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Are the Blazers For Real? With NBA Writer Ananth Pandian

Phil and Joel are joined by Portland-based NBA writer Ananth Pandian to discuss what's different about this year's Blazers, the culture of the team and city, and his cover story for SLAM Magazine on CJ McCollum. Then, Phil and Joel discuss what is (or isn't) driving their success and if their current play is sustainable in the future. Also, Phil shares his experience from his first Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Show notes: SLAM Cover Story:...


Sixers, Lebron, and the Future of NBA Media with B/R's Alex Mangini.

With Joel off in Columbia for the week, Phil sits down with Alex Mangini, an NBA Producer for Bleacher Report. They go deep on the Sixers, talk Lebron's next stop, and discuss the future of NBA media. Alex also shares a Howard Beck story.

Celtics-Rockets, Mailbag Debut

On this week's episode, Phil and Joel recap Celtics vs. Rockets and then take questions from listeners in their debut mailbag.

The Power of Players in Today's NBA

On this week's episode, Phil and Joel recap GSW-OKC, analyze the Kawhi Leonard situation, and have a lengthy discussion of player power in today's league and how it has changed since a pivotal moment nearly a decade ago.

The Best Team Nobody Is Talking About

Phil and Joel go deep on the Toronto Raptors with help from their first ever guest, fellow nerd Rylan Stewart. Social media links:

Trade Deadline and Team Building Trends

Phil and Joel recap quickly recap the trade deadline, talk through the new look Cavs, and debate the team building trend du jour.

Bucks, Jazz, and Western Conference Playoff Race

On today's episode, Phil and Joel take a deeper look at two of the hottest teams in the NBA - the Bucks and Jazz. Then they make their picks for the final 4 playoffs spots in the Western Conference.

Reaction Mini Pod: Blake Griffin Trade, John Wall and Kevin Love Injuries

In a new mid-week format, Phil and Joel react to the Blake Griffin trade, and the injuries to John Wall and Kevin Love.

Celtics-Warriors, Cavs, Boogie's Injury

On this week's episode, Phil and Joel recap Celtics-Warriors, discuss the Cavs recent troubles, and give their thoughts on the terrible weekend of injuries. Also, another edition of "Did this dude just did this?"

Warriors-Rockets, MVP race, All-Star, and Nerdstradamus

Phil and Joel cover the recent Warriors-Rockets matchup, discuss the MVP race, and put their own spin on All-Star selections. To close, they launch a new segment - Nerdstradamus.

Timberwolves, Wizards, and Role Player of the Week

After covering a few items from the week, Phil and Joel take an in depth look at the Timberwolves and Wizards - two teams with similar expectations, team structures, and talent level. They finish up by awarding another Role Player of the Week.

Isaiah Thomas, Bad Teams Winning

On the day of Isaiah Thomas' debut for the Cavaliers, Phil and Joel dig in to his last year in the league and what his return means for the Cavs title chances, his future, and the league at large. Then, they talk through a few bad teams that might be interesting, and if parity has returned to the NBA.

Merry NBA Christmas

Ahead of the unofficial start to the NBA season on Christmas Day, Phil and Joel ask the most compelling question for each of the 10 teams on the schedule. Notes and links: Email newsletter:

Revisiting Offseason Trades, Sixers/Thunder, Role Players of the Week

Phil and Joel revisit a few of the big offseason trades and talk through how public opinion has changed, and if certain GMs knew what they were doing all along. They also recap the 3OT thriller between the Sixers and Thunder, call back a previous episode's prediction, and launch a new segment celebrating players further down the bench. Notes and links:

Spurs, Giannis, and a Basketball Vacation

With Kawhi Leonard's return quickly approaching, Phil and Joel take a deeper look at the San Antonio Spurs, and if their style of play has changed with the league or not. They also touch on Joel's basketball vacation - a 72 hour trip to Detroit to catch the Celtics, Warriors, and more. Lastly, a new segment is launched - Did this dude just did this? Links and Notes: Email Newsletter: Cleaning the Glass: Did this dude...

Eastern Conference Quarter Season Review

After reviewing the Western Conference earlier in the week, Phil and Joel run through the Eastern Conference and discuss which teams will sustain their current pace, and others that will underperform for the remainder of the season. This podcast was recorded on 11/29, which is reflected in team records. Notes and links: Email Newsletter: Rankings:

Unpacking the Western Conference

On the debut episode of NBA Nerd Night, Phil Aroian and Joel Strachota go team by team in the Western Conference and discuss if they are likely to over-perform or under-perform for the remainder of the season. Show notes: Subscribe to Hoops Nerd Network's email newsletter, The Corner 3:

Welcome to NBA Nerd Night!

Welcome to the preview edition of NBA Nerd Night, a new podcast about all things NBA basketball. Hosted by Phil Aroian and Joel Strachota, this is the headline (and debut) podcast of the Hoops Nerd Network.

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