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  1. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News: Coaches torture themselves over success, and Gregg Popovich has been lately. He's been wondering out loud among his staff that, well, wouldn't it be better to lose a game? "That's why," one of his assistan...

    Blog | May 08, 2012
  2. It is good to be Goran

    Henry Abbott

    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport The Rockets' guard is playing his best ball with the playoffs, and free agency, around the corner. A recent conversation with Rockets guard Goran Dragic, by phone: In your win against Chicago, you had 21 points...

    Blog | April 06, 2012
  3. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals gave us the answer. Q -- Who stops Dirk for the Oklahoma City Thunder? Let's see now: The Thunder ran Serge Ibaka at him, then Nick Collison, and after that it w...

    Blog | May 18, 2011
  4. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: "Dwight Howard faces a one-game suspension -- his second of the season -- after picking up his 18th technical foul in the Magic's 111-102 overtime victory Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, a game un...

    Blog | April 07, 2011
  5. The NBA matters again

    Henry Abbott

    I fetched the paper from the sidewalk in front of my house early Sunday. Of course, I'm a sports section guy, but this one weekend -- the first without work intrusions since the beginning of the playoffs way back in whatever month that was -- was dif...

    Blog | July 12, 2010
  6. U.S. soccer's hoops roots

    Henry Abbott

    Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Sport Goalkeeper Tim Howard -- among the best in the world -- once considered an NBA career. You may not know it yet, but on Saturday June 12, at 2 p.m. ET, you're very likely to be obsessed with soccer. That's when ...

    Blog | June 03, 2010
  7. Wednesday bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference is looking into teams that are better in the playoffs than they were in the regular season: "The 2010 Celtics are the second-most improved playoff team ever, having tacked on +7.8 points of estimated efficiency diff...

    Blog | June 02, 2010
  8. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times: "Thanks, Big Laker in the Sky. The Lakers didn't win Game 5 Thursday night, they put it in the hands of the gods and let them sort it out. Tantalizing the Suns, the gods let Phoenix come from 18 points down in t...

    Blog | May 28, 2010
  9. Player/Blogger Coleman Collins, Live from Paris

    Henry Abbott

    Late Friday night, while we were all watching LeBron James make history with an incredible three points in one second, professional basketball player and blogger Coleman Collins was at the tail end of a busy day enjoying life in Paris. He writes: SEC...

    Blog | May 26, 2009
  10. Infantry Hoops in Iraq

    Henry Abbott

    First Lieutenant Ted Janis is the platoon leader of 3rd Platoon, Angel Company, 3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry Regiment of 3rd Brigade Rakkasans, 101st Airborne Division. He is stationed along the Euphrates river, a short drive from both Baghdad and Fal...

    Blog | May 22, 2008
  11. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Celtics vs. Cavaliers Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe: '"The Truth' may be a reach, but he sure lived up to his Captain's title yesterday. Paul Pierce brought his certified 'A' game to a deciding seventh game against the Cavaliers. He stood tall in the ...

    Blog | May 19, 2008
  12. Friday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Brian Windhorst of the Akron Beacon-Journal: "James scored just 14 points on a woeful 4-of-16 shooting, which indicated just how off his normal production he was as he struggled to find space to operate. Unlike previous games in these playoffs when t...

    Blog | June 08, 2007
  13. A Startling Loss of Momentum

    Henry Abbott

    These playoffs, these 2006 playoffs, have been some of the most exciting ever. The late night adrenaline has been so great that even us fans have had sleepless nights thinking about it. But I slept like a baby last night. The adrenaline isn't so inc...

    Blog | June 12, 2006
  14. Defining Manu

    Henry Abbott

    If you read all of today's game stories, no one seems to do a great job of making clear what it is that makes San Antonio's Manu Ginobili--the man of the hour--so good. Possibly the best write-up of his masterful performance last night is here. And S...

    Blog | May 18, 2005