Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/2/16

Preview:  ATL’s D vs CLE’s O  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):
–  Kevin Love’s Play Will Be Pivotal  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fear The Sword):
–  Opponents Aren’t Respecting LBJ’s Three-Point Shot (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):
–  Preview:  TOR vs MIA  (from Jeremy Woo,  Sports Illustrated):
–  GSW 118, POR 106  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Warriors’ Defensive Assignments Caught The Blazers Off Guard  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):
–  Klay Thompson’s Comfort Level  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
–  Video Breakdown: The Blueprint To Wins Without Curry  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Draymond Green: NBA’s Best All-Around Player?  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
–  Damian Lillard Can’t Beat Warriors’ Defense By Himself  (from Michael Pina, RealGM):
 Time For The Thunder To Fear Kawhi Leonard  (from Berry Tramel,  newsok.com):
–  Danny Green Shakes Out Of Shooting Slump (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):
–  Spurs Playbook:  The Aldridge/Ginobili Pick-and-Roll (from Eli Horowitz,  Pounding The Rock):
–  Paul George’s Brilliance  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

–  Weekend Recap  (from Eric Maroun, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/05/02/lion-face-lemon-face-game-7-and-heaven/

–  Rockets’ Coaching Search  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-coaching-search-about-more-than-checking-7386016.php?t=2eb416a86a438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  The Bucks’ Players’ Plus-Minus: The Good, The Bad, The Meh  (from Frank Madden, Brew Hoop):

Read it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/5/2/11553476/Bucks-plus-minus-rpm-khris-middleton-giannis-antetokounmpo

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Norman Powell (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-fed-off-energy-powell-pacers-series/

 Dion Waiters (from Cray Allred,  Welcome To Loud City):  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/4/28/11525238/dion-waiters-is-the-emergency-over

–  Terrence Jones (from Ethan Rothstein, The Dream Shake):  http://www.thedreamshake.com/2016/5/2/11562212/the-bizarre-inevitable-divorce-of-terrence-jones-and-the-houston

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  LeBron and his cast of Cavs  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

” Can a rotation of role players help the King beat the Warriors?”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/05/30/lebron-james-and-his-cast-of-cavaliers-characters/index.html

 

 

 

–  How the Warriors will try to contain LeBron James  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/06/01/how-the-warriors-will-try-to-contain-lebron-james/

 

 

 

–  Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have helped turn Cavaliers’ defense around, say they are ready for their next challenge  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/06/iman_shumpert_on_defending_ste.html

 

 

–   2015 NBA Finals matchup: Cavaliers vs. Warriors frontcourts  (from Matt Moore,  cbssports.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25201010/finals-matchup-the-frontcourt-battle

 

 

–  Harrison Barnes: How a Warrior bought in  (form J.A. Adande, ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12982443/2015-nba-playoffs-steve-kerr-wins-big-harrison-barnes

 

 

–  David Blatt finds success is worth sacrifices  (from Matthew Florjancic,  wkyc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/story/sports/nba/cavaliers/2015/06/01/david-blatt-finds-success-is-worth-sacrifices/28290743/

 

 

 For the casual follower, newcomers and Cavaliers fans: 20 things you should know about the Warriors  (from Marcus Thompson, mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/05/31/for-the-casual-follower-newcomers-and-cavaliers-fans-20-things-you-should-know-about-the-warriors/

 

 

–   For Warriors’ longtime voice Barnett, timing finally perfect (from Daniel Brown, mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/06/01/3587133_for-warriors-longtime-voice-barnett.html

 

 

–  Nate Thurmond, a Golden State legend and Cleveland Cavaliers inspiration, finds new audience in NBA Finals 2015  (from Tom Reid,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/06/nate_thurmond_a_golden_state_l.html

 

 

Next step in contract negotiations will test Miami Heat – Dwyane Wade bond  (from Dan Le Batard, miamiherald.com):

–  The Dwyane Wade crisis is a prelude to the NBA superstars’ coming war  (from Tom Ziller, sbnation):
–  Why Fred Hoiberg for Bulls?  (from JoelBrigham,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Thibodeau Quick Thoughts  (from Halran Schreiber,   Hoops Analyst):
–  The weekend Bay Area trip that helped make LeBron James a star  (from Marc Spears,  Yahoo Sports):

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

James Jones:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-james-jones-s060115-story.html

 

Otto Porter, Jr.:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2015/06/01/otto-porter-jr-season-review-second-year-player-solidifies-standing-with-breakout-postseason/

 

Tyler Hansbrough:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/6/1/8685451/toronto-raptors-player-reviews-tyler-psycho-t-hansbrough

 

Mitch McGary:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2481656-why-mitch-mcgary-can-be-the-oklahoma-city-thunders-next-breakout-player

 

Kemba Walker:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/6/1/8683887/2014-15-report-card-kemba-walker

 

Kristaps Porzingis:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/who-is-kristaps-porzingis/

 

Semaj Christon:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/6/1/8691435/exploring-the-rise-of-oklahoma-city-blue-guard-semaj-christon