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 5/6/16

TOR 96, MIA 92 (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/05/five-raptors-heat-moments-that-mattered-in-game-2.html   from Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25578944/toronto-manages-to-tie-series-but-miami-still-has-upper-hand-takeaways   and from  Matthew Way, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/05/raptors-find-redemption-overtime/

–  Raptors Need To Use Valanciunas A Lot More On Offence  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/05/raptors-need-to-use-valanciunas-a-lot-more-on-offence

–  Raptors Need Better Offensive Execution  (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/dwane-casey-raptors-kyle-lowry-heat-nba-playoffs-lebron-james/128awrjmwo3821iivc33z06clk

–  Why Chris Bosh Is Out Of The Playoffs  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/chris-bosh-health-blood-clot-miami-heat-nba-playoffs

–  Moe Harkless’ Defense On Klay Thompson (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/05/moe_harkless_frustrating_physical_defense_on_klay.html

–  Harrison Barnes Remains Stoic In Face of Criticism  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29856214/kawakami-warriors-harrison-barnes-remains-stoic-face-criticism

–  The Amazing Shaun Livingston  (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  It’s all a best-case scenario for the amazingly rebounded Shaun Livingston

 Video Breakdown:  Festus Saves The Dubs  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/5/4/11589550/warriors-vs-blazers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-festus-ezeli-defense

–  Three Adjustments The Blazers Need To Make  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/06/nba-playoffs-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-warriors-stephen-curry-game-3

–  LaMarcus Aldridge Is Dominating  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25578812/lamarcus-aldridge-is-dominating-and-the-thunder-are-just-fine-with-that    from Anthony Slater, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-should-the-thunder-double-team-the-scorching-hot-lamarcus-aldridge/article/5496296

–  Andre Roberson’s Defense  (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/now-you-know-why-andre-roberson-starts-for-the-thunder/article/5496301

–  CLE/ATL Notes  (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/05/cleveland_cavaliers_scribbles_35.html

–  Did Vogel Get A Fair Shake? (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15468298/frank-vogel-just-latest-coach-grow-stale-larry-bird-world

–  Up Next For Pacers:  Small Ball Coach Who Is Not Afraid To Ruffle Feathers   (from Mitch Lawrence, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/larry-bird-frank-vogel-pacers-coach-small-ball-warriors-playoffs/5tre4sjidao1xylwc7qsrr3p

 Debating Hack-a-Farce  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15464738/there-no-clear-answer-how-solve-hack-shaq-issue

Player Profile:

–  Dirk Nowitzki  (from Tariq Saleh, givemesport.com):  http://www.givemesport.com/770486-dirk-nowitzki-a-success-story-built-on-perseverance-loyalty-and-class

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/3/16

 

–  Preview:  Raptors/Heat  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575451   and from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports:

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/05/03/playoff-preview-five-question-to-answer-in-miami-heat-vs-toronto-raptors/

–  Raptors/Heat: Numbers Preview  (from John Schuhmann):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/05/03/numbers-preview-raptors-heat/

–  The Importance Of The Raptors’ Role Players  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/2/11555886/toronto-raptors-depth-cory-joseph-norman-powell-kyle-lowry-pacers-game-7

Norman Powell/ DeMarre Carroll (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/02/rookie-powell-helping-fuel-raptors-playoff-run

–  Raptors Facing Different Challenge In Heat  (from Blake Murphy, sportsnet.ca):

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-facing-much-different-challenge-heat/

–  Roberson’s Defense On Leonard Keys Thunder’s Bounceback  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-journal-robersons-defense-on-leonard-keys-thunder-bounceback-in-game-2/article/5495656

–  OKC 98, SAS 97  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:   http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/03/nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-san-antonio-spurs-game-2

–  Breakdown: The Final Play  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575595/breakdown-everything-that-went-wrong-on-final-play-of-thunder-spurs

–  Thunder/Spurs: Game Two Vines (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown);

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/03/thunder-at-spurs-game-3-vine-game/

–  Thunder Need New Strategy For Guarding LaMarcus  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575239/thunder-need-new-strategy-when-it-comes-to-guarding-lamarcus-aldridge

–  Steven Adams’ Untold Story  (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15443039/untold-story-thunder-center-steven-adams

–  Cavs 104, Hawks 93  (from Jason Lloyd, ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://three-pointer.com/cavs-104-hawks-93-jason-lloyds-21-thoughts-on-defending-kyle-korver-free-throws-and-3-pointers/    from Paul Flannery, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575444/hawks-lose-kyle-korver-lebron-james-cavaliers-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Tristan Thompson Is Demoralizing The Hawks On The Glass Again  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2594/tristan-thompson-demoralizing-hawks-on-glass-again    and from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tristan_thompson_proves_to_be.html

–  How Do The Blazers Stop Bogut  (from Marcus Thompson II,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29842580/thompson-how-do-blazers-stop-bogut

–  Everybody Loves To Trash Talk Draymond  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street JOurnal):

Read it here:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/everybody-loves-trash-talking-draymond-1462218027

–  If The Pacers Move On From Vogel, Other Teams Should Pounce  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25574798/if-pacers-decide-to-move-on-from-frank-vogel-other-teams-should-pounce

–  NBA Coaches  (from Bob Walsh, coachbobwalsh.com):

Read it here:  http://coachbobwalsh.com/2016/05/03/nba-coaches/

  •  Brad Stevens Interview  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):

Listen to it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/03/parquet-interview-with-brad-stevens/m8O5PS71EtHuNlL46dmsBM/story.html

 

 

 

–  The NBA’s Best And Worst Shotmakers  (from Kyle Wagner,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nbas-best-and-worst-shot-makers/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/bulpett_celtics_terry_rozier_eyes_next_train_to_success

–  Kemba Walker  (from Hornets.com):  http://www.nba.com/hornets/kemba-walker-2015-16-blog

–  J.J.Barea  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/j-j-bareas-late-season-explosion-helped-to-fuel-mavs-playoff-push/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/13/16

 

The Players No One Passed To This Season  (from Kyle Wagner,  fivethirtyeight.com):
–  Film Session:  Avery Bradley Defends  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  Knicks Focus Is To Get Players Who Fit The System  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

–  Terry Stotts’ Playoff Guarantee Changed The Blazers’ Season  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/04/a_guarantee_from_terry_stotts_changed_trail_blazer.html

–  The Mavs Shouldn’t Have Made The Playoffs  –  But They Did  (from Tim Cato, Mavsmoneyball.com):
–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  NBA Releases Playoff Scenarios  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):
–  Kings’ Season Is Down To How Many Games They Can Lose  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Kevin Love  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/04/chat_with_tyronn_lue_has_ignit.html
George Hill (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/hill-finds-and-fills-another-role
Jerian Grant  (from Ryan Weinkauf,  thelotterymafia.com):  http://thelotterymafia.com/article/time-to-shine-for-jerian-grant.html
–  Cody Zeller  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/13/11415430/cody-zeller-2016-nba-playoffs-preview
–  John Holland  (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/12/11396520/john-holland-coming-through-for-canton

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/29/16

–  DeMarcus Cousins Pushing Kings Into Playoff Contention  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illsutrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/01/28/fundamentals-demarcus-cousins-rajon-rondo-kings-lakers-mavericks-cavaliers-heat

Evan Turner and Marcus Smart Are Delivering On The Block  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/1/28/10855494/the-postmen-evan-turner-and-marcus-smart-are-delivering-on-the-block

–  How The Raptors Are Doing It  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMudauro3u8

–  Larry Bird:  Q & A On The Pacers’ Season  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it hre:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/q-and-bird-assesses-pacers-halfway-point

–  Michael Kidd- Gilchrist’s Return To The Hornets Can’t Come Soon Enough  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25464699/michael-kidd-gilchrists-return-couldnt-come-sooner-for-the-hornets

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Phil Jackson’s Vision For The Knicks:  How It Looks In Year Two  (from Harvey Araton,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/sports/basketball/how-phil-jacksons-blueprint-for-the-knicks-is-holding-up.html

The Elite Shot Creators  (from Jamal Crawford,  The Players’ Tribune):

Read and view it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/jamal-crawford-clippers-shot-creators/

–  How Andre Roberson’s Absence Affects The Thunder  (from Erik Horne,  neswok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/how-andre-robersons-absence-affects-the-thunder-in-the-next-three-weeks/article/5475423?mc_cid=24003aab4e&mc_eid=a31b8084f6

–  Wolves Playing At Quicker Pace  (from Kent Youngblood,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-playing-at-quicker-pace-per-mitchell-s-prodding/366939391/?mc_cid=24003aab4e&mc_eid=a31b8084f6

–  Back-To-Backs Are A Pain In The Neck For Players, Fans  (from Gil Lebreton, star-telegram.com):

Read  it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/gil-lebreton/article57208128.html

The WNBA Is Reorganizing Its Playoff System:  Could The NBA Be Next?   (from Howard Megdal, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/highlight/the-wnba-is-reorganizing-its-playoff-system-could-the-nba-be-next

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Klay Thompson  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/28/10858626/klay-thompson-highlights-stats-warriors-offense-breakdown

Goran Dragic/Dwyane Wade  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2016/01/on-verge-of-comeback-goran-dragics-next-challenge-is-to-rekindle-his-chemistry-with-dwyane-wade.html

Isaiah Thomas  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):   http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14670175/all-star-nod-big-feat-little-guy-isaiah-thomas-boston-Celtics

 Rodney Hood  (from Jody Genessy, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646449/Utah-Jazz-benefiting-from-a-hot-and-confident-Rodney-Hood.html

–  Bobby Portis  (from Ian Levy, VICE Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-bobby-portis

–  Justise Winslow  (from Ian Levy,  VICE Sports):   https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-justise-winslow

–  Mudiay/Jokic/Nurkic/Gary Harris  (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/1/28/10857630/denver-nuggets-the-futures-so-bright-i-gotta-wear-shades

–  Troy Daniels  (from Andrew Snyder,  Hoops Habit):  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/01/28/charlotte-hornets-troy-daniels-shoots-way-rotation/

DeMar DeRozan  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/all-star-derozan-on-mission-to-prove-doubters-wrong-1.430223

–  Nikola Vucevic  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/vucevic-looking-get-offensive-rhythm-back?mc_cid=24003aab4e&mc_eid=a31b8084f6

–  Jason Terry  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/jason-terry-rockets-werent-prepared-to-play-spurs/

Stanley Johnson  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  No rookie wall for Stanley Johnson – and also no limit on the 19-year-old’s ceiling

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