Martin Luther King Jr. Day was kinda wild in the NBA. So wild that we spent some time with VICE Sports’ Michael Pina to run down all the big storylines. Topics this week include:Laughing about the Clippers-Rockets “fight” or whatever that happened near the L.A. locker room. Let’s talk about Warriors-Cavs. Can Cleveland do anything to get to the Warriors’ level, or was that game the team’s last gasp? We kiiiinda think it’s the latter, but hope we’re wrong.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 26-16 and finally starting to hit their stride. All that angst about Tom Thibodeau’s methods, Karl-Anthony Towns’ progression, Jimmy Butler taking a backseat — that’s all gone, to the degree that it ever existed in the first place. We felt now was a good time to check in on why the team’s thriving, where they’re going from here, and how we should be talking about their key players.
It’s been a while — too long! -- since we last gathered to talk about hoops, so we brought the gang back together to talk about some of the biggest stories in the NBA these days. Chief among them: The continued intrigue that stems from the summer’s blockbuster Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade. SB Nation’s Zito Madu and friend of the pod Alex Rubenstein jump on to chat about the following topics:Isaiah Thomas returning for the Cavs. How does he look? How will he fit in with the Cavaliers’ roster?
Since we're doing these weekly, we will be hitting on a lot of potential topics. If there's any player (or team or trend) you'd love to see explored in a future PICTURES, let @seth_rosenthal and I know.
We've got the next two weeks planned out, but we take requests!
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