Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/27/18

GSW 115, HOU 86:
Are The Rockets The Anti-SABA? (from Brian McCormick, learntocoachbasketball.com):
7 Things The Celtics Must Do (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
Keys For The Celtics (from Jay King, The Athletic):
Video: Brad Stevens’ Press Availability Before This Morning’s Shootaround (from Chris Grenham, Celtics Blog):
LBJ & The Art Of The Chasedown Block (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
10 Years Into Superstar Career, Is Westbrook Open To Change? (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
Draft: Fran Fraschilla & Ryan Blake Compare Miles & Mikal Bridges (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
The 10 Most Intriguing Free Agents This Summer (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Mavs’ Player Development Assistant Jake Ness (from Mark Nelke, Coeur D’Alene Press):
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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 3/10/18

How The Rockets Built Their Championship Caliber Defense (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation):
D’Antoni’s Continuing Offensive Revolution (from Brett Koremenos, RealGM):
How The Raptors Defense Stifled The Rockets In The First Half & How The Rockets Adjusted (from Tim Cato, SB Nation):
The Raptors’ Minor Adjustments Have Produced Major Results (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Rockets: The Importance Of Resting Players (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Wizards: John Wall Must Adapt (from Kevin Broom, Bullets Forever):
Brewer Fits OKC’s System (from Albert Dadson, Hoops Habit):
Celtics: Marcus Smart Loaded Up On Winning Plays Vs The Wolves (from Jay King, Mas Live):
Al Horford, Dennis Smith, Jr, Ben Simmons & More (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
How Much Better Are The Blazers? (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
The Hawks Are On The Right Rebuilding Path (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Cavs: Is It Time To Bench JR? (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
Fraschilla: Fran’s The Man At Tourney Time, So Pay Attention (from Barry Horn, Dallas Morning News):
Team Defense Is The Biggest Evaluation Inefficiency In The Draft (from Cole Zwicker, The Stepien):
The 2018 Big Man Draft Class (from Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports):
How Rookies Get Past Mental, Physical Obstacles (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Tin Hat Stats, February Edition (from Tony East, NBA Math):
Kaminsky & Okafor: Where Are The Stars Of The 2015 NCAA Title Game? (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
Pacers: Preparing To Deal With Tough Remaining Schedule (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
Jazz: Jae Crowder Is Making It Easy To Move On From Rodney Hood (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
Heat: Winslow Is Suddenly Among The NBA’s Most Efficient 3-Point Shooters (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Celtics: Marcus Morris Is Turning Into A Top Offensive Option (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Q & A:  Damian Lillard On “Lillard Time”  (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):
Misunderstood Players: Clint Capela (from Justin Jett):
Pacers: GRIII’s Long Detour Leads To An Uncertain Future (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Hornets: What To Expect From Malik Monk For The Rest Of The Season (from Evan Dyal, Hashtag Basketball):
Anthony Brown, Amile Jefferson & The Nature Of Two-Way Contracts (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
Mavs’ Bench Has Been Playing Incredibly Well With Dirk (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Pistons: Reggie Hearn’s Journey To The NBA (from Reggie Hayes, News-Sentinel):
To Fling Or Not To Fling End Of Period Half Court Heaves? (from Darnell Mayberry, The Athletic):
G-League: A Week With The Long Island Nets (from Thomas Dowd, nets.com):
The Warriors Drafted Denise Long in 1969: Here Is Her Story (from Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/6/17 PART TWO

The Small Market Problem Is More Perception Than Reality (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
A Deep Dive On Teodosic (from Dylan Mendelowitz, 94feetreport.com):
–  How Does The New-Look Western Conference Stack Up?  (from Eric Spyropolous, NBA Math):
The Rockets: A Short Odyssey To The Top Of The West (from Noah Torr, Sir Charles In Charge):
Thunder Defense Will Benefit Most From Paul George (from Bo Cardona, Thunderous Intentions):
Thunder Solidify Their Imposing Defense With Roberson Deal (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Will Tatum And Brown Be Ready To Help Celtics Contend? (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Western Conference Will Be Even More Dominant: The Metrics (from Adam Fromal Bleacher Report):
Caleb Swanigan: It’s Time To Work (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Layman Looks To Build In Las Vegas (from Casey Holdahl, blazers.com):
Derrick Walton, Jr.: Looking To Defy Critics (from John Denton, magic.com):
Orlando Summer League Standouts (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):
Today’s Edition Of Basketball Intelligence Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Gene Conley:
Today we feature Basketball Intelligence Podcast #4 with special guest Fran Fraschilla. Following his distinguished career as head coach at Manhattan College, St. John’s and New Mexico, Fran joined ESPN where he serves as an analyst for Big 12 Games as well as covering the NBA draft and FIBA broadcasts.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/6/17 PART ONE

Give Danny Ainge His Due (from Chad Finn, Boston.com):
How Thibodeau Has Remade The Wolves (from Britt Robson, Minn Post):
Draft Risk Profiles (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Under The Radar Players To Watch In The LV Summer League (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Omri Casspi: A Legitimate Weapon, Not A Throwaway Signing, For The Dubs (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
The Best Of What’s Left Of Free Agents (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
The Nets’ Focus Is On Finding Players; Other Teams’ Cap Situations Isn’t Their Concern (from Derek James, The Step Back):
The Cavs’ Front Office Chaos (from Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report):
Agent Tells Hayward’s Side Of The Story (from Jody Genessy, Deseret News):
Fixing The Competitive Balance Problem (from Basketball Insiders):
Video Breakdown: Kevin Durant Transition Scoring Series (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Do Analytics Deserve A Seat At The Table? (from Steve Shea, Basketball Analytics):
Despite Major Improvements, Dakari Johnson Is Still On Outside Looking In (from Chris Reichert, 2Ways10Days):
Two Summer League Teams Equals Two Shots At NBA For Some Players (from Tim Reynolds, Associated Press):
Russ Smith Is Averaging 61.4 ppg in China (from Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports):
Today we feature Basketball Intelligence Podcast #4 with special guest Fran Fraschilla. Following his distinguished career as head coach at Manhattan College, St. John’s and New Mexico, Fran joined ESPN where he serves as an analyst for Big 12 Games as well as covering the NBA draft and FIBA broadcasts.