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

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/21/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Day 6 Recap (from The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/21/rotation-playoff-switch-lebron-james-pacers-raptors/

From Jordan Greer, Sporting News: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-2017-scores-schedule-bracket-highlights-cavs-pacers-bucks-raptors-grizzlies-spurs/17fbffj3ete111ky9aaom4hcp

LBJ & Cavs’ Historic Comeback (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/20/lebron-james-cavaliers-pacers-26-point-comeback-playoffs-record

From Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/cavaliers-game-three-recap-lebron-james-is-inhuman

Paul George Deserves Better (from Zito Madu, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/21/15381282/paul-george-pacers-nba-trade-rumors-playoffs

From Whitney Medworth, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/2/23/14704166/paul-george-trade-rumors-pacers-failed-larry-bird

Antetokounmpo: Greatness Beyond Numbers (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-milwaukee-bucks-toronto-raptors-giannis-antetokounmpo-game-3-60b4fe41f735

The Bucks’ Defense Has Quarantined DeRozan (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/21/demar-derozan-tony-snell-khris-middleton-raptors-bucks-game-3-playoffs

How Greg Monroe Has  Adapted And Found His Niche (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/milwaukee-bucks/content/evolving-moose-into-buck

Brogdon And Maker: Not Playing Like Typical Rookies (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/21/young-milwaukee-bucks-shows-maturity-they-handle-veteran-toronto-raptors-game

How Maker is Changing The Bucks’ Present And Future (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/bucks/thon-maker-changing-bucks-present-future/

From John Schuhmann, NBA.com:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/20/thon-maker-milwaukee-bucks-rookies-impact-playoffs

The Raptors’ Biggest Problem: Stopping The Bucks’Offense (from Matt Cianfrone, Fansided.com):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/21/bucks-offense-raptors-defense-playoffs/

Zach Randolph’s Throwback Night (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/21/randolph-leads-grizzlies-throwback-night-against-spurs

Things We’ve Learned From The Playoffs So Far (from Ethan Sears, Sportsnaut):

Read it here: http://sportsnaut.com/2017/04/seven-things-learned-nba-playoffs/

A Guide To Being Unstoppable InThe Playoffs (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/20/guide-unstoppable-nba-playoffs-lebron-giannis/http://fansided.com/2017/04/20/guide-unstoppable-nba-playoffs-lebron-giannis/

John Wall’s Breakout (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-john-wall-washington-wizards-8e99432bf3c5

GSW-POR: Game Two Takeaways (from Raymond Simms, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/20/portland-trail-blazers-3-takeaways-game-2-loss-warriors/

Warriors’ Takeaways So Far (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2704805-biggest-takeaways-from-golden-state-warriors-early-postseason-showing

Warriors’ Diverse Big Men Have Become Centers Of Attention (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/21/warriors-diverse-trio-of-big-men-have-a-become-center-of-attention/

Why The Celtics Haven’t Been Able To Stop The Bulls (from Scott Rafferty, The Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-2017-celtics-vs-bulls-game-3-stats-highlights-jimmy-butler-isaiah-thomas/1slx4fsofy9x5154c9no146ry1

How The Bulls Went From Unstable To Unbeatable (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/20/nba-playoffs-bulls-celtics-jimmy-butler-dwyane-wade-isaiah-thomas

(NOTE: The Chicago Bulls have announced that guard Rajon Rondo has a right thumb fracture and he is out indefinitely.)

Adjustments The Celtics Must Make (from Wes Goldberg, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/4-adjustments-celtics-must-make-beat-bulls-game-3/

Quin Snyder Isn’t Coaching Like A Rookie (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here: http://www.sltrib.com/sports/5200769-155/inexperienced-quin-snyder-has-shown-his?fullpage=1

James Harden’s Greatest Ability: Ensuring That “Everybody Eats” (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19160603/2017-nba-playoffs-james-harden-greatest-ability

Nene’s Renaissance (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/how-the-rockets-inspired-the-nene-renaissance/?utm_source=vicesportstwitter

Video Breakdown: Proper Context Is Needed To Be Able Judge Westbrook (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/20/15369906/russell-westbrook-vs-james-harden-nba-highlights-playoffs-2017

The Moments Without Westbrook Are Killing The Thunder (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/20/russell-westbrook-thunder-nba-playoffs-james-harden-rockets

OKC’s Transition Offense Is Killing Them (from Dane Moore, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/oklahoma-citys-transition-offense-is-killing-them-8da292e637b3

Is Westbrook Shooting The Thunder Out Of The Playoffs? (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/thunder/russell-westbrook-shooting-thunder-playoffs/

Side-Effect Of Leaving Roberson Unguarded: His Offensive Rebounding  (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/houston-rockets/content/houston-rockets-oklahoma-city-thunder-andre-roberson

The Clippers Miss Austin Rivers (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/clippers-missing-austin-rivers-jazz/

EuroLeague Playoff Predictions (from Andrew Bernucca, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/euroleague-playoff-predictions-aa201ef39f92

EuroLeague Season Awards (from Andrew Bernucca, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/euroleague-awards-1334b201bf56

 

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 4/19/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Pacers Have No Answer For LBJ As Roll Man  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Day 4 Recap (from The Step Back):
Five Reasons The Celtics Are Down 2-0  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
–  Why Avery Bradley And Isaiah Thomas Are So Close (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Game Two Is Why The Raptors Traded For Ibaka (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Raptors Made It Tougher On Giannis  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline):
–  How The Clippers Bounced Back (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Draymond Green’s “Secrets To Stopping Stars” (from Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report):
Draymond May Be The Best Rim Protector In The Assn. (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
Steve Kerr: The King Of Cool (from Erik Malinowski, Bleacher Report):
Steph Curry, The Happy Warrior (from Andrew Corsello, GQ):
Mike D’Antoni Q & A (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
Rockets Adjust Offense To Whatever Thunder Throw At Them  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Schroder Thrived In His 1st Playoff Start  (from Brendan Galella, Hoops Habit):
Brent Barry’s Approach To Commentating  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Day Three Recap (from Keith Smth, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-take-data-cavs-spurs-go-2-0/

Day Three Plays You May Have Missed  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/18/15340360/nba-playoffs-2017-highlights-best-plays-spurs-cavaliers

Recapping The Opening Games (from BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/17/the-breakdown-a-look-at-the-opening-games-of-the-nba-playoffs/

From Chris Wooden, Sir Charles In Charge: https://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/17/nba-playoff-openers-reactions-2017/

Cavs: There Are Still Concerns Despite 2-0 Lead (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/concerns-still-abound-cavaliers-despite-2-0-series-lead-pacers/

Patrick Beverley’s Game One Performance (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets/patrick-beverleys-game-1-performance-best-career/

From Scott Cacciola, NY Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/sports/basketball/patrick-beverley-russell-westbrook-nba-playoffs.html

Capela Growing Into Key Role For Rockets (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-growing-into-key-role-for-Rockets-11078871.php

Thunder Need Improvement In Three Areas (from Max Seng, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: https://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/oklahoma-city-thunder-3-areas-improvement/

The Celtics And The Trouble With Surrendering Offensive Rebounds (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/18/boston-celtics-trouble-offensive-rebounds/

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN: http://www.espn.com.au/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725798/bostons-rebounding-woes-are-nothing-new-but-are-they-fixable

From wjsy, Celtics Blog: http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/17/15323448/nba-playoffs-2017-boston-celtics-chicago-bulls-adjustments

What Clippers Need To Change In Game Two (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/clippers-need-change-game-2-jazz/

Bucks: Game One Rotations (from Reid Mueller, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-guard-rotations/

From Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-milwaukee-bucks-adjustment-toronto-raptors-84165e5d665d

Dellavedova’s Screens (from Lori Nickel, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/17/dellavedovas-screens-draw-torontos-attention/100561334/

From Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports: http://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nba/dwane-casey-says-a-lot-of-matthew-dellavedovas-screens-werent-legal-but-gives-credit-to-the-aussie-guard/news-story/cbd9f133add4d063f9a1d57beb24aca1

Giannis Is Really Happening (from Nate Scott, Fox Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-raptors-game-2-playoffs-041817

is There A Way To Slow Giannis Down? (from Adam Iafrate, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/18/15339630/nba-playoffs-2017-3-ways-raptors-slow-giannis-antetokounmpo

Five Reasons Bucks Won Game One (from Joshua Cornelissen, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-5-reasons-game-1/

Malcolm Brogdon Profile (from NBPA):

Read it here: http://nbpa.com/collecting-points-and-degrees-malcolm-brogdon-shines-as-a-roy-candidate-and-public-policy-champion/

WAS-ATL: Game One Takeaways (from Blaise Malley, Wiz Of Awes):

Read it here: http://wizofawes.com/2017/04/18/washington-wizards-nba-playoffs-2017-atlanta-hawks-game-1-analysis-rotation/

MEM Is Trying Everything To Stop Leonard (And It is That Much More Difficult W/O Tony Allen (from Charles Maniego, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/memphis-grizzlies/content/memphis-grizzlies-trying-everything-to-stop-kawhi-leonard

From Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/4/18/15340158/nba-playoffs-strategy-kawhi-leonard-double-teams

Euroleague Playoffs: Quarterfinals Preview (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/17/euroleague-quarterfinal-preview/