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 4/14/16

 

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Bryant ‘s Last Show  (from Lee Jekins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/14/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-last-game-60-points-legacy

–  All Hail The Warriors  (from Bethlehem Shoals,  GQ.com):

Read it here:  http://www.gq.com/story/golden-state-warriors-73-wins

 Tough Life Experiences Have Strengthened Raptors’ Head Coach Dwane Casey (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/13/life-experiences-strengthen-toronto-raptors-coach-dwane-casey/

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph’s 400th 3-pointer  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/14/11429042/warriors-vs-grizzlies-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-400th-three-pointer

 Spurs Playbook: How They Use A Bunch Formation  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/13/11422544/spurs-playbook-how-the-spurs-use-a-bunch-formation-to-trick-the

 Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot, Part II  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15198958/nba-awards-ballot-part-2

Miami Heat:  Life Without Chris Bosh  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-chris-bosh-s041416-story.html

–  How Did The Thunder Change In Billy Donovan’s 1st Season  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/1433/how-did-the-thunder-change-in-billy-donovans-first-season

–  Quin Snyder Has Impressed Kobe Bryant  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3773895-155/utah-jazz-notes-brilliant-quin-snyder?fullpage=1

Pistons Owner Tom Gores On SVG Getting The Team To The Playoffs  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/tom-gores-svg-and-getting-pistons-playoffs-i-think-were-just-beginning

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 

–  Enes Kanter  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/13/after-winding-road-enes-kanter-finally-taking-control-at-least-offensively-on-the-court/

 

 

Tobias Harris  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/13/pistons-harris-happy-finally-playoffs/83010942/

Note: We will begin linking to the best playoff preview stories tomorrow

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/18/16

 Steph Sees Room For Improvement  (from Scott Cacciola,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/sports/basketball/stephen-curry-sees-room-for-improvement-seriously.html

–  Miami’s Success Without Bosh  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/never-spo-down-on-miamis-success-without-chris-bosh/

–  Luke Walton On Coaching The Warriors  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv1jyxCnTZE

–  Steph Curry Is Revolutionizing The Game  (from Henry Abbott, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15001418/how-stephen-curry-revolutionizing-basketball

–  Draymond Green And The Evolution Of Defense  (from Tom West,  FanSided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/03/18/draymond-green-evolution-nba-defense/

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Thursday Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2625666-giannis-antetokounmpo-earning-greek-freak-nickname-and-thursday-nba-takeaways

–  Toronto 101, Indiana 94  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/bottom-line-pacers-foul-line

–  Hottest Shooters Of The Week  (from Will Laws,  Business2Comunity):

Read it here:  http://www.business2community.com/sports/unlikely-sources-make-nbas-hottest-shooters-week-01488001#PX25J3ZjVOzfSE3m.97

–  Celtics:  How To Use The D-League  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11213032/boston-celtics-red-claws-jordan-mickey-avery-bradley-nba-d-league-model

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Luol Deng  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/heat/2016/03/17/luol-deng-chris-bosh-dwyane-wade-goran-dragic-lebron-james-heat-warriors-cavaliers/81916274/

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):   http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/17/jrue-holidays-bounce-back-season-gives-pelicans-hope-future/

–  Lance Stephenson  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/3/18/11259148/lance-stephenson-memphis-grizzlies-analysis-free-agency-speculation

–  Devin Booker  (from Ian Levy,  Vice Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-devin-booker

–  Zach LaVine  (from Jerry Zgoda,  Star Tribune):  http://www.startribune.com/shooting-guard-suits-lavine/372510101/

–  Andre Miller  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):  http://nbpa.com/andre-miller-this-is-40/

–  Marreese Speights  (from CSNBayArea):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/kerr-chronicles-speights-3-point-evolution-want-him-let-it-fly

 

–  Shaun Livingston  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Shaun-Livingston-s-long-road-to-becoming-6921149.php

–  Serge Ibaka  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vuu1wCwAAKo_6g4b

–  Chris Kaman  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/03/in_trail_blazers_loss_to_san_antonio_spurs_chris_k.html

–  Akeem Richmond (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11217972/akeem-richmond-brings-defense-to-fast-paced-bighorns