Analysis

It's a marathon, not a sprint

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Why are the playoffs so much more intense than the regular season? How about close 4th quarters? It matters more, so guys play harder. But were they not playing hard before? The answer is: probably...

What's the real story with Ibaka and OKC?

Serge Ibaka was supposed to miss the remainder of the season with injury but might in fact suit up for game 3. How did that happen?

The Spurs know who they are

173

After almost 100 games, we know who these Spurs are. But can they stick with what has worked in the past against their nemesis, OKC?

Kawhi Leonard: Star or a role player?

48

Kawhi Leonard's game looks nothing like what we expect from traditional stars. But because he is so good at so many things, his value is much higher than the one traditionally assigned to a role...

The chess match between Stotts and Pop begins

49

A series doesn't get interesting until the home team loses? That doesn't take into account the moves behind the players - the adjustments between the games. Pop and Stotts are locked in a battle...

How do you solve a problem like LaMarcus?

56

A resurrection of the long two? San Antonio will have their hands full covering Portland's All-Star forward, and it's not only because of his prowess in the mid-range game. A look inside how the...

The Spurs are Pick and Rolling Dallas to death

15

San Antonio has found Dallas' weak spot and is relentlessly attacking it.

Why doesn't Tony Parker look like himself?

122

Tony Parker is having a solid but unspectacular first round. Are the Mavs responsible for that, is he hurt or is he simply under-performing?

A familiar defensive problem is plaguing the Spurs

19

San Antonio's defense has returned to elite status by focusing on stopping the opponent from taking and making efficient shots. But there's no solution when the inefficient looks start to fall.

Who's to blame for the 22 Spurs turnovers?

71

Did Dallas suddenly become a defensive juggernaut or did the Spurs suffer from self-inflicted wounds?

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