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Playoff Prospectus column archives.


May 21, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Undefeated No More

by Kevin Pelton

Employing a variety of weapons, the Magic put together a fantastic offensive game that helped them steal Game One in Cleveland.

May 20, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: First Blood

by Kevin Pelton

The Lakers, trailing most of the night, got a big game and some late heroics from Kobe Bryant to steal a win.

May 18, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Game Sevens

by Kevin Pelton

With tremendous defensive efforts, the Lakers and Magic advanced to their respective conference finals.

May 15, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Not Done Yet

by Kevin Pelton

The two home teams fought tooth and nail to push the remaining conference semifinals to deciding Game Sevens.

May 14, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: The Nuggets Advance

by Kevin Pelton

Behind terrific offense, especially from Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, Denver moved on to the Western Conference finals.

May 13, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Game Fives

by Kevin Pelton

The Celtics made a huge comeback down the stretch. The Lakers put away the Rockets early and set up 24 minutes of garbage time.

May 12, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: 8-0

by Kevin Pelton

The Cavaliers continued their romp through the Eastern Conference playoff bracket.

May 11, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Yao Who?

by Kevin Pelton

The Rockets took all the drama out of their Game Four, saving it for the Celtics and Magic, who went down to the buzzer.

May 10, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Controversy

by Kevin Pelton

A no-call at a critical moment provided the first major controversy of this year's postseason, and gave the Nuggets an opportunity to steal a win.

May 9, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Very Offensive

by Kevin Pelton

The Magic and Lakers put together terrific nights on the offensive end to each go up 2-1 in their series.

May 8, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: The Cavs Keep Rolling

by Kevin Pelton

The depleted Hawks were no match at all for the LeBron James-led Cavaliers, who went up 2-0 in their conference semifinal series.

May 6, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: No Surprises

by Kevin Pelton

Both the Cavaliers and the Nuggets rolled in their Tuesday night playoff games.

May 5, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Hawks/Cavaliers Preview

by Kevin Pelton

The Cavaliers have been waiting a while for their next opponent, over which they are an overwhelming favorite.

Playoff Prospectus: First Blood

by Kevin Pelton

Two underdogs stepped up with huge road wins.

May 4, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Rockets/Lakers Preview

by Kevin Pelton

A fairly well-off Cinderella team gets its chance to take out the belle of the Western Conference ball.

Playoff Prospectus: Magic/Celtics Preview

by Kevin Pelton

After playing an epic seven-game series just to get here, the Celtics will have their hands full with the Magic's shooters and big man inside.

Playoff Prospectus: Starting and Ending

by Kevin Pelton

The Hawks finally put away the Heat, while the Nuggets' bench opened its second-round series with a bang.

May 3, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Mavericks/Nuggets Preview

by Kevin Pelton

Two evenly matched teams when it comes to putting the ball in the basket will be separated by one's defensive superiority.

Playoff Prospectus: Anticlimax

by Kevin Pelton

Thanks to their bench and some offensive efficiency late in the game, the Celtics held on to beat the Bulls in a Game Seven that went a seemingly mundane 48 minutes.

May 2, 2009

Playoff Prospectus: Game Seven

by Kevin Pelton

If Vinny del Negro is to coach his Bulls into the next round, he'll have to work Brad Miller, having a great series, hard tonight.

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