Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/24/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Joe Johnson Steps Up In Teammate’s Absence, Again (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/harper-joe-johnson-steps-up-in-teammates-absence-to-win-again/

Joe Ingles, Unlikely Hero (from Brad Rowland, Dime Mag):

Read and watch it here: http://uproxx.com/dimemag/joe-ingles-utah-jazz-defense-x-factor/

BOS-CHI: Game 4 recap (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/bulls-powerless-stop-isaiah-thomas-game-4/

From Tyler Pleiss, Blog A Bull: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/4/24/15403654/brad-stevens-has-adjusted-since-game-2-fred-hoiberg-has-failed-to-counter

HOU-OKC: Game 4 Recap (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/harper-mike-dantoni-strangles-flow-game-4-put-rockets-3-1/

From Whitney Medworth, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15401848/thunder-rockets-stupid-ending-nba-playoffshttp://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15401848/thunder-rockets-stupid-ending-nba-playoffs

From Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Nene-perfect-solution-for-Rockets-in-Game-4-win-11093531.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=181f84812d438d9cbb

Nene Is The Perfect Complement To Harden (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/nene-james-harden-rockets-thunder/

Video Breakdown: How The Rockets Launch Eric Gordon From Three-Point Range (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Watch it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/24/eric-gordon-rockets-thunder-game-4-win-3-pointers-screens-video-breakdown-james-harden-russell-westbrook/

It’s Past Time To Ban Hack-A-Whoever Intentional Away From The Ball Fouling (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/24/15401814/nba-hack-a-shaq-intentional-fouling-ban-rule-andre-roberson

Mike Conley: Stone-Cold Killer (from Zito Madu, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15398154/mike-conley-grizzlies-highlights-spurs-game-4-assasin

How Mike Brown Has Evolved As A Coach (from J.A. Adande, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19228069/nba-mike-brown-steps-evolved-coach-place-steve-kerr

Steve Kerr’s Suffering: Hard To Watch, Harder To Live (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/steve-kerrs-suffering-hard-watch-harder-live-055119678.html

Weekend Recap (from The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/24/rotation-raptors-appreciate-chris-paul/

Play-Off Report Card (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/24/nba-playoffs-grades-first-round-lebron-james-russell-westbrook-isaiah-thomas

CLE-IND: Game 4 Takeaways (from Jackson Flickinger, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/24/cleveland-cavaliers-indiana-pacers-game-4-what-we-learned/

Taking LBJ’s Greatness For Granted (from Robbie DiPaolo, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/24/has-lebron-james-greatness-taken-granted/

Is ISO-Ball Actually Good For The Raptors? (from Sean Woodley, RaptorsHQ):

Read and watch it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/24/15399848/nba-playoffs-2017-toronto-raptors-milwaukee-bucks-iso-ball-success

Today’s Basketball Intelligence Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Former NBA/ABA Official Jess Kersey, who passed away on Saturday:

From David Teel, Daily Press:  http://www.dailypress.com/dp-spt-teel-column-jess-kersey-passes-20170422-column.html

 

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 4/20/17 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.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/10/17

ATL: The Comeback (from Andrew Snyder, Soaring Down South):

Read and watch it here:  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/04/09/atlanta-hawks-comeback-cavaliers/

From Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com: http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/how-the-hawks-made-history-erasing-point-deficit-beat-cavs/XmJEdFIahtU7hH1TCckWQO/

Westbrook’s Last 10 Games  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/9/15239010/russell-westbrook-mvp-discussion-thunder

Masai Ujiri: Exceutive Of The Year? (From Joe Hulbert, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/masai-ujiri-should-be-executive-of-the-year-be10656ec120

 

 

 

Why Are The Bucks Struggling?  (from Brian Sampson, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/bucks-slump-comes-at-worst-time-969281687f47

Nene’s Resurgence: A Perfect Fit In Houston  (from Eric Spuropolous, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/the-delightful-resurgence-of-nene-85e6e6ccbbef

KD’s Return  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/harper-kevin-durants-return-wasnt-entirely-smooth-and-that-actually-helps/

“Whatever Is Needed”: Jaylen Brown Answers The Call  (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/10/jaylen-brown-boston-celtics-nba-playoffs-xfactors-brad-stevens

A Behind The Scenes Look At Blazers’ Game Day  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2017/04/behind_portland_trail_blazers_game_day.html

Video Breakdown: Pindown Screens  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/10/pindown-screen-video-breakdown-nba-glossary-offense-terms/

In The Film Room: Spencer Dinwiddie  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=R1EcP_9Cx0E

Heat Shooting Coach Rob Fodor  (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article143708434.html

Thibodeau “Coaches Every Dribble”  (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):

Read it here: http://www.startribune.com/it-s-who-he-is-wolves-coach-tom-thibodeau-coaches-every-dribble/418741543/

Tyler Ulis: Second-Round Steal (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/1064655/suns-tyler-ulis-rookie-season-second-round/

Alan Williams: Suns’ Big Weapon Off The Bench  (from Rod Argent, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here: http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/4/10/15233370/big-sauce-alan-williams-phoenix-suns-big-weapon-off-the-bench-has-a-big-summer-ahead-nba-free-agency

Prospect Watch: Frank Ntilikina (from Adam McGee, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here: https://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/09/nba-draft-2017-prospect-watch-frank-ntilikina/

 Joe Johnson’s Secret: Hot Yoga  (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/5154958-155/utah-jazz-joe-johnsons-secret-to?fullpage=1

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Answer:  Our only “target” is folks who are interested in reading the best daily NBA reporting and analysis, w/o having to slog through the “chaff” to find it.  Other than that, we didn’t have any particular group in mind when we started publishing. It turns out that that there is a broad cross-section of Assn followers who subscribe, ranging from casual fans through team owners (and everywhere in between: hardcore fans, fantasy hoops players, media members, current players, retired players, head and assistant coaches, team GMs and other execs).  It is gratifying that such a wide spectrum cares about intelligent reporting and analysis.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/17 PART ONE

Defensive Philosophy: Draymond Green Q & A (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/07/draymond-green/

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19095972/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-rajon-rondo-nba

 

 

 

Horford & The Celtics’ Defensive Rebounding Struggles (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/07/nylon-calculus-al-horford-celtics-defensive-rebounding/

Latest Twist In D’Antoni’s Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Latest-twist-in-Mike-D-Antoni-s-offense-taking-10969231.php?t=f10c5562a1438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

Why Chris Paul  Has Become The “Forgotten Man” (from Andrew Miller, 16 Wins):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/chris-paul-has-become-the-forgotten-man-19d7ca0c391

Khris Middleton Is (Secretly) One Of The Best Players In The Assn. (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-milwaukee-bucks-khris-middleton-secretly-great-23e6de47dc96

Kyle Lowry’s Return  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/raptors/kyle-lowry-returns-raptors-emphasis/

Made-Up Awards For 2016-17  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/07/nba-awards-alternative-russell-westbrook-golden-state-warriors

–  Blake Griffin Is Heating Up  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/blake-748706-jordan-clippers.html

–  Will The Cavs Use A “Secret” Fix In The Playoffs?  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2702251-the-cleveland-cavaliers-have-a-secret-weapon-for-playoffs-but-will-they-use-it

The Suns’ Chronic Fouling (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-suns-get-whistled-more-than-a-high-school-gym-class/

JVG Q & A (from Russ Bengtson, Complex.com):

Read it here:  http://www.complex.com/sports/2017/04/jeff-van-gundy-doesnt-think-its-guarantee-cavs-make-it-out-to-the-finals

Nogueira: Buried On Raptors’ Bench  (from Jordan Kligman, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/toronto-raptors/content/bebe-sleeps

The Timberwolves’ Improvements This Season (from Cyril Girgis, Dancing With Wolves):

Read and watch it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/04/07/3-areas-timberwolves-improved-last-season/

MIP Candidates (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2701552-metrics-101-whos-really-the-nbas-most-improved-player

The COY Candidates (from Matthew Perez, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2017/04/07/a-case-for-gregg-popovich-coach-year/

Budenholzer: Still An Elite Coach  (from Xavier Cooper, Soaring Down South):

Read it here:  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/04/07/dont-let-this-season-fool-you-mike-budenholzer-is-still-one-of-the-nbas-elite-coaches/

Kings’ Rookie Skal Labissiere (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700638-god-has-a-plan-the-seas-have-parted-for-kings-rookie-skal-labissiere

NOTE:  This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  We will publish PART TWO later today.  Stay tuned.