Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/25/17

Will Iguodala’s Health Be The Biggest Factor In The Finals? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How Much More Rested Are The Dubs This Year? (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):
Marcus Smart: Hard To Figure (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
Kevin Love In The ECF (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports): Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/kevin-love-destroying-celtics-eastern-conference-finals/
Welcome To Brad Stevens’ ATO Party (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Video: Compilation Of Boston’s “Hook Series” (from Zak Boisvert, Pickandpop.net):
The Cavs’ Defense Hasn’t Improved (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports):
Breaking Down Kyrie’s Game 4 Third Quarter (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Jerry West Endorsed Schlenk For Hawks’ GM (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):
The Silver Lining Of The Mavs’ Injury-Riddled Season (from Lance Roberson, 16 Wins):
Nerlens Noel’s Mom Has Been A Rock In His Journey To The Top (from Brad Townsend, Dallas News):
D’Angelo Russell Playing Off The Ball? (from Jeffrey Bellone, Hoops Habit):
SVG On Andre Drummond (from Will Burchfield, CBS Detroit):
How NBA Players Pick An Agent (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Orlando Makes Significant Investment To Improve (from John Denton, magic.com):

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 5/17/17

 

Bob Ferry: 79-Year Old Scout Has Embraced Analytics But Hasn’t Abandoned The Eye Test (from Roman Stubbs, Washington Post):
Will The Cavs Give IT The Curry Treatment?  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back);
ECF Preview (from 16 Wins):
The Celtics Break Through (from JM Poulard, BBll Breakdown):
Jaylen Brown Can’t Stop LBJ But The Celtics Need Him To Try (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Al Horford Is Having A Historic Postseason (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
How Kyrie Irving Learned To Love Being Himself (from Flinder Boyd, Bleacher Report):
GSW 136, SAS 100 (from 16 Wins):
Takeaways From WCF Game Two (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
Steph Is Back (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Finding A Draymond Green Replica Is Complicated (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
Lottery Winners And Losers (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
The Celtics Make Their Own Luck (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Big Questions Await Wizards (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Latest Attempt To Promote Competition: $200 Million Contracts (from Jeremy Venook, The Atlantic):
CSKA President Andrey Vatutin Q & A (from David Pick, Eurobasket.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/11/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

BOS 123, WAS 101 (from The Step Back):
(NOTE: Featured Above: Brad Stevens Has Unlocked the Future Of P’n’R; Al Horford; Avery Bradley; Celtics’ Hairpin Handoff)
BOS 123, WAS 101 (from 16 Wins):
Scott Brooks Knows All About Hard-Hitting NBA Play (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
–  What Went Wrong For Rockets Late In Game 5? (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
The Rockets Need More Than Seven Players (from Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle):
An Inside Look At The Rockets’ Playoff Operation (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
Manu: The Last Spur Standing (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  Cavs Are All-In On Offense…And It’s Working  (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
The Stats That Are Defining The Cavs’ Postseason (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
Draymond Regains His Shooting Touch (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Shaun Livingston’s Season Turned Around In March (from Tim Kawakami, Bay Area News Group):
Mike Brown: Blending His Style Into Kerr’s Foundation (from AP):
John Lucas Helps Athletes Fight Addictions (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/26/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

The NBA Is Finally Seeing The Real John Wall (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/26/john-wall-washington-wizards-nba-playoffs-scott-brooks

–  The Hawks Have Forced The Wizards Out Of The Paint (from L.W., Bullets Forever):

Read it here: http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/4/25/15429972/washington-wizards-atlanta-hawks-paint-points-nba-playoffs-2017

Wizards’ Bench Could Cost Them The Series (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2017/04/26/wizards-bench-could-cost-them-the-series-with-the-hawks/

The Lineup Changes That Have Been Shaping The First Round (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/25/lineup-changes-shaping-first-round-nba-playoffs/

Unlikely Spurs’ Lineup Won Game 5 (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read it here: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/4/26/15433606/nba-playoffs-spurs-playbook-memphis-grizzlies-popovich-lineup

Draymond Green: At His Best When Guarding Nobody (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/25/15420756/draymond-green-defense-breakdown-nba-warriors-blazers

Can JaVale McGee Really Be GSW’s Secret Weapon? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/26/javale-mcgee-warriors-playoffs-blazers/

From Malika Andrews, Yahoo Sports: https://sports.yahoo.com/news/nobodys-fool-javale-mcgee-became-essential-nbas-best-team-205219536.html

Jazz: Last Summer’s Veteran Acquisition Plan Is Working Perfectly (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-jazzs-poise-against-clippers-shows-last-summers-plan-worked-perfectly/

Breaking Down How The Celtics Are Succeeding With Small Ball (from Jeremy Stevens, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/boston-celtics/content/breaking-down-how-celtics-are-beating-bulls-with-small-ball

From Matthew Schmidt, Fanrag Sports:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/celtics-small-ball-adjustments-hurting-bulls-defense/

BOS-CHI: Hiding Isaiah Thomas From Jimmy Butler And More (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19243080/zach-lowe-boston-celtics-hiding-isaiah-thomas-vs-chicago-bulls-nba

A Tale Of Two Pick-And- Rolls (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/26/tale-two-pick-rolls/

What Went Wrong For Bulls In Games 3 & 4? (from Michael Whitlow, Pippen Ain’t Easy):

Read and watch it here:  http://pippenainteasy.com/2017/04/25/2017-nba-playoffs-chicago-bulls-struggles-boston-celtics/

Celtics’ Keys To Game Five (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/25/three-keys-celtics-victory-game-5/

The Celtics Are Taking Advantage Of Mirotic (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/26/the-boston-celtics-are-taking-advantage-of-nikola-mirotic/

Every Raptor Contributed In Game Five (from Sean Woodley, RaptorsHQ):

Read and watch it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/26/15417808/nba-playoffs-2017-toronto-raptors-milwaukee-bucks-kyle-lowry-demar-derozan

Ibaka And Powell: Flashing A Glimpse Of Raptors’ Future (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-behind-ibaka-and-powell-raptors-flash-glimpse-of-future-in-big-win/

The Bucks’ Bright Future (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/sports/basketball/milwaukee-bucks-future.html

The Growing Importance Of Thon Maker (from Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/26/milwaukee-bucks-growing-importance-of-thon-maker/

From Brandon Jefferson, The Step Back: http://fansided.com/2017/04/25/thon-maker-bucks-playoffs-giannis/

Post-Lottery Players Who Are Proving Their Worth  (from Dennis Chambers, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/post-lottery-players-proving-their-worth-this-postseason/

Red Flags For 1st Round Survivors (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2705631-red-flags-for-1st-round-playoff-survivors

Mike Conley Deserves Your Attention (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/mike-conley-deserves-your-attention-7141990d156

Tuesday Recap (from The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/26/the-rotation-spurs-staying-big-and-staying-successful/

Neil Olshey Q & A (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):

Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2017/04/trail_blazers_neil_olshey_says_damian_lillard_cj_m.html#incart_river_index

20 Things We’ve Learned So Far In The Playoffs (from James Herbert, CBS Spots):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-2017-from-fizdales-rant-to-javales-arrival-20-things-weve-learned/

The Best One-Two Punches in The Playoffs So Far (from Adam Fromal, Beacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2705555-the-best-1-2-punches-in-the-nba-playoffs-so-far

Unexpected First Round X-Factors (from Gerald Bourguet, Fansided):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/26/2017-nba-playoffs-10-random-1st-round-x-factors-werent-expecting/

The Cavs’ Biggest X-Factors So Far (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/26/cleveland-cavaliers-playoff-x-factors/

The Rockets’ Greatest Strength Is Daryl Morey’s Vision (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/26/15432970/rockets-winning-thunder-daryl-morey-success

From Ramona Shelburne, ESPN: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19239193/nba-rockets-providing-thunder-example-could-become