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33 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Awe & Sympathy: Kevin Durant Paints A Masterpiece
There are two themes consistently threaded throughout the sports watching experience: awe for world-class athletic performance and sympathy for the losing side. Game 5 of Bucks-Nets tapped into both sources. Kevin Durant played the greatest game of his playoff career and pushed Milwaukee to the brink of elimination, forcing the Bucks to confront yet another possible playoff failure.
28 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Jazz-Clips Game 4: More Of The Same
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 118-104 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals. It was an ass kicking in every sense of the word. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both went off. The Jazz offense struggled mightily against LA's ability to switch and swarm on defense. Have the Clippers tapped into something unstoppable with their small ball lineup, or are there adjustments Utah can make going into Game 5?
33 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Jazz-Clips Game 3: Bombs Away
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 132-106 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. It was a white-hot shooting night for nearly every Clipper. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard did whatever they wanted. Donovan Mitchell was constantly double-teamed and ended his night with a tweaked ankle. What can the Jazz change going into Game 4?
37 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Jazz-Clips Game 2: Team Effort
The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 117-111 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. In another close affair, the Jazz relied heavily on six players (Mitchell, Gobert, Bogdanovic, Clarkson, Ingles, O'Neale) to seize control of the game. It was an emphatic answer to the constant playoff question: how do you respond to adversity?
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
The Emotionality Of Sports, Pt. 2: Colorado Avalanche On The Brink Of Elimination
The Colorado Avalanche's season is on the brink, down 3-2 with Game 6 against Vegas tonight. It's time for reflection because it's easier to reflect before the end occurs, if it occurs. What does it mean when something comes to an end?
36 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Jazz-Clips Game 1: The Emotionality Of Sports
The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 112-109 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. On a court with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, Donovan Mitchell was the best player during an emotional night inside Vivint Smart Home Arena, filled to max capacity for the first time since the pandemic lockdown.
33 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Bucks-Nets: Star Power That Overwhelms
The Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks have constructed their rosters in very different ways, yet ended up in a similar place: hopeful championship contenders built upon star power. Through two games of their second round playoff series, Brooklyn has overwhelmed Milwaukee with the combination of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Is it possible for the Bucks to make adjustments moving forward, or is the Nets star power truly an unstoppable force?
36 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Kawhi vs Luka
The margin between winning and losing in the playoffs is razor thin. To be in that position, however, you need star power. Yesterday's Game 7 between DAL and LAC featured two superstars, Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic, at the peak of their powers. It was a historic series for both players and a reminder of an unshakable truth: supporting cast matters.
35 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
The Lost Performances Of The Playoffs
A loss is not always an indicator a player performed poorly. Three nights ago, Dame Lillard pieced together a historic 55-point, 12-assist performance against Denver in Game 5. The Blazers lost, and were eliminated from the playoffs last night in Game 6, as Dame's performance joins the long list of the lost performances of the playoffs.
31 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Jazz-Grizz Game 5: The Ceiling Of Mitchell Is The Ceiling Of Utah
The Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 126-110 in Game 5, finishing off their first round series and advancing to the second round. Donovan Mitchell was superb in only 29 minutes, the catalyst behind a first quarter offensive explosion that buried Memphis in an avalanche of threes. What is his ceiling and what is the ceiling of the Utah Jazz? As Utah waits for their second round opponent, two major questions loom. What is the health of Mike Conley’s hamstring? And why has the defense struggled in their last two postseason series?
43 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Searching For Answers To Playoff Questions.
Zora Neale Hurston said, "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." This echoes the continual search by teams (like the Toronto Maple Leafs) and players (like Ben Simmons) to find a better version of themselves in the playoffs. What are the questions that have arisen? Are there answers?
33 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Jazz-Grizz Game 4: Baptism By Fire
The Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 120-113 in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead. For the second straight game, Mike Conley made enormous crunch time plays, Donovan Mitchell provided quality scoring and creation, and the Jazz bombed away from 3. What are the Jazz learning about themselves through these baptism by fire moments of the playoffs?
28 minutes | May 31, 2021
Jazz-Grizz Game 3: Great Offense, Not-So-Great Defense
The Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 121-111 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. The good: the guard combo of Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell, and Utah's 3-point shooting. The bad: Utah's defensive struggles through 3 games, especially when it comes to limiting the Grizzlies ability to score in the paint.
35 minutes | May 28, 2021
Playoff Luck = Injury Luck
There is a razor thin margin between winning and losing in the playoffs. A large portion of this margin is injury luck. One of the most compelling series of the first round is Lakers-Suns, a matchup that has been affected by injuries to Lebron James and Chris Paul. Lebron is playing as a diminished version of himself and Paul infinitely more so. How do teams adjust when injuries strike?
29 minutes | May 27, 2021
Jazz-Grizz Game 2: The Rise Of Conley, Mitchell Returns, Gobert vs Morant
The Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 141-129 in Game 2, knotting their first round playoff series at 1-1. The storylines are endless. Donovan Mitchell returned from injury and provided Utah with an emotional boost. Mike Conley was superb. The Jazz drilled a boatload of 3-pointers. Ja Morant was INSANE. Rudy Gobert was significantly more impactful than Game 1. What to monitor moving into Saturday night's Game 3: the Jazz's 3-point shooting vs the Grizzlies ability to score in the paint.
28 minutes | May 26, 2021
The Razor Thin Margin Between Winning & Losing
The proving ground of the playoffs is where reputations are created and solidified. How do we judge individual success relative to a team's failings? Is it true that, in the words of Connor McDavid, "the regular season doesn't mean anything?" And why is it so hard to comprehend the razor thin margin between winning and losing in the playoffs?
29 minutes | May 25, 2021
There Are Years That Ask Questions & Years That Answer
A memorable PGA Championship is in the books and Phil Mickelson is the oldest major champion in history. The Kiawah Island Ocean Course was a perfect setting for golf expressed as an art form, finding the spiritual balance between mental grind and physical demand. The tournament, the sport, and Phil's journey are perfectly summarized by the words of Zora Neale Hurston: "there are years that ask questions and years that answer."
33 minutes | May 24, 2021
Jazz-Grizz Game 1: Homecourt, 3-Point Shooting, & Gobert's Defense
The Utah Jazz lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening game of the NBA playoffs, 112-109. For Utah, the refinement process begins as old familiar playoff questions pop up. What does it mean for this team to have homecourt advantage, especially in a Covid year? What does it mean to structure your offense around the 3-point shot? What is the difference between Rudy Gobert's defense in the regular season vs the playoffs? And what is going on with Donovan Mitchell?
31 minutes | May 21, 2021
Body & Mind
Every sport presents challenges both physical and mental, and every athlete is continually searching for the perfect blend of body and mind. Whether you're an amateur golfer or professional hockey player like Auston Matthews, the process of refining your physical tools and mental abilities is constant. And when blended at the highest level, it's awe-inspiring.
38 minutes | May 20, 2021
If History Holds True
Conventional wisdom of the NBA Playoffs says defense wins championships and last night's Warriors-Lakers battle was a good reminder. However, the league is playing offense at a higher level than ever before: this season alone, seven different teams set an all-time record for offensive efficiency per 100 possessions. Leading the charge is the Brooklyn Nets, a combination of isolation scoring the league has never seen. A question looms: will this offensive explosion carry over into the playoffs, or will history hold true and defense (as it has before) reign supreme?
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