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The Cavaliers had a rough week. Are the Raptors playing better than any team in the Eatern Conference right now? If the playoffs started today would we consider them to be the favorite to win the Eastern Conference finals and make the finals? The Pelicans had some nice results this week? Do they enough depth and diversity on the roster to moves toward the middle of the Western Conference playoff standings? The need to add to their roster. Where do they need to add? The Grizzlies season is more than off track. What should be their objectives for the rest of this season? Why might Tyreke Evans prefers to stay in Memphis for the rest of the season rather than being move to a playoff bound team? The Nuggets are a strange team. Could they get better via subtraction rather than addition? The Pistons are trying to survive in the post Reggie Jackson era (of this season). What should be

Is Kyrie Irving a legitimate MVP candidate? We discuss. Are the Bulls as good as their 10-5 stretch might suggest? No. But we had fun watching some of the young players on the Chicago squad this week. The Mavericks have been pretty good since Maxi Kleber was inserted into the starting lineup. Do we expect that to continue? We discuss. Guess who are the two players with the worst individual net rating in the league averaging 30 minutes or more per game? Hint: They both start for the Mavericks. What did we learn about the Warriors this week? What did we learn about the Spurs this week? We discuss. And who got our awards this week? Listen and find out.  All of this and more. Follow us on Twitter: @willis_glen / @LawtonWillis / @presspodcast Follow us on FaceBook: @fullcourtpressnba

We continue our in-season analysis. Is there anything we enjoyed about watching the Kings? Yes, his name is Garrett Temple. What are our views on Willie Cauley-Stein, Buddy Hield and Malachi Richardson? We discuss. We had way more fun watching the Suns. Who would have thought that the first week of this season? Why is it critical for Tyson Chandler to be on this roster? We discuss. How have the Clippers remain in contact with the rest of the playoff contenders in the Western Conference? We discuss. Is there any reason for us to be hopeful for the Hornets this season? Probably not apart from how incredible Kemba Walker is to watch any time. Why will we continue watching them this season? We discuss. And who got our awards this week? Listen and find out. All of this and more. Follow us on Twitter: @willis_glen / @LawtonWillis / @presspodcast Follow us on FaceBook: @fullcourtpressnba

We continue our in-season analysis. How have the Blazers made themselves into a top 5 defense? We explain that it comes down to who is playing at the power forward and center positions and what they are asking their perimeter defenders to do. Have they sacrificed too much on offense to achieve what they are doing on defense? We discuss. The Nuggets are 29th in defensive rating but held the Warriors to 81 points in their matchup this week. What should we make of that? The Pacers might have won more games that some predicted they would on the entire season. We were optimistic about them prior to the season; but how sustainable is this? We still see roster construction issues for them at this point but a second round draft pick could solve a lot of that and it’s a player no one is talking about. Well, we talk about him on this episode. The Hawks are bad. But

We continue our in-season analysis. How have the Blazers made themselves into a top 5 defense? We explain that it comes down to who is playing at the power forward and center positions and what they are asking their perimeter defenders to do. Have they sacrificed too much on offense to achieve what they are doing on defense? We discuss. The Nuggets are 29th in defensive rating but held the Warriors to 81 points in their matchup this week. What should we make of that? The Pacers might have won more games that some predicted they would on the entire season. We were optimistic about them prior to the season; but how sustainable is this? We still see roster construction issues for them at this point but a second round draft pick could solve a lot of that and it’s a player no one is talking about. Well, we talk about him on this episode. The Hawks are bad. But

Full Court Press NBA Podcast Episode 47 –  Team Updates for Raptors, Knicks, Nets, Lakers We continue our in-season analysis. This week we had to watch the Raptors. They are playing at such a high level we had to see if they are doing things that are sustainable. Are they? Yes! We had to see if they are doing things that if they keep doing them in the postseason will they present a different challenge. Are they? Yes! The Knicks look like a playoff team whether Kristaps Porzingis is playing or not. Are they one of the 6 best teams in the Eastern Conference? Not yet. But we must stay open minded because Kristaps Porzingis is a unique force and we need to see what they can make of that. With an addition of the right player could they enter a really positive chapter in their franchise history? Yes! Are any of the Nets players going to be on the next

We continue our in-season analysis. This week we wanted to see why the Jazz were playing so well, especially on offense. Well Utah did not get many wins this week but we came away impressed anyway. Why? Did you know they have the 4th best offensive rating in the NBA since November 15? Now you do. Listen to hear more about that. Are the Thunder as dysfunctional as the look? Yes? Is there hope? For sure. Might they need to make a coaching change? We discussed this. Are the Rockets doing sustainable things? Are they really a top 5 team on both ends of the court? We discuss this. The Bucks are 11-4 since the Bledsoe trade. Have they arrived? Most certainly not, they can get better and the rest of the league should be terrified of that possibility. Have we been too hard on Jason Kidd? We talk about why that might be the case. All of this and more. Follow

Full Court Press NBA Podcast Episode 44 –  Team Updates for 76ers Cavaliers Wizards Celtics We continue our in-season analysis. This week we tried to assess whether the 76ers are a viable 50-win team. They had played an interesting schedule and come out largely successful. They are an incredibly productive team but one that still makes a lot of mistakes. What are those mistakes? Are they correctable this season? Might they look to add another veteran player or two to make themselves a more serious playoff team? Whether they do or don’t we think nobody is going to want to encounter them in any round of the playoffs. Why? The Cavaliers are on a double-digit game winning streak. Is everything fine in Cleveland now? The answer is NO, why? The Wizards are trying to maintain contact with the top 4-5 teams in the Eastern Conference while they await the return of John Wall. How are they doing? The criticized roster depth

Full Court Press NBA Podcast Episode 43 –  Team Updates for Timberwolves Pistons Magic Heat We continue our in-season analysis. We are adjusting to providing updates on four teams per episode as opposed to eight teams as to get back to providing as much depth as we did in the season previews. We saw the Timberwolves play live four times this week so we go in depth on where they are as a team. Why do we feel they are not currently playing as well as their record would suggest? What is going on with them in the fourth quarter? How is Jimmy Butler making an impact? Per point differential and net rating the Pistons should not be as good as their record suggests either? Why do we feel more encouraged about them? The Magic are off track. Why? And is there anything they can do as to try to get back on track? The Heat are trending in a good

We continue our in-season analysis. The Pelicans bigs are dominating the competitions. But the lack of wing players on the roster are holding them back. Can they find a way to get and stay better than .500? The Spurs have gone back to Patty Mills to start at point guard, how does that affect the rotation? How does that help Kyle Anderson and Rudy Gay? The Jazz believe in themselves while most of the rest of us are writing them off after the Gobert injury. Are the Thunder what their record says they are? Or is it the net rating? The Blazers are the second best defensive rating in the league? Is the defense for real? The Rockets are playing really well but are key rotation players playing too much? The Kings are depressing, but as always we hope it gets better. The Mavericks are lining up for a good amount of ping pong balls. But what is up with

We continue our in-season analysis. We share thoughts on the Eric Bledsoe trade and what might happen with Greg Monroe. We hand out our weekly awards and then get into team by team analysis. Why are the Bucks just a .500 team even though they have the most efficient offensive player in the league so far this season? What are the Pistons doing that is so fundamentally different from what they were doing last season? Are the Knicks doing sustainable things? Are the Hawks this bad? Are the Bulls doing right by Lauri Markannen? Is Brad Stephens into voodoo? What are the Wizards trying to be? Where did the Heat hunger go? Does it still exist?  Then in our guest segment with Nat Kitaw we talk about positional gravity. Do big men that can shoot from three point range have more gravity than gaurds? The what to make of the Sixers roster decision as the date on which a Robert Covington renegotiation and extension can happen nears?  All of this and more.  Follow us

We continue our in-season analysis. The Grizzlies look like a serious playoff team so far with impressive wins. Is their play sustainable? The Thunder are 4-4 entering play at Portland but look very good at times. Will they find a way to play together but let their star players still be themselves? The Timberwolves still have serious issues on defense it would seem. Are they going to be OK? The Clippers roster is losing a player to injury week by week. Can Blake handle the workload to keep them afloat without risking injury to himself? The Nuggets had a slow start but looked better in week 2. Will they make the progress they are hoping to make? The Warriors are the Warriors. But there are still interesting things upon which to focus. The Lakers and Suns are exceeding expectations in the win-loss column. What should we make of their play to this point in the season? All of this and

We complete our offseason updates with the Magic Suns and Kings. The Magic have new front office leadership and are enter their second year under head coach Frank Vogel. Can Aaron Gordon take a step forward? Will Elfrid Payton cement his spot as their current and future starting point guard? The Phoenix Suns are now, unfortunately the new model of franchise dysfunction. Is there any hope for Dragan Bender and/or Marquis Chriss? In Sacramento will the new veterans help? Of course they will. Apart from the rookies will any of the other young players become meaningful players in the franchise trajectory? All of this and more. We are almost done with our offseason updates. Follow us on Twitter: @willis_glen / @LawtonWillis / @presspodcast Follow us on FaceBook: @fullcourtpressnba Read more at http://fullcourtpress.libsyn.com/podcast#WyEvAozeiPfGYGqV.99

We are almost done with our offseason updates. On this week’s episode we cover the Chicago Bulls (Jimmy Butler’s old team) the Minnesota Timberwolves (Jimmy Butler’s new team) and the Brooklyn Nets. What are we looking to see from the group of young guys on the Bulls roster? What do we think the Bulls should do with Lauri Markkanen? Why the presence of Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio makes us feel a little encouraged about how Markkanen’s development might go. The Timberwolves add a lot of talent and veteran presence. They gave Andrew Wiggins a big contract and will certainly do the same with Karl-Anthony Towns next year. The West is stacked; what might the Timberwolves be able to accomplish this season. The Brooklyn Nets have been operating with basically no draft picks the last several years but have been creative situationally to add young guys here and there. Will Kenny Atkinson and company help D’Angelo Russell get his head on straight? What could Caris LaVert, Rondae

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