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‘Heat Check’: The Jimmy Butler–for-MVP Campaign Starts Here

Plus: Chris Paul’s showdown with his old club, and the NBA in the age of social activism

Portland Trail Blazers v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images

Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez check in on the state of the NBA through the first half of the season (0:34), preview Chris Paul’s return to play the surging Los Angeles Clippers (15:20), laud the NBA’s efforts regarding social activism (26:15), review some quirky stories coming out of last week (35:52), and look forward to this week’s slate of games (39:34).

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