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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. Arron Afflalo is ready for his close up

    Henry Abbott

    Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images The UCLA formula for NBA success : Earn minutes with defense, use the time to perfect offense. "It's so crazy," says the Denver Nuggets' Arron Afflalo, who was D'ing up Kobe Bryant in Game 7 just a few weeks ago. "The ...

    Blog | June 04, 2012
  3. TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown update

    Henry Abbott

    On the first day of the 2012 TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown -- where some of the world's finest basketball analysts compete against a crowd of bloggers and my mom for glory, fame and perhaps an off-beat prize or two -- Matthew Stahlhut predicted the De...

    Blog | May 24, 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: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Ron Borges of the Boston Herald: In sports you often don't know when a game is being decided. While some things are obvious it is most often the little things that separate those going on from those going home. A critical but mostly unnoticed case in...

    Blog | May 11, 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: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Harvey Araton of The New York Times: Knicks fans will wait three days with bated breath. They will interpret Wade's inability to exploit the defensive switch that left the vulnerable Stoudemire on him - "I lost control of the ball and had to take ...

    Blog | May 07, 2012
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  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: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Israel Gutierrez of The Miami Herald: "Holding a two-point lead, the Heat wasn't about to make the same mistake it did three days earlier, when Dirk Nowitzki blew past Chris Bosh for the easiest game-winner this team has ever allowed. This time, Erik...

    Blog | June 06, 2011
  14. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Geoff Calkins of The Commercial-Appeal: "The Grizzlies have not exactly been on a magic carpet ride since they arrived in Memphis. It's been long and tortured road. But when the ball found Shane Battier and then the bucket, all things suddenly seemed...

    Blog | April 18, 2011
  15. TrueHoop's Stat Geek Smackdown 2011

    Henry Abbott

    Welcome to Year 5 of the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.

    Story | Conversation | April 15, 2011
  16. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News: "Kobe Bryant isn't really sorry for using a homophobic slur, and that's worse than saying it. The Lakers superstar was in the middle of a tantrum during Tuesday's game against San Antonio, when he angrily w...

    Blog | April 14, 2011