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May 30, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: High Level

by Kevin Pelton

The Oklahoma City Thunder was able to rally after going small, but wasn't able to overcome the incredible stretch of offensive basketball the San Antonio Spurs put together in the third quarter.

May 29, 2012

Best with Rest: LeBron James in the Playoffs

by Kevin Pelton

LeBron James dominated the Boston Celtics in Game 1, which is typical of how he's played during the postseason following extended time off he won't get again until or unless the Heat reaches the NBA Finals.

May 28, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Going Small

by Kevin Pelton

By matching up small with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs dominated the fourth quarter of Sunday's Western Conference Finals opener.

May 25, 2012

Playoff Preview: San Antonio-Oklahoma City

by Kevin Pelton

In a matchup we've been anticipating since the start of the playoffs, the West's top two teams will meet with an NBA Finals berth on the line. How the Spurs and Thunder utilize small lineups could be a key factor to watch during this series.

May 24, 2012

Premium Article Key Free Agent: Stan Van Gundy

by Kevin Pelton

Fired by the Orlando Magic on Monday, head coach Stan Van Gundy will be a wanted man in free agency because of his track record of success and proven philosophy.

May 23, 2012

The 2007 Lottery Revisited: Five Years Later

by Kevin Pelton

Five years ago Tuesday, the 2007 NBA Draft Lottery--with Kevin Durant and Greg Oden as the prizes--changed the league's future. Just not the way we thought it did.

May 22, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Closing the Book

by Kevin Pelton

Saying goodbye to a Los Angeles Lakers team that was never a legitimate contender in the wake of a season-ending lose that exposed its flaws all over again.

May 21, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Not Enough

by Kevin Pelton

With a healthy-looking Chris Paul at the controls, the Clippers scored enough to stay with the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but not enough to avoid a sweep.

May 20, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Thunder Fresher Down Stretch

by Kevin Pelton

For the second time in three games, the Oklahoma City Thunder came from behind to claim a narrow win over the Los Angeles Lakers. In the second game of a back-to-back, the Thunder had more energy down the stretch.

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.

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