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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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/17 PART ONE

Defensive Philosophy: Draymond Green Q & A (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/07/draymond-green/

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

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19095972/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-rajon-rondo-nba

 

 

 

Horford & The Celtics’ Defensive Rebounding Struggles (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/07/nylon-calculus-al-horford-celtics-defensive-rebounding/

Latest Twist In D’Antoni’s Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Latest-twist-in-Mike-D-Antoni-s-offense-taking-10969231.php?t=f10c5562a1438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

Why Chris Paul  Has Become The “Forgotten Man” (from Andrew Miller, 16 Wins):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/chris-paul-has-become-the-forgotten-man-19d7ca0c391

Khris Middleton Is (Secretly) One Of The Best Players In The Assn. (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-milwaukee-bucks-khris-middleton-secretly-great-23e6de47dc96

Kyle Lowry’s Return  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/raptors/kyle-lowry-returns-raptors-emphasis/

Made-Up Awards For 2016-17  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/07/nba-awards-alternative-russell-westbrook-golden-state-warriors

–  Blake Griffin Is Heating Up  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/blake-748706-jordan-clippers.html

–  Will The Cavs Use A “Secret” Fix In The Playoffs?  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2702251-the-cleveland-cavaliers-have-a-secret-weapon-for-playoffs-but-will-they-use-it

The Suns’ Chronic Fouling (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-suns-get-whistled-more-than-a-high-school-gym-class/

JVG Q & A (from Russ Bengtson, Complex.com):

Read it here:  http://www.complex.com/sports/2017/04/jeff-van-gundy-doesnt-think-its-guarantee-cavs-make-it-out-to-the-finals

Nogueira: Buried On Raptors’ Bench  (from Jordan Kligman, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/toronto-raptors/content/bebe-sleeps

The Timberwolves’ Improvements This Season (from Cyril Girgis, Dancing With Wolves):

Read and watch it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/04/07/3-areas-timberwolves-improved-last-season/

MIP Candidates (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2701552-metrics-101-whos-really-the-nbas-most-improved-player

The COY Candidates (from Matthew Perez, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2017/04/07/a-case-for-gregg-popovich-coach-year/

Budenholzer: Still An Elite Coach  (from Xavier Cooper, Soaring Down South):

Read it here:  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/04/07/dont-let-this-season-fool-you-mike-budenholzer-is-still-one-of-the-nbas-elite-coaches/

Kings’ Rookie Skal Labissiere (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700638-god-has-a-plan-the-seas-have-parted-for-kings-rookie-skal-labissiere

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

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.”