Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/8/17

HOU 125, SAS 104 (from 16 Wins):
HOU-SAS: A Battle Of Philosophy (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Jonathan Simmons Can Be A Big Factor (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
CLE 109, TOR 102 (from 16 Wins):
Kyrie Irving: Emerging As A Playmaker (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Three Reasons Why the Cavs Are Coasting (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Time For The Raptors To Decide What Kind Of Team They Want To Be (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
WAS 121, BOS 102 (from 16 Wins):
John Wall Is Unleashing His Full Repertoire (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):
How The Wizards Keep Conjuring Up Huge Runs (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Why The Celtics Find Themselves Tied at 2-2 (from Alex Eddy, Hardwood Houdini):
GSW: Going For A Sweep Tonight (from Darryl Matsuda, Mercury News):
GSW: Offensive Breakdown (from Anthony Young, Shane Young Channel):
Playoff Teams Are Living Comfortably By The Three-Pointer  (from Bo Schwartz Madsen, Nylon Calculus):
Oladipo’s Identity Crisis (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins):
What The Hawks Should Prioritize In GM Search (from Glen Willis, peachtreehoops.com):
Hawks Postmortem (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
How Royce White Became The Most Important Basketball Player (from Mary Pilon, Esquire):
The Stressful, Chaotic World Of NBA Agents (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/30/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

BOS-WAS Preview (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/29/breaking-down-celtics-wizards-series/ZPaCxv7MqNL1GUNf7PvqGM/story.html

From Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/2017-nba-playoffs-celtics-wizards-preview/

BOS-WAS: The Numbers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/29/playoffs-numbers-preview-boston-celtics-washington-wizards

Four Strategies For Slowing Wall Down (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/30/four-strategies-slowing-john-wall/

  • Chris Paul’s Greatness Is Not A Surprise (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/chris-pauls-greatness-jazz-not-surprise/

HOU-SAS: The Numbers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/29/playoffs-numbers-preview-san-antonio-spurs-houston-rockets

HOU-SAS Preview (from Darren Yuvan, The Dream Shake):

Read it here: http://www.thedreamshake.com/2017/4/30/15483446/houston-rockets-need-versatility-to-get-past-san-antonio-spurs

Can Tony Parker Sustain His Strong Play?  (from David Ramil, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/can-tony-parker-carry-stellar-play-rockets-series/

CLE-TOR: The Numbers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/29/playoffs-numbers-preview-cleveland-cavaliers-toronto-raptors

WAS-ATL: Series Dissection (from Graham Chapple, Hawks Hoop):

Read and watch it here: http://hawkshoop.com/hawks-wiz-series-dissection/

Breaking Down How LBJ Got His Points Vs The Pacers  (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/27/cleveland-cavaliers-how-lebron-james-got-points-indiana-pacers/

About Kevin Pritchard (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2017/04/29/insider-4-things-know-pacers-gm-kevin-pritchard/101054788/

From Danny Chau, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/indiana-pacers-larry-bird-steps-down-kevin-pritchard-president-5b217c75095e

Warriors’ Leaders Take On Greater Roles In Kerr’s Absence (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/29/kawakami-in-steve-kerrs-absence-the-warriors-leaders-take-on-even-greater-roles/

Kyle Wiltjer: Just What The Rockets Want? (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/29/sports/basketball/houston-rockets-daryl-morey.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/24/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Joe Johnson Steps Up In Teammate’s Absence, Again (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/harper-joe-johnson-steps-up-in-teammates-absence-to-win-again/

Joe Ingles, Unlikely Hero (from Brad Rowland, Dime Mag):

Read and watch it here: http://uproxx.com/dimemag/joe-ingles-utah-jazz-defense-x-factor/

BOS-CHI: Game 4 recap (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/bulls-powerless-stop-isaiah-thomas-game-4/

From Tyler Pleiss, Blog A Bull: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/4/24/15403654/brad-stevens-has-adjusted-since-game-2-fred-hoiberg-has-failed-to-counter

HOU-OKC: Game 4 Recap (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/harper-mike-dantoni-strangles-flow-game-4-put-rockets-3-1/

From Whitney Medworth, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15401848/thunder-rockets-stupid-ending-nba-playoffshttp://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15401848/thunder-rockets-stupid-ending-nba-playoffs

From Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Nene-perfect-solution-for-Rockets-in-Game-4-win-11093531.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=181f84812d438d9cbb

Nene Is The Perfect Complement To Harden (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/nene-james-harden-rockets-thunder/

Video Breakdown: How The Rockets Launch Eric Gordon From Three-Point Range (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Watch it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/24/eric-gordon-rockets-thunder-game-4-win-3-pointers-screens-video-breakdown-james-harden-russell-westbrook/

It’s Past Time To Ban Hack-A-Whoever Intentional Away From The Ball Fouling (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/24/15401814/nba-hack-a-shaq-intentional-fouling-ban-rule-andre-roberson

Mike Conley: Stone-Cold Killer (from Zito Madu, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15398154/mike-conley-grizzlies-highlights-spurs-game-4-assasin

How Mike Brown Has Evolved As A Coach (from J.A. Adande, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19228069/nba-mike-brown-steps-evolved-coach-place-steve-kerr

Steve Kerr’s Suffering: Hard To Watch, Harder To Live (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/steve-kerrs-suffering-hard-watch-harder-live-055119678.html

Weekend Recap (from The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/24/rotation-raptors-appreciate-chris-paul/

Play-Off Report Card (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/24/nba-playoffs-grades-first-round-lebron-james-russell-westbrook-isaiah-thomas

CLE-IND: Game 4 Takeaways (from Jackson Flickinger, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/24/cleveland-cavaliers-indiana-pacers-game-4-what-we-learned/

Taking LBJ’s Greatness For Granted (from Robbie DiPaolo, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/24/has-lebron-james-greatness-taken-granted/

Is ISO-Ball Actually Good For The Raptors? (from Sean Woodley, RaptorsHQ):

Read and watch it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/24/15399848/nba-playoffs-2017-toronto-raptors-milwaukee-bucks-iso-ball-success

Today’s Basketball Intelligence Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Former NBA/ABA Official Jess Kersey, who passed away on Saturday:

From David Teel, Daily Press:  http://www.dailypress.com/dp-spt-teel-column-jess-kersey-passes-20170422-column.html

 

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 4/7/17 PART TWO

Crowder Shows Grit As He Fights Off Pain  (from Taylor Snow, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-040617-crowder-shows-grit-he-fights-off-pain-atlanta/

Mavs View Seth Curry As A Rookie  (from Dwain Price, Star-Telegram):

Read it here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article143236309.html

George Hill’s Health Poses Short And Long-Term Questions  (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/home/5147825-155/utah-jazz-george-hills-health-poses?fullpage=1

Tyler Johnson’s Transformation (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/06/tyler-johnson-heat-d-league-pat-riley-erik-spoelstra

Luwauwu-Caborrot Has Earned Starting Role (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: https://thesixersense.com/2017/04/06/philadelphia-76ers-timothe-luwawu-cabarrot-earned-starting-role-in-2017-2018/

Papagiannis: Carving Out HIs Niche  (from James Ham, csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/papagiannis-carving-out-niche-focusing-one-undervalued-skill

5 Things The Celtics Need To Have A Chance Against Cavs In The Playoffs (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: https://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/06/five-things-the-boston-celtics-need-for-a-chance-to-beat-cavaliers/

James Johnson Q & A  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/james-johnson-q-leader-miami-144246519.html

Raptors: No Coasting Into The Playoffs (from Doug Smith, The Star):

Read it here: https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/07/raptors-playbook-rules-out-coasting-into-nba-post-season.html

Film Room: Magic’s Recently Improved Passing And Ball Movement (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-magics-excellent-passing-and-ball-movement-cohen-20170407

Ibaka & Tucker Bring Toughness To Raptors (fromDan Feldman, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/06/serge-ibaka-and-p-j-tucker-have-raptors-looking-tougher-for-playoffs/

Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-04717

Hezonja’s Defensive Improvement (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/07/experience-freedom-helping-mario-hezonja-improve-defense/

Jared Dudley On Mentoring (from Troy Tauscher, Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  https://arizonasports.com/story/1082494/jared-dudley-talks-development-suns-young-players/

This is PART TWO of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  Here is PART ONE:   http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/04/07/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-4717-part-one/