Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis: Playoff Preview 4/15/17

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Things To Watch For In The Playoffs (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/14/14963638/nba-playoffs-2017-best-plays-players-james-harden

What Does “Playoff Basketball” Really Mean? (from  Ryan O’Hanlon, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-coaches-analysts-explain-playoff-cliches-ec1074245a89

Western Conference Playoff Preview (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/15/western-conference-three-things-playoff-preview/

GSW-POR: An In-Depth Look At The Numbers (from Dave Deckard, Blazers’ Edge):

Read it here: http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/4/15/15311440/blazers-warriors-game-1-playoffs-2017-nba-stats-curry-lillard-durant-klay

Klay Thompson’s Defensive Play Is A Key (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate.com):

Read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Klay-Thompson-s-defensive-play-a-key-against-11074657.php

UTA-LAC Preview (from Shane Young, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/14/clippers-jazz-nearly-equal-despite-stylistic-differences/

Fatherhood Has Fueled Blake Griffin’s Transformation (from Broderick Turner, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-blake-griffin-20170414-story.html

Johnson, Diaw Hill: The Jazz’ 3 Wise Men (from All That Amar, SLC Dunk):

Read it here: http://www.slcdunk.com/2017/4/15/14192186/nba-playoffs-2017-utah-jazz-george-hill-joe-johnson-boris-diaw-joe-ingles-three-wise-men

HOU-OKC Preview (from James Holas, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/14/thunder-russell-westbrook-vs-rockets-james-harden-is-too-perfect-to-fail/

Stopping Harden (from Casimir Cuffy, Thunderous Intentions):

Read and watch it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2017/04/15/okc-thunder-stop-james-harden/

How The Rockets Need To Defend The Thunder (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/houston-rockets/content/how-the-rockets-need-to-defend-the-thunder

SAS-MEM Preview (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read it here: Quantitative & Qualitative look at Spurs vs Grizzlies Series

Leonard, The Spurs, And The Rebuild That Never Was (from Evans Clinchy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/14/spurs-playoffs-preview-kawhi-leonard/

BOS-CHI Preview (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/butler-bulls-poised-stop-dynamic-thomas

Kevin Love: Cavs’ Playoff X-Factor (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/kevin-love-21-million-xfactor-cleveland-cavaliers

Role Players Who May Have Major Playoff Impact (from Jesse Blancarte, Basbketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-role-players-who-can-have-a-major-impact-in-the-playoffs/

From Shane McNichol, Yardbarker: http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/articles/5_most_important_role_players_in_first_round_of_nba_playoffs/s1_127_23721391

Projecting The Playoffs For 5 First-Timers (from Mitch Lawrence, Sporting News):

Read it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/list/nba-playoffs-2017-picture-debut-rookie-rudy-gobert-malcolm-brogdon-jaylen-brown/1ihb67fmlr4w11q20k5rir6yuw

The Rise Of Thon Maker (from Eric Nehm, ESPN

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/milwaukee/post/_/id/1473/the-rise-of-thon-maker

Surprising Stats About Each Playoff Team  (from Frank Urbina, NBA Math):

Read it here:  http://nbamath.com/surprising-stats-about-each-nba-playoff-team/

Breaking Down The First Round (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here: http://www.myajc.com/sports/breaking-down-the-first-round-the-nba-playoffs/EFVgkOrKY6lml3gyixx8aO/

The Cavs’ Larry Sanders Experiment (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3912/the-cavs-curious-four-week-larry-sanders-experiment

 

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