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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.

April 30, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Crazy Comeback

by Kevin Pelton

The Los Angeles Clippers did the unthinkable Sunday night, rallying from a 24-point deficit in the last nine minutes of their win in Memphis. The Grizzlies built the lead in unsustainable fashion.

April 29, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Key Switch

by Kevin Pelton

Moving Kendrick Perkins on Dirk Nowitzki, along with an aggressive Kevin Durant, helped the Oklahoma City Thunder stave off an upset bid from the Dallas Mavericks in Saturday's Game 1.

April 28, 2012

Prospectus Roundtable: 2011-12 Awards and Playoff Picks

by Kevin Pelton

On the morning of the first day of the NBA Playoffs, Basketball Prospectus' team of NBA analysts wraps up the regular season by handing out awards and makes its picks for the playoffs.

April 27, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Memphis-L.A. Clippers

by Kevin Pelton

This matchup of the two relative newcomers to the Western Conference Playoffs features strength against strength when the Clippers' efficient offense meets Memphis' ballhawking defense.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers-Denver

by Kevin Pelton

In a surprisingly even 3-6 matchup, the outcome between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers may come down to which team wins close games.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City-Dallas

by Kevin Pelton

This rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals features teams that have gone in different directions over the last 11 months, making the Oklahoma City Thunder the clear favorite in this series.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: San Antonio-Utah

by Kevin Pelton

The success the Utah Jazz has enjoyed during the month of April with a big lineup could be a wild card in this series, but the San Antonio Spurs still appear to have the right pieces to control this 1-8 matchup.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Miami-New York

by Kevin Pelton

Both the Miami and the New York Knicks went through extreme ups and downs throughout the 2011-12 regular season, making it challenging to predict what to expect from this star-studded matchup.

April 26, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Rotations: Projecting Performance

by Kevin Pelton

How does using only results compiled with players in the projected playoff rotation included change our assessment of teams?

April 25, 2012

Every Play Counts: 2011-12 All-Defensive Teams

by Kevin Pelton

For the seventh consecutive season, All-Defensive Teams (plus honorable mentions) chosen with a combination of a variety of defensive statistics and observation.

April 24, 2012

Awards Ballot: 2011-12 Picks

by Kevin Pelton

With the exception of MVP, chosen yesterday, and defensive awards still to come, one scribe picks the NBA's postseason awards.

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