Paul Flannery

  • joined Oct 30, 2012
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Paul Flannery writes about the NBA for and teaches journalism at Boston University. He lives in Cambridge, hates to drive and is probably waiting for the Green Line.

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Parker's miracle

The point guard's Globetrotter play iced the game for San Antonio, who played basically mistake-free for 48 minutes.

The sympathetic Spurs

Once seen as the big, bad evil empire, the San Antonio Spurs are occupying a different role as the 2013 NBA Finals gets underway.

Your NBA Finals primer

The 2013 NBA Finals will not be like the series that came before it. We preview what should be a tight battle between the Spurs and the Heat.

The Heat as we knew them

Oh, now we remember. This is why Miami was the odds-on favorite to win the title. But the Pacers offered a valiant challenge and gave us a series we won't soon forget.

All on the line

Not only is Game 7 a win-or-go-home scenario for the Miami Heat, it's a referendum on LeBron James and the entire Big 3 era.

Defending the 'no-fun' Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs aren't "fun" in the way that so many other flawed teams are, but they don't care and neither should you.

The night the Pacers grew up

With ample opportunity to flinch, the Pacers instead stared the Heat in the face and survived. Indiana is not bluffing.

Finally, the Heat are under pressure

The Pacers have forced LeBron James and the Heat into a tight spot for the first time this postseason. Can Miami respond?

The king stays the king

While we all focus on the Pacers' decision to sit Roy Hibbert on Miami's game-winning play, we're forgetting just how incredible a play LeBron James made.

Paul George's burden

The only way for the Indiana Pacers to have a chance against the Miami Heat is for Paul George to rise to yet another level.

No prize is guaranteed for Cavs

Cleveland was the surprise winner of the lottery on Tuesday, but that doesn't guarantee they will get a surefire franchise cornerstone at No. 1.

Why small markets are really succeeding

The lockout did not give us an NBA final four lousy with small markets. Smart front offices, great players and good coaching did.

Saying goodbye to the Knicks

New York had its best season in more than a decade, but still left observers wanting more. Paul Flannery has the post-mortem.

What's next for OKC?

After seeing their season end earlier than expected, where do the Oklahoma City Thunder go from here?

Sacramento's wide-open future

Now that the Kings' relocation situation appears to be resolved, it's time for the actual basketball team to stop being an embarrassment and move forward in its rebuilding effort

The Pacers are happening

After a decade in limbo, the Pacers are here.

Redemption, agony and clear paths

A rough weekend for offense in the 2013 NBA Playoffs was salvaged by a superb fourth quarter in Oakland on Sunday. We recap the weekend's games, as well as several other key news items happening outside the lines.

KD vs. the world

Kevin Durant needed to be superhuman for the Oklahoma City Thunder to advance in the playoffs after Russell Westbrook's injury. Durant has been ... and it still might not be enough.

KG is the first domino

The Boston Celtics face an offseason of uncertainty after their first-round loss to the Knicks. Is this the year they finally "blow it up?" The dominos will only start to fall once Kevin Garnett decides if he wants to keep playing.

The stuff of dreams

Kevin Durant. Roy Hibbert. Stephen Curry. Joakim Noah. That escalated quickly.

Celtics lurch into the unknown

With Boston eliminated, what comes next is far from certain.

In praise of the Knicks

It was a bit more difficult than predicted, but New York finally ended a long drought with a playoff series win.

Buried? No, alive

The Knicks prepared for the Celtics' funeral. Instead, Game 5 buried New York's confidence.

Jason Collins' bold statement

Jason Collins' coming out has made a profound statement on the league. So far, most are publicly supporting his cause. Hopefully that continues.

No brooms in Boston

Jason Terry fueled an overtime run to ensure that the Celtics wouldn't go down in four in front of the home crowd, and then talked all about it.

Beaten down and beat up

Beaten down and beat up, Boston is rudderless in a series that's all but over. Paul Flannery reports from Game 3.

With Kahn out, Wolves can move forward

David Kahn is reportedly out in Minnesota, with Flip Saunders taking over the general manager job. We explain why now is the perfect time for the Timberwolves to move on from the Kahn era.

Miss you, Playoff Rondo

The 2013 NBA Playoffs just aren't the same without Rajon Rondo, who is sitting after tearing his ACL in January. We look back at some of Rondo's best playoff moments.

Celtics face their mortality, again

Down 2-0, is it time to give up on the Celtics? Wait one more game, writes Paul Flannery, because Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett deserve that much.

The season of J.R.

J.R. Smith is the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year. We take a look back at his long, unique journey to this point.

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