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  1. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News: Shock of all shocks - LeBron James is under fire. The latest round of criticism comes from an unexpected source: NHL players, who weren't very sympathetic with the leg cramp that plagued him down the stre...

    Blog | June 21, 2012
  2. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe: The Celtics are not expected to have Avery Bradley for the rest of the season because of a left shoulder injury. A source close to Bradley told the Globe that the percentile is in the "high 90s" that Bradley will be...

    Blog | May 24, 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: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Greg Stoda of the Palm Beach Post: LeBron James can't keep doing this. It's too much to ask of even of him. Much too much. James has an incredible engine, but it's going to give out running at the rpm it's generating. James won't admit to fatigue - s...

    Blog | May 16, 2012
  5. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman: Young legs ran circles around veteran mettle. Thunder blue routed Laker purple. Rest trumped rust. And Russ trumped them all. Russell Westbrook was the best player on a court full of all-stars, Kevin Durant was right th...

    Blog | May 15, 2012
  6. 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
  7. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Geoff Calkins of The Commercial-Appeal: Sometimes, life - and basketball - imitates Saturday morning wrestling. The Memphis Grizzlies did a little pile driving of their own Wednesday night, coming off the ropes to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, 105...

    Blog | May 03, 2012
  8. Clippers complete historic comeback win

    Henry Abbott

    Entering Sunday, the Los Angeles Clippers hadn't won a playoff game since May 18, 2006. So when they entered the fourth quarter down 21 points to the Memphis Grizzlies all signs pointed to another loss. The Clippers had other ideas. Down 95-71...

    Blog | April 30, 2012
  9. 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
  10. TrueHoop's Stat Geek Smackdown 2012

    Henry Abbott

    Welcome to Year 6 of the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.

    Story | Conversation | April 26, 2012
  11. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: No James Harden meant no easy buckets. Now, it's anyone's guess when the team's most dynamic playmaker will return. But as the opening weekend of the playoffs nears, the Thunder can only hope Harden's symptoms subsi...

    Blog | April 24, 2012
  12. 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
  13. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Howard Beck of The New York Times: "Between Kevin Garnett's dunks and Derek Fisher's drives, a new star emerged Tuesday night in the N.B.A. finals: the flat-screen monitor. Perched on the scorer's table, it glowed with a stoic insistence, casting an ...

    Blog | June 10, 2010
  14. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Bob Finnan of The News-Herald: "To a certain extent, those of us who have watched LeBron James play over the last seven years have been spoiled. I freely admit it. If he leaves via free agency in July, it's not going to be the same at Quicken Loans A...

    Blog | June 01, 2010
  15. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Michael Hunt of the Journal Sentinel: "The Atlanta Hawks might yet win this thing and probably should. They still have the size, the athleticism and, most important, the home-court advantage. But if there were any justice in a league that could care ...

    Blog | April 27, 2010
  16. If divisions must hang around, make them matter

    Henry Abbott

    A few days ago I blogged about the meaninglessness of NBA divisions. Basically, fans are becoming aware that division-winners have a chance of getting slightly better playoff seeds, and having a reaction that could roughly be described as: "The NBA h...

    Blog | April 05, 2010