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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. NBA Today: Jeff Van Gundy on tanking, playoffs

    Henry Abbott

    Jeff Van Gundy joins me on NBA Today. Before getting into some playoff predictions, he had strong words about HoopIdea and tanking. Key points: On the strategy of losing to get better: We would never accept a player not trying hard. But we accept...

    Blog | April 27, 2012
  3. 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
  4. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "LeBron James still looks back, but only fleetingly. Instead, his primary focus is on bigger and better things for himself and his team. Speaking Monday in his native Akron, Ohio, where he was hosting ...

    Blog | August 09, 2011
  5. 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
  6. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times: "Business is bad, really bad. The league is making desperate decisions. Just as the Sonics were allowed to become the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Kings will become the Anaheim Royals soon. Why? Because Sacramento won...

    Blog | April 15, 2011
  7. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: "Dwight Howard faces a one-game suspension -- his second of the season -- after picking up his 18th technical foul in the Magic's 111-102 overtime victory Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, a game un...

    Blog | April 07, 2011
  8. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Israel Gutierrez of The Miami Herald: "The Heat played with a purpose. A playoff-like purpose. This historic return home for one of the NBA's greatest might have become his biggest victory to date. He came out of this not only with the reassurance th...

    Blog | December 03, 2010
  9. It's good to be the king

    Henry Abbott

    David Stern likes to say that he works for the owners. And on paper he does, but things are often different in practice. For instance, in March 2009, as Marc Stein reported at the time, the league sent owners a memo making a request: Don't talk pu...

    Blog | May 25, 2010
  10. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: "The Orlando Magic were perhaps due some luck in the land of the shamrocks. And with two minutes, 42 seconds left in their season, point guard Jameer Nelson tossed up a 3-point shot that somehow banked in off th...

    Blog | May 25, 2010
  11. Houston Rockets make history while missing the playoffs

    Henry Abbott

    This morning Houston Rockets' general manager Daryl Morey said on Twitter that the Rockets are the best NBA team ever without an All-Star. Wow. Really? Could that be so? The Rockets are 40-38 right now, with games against the Bobcats, Suns, Kings ...

    Blog | April 08, 2010
  12. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: "The Lakers got three championships with Shaq. The Magic got Rony Seikaly, Ike Austin and an 'Hasta La Vista' letter from Fran Vazquez. It is why the rest of the sports nation dismisses Orlando and it...

    Blog | June 01, 2009
  13. Kobe Bryant: Rival of Your Life

    Henry Abbott

    Tom Scocca, writing for, makes the case that Kobe Bryant is "the perfect foil for every sort of rivalry." For instance: Dynastic? Tim Duncan's Spurs have four rings to Kobe's three. Cryptodynastic? The critically acclaime...

    Blog | May 28, 2009
  14. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Tom Knott of The Washington Times: "The draft has a Blake Griffin-or-bust sense to it. Not that other future All-Stars won't emerge from it. Just try determining which ones they are from the information that is available. Michael Jordan miss...

    Blog | May 19, 2009
  15. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: "Did the Orlando Magic really just bury the storied Boston Celtics 101-82? Did they actually destroy the defending champions by 19 ... in Game 7 ... on Boston's home court? Mark this down as one of the g...

    Blog | May 18, 2009
  16. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Dave Krieger of The Denver Post: "Bring on the demons. The exorcism continues. Bring on the Lakers, the team that knocked out the Nuggets the last time they got this far, 24 years ago, a team the Nuggets have never beaten in a postseason series....

    Blog | May 14, 2009