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March 29, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: James Back in Cleveland

by John Perrotto

LeBron James' second "homecoming to Cleveland as a member of the Miami Heat carries considerably less fanfare, in no small part because the Cavaliers have struggled so badly without him.

March 22, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Miami Doesn't Mind Seeding

by John Perrotto

If the season ended today, Miami would have the third seed in the Eastern Conference. While that is below sky-high expectations for the Super Heat, it doesn't concern Miami's players.

March 8, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Garnett Sees Value of Trade

by John Perrotto

Like Boston's other veterans, Kevin Garnett was disappointed when the team traded Kendrick Perkins at the deadline. However, newcomers Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic are beginning to show why they were coveted by the Celtics' front office.

February 22, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Noah Close to Return

by John Perrotto

After missing more than two months following surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament, Joakim Noah will return to the Chicago Bulls' lineup. That means adjustments for a surging team.

February 9, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Adjustment for Gibson

by John Perrotto

In Cleveland Daniel Gibson is negotiating the transition from how the Cavaliers used to be to the way they are now.

January 25, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Sixers Losing the Close Ones

by John Perrotto

The Philadelphia 76ers have made tremendous strides since the beginning of the season, but a series of narrow losses has held down their record.

January 18, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Anthony Admits He Wants Out

by John Perrotto

After months of trade rumors, Carmelo Anthony is now saying openly that he thinks being traded by the Denver Nuggets would be best for his future.

January 11, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Bobcats Like Silas

by John Perrotto

Paul Silas has brought Charlotte a very different style from his predecessor Larry Brown, and players have responded.

January 7, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Stats Helped Build Super Heat

by John Perrotto

Before the new-look Miami Heat could hit the floor with its trio of stars, the Heat coaching staff got an idea of what to expect thanks to a member of the APBRmetrics community.

January 5, 2011

Premium Article On the Beat: Pop Unimpressed by Start

by John Perrotto

Despite Tuesday's loss at Madison Square Garden, the San Antonio Spurs still boast the league's best record. Just don't expect Gregg Popovich to get too excited about that.

December 28, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Shakeup Could Be in Store in Memphis

by John Perrotto

The Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the league's most enigmatic teams this season, which could lead to moves before the February trade deadline.

December 21, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Orlando Makes Bold Deals

by John Perrotto

Magic general manager Otis Smith explained Saturday's pair of deals that brought Orlando two new starters and a sixth man as necessary to get the team back on the path to championship contention.

December 17, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Celtics-Knicks Rivalry Budding?

by John Perrotto

Wednesday's exciting matchup at Madison Square Garden is an indication that, with both teams headed for the playoffs, the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks might be on the verge of a rivalry.

December 15, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Jordan Challenges Punchless Bobcats

by John Perrotto

A disappointing start for the Charlotte Bobcats came to a head Saturday, when owner Michael Jordan addressed the team in the locker room after it mustered just 62 points in a loss to Boston.

December 10, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: League Taking Control of Hornets

by John Perrotto

In a scenario unprecedented in NBA history, the league will purchase the New Orleans Hornets from owner George Shinn as part of a bid to keep the team in the Big Easy.

December 7, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Heat Welcomes Role of Villains

by John Perrotto

The Miami Heat's players and coaches know they have a target on their backs and don't mind at all.

December 3, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Owner Thrilled by Pacers' Start

by John Perrotto

Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon is usually quiet, but he can't contain his excitement over Indiana's surprisingly strong start to the season.

November 30, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Spoelstra Not Worried About Job Security

by John Perrotto

The Miami Heat's slow start has prompted questions about whether coach Erik Spoelstra's job is in danger. For his part, Spoelstra isn't paying any attention.

November 18, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Defense Carrying Fast Starts

by John Perrotto

An improved defense is the biggest reason why the New Orleans Hornets are off to the NBA's best start, while defense has also helped the Dallas Mavericks play well and the Milwaukee Bucks stay afloat.

November 14, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Teams Beating Up Heat

by John Perrotto

The hyped Miami Heat has been on the receiving end of physical play from opponents this season, but players and coaches say the team will return the level of aggression as needed.

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