Thomas Euler

1,058 Flips | 14 Magazines | 5 Likes | 376 Followers | @thomaseuler | Working, thinking, writing, speaking on digital business, technology, decentralized systems. Also: reggae music. Munich, GER.

Who’s More Dead, the Rockets or the Cavaliers?

The Cavs, down 2-0 to the Celtics, are not technically dead, but they’re definitely dead. And the Rockets, tied 1-1 with the Warriors, are also not …

Basketball

P.J. Tucker’s Game 2 Was a Moreyball Clinic

Call it the P.J. Tucker Game: The Rockets evened up the Western Conference finals with a 22-point win over the Warriors, fueled by 22 points from …

Basketball

The Sixers, the Celtics, and the Next Era of the NBA

Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery was weird. Commissioner Adam Silver refused to say a certain word. A <i>Twister</i> cast member was present for the first …

Basketball

The King Is Down—and Maybe Out

LeBron James has seen some shit. If you didn’t know that by now, after nearly 1,400 games, he’s happy to tell you. He was unfazed a month ago by the …

Basketball

The Sixers' extreme plan to run everything through their two stars

In an era in which it seems like analytics and smart coaching have solved so many fundamental questions about basketball, how to stagger minutes …

Basketball

Requiem for a Raptors Dream

Nearly two years ago, DeMar DeRozan stayed up until 4 a.m. to watch Superman die. It happened mere hours after the Toronto Raptors lost by 38 points …

Basketball

These plays and matchups will decide Rockets-Jazz, Celtics-76ers

Meet the scram switch, aka the kickout switch:<p>The Houston Rockets' first switch leaves two alleged mismatches: Clint Capela on Donovan Mitchell, and …

NBA

Wait, So What Are the Knicks Doing?

During the playoffs, eliminated NBA teams have an easy job: Don’t do anything stupid. Get through the exit interviews, say your PR-approved lines …

Basketball

Victor Oladipo Forces a Game 7 With One of His Best Performances Ever

<i>We’re getting another Game 7 out East after Indiana defended home-court Friday and blitzed the Cavaliers in a 121-87 win in Game 6 on the brink of</i> …

Basketball

The Loneliest Beat in the NBA

One morning this week, when I call the Pelicans beat writer for Louisiana’s largest newspaper, he asks if he can call me back. “Sorry,” Scott Kushner …

Basketball

Chau Down: A Portland Food Diary

For one reason or another, I’ve kept Portland at arm’s length. The first time I was made aware of Portland as a culinary destination was when Pok …

Oregon

What the Thunder and Wolves need to do to survive

They were so similar, it was irresistible -- two plays that encapsulated so much about two series that might end tonight, and about the swing Game 4s …

Basketball

Dream Chasers: The Sixers’ Moment Has Arrived

The Philadelphia 76ers are not a dog mask team. They are not an all-we-got-is-all-we-need team. They are not a do-you-believe-in-miracles team. …

Basketball

The Gravity of the Thunder’s Situation

Russell Westbrook entered Game 4 of the Thunder’s first-round series against the Utah Jazz wearing a web of kinesiology tape on both shoulders, …

Basketball

Do Anthony Davis and the Pelicans still need DeMarcus Cousins?

In the weeks after DeMarcus Cousins' Achilles tendon tear on Jan. 26, there was a consensus around the league that the New Orleans Pelicans would …

NBA

What the Cavs, Blazers and Bucks must do in three big Game 2s

Stray thoughts on three Game 2s:<p>Blazers-Pelicans<p>• Anthony Davis, at 25, has reached that magical point where separate small improvements, cobbled …

NBA

Ten Thoughts on the Playoff Opening-Weekend Bonanza

All eight first-round series of the NBA playoffs had their first game this past weekend. Here’s my notebook from an awesome debut:<p>The Power of Point …

Kendrick Lamar Just Won a Pulitzer!

“My left stroke just went viral”—a Pulitzer Prize winner. Monday afternoon, Kendrick Lamar’s world-conquering 2017 album <i>Damn.</i> was awarded the …

How a January Loss to the Hawks Turned the Jazz’s Season Around

When Utah got Rudy Gobert back in January, the Jazz were in bad shape. That tends to happen when you lose your franchise center and one of the best …

Gregg Popovich: 'It is a different position' for Spurs this season

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ended an interview and spun around to reach for the door handle after uttering three words in …

Basketball

The Luke Walton All-Stars: Surprising and thrilling role players

It's time to name our seventh-annual Luke Walton All-Stars -- role players and journeymen thriving in unexpected ways. (Click here for more on the …

Basketball

Ten things I like and don't like, including pass king Nikola Jokic

To celebrate the last "10 things" of the season, we're blowing this one out.<p>1. Nikola Jokic, making you hit rewind<p>Jokic has a way of making the …

NBA

College Basketball Has Entered the Age of Villanova

One of the greatest runs in NCAA tournament history concluded with a national championship on Monday night, as Villanova won its second title in …

How Michigan's defense is shutting down every offense in its path

Michigan has reached the national title game for the second time in five years, and this time around the Wolverines are getting it done almost …

College Sports

Villanova’s Offense Is a Death Machine, and It Vaporized Kansas in the Final Four

Kansas entered its Final Four matchup with Villanova as the underdog, needing a repeat of last weekend’s performance against Duke to stand a chance …

Cinderella Was No Match for Moritz Wagner

More than 30 minutes into Saturday’s Final Four matchup between no. 3 seed Michigan and 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago, it appeared that college …

Fünf Vorschläge für eine vernünftige Islamdebatte

<b>Alle paar Monate bricht in Deutschland eine „Islamdebatte“ los. Stets verläuft sie unerquicklich. Wie könnte es besser gehen?</b><p><i>Von Yassin …

Loyola-Chicago Is a Dying Breed of Cinderella

You almost never heard about Sister Jean.<p>Loyola-Chicago was about 10 minutes from missing the 2018 NCAA tournament. The Ramblers won 14 of their …

A Top-10 Recruit’s Decision to Join the G League Could Have Major Implications for the NCAA

Projected 2019 NBA lottery pick Darius Bazley announced his intention to decommit from Syracuse and sign with the G League on Thursday, becoming the …

Markelle Fultz Back

It was a good night in Philadelphia on Monday: Markelle Fultz was back.<p>The no. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft hadn’t played in an NBA game since …