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Hardwood Knocks

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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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Andy Bailey and Dan Favale go around the NBA to riff on the latest hot-button issues, both real and of their own design and preference. In addition to talking about the imminent returns of Jimmy Butler and Stephen Curry, they dig deep... more

MAIL(BAG) TIME! Should the Warriors be concerned about their recent spate of injuries, including extensive absences from Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry? Aside from Victor Oladipo, what makes the Pacers so damn awesome? Are the... more

Kawhi Leonard is expected to rejoin the Spurs this Thursday when they play the Pelicans. Is it too little too late for their slumping playoff chances? Plus, hosts Dan Favale and Andrew Bailey hand out updated report card grades for each of the... more

Derrick Rose is now a member of the Timberwolves, because, well, Tom Thibodeau likes collecting former Bulls. (Shoutout, Aaron Brooks.) Dan and Andy break down D-Rose's fit in Minnesota—spoiler: It's not great—and... more

Eight NBA teams are vying for the Western Conference's final six playoff seeds, and things are starting to get weird. Everyone is worthy, and no one is safe. Can the Spurs survive the NBA's toughest remaining schedule without... more

NBA Math's Arjun Baradwaj (@arjunebug21) and Chris Crouse (CW_Crouse) join Hardwood Knocks to talk about everything they learned, saw and heard while attending the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. From NBA playoff... more

MAIL TIME! But first, some breaking-news items. Will Dwyane Wade retire after this season? Is Gregg Popovich subtly recruiting LeBron James on behalf of the Spurs? How much does Ersan Ilyasova help the 76ers? Andy and Dan douse... more

The NBA All-Star break provided no respite from the league's 24/7/365 news cycle. Kawhi Leonard might be done for the season in San Antonio. The Hornets are undergoing front-office changes that could result in them trading Kemba... more

Andy and Dan preview and predict the winner for every major All-Star Weekend event: Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, Slam Dunk Competition, Rising Stars Challenge and Sunday night's main attraction itself. After that, the... more

It's mail time again at Hardwood Knocks! Co-founder of The Stepien Cole Zwicker (@colezwicker) joins Dan to go around the league and answer your questions. They cover everything from the Western Conference's playoff race and the... more