Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/23/17

GSW 129, SAS 115 (from 16 Wins):
Questions The Spurs Need To Answer (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
LaMarcus Aldridge Faces Career Crossroads (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
The LBJ-Kyrie Pick-And-Roll (from Zach Lowe):
After Heartbreak And Healing, Dreams Come True For Avery Bradley (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
Video Breakdown: BOS-CLE: Game-Winning ATO (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Marcus Smart’s Shot Arrives Just In Time (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Without IT, BOS Found Success In Low Post (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Cavs: Too Many Defensive Breakdowns In Game Three (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Prospects More Open To D-League (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):
The Euroleague Final Four (from Emmet Ryan, ballineurope.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/16/17

Video Breakdown: Simpler Offense Helped GSW Win Game One (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How GSW Took Advantage Of Kawhi’s Absence (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Spurs Need Aldridge To Be More Decisive (from Chris Barnewall, CBS Sports):
Durant Reiterated His Value In Game One Comeback (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Injuries Give Spurs’ Reserves A Chance To Shine (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Kerr’s Absence: The True Test Of A Leader (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
Life Against The Warriors: Flawless Defense, But Then It’s One Mistake And It’s A Layup (from Ben Falk):
The Warriors Routinely Erase Big Deficits (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
BOS 115, WAS 105 (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Marcus Smart’s Great, Invisible Game (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Al Horford’s  Series Vs The Wizards In One Ridiculous Shot Chart (from Gary Dzen, boston.com):
Olynyk: The Improbable Hero (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Appreciating The Celtics’ Moment (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Three Reasons Why Cavs Shouldn’t Overlook Celtics (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports):
Jonathan Jeanne’s Combine Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
BOS-CLE: What Numbers Could Be Difference Makers?  (from Mark Simon/John McTigue. ESPN):
Is Everyone Waiting On David Griffin? (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):
Canada Is Now One Of The Sources Of Elite Recruits (from Michael Fletcher, The Undefeated):
KAT Q & A (from Reid Forgrave, CBS Sports):

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 3/27/17

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 3/22/17 PART ONE

Karl-Anthony Towns From The Triple Threat Position (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/22/karl-towns-triple-threat-timberwolves/

Dario Saric’s Compelling ROY Case (from Ben Detrick, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/dario-saric-interview-philadelphia-76ers-nba-ae72d28e5ac2#.n1x63vam3

From Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense: http://thesixersense.com/2017/03/22/philadelphia-76ers-dario-saric-steps-up/

Brett Brown’s Patience Promotes Confidence  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-more-minutes-rookies-mean-more-opportunities-learn

Deciphering Julius Randle’s Talent & Value (from Adam Jospeh, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/deciphering-the-talent-value-of-julius-randle-9d1ec04b3721#.ujgd0qsdl

The Mavericks’ Rebuild  (from Vijay Vemu, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and wtach it here: https://16winsaring.com/life-after-dirk-how-the-dallas-mavericks-slowly-made-an-investment-in-youth-b847b0b7149b#.8arkqwbgs

 The Raptors’ Defensive Improvement (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/raptors/raptors-defensive-improvement-leading-without-kyle-lowry/

DPOY Watch (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read and watch it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/defensive-player-of-the-year-watch/

By The Numbers: Top 5 Defenders At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698613-metrics-101-the-top-5-nba-defenders-at-every-position

Ranking The Most Hopeless Teams (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/22/nba-hopeless-rebuilding-teams-knicks-nets-lakers

How Brogdon Went From Draft Afterthought To All-Rookie Team Season (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698424-how-malcolm-brogdon-went-from-nba-draft-afterthought-to-rookie-of-the-year-race

From Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated:  https://theundefeated.com/features/milwaukee-bucks-malcolm-brogdon-nba-rookie-of-the-year-race/

Anthony Tolliver: So Good At Taking Charges That A Stat Was Invented For Him  (from Chris Herring, fivetirtyeight.com):

Read and watch it here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nba-player-whos-so-good-at-taking-charges-we-created-a-stat-for-him/

Pacers: Hurtling Toward A Wild Summer  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18959003/zach-lowe-paul-george-future-indiana-pacers

Millsap’s Heavy Load Is Taking Its Toll (from Graham Chapple, Hawks Hoop):

Read and watch it here: http://hawkshoop.com/millsaps-heavy-load-finally-takes-toll/

How Kelly Oubre Can Keep His Spot In Wizards’ Rotation (from Marcus Atkinson, Sr., Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/3/22/14972452/kelly-oubre-washington-wizards-rotation-player-analysis-defense-open-shots

DMC’s Big Night Sparks Pelicans’ Dimming Playoff Hopes  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/1127/demarcus-cousins-big-night-sparks-pelicans-dimming-playoff-hopes

Bucks’ Lockdown Defense Thwarts Blazers At Finish  (from Charles F. Gardner, isonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/22/bucks-93-trail-blazers-90-lockdown-defense-thwarts-blazers-finish/99432128/

Marcus Smart’s Burgeoning Post Game (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/22/marcus-smarts-burgeoning-post-game/

Behind The Numbers: Why Does Conley Shoot Better With Parsons On The Floor? (from Ross Jarrar, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2017/3/22/15016904/memphis-grizzlies-stats-they-got-numbers-part-2-mike-conley

Len’s Future With The Suns Is In Question (from Gavin Schall, arizonasports.com):

Read it here: http://arizonasports.com/story/1065093/alex-len-future-with-suns-is-in-question/

Euroleague Overview (from Andrew Bernucca, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/catching-up-on-euroleague-basketball-cbc6ffc75671#.njzydfmsi

D-League: Trahson Burrell (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/21/15010848/trahson-burrell-nba-dleague-nbadl-nbadleague

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