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 4/7/17 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 2/1/17

Is LeBron Playing Too Many Minutes?  (from Brandon Anderson, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/lebron-james-is-playing-way-too-many-minutes-a9d8849c5863#.i7uqocfap

–  Thunder Stay Disciplined With Westbrook’s Workload  (from Royce Young, ESPN):

Read it here; http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/2219/thunder-staying-disciplined-in-managing-russell-westbrooks-workload

–  Jeff Teague: What Paul George Needed  (from Jason Oliver, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/indiana-pacers-jeff-teague-upgrade/

–  Sachin Gupta: The Driving Force Behind Many Of Hinkie’s Trades  (from Derek Bodner, phillymag.com):

Read it here: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/01/31/sachin-gupta-trades-sam-hinkie/

Kevin Durant: Warriors’ Chief Shot Blocker  (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/31/durant-reaching-new-heights-as-warriors-chief-shot-blocker/

From Monte Poole, CSN Bay Area:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/durants-work-defense-paying-warriors-see-room-improvement

–  Coach Malone On The Nuggets Without Jokic  (from Lou Ponsi, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/31/nuggets-danilo-gallinari-helping-with-nikola-jokic-out/

–  Why Pull-Up 3-Pointers Have Taken Over  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch t here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/01/pull-up-3-pointers-lowry-curry-harden/

–  Return Of The Dragon: How Dragic Is Spearheading The Heat  (from Spencer Lund, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/highlight/return-of-the-dragon-how-the-all-nba-goran-dragic-is-spearheading-miamis-winning-streak/

Myles Turner’s Post Defense Is Essential And A Work In Progress (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turners-blocks-give-pacers-something-build

Jason Kidd’s Juggling Act At PF  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: Power overload: Kidd faces juggling act at key position

Hoiberg, Bulls Searching For Answers (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/31/coaching-spin-hoiberg-bulls-searching-answers/

Crowder Cares About Winning, Not Stats (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Readit here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725117/jae-crowder-flirting-with-50-40-90-club-but-more-interested-in-wins

–  Tuesday Roundup, Featuring Wizards, Lowry, Kawhi  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2689053-tuesday-nba-roundup-washington-wizards-emerging-as-dark-horse-out-east

–  Monday’s Best Performances: Harrison Barnes/DeMarcus Cousins  (from Chris Almeida, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/harrison-barnes-isnt-as-bad-as-you-think-he-is-2009ccc0ae2#.eq6ojh6h3

Unbreakable Bonds: The Player-Coach Relationship  (from Brian Witt, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/unbreakable-bonds-player-coach-relationship/

 Lucas Nogueira Q & A  (from Donnovan Bennett, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-nogueira-comes-raptors-defence-offers-advice-caboclo/

–  The Cavs And Korver Need Time (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/01/cavaliers-kyle-korver-need-time/

How Tarik Black Balanced Basketball And Books To Earn His Master’s Degree (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/tarik-black-lakers-masters-degree/

 Ian Clark: Not “Smoke And Mirrors”  (from George Kkndoleon, 16 Wins A ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/ian-clark-is-not-another-case-of-smoke-and-mirrors-a37124a96d7b#.ysiq2mpun

Alec Burks Is Getting Back To His Dynamic Ways  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/01/31/jazzs-alec-burks-getting-back-to-his-dynamic-ways/

Kings: The Importance Of Garrett Temple  (from Jordan Treske, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/sacramento-kings-garrett-temple/

Giannis: Most Improved Player?  (from Zack Geoghegan, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/giannis-antetokounmpo-mip/

–  Stephanie Ready: Life Lessons (from Jodie Valade, Charlotte Magazine):

Read it here:  http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/February-2017/Life-Lessons-Stephanie-Ready/

Frank Ntilikina Passes The Eye Test  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/french-nba-prospect-frank-ntilikina-passes-the-eye-test-2a9897ed8322#.o6xmcfx9x

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/29/17

James Harden Profile  (from Duncan Smith, 16 Wins A Ring):
The Rockets Are More Than Just James Harden (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Coach Spinella’s Weekly Take: Jazz Defense And Much More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
–  Nikola Jokic’s Unique Skill Set  (from Nick Kosmider, Denver Post):
Steph Curry’s Throwback MVP Night  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Old-School Zach Randolph Is Rolling For Grizzlies (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
–  Blazers Finding Success With New Starting Lineup (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):
Cousins Is Relying On Teammates More, Making Better Decisions  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):
Dejounte Murray Is Spurs’ Latest Find (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):
Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, P.J. Tucker (from Doug Haller, azcentral):
–  Bulls Look To Refocus  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Trip To D-League Was Jared Sullinger’s Idea (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
5 Questions Facing The Thunder In Kanter’s Absence  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
Pacers’ Roller-Coaster Season Continued In Win Over Kings  (from Nate Taylor, Indy Star):
Motiejunas Putting Pelicans In Ball-Movement State Of Mind  (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
Sizing Up The Sixers  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):
–  Nets’ Four For The Future (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
Pistons’ Pull-Up Problem  (from Jasper Apollonia, Piston Powered):
Nogueira: Filling Biyombo’s Shoes  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
Myles Turner: Under The Radar (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):
D-League Mid-Season Awards (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/7/17

Aaron Gordon: The Magic’s Future (And, Soon, Its Present)  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/01/07/aaron-gordon-orlando-magics-future-soon-present/

How Embiid And A New Wave Of Mobile Big Men Are Changing The Game  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-a-new-wave-of-mobile-big-men-is-changing-the-game-182359270.html

From Bob Ford, philly.com:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20170108_Ford__Brett_Brown_sees_Sixers__future__and_it_looks_like_Joel_Embiid.html

Overlooked Art: How To Talk To Officials  (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com)

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/01/06/overlooked-art-how-talk-nba-officials/96213574/

The “Glamorous” World Of Overseas Scouting (from John Hollinger, Grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/road-trippin-per-hollinger-170106

–  How Korver Fits With The Cavs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJj-RNvgdtQ

From James Herbert, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/why-the-cleveland-cavaliers-and-kyle-korver-are-a-perfect-fit/

From Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/06/kyle-korver-trade-cavaliers-hawks-lebron-james-kyrie-irving

–  Brandon Ingram Showed Flashes Of How Great He Can Be  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/1/7/14198072/la-lakers-brandon-ingram-highlights-video-breakdown-stats-analysis-miami-heat

–  KP & Giannis Put On A Show  (from Alysha Tsuji, USA Today):

Read and watch it here:  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/01/kristaps-porzingis-giannis-antetokounmpo-highlights-knicks-bucks-amazing-unicorn-greek-freak

From Joe Pantorno, Bleacher Report:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2685684-knicks-vs-bucks-score-highlights-reaction-from-2017-regular-season

Myles Turner’s Progress (from Cameron Stewart, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/checking-in-on-the-progress-of-myles-turner-8b192889b4ec#.1kd1lemtn

–  Role Players, Rookies, Ball Screens And More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/06/from-the-coaches-seat-nba-role-players-rookies-ball-screens-and-more/

Friday Highlights  (from Elias Sports Bureau/ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/elias-says/post/_/id/376/elias-says-jan-7-2017

DeAndre Jordan: Energized As Clippers Fought Their Way Through Injuries  (from Rowan Kavner, clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/prep-dj-story-170106

–  How The Grizzlies Finally Joined The Modern NBA  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2685570-grit-n-grind-20-how-the-memphis-grizzlies-finally-joined-the-modern-nba

–  Bulls Exploring Grant As Rondo Replacement  (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insdiers):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-bulls-exploring-grant-as-rondo-replacement/

Hibbert: A Shell Of His Former Self (from Jerry Stephens, Swarm And Sting):

Read it here:  http://swarmandsting.com/2017/01/06/charlotte-hornets-roy-hibbert-shell-former-self/

–  Nets Need Lin Healthy  (from Alexander Cuesta, nothinbutnets.com):

Read it here:  http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/01/06/brooklyn-nets-need-lin-healthy/

–  Cedi Osman Is The Cavs Best Trade Asset  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fear The Sword):

Read it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/1/6/14183450/cedi-osman-cleveland-cavaliers-trade-deadline

–  Brad Stevens Drew Up A Winner For Al Horford  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724925/celtics-coach-brad-stevens-draws-up-a-winner-for-al-horford

 Ask Sam Smith  (from Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-010617

–  Darrell Arthur Manages Knee Issues While Regaining Playing Time  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/06/darrell-arthur-manages-knee-while-regaining-playing-time/

 SVG On Boban (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-opponents-boban-dilemma-foul-him-or-watch-him-score

–  Ron Baker Makes Hornacek Look Like A Genius  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/01/07/ron-baker-makes-hornacek-look-like-genius-for-sitting-rose-in-4th/

–  Hornacek To Rose: Draw More Fouls/Dish More  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/01/06/hornaceks-advice-may-require-rose-putting-aside-his-ego/

–  Earl Watson, Devin Booker And The Pursuit Of Greatness (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/01/04/phoenix-suns-earl-watson-devin-booker-and-pursuit-greatness/96166166/

D-League: Scott Wood Is A 3-Point Machine (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/1/6/14193654/scott-wood-santa-cruz-warriors-dleague-nbadl