Amin Elhassan examines five high-level NBA players who, despite being stars or on the fringe of stardom, require help from teammates -- or need to take a lesser team role -- to make their clubs contenders.
Tom Haberstroh writes that history is not on Boston's side as the Celtics try to win Game 5 at Miami on Tuesday night, but Kevin Garnett could be enough of a difference-maker to help overcome that historical disadvantage.
Tom Haberstroh studies how teams have fared in back-to-backs this season, and determines that teams with continuity, like Philadelphia, Chicago and Oklahoma City, have done the best. That's bad news for a team like the Clippers.
Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus projects the future performances of Boston's Big Three -- Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce -- and estimates their ability to make one last run (without any new help) in 2011-12.