Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/9/18

In Appreciation Of Al Horford’s Brilliance (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How TJ McConnell Energized The Sixers In Game 4 (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
The Sixers’ Extreme Plan To Run Everything Through Their Two Stars (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
How Much Do Coaches Matter? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
After Making 1st Conference Finals, CP3 Asks: “Who Plays Just For That?” (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
CP3: The Ultimate Irony (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
– How D’Antoni Countered UTA’s Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
The Harden & Capela Oop Show (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Jazz: The Beat Will Go On (from Royce Young/Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
HOU-UTA Series Winners & Losers (from Jeff Balke, Houston Press):
Royce O’Neale Proved His Worth In The Playoffs (from Zachary Padmore, The J Notes):
Love & Korver Aren’t Just Watching LBJ (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
The Raptors’ Reliance On Fred Vanvleet (from Seerat Sohi, SB Nation):
Lin & Roberson: The Rare Patellar Tendon Rupture (from Dr. Rajpal Brar, The Injury Insight):
The #1 Goal Of Agents In The Pre-Draft Process (from Matt Babcock, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Kevin Pritchard (from Dan Dakich/Dakota Crawford, Indy Star):
Guide To Igor Koskoskov (from David Nash, TheIVPointPlay)):
How To Approach Prospect Evaluation: Ballhandling  (from Danny Leroux, Real GM):
Fizdale’s Biggest Success: Admitting His Failure (from Barbara Barker, Newsday):
Six Players Who May Surprise At The Combine (from Matt Norlander, CBS Sports):
Six Market-Value FAs Worth Watching (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Is Dual Coach/President Role Destined To Fail? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

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

NOP 119, GSW 100:
Steve Kerr And The Art Of Sharing Power (from Sam Walker, Wall Street Journal):
HOU 133, UTA 92:
The Celtics Are Winning The Transition Game So Far (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):
How The Cavs Returned KLove To All-Star Form (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
Raptors’ Lineup Shakeup Options (from Blake Murphy, The Athletic):
The Raptors Are Losing Themselves (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Raptors Need To Be More Physical With LBJ (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
Raptors Desperately Need Ibaka To Deliver (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
The Cavs’ Most Effective Postseason Lineups (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
Inside Pascal Siakam’s 6,000 Mile Journey To The Bench Mob (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Donovan Mitchell Has Studied His Whole Life To Be An A+ Rookie (from Tim Cato, SB Nation):
Otto Porter’s Production Was A Bright Spot In Wizards’ Dark Season (from Kevin Broom, Bullets Forever):
Nuggets’ Torrey Craig’s Surprising Success Story (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Steven Adams: The Rise Of A Kiwi Icon (from Stephen Foote, Newshub):
2018 Draft: Evaluating The Prospects Of Every Underclassman Who Has Declared (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
Draft Combine: Who Made The Cut, Who Didn’t & What It All Means (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Bucks’ Coaching Search: Looking For The Right Fit (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.cm):

 

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 4/8/18

Jazz’ Assistant Coach Johnnie Bryant Works Behind The Scenes But His Impact Is Unmistakable (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Everyone In The West Playoff Race Controls Their Own Destiny (from Tom Ziller, SB Nation):
Knee Expert Explains Irving’s Status & What Could Come Next (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Brad Stevens Sees Similarities Between Horford & Monroe (from Quenton Albertie, USA Today):
VanVleet: 6MOY? (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
Observations From Jimmy Butler’s Return (from Kyle Ratke, Timberwolves.com):
Q & A: Jeff Green (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Q & A: Trey Burke (from Steve Serby, NY Post):
Knicks: Ntilikina’s Progress (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Clint Capela: Greatly Improved, But Just Scratching The Surface (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
How The NBA Schedule Rattled The Nuggets…And Their Opponents (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Tanking Has Become A Problem (from Al Iannazzone, Newsday):
The Evolution Of Jonas Valanciunas (from Mike Rouleau, Raptors HQ):
Heat: Adebayo Won’t Forget Where He Came From But His Sights Are Set On A Bright Future (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
Wizards Struggle To Explain What’s Wrong (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
NBA Draft: International Prospect Scouting Reports (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
The Sixers Have Six Picks In The 2018 Draft (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
Is Role Change The Culprit In Dinwiddie’s Drop-Off? (from Greg Logan, Newsday):