Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/20/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

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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.

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/19/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

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Pacers Have No Answer For LBJ As Roll Man  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Day 4 Recap (from The Step Back):
Five Reasons The Celtics Are Down 2-0  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
–  Why Avery Bradley And Isaiah Thomas Are So Close (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Game Two Is Why The Raptors Traded For Ibaka (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Raptors Made It Tougher On Giannis  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline):
–  How The Clippers Bounced Back (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Draymond Green’s “Secrets To Stopping Stars” (from Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report):
Draymond May Be The Best Rim Protector In The Assn. (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
Steve Kerr: The King Of Cool (from Erik Malinowski, Bleacher Report):
Steph Curry, The Happy Warrior (from Andrew Corsello, GQ):
Mike D’Antoni Q & A (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
Rockets Adjust Offense To Whatever Thunder Throw At Them  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Schroder Thrived In His 1st Playoff Start  (from Brendan Galella, Hoops Habit):
Brent Barry’s Approach To Commentating  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

 

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

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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/

 

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

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Takeaways From The First Weekend (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-takeaways-utah-jazz-cleveland-cavaliers-toronto-raptors-525cfb975a59

From Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/17/nba-playoff-openers-grades-giannis-antetokounmpo-draymond-green-warriors

Day Two Recap (from Tim Cato & Whitney Medworth, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/17/15321382/2017-nba-scores-playoffs-warriors-wizards-rockets-bulls

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

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets-team-backs-harden-bury-thunder-game-1/

From Berry Tramel, newsok: http://newsok.com/article/5545734

Why Patrick Beverley is So Important (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/17/15324916/patrick-beverley-rockets-annoying-defense-nba-playoffs-westbrook

Russell Westbrook & Khelcey Barrs’ Memory (from Mike Piellucci, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/russell-westbrook-the-legacy-of-khelcey-barrs/

GSW-POR: Five Trends From Game One (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/golden-state-warriors/content/golden-state-warriors-5-trends-from-game-1-victory

From Anthony Slater, Mercury News:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/17/five-observations-from-the-warriors-121-109-game-1-win-over-the-blazers/

Draymond Green Shows His Supreme Importance (from Jack Winter Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/draymond-green-shows-supreme-importance-warriors/

From Tim Bontemps, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/04/16/draymond-green-shows-why-hes-the-warriors-snarling-sneering-emotional-spark-plug/

CHI-BOS: Bobby Portis Played The Game Of His Life (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/24328/bobby-portis-plays-the-game-of-his-life-in-game-1-win-over-celtics

Celtics: Adjusting To The Adjustments (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here; http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/17/15323448/adjusting-to-the-adjustments-boston-celtics-rebounding-offensive-spacing

IT’s Big Heart (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725788/little-guy-isaiah-thomas-shows-big-heart-in-playoff-opener

WAS-ATL: Game One Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/washington-wizards-atlanta-hawks-game-1-analysis-9dd3991719e5

Clippers: Five Takeaways From Game One (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/16/los-angeles-clippers-5-takeaways-from-clippers-jazz-game-1/

MIL-TOR: Thon Maker’s D Set The Tone (from Adam McGee, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read and watch it here: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-thon-makers-defense-set-tone-game-1/

Raptors: Three Takeaways From Game One  (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/16/toronto-raptors-3-takeaways-from-game-1-loss-to-bucks/

Dwane Casey: Living The Dream (from Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun):

Read it here: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/04/17/raptors-coach-casey-on-age-hard-work-and-living-the-dream

SAS-MEM: Tony Allen’s Injury Is A Huge Problem (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/grizzlies/tony-allens-injury-huge-problem-grizzlies-kawhi-leonard/

Spurs: 3 Lessons From Game One (from David Suttner, Hoops  Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/16/san-antonio-spurs-3-lessons-from-game-1-victory-vs-grizzlies/

Grit, Grind, And A Center Who Shoots 3s  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents19172145/marc-gasol-3s-nba-evolution

CLE-IND: LBJ One-On-One In Game One (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/lebron-james-torched-pacers-1-1-situations-game-1/

Video Breakdown: Cavs’ Hammer Get Action  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/17/lebron-james-cavaliers-pacers-playoffs-game-1-hammer-action-kevin-love-nba-playbook-video/

Questioning Pacers’ Strategy At The End Of Game One: (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/17/pacers-mcmillan-coaching-mistakes-game-1/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis PLAYOFF EDITION 4/16/17

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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):

 

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