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May 19, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: San Antonio Rallies

by Kevin Pelton

For the first time in this postseason, the Spurs struggled badly, falling behind by 24 points. A 24-0 run in the third quarter turned things around as the Spurs ended up cruising to a 3-0 series lead over the L.A. Clippers.

May 18, 2012

Fatigue and ACL Injuries: NBA History

by Kevin Pelton and Mike Pesca

In the wake of torn ACLs suffered by Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert during the playoffs, a leading surgeon argued fatigue does not cause ACL injuries. Other experts disagree, and so does the history of torn ACLs in the NBA.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Spurs on Cruise Control

by Kevin Pelton

The Clippers got the kind of hot shooting they'll need to knock off the Spurs, and still lost by 17 points in Game 2. A historically atypical Chris Paul performance and their inability to stop the San Antonio offense doomed the Clippers, who ought to consider a lineup change.

May 17, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Opportunity Lost

by Kevin Pelton

Up seven on the road with 2:08 to play, the L.A. Lakers failed to execute down the stretch and saw the Oklahoma City Thunder find a productive offense just in time to steal Game 2.

May 16, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Starting Strong

by Kevin Pelton

With superior ball movement and a sound defensive game plan, the San Antonio Spurs comfortably took care of Game 1, but the Los Angeles Clippers may have found something useful by going small in the fourth quarter.

May 15, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Preview: San Antonio-L.A. Clippers

by Kevin Pelton

The matchups and rankings on offense and defense of these two teams suggest a high-scoring series. Can the Clippers stop the Spurs enough to win?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: No Rust Here

by Kevin Pelton

The Oklahoma City Thunder put an end to any talk of rust by scorching the nets against a Los Angeles Lakers team that wasn't equipped with a game plan to handle Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder's weapons.

May 14, 2012

Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City-L.A. Lakers

by Kevin Pelton

The L.A. Lakers have history on their side, but that's about it against a talented Oklahoma City Thunder team apparently built to match up with the Lakers.

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.

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: 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: 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

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

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

ACL Tears: Past Precedent

by Kevin Pelton

As Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and previously Ricky Rubio battle back from torn ACLs suffered this season, a look at the numbers of past ACL victims indicates their performance is likely to be affected when they return in 2012-13.

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

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

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Close Calls

by Kevin Pelton

If NBA Playoff games were horseshoes or hand grenades, the Dallas Mavericks would be in a lot better shape after two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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