Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/24/17

CLE 112, BOS 99 (from 16 Wins):
Stop Betting Against Isaiah Thomas (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
The Marcus Smart Brand Is Mayhem (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
JR Smith’s Defense Is Upside Down (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
What Makes The Warriors Different? (from Mike Prada, Ben Epstein, Chris Herring):
Popovich, Spurs Adapt & Endure (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
Dejounte Murray Has A Bright Future (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Which Flaws Some Of The Top Young Players Each Need To Work On This Summer (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Alvin Gentry Q & A (from Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com):
Juan Hernangomez Q & A (from Jorge Sierra, Hoops Hype):
Mis-Evaluating Coaches (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Byron Scott On His Two Seasons As Lakers’ Coach  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Analyzing Some Of The Top Draft Prospects (from Fran Fraschilla/Matt Mosley/Bobby Karalla, The PostUp/Mavs.com):
The 3-And-D Prospect Is A Must-Have Archetype In The Draft (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Orlando Magic Hire Jeff Weltman & John Hammond (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Meet Mo Bamba (from Ricky O’Donnell, SBNation):
Chris Boucher Has A Unique Skill Set And Story (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Jake Wiley’s Unusual Path Has Turned Him Into A Draft Sleeper (from Matt Norlander, CBS Sports):
Jeff Van Gundy’s Victory (from Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle):
Time For Bogdan Bogdanovic To Take NBA Plunge (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

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

 

Bob Ferry: 79-Year Old Scout Has Embraced Analytics But Hasn’t Abandoned The Eye Test (from Roman Stubbs, Washington Post):
Will The Cavs Give IT The Curry Treatment?  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back);
ECF Preview (from 16 Wins):
The Celtics Break Through (from JM Poulard, BBll Breakdown):
Jaylen Brown Can’t Stop LBJ But The Celtics Need Him To Try (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Al Horford Is Having A Historic Postseason (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
How Kyrie Irving Learned To Love Being Himself (from Flinder Boyd, Bleacher Report):
GSW 136, SAS 100 (from 16 Wins):
Takeaways From WCF Game Two (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
Steph Is Back (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Finding A Draymond Green Replica Is Complicated (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
Lottery Winners And Losers (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
The Celtics Make Their Own Luck (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Big Questions Await Wizards (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Latest Attempt To Promote Competition: $200 Million Contracts (from Jeremy Venook, The Atlantic):
CSKA President Andrey Vatutin Q & A (from David Pick, Eurobasket.com):

 

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 3/27/17

James Harden’s Historic MVP Season (from Kelly Scaletta, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/27/james-harden-unequivocal-mvp/

Jokic’s Defense, Resting Players, Bargain Shopping For Big Men, Much More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/27/coaches-seat-jokics-defense-solution-resting-players-bargain-shopping-big-men/

Jason Terry: Coach on The Floor  (from Ananth Pandian, The Step Back): Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/27/jason-terry-milwaukee-bucks-veteran-leadership/

Celtics: Improvement More Important Than Top Seed (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_after_catching_cavaliers_celtics_value_improvement_over_top_seed

Harden Facilitates Team Shooting Exhibition In Romp Over Thunder (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-romp-over-Thunder-all-about-team-11029429.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=bf5a2b8416438d9cbb

Making Sense Of Draft Lottery Odds, Protected Picks  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it ere: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/26/nba-draft-lottery-odds-lakers-kings-protected-picks/99663998/

Video Breakdown: How To Ice The Pick-And-Roll On Defense  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Read it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/27/ice-pick-and-roll-coverage-nba-defense-video-breakdown-karl-anthony-towns-isaiah-thomas/

 Klay Thompson Has Sparked The Dubs In KD’s Absence  (from Thomas Duffy, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/klay-thompson-sparked-warriors-kevin-durants-injury/

Kyrie Irving Is Now Defending PGs: Results So Far Are Not Promising (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

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

BKN 107, ATL 92: Five Observations (from Chirs Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here: http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/how-the-hawks-bad-luck-led-another-rapidly-mounting-losses/IwImT4Z8MsEIDolTPyYsVK/

How Marcus Smart Has Developed His Post Game  (from Danny Emerman, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/how-marcus-smart-has-developed-into-an-elite-post-player-9d043f32eaf2#.uvo2pclew

Shots Aren’t Falling But Marcus Smart Is Still Impacting Winning (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725662/shots-arent-falling-but-marcus-smart-still-impacts-winning-for-celtics

PJ Tucker Is Fueling The Raptors (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/tucker-fuelling-raptors-improving-defence

33-Year Old Iguodala Is Looking Springy And Fresh  (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury News):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/27/springy-andre-iguodala-gives-warriors-a-boost/

Cavs Aren’t Using All Of Their Defensive Talent  (from Alexander Gaddis, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/27/cleveland-cavaliers-use-defensive-talent/

Clippers Collapse At Home Vs Kings  (from Lucas Hann, clipsnation.com):

Read it here: http://www.clipsnation.com/2017/3/26/15067356/game-recap-la-clippers-collapse-lose-at-home-to-sacramento-kings-98-97-doc-rivers

Mavs Have Knack For Finding Diamonds In The Rough (from Saad Yousuf, mavs.com):

Read it here: https://www.mavs.com/mavs-have-knack-for-finding-diamonds-in-the-rough/

Is Thibs Overusing His Stars? (from Drew Mahowald, canishoopus.com):

Read it here: http://www.canishoopus.com/2017/3/27/15065512/tom-thibodeaus-minutes-tendencies

Ricky Rubio’s Renaissance (from Michael Vu, The Sports Quotient):

Read it here: http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2017/3/27/is-this-ricky-rubios-rickenaissance

Bryn Forbes: Learning A New Position (from Melissa Rohlin, Express News):

Read it here: http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Forbes-still-learning-new-position-11030323.php

Eurocup Final Preview  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fansided.com):

Read it here: https://fansided.com/2017/03/27/eurocup-final-preview-unicaja-malaga-valencia-live-stream-watch-online/

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.”