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Ben Simmons Devastates Luka Doncic and the Pelicans Are Confusing As Ever

Plus, Verno and KOC talk about G League player Jonathan Kuminga making a name for himself on the Ignite team

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Do the Wizards Have a Chance at the Playoffs? Plus: the Timberwolves’ Future, All-Star Reserves, and More

Chris and Kevin discuss Washington’s five-game win streak, the future in Minnesota, and Houston’s playoffs or busdilemma

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Luka Doncic Snags an All-Star Starter Position Over Damian Lillard. Plus: Blazers, Celtics, Jazz, Nets, and Mailbag!

Verno and KOC also analyze the All-Star starters

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The Dominant Jazz, the Faltering Hawks, and the Rising Suns

Verno and KOC also discuss AD’s injury and Draymond Green’s comments about Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin being benched after their teams made them available for trades

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Zach Lowe on the Teams He’s Most Surprised by This Season, All-Star Voting, Joel Embiid, and More

Verno and KOC also talk to Zach about how he got into sports journalism

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LaMelo Ball and the Instant Impact of NBA Rookies. Plus: Appreciating Dejounte Murray, Steph Curry, and De’Aaron Fox.

Verno and KOC also discuss the underappreciated Jazz, parse through Boston trade whispers, and more

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Six Players Who Deserve More Recognition This Season. Plus: LeBron James’s Comments on NBA All-Star Plans.

Plus, KOC officially hits the panic button on the struggling Dallas Mavericks, as Kristaps Porzingis continues to play below expectations

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What’s Holding the Dallas Mavericks Back From Reaching Their Full Potential?

Verno and KOC also get into how the Heat haven’t been putting the pedal to the metal this season after their Finals run, the Grizzlies’ winning streak, the Pelicans’ issues, and more

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How Christian Wood, Jerami Grant, and Mikal Bridges Are Lifting Up Their Teams 

Chris also shows us his diamond hands in a game of Do Not Sell, where he invites KOC to buy low on some of the players whose stock is going straight to the moon

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Jaylen Brown Is Making the Leap Toward Greatness Before Our Eyes

Chris and Kevin also reflect on the legacy of the late, great Kobe Bryant a year after his death

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Why Are the Pelicans Playing So Far Below Their Potential This Season?

Plus, the Lakers’ win over the Bucks, the surprisingly effective Knicks, and the bizarre exchange between Shaq and Donovan Mitchell

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Are the Suns Getting the Most Out of Devin Booker?

Verno and KOC discuss how James Harden and KD have played together, Jamal Murray’s step down from his bubble play in contrast to Paul George’s step up, and much more

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What Does the James Harden Trade Say About How the NBA Has Changed?

Plus, Verno and KOC have a conversation about the specific on-court and off-court chemistry concerns for the Nets with their new star-studded roster

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An NBA Game of “Do You Believe …?”

Verno and KOC play an NBA game of "Do You Believe ...?" to discuss emerging trends across the NBA

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Biggest Surprises From the NBA Season So Far

Verno and KOC also discuss the massive leak from the Hawks’ locker room reported by The Athletic

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Can Steph Curry and the Warriors Reach the Postseason?

Verno and KOC also talk about the Knicks’ surprising start, the Kings’ abysmal play, and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum’s tag-team takedown of the Raptors

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Ten Early Season Observations

Verno and KOC talk about 10 observations they’ve made in the early part of the season, including impressive showings from rookies Precious Achiuwa and Tyrese Haliburton, hot starts by the Cavs and Hawks, and much more.

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The Mismatch’s 2020-21 NBA Season Preview

Chris and Kevin break down major offseason moves and give their predictions for the NBA season

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Nick Wright on James Harden, the Clippers, MVP Picks, and More

Plus, Verno reports back from his first live, in-person basketball game since March

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The Five Biggest Takeaways from the NBA Preseason So Far

KOC gives his instant reaction to Giannis signing for the supermax, before he and Verno discuss the new Pelicans offense under Stan Van Gundy, LaMelo Ball’s play, and more

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Where in the League is James Harden Headed?

Plus, reactions to the NBA’s decision to fine Kyrie Irving for violating media rules

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Bill Simmons on the Harden Fiasco, Teams He’s High and Low on, Rookie of the Year Picks, and More 

Bill, Verno, and KOC also talk about the Brooklyn Nets

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Will Westbrook Help the Wizards? Plus: Lakers Loom Large and PG-13 Talks Trash.

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Welcome to ‘The Mismatch’!

‘The Mismatch’ now has its very own feed, where you can find Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor getting in fights and making up, as they always do

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Three Free Agent Signings We Like and Three We Don’t

Plus, KOC and Verno have a very special announcement that leads off the show

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Free Agency Shuffle: Playoff Potential, Puzzling Contracts, and Championship Contenders

Verno and KOC also talk about which contenders have disappointed in free agency

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Unpacking the Bogdanovic Debacle and First Day of Free Agency Recap

Verno and KOC also discuss the situation in Philly, what the Hawks could look like next season, and Detroit’s free agency moves

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The Trade Machine Is Whirring: CP3, Jrue, and Bogdan Are on the Move. Plus: Possible Draft Pick Trade-Ups

Verno and KOC get into the abundance of trades that kept everyone awake Monday night and get into some draft talk

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The Rockets Are Burning Out Their Fuse. Plus: Sleeper Draft Picks with Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann.

Verno and KOC break down the dumpster fire in Houston right now with Russell Westbrook forcing a trade and multiple role players expressing discontent

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NBA 2020-21 Season Dates Are Set. Plus: Where LaMelo Ball and Other Prospects Will Wind Up in the Draft.

Chris and KOC talk through a busy past few days in NBA news and talk through some of the most interesting prospects in the draft

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NBA Tentatively Approves 2020-21 Season Plan

Plus, draft rumors with Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann

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Season Start Date Negotiations Are Heating Up

Verno and KOC also discuss their intriguing draft prospects of the week