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Playoff Prospectus column archives.


May 24, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Tired Legs

by Bradford Doolittle

The aesthetics of the Sixers-Celtics series have understandably been called into question, but all that will be forgotten when the classic rivals hook up for a winner-take-all affair on Saturday, with a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals on the line.

May 23, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Witnessing Greatness

by Dan Feldman

The last two games have reminded us that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are good enough to carry the Miami Heat to victory against most teams all by themselves. If they get help from a slumpbusting Shane Battier, all the better.

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: The James Game

by Dan Feldman

With his team in desperate need of a win to reestablish control of its series against the Indiana Pacers, LeBron James delivered one of the top performances of his playoff career to lift the Miami Heat.

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

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Heat Goes Cold

by Dan Feldman

Dwyane Wade was a disaster. Erik Spoelstra panicked. LeBron James largely disappeared after halftime. All of a sudden, the Miami Heat finds itself trailing the Indiana Pacers 2-1 in their series.

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

Playoff Prospectus: On the Attack

by Bradford Doolittle

The Celtics take the initiative -- and the series lead -- in an impressive rout of the 76ers.

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: Missing Man

by Dan Feldman

The absence of Chris Bosh put extra weight on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who were hampered by fatigue down the stretch of a Game 2 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

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

Playoff Prospectus: Fair Fight

by Bradford Doolittle

After the first two games of the Celtics-Sixers semifinal in the East, it looks like we have a series even closer than we anticipated -- and could have hoped for.

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 13, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Game 7s

by Dan Feldman

Both Los Angeles teams won the deciding games of their opening-round series. The Lakers exploited their advantage on the interior, while the Clippers benefited from Memphis failing to do the same.

May 12, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Grizzlies' Inside Game

by Dan Feldman

Dominant performances from Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, combined with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul playing at far less than 100 percent, helped the Memphis Grizzlies win a chaotic Game 6 on the road.

May 11, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Celtics Do Enough to Win

by Dan Feldman

The Boston Celtics left an opening for the Atlanta Hawks to force Game Seven, but made just enough plays down the stretch and got some help from the Hawks as they advanced.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Sixers Finish Off Bulls

by Bradford Doolittle

Now that Chicago's abbreviated playoff run is over, what comes next for the battered Bulls?

May 10, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Chicago Ain't Dead Yet

by Bradford Doolittle

The shorthanded Bulls staved off elimination at home on Tuesday, but will a similarly ugly effort on Thursday get them back to the Windy City for a Game Seven?

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