Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Day Three Recap (from Keith Smth, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-take-data-cavs-spurs-go-2-0/

Day Three Plays You May Have Missed  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/18/15340360/nba-playoffs-2017-highlights-best-plays-spurs-cavaliers

Recapping The Opening Games (from BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/17/the-breakdown-a-look-at-the-opening-games-of-the-nba-playoffs/

From Chris Wooden, Sir Charles In Charge: https://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/17/nba-playoff-openers-reactions-2017/

Cavs: There Are Still Concerns Despite 2-0 Lead (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/concerns-still-abound-cavaliers-despite-2-0-series-lead-pacers/

Patrick Beverley’s Game One Performance (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets/patrick-beverleys-game-1-performance-best-career/

From Scott Cacciola, NY Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/sports/basketball/patrick-beverley-russell-westbrook-nba-playoffs.html

Capela Growing Into Key Role For Rockets (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-growing-into-key-role-for-Rockets-11078871.php

Thunder Need Improvement In Three Areas (from Max Seng, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: https://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/oklahoma-city-thunder-3-areas-improvement/

The Celtics And The Trouble With Surrendering Offensive Rebounds (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/18/boston-celtics-trouble-offensive-rebounds/

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN: http://www.espn.com.au/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725798/bostons-rebounding-woes-are-nothing-new-but-are-they-fixable

From wjsy, Celtics Blog: http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/17/15323448/nba-playoffs-2017-boston-celtics-chicago-bulls-adjustments

What Clippers Need To Change In Game Two (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/clippers-need-change-game-2-jazz/

Bucks: Game One Rotations (from Reid Mueller, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-guard-rotations/

From Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-milwaukee-bucks-adjustment-toronto-raptors-84165e5d665d

Dellavedova’s Screens (from Lori Nickel, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/17/dellavedovas-screens-draw-torontos-attention/100561334/

From Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports: http://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nba/dwane-casey-says-a-lot-of-matthew-dellavedovas-screens-werent-legal-but-gives-credit-to-the-aussie-guard/news-story/cbd9f133add4d063f9a1d57beb24aca1

Giannis Is Really Happening (from Nate Scott, Fox Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-raptors-game-2-playoffs-041817

is There A Way To Slow Giannis Down? (from Adam Iafrate, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/18/15339630/nba-playoffs-2017-3-ways-raptors-slow-giannis-antetokounmpo

Five Reasons Bucks Won Game One (from Joshua Cornelissen, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-5-reasons-game-1/

Malcolm Brogdon Profile (from NBPA):

Read it here: http://nbpa.com/collecting-points-and-degrees-malcolm-brogdon-shines-as-a-roy-candidate-and-public-policy-champion/

WAS-ATL: Game One Takeaways (from Blaise Malley, Wiz Of Awes):

Read it here: http://wizofawes.com/2017/04/18/washington-wizards-nba-playoffs-2017-atlanta-hawks-game-1-analysis-rotation/

MEM Is Trying Everything To Stop Leonard (And It is That Much More Difficult W/O Tony Allen (from Charles Maniego, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/memphis-grizzlies/content/memphis-grizzlies-trying-everything-to-stop-kawhi-leonard

From Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/4/18/15340158/nba-playoffs-strategy-kawhi-leonard-double-teams

Euroleague Playoffs: Quarterfinals Preview (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/17/euroleague-quarterfinal-preview/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/6/17

Understanding The Contenders’ Playoff Rotations  (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/nba-playoffs-rotations-cavs-warriors/

–  Analyzing The Bucks’ Defensive Style  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

Read and watch it here: https://cleaningtheglass.com/do-the-bucks-stop-here/

CLE 114, BOS 91  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/05/onhoop/qlCBUZvrYVYC30VEYjT6DO/story.html

From Jay King, Masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2017/04/boston_celtics_cleveland_caval_16.html

 

 

 

DPOY Candidates: Gobert, D. Green, Leonard  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/argument-every-2016-17-defensive-player-year-candidate/

Richaun Holmes: Proving He Belongs In Sixers’ Rotation (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/05/richaun-holmes-proving-belongs-philadelphia-76ers-rotation/

Buddy Hield Is Stepping Up (from Tom West, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/buddy-hield-has-work-to-do-but-hes-stepping-up-with-sacramento-kings-2bb529014d9f

–  Mavs Have Bright Future With Harrison Barnes (from Paolo Pascual, The Smoking Cuban):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/05/dallas-mavericks-bright-future-barnes/

 Heat Find Success By Spreading The Wealth On Offense (from Nick Sciria, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/nylon-calculus-miami-heat-find-success-spreading-wealth-offense/

Don’t Hold Spurs’ System Against Kawhi In MVP Race (from Eli Horowitz, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/column-spurs-system-held-kawhi-leonard-mvp-race/

Jason Smith: The Ultimate Teammate Always Stays Ready  (from Zach Rosen, Washington Wizards Blog):

Read it here:  https://washingtonwizardsblog.monumentalsportsnetwork.com/2017/04/06/the-ultimate-teammate-jason-smith-always-stays-ready

Pin-Down Passing (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):

Watch it here: http://pickandpop.net/2017/04/pin-down-passing/

Role Player Of The Week: Frank Kaminsky  (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/hornets/role-player-of-the-week-frank-kaminsky/

Steph Curry In Middle School: Origin Of The Baby-Faced Assassin (from Marcus Thompson II, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2695972-stephen-curry-in-middle-school-the-origin-of-the-baby-faced-assassin

Brook Lopez: The (Offensive) Force Awakens  (from Charles Maniego, 16 Wins:

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/brook-lopez-the-offensive-force-awakens-dec531e6aade

TOR 105, DET 102 :10 Observations (from William Lou, The Defeated):

Read it here: https://medium.com/the-defeated/10-things-i-saw-from-raptors-pistons-holy-shit-lowry-is-back-4e0c37740670

Blazers: Surviving Without Nurkic  (from Raymond Simms, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/05/portland-trail-blazers-barely-surviving/

Morey’s Case For Exec Of The Year  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/06/daryl-morey-case-executive-year/

Korver Returns To 3-Point Leaderboard  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/kyle-korver-3-point-leaderboard/

Gasol, Grizzlies Focused On Finding Rhythm  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2017/04/06/grizzlies-morning-after-gasol-grizzlies-focused-finding-rhythm/100116862/

Increase In Confidence Key For Luwawu-Caborrot  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-increase-confidence-key-luwawu-cabarrot

Monty Williams: Life After Tragedy (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/06/monty-williams-wife-ingrid-family-tragedy-spurs-thunder-pelicans

5 Things We Learned From Eurocup 2016-17  (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/5-things-learned-eurocup-2016-2017/

Isaiah Thomas: Picture Me Rollin’  (from Peter Walsh, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/the-magazine/features/isaiah-thomas-celtics-cover-story/#L2Ut5Ji5ajPlhuiR.97

–  Nets’ Turnaround Coincides With Lin’s Return  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here: http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-turnaround-coincides-with-jeremy-lin-s-return-1.13367899

The NBA’s Subtle, Vital Scheduling Factor  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-nbas-subtle-vital-scheduling-factor/

Langston Galloway: Ready And Steady  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article142963964.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/24/17

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Spurs: Successfully Force-Feeding LMA Post Touches (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Will Noel End Mavs’ Big Man Search?  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Jordan Crawford’s Revival (from ZachHarper, Fanrag Sports):
Harden Gets Fouled On 3s More Than Any NBA Team (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):
The Cavs’ Defensive Struggles (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Video: The Spurs Being The Spurs (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
Stubborn Rotation Decisions Have Made Pacers’ Roster Flaws Worse (from C. Cooper, indycornrows.com):
The Wizards Need Rest (from Albert Burneko, Deadspin):
Jerry Stackhouse: Training For An NBA Head-Coaching Gig In The D-League (from Sam Fortier, The Ringer):
Amir Johnson Q & A (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
5 Biggest Concerns Facing Utah Jazz (from Jared Woodcox, purpleandblues.com):
Celtics: Starting To Find More Post Offense (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Olynyk’s 3-Point Game Helping Him All Over The Floor  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):
Film Room: The Uniqueness Of Klay Thompson’s Game (from Anthony Slater, Marcury News):
Brandon Jennings Has Reinvented Himself With The Wizards (from Ben Mehic, wizofawes.com):
Why The Pistons Are Falling Apart (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Kawhi Leonard’s Passion For Earl Lloyd Documentary (from Marc. J Spears, The Undefeated):
Steph Curry Q & A (from Robby Kalland, Dime Mag):
D-League MVP Finalists  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

 

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 3/22/17 PART TWO

Dewayne Dedmon: Spurs’ Latest Gem  (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):

Read it here:  http://www.businessinsider.com/dewayne-dedmon-spurs-journey-to-nba-2017-3

Chris Paul: Fast Hands, Gruesome Fingers  (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/sports/chris-paul-clippers-los-angeles-hands.html

Evan Fournier Is Regaining His Form  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-sp-magic-evan-fournier-0322-story.html

5 D-League Shooters Who Could Help GSW (from Ti Windisch, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/21/golden-state-warriors-five-d-league-shooters-help/

Hornacek Critiques Knicks’ Play  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/20/is-hornaceks-passing-complaint-a-shot-at-knicks-stars/

Richaun Holmes Emerges (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20170322_Holmes_emerges_from_Sixers__center_logjam.html

Dinwiddie: Prospering With Nets  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/03/21/ex-piston-dinwiddie-makes-opporunity-nets/99463906/

 The Celtics’ Defense Needs To Step Up (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/for-a-shot-at-the-east-the-celtics-defense-needs-to-step-up/

How The Wizards’ Defense Has Slipped Since The All-Star Break  (from Chase Hughes, csnmidatlantic.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/state-wizards-numbers-how-defense-has-slipped-all-star-break

Everything You Need To Know About The NBA’s Rest Controversy (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-nbas-rest-controversy-including-solutions/

Hoiberg’s Circle Of Trust (from Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun Times):

Video Breakdown: Patrick McCaw Against The Mavericks  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

 Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/3/22/15018442/nba-2017-highlights-warriors-mavericks-patrick-mccaw-stephen-curry

Brett Brown On Westbrook (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/russell-westbrook-most-dominant-guard-brett-brown-has-seen-16-nba-seasons

By The Numbers: A Look At Covington’s Defense (from Cory Seidman, csnphilly.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/numbers-closer-look-robert-covingtons-defensive-prowess

DeAndre Bembry: On His Way With The Hawks  (from Cory Prescott, clnsradio.com):

Read and watch it here: http://clnsradio.com/boston-celtics-news/item/15452-deandre-bembry-on-his-way-to-an-nba-future-with-the-atlanta-hawks

ICYMI: Our Recent Interview  (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/ray-lebov-interesting-guy-havent-heard/

Heat Scout Bob Reinhart (from Brendan Perkins, Dubois County Herald):

Read it here: https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/reinhart-comes-full-circle-in-call-to-hall

Errick McCollum Q & A (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net):

Read it here: http://www.eurohoops.net/en/interviews/419080/define-winning-thats-want-gala/

NOTE: This is PART TWO of today’s BI.  If you missed PART ONE, here it is: http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/03/22/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-32217-part-one/