Boylen’s rising favorability, Elfrid Payton’s triple-doubles, and other surprising late season developments

March Madness is under way, which could also be a useful term to describe the stretch of the NBA calendar that occurs in the weeks before the playoffs begin. We see some unexpected results and bizarre stat lines. Elfrid Payton posted the third longest triple-double streak in 30 years behind Russell Westbrook and Michael Jordan. Discarded former Lakers D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle scored 44 and 45 points in a game, respectively. And once heavily-derided Bulls coach Jim Boylen has started to garner himself more and more supporters.

So on a brand new episode of Fastbreak Breakfast we sift through some of these stories from the last week plus discuss the following:

  • How historic was Russell’s 44 points, 12 assist, 4 steal performance?
  • Who were the biggest omissions from our Most Improved Player discussion?
  • After criticizing him for years, do we have to admit we were completely wrong about Mike Malone?
  • Lou Williams hit a stunning buzzer-beater a few days ago, is a frontrunner for another Sixth Man of the Year award, but does he have any shot at making the Hall of Fame?
  • Game of Scones: Can you remember whether [moderately] well-known events occurred before or after the Nuggets last qualified for the playoffs?
  • What is the best flavor of Slurpee?
  • Was Isaiah Thomas’ return to Boston a heartwarming moment or are we awful and cynical people?

Fastbreak Breakfast is a podcast for serious NBA fans that is incredibly not serious. All episodes are available on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud or any other major podcast service.

Music provided courtesy of New Man and Codaphonic.

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