The Starters

The Starters

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The Starters is a daily NBA podcast hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas that breaks down the league's biggest games, story lines, and off-court antics.

Episodes

Wed. Apr. 26 - Was It All A Dream?  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Beverley and Westbrook exchanging words, which remaining Western Conference series is more likely to end in 6 games, and Rockets owner Les Alexander chastising the refs. That, plus we celebrate the "Season of Russ," and debate whether the Bulls can win without Rondo.

Tuesday, Apr. 25 - Brooms, Norm, More  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss whether the Warriors are better than last year's team, if Norman Powell is the ultimate X-factor, and who will help the Wizards' Wall and Beal. That, plus the future of the Blazers backcourt, $1 beers, matching sweaters, and so much more.

Twitter Show - Tuesday, Apr. 25  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss the Warriors' sweep, the Raptors' ball movement, whether Paul George has played his last game as a Pacer, and which 2-2 series is most likely to go seven. That, plus hairdryers, the 1990 NBA Finals, and so much more.

Monday, Apr. 24 - Wacky Weekend  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys debate the crazier finish (Rockets/Thunder or Cavs/Pacers), the testier postgame comments (Hoiberg or Westbrook), and the better old guy performance (Crawford or Iso Joe). All that, plus Kerr's back issues, Millsap vs. Morris beef, and some Weekend Whoopsies!

The Drop - Friday, Apr. 21  

On today's crazy episode of The Drop, the guys discuss Rondo's thumb injury, the best and worst first-round series, which players need to step their game up, and the most entertaining off-the-court moments. That, plus giraffe birth, Harden-Westbrook comparisons, Michael Jackson music videos, and so much more.

Thursday, Apr. 20 - Don't Bogart That Ball, Russ!  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss whether Russell Westbrook's selfish play cost OKC the game, the excruciating Hawks-Wizards free throw contest, and Kevin Durant's calf injury. All that, plus a quick lookahead at tonight's playoff action, as well as brand new edition of The Meme Team!

Wed., Apr. 19 - Rooooooondo!  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Playoff Rondo clownin' the Celtics, the Clips attacking the Gobert-less Jazz, and the Raptors surviving Game 2. That, plus Mo Williams joins us to share his take on the 2017 NBA Playoffs, and we debate whether KD's calf injury should concern the Warriors.

Tuesday, Apr. 18 - Take That For Data  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Grizzlies coach David Fizdale blasting the officials, the Cavs defense, and Paul George calling out his teammates. That, plus J.R. Smith's cameo on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" inspires a new game, and we debate whether the Cs, Raps and Clips can even things up.

Twitter Show - Tuesday, Apr. 18  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss Paul George's growing frustration, Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale's free-throw discrepancy rant, the latest Knicks drama, and the best first-round series so far. That, plus Peeps. Enjoy.

Monday, Apr. 17 - Monster Performances  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the NBA Playoffs opening act, including the most shocking win, best individual performance, and nastiest block. That, plus we dissect Paul George's "last shot" comments, play "Fashion or Nah?," and hit you with some Game 1 Weekend Whoopsies!

The 4th Annual Starters Awards Show - The Starties  

Hosted by Kristen Ledlow, The Starters hand out the some NBA hardware (MVP, ROY, DPOY, MIP, COY, and 6th Man), in addition to picking winners in some light-hearted categories like Fan, Wedgie, and Funniest Moment of the Year. The guys also name the recipient of the Worst of the Year, say goodbye to the NBA things we lost, and countdown the regular season's Top 10 plays.

The Drop - 2017 Playoff Preview  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys preview and predict all eight first-round series of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. That, plus pie talk, deer, earwax, and more.

Wed., Apr. 12 - The Final Night  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys breakdown what's at stake on the final night of the regular season. What's the biggest game? Why are the Nets resting healthy players? And what first-round series looks the juiciest? All that, plus Crossfire, and Steph Curry's new kicks get roasted in the Meme Team.

Tuesday, Apr. 11 - All-NBA Qs, Romo, Jerseys  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys ask some key questions when it comes to the 2016-17 All-NBA Teams. What do you do with KD? Which two guards make the 3rd Team? And who is the best league's best center? That, plus the Mavs honor Tony Romo, the NBA's best-selling jerseys, and 3D joins us live from Minny.

Twitter Show - Tuesday, Apr. 11  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys select their All-NBA Teams; discuss whether Russ or Harden deserve MVP; and try to make sense of the crazy Eastern Conference standings. That, plus The Palace of Auburn Hills memories, NBA snacks, the "Fate of the Furious" trailer, and so much more.

Monday, Apr. 10 - Circle of Trust  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Westbrook's latest record, the Cavs' epic collapse, and whether Dame's 59-point game helps him crack an All-NBA Team. That, plus Ernie Johnson joins us live in studio to talk about his new book and his "Inside" co-workers, and we hit you with new Weekend Whoopsies!

The Drop - Friday, Apr. 7  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss the back-and-forth MVP race, the constantly changing playoff picture, and which players are facing the most postseason pressure. That, plus Chris Webber's Hall of Fame credentials, Matt's diet, the Giraffe Manor, Kevin Bloody Wilson, and so much more.

Thursday, Apr. 6 - Don't Take It Personal  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss LeBron destroying the Celtics, Kyle Lowry's return from wrist injury, and Westbrook's latest closing MVP argument. That, plus Grammy Award winner "Monica" (aka Leigh) plays "Swipin' with The Starters," and Steph sings Disney classics in the Meme Team.

Wed., Apr. 5 - Fast Food Roulette  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, Leigh stuffs his face as part of his Pick 'Em Payoff while the guys discuss Westbrook's latest triple-double record, Lance Stephenson's questionable last-second layup, and tonight's anticipated game between the Cavs and C's.

Tuesday, Apr. 4 - KD, Nurk, Magic Plans  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Durant's anticipated return, Nurkic's leg injury, and the Orlando Magic's offseason plans being leaked. That, plus Chris Webber gets snubbed from the Hall of Fame, the Wizards feel disrespected, and a brand new edition of Weekend Whoopsies!

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