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 5/7/16

–  CLE 121, ATL 108 (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25580027/cavaliers-outclass-hawks-again-in-game-3-four-things-to-know    and from Kacy Sager, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/07/hawks-change-everything-but-the-outcome/

–  Channing Frye: Cavs’ Missing Piece?  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today:

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/05/07/channing-frye-lebron-james-kyrie-irving-kevin-love-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-cavaliers-hawks-playoffs/84060442/

–  Tyronn Lue Has Thrust Cavs Into Company Of Warriors, Spurs  (from Chris Haynes.  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tyronn_lues_messages_demeanor.html#incart_river_mobile_index

–  Raptors Could Benefit From Sharing The Ball (from Bruce Arthur, the star.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/06/raptors-might-need-to-embrace-a-pass-time-arthur.html

–  Valunciunas’ Growth   (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/06/the-growth-of-raptors-valanciunas-comes-game-by-game.html

–  How Bosh’s Absence Has Impacted The Heat (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2638459-how-chris-boshs-absence-has-impacted-and-will-continue-to-impact-miami-heat

–  Blazers Need To Limit Draymond’s Impact  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/05/trail_blazers_react_to_stephen_currys_game_3_absen.html

–  Kawhi Lets HIs Game Do The Talking  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25580158/kawhi-leonard-lets-his-game-and-crucial-rebound-do-all-the-talking

–  How The Spurs Put Away OKC In Game Three (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/-it-s-all-about-the-details—how-the-spurs-put-away-okc-in-game-3-065140365.html

–  Leonard And Aldridge Make The Spurs Look Different, But The Results Stay The Same  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/7/11614332/spurs-thunder-playoffs-kawhi-leonard-lamarcus-aldridge-different-look

–  Spurs’  Big Man Trio Is Complementing The Stars  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/07/playoffs-thunder-spurs-kevin-durant-tim-duncan-game-3-video

–  Donovan, Thunder Depth Are Being Tested  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/06/okc-thunder-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-billy-donovan-defense-rotation

–  Ian Clark Helping Fill Warriors’ Void  (from Courtney Cronin,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29859867/no-stephen-curry-no-problem-ian-clark-helping

–  Should The Blazers Start Allen Crabbe?  (from McLayne Bertsch, ripcityproject.com):

Read it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2016/05/07/blazers-crabbe-start/

–  Grizzlies Fire Joerger  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources–grizzlies-fire-head-coach-dave-joerger-133415083.html

–  Q & A With Memphis GM Chris Wallace Re Coaching Change  (from grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grizzlies-q-a-chris-wallace-160507

–  Coaching Search Q & A With Headhunter Jed Hughes  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/05/06/sports/basketball/ap-bkn-search-firms.html

–  Rockets’ Fall Is No Reason To Bash Morey’s Anlaytics Focus  (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/74347/whatever-daryl-moreys-fate-analytics-movements-foothold-strong-in-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Karl-Anthony Towns  (from Tom West, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://thecauldron.si.com/karl-anthony-towns-leading-the-nbas-new-generation-b601136723f2#.co4hwi1gn

–  Malcolm Delaney  (from Nikos Varlas, eurohoops.net):  http://www.eurohoops.net/interviews/238458/delaney-were-going-to-berlin-to-win-the-title

 

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 5/5/16

CLE 123, ATL 98:

   – From Chris Fedor, cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/jr_smith_emerges_as_cleveland.html

   – From Dave McMenamin, ESPN:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2625/cavs-continue-perfect-postseason-shoot-their-way-into-history

–  Heat All In On Small Ball Without Bosh  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/117870/heat-all-in-on-small-ball-without-chris-bosh

–  Raptors Will Try To Pick Up The Pace  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/04/raptors-will-try-to-pick-up-the-pace-against-heat.html

–  Raptors’ Bigs Will Focus On Limiting Wade  (from Eric Koreen, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-bigs-focused-limiting-slithery-wade-ahead-game-2

–  The Heat Answered Lowry’s Buzzer-Beater  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/dwyane-wade-and-the-miami-heat-answer-kyle-lowrys-prayer/

–  Scola Acting As Voice Of Reason During Lowry’s Playoff Pains (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-acting-voice-reason-lowrys-playoff-pains/

–  GSW 110, POR 99

   – From Jason Quick, csnnw.com:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/loss-could-shape-trail-blazers-better-or-worse

 

   – From Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=NptjZXdNJ54

   – From Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/portland-cant-escape-the-golden-state-warriors/

   – From Carl Steward, East Bay Times:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/warriorss/ci_29850603

   – From Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Commander-Iguodala-does-is-all-for-Warriors-7393759.php

  –  From Adam Lauridsen, mercurynews.com:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/05/04/one-beat-warriors-110-blazers-99/?doing_wp_cron=1462356631.4488890171051025390625

–  Steve Kerr Continues His Long Journey Back  (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News.com):

Read it here:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29850816/kawakami-warriors-steve-kerr-continues-his-long-journey

–  Why Did Bird Let Vogel Go? (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575722/frank-vogel-pacers-coach-future-larry-bird

–  Barbosa Swears By A Brazilian Remedy  (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-leandro-barbosa-horse-medicine.html

–  The High-Tech Replay Center Can (Or Can’t) Decide Games  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15413918/nba-replay-center-limits-how-helps-refs

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Tyler Johnson  (from Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-tyle/nrHHN/

–  Bruno Caboclo  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/5/4/11590932/hopes-from-the-6-breaking-down-bruno-caboclos-season-with-raptors-905

–  Linton Johnson  (from Brian Rzeppa, nothingbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/05/05/linton-johnson-thrives-in-italy/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/4/16

 

–  Cavs’ Priority Is To Stop Korver  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/cavaliers-priority-is-to-stop-korver/nrGft/    from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/how_jr_smith_struck_out_the_at.html

–  Richard Jefferson Breaks Down The LBJ Pass “That Can’t Be Defended”  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/an_oral_history_of_lebron_jame.html#incart_big-photo

–  Tyronn Lue’s Even-Keeled Disposition (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tyronn_lue_credits_mentor_phil.html

–  GSW 110, POR 99  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/19254/portland-makes-the-shift-then-golden-state-changes-the-game

–  Why The Warriors Win Without Curry  (from Nate Scott,  USA Today):

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/05/warriors-stephen-curry-injury-blazers-game-2-nba-playoffs

–   Steve Kerr Uses His Bench Perfectly  (from Ann Killion, sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Plenty-in-reserve-as-Warriors-Steve-Kerr-uses-7391812.php

–  Festus Ezeli’s Startling Impact On Game Two Win  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Ezeli-startlingly-impacts-Warriors-Game-2-win-7391810.php    and from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/ezeli-plays-role-savior-warriors-comeback-win-game-2

MIA 102, TOR 96  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/03/heat-at-raptors-game-1-vine-game/

–  OKC 98, SAS 97  (from Buck Harvey,  expressnewss.com):

Read it here:  http://tinyurl.com/jzok5zl

–  Film Room:  Breaking Down The Thunder’s Game Two Defensive Adjustments  (from Last Chance, Welcome To Loud City):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/5/4/11577456/film-room-thunder-vs-spurs-2016-defensive-adjustments

–  Spurs Realizing Vision With LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/04/spurs-lamarcus-aldridge-vision-nba-playoffs-thunder

–  Karl-Anthony Towns Q & A  (from Jared Dubin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2637363-qa-with-karl-anthony-towns-rookie-of-the-year-favorite-talks-thibs-and-more

Catching Up With Skills Coach Drew Hanlen  (from Osman Baig,  wizofawes.com):

Read it here:  http://wizofawes.com/2016/05/04/washington-wizards-drew-hanlen-interview/

–  The Clippers:  What To Do Now  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2016/05/03/clippers-where-they-failed-and-what-do-do-now/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Isaiah Thomas  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/bulpett_pistons_isiah_thomas_loves_the_celtics_isaiah_thomas

–  Deron Wiliams  (from Earl K. Sneed,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-hope-deron-williams-makes-himself-at-home-in-dallas/

–  Thon Maker (from Jordan Zirm, stack.com): http://www.stack.com/a/go-inside-thon-makers-training-for-the-nba-combine