1. Was LeBron James Right or Wrong to Pass Up on Last Regulation Shot vs. Celtics?

    When an NBA team loses a close game, the posthumous second-guessing spreads quickly and extinguishes promptly...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 18,912 reads 307 comments

  2. Who Has the Advantage in Celtics-Heat Series?

    Recency effects aside, let's not kid ourselves—the Boston Celtics may have won Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, but they still have a long way to go before proving themselves to be capable of long-term stability...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 18,799 reads 109 comments

  3. Rajon Rondo Doesn't Mince Words in His Halftime Analysis

    Rajon Rondo has a complicated relationship with recording devices. When posed a question in range of a camera or recorder, Rondo is perfectly capable of being insightful and charismatic—exactly ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 15,057 reads 58 comments

  4. Kevin Garnett and Aging Stars Changing How We View Twilight Years of a Career

    We've been spoiled. These times are kind to the NBA 's aging stars, and those stars—with their top-of-the-line treatments and preventative measures—are in turn kind to us patrons of the basketball world...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 1,228 reads 1 comments

  5. NBA Draft: The Charlotte Bobcats and the Freedom of Misery

    Merits over drafting style and strategy rage on, or at least lurk in the background until June allows them to completely jump the conversation...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 1,470 reads 0 comments

  6. Why the Brooklyn Nets Were Doomed Long Before the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery

    The New Jersey Nets were a team plagued by self-destructive decision making, so it's only natural that the Brooklyn Nets will be birthed in the same cloud of masochism. As of Wednesday night, the Nets' 2012 first-round pick—which fell to No...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 8,670 reads 97 comments

  7. The Microscope: Miami's Supporting Cast Steps Up (and More)

    The Microscope is your recurring look at the NBA 's small-scale developments—the rotational curiosities, skill showcases, coaching decisions, notable performances and changes in approach that make the league go 'round...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 1,533 reads 8 comments

  8. Dwight Howard's Theater of the Absurd Continues

    If every report is to be believed, the situation in Orlando changes on an hour-to-hour basis. The Magic are resigned to trade Dwight Howard this offseason only in between their fits ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 2,276 reads 5 comments

  9. Indiana Pacers Bring Unique Perspective to Restricted Free Agency

    Unrestricted free agency is an easily accessible and manipulable concept in the NBA . A player is no longer under the employ of any particular team, and thus all potential suitors ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 2,416 reads 4 comments

  10. The Microscope: Scott Brooks' Questionable Lineup Construction (and More)

    The Microscope is your recurring look at the NBA 's small-scale developments—the rotational curiosities, skill showcases, coaching decisions, notable performances and changes in approach that make the league go 'round...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 1,774 reads 5 comments

  11. Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs Run the Oklahoma City Thunder Ragged

    As the popular narrative goes, the San Antonio Spurs have reinvented themselves in Tony Parker 's image...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 6,303 reads 41 comments

  12. Tim Duncan Is a 'Spur for Life,' Leverage Be Damned

    The San Antonio Spurs are are notorious hard-ballers when it comes to free agents (Richard Jefferson excluded), and Tim Duncan , the fundamental anchor of their organization, is set to be an unrestricted free agent in just a few months time...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 2,059 reads 21 comments

  13. The Microscope: Dwyane Wade's Disruptive Help Defense (and More)

    The Microscope is your recurring look at the NBA 's small-scale developments—the rotational curiosities, skill showcases, coaching decisions, notable performances and changes in approach that make the league go 'round...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 3,860 reads 18 comments

  14. Will Boston Celtics Win 1 Game vs. Miami Heat?

    Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals didn't waste too much time beating around the bush. Although the Boston Celtics were able to stay competitive for stretches on the strength ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 7,646 reads 75 comments

  15. Sixers Now Forced to Discern Between Expendable Assets and Foundational Pieces

    The Philadelphia 76ers have climbed the mountaintop—or, more accurately, they've climbed a moderately-sized hill in anticipation of someday climbing the mountaintop...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 4,690 reads 34 comments

  16. Outlining How the Boston Celtics Could Upset the Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics enter the Eastern Conference Finals as highly dissimilar victors. Both finished competitive semifinal series against opponents that were noble ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 2,864 reads 15 comments

  17. The Microscope: The Value of Matt Bonner (and More)

    The Microscope is your recurring look at the NBA 's small-scale developments—the rotational curiosities, skill showcases, coaching decisions, notable performances and changes in approach that make the league go 'round...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 194 reads 2 comments

  18. LeBron or Wade: Who Means More to Miami Heat's Success?

    Team structures are often debated and analyzed in terms of the number of stars present in their ranks. Whether two stars or three are necessary to win a title is a matter often debated, ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 11,614 reads 69 comments

  19. Indiana's Struggles Illuminate the Complicated Nature of a Size Advantage

    We've reached a point in our collective basketball analysis where successful big men are thought to cure all ills. The efficient post player supposedly rights entire offenses. The solid shot-blocker is apparently capable of cleaning up every mistake...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 93 reads 22 comments

  20. The Boston Celtics Can't Score, and Kevin Garnett May Be the Reason

    This season has brought a healthy dose of reality to the doorstep of the aging Boston Celtics . No matter how fearsome their defense, the gradual toll taken on Boston's offense has mired the Celtics in crippling inconsistency...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 1,335 reads 3 comments

  21. Obligatory Rumor Rebuttal: Lamar Odom and the New York Knicks

    When a trade/free-agent/ambiguous-player-acquisition rumor pops up, legions of online basketball fans raise a collective eyebrow, see their curiosities piqued or share a dismissive scoff...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 4,260 reads 15 comments

  22. Heat vs. Pacers: NBA Playoffs Finally Get Their Public Intrigue

    If the years of third-place status haven't made it abundantly clear, basketball itself isn't enough to capture our nation's attention...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 3,330 reads 13 comments

  23. Knicks and NBPA Challenge the Specifics of Bird Rights

    Bird rights—the mechanism of the NBA 's collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to go over the salary cap in order to retain their own free agents—are crucial to our established sense of NBA stability...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 2,157 reads 6 comments

  24. Spurs vs. Thunder: Complete Western Conference Finals Breakdown

    While the Eastern Conference playoff picture has been decimated by injuries, the West's postseason outlook has more or less gone according to plan...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 6,993 reads 27 comments

  25. A Beginner's Guide to the San Antonio Spurs

    The San Antonio Spurs are only boring in the most foolishly self-evident sense. Their uniforms are plain, their on-camera interview presence plainer, and in a sporting world still ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about over 2 years ago 4,117 reads 15 comments