CORRECTED: Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/23/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

MEM-SAS: Game 4 Breakdown (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/game-four-4-spurs-grizzlies-nba-playoffs-2017-9ae6d7f54ada

From Kristian Winfield, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/22/15397024/mike-conley-kawhi-leonard-grizzlies-vs-spurs-game-4-playoffs

From Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer: http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2017/04/23/game-4-grizzlies-110-spurs-108-one-for-the-ages

Mike Conley: Proving His Worth (from Andrew Lynch, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/mike-conley-memphis-grizzlies-contract-biggest-record-nba-playoffs-san-antonio-spurs-game-4-042317

TOR-MIL: Game 4 Recap (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/22/toronto-raptors-dwane-casey-lineup-adjustment-prove-be-right-tonic-team-against

From Charles F. Gardner, jsonline:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/22/raptors-87-bucks-76-toronto-bounces-back-even-series/100572138/

Norman Powell Answered The Call In Game 4 (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):

Read it here: http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/04/23/norman-powell-answers-call-pivotal-game-4-performance/

GSW-POR: Game 3 Recap (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors-win-away-sweep-blazers-game-3-comeback/

From Tim Kawakami, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/kawakami-the-warriors-huge-game-3-comeback-yep-they-did-it-again/

From Ethan Sherwood Strauss:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/4398/warriors-overcome-17-point-deficit-to-win-game-3-in-portland

From Anthony Slater, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/shorthanded-warriors-complete-incredible-comeback-in-portland-to-take-3-0-series-lead/

Video Breakdown: Warriors’ Defensive Counterpunch (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/4/23/15398060/nba-playoffs-2017-video-analysis-warriors-blazers-stephen-curry-game-3-andre-iguodala-dunks

Kerr Is The Warriors’ Biggest Health Concern (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury news):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/steve-kerr-not-kevin-durant-is-warriors-biggest-health-concern/

CLE-IND: Game 3 Breakdown (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/pacers/pacers-dig-3-0-hole-defensive-meltdown/

Tristan Thompson: Blue Collar Big Man (from Joe Gabrielle, cavs.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/tristan-playoffs-170423

Trying To Describe Giannis Antetokounmpo (from Eben Pindyck, New Yorker):

Read it here: http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/trying-to-describe-giannis-antetokounmpo

Roberson: What It’s Like Defending Harden (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/article/5546544

Billy Donovan Attempts To Solve FTA Disparity  (from Fran BLinebury, NBA Sports):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/22/okc-thunder-billy-donovan-seeks-solve-free-throw-attempt-discrepancy-against

Taj Gibson Provides Whatever The Thunder Needs (from Cliff Brunt, AP):

Read it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/23/thunders-taj-gibson-providing-scoring-help-for-westbrook/

From Berry Tramel, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/blue-collar-taj-gibson-delivering-for-thunder/article/5546538

Kyrie Irving’s Porous Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/porous-pick-roll-defense-kyre-irving-killing-cavaliers/

  • Series Deficit Forced Brad Stevens’ Hand (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/23/series-deficit-forced-brad-stevens-hand/zLRHNWEI2BGITjhZ1o8CJM/story.html

 

 

 As The Celtics “Go Small”, Horford Becomes More Important (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/23/as-boston-goes-small-al-horford-becomes-even-more-important/

Can The Bulls’ Adjust Without Rondo?  (from Henry Bushnell, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rajon-rondo-series-can-bulls-adjust-upset-celtics-064416204.html

Terry Rozier Answered The Call In Game 3 (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/22/terry-rozier-answers-the-call-for-the-boston-celtics/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Day Three Recap (from Keith Smth, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-take-data-cavs-spurs-go-2-0/

Day Three Plays You May Have Missed  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/18/15340360/nba-playoffs-2017-highlights-best-plays-spurs-cavaliers

Recapping The Opening Games (from BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/17/the-breakdown-a-look-at-the-opening-games-of-the-nba-playoffs/

From Chris Wooden, Sir Charles In Charge: https://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/17/nba-playoff-openers-reactions-2017/

Cavs: There Are Still Concerns Despite 2-0 Lead (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/concerns-still-abound-cavaliers-despite-2-0-series-lead-pacers/

Patrick Beverley’s Game One Performance (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets/patrick-beverleys-game-1-performance-best-career/

From Scott Cacciola, NY Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/sports/basketball/patrick-beverley-russell-westbrook-nba-playoffs.html

Capela Growing Into Key Role For Rockets (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-growing-into-key-role-for-Rockets-11078871.php

Thunder Need Improvement In Three Areas (from Max Seng, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: https://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/oklahoma-city-thunder-3-areas-improvement/

The Celtics And The Trouble With Surrendering Offensive Rebounds (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/18/boston-celtics-trouble-offensive-rebounds/

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN: http://www.espn.com.au/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725798/bostons-rebounding-woes-are-nothing-new-but-are-they-fixable

From wjsy, Celtics Blog: http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/17/15323448/nba-playoffs-2017-boston-celtics-chicago-bulls-adjustments

What Clippers Need To Change In Game Two (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/clippers-need-change-game-2-jazz/

Bucks: Game One Rotations (from Reid Mueller, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-guard-rotations/

From Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-milwaukee-bucks-adjustment-toronto-raptors-84165e5d665d

Dellavedova’s Screens (from Lori Nickel, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/17/dellavedovas-screens-draw-torontos-attention/100561334/

From Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports: http://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nba/dwane-casey-says-a-lot-of-matthew-dellavedovas-screens-werent-legal-but-gives-credit-to-the-aussie-guard/news-story/cbd9f133add4d063f9a1d57beb24aca1

Giannis Is Really Happening (from Nate Scott, Fox Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-raptors-game-2-playoffs-041817

is There A Way To Slow Giannis Down? (from Adam Iafrate, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/18/15339630/nba-playoffs-2017-3-ways-raptors-slow-giannis-antetokounmpo

Five Reasons Bucks Won Game One (from Joshua Cornelissen, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-5-reasons-game-1/

Malcolm Brogdon Profile (from NBPA):

Read it here: http://nbpa.com/collecting-points-and-degrees-malcolm-brogdon-shines-as-a-roy-candidate-and-public-policy-champion/

WAS-ATL: Game One Takeaways (from Blaise Malley, Wiz Of Awes):

Read it here: http://wizofawes.com/2017/04/18/washington-wizards-nba-playoffs-2017-atlanta-hawks-game-1-analysis-rotation/

MEM Is Trying Everything To Stop Leonard (And It is That Much More Difficult W/O Tony Allen (from Charles Maniego, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/memphis-grizzlies/content/memphis-grizzlies-trying-everything-to-stop-kawhi-leonard

From Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/4/18/15340158/nba-playoffs-strategy-kawhi-leonard-double-teams

Euroleague Playoffs: Quarterfinals Preview (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/17/euroleague-quarterfinal-preview/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/5/17

Khris Middleton: The Perfect Complement To Giannis (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/khris-middleton-bucks-giannis-playoffs/

GSW 121, MIN 107 (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/04/warriors-sprint-away-from-timberwolves-with-another-dominant-third-quarter/

When Klay Thompson Takes Over (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/04/warriors-klay-thompson-kevin-durant-stephen-curry-steve-kerr

Steph Curry Is Magic Again  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-warriors-arent-better-without-kevin-durant-but-stephen-currys-become-magic-again-171130054.html

David West: Giving GSW More Than Its Money’s Worth (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/david-west-giving-warriors-more-than-their-moneys-worth/

Testing An Innovative Approach To Crunch Time (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078511/zach-lowe-basketball-tournament-innovative-end-game-rule

Sixth Man Of The Year Candidates (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/argument-every-2016-17-sixth-man-candidate/

Paul George Is Playing At All-NBA Level Again  (from Cameron Stewart, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/paul-george-is-playing-like-a-superstar-again-a6070448201b

Jaylen Brown: Still Not Getting The Credit He Deserves (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/05/jaylen-brown-continues-to-be-overlooked/

Shelvin Mack Adds To Jazz’ Versatile PG Position  (from Adam Coffman, Purple And Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/04/utah-jazz-shelvin-mack-adds-point-guard/

Prospects To Watch In D-League Playoffs (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/d-league-tavares-moreland-brown-blue-playoffs/

James Johnson MIP?  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article142672154.html

Bradley, Smart, Crowder: Celtics’ Unmatched Defensive Trio  (from Marc D’Amico, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-040417-bostons-defensive-trio-is-unmatched-in-nba/

–  How Will The NBA  Address The Star Player DNP-Rest Issue? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents19071734/end-82-game-nba-season

–  How Dirk Has Changed The Game  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700301-generation-dirk-nowitzkis-heirs-on-how-the-dunking-deutschman-changed-the-game

–  Dirk: Relishing His New Role As Mentor (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078307/nba-dirk-nowitzki-relishing-new-role-dallas-mavericks-mentor

Singular Trait Links Saric’s Qualities (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-singular-trait-links-sarics-endearing-qualities

Is Nwaba A Keeper?  (from Shereen Rayan):

Read it here: https://lakeshowlife.com/2017/04/04/lakers-newest-player-david-nwaba-proving-keeper/

QOTN (from SVG on the Magic’s “Leaked” Board):

“I don’t know that it has any relevance. There’s no big secret there. He’s got the names of good hybrid forwards on the board. Well, we all like those guys. It not like he’s got a secret list. Like, ‘Oh, you like that guy. I would have never thought of that.’ There were no surprises there, it was simply a working board. … I don’t know if there’s any NBA general manager, president or anything who can take a look at that list and do anything with it or gain any advantage by it.”

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/2/17

How The Bucks Emerged From Parker’s Injury (from Ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Dream Becomes Reality (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Maker Soaks Up Knowledge From KG  (from Charles F Gardner, jsonline):
Andrew Wiggins’ Scoring Guide (from Biran Sampson, Hoops Habit):
DPOY Candidates Rudy Gobert & Draymond Green  (from Preston Mott, 16 Wins):
Could There Be A Brogdon Effect In This Year’s Draft? (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Yabusele Shows Full Repertoire In D-League Debut  (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):
Kerr On Iguodala (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):
Warriors: Stingy Defense Is Powering The Winning Streak  (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Jerry Sloan Still Admires Popovich And The Spurs  (from Mike Finger, expressnews.com):
Ron Baker’s Versatility (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
How Pau Gasol Has Changed His Game This Season  (from David Suttner, Hoops Habit):

Timing Right For Justin Anderson  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-timing-right-andersons-opportunities-increase

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/18/17

 

Why/How Isaiah Thomas Is The NBA’s Most Feared Clutch Scorer (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/nba/la-sp-bucks-antetokounmpo-20170211-story.html

Spurs’ Hammer Play, Kaminsky, Exum And More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch t here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/18/coaches-seat-spurs-hammer-play-kaminsky-exum/

Antetokounmpo Is Reviving The Bucks’ Franchise (from Paul Coro, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/nba/la-sp-bucks-antetokounmpo-20170211-story.html

James Harden Discovers A Leader…In The Mirror  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/A-look-in-the-mirror-and-James-Harden-discovers-a-10940380.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=c86a520539438d9cbb

Malcolm Brogdon: Defying 2nd Round Expectations  (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/bucks-rookie-malcolm-brogdon-is-defying-second-round-pick-expectations/

From Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/02/16/malcolm-brogdon-not-playing-second-fiddle-rookie-season/97986034/

Griffin, Clippers Putting It Back Together (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/griffin-clippers-quietly-putting-it-back-together/

Jerian Grant Is Developing Into What The Bulls Need  (from Jakob Bikshorn, Blogabull.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/2/18/14651178/jerian-grant-is-developing-into-just-what-the-bulls-need

–  C.J. McCollum’s Path To Stardom (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com:

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/blazers-break-rise-cj-mccollum-and-path-he-took-stardom

Kawhi Leonard Relishes The Responsibility (from Tom Orsborn, Express-News):

Read it here: http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-relishes-responsibility-of-10941717.php

Porzingis Still Trying To Connect With Rose (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/02/18/kristaps-porzingis-cant-get-on-same-page-with-derrick-rose/

Dissecting The Rose/Anthony Two- Man Game (from Zach Diluzio, Posting And Toasting):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2017/2/17/14644596/dissecting-the-derrick-rose-carmelo-anthony-two-man-game

Hornets Need A Healthy Cody Zeller Back (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/18/charlotte-hornets-desperately-healthy-cody-zeller/

A Beautiful Diversity Among Grizzlies Big Men  (from Mac Trammell, Crizzly bear Blues):

Read it here: http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2017/2/18/14553582/memphis-grizzlies-marc-gasol-all-star-zach-randolph

Marc Gasol’s Remarkable Return From Injury  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read t here:

http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2017/02/17/numbers-game-marc-gasols-remarkable-return-injury/98004234/

–  Eric Gordon: Thriving As 6th Man (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-Eric-Gordon-thriving-in-role-as-sixth-man-10942103.php

Mason Plumlee Brings Consistency, Continuity To Nuggets  (from TJ McBride, bsndenver):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/mason-plumlee-brings-consistency-continuity-to-nuggets/

–  Hard Work Is Paying Off For Brad Stevens (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/celtics/2017/02/15/brad-stevens-boston-celtics-eastern-conference-all-star-coach/97964212/

Juancho Hernangomez’ Advanced Statistics (from Matthew Huff, Nugg Love):

Read it here: http://nugglove.com/2017/02/17/juancho-hernangomez-advanced-analytics/

Magic Working To Rebuild Young Assets  (from Philip Rossman Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/02/17/orlando-magic-working-rebuild-young-assets/

Nuggets: 3 Players Who Came Out Of Nowhere (from Blake Holmes, Nugg Love):

Rad it here: http://nugglove.com/2017/02/17/nuggets-three-players-nowhere/

Nikola Jokic Scouting Report (from Jake Rauchbach, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/2/17/14651234/scouting-report-on-nikola-jokic-denver-nuggets

From Kyle Wagner, fivethiryeight.com:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/nikola-jokic-is-suddenly-one-of-the-best-young-nba-players-of-all-time/

 

 

Emmanuel Mudiay Scouting Report (from Jake Rauchbach, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/2/17/14576130/scouting-report-on-emmanuel-mudiay

–  The Guru Who Is Preparing Carmelo For His Next Act  (from Hannah Withiam, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/02/17/meet-the-guru-whos-preparing-carmelo-anthony-for-his-next-act/

Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-021717

 The All-Star Game Has Become Unwatchable  (from Alex Novick, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/2017-nba-all-star-game-has-become-unwatchable/qibf2bwrl40n11qz7c3ckqj48

 Marcus Smart Is Reaching Untouchable Status  (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/02/17/marcus-smart-reaching-untouchable-status/

D-League: Scott Wood is More Than Just A Specialist (from Angelo Mendoza, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here: http://bluemanhoop.com/2017/02/18/santa-cruz-warriors-scott-wood-more-than-just-a-specialist/