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Recapping the First Half of the 2017-18 NBA Season

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Tara and Kendyl bring all the highlights from the NBA season so far in the Women’s Hoops and Talks Podcast.

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Some people say the NBA season doesn’t really start until Christmas. Well, we disagree. On this episode of the W.H.A.T. Pod, Tara and Kendyl talk about all the fun, exciting, and unexpected things that happened the first 10 weeks of the NBA season. We can’t imagine waiting until Christmas to watch the NBA, but just in case you did, we’ve picked out all our favorite highlights around the Association.

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2:00 Big game, big injury: Cavs vs Celtics and Gordon Hayward goes down, impressive performances by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

5:00 Injury bug bites early

7:23 Eric Bledsoe’s Tweet heard around the league

10:50 Early Coach firings, Earl Watson and David Fizdale

12:58 Surprisingly fast starts and what we think about the East vs West so far

15:43 Raptors on the rise (Dwayne Casey on The Lowe Post)

19:30 Outstanding rookies and LeBron’s active interest in the young players

24:28 Will LeBron be NBA Commissioner some day?

26:40 Rundown of some statistical highlights (via Basketball Reference) and Is this LeBron’s best year?

30:20 How stars are fitting in on their new teams.

32:52 How tough is the Northwest Division

37:20 Players who surprised us

40:09 Referee drama and intrigue (Meeting held to discuss tensions between refs, players)

50:34 What we are hoping for the Blazer’s for the rest of the year.

57:00 What is the trade deadline going to be like?

59:00 Blazers Edge night

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References

Stats unless otherwise noted are from Basketball Reference

Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License