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April 18, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Season Wrap

by Kevin Pelton

In the last edition of Trend Watch, a look back at five of the most significant trends over the course of the season, whether they lasted and what they mean.

April 11, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Knicks Streak, Mr. April, Rookies Closing Strong

by Kevin Pelton

The final weekly Trend Watch looks at New York's seven-game winning streak, why Andray Blatche is earning the nickname "Mr. April" and how several rookies are playing their best basketball down the stretch.

April 4, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Randolph Plays, Bynum Dominates, March's Best

by Kevin Pelton

This week's edition of Trend Watch looks at Anthony Randolph in extended minutes, Andrew Bynum's role in the Lakers' post-break surge and the NBA's most valuable players in the month of March.

March 28, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Rondo's Shooting, Atlanta's Schedule, 50-Win Teams

by Kevin Pelton

This week's Trend Watch tries to explain Rajon Rondo's shooting slump and why the Atlanta Hawks have struggled since the break as well as looking at the history of 50-win teams in the NBA.

March 21, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Streaking Harden, Williams Effect, Upsets

by Kevin Pelton

This week's Trend Watch looks at James Harden's scoring surge since the trade deadline, how well the Nets offense has played with Deron Williams and first-round upsets in the NBA Playoffs.

March 18, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Budinger, Jazz Woes, Below-.500 Playoff Teams

by Kevin Pelton

This week's Trend Watch looks at Chase Budinger taking advantage of his chance to start, the Utah Jazz struggling on defense since the Deron Williams trade and the history of below-.500 teams making the playoffs, usually in the East.

March 7, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Iguodala, Denver D and Ts

by Kevin Pelton

This week's Trend Watch takes a look at Andre Iguodala's productivity as a point forward for the 76ers, Denver's defensive improvement since dealing Carmelo Anthony and how referees have handed out technicals more frequently all season long.

February 28, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Best in February, Cavs Scoring, Post-Deadline Runs

by Kevin Pelton

On the last day of the shortest month, Trend Watch looks at the league's top player in February, why the Cavliers have been scoring more this month and which teams have changed the most after the deadline in years past.

February 21, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Paul, Bulls, All-Star Game

by Kevin Pelton

Heading into the All-Star break, Chris Paul suffered through his roughest stretch of the season. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls are rolling without Joakim Noah. And just what does the outcome of the All-Star Game mean, if anything?

February 14, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Foye, Mavs' Streak, Coaching Changes

by Kevin Pelton

Trend Watch considers Randy Foye's play as a starter, takes the air out of the Dallas Mavericks' 10-game winning streak and looks at the trends for midseason coaching changes.

February 7, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Augustin, Suns D, Rookie Challenge

by Kevin Pelton

This week's Trend Watch looks at D.J. Augustin blossoming since Charlotte's coaching change, the Suns becoming defensive-minded with Marcin Gortat's emergence and the rookie and sophomore classes through recent years.

January 31, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Turkoglu, Hornets Streak, Close Games

by Kevin Pelton

This week's edition of Trend Watch looks at how a different role has helped Hedo Turkoglu in Orlando, compares long New Orleans win streaks and notes the rise of close finishes league-wide.

January 24, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Monroe Surges, Bobcats Take Care, League at the Half

by Kevin Pelton

This week's edition of Trend Watch shows rookie Greg Monroe playing his best basketball in the month of January, Charlotte playing better under Paul Silas by taking care of the basketball and compares NBA stats to this time a year ago.

January 17, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Bucks Surviving Jennings Injury, Marion Scoring More, Offensive Rebounding Down

by Kevin Pelton

This week's Trend Watch looks at how the Milwaukee Bucks have been able to stay competitive without starting point guard Brandon Jennings, why Shawn Marion's scoring is way up and the continuation of a trend toward fewer offensive rebounds.

January 10, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Magic Sizzles, Cousins Surges, West Wins

by Kevin Pelton

This week's edition of Trend Watch looks at how well the Orlando Magic has shot since last month's trades, why DeMarcus Cousins is starting to turn the corner and the West's advantage over the East.

January 3, 2011

Premium Article Trend Watch: Celtics Miss KG, Mo Dishes, Divisions Set?

by Kevin Pelton

Why Kevin Garnett's injury could hurt Boston more on the offensive end, Mo Williams morphs into a passing point guard and history shows that most divisions are unlikely to change hands after this point in the season in this week's Trend Watch.

December 27, 2010

Premium Article Trend Watch: Rockets Score, Aldridge Dunks, Cavaliers Stumble

by Kevin Pelton

In this week's edition of Trend Watch, the Houston Rockets are winning with offense for the first time in recent memory, LaMarcus Aldridge's finishing powers a strong four-game stretch and the Cleveland Cavaliers have had a December to forget.

December 20, 2010

Premium Article Trend Watch: Sixers D Up, Big Baby Takes Charge(s), Threes Flat

by Kevin Pelton

In this week's edition of Trend Watch, a look at how Doug Collins has turned around the Philly defense, where Glen Davis' proficiency at taking charges ranks among recent leaders and how the three-point attempt elevator has stopped climbing.

December 13, 2010

Premium Article Trend Watch: Felton Scores, Hornets Slide, FTs Up

by Kevin Pelton

This week's edition of ESPN Insider Trend Watch considers how Raymond Felton has stepped his game up during the Knicks' surge, explores why the Hornets have slipped after their fast start and notes that free throws are up around the league.

December 6, 2010

Premium Article Trend Watch: Lakers Slump, Matthews Starts, PGs Score

by Kevin Pelton

This week's Trend Watch, as seen on ESPN Insider, considers what caused the Lakers' four-game losing streak, how Wesley Matthews has starred as a starter and notes that point guards are scoring more.

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