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Get ready for the NBA playoffs with podcasts and articles from The Ringer.
 
People assume a rookie won’t make a big impact during the playoffs, but then they shock the entire league with a stellar performance off the bench, clinching big wins for their team. It’s like when people assume they can’t afford great insurance, but then they discover that State Farm has surprisingly great rates. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Get a quote today.

One Thing to Watch in Every NBA First-Round Playoff Series

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The story lines, matchups, and players to watch ahead of opening weekend for the 2022 postseason.

[Our staff guides you through the first round of the NBA playoffs.]

The Clippers Curse Vol. 47, Booker’s Evolution, and Round 1 Bets With Kevin Wildes and Eddie Johnson

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Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin Wildes of Fox Sports to discuss Anthony Davis’s comments on the Lakers’ flukey injuries, the Clippers’ repeated bad luck, and more. Then, Bill talks with Phoenix Suns play-by-play analyst Eddie Johnson about Devin Booker’s MVP case and why he is nowhere near his ceiling as a player.

[Listen to the latest episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast.]

The Nets Are the NBA’s Ultimate Rorschach Test

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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving looked like world-beaters against the Cavaliers—yet Brooklyn barely squeaked by in the fourth quarter. Impressed? Troubled? It all depends on how you view the Nets. 

[Ahead of their first-round series against the Boston Celtics, Dan Devine tries to make sense of the Brooklyn Nets.]

Improving the Game With Will Perdue and Kendall Gill

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Jason’s NBC Sports Chicago partners Will Perdue and Kendall Gill join The Full Go and talk about Pat Bev’s wild celebration, what could be improved in today’s game, and more. Then, Bucks play-by-play announcer Lisa Byington joins to give a series preview from the Milwaukee perspective.

[Listen to the latest episode of The Full Go with Jason Goff.]

The Hornets Have to Get LaMelo Ball a Defense

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For the second year in the row, Charlotte’s season ends in the play-in after a disastrous defensive performance. To take the next step, the Hornets need to address their biggest flaw.

[Zach Kram details what the Hornets need to do to make the playoffs in 2023.]

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