Andrew Perna - Basketball Analysis

Creating Space For Giannis

by Andrew Perna

Apr 17, 2018 11:45 PM

The need for space in the halfcourt around Giannis Antetokounmpo has been magnified during the first two games of the playoffs. Read more »

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Celtics Have No Choice But To Lean On Al Horford

by Andrew Perna

Apr 15, 2018 9:22 PM

Al Horford has been the glue that holds the Celtics together since he arrived and is the reason why injuries haven't completely derailed them. Read more »

Tags: Al Horford, Boston Celtics, NBA

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DeRozan, Love & My Experience With Mental Health Through The NBA

by Andrew Perna

Mar 6, 2018 5:34 PM

The courage it took DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love to speak their truths is far greater than anything they'll achieve on a basketball court. Read more »

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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The Brad Stevens' Impact In Numbers

by Andrew Perna

The Celtics have made a habit of acquiring flawed players and turning them into valuable pieces under Brad Stevens. Read more »
Why George Hill Is The Key To Sacramento's Rebuild

by Andrew Perna

When he was introduced in Sacramento in July, the Kings might as well have put "De'Aaron Fox Mentor" on George Hill's placard. He said he would take the rookie under his wing and he's done just that. Read more »
Celtics Set Course For More Decisions After Landing Gordon Hayward

by Andrew Perna

There is a good chance the Celtics will be the only team in the East capable of claiming they've improved this offseason. But there are roster balance issues and a decision on Isaiah Thomas still to make. Read more »
Paul George's Tenure With Pacers Ends With Surprise Trade To Thunder

by Andrew Perna

Time evaporated Paul George's value and the move they ultimately made feels like an undersell. Read more »
The Lakers' Unworkable Paul George Quandry

by Andrew Perna

The Lakers risk allowing Paul George to play for a contender in 17-18 and not wanting to leave. If they do make the Pacers an increased offer the young talent around him will be diminished significantly. Read more »
Pacers Go UCLA-UCLA On Draft Night, Hold Onto Paul George

by Andrew Perna

The Pacers drafted T.J. Leaf, Ike Anigbogu and Edmond Sumner while they continue to wait for a Paul George trade they can accept. Read more »
Sights And Sounds Of 2017 NBA Draft Media Availability

by Andrew Perna

On Jayson Tatum already sounding like a Celtic, De'Aaron Fox's confidence, Jonathan Isaac's plan to add strength, John Collins as modern style throwback, and Malik Monk as a realist. Read more »
Doomsday Arrives For Pacers As Paul George Signals He Intends To Leave

by Andrew Perna

Losing a player like Paul George is difficult for any franchise, but at least now the Pacers can definitively focus on what they can get for him instead of whether or not they should move him. Read more »
LeBron Makes History As Cavaliers Return To Finals Again

by Andrew Perna

LeBron James will enter The Finals with 5,995 playoff points, eight more than Jordan and nearly 2,000 ahead of the closest active player (Tony Parker). Read more »
LeBron Makes Good On Promise, Cavaliers Hand Celtics Historic Loss In Game 2

by Andrew Perna

What's in store for Games 3 and 4 if the Cavaliers can play better? 140 points? More than 25 made threes? Can LeBron best Michael Jordan's 63, or is he playing too efficiently to take on that type of the scoring load? Read more »
Celtics Run Off Home Floor By Cavs In Game 1

by Andrew Perna

The lack of a rim protector was something the Celtics were able to get away with during the regular season and the early rounds, but was a badly exposed flaw by LeBron and the Cavs. Read more »
Celtics Win Game 7, Approach Current Ceiling

by Andrew Perna

The hard truth is that the Celtics have achieved as much as they can this season. It will be compelling to see what they can do against the Cavaliers and who on the roster shows an ability to give them hope against the defending champions going forward. Read more »
Celtics Clean Up Errors, Use Collective Effort To Win Game 5

by Andrew Perna

You can typically determine how the Celtics will fare based on three very basic stats -- threes, rebounds and turnovers. They won all three in Game 5. Read more »
Larry Bird's Sudden Exit Adds To Uncertainty Surrounding Paul George, Pacers

by Andrew Perna

Regardless of whether or not Paul George leaves and how a rebuild is approached, Larry Bird's sudden absence in that process will be notable, and added to the instability surrounding the Pacers in 2017. Read more »
Avery Bradley Continues To Provide Stabilizing Presence For Celtics

by Andrew Perna

After relying on Avery Bradley to help support Thomas emotionally during an impossible time, the Celtics have placed a huge defensive weight on his shoulders while also asking him to be assertive with the ball in his hands. Read more »
PG's 13: Assessing The Options In Play For Paul George

by Andrew Perna

From the possibility of Paul George getting all the way to his 2018 free agency with the Pacers to all trades in-between, we look at the 13 possible options. Read more »
Celtics Fail To Rebound Both Literally And Figuratively

by Andrew Perna

As fallible as they looked in Game 1, the optics were even worse for the Celtics in Game 2 with time to adjust to the advantages the Bulls exploited in the series opener. Read more »