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Washington Resurges, Sixers Escalate, Pelicans Sweep, and Cavs Edge One Out | Heat Check (Ep. 253)
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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Joe House to react to all of the weekend’s playoff action, including the Washington Wizards’ electric comeback against the Toronto Raptors (2:29), the Philadelphia 76ers’ impressive rise to contention (23:59), the New Orleans Pelicans’ surprising sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers (32:03), and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ rocky road thus far (50:45).

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The Future for Big Men and Rebuilding the Blazers | Draft Class (Ep. 252)
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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of taking traditional big men in the draft (2:07), discuss how the Portland Trail Blazers should rebuild their team (12:18), and receive grades for their analyses (25:14).

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Jazz Strike Down Thunder, LeBron Carries Cavs, and Rockets Back on Course
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Kevin O’Connor, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to react to the night’s triple-header action and assess the state of the playoffs thus far.

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The Heat Steal One in Philadelphia and the Struggling Spurs Need Kawhi |(Ep. 250)
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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Miami Heat vindicating themselves against the Philadelphia 76ers (0:40) and Joel Embiid’s frustration at not being able to play (12:08). Then they talk about the Spurs’ chances to keep their series against the Warriors competitive (18:10) and whether the Kawhi Leonard mystery will ever be solved (21:45) before previewing tonight’s games (35:02) and debating whether LeBron James will be able to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first round (47:15).

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The Playoffs Are Here: Early Upsets and Flipping the Switch (or Not) | Heat Check (Ep. 249)
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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Jason Concepcion to discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves blowing their chance at stealing a game against the Houston Rockets (2:33), the Philadelphia 76ers steamrolling the Miami Heat (10:09), and Oklahoma City Thunder flipping the switch against the Utah Jazz (19:10). Then, Kevin O’Connor comes on to talk about the Indiana Pacers pulling off an impressive upset against the Cleveland Cavaliers (28:26), the Boston Celtics’ thrilling overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks (34:45), and the dominant Golden State Warriors coming back into form against the San Antonio Spurs (40:34). Finally, Justin Verrier and Danny Chau join in to review the New Orleans Pelicans edging out the Portland Trail Blazers (44:44) and the Toronto Raptors snapping their decade-long losing streak against the Washington Wizards (52:30).

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Disagreements on the Big Board and Rookies in the Playoffs | Draft Class (Ep. 248)
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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate their most-differing rankings from The Ringer's updated draft guide (2:27), discuss observations from the Nike Hoops Summit (19:33), and evaluate how the impressive rookie class will perform in the playoffs (22:26).

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Emergency NBA Playoff Preview | Group Chat (Ep. 247)
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The Ringer's Justin Verrier and guest host Bill Simmons are joined by Jason Concepcion, Kevin O'Connor, and Haley O'Shaughnessy to discuss each of the NBA playoff matchups.

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Bill Simmons on the Best NBA-Finals Food Cities | House of Carbs (Ep. 40)
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The Ringer's Joe House is joined for the second pod in a row by his longtime buddy Bill Simmons to rank each of the potential NBA Finals cities based on their food scene. We're sorry in advance.

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Countdown to the Playoffs, LeBron’s Future, and Not Predicting the Finals |(Ep. 245)
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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview the battle between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets for the 8-seed in the Western Conference (2:03) and evaluate the potential matchups in the Eastern Conference (10:35). Then, they discuss how the playoffs will impact LeBron James’s looming free agency (31:59), debate whether the inevitability of superteams contending for the championship is bad for the sport (42:32), and react to the raised price for ownership of the Memphis Grizzlies (47:06).

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Updated Playoff Picture, Players In and Players Out, Surprises, and Disappointments |(Ep. 240)
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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the matchups to watch for in the looming playoffs (2:57). Then, Kevin O’Connor comes on to evaluate the impact of players out with injury and returning from injury (26:12). Finally, Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau join to name the biggest surprises and disappointments of the season (49:17) and are quizzed on current scoring streaks in the NBA (58:29). Pre-order Ringer merch at http://bit.ly/ringershop.

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The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 2 | Draft Class (Ep. 243)
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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: draft stock rising in the NCAA tournament, this year’s Donovan Mitchell, the safest pick in the draft, Deandre Ayton versus unicorns, and the Knicks’ rebuilding plan.

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Kyrie Irving's Shutdown, Sixers Stay Hot, and Hope for Bottom-Dwellers | Group Chat (Ep. 242)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to react live to the Kyrie Irving knee surgery news (1:25) and discuss the impact of the injury on the rest of the Eastern Conference (13:04). Then, they debate which contending team will make it into the Western Conference playoffs (23:11) and look to the future for lottery teams (34:20). Preorder new Ringer merch here: http://bit.ly/ringershop.

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Villanova Wildcats in the NBA, Shuffling Playoff Seeds, and Predicting the Favorites | (Ep. 241)
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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor project the futures of Villanova players who could leap to the NBA (1:09), discuss the various possibilities for playoff seeding (16:54), and debate the favorites in each conference (32:11).

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Trae Young Declares, Robert Williams’s Future, and Kentucky One-and-Dones | Draft Class (Ep. 234)
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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks is joined by Danny Chau to project the NBA future for Oklahoma sensation Trae Young (2:00), discuss Texas A&M big man Robert Williams (19:00), and analyze Kentucky freshmen Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jarred Vanderbilt (29:00).

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Streaking Sixers, Scrappy Celtics, and the Evolution of KAT | Group Chat (Ep. 238)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the bright future of the Philadelphia 76ers (2:41) and the Boston Celtics’ ability to elicit valuable production from unproven players (14:51). Then, they re-rank this season’s rookie class (26:02) and examine Karl-Anthony Towns’s complicated stardom (34:42).

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Weakened Warriors, LeBron Flips the Switch, and the Sixers Soar | Heat Check (Ep. 235)
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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor to weigh playoff concerns for the Golden State Warriors with a sidelined Stephen Curry (2:35). Then, Joe House calls in to discuss how LeBron James’s recent hot streak bolsters the Cavaliers’ title chances (21:25). Finally, Jason Concepcion comes on to apologize for underestimating the now-potent Philadelphia 76ers (38:06) and explain how the Knicks fail at tanking (47:30).

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The Kawhi Leonard Mystery and Pre-Playoffs Questions | Group Chat (Ep. 233)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to discuss a new wrinkle in the strange case of Kawhi Leonard (0:48), debate whether the Cleveland Cavaliers have flipped a switch (9:56), evaluate how the Portland Trail Blazers will fare in the playoffs (20:52), and consider playoff teams on a hot streak (25:24).

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Playoff Picture Musical Chairs, Post-Lue Cavs, and Prospects Out of March Madness | Ep. 232
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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss hypothetical first-round matchups in the Western Conference (3:54), how the Cavs will fare during Tyronn Lue’s hiatus (19:41), and the fluctuating draft stocks of NBA prospects who have been bumped out of the NCAA tournament (31:30).

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Ty Lue Steps Away, the Hobbled Warriors, and Anthony Davis Takes Flight | Heat Check (Ep. 231)
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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the impact of Tyronn Lue temporarily stepping away as the Cavaliers' head coach, due to illness (2:20). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Danny Chau discuss how the Warriors’ recent slew of injuries affect the Western Conference playoff picture (24:44) and variability in the Eastern Conference playoff picture (39:54). Finally, Micah Peters and Justin Verrier come on to discuss the future of the New Orleans Pelicans regarding the passing of owner Tom Benson (44:16) and how superstar Anthony Davis is carrying his team into the playoffs (53:49).

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Debate the Dukies: Marvin Bagley vs. Wendell Carter, Plus NCAA Tournament Risers
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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of two highly touted Duke University freshmen, Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. (3:21), and highlight four prospects whose draft stock may rise over the course of March Madness (17:19).

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