Podcast: Cavaliers and Warriors Closing In On Third Finals Matchup

May 21, 2017

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season.

Both teams have yet to lose a game during the 2017 NBA playoffs, with Kevin Durant quickly adjusting to his new home with the Warriors and LeBron James somehow finding a way to  elevate his game. 

James is posting the highest true shooting percentage of his playoff career, while averaging 34.3 points per game.

The loaded Warriors roster has provided Durant with the opportunity to pick and choose is spots as the offensive facilitator, something he never experienced during his tenure with Oklahoma City.

In the latest Shatter the Glass podcast, we dive into the impressive runs from both Golden State and Cleveland, see how the All-NBA voting impacted free agency and much more.

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Podcast: LeBron James Inks $100 Million Deal

August 15, 2016

LeBron James became the highest paid player in the NBA for the first time in his 13-year career Friday afternoon.

Cleveland retained the four-time MVP by signing him to a three-year, $100 million contract extension.

The deal will pay James $31 million next year, the most in the NBA, and $33.3 million in 2017-18, the highest in league history.

James has already earned more than $172 million off his NBA salary since being selected with the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, and his latest contract comes with a player option in the third year, enabling him to ear even more than $100 million.

The 6-foot-8 forward led all performers in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks during the 2016 NBA Finals, as he carried Cleveland to its first title in franchise history.

James uploaded a video to the internet announcing the deal and at the end of his message, he pleaded the Cavaliers front office to sign a deal with another unrestricted free agent from last season's starting lineup in Cleveland.

In our latest podcast, we examine the best remaining free agents, examine the struggles of Team USA at Rio de Janeiro and much more.

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Podcast: Fantasy Impact From 2016 Free Agency

July 25, 2016

Golden State appears poised to dominate the NBA for the foreseeable future, adding Kevin Durant to a squad that has made two consecutive trips to the Finals and winning the title in 2015.

The Warriors enter the season as the favorites to win the championship in 2017, with 2/3 odds, but  judging just how quickly the team gels in a difficult task.

According to ESPN, Durant and Stephen Curry are slated to be the first two players selected in fantasy basketball, but expecting both players to pile up the staggering numbers from a year ago may be too much to ask.

Durant is certainly worth an early selection in fantasy basketball, but selecting him second overall seems to be a reach.

The Warriors continually benched their top players when the game was clinched, so a reduction in minutes, along with production, is likely in order for Durant.

The presence of the five-time scoring champion on Golden State's talented roster does carry plenty of intrigue.

In our latest podcast, we examine Durant's fit in Golden State, breakdown the impact of free agency in fantasy basketball for next season and much more.

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Podcast: Cleveland is the NBA’s Latest Title Town

June 20, 2016

One game elevated the status of LeBron James into the same realm as the greatest players ever to step onto an NBA court.

A triple-double Sunday night — just the third ever recorded in a Game 7 during the NBA Finals —completed the most improbable comeback in championship round history.

The Cavaliers managed to erase a 3-1 series deficit and toppled the most successful regular season team in league history on their home court, as James played at a level simply unmatched in league history.

The 31-year-old dominated literally each aspect of the game, leading all players in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks during the 2016 NBA Finals, the first player ever to sweep each category to claim a title.

The Warriors ran out of answers for the four-time MVP, as he posted 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and two steals to clinch the championship he promised to bring the city on the day of his return two years ago.

The third championship of his career forever entrenched James onto the list of all-time greats, erasing any doubt about his abilities to deliver when it matters most.

In our latest podcast, we examine the overlooked aspects of James' success in the 2016 NBA Finals, break down the latest trade rumors from around the league and take a look ahead to Thursday's NBA Draft.

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Podcast: Warriors Hoping to Close Out Series

June 13, 2016

The Warriors are just a win away from knocking out Cleveland in the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season.

Only a pair of hurdles remain.

The team will have to play Monday night without All-Star forward Draymond Green, as he drew a one game suspension after accumulating his fourth flagrant foul of the 2016 playoffs, just the second time all season he hasn't been in the lineup for Golden State. 

The other obstacle is LeBron James, the same force the league has had to overcome to claim a championship for nearly a decade.

James has been in the NBA Finals for each of the past six years and has emerged as one of the most complete performers ever to play on the championship stage.

In 37 career games in the title round, James has averaged 26.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists a night, but has yet to achieve a goal that has eluded him throughout his career: bringing a championship to the city of Cleveland.

Despite his individual brilliance, both of the championships James has won came during his time with the Heat.

James is hoping to hand Golden State just their second home loss in 12 tries this post season, a tall order for a team that has struggled to find its offense for a majority of the series.

In our latest podcast, we explore the key points for Game 5, ponder some off season moves for the Cavaliers and much more.

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Podcast: Raptors Looking for Post Season Success

April 18, 2016

Toronto posted a franchise record for regular season victories for the third consecutive year and won its third straight Atlantic Division title, but face an uphill battle after just one game.

The Raptors couldn't find their shooting touch — or a defensive solution for Pacers All-Star Paul George — and were the only team to surrender home court advantage during the opening game of the 2016 post season this weekend. 

During the off-season, the team signed DeMarre Carroll to a four-year, $60 million contract to serve as the defensive ace of the team, but he is limited to just 20 minutes a night for Toronto after returning from knee surgery just a week and a half ago.

Late in the game Saturday, the Raptors pulled All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan off George in favor of Carroll.

The switch didn't come soon enough, as George erupted for 27 of his 33 points in the second half, helping Indiana secure a 100-90 victory.

Toronto has to find a way to counter the defensive pressure from the Pacers and Kyle Lowry has to produce more than the 11 points and six turnovers he had in the series opener.

In our latest podcast, we examine the key games from the opening weekend of the post season, examine the play of Kawhi Leonard — the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season — break down the coaching vacancies in the league and much more.

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Podcast: Warriors Closing in on History

April 11, 2016

The Warriors are a single victory away from immortality.

After compiling 72 victories during the 2015-16 regular season, Golden State is one win away from surpassing the 1995-96 Bulls as the most winningest team in NBA history.

If the team manages to defeat Memphis — a team it has already beaten three times this season — it will finish the year at 73-9, the best individual record the league has ever seen.

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is closing in on his second straight MVP award, an accomplishment previously achieved only by nine other players in league history, as he has put up unfathomable numbers.

Curry leads the league in scoring, is posting the highest field goal percentage of any point guard in the NBA, ranks second in 3-point field goal shooting percentage and has connected 392 times from 3-point range, 120 more than any other player in the league this year.

The 28-year-old guard has made his case for becoming the first unanimous MVP award winner, as he leads the league with 29.9 points and 2.1 steals per game while also posting 6.7 assists and 5.5 rebounds.

In our latest podcast, we breakdown Golden State's chances of winning that elusive 73rd game, take a look back at the finer moments of Kobe Bryant's career and much more.

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Podcast: Buyouts Swaying the Playoff Race

March 7, 2016

The fantasy basketball regular season is already in its final week, but there are plenty of players available to make your team into a contender.

Several big name players have changed teams — via a contract buy out after the NBA trade deadline — and their increased roles on a new roster provide an unexpected benefit to fantasy basketball owners.

After struggling in his fourth season with the Nets, Johnson had his contract bought out, enabling him to sign with Miami as a free agent.

The move to the Heat sparked his shooting numbers, as his field goal percentage has increased by 20 percent and he has knocked down 8-of-12 attempts from 3-point range during his first five games with his new team.

Several players had their contracts bought out following the trade deadline, infusing the fantasy basketball pool with revitalized performers for the final week of the regular season.

In our latest podcast, we breakdown an unexpected loss by the Warriors in Los Angeles, recap a first time experience at a Rockets basketball game and much more.

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Podcast: 2016 NBA Trade Deadline Approaching

February 15, 2016

Only three days remain for teams to make their final preparations for a championship run in 2016.

The February 18th trade deadline provides much intrigue, as numerous stars have appeared in trade rumors.

Several franchise caliber players could be on the move, including Carmelo AnthonyBlake GriffinKevin LoveAl HorfordDwight Howard and Brook Lopez have all been linked to possible deals in the upcoming days. 

One of the most appealing rumors involves a three-team deal between Boston, New York and the Cavaliers, with Love heading to the Celtics, Anthony joining forced with LeBron James in Cleveland and the Knicks entering rebuilding mode with a key piece, the rights to Brooklyn's first round draft choice this summer.

Anthony has a no-trade clause, providing him the potential to kill any deal he deems unsatisfactory. A major question is just how much does Anthony value playing in New York over joining a team in championship contention.

In our latest podcast, we examine all of the latest trade rumors, recap an insane slam dunk contest and of course, provide some much needed fantasy advice for the final stretch of the season.

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Podcast: Filling out the All-Star Rosters

January 25, 2016

The two All-Star teams in Toronto this year may have some unconventional coaches.

Out West, Warriors assistant Luke Walton has guided the team not only to the best record in the NBA this season, at 40-4, but guided the team to 24-straight wins to open the season, te longest streak in league history.

Only Walton was filling in for Steve Kerr. Last season, Kerr guided Golden State to its first title in 40 years, but was forced to miss the beginning of the year after suffering complications from off-season back surgery. Kerr made his season debut Friday, leading his team to a 122-110 victory over the Pacers.

The Eastern Conference coaching situation is much more murky, as the Cleveland set the unprecedented mark of firing its coach midway through the season, despite having the best record in the conference.The Cavaliers even bypassed appointing a temporary coach while conducting a search for a permanent replacement. Instead, the team named Tyronn Lue the immediate successor to David Blatt, even signing him to a three-year contract before he served a single game as a head coach.

In our latest podcast, we name our seven reserves for each conference, eliminate some dead weight in fantasy basketball and much more.

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