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  1. Looking ahead: Playoff matchups at a glance

    Henry Abbott

    They're lurking. This time of year strategy can get really weird, with all kinds of stuff happening besides every team trying to win every game. Some teams are out of the playoffs and tanking. Some teams are trying like hell just to make the playo...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  2. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Greg Cote of The Miami Herald: Alternate alliterative slogan now fitting for this Heat-Pacers playoff series: No blood, no bling. It's getting nasty in here. The team that gets through this second-round series - and that's looking unmistakably like M...

    Blog | May 23, 2012
  3. Getting the calls

    Henry Abbott

    Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images A few games into the playoffs, Lionel Hollins and the Grizzlies are best at getting to the line. The Clippers are winning a reputation as some of the league's most consistent and spectacular floppers, which m...

    Blog | May 09, 2012
  4. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe: Just when the faithful began to believe the Big Three Era was coming to an end, with Rajon Rondo at a local hotel and Ray Allen immaculately dressed on the bench, unable to play for the third week because of bone sp...

    Blog | May 02, 2012
  5. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Geoff Calkins of The Commercial-Appeal: Weren't their Grizzlies just up 24? In the fourth quarter? With 9:13 left in the game? So why were the Clippers dancing and celebrating? Why were Blake Griffin and Chris Paul leaping for joy? And - for the love...

    Blog | April 30, 2012
  6. TrueHoop's Stat Geek Smackdown 2012

    Henry Abbott

    Welcome to Year 6 of the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.

    Story | Conversation | April 26, 2012
  7. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic: Even with Steve Nash at the helm, the Suns have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1988, as they were eliminated with a 100-88 loss Tuesday night at Utah. The Jazz (35-30) clinched t...

    Blog | April 25, 2012
  8. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Cam Inman of The Oakland Tribune: "This is a familiar storyline to the Bay Area, and a recent one, too: A franchise stuck in a playoff drought just hired a first-time coach who happens to be a former player and licensed minister. Let's hope Mark Jack...

    Blog | June 07, 2011
  9. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "For wisdom, maturity and leadership, our new basketball hero is... Dirk? Rick? No. Mark Cuban, you the man. The man who went to LA for four days, was the center of Southern California media attention, ...

    Blog | May 06, 2011
  10. Late Thursday Mini-Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Jeff Clark of CelticsBlog: "All of a sudden we are faced with questions that I simply don't want to and am not prepared to ask. Are the Heat just a better team than us now? Is the season over for us? Who do we pull for after we are out of it? Did...

    Blog | May 05, 2011
  11. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Mark Bradley of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Two years out of Wake Forest, Teague has become a flash point for Hawks' fans. Some feel he's the point guard of the future and has been poorly served by two different head coaches. Pragmatists ask i...

    Blog | May 03, 2011
  12. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times: "This series gave Kobe Bryant his chip again, the star beginning it by losing a fight with a courtside chair but ending it by slugging Emeka Okafor. This series gave Pau Gasol his temper again, as he was ripped...

    Blog | April 29, 2011
  13. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News: "The Spurs exited a timeout huddle late in the fourth quarter Wednesday, behind by three points and 1.7 seconds away from an early vacation, facing a thought that could have been unsettling if they to le...

    Blog | April 28, 2011
  14. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: "The cameras didn't catch it, but the broadcast's sideline reporter did. Midway through the first half of Monday's Game 4 loss at Denver, the Thunder's All-Star duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook reportedly h...

    Blog | April 27, 2011
  15. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald: "Take a stroll through Manhattan on a warm weekend day and you can find any number of street-corner philosophers willing to explain the meaning of life. Cruise through Washington Square Park and you can get a chess...

    Blog | April 25, 2011
  16. No Magic fingers in loss to Hawks

    Henry Abbott

    The Orlando Magic's playoff shooting struggles continued as they fell into a 3-to-1 series hole against the Atlanta Hawks. The Magic were just 2-for-23 from three-point range in Sunday's Game 4. According to Elias, the 8.7 percent made from three...

    Blog | April 25, 2011