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Now displaying: April, 2018
Apr 30, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the second round of the NBA Playoffs, diving deep on each of the series. First, they run through a post-mortem of the Boston-Milwaukee series where Milwaukee was an abject mess in terms of lineups and Boston saw Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart really make key differences. Then they dive into the Xs and Os of Philadelphia-Boston in the second round, and start to wonder about just how Boston matches up with the Sixers. 

Next, the two break down what happened in Game 7 on Saturday with the Cavaliers beating Indiana, and then move forward into chatting about Toronto-Cleveland. Can the Raptors finally beat Cleveland, and if they can't, can they ever? Why their depth of players could actually cause Cleveland some problems, too. 

Then they move to the West, where each of the two Game 1s went according to plan there, with Golden State and Houston largely wrecking New Orleans and Utah, respectively. Why each of those things happen, and why neither of is particularly bullish on those series going a long way. 

Apr 26, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker, where they breakdown all of the remaining playoff series, in this order: Thunder-Jazz, Cavs-Pacers, Wizards-Raptors, and Bucks-Celtics. 

Then, the two of them do postmortems and offseason look-aheads for the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, and the Miami Heat. 

Apr 23, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the weekend that was in the playoffs. They open with about 20 minutes on the Bucks pulling even with Boston following Joe Prunty stumbling backwards into the Thon Maker adjustment, which changed the complexion of the series. 

Then, the two move on to Wizards-Raptors, Pacers-Cavaliers, and then Philadelphia taking a big lead over Miami. Are the 76ers now the favorite in the Eastern Conference? 

Following the East, they chat about the West. First, they do a post-mortem on Portland, and the mess that Neil Olshey has created in terms of getting more out of this particular group of players. What are the Blazers' options going into the offseason? Then, they chat Jazz-Thunder and Rockets-Wolves, and how those two series are going. Finally, they briefly mentioned Warriors-Spurs, shout out to Manu. 

Apr 19, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with friend of the program Cole Zwicker about all of the Game 2s in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs, breaking them down much in the same way they did Game 1. They went in this order: Pacers-Cavs, Philadelphia-Miami, Utah-OKC, Milwaukee-Boston, Pelicans-Blazers, Wizards-Raptors, Wolves-Rockets, Spurs-Warriors. 

 

Apr 16, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker and talks goes in-depth on the first weekend of the NBA Playoffs, breaking down the first game of each series. Here's the order: Utah-OKC, Milwaukee-Boston, New Orleans-Blazers, Pacers-Cavs, Philly-Miami, Wizards-Raptors, Minnesota-Houston, Golden State-San Antonio. 

Then, they chat about lessons teams can learn from the playoffs in terms of the NBA Draft. Should boards be altered based on the fact that big men are being played off the court regularly in these playoffs, given that five of most people's top-10 are true bigs? What can you learn about drafting wings from these playoffs? Is that now the premium NBA position? 

Finally, Cole checks in from Nike Hoop Summit, where he got a chance to scout some of the best high school players in the country, including R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, Bol Bol, Quentin Grimes, and more. 

Apr 13, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Zach Harper of Fan Rag Sports and the Count the Dings podcast network to preview the 2018 NBA Playoffs. They run through each series, chatting about their overall thoughts on the series, the matchup within the series they're looking forward to, and the fake over/under they're most looking forward to tracking. 

They chat in order of seeding and by conference, meaning the first series they talk about is Toronto-Washington, followed by Boston-Milwaukee, Miami-Philadelphia, then Cleveland-Indiana. Then they move to the West, where it's Houston-Minnesota, Golden State-San Antonio, Portland-New Orleans, Utah-OKC. Also at the top, they chat about movies and the LeBron series that Zach wrote over 30,000 words on at Fan Rag. Go check that out, and go check out Hurricane Heist.

This episode is sponsored by eHarmony, where you can use the promo code GAMETHEORY to get one month off of a three-month subscription to the dating service. every 

Apr 11, 2018

This episode of the podcast is dedicated to handing out the NBA Awards and All-NBA teams. As is tradition, Dieter Kurtenbach joins the show and he and Sam Vecenie run through each of their teams. 

We hand out and break down: MVP; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Team All-NBA; Defensive Player of the Year; 1st and 2nd Team All-Defense; Rookie of the Year; 1st and 2nd Team All-Rookie; Sixth Man of the Year; Most Improved Player; Coach of the Year. 

This episode is sponsored by eHarmony, where you can use the promo code GAMETHEORY to get one month off of a three-month subscription to the dating service. 

Apr 9, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam for his weekly appearance on the podcast, where the two chat about the 2017 NBA Draft Class. In detail, they break down the entire class's performance in their rookie seasons, discussing whether or not each player exceeded expectations, lived up to them, or has work to do as a sophomore to get to the level they need. They particularly spend a lot of time on Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, De'Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith, Lauri Markkanen, and Donovan Mitchell. Still, every player selected is mentioned, with every first round pick getting a few words. 

This episode is sponsored by eHarmony, where you can use the promo code GAMETHEORY to get one month off of a three-month subscription to the dating service. 

Apr 6, 2018

In this episode, Jared Weiss joins Sam Vecenie and chats about the Kyrie Irving injury. What exactly is Kyrie Irving's injury in detail? What procedure is he undergoing? How does this affect the Celtics moving forward this season? Do they have a legitimate chance to make the Eastern Conference finals, still? All that and more thoughts on the roster as a whole, including Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier, and more.

Also, they discuss the long-term ramifications of the Kyrie injury. Should the Celtics offer him a long-term extension now following this issue? Does this affect how the Celtics have to build their roster moving forward?

Also, at the start, they discuss Kyrie's personality and intellectual curiosity, asking the simple question: What is a drugged-up, coming-out-of-surgery Kyrie Irving like? 

Apr 4, 2018

In this episode, Sam chats with Cole Zwicker about a variety of topics. First, they talk about the Kawhi Leonard report from ESPN, which noted that teams are going to be gathering their war chest to make big-time offers for Leonard this summer. They chat about the situation surrounding him, his contract situation, and the CBA's supermax failure. Then, they go into detail on why the Spurs are likely to offer him said supermax, how he'll need to make a decision on whether or not to accept it, and if he doesn't, potential trade possibilities. They break down Boston's, Philadelphia's, Los Angeles', Denver's, and more potential offers to San Antonio. 

Then, they go into detail on the Final Four, and some of the players involved there, including the Michael Jordan of Delaware, Omari Spellman, Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Mo Wagner, Udoka Azubuike and more. Then, they discuss some of the recent decisions in the NBA Draft, including Jaren Jackson Jr., Shake Milton, Kevin Knox, and more. 

Finally, they discuss Darius Bazley's decision to go to the G-League straight out of high school. Cole is interested, while Sam mostly thinks this is a bad decision and explains why. 

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