Phil and Joel discuss their most improved teams from the offseason. Then, they are joined by ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz for a wide ranging discussion on organizational culture in the NBA, the sustainability of isolation play, Mike Budenholzer's expected impact on the Bucks, and which young players are best positioned to be franchise altering talents.
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Phil and Joel are joined by Politico's Jason Schwartz to discuss politics in the NBA, how it differs from the NFL, and the implications of politics mixing with professional sports. Then, they chat about the Celtics and if Boston fans underrate other foes in the Eastern Conference.
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Phil and Joel take a quick look at the upcoming NBA Draft before touching on Kawhi Leonard's trade request. They spend the rest of the episode discussing a question from a listener on the rise and impact of isolation play in the NBA.
Phil and Joel look back on the Celtics and Rockets and the future impact of their Game 7 losses. Plus they touch on the semi-interesting NBA Finals and talk about Kevin Durant's impact on the Warriors. Also, some Earl Boykins and Phoenix Suns chatter!
Phil and Joel are joined by SB Nation's Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) to discuss the Celtics run, where they're going and what's overlooked about their success. Paul also shares a few stories from his days covering the Sixers during the Allen Iverson era. Then Phil and Joel give their lessons from game 2 of the Conference Finals.
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With the 2nd round of the playoffs kicking off, Phil and Joel share their takeaways from the 1st round, discuss the future implications for eliminated teams, and take a look at what's to come in 2nd round matchups.
On this week's episode, Phil and Joel recap the exciting Sixers-Cavs game, take a quick look at the remaining Western Conference playoff implications, and spend most of the show celebrating and chastising the season performance of the 10 teams at the bottom of the NBA standings - all while ranking who has the best situation moving forward.