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From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.

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From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.

    The biggest shot of Anthony Davis's career; Celtics fight back

    The biggest shot of Anthony Davis's career; Celtics fight back

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by offering their thoughts on the Los Angeles Lakers' dramatic Game 2 victory over the Denver Nuggets, which came courtesy of an Anthony Davis buzzer-beater. Did Davis sink the Nuggets? Did the Lakers deserve to lose? How will Davis be received if the Lakers win the title after he elbowed his way off the small-market Pelicans? From there, Ben and Michael shift to the resurgent play of Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard, taking a moment to reminisce on Rondo's early-career peak. They close with a look at the Boston Celtics' big Game 3 bounceback, how Gordon Hayward changes the series, and whether Jaylen Brown should be viewed as the Eastern Conference Finals' X-factor. 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Clippers collapse, Nuggets get their due, West Finals preview

    Clippers collapse, Nuggets get their due, West Finals preview

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig in deep to the Clippers' spectacular demise, assigning blame to Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Doc Rivers before listing the extenuating circumstances that contributed to their collapse. Then, at the urging of many angry Nuggets fans, Ben and Michael riff on Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray while previewing an unexpected Western Conference finals match-up with the Los Angeles Lakers. Is Jokic vs. LeBron the best showdown of playmakers since Magic vs. Isiah? Is Gary Harris the WCF's X-factor? How will the match-up battles between the stars shake out? The show closes with a look back at Boston's late offensive struggles in Game 1, and Michael pours his heart out describing what it felt like to watch Bam Adebayo block his beloved Jayson Tatum with the game on the line.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    LeBron James & the Lakers peak, Rockets combust, ECF preview

    LeBron James & the Lakers peak, Rockets combust, ECF preview

    Ben Golliver opens the floor to angry listeners who demand accountability for Michael Pina's takes about the Lakers. How have LeBron James and company turned things around? How did they dismantle the Rockets so easily? Are they now the clear title favorites? Then, Ben and Michael dig into Houston's complicated future and ponder James Harden trade scenarios. They close with updates on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, plus a rapid fire preview of the Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.  
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Raptors live on, Heat watch and wait, Danuel House in trouble

    Raptors live on, Heat watch and wait, Danuel House in trouble

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by recapping the best game of the bubble: Toronto's double-overtime Game 6 win over Boston. Why did Nick Nurse decide to go super small? Did Jayson Tatum need to do more late? What will be the deciding factors in Game 7? From there, they shift gears to show love to the Miami Heat, who are in the Eastern Conference finals just waiting to find out their opponent. What are Miami's key strategic advantages in the East finals? How well does Jimmy Butler need to play to get to his first NBA Finals? Can their shooters be trusted to stay hot? Ben and Michael close with a look at the impact of Danuel House's possible health protocol violation and how the Bucks' protest has inspired striking teachers across the country.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    4x4 NBA playoff round-up

    4x4 NBA playoff round-up

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina recap the long holiday weekend of NBA playoff basketball by asking four questions about each of the four remaining series. Who's to blame for the Bucks' collapse? Did the Celtics unveil their championship case in Game 5? Has an MVP ever played worse than Russell Westbrook did in Game 2? Is Patrick Beverley the NBA's best troll? If the Celtics and Heat meet in the East finals, who wins and in how many games? Do the Rockets have any answers for Playoff LeBron? Why don't the Heat get more love as a title favorite? 
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Steve Nash to Brooklyn, referee hijinks, Bucks crumbling

    Steve Nash to Brooklyn, referee hijinks, Bucks crumbling

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina react to the stunning news that the Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as coach. Is Nash really the next Steve Kerr? Can he be the Kevin Durant whisperer? Can any coach lead Brooklyn to the title? From there, Ben and Michael shift gears to recap a crazy week of NBA playoff action. What's up with the referees mucking up late-game scenarios? Why are the Bucks struggling and how much is Mike Budenholzer to blame? What does the future look like for Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert after Utah's first-round exit? And what can Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's boycott of the 1968 Olympics tell us about the players' activism efforts in the bubble?
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    • 1 hr 18 min

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