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  1. The Gregg Popovich scheme

    Henry Abbott

    Last year the Spurs threw the Heat for a loop with an entirely unconventional defense that dared the Heat to shoot. What will Gregg Popovich come up with this time around?...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  2. The challenge facing the Heat's D

    Henry Abbott

    If the Heat are going to win a third straight title, it'll require a lot more offense on defense than they showed in the regular season, explains Tom Penn in Penn Station....

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  3. To all Kevin Love haters

    Henry Abbott

    David Thorpe understands the critique. Kevin Love's team isn't amazing and sometimes he coasts on defense. But that doesn't mean the Timberwolves big man isn't the best power forward in the game....

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  4. Not the Heat we know

    Henry Abbott

    They have won titles with super-athletic, league-leading team defense starring LeBron James as defensive player of the year candidate. That's not how it's going down this year....

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  5. Al Jefferson is not an All-Star

    Henry Abbott

    He's averaging 20 and 11 for a team with a top ten NBA defense, and his teammate from last year -- Paul Millsap -- made the squad. But Bobcats big man Al Jefferson isn't bitter he won't be headed to New Orleans....

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  6. Surprisingly productive defenders

    Henry Abbott

    Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY SportsRoy Hibbert isn't the only reason the Pacers have the NBA's best defense. A tricky thing about basketball is that it's tough to know what's happening on defense. So tough that credit and blame are almost impossible to ...

    Blog | December 11, 2013
  7. The Warriors D up

    Henry Abbott

    Famous for their offense, the Warriors are, by the numbers, even better on defense, and there's a reason for that. As seen on ESPN TV yesterday:...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  8. Monta Ellis on a stat geek's team?

    Henry Abbott

    Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe efficiency-minded Mavs have struck a deal with one of the NBA's most notorious gunners. What wins in the NBA has always been tough to pin down. Big guys, scorers, teamwork, superstars, defense, veterans, athletici...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  9. Spurs' turn to adjust

    Henry Abbott

    Larry W. Smith/Pool/Getty Images David Thorpe says Chris Bosh played championship defense in Game 2.In Game 1, the Miami Heat were merely solid on defense, and for David Thorpe that wasn't nearly aggressive enough. He wanted them to play with their ...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  10. Key to defense in NBA playoffs is foul hard and often - ESPN The ...

    Henry Abbott

    Tackling is not allowed in the NBA, so why is it so common come playoff time? Because it works, writes Henry Abbott in ESPN The Magazine.

    Story | Conversation | May 10, 2013
  11. The defense of a shooter

    Henry Abbott

    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Steve Novak's elite NBA skill is shooting and his defense is a joke. Right? Digging around Synergy Sports' advanced statistical service, I noticed something surprising: Steve Novak has the same overall defensive rating as...

    Blog | January 03, 2013
  12. Wednesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Avery Johnson feeling the pressure? The Warriors defense is vastly improved, but makes guards do a lot of work -- which makes things that much harder for Stephen Curry who is leading all point guards in minutes played. John Hollinger on working w...

    Blog | December 19, 2012
  13. Friday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Nate Silver on the B.S. Report suggesting kids should learn math by doing fun stuff like playing fantasy sports. The Hawks' defense is wonderful and here's why. Celtics, meet the 3-point line. Hornets247 has a cool new design, and mad insight i...

    Blog | November 30, 2012
  14. TrueHoop TV: How we see Austin Rivers

    Henry Abbott

    Amin Elhassan has a fascinating discussion of Austin Rivers' game. A lot of people say things about Rivers related to his dad ... as if being the son of Doc Rivers would make Austin better at things like defense, moving the ball or picking good shots...

    Blog | November 20, 2012
  15. The digital democracy of NBA All-Star voting

    Henry Abbott

    Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images Voting by Twitter, Facebook, SMS, web and more, oh my! OK, maybe it has been a decade since my hairline receded so much I started shaving my head as a defense mechanism. Maybe the term "arthritis" does get thro...

    Blog | November 13, 2012
  16. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Talk about Nate McMillan as a Laker defensive assistant. I'm all for McMillan and I'm all for handing the defense to a specialist. But the idea that he's a special defensive coach ... I'm worried that's born of the way poor use of stats misleads peop...

    Blog | November 12, 2012