Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/13/17

WAS 92, BOS 91 (from 16 Wins):
Avery Bradley: Celtics’ X-Factor (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Using IT To Set Screens (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
The State Of The Celtics’ Frontcourt (from Eric Cross, Hardwood Houdini):
Numbers Preview: Western Conference Finals (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
How Mike Brown’s Life Was Revitalized (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):
Kerr’s Blueprint Is In Place But Mike Brown Is In Command (from Erik Malinowski, Bleacher Report):
Ultimate Guide To Spurs Upsetting Dubs (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher report):
The Spurs And Lazy Analytics (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):
Rebounding: Part Art, Part Science To Tristan Thompson (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):
How The Warriors Tap Silicon Valley Tech For Extra Edge (from Ari Levy, cnbc.com):
Time For Harden To Embrace Rest After Running Out Of Gas (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
Each Team’s Biggest Flaw To Address This Summer (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Pairing Antony Davis And DeMarcus Cousins  (from Kevin Barrios, The Bird Writes):
Terrance Ferguson Enjoyed Australian Detour (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline):
Hamidou Diallo Hasn’t Played In Months But His Draft Stock Is Rising (from Adam Zagoria, NY Times):
Ivan Rabb Has Unique Connection To Damian Lillard (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):
Context Is Important When Evaluating Rodions Kurucs (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

CORRECTED: Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/23/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

MEM-SAS: Game 4 Breakdown (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/game-four-4-spurs-grizzlies-nba-playoffs-2017-9ae6d7f54ada

From Kristian Winfield, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/22/15397024/mike-conley-kawhi-leonard-grizzlies-vs-spurs-game-4-playoffs

From Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer: http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2017/04/23/game-4-grizzlies-110-spurs-108-one-for-the-ages

Mike Conley: Proving His Worth (from Andrew Lynch, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/mike-conley-memphis-grizzlies-contract-biggest-record-nba-playoffs-san-antonio-spurs-game-4-042317

TOR-MIL: Game 4 Recap (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/22/toronto-raptors-dwane-casey-lineup-adjustment-prove-be-right-tonic-team-against

From Charles F. Gardner, jsonline:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/22/raptors-87-bucks-76-toronto-bounces-back-even-series/100572138/

Norman Powell Answered The Call In Game 4 (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):

Read it here: http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/04/23/norman-powell-answers-call-pivotal-game-4-performance/

GSW-POR: Game 3 Recap (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors-win-away-sweep-blazers-game-3-comeback/

From Tim Kawakami, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/kawakami-the-warriors-huge-game-3-comeback-yep-they-did-it-again/

From Ethan Sherwood Strauss:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/4398/warriors-overcome-17-point-deficit-to-win-game-3-in-portland

From Anthony Slater, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/shorthanded-warriors-complete-incredible-comeback-in-portland-to-take-3-0-series-lead/

Video Breakdown: Warriors’ Defensive Counterpunch (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/4/23/15398060/nba-playoffs-2017-video-analysis-warriors-blazers-stephen-curry-game-3-andre-iguodala-dunks

Kerr Is The Warriors’ Biggest Health Concern (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury news):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/steve-kerr-not-kevin-durant-is-warriors-biggest-health-concern/

CLE-IND: Game 3 Breakdown (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/pacers/pacers-dig-3-0-hole-defensive-meltdown/

Tristan Thompson: Blue Collar Big Man (from Joe Gabrielle, cavs.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/tristan-playoffs-170423

Trying To Describe Giannis Antetokounmpo (from Eben Pindyck, New Yorker):

Read it here: http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/trying-to-describe-giannis-antetokounmpo

Roberson: What It’s Like Defending Harden (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/article/5546544

Billy Donovan Attempts To Solve FTA Disparity  (from Fran BLinebury, NBA Sports):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/22/okc-thunder-billy-donovan-seeks-solve-free-throw-attempt-discrepancy-against

Taj Gibson Provides Whatever The Thunder Needs (from Cliff Brunt, AP):

Read it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/23/thunders-taj-gibson-providing-scoring-help-for-westbrook/

From Berry Tramel, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/blue-collar-taj-gibson-delivering-for-thunder/article/5546538

Kyrie Irving’s Porous Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/porous-pick-roll-defense-kyre-irving-killing-cavaliers/

  • Series Deficit Forced Brad Stevens’ Hand (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/23/series-deficit-forced-brad-stevens-hand/zLRHNWEI2BGITjhZ1o8CJM/story.html

 

 

 As The Celtics “Go Small”, Horford Becomes More Important (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/23/as-boston-goes-small-al-horford-becomes-even-more-important/

Can The Bulls’ Adjust Without Rondo?  (from Henry Bushnell, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rajon-rondo-series-can-bulls-adjust-upset-celtics-064416204.html

Terry Rozier Answered The Call In Game 3 (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/22/terry-rozier-answers-the-call-for-the-boston-celtics/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/23/17

Jokic: The Unlikely Superstar Who Is Transforming The Nuggets  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/23/15036048/nikola-jokic-highlights-video-denver-nuggets-nba

Dragic Has Orchestrated The Heat’s Offensive Leap (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/goran-dragic-orchestrated-heats-offensive-leap/

Finally, A Healthy Bradley Beal  (from Nicholas Arguelles, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/bradley-beal-trusting-the-process-4126e7728e60#.rj1wb09od

MKG: Lots Of Pace, No Space  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/michael-kidd-gilchrist-has-lots-of-pace-and-no-space-805617034e57#.xz2onb4gr

Hoiberg On Robin Lopez (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/coach-hoiberg-robin-lopez

The Numbers Show Where You Are Right And Wrong About Tristan Thompson (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/numbers-lie-tristan-thompson

Storylines For The Homestretch  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read it here: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220257858/7-nba-storylines-to-watch-final-2-weeks

Mavs Impressed With Noel’s Progress (from Dwain Price, star-telgram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article140227508.html

Meyers Leonard: Playing On One Leg  (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/meyers-leonard-limited-he-tries-play-through-hip-and-back-pain

Rest May Have Been Turning Point For GSW  (from Michael Shultz, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here: http://bluemanhoop.com/2017/03/23/rest-golden-state-warriors-season/

Marcus Smart Cooks Up Another Batch Of Winning Plays (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725615/marcus-smart-cooks-up-another-batch-of-winning-plays

Olynyk’s Hot Streak Boosts His Confidence  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_kelly_olynyk_s_hot_streak_boosts_his_confidence

Jameer Nelson Has Found New Life In Denver (from Brendan Vogt, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/jameer-nelson-finds-new-life-in-denver-9a7be49c1a10#.wa3ftk1xd

Role Player Of The Week: Avery Bradley (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/role-player-week-avery-bradley/

 Brandon Jennnings On His Time With Knicks  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/brandon-jennings-opens-wrong-knicks-article-1.3006188

DeRozan: Stepping Up In Lowry’s Absence (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/23/toronto-raptors-demar-derozan-complete/

DeRozan Has Taken His Post Game To The Next Level  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/demar-derozan-post-offense-stats-breakdown-highlights-video-kobe-bryant/szxbvoihhza3za5q7thakqt2

What The Pelicans’ Offensive Gelling Looks Like  (from Jake Madison, Bourbon Street Shots):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/23/what-the-offensive-gelling-looks-like/

Middleton Has The Bucks Slowing Down And Heating Up  (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/khris-middleton-has-the-bucks-slowing-down-and-heating-up/

–  The Smartest NBA Teams Don’t Go Mad Over NCAA Tournament Performances (from Sam Vecenie,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_au/article/prisoners-of-the-moment-how-the-ncaa-tournament-affects-nba-draft-stock

The Spurs’ 10-Game Review: Volume Seven  (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-7/

Spurs: Tony Parker’s 2017 Impact (from Collin Reid, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/tony-parkers-impact-for-the-2017-spurs/

MIP Watch (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/most-improved-player-watch/

Why The Wolves Signed Casspi  (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):

Read it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/03/23/timberwolves-sign-omri-casspi/

Nwaba’s Long Road  (from Lee Altman, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here: http://dleague.nba.com/news/david-nwaba-lakers-contract-dfenders-nba-dleague-feature/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/14/16

 

Timberwolves: The Next Step  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/Timberwolves-NBAs-hottest-young-team-and-ready-to-take-over/

And from Tim Faklis, A Wolf Among Wolves:  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2016/10/kat-bigs-dissecting-wolves-depth-front/

–  The Great Aaron Gordon Positional Experiment  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/orlando-magic-aaron-gordon-small-forward-36df66a13320#.lt05rjiwl

–  The Misunderstanding Of JR Smith  (from Charles Bethea, The New Yorker):

Read it here:  http://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/the-misunderstanding-of-j-r-smith

–  How The Nuggets Built Their International Army  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/how-the-nuggets-built-their-international-basketball-army-794bee9b6c56#.gcjs3hrv7

Celtics: 5 Things We’ve Learned So Far  (from Brian Robb, boston.com):

Read it here:  http://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2016/10/14/5-things-weve-learned-so-far-in-celtics-preseason

–  Boston Now Has Its Own “Lineup Of Death”  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2669333-the-boston-celtics-now-have-their-own-lineup-of-death

–  Cavs:  Chris Fedor’s Five Observations  (from Cleveland.com):

Read  it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/10/tristan_thompson_looking_to_ad.html

–  What Can Jeremy Lin Do Back In New York? (from Howard Megdal, VICE Sports):

https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/what-can-jeremy-lin-do-back-in-new-york

And from Brian Lewis, NY Post:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/13/a-jeremy-lin-scouting-report-from-a-coach-who-knows-him-best/

–  Bogut Gives Mavs Effective Rim Protection And More (from Dwain Price, star-telegram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article108150777.html

–  Nemanja Bjelica Hopes To Improve In Year Two  (from Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune):

Read t here:  http://www.startribune.com/nemanja-bjelica-hopes-his-game-translates-better-in-second-year-with-wolves/397038071/

–  Stanley Johnson: Look For Improvement  (from Lazarus Jackson, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/10/14/12833662/2016-nba-preview-detriot-pistons-stanley-johnson-look-for-improvement

–  The Pistons Forced Opponents To Take The Right Shots, But Didn’t Defend Them Well  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/13/one-team-one-stat-detroit-pistons-opponent-shooting

–  Mavs:  Justin Anderson Aims To Be Bigger Contributor This Season  (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas News):

Read it here:  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2016/10/13/sweating-small-stuff-justin-anderson-aims-even-bigger-contributor-sophomore-year

Malcolm Delaney: “I’m Supposed To be Here” (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/delaney-supposed-here/ZJt21D1fyPBsxqdElMN2NO/

–  The Hornets Were The Most Offensively Improved Team Last Season  (from Jhn Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/13/one-team-one-stat-charlotte-hornets-offensive-improvement

–  For Some Teams, Prepping For Back-To-Backs Is Important In The Preseason (from Tim Reynolds, AP):

Read it here:  https://apnews.com/df9a2e46047041b58e6b86ba4bb4fb35/For-some-NBA-teams,-prepping-for-back-to-backs-is-important

–  SVG Wants Scrimmages Against Other Teams In Preseason  (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-nba-coaches-bat-around-better-ways-use-their-time-preseason

The Celtics Have A Bargain In Jonas Jerebko  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724188/jonas-jerebko-putting-in-work-to-improve-his-shot

Rudy Gay Rediscovers His Comfort Zone  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article108165347.html

–  DeMarre Carroll Expects A Full Return To Form  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/12/carroll-wants-raps-fans-to-see-the-real-him

–  Hassan Whiteside: Flourishing In Increased Role (from Cory Sanning, All U Can Heat):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2016/10/14/miami-heat-hassan-whiteside-flourishing-in-increased-role/

–  Jonathan Simmons And Kyle Anderson Vital For Spurs’ Bench  (from Jeff McDonald, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/For-Spurs-bench-Simmons-and-Anderson-prove-9969438.php

Marcus Paige Looks To Transition To D-League  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/13/13271514/marcus-paige-dleague-nba-north-carolina

–  Wizards’ Season Preview  (from Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/10/13/13242338/washington-wizards-preview-season-nba-2016-2017-celticsblog

–  Grizzlies’ Season Preview  (from Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/10/13/13273224/season-preview-memphis-grizzlies-sb-nation-nba

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/18/16

–  Film Study: Too Much LBJ  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
–  Tristan Thompson Is Beating The Warriors At Their Own Screening Game  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  How Tristan Thompson’s Ability To Run The Floor Impacted Game Six  (from Chris Manning, Fear The Sword):
–  Appreciating The Little Ways Tristan Thompson Impacted Game Six  (from Scott Rafferty, Hardwood Paroxysm):
 Tristan Thompson Works Until You Break  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Iguodala On The Dubs’ System  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
–  Steph’s Defense Was A Reason The Dubs Lost Game Six  (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):
–  LBJ & Lue:  Bonded By Struggle  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):
Dubs’ Death Lineup Frontcourt Needs To Regain Its Efficiency  (from Alex Wong, Sporting News):
–  Harrison Barnes Is Ruining The Dubs’ Best Lineup  (from Tim Cato,  SBNation):
–  The Dubs’ Dunderhead Play Usually Works  (from Kevin Draper, Deadspin):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
  Shaun Livingston  (from Danny Miron,  The Sports Quotient):  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/6/11/overcoming-the-impossible-the-shaun-livingston-story
–  Tim Hardaway, Jr  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hardaway-sr-and-jr-share-blood-and-basketball/nrhXT/
–  Spencer Dinwiddie  (from Will Gottlieb,  chicacgonow.com):  http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-bulls-confidential/2016/06/scouting-spencer-dinwiddie/