The Boxscore Geeks Show

We talk:

Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid's fight and why it was stupid.

RJ Barrett's huge minutes and why old-timers are wrong about modern load management.

Some disappointments this season including Curry's injury, Eric Gordon's contract, and the Jazz wasting Donovan Mitchell's great season w/ Jeff Green, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Mike Conley.

Some pleasant surprises including Luka Donvic's MVP start, Dwight Howard?? and Patrick being right about the Suns and the Clippers (rip to his Warriors take though).

Shout out to Erik Spoelstra and Jimmy Butler for encouraging taking time off for your family.

Why letting Malcolm Brogdon walk was unforgivable by the Milwaukee Bucks.

A little about WWE potentially unionizing over a bad overseas trip.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

We talk:

Daryl Morey and China.

Big extensions! Did teams spend well on players like Bradley Beal and Buddy Hield?

Stat lessons using internet drama.

Is Klay worth the money?

Tune in!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

We grade some of Patrick's grades from last week. Greg likes Patrick's Spurs bets but thinks that the Knicks could be alright.

Greg thinks Giannis hasn't hit his ceiling!

We discuss 538's Raptor and some issues we've had in analytical models and standard flaws we've seen over the years.

Greg makes a slam dunk point -- when you evaluate a metric or a model, look at the math and how the model is
constructed. While player rankings are what get clicks, it is not how you should prove or disprove
a model's output.

We talk Greg's offseason grades for the Lakers and why he likes DeMarcus Cousins more than us.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:32am EST

We talk Patrick's NBA preseason bets, Daryl Morey's Tweets, and Draymond Green's height. Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

We talk:

The NBA Draft Lottery and how Andres will presenting on it this week!
Matchup-based defense courtesy of Greg Steele and Paul DeVos
The WNBA Finals, although we did this before Elena Delle Donne's injury!
The NBA will be cracking down on incorrectly labeled heights!
The NCAA's future.
Billy Mitchell and Donald Trump.

Tune in.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 6:51pm EST

We're back and we talk:

How the Nene contract and Thabo Sefolosha signing are Moneyball moves by the Rockets.

How Andre Iguodala and Grizzlies have made a good deal, and how it relates to "player tampering" in the NBA and the absurdity of it.

We circle back to Antonio Brown, who was more of a Forrest Gump than a Keyser Soze

We talk a little WNBA, how Derek Fisher is a bad coach, and how the playoffs should be in bigger venues.

We talk how Reggie Miller could be great in the modern NBA.

We note Hakeem Olajuwon is finally an "old-timer" that understands how bunk the "death of the big man" narrative is.

We give John Harbaugh some analytics love for his decision to go for the extra point in football.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:17pm EST

Devin Dignam guests to discuss how movies have gotten "worse" but we talk a lot about the future and past of sports betting and Daily Fantasy Sports in the United States. We also talk a little NBA including the Raptors and the underwhelming team USA performance.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 2:15am EST

We talk:

Antonio Brown and some of the absurdities of "professionalism" in sports, including Ninja Headbands.

Who should go in the Hall of Fame in 2020? Andre Miller deserves a look for first-ballot, and some names like Ben Wallace need to be in already.

Andre Iguodala's buyout in Memphis.

Eric Gordon's horrible contract.

CM Punks' interview at Starrcast.

Tune in!

Homework for next week - the Freakonomics Podcast on Sports Betting and Superman 2!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 8:24pm EST

Topics:
Time Travel and messing up timelines by time-traveling!
Andrew Luck, injuries, and retirement.
Caris LeVert's new contract.
The Lakers and how Dwight Howard helps them, probably.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

We talk the Houston Rockets, including Greg Steele's take that they upgraded their point guard, and Daryl Morey's tepid point that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan ever was, is, or will be ... probably. We employ our ever famous Time Travel Tests for this.

We talk the DeMarcus Cousins injury and how it reveals a flaw in analysts thinking.

We talk a proposal Greg Steele has for improving the NBA draft contract situation to prevent Anthony Davis situations.

It's the offseason so we also have general tangents on analytics and random movies, including comparing Kevin Durant to Spider-man.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

We start the show talking gun history in the US. Don't worry, we compare it to NBA media and knuckleballs.

We talk Draymond Green's $100 million contract and how to construct NBA teams.

We mention CJ McCollum's contract being bad.

Is a Twix a cookie?

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

Chris Yeh returns and we discuss:

Behind the scenes on how podcasts are made.

How Lin-Manual Miranda did a "Blitzscale" move with his hit musical Hamilton.

How Kawhi's "Uncle Dennis" is an example of a mainstream narrative clashing with the actual story.

We use that to springboard into how the Lakers narratives are wrong. We also discuss what the heck has happened in LA the last two years and the state of the Lakers going forward.

We discuss a little bit about Kobe's legacy and if Paul Pierce was a better franchise player.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

It's the offseason and our threat to be a political show happens, for one day at least! We talk:

<ore about the "right" way to do analytics, and compare last week's guest Greg Steele's work with bad metrics.

We also bring up the infamous Klay Thompson and if he's over or undervalued (spoiler, somewhere in the middle)

We discuss the 538 analytics of the 2016 presidential primary and also the presidency and kind of tie it to problems in NBA analytics. Also, if you were hoping for a political history lesson, this segment is for you!

We talk the Lakers and the Spurs and piece Dre wrote about their advantages and disadvantages.

We shout out Marcus Morris and Kawhi and some of the silly drama they've had this offseason.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

Greg Steel of greekgodofstats.com joins us to discuss his work on analytics using updating NBA stats. We break down a lot of how to look at NBA offense and defense w/ new stats.

We also talk the Russell Westbrook / Chris Paul trade and how James Harden will co-exist and if Russell Westbrook's defense will compare to Chris Paul's.

We talk the Kawhi Leonard / Paul George teamup in LA. Greg has some advice for what the Clippers should look for.

We lament the Bucks cutting corners on the heels of a great season.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Holy cow, Brian and Dre discuss the current state of NBA transactions for EVERY NBA team. We do give a little extra focus to:

The dumpster fire that is the Golden State Warriors.
The small market Bucks and their shortsightedness.

We also talk the Lakers, Jazz, Grizzlies, and Nets a bunch more in detail.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 4:23pm EST

Chris Yeh is back to discuss the Lakers bizarre offseason.

We talk:

  • The Anthony Davis trade and how the Lakers are the real winner. Also, the NBA's new draft rules sadly give incentives for bad things.
  • The NBA draft, and why the Denver Nuggets won it.
  • We also talk a few around the NBA topics including Evan Turner, Mike Conley, and Tony Snell.
  • We catch up a little with Chris as well, who has been on a whirlwind tour since becoming a Mental Samurai and a Blitzscaling master.

Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

With apologies, our recording software added some weird sound quality, we're work on it for next week.

 

We discuss Jalen Rose's anti-analytics article. We also talk Bomani Jone's reply to it. We agree with Rose's thesis, but disagree with his supporting arguments.

We talk Kevin Durant's NBA Finals injury and how it reminds us of Grant Hill. We also talk the NBA Finals and what we think will happen.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

We talk the NBA Finals and which players have been MVPs of the series leading up the NBA Finals.

We talk about if Andre Iguodala is a First Ballot Hall of Famer.

We talk a decent amount about Jon Moxley/Dean Ambrose's great interviews about AEW/WWE. We also talk about the moving "Fighting with my Family" which is biopic on the wrestler Paige. We note that knowing about the issues with the WWE makes the movie harder to enjoy as a "feel good story."

Also, check out "Off Hours" if you were a fan of Cracked's "After Hours" show. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdl3e4AzpF8&t=5s
Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 8:53am EST

We discuss:

Even more Game of Thrones Finale with a little Babylon 5 and wrestling comparisons tied it.

We talk the All-NBA team and how we're happy Nikola Jokic and Steph Curry made the first squad but maybe didn't deserve it.

We also notice that Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker had no business making any All-NBA teams, but it's stupid that the fact Klay didn't and Kemba did can impact their salary.

For Economics fans, we talk the Agony of Defeat podcast, Reaganomics, and the Overton Window in relation to NBA worker rights.

We talk why we're happy the Raptors are advancing. The biggest reason being the $25 thirty to one betting slip Dre put on the Raptors to start the season.

We talk why the Bucks lost to the Raptors and how the Raptors are a favorite against the Warriors without Durant.

We also shout out Bill Buckner who doesn't deserve the blame for the 86 World Series and recently passed. Rest in peace.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 11:00am EST

We're back we talk:

Around the NBA:
- Magic Johnson was the Ned Stark of the NBA.
- The draft lottery failure this past season.
- Tobias Harris is going to be expensive!
- The Athletic will be covering the NBA more, great!
- Why Forbes is still bad.

Playoffs:
- Golden State and Portland, and how a 17 point lead isn't safe!
- Why staying the course after a successful season is a good plan, and Portland is doing that.
- How the 2016-2017 Warriors are the greatest team ever.
- Milwaukee / Toronto. Malcolm Brogdon is back, Brook Lopez made us look like fools, and we think it's all over. Right after we recorded this, the Raptors tied the series 2-2 ...

Game of Thrones:
- Aaron Rodgers gave his take on the season finale and it actually made us like it more!
- All sorts of thoughts on the show, tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

We talk:

Portland vs. Denver - ouch

Toronto vs. Philadelphia - ouch two!

Golden State vs. Houston - ouch, for different reasons.

Brian thinks the Warriors and Bucks both take next round in 5 games.

We talk a lot of Game of Thrones too. Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 8:51pm EST

We talk the NBA Playoffs. Namely:

Milwaukee vs. Boston - ho-hum

Toronto vs. Philadelphia - a barnburner thanks to stars. We recorded this before Kawhi went Nova in game 5.

Denver vs. Portland - an amazing chance for Denver. Luckily, so far, they've delivered.

Golden State vs. Houston - It all comes down to health.

We talk Chris Yeh's Mental Samurai run too.

Finally, we spend a lot of time, a little under half the show on Game of Thrones. What can we say, we're fans!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

We talk the NBA Playoffs:

Toronto leading the 76ers and why Kawhi is great. Of course, the Raptors fell in shocking fashion after we were done recording.

We talk the Bucks falling into a 0-1 hole to the Celtics and why that might make sense. Of course, we note we're in small sample theater right now.

We talk the Nuggets odds against the Blazers. We also talk a little about their great end to Spurs series.

We talk the Warriors/Rockets series. We also have two fun tangents. Dre compares Kevin Durant to Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Smith, and Adam Sandler.

We also discuss the Rockets argument about the NBA's foul calling. We agree with the Rockets tactics, despite not liking it.

We "shout out" Forbes for screwing over Dr. Dave Berri while continuing to use a bastardization of his work despite firing him over using it for the WNBA.

We talk episode three of Game of Thrones season 8. Full spoiler warning!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

We're back! We talk:

A hilarious bad take from Darren Rovell and why sports are weird.

Every NBA playoff series, every last one. We focus a little harder on the Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets series, going out of our way to say Jae Crowder is done. He started the game that night 5-5 after we finished recording.

We talk the WNBA paying players and how people forget the NBA's history in their WNBA criticisms.

We talk a little Game of Thrones. Spoiler warning.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 11:22am EST

We're happy to have special guest Dr. Jonathan Weiler, who is a professor of global studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. He's also co-author of the amazing book "Prius or Pickup?: How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America's Great Divide", and co-host of the great "Agony of Defeat" podcast. As the playoffs loom we talk ... politics. At least one thing from 4/15 made Brian, our Warriors fan, happy.

1. We talk Jonathan's book "Prius or Pickup", particularly how it relates to the US, politics, and racism. Don't worry, we sprinkle in a little sports ala Donovan Mitchell hate.

2. We couldn't avoid at least touching on the NCAA scandals, namely the Felicity Huffman/Lori Loughlin pay to play admissions one, as well as Zion Williamson's injury. Jonathan is actually less optimistic than us that anything changes.

3. We talk the Knicks and if there's room for optimism. Certainly, if the draft Zion, get Durant and Irving there will be.

4. We talk a little about the baseball Hall of Fame. Dre confuses Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz ... enjoy!

You'll have to wait to the end to see why Ed Davis is in the title!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 9:24am EST

We talk:

The reality TV show "Mental Samurai", as well as "The Chris Yeh Podcast", which has behind the scenes info on it. Tune in April 30th on Fox at 9pm for Chris' appearance on the show.

We recap the Lakers season. We recorded this the day before Magic stepped down!

We return to Babylon 5 briefly, which somehow ends with a trip down memory lane for the Lakers and Jerry West!

We talk Chris' book Blitzscaling (co-written by Reid Hoffman), as well as some criticisms Brian found researching it.

Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

We talk:

Even more of the WWE style of fandom between Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Really, Kevin Durant is Roman Reigns and a Face Push just isn't going to work.

We talk about Jokic and the stupidity of fouls. And how maybe dunks vs. floaters impact ref perception.

Trae Young got a game winner recently. But he had 12 points on 19 shots. So can we really say that's a "Game winner"? We equate it to Bill James "B.S. Win" stat.

Just a fun jab - how many talented young bigs have the Lakers let walk?

Chris Bosh and Manu Ginobili both got their jerseys retired. We've espoused our Manu love before, so we give Chris Bosh some attention.

More TV Talk - a Mental Samurai checkin and Babylon 5? 

We talk some March Madness and how even Coach K realizes they might be taking the grift too far.

We discuss John Oliver's WWE segment and how tame it actually is.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 9:19am EST

We talk:

  • Harden vs. Giannis for the MVP
  • The Nuggets and the Warriors and their race to the top of the West. Also, why the logic behind Durant being more or less valuable than Curry being silly.
  • Ja Morant and why people scout and interview incorrectly.

We spend a lot of time bashing the outdated hardnosed coaching model thanks to Tom Izzo's March Madness antics. Thanks to Coach Nick at bballbreakdown for bringing this subject up.

We talk the new reality TV show Mental Samurai and how Dre is already digging into the stats.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

First, we have a sponsor! Sunshower is the place to go if you're looking for the ultimate cloud-based solution support. Go to sunshower.io/nerdnumbers and check em out!

Lots to discuss. We talk:

How the NBA should copy baseball's award structures. Shout out to iceman for the suggestion!

About a major college pay scandal that only marginally involves the NCAA.

How Giannis is cementing his MVP status and if the Bucks can win it all.

How the Clippers did fine in the Tobias Harris trade and will be a playoff threat?

How the Warriors are fine, they're fine, ok?

How the NBA might have some biased refs, and how that might be completely allowed.

Some conspiracy theories about how LeBron and the Pelicans "last second breakdowns" might have been planned.

We talk a great Todd Whitehead article on the Hot Hand and Klay Thompson. Spoiler alert, Dre didn't realize it had a second-half past an ad, so his opinion changes halfway through the show. Give it a full listen.

We also relate that to movie grosses, Captain Marvel, and a weird argument Dre got into with the creator of Deadpool!

Tune in!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EST

We talk:

  • Some of the silliness around the social media era and "scandals" like the Steve Kerr lipread.
  • Why the narratives around the Lakers bad season are wrong, just like we did last week.
  • Why James Dolan is a worse owner than a comically bad movie villain.
  • Why the NBA is incentivizing teams to tank, or more accurately, incentivizing teams to "shut it down."
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Category:NBA -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

We talk:

  • An amazing observation from commenter westchesterbruin - The Knicks have a knack for acquiring the NBA's Least Valuable Player.
  • Andrew Bogut signing with the Warriors and why it's an odd method of player acquisition.
  • Eric Bledsoe's completely reasonable contract.
  • Maybe the zone defense is good? Dre likes it because of confirmation bias.
  • Dre poses two post ideas to Brian:
    • The Lakers woes aren't Bron's fault. A point Andrew Sutton agrees with.
    • How baseball and basketball are different, looking at Manny Machado and Bryce Harper's recent paydays.

Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

We talk:

  • Kenneth Faried starting for the Rockets and why it's amazing.
  • We talk Zion Williamson and the public attitude about paying college athletes. Brian notes this relates to concept of the Overton Window, which has nothing to do with former great Doug Overton.
  • The MIT Sloan Analytics Conference is coming up and one of our favorites Art Rondeau will be attending. We review some of his work and express our anger that only the Knicks have benefited from his knowledge.
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Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

We talk:
The NBA All-Star festivities, namely how the dunk contest is the best and most irrelevant it's ever been.
 
The Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis rumors and how old players have forgotten their own histories.
 
We give out our first Dunning-Kruger award for the worst take on WNBA players.
 
We talk Chyna making the WWE Hall of Fame ... kind of.
 
We admit Michael Jordan has finally hit overrated territory for us.
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Category:NBA -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

This week's show is all about the NBA Trade Deadline. We focus on:

The Bucks trading for Nikola Mirotic

The Raptors trading for Marc Gasol

The Lakers being reasonable in their attempt for Anthony Davis (but wrong for letting Zubac go)

How the Mavericks, Clippers, and Knicks are all doing the same strategy (clearing space for a blockbuster free agent) Of course, there aren't enough to go around.

Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

We talk:

The blockbuster trade between Dallas and New York that traded Kristaps Porzingis and DeAndre Jordan.

We also talk some about the classic: "overvaluing big men" trope.

A little more Anthony Davis gossip, we're kind of in limbo until things settle.

How Rudy Gobert getting snubbed from the All-Star game proves Donovan Mitchell right. Also, how weird it is how people reacted to him crying.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 9:36am EST

We talk:

Small Topics

  • Why Blake Griffin can be great at offense but a below-average big in the NBA.
  • How Faried and Cousins look good in new environments.
  • How it sucks that Victor Oladipo is injured.
  • A fun history story about the Warriors.

Big Topic #1: Why the Naismith Hall of Fame is a sham, especially compared to Cooperstown.

Big Topic #2: Anthony Davis trade rumors. We go meta on this one talking about the news cycle. This is right before we engage in the same rumor mill discussion :)

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 9:31am EST

We spend the first 20-25 minutes of the show talking the NFL playoffs and wrestling. This happens right after I say we're a Rockets podcast.

We talk the Houston Rockets. We like them trading Melo and signing Faried. That said, this team is still playing from behind.

We talk Scottie Pippen and his talk about how he'd guard James Harden. We use this as an excuse to talk a geeky tangent about time travel and greatest of all teams.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 3:01pm EST

We talk:

DeAndre Jordan's free throw shooting.

Are the Warriors better than the Nuggets out west?

Houston's woes now that Clint Capela is out for two months and Eric Gordon is on his way back.

Do Kawhi Leonard and Donovan Mitchell deserve player of the week?

Should the Bulls buyout Robin Lopez?

We talk a horrible study that has inexplicably become a common "advanced analytics" staple. As Brian succinctly puts it, it's essentially a "fruit of a poison tree" scenario.

We talk issues with in-season Wins Produced and how we'll be examining things to make sure everything is running alright.

Finally, we talk Trump serving Clemson fast food.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:09am EST

We talk how the NBA is normalizing using SRS.

We talk a lot of Houston, including Austin Rivers, Michael Carter-Williams, and James Harden.

We also talk about Chandler Parson and Jimmy Butler and why, no matter how frustrating they are, we don't side against the players.

We have a bunch of other tangents too as this week is a tune up show after two weeks off. Tune in!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

We talk:

Steven Adams and Stephen A. Smith have problems with players names too!

Jabari Parker is benched! Did the Bulls have a plan? On that note:

The Phoenix Suns had a plan with Ariza. Use him as a trade asset ... so close!

We talk James Dolan's motivation for saying he'd sell the Knicks.

We talk a fair bit about legalized sports wagering and the NBA, as well as their "integrity fee" proposal.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

We talk:

Why Gregg Popovich's hatred of threes is nothing new. But it might lead to some new old analytical analysis.

Why the Bulls are still horribly run.

Why the Nuggets health woes suck, and Nick Young is not the answer.

Why the Bucks made a trade that does nothing, but we still like.

Tune in!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EST

We talk:

 

Why the Wins Produced metric loves big men (it's because the NBA is built for them)

 

Why the Utah Jazz are struggling despite having the MVP and, in theory, all the tools to compete.

Why the Warriors are "struggling" and if they should worry. Regardless, they should not re-sign Klay Thompson.

Did the NBA get the players of the month right?

How the NBA could fix the NBA draft, thanks to sports betting data.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:01am EST

We're back to talk:

  • Snubbing Anthony Davis' 5 by 5 on our weekly boxscore list.
  • Why are the Grizzlies so good?
  • Why are the Clippers do good?
  • Why the KD and Curry "debate" is silly.
  • A lot of analysis on the World Chess Championship by two people not very good at chess!

Tune in.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Art Rondeau, shooting coach extradonaire returns to talk the NBA and, of course, player shooting!

We talk:
The amazingly dysfunctional Sacramento Kings, and a pet theory Art has had about how he'd fix the NBA draft (if we're forced to keep the draft)

We briefly touch on some gossip about LeBron James' time in Cleveland as well as Kevin Durant in Golden State. Topics for another day though!

We talk Art's expertise on free throw shooting to talk four big names in the NBA:
LeBron James, DeAndre Jordan, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz

Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

We talk:

- Comments from last week show w/ topics like Taurean Prince, Jack McKinney, and Tyson Chandler.
- Why are the Bucks doing well?
- Steph Curry, Michael Jordan, and the "All they are" players.
- Enes Kanter on offensive rebounding.
- Fansided's spiffy new "My Top 50" NBA app.
- Tyson Chandler to the Lakers.
- Jimmy Butler's trade to Philadelphia.
- We meant to talk a lot about Melo but instead decided to talk ...
- The World Chess Championship! We're team Caruana, and it's currently a contentious match of ... three draws.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am EST

We talk:

The Boxscores of the Week and if Stephen Curry is the MVP!

Why the 76ers aren't living up to last season.

The Lakers' woes and should they worry yet.

Are the Nuggets for real?

Why the Bucks are playing so well.

Why we side with Jimmy Butler over the owners.

tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 4:08am EST

A lot to talk. We go over:

Is it time to panic in Los Angeles?

Are the Bucks the best team in the NBA?

Are the Rockets wasting their title window?

Is Cleveland already tanking?

Do the Warriors need Klay?

Are the Warriors Moneyballing their bigs?

Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:45pm EST

We talk:

The Raptors hot start and the folly of advanced stats this early in the season. We also talk the Raptors' foolish "hype" video.

We talk the Lakers/Rockets fight, the whys, the implication, etc. We also talk how NBA fans are really like professional wrestling fans.

We talk why Nikola Jokic has had the best game of the year, and why the Nuggets are the new contenders!

We talk about if you should be worried about the Warriors and Rockets.

Finally, we discuss our regular segment - the top boxscores of the week. We recorded this before I posted it, so there were spoilers, BUT we posted the podcast after that post, so not really!

Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Does Dre hate Luka Doncic? Of course not!

The NBA is back, and we talk the Southwest Division.

Michael Lewis talks analytics, and we talk Michael Lewis talking analytics. It's turtles all the way down.

Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 8:23am EST

We talk how good the 2018-2019 Lakers look.

We also talk Chris Yeh's new book "Blitzscaling", which he co-wrote with Reid Hoffman. Check out https://www.blitzscaling.com/ for more info.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 4:18am EST

We talk:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns drama.

We also talk Andrew Wiggins place as a horrible #1 pick.

We talk the "resolution" to the Dallas Mavericks scandal.

We talk the freakiest mascot in the NHL. Tune in!

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

This week's topics:

Manu Ginobili's retirement and how great he was.

"No 1A Athletes", namely athletes so good there are no close 2nds. No Michael Jordan doesn't count. We do talk Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, Roger Federer (who lost after we recorded!), and Jack Nicklaus.

We talk Nike's ad campaign with Colin Kaepernick and Serena Williams, and is there hope for the future?

We talk WNBA pay and unfair criticisms it receives (and in some cases outright lying) 

Direct download: bsg-212.mp3
Category:basketball -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

We talk a Reddit thread on a podcast on the importance of three-point shooting! Yes, it's the offseason.

We also run down a sports book's NBA preseason over/under for every NBA team and give our initial thoughts. We come with little preparation, so enjoy!

Direct download: bsg-211.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

We talk:
Carmelo Anthony *finally* signing with the Rockets
Joakim Noah being a marquee free agent soon (it's the middle of the offseason, alright?)
Andre Iguodala being right on about Kevin Durant being the most skilled scorer in NBA history.
A little talk on why any preseason prediction hype is ultimately futile.

Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-210.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 5:14pm EST

We talk:

Clint Capela's deal in Houston (and why they don't need Melo)

My article on why the Warriors aren't a lock to dominant the NBA this season.

Direct download: bsg-209.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 3:01pm EST

Just a note, as of this recording Melo to Houston has not happened. We talk as if it has. So Houston can still avoid a mistake! That said, we talk:


Kawhi Leonard ending up in Toronto.

Jabari Parker's honesty about defense.

What Melo would do in Houston - note, we misread some Tweets and assumed he was already there. There's still a shot Houston doesn't mess this up.

Kevin Love getting an extension in Cleveland.

Direct download: bsg-208.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:18pm EST

More offseason talk:

The Bulls pick up Jabari Parker?

The Nuggets trade Darrell Arthur and Kenneth Faried. Oddly, we approve.

We discuss more of the Kawhi Leonard drama.

Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-207.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:47am EST

NBA free agency talks continue. Including:

Why the Bulls and Kings are both fools to want Zach LaVine.

Why Carmelo Anthony will hurt whichever team gets him.

The Spurs letting Kyle Anderson walk is yet another nail in the coffin of their two-decade legacy.

The Milwaukee Bucks are wasting their time with Giannis.

Why does everyone hate Dwight Howard?

We also give some props to Michele Roberts about cap smoothing.

Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-206.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 9:20pm EST

We talk:

A funny Donovan Mitchell escapade

The NBA offseason including LeBron James to the Lakers and DeMarcus Cousins to the Warriors.

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Direct download: bsg-205.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 8:46pm EST

We talk: The Great Lakes Analytics Sports Conference

Kawhi Leonard's drama with the Spurs

The NBA Draft, particularly Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic

The NBA Awards - shoulder shrug

Direct download: bsg-204.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 4:46pm EST

We talk:

- A wrap-up of the NBA Finals and why we're ok with the Finals MVP
- Should Golden State let Draymond Green and Klay Thompson walk?
- How good is LeBron James?
- Lots of offseason rumors and moves including - where will Bron go, Kawhi and the Spurs, the Clippers, and new coaches in Detroit and Orlando

Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-203.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Our topics:

Kevin Durant's villain status and how the NBA is a lot like professional wrestling.

Bryan Colangelo's burner Twitter accounts.

The Houston Rockets' offseason plans and if Chris Paul is worth the max.

The NBA Finals, this Bron guy is good, huh?

Finally, some National Anthem talk, sadly.

Direct download: bsg-202.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

We discuss the wrap-up of the NBA Conference Finals:
Houston vs. Golden State - So close it's easy to nitpick. Does anyone know the odds?

Boston vs. Cleveland - We pretty much wax effusive about LeBron James

Also, does the Kevin Durant villain narrative track?

Tune in!

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Direct download: bsg-201.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 4:38am EST

We talk:
The Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Boston Celtics
The Golden State Warriors vs. the Houston Rockets
Mike Budenholzer to the Bucks

Direct download: bsg-200.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 11:54am EST

We talk the NBA Conference Finals:
Cleveland vs. Toronto - LeBron James!
Philadelphia vs. Boston - Brad Stevens is magic?
Golden State vs. New Orleans - Warriors win at "War."
Houston vs. Utah - Shame Utah wasn't full strength.

We also talk some coaching situations including Brad Stevens missing out on coach of the year and Becky Hammon interviewing with the Bucks.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

We talk:

The Warriors vs. the Pelicans - is Kerr playing too small?
The Rockets vs. the Jazz - is Donovan Mitchell a star? No.
The 76ers vs. the Celtics - We recorded this during game 2. Not much to say.

The Cavaliers vs the Raptors - Our title gives a clue.

We also talk the Knicks acquiring coach Fizdale.

Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-199.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

It's been a while since Dave Berri has been in studio, so we catch up on:

The National Pro Fastpitch draft.

The NFL draft.

NCAA "cheating" by paying its athletes.

The NBA playoffs.

Tune in!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

We talk:
The first round of the NBA Playoffs (this was recorded on Thursday 4/26/2018) - This is most of the show, shocker!
The NBA's problem with big men.
A little bit about Kawhi's situation.

Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-198.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 8:29am EST

This week we talk:
-NBA Playoffs, how is the first round going?
-Did the NBA esports league give the G-League pay raises?
-A brief glimpse of the top jersey sales in the NBA
-538 pivoting away from sports?
-And, of course, some more Billy Mitchell

Direct download: bsg-197.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

We talk the NBA Playoffs
- We talk about Denver's almost historic finish.
- We talk Patrick's 3K Jazz bet wilting at the last second.
- Using copy/pasted odds we realize are off like 3/4 through we give
a brief prediction of each series.

We talk Donovan Mitchell's argument that Ben Simmons isn't a rookie.

We talk Russell Westbrook's second triple-double season, and why it's fine if he padded his stats.

We talk about Billy Mitchell finally losing his video game high score records!

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Direct download: bsg-196.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

We talk:

  • - The Nuggets/Bucks "April Fools Day Game" and the nuttiest outcome I've ever seen.
  • - Kawhi Leonard leaving the Spurs and why we can't argue any logic with it.
  • - Hassan Whiteside's benching and the problem with "matchup play."
  • - The NBA, esports, and gamers being worth more to the NBA than G-League players?

Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-195.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

This week's topics include:

  • Should the Warriors be in panic mode, and some sleeper opponents for them in the playoffs.
  • The 76ers may be a contender! And is Markelle Fultz back?
  • A breakdown of why many of the top NBA teams do have an Achilles heel, with the exclusion of the 76ers.
  • Of course, some more Nuggets and Donovan Mitchell talk, because it's what we do!

Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-194.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:13pm EST

We're back! We talk:

  • The Nuggets and the foolish ways they're missing the playoffs
  • Why the Warriors are a "Black Swan"
  • Of course more Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell, and Rudy Gobert
  • UConn and women's sports
  • Daniel Bryan returning to the WWE.

Enjoy!

Direct download: bsg-193.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

We're back! We talk:

  • If and why the Spurs are declining.
  • Why the Warriors need to cut it out with small ball.
  • Whatifs with Chris Paul
  • Are the Raptors built for the playoffs?

Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-192.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 11:47am EST

This week's show is pretty much all Lakers. We discuss Lonzo Ball and the Rookie of the Year "race" (It's Ben Simmons, but Lonzo should medal in front of Donovan Mitchell) We talk various historical three-point shooters that might do better in the modern NBA. We also talk why the Lakers might be the best free agent destination this coming offseason.

Direct download: bsg-191.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

We're back! This week's topic:

  • The 2018 MIT Sloan Analytics Conference, and why it probably isn't for you.
  • More tanking talk, with some insight from a conversation with Sam Hinkie.
  • Why the NCAA is bogus, and how the tides might be turning against it.
  • Around the league, featuring the Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Golden State Warriors.

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Direct download: bsg-190.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 5:05pm EST

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Direct download: bsg-189.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 5:18am EST

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Direct download: bsg-188.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 1:14pm EST

The Super Bowl,
The horrendous Cavs
Various NBA trades
Forbes NBA values,
Videogame record scandals.

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Direct download: bsg-187.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:58am EST

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Direct download: bsg-186.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

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Direct download: bsg-185.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

Jessica Luther returns to talk her book, Larry Nassar, coverage of women's sports, and more! Tune in!

Direct download: bsg-184.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Eugence Fischer is back to talk the second movie in the new Star Wars trilogy. Tune in! Also check out boxscoregeeks.com for NBA related stuff.

Direct download: bsg-183.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

We're back to talk Pokemon Go, movie grosses, and a little basketball! Houston and Golden State prove numbers right. Are big men extinct? Was the past NBA better? Tune in to find out!

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Direct download: bsg-182.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:26am EST

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Direct download: bsg-181.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:19am EST

Defense! Which teams are hot, why Kareem was wrong about UCLA, and more!

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Direct download: bsg_180.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:29am EST

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Direct download: bsg_179.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:49am EST

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Direct download: bsg_178.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:15am EST

Check out Dave's original article at Forbes here - https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidberri/2017/11/12/the-numbers-point-the-finger-of-blame-in-cleveland.

Direct download: qa_db6.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 2:32pm EST

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Direct download: bsg_177.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55am EST

The Cavs and Warriors are slipping, the Suns fire Earl Watson, and more! Check out boxscoregeeks.com for more tools and analysis.

Direct download: bsg_176.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

The NBA is back! Too much news to break it down easily. Check out boxscoregeeks.com for more tools and analysis.

Direct download: bsg_175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43am EST

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Direct download: qa_db5.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 2:58am EST

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Direct download: qa_db4.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 11:41am EST

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

We talk the WNBA Finals, the Nuggets "big man problem", the new Draft Lottery, and the new All-Star game format. Tune in!

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Direct download: bsg_174.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 9:16am EST

Dave is back to talk the leaked financials that claim the NBA is losing money. He also breaks down more NBA money myths.

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Category:NBA -- posted at: 10:31am EST

We're back! We talk Melo to OKC, Wade to Cleveland, and Trump attacking the NFL ... again. Tune in!

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Direct download: bsg_173.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03am EST

Welcome to a hopefully weekly segment! We'll talk with Dave Berri(@wagesofwins) about his weekly article at Forbes. This week's topic: WNBA and how they underpay their players.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidberri/2017/09/20/there-is-a-growing-gender-wage-gap-in-professional-basketball

Direct download: db_qa_1.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:00am EST

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Direct download: bsg-172.mp3
Category:NBA -- posted at: 11:10pm EST