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  1. What happens to the NBA's Iron Men?

    Henry Abbott

    Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images Play a ton of minutes in the regular season, like Stephen Curry, and injuries are common. A while back I found that players who play a ton of minutes don't win NBA titles anymore. It used to happen all the ti...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  2. Thunder not caring enough, or too much?

    Henry Abbott

    A quick spin through the media reaction to the Heat's Game 3 win reveals a theme: The Thunder need to care more, embrace the moment, play for today, fire all of their guns, be more rageful, raise the adrenaline level, go harder ... It's a juiced u...

    Blog | June 18, 2012
  3. United, for now: Doug Collins and Evan Turner

    Henry Abbott

    Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images In a gritty win over the Bulls, the young Sixer found a way into coach Doug Collins' heart. More than anything, Doug Collins wanted to talk about one play: "I honestly believe that the single biggest play ...

    Blog | May 05, 2012
  4. Five for Friday

    Henry Abbott

    No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs (sorry, Dallas fans). So why do we force them to play out the string when one team wins the first three games? One response: I bet the playoff teams being guaranteed only one game of playo...

    Blog | May 04, 2012
  5. A little respect for coaches and PT

    Henry Abbott

    ND at the Team Rebound blog has done a fascinating job of following up my examination of the workload of top players on title teams. I noted that top players who play huge minutes used to win titles, but stopped seven years ago. Related: LeBron...

    Blog | January 20, 2012
  6. Thursday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Gregg Popovich draws up the play of the year, and gets Tim Duncan all alone under the hoop for the key bucket of a close win. Other teams could undoubtedly do some of what the Clippers did to beat the Heat. Ryan Gomes explains the specifics. Name...

    Blog | January 13, 2011
  7. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Kevin Ding of The Orange County Register: "Since Kobe Bryant threatened to leave, he and the Lakers have gone the distance to play in the NBA Finals every single time. 'I just want to win,' Bryant said upon being asked for the umpteenth time about av...

    Blog | June 03, 2010
  8. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Bud Shaw of The Plain Dealer: "The Cavs need Shaquille O'Neal to win a title, make no mistake. If he misses eight weeks, though, he could still return during the postseason. In the meantime, you'll see more of the style of play on display in the seco...

    Blog | March 01, 2010
  9. Wednesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Gregg Popovich holds his three best players out of an important game against the Nuggets. (And the Nuggets play so badly they almost lose to the JV team.) Now, look, I accept that Popovich's long-term plan is to win as much as possible. As in, he...

    Blog | February 04, 2009
  10. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    If you haven't seen this yet, you have to watch the highlights of Miami's 130-129 OT win over the Warriors. Dwyane Wade was the hero, but Michael Beasley, Udonis Haslem, and Chris Quinn all made HUGE game-saving plays. Jamal Crawford scored 40. The W...

    Blog | December 02, 2008
  11. All is Fun in the Valley of the Sun. Right?

    Henry Abbott

    Clearly. It's a hoot to be a Sun. The locker room chemistry is good. The style of play is fun. The win totals are impressive. The media is friendly. There is championship talk in the air. Depending what happens in the lottery, the Suns could be about...

    Blog | May 02, 2007