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 PLAYOFF EDITION 4/16/17

GSW-POR Preview (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):
Tom Izzo On Draymond Green (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):
Eastern Conference Preview (from Adam Spinella, Bball Breakdown):
BOS-CHI Preview (from Jakob Bikshorn, Blog A Bull):
Isaiah Thomas: Tough To Stop When In Attack Mode (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
Jaylen Brown, X Factor?  (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
Analyzing The Celtics’ Offense (from Jose Ignacio Jimenez Gamez, Hub Pages):
ATL-WAS Preview (from 16 Wins):

From Randy Quis, Number Fire:  https://www.numberfire.com/nba/news/14106/nba-playoffs-preview-wizards-vs-hawks

Wizards’ Favorite ATO & SLOB Plays (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
Can Hawks Solve Wall & Beal? (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
How 1-2 Road Trip Jump Started Wizards’ Turnaround (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
OKC-HOU Preview (from Tony Heim, Thunderous Intentions):
Recapping Playoffs: Day One  (from Tim Cato & Whitney Medworth, SBNation):
CLE-IND: Things We Learned From Game One  (from Jackson Flickinger, King James Gospel):

From Chris Manning, Fear The Sword:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/4/16/15318194/3-takeaways-cava-pacers-nba-playoffs

From C. Cooper, Indy Cornrows: http://www.indycornrows.com/2017/4/16/15315968/pacers-need-to-switch-how-theyre-switching

MIL-TOR: Game One Recap (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/16/milwauke-bucks-defensive-intensity-extends-toronto-raptors-game-1-futility

From Arden Zwelling, Sportsnet.ca:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/serge-ibaka-one-raptors-bright-spots-game-1/

From Tim Bontemps, Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/04/16/the-greek-freak-arrives-on-the-biggest-stage-in-basketball/

UTA-LAC: Joe Johnson Rescues The Jazz (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Appreciating Joe Johnson (from Kristian Winfield, SNation):
SAS- MEM (from Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/10/17

ATL: The Comeback (from Andrew Snyder, Soaring Down South):

Read and watch it here:  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/04/09/atlanta-hawks-comeback-cavaliers/

From Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com: http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/how-the-hawks-made-history-erasing-point-deficit-beat-cavs/XmJEdFIahtU7hH1TCckWQO/

Westbrook’s Last 10 Games  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/9/15239010/russell-westbrook-mvp-discussion-thunder

Masai Ujiri: Exceutive Of The Year? (From Joe Hulbert, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/masai-ujiri-should-be-executive-of-the-year-be10656ec120

 

 

 

Why Are The Bucks Struggling?  (from Brian Sampson, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/bucks-slump-comes-at-worst-time-969281687f47

Nene’s Resurgence: A Perfect Fit In Houston  (from Eric Spuropolous, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/the-delightful-resurgence-of-nene-85e6e6ccbbef

KD’s Return  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/harper-kevin-durants-return-wasnt-entirely-smooth-and-that-actually-helps/

“Whatever Is Needed”: Jaylen Brown Answers The Call  (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/10/jaylen-brown-boston-celtics-nba-playoffs-xfactors-brad-stevens

A Behind The Scenes Look At Blazers’ Game Day  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

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

Video Breakdown: Pindown Screens  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/10/pindown-screen-video-breakdown-nba-glossary-offense-terms/

In The Film Room: Spencer Dinwiddie  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=R1EcP_9Cx0E

Heat Shooting Coach Rob Fodor  (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article143708434.html

Thibodeau “Coaches Every Dribble”  (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):

Read it here: http://www.startribune.com/it-s-who-he-is-wolves-coach-tom-thibodeau-coaches-every-dribble/418741543/

Tyler Ulis: Second-Round Steal (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/1064655/suns-tyler-ulis-rookie-season-second-round/

Alan Williams: Suns’ Big Weapon Off The Bench  (from Rod Argent, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here: http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/4/10/15233370/big-sauce-alan-williams-phoenix-suns-big-weapon-off-the-bench-has-a-big-summer-ahead-nba-free-agency

Prospect Watch: Frank Ntilikina (from Adam McGee, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here: https://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/09/nba-draft-2017-prospect-watch-frank-ntilikina/

 Joe Johnson’s Secret: Hot Yoga  (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/5154958-155/utah-jazz-joe-johnsons-secret-to?fullpage=1

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/9/17

David Fizdale’s Genius, March Stats, Zipper Plays, Drop Back PNR, Brook Lopez, Spurs’Passing, More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/coaches-seat-passive-pnr-defense-zipper-plays-david-fizdale/

Lillard Torches Jazz (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/damian-lillard-torches-jazz-career-high-franchise-record-59-points-050253461.html

Redick Has Become A Historic Outside Shooter  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch  it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/jj-redick-clippers-become-historic-outside-shooter/

Don’t Overreact: Celtics Are Just Fine (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/7/15215220/the-read-dont-overreact-boston-celtics-just-fine-atlanta-hawks

 

 

 

–  The Cavs’ Small-Ball Lineup Should Terrify Opponents  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/lebron-james-cavs-lineup-center-highlights-breakdown-nba-playoffs-2017-tyronn-lue/10qngpaqubnxf1qjvgocw5avss

 Cavs Need More From Shumpert (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/04/cavaliers_need_more_from_iman.html

How Should The Pistons Proceed? (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/pistons-proceed-late-season-tailspin/

Steve Nash Q & A (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch, UA Today):

Read it here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/08/steve-nash-q-and-a-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-james-harden/100166310/

Labissiere Flashes His Talent  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article143565934.html

Willy Hernangomez Hopes To Learn From Marc Gasol This Summer (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/04/08/knicks-willy-hernangomez-hopes-to-work-with-his-idol/

Julius Randle’s Growth (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coach-748872-pleasantries-initial.html

Underrated Coaches (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/six-underrated-nba-coaches/

Jeremy Lin’s Redemption (from Wardell, Sir Charles In Charge);

Read and watch it here: http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/09/jeremy-lin-nets-brooklyn-2017/

The Nets’ Core Four Shines (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/brooklyn-core-four-shines-as-season-winds-down

Nuggets Playoff Push: Invaluable To Young Core, Regardless Of Outcome (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/regardless-of-outcome-nuggets-playoff-push-invaluable-for-young-core/

KD Returns (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/4270/warriors-depth-replenished-with-return-of-kevin-durant

From Associated Press:  http://www.espn.com/nba/recap?gameId=400900573

You Should Be Watching Rudy Gobert (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/utah-jazz/content/you-should-be-watching-rudy-gobert-utah-jazz

Tyler Johnson’s Growth And Future (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article143519484.html

–  The Magic’s Poor Defense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/09/orlando-magic-continue-find-no-response-poor-defense/

–  Ellenson’s Place In The Piston’s Future (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/ellensons-flashy-starting-debut-affirms-his-place-pistons-future

Udrih Shifts Focus To Coaching Skills (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/04/08/pistons-udrih-shifting-focus-coaching-skills/100231644/

Doc Rivers On Double High Screen (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/rivers-on-double-high-screen-everyone-does-it-now/

Nwaba’s Unique Journey (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20170408-story.html

From Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/4/8/15230346/la-lakers-david-nwaba-stats-schedule-d-league-call-up-d-fenders-playoffs-rio-grande-valley-vipers

RU’s D-League COY: Jerry Stackhouse  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/4/8/15227658/jerry-stackhouse-coach-of-the-year-raptors-905-nba-dleague-nbadl

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/3017 PART ONE

Inside The Mind Of Draymond Green (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read and watch it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/29/golden-state-warriors-defensive-stopper-draymond-green/99785780/

Kerr On The Warriors: “Tough, Confident And Pretty Good” (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com)

Read and watch  it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/30/golden-state-warriors-rejuvenate-season-back-back-wins

Kaminsky Finds His Rhythm (from David Ramil, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/30/frank-kaminsky-charlotte-hornets-improvement/

What Is The Deal With The Hornets?  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/30/charlotte-hornets-record-point-differential/

5 Statistics That Have Defined The Cavs’ Season (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700754-5-statistics-that-have-defined-cleveland-cavaliers-2016-17-nba-season

LBJ: Flourishing In The Pick-And-Roll (from Zach Harper,  Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/harper-lebron-james-flourishing-pick-roll/

Milwaukee Owns The Paint (from Brian Sampson, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/milwaukee-owns-the-paint-ae9de96dffa2

Brogdon Doesn’t Play Like A Rookie (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline):

Red it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/29/bucks-103-celtics-100-malcolm-brogdons-big-finish-secures-victory/99757148/

Nurkic & The Blazers Found Each Other Just In Time (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/jusuf-nurkic-portland-trail-blazers-53d8a666f186

The Perimeter Players Who Are The Most Productive Post-Up Threats  (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/examining-nbas-best-perimeter-post-threats/

Nuggets Are In Playoff Contention Because Of Jokic  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/29/nuggets-nikola-jokic-having-fun-not-feeling-pressure-postseason-chase

Sixers And Celtics: Set Up Well For The Future (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/set-up-well-for-the-future-eastern-conference/

Josh Richardson’s  Offensive & Defensive Versatility  (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here: http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/30/josh-richardson-knows-his-3-point-shooting-numbers-are-down-but-he-wants-you-to-know-theres-more-to-his-game/

Taurean Prince: Soaring At The Right Time  (from Eric Yeboah, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/taurean-prince-soaring-at-the-right-time-592f3a95a3e7

From Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2017/3/30/15122512/taurean-prince-transition-defense-atlanta-hawks-mike-budenholzer

–  The Spurs’ Looming Potential Playoff Problem (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/the-problem-looming-for-the-spurs-is-a-tough-one-to-avoid/

Brad Stevens: Real Leadership  (from Justin Bariso, Inc.com):

Read it here: http://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/the-boston-celtics-just-took-over-1st-place-and-their-coachs-response-to-that-is.html

Nerlens Noel’s Chemistry With Mavs’ Guards (from Doyle Rader, Mavs Moneyball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2017/3/30/15115088/dallas-mavericks-nerlens-noel-and-j-j-barea-are-making-magic-together

Film Room: Terrence Ross’ Recent Success (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-terrence-ross-having-solid-impact-magic-cohen-20170330

AD & DMC: Making Progress In New Orleans (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/pelicans-pairing-anthony-davis-demarcus-cousins-making-recent-progress

Jim Lynam: Quintessential Hoops Guy Who Never Stops Coaching  (from Mike Jensen, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/Jim_Lynam_Sixers_quintessential_Philly_hoops_guy_coach.html

D-League:  ROY Candidates (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/29/15104118/nba-dleague-rookie-of-the-year-nbadl

How Alfonzo McKinnie Became A D-League All-Star (from Austin Cracraft, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/28/15062194/alfonzo-mckinnie-windy-city-bulls-nba-dleague-nbadl

NOTE: This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  We will publish PART TWO later today.  Stay tuned!