Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/11/18 PART TWO

NOTE:  We are publishing in two parts today to accommodate today’s best stories as well as to further assist in playing catch-up re: items missed during our 3-day hiatus.  We anticipate returning to our usual schedule later this week.

 

Why Warriors Believe Willie Green Will Become A Head Coach (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Semi Ojeleye Is Remaking Himself To Be About Much More Than Defense (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):
Clippers GM Explains The Keys To Free Agency (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Cavs In A Much Better Post-LBJ Position This Time (from Sean Devey, Sporting News):
Neil Olshey’s Thoughts On Summer League (from NBC Sports):
Rookies Who Have Impressed In Summer League (from Charlie Stanton, Golden State Of Mind):
Some Summer League Standouts (from Dave Zarum, sportsnet.ca):
Summer League: Second-Year Players Making An Impact (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Embiid: Things To Work On This Summer (from Matt Esposito, Hoops Habit):
Steph Curry Q & A (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
David Fizdale Q & A (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Curious Case Of Myles Turner’s 3-Point Shooting (from Ben Pfeifer, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Nuggets: Roster Implications Of Signing Jarred Vanderbilt (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):

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