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The Ringer NBA team breaks down the latest news, trends, and transactions around the league four days a week.



  • MON: Logan Murdock & Raja Bell


  • TUE: 'The Mismatch' with Kevin O'Connor & Chris Vernon


  • WED: 'Group Chat' with Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney & Jonathan Tjarks


  • FRI: 'The Mismatch' with Kevin O'Connor & Chris Vernon

676 Episodes
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The Heat beat the Celtics to go up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals, and Chris and Kevin got together after the game to talk about the Celtics’ meltdown in the face of Miami’s zone defense (0:40), the matchup between the Lakers and Nuggets (39:26), and what moves the Clippers might make in the offseason (50:58). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney are joined by The Washington Post’s Ben Golliver to decompress from the dopamine overdose of the Nuggets’ historic win over the Clippers (0:50) and Bam Adebayo’s near-unbelievable Game 1–winning block against the Celtics (47:12). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Guest: Ben Golliver
Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the importance of Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic in Game 7 of the Clippers-Nuggets series (0:43) and what to look for in the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Heat (32:22). They then touch on the future of the Raptors (48:44), the head coach shuffle around the league (61:17), and what might be next for Russell Westbrook (69:19). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Logan Murdock and Raja Bell hop on during this basketball-less Monday to figure out who’s to blame for the Clippers’ less-than-expected performance in the playoffs and what could sway Game 7 against the Nuggets (3:26), who the key players are in the upcoming Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Celtics (30:49), and the aftermath of Houston’s unfruitful postseason (42:48). Then The Ringer’s Sean Yoo joins to pour out a little liquor for his Houston Rockets (56:29), and Logan and Raja each anoint their Real One of the Week (1:07:02).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Sean Yoo
Kevin O'Connor and Logan Murdock hop on right after Celtics-Raptors Game 7 to share their instant reactions (00:11) as well as a very early preview of the Eastern Conference Finals (13:10). Plus, quick thoughts on the Nuggets surviving elimination against the Clippers (17:33). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Kevin O'Connor
Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Rockets’ abysmal showing against the Lakers in Game 4 and what potential moves the team might make in the likely event they lose the series (1:53). They then discuss the down-to-the-wire Game 6 between the Celtics and Raptors (26:31), Kawhi’s dominance in the playoffs versus the regular season (41:59), and the age-old question of whether Giannis will stay or go (58:07). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor
Justin, Jonathan, and Rob are joined by Ethan Strauss of The Athletic to discuss what the Bucks can do to move forward from a disappointing loss in the second round and the role of star players in shaping the landscape of the league (1:53), plus how the Heat pulled off the upset and what could be the key to their next matchup (hint: it rhymes with ham) (32:03). Then the Group Chat crew takes a look at what Billy Donovan's departure from the Thunder means for the team's future (41:00) and what the sudden appearance of Playoff Rondo means for the championship-hungry Lakers (51:10). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Ethan Strauss
Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor get into all the conference semifinal matchups about halfway through the round, starting with a surprisingly competitive Nuggets-Clippers series (2:43). They then move on to the basically over Bucks-Heat series (21:09), the back-and-forth Raptors-Celtics series (32:29), and the early days of the tied-up Rockets-Lakers series (42:42). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Logan Murdock and Raja Bell get into the Lakers' Game 2 win against Houston and the role Russell Westbrook plays in swinging Rockets games (2:48), whether Giannis can lead a championship charge on his own in a league of fearsome twosomes, which other star in the NBA would be the best pairing for him (39:33), and playoff predictions (59:18). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell
Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor dive into the Raptors’ huge one-point victory over the Boston Celtics to stay in their second-round series (1:51), beg Mike Budenholzer to play Giannis and Middleton for 40 minutes (19:40), mourn the exhausted Denver Nuggets after their blowout loss against the Clippers (40:23), debate what could constitute a “small” Lakers lineup against the Rockets in their Round 2 matchup (45:40), and finally discuss the hiring of Steve Nash as the new Brooklyn Nets head coach (1:02:26). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor
Logan Murdock and Raja Bell share their reactions to the Brooklyn Nets signing Steve Nash to a four-year head-coaching deal and keeping interim head coach Jaque Vaughn as lead assistant coach (00:48). Then they discuss the dramatic ending to Game 7 between the Rockets and Thunder (31:05).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell
Justin, Jonathan, and Rob are joined by The Athletic's Wosny Lambre to discuss the drag-out battle between the Nuggets and the Jazz in Game 7 and what ultimately made the difference for the Nuggets (02:23). They also talk about the Raptors' failure to hold off the Celtics and how Toronto can improve in this first playoff outing without Kawhi Leonard (36:17). Then Jonathan takes us to Nerd Corner to break down how players with big wins can be difficult to build a team around (55:43). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Wosny Lambre
Verno and KOC turn yet another contentious page in their ongoing Houston Rockets debate after the Rockets' embarrassing Game 6 collapse against the Oklahoma City Thunder (1:38) before discussing the predictably competitive Bucks-Heat matchup as well as the other series in the NBA playoffs (32:27). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Logan and Raja discuss the incredible back-and-forth guard play between Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray in the Jazz-Nuggets series (5:22), what moves the homeward-bound Trail Blazers need to make in order to be a real title contender (32:35), Kawhi’s outstanding play and Marcus Morris’s dirty play to send the Mavericks home (45:39), and finally The Ringer’s Jason Gallagher joins the show to pour a little liquor out for his Mavericks (49:35). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Jason Gallagher
Verno and KOC are joined by Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to discuss the NBA players’ strike and how professional sports can lead the pursuit of racial justice for Black Americans. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guest: J.B. Bickerstaff
Logan Murdock, Rob Mahoney, and Van Lathan share their real-time reactions to the NBA postponing Wednesday's games as a result of the player strike led by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Justin, Jon, and Rob are joined by NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh to talk about Tuesday's blowout between the Clippers and the Mavs, including the drama surrounding Luka Doncic and Marcus Morris (15:15). They also discuss the Nuggets' latest victory over the Jazz and the Pacers' decision to fire Nate McMillan just after announcing his extension (26:18). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Tom Haberstroh
Verno and KOC discuss the competitive first-round matchups (1:16), teams that are figuratively on the ropes (28:37), and the already-concluded series (52:52). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Logan and Raja discuss Luka Doncic's stunning performance against the Clippers and where he fits in when it comes to the top franchise building blocks in the NBA right now (07:04). They are also joined by Ringer staff writer Tyler R. Tynes to talk about the 76ers getting swept out of the bubble and how to fix the absolute mess of a team (39:42). Finally, Logan and Raja remember Kobe Bryant on "Kobe Day" with memorable stories and encounters with the legendary player. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Tyler R. Tynes
Verno and KOC react to the 2020 NBA draft lottery (1:16) before discussing the ongoing first-round series in the playoffs (24:07). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
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Comments (187)

Александр Реутов

Doc top 5 coach 🤣

Sep 15th
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No Kia

House would make a difference

Sep 11th
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Ryan Nicholas Outar

They have great chemistry so it's not annoying at least

Sep 4th
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Steven Sande

Do people actually find the petty circular bickering entertaining? Please stop going on and on with it.

Sep 4th
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Michael Williams

don't like these two together. I think it is mostly non-raja I don't care for.

Sep 4th
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Peaceful Rioter

go woke, get broke. player strike based on a false narrative. this is going to bite you guys in the ass down the road.

Aug 26th
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Peter MacRaild

Sneering, over-cerebral, white millenial dweebs. Hope I got the punctuation and adjective order right.

Aug 19th
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Michael Veasey

disgusting!!!!!! this guy doesnt belong in our politics. go back to the hole you came from crybaby booker

Jul 17th
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Cory Wickenkamp

all lives matter in the eyes of the Lord saying all people are the same because of one person's actions is racist good bye nba I'm sure your more worried about China than us any way

Jul 3rd
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Steve Lomers

what happened to the other hosts? It's always the mismatch now.

Jun 30th
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Marcell Wesley

good episode doesn't have that funny voice dude

May 7th
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Marcell Wesley

This group sux

Apr 29th
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mh1023 mh1023

This guy actually suggested that they test every single player and team employee every day until the entire NBA is cleared just so they can play basketball again, at a time when there a critical shortage of tests and the virus is spreading like wildfire around the globe. What a complete moron.

Mar 30th
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Avery Pierson

This podcast is great! I love anything nba

Mar 16th
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Ryan Verhoeven

Vernon is such a douche

Mar 11th
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Nicolás Rodríguez Chavez

when they start talking about Brook Lopez I think that KOC started to get somewhat annoyed by Vernon, I know they are friends and it's all good, but yeah... KOC seemed somewhat annoyed and definitely wanted to move on from that topic ASAP

Mar 10th
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Stev1e James

the audio is horrible

Mar 9th
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Marcell Wesley

annoying voice

Mar 3rd
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Dale Pickleface

Music Exists is a podcast of people talking about the emotions they experience while not listening to music? No thanks. The name is stupid too. Maybe it’s time to start reeling the content back in a bit.

Feb 20th
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Ryan Verhoeven

Enough about philly

Feb 13th
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