Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/9/18

In Appreciation Of Al Horford’s Brilliance (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How TJ McConnell Energized The Sixers In Game 4 (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
The Sixers’ Extreme Plan To Run Everything Through Their Two Stars (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
How Much Do Coaches Matter? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
After Making 1st Conference Finals, CP3 Asks: “Who Plays Just For That?” (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
CP3: The Ultimate Irony (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
– How D’Antoni Countered UTA’s Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
The Harden & Capela Oop Show (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Jazz: The Beat Will Go On (from Royce Young/Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
HOU-UTA Series Winners & Losers (from Jeff Balke, Houston Press):
Royce O’Neale Proved His Worth In The Playoffs (from Zachary Padmore, The J Notes):
Love & Korver Aren’t Just Watching LBJ (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
The Raptors’ Reliance On Fred Vanvleet (from Seerat Sohi, SB Nation):
Lin & Roberson: The Rare Patellar Tendon Rupture (from Dr. Rajpal Brar, The Injury Insight):
The #1 Goal Of Agents In The Pre-Draft Process (from Matt Babcock, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Kevin Pritchard (from Dan Dakich/Dakota Crawford, Indy Star):
Guide To Igor Koskoskov (from David Nash, TheIVPointPlay)):
How To Approach Prospect Evaluation: Ballhandling  (from Danny Leroux, Real GM):
Fizdale’s Biggest Success: Admitting His Failure (from Barbara Barker, Newsday):
Six Players Who May Surprise At The Combine (from Matt Norlander, CBS Sports):
Six Market-Value FAs Worth Watching (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Is Dual Coach/President Role Destined To Fail? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/2/18

These Plays And Matchups Will Decide HOU-UTA & PHI-BOS (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Clint Capela is The Glue That Holds The Rockets Together (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Jazz: Adjustments For Game Two (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
The Defensive Move The Rockets Made To Stop Mitchell (from Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle):
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey: Values He Learned In Houston Are Never Far Away (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Celtics Exploited Matchup Advantages Many Didn’t See Coming (from Jay King, The Athletic):
The Sixers Can’t Scheme Horford Away (from Nekias Duncan, Clutch Points):
Sixers Want RoCo To Keep Firing Threes (from Marcus Hayes, philly.com):
Sixers: Searching For Answers (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Game One: How Celtics Silenced Sixers’ Threes (from Marc D’Amico, celtics.com):
Amir Johnson On Why His Former Team Keeps On Winning (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Family, Faith Pave Ojeleye’s Path (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
Iguodala: Game Two Highlights (from watchbasketballvideos.com):
Warriors Thanos Has Arrived (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
CLE 113, TOR 112 (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Inside The Tension Between Kawhi Leonard & The Spurs (from Ramona Shelburne & Michael Wright, ESPN):
How Teams Are Using Shooters As Screeners To Great Effect (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
The Pacers Set A Foundation That Didn’t Cost Years Of Losing (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Pacers: Takeaways From Season-End Session With Pritchard, McMillan (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
Pacers Still Have Eyes For Elusive Stretch-Four (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
Which Postseason Star Is The Real ROY? (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Heat’s Next Step Could Be Waiters’ Surgically Repaired Ankle (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Carmelo’s Failed OKC Experiment (from Rodger Sherman, The Ringer):
Carmelo Lacks Self-Awareness Of His Declining Status (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
Nuggets: Jokic Made Important Strides This Season (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
The Making Of Danny Green (from CJackson Cowart, Media Hub):
2018 Draft: Strengths & Weaknesses Of Top Prospect At Each Position (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Brian Grant Won’t Back Down From Parkinson’s Disease (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Hornets’ Managing Partner Curtis Polk (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/27/18

Time To Bench Carmelo?  (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Valanciunas Is Stepping Up Big (from Blake Murphy, VICE Sports):
DeRozan & Lowry Are Improving Their Playoff Resumes (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Ty Lawson Says His Comeback Story Is Just Beginning (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
These Playoffs Could Be The Twilight Of The Maximalist PG (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Steve Kerr & Alvin Gentry Share Bond That Won’t Crack (from Mark Medina, Mercury news):
Darren Erman, Pelicans’ Defensive Mastermind (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Mirotic Is A Key To Pelicans’ Upset Hopes (from Justin Willard, Washington Post):
How Should Pacers Distribute Center Minutes In Game Six? (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Can The Pacers Stop LBJ?  (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
Giannis Dominates As Bucks Force Game 7 (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Celtics’ Stagnant Offense Helped Bucks Force Game 7 (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
Bucks/Celtics Takeaways (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Sixers: Veterans Letting Emerging Stars Lead (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):
Important Numbers From Sixers Series Vs. The Heat (from Kevin F. Love, Liberty Ballers):
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Hassan Whiteside (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Jazz’ 3rd Quarter Meltdown Stemmed Mlargely From Gobert’s Foul Trouble (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
The Effortless Artistry Of James Harden (from Micah Wimmer, The Step Back):
Rockets: Takeaways From Game 5 (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Three DeMatha Teammates Are In The Playoffs (from Samantha Pell, Washington Post):
A Day In The Life Of An NBA Officiating Crew (from Ben Dowsett, The Athletic):
Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):
2018 Draft: International Prospects Scouting Reports (from Connor Harr, Hoops Habit):
One Man’s Plan To Eliminate Intentional Fouling (from Tim Hackett, Sports Illustrated):
Is PHO The Best Available Head Coaching Job? (from Lucas Johnson, Valley Of The Suns):
Towns, Wolves Prepared To Take Next Step (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/26/18

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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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/24/18

Sixers: Getting A Huge Boost From Their Role Players (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/04/24/nba-playoffs-76ers-role-players-embiid-simmons/

How The Sixers Can Combat The Heat’s Aggressive Defense (from Mike O’Connor, The Athletic):

Read and watch it here:  https://theathletic.com/325900/2018/04/23/how-the-sixers-can-combat-miamis-aggressive-defense-and-close-out-the-series/

Do AD & The Pels Still Need DMC? (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23297808/zach-lowe-anthony-davis-demarcus-cousins-new-orleans-pelicans-nba-playoffs

Celtics: Tatum & Brown Are Owning The Moment (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23297168/jaylen-brown-jayson-tatum-owning-moment-boston-celtics-nba

Maker Impacts Series With High-Octane Minutes (from Gary D’Amato, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2018/04/22/damato-bucks-thon-maker-impacts-series-high-octane-minutes/529565002/

From Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini:  https://hardwoodhoudini.com/2018/04/24/boston-celtics-semi-ojeleye-taking-over-greg-monroes-role/

Maker & Delly Swinging The Series (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):

Read and watch it here: https://thejumpball.net/2018/04/23/the-bucks-maker-and-delly-swinging-the-series/

The Bucks Have Found A Winning Defensive Formula (from Nate Wolf, Charity Stripe):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/milwaukee-bucks-18377101

How The Celtics Can Adjust To Bucks’ Switching Defense (from Michael DePrisco, Celtics Blog):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.celticsblog.com/2018/4/24/17273432/how-the-boston-celtics-can-adjust-to-milwaukee-bucks-switching-defense

 

Ojeleye’s Rugged Defense (from Simon Pollock, Celtics Blog):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.celticsblog.com/2018/4/23/17269266/semi-ojeleye-game-four-boston-celtics-milwaukee-bucks-playoffs

 

Celtics’ Takeaways (from Jay King, The Athletic):

Read and watch it here:  https://theathletic.com/326826/2018/04/23/kings-celtics-takeaways-marcus-smarts-return-could-add-teeth-to-boston-defense/

 

Oubre Energized The Wizards To Even The Series (from Zach Rosen, wizards.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/wizards/oubre-energizes-wizards-even-series

HOU 119, MIN 100 (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23299214/houston-rockets-find-their-rhythm-minnesota

From Tim Faklis, Zone Coverage:  https://zonecoverage.com/2018/timberwolves/inside-houstons-50-point-quarter-and-how-the-timberwolves-fell-into-a-3-1-series-hole/

Wolves Finally Using Butler At PF (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/kzxjaa/jimmy-butler-minnesota-timberwolves-nba-playoffs

Derrick Rose Has Been Reborn (from Ricky O’Donnell, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/4/23/17267854/derrick-rose-minnesota-timberwolves-stats-highlights-nba-playoffs

UTA 113, OKC 96 (from Andy Larsen, KSL):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.ksl.com/article/46306840/the-triple-team-jazz-victorious-over-okc-in-physical-game-4-battle-for-3-1-series-lead

Gobert’s Defense Has Thunder Frustrated (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5592010/rudy-goberts-defense-has-thunder-frustrated

The Gravity Of The Thunder’s Situation (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/4/24/17274292/russell-westbrook-thunder-jazz-game-4

Inside Quinn Cook’s Winding NBA Journey (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2018/04/24/nba-playoffs-quinn-cook-warriors-mavericks-pelicans-stephen-curry

What Is The Best Way For Coaches To Manage Foul Trouble? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

Read it here:  https://cleaningtheglass.com/the-trouble-with-foul-trouble/

What’s Ahead For Trail Blazers? (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  https://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/393174-284426-whats-ahead-for-trail-blazers

Bazley Charts Another Path To NBA (from Adam Zagoria, NY Times):

Read it here:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/sports/darius-bazley.html

NOAH Shooting System Wants To Fix Every Jump Shot (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/04/24/nylon-calculus-noah-fix-every-jumpshot/