Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/16/17

How The Cavs Defend Steph Curry (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/1/16/14229548/stephen-curry-stats-cavaliers-defense-analysis

From Joe Vardon, cleveland.com: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/01/stephen_curry_cavs_iman_shumpe.html

Breaking Down Buddy Hield And Jamal Murray’s First Half-Season  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/jamal-murray-vs-buddy-hield-191c24ba83f4#.4659mwcp6

–  The Hawks Have Gone From Good To Bad To Good Again  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/1/16/14282924/2017-nba-scores-hawks-rebuild-win-streak-standings

Celtics Cooking With Healthy Olynyk In The Mix  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/01/15/celtics-get-cooking-with-healthy-kelly-olynyk-back-mix/rym75CESRkGAJBfIB4c1kL/story.html

Spurs 10-Game Review: Volume 4  (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read and watch it here:  http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-4/

–  The Raptors Are The Anti-Knicks  (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):

Readit here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-continue-prove-theyre-anti-knicks/

Clippers’ News: DeAndre Jordan, Mo Speights, CP3  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2686588-kevin-garnett-has-found-the-perfect-pupil-in-trash-talking-deandre-jordan

Sunday’s Best Performance: Doug McDermott  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/doug-mcdermott-has-caught-fire-and-chicago-ought-to-keep-stoking-the-flame-67b0db9e136f#.xde62vxf9

–  The Spurs’ Excellent Defense Has One Glaring Problem  (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):

Read and watch it here: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/1/16/14270668/spurs-excellent-defense-glaring-problem

The Pelicans’ Stagnant Offense And Situational Play  (from Senthil Natarajan, Nylon Calulus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/16/nylon-calculus-pelicans-stagnant-offense-situational-play/

–  Warriors Still Searching For Right Risk/Reward Balance  (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/nba-best-warriors-still-searching-right-balance-between-risk-and-reward

–  The Cavs Have Learned To Love The 3-Point Shot (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/18485666/are-cleveland-cavaliers-golden-state-warriors-real-3-point-stars-nba

–  How San Antonio Helped Mold Jordan Clarkson (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/20170111/how-san-antonio-helped-mold-the-lakers-jordan-clarkson

Tristan Thompson: Blue Collar Center  (from Joe Gabriele, cavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/tristan-center-170114

–  Evaluating Towns And Embiid  (from Jake Rauchbach, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/prodigies-karl-anthony-towns-and-joel-embiid/

Jokic’s Unselfish Ways Fuel His Greatness (from Harrison Wind, bsndenver.com):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/nikola-magic-jokics-unselfish-ways-continue-to-fuel-his-greatness/

Elfrid Payton Is Playing With Supreme Confidence  (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/elfrid-payton-playing-supreme-confidence-during-recent-stretch-20170115

Wizards’ Film Study: This Is What Defensive IQ & Effort Look Like  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/film-study-what-defensive-iq-and-effort-look-wizards

–  Reggie Bullock Readjusts After Extended Absence  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/01/15/pistons-bullock-readjusts-extended-abscence/96625718/

Nets: The Importance Of Perspective (from Benny Nadeau, The Brooklyn Game):

Read it here:  http://thebrooklyngame.com/importance-keeping-things-perspective/

European Hoops Weekly Recap  (from Trevor Magnotti, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/16/european-hoops-recap-nba-prospects-everywhere-look/

 

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

Leandro Barbosa is the non-sensical Warriors player who makes all the sense in the world–if you follow along with Steve Kerr  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2015/06/15/leandro-barbosa-is-the-non-sensical-warriors-player-who-makes-all-the-sense-in-the-world-if-you-follow-along-with-steve-kerr/

 

 

–  Why The Cavs Are Terrible With LeBron James On The Bench  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

“Coach Nick broke down every possession the Cleveland Cavaliers have had when LeBron James takes his incredibly infrequent rests. These are the moments that games are decided, and their offense has struggled mightily. It is possible there are some solutions for head coach David Blatt.”

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b4mlieUbP4

 

 

–  Andre and the Giant: How one veteran helped the Warriors turn the Finals  (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):

” Andre Iguodala lay in bed after Game 2 of the NBA Finals and his fiancée, Christina Gutierrez, placed a hand on his stomach. “Your skin,” she said, “feels hot.” Several hours had passed since Iguodala left Oakland’s Oracle Arena, but he was still burning up, as if he had just sprinted off the court. He wasn’t sick, but he popped a Tylenol and set the thermostat in his house to a frosty 60°. When theWarriors forward returned home five days later from Cleveland, he found that his air-conditioning unit had broken, maddening because his Finals fever had not. He joked that he shaved his head in hopes of cooling down. Iguodala’s condition may sound implausible, but one league trainer claims it is common for stress hormones to rise in demanding situations, causing spikes in body temperature. “It’s like you’re a car,” Iguodala says, “and your engine is overheating.” Such is the strain required to survive 48-minute collisions with the turbo-powered tank known asLeBron James.

Iguodala is 11 months older, two inches shorter and 35 pounds lighter than the most punishing player in the world. He entered the NBA out of Arizona a year after James, drafted ninth by the 76ers in 2004, and immediately began composing a mental manual on how to halt him. The 6’ 6″, 215-pound Iguodala developed a similar guide for every small forward, but James was a particularly compelling subject, and they faced off regularly in the Eastern Conference. With each matchup Iguodala added another page, until he knew James’s tendencies as well as his own. “That book is crazy big now,” says Iguodala, 31. “What he does in the post, what he does when he goes left, what he does when he comes at me like this.” Iguodala wriggles his shoulders, miming James’s open-floor shimmy. He has spent more than a decade preparing for the assignment that will define his career. ”

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/16/andre-iguodala-lebron-james-nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers

 

 

–  ‘Iggy’ makes LeBron’s shooting iffy  (from Micah Adams,  ESPN):

” Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has faced some tough defensive players as he’s ventured through the last two postseasons.

” Kawhi Leonard in the 2014 NBA Finals and Jimmy Butler in this year’s conference semifinals come to mind as among the toughest in the NBA.

But Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has done a better job guarding James than either of them, as you can see in the chart on the right. James is 18-of-54 against Iguodala in this series, and Iguodala’s defense has been particularly good the last two games.

We know Iguodala has been effective. How is he doing it?

Read it here:   http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/106613/iggy-makes-lebrons-shooting-iffy

 

 

–  How Steph Curry And The Warriors Have Seized Control Of The NBA Finals  (from Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post):

Read and view it here:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/16/heres-how-steph-curry-and-the-warriors-have-seized-controlt-of-the-nba-finals_n_7587240.html

 

 

Cavs Will Need to Reduce Their (Getting) Beat Back on D Rate to Force a Game 7  (from Bob macKinnon,  Vantage Sports):

” As the series has progressed, the Warriors have utilized their depth and pushed the pace; Cleveland is now getting beat back on defense at a rate of 1.32 per 100 chances versus the Warriors’ rate of 0.83.

It is hard to guard mismatch and outnumbered situations; with the rise in Cleveland’s getting beat back on defense, the Warriors have scored over 100 points in their last two wins and have seen their Points per Shot average rise from below 1.00 to 1.10.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VX-JEScAACYAAF2b/warriors-vs.-cavs-06-16-15-game-6-will-anyone-other-than-lebron-step-up-for-cleveland-and-help-force-a-game-7

 

 

–  Cavaliers struggling to counter Warriors’ small ball lineups  (from Michael Lee, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/06/16/cavaliers-struggling-to-counter-warriors-small-ball-lineups/

 

 

–  The Good and Bad of the LeBron Juggernaut  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-good-and-bad-of-the-lebron-juggernaut/

 

 

–  The heart, toughness and fight of Draymond Green has the Warriors on the verge of a championship  (from Marcus Thompson, mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/06/15/the-heart-toughness-and-fight-of-draymond-green-has-the-warriors-on-the-verge-of-a-championship/

 

 

Game 6: Will we see Hack-a-Iggy? (from Gerald Bourguet, hoopshabit.com):

” It’s not basketball, but it is an unbearable tactic that slows games down to a grinding halt, making the entire essence of the game about free throws (the least fun part of basketball) and denying fans the chance to see greatness by accentuating the flaws of a few poor free throw shooters. It’s honestly baffling that it’s still allowed in 2015, and it’s a detestable practice I’ve been bashing since the first round.

But from Cleveland’s perspective, and the perspective of any team in this position, Hack-A-Shaq is currently still allowed. The Cavaliers would be foolish to not utilize it with their backs against the wall.”

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/06/16/cleveland-cavaliers-game-6-secret-weapon/

 

 

 

–  Warriors Using 2015 Finals to Offer Glimpse into the NBA’s Future  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2496623-golden-state-warriors-using-2015-finals-to-offer-glimpse-into-the-nbas-future

 

 

 

– What coaching move has altered this series the most? (from Simon Legg, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/starting-five—pivotal-adjustments/jv4dng9c7wxe1ndxhg84mqiec

 

 

NICK U’REN: ALMOST FAMOUS  (from Mark Schwartz, ESPN):

Watch it here:   https://vimeo.com/nflcd/review/130807479/22c95c6749

 

 

–  Remembering King James, Before and After His Crowning  (from Harvey Araton,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/sports/basketball/remembering-king-james-before-and-after-his-crowning.html

 

 

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– Rudy Tomjanovich extols merits of imminent Bulls top assistant Jim Boylen  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/06/15/3609672_rudy-tomjanovich-extols-merits.html

 

 

New Nuggets head coach Michael Malone focused on efficiency (from thedenverchannel.com)

Read and view it here:  http://www.thedenverchannel.com/sports/new-nuggets-head-coach-mike-malone-focused-on-efficiency

 

 

–  The 2015 Orlando Magic: Final Evaluation  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, orlandomagicdaily.com:)

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/06/16/the-2015-orlando-magic-final-evaluation/

 

 

–  Lance Stephenson: Question or Answer?   (from Justin Russo, clipsnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/6/16/8786877/lance-stephenson-question-or-answer?_ga=1.27783228.1018263438.1420308416

A different  view (from Seth Partnow, Bball Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/16/stephenson-a-bold-but-necessary-gamble-for-doc-rivers/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

 

Omer Asik:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/6/15/8762545/omer-asik-playing-fast-is-possible-andrew-bogut-new-orleans-pelicans-golden-state-warriors

 

Royce White:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2496712-royce-white-is-the-type-of-risk-la-clippers-must-take

 

Ersan Ilyasova:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/6/15/8773449/ersan-ilyasova-offense-pistons-stan-van-gundy

 

Lamar Patterson:  http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-patterson-has-sights-set-on-summer-league/nmdkD/

 

Antoine Mason:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-06-16/antoine-anthony-mason-death-nba-draft-future-knicks-hornets-heat

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Breaking down down some of the Warriors’ most commonly used offensive sets (from  Bball Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXwiOEtNYQ4

 

 

 

–  Draymond Green’s ascent from Spartan to Warrior  (from  Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press):

” HOW A PUDGY, MIDDLING RECRUIT FROM SAGINAW TRANSFORMED INTO AN NBA DEFENSIVE FORCE”

Read it here: http://www.freep.com/longform/sports/college/michigan-state/spartans/2015/05/31/michigan-state-draymond-green-golden-state-warriors/28222363/

 

 

 

–  CAVS AND WARRIORS: HOW THEY WERE BUILT  (from John Schuhmann,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/05/31/cavs-and-warriors-how-they-were-built/

 

 

Finals Preview Part 1: the Cavs (from Mike Gallagher,  Rotoworld):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dose-finals-preview-part-1-054700511–nba.htm

 

 

 

–  The 1 team that stopped Steph Curry  (from Rick Maese, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.roanoke.com/sports/the-team-that-stopped-steph-curry/article_750a00c4-7d4b-554c-8d97-62faca7f92ee.html

 

 
–  Pelicans hire Alvin Gentry to play faster, fully unleash Anthony Davis  (from Ben Golliver, Sporrts Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/05/30/alvin-gentry-new-orleans-pelicans-anthony-davis-pace-golden-state-warriors

 

 

–  With Alvin Gentry aboard, the Pelicans next hire is vital  (from Oleh, thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/5/31/8692623/alvin-gentry-offense-defense-assistant-coach

 

 

 

– Scott Skiles’ players have to earn their minutes  (from Josh Robbins,  orlandosentinel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-scott-skiles-0531-20150530-story.html

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Trevor Ariza:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2481318-trevor-ariza-quietly-decisively-proved-to-be-right-fit-for-houston-rockets

 

Marcus Smart:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VV5TUyYAACQA1ftp/exit-interview-marcus-smart-unlocked-the-paint-by-learning-how-to-change-speeds

 

– Tony Parker:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/5/31/8662071/tony-parker-is-entering-the-next-stage-in-his-career

 

Henry Walker:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/5/30/8689615/why-henry-walker-is-a-keeper-for-miami-heat

 

Maurice Harkless:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/05/31/orlando-magic-would-still-be-wise-to-retain-maurice-harkless/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Houston defense will make Draymond Green’s judgment critical (from Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com):

” Ideally, Houston tries to pressure the point guard, chase players off the three-point line and funnel everything into the middle — where Dwight Howard waits to erase shots (an injured knee could keep Howard sidelined Thursday).

But somewhere in between the three-point arc and the rim, there’s an abundance of space — territory where Green can stand out with his unique ability to score or make plays for others.

“Coach told me, ‘You’re probably going to have open shots, but you’re going to have to pick and choose when to take those open shots,” Green said after Wednesday’s practice. “You might have an open shot, but if you put the ball down one time and get in the paint, someone else is going to be wide open.’ He explained it, and it kind of worked out that way.”

“Draymond is one of our best playmakers,” Kerr said. “We know we have to get deeper into our offense to get good shots. He’s a big part of that, because he often catches the ball after the initial action. When he can play-make from that spot, we’re better for it.”

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Houston-defense-will-make-Green-s-judgment-6277569.php

 

 

 

–  How Golden State’s Small Lineup Flipped Game 1  (from Adam Spolane,  CBS Houston):

Read and view it here:  http://houston.cbslocal.com/2015/05/21/breakdown-how-golden-states-small-lineup-flipped-game-1/

 

 

 

Breaking Down the  Rockets’ Guide to Defending Stephen Curry  (from  Dylan Murphy, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2470867-breaking-down-the-houston-rockets-guide-to-defending-stephen-curry

 

 

 

–  The Houston Rockets Biggest Mistake In Game 1 Vs Warriors  (from Lee Golden, spacecityscooop.com):

Read and view it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/05/21/houston-rockets-biggest-mistake-game-1-vs-warriors/

 

 

 

–  Rockets’ Capela is ready for his close-up  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

” Seven months ago, the rookie arrived in training camp hoping to find a place in the Rockets future. Two months ago, he was in the NBA D-League toiling for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Now, if a sprained left knee keeps Dwight Howard out of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, Capela might find himself in the starting lineup against the Warriors. Or at the very least, getting significant playing time.

“When I was in the D-League, no, I would not think this was possible,” said the precocious 21-year-old native of Geneva, Switzerland. “I thought I’m not going to play this year, maybe next year. I was just trying to keep working hard and be ready when they would call me up.”

But with a live, aggressive body and a willingness to learn, Capela forced his way into the consciousness of the Rockets coaching staff and then into the playing rotation.”

Read it here:   http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/rockets-capela-is-ready-for-his-close-up/

 

 

 

–  Bogut overcomes adversities to anchor defense  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/05/21/warriors-bogut-overcomes-adversity-to-anchor-defense/

 

 

 

–  Shaun Livingston’s long, broken road to unlikely postseason hero  (from Rodger Sherman,  sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/5/20/8630123/shaun-livingston-golden-state-warriors-houston-rockets-western-conference-finals

 

 

 

–  The importance of Trevor Ariza  (from Ethan Rothstein,  thedreamshake.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thedreamshake.com/2015/5/21/8632013/rockets-warriors-no-dwight-howard-james-harden-nba-playoffs-2015

 

 

 

– Cavs 97, Hawks 89  (from Jason Lloyd, ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/cavs-97-hawks-89-jason-lloyd-s-28-thoughts-on-j-r-smith-redemption-and-a-historic-road-win-1.593701

 

 

 

Cavs vs Hawks Game One Stats (from NBA.com):

Smith’s 3-point shooting, Cleveland’s superior ball movement and rebound dominance, and Atlanta’s use of drives.

Read it here:  http://stats.nba.com/featured/sportvu_hawks_cavaliers_gm1_2015_05_20.html

 

 

 

–  The LeBron  factor is real  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/5/21/8633343/lebron-james-cavaliers-vs-hawks-nba-playoffs-2015

 

 

 

–  LeBron James’s sidekicks, led by J.R. Smith, fuel Game 1 win over Hawks  (from Chris Mannix,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/05/21/lebron-james-jr-smith-cavaliers-hawks-eastern-conference-finals-2015-playoffs

 

 

 

 

–  J.R. Smith rewards Cleveland Cavaliers’ faith  (from  Matthew Florjancic,  wkyc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/story/sports/nba/cavaliers/2015/05/21/jr-smith-rewards-cleveland-cavaliers-faith/27700561/

 

 

–  J.R. Smith gives LeBron James the help he needed to beat the Hawks (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/05/21/j-r-smith-gives-lebron-james-the-help-he-needed-to-beat-the-hawks/

 

 

 

Frustration building for Kyrie Irving and Cavaliers take away Atlanta’s specialty (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/05/frustration_is_building_for_ky.html

 

 

 

–  Carroll injury looms large after Hawks drop Game 1 to Cavs  (from Zach Dillard,  foxsports.com):

” Carroll was the go-to defensive option for LeBron James. Already facing an uphill battle in a series against the four-time MVP, Carroll’s absence would force Budenholzer’s hand. This is not a position of depth for Atlanta. Reserve wing Thabo Sefolosha is out for the season after breaking his leg while being arrested in New York. Carroll was tabbed for the lion’s share of defensive possessions against LeBron…. no other Hawks defender makes life more miserable for him.”

Read it here:  http://www.foxsports.com/south/story/carroll-injury-looms-large-after-hawks-drop-game-1-to-cavs-052115

 

Update:  DeMarre is now listed as day-to-day as MRI shows hyperextension and bone bruise but no structural damage

 

 

We are a little late linking to CJ McCollum’s playoff previews:

 

–  Western Conference Finals Preview (from CJ McCollum, the playerstribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/the-pros-playoff-preview-western-conference-finals/

 

–  Eastern Conference Finals Preview  (from CJ McCollum, theplayerstribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/the-pros-playoff-preview-eastern-conference-finals/

 

 

 

–  The myth about max contracts  (from Sean Penney, celticsblog.com):

” What comes to mind when you think of a player worthy of earning the maximum amount allowed under the collective bargaining agreement? Many people seem to think that a “max contract” has to be reserved for a handful of the league’s elite, the best of the best. If the Boston Celtics are going to shell out a max contract to anyone this summer, those fans are expecting to get an MVP caliber player that will be the cornerstone of the franchise.

That is simply not the case, as not all max deals are created equal.

(J)ust because you hear that a player is rumored to be getting a max contract, that does not necessarily mean that he’s about to be paid as much as someone like LeBron James, or that the player necessarily has to be in the same stratosphere to earn it.”

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/5/19/8625231/the-myth-about-max-contracts

 

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Mike Conley:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/5/21/8632053/memphis-grizzlies-2014-2015-player-reviews-mike-conley

 

Tyreke Evans:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/5/21/8632103/2014-2015-player-reviews-tyreke-evans-pelicans

 

Allen Crabbe:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/5/20/8628679/portland-trail-blazers-allen-crabbe

 

Jerome Jordan:   http://brooklynsfinestblog.com/2015/05/21/2014-15-in-review-jerome-jordan/

 

Perry Jones:  http://newsok.com/perry-jones-enters-offseason-facing-unknown-future/article/5420960

 

Reggie Bullock:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/5/21/8628155/2014-2015-exit-interviews-reggie-bullock-clippers-suns-hornacek-rivers