Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/18/17

CLE 117, BOS 104 (from 16 Wins):
Can The Celtics Stop Lebron? (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Celtics’ Game One Silver Lining: Jaylen Brown (from Jared Weiss, Celtics Blog):
The LBJ School Of Driving (from Kyle Wagner/Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Video: Warriors’ Xs& Os (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Video Breakdown: One Simple Play Shows How KD Makes The Dubs Unstoppable  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Their Mutual Mentor Hank Egan On Gregg Popovich And Mike Brown (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
Driving And Finishing Primer For Lead Guards In The 2017 Draft (from Cole Zwicker, The Step Back):
Euroleague Final Four Preview: Real Madrid vs. Fenerbahce (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Euroleague Final Four Preview: CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos  (from Andrew Bernucca, The Step Back):
CSKA President Andrey Vatutin Q & A (from David Pick, eurobasket.net):
100 Media Members Could Decide Two NBA Stars’ Futures (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
Kevin Love’s Real-Life Diet (from Christopher Cason, gq.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/12/17

SAS-HOU Series Takeaways (from Connor Learn, Fansided):
SAS 114, HOU 75 (from 16 Wins):
Jonathon Simmons: Raising His Game At The Right Time (from Tom West, 16 Wins):
Romp Shows Wisdom In Spurs’ Plan (from Mike Finger, Express-News):
There Is More Than One Way To Win In The NBA (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Patty Mills’ Value (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
BOS-WAS: Things To Watch (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
How IT Torched The Wizards In Game 5 Without Scoring (from Scott Rafferty, The Sporting News):
Jaylen Brown: Huge In Game 5 And Possible Key Going Forward (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Avery Bradley’s Defense Has Been Key Ingredient (from Kyle Hightower, AP):
The Evolution of Al Horford (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Lue Vows To Make Love Bigger Part Of Offense (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
A Look Inside The Hornets’ Walker-Zeller Pick-And-Roll (from Max Seng, 16 Wins):

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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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 3/15/17 PART TWO

Why Jaylen Brown Will Reach What Jeff Green Couldn’t For Celtics  (from Tom Mulherin, Hardwood Houdini):

Read and watch it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/15/jaylen-brown-will-reach-jeff-green-couldnt-celtics/

Raptors Playbook: Corner Offense And Counters (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):

Read and watch it here; http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/03/15/raptors-playbook-corner-offense-counters/

20 Years Apart, Plenty Of Resemblances Between Heat Teams  ( from Jay Man, hothothoops.com):

Read it here: http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/15/14931474/twenty-years-apart-two-miami-heat-teams-share-plenty-of-similarities-alonzo-hardaway-pat-riley

Frank Martin: The Haslem/McGruder Connection (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article138651438.html

The Race For The 8th Playoff Spot In The West Has Gotten Interesting  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/wild-west-the-chase-for-the-eighth-playoff-spot-suddenly-got-interesting/

Antetokounmpo Puts Bucks On His Shoulders (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/buck-up-giannis-antetokounmpo-puts-milwaukee-on-his-shoulders/

MIP: Antetokounmpo, Jokic, Porter (from Ananth Pandian, The Step Back):

Read it here; http://fansided.com/2017/03/15/antetokounmpo-jokic-true-candidates-mip-award/

CLE 128, DET 96:

  – 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

  – Changes The Cavs Made (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

Bradley’s Health Is Critical To Celtics’ Playoff Run  (from Derek  Mcvay, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/14/avery-bradleys-health-critical-boston-celtics-playoff-run/

Westbrook & OKC Search For Balance (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/doing-too-much-no-but-westbrook-oklahoma-city-search-for-balance-ea6434cad79a#.i7epwecyu

NBA Metrics: The Worst 5 Defenders At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697532-nba-metrics-101-the-worst-5-defenders-at-every-position

Chris Paul’s Value To Clippers Huge On Both Ends Of Floor (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/15/one-team-three-stats-clippers-chris-paul-deandre-jordan-blake-griffin

Why The Nets Chose Dinwiddie Over Ferrell (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/15/brooklyn-nets-spencer-dinwiddie/

– Zubac: Playing His Way Into Lakers’ Future (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookie-center-ivica-zubac-is-playing-his-way-into-the-lakers-future/

Nets Are Beginning To Match Atkinson’s Vision  (from Charles Daye, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read it here: http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/03/14/nets-small-ball-kenny-atkinson-vision/

SAC 120, ORL 115: Takeaways  (from Basketball Intelligence):

   – The Kids Were Alright: Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere all impressed as starters as Coach Joerger rested  Afflalo, Lawson, Koufos and Evans (who is nursing an ankle injury).  It will be quite interesting to see to what extent  Joerger continues to give more playing time to the youngsters, who, after all, are expected to be key components as the Kings embark on building from the ground up.  Towering rookie Georgios Papagiannis also saw 11 minutes of action.

   – Veterans Darren Collison and Anthony Tolliver also played big roles: Collison provided leadership  with 13 assists to go along with 19 points and was +14. Tolliver scored 19 points, including a career-high 5 treys, several of which were delivered at key moments after Magic runs.

  – Another positive for the Kings was their ability to close out the game.  The tendency this season has been a startling inability to hold leads, regardless of size.  The Kings have generally been at their best when making up large deficits.

  – The Magic defended the paint well but closed out poorly at the three-point arc. The Kings thus were able to continue their success from distance, shooting 53.3 % as they hit 16 treys. As Elfrid Payton put it: ” Our emphais has been cutting off the paint, but I just think we did that too much and should have been closer to shooters.Credit them for making shots, but I would have liked to see us have stayed home (on shooters) a little more.”   The Magic also shot well from afar,hitting on 38.3% but that wasn’t good enough to offset their poor three-point defense.

  – The Kings continued their much-needed post-Cousins offensive balance as 7 players scored in double figures.

  – Elfrid Payton maintained his recent strong play with  60% shooting, 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic added 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting (including 3-for-3 from distance) and 9 rebounds.