Read and React is an independent podcast focused on the philosophy, strategy, tactics, trends, and minutiae of the NBA. Hosted by Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber.
Worst Matchups for the East Contenders, Plus Grizzlies & Clippers Skepticism
58:50Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber continue last episode's discussion on the teams each NBA contender shouldn't want to see with the Celtics, Bucks, and Sixers' toughest playoff matchups. Then they dive into the state of the East's middle class and the Clippers' recent struggles.
LeBron's Injury, Snyder to Atlanta & Each West Contender's Worst Matchup
1:02:25As the NBA season enters the home stretch, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber break down every angle of LeBron James' foot injury -- where it leaves the Lakers, how it changes the playoff race, and what reveals about the Lakers' mistakes over the last two years. Then they discuss the Hawks hiring Quin Snyder and the teams each playoff team in the West shouldn't want to face in the playoffs.
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New-Look Mavs & Nets, Surging Bucks, and League Pass All Stars
1:22:03The All-Star is break finally here! Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber take stock of the new-look Mavericks and Nets, the surging Bucks' championship hopes, and whether the Celtics are the clear title favorites. Then they discuss some of their favorite under-the-radar players in the NBA.
KD to the Suns, LeBron Breaks the Scoring Record, and Much More From the Trade Deadline
1:18:38Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss a wild trade deadline, including: how the Kevin Durant trade changes the Western Conference landscape, whether the Lakers' improvements around LeBron and Anthony Davis put them in title contention, the most surprising non-moves of the deadline, and much more. Then they reflect on LeBron passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's all-time leading scorer.
2023 Trade Deadline Outlook
1:17:45As the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaches, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the biggest questions and storylines of the trade landscape, including how the Raptors could set the direction of the market, which teams OG Anunoby would make the most sense on, whether the Jazz and Bulls will buy or sell, what moves could be available for the Grizzlies and Nuggets, and much more.
Are the 76ers Title Contenders? And What's Going On With the Raptors?
1:04:24Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the 76ers' recent surge and James Harden's reinvention of himself. Then they evaluate the state of the Raptors, whether the Clippers will ever get it together, and whether the NBA is better than it's ever been.