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Hardwood Knocks is an NBA Math podcast where Bleacher Report columnist Andy Bailey and NBA Math deputy editor Dan Favale analyze the ins, outs, ups, downs—heck, even diagonals—of the NBA.

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And that does it for the first segment of REPORT CARD SZN. Hardwood Knocks finishes up its quarter-pole grades by breaking down the performances of the Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Hornets, Pistons and Pacers. Also, in... more

Report card SZN is rolling on, and on, and on. Next up: The first half of the Eastern Conference, featuring #takez and #stizzatz on the Wizards, Raptors, Sixers, Magic, Knicks, Bucks and Heat. Andy and Dan also begin the podcast... more

Report-card SZN continues with Part II of our Western Conference grades, featuring the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Rockets, Nuggets and Mavericks. First, though, Andy and Dan react to the Bulls firing... more

The Washington Wizards are at long last open to breaking up their core of Bradley Beal, John Wall and Otto Porter. But, like, what does that mean? Though the Wizards' primary motivation in prospective deals is sort of unknown,... more

Who's more important to winning a title, Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant? Who has more long-term upside, Lonzo Ball or Trae Young? What's up with the Jazz's free-throw shooting? Who will have the best career among this season's rookie... more

Derek James (@DerekJamesNBA) joins Hardwood Knocks to break down the future of what remains perhaps the NBA's most tenuous situation. He and Dan get into the Jimmy Butler trade; the fits of Dario Saric and Robert Covington; the... more

Dan and Andy break down the Jimmy Butler blockbuster from all angles, including his fit with the 76ers; the Timberwolves' future; other trade targets for Philly; salary-cap implications; 2019 free-agency ramifications; and so much damn... more

Let's talk about the Indiana Pacers, one of the foremost threats in the East, shall we? And there's no one better than Caitlin Cooper (C2_Cooper) from Indy Cornrows to help us with this deep dive. Cooper schools Dan on all things... more

The Philadelphia 76ers are off to an uneven start to their 2018-19 regular season. Should they be concerned about Markelle Fultz's struggles? How about Dario Saric's cold shooting? Is the offense in general screwed? Should we be... more

The Pelicans are one of the NBA's most fascinating teams this season. Obviously, then, we needed to bring in Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) of ESPN TrueHoop Network's Bourbon Street Shots to discuss all things New Orleans.... more

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