Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/1/17 PLAYOFF FINALS EDITION

Finals Preview (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
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Video Breakdown: Kevin Love’s Rebounding (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):
GSW-CLE: Why The Rematch Is Completely Different (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
How The Warriors Can Best Utilize Their “Big Four” (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):
The Warriors Aren’t A “Small Ball” Team Anymore (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
The Cavs Have Been On An Offensive Tear Since The Eastern Semis (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Klay Can Win Games With His Defense (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):
The Cavs Success: Built Behind The Scenes (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
–  LBJ: Grooming Kyrie For The Future (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
The Unpredictable Draymond Green (from Robert O’Connell, The Atlantic):
Durant’s Worldview Changed When He Couldn’t Play (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
How The Cavs & Dubs Became Superpowers (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo.co):
Deconstructing JR Smith (from Chris Palmer, The Undefeated):
JaVale McGee’s Redemption (from Daniel Lewis, Bay Area News Group):
Joe Lacob Q & A (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):
David West’s Guide: How To Deal With The Media (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
The Glory of The Cavs’ Glorified Role Players (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
LBJ Has Resurrected Teammates’ Careers (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):

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 2/22/17

 

Celtics: Legitimate Threat Facing Crossroads (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/21/coaching-spin-boston-celtics-legitimate-threat-facing-crossroads/

Houston Acquires Lou Williams  (from Frank Urbina, NBA Math):

Read it here:  http://nbamath.com/houston-rockets-building-upon-strengths-with-lou-williams-acquisition/

Dante Exum Is Showing Signs For Jazz (from Nicholas Sciria, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/21/dante-exum-showing-signs-for-jazz/

–  How NBA Trades Go Down  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/02/21/this-is-how-trades-go-down-in-the-nba/

–  How Harden Draws Fouls At The Three-Point Line  (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/02/22/james-harden-3-point-foul-rockets/

–  DMC & AD: Finding Balance In Real Time  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/02/21/demarcus-cousins-trade-anthony-davis-pelicans-kings-vlade-divac

From Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=kbOSXhOUYjw

–  Analyzing Buddy Hield’s Game  (from William Travis, NBA Math):

Read and watch it here: http://nbamath.com/checking-in-with-buddy-hield-unexpected-centerpiece-of-demarcus-cousins-deal/

From BabyGiraffe, Sactown Royalty:  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/2/21/14685544/sacramento-kings-trade-buddy-hield-please-dont-be-another-ben-mclemore

For Warriors, Depth Isn’t An Issue (from Mike Brady, Golden State Of Mind):

Read it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/2/21/14667184/2017-nba-warriors-bench-depth-durant-iguodala-mcgee

Horford Breaks The Mold (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/misc-022117-parquet-magazine-horford-breaks-the-mold/

Lakers’ Rebuild Will Take Time (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/02/21/lakers-magic-johnson-president-jeanie-buss-rob-pelinka

Rob Pelinka: New Age GM  (from Dan Woike, LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/2017/02/22/rob-pelinka-los-angeles-lakers/98247718/

This Week’s “Four Statistical Trends” (from Chris Herring, fivethrtyeight.com):

Read it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/demarcus-cousins-is-slow-the-pelicans-are-fast-somethings-gotta-give/

Terrence Ross: Adjusting To New Environment (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/terrence-ross-adjusting-well-new-environment/

 1979-80: The NBA’s First Three-Point Season  (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/02/21/history-3-pointer-evolution-nba-game-larry-bird-stephen-curry-james-harden

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/13/16

–  Getting Offense Unstuck Tops SVG’s To-Do List  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/getting-offense-unstuck-tops-svgs-do-list-pistons-near-nba-regular-season

–  How The Spurs’ Post-Centric Offense Can Keep Them Elite  (from Mike Monroe, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2669178-how-the-spurs-post-centric-offense-can-keep-them-among-nbas-elite-teams

What To Expect From Joel Embiid This Season  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/10/12/can-76ers-fans-expect-joel-embiid-2016-17/

This Season’s Top Rookies’ Exploitable Weaknesses (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2668598-the-scouting-report-that-will-expose-every-top-2016-17-nba-rookie

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Under-The-Radar Rookies  (from Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2668995-nba-preseason-2016-schedule-and-predictions-for-under-the-radar-rookies

–  Magic Preach Team Basketball (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-magic-preach-team-basketball/

–  Hawks’ Offense: A Work In Progress (from Peachtree Hoops):

Read it here: http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/10/13/13253390/atlanta-hawks-offense-preseason-nba

–  Warriors’ Chemistry: Incorporating Durant’s Game (from Erik Malinowski, Bleacher report):

Read  it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2669238-warriors-insider-for-a-budding-superteam-chemistry-means-everything

And from Monte Poole (nbcbayarea.com):  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/csn/warriors/Cracking_code_of_Curry_s_passive_preseason_shooting-396894681.html

Celtics: Playmakers  (from Lachlan Marr, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/13/13264910/boston-celtics-playmakers-nba

–  JaVale McGee Is Trying To Revive His Career  (from Anthony Slater,  Bay Area News Group):

Read it here:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/10/12/javale-mcgee-trying-to-shed-shaqtin-a-fool-label-revive-career-with-warriors/

–  Jon Leuer Gives Pistons New Flexibility  (from Brandon Marlow, Piston Powered):

Read it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/10/12/jon-leuer-provides-pistons/

–  Finding A New Future For Low-Post Big Men  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and view it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-big-men-future-zach-randolph-greg-monroe-74ecd04a1ab5#.3hy46mh19

Lakers Look To Build Defensive Habits That Will Limit Fouls  (from Tania Ganguli,  LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20161012-snap-story.html

And from Mark Medina, LA Daily News:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lakers-731972-walton-players.html

–  Podcast: Sixers Coach Brett Brown  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Listen to it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/10/13/pbt-podcast-sixers-coach-brett-brown-talks-joel-embiid-building-a-culture-job-security/

–  Andrew Bogut (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

Read it here; http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/13/dallas-mavericks-andrew-bogut-hopes-stay-team-long-term

And from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706506/andrew-bogut-qa-leaving-golden-state-part-of-the-business

–  Chasson Randle:  Proving He Is NBA-Ready  (from Keith Schlosser,  sny.tv):

Read it here:  https://www.sny.tv/knicks/news/with-rose-out-randle-continues-to-prove-hes-nba-ready/205948846

–  Derrick Jones, Jr. Takes Unexpected Detour To Suns  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/10/11/derrick-jones-jr-takes-unexpected-nba-detour-suns/91919078/

–  Hawks’ Season Preview  (from Kris Willis, Peachtree Hoops):

Read it here:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/10/12/13252688/atlanta-hawks-2016-17-nba-season-preview

–  Suns Preparing Tyler Ulis To Float Into The Rotation (from Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/861323/suns-preparing-tyler-ulis-to-float-into-the-rotation/

Clippers’ Starting Small Forward Spot Could Remain A Matchup based Decision  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/want-731948-rivers-clippers.html

–  Magic Training Camp Invitee Kevin Murphy Hopes To Stick In The NBA  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-kevin-murphy-1011-20161010-story.html

–  Draft-And-Stash prospect Cedi Osman Will Be Ready Next Season  (from Quenton Albertie,  King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/10/13/cleveland-cavaliers-cedi-osman-instant-contributor/

–  Front-Office Insider:  Rookie Scale Options  (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/front-office-insider-the-rookie-scale-option-143821675.html

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/9/16

Reggie Jackson Pivotal In Initiating Pistons’ Offense (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/08/pistons-will-miss-jacksons-starting-offense

–  Dirk Nowitzki Is The NBA’s Safe Place For Combo Guards  (from Jonny Auping,  Real GM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/243545/Dirk-Nowitzki-Is-The-NBAs-Safe-Place-For-Combo-Guards

–  Joel Embiid: Off To A Strong Start (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-brett-brown-turning-76ers-over-to-joel-embiid/

–  Reggie Jackson Chooses Plasma Injection Treatment; Who Will Fill-In For Him? (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/10/08/pistons-jackson-chooses-plasma-injection-treat-knee/91789690/

–  In Ish We Trust?  (from Ashwin Ramnath,  Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/10/07/in-ish-we-trust/

–  Video: Steve Kerr Training Camp Interview (from NBA.com):

Watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/video/2016/10/08/20161008rtcgsw7

Trevor Booker Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/trevor-booker-helps-build-nets-foundation/

–  Undrafted Sheldon McLellan On Track To Make Wizards’ Roster  (from Candace Buckner, Washingtn Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/08/undrafted-rookie-sheldon-mcclellan-on-track-to-earning-wizards-roster-spot/ from Mike Knapp, Bullets Forever:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/10/8/13214334/sheldon-mcclellan-washington-wizards-roster-analysis

–  DJ Stephens: Ready For The Next Step  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/8/13210864/dj-stephens-nba-dleague-memphis-grizzlies

–  Ask Sam Smith  (from Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-1072016

–  5 Reasons Why Tony Parker Isn’t Finished Yet  (from Jose Cruz, The Hardwood Nation):

Read it here:  https://thehardwoodnation.net/2016/10/08/5-reasons-why-tony-parker-isnt-finished-yet/

–  Lakers Want D’Angelo Russelll To Be Aggressive  (from Jovan Buha, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/43365/lakers-want-dangelo-russell-to-trust-his-feel-be-aggressive

–  Celtics:  Crowder And Brown Key To Small Ball (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/10/07/boston-celtics-crowder-and-brown-key-to-small-ball/

–  The Clippers’ Biometric Program  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/redick-731457-data-clippers.html

–  Steven Adams Striving To Be Leader Of Thunder’s Defense  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-steven-adams-striving-to-be-the-new-leader-of-the-thunders-defense/article/5521657

–  Terrence Ross Could Be Raptors’ X-Factor  (from Ryan Wolstat, slam.canoe.com):

Read it here:  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2016/10/08/22673105.html

Cavs:  Chris Fedor’s 5 Observations (from cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/10/iman_shumperts_off-season_chan.html

JaVale McGee: Trying To Climb Into Warriors’ Rotation (from Monte Poole,  nbabayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/csn/warriors/Eager_to_shed_reputation__McGee_trying_to_climb_into_Warriors__rotation-396422791.html

–  How Rick Carlisle Will Select Last Two Roster Players  (from Doyle Rader, mavsmoneyball.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/10/9/13200660/dallas-mavericks-preseason-final-roster

–  Clippers’ Offense Looks Even Better With Increased Movement  (from Mohammed Dahkil, clipperholics.com):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/10/09/la-clippers-offense-better-new-movement/

–  Should The Knicks Use Hernangomez And Plumlee As A Duo?  (from Maurice Moton, Empire Writes Back):

Read and view it here:  http://empirewritesback.com/2016/10/09/new-york-knicks-use-willy-hernangomez-marshall-plumlee-as-a-duo/