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Playoff Prospectus column archives.


May 10, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Nuggets Find Their Shot

by Kevin Pelton

After winning two games with middling shooting, the Denver Nuggets caught fire from the perimeter and blew out a Los Angeles Lakers team that got little production from its star big men.

Playoff Prospectus: Pounded in the Paint

by Dan Feldman

The Memphis Grizzlies went back inside--at least in the first half--and recreated the formula that was so successful for them in the first two games against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Melo in Isolation

by Kevin Pelton

Carmelo Anthony delivered another strong individual effort, but without enough help from beyond the arc and with the Miami Heat cruising on offense, the New York Knicks still saw their season come to an end.

May 9, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Closing Out

by Dan Feldman

The Indiana Pacers lived up to expectations and finished off the Orlando Magic with relative ease back home for Game Five, pulling away in the fourth quarter behind Darren Collison's star turn.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Too Little, Too Late

by Kevin Pelton

Behind Kobe Bryant's heroics, the L.A. Lakers tried to overcome 40-plus middling minutes with a strong finish only to come up just short. PLUS Larry Drew relies heavily on his starters to stay alive.

May 8, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Shrinking Big Men

by Dan Feldman

The Memphis Grizzlies did not get the kind of dominant production they need from their starting frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, dooming them in an overtime loss that gave the Los Angeles Clippers control of their series.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Swept Away

by Kevin Pelton

The Utah Jazz's big starting lineup change in Game Four proved insufficient as the San Antonio Spurs closed out a sweep that was anything but gentlemanly.

May 7, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Weekend in the East

by Bradford Doolittle

The Pacers, Sixers and Celtics push their opponents to the brink, while the Knicks cling to the ledge.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Predictable Outcome

by Kevin Pelton

The Los Angeles Lakers' success during the regular season was largely due to their ability to win close games, so winning by four Sunday in Denver is no surprise. The way the Lakers did it, however, was somewhat unexpected.

May 6, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Harden Eliminates Defending Champs

by Kevin Pelton

James Harden's huge fourth quarter gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a sweep of the Dallas Mavericks as well as a possible new model for late-game offense moving forward. PLUS another crazy finish gives the L.A. Clippers a 2-1 lead in their series.

May 5, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Denver Responds

by Kevin Pelton

Led by a focused and motivated JaVale McGee, the Denver Nuggets played the Los Angeles Lakers even in the frontcourt and took Game 3 in decisive fashion.

May 4, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Rested and Ready

by Dan Feldman

The Miami Heat survived with LeBron James in foul trouble during the third quarter, and when he returned, a fresh James helped Miami pull away from a New York team that struggled to score without Amar'e Stoudemire.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Durant's Revenge

by Kevin Pelton

After two tough shooting nights in narrow home wins, Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant exploded as the Thunder seized control of the series by beating the Mavericks in Dallas Thursday.

May 3, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Evening the Score

by Dan Feldman

The Memphis Grizzlies avoided the nightmare scenario of another L.A. Clippers comeback by overcoming the Clippers' hot shooting with their dominance in the paint.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Pounding the Paint

by Bradford Doolittle

The Pacers clobbered the Magic in the lane on Wednesday and seem to have seized the upper hand in their first-round series.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Wiped Out

by Kevin Pelton

The San Antonio Spurs overwhelmed the Utah Jazz Wednesday with their accurate shooting and tight defense.

May 2, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: 'We Got Our Asses Kicked'

by Bradford Doolittle

If Bulls fans were already antsy because Derrick Rose's season-ending knee injury, Monday's shocking second-half collapse did little to assuage their fears.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Grinding Halt

by Kevin Pelton

The Atlanta Hawks' offense stopped operating at the start of the fourth quarter, dooming their chances of sweeping the first two games of their series. ALSO: The Lakers win a game that never felt as close as the final score.

May 1, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Game of Adjustments

by Bradford Doolittle

By switching up his rotation, Frank Vogel found the right combination and his Indiana Pacers evened things up against the Orlando Magic.

Playoff Prospectus: Puncher's Chance

by Dan Feldman

Over the first two games of their series, the Miami Heat have beat the New York Knicks in both an up-tempo game and a half-court style, leaving the Knicks searching for answers as the series shifts to MSG.

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