Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/25/17

Will Iguodala’s Health Be The Biggest Factor In The Finals? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How Much More Rested Are The Dubs This Year? (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):
Marcus Smart: Hard To Figure (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
Kevin Love In The ECF (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports): Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/kevin-love-destroying-celtics-eastern-conference-finals/
Welcome To Brad Stevens’ ATO Party (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Video: Compilation Of Boston’s “Hook Series” (from Zak Boisvert, Pickandpop.net):
The Cavs’ Defense Hasn’t Improved (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports):
Breaking Down Kyrie’s Game 4 Third Quarter (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Jerry West Endorsed Schlenk For Hawks’ GM (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):
The Silver Lining Of The Mavs’ Injury-Riddled Season (from Lance Roberson, 16 Wins):
Nerlens Noel’s Mom Has Been A Rock In His Journey To The Top (from Brad Townsend, Dallas News):
D’Angelo Russell Playing Off The Ball? (from Jeffrey Bellone, Hoops Habit):
SVG On Andre Drummond (from Will Burchfield, CBS Detroit):
How NBA Players Pick An Agent (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Orlando Makes Significant Investment To Improve (from John Denton, magic.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/22/17

BOS 111, CLE 108 (from 16 Wins):
Video Breakdown: Bradley’s Winning Shot Came On Another Great Stevens’ ATO Play (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Marcus Smart’s Game 3 Shooting (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
NBA Culture: The Warriors And The Spurs (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
Steph Curry Is On Best Offensive AND Defensive Run Of His Playoff Career (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):
GSW-SAS: Game Three Takeaway (from Tom Piccolo, Pounding The Rock):
Klay Thompson Has Shut Down Patty Mills (from Courtney Cronin, Mercury news):
With Kawhi, Spurs Again Choose Short-Term Suffering In Hopes Of Long-Term Gain (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Appreciating Gregg Popovich (from Jason Concepcion, The Ringer):
Player-Turned-Executive Brandon Williams (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Statsketball: An Advanced Stats Primer (from Hal Brown, Mavs Moneyball):
Wizards: The Fatigue Factor (from Chase Hughes, csnmidatlantic):
Trading Okafor Is Ideal, But Suitors Are Scarce  (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Udoh And Vesely Have Been Unlocked At Fenerbahce’s Euroleague Champion (from Trevor Magnotti, Fansided):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/29/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

WAS 115, ATL 99  (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
Andre Miller Sees Growth Within Wall & Beal (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

BOS 105, CHI 83 (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/celtics_strike_big_blow_breeze_to_victory_in_chicago_to_win_series

From Sam Smith, bulls.com: http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/bulls-end-season-loss-game-6

Horford Has Been The Best Player In The Series (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: https://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/28/al-horford-has-been-the-best-player-in-the-series/

Avery Bradley Enjoyed A Breakout Series (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/28/avery-bradley-enjoyed-breakout-series/hvQku2NWpDAX2sto0ZU84J/story.html

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN: http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725880/avery-bradleys-relentless-defense-its-in-his-dna

LAC 98, UTA 93 (from 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/los-angeles-clippers-utah-jazz-game-6-analysis-1e9d8f53b5c6

Best BLOBs, Playoff Edition (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):
Channing Frye’s Presence On The Court Causes Havoc For Defenses (from Zach Geoghegan, Hoops Habit):
The First-Round All-Surprise 1st & 2nd Teams  (from Ryan Magdziarz, Sir Charles In Charge):
The Thunder Must Get Smaller (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/27/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Mike Conley: One Of The NBA’s Best Has Been Perpetually Overshadowed (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
Wednesday Recap (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
BOS-CHI: Game Five Takeaways (from Patrick Sheetz, Pippin Ain’t Easy):
Avery Bradley’s Two-Way Play Powers Game Five Win (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Horford Proves His Worth (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Celtics’ Xs & Os (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Brad Stevens Has Changed His Sets To Give Isaiah Thomas More Space To Work (from Keith Smith,  Celtics Blog):
–  Isaiah Thomas Doesn’t Back Down (from Carvell Wallace ESPN):
The Celtics And Raptors Gained Control By “Going Small”  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
DeMarre Carroll Loves Seeing The Raptors Pass More (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
Kidd’s Composed Style Resonates With Bucks’ Players (from Lori Nickel, jsonline.com):
Anticipating Possible Bucks’ Lineup Tweaks (from Blake Murphy, Raptors HQ):
WAS-ATL: Bradley Beal’s Continued Emergence (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Scott Brooks Is Proving His Worth (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):
Game 5: The Wizards Maligned Bench Came Through With Just Enough (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
The Hawks Have Found A Two-Way Gem In Taurean Prince  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Jazz Win By Forcing Their Pace (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Boris Diaw Is Showing Off His Old Man’s Game (from David Vertsberger, Fanrag Sports):
Utah Has Cooled Clips’ Long-Range Attack By Contesting Shots (from All That Amar, SLC Dunk):
Chris Paul: The Clippers’ Last Hope (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Eric Gordon Is Giving The Rockets Exactly What They Need (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):
The Rockets Adapted Out Of Necessity (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
How The Warriors Helped McGee Go From Joke To Feel-Good Story  (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
–  Six Takeaways From The Playoffs So Far (from Ethan Sears, Sportsnaut):
David Stern: It Was “Inexcusable” For The Nets’ To Have Rested Their Starters In The Last Regular Season Game (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/20/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

HOU-OKC: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/houston-rockets-oklahoma-city-thunder-game-2-analysis-563af76b69f6

From Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-houston-rockets-game-2-3b9ea97d31c5

GSW-POR: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/golden-state-warriors-portland-trail-blazers-game-2-analysis-b3ba67319da9

From Anthony Slater, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/20/five-observations-from-the-warriors-game-2-win-over-the-blazers/

How JaVale McGee Has Revived His Career And Reputation (from Harry Lyles, Jr, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/20/14846126/javale-mcgee-warriors-nba-playoffs-2017-shaqtin-a-fool

From Sam Amick, USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/20/javale-mcgee-warriors-playoffs/100685582/

Video Breakdown: JaVale McGee’s Alley-Oop Dunks (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/4/20/15368108/nba-playoffs-2017-video-warriors-blazers-game-2-javale-mcgee-alley-oop-dunk

WAS-ATL: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/washington-wizards-atlanta-hawks-game-2-analysis-a5ed9eed29ba

Pacers: Essential Adjustments For Game 3 (from Adrian Lawhorn Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/19/indiana-pacers-adjustments-game-3/

Myles Turner Has Underperformed So Far (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/20/myles-turner-lance-stephenson-indiana-pacers-try-play-better-series/

CLE-IND: 5 Takeaways From 1st Two Games (from Zach Geoghegan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/19/cleveland-cavaliers-5-takeaways-2-games/

MIL-TOR: 6 Takeaways So Far (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/milwaukee-bucks/content/bucking-trends-6-key-takeaways-from-the-milwaukee-toronto-series

How Kidd Is Managing Bucks’ Rotation (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/19/notes-kidd-managing-shortened-playoff-rotation/100621030/

Tucker & Ibaka Play Critical Roles For Raptors (from Jordan Ritter, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-toronto-raptors-pj-tucker-serge-ibaka-1e60c1f15413

How Giannis Is Doing It (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/how-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-folding-the-basketball-floor-like-origami-vs-the-raptors/

CHI/BOS: Why It is Not The Typical 1-8 Matchup (from Andrew Tobolowsky, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/19/bulls-celtics-butler-isaiah-thomas-playoffs/

Brad Stevens: Bulls Are Defending Us Like The Hawks Did; Lineup Changes Are Possible  (from Jay King, Mass Live):

Read and watch it here: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2017/04/brad_stevens_chicago_bulls_def.html

Robin Lopez’ Value Is On Full Display (from Easy Eis, Blog-a-bull):

Read and watch it here: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/4/19/15358596/the-value-of-robin-lopez-is-already-on-full-display-nba-playoffs-round-1-bulls-celtics-april-2017

Mirotic, Zipser And Portis have Been Huge So Far (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/new-big-three

How The Bulls Have Taken A 2-0 Lead (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/19/revitalized-rondo-bulls-take-commanding-2-0-lead/

The Top 5 Ways The Celtics Can Get Even (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?index=3&list=PLpIcK3MilCnYExvhkqMfPj1_qz6X3m_eh&v=7fzbIscLPok

–  The Value Of Gobert’s Defense And More About The Jazz (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/19/coaching-spin-jazz-sleeper-behind-gobert-hayward/

Quin Snyder’s Circuitous Path Helped Him Grow Into Successful NBA Coach (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/19/jazzs-quin-snyder-credits-circuitous-path-for-helping-him-grow-into-nba-head-coach/

5 Factors For Spurs’ Success (from Yegor Kariaguine, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/san-antonio-spurs/content/five-factors-for-spurs-playoff-success

Who Is Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On “D”? (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nba-players-who-are-too-busy-complaining-to-get-back-on-d/

Like almost everyone, Basketball Intelligence’s favorite NBA journalist/reporter/analyst is Zach Lowe.  Who will the “next generation Zach”?   For us, the leading contender is Adam Spinella of BBall Breakdown.  Just wanted to go on record before the bandwagon for Adam starts rolling.