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Grantland on the 2013 NBA Playoffs

Our team's sweep of the NBA postseason

NBA FINALS

T-Mac Tries Again
By Jonathan Abrams
Would an NBA championship mean anything for Tracy McGrady’s legacy?

Legacy Check
By Bill Simmons
As the NBA Finals head back to Miami for Game 6, just about everyone on the floor has something to prove.

Flameout?
By Zach Lowe
Is this the end of the Heat’s magical season? Their defense will be the deciding factor of Game 6.

Career Arc: Tim Duncan, Part 2
By Bill Simmons
The Duncan Show has been many things over the past 16 years, but it has rarely, if ever, been boring.

Career Arc: Tim Duncan, Part 1
By Bill Simmons
The Duncan Show has been many things over the past 16 years, but it has rarely, if ever, been boring.

NBA Finals Preview: The Big Questions About Small Ball
By Zach Lowe
Plus six more crucial issues for the Heat-Spurs showdown, and a series prediction.

The Third Banana
By Jonathan Abrams
Should Chris Bosh be celebrated for deferring to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

Hit the Open Man
By Rafe Bartholomew
The spiritual connection between the ’70s Knicks and the 2013 Spurs.

Andrew Sharp: Everything We Always Wanted: 7 Finals Questions Before Game 7
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: When LeBron Attacks
Zach Lowe: Everything Matters: How to Understand (and Enjoy) Game 7 of the NBA Finals
Zach Lowe: 10 Key Thoughts on the Greatest, Most Insane NBA Finals Game in Years
Grantland Staff: NBA Finals Shootaround: Just Like Heaven
Andrew Sharp: #HotSportsTakes: It’s the Ninth Inning of His Life, and LeBron Is Striking Out
Steve McPherson: Do It Again: Rewatching Game 4 of Heat-Spurs
Grantland Staff: NBA Finals Shootaround: A Manu-Splendored Thing
Zach Lowe: We Went There: Manu Reigns and Miami Sputters in Game 5
Zach Lowe: A Showdown in San Antonio: What We’ve Learned About Heat-Spurs So Far and What to Look for in Game 5
Grantland Staff: NBA Finals Shootaround: Hi, Haters
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: Diagnosing LeBron James
Zach Lowe: The Game 4 Questions: Why the Heat’s Defense Wilted and How They’ll Respond
Andrew Sharp: Sometimes LeBron James Makes No Sense
Grantland Staff: NBA Finals Shootaround: This Must Be the Place
Zach Lowe: We Went There: The Spurs Rain on the Cool, Ineffective Heat
Grantland Staff: NBA Finals Shootaround: Miami Bass
Patricia Lee: Rest vs. Rust in the NBA Playoffs
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: It Was the Best of Shots, It Was the Worst of Shots
Zach Lowe: A Story of Refinement: How the Spurs’ Elevated Playmaking Triumphed in Game 1
Grantland Staff: NBA Finals Shootaround: Blinded by Science
Zach Lowe: The Gregg Popovich Hunger Games and Nine More Last-Minute Notes on the NBA Finals
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: How the Spurs and Heat Use the Most Important Shot in Basketball
Andrew Sharp: Miami and Texas, Bad Decisions, and Legends: Welcome to the NBA Finals
Brett Koremenos: The 5 Elements of the Effective Spurs Offense

The B.S. Report: ESPN’s Ryen Russillo joins Bill Simmons for an emergency podcast to talk about the Celtics-Clippers trade rumors, Doc Rivers’s future, and the 2013 NBA draft.
The B.S. Report: Bill Simmons discusses last night’s NBA Finals Game 4 with actor Michael Rapaport, ESPN’s Marc Stein, and Joe House.

The Basketball Jones: The Basketball Jones discuss Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the latest coaching-carousel news, the NBA’s new on-court advertising, and ideas for NBA TV’s next documentary
The B.S. Report: Bill Simmons calls Grantland’s Zach Lowe to talk about Game 4 of the NBA Finals, then dials up his buddy Joe House to break down what LeBron needs to do to win tonight.
The Jalen Rose Report with David Jacoby: Jalen Rose previews the Heat and Spurs series, predicts Dwight Howard will be a Houston Rocket, and rides for Justin Bieber.


CONFERENCE FINALS

Anatomy of a Deal: Kawhi Leonard for George Hill
By Zach Lowe
Nearly two years later, we look back on the Spurs-Pacers trade, which has had huge implications for the 2013 conference finals.

Perception and Reality
By Charles P. Pierce
The biggest takeaways from Pacers-Heat going into Game 4 in Indianapolis.

Ten Burning Questions in Miami
By Zach Lowe
Do the Pacers have a shot to unseat the Heat? It won’t be easy, that’s for sure.

Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Right Where They Want Them
Zach Lowe: Conference Finals Weekend Preview: Examining the Grizzlies’ D and the Pacers’ O
Patricia Lee: NBA Playoffs Hair Power Rankings, Conference Finals
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Fun While It Lasted

The B.S. Report: Game 7 mega-pod! Bill dials up Grantland’s Zach Lowe and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst to break down tonight’s Eastern Conference finals deciding game.
The B.S. Report: Bill Simmons calls TNT’s Steve Kerr to talk about Heat-Pacers, his time in the NBA, and predictions for the NBA Finals.
The B.S. Report/Jalen Rose Report: In Part 1, Bill talks to Jalen Rose and David Jacoby about the Spurs and the best players in the league. In Part 2, the guys discuss the Heat-Pacers series, the influence of NBA coaches, and Jalen’s definitive Black Guy City Power Rankings.
The B.S. Report: In Part 1 of 2, Zach Lowe joins Bill to break down the conference finals. In part 2 of 2, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst joins Bill to talk about the Cavs’ no. 1 draft pick and potential offseason roster moves in the NBA.
The Basketball Jones: The Basketball Jones discuss Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, NBA head coaching vacancies, Dwightmare 2.0, and more.
The B.S. Report: Bill Simmons dials up Joe House to break down the NBA playoffs and, more importantly, the food options in San Antonio and Memphis.
The Basketball Jones: The Basketball Jones preview and predict the Western Conference finals and more.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Zach Lowe: What the Pacers Must Do to Have a Shot at Beating the Heat Next Year
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Three Times Dope
Zach Lowe: Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 Preview: How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Uno Mas
Zach Lowe: Lockdown: How the Heat Defense Redefined the Eastern Conference Finals
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: The King’s Speech
Andrew Sharp: The Ultimate Guide to Lance Stephenson
Zach Lowe: Game 5 Preview: Four Keys to the Most Important Night of the Season
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: The 3-Point Chill in Miami
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Whistle While You Work
Zach Lowe: We Went There: Not Even the Joey Crawford Revue Can Steal the Pacers’ Shine
Charles P. Pierce: In Praise of Lance Stephenson
Andrew Sharp: Dwyane Wade Is Awful, Dwyane Wade Is Great
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: Roy Hibbert, the Protector
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: You Can’t Stop What’s Coming

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Andrew Sharp: Remembering the Grizzlies: Grit and Grind Until the End of Time
Grantland Staff: Bill Simmons’s Video Tribute to Tim Duncan
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Men in Black
Zach Lowe: We Went There: The Spurs Grind Out a Sweep at the Grindhouse
Carles: My Brother’s Keeper: The Sad Fate of Marc Gasol
Brett Koremenos: Is Quincy Pondexter Memphis’s Best Hope to Beat the Spurs?
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Too Close for Comfort
Brett Koremenos: Stephen Curry Can Be the Next Steve Nash, But Does He Want to Be?
Zach Lowe: The Bonner Effect: How Shutting Down the Spurs’ Shooter Could Be the Key for the Grizzlies
Andrew Sharp: The Kawhi Leonard Conundrum, and Why Life Is Unfair


SECOND ROUND

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
By Brian Phillips
An Oklahoma City fan watches the Thunder fall.

Warriors Fan Fiction
By Carles
The not-so-true story of the NBA’s golden boys.

Grizzly Man
By Zach Lowe
How Mike Conley Jr., Memphis’s ambidextrous point guard, has grown up and led his team deep into the playoffs.

Big Man, Small Man
By Zach Lowe
Small ball was all the rage in the NBA this season, but size is still a major factor for the remaining playoff teams.

Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Fun While It Lasted 
Zach Lowe: A Tale of Two Offenses: The Spurs Get Back to Business and the Knicks File for Bankruptcy
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Do You Speak Bear?
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Slipping Away
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Tony Allen Is Your Spirit Animal
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: The Monocle and the Falcon
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Klay Day
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Modern Grizzlies of the City
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: WTF!?
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: The Oklahoma Kid

The B.S. Report: Bill Simmons talks to Joe House about the NHL and NBA playoffs, then calls Zach Lowe to talk about the NBA playoffs and whether Golden State can pull off the upset over the Spurs.
The Jalen Rose Report: Jalen Rose breaks down all the conference semifinals series and recalls an altercation he had with a fan during his playing days.
The B.S. Report: Bill calls Joe House to talk NBA playoffs, then Andy Greenwald joins to talk Game of Thrones.
The B.S. Report: Bill Simmons calls Zach Lowe and basketball gambler Haralabos Voulgaris to discuss the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs and the league’s best coaches.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Zach Lowe: We Went There: A Fine Mess at Madison Square Garden
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: Gravity’s Rainbosh
Robert Mays: Who’s That Guy? Norris Cole!
Zach Lowe: Big Questions for a Day Off: Can the Knicks and Thunder Overcome Their Offensive Struggles?
Robert Mays: Who’s That Guy? Taj Gibson!
Robert Mays: Who’s That Guy? Pablo Prigioni!
Robert Mays: Who’s That Guy? Jimmy Butler!
Zach Lowe: We Went There: Roy Hibbert and the Pacers Swat the Knicks

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: The Other Warriors
Andrew Sharp: Mom Did Not Make Pizza Rolls: When Did the Thunder Get So Depressing?
Zach Lowe: No One Is Saying Kevin Durant Isn’t Clutch, Plus 11 More Takeaways From the Thunder-Grizzlies Series So Far
Brett Koremenos: How the Thunder Can Thrive on Offense (and Survive on Defense) With Their Smaller Lineup
Zach Lowe: The New Stephen Curry: How the Warriors’ Super-Shooter Has Transformed His Game in the Playoffs
Zach Lowe: We Went There: Roy Hibbert and the Pacers Swat the Knicks
Ian Cohen: Songs for a Blue Warriors Fan
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: Manu Ginobili at 57
Brett Koremenos: To Lee or Not to Lee: Are the Warriors Better Without Their All-Star?


FIRST ROUND

Thirty Questions, Part 2
By Bill Simmons
With so much drama and so many subplots, we need some answers for the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Thirty Questions, Part 1
By Bill Simmons
With so much drama and so many subplots, we need some answers for the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Denver’s Question
By Jordan Conn
Will the Nuggets’ starless roster ever prove it can win in the NBA postseason?

How Did He Get So Good? Why Isn’t He Better?
By Mark Titus
Grantland’s NCAA hoops columnist watches the first round of the NBA playoffs and wonders how some of the guys he played with and against ended up being so much better (or worse) than he expected as pros.

NBA Playoffs Do-or-Die Weekend
By Zach Lowe
With their seasons on the line, how can the struggling seeds survive?

Playoffs Winners and Losers: The First 3 Days
By Zach Lowe
After an all-chalk weekend, we look at the rise of Paul George, the importance of shooters, and Chris Paul’s clutch play.

Brett Koremenos: The Art of Coaching Adjustments in the NBA Playoffs
Zach Lowe: Game 6 Madness: The Keys to a Killer Night of Playoff Basketball
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Stephen Curry and the Upsetters
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: The Walking Dead
Zach Lowe: Identity Problems: The Big Questions About Tonight’s NBA Playoff Games
Mark Titus: Why the NBA Playoffs Are Better Than the NCAA Tournament: Baldness!
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Rockets-Thunder Edition!
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Confidence Men
Chris Ryan: NBA Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Back Inside the Grindhouse
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Paul George (and John and Ringo)
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Golden Boys
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Are You Fired Up?

The B.S. Report: Bill Simmons. Jalen Rose, and Jacoby talk NBA playoffs, Jay-Z/LeBron conspiracy theories, and whether Jay-Z, Obama, or Michael Jordan would get the best table at a nightclub.
The B.S. Report: Bill Simmons calls Zach Lowe to discuss the first weekend of the NBA playoffs.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Robert Mays: Who’s That Guy? Jordan Crawford!
Amos Barshad: We Went There: The Celtics Survive Their Funeral
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: Paul Pierce and Father Time
Katie Baker: We Went There: Celtics-Knicks, Game 2
Robert Mays: NBA Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Bulls-Nets, Game 2
Hua Hsu: We Went There: The Boos (Mostly) Subside for One Day at Madison Square Garden

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: James Harden Pumps Up the Volume
Zach Lowe: Houston’s Hope: The Thunder’s Unspeakably Bad Defense
Jordan Conn: We Went There: Nuggets-Warriors, Game 6
Kirk Goldsberry: CourtVision: Just How Good Are Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson?
Robert Mays: Who’s That Guy? Patrick Beverley!
Robert Mays: We Went There: Memphis Takes Game 5 and Control From the Clippers
Grantland Staff: NBA Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Back to the Grindhouse
Robert Mays: Who’s That Guy? Quincy Pondexter!
Carles: Changing the Conversation: A Postmortem of the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers
Zach Lowe: Option No. 1: The Burden on Kevin Durant After Russell Westbrook’s Injury
Robert Mays: We Went There: The Lakers’ ‘Nightmare’ Finally Ends
Jordan Conn: We Went There: Nuggets-Warriors, Game 4
Zach Lowe: Thunder Struck: Russell Westbrook’s Injury and What It Means for Oklahoma City
Steve McPherson: How Tim Duncan’s Post Moves Resemble the Classic Video Game Bushido Blade
Robert Mays: Who’s That Guy? Draymond Green!
Chris Ryan: NBA Playoffs Short-Attention-Span Power Rankings: Clippers-Grizzlies, Game 2
Zach Lowe: Golden State of Emergency: How David Lee’s Injury Turns the Warriors Into a Long Shot

The Jalen Rose Report: Jalen Rose tells David Jacoby what Mark Jackson is really doing with his postgame comments, what the Clippers aren’t doing against Z-Bo, and that he used to watch soap operas.


NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEWS

The NBA Playoffs’ Burning Questions
By Zach Lowe
Can LeBron & Co. be even better? And which team has the best chance to prevent an NBA Finals rematch?

Monta Ellis Is Probably Shooting Right Now
By Jonathan Abrams
Conscience-free chucker or transcendent scoring talent? The Milwaukee Bucks star can be both, and maybe more.

Grantland Staff: Wish You Were Here: 8 Teams We Wanted to See in the NBA Playoffs
Brett Koremenos: ‘Inside the Playbook’ NBA Playoff Previews: Nets, Bulls, Pacers, Hawks, Rockets, Spurs, Lakers, Thunder
Brett Koremenos: ‘Inside the Playbook’ NBA Playoffs Preview: Nuggets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Warriors
Grantland Staff: NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Great Expectations
Brett Koremenos: ‘Inside the Playbook’ NBA Playoffs Preview: Knicks, Celtics, Heat, and Bucks

The B.S. Report: Joe House joins Bill to review the first round of the NBA playoffs and make some gambling suggestions (you know, if gambling were legal).
The B.S. Report: Bill calls Grantland’s NBA guru, Zach Lowe, to discuss the Lakers’ future in the wake of the devastating Kobe injury and look ahead to the exciting playoff matchups.

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