CORRECTED: Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/17/17

Bob Ferry: 79-Year Old Scout Has Embraced Analytics But Hasn’t Abandoned The Eye Test (from Roman Stubbs, Washington Post):
Will The Cavs Give IT The Curry Treatment?  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back);
ECF Preview (from 16 Wins):
The Celtics Break Through (from JM Poulard, BBll Breakdown):
Jaylen Brown Can’t Stop LBJ But The Celtics Need Him To Try (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Al Horford Is Having A Historic Postseason (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
How Kyrie Irving Learned To Love Being Himself (from Flinder Boyd, Bleacher Report):
GSW 136, SAS 100 (from 16 Wins):
Takeaways From WCF Game Two (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
Steph Is Back (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Finding A Draymond Green Replica Is Complicated (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
Lottery Winners And Losers (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
The Celtics Make Their Own Luck (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Big Questions Await Wizards (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Latest Attempt To Promote Competition: $200 Million Contracts (from Jeremy Venook, The Atlantic):
CSKA President Andrey Vatutin Q & A (from David Pick, Eurobasket.com):

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

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: https://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/

 

CORRECTED: Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/17/17 PART TWO

High Praise For Kawhi  (from Nick Moyle, mysanantonio.com):

Read it here: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/article/Wizards-Scott-Brooks-has-high-praise-for-Kawhi-11007903.php

Solomon Hill’s Great Defense May Be Restricting His Offense (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):

Read it here: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_91916072-0a94-11e7-b3d5-3f961cf8ac97.html

Saric Has Been Good In Additional Ways Than Expected (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: https://thesixersense.com/2017/03/16/philadelphia-76ers-dario-saric-good-different-ways-expected-season/

Grizzlies Slowly Getting Defense Back In Gear (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/16/memphis-grizzlies-getting-defense-back-track-slowly-after-all-star-break

Film Room: Aaron Gordon Among The League’s Best Cutters (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/es/news/film-room-aaron-gordon-among-nbas-best-cutting-to-basket-cohen-20170316

What Schroder Needs To Work On  (from Xavier Cooper, Soaring Down South):

Read and watch it here: http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/03/16/atlanta-hawks-dennis-schroder-needs-work/

Nerlens Noel: High Praise From New Teammates (from Marc Narducci, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20170317_Nerlens_Noel_draws_high_praise_from_new_Mavericks_teammates.html

Randle Shows Nifty Counter To Pet Play (from Darius Soriano, Forum Blue And Gold):

Read and watch it here: http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2017/03/16/julius-randle-shows-nifty-counter-to-a-pet-play/

Spurs’ Greatest Vulnerability: Defending Opposing Guards (from Nick Moyle, mysanantonio.com):

Read it here: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/article/Damian-Lillard-exposed-Spurs-biggest-11007626.php

 Taj Gibson’s Range Is Expanding As A Starter  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/taj-gibsons-range-expanding-in-the-thunder-starting-lineup/article/5542157

Dion Waiter’s Ascent (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/dion-waiters-revolution-televised-spectacular/

Breaking Down The COY Race (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/breaking-nbas-loaded-coach-year-race/

Coach Vogel Says Magic Are Far Away From “Winning Habits” (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-sp-magic-frank-vogel-0318-story.html

Bucks’ Teletovic: Looking On The Plus Side (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/17/bucks-mirza-teletovic-looking-plus-side/99296868/

Calderon Having Immediate Impact With Hawks (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/calderon-having-immediate-impact-hawks

Jeremy Lamb Has Been A Bright Spot For The Hornets This Season  (from Jerry Stephens, Swarm And Sting):

Read it here: http://swarmandsting.com/2017/03/17/charlotte-hornets-lack-individual-scorers-killed-season/

Hornets’ Briante Weber: Looking To Create his Own Kind Of “Havoc” (from David Scott, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article139193918.html

Drawing Charges Is A Big Part Of Ilyasova’s Game (from Chris Vivlamore, ajs.com):

Read it here: http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/ilyasova-has-made-drawing-charges-big-part-his-game/GLVmjExr4fxL0JHjFtTFKP/

NOTE: This is PART TWO of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  Be sure to check out PART ONE here: http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/03/17/todays-best-nba-reporting-analaysis-31717-part-one/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/4/16

–  Saturday Recap (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/4/13831972/nba-scores-2016-toronto-raptors-blowout-atlanta-hawks-eastern-conference

From BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/02/the-breakdown-rockets-james-harden-has-help-again/

Durant’s Blocks Key Warriors’ Win  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/2958/with-kevin-durant-on-swat-patrol-warriors-make-a-big-splash

Anatomy Of Isaiah Thomas’ ATO Game-Winner  (from Celtics Blog):

Read and Watch It Here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/12/4/13831970/the-read-react-the-anatomy-of-an-isaiah-thomas-game-winner-boston-celtics-philadelphia-76ers

–  Draymond Green Is Ensuring Warriors’ Defense Remains Dangerous  (from Eric Malinowski, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2678957-draymond-green-ensuring-the-warriors-defense-remains-dangerous

–  Joel Embiid Is Even Better Than Advertised  (from Jesse Blancarte, Baskteball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-joel-embiid-better-than-advertised/

–  What’s Ailing The Hawks?  (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/how-the-hawks-trailed-many-points-another-loss/6qOA3j5oGZcSpvzUhS5dSN/

–  The Struggles Of Mirotic, Bulls’ Bench  (from Nick Firedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/23720/mirotic-bench-struggle-again-in-loss-to-lowly-mavs

–  Derrick Rose Q & A  (from Steve Serby, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2016/12/03/derrick-rose-talks-return-to-elite-status-chicago-trauma-and-being-a-loner/

From Peter Walsh, slamonline:  http://www.slamonline.com/nba/derrick-rose-adidas-interview/#i0W9DBA2Y8QzvxPI.97

–  Harrison Barnes Is Adjusting To Go-To Role  (from Pat James, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article118682728.html

–  Clint Capela’s Improvement (from Ben Casey, Space City Scoop):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2016/12/04/clint-capela-most-improved-player/

–  The Cavs’ Losing Streak  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/cavaliers/2016/12/03/lebron-james-kyrie-irving-cleveland-three-game-losing-streak-matters/94867430/

From Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2679632-friday-nba-roundup-are-cavaliers-coasting-or-is-there-cause-for-concern

–  Coach Lue Is Growing In Stature (from Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.macon.com/sports/nba/article118793943.html

–  Thunder Film Room: Struggles Containing The Corner Three (from Bobby Chancellor, Welcome To Loud City):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/12/4/13831726/oklahoma-city-thunder-film-room-defending-corner-three-shot-2016

 Rockets’ Film Room: Takeaways From Back-To-Back Wins  (from Jason Gomez, Space City Scoop):

Read and watch it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2016/12/04/scs-film-room-3-lessons-from-rockets-back-to-back-wins/

–  Celtics’ Three-Guard Lineups Having Been Getting Shredded  (from Jay King, Mass Live):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/12/it-and-d_problem_boston_celtic.html

 

 

Spurs’ Ten-Game Review: Games 11-20 (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-2/

Mbah Moute’s Big Impact  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.sbsun.com/sports/20161203/luc-mbah-a-moute-making-big-impact-with-clippers

–  Jazz Update: Exum, Hayward, More (from Dan Clayton, Salt City Hoops):

Read it here:  http://saltcityhoops.com/salt-city-seven-120116/

–  Pistons Should Remain Patient With Stanley Johnson  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/12/03/ellis-pistons-should-remain-patient-johnson/94880552/

–  Jaylen Brown’s Energy Gives The Celtics A Boost  (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-120316-jaylen-brown-energy-gives-boston-boost-in-philly

Sean Kilpatrick Plays With A ” ‘Healthy Chip’ On His Shoulder”  (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/proving-ground

–  D.J. Stephens’ Life As A Basketball Nomad And His NBA Dream  (from Ian Pierno, Beale Street Bears):

Read it here: http://bealestreetbears.com/2016/12/01/d-j-stephens-playing-overseas-dream-memphis/

 76ers: Reasons To Keep Sergio Rodriguez After This Season  (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2016/12/04/philadelphia-76ers-3-reasons-keep-sergio-rodriguez-around-past-year/

The Raptors Offense Is Historic And Divergent  (from John Gaudes, RaptorsHQ):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2016/12/4/13794806/the-raptors-offense-is-historic-and-wonderfully-divergent

From Russell Peddle:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2016/12/2/13814286/dinos-digits-five-statistics-raptors-historically-great-offense

 Steve Kerr Is Amazed By KD’s Efficiency (from Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/warriors-kerr-on-kevin-durants-efficiency-he-falls-out-of-bed-and-gets-20/

–  Robin Lopez Is Bulls’ Unsung Hero  (from Jeremy Karll, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/03/chicago-bulls-robin-lopez-unsung-hero-bulls/

 Troy Daniels’ Big Night (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2016/12/04/grizzlies-morning-after-anatomy-troy-daniels-big-night/94951082/

NBA Adjusted Multiple Trade Rules In July (from Eric Pincus, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-adjusted-multiple-trade-rules-in-july/