– A new Blake Griffin carried the Clippers to a Game 6 victory (from Tim Cato, sbnation.com):
” A few years ago, it would be hard to imagine Blake Griffin dominating a game without dunking even once. The former first overall pick made a name for himself almost immediately with jams that seemed to suspend physics. They were frequent. They were everywhere. You can hear Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler echoing “oh me oh my” in your ear just thinking about them.
In Thursday’s Game 6 victory, Griffin didn’t dunk once. And yet, his contributions were paramount to the Clippers forcing a decisive Game 7 against the Spurs. This wasn’t how many expected Griffin to star.
Unlike years past, pure athleticism hasn’t been enough to dominate. Because the Clippers’ bench is so bad, Griffin’s playing more than 41 minutes a night. He’s constantly tired and clearly looked it on Thursday, which isn’t an ideal mix for someone who relies on physicality.
But Griffin isn’t the unskilled rookie of years past.”
Read and view it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2015/5/1/8528929/blake-griffin-highlights-clippers-spurs-game-6-nba-playoffs
– The Josh Smith Revival (from Gerald Bourguet, hoopshabit.com):
Read and view it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2015/04/30/houston-rockets-the-josh-smith-revival/
– Secrets of Hawks’ dynamic offense (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
Read and view it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12793788/kyle-korver-secrets-atlanta-hawks-offense
– Atlanta Wins Game 5 By Finding Brooklyn’s Weakest Defensive Piece (from Matthew Way, bballbreakdown):
Read it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/04/29/atlanta-wins-game-5-by-finding-brooklyns-weakest-defensive-piece
– Hawks Get Back to Fundamentals, Screening and Defensive Rebounding in Wire-to-Wire Game 5 Win (from Juan Toribio, Vantage Sports):
Read and view it here: http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VUBbRSYAACUAb9sf/nets-vs.-hawks-game-5-04-29-15
– Cavs’ GM hints that Iman Shumpert signals shift toward defense (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):
Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/05/iman_shumpert_david_griffin_cl.html
– Can Grizzlies look to Jeff Green as a defensive stopper vs. Golden State (from Michael Cohen, commercialappeal.com):
Read it here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizzlies-could-look-to-jeff-green-as-a-defensive-stopper-vs-golden-state_16538369
– David Blatt talks about how season turned around (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):
Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/05/cleveland_cavaliers_coach_davi.html
– THE MALIGNED MID-RANGE JUMPER MAKES A DIFFERENCE (from Matt Zemek, bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles):
Read it here: http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/mid-range-and-center-stage-the-maligned-mid-range-jumper-makes-a-difference.html
– Blazers missed a lot of good looks (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
” ( In the opening round loss to Memphis), Portland shot just 34.1 percent on shots where there was no defender within four feet (an open look by NBA standards). They knocked down 42 percent of those in the regular season. It mattered.”
– OKC Hires Billy Donovan:
Royce Young, dailythunder.com provides the story links here: http://dailythunder.com/2015/05/friday-bolts-5-1-15/
– NUMBERS PREVIEW: CAVALIERS-BULLS (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Read it here: http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/05/01/numbers-preview-cavaliers-bulls/
– Mike Dunleavy Jr. dirty fouls preceded Giannis Antetokounmpo ejection (from deantae Prince, Sports Illustrated):
Read and view it here: http://www.si.com/nba/2015/05/01/bulls-bucks-mike-dunleavy-jr-giannis-antetokounmpo-nba-playoffs
– Andrew Bogut’s Latest Column (from NBA.com):
” In his latest column for NBA Australia, Andrew Bogut reflects on a first-round triumph over New Orleans, planning for the second round, what he gets up to away from the hardwood, and the Defensive Player of the Year award.”
” The DPOY is what it is. The voting system is always up for discussion, some people say it’s flawed, others say it’s right.
There are always going to be people that agree or disagree with how things pan out.
Kawhi is definitely a deserving recipient of the award, the only question mark with him was that he missed a few games, so maybe that made it a little up in the air.
” The reality of the voting process is that beat writers and journalists from every team vote, they might watch our games and then pick up the stat sheet and see that Player X had four blocks, 15 rebounds and three steals, he’s a great defender.
Unfortunately, that’s what some writers vote on.
They don’t breakdown a game and see if you’re buying into your team defence, if you’re there on rotations, if you’re doing the right things to help your teammates, boxing out your man.
My team and coaches know what I do defensively. The same with Draymond Green.
I’m not a huge highlight guy, I won’t block 15 shots a game, but I know that nine times out of 10, I’ll make the right play defensively. ”
Read it here: http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/andrew-bogut—on-to-the-next-one/nu7xmyvxtkdu1b6f0oyctb8j6
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
– Jeff Green: http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/5/1/8526203/how-jeff-green-is-not-maximizing-the-utility-of-his-pump-fake-memphis-grizzlies
– Chandler Parsons: http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/4/30/8522757/chandler-parsons-talks-about-his-first-year-with-mavericks-rondo
– Dirk Nowitzki: http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/1/8528411/dirk-nowitzki-on-olympics-participation-mental-exhaustion-and-more
– Tyson Chandler: http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/1/8528375/tyson-chandler-talks-free-agency-being-a-locker-room-leader-more
– Al-Farouq Aminu: http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/1/8528555/al-farouq-aminu-talks-about-wanting-to-return-to-dallas-tyson
– Meyers Leonard/ CJ McCollum: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/05/meyers_leonard_cj_mccollum_trail_blazers_exit_inte.html
– Tyler Johnson: http://allucanheat.com/2015/05/01/miami-heat-season-review-tyler-johnson/
– Brandon Knight: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/04/28/brandon-knight-2014-15-phoenix-suns-player-grades/
– Jared Sullinger: http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/danny-ainge-im-hopeful-jared-sullinger-will-see-light
– Kemba Walker: http://www.atthehive.com/2015/5/1/8521467/kemba-walker-uphill-battle-to-improve-his-long-range-shooting-Charlotte-Hornets
– Luis Scola: http://www.nba.com/pacers/player-review-2015-luis-scola
– Phoenix Suns: 2014-15 Player Grades: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/05/01/phoenix-suns-2014-15-player-grades-central-hub/