Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/26/18

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Reviewing Wednesday’s Action (from ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23304937/everything-need-know-all-four-game-5s-nba-playoffs-wednesday-night

 

OKC: The Comeback (from Royce Young, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23321050/nba-russell-westbrook-paul-george-fuel-oklahoma-city-thunder-comeback

From Nick Gallo, Thunder.com:  http://www.nba.com/thunder/recap-jazz-g5-180425

From Andy Larsen, KSL:  https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46308436&nid=304&title=the-triple-team-how-the-jazz-lost-a-25-point-lead-to-okc-in-game-5

From Dan Clayton, Salt City Hoops:  http://saltcityhoops.com/thunder-stars-orchestrate-historic-comeback/

 

HOU 122, MIN 104 (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):

Read and watch it here:  https://theathletic.com/330494/2018/04/26/timberwolves-lose-rockets-game-5-jimmy-butler-andrew-wiggins-karl-anthony-towns-playoffs/

 

Capela Helps Run Wolves Out Of Playoffs (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23320866/nba-clint-capela-helps-houston-rockets-run-minnesota-timberwolves-playoffs

Playoff Playbook: Rockets’ Pistol Shuffle Flop (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights ):

Read and watch it here:  https://earlybirdrights.com/2018/04/25/playoff-playbook-houston-rockets-pistol-shuffle-flop-nba-playoffs-2018/

 

Rockets’ Post Defense (from Ben Falk/Liam Flynn, Cleaning The Glass):

Read and watch it here:  https://cleaningtheglass.com/in-flight-adjustments-post-defense/

 

LBJ Imposes His Will In Crunch Time (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  https://sports.abs-cbn.com/nba/news/2018/04/26/lebron-imposes-will-crunch-time-40822

From Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated:  https://www.si.com/nba/2018/04/26/lebron-james-buzzer-beater-cleveland-cavaliers-game-5-nba-playoffs

 

JR Smith Makes Up For Poor Shooting With Great Defense (from Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2018/04/jr_smith_gets_past_poor_shooti.html

Improving Pace Is THE Key To Unlocking Cavs’ Offense (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  https://kingjamesgospel.com/2018/04/26/cleveland-cavaliers-improving-pace-key-unlocking-offense/

 

TOR 108, WAS 98 (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23319889/nba-toronto-raptors-learned-lessons-prevail-game-5

From Zak Boisvert.Pick And Pop:  http://pickandpop.net/2018/04/a-game-of-skill/

From Eric Koreen, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/330218/2018/04/26/dwane-casey-went-to-an-offence-heavy-lineup-in-game-5-and-the-raptors-rewarded-him-with-defence/

The Celtics’ Unsung Heroes Have Taken Control Of The Series (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/4/26/17282460/celtics-bucks-marcus-smart-game-6

 

Celtics Tap Into Smart’s Energy (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2018/04/celtics_tap_into_marcus_smart_s_energy_level

Ojeleye’s Defense On Giannis (from John Karalis, The Sports Daily ):

Read and watch it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/2018/04/25/semi-switch-how-combat-muscles-slow-freaks-down-r1a1/

From Brad Botkin, CBS Sports:  https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-how-one-small-brad-stevens-tweak-produced-big-results-in-celtics-game-5-win-over-bucks/

 

Khris Middleton’s Game Has Been Sweet (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23316998/despite-case-mistaken-identity-milwaukee-bucks-forward-khris-middleton-shining-playoffs

From Bill Sy, Celtics Blog:  https://www.celticsblog.com/2018/4/26/17276056/boston-celtics-defense-will-live-and-die-with-khris-middleton-milwaukee-bucks-game-5-nba-playoffs

 

Bucks’  Offense Video Thread (from Dean Maniatt):

Watch it here:  https://twitter.com/AllTheBucks/status/989518411159035904

Q & A: Alvin Gentry (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/pelicans-coach-alvin-gentry-nba-playoffs-warriors-anthony-davis-and-playing-without-boogie/

 

GSW vs NOP: 5 Keys (from Philip Rossman-Reich, The Step Back):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/04/26/nba-playoffs-2018-5-keys-warriors-pelicans-matchup/

 

GSW vs NOP: Series Preview (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):

Read and watch it here:  https://theathletic.com/327944/2018/04/25/warriors-pelicans-mega-series-preview-x-factor-key-matchup-prediction-more/

Will KD Force Pels To Switch From 3-Guard Lineup?  (from William Guillory, NOLA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2018/04/pelicans_prepare_for_challenge.html

How The Warriors Have Adjusted Without Steph (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/23319393/how-kevin-durant-golden-state-warriors-adjusted-steph-curry-nba

Scouting Luka Doncic (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/college-hoops-analyst-not-overhype-luka-doncic-article-1.3954919?arc404=true&utm

Caris LeVert: Getting Comfortable (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-daily-the-comfortability-of-caris-levert/

Mavs: Maxi Kleber’s Rookie Season (from Jordan Brodess, Mavs Moneyball):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2018/4/26/17279054/maxi-kleber-player-season-review-2018-dallas-mavericks

 

Knicks’ Larry Brown Is Bullish On Mudiay…If He Gets In Shape (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/04/26/larry-brown-bullish-on-mudiay-if-he-gets-in-unbelievable-shape/

 

Q & A: Steve Clifford (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article209794974.html

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