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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. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News: Tony Parker made the most of his birthday with an impressive offensive and defensive effort in the Spurs' 105-88 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Not only did he produce a game-high 22 points and dis...

    Blog | May 18, 2012
  4. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: What Oklahoma City did in those final 120 seconds was nothing short of sensational - especially given the style of play this ballgame had been in the first 46 minutes. The Thunder stormed back from a late seven-poin...

    Blog | May 17, 2012
  5. 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
  6. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post: The Indiana Pacers are coming this way, for a second-round series that starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Heat will try to reverse a trend that, during the season, went the wrong way. Over the course of four gam...

    Blog | May 10, 2012
  7. 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
  8. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star: Give Bird and his front office credit. Give Frank Vogel, who needs to have the third year of his contract guaranteed (and now) credit. And give these players credit for turning themselves into the type of team --...

    Blog | May 09, 2012
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Linda Robertson of The Miami Herald: Miami's Big 3 proved that it adds up to more than the sum of its parts. As for New York's Big 3, it simply does not add up. The difference? Synergy, which is the way a group functioning together creates a resul...

    Blog | May 01, 2012
  12. TrueHoop's Stat Geek Smackdown 2012

    Henry Abbott

    Welcome to Year 6 of the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.

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

    Henry Abbott

    Al Iannazzone of Newsday: Carmelo Anthony continued his dominant play, registering his first triple-double as a Knick, but he also got the help he needed from his teammates to beat a quality playoff team Tuesday night. Anthony scored 35 points, grabb...

    Blog | April 18, 2012
  14. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune: Playing in the Crescent City for the first time since the Hornets were eliminated in Game 6 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last April against the Lakers, Chris Paul made his only appearance of...

    Blog | March 23, 2012
  15. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: With the NBA's best record, the Bulls know they can beat anybody. Still, there are moments in any season where statements must be made. And, having dropped five of their last six games to teams in playoff position...

    Blog | February 17, 2012
  16. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Monte Poole of the Contra Costa Times: "Seven months after the team officially was acquired by CEO Joe Lacob and co-owner Peter Guber, Robert Rowell is out. His departure is another indication -- perhaps the strongest yet -- that Lacob intends to mak...

    Blog | June 22, 2011