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 4/27/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Mike Conley: One Of The NBA’s Best Has Been Perpetually Overshadowed (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
Wednesday Recap (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
BOS-CHI: Game Five Takeaways (from Patrick Sheetz, Pippin Ain’t Easy):
Avery Bradley’s Two-Way Play Powers Game Five Win (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Horford Proves His Worth (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Celtics’ Xs & Os (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Brad Stevens Has Changed His Sets To Give Isaiah Thomas More Space To Work (from Keith Smith,  Celtics Blog):
–  Isaiah Thomas Doesn’t Back Down (from Carvell Wallace ESPN):
The Celtics And Raptors Gained Control By “Going Small”  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
DeMarre Carroll Loves Seeing The Raptors Pass More (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
Kidd’s Composed Style Resonates With Bucks’ Players (from Lori Nickel, jsonline.com):
Anticipating Possible Bucks’ Lineup Tweaks (from Blake Murphy, Raptors HQ):
WAS-ATL: Bradley Beal’s Continued Emergence (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Scott Brooks Is Proving His Worth (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):
Game 5: The Wizards Maligned Bench Came Through With Just Enough (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
The Hawks Have Found A Two-Way Gem In Taurean Prince  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Jazz Win By Forcing Their Pace (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Boris Diaw Is Showing Off His Old Man’s Game (from David Vertsberger, Fanrag Sports):
Utah Has Cooled Clips’ Long-Range Attack By Contesting Shots (from All That Amar, SLC Dunk):
Chris Paul: The Clippers’ Last Hope (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Eric Gordon Is Giving The Rockets Exactly What They Need (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):
The Rockets Adapted Out Of Necessity (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
How The Warriors Helped McGee Go From Joke To Feel-Good Story  (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
–  Six Takeaways From The Playoffs So Far (from Ethan Sears, Sportsnaut):
David Stern: It Was “Inexcusable” For The Nets’ To Have Rested Their Starters In The Last Regular Season Game (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/20/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

HOU-OKC: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/houston-rockets-oklahoma-city-thunder-game-2-analysis-563af76b69f6

From Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-houston-rockets-game-2-3b9ea97d31c5

GSW-POR: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/golden-state-warriors-portland-trail-blazers-game-2-analysis-b3ba67319da9

From Anthony Slater, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/20/five-observations-from-the-warriors-game-2-win-over-the-blazers/

How JaVale McGee Has Revived His Career And Reputation (from Harry Lyles, Jr, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/20/14846126/javale-mcgee-warriors-nba-playoffs-2017-shaqtin-a-fool

From Sam Amick, USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/20/javale-mcgee-warriors-playoffs/100685582/

Video Breakdown: JaVale McGee’s Alley-Oop Dunks (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/4/20/15368108/nba-playoffs-2017-video-warriors-blazers-game-2-javale-mcgee-alley-oop-dunk

WAS-ATL: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/washington-wizards-atlanta-hawks-game-2-analysis-a5ed9eed29ba

Pacers: Essential Adjustments For Game 3 (from Adrian Lawhorn Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/19/indiana-pacers-adjustments-game-3/

Myles Turner Has Underperformed So Far (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/20/myles-turner-lance-stephenson-indiana-pacers-try-play-better-series/

CLE-IND: 5 Takeaways From 1st Two Games (from Zach Geoghegan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/19/cleveland-cavaliers-5-takeaways-2-games/

MIL-TOR: 6 Takeaways So Far (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/milwaukee-bucks/content/bucking-trends-6-key-takeaways-from-the-milwaukee-toronto-series

How Kidd Is Managing Bucks’ Rotation (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/19/notes-kidd-managing-shortened-playoff-rotation/100621030/

Tucker & Ibaka Play Critical Roles For Raptors (from Jordan Ritter, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-toronto-raptors-pj-tucker-serge-ibaka-1e60c1f15413

How Giannis Is Doing It (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/how-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-folding-the-basketball-floor-like-origami-vs-the-raptors/

CHI/BOS: Why It is Not The Typical 1-8 Matchup (from Andrew Tobolowsky, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/19/bulls-celtics-butler-isaiah-thomas-playoffs/

Brad Stevens: Bulls Are Defending Us Like The Hawks Did; Lineup Changes Are Possible  (from Jay King, Mass Live):

Read and watch it here: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2017/04/brad_stevens_chicago_bulls_def.html

Robin Lopez’ Value Is On Full Display (from Easy Eis, Blog-a-bull):

Read and watch it here: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/4/19/15358596/the-value-of-robin-lopez-is-already-on-full-display-nba-playoffs-round-1-bulls-celtics-april-2017

Mirotic, Zipser And Portis have Been Huge So Far (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/new-big-three

How The Bulls Have Taken A 2-0 Lead (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/19/revitalized-rondo-bulls-take-commanding-2-0-lead/

The Top 5 Ways The Celtics Can Get Even (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?index=3&list=PLpIcK3MilCnYExvhkqMfPj1_qz6X3m_eh&v=7fzbIscLPok

–  The Value Of Gobert’s Defense And More About The Jazz (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/19/coaching-spin-jazz-sleeper-behind-gobert-hayward/

Quin Snyder’s Circuitous Path Helped Him Grow Into Successful NBA Coach (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/19/jazzs-quin-snyder-credits-circuitous-path-for-helping-him-grow-into-nba-head-coach/

5 Factors For Spurs’ Success (from Yegor Kariaguine, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/san-antonio-spurs/content/five-factors-for-spurs-playoff-success

Who Is Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On “D”? (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nba-players-who-are-too-busy-complaining-to-get-back-on-d/

Like almost everyone, Basketball Intelligence’s favorite NBA journalist/reporter/analyst is Zach Lowe.  Who will the “next generation Zach”?   For us, the leading contender is Adam Spinella of BBall Breakdown.  Just wanted to go on record before the bandwagon for Adam starts rolling.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/11/17

James Johnson: Heat’s PF Of The Future?  (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/10/miami-heat-teams-power-forward-future-already-roster/

Josh Richardson: Stepping Up In Waiters’ Absence (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/josh-richardson-is-stepping-up-in-the-absence-of-dion-waiters/

Monday Recap (from Keith Smith, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-celtics-win-get-help-heat-cavs/

Jazz: Most Interesting 1st Round Playoff Team (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/utah-jazz-2016-17-nba-playoffs-first-round-rudy-gobert-gordon-hayward-9ecb093c7a41

The Wizards’ Offense Wouldn’t Hum Without Gortat  (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/washingtons-offense-wouldnt-hum-without-marcin-gortat

Rudy Gobert Has His Peers’ Respect (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/04/11/rudy-gobert-may-fly-under-the-radar-but-he-has-his-peers-respect/

Chris Paul’s Court Vision (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/11/chris-paul-court-vision-passing-clippers-nba-playoffs

Thon Maker’s Development (from Nick Metallinos, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com.au/nba/story/_/id/19122333/milwaukee-bucks-thon-maker-well-ahead-nba-development

From Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/milwaukee-bucks/content/are-we-ready-for-playoff-thon-maker

A Look At The Nets’ Logjam Of Wings (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/10/big-decisions-await-for-nets-a-look-at-the-logjam-of-wing-players/

Willy Hernangomez: The Right Fit With Porzingis? (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/knicks/is-willy-hernangomez-the-right-fit-for-the-knicks-next-to-kristaps-porzingis/

In The Film Room With Andre Roberson (from Fred Katz, Norman Transcript):

Read and watch it here: http://www.normantranscript.com/oklahoma/in-the-film-room-with-all-defensive-team-candidate-and/article_df98406c-1e8d-11e7-a512-a3ddec818c21.html

Jusuf Nurkic Q & A (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/10/morning-tip-qa-portland-trail-blazers-jusuf-nurkic

Ingles is No Average Joe  (from Sam Eley, The Four Point Play):

Read and watch it here:  https://thefourpointplay.blog/2017/04/11/winner-average-joes-ingles/

 The Gobles: First Siblings On NBA Officiating Staff (from Brian Mahoney, AP):

Read it here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/ref-relatives-gobles-1st-siblings-on-nba-officiating-staff-1.3363650

The Upcoming Privacy Battle Over Wearables (from  Jeremy Venook, The Atlantic):

Read it here: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/04/biometric-tracking-sports/522222/

 

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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