Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/10/16

 The Simple Adjustment The Cavs Made To Revive Irving  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893124/kyrie-irving-nba-finals-2016-cleveland-cavaliers-game-3-adjustment

–  LBJ Guarding Draymond Changed Everything  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893824/lebron-james-draymond-green-nba-finals-2016-warriors-cavaliers-game-3

–  Richard Jefferson Taking Full Advantage Of Opportunity   (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/09/richard-jefferson-kevin-love-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals/85670068/

–  Kevin Love Can Still Be A Weapon…Off The Bench  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16097908/2016-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-bring-kevin-love-bench

–  Will Kerr Make Adjustments?  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/draymond-key-any-kerr-adjustment-got-be-more-active    and from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/despite-big-game-3-loss–don-t-expect-warriors-to-go-small—–yet-021830234.html

 Steph, Klay Facing Different Struggles  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/10/stephen-curry-klay-thompson-struggles-nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers

–  A Unified Theory Of Steph’s Struggles  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/06/09/unified-theory-stephen-currys-struggles/

–  Film Study:  Ball Pressure From Cavs  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/09/film-study-ball-pressure-from-the-cavs/

–  Video Breakdown:  How Cavs Opened With a 19-4 Run In Game 3  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE0PDnRMXsE

–  Film Study: How The Cavs Unleashed J.R.  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/9/11896372/nba-finals-how-getting-creative-off-ball-unleashed-j-r-smith

–  Irving’s Game 3 Eruption  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/09/kyrie-irving-quiets-critics-game-3-eruption-2016-nba-finals/

–  Game Three Takeaways  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/cavs-blow-out-warriors-in-game-3-of-the-finals-make-it-a-series-again-takeaways/

–  The Finals’ Other Thompson  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/183189406/nba-finals-tristan-thompson-important-cavs

–  Phil Handy: Behind The Cavs’ Resurgence  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/phil-handy-the-man-behind-the-cavs-resurgence-in-the-finals/

A Conversation With Author/Historian Roland Lazenby  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-a-conversation-with-roland-lazenby/

–  Spurs’ Assistant James Borrego  (from Mark Smith,  abqjournal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.abqjournal.com/789427/borrego-in-his-comfort-zone.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

James Jones (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/james-jones-nba-finals-lebron-cleveland-cavaliers-miami-heat-history-record/1o62n9fpto8gi1mjsa5xb10u3l

–  Brandon Ingram  (from David Thorpe, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/Coach15759801/brandon-ingram-nba-ceiling

–  Demetrius Jackson  (from Brian Altman,  cbslocal.com):  http://sports.cbslocal.com/2016/06/09/demetrius-jackson-my-life-as-an-nba-draft-prospect/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/5/15

The Warriors’ Rhythm-And-Flow Offense  (from Scott Ostler, sfchronicle.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/ostler/article/Warriors-secret-The-rhythm-and-flow-offense-7963811.php

–  Cavs’ Matchup Quandary  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2914/cleveland-cavaliers-bench-struggled-to-match-golden-state-warriors-small-ball-in-game-1-nba-finals

–  J.R. Smith Shows More Defensive Commitment But Cavs Also Need His Offense  (from Stave Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/06/05/j-r-smith-needs-to-shoot-the-ball/index.html

–  The Cavs’ Issues Against The Warriors  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illsutrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/04/nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers-stephen-curry-lebron-james-game-2-preview

–  5 Ways The Cavs Can Attack The Dubs’ Switches  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/4/11858886/nba-finals-5-ways-the-cavaliers-can-attack-the-warriors-switches

–  Cavs Searching For Balance Between Ball Movement And One-On-One Play  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/04/cavs-ball-movement-isolation-kyrie-irving-lebron-james-nba-finals/85423312/

–  Klay Thompson’s Defense  (from Fred Kerber,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/06/04/cavaliers-have-to-look-out-for-more-than-klay-thompsons-3s/

–  Draymond Green Is on The Edge  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/5/11860834/draymond-green-edge-warriors-cavaliers-nba-finals-sunday-shootaround

–  Jeff Hornacek Q & A  (from Steve Serby,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/06/04/jeff-hornacek-on-not-dunking-what-he-wont-tolerate-and-knicks-belief/

–  David Fizdale  Q & A  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2016/06/david-fizdale-speaks-about-how-heat-prepared-him-for-memphis-job.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Evan Turner (from Maurice Peebles, Complex):  http://www.complex.com/sports/2016/06/beyond-the-court-evan-turner

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  If LeBron and the Cavs lose, blame injuries, not the roster  (from Akiem Bailum,  section215.com):

Read it here:  http://section215.com/2015/06/15/if-lebron-and-the-cavs-lose-blame-injuries-not-the-roster/

 

 

–  FILM STUDY: WARRIORS KEEP BRINGING THE D  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/06/15/film-study-warriors-keep-bringing-the-d/

 

 

–  Green and Iguodala give Warriors their versatility, excel in Game 5  (from Eric Freeman,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/green-and-iguodala-give-warriors-their-versatility–excel-in-game-5-060929972.html

 

 

Barbosa  provides a big lift  (frrom John Shea, SFGate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Brazilian-Blur-provides-a-big-lift-6327065.php

 

 

Did Blatt play into Warriors’ hands by abandoning Mozgov? (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25214759/nba-finals-blatt-plays-into-warriors-hands-in-game-5-by-abandoning-mozgov

A different take (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/15/david-blatts-gambit-going-small-didnt-work-but-was-only-call-he-could-make/

 

 

–  Warriors taking a page from past Finals success stories – plus Alvin Gentry, Vlade Divac Q &A, more (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/06/15/morning-tip-golden-state-warriors-adjustments-in-nba-finals-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-alvin-gentry-new-orleans-pelicans-anthony-davis-qa-vlade-divac/

 

 

–  The Pace-and-Space Miami Heat Live in These NBA Finals  (from Wes Goldberg,  allyoucanheat.com):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2015/06/15/pace-and-space-miami-heat-live-in-these-nba-finals/

 

 

Jason Lloyd’s 35 Thoughts on Game 5 (from ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/warriors-104-cavs-91-jason-lloyd-s-35-thoughts-on-lebron-s-greatness-missing-mozgov-1.600374

 

 

Game 5: Chris Fedor’s Five Observations (from Cleveland.com):

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

 

 

–  Steph, LeBron both play like MVPs — with one difference  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

” Curry’s help negates Cavs superstar in Warriors’ 104-91 win”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/06/15/warriors-win-game-5-stephen-curry-lebron-james/

 

 

–  J.R. Smith starts hot, but Warriors cool him down in Game 5 win  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/j-r–smith-starts-hot–but-warriors-cool-him-down-in-game-5-win-055152882.html

 

 

 

–  Warriors Pull Away and Take a 3-2 Series Lead (from Bob MacKinnon,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VXs15ScAACUA6sDo/cavs-vs.-warriors-6-14-15game-5-the-4th-quarter-again-belongs-to-golden-state-as-they-take-a-3-2-series-lead

 

 

 

–  Fundamental flaw mars brilliant LeBron performance  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://www.espn.co.uk/basketball/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13080408/2015-nba-finals-fundamental-flaw-mars-brilliant-lebron-james-performance

 

 

–   How Steph Curry Attacks In The Pick And Roll  (from Coach Nick,  Bball Breakdown):

” Coach Nick took a DEEP dive into the Warriors pick and roll attack, charting every one and analyzing which pairing is doing best, and which defensive alignment has worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers.”

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/14/nba-finals-how-steph-curry-attacks-in-the-pick-and-roll/

 

 

– LeBron, Steph & The NBA’s Constant Darwinian Struggle  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM.com):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/238195/LeBron-Steph-&-The-NBAs-Constant-Darwinian-Struggle

 

 

–  STEPH CURRY DESTROYED THE DREAMS OF NARRATIVE DRIVERS IN GAME 5  (from Joseph nardone,  crossoverchronicles):

Read and view it here:  http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/steph-curry-destroyed-dreams-narrative-drivers-game-5.html

 

 

–  HOW TEX WINTER HAS INFLUENCED THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS   (from Roland Lazenby,  Vice Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/how-tex-winter-has-influenced-the-golden-state-warriors

 

 

–  How Rick Barry is telling the tale of the Warriors  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2015/06/15/rick-barry-telling-tale-warriors-cavaliers-finals-game-5/71236062/

 

 

–  Tristan Thompson is Enjoying Proving His Critics Wrong  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:   http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-tristan-thompson-is-enjoying-proving-his-critics-wrong/

 

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–  Who will Hawks keep?  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

” Five burning questions and answers ‎about the immediate future of the Atlanta Hawks”

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13067059/next-atlanta-hawks

 

 

 

–  Should The Blazers Run More?  (from Chris Lucia, blazersedge.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/6/15/8780509/portland-trail-blazers-offense-fast-break-damian-lillard-cj-mccollum-meyers-leonard

 

 

–  Memphis Grizzlies 2014-2015 Season Reviews: Front Office  (from Andrew Ford,  grizzlybearblues.com):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2014-15-season-review/2015/6/15/8778739/memphis-grizzlies-2014-2015-season-reviews-front-office

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

– James Michael McAdoo /Ognjen Kuzmic :  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/15/sports/basketball/these-golden-state-warriors-won-before-in-april.html

 

Mason Plumlee:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2496126-figuring-out-mason-plumlees-is-hidden-domino-in-brooklyn-nets-offseason

 

Amir Johnson:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/6/15/8776663/raptors-player-review-amir-johnson-young-veteran

 

Jae Crowder:  http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/06/07/robb-celtics-should-bring-back-jae-crowder-for-next-stage-of-rebuild/

 

Joel Embiid:  http://www.csnphilly.com/blog/700-level/joel-embiid-injury-update-yes-panic-or-no-panic

 

Andre Roberson:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/06/15/andre-roberson-odd-man-donovans-system/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Warriors continue to evolve vs. Cavs; can Cleveland adjust in Game 5?  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25213806/behind-the-warriors-evolution-vs-the-cavaliers-in-the-nba-finals

 

 

 

–  NBA finalists hold secrets close in personnel chess match  (from Rusty Simmons.  SFChronicle.com):

“In the Warriors’ two wins, they’ve averaged 9.5 turnovers, and Curry has shot 48.6 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from three-point range. In the Warriors’ two losses, they’ve averaged 17.5 turnovers, and Curry has shot 34.9 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from three-point range.

In the Cavaliers’ two wins, they’ve outrebounded the Warriors by 6.5 per game and have gotten 39.5 points, 14 rebounds and 9.5 assists from James. In their two losses, the Cavaliers have outrebounded the Warriors by one per game and have gotten 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists from James.”

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/NBA-finalists-hold-secrets-close-in-personnel-6325831.php?t=91dba135631b2fdd40&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

 

 

–  The Warriors’ depth finally paid off   (from Paul Flannery,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/6/14/8776743/warriors-depth-shaun-livingston-nba-finals-2015

 

 

 

–  Livingston’s difficult trek to the NBA Finals   (from J.A. Adande,  ESPN):

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13070391/shaun-livingston-difficult-trek-nba-finals

More on Shaun (from Bailey VanHouten) here:  http://lastwordonsports.com/2015/06/14/shaun-livingston-unsung-hero-of-the-warriors-game-four-victory/   and from Sean Woodley, crossoverchronicles.com:  http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/livingstons-rebounding-game-changer-warriors.html

 

 

 

Steve Kerr on Iguodala, Nick U’Ren’s idea, the Curry/Klay probability, the Warriors’ competitiveness, and much more:  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2015/06/13/steve-kerr-on-iguodala-nick-urens-idea-the-curryklay-probability-the-warriors-competitive-and-much-more/

 

 

 

–  The Warriors’ Selfless Accountability  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2015/06/13/the-warriors-selfless-accountability/

 

 

 

–  Impact of Warriors’ double teams on James lost in lineup furor  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):

” (C)ommunication is the most important thing,” Iguodala said. “With a guy like LeBron, who can pass the ball the way he can, you’ve got to see where his eyes are. If he can see the whole floor, it’s tough to double a guy like that. So it was more about surprises.”

When Iguodala knows the double-team is coming, he can funnel James in the correct direction and the rest of the Warriors know how to rotate in support of the double-team. The Warriors mostly waited to double once James put his head down and was committed to a move.

“You’ve got to be smart about it, because you know how smart (James) is in reading situations and being able to pick you apart with his drives and his court vision,” Curry said. “… You can’t really be indecisive, because that kills any defense. If you’re going to go, you go. If not, stay back, stay home and play solid defense.”

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Impact-of-Warriors-double-teams-on-James-lost-6326119.php

 

 

 

–  Golden State and the art of double teaming LeBron James (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

” (T)here is an art to doubling LeBron — he is so gifted as a passer and scorer that if you don’t do it smartly he shreds your defense like Peyton Manning with time in the pocket. The Warriors were smart about it, having the doubles come from various areas and odd angles, plus at different times.”

Read and view it here:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/13/golden-state-and-the-art-of-double-teaming-lebron-james/

 

 

 

–  Golden State Warriors Switching Up Pick-And-Roll  (from Ben Pickman,  bluemanhoop.com):

Read and view it here:  http://bluemanhoop.com/2015/06/13/golden-state-warriors-switching-up-pick-and-roll/

 

 

 

–  Warriors Finally Moving the Ball; Cavs’ Offense Doing Just Enough  (from Ian Levy, Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VXYnlyUAADk73vl0/the-playoff-pivot-point-warriors-finally-moving-the-ball-cavs-offense-doing-just-enough

 

 

 

Cavs Will Need to Respond to the Off-Ball Screens and Double-Teams the Warriors Used to Knot Series  (from Bob MacKinnon, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VXs15ScAACUA6sDo/cavs-vs.-warriors-6-14-15game-5-energy–pressure-d–game-5-win

 

 

 

–  Looking ahead to Game 5  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/looking-ahead-to-2015-nba-finals-game-5–cavaliers-at-warriors-234615513.html

 

 

 

–  Five things to watch in Game 5  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/14/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-golden-state-warriors-preview-five-things-to-watch-in-game-5/

 

 

 

–  LeBron James’ unfathomable workload  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13071387/lebron-james-unfathomable-workload

 

 

 

–  Will J.R. reward LeBron’s rescue move?  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13062419/2015-nba-playoffs-cleveland-cavaliers-jr-smith-need-other

 

 

 

–  David Blatt has built his career on proving doubters wrong  (from Yaron Weitzman,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/6/14/8773893/david-blatt-profile-israel-maccabi-tel-aviv

 

 

 

–  Mike D’Antoni’s Fingerprints All over the NBA Finals  (from Howard Beck,  Bleacher report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2495760-vindication-at-last-nba-playoffs-show-how-mike-dantoni-changed-basketball

 

 

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–  In Alvin Gentry, Pelicans have offensive-minded, well-respected leader due for another shot as a head coach  (from Ted lewis,  theadvocate.com):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/12632292-128/in-alvin-gentry-pelicans-have

 

 

–  History suggests Pelicans are due for an offensive surge under Alvin Gentry  (from Scott Kushner, theadvocate.com):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/12615981-128/history-suggests-pelicans-are-due

 

 

It’s long overdue for Charlotte Hornets to fix 3-point problem  (from Rick Bonnell, charloteobserver.com):

Read it here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article23955031.html

 

 

 

–  Five Questions: Oklahoma City Thunder  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/13/five-questions-oklahoma-city-thunder/

 

 

–  Blocks and Steals: Track the Unsuccessful Attempts Too  (from  Don Sicko,  hoopcoach.org):

” (T)here are reasons to be suspicious of blocks and steals as raw stats. None of us ever turns down a successful block or steal by one of our players. But, when we track these two stats, do we also track the unsuccessful blocks and steals and the corresponding damage?

Accordingly, we should count:

The fouls our players commit attempting on the ball blocks and steals and compute the free throw points they cost us.
The points we gave up when we missed a steal and had to play 4 on 5 without pre-determined rotations.
The points we gave up when the our shot blocker missed the block and his man was left alone on the weak side and scored or got fouled on the rebound.
This happens a lot.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopcoach.org/articles/blocks-and-steals-track-the-unsuccessful-attempts-too/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Ersan Ilyasova:  http://journaltimes.com/sports/basketball/article_3a06bb60-0e34-5314-b7bc-1415bff2c1e4.html

 

Shelvin Mack:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2015/6/14/8777883/2015-atlanta-hawks-player-review-shelvin-mack

 

Zach LaVine:  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2015/06/roster-review-zach-lavine/

 

Rudy Gobert:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/06/14/utah-jazz-rudy-gobert-working-jump-shot-huge-deal/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

 

–  Cavaliers face daunting Finals challenge without Kyrie Irving  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

” (T)he games must go on, and the Cavaliers must quickly refocus after losing Game 1 and Irving. Although it hardly counts as a comforting thought, Cleveland is at least well-prepared for calamity. Already this season, Blatt and company have made due without Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love and Irving, who was limited in the second round against the Bulls with a foot injury and who sat out half of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hawks with knee tendonitis. Making adjustments on the fly has been the status quo since January, when multiple trades reshaped the roster, and the defining characteristic of the Cavaliers’ postseason, other than James’s dazzling play, has been an impressive resolve in the face of adverse conditions.”

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/06/nba-finals-kyrie-irving-knee-injury-update-cavaliers-warriors

 

 

 

–  Cavaliers’ numbers with LeBron James but no Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love are good (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

” (T)here is proof within a limited sample size that Cleveland not only survived the absences of Love and Irving in the playoffs in the past, but thrived. LeBron James was the driving factor, of course, but collectively the Cavs have played efficiently on both ends.

Cleveland’s points (107.9) and points allowed per 100 possessions (93.9) in those minutes were impressive, and there was little difference whether coach David Blatt plays a “big” lineup (with James either on the wing or handling the ball) or “small” lineup (James playing power forward).

“I think you have take a little bit of that with a grain of salt because it’s also about matchups, and we were really fortunate the teams we played lent themselves to the style we were going to play,” Cleveland General Manager David Griffin said during practice Saturday at Oracle Arena. “Golden State’s a totally different animal, so, if you get to choose you always choose more talent. But I’m really grateful we have the kind of mentality we have as well.”

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/06/lebron_james_kyrie_irving_kevi_2.html

 

 

 

–  Shaun Livingston glad to play role in NBA Finals  (from Roderick Boone, Newsday.com):

“He’s such a unique player the way he can impact games,” Curry said. “He allows me and Klay to play off the ball. He takes obviously the ballhandling responsibilities. We can run plays through him through the post. Lot of point guards aren’t used to guarding guys of his size on the post on the block, so he can definitely make plays down there and we can work around him. He obviously has great court vision, so the ball starts to hop and starts to move.”

“When he grabs rebounds and pushes in transition, when you have shooters that are able to run around him and he can be a slasher and a playmaker, we’re tough to stop. So I know Coach [Steve Kerr] loves to put that lineup out there in certain spots of the game to kind of open up the tempo and get us to push the ball. I think we present a lot of problems with that lineup.”

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/former-net-shaun-livingston-glad-to-play-role-in-nba-finals-1.10516342

 

 

 

– From players to personnel, Warriors prideful of their depth  (from Monte Poole.  csnbayarea.com):

”  The Warriors wouldn’t be three wins from a title without the roster moves made by the front office. The backcourt was completed last summer with the additions of Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa to back up Curry and Thompson. The front line depth improved when Draymond Green replaced David Lee – a former All-Star – in the starting lineup.

“We realize how special of a group we have just because to have this kind of depth in this league is really rare,” Thompson said. “We’ve got two All-Stars coming off the bench in David Lee and Andre Iguodala. That’s a blessing. Any given night, someone from our bench is going to make a huge impact.”

There also have been roster adjustments made by the coaching staff, notably Green for Lee and Harrison Barnes replacing Iguodala in the starting lineup. Those moves strengthened both units.”

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/players-personnel-warriors-prideful-their-depth

 

 

 

– Cavaliers’ Big Three down to the Chosen One (frm Jason Lloyd, Akron Beacon Journal):

” With their new starting lineup, when Matthew Dellavedova replaces Irving, the Cavs are outscoring teams by nearly 31 points per 100 possessions.

Of course, that data only takes into account 15 games and the Warriors defended the Cavs in Game 1 far different than anyone else in these playoffs. All of the East teams tended to help off Dellavedova to double team James, leaving Dellavedova wide open around the perimeter.

As a result, no defender has been within 4 feet of Dellavedova on 55 of his 68 shots in the postseason. The Warriors refused to double James in Game 1 and have shown no signs of changing that approach now. If that holds true, Dellavedova won’t enjoy the air space in this series he has in the past. The Warriors’ length and athleticism swallowed him up during his brief minutes in Game 1.

– Calling Matthew Dellavedova, a ‘pest’? That’s high praise, said teammate J.R. Smith (from NBA Australia):
” Dellavedova’s true value comes in his team defence and his ability to change the pace of the game.”The first thing I’d say about him is he plays at one level: aggressive and hard, which is what you want from a defensive player,” said Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams.

“He plays with a certain type of abandon. A certain type of hustle. He doesn’t give up on plays. He’s what you want as a defensive player.

“He sees the game pretty well. He sees the pictures of the game well. Thinks the game well,” Adams said.

“He’s playing with a guy who thinks the game extremely well, and they seem to have a good relationship. Don’t minimize the fact that when you play with a great player, it rubs off.”

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/jr-smith-dellavedova-up-there-with-best-defensive-players-in-the-league-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-golden-state-warriors/1qaz1ngxwrmvh1xyufnse4u9hs

 

 

 

–  Game One: Warriors defense focused on slowing players not named LeBron (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

“He made a lot of tough jumpers, contested,” Warriors center Andrew Bogut said. “We’ll live with him shooting a lot of shots and scoring 40, because we feel like the other guys are the key to them winning the series. I honestly don’t think that LeBron wants to shoot 40 times, and I think our defense kind of predicated that a little bit.

“I think he wants to play-make more, and we’re leading with him shooting more. In the Atlanta series, we feel like they might have overhelped a little bit, and then Shumpert and JR Smith started knocking down shots and then are the key to their success. We balanced it pretty well tonight.”

(T)here was nothing pretty about the Warriors’ managing of LeBron James. It was deliberate. It was dangerous. And it worked.”

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2015/06/05/golden-state-warriors-stephen-curry-nba-finals/28523131/

 

 

 

–  The best way to stop Cleveland is make LeBron James score (from Jesus Gomez, sbnation.com):

” The Warriors did a great job of turning James into a scorer and that’s not what the Cavaliers need from their best player.”

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/6/5/8733465/2015-nba-finals-scores-results-warriors-lebron-james-defense-cavaliers

 

 

 

Thoughts on the NBA Finals (from Derek James, Hardwood paroxysm):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/06/07/nba-finals-cavs-warriors-game-two/

 

 

 

– In NBA Finals, coaching ranks include job intrigue and other sub-plots (from Mike Bresnehan, LATimes):

” Lost among the LeBron vs. Steph story line, the “starved franchise” theme of Cleveland vs. Golden State, and the melancholy Kyrie Irving injury is the unusual cross-section of coaches in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors could take a 2-0 series lead Sunday against LeBron James and, um, whoever’s left on Cleveland, soon becoming champs for the first time in forever with several coaching mini-plots.

It’s been an unbelievable ride for the Warriors’ Steve Kerr, but what about his predecessor required to analyze unimaginably successful Warriors games in front of massive Finals audiences?

There’s also the guy across from Kerr, David Blatt, the somewhat embattled Cavaliers coach who was almost hired by Kerr as a Warriors assistant a year ago.

On the periphery, a Warriors assistant coach is on the way out and another possibly on the way up while continuing a charmed NBA life.

It all starts, of course, with Kerr.”

Read it here:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/nba/la-sp-cavaliers-warriors-20150607-story.html

 

 

 

–  End Of Game Isolations – Why They Don’t “Run Something” (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

” Even if by running a play you could double the accuracy of the initial shot, it probably isn’t worth it if the opponent gets the last possession. And this is before even considering getting the timing wrong in the other direction, not getting a shot off at all.7 Now, design a play that’s going to be twice as a effective against a set defense, allowed to be far more physical than at any other point in the game. This play also has to ensure that the shot is taken in time, but leaves no time on the shot clock. Now, the players have to execute this stratagem on the fly, in a high pressure environment with adrenaline pounding. You almost certainly haven’t practiced it because first how could you duplicate the scenario in practice and second of all, NBA teams don’t actually practice that much in season. As a former NBA assistant told me last year:

You’ll run something to get the ball into certain player’s hands because you trust them to be able to create for themselves or their teammates. While I’ll take a well executed action that gets the ball in the hands of the open guy every time, even the best coach will sometimes just put the ball in the hands of [the best] player because he trusts the player’s ability to create. Sometimes you just can’t come up with a clever play or don’t want to try something complicated so you do something simple.

This isn’t to say it can’t be done. But if you have LeBron James, which is more likely, him getting off a better shot in isolation than he did on Thursday night, or an A-Team like plan coming together in perfect harmony?”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/06/06/end-of-game-isolations-why-they-dont-run-something/

 

 

 

 Warriors drafted Draymond Green, other players meant to smash NBA’s conventional mold  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

“He is undersized as a power forward and doesn’t have a game that makes him a three.”

That is a draft night critique of Draymond Green from us at PBT, and while we praised getting Green in the second round that comment fit the thinking when he was drafted — that he was a tweener who might not have a natural fit in the NBA.

“They said that. Who would he guard? Ironic,” Green said Saturday before Game 2 of the Finals, when he will spend some time guarding LeBron James. “Who is he? What does he do? Ironic. That’s what they said, (Charles) Barkley still say that sometimes, other people still writing it sometimes. Maybe they’ll stop writing it one day, maybe they won’t. It is what it is at this point.”

Today we praise the versatility of the Golden State Warriors, a team that starts four guys in the same size range, which allows them to switch nearly every pick. That versatility is key to their offense as well as nearly everyone can shoot threes or put the ball on the floor.

The Warriors didn’t want players who fit into conventional molds, they wanted to shatter the mold.”

Read it here:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/07/warriors-drafted-draymond-green-other-players-meant-to-smash-nbas-conventional-mold/

 

 

 

–  SPECIAL FORCE AT WORK FOR WARRIORS  (from Baxter Holmes,  ESPN):

” The question causes Dr. Chris Johnson to pause for a beat.

He’s trying to search for any similarities between the two groups he has been working with — the Golden State Warriors and the U.S. Special Operations Forces, which include elite military units such as the renowned Navy SEAL commandos.

Then he thinks of Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the NBA’s 2014-15 MVP.

“One of the things that you see him do is he finds a game within the game,” Johnson says, sitting in the stands at Oracle Arena here this week, with the Warriors three wins from a title.

“It’s not enough for him just to make a shot — he doesn’t even want to hit the rim. That reminds me very much of the guys that I work with.”

Specifically, it reminds Johnson of marksmanship, and of the elite shooters (snipers) who want not only to hit the target but to hit the exact center of the bull’s-eye multiple times, and do so even when they’re in a stressful environment.

“A game within a game,” Johnson says.

He is in a unique position to judge. He has worked in a part-time role with the Warriors as a team psychologist this past season while also running the Navy’s Operational Neuroscience Lab based in San Diego, where for nearly the past six years he has worked with thousands of SEALs and Marines.

How the Warriors’ unique partnership with Johnson came to be forged is an example of the team’s out-of-the-box approach to find any advantage, especially in the mental side of the game.”

Read it here:  http://abc30.com/sports/special-force-at-work-for-warriors/770080/

 

 

 

 

–   THE STEPH CURRY ORIGIN STORY  (from Roland Lazenby, Vice Sports):

” Now we know Curry as the sweet-shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors and the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player, but the Curry everyone from from his hometown remembers was the little boy who got an early start in order to keep up with his father.

That, of course, would be Dell Curry, who spent 16 seasons in the NBA, much of it in Charlotte, coming off the bench and firing away from long range to open up the lane for the hard-driving likes of Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson.

“Growing up, me and my brother would go in the gyms and practice shots that he shot just because it was our dad,” Curry said of his father’s influence.”

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-steph-curry-origin-story

 

 

 

–  NBA Finals Run Latest Step in Warriors’ Evolution from Afterthought to Flagship  (from Kevin Ding, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2487415-nba-finals-run-latest-step-in-warriors-evolution-from-afterthought-to-flagship

 

 

–  Owner Joe Lacob rebuilt Warriors with Silicon Valley values  (from Al Saracevic, sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Owner-Joe-Lacob-rebuilt-Warriors-with-Silicon-6311704.php

 

 

 

–  Kerr family’s twisting journey lands them in Bay Area  (from Ann Killion,  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/Kerr-family-s-twisting-journey-lands-them-in-6311714.php

 

 

 

–  Injury onslaught crippling NBA  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

” (W)ithout adequate hard data, there are only theories, suggestions and anecdotal evidence about the causes behind the apparent increase in the frequency and severity of injuries.

The most commonly held beliefs include: that players are turning professional at a younger age and subjected to physical demands before their bodies are fully developed; that the emergence of AAU programs subject young athletes to an excessive number of games and don’t allow time for physical recovery; that the game’s global explosion pressures NBA players to compete for the national teams during offseason international tournaments, adding wear and tear after a grueling 82-game regular season; that in contrast to previous decades, players train throughout the offseason, often under the supervision of individual coaches.

“We look at things like, ‘What are a player’s peak minutes?’” said Cavs general manager David Griffin. “And we really tried to spend a lot of time this year on recovery, giving guys appropriate time off in practice. You do have bigger players playing faster, colliding more often. Players are capable of doing things they never could in the past. They can change direction in a phone booth. The amount of torque, the pressure on your joints, it’s hard to control all of that power. Some of these are freak injuries. But the more smart people we get involved, we’ll start to find some answers.”

Silver is exploring the possibility of eliminating games on consecutive nights – a suggestion Dirk Nowitzki voiced early in the season – and reducing the number of preseason games.”

After first year in Utah, Jazz coach Quin Snyder is encouraged and unsatisfied  (from Gordon Monson, sltrib.com):
” After watching pre-draft workouts the other day with the latest group of potential draftees at the Jazz’s practice facility, an ongoing process in which he’s been nose deep, and before subjecting himself to an offseason interview, Quin Snyder went home. He went home to tend to the most important stuff, to hold his baby tight as the little one fell asleep. And, then, it was right back to dialing in on what he’s paid to dial in on, what he almost always dials in on.

Making his team better.

That’s a matter the man cannot let be. It controls him as much as he controls it. Driving down the road, it’s on his mind. Working out in the gym, it’s on his mind. Consuming food at his favorite eatery, it’s on his mind.”

–  Predictions on Detroit Pistons’ key internal summer business player decisions  (from David Mayo, MLive.com):

” (The Pistons) have some key pieces of business to address internally.

Some are easy to figure. The Pistons will renounce Tayshaun Prince. Shawne Williams and Quincy Miller have non-guaranteed and partially guaranteed contracts and are expendable at any moment moving forward.

Some are not as clear, and some downright complex.”

Read  “predictions on how the key business items involving Pistons player personnel go down this offseason” here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/06/column_line-item_predictions_o.html

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Jae Crowder:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/06/rehabbing_crowder_will_test_worth_on_market_but_wants_back

 

Tim Duncan:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/buck_harvey/article/Still-kicking-what-sets-up-Duncan-s-return-6311724.php

 

Paul Pierce:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2015/06/05/paul-pierce-sort-of-sounds-like-hes-not-done-with-the-wizards-quite-yet/

 

Nikola Vucevic:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/06/07/orlando-magic-player-evaluations-nikola-vucevic/

 

Paul George:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/2015/06/04/paul-george-ready-to-play-power-forward/28500275/

 

 

QOTD  (from Warriors Assistant Coach Ron Adams on defending LBJ): “You have to be quite eclectic in your approach. I think our team understands that. LeBron is so intelligent in his play that he adjusts to things — he’s seen everything — and so we have to do the same in our own way without deviating from the script that we think can win for us. It’s never one thing.”