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Podcast: NBA Playoffs, Fixing The Draft, And Take Magnet Tim Tebow

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (for April 21, 2015), we’re joined by special guest Caitlin Kelly of The New Yorker, filling in for Neil Paine. We discuss the NBA playoffs, why the Golden State Warriors are so good, and why the Philadelphia Sixers and New York Knicks had such perverse incentives all season long. We also get into why everyone has a hot take about Tim Tebow. And our significant digit this week is one — that’s where you can find the New York Red Bulls ranked in the MLS standings, after everyone said New York FC would eclipse them as the city’s favorite soccer team.

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Kate Fagan is a writer for espnW and a regular panelist on the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Chadwick Matlin was a deputy managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Allison McCann is a former visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

Jody Avirgan hosts and produces podcasts for FiveThirtyEight.