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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. The End of Mark Jackson and a New Beginning for the Warriors

    Zach Lowe

    I first interviewed Mark Jackson about 20 games into last season for a piece about Golden State's massive improvement on defense. Jackson went out of his way to point out, unsolicited and on the record, that it would be wrong to publicly cr...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  3. Farewell, Woody: The Knicks Clean House

    Zach Lowe

    Mike Woodson had no chance of returning as Knicks coach once James Dolan shelled out that sweet, sweet Cablevision money for Phil Jackson. Woodson has a reputation as a defense-first guy, but with the exception of the mini-season he coached after Mik...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. The Rockets' approach isn't NBA Finals-worthy

    Zach Lowe

    The case against Houston is simple: The Rockets don't seem to want to guard anyone and Dwight Howard's fading skills aren't helping. Plus, a few things to like in the NBA this week.

    Story | Conversation | November 19, 2013
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. We Went There: Manu Reigns and Miami Sputters in Game 5

    Zach Lowe

    The Heat have talked openly about how facing three of the league's top five defenses over the last three rounds has taken the fast-paced style out of their offense. Great defenses, with weeks to scout a single opponent, don't fall for the whirring de...

    Blog | June 17, 2013
  13. A Showdown in San Antonio: What We've Learned About Heat-Spurs So...

    Zach Lowe

    Only Game 1 of these NBA Finals has unfolded the way many of us expected the series would — with two teams leveraging their very different strengths in a tight battle of possession-by-possession tradeoffs. Miami's ultra-aggressive defense, with...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  14. The Game 4 Questions: Why the Heat's Defense Wilted and How They'...

    Zach Lowe

    Game 4 of a series in any 2-1 state has always been my favorite playoff game. If the trailing team wins and ties things at 2-2, each of the following games obviously takes on its own sort of hyper-drama. But for this moment, at 2-1, a single game det...

    Blog | June 13, 2013
  15. 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
  16. Lockdown: How the Heat Defense Redefined the Eastern Conference F...

    Zach Lowe

    At halftime of Miami's Game 5 win, with the Pacers up 44-40 and shooting 51 percent, I tweeted that Miami was trying "some nice things defensively," but that Indiana kept manufacturing points. Indiana came into last night's game having scored at a...

    Blog | May 31, 2013