate of the no. 4 pick in the upcoming draft (10:38). Plus: Verno’s annual list of draft picks who will not fail (34:41).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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Anthony Davis to the Lakers Emergency Podcast | Group Chat
The Lakers and Pelicans wasted no time in kicking off a game of offseason musical chairs in the NBA. What does Davis in L.A. this early in the offseason mean for the rest of 2019 free agency? Plus, does this make the Lakers title favorites, or do they have a lot more work to do?Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier...

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The Toronto Raptors Are the 2019 NBA Champions | Heat Check
In a thrilling Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors to win their first championship in franchise history.Host: John GonzalezGuest: Kevin O’Connor...

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Kevin Durant’s Injury Changes the Offseason Calculus of Nearly Every NBA Team | Group Chat
We briefly preview what the Warriors have to do to make up for the loss of Kevin Durant for the remainder of the Finals (more Boogie?) (1:30). Then, we run through each big-market team with cap space and wonder whether KD’s injury has dramatically affected their offseason plans (31:32).Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Jonathan Tjarks...

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The Ripple Effects of the KD Injury, in These Finals and Beyond | The Mismatch
Game 5 of the NBA Finals was headlined by Kevin Durant’s league-shaking Achilles injury and punctuated by an unusual number of bizarre moments (4:39). Plus: Teams around the league prepare for movement in the fast-approaching NBA draft (41:33), and the Memphis Grizzlies hire Taylor Jenkins as their new head coach (56:26).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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KD Goes Down (Again), but the Warriors Survive | Heat Check
Kevin Durant suffers an Achilles injury in his first game back, but the Golden State Warriors manage to pull out a win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.Host: John GonzalezGuest: Chris Ryan...

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The Raptors Out-Warriored the Warriors | Heat Check
The Toronto Raptors push ahead to a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals after defeating the Golden State Warriors in dominant fashion.Host: John GonzalezGuests: Dan Devine, Kevin O’Connor...

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How to Plan for Having Multiple First-Round Draft Picks | The Corner 3
We review Steph Curry’s hero ball Game 3 of the NBA Finals—an interesting reversal of some past Golden State games against LeBron (1:32). Then, we pivot to talking about the teams that have multiple first-round picks in the upcoming NBA draft, and what the best plan of action is to capitalize on those picks (16:53).Hosts: Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks...

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The Raptors Ruin Curry’s Big Night | Heat Check
A well-rounded Game 3 performance by the Toronto Raptors wins them back home-court advantage from the shorthanded Golden State Warriors despite a transcendent performance from Stephen Curry.Host: John GonzalezGuest: Dan Devine...

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Which Upcoming Free Agent Combinations Fit Best? | Group Chat
We briefly survey the NBA Finals as it stands, tied 1-1 (2:00), before diving into swirling rumors about Kyrie Irving to the Nets or Lakers, Anthony Davis to anyone who will open their wallet, D’Angelo Russell to a mid-level franchise, and more (34:00).Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier...

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The Warriors Are Up Against the Injury Bug As Well As the Raptors | The Mismatch
The undermanned Golden State Warriors managed to take Game 2 from the Raptors in Toronto; as the series shifts to Oakland, will they be able to replicate that success (0:51)? Plus: With the draft approaching in two weeks’ time, which sleepers could rise above the fray (38:54)?Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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Analyzing the NBA Draft Through the Lens of the Finals | The Corner 3
We briefly go over Thursday night’s NBA Finals Game 1 and look forward to what adjustments the Warriors can make in the face of a 1-0 deficit (1:46). Then, we hand out awards to the draft prospects who most closely mirror the roles that Finals participants like Pascal Siakam and Andre Iguodala are filling for their teams (15:00).Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Danny Chau...

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Spicy P Heats Up to Take Game 1 | Heat Check
Pascal Siakam dominates Game 1 of the Finals, leading the Toronto Raptors to a solid victory over the Kevin Durant–less Golden State Warriors despite a poor shooting night from Kawhi Leonard.Host: John GonzalezGuest: Dan Devine...

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The Rockets' Reboot, the Lakers' Turmoil, and Repositioning Basketball As International Soccer | Group Chat
We sit down ahead of the NBA Finals to go through some of the news that has broken between the end of the Eastern Conference Finals and now. First, do the Rockets need to hit the reset button on their core if they want to win the title (2:45)? Then, the deluge of Lakers turmoil seems to be never ending, but will it ultimately trickle off if they go star-hunting this offseason (22:00)? Finally, we share our observations on NBA free agency and rumblings about a midseason tournament that have us thinking about...

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A Very Mismatch Finals Preview | The Mismatch
The Toronto Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. How will they match up against the defending champs Golden State Warriors (0:44)? Plus: How will the outcome of this series affect free agency, if at all (40:18)?Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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NBA Draft Mailbag Special | The Corner 3
With the NBA Finals still on hold, we convene our NBA draft experts to open up the mailbag and answer some of your pressing questions about the top prospects as we approach the 2019 NBA draft. From Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett to Ty Jerome and Matisse Thybulle, we break down our thoughts on top prospects and role players who might be available for late-round steals.Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau...

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Are the Bucks Out of Answers for the Raptors? | Group Chat
Kawhi Leonard had one of the best games of his career en route to a surprising Game 5 road win over one of the best teams in the NBA. Will Mike Budenholzer have to shorten his rotation in Game 6 to avoid getting eliminated (1:30)? Plus, we react to the All-NBA team announcements and the potential salary cap implications for some of the league’s biggest stars in Kemba Walker, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson (33:00).Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks...

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Kawhi Leonard (Literally) Limps the Raptors to Another W | The Corner 3
Despite Kawhi Leonard’s lingering quadricep injury, his stellar defense and the Toronto Raptors’ overall adjustments prove successful against the Milwaukee Bucks for the second game in a row as they tie the series (1:25). Plus: Rumors say Kevin Durant could sign with the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason (23:41) while the New Orleans Pelicans navigate the happy dilemma of pairing Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson (31:33).Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau...

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The Warriors Without KD Are Still Pretty Damn Good | The Mismatch
The Golden State Warriors are headed to their fifth straight NBA Finals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers despite Kevin Durant out with an injury (0:48). Plus: belated reactions to the NBA draft lottery (43:09) and critical reactions to Magic Johnson’s recent comments on the Los Angeles Lakers (51:18).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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The Raptors Win the Most Boring Double-OT Playoff Game in Recent Memory | Heat Check
Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors take advantage of an off-night from Giannis Antetokounmpo to edge out a double-OT win against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 (3:12), while the Portland Trail Blazers fall behind 3-0 to the still-dominant Golden State Warriors (28:10). Plus: The Duffel Bag Boys weigh in on the NBA draft lottery order (38:34).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Mark Titus, Tate Frazier...

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Western Conference Finals Game 2: The Blazers Just Couldn’t Close the Door on the Warriors | The Ringer NBA Show
We give immediate reactions to the Warriors' hot third-quarter comeback against the Blazers, behind strong performances from Steph Curry on offense and Andre Iguodala on defense (1:00). Then, we briefly preview Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, where Toronto will look to make adjustments against the heavily favored Bucks (22:52).Hosts: John Gonzalez and Haley O’Shaughnessy...

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The Brook Lopez Game Trumped the Kyle Lowry Game | The Ringer NBA Show
We recap a hard-nosed win for the Milwaukee Bucks over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals—one that featured a solid performance from Giannis and an outstanding one from his supporting cast (2:08). Then we bounce around to some other news from the league, including Blazers players’ comments about Terry Stotts’s pick-and-roll defense, the Pelicans' chance to draft Zion Williamson, and the NBA coaching carousel (21:09).Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier...

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NBA Draft Fits and Conference Finals Thoughts | The Corner 3
Now that we know the order of the NBA draft, we go over which teams might be the best fit for the non-Zion top talent: R.J. Barrett, Ja Morant, Darius Garland, Cam Reddish, and more (1:05). Then, we recap Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, in which Steph Curry was dominant and the Warriors of old routed the Trail Blazers (43:34). Finally, we wonder whether Toronto has run into LeBron 2.0 in Giannis Antetokounmpo (47:45).Hosts: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks...

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Emergency NBA Draft Lottery Pod | The Ringer NBA Show
The New Orleans Pelicans win the 2019 NBA draft lottery, presumably landing superstar prospect Zion Williamson (5:26), while multiple teams find themselves in more or less fortunate draft positions than expected (16:20). Plus: Kevin O’Connor reports his takeaways from the lottery drawing in Chicago (39:07).Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin VerrierGuests: Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor...

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Let’s Get Ready to Conference Finals! | The Mismatch
The shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers advance to the Western Conference finals in impressive fashion, but how far will they be able to push reigning champs Golden State Warriors (0:48)? With the Toronto Raptors now facing the well-rested Milwaukee Bucks, who will emerge from a massive Eastern Conference finals showdown (22:38)? Plus: Recent head coach hirings elicit a wide range of reactions, and many fan bases’ hopes hinge on the results of the NBA draft lottery (48:30).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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The Four Bounces Heard Round the World: Kawhi’s Raptors Advance | Heat Check
Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beating fadeaway lifts the Toronto Raptors over the Philadelphia 76ers to move on to the conference finals (3:12), while CJ McCollum’s big night helps the Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Denver Nuggets to secure their first conference finals berth in 19 years (32:29).Host: John GonzalezGuest: Dan Devine...

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Sixers Earn a Game 7. Have the Bucks Earned the Title of ‘Favorites’? Plus, Kevin Durant’s Injured Calf | Group Chat
We give our immediate reactions to a statement game from Ben Simmons, who helped the Sixers force a Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday (0:50). Then, we eulogize the Celtics and wonder if the Bucks are flying under the radar as the best team in the league, before wondering how KD's injury will affect the Rockets-Warriors series (16:00). Finally, we recap a tumultuous week in Lakerland, as they lost out on their desired coach in Ty Lue, only to land on Lionel Hollins and Jason Kidd as potential backup options (33:00...

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The Sixers’ Worst Dreams Are Being Realized. Plus, Are We Seeing a Combo-Guard Renaissance? | The Corner 3
We go over what appears to be the worst possible timeline for the Sixers—backs against the wall in the present, uncertain of how to build their Frankenstein roster in the future (1:15). Then, we run down the larger takeaways from the other series: Boston’s been overwhelmed by Milwaukee, Paul Millsap has found his old form, and the Rockets’ swingmen have been critical (24:50). Finally, we finish with some draft talk about what lessons we can learn from these playoffs, including (for the hundredth time) that ...

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The Bucks Beat the Celtics, and the Celtics Also Beat the Celtics | The Mismatch
Giannis Antetokounmpo takes advantage of the imploding Boston Celtics to propel the Milwaukee Bucks to a 3-1 series lead (0:34) while the Houston Rockets hold off a late run from the Golden State Warriors to tie the series (25:04). Plus: The Portland Trail Blazers need to reactivate Dame Time to defeat the Denver Nuggets (42:19), and the Philadelphia 76ers need to address their inconsistent play to compete against Kawhi Leonard’s historically great playoff stretch for the Toronto Raptors (51:10).Hosts: Chri...

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A Simmons-House Emergency Pod for Rockets-GSW Game 4 | The Ringer NBA Show
Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to give immediate reactions to a gritty, frantic win for the Houston Rockets over the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors to even the series at 2-2 (1:10). Then, Simmons and House discuss the Milwaukee Bucks’ sound win over the Boston Celtics to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, which featured a dominant, MVP-like performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo (21:10).Host: Bill SimmonsGuest: Joe House...

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Murray Gets Hot, Kawhi Stays Hot, Curry Not Looking So Hot | Heat Check
An impressive scoring outburst from Jamal Murray helps the Denver Nuggets edge out the Portland Trail Blazers (3:45) while yet another dominant performance from Kawhi Leonard lifts the Toronto Raptors over a struggling Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers (16:28). A bizarre end-of-game sequence of events, including a missed Stephen Curry dunk, ensures the Houston Rockets an overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors (30:28) while the Milwaukee Bucks take back home-court advantage from the Boston Celt...

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Have the Sixers Found Themselves? | Group Chat
We give our instant reactions to the Sixers’ convincing Game 3 win over the Raptors (1:30), before bouncing around to the other Round 2 series (21:00). Then, we go over some of the offseason news that has gotten swallowed by the playoff churn, including Monty Williams’s and Ty Lue’s impending coaching hires and Gersson Rosas’s new gig as GM of the Timberwolves (35:43).Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan...

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Playoff Round 2 Check-in, Plus an Early Look at the Centers in the NBA Draft | The Corner 3
We check in with each of the four playoff series, including what the Celtics need from Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, whether Brett Brown’s adjustments in the Sixers-Raptors series are here to stay, and whether Nikola Jokic has finally made the choice to be a dominant scorer for the rest of the playoffs (1:30). Then we give a quick preview of the big men in the upcoming NBA draft, theorizing about what roles they might fill and whether it’s worth using a high draft pick on any of them (43:23).Hosts: Kevin...

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Warriors-Rockets Game 2 Instant Reactions | The Ringer NBA Show
In Game 2 of the most anticipated playoff series thus far, the Golden State Warriors hold off a bloody-eyed James Harden and the Houston Rockets to defend home-court advantage with a 2-0 lead.Host: John GonzalezGuest: Haley O’Shaughnessy...

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Raptors-Sixers Might Be the Big Matchup We Were Promised After All | The Mismatch
The Philadelphia 76ers defeat the juggernaut Toronto Raptors in Game 2, tempering concerns of a one-sided series (0:47), while Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets present a big-man problem for the Portland Trail Blazers (14:36). The Milwaukee Bucks need to address how to combat the Boston Celtics’ suffocating defense (28:38), while Warriors-Rockets remains derailed by officiating controversies (45:16).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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How the Warriors “Stole” Game 1 From the Rockets | Heat Check
The first game of the highly anticipated second-round matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets ended with a conspicuous lack of foul calls (4:04), while in the East, the Boston Celtics proved their formidability with a resounding win against the Milwaukee Bucks (16:02). Plus: the Philadelphia 76ers struggled to contain—let alone stop—Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors (24:50), and the San Antonio Spurs got knocked out of the first round in a bizarre sequence at the end of Game 7 ...

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Tying Up Warriors Loose Ends and Previewing Round 2 | Group Chat
We wonder whether the Warriors can close the Clippers in Game 6 in L.A., or whether we’re starting to see signs that they’re unraveling (4:00). Then, we touch on the other Western Conference series that’s still going—Spurs vs. Nuggets—and what a potential loss could mean for Michael Malone, Nikola Jokic, and the rest of the Nuggets franchise (15:30). Finally, we close with—predictably—some Russell Westbrook talk and a preview of the upcoming round of the playoffs (28:00).Hosts: Justin Verrier, Chris Ryan...

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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...

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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...

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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 GonzalezGuests: Joe House, Tyler Tynes...

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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 VerrierGuests: Chris Ryan, Haley O’Shau...

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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 expansion of The R...

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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...

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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 GonzalezGuests: Justin Verrier, Spike Eskin, Kevin Clark...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 GonzalezGuests: Joe House, Dan Pfeiffer...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 GonzalezGuests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Bryan Curtis...

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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...

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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...

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(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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 GonzalezGuests: Joe House, Dan Devine...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 GonzalezGuests: Jonathan Tjarks, Tyler Tynes...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 GonzalezGuests: Jonathan Tjarks, Chris Ryan, Dave the Greek...

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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 TjarksGuest: Zach Kram...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Early Returns on the Eastern Conference Arms Race, Plus Pelicans Talk With Arcade Fire’s Win Butler | The Corner 3 (Ep. 387)
We run down the list of the five Eastern Conference contenders that made deadline additions and where they’ll stand in relation to each other come playoff time (1:00). Then, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler joins the show for a second time to discuss the awkward Anthony Davis situation and the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game (37:52).Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny ChauGuest: Win Butler...

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A Ringer NBA Investigation: Who’s to Blame for the Lakers Tailspin? | Group Chat (Ep. 386)
We parse last night’s news through the lens of some unnecessarily hot takes—Luka is the next LeBron, Jake Layman is first-team All-NBA, Buddy Hield is better than Jamal Murray, and more (2:00). Then, we steal a bit from Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion and do our own 'True Detective' investigation: Who is to blame for ‘The Flat Lakers’ (28:55)?Hosts: Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O'Shaughnessy...

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MVPaul George? Plus: the Rising East | The Mismatch (Ep. 385)
Paul George’s MVP case grows as his scorching offensive streak continues (1:15), Marc Gasol bolsters the already-formidable Toronto Raptors (10:45), the Philadelphia 76ers’ new Big Four forms a threat in the East (27:35), and the Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff berth is anything but certain (46:48).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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The New-New Sixers Look Good-Good | Heat Check (Ep. 384)
The anticlimactic nonresolution of the Anthony Davis saga leaves the Western Conference at the mercy of the Golden State Warriors (3:03), while the reloaded Philadelphia 76ers look to rise atop the Eastern Conference elite (25:33).Host: Chris RyanGuests: Justin Verrier, Michael Levin...

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NBA Trade Deadline: Eastern Conference Power Shifts and Favorite Trades | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 383)
The trade deadline delivered on medium deals—including Marc Gasol to the Raptors, Tobias Harris to the Sixers, and Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks—but it was missing the Anthony Davis trade we were hoping for. What does this mean for the Eastern Conference Finals race, and does any of this matter with the Warriors hanging overhead?Hosts: Justin Verrier, Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, and Paolo Uggetti...

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The Sixers Are All In (We Think?), With Bill Simmons | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 382)
Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan hop on the Ringer NBA Show feed to talk about the Sixers spending what was left of their draft capital to acquire Tobias Harris and make a push for the NBA Finals this season (1:06). Then, Ben Detrick joins to break down how this Sixers lineup might jell come playoff time (28:04).Hosts: Bill Simmons and Chris RyanGuest: Ben Detrick...

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Is Anthony Davis’s Price Tag Worth It? | The Mismatch (Ep. 381)
The Los Angeles Lakers may need to overpay to acquire Anthony Davis before the trade deadline (3:57). Plus: Which trade candidates could propel fringe playoff teams into contention? (37:10)Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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Assessing the Best Anthony Davis Trade Packages | Group Chat (Ep. 378)
We pore over the myriad teams that could offer a reasonable package for Anthony Davis: chief among them the Lakers and Celtics, but maybe equally as intriguing, the dark horse Clippers and Raptors.Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded prior to the Kristaps Porzingis trade news. For more on that, tune into 'The Bill Simmons Podcast.'Hosts: Justin Verrier, Chris Ryan, Paolo UggettiTry Hopsy...

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Where Will Anthony Davis End Up? | The Mismatch (Ep. 377)
The Los Angeles Lakers are the clear front-runners to trade for Anthony Davis, but 28 other teams could look to acquire him (1:32). With the trade deadline fast approaching, teams bifurcate into buyers and sellers (28:54).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor...

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Anthony Davis Wants Out | Heat Check (Ep. 376)
Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a not-so-surprising Woj bomb on Monday morning, reporting that Anthony Davis will not sign a contract extension in New Orleans and has requested a trade. Will this shake up the Lakers? Does Boston have the most assets, or will another team woo the Pelicans? And is there something to the Klutch Sports conspiracy theory? Host: John GonzalezGuests: Kevin O'Connor and Paolo Uggetti...

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The Rolling Raptors and All-Star Reserves, Plus: A Special Interview With Nikola Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 375)
The hype around the Toronto Raptors has died down despite their continued excellence (0:40). With the All-Star starters announced, which players will make the team as reserves? (14:05)Plus: Kevin O’Connor sits down with Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic to discuss his outstanding play this season (31:46).Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau...

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Where Do the Pacers Turn Without Victor Oladipo? | Group Chat (Ep. 374)
We digest the news that Victor Oladipo is out for the rest of the season by wondering whether the Pacers should push on for the playoffs or reset until he gets back (2:30). Then, we debate who has a more promising future: the Hawks or the Mavericks (27:53)? And finally, we finish with one final chat about Carmelo Anthony (39:05).Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti...

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Uh-oh, the Warriors Look Invincible Again | The Mismatch (Ep. 373)
The juggernaut Golden State Warriors look unstoppable as of late (4:10) and Carmelo Anthony looks to return to the court (15:00). Plus: Which players could benefit from a change of scenery at the trade deadline? (25:43)Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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Dennis Smith Jr.‘s Unraveling Drama in Dallas, Plus All-Star Ballots | The Corner 3 (Ep. 371)
Dennis Smith Jr. is the latest high draft pick to become uncomfortable with the ball being taken out of his hands. What does that mean for him and Luka Doncic (18:00)? Then we run down our All-Star ballots for this season (28:18). To wrap up, Kevin interviews Matt Quinn from the band Mt. Joy—a lifelong Sixers fan—about his favorite Sixers-Celtics media conspiracies and the overlap between touring bands and NBA players (39:42).Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan TjarksGuest: Matt Quinn...

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Playing Trade-Deadline Doctor and Going Deep on the Pelicans | Group Chat (Ep. 370)
We diagnose the problems that the Celtics, the Lakers, and the Grizzlies will have to address at the upcoming NBA trade deadline (1:10). Then, we call up Scott Kushner, the 'New Orleans Advocate' Pelicans beat reporter, to give us the Pelicans side of the Anthony Davis story and dish out his best DeMarcus Cousins stories (28:19).Hosts: Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O’ShaughnessyGuest: Scott Kushner...

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A Year Later: Did the Clippers Win the Blake Griffin Trade? | Heat Check (Ep. 368)
The Los Angeles Clippers host Blake Griffin for the first time since the controversial trade (3:27), the Boston Celtics falter despite their talent (15:26), the New York Knicks accelerate their tank (28:08), and rookies’ statistical comparisons encourage or discourage fans (49:32).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Joe House, Dan Devine, Zach Kram...

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Half-Season Superlatives and Kings Nation | Group Chat (Ep. 366)
We award 2018-19 half-season awards for: Best Player, Most Surprising Team, Most Disappointing Team, Most Confusing Team, and League Pass Poison Teams (0:50). Then, Kings superfan Riley McAtee joins to talk about how he hopes the rest of Sacramento’s season unfolds (43:46).Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo UggettiGuest: Riley McAtee...

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How Should Teams Build Around Their Young Stars Before It’s Too Late? | The Mismatch (Ep. 365)
Tom Thibodeau is out in Minnesota. So what does that mean for franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns (1:00)? Then we dive deep into how the Spurs have reinvented themselves by turning the clock forward and backward at the same time (18:25). Finally, we take stock of the upcoming “pre-agents” and what their franchises have to do to ensure they don’t walk (43:25).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor...

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Goodbye Thibs and Hello Hoiberg (?!) | Heat Check (Ep. 364)
Minnesota firing Tom Thibodeau after a win, who could replace him, Kawhi Leonard’s return to San Antonio, and the drama-filled Sixers.Host: John GonzalezGuests: Shea Serrano and Jonathan Tjarks...

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James Harden Is a Cheat Code | The Corner 3 (Ep. 363)
James Harden daggered the Golden State Warriors Thursday night in overtime (1:30), and Kawhi Leonard was showered with boos while the Raptors got throttled by the Spurs (29:12). Plus, NBA prospect Bol Bol’s college season is done after just nine games (45:30).Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks...

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Debating Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook for All of Eternity | Group Chat (Ep. 362)
The Thunder beat the Lakers (sans LeBron) Wednesday night, but are we right to be concerned about Russell Westbrook’s continued shooting woes (1:30)? Plus, Chris spills his deepest, darkest concerns about the future of the Sixers as Ben Simmons still refuses to shoot jump shots (34:30).Hosts: Justin Verrier, Chris Ryan, Paolo Uggetti...

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Elite, but Overlooked: The Pacers and the Nuggets | The Mismatch (Ep. 361)
The Indiana Pacers remain consistently among the Eastern Conference elite (2:59), the Denver Nuggets continue their dominant run atop the West (9:33), and James Harden’s propensity for drawing fouls fuels his scorching stretch of games (18:00). Plus, five questions for the NBA in 2019 (39:55).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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NBA Guilty Pleasures | Heat Check (Ep. 358)
As the NBA regular season nears its midpoint, we share our favorite guilty pleasures of this year thus far.Host: John GonzalezGuest: Chris Ryan...

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Which Rebuilding NBA Franchise Would You Want Most? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 357)
We try to temper our hype after Luka Doncic’s 32-point explosion in a loss to the Clippers, review Chris Paul’s nagging hamstring and the Rockets’ thin roster, and discuss the weird Buddy Hield age news (2:00). Then, we each choose the rebuilding franchise we think is best set up, or most intriguing, for the long term (18:45). Finally, we throw an outlet pass to the weekend’s best games (37:45).Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks...

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’Tis the (NBA Trade) Season | The Mismatch (Ep. 356)
Trade season dawns on the NBA as free-agency restrictions get lifted (0:54), the James Harden–led Houston Rockets surge up the standings (21:07), and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s stellar defense keeps them rolling (33:49).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor...

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The Trevor Ariza Trade That Wasn’t, Then Was | Heat Check (Ep. 355)
A three-team trade centered on the Washington Wizards acquiring Trevor Ariza falls through in dramatic circumstance and is reincarnated in altered form (4:21): The Phoenix Suns receive Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers while the Memphis Grizzlies keep the status quo (30:36).Host: John GonzalezGuest: Joe House, Jonathan Tjarks...

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LeBron Thought About the Knicks, but It Was All a (Pipe) Dream | The Mismatch (Ep. 352)
LeBron James comments on having considered the New York Knicks as a free-agent destination (1:17), the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks continue to overperform behind their young stars (14:50), the Boston Celtics return to excellence after a slow start (34:10), and the Los Angeles Lakers look to add Trevor Ariza to an already wing-heavy roster (43:10).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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The Bulls' Drama Is Boiling Over Under Boylen | Heat Check (Ep. 351)
Turmoil continues for the Chicago Bulls under Jim Boylen (7:16), the three Texas teams deviate from expectations (14:12), growing pains afflict the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler experiment (32:12), and Buddy Hield emerges as the Sacramento Kings’ budding star (53:39).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Shea Serrano, Michael Baumann, Katie Baker...

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Lessons From the 2016 NBA Draft | The Corner 3 (Ep. 350)
We review some of the Houston Rockets’ biggest problems and ask whether they could be remedied with a Kevin Love trade (1:30). Then we take a look back at the lessons we learned from the 2016 draft (25:00), before throwing an outlet pass to this weekend’s games (37:18).Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau...

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Debating the NBA’s Top 25 Players Through 25 Games | Group Chat (Ep. 349)
We review the Lakers vs. Spurs and Thunder vs. Nets games from Tuesday night (1:30) before coming clean on our ballots for The Ringer’s Top 25 Players in the NBA Through 25 Games (31:24).Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti...

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The Nuggets Are Here to Stay | The Mismatch (Ep. 348)
The Denver Nuggets have proved themselves to be elite (1:07), the Oklahoma City Thunder’s stellar defense is leading their surge (9:51), the retooled Minnesota Timberwolves start to climb up (22:06), the New Orleans Pelicans’ struggles amplify in a loss to the rolling Los Angeles Clippers (32:50), and the Los Angeles Lakers finally begin to accelerate (44:11).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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30 Thoughts for 30 Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 347)
More than a quarter of the way through the regular season, what can we say about every team in the NBA?Host: John GonzalezGuests: Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, Haley O’Shaughnessy...

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The Spurs Are Pivoting to Boring Basketball | The Corner 3 (Ep. 346)
Gregg Popovich’s disdain for 3-point shots (1:36), Andrew Wiggins’s future in the league (15:52), and R.J. Barrett’s less-than-stellar start at Duke (24:14). Plus, is Luka Doncic “tall James Harden” or “fat Steph Curry” (29:00)?Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau...

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What Were We Wrong About Before the Season? | Group Chat (Ep. 345)
Kyle Korver to the Jazz (0:40), Luka Doncic owns our hearts (7:30), the Wolves are looking up without Jimmy Butler (17:30), and the Clippers might be a playoff lock (22:08). Plus, we admit the takes we misfired on before the season (35:30).Hosts: Chris Ryan, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Justin Verrier, and Paolo Uggetti...

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Can the Rockets and Jazz Turn It Around? | The Mismatch (Ep. 344)
The Houston Rockets’ slow start might be the new normal (0:50), the Orlando Magic are ... good? (19:40), and the young New York Knicks continue to develop (36:01). Plus, the quarter-season awards (47:03).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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The Clippers Are Atop the Wacky West (for Now) | Heat Check (Ep. 343)
Somehow, the Los Angeles Clippers have climbed to the best record in the crowded Western Conference (4:02), and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler experiment starts to bear fruit (21:32).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Dan Devine, Dan Pfeiffer...

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Opening Up the Thanksgiving Mailbag | The Corner 3 (Ep. 342)
We open up the mailbag by answering questions on the Wizards’ dysfunction, the first-, second-, and third-year players we’re most excited about, pre-agency, the Lakers, and much more.Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau...

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Will Anyone Trade for John Wall? | The Mismatch (Ep. 341)
John Wall’s gargantuan contract stifles his trade value (2:27), the Sacramento Kings continue to outperform expectations in the crowded Western Conference (13:56), and the teams on a streak, winning or losing (33:19).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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The Wizards (Finally) Want to Blow It Up | Heat Check (Ep. 340)
The devastatingly underachieving Washington Wizards look to sell, sell, sell (3:17) and the glut of talent in the Western Conference coagulates even further (31:13).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Joe House, Jonathan Tjarks...

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Sophomore Surge or Sophomore Slump? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 339)
Jimmy Butler’s tight fit in Philadelphia (1:07), a sophomore focus in this week’s The Kids Are Alright (23:26), and a look ahead at the weekend’s best games (37:36).Hosts: Kevin O'Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks...

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Relationship Counseling: Warriors Edition | Group Chat (Ep. 338)
Jimmy Butler’s debut for the Sixers didn’t go quite as smoothly as it could’ve—what does that mean for Ben Simmons (2:00)? Plus, Kevin Clark on the Magic (11:38), and a whole lot of Draymond Green and Kevin Durant melodrama (24:36).Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Kevin Clark...

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The Rockets Don’t Stay Melo | The Mismatch (Ep. 337)
The Jimmy Butler trade reshapes both conferences (0:48), the Houston Rockets look to move on from their Carmelo Anthony experiment (10:06), the overachieving Los Angeles Clippers remain impressive (19:16), Caris LeVert’s injury sets back the Brooklyn Nets (26:44), and some teams’ expectations contrast with their performance (34:34).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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Jimmy Butler Is a Sixer | Heat Check (Ep. 336)
The Minnesota Timberwolves finally trade Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers.Host: John GonzalezGuests: Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion...

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Zion Has Broken Our Mold of What a Pro Prospect Can Be | The Corner 3 (Ep. 335)
Duke’s trio of outstanding freshman surpassed our lofty expectations (1:38), the NBA’s shooting guard renaissance has caught us off guard (14:03), and we’re not quite sure if Milwaukee has what it takes to handle a tough West Coast road trip (34:37)....

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The Five Tenets of a Legendary League Pass Team | Group Chat (Ep. 334)
Kyrie Irving is totally not mad online about Jamal Murray, and the Boston Celtics totally don’t have a problem with offensive distribution (1:20). Plus, could the Lakers be the best League Pass team in NBA history? (22:37).The Lakers May Be the Greatest League Pass Team in History, Justin VerrierHosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti...

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The Deep, Dominant Raptors Keep Rolling Along | The Mismatch (Ep. 333)
A big night for Jamal Murray continues the Denver Nuggets’ hot streak (3:07), the torrid Toronto Raptors add another loss to the Utah Jazz’s disappointing start (14:53), precarious teams face sink-or-swim developments (32:58), and draft prospects look to shine as the college basketball season kicks off (47:55).Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor...

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The LeBron-Era Lakers’ Drama Intensifies | Heat Check (Ep. 332)
The Los Angeles Lakers add another loss to their turbulent start to the regular season (4:07), and the league’s offensive explosion is transforming defensive schemes (27:34). Plus, examining the importance of providing context to Derrick Rose’s comeback narrative (55:04).Host: John GonzalezGuests: Juliet Litman, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy...

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When Should We Panic About Houston? Plus, Duke Mania Is Here to Stay | The Corner 3 (Ep. 331)
Ringer staff writer Kevin O’Connor is joined by Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau to discuss the unfathomably bad Houston Rockets' start (2:27) and the bright futures of the Jazz and Nuggets (20:52). Then, the trio re-ups their patented "Draft Class" segment to talk about the tantalizing NBA prospects on the Duke Blue Devils (32:56).The State of the John Wall–Bradley Beal Union, Kevin O'Connor...

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The Early Tiers of the NBA | Group Chat (Ep. 330)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti to establish eight unique tiers of the NBA and place all 30 teams within them.Klay on Klay: The Warriors Guard on the Hidden Art and Craft of His Game, Kevin O'Connor...

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Cavs Fire Ty Lue, Early-Season Drama, Bud's Bucks, and Overlooked Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 328)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers firing head coach Ty Lue (4:32) and all the drama going on in the NBA regular season through two weeks (11:30). Then, Jonathan Tjarks comes on to talk about the undefeated Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors (33:36) as well as oft-overlooked teams with intriguing narratives (37:01)....

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The Three-Point Revolution Is Only Just Beginning | The Corner 3 (Ep. 327)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the exponential growth of 3-pointers in the NBA (1:24) and the promising offense but problematic defense of Trae Young and Luka Doncic (13:46). Then, they throw an outlet pass to this weekend’s games, previewing a rematch of Lakers-Spurs as well as exciting matchups between the Jazz and Pelicans and the Celtics and Pistons (26:57)....

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The Lakers or the Thunder: Who’s in More Trouble? Plus Milwaukee’s Overhaul and Boston’s Slow Start | The Mismatch (Ep. 325)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the lack of shooting plaguing the Lakers and Thunder through Week 1 of the season (1:43). Then, they break down how Milwaukee and Denver have overhauled their style of play for the 2018 season’s pace, while Boston, surprisingly, has not (33:17).Five Takeaways From the NBA’s Opening Week, By Kevin O'ConnorThe Celtics Didn’t Get the Memo About the NBA Scoring Boom, By Paolo Uggetti...

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Lakers-Rockets #Spitgate, Plus Opening-Week Takeaways | Heat Check (Ep. 324)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor, Paolo Uggetti, and Jason Gallagher to recount the brawl between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets during their Saturday-night matchup (2:47) as well as the basketball aspects of the game (20:01). Then, Dan Devine comes on to discuss the standout teams from Week 1 of the regular season (38:26)....

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Digesting LeBron in a Lakers Uniform, Plus Early Evaluations for Ayton and Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 323)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks in the debut of their revamped Friday show: The Corner 3. They kick the season off with some immediate reactions to LeBron in purple and gold (1:41). Then, they assess DeAndre Ayton’s early signs of stardom and Nikola Jokic’s ability to take another leap in year four (13:04), before looking ahead to some upcoming games of interest (31:40). Jonathan Tjarks: Finding the Nikola Jokic BlueprintPaolo Uggetti: You May Not Know Josh Hart Yet, ...

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Anthony Davis’s Hot Start, the Young Suns, and Early Sixers Reactions | Group Chat (Ep. 322)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to share some immediate reactions to the first two days of NBA games, including whether they like Anthony Davis to win the MVP (2:25) and whether this will be the season the Suns’ future comes into focus. Then Justin Verrier joins to share his takeaways from being at the Clippers' home opener (28:00), before all four assess the state of Philadelphia’s young core (37:00)....

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‘Sources Say’ Live From Ringer #NBAPalooza | Sources Say (Ep. 321)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman are joined by Joe House for the 2018 return of 'Sources Say,' live on stage during The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Previewpalooza. They dive back into NBA gossip with the latest Jimmy Butler rumblings, Ben Simmons’s dating life, and which players will see their NBA Twitter stock rise and fall this season.To see the video version of this podcast and the rest of Previewpalooza, head over the The Ringer’s YouTube channel....

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The Way-Too-Early Playoff Predictions, Plus: NBA Sad Face | Heat Check (Ep. 319)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Jason Concepcion to discuss the latest development in the Jimmy Butler drama (3:23) and preview the Eastern Conference playoff picture heading into the season (9:15). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti come on to preview the Western Conference playoff picture heading into the season (25:38). Finally, Kevin Clark, Riley McAtee, and Isaac Lee come on to adjudicate whose fan base is the saddest in the NBA (47:56)....

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Jimmy Butler’s Practice Tirade and Lakers vs. Warriors Preseason Takeaways | Group Chat (Ep. 318)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to break down the explosive Timberwolves practice that owned NBA Twitter for a day (1:50). Then, they discuss what the Lakers’ pace of play in the offseason means for a 33-year-old LeBron James (30:55)....

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Waiting for the Butler Trade, LeBron’s Lakers, and Doncic’s Debut | Heat Check (Ep. 313)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to assess the ongoing Jimmy Butler trade saga and new additions to the Eastern Conference elite (3:49).Then, comedian Ian Karmel comes on discuss the start of the LeBron James–era Lakers, J.R. Smith’s tattoo violation, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ season prospects (25:08).Finally, Jonathan Tjarks joins to examine Luka Doncic’s promising preseason debut, the return of Markelle Fultz, and the potential for Karl-Anthony Towns to elevate this season (53:02...

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Jimmy Butler v. the Timberwolves, the Lakers’ Lonzo Problem, and the Sixers' GM Search | Heat Check (Ep. 311)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Jason Concepcion to discuss the Los Angeles Clippers’ unconventional hiring of Lee Jenkins, the tension between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the New York Knicks’ future prospects (3:45).Then, Paolo Uggetti joins to talk about the rise of NBA offseason trainers and the new dynamic of the Los Angeles Lakers' roster (31:00).Finally, Mike Levin from 'The Rights to Ricky Sanchez’ comes on to evaluate the Philadelphia 76ers’ ongoing GM pursuit and their ...

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Melo (Finally) Signs in Houston, Kawhi’s “THANK YOU” Letter, and Are We Sure ...? | Heat Check (Ep. 307)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss Carmelo Anthony officially signing with the Houston Rockets (2:28) and to parse Kawhi Leonard’s farewell letter to San Antonio (14:17). Then, Justin Verrier joins to evaluate the "Are We Sure" questions about the Lakers’ playoff contention, Markelle Fultz, Devin Booker, and the Trail Blazers’ stars (24:22). Finally, Paolo Uggetti comes on to make the case for the Toronto Raptors as the East favorites (46:29) and to discuss NBA players’ use of s...

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Kawhi for DeRozan, Smart Stays a Celtic, the Timberwolves’ Shaky Future, and Pre-Agency | Group Chat (Ep. 303)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the impact of the Toronto Raptors acquiring Kawhi Leonard in exchange for a package led by DeMar DeRozan (0:54), Marcus Smart signing a four-year contract with the Boston Celtics (24:25), the uncertainties surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves’ stars (29:03), and the next disgruntled stars to leverage their situations (37:12)....

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Carmelo Destinations, Jimmy Butler’s Future in Minnesota, and the Kawhi Saga | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 302)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the report that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey spurned the Philadelphia 76ers’ attempt to hire him (0:41), landing spots for Carmelo Anthony (9:02), the Denver Nuggets’ updated roster (18:14), Ben McLemore heading back to the Sacramento Kings (26:24), Jimmy Butler turning down an extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves (30:27), and questions surrounding the remaining free agents (40:13)....

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Jonathan Isaac Is a Star, Trae Young's Bust Potential, and Other Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 301)
The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor sit down in Caesars Palace Las Vegas to talk NBA summer league. They discuss Jonathan Isaac's impressive play, Mo Bamba, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Kevin Knox. They revisit Trae Young's bust potential and discuss the uncertainty of college stats and the shortage of sophomores in this year's summer league....

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The Big Men Are Running Summer League, Plus Free-Agency Check-in | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 300)
The Ringer's Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks sit down in Las Vegas to talk about some of the rookies and sophomores playing in NBA summer league, including Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton, Collin Sexton, Jaren Jackson Jr., and more. They they talk NBA free agents and some possible landing spots for Clint Capela, Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, and Jabari Parker....

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Melo to Leave OKC, Kyrie’s Uncertain Future, Lakers’ Coaching Conundrum, and Trae Young Misses Treys | Sources Say (Ep. 298)
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly parting ways with Carmelo Anthony (0:58), the possibility for Kyrie Irving to leave the Boston Celtics (8:15), how LeBron James affects the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching staff (16:20), and Trae Young’s struggles during NBA summer league in Utah (25:54)....

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Austin Rivers to the Wizards, D.J. to Dallas (Potentially), and More Free-Agency Rumors | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 295)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the recent trade by the Los Angeles Clippers that sent Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards (01:12) and the potential for the Clips to deal DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks (03:47). Then they discuss Paul George’s free agency and how what he decides will affect other free agents (16:26), what it would cost the 76ers to sign both Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James (30:16), and the free agents that aren’t being talked about (48:21)....

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Melo's Opt-in, Free-Agency Rumors, and Woj vs. ESPN | Heat Check (Ep. 294)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan and Danny Chau to discuss Carmelo Anthony opting into his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder (02:40), free-agency rumors surrounding Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James (08:15), and their takeaways from the NBA draft (27:20). Then Bryan Curtis comes on to discuss Adrian Wojnarowski’s Twitter euphemisms (34:35) and LeBron’s media presence (45:25).You can buy new Ringer merch here....

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2018 NBA Draft Preview Spectacular | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 292)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with Kevin O’Connor, Tate Frazier, and Danny Chau to answer questions surrounding the 2018 NBA draft.For more on the draft, check out our 2018 NBA Draft Guide at nbadraft.theringer.com....

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Kawhi Rumors and Draft Prep | Heat Check (Ep. 291)
The Ringer's John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to talk Kawhi Leonard rumors and odds for which team he ends up on (2:40), then John sits down with Tate Frazier and Riley McAtee to discuss potential top 10 NBA draft picks including Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Mo Bamba, Trae Young, and more (32:15)....

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Michael Porter Jr.’s Injuries and Kevin Knox’s Rise. Plus: Ringer Fans on the Grizzlies, Magic, and Bulls | Draft Class (Ep. 290)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau discuss the puzzling news surrounding Michael Porter Jr.’s injuries (1:08) and the potential rise of former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox (7:26). Then, they bring on resident Memphis Grizzlies fan Chris Vernon (15:31), resident Orlando Magic fan Kevin Clark (32:09), and resident Chicago Bulls fan Tommy Alter (43:43) to discuss their respective teams' draft possibilities....

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Deandre Ayton to the Suns? Plus: Ringer Fans on the Kings, Mavs, Hornets | Draft Class (Ep. 286)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the probability that the Phoenix Suns will take Deandre Ayton with the no. 1 overall pick (1:21). Then they bring on resident Sacramento Kings fan Riley McAtee (15:08), resident Dallas Mavericks fans David Shoemaker and Jason Gallagher (25:43), and resident Charlotte Hornets fan Tate Frazier (37:52) to discuss their respective team’s draft possibilities....

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KD Crushes the Cavs in Game 3. Plus: Will Deandre Ayton Go No. 1? | Group Chat (Ep. 284)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Paolo Uggetti, Kevin O’Connor, and Justin Verrier to discuss Kevin Durant’s great Game 3 and the Cleveland Cavaliers' chances at keeping LeBron James this offseason before being joined by Shea Serrano for a quick breakdown of LeBron’s monster dunk in the first quarter. Then, they discuss the likeliness of Deandre Ayton as the no. 1 pick....

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Warriors Rout Cavs in Game 2 | Heat Check (Ep. 282)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor to react to the Golden State Warriors’ convincing win against the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals....

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The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 4 | Draft Class (Ep. 281)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: trading into the lottery, concerns for Deandre Ayton’s defense, and whether Miles Bridges’s measurements will impact his draft stock....

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LeBron’s Teammates Throw Game 1 Away | Group Chat (Ep. 280)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy, Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals (00:35). Then Jonathan Tjarks calls in to give his takeaway from the game (10:45) before they close it out with a game of Finals Flashback (32:50)....

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LeBron to the Finals (Again), Warriors-Rockets Game 7, and Mourning the Celtics | Heat Check (Ep. 277)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to react to LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers advancing past the Boston Celtics to the Finals (2:33). Then Jonathan Tjarks calls in to preview the Western Conference finals Game 7 between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets (24:26). Finally Politico’s Jason Schwartz and Thrillist’s Kevin Alexander call in to eulogize the Boston Celtics’ season (39:42)....

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Rockets Up on Warriors, All-NBA Teams, Doncic Falls, and Porter Rises | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 276)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Shea Serrano react to the Houston Rockets defeating the Golden State Warriors to take a lead in the series (0:35), debate how LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers can hold off the Boston Celtics (11:49), and discuss the All-NBA selections (19:39). Then O’Connor is joined by Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau to talk about Luka Doncic’s reported fall on draft boards and the potential for Michael Porter Jr. to be taken higher than expected (26:27)....

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The Depreciating Cavs, the Strengthening Rockets, and Offseason Rumors | Group Chat (Ep. 275)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, and Paolo Uggetti to talk about the Cavaliers’ weak performance against the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals (1:12). Then, they look ahead to the next Rockets-Warriors matchup and talk about some offseason rumors (20:29).All of The Ringer's NBA playoffs coverageThe Early NBA Offseason Rumor Roundup...

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WCF Game 4 Instant Classic, Joel Embiid in the Bahamas, and Conference Finals Predictions (Ep. 274)
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman, Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Danny Chau discuss the Houston Rockets bouncing back against the Golden State Warriors (01:00) and make their predictions for the rest of the conference finals (27:45). Then they break down the recent free agency news surrounding DeMarcus Cousins (30:15), Karl-Anthony Towns (33:45), and Joel Embiid (40:55)....

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Cleveland Bullies Boston, WCF Game 4, and the Draft Combine | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 273)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers’ beatdown of the Boston Celtics (02:00) and preview Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors (32:20). Then they talk about the winners and losers from the NBA draft combine (55:20).Check out Kevin O'Connor's draft combine coverage here....

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Warriors Overpower Rockets and LeBron Carries Cavs (Again) | Heat Check (Ep. 272)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the Golden State Warriors handily defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals (2:24). Then Justin Verrier and Tate Frazier come on to debate whether LeBron James can bring the Cleveland Cavaliers to a series victory against the Boston Celtics (30:20)....

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The Rockets Blast Golden State and We Have Ourselves a Series, Plus Celtics-Cavs and the NBA Draft | Group Chat (Ep. 270)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, Jonathan Tjarks, and Paolo Uggetti to recap Game 2 of the Western Conference finals (1:30). Then, the guys make some predictions for the next Celtics-Cavaliers matchup and break down the results of the NBA draft lottery (20:37)....

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Golden State Dominates, Houston’s Role Players Disappear, and Previewing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 268)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Golden State Warriors’ dominance over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals (00:55). Then they preview Game 2 between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers (45:10) before looking ahead to the NBA draft (1:05:00)....

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Celtics Pummel Cavs, Warriors-Rockets Is Here, and Second-Round Exit Interviews | Heat Check (Ep. 267)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, and Jonathan Tjarks to react to the Boston Celtics’ dominant Game 1 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers (2:25), preview the highly anticipated Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets (21:42), and discuss the futures of the four teams that exited the playoffs most recently (32:26)....

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Conference Finals and Lottery Preview, Plus De’Aaron Fox | Draft Class (Ep. 266)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to preview the two conference finals (3:13) and anticipate the NBA draft lottery (16:42). Then, O’Connor sits down with Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox to discuss the draft process and 'Dragon Ball Z' (25:14)....

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Cavs Sweep Raptors, Sixers Hang On Against Celtics, SVG Out of Detroit, and Fiz In New York | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 264)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Cleveland Cavaliers defeating the Toronto Raptors in a historic sweep (0:11) and the Philadelphia 76ers avoiding a sweep from the Boston Celtics (30:42). Then, they preview the two Western Conference series (41:06) and discuss coaching changes around the league (55:46)....

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Celtics Eclipse Sixers, #LeBronto Continues, and Warriors-Rockets Is Near | Heat Check (Ep. 263)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to review how the Boston Celtics built a surprising 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers (2:27). Then, Shea Serrano calls in to discuss LeBron James and the Cavaliers dominating the Toronto Raptors (30:04). Finally, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti join to react to the Golden State Warriors overwhelming the New Orleans Pelicans (49:19) and the Houston Rockets pushing ahead of the Utah Jazz (59:32)....

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The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 3 | Draft Class (Ep. 262)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: finding next year’s Donovan Mitchell, Terry Rozier and the diminishing need for point guards, strategies for trading picks, and more....

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Here They Don’t Come: The Celtics Bulldoze the Sixers, Plus Cavs-Raptors and Pelicans-Warriors | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 259)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Boston Celtics’ convincing victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (1:19), debate whether LeBron could carry the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Toronto Raptors (41:46), and gauge the New Orleans Pelicans’ chances to make the series competitive against the Golden State Warriors (1:01:00)....

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Cavs Push Through, Rockets Blast Jazz, and Warriors Still Got It, Plus Sixers-Celtics Preview | Heat Check (Ep. 258)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan to react to the Cleveland Cavaliers edging out the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 (3:40) and the Houston Rockets dominating the Utah Jazz (19:14). Then they preview the series between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers (25:27) and question the viability of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s future after they were bounced out of the first round (36:16).Finally, Kevin O’Connor joins to discuss the Golden State Warriors pummeling the New Orle...

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Washington Resurges, Sixers Escalate, Pelicans Sweep, and Cavs Edge One Out | Heat Check (Ep. 253)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Joe House to react to all of the weekend’s playoff action, including the Washington Wizards’ electric comeback against the Toronto Raptors (2:29), the Philadelphia 76ers’ impressive rise to contention (23:59), the New Orleans Pelicans’ surprising sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers (32:03), and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ rocky road thus far (50:45)....

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The Future for Big Men and Rebuilding the Blazers | Draft Class (Ep. 252)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of taking traditional big men in the draft (2:07), discuss how the Portland Trail Blazers should rebuild their team (12:18), and receive grades for their analyses (25:14)....

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The Heat Steal One in Philadelphia and the Struggling Spurs Need Kawhi | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 250)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Miami Heat vindicating themselves against the Philadelphia 76ers (0:40) and Joel Embiid’s frustration at not being able to play (12:08). Then they talk about the Spurs’ chances to keep their series against the Warriors competitive (18:10) and whether the Kawhi Leonard mystery will ever be solved (21:45) before previewing tonight’s games (35:02) and debating whether LeBron James will be able to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first round (47:...

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The Playoffs Are Here: Early Upsets and Flipping the Switch (or Not) | Heat Check (Ep. 249)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Jason Concepcion to discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves blowing their chance at stealing a game against the Houston Rockets (2:33), the Philadelphia 76ers steamrolling the Miami Heat (10:09), and Oklahoma City Thunder flipping the switch against the Utah Jazz (19:10).Then, Kevin O’Connor comes on to talk about the Indiana Pacers pulling off an impressive upset against the Cleveland Cavaliers (28:26), the Boston Celtics’ thrilling overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks (...

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Disagreements on the Big Board and Rookies in the Playoffs | Draft Class (Ep. 248)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate their most-differing rankings from The Ringer's updated draft guide (2:27), discuss observations from the Nike Hoops Summit (19:33), and evaluate how the impressive rookie class will perform in the playoffs (22:26)....

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Emergency NBA Playoff Preview | Group Chat (Ep. 247)
The Ringer's Justin Verrier and guest host Bill Simmons are joined by Jason Concepcion, Kevin O'Connor, and Haley O'Shaughnessy to discuss each of the NBA playoff matchups....

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Countdown to the Playoffs, LeBron’s Future, and Not Predicting the Finals | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 245)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview the battle between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets for the 8-seed in the Western Conference (2:03) and evaluate the potential matchups in the Eastern Conference (10:35). Then, they discuss how the playoffs will impact LeBron James’s looming free agency (31:59), debate whether the inevitability of superteams contending for the championship is bad for the sport (42:32), and react to the raised price for ownership of the Memphis Grizzlies (47:0...

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Narrowing Down the West, the Wide-Open East, and Sixers, Sixers, Sixers | Heat Check (Ep. 244)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to debate how the Western Conference playoffs will shake out (1:49). Then, Kevin O’Connor and Justin Verrier come on to discuss which teams could rise above the fray in the Eastern Conference (25:52) and which players belong on the All-NBA teams (39:21). Finally, Michael Baumann and The Rights To Ricky Sanchez’s Mike Levin join to talk all things Philadelphia 76ers (48:27)....

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The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 2 | Draft Class (Ep. 243)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: draft stock rising in the NCAA tournament, this year’s Donovan Mitchell, the safest pick in the draft, Deandre Ayton versus unicorns, and the Knicks’ rebuilding plan.Preorder new Ringer merch here: http://bit.ly/ringershop....

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Kyrie Irving's Shutdown, Sixers Stay Hot, West Playoff Carousel, and Hope for Bottom-Dwellers | Group Chat (Ep. 242)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to react live to the Kyrie Irving knee surgery news (1:25) and discuss the impact of the injury on the rest of the Eastern Conference (13:04). Then, they debate which contending team will make it into the Western Conference playoffs (23:11) and look to the future for lottery teams (34:20).Preorder new Ringer merch here: http://bit.ly/ringershop....

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Updated Playoff Picture, Players In and Players Out, Surprises, and Disappointments | Heat Check (Ep. 240)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the matchups to watch for in the looming playoffs (2:57). Then, Kevin O’Connor comes on to evaluate the impact of players out with injury and returning from injury (26:12). Finally, Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau join to name the biggest surprises and disappointments of the season (49:17) and are quizzed on current scoring streaks in the NBA (58:29).Pre-order Ringer merch at http://bit.ly/ringershop....

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Next Piece for the Process Sixers, Final Four Prospects, and (Don’t) Stay in School, Kids | Draft Class (Ep. 239)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks debate who the Philadelphia 76ers should take with their lottery pick (3:01), examine whether any players in the Final Four could be taken in the draft (14:59), discuss which college coaches could leap to the NBA this summer (21:48), and evaluate the risks for prospects who return to college (28:23).For more draft coverage, check out The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Draft Guide....

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Streaking Sixers, Scrappy Celtics, Re-drafting the Top 5 Rookies, and the Evolution of KAT | Group Chat (Ep. 238)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the bright future of the Philadelphia 76ers (2:41) and the Boston Celtics’ ability to elicit valuable production from unproven players (14:51). Then, they re-rank this season’s rookie class (26:02) and examine Karl-Anthony Towns’s complicated stardom (34:42)....

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IT Out, Fultz Back, Lorde’s Thunder Fandom, and Concern-Trolling Playoff Teams | Sources Say (Ep. 237)
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas undergoing hip surgery (1:24), Markelle Fultz returning to the rising Philadelphia 76ers (7:02), and Ben Simmons’s recent exploits (9:59). Then, they discuss singer Lorde’s Oklahoma City Thunder fandom (15:55) and some struggling playoff teams (27:40)....

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Fultz's Return, Overworked Wolves, Potent Underdogs, and Contrarian Drafting | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 236)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Markelle Fultz’s return to action (2:19), discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves’ puzzling loss to the Memphis Grizzlies (13:39), debate playoff teams that the top seeds want to avoid (24:25), and assess the value of dissent in draft evaluations (40:16).Check out Kevin’s analysis of Fultz’s return here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/3/27/17167456/markelle-fultz-return-sixers-analysis.And pre-order Ringer merch at http://bit.ly/ringershop....

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Weakened Warriors, LeBron Flips the Switch, and the Sixers Soar | Heat Check (Ep. 235)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor to weigh playoff concerns for the Golden State Warriors with a sidelined Stephen Curry (2:35). Then, Joe House calls in to discuss how LeBron James’s recent hot streak bolsters the Cavaliers’ title chances (21:25). Finally, Jason Concepcion comes on to apologize for underestimating the now-potent Philadelphia 76ers (38:06) and explain how the Knicks fail at tanking (47:30)....

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The Kawhi Leonard Mystery and Pre-Playoffs Questions | Group Chat (Ep. 233)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to discuss a new wrinkle in the strange case of Kawhi Leonard (0:48), debate whether the Cleveland Cavaliers have flipped a switch (9:56), evaluate how the Portland Trail Blazers will fare in the playoffs (20:52), and consider playoff teams on a hot streak (25:24)....

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Playoff Picture Musical Chairs, Post-Lue Cavs, and Prospects Out of March Madness | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 232)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss hypothetical first-round matchups in the Western Conference (3:54), how the Cavs will fare during Tyronn Lue’s hiatus (19:41), and the fluctuating draft stocks of NBA prospects who have been bumped out of the NCAA tournament (31:30)....

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Ty Lue Steps Away, the Hobbled Warriors, and Anthony Davis Takes Flight | Heat Check (Ep. 231)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the impact of Tyronn Lue temporarily stepping away as the Cavaliers' head coach, due to illness (2:20). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Danny Chau discuss how the Warriors’ recent slew of injuries affect the Western Conference playoff picture (24:44) and variability in the Eastern Conference playoff picture (39:54). Finally, Micah Peters and Justin Verrier come on to discuss the future of the New Orleans Pelicans regarding the passing of owner T...

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Debate the Dukies: Marvin Bagley vs. Wendell Carter, Plus NCAA Tournament Risers | Draft Class (Ep. 230)
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of two highly touted Duke University freshmen, Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. (3:21), and highlight four prospects whose draft stock may rise over the course of March Madness (17:19).Check out The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Draft Guide with contributions from O’Connor, Tjarks, and Chau....

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Zombie Warriors vs. Young Lakers, the Andrew Wiggins Debate, and Building the Bucks Around Giannis | Group Chat (Ep. 229)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the decimated Warriors’ triumph over the up-and-coming Lakers (1:55), to debate the turbulent career of former no. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in context of the 2014 draft (17:59), and to consider how to reconfigure the Bucks to better complement their superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo (28:19).Articles mentioned on the showBrew Hoop piece on the Bucks’ struggles with consistencyESPN piece on Julius Randle’s uncertain future...

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