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  1. Live by the 3, or die

    Henry Abbott

    Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty ImagesFive Spurs in the paint. Zero easy layups. One desperate need for shooting.It's a copycat league, and the cat they copy most is the one who just won it all. But let's be real: Without infinite cap space and three of the...

    Blog | July 02, 2013
  2. Spurs' turn to adjust

    Henry Abbott

    Larry W. Smith/Pool/Getty Images David Thorpe says Chris Bosh played championship defense in Game 2.In Game 1, the Miami Heat were merely solid on defense, and for David Thorpe that wasn't nearly aggressive enough. He wanted them to play with their ...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  3. Gregg Popovich builds young players

    Henry Abbott

    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Memphis lost to a team that has always been more aggressive about developing young talent. Of all the things coaches hate, globally televised boneheaded mistakes surely top the list. They happen. Not even the most ve...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. When's the James Harden show?

    Henry Abbott

    Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images One of the playoffs' most explosive scorers has yet to explode in the NBA Finals. The man can score YouTube knows James Harden well. The way he scores -- a delightful mix of explosive creations off the dribble a...

    Blog | June 18, 2012
  7. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: He strode to the post-game press conference podium as suave as can be, stepping onto the dais nattily draped in a rare suit and tie, both of which were deep black threads that, if his performance hadn't said it alre...

    Blog | June 13, 2012
  8. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Greg Cote of The Miami Herald: Miami's emptying bandwagon over the previous three losses provided the Heat a chip that fueled the team. As Spoelstra put it, "No one likes to get dirt thrown on your face before you're even dead." I'm still not quite c...

    Blog | June 08, 2012
  9. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Barry Tramel of The Oklahoman: Down 2-0 in the series, down 18 points in the first quarter, down 15 points at halftime, the Thunder continued to write a remarkable story. The Thunder rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-99 Wednesday night to win...

    Blog | June 07, 2012
  10. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: Oklahoma City withstood the stubborn San Antonio Spurs down the stretch on Monday night to take a 108-103 win in Game 5 inside the AT&T Center. A win in Game 6 on Wednesday will crown the Thunder as Western Conf...

    Blog | June 05, 2012
  11. NBA Today: Jalen Rose, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    Henry Abbott

    Chris Birck/NBAE via Getty Images Jalen Rose was on the 2007 Suns, and says they lost the series well before this famous moment. There is a lot of playoff talk in this NBA Today podcast. Predictions about who will win Saturday's Game 7 and both con...

    Blog | May 25, 2012
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. TrueHoop's Stat Geek Smackdown 2012

    Henry Abbott

    Welcome to Year 6 of the TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown.

    Story | Conversation | April 26, 2012