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

How The Warriors Built Something Special (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Solution To The Cavs’ Defensive Woes Is To Fix Their Offense  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
Has Curry Figured Out How To Defend LBJ Pick-And-Rolls? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Film Study: Durant Protected The Rim In Game One (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Game One Takeaways (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
A Closer Look At Klay’s Game One Defense (from Jimmy Durkin, Mercury News):
Should The Cavs Attack Steph? (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
The Warriors’ Bigs Have Become A Big Advantage In The Playoffs (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):
Cavs Need More From Tristan Thompson (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
The Dubs Don’t Need Klay To Be A Scorer (from Adi Joesph, USA Today):
How The Warriors Defend Irving (from Eric Apricot, BBall Breakdown):
Brown Leads Warriors While Waiting For Kerr (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
Cavs’ Architect David Griffin’s Future Is Uncertain (from Joe Drape, NYTimes):
The NBA’s Most Profitable Play: Drawing A 3-Shot Foul (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
JVG Q & A (from Steve Serby, NYPost):
New Orlando Exec Weltman Known For Smarts, Toughness, Kindness (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Mason Plumlee Deserves Another Chance With The Nuggets (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
The Age Minimum Isn’t Working.  Here Is A Solution (fromTom Ziller, SBNation):
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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 5/14/17

WCF Preview (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
The Spurs Will Need More Game Six LMA  (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):
Spurs Relish Underdog Role (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
Patty Mills Steps In For TP (from Ron Kroichick, SFGate):
Mike Brown’s Ties To Pop, Spurs Run Deep (from Tom Orsborn, Express-News)):
Popovich Should Be Coach Of The Year Every Year (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
You Can’t Always See Good Coaching But You Can See The Effects Of It  (from Lee Dresie, Pounding The Rock):
The Dubs’ Commitment To Dominant Defense (from Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post):
David West Sacrificed Millions In Search For A Title (from Daniel Brown, Mercury News):
Everything Horford Brings To The Celtics In 7 Plays (from Gary Dzen, boston.com):
Beal Smart To Go After Celtics’ Bigs (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic):
D’Antoni Vows To Add Layers (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
The Combine (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
How Do Max Contracts Work? (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/24/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Joe Johnson Steps Up In Teammate’s Absence, Again (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/harper-joe-johnson-steps-up-in-teammates-absence-to-win-again/

Joe Ingles, Unlikely Hero (from Brad Rowland, Dime Mag):

Read and watch it here: http://uproxx.com/dimemag/joe-ingles-utah-jazz-defense-x-factor/

BOS-CHI: Game 4 recap (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/bulls-powerless-stop-isaiah-thomas-game-4/

From Tyler Pleiss, Blog A Bull: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/4/24/15403654/brad-stevens-has-adjusted-since-game-2-fred-hoiberg-has-failed-to-counter

HOU-OKC: Game 4 Recap (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/harper-mike-dantoni-strangles-flow-game-4-put-rockets-3-1/

From Whitney Medworth, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15401848/thunder-rockets-stupid-ending-nba-playoffshttp://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15401848/thunder-rockets-stupid-ending-nba-playoffs

From Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Nene-perfect-solution-for-Rockets-in-Game-4-win-11093531.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=181f84812d438d9cbb

Nene Is The Perfect Complement To Harden (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/nene-james-harden-rockets-thunder/

Video Breakdown: How The Rockets Launch Eric Gordon From Three-Point Range (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Watch it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/24/eric-gordon-rockets-thunder-game-4-win-3-pointers-screens-video-breakdown-james-harden-russell-westbrook/

It’s Past Time To Ban Hack-A-Whoever Intentional Away From The Ball Fouling (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/24/15401814/nba-hack-a-shaq-intentional-fouling-ban-rule-andre-roberson

Mike Conley: Stone-Cold Killer (from Zito Madu, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15398154/mike-conley-grizzlies-highlights-spurs-game-4-assasin

How Mike Brown Has Evolved As A Coach (from J.A. Adande, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19228069/nba-mike-brown-steps-evolved-coach-place-steve-kerr

Steve Kerr’s Suffering: Hard To Watch, Harder To Live (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/steve-kerrs-suffering-hard-watch-harder-live-055119678.html

Weekend Recap (from The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/24/rotation-raptors-appreciate-chris-paul/

Play-Off Report Card (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/24/nba-playoffs-grades-first-round-lebron-james-russell-westbrook-isaiah-thomas

CLE-IND: Game 4 Takeaways (from Jackson Flickinger, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/24/cleveland-cavaliers-indiana-pacers-game-4-what-we-learned/

Taking LBJ’s Greatness For Granted (from Robbie DiPaolo, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/24/has-lebron-james-greatness-taken-granted/

Is ISO-Ball Actually Good For The Raptors? (from Sean Woodley, RaptorsHQ):

Read and watch it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/24/15399848/nba-playoffs-2017-toronto-raptors-milwaukee-bucks-iso-ball-success

Today’s Basketball Intelligence Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Former NBA/ABA Official Jess Kersey, who passed away on Saturday:

From David Teel, Daily Press:  http://www.dailypress.com/dp-spt-teel-column-jess-kersey-passes-20170422-column.html

 

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/