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On the Beat column archives.


November 10, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Hawks' New Offense Paying Dividends

by John Perrotto

So far, Larry Drew's move to install more motion in the Atlanta attack has helped the Hawks rank among the NBA's most efficient offenses.

November 8, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Hornets Still Unbeaten

by John Perrotto

New Orleans has been the league's biggest surprise in the early going. Along with the L.A. Lakers, the Hornets are one of two remaining undefeated teams.

November 4, 2010

On the Beat: James Would Have Handled 'Decision' Differently

by John Perrotto

LeBron James admitted recently that, while he doesn't second-guess his decision to sign with the Miami Heat, he would go about the process of announcing his new team in a different fashion if he had a second chance.

October 30, 2010

On the Beat: Celtics Offer Advice to Heat

by John Perrotto

Few people are better prepared to understand the adjustments the Miami Heat's "Big Three" will have to make than the Boston Celtics' own trio of stars.

October 7, 2010

Premium Article On the Beat: Celtics Still Thinking Home Court

by John Perrotto

Despite the hype around the Miami Heat's additions, the Boston Celtics still believe they are contenders to win the championship. Having home-court advantage through more of the playoffs might help.

September 22, 2010

On the Beat: Riley and Van Gundy Feud

by John Perrotto

Miami president Pat Riley once replaced Stan Van Gundy on the sidelines. Now, the former allies are sniping at each other over the Heat pairing three superstars this summer.

September 8, 2010

On the Beat: L.A. Stories

by John Perrotto

While Lakers owner Jerry Buss touts the additions to the defending champions' roster, Clippers owner Donald Sterling can't even remember the name of one of his team's big signings in free agency.

August 10, 2010

On the Beat: After James' Departure, Cavaliers Chart a New Course

by John Perrotto

Having seen superstar LeBron James bolt for Miami, Cleveland has focused on adding younger talent this summer and has avoided long-term financial commitments.

March 5, 2010

On the Beat: Picking the USBWA All-Americans

by John Perrotto

Our author shares his selections for the USBWA's All-America teams, featuring several veteran perimeter players and one dynamic freshman.

March 1, 2010

On the Beat: Spurs Still Fighting for Playoff Spot

by John Perrotto

After perennially contending for championships, this season the San Antonio Spurs find themselves worrying right now about simply securing a spot in the playoffs.

February 25, 2010

On the Beat: Discontent in Sacramento

by John Perrotto

With the Sacramento Kings seeing a season that started out promising turn sour, players complained to the media about inconsistent rotations. As a result, Kings coach Paul Westphal benched center Spencer Hawes on Tuesday.

February 19, 2010

On the Beat: Mavericks Set Sights on Title

by John Perrotto

After adding Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson in a trade with the Washington Wizards last Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks believe they have a chance to win a championship.

February 11, 2010

On the Beat: Saints Inspire Hawks

by John Perrotto

Like the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Hawks are hoping to bring unprecedented success to a franchise that has struggled in the postseason historically.

February 8, 2010

On the Beat: Clipper Coaching Search

by John Perrotto

With Mike Dunleavy out as head coach, the Clippers have turned to assistant Kim Hughes on an interim basis. There could be a new man in charge by the start of the 2010-11 season.

February 4, 2010

On the Beat: Jazz, Kings Head Opposite Directions

by John Perrotto

At the end of the year 2009, the Utah Jazz was underachieving while the Sacramento Kings were surprise contenders. Things have changed dramatically since then.

February 1, 2010

On the Beat: Tough Decisions for Wizards

by John Perrotto

As the trade deadline approaches, the Washington Wizards must decide if they want to rebuild in the wake of Gilbert Arenas' suspension and in the midst of a season that has failed to meet expectations.

January 28, 2010

On the Beat: Pacers Thinking Playoffs?

by John Perrotto

At 16-30, the Indiana Pacers are seven games out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. That hasn't stopped the Pacers from thinking about the possibility of reaching the postseason.

January 25, 2010

On the Beat: Deserving All-Star Starter?

by John Perrotto

The selection by the fans of Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team has drawn some criticism, given Iverson has not played at an All-Star level this season.

January 18, 2010

On the Beat: Road Wins Translate Into Improved Thunder

by John Perrotto

Midway through 2009-10, the Oklahoma City Thunder is closing in on matching last season's total of 23 wins. The Thunder has especially made strides in winning on the road.

January 14, 2010

On the Beat: Grizzlies' Success Belies Their Youth

by John Perrotto

The Memphis Grizzlies boast one of the NBA's youngest lineups, but that hasn't stopped Memphis from making a surprising run at the playoffs.

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