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Thursday, November 15

Premium Article Making Statements: Clippers, Grizzlies Impress

by Kevin Pelton

With wins over last season's conference champions during Wednesday's ESPN double-header, the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies provided more evidence that their strong starts are legitimate.

Premium Article Big Man Barometer: Week Ending 11/13/12

by Bradford Doolittle

In last week's edition, Bradford unveiled his initial season-long rankings of NBA centers and power forwards.

Wednesday, November 14

Premium Article Still Duke: Maybe the Blue Devils Really Were Underrated

by John Gasaway

In the wake of Duke's 75-68 win over No. 3 Kentucky in Atlanta, John teases out the evidence from two games and 131 possessions to assess how good this team can be.

Anatomy of an Upset: Albany Knocks Off Washington

by Kevin Pelton

On Tuesday, Albany went to Seattle to upset Washington for the program's first win over a major-conference foe since reclassifying to Division I in 2000. How did it happen and what does it mean for the Huskies?

Tuesday, November 13

Finding Space: Precedent for the Lakers and D'Antoni

by Kevin Pelton

For the Los Angeles Lakers to succeed on offense under Mike D'Antoni, the team will have to be able to create space for its star players to operate. The 2007-08 Phoenix Suns suggest that can be done even without ideal shooting ability.

Poised to Break Out: Mid-Major Bigs to Watch

by Corey Schmidt

Not content with having turned your attention to Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn before they were a gleam in the NBA's eye, Corey Schmidt is back with five mid-major bigs who are about to make some noise.

Monday, November 12

Premium Article Graphing the NBA: Early Ratings

by Kevin Pelton

A graphical look at how teams have performed early in the 2012-13 season shows some surprising trends so far.

Friday, November 9

What Brown Couldn't Do: Rotation, D Justified Firing

by Kevin Pelton

The Lakers may have decided to fire Mike Brown before he got a full chance to coach their new, star-studded roster, but Brown's baffling rotations and inability to coax an average defensive performance out of the team justified the early move.

Premium Article Around the Rim: Crean Doesn't Mind the Hype

by John Perrotto

Indiana starts the NCAA season tonight ranked No. 1 behind the top returning player in the country, sophomore center Cody Zeller. Hoosiers coach Tom Crean doesn't feel those external expectations affect his program.

Premium Article A Look Back: Mehmet Okur

by Kevin Pelton

On Thursday, longtime Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur, now out of the league, announced his retirement from professional basketball. Okur leaves a legacy as arguably the greatest stretch five in NBA history.

Premium Article The Replacements: Counting Down the Lakers' Coaching Candidates

by Bradford Doolittle

In an ESPN Insider story, Bradford says the Lakers fired Mike Brown too late, not too early, and lists the pros and cons of some possible replacements. Some obvious, others not.

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