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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: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press: The Minnesota Timberwolves have been busy lately signing players they hope can lift them into the playoffs. Nobody in the organization is hoping for that more than president of basketball operations David Kahn. BS:...

    Blog | August 03, 2012
  3. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times: Dissenting voices of a proposal to build a new arena in the Sodo District designed to lure the NBA back were nowhere to be found at Occidental Park on Thursday. Instead, a two-hour rally organized by Chris Hansen, t...

    Blog | June 15, 2012
  4. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Bill Livingston of The Plain Dealer: The clash of perception vs. reality will occur again in the NBA Finals, now that LeBron James' Miami Heat is in its second straight such series, beginning today in Oklahoma City. Most of the local media members, i...

    Blog | June 12, 2012
  5. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    John Rohde of The Oklahoman: The Beatles managed to stay together for 10 years (1960-70). If you believe some people, The Heatles might only stay together another 10 days (2010-present). When free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh decided to join Dw...

    Blog | June 11, 2012
  6. What's missing? Ray Allen's touch

    Henry Abbott

    (The Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Wednesday at 8:30 ET on ESPN.) The Boston Celtics have lost five consecutive postseason road games against the Miami Heat, dating to 2010. According to the Elias S...

    Blog | May 30, 2012
  7. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post: It was a new school version of the old show-and-go, one of the Globetrotter gimmicks in Rajon Rondo's expansive and elastic repertoire. The Celtics point guard cupped the ball in one unusually large hand, the...

    Blog | May 29, 2012
  8. 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
  9. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: The Thunder is moving on to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season after closing out the Los Angeles Lakers 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night. And in the clincher, it was Westbrook and fellow Al...

    Blog | May 22, 2012
  10. Kevin Garnett on the attack

    Henry Abbott

    Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images Kevin Garnett was far too intense for the Sixers in Game 3. PHILADELPHIA -- For all the deftness and agility of Rajon Rondo, Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday might have been the player who had the easiest time gett...

    Blog | May 16, 2012
  11. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times: As often as the headlines go sour in professional sports, what a kick to hear Coach Vinny Del Negro walk through the locker room singing, "It's a miracle." Del Negro stopped to crack: "I just got a text from Mike...

    Blog | May 14, 2012
  12. 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
  13. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: "Banner No. 7," Brian Scalabrine said in a rousing pregame speech thanking fans. The next chapter of this condensed, lockout-shortened season begins at noon Saturday against the 76ers, who dropped to the eighth sp...

    Blog | April 27, 2012
  14. TrueHoop's Stat Geek Smackdown 2012

    Henry Abbott

    Welcome to Year 6 of the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.

    Story | Conversation | April 26, 2012
  15. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Geoff Calkins of The Commercial-Appeal: The Memphis Grizzlies clinched a second-straight trip to the playoffs Wednesday night by defeating the New Orleans Hornets, 103-91. And if it wasn't exactly a surprising development for Rudy Gay and company, it...

    Blog | April 19, 2012
  16. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Game 5 was all about The Four Js. Three Mavericks. Four Js. That is Mavs guards Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and J.J. Barea, for all of you scoring along at home. And that unlikely trio, at least in t...

    Blog | June 10, 2011