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June 7, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Thunderstruck

by Kevin Pelton

After winning 20 games in a row, the San Antonio Spurs could not find an answer to the Oklahoma City Thunder's adjustments, length and athleticism, allowing the Thunder to win four consecutive games and the Western Conference Finals.

June 6, 2012

Rebuild or Retool: Portland's Path

by Kevin Pelton

The Blazers have apparently chosen to retool rather than rebuild. How good can Portland be next season?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Every Play Counts

by Kevin Pelton

The Boston Celtics valued every possession more than the Miami Heat, and that extra effort made a difference in a narrow road win to take command of the series.

June 5, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: On the Ropes

by Kevin Pelton

After winning Monday in San Antonio, the Oklahoma City Thunder is on the verge of overcoming a 2-0 deficit to eliminate the Spurs and advance to the NBA Finals.

June 3, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Efficient Thunder

by Kevin Pelton

Thanks to impressive performances by all three big men and Kevin Durant's dominant fourth quarter, the Oklahoma City Thunder shot 56.4 percent from the field in Saturday's Game 4 victory that squared the Western Conference Finals at two games apiece.

June 1, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: At Last, the Spurs Lose

by Kevin Pelton

After starting the postseason with 10 consecutive wins, the San Antonio Spurs finally suffered a loss after the Oklahoma City Thunder made a key defensive switch for Game 3.

May 31, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Close Margin

by Kevin Pelton

The Boston Celtics found a gameplan for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals that was good enough to win, but the Miami Heat still triumphed due to offensive efficiency down the stretch, putting the Celtics in trouble in this series.

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.

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