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  1. Wingspan and a Prayer: Trying to Decipher the Massive Promise of ...

    Zach Lowe

    Tyson Chandler has improbably become an archetypal NBA player. There have always been dirty-work big men in the NBA -- seven-footers with zero offensive game expected to block shots, rebound, and stay out of the way on offense. Defense comprised almo...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  2. Eric Bledsoe Injury Puts a Huge Dent in the Fun (Albeit Tanking) ...

    Zach Lowe

    Going into Thursday's games, there were four teams in the top 10 in both points scored and allowed per possession — in offense and defense, basically: Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Miami, and the Clippers. It's an artificial cutoff point, but it'...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  3. The Facts and Fiction of the Bobcats' Rising Defense

    Zach Lowe

    The disparity between the Eastern and Western conferences is so embarrassingly large that you must take it into account when evaluating a team's ranking in any leaguewide stat. Eastern Conference teams will end having played 52 of their 82 games agai...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  4. The Portland Trail Blazers Are Scorching, But Can It Last?

    Zach Lowe

    Here's the irony: The 2011-12 Blazers serve as my personal reminder against overreacting to any team trend over the first 10 or so games of the season. Those Blazers started 7-2, and the wins included an icy coldcocking of Oklahoma City on the road. ...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  5. The Growing Legend of Lance Stephenson

    Zach Lowe

    The Pacers are destroying the league behind a terrifying defense and two max-salary franchise cornerstones, proving, rather emphatically, that the crucial improvements they flashed in last year's playoffs were real — and indicative of more to c...

    Blog | November 14, 2013
  6. About Last Night: Rose's Ruined Return

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy walking the plank at the behest of Bill Belichick, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday: LeBron James and the Miami Heat opened their NBA championship defense with an impressive 107-95 win over Derrick Rose and the C...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  7. 33-Day NBA Warning: In One Press Conference, the Riggin' for Wigg...

    Chris Ryan

    What does it say about an NBA team if one of the stated goals, from the mouth of the new head coach, is to be in shape? You're not trying to install a Thibodeau defense, or teach the Triangle. You just want the NBA players you pay to play basketball ...

    Blog | September 26, 2013
  8. Party Crashers: Debunking the Myths of Offensive Rebounding and T...

    Zach Lowe

    There has been a sense of pessimism and fragility around the Indiana Pacers during their rise from bug-eyed no. 8 seed to bona fide contender — a feeling around the league that they'd gotten a little bit lucky in some way, and that the fates wo...

    Blog | September 12, 2013
  9. The case for the 40-minute NBA game

    Zach Lowe

    Why cutting game length could be the best thing for the NBA.

    Story | Conversation | September 10, 2013
  10. Dispatches From NBA Summer League in Orlando, Day 4

    Brett Koremenos

    After a few days of NBA-lite here in Orlando, you realize you take for granted some of the brilliant yet subtle nuances of the real thing. One specific example has been ball-screen defense. Or perhaps more aptly put, the shoddy nature of it during th...

    Blog | July 11, 2013
  11. NBA Job Interview: Michael Carter-Williams (With Scouting Report!...

    Grantland Staff

    Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons talk to NBA draft prospect Michael Carter-Williams about transitioning from Syracuse's zone defense to man-to-man defense in the NBA, and the upsides of being an unselfish teammate. Then, Bill gets a little too excited abo...

    Blog | June 24, 2013
  12. Could Game 6 be the end of LeBron James and the Miami Heat's magi...

    Zach Lowe

    Is this the end of the Heat's magical season? Their defense will be the deciding factor of Game 6.

    Story | Conversation | June 18, 2013
  13. We Went There: The Spurs Rain on the Cool, Ineffective Heat

    Zach Lowe

    We forgot about it because of the scary things LeBron James did in the second half of Game 2 on Sunday, but Miami's defense was strangely off for much of that win. They lost track of Danny Green on two 3-pointers, errors of miscommunication that resu...

    Blog | June 12, 2013
  14. The spiritual connection between the '70s Knicks champs and Tim D...

    Rafe Bartholomew

    The spiritual connection between the '70s Knicks and the 2013 Spurs.

    Story | Conversation | June 06, 2013
  15. The Bonner Effect: How Shutting Down the Spurs' Shooter Could Be ...

    Zach Lowe

    Stopping the San Antonio Spurs offense, one of the league's three best over the last three seasons combined, is always going to be a chore. Smart defenses can construct wonderful theoretical game plans centered on limiting the Spurs to midrange jumpe...

    Blog | May 20, 2013
  16. The evolution of Mike Conley Jr., Memphis Grizzlies point guard

    Zach Lowe

    How Mike Conley Jr., Memphis's ambidextrous point guard, has grown up and led his team deep into the playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | May 14, 2013