Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/2/18

These Plays And Matchups Will Decide HOU-UTA & PHI-BOS (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Clint Capela is The Glue That Holds The Rockets Together (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Jazz: Adjustments For Game Two (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
The Defensive Move The Rockets Made To Stop Mitchell (from Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle):
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey: Values He Learned In Houston Are Never Far Away (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Celtics Exploited Matchup Advantages Many Didn’t See Coming (from Jay King, The Athletic):
The Sixers Can’t Scheme Horford Away (from Nekias Duncan, Clutch Points):
Sixers Want RoCo To Keep Firing Threes (from Marcus Hayes, philly.com):
Sixers: Searching For Answers (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Game One: How Celtics Silenced Sixers’ Threes (from Marc D’Amico, celtics.com):
Amir Johnson On Why His Former Team Keeps On Winning (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Family, Faith Pave Ojeleye’s Path (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
Iguodala: Game Two Highlights (from watchbasketballvideos.com):
Warriors Thanos Has Arrived (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
CLE 113, TOR 112 (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Inside The Tension Between Kawhi Leonard & The Spurs (from Ramona Shelburne & Michael Wright, ESPN):
How Teams Are Using Shooters As Screeners To Great Effect (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
The Pacers Set A Foundation That Didn’t Cost Years Of Losing (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Pacers: Takeaways From Season-End Session With Pritchard, McMillan (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
Pacers Still Have Eyes For Elusive Stretch-Four (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
Which Postseason Star Is The Real ROY? (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Heat’s Next Step Could Be Waiters’ Surgically Repaired Ankle (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Carmelo’s Failed OKC Experiment (from Rodger Sherman, The Ringer):
Carmelo Lacks Self-Awareness Of His Declining Status (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
Nuggets: Jokic Made Important Strides This Season (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
The Making Of Danny Green (from CJackson Cowart, Media Hub):
2018 Draft: Strengths & Weaknesses Of Top Prospect At Each Position (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Brian Grant Won’t Back Down From Parkinson’s Disease (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Hornets’ Managing Partner Curtis Polk (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/26/18

Reviewing Wednesday’s Action (from ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23304937/everything-need-know-all-four-game-5s-nba-playoffs-wednesday-night

 

OKC: The Comeback (from Royce Young, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23321050/nba-russell-westbrook-paul-george-fuel-oklahoma-city-thunder-comeback

From Nick Gallo, Thunder.com:  http://www.nba.com/thunder/recap-jazz-g5-180425

From Andy Larsen, KSL:  https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46308436&nid=304&title=the-triple-team-how-the-jazz-lost-a-25-point-lead-to-okc-in-game-5

From Dan Clayton, Salt City Hoops:  http://saltcityhoops.com/thunder-stars-orchestrate-historic-comeback/

 

HOU 122, MIN 104 (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):

Read and watch it here:  https://theathletic.com/330494/2018/04/26/timberwolves-lose-rockets-game-5-jimmy-butler-andrew-wiggins-karl-anthony-towns-playoffs/

 

Capela Helps Run Wolves Out Of Playoffs (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23320866/nba-clint-capela-helps-houston-rockets-run-minnesota-timberwolves-playoffs

Playoff Playbook: Rockets’ Pistol Shuffle Flop (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights ):

Read and watch it here:  https://earlybirdrights.com/2018/04/25/playoff-playbook-houston-rockets-pistol-shuffle-flop-nba-playoffs-2018/

 

Rockets’ Post Defense (from Ben Falk/Liam Flynn, Cleaning The Glass):

Read and watch it here:  https://cleaningtheglass.com/in-flight-adjustments-post-defense/

 

LBJ Imposes His Will In Crunch Time (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  https://sports.abs-cbn.com/nba/news/2018/04/26/lebron-imposes-will-crunch-time-40822

From Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated:  https://www.si.com/nba/2018/04/26/lebron-james-buzzer-beater-cleveland-cavaliers-game-5-nba-playoffs

 

JR Smith Makes Up For Poor Shooting With Great Defense (from Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2018/04/jr_smith_gets_past_poor_shooti.html

Improving Pace Is THE Key To Unlocking Cavs’ Offense (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  https://kingjamesgospel.com/2018/04/26/cleveland-cavaliers-improving-pace-key-unlocking-offense/

 

TOR 108, WAS 98 (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23319889/nba-toronto-raptors-learned-lessons-prevail-game-5

From Zak Boisvert.Pick And Pop:  http://pickandpop.net/2018/04/a-game-of-skill/

From Eric Koreen, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/330218/2018/04/26/dwane-casey-went-to-an-offence-heavy-lineup-in-game-5-and-the-raptors-rewarded-him-with-defence/

The Celtics’ Unsung Heroes Have Taken Control Of The Series (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/4/26/17282460/celtics-bucks-marcus-smart-game-6

 

Celtics Tap Into Smart’s Energy (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2018/04/celtics_tap_into_marcus_smart_s_energy_level

Ojeleye’s Defense On Giannis (from John Karalis, The Sports Daily ):

Read and watch it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/2018/04/25/semi-switch-how-combat-muscles-slow-freaks-down-r1a1/

From Brad Botkin, CBS Sports:  https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-how-one-small-brad-stevens-tweak-produced-big-results-in-celtics-game-5-win-over-bucks/

 

Khris Middleton’s Game Has Been Sweet (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23316998/despite-case-mistaken-identity-milwaukee-bucks-forward-khris-middleton-shining-playoffs

From Bill Sy, Celtics Blog:  https://www.celticsblog.com/2018/4/26/17276056/boston-celtics-defense-will-live-and-die-with-khris-middleton-milwaukee-bucks-game-5-nba-playoffs

 

Bucks’  Offense Video Thread (from Dean Maniatt):

Watch it here:  https://twitter.com/AllTheBucks/status/989518411159035904

Q & A: Alvin Gentry (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/pelicans-coach-alvin-gentry-nba-playoffs-warriors-anthony-davis-and-playing-without-boogie/

 

GSW vs NOP: 5 Keys (from Philip Rossman-Reich, The Step Back):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/04/26/nba-playoffs-2018-5-keys-warriors-pelicans-matchup/

 

GSW vs NOP: Series Preview (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):

Read and watch it here:  https://theathletic.com/327944/2018/04/25/warriors-pelicans-mega-series-preview-x-factor-key-matchup-prediction-more/

Will KD Force Pels To Switch From 3-Guard Lineup?  (from William Guillory, NOLA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2018/04/pelicans_prepare_for_challenge.html

How The Warriors Have Adjusted Without Steph (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/23319393/how-kevin-durant-golden-state-warriors-adjusted-steph-curry-nba

Scouting Luka Doncic (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/college-hoops-analyst-not-overhype-luka-doncic-article-1.3954919?arc404=true&utm

Caris LeVert: Getting Comfortable (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-daily-the-comfortability-of-caris-levert/

Mavs: Maxi Kleber’s Rookie Season (from Jordan Brodess, Mavs Moneyball):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2018/4/26/17279054/maxi-kleber-player-season-review-2018-dallas-mavericks

 

Knicks’ Larry Brown Is Bullish On Mudiay…If He Gets In Shape (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/04/26/larry-brown-bullish-on-mudiay-if-he-gets-in-unbelievable-shape/

 

Q & A: Steve Clifford (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article209794974.html

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/18

Jrue Holiday Is A Big Reason Why Pels Lead 2-0 (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
Film Breakdown: This Is A Different Raptors’ Team (from Jacob Mack, Raptors HQ):
Film Room Breakdown: Rockets Tactics Against The Wolves (from Alykhan Bijani, The Athletic):
Rockets: Capela Could Be Front & Center (from Stefano Fusaro, The Undefeated):

From Jackson Frank, Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/18258136
Thibodeau’s Derrick Rose Gamble (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
CLE-IND Game Two Preview (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

From Chris Barnewall, CBS Sports: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2018-nba-playoffs-the-cavaliers-case-for-and-against-using-jeff-green-in-the-starting-lineup/

Film Sessions: UTA & OKC Prepare For Game Two (from Dylan Murphy/Steve Jones, Jr, Cleaning The Glass):
Physical Play Is Key As OKC-UTA Series Continues (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
The Heat-Sixers Chess Match (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Sixers: Game Two Loss Showed Effect Of Embiid’s Absence (from Liberty Ballers):

The Bucks’ Flaws Were Exposed In Game Two (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):

Jaylen Brown Has Improved By Leaps And Bounds (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Bucks And Sixers: Pushing The Boundaries Of Small-Ball (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Iguodala Has A Knack For Big Playoff Performances (from Janie McCauley, Associated Press):

Warriors’ Assistant Mike Brown’s Selective Head Coaching Aspirations (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Nets: Full-Time Duties At The 4 Helped RHJ Make Big Leap (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):

Becky Hammon Is Just The Start Of A Revolution (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):


2018 Draft: Biggest Questions For Projected Lottery Picks (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):

Is A Bet On Bamba A Bet On Athletic Development? (from JZ Mazlish, The Stepien):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/31/18

 – 10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Nikola Jokic & The Ambiguous Definition Of “Aggressiveness” (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
Defense: Some Rookies Are Impressive Statistically, But Coaches Say They Have A Lot To Learn (from Chris Barnewell, CBS Sports):
How The Rockets Re-Tooled And Weaponized The High Screen-And-Roll (from Jackson Frank, Patreon):
Read and watch it here:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/17882000
Kelly Oubre, Jr: Washington’s Working Artist (from David Ramil, The Step Back):
Nets: Letting The Wings Soar (from Alec Liebsch, Hoops Habit):
POR 105, LAC 96 (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Tristan Thompson Shows Glimpses Of Being “The Tristan Of Old” (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
The Celtics Are Relying On Stellar Defense (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):
Celtics’ Team-First Approach Is Lifting Them Up (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
The Celtics Have Multiple Last-Shot Options (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Brad Stevens’ Celtics To Increase Win Total For 5th Consecutive Season (from Jeremy Stevens, Hoops Habit):
Jay Triano On Defending Harden (from Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle):
DPOY Candidates (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
MIP Candidates (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Is Doncic The Best Draft Fit For The Suns?  (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Scouting Draft Sleeper De’Anthony Melton (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Grizzlies: Frozen By Ownership Uncertainty (from Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal):
Q & A: Former #1 Overall Draft Pick Joe Smith (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/14/18

Celtics: The League Is Starting To Take Notice Of Terry Rozier (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
The Most Efficient ISO Scorers (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
KAT’s Offensive Brilliance (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Blazers: How Terry Stotts Is Reaching Jusuf Nurkic (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
Blazers Average Fewest Assists In The NBA: Why It Doesn’t Matter (from Eric Griffith, Blazer’s Edge):
What NBA Scouts Will Be Watching In Each NCAA Tourney Friday Game (from Mike Schmitz/Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Top Prospects To Watch In Every 1st Round Game (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
Q & A: Fred VanVleet (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
The Week In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Rockets: Winning At A Slower Pace (from Gavriel Wilkins, Hoops Habit):
Rockets: Improved Defense Gives Them Championship Ceiling (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
CP3 & Harden Are The Opposite Of Bad Playoff Players (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
Fit Matters: The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
The Cavs’ Reliable Shuffle ATO (from Jeff Siegel, Fear The Sword):
What Happened To Malik Monk? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Cavs: Lue Happy With Korver/JR Lineup Switch (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Jrue Holiday Opens Up About The Most Challenging Time Of His Life (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):
Fixing The Lakers (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Pacers: Myles Turner’s Improved Post Play (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
What Trevor Booker Brings To The Pacers (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Jazz: Ricky Rubio Is A Monster (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
Bucks: Tony Snell Is Trying To Regain Form After Recent Slump (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
Wizards: Leaky Perimeter Defense’s Role In Recent Skid  (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
Grizzlies’ Silver Lining: Dillon Brooks’ Breakthrough (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
Film Room: Jerami Grant Is OKC’s Biggest X-Factor (from Gideon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
Monty McCutcheon On The Respect For The Game Initiative (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Hawks: Jaylen Morris’ Unlikely Climb To The NBA (from Sam Meredith, Peachtree Hoops):
Brett Brown Lauds Dellavedova & The Growth Of Aussie Basketball (from Ben Mallis, The Pick And Roll):
Markelle Fultz Is Starting To Look Like His Old Self (from Sam Cooper, Yahoo Sports):
Sixers: How Using Data-Driven Analysis Is Changing The Game (from Tim Wigmore, I News):
Podcast: Shooting Coach Ryan Sypkens (from The Unrestricted Area):