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NBA Second-Quarter Awards: Best Team, Player, and Surprise

With half the regular season in the books, it’s once again time to hand out some imaginary hardware. We spotlight the ahead-of-schedule Grizzlies, two bigs in Cleveland turning heads, and a player out West who could change the calculus for his franchise’s future.

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Russell Westbrook Needs to Fit in With the Lakers

KOC breaks down the LeBron-at-center experiment, why it works so well, and how Russell Westbrook can improve his decision-making and embrace a new role

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To Be Real Title Contenders, the Bulls Likely Need One More Piece

With recent losses piling up and the team’s status at the top of the East starting to slip, Chicago could stand to make a splash at the trade deadline. But who should they go after?

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The Knicks Fleeced Atlanta for Cam Reddish. Or Did They?

New York may have just landed a future All-Star for close to nothing—but the Hawks might look like winners in the end

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Would You Be Shocked If … ? (Second Half of the Season Predictions)

Chris and Seerat also discuss the MVP race and where some of the superstars should rank in the conversation

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Tim Hasselbeck on Has Allen Caught Mahomes? Bruce Feldman on Harbaugh to the Raiders? Plus Jorge Sedano on the Heat As Contenders Again.

Russillo and Hasselbeck run through the weekend NFL slate and make picks for all the games in Round 2 of the playoffs

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How the Suns are Maintaining Success, Laker Woes, and the Continuing Uncertainty With Ben Simmons

Verno and KOC also discuss the recent issues facing Steph and the rest of the Warriors

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Knicks Cap Off an Awful Week, Plus Joe Benigno Makes Divisional Picks 

Yahoo Sportsbook’s Ariel Epstein gives his best NFL prop bets for the weekend

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Vintage NBA Cards on the Rise, NFL Playoff Picks, and Mailbag Questions

Plus, Mike and Jesse discuss some breaking news in the sports cards world

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Russell Westbrook and the Lakers at a Crossroads

Logan and Raja discuss the Westbrook experiment and rumors that Frank Vogel’s job is in jeopardy

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Finding Hope in Detroit and Looking Back at the 2021 NBA Draft Class With Nick Henkel

KOC and Nick also debate whether anyone else can win Rookie of the Year besides Evan Mobley and look at who’s going to the Finals this season

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Injuries Abound, a Trade, a Hot Seat, and More

Justin, Rob, and Wos discuss Frank Vogel’s hot seat and a potential trade between the Spurs, Celtics, and Nuggets

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Magic Tweets After Lakers Loss; Now Vogel Out? Plus, the Origin of Wu-Tang With S.H. Fernando Jr.

Journalist S.H. Fernando Jr. joins Ryen to discuss his book, ‘From the Streets of Shaolin: The Wu-Tang Saga,’ the inception of hip-hop in the Bronx, the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan, and their explosion onto the music scene

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K.C. Johnson on the Bulls’ Skid, Your Next Bears GM (Take One), Remembering Les Grobstein

K.C. and Jason diagnose what’s going on with the Bulls and discuss some of their favorite memories from the team’s history

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Knicks Lose a Nail-Biter, Trivia Q&A w JJ, and Chris Herring on the ’90s Knicks

Plus, previewing this weekend’s NFL divisional playoff matchups

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Brooklyn’s Bad Luck, Lakers Scapegoats, and Kyler’s Big Whiff

Bill discusses recent NBA news and the Cardinals’ wild-card loss to the Rams

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Heating Up in Miami, Whether Harden Can Lead the Nets, and Mavs Are Turning the Corner

Also, Verno and KOC discuss whether the Cavs can maintain this success and end the season as a top-six team in the East

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Cam Reddish and the Explosive Memphis Grizzlies

Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann discuss how the Knicks should best utilize Reddish’s talents and take a dive deep on the explosive run the young Memphis Grizzlies have had

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Breaking Down Ben Simmons’s Trade Value. Plus, Is the Warriors’ Success Sustainable in the Playoffs?

Wos is joined by Nate Duncan of ‘The Dunc’d On Podcast’ and ‘Hollinger & Duncan NBA Show’ to discuss Ben Simmons, the Warriors, and the NBA MVP race

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State of the Bears, NFL Wild-Card Weekend Recap, and Buckle Up, Bulls Fans

Jason and Kevin discuss the George McCaskey press conference, how soon the Bears could compete, and the team’s most likely head coaching candidates

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KD Out With MCL Injury, Knicks Getting Hot, Wild-Card Weekend

Plus, Jordan Raanan on the Giants’ coach-GM search

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How Far Can the Grizzlies Go? And What Now for the Hawks?

Chris and Seerat discuss the pitfalls and advantages for the NBA’s younger teams

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Hawks and Knicks Swap Players, Dray’s Importance to the Dubs, and the Two Sides of All the Ben Simmons Talk

Plus KOC and Verno discuss the Grizzlies extending their win streak to 11 and the take a closer look at the Wolves’ roster

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The Return of the Air Jordan 3 “Fire Red”

Plus, Wos discusses the latest Kyle Kuzma fit

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Bulls Fans Ride the Wave, Wild-Card-Weekend Preview With Steven Ruiz, and the Most Important Trait in the Next Bears Head Coach

Steven also explains why he thinks Justin Herbert was the best QB in the NFL this year and his thoughts on Justin Fields

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Knicks Trade for Cam Reddish, Giants GM Rumors, Plus Wild-Card Picks With Joe Benigno

JJ breaks down New York’s latest deal with Atlanta

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NFL Playoff Picks, 2021 NBA Rookies, and the Logan Paul Pokemon Controversy

Mike and Jesse discuss what the Logan Paul Pokemon card controversy means for the hobby

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Chris Herring on the ’90s Knicks, the Current Knicks, and the Chicago Bulls

Chris discusses his new book ‘Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks’

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Fred VanVleet Is Playing the Best Basketball of His Career

The Raptors point guard is playing like an All-Star this season. Kevin O’Connor breaks down how changes in VanVleet’s usage and shooting tendencies have allowed him to become the focal point of the Toronto offense.

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Nerding Out on Pitching With Sonny Gray

Plus, NFL playoff predictions and reacting to Klay Thompson’s return

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Steph Curry Is Slumping, but He Still Might Be the Early MVP Favorite

The new 3-point king’s shot has been off the mark for almost a month, yet even a bad Steph may have a better MVP case than anyone else

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In the Heart of Mavs Country With Jonathan Tjarks

Plus, KOC and Tjarks debate which teams (if any) are a perfect fit for Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner

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No-Power Rankings

Justin, Rob, and Wos each rank 5-1 the worst organizational situations in the NBA

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All-NBA Midseason Picks and ‘Yellowstone’ the Unicorn With Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Matthew Belloni

Bill, Verrier, and Mahoney also discuss Ben Simmons trade rumors, why the Trail Blazers should "blow it up," and MVP odds

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Breaking Up the Celtics’ Stars Is Hard to Do

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are the kinds of wings every team would love to have, but they haven’t been able to get Boston above .500 together. Should the C’s split them up ahead of the trade deadline?

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Welcome Back Klay, Real Ones in the West, and the Ben Simmons Trade Machine

Also, Verno and KOC talk about the Raptors’ turnaround and Fred VanVleet’s All-Star season, and take a look at where Myles Turner could go with the trade deadline just a few weeks away