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#253: Ben Simmons vs Paul Reed, RJ Barrett Struggling
This week on the Atlantic Files podcast, Ben Simmons returned to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers, injuries are mounting for the Sixers with Tyrese Maxey also out, RJ Barrett has been struggling mightily this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo got in a fight with Montrezl Harrell and a ladder, Paul Reed has been balling, Kemba Walker is headed to the Dallas Mavericks, Karl Anthony Towns is hurt, and more!
We're back after the Thanksgiving break so of course, we had to talk about the Philadelphia 76ers taking on the Brooklyn Nets and Ben Simmons' first regular season game back in Philly. The game should have been a blowout as the Sixers had their big three on the sidelines, but the sixers won easily. Simmons had a good game, but Paul Reed had an even better one.
Speaking of Paul Reed, he's now on his victory tour again. Doc Rivers is finally listening to the hype as Reed gets more playing time and proves why he's worthy of it. He's had some great games with Joel Embiid out and even continued the defensive energy as a backup.
RJ Barrett has been struggling mightily lately. His issues are indicative of the whole team's issues, however, a lot of this starts with one of their main three offensive options. Barrett hasn't been able to shoot well at all and has new lows in a lot of categories across the board. Is this just a rut or will he continue to struggle in this system and lose more games for the Knicks?
Another older topic that we didn't get a chance to comment on was laddergate with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Montrezl Harrell after the Milwaukee Bucks dropped a game in Philly. This has to be one of the dumbest and funniest bits of drama in the NBA. Everyone involved in this should have just gone home and called it a night, but instead, we had everyone talking bout who's morally right or wrong.
Then, in around the league news, Karl Anthony Towns is out for 4-to-6 weeks with a lower leg injury. Also, Kemba Walker is coming back to the league as he's joining the Dallas Mavericks. What are the impacts of both of these events?
Finally, we have our weekly fantasy basketball and whatchu got segments!
00:02:46 Thanksgiving, favorite holidays, and more
00:10:17 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Montrezl Harrell, and Laddergate
00:24:38 RJ Barrett's slump and the New York Knicks
00:37:00 Ben Simmons returns to Philadelphia to play the Sixers
00:58:43 Paul Reed shows Doc Rivers he should play more
01:03:22 Karl Anthony Towns injured for 6-8 weeks
01:07:13 Kemba Walker headed to the Dallas Mavericks
01:08:33 Big Sexy's Fantasy Basketball segment
01:13:39 Top 5 favorite Thanksgiving foods
01:22:58 RJ Barrett's interesting stat feats
#252: Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant Setting Historic Marks
On this week's episode of The Atlantic Files, Joel Embiid does something that no other NBA player has ever done, Kevin Durant is chasing Michael Jordan, both the Sixers and the Nets are starting to wake up, the Boston Celtics are on a 7-game winning streak, What should the Knicks do with Thibodeau and RJ Barrett, who's the bigger disappointment so far between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors, and we gave some fantasy basketball advice along the way.
At the time of recording, Kevin Durant had started the season with 13 consecutive games of 25 or more points scored. That mark hasn't been reached since Michael Jordan who did it in 16 games in a row at the start of the 1988-89 season. After recording, Durant collected another 25-point game to push his total to 14. He may just end up tying Jordan or even getting more than him.
Joel Embiid made some history himself as he put up a stat line that has never been done before in NBA history. He finished the game against the Utah Jazz with 59 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 7 blocks. No player has ever had a game with 50 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks. To add to that, he scored a total of 101 points in one weekend as this historic game was the second half of a back-to-back and he scored 42 points in the game prior.
Led by their superstar players, both the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers have been waking up in recent weeks. They've been winning more than losing and both teams are looking a lot more energetic than at the beginning of the season. Maybe we'll finally start to see these two teams get back to the top of the East sooner rather than later.
Speaking about the top of the East, the Boston Celtics are in first place again. They've been firing on all cylinders and the early part of their schedule hasn't exactly been too difficult. Can they keep this type of play up without their head coach or is this all just a tease before things come crashing down?
Then, there's the opposite in the train wreck which is the New York Knicks. They aren't as big of a train wreck as they once were, they're now an average train wreck. So who should be to blame here, Tom Thibodeau, RJ Barrett, or someone else? Something has to give to actually push this team into real contention.
Finally, we debated which team has been a bigger disappointment thus far between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors. The reigning champs have yet to win a single road game. On the other hand, the Timberwolves mortgaged their whole future for a defensive big that hasn't exactly improved either side of the ball so far. So who do you think is more of a disappointment?
00:10:22 Boston Celtics 7-game win streak and in First Place
00:24:34 Minnesota Timberwolves vs Golden State Warriors, who's more disappointing?
00:39:10 Should the New York Knicks fire Tom Thibodeau or trade RJ Barrett?
00:50:59 Kevin Durant's historic start to the season
01:00:46 Joel Embiid's historic game and weekend
01:12:40 Which top team are you most confident in right now
01:15:38 Big Sexy's Fantasy Basketball Segment
#251: Kyrie Irving Suspended, Jacque Vaughn Hired
This week on the Atlantic Files podcast, Kyrie Irving was suspended after last week's episode and then was given a list of initiatives to finish before he can even come back to the Brooklyn Nets, Jacque Vaughn gets upgraded from interim to head coach instead of Ime Udoka, James Harden and Pascal Siakam are both out for an extended time, and Kawhi Leonard has a cloudy path back to playing.
Some of the biggest non-basketball news has been unfolding before us and all of Brooklyn. After Kyrie Irving promoted a controversial video that had anti-semetic tropes, he was suspended from the Brooklyn Nets and now he has a laundry list of items to fulfill before he's allowed back to the team. The NBPA is expected to appeal the suspension, but Irving has also been meeting with front-office members of the team as well as the NBA's commissioner. This whole sideshow drags on as Nets fans have to watch their team try to finally live up to expectations.
In a smarter move from the Nets, they ended up not going with Ime Udoka as their next head coach. Former assistant coach, Jacque Vaughn, received the promotion to head coach for at least the rest of the season. Since he's been there for the last five-to-six seasons, the players all know him and he can connect the pieces of the roster. His last tenure as a head coach in Orlando didn't go too well though.
Kawhi Leonard continues to sit out more games than he plays since getting to Los Angeles. Now, he's out indefinitely yet again while the recovery process doesn't go as planned. What exactly is happening with all of this? Did something happen that caused a setback? Nobody seems to have any answers.
Finally, James Harden and Pascal Siakam both suffered injuries that are going to keep them out for an extended period of time. Can both of their teams stay afloat until they come back? Will this missed time set them back into a hole? We discuss this as well.
01:12 Kyrie Irving suspended, given list of things to do to be allowed back
17:32 Jacque Vaughn officially head coach of the Brooklyn Nets
28:56 What's up with Kawhi Leonard?
35:56 Pascal Siakam and James Harden to miss some time
#250: Steve Nash Fired For Ime Udoka In Brooklyn
This week on The Atlantic Files Podcast, Steve Nash was fired as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and the reports said Ime Udoka was going to be hired in his place, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons continues the Nets clown show, Josh Primo gets waived by the San Antonio Spurs, the Philadelphia 76ers have two second rounders taken away, Adam Silver proposes a salary hard cap, Luka Doncic shows why he can win MVP, we talk about our favorite surprise starts, and more!
In case you haven't heard about the big news, Steve Nash was actually fired from his head coaching position with the Brooklyn Nets. After the team started just 2-5, he's now looking for another team to lead that doesn't have a bunch of weird stars and sideshows. Ime Udoka, fresh off of a year-long suspension with the Boston Celtics is now the next in line. The Nets just really wanted to make things weirder than they already were.
Speaking of sideshows, the Philadelphia 76ers are now losing two of their second-round picks due to tampering. The issues stemmed from their recruitment of Danuel House and PJ Tucker. You can debate whether or not House might be worth it, but Tucker sure has been.
The other big news this week was when Joshua Primo all of a sudden was waived by the San Antonio Spurs. At first, everyone was confused. Then, Primo released a statement talking about working on his mental health. THEN, there was a statement about how Primo was caught exposing himself to multiple women. That's a rollercoaster ride right there.
Finally, we talk about our favorite surprise starts to the season, Luka Doncic dominating like an MVP, the next coach that could possibly be fired, and we give some fantasy basketball advice!
00:02:47 Steve Nash Fired as Brooklyn Nets Coach
00:19:51 Ime Udoka next in line for Brooklyn Coaching job
00:24:38 Kyrie Irving's anti-semitic movie and Ben Simmons' issues
00:34:36 Philadelphia 76ers get tampering punishments for PJ Tucker
00:40:25 Josh Primo is waived for exposing himself to women
00:44:13 Luka Doncic is the early MVP favorite
00:50:58 Our favorite surprise starts in the NBA
00:58:54 We predict the next NBA head coach to be let go
01:05:56 Fantasy Basketball minute with Big Sexy
#249: Jayson Tatum for MVP, Ben Simmons keeps fouling
This week on The Atlantic Files, we have regular season basketball to talk about! With that being said, we dove into each Atlantic division team to see how they're doing three-to-four games into the season. Then, we gave our biggest takeaways from the rest of the league so far into this first week or so.
First, we have to bring up the Philadelphia 76ers due to how much hype they were receiving coming into the season. So far, they've delivered the exact opposite of the expectations that were bestowed upon them. Joel Embiid has looked pretty awful, James Harden has actually looked phenomenal, and the rest of the team can't play defense.
The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, are looking like the team that made the NBA Finals last season. Jayson Tatum is looking like an MVP candidate while the rest of the team is seemingly coming together with some great chemistry. Once their schedule ramps up, we'll find out a lot about this team.
Then, we get to Brooklyn where the Nets are also underachieving just like the Sixers. Ben Simmons has fouled out twice already, Kyrie has already yelled at him to shoot the ball, and they also have only won one game so far.
Let's look up to the north at the Toronto Raptors next. Their defense is looking as good as ever and Nick Nurse has them playing well together yet again. This team is going to make some big noise when it comes to playoff time.
Finally, even the New York Knicks are looking more scrappy and energetic than the Sixers and Nets. What world are we living in right now?!
02:54 Sixers look like like butt, James Harden has done well though
17:05 Jayson Tatum is looking like an MVP
23:23 Brooklyn Nets still figuring things out with Ben Simmons
31:33 Toronto Raptors are looking good to start the season
35:12 New York Knicks are getting somewhere!
47:11 Observations around the NBA
55:37 Thanks for watching!
#248: 2022-23 NBA Season Predictions, Previews, and More
This week on the Atlantic Files Podcast, we give our 2022-23 NBA season and award predictions, finish off our divisional preview series with none other than the Atlantic Division, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole get extensions, Russell Westbrook is coming off of the bench, Ben Simmons admits that he and Joel Embiid aren't friends, plus we debut our new fantasy basketball segment!
As we record this episode we are on the cusp of a new NBA season! We finally made it to the 2022-23 season and we couldn't more excited! So, you know that that means, predictions and previews galore.
We finished our divisional preview series with the Atlantic Division and then gave all of our predictions for the new season. Awards, playoffs, the eventual winners, we're giving our thoughts on everything.
In case you haven't heard yet, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole both got big-time paid! They inked extensions with the Golden State Warriors despite all of the drama surrounding Poole and Draymond Green. That should set up some very interesting drama with what the Warriors will end up doing with Green.
Then, the Russell Westbrook and Los Angeles Lakers saga continues! Westbrook is shunning the team huddle these days. On top of that, coach Darvin Ham has been experimenting with bringing Westbrook off the bench for the first time in his career. There's no possible way this could end badly, right?
In an interview, Ben Simmons talked about how he and Joel Embiid were never really friends. Finally, it confirms something that everyone suspected based on body language and on-court chemistry. They don't have to fake since they're not teammates anymore.
Finally, we have our weekly 'Whatchu Got' segment as well as a new fantasy basketball segment! Hopefully, we can help some of you out there with your fantasy basketball leagues!
00:13:17 2022-23 NBA Rookie of the Year predictions
00:26:09 2022-23 NBA Sixth Man of the Year predictions
00:34:34 2022-23 NBA Most Improved Player of the Year predictions
00:38:50 2022-23 NBA Coach of the Year predictions
00:43:55 2022-23 NBA MVP predictions
00:49:36 2022-23 NBA Champion predictions
00:58:06 2022-23 NBA Atlantic Division Preview
01:16:07 Ben Simmons admits he's not friends with Joel Embiid
01:17:57 Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins sign extensions
01:22:25 Russell Westbrook not joining Lakers huddles
01:25:43 Who will rebuild better, Thunder vs Rockets vs Pacers
01:32:09 2022-23 fantasy basketball advice
The Atlantic Files always has an entertaining spin on the season. Even during a pandemic!
TJ > Joe Harris, Alex is right a lot more than Mike is but the show overall is great
Amazing NBA podcast
This is an great and entertaining podcast on the NBA, love to hear someone talk about my Raptors and from an American perspective! We The North