Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/22/18

CLE 111, BOS 102 (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Celtics Face A Familiar Source Of Adversity: LBJ (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
Kyle Korver: Leaving It All On The Floor (from Tom Reed, The Athletic):
Tristan Thompson Re-Emerges As Cavs’ X-Factor (from Bill Bender, Sporting News):
GSW-HOU: Game Three Takeaways (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
The Rockets Have A Basic Math Problem Against The Dubs (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
HOU-GSW Game 4 Preview (from Matt Moore, The Action Network):
How D’Antoni Learned To Embrace Iso & Why He Won’t Stop Now (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Game Three: How The Rockets Triggered Super Steph (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
Never Question Steph’s Confidence (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
How The Dubs Have Neutralized CP3 (from Marcus Thompson II, The Athletic):
Quinn Cook Learned The Hard Way Not To Take A Single NBA Minute For Granted (from Melissa Rohlin, Mercury News):
Five Keys To Building A Championship Team (from Adam Spinella, Clutch Points):
Budenholzer’s Fit With The Bucks (from Tom Oates, Wisconsin State Journal):
An Agent’s Perspective On NBA Draft Early Entry Decisions (from Matt Babcock, Sports Illustrated):
Combine Buzz (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
5 Prospects Who Improved Their Stock At The Combine (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
Brian Bowen Faces NBA Deadline Decision Hinging On NCAA Facts He Doesn’t Have (from Jesse Dougherty/Will Hobson, Washington Post):
Jeremy Lin Still Fights Asian-American Stereotypes (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
For Preps & College Underclassmen, The G-League Is A Fact-Of-Life (from Keith Langlois, pisotns.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/9/18

In Appreciation Of Al Horford’s Brilliance (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How TJ McConnell Energized The Sixers In Game 4 (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
The Sixers’ Extreme Plan To Run Everything Through Their Two Stars (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
How Much Do Coaches Matter? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
After Making 1st Conference Finals, CP3 Asks: “Who Plays Just For That?” (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
CP3: The Ultimate Irony (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
– How D’Antoni Countered UTA’s Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
The Harden & Capela Oop Show (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Jazz: The Beat Will Go On (from Royce Young/Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
HOU-UTA Series Winners & Losers (from Jeff Balke, Houston Press):
Royce O’Neale Proved His Worth In The Playoffs (from Zachary Padmore, The J Notes):
Love & Korver Aren’t Just Watching LBJ (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
The Raptors’ Reliance On Fred Vanvleet (from Seerat Sohi, SB Nation):
Lin & Roberson: The Rare Patellar Tendon Rupture (from Dr. Rajpal Brar, The Injury Insight):
The #1 Goal Of Agents In The Pre-Draft Process (from Matt Babcock, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Kevin Pritchard (from Dan Dakich/Dakota Crawford, Indy Star):
Guide To Igor Koskoskov (from David Nash, TheIVPointPlay)):
How To Approach Prospect Evaluation: Ballhandling  (from Danny Leroux, Real GM):
Fizdale’s Biggest Success: Admitting His Failure (from Barbara Barker, Newsday):
Six Players Who May Surprise At The Combine (from Matt Norlander, CBS Sports):
Six Market-Value FAs Worth Watching (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Is Dual Coach/President Role Destined To Fail? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/6/17

Understanding The Contenders’ Playoff Rotations  (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/nba-playoffs-rotations-cavs-warriors/

–  Analyzing The Bucks’ Defensive Style  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

Read and watch it here: https://cleaningtheglass.com/do-the-bucks-stop-here/

CLE 114, BOS 91  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/05/onhoop/qlCBUZvrYVYC30VEYjT6DO/story.html

From Jay King, Masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2017/04/boston_celtics_cleveland_caval_16.html

 

 

 

DPOY Candidates: Gobert, D. Green, Leonard  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/argument-every-2016-17-defensive-player-year-candidate/

Richaun Holmes: Proving He Belongs In Sixers’ Rotation (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/05/richaun-holmes-proving-belongs-philadelphia-76ers-rotation/

Buddy Hield Is Stepping Up (from Tom West, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/buddy-hield-has-work-to-do-but-hes-stepping-up-with-sacramento-kings-2bb529014d9f

–  Mavs Have Bright Future With Harrison Barnes (from Paolo Pascual, The Smoking Cuban):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/05/dallas-mavericks-bright-future-barnes/

 Heat Find Success By Spreading The Wealth On Offense (from Nick Sciria, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/nylon-calculus-miami-heat-find-success-spreading-wealth-offense/

Don’t Hold Spurs’ System Against Kawhi In MVP Race (from Eli Horowitz, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/column-spurs-system-held-kawhi-leonard-mvp-race/

Jason Smith: The Ultimate Teammate Always Stays Ready  (from Zach Rosen, Washington Wizards Blog):

Read it here:  https://washingtonwizardsblog.monumentalsportsnetwork.com/2017/04/06/the-ultimate-teammate-jason-smith-always-stays-ready

Pin-Down Passing (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):

Watch it here: http://pickandpop.net/2017/04/pin-down-passing/

Role Player Of The Week: Frank Kaminsky  (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/hornets/role-player-of-the-week-frank-kaminsky/

Steph Curry In Middle School: Origin Of The Baby-Faced Assassin (from Marcus Thompson II, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2695972-stephen-curry-in-middle-school-the-origin-of-the-baby-faced-assassin

Brook Lopez: The (Offensive) Force Awakens  (from Charles Maniego, 16 Wins:

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/brook-lopez-the-offensive-force-awakens-dec531e6aade

TOR 105, DET 102 :10 Observations (from William Lou, The Defeated):

Read it here: https://medium.com/the-defeated/10-things-i-saw-from-raptors-pistons-holy-shit-lowry-is-back-4e0c37740670

Blazers: Surviving Without Nurkic  (from Raymond Simms, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/05/portland-trail-blazers-barely-surviving/

Morey’s Case For Exec Of The Year  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/06/daryl-morey-case-executive-year/

Korver Returns To 3-Point Leaderboard  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/kyle-korver-3-point-leaderboard/

Gasol, Grizzlies Focused On Finding Rhythm  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2017/04/06/grizzlies-morning-after-gasol-grizzlies-focused-finding-rhythm/100116862/

Increase In Confidence Key For Luwawu-Caborrot  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-increase-confidence-key-luwawu-cabarrot

Monty Williams: Life After Tragedy (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/06/monty-williams-wife-ingrid-family-tragedy-spurs-thunder-pelicans

5 Things We Learned From Eurocup 2016-17  (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/5-things-learned-eurocup-2016-2017/

Isaiah Thomas: Picture Me Rollin’  (from Peter Walsh, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/the-magazine/features/isaiah-thomas-celtics-cover-story/#L2Ut5Ji5ajPlhuiR.97

–  Nets’ Turnaround Coincides With Lin’s Return  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here: http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-turnaround-coincides-with-jeremy-lin-s-return-1.13367899

The NBA’s Subtle, Vital Scheduling Factor  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-nbas-subtle-vital-scheduling-factor/

Langston Galloway: Ready And Steady  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article142963964.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/6/17

The Next Generation: Giannis Antetokounmpo  (from Rory Masterson, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/06/next-generation-giannis-antetokounmpo/

The Next Generation: Zach LaVine (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/06/next-generation-zach-lavine/

The Rockets’ Bench Is Taking Them To New Heights  (from Eric Spyropolous, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/blast-off-the-houston-rockets-bench-is-taking-them-to-new-heights-4b14609f8b0a#.fhwsrmqar

–  Sets, Plays And Actions: Korver Is In The Perfect Situation (from Preston Mott, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/sets-plays-actions-kyle-korver-perfect-situation-17a84f34f269#.qbpuiz9p5

Gordon Hayward: The Basketball Player For Basketball Junkies (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/while-you-werent-looking-gordon-hayward-became-amazing-abb2d361c744#.497tavop0

Kawhi’s “Two-Wayness” Makes Him Special (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News);

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Leonard-s-quiet-MVP-campaign-gaining-noise-10979025.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=d6c796c9b94d6fa174

February Wrap-Up, Willy Hernangomez, Sets Of The Week, More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/05/coaches-seat-february-wrap-willy-hernangomez-sets-week/

Video Breakdown: The Dubs Deal Death By 1000 Back Cuts (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/3/5/14823060/nba-2017-highlights-video-analysis-knicks-warriors-back-cuts

Sunday’s Top Performances: Tyler Ulis/Paul George/Bojan Bogdanovic (from Chris Almeida, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/tyler-ulis-suns-celtics-isaiah-thomas-62657eaec858#.n9hrvfh6m

Saturday Recap (from Keith Smith, fanrag.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-clippers-spurs-come-behind-pick-wins/

How Kyrie Became The NBA’s Best Ball-Handler (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/kyrie-irving-dribbling-cleveland-cavaliers/

Suddenly, Mavs Seem To Have “Real Potential” For Future  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4706725/suddenly-mavs-seem-to-have-real-potential-for-future

Al-Farouq Aminu Has Rediscovered His Jump Shot  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2017/03/al-farouq_aminu_aka_el_hefe_rediscovers_jumper_for.html

Bucks Believe Maker’s Minutes Are Time Well Spent (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/05/bucks-believe-thon-makers-minutes-time-well-spent/98769364/

Next For The Magic: Learning to Make And Defend Three-Point Shots  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/06/next-orlando-magic-mastering-3-point-line/

LaMarcus Aldridge: Struggling On Offense But Still Pulling His Weight (from Jared Johnson, fanrag.com);

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/lamarcus-aldridge-struggling-offense-hes-still-pulling-weight/

New Type Of Center: The Stretch 5  (from James,  Basketball Gods):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballgods.net/evolution-nba-center-created-new-type-center-called-stretch-5-new1/

–  Why The Pelicans Should Run The Triangle (from Kumar, Bourbon Street Shots):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/06/alvin-gentrys-secret-sauce-a-look-at-why-the-pelicans-should-run-the-triangle/

Stanley Johnson’s Challenging But Promising Season  (from Duncan Smith, Piston Powered):

Read and watch it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2017/03/06/detroit-pistons-stanley-johnson-speaks/

Spotting Reggie Jackson’s Time Is Prudent (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/rod-beard/2017/03/05/beard-spotting-jacksons-time-prudent/98791086/

Bogut’s Arrival Completes Deepest Bench In Cavs’ History  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/andrew_boguts_arrival_complete.html

Justin Harper Jumps Eagerly Into Latest Opportunity  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-harper-jumps-eagerly-latest-nba-opportunity

D-League: Jarrod Uthoff Is Receiving NBA Interest  (from Cole Shelton, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/5/14814448/jarrod-uthoff-nba-dleague-fort-wayne-mad-ants

QOTN (from David Locke):  ” Sacramento had great balance and played really hard. They didn’t complain about calls every second and they had a zest to how they played.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/3/17 PART ONE

The Invisible Superpowers Of Steven Adams  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/02/steven-adams-screens-russell-westbrook-thunder-the-craft

Do Two-Center Lineups Still Work?  (from Reinis Lacis, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/02/two-center-lineups-still-work-nba/

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

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18808626/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-golden-state-warriors-nba

Top Defenders So Far This Season (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2695467-2017-nba-defensive-player-of-the-year-rankings-at-start-of-march

February Was One Of Blake Griffin’s Best Months Ever  (from Rowan Kavner, clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/blake-feature-170228/

The Sixers Should Be Thanking Sam Hinkie  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-the-76ers-should-be-thanking-sam-hinkie-145925655.html

Matt Barnes: Polarizing Pariah  (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/04/10/matt-barnes-los-angeles-clippers-kobe-bryant-lakers-chris-paul

Arvydas Sabonis: The Original Unicorn  (from Keith Smith, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/arvydas-sabonis-the-original-unicorn-a10ab6c3738e#.l3co0iy3n

Who’s Got Next?: The GM Edition (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Readit here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-whos-got-next-the-gm-edition/

Defense Is Key For Taurean Prince (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/defense-key-prince-place-hawks-rotation/8jKM0UFDGfWA5j86zDL4fM/

Fizdale Preaches Patience With Parson’s Comeback Progress (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/mikecheck-fizdale-defends-parsons-maintain-patience-amid-struggles-170302/

Can DMC & Pels Adjust In Time? (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/18810923/new-orleans-fits-cousins-pelicans-win

Three Ways Jennings Will Improve Wizards’ Bench (from Jerran Anderson, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/03/washington-wizards-brandon-jennings/

Okaro White’s New Challenge (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article136184758.html

Hawks: Finding Ilyasova’s Role (from Tyler Sellers, Soaring Down South):

Read it here: http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/03/03/the-many-possibilities-and-strategies-of-ersan-ilyasova/

Korver Kalculus  (from Mitch Suchan, cavstheblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cavstheblog.com/?p=46410

The Importance Of Avery Bradley’s Defense (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725409/avery-bradley-offers-reminder-of-how-important-his-defense-is-for-celtics

Four Types Of Passes The Hawks Are Using With Dwight Howard  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/four-types-passes-hawks-are-using-dwight-howard

Isaiah Whitehead: Opportunity Knocking  (from Cory Wright, nets.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2017/02/21/opportunity-knocking-isaiah-whitehead

At Friendship Or Business, Noah Kone Will Manage  (from David Ramil, Fansided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/03/noah-kone-will-manage/

NOTE:  PART TWO of Today’s Basketball Intelligence will be published later today.