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

Draymond Takes On Starring Role  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/05/warriors-cavaliers-nba-finals-stephen-curry-draymond-green-lebron-james

–  Cavs’ Gamble On Draymond Backfires  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/cavs-gamble-draymond-backfires-made-shots-our-face

 Warriors’ Domination Continues  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/06/nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers-stephen-curry-lebron-james-game-2-video

–  LBJ Can’t Do This Alone, Or With Help  (from Marcus Thompson,  Mercury News):

Read iot here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29982328/thompson-lebron-cant-do-this-alone-or-help

Video Breakdown:  Warriors Out-Switch Cavs on Defense (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/6/6/11865322/warriors-vs-cavaliers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-out-switch-cavs-on-defense

–  Video Breakdown: Finals Game Two  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=PNpxo3f_fxI

–  How LBJ’s Defense Has Hurt The Cavs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z0Eblu1Aaw

–  5 Reasons The Playoffs Aren’t Over Yet  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/6/11866130/nba-finals-warriors-vs-cavaliers-not-over-yet

QOTD (from Tom Thibodeau on the Warriors, as reported by Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

    ” “Curry and Thompson command so much attention, I think it opens up the game for the other players. They all move so well without the ball that the one thing that I think tends to be overlooked is the passing ability of Draymond, Andre Igoudala, Shaun Livingston, that’s what makes them so good.

“They’ll pass up good shots for great shots. Then because of the way Curry moves without the ball they get a lot of great shots off of his screening. He’s a great screener and people tend to want to stay attached to him at all times and they get layups off of his screening or they end up getting open jump shots. But when he’s not shooting well, which is rarely, he creates so many easy scoring opportunities for his teammates because of the attention you have to pay to him, and Klay does as well.””

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/3/16

 GSW 104, CLE 89

  -from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated:

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/03/nba-finals-cavaliers-warriors-lebron-james-stephen-curry-game-1-video

  – from J.A. Adande, ESPN:

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15918848/cavs-stars-shine-warriors-show-different-way-win

  – from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today:

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/03/lebron-james-kevin-love-kyrie-irving-cavs-big-3-nba-finals-game-1/85332438/

  – from James Herbert, CBS Sports:

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/cavs-no-match-for-balanced-warriors-in-game-1-of-nba-finals-takeaways/

  – from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com:

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/06/cleveland_cavaliers_playoff_sc_6.html

–  Warriors’ Game Plan: Find Irving And Score On Him  (from Nate Scott, USA Today):

Read and view it here:  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/06/warriors-cavaliers-game-1-kyrie-irving

–  Iguodala: Difference Maker  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/06/andre_iguodala_reigning_nba_fi.html

–  Bdzelik Sees Path To Fixing Rockets’ Defense  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Jeff-Bedzelik-has-a-plan-for-Rockets-defense-7960354.php

–  Dissecting The Noel For Teague Trade Rumor (from Derek Bodner, phillymag.com):

Read it here:  http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/06/03/dissecting-the-jeff-teague-for-nerlens-noel-rumor/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/30/16

–  GSW/OKC Game 7:  Three Factors  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown):
–  7  Questions That Could Shape Game 7  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
–  Game 7 Factors  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):
Durant  vs. Iguodala:  Professional Scorer Vs. Professional Defender  (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):
–  KD Should Feel No Shame If Thunder Loses  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):
–  Iguodala: Game Six Hidden Hero  (from Marcus Thompson, Mecury news):
  –  The Defensive Plays That Went Right For OKC In Game Six  (from Bobby Chancellor,  welcometoloudcity):
–  Roberson Has Become Indispensable For OKC  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
–  Klay Shot Dubs Into Game 7  (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
–  Dubs Force Game 7  (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):

 Thunder’s Stagnant Half-Court Offense In Crunch Time  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/30/11808248/thunder-clutch-offense-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook   and from Amin Elhassan, vimeo.com:  https://vimeo.com/168563166

–  Billy Donovan’s College-to-NBA Transition  (from Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News):
 Bulls Looking For Seasoned Assistant Coaches  (from Michael Rene Kanoy,  pippinainteasy.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/14/16

–  How Iguodala’s Absence Hurts the Warriors  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):
  –  Who Are These Guys Playing For The Grizzlies?  (from Ray Glier,  USA Today):
–  How The Spurs Set Up David West’s Midrange Jumper  (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Spurs Defense  (from Mike Fratello,  NBATV):
 –  Q & A:  Rockets VP Of Basketball Operations Monte McNair (from Danny Emerman,  The Dream Shake):
 –  Sixers Coach Brett Brown Needs More Time And Talent  (from Bob Cooney,  Philly.com):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  Five Statistical Takeaways From Wizards’ Five-Game Losing Streak (from Albert Lee, Bullets Forever):
–  Pick-And-Roll Defense Has Cost Wizards In Last Two Losses  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):
–  What’s Driving The Hawks’ Defense?  (from Wes Morton,  hawkshoops.com):
How To Shoot Like Steph  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Warriors Owner Joe Lacob Q & A  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):
–  Scout’s Notebook:  Breaking Down Willie Cauley-Stein’s Performance Vs. The Jazz (from Trevor Magnotti, Upsidemotor.com):
–  Hornets Hit On A Four-Out Formula That Works  (from Jack Flagler, Gaston gazette):
Dimitris Itoudis  Q & A  (from Jorge Sierra,  HoopsHyoe.com):
 Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Jusuf Nurkic/Nikola Jokic  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver.com):  http://bsndenver.com/nuggets-michael-malone-opens-up-about-jusuf-nurkic/
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-at-nets-b99686623z1-371931101.html
–  Baron Davis  (from Jay Marrioti,  sfexaminer.com): http://www.sfexaminer.com/baron-davis-wants-nba-comeback-warriors/
–  Brook Lopez  (from Steve Lichtenstein,  cbsnewyork):  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/03/14/brook-lopez-stats-brooklyn-nets-jason-kidd/
–  Briante Weber/Ray McCallum/Alex Stepheson  (from Chip Williams, Grizzly Bear Blues):  Scouting the newest Grizzlies: Briante Weber, Ray McCallum and Alex Stepheson

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/11/16

–  Brad Stevens’ Unique Form Of Motivation  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/celtics_insider/2016/03/celtics_praise_brad_stevens_unique_form_of_motivation

–  Taj Gibson: Small Ball Destroyer  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VuGtHikAAO8KeRfw

The Nuggets’ Culture Change  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25511509/nuggets-maxing-out-talent-culture-still-one-big-move-from-contention

–  Video Breakdown:  Curry To Bogut Alley-Oop Dunks  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/3/10/11191844/warriors-vs-jazz-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-to-andrew-bogut-alley-oop-dunks

Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

–  Raptors 104, Hawks 96  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25512682/raptors-show-theyre-for-real-in-win-over-hawks-5-things-to-know

–  Injury Ends Joey Crawford’s Farewell Season Early  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/03/10/joey-crawford-done-officiating-in-nba-due-to-knee-injury/

Every Team Tries To Copy Spurs’ Model  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washington Post):

Read it here:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/03/10/peter-holts-patience-as-spurs-owner-created-a-dynasty/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Joel Embiid (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14938684/man-charged-healing-joel-embiid

–  Larry Sanders  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/qa-larry-sanders-explains-break-from-nba/

–  Trey Lyles  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/10/11193108/trey-lyles-utah-jazz-breakdown-highlights-rudy-gobert-derrick-favors

–  Damian Lillard  (from Jason Quick,  Oregon Live):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/special-trip-why-oakland-homecoming-has-damian-lillard-excited

–  Richaun Holmes  (from Wesley Share, libertyballers.com):   http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/3/10/11189566/nba-rookie-week-richaun-holmes-under-the-radar-sixers-film-breakdown

Josh Richardson  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):   http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article65216707.html

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Aykis16, Sactown Royalty):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2016/3/10/11194274/nba-rookie-week-willie-cauley-stein-sacramento-kings

–  Victor Oladipo  (from John Denton,  Magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/victor-oladipo-continues-remain-positive-believes-team

–  Emanuel Mudiay/Nikola Jokic  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/10/11185410/emmanuel-mudiay-nikola-jokic-nuggets-mediocre-save

–  Andre Iguodala  (from Rusty Simmons,  SF Chronicle):  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/Warriors-Andre-Iguodala-a-key-cog-in-team-s-6883363.php

–  Patrick Beverley  (from Joel Birgham,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-beverleys-long-road-to-the-nba/

Nemanja Bjelica  (from Lucas Seehafer,  Canis Hoopus):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/3/11/11196290/nba-rookie-week-breaking-down-bjelica

–  Salah Mejri (from Tim Cato,  mavsmoneyball.com):  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/3/10/11188528/salah-mejri-journey-nba-sets-him-apart-2015-rookie-class

–  Kevin Martin (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/551/kevin-martin-makes-spurs-debut

–  Andrew Goudelock  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/The-Mini-Mamba-Andrew-Goudelock-grows-up-for-6882536.php

–  Wesley Johnson (from LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160311-story.html