Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/31/16

–  Warriors Close Out Thunder  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/31/warriors-okc-thunder-game7-stephen-curry-klay-thompson-finals-video

–  Key Game 7 Stats  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/119123/golden-state-warriors-flip-the-switch-to-win-game-7

–  Game 7 Video Highlights  (from Dime Mag):

Watch it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/6/

–  OKC Might Have Won With Defensive Adjustment  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read and view it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/05/31/thunders-collapse-could-have-been-avoided-with-defensive-adjustment-rebounding/

–  A Deep Bench:  The One Thing OKC Is Missing  (from Jack Winter,  Dime Mag):

Read it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/kevin-durant-amazing-warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/

 A Jump-Shooting Team Will Win The NBA Title  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/15848002/previewing-golden-state-warriors-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-nba-finals-matchup-kevin-pelton

–  Harry Edwards/Billy Donovan:  The NBA’s Little-Known Odd Couple  (from Marc J. Spears,  The Udefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/the-nbas-little-known-odd-couple/

–  Questions Await New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/From-Conleys-future-to-offensive-philosophy-questions-await-David-Fizdale-as-Grizzlies-coach-381307601.html

–  Hubie Brown On Jeff Hornacek  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/05/31/ex-knicks-coach-jeff-hornacek-can-only-fix-so-much/

–  Raptors’ GM Craves Challenge To Top This Season  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/30/raptors-gm-masai-ujiri-gives-end-of-season-press-conference.html

–  How Close Are We To Every NBA Team Having A D-League Affiliate?  (From Chris Reichert,  Upsaide & Motor):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/05/31/nba-adam-silver-d-league-affiliate/

–  Draft Picks By Team  (from Hoops Rumors):

 Draft Picks By Team:

  • Boston Celtics (8): 3rd, 16th, 23rd, 31st, 35th, 45th, 51st, 58th
  • Denver Nuggets (5): 7th, 15th, 19th, 53rd, 56th
  • Phoenix Suns (4): 4th, 13th, 28th, 34th
  • Utah Jazz (4): 12th, 42nd, 52nd, 60th
  • Philadelphia 76ers (3): 1st, 24th, 26th
  • New Orleans Pelicans (3): 6th, 39th, 40th
  • Milwaukee Bucks (3): 10th, 36th, 38th
  • Orlando Magic (3): 11th, 41st, 47th
  • Atlanta Hawks (3): 21st, 44th, 54th
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2): 2nd, 32nd
  • Sacramento Kings (2): 8th, 59th
  • Toronto Raptors (2): 9th, 27th
  • Chicago Bulls (2): 14th, 48th
  • Memphis Grizzlies (2): 17th, 57th
  • Detroit Pistons (2): 18th, 49th
  • Indiana Pacers (2): 20th, 50th
  • Los Angeles Clippers (2): 25th, 33rd
  • Houston Rockets (2): 37th, 43rd
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (1): 5th
  • Charlotte Hornets (1): 22nd
  • San Antonio Spurs (1): 29th
  • Golden State Warriors (1): 30th
  • Dallas Mavericks (1): 46th
  • Brooklyn Nets (1): 55th

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  DeMar DeRozan (from Bruce Arthur,  thestar.com):  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/28/demar-derozan-driven-to-be-quintessential-toronto-raptor-arthur.html

–  Justin Anderson (from Matthew Postins, scout.com):  http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1670955-what-do-the-mavs-need-from-justin-anderson

 

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 5/4/16

 

–  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

 

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 4/26/16

–  What’s Ahead For The Clippers Without CP3? (from J.A.Adande, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15371146/more-questions-answers-playoffs-far

–  Trail Blazers’ Luck:  Where Preparation Meets Opportunity  (from Arash markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15373184/trail-blazers-seized-opportunity-where-find-it

 Getting To The Playoffs Was Never Enough For The Blazers  (from Casey Holdahl,  forwardcenter.net):

Read it here:  http://forwardcenter.net/despite-what-they-say-just-getting-to-the-playoffs-was-never-enough-for-these-trail-blazers/

–  Spurs Will Test Thunder In Ways The Mavs Couldn’t  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/26/nba-playoffs-thunder-beat-mavericks-await-spurs

–  How Bad Is Curry’s Injury?  (from Al Saracevic/Maddie Lee,  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Curry-s-knee-injury-How-bad-is-it-7346762.php  and from Tim Grover, Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-truth-about-steph-curry-s-injury-005912613.html

–  The Warriors Without Curry  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/117252/how-good-are-the-warriors-without-stephen-curry

–  Kemba Walker Leads Hornets To Series Tie  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/25/11505878/hornets-heat-2016-results-score-nba-playoffs-game-4-kemba-walker-jeremy-lin/in/11269901

–  Lin’s Ability To Drive One Of The Keys To Hornets’ Victory  (from Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article73887287.html

–  Backcourt Heroics Help Hornet Even Series  (from Matt Rochinsky,  hornets.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/hornets/backcourts-heroics-help-hornets-even-series-2-2

–  Raptors’ Adjustment Options  (from  Dave Feschuk,  Toronto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/25/youve-got-to-have-faith-as-blind-as-it-is-feschuk.html   and from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca:   http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-centre-raptors-game-5-adjustments/

–  Pacers’ Coach Vogel Has Had To Unlearn A Lot  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/25/insider-vogel-has-had-un-learn-lot-what-he-believes/83502024/

–  Brad Stevens: Next Superstar Coach  (from Jackie MacMullan,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15356168/brad-stevens-next-superstar-head-coach

–  Celtics’ Multiple Defensive Looks Causing Problems For Hawks’ Point Guards  (from Kris Willis, peachtreehoops):

Read and view it here:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/4/26/11506004/hawks-celtics-point-guards-dennis-schroder-jeff-teague-isaiah-thomas

–  One Change To LBJ’s Game Has Altered The Cavs’ Offense Entirely  (from Josh Planos, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/04/26/one-change-to-lebron-jamess-game-has-altered-the-cavs-offense-entirely

–  Tyronn Lue Compares LBJ’s Treatment To Shaq’s  (form Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15314895/cleveland-cavaliers-coach-tyronn-lue-compares-lebron-james-foul-treatment-shaquille-oneal

–  Brooks’ Path To $35 Million Coach Began In CBA Draft’s 2nd Round (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/scott-brookss-path-to-7-million-nba-coach-began-in-the-cba-drafts-2nd-round/2016/04/25/f3c24910-0aee-11e6-bfa1-4efa856caf2a_story.html

–  Why Some Bigs Are Bad Foul Shooters  (from Steve Kyler,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-why-some-guys-are-bad-foul-shooters/

–  Every Trade That Has And Could Affect The 2016 Draft  (from Sam Vecenie,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25565523/heres-every-trade-that-has-and-could-affect-the-2016-nba-draft

Mavs: Positive Takeaways From This Season (from Cole Mentzel,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/04/26/dallas-mavericks-3-positive-takeaways-2015-16/

–  Keeping The Thunder On Their Game  (from Marc Tracy,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/sports/basketball/oklahoma-city-thunder-on-their-game.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Kevin Martin  (from Tom Orsborne, expressnews.com):   http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Unorthodox-Martin-fitting-in-well-with-Spurs-7275611.php?t=7bb2b58b92927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/25/raptors-demarre-carroll-brings-the-mojo

Meyers Leonard (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/303584-181456-support-from-behind-bench-

C.J.Miles  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/miles-continues-work-and-wait