Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 14, 2017), we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner, who helps us break down the latest trades in the NBA as the February 23rd deadline approaches. Next, Neil Paine takes us inside the collapse of the Detroit Red Wings’ dynastic greatness. Finally, we look forward to baseball season and ponder what the increase in home runs means for the sport. Plus, a significant digit on a streak.
Links to what we discussed:
- ESPN is keeping track of the latest NBA trade news as the deadline approaches.
- The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor took a look at a trade that gave the Blazers their third first-round draft pick.
- You can read more of Kyle Wagner’s work here.
- Last week, Neil Paine explained why the Red Wings’ empire is crumbling.
- We explored the history of American hockey’s use of players from the Soviet Union — and the Red Wings’ role in bringing them to the States — in this episode of Ahead of Their Time.
- There are now more MLB players who hit 20 or more home runs in a season than there have been at any time in 50 years, writes Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post.
- Significant Digit: 4. On Monday night, the UConn women’s basketball team won their 100th consecutive game. Since their initial hot streak began on March 13, 2013, the Huskies have won four NCAA Championships and lost only one game of any kind.