Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/26/16

–  Friday NBA Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):
–  Offensive Improvement In Charlotte  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):
–  Hawks Believe They Are Ready To Soar  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):
 Video Breakdown:  Warriors’ Three-Man Plays  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):
–  Coach Malone Has Message For Nuggets’ Players  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):
–  Top Bloggers:  Jake Pavorsky On The Sixers  (from Chuck Myron, Hoops Rumors):
–  Joey Crawford Q & A  (from Ohm Youngmisuk,  ESPN):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Andrew Wiggins  (from Andrew Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports): http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VvV8BSUAAGUpEX-l
–  C.J.Miles  (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/miles-re-emerging-amid-challenging-season
Jamal Crawford  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/peers-believe-crawford-is-sixth-man-of-year-2/
–  Boban Marjanovich  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
” Manu Ginobili on what rookie Boban Marjanovic can provide the Spurs in the postseason: “With Boban, it depends on matchups. There are some teams that are going to be hard for him to play against. The Warriors, for example, where you have to be up and double team some players, rotate, and sometimes be on smaller players. But there are some other teams when they are a little slower and they play different where he’s going to be huge. Well, he is huge. But he’s going to be very important because he has a great touch, he’s a big target in the paint, he rolls very well, great hands. He’s a great player. The thing is that so far it’s too early in his NBA career. He’s got to adapt to the speed of the opponent. But for sure, he’s talented, skilled, and he wants to belong. He works out really hard. He’s going to give us a lot.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/31/16

–  Cavaliers 117, Spurs 103: Five Observations (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/lebron_james_new_role_on_dispa.html

And, from Dave McMenamin, ESPN:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2013/cavs-claim-win-over-spurs-to-cap-successful-first-week-for-tyronn-lue

–  Spurs Need Duncan Back  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/406/spurs-need-tim-duncan-back-in-lineup-as-soon-as-possible

–  Wrapping Up The Spurs’ January  (from Paul Garcia,  Project Spurs):

Raed it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/wrapping-up-the-spurs-january.html

–  Doubling Down: Going Small Has The Celtics Scrambling On Defense  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/1/31/10876992/doubling-down-going-small-has-the-celtics-scrambling-on-defense

–  Sunday Shootaround: “Can Anyone Beat The Warriors?” and more (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/31/10878604/warriors-unbeatable-stephen-curry-sunday-shootaround

–  CJ McCollum:  Master Of The Midrange  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/01/trail_blazers_cj_mccollum_has_become_the_master_of.html

–  Raptors 111, Pistons 107  (from David Mayo, mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/01/detroit_pistons_get_two_cracks.html

–  Brett Brown, Sixers Slowly Escaping Dark Days  (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/01/coach_76ers_slowly_escaping_dark_days

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/31/10877674/2016-nba-scores-raptors-pistons-spurs-cavaliers

–  Steve Kerr And Brett Brown:  Coaches With Much In Common  (from Scott Cacciola,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/sports/basketball/brett-brown-and-steve-kerr-coaches-with-much-in-common-aside-from-records.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Harrison Barnes’ Game-winner Vs. 76ers  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/30/10877832/warriors-vs-sixers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-harrison-barnes-wins-game-from-curry-green

–  Film Breakdown:  Marc Gasol’s Baseline Spin Move  (from Andrew Ford,  griaalybearblues.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/features/2016/1/30/10874410/film-breakdown-marc-gasols-baseline-spin-move

–   Austin Rivers On The NBA’s Best Handles  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2609262-austin-rivers-reveals-the-secrets-of-the-nbas-best-handles

 Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Ish Smith (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=367106691

–  Kelly Olynyk  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/1/31/10874702/kelly-olynyk-boston-celtics-feed-kelly-feedkelly-nba-contest-beast-eat-food-sharpshooter

–  Khris Middleton  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-khris-middleton-second-fiddle-no-more-b99660348z1-367127371.html

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/biyombos-hard-work-proves-big-men-can-improve-at-the-line/

–  Steph Curry  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/low-key-father-figure-mckillop-played-key-currys-stardom

–  Andre Drummond  (from Jason Brunskowski, Detroit Bad Boys):  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/1/31/10842242/andre-drummond-post-game-hook-shot-stan-van-gundy

–  Nene  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-nene-sets-tone-physical-play-middle

–  Julius Randle  (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-julius-randle-showing-signs-of-improvement/

 Jerian Grant  (from Al Iazzonne, Newsday):  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/jerian-grant-work-in-progress-for-knicks-1.11409889

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/29/16

–  DeMarcus Cousins Pushing Kings Into Playoff Contention  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illsutrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/01/28/fundamentals-demarcus-cousins-rajon-rondo-kings-lakers-mavericks-cavaliers-heat

Evan Turner and Marcus Smart Are Delivering On The Block  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/1/28/10855494/the-postmen-evan-turner-and-marcus-smart-are-delivering-on-the-block

–  How The Raptors Are Doing It  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMudauro3u8

–  Larry Bird:  Q & A On The Pacers’ Season  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it hre:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/q-and-bird-assesses-pacers-halfway-point

–  Michael Kidd- Gilchrist’s Return To The Hornets Can’t Come Soon Enough  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25464699/michael-kidd-gilchrists-return-couldnt-come-sooner-for-the-hornets

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Phil Jackson’s Vision For The Knicks:  How It Looks In Year Two  (from Harvey Araton,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/sports/basketball/how-phil-jacksons-blueprint-for-the-knicks-is-holding-up.html

The Elite Shot Creators  (from Jamal Crawford,  The Players’ Tribune):

Read and view it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/jamal-crawford-clippers-shot-creators/

–  How Andre Roberson’s Absence Affects The Thunder  (from Erik Horne,  neswok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/how-andre-robersons-absence-affects-the-thunder-in-the-next-three-weeks/article/5475423?mc_cid=24003aab4e&mc_eid=a31b8084f6

–  Wolves Playing At Quicker Pace  (from Kent Youngblood,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-playing-at-quicker-pace-per-mitchell-s-prodding/366939391/?mc_cid=24003aab4e&mc_eid=a31b8084f6

–  Back-To-Backs Are A Pain In The Neck For Players, Fans  (from Gil Lebreton, star-telegram.com):

Read  it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/gil-lebreton/article57208128.html

The WNBA Is Reorganizing Its Playoff System:  Could The NBA Be Next?   (from Howard Megdal, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/highlight/the-wnba-is-reorganizing-its-playoff-system-could-the-nba-be-next

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Klay Thompson  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/28/10858626/klay-thompson-highlights-stats-warriors-offense-breakdown

Goran Dragic/Dwyane Wade  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2016/01/on-verge-of-comeback-goran-dragics-next-challenge-is-to-rekindle-his-chemistry-with-dwyane-wade.html

Isaiah Thomas  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):   http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14670175/all-star-nod-big-feat-little-guy-isaiah-thomas-boston-Celtics

 Rodney Hood  (from Jody Genessy, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646449/Utah-Jazz-benefiting-from-a-hot-and-confident-Rodney-Hood.html

–  Bobby Portis  (from Ian Levy, VICE Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-bobby-portis

–  Justise Winslow  (from Ian Levy,  VICE Sports):   https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-justise-winslow

–  Mudiay/Jokic/Nurkic/Gary Harris  (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/1/28/10857630/denver-nuggets-the-futures-so-bright-i-gotta-wear-shades

–  Troy Daniels  (from Andrew Snyder,  Hoops Habit):  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/01/28/charlotte-hornets-troy-daniels-shoots-way-rotation/

DeMar DeRozan  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/all-star-derozan-on-mission-to-prove-doubters-wrong-1.430223

–  Nikola Vucevic  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/vucevic-looking-get-offensive-rhythm-back?mc_cid=24003aab4e&mc_eid=a31b8084f6

–  Jason Terry  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/jason-terry-rockets-werent-prepared-to-play-spurs/

Stanley Johnson  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  No rookie wall for Stanley Johnson – and also no limit on the 19-year-old’s ceiling

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

 

How the Warriors can turn the Cavs’ best lineup against them  (from  Seth Partnow,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/06/04/how-the-warriors-can-turn-the-cavs-best-lineup-against-them/

 

 

 

Stats-based finals preview  (from SportVU/NBA.com):

”  Insights into player vs. player matchups; shot locations and defender proximity; how well each team executes on drives, ball screens and post ups on both offense and defense; and much more.”

Read it here: http://stats.nba.com/featured/warriors_cavaliers_sportvu_finals_preview_2015.html

 

 

 

–   The Warriors’ LeBron plan  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25204672/nba-finals-the-warriors-lebron-plan

 

 

 

Finals Preview (from Bob MacKinnon, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VW5nNioAACkAfwAF/warriors-cavaliers-finals-preview-defense-gets-you-to-championships-but-what-will-win-it

 

 

 

Be sure to check these  previous BIs for additional finals preview links:

http://basketballintelligence.net/2015/06/03/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-149/

http://basketballintelligence.net/2015/06/02/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-148/

http://basketballintelligence.net/2015/06/01/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-147/

http://basketballintelligence.net/2015/05/31/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-146/

http://basketballintelligence.net/2015/05/30/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-145/

 

 

 

–  Understanding the Beauty of Steph Curry’s Jumper  (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland.com):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/outsider-artist-understanding-the-beauty-of-steph-currys-jumper/

 

 

 

–  The Rise of Matthew Dellavedova  (from Jared Zwerling, Bleacher Report)

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2481224-the-rise-of-matt-dellavedova-the-playoffs-unlikeliest-star-and-biggest-pest

 

 

 

–  THE VALUE OF IMAN SHUMPERT  (from Michael Pina,  Sportsonearrth.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/128450594/iman-shumpert-cleveland-cavaliers-nba-finals

 

 

 

–  Steve Kerr and David Blatt Reached N.B.A. Finals on Unconventional Paths   (from Harvey Araton, New York Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/sports/basketball/steve-kerr-and-david-blatt-reached-nba-finals-on-unconventional-paths.html

 

 

 

–  Skiles Talks Defense, Toughness, Coaching Philosophy and More  (from Dan Savage, magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/skiles-talks-defense-toughness-coaching-philosophy-and-more

 

 

 

–  The story of the coach who held Steph Curry scoreless (from Les Carpenter, The Guardian):

Read it here:  http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jun/04/nba-finals-stephen-curry-davidson-loyola-scoreless

 

 

 

–   Wizards 2015 NBA Season Review  (from Osman Baig, wizardofawes.com):

Read it here:  http://wizofawes.com/2015/06/04/washington-wizards-2015-nba-season-review-looking-towards-future/

 

 

 

–  New Pelicans assistant Darren Erman traveled unusual path to NBA (from Jeff Duncan,  NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/06/pelicans_assistant_darren_erma.html

 

 

 

–  How The NBA Fell Apart After the Late ‘90s Bulls Dynasty, And Why It Is Finally Recovering  (from  Bryon Routon, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/06/04/from-air-to-crash-to-splash-brothers-how-the-nba-fell-apart-after-the-late-90s-bulls-dynasty-and-why-it-is-finally-recovering/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Zach Randolph:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/6/4/8716869/grizzlies-2014-2015-player-reviews-zach-randolph

 

Jamal Crawford:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/6/4/8627177/2014-2015-exit-interviews-jamal-crawford

 

Markel Brown:  http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/sports/2015/06/03/brown-relives-rookie-season/28445943/

 

Maurice Harkless:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-harkless-prepares-for-breakout-year/

 

Ricky Rubio:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/6/2/8717367/uno-contra-uno-daimiel-contra-ricky-rubio-a-translated-interview

 

Cleanthony Early:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2485537-ny-knicks-offseason-checklist-how-cleanthony-early-can-improve-his-game

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Bucks bemoan mistakes in Game 1 loss to Bulls  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

” Milwaukee vows to step up energy, discipline, defense”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/19/bucks-need-to-make-fixes-for-game-2/index.html

 

 

 

–  Playing James Johnson an obvious adjustment for the Raptors in Game 2  (from Blake Murphy,  raptorsrepublic.com):

” James Johnson is not a savior. He’s not a star. In some matchups, he might not even be a player you want on the floor.

But James Johnson has a very particular set of skills, skills he’s only figured out how best to use recently in his career. Skills that, when engaged and focused, can make him a nightmare for people like Paul Pierce.”

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/04/20/playing-james-johnson-an-obvious-adjustment-for-game-2

 

 

Kyle Lowry Needs To rediscover His Form (from Eric Koreen,  nationalpost.com):

“I have no doubt that Kyle Lowry will come back and play at a level that he’s played at and has made him successful,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “That’s who he is. He’s a guy who plays better with a chip on his shoulder. He’s been doubted all his life since junior high school, so I think he’ll bounce back. I don’t think shooting is where you rate him, I think making winning plays, defensive plays, draw and kick, not turning the ball over, those are the winning plays that he’s excellent at.” But it is those plays where Lowry looks flat, though. He fouled out late in the fourth quarter Saturday on a Bradley Beal jump shot off of a curl, a play Lowry totally misread. On a Raptors’ possession early in the fourth quarter, when they were down by 15 points, Lowry got the ball at the top of the key, trying to ignite his team. Instead of using his killer spin move or finding one of his teammates after drawing some attention, Lowry bowled into two Washington big men and missed a shot. For Lowry, such a calculating and cunning player at his best, it was all very aimless, and certainly flat.

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-kyle-lowry-needs-to-rediscover-his-superstar-form-if-team-wants-a-deep-playoff-run

 

 

 

– Five things Raptors must do differently in Game 2  (from Mike Ganter,  torontosun.com):

Nene and Marcin Gortat are beasts in the paint. And yes Drew Gooden is a wily, old veteran with size on his side as well. But giving up 19 offensive boards in a game and finding a way to win are pretty much mutually exclusive events. Unless the Raptors rebounding improves, not even a solid defensive effort like Saturday’s is going to save them. The good news is the Raptors talked about it ad nauseum after the game and again Sunday and are tweaking things to ensure that the second and sometimes third chances these offensive boards led to are cut down drastically. It’s going to start with the Raptors bigs but the guards are going to have to do their part too. Keeping themselves between the basket and their man or as Casey describe it Sunday: “It’s about putting your forearm in somebody’s chest, getting your butt in their knees and going to get the ball.”

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/04/19/five-things-raptors-must-do-differently-in-game-2

 

 

 

Hawks 99, Nets 92  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

” There were several moments in the Hawks’ 99-92 Game 1 victory over the Nets where Atlanta looked like the team that blitzed through the league in December and January. And, there were other times when the Hawks looked like a team that might be vulnerable against bigger, more talented squads as the playoffs wear on.”

Read it here:   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/4/20/8455585/hawks-vs-nets-kyle-korver-doubts-nba-playoffs-2015

 

 

 

–  Grizzlies Defeat Portland Trail Blazers 100-86 in Game One   (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues.com):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/4/20/8455259/memphis-grizzlies-defeat-portland-trail-blazers-2015-NBA-playoffs-game-one

 

 

 

–  Beno Udrih’s mid-range touch allows Memphis Grizzlies to ease Mike Conley back in vs. Blazers  (from Mike Tokito,  oregonlive.com):

”  The Trail Blazers’ defensive philosophy is to contest shots at the rim and challenge three-point attempts, meaning they will sometimes give up open midrange jump shots.

Hello, Beno Udrih.

Udrih feasted on mid-range jumpers as he scored a team-high 20 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies to a 100-86 victory over the Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series.

“I was just mentally ready like I always try to be, come in, get some shots for myself, try to get my teammates open, just be aggressive,” Udrih, 32, told TNT. “I gotta give credit to my big guys, setting good screens for me in that sweet spot, 17 feet, and I was just knocking them down.”

The veteran point guard’s effort off the bench was a big lift for a Grizzlies team still trying to get healthy, and it was especially helpful in allowing starting point guard Mike Conley to keep his playing time to 23 minutes in his first game back after missing four games.”

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/nba/index.ssf/2015/04/beno_udrihs_mid-range_accuracy.html

 

 

 

Blazers:   The formula for winning Game 2  (from Kerry Eggers,  portlandtribune.com):

Read it here:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/257394-127867-the-formula-for-winning-game-2

 

 

 

Cavs 113, Celtics 100  (from  Jay King,  masslive.com):

” “They’ve got good offensive players so they’re going to put you into rotation, but we’ve gotta get the guards to come down and get rebounds,” Crowder said. “When the bigs have the other bigs locked up, we’ve gotta come down and get rebounds. Penetration and making us rotate is part of the game.”

One of the problems for the Celtics: to keep pace with scoring, they need to spread the court with skilled lineups. But to spread the court with skilled lineups, they sacrifice size and rebounding. They also need to at least occasionally double James in the post, or send hard help, which forces tough rotations to the rest of the Cavaliers lineup.

“I think it’s all about, each play is its own unique entity,” Stevens said. “Sometimes you’re matched up and you’ve just gotta make sure you block your matchup out. Sometimes LeBron has drawn a double, Kyrie’s drawn two off the pick-and-roll, sometimes you’re not responsible for blocking your guy out. Somebody else has to pick up the slack. Sometimes we were on Tristan Thompson’s body and it didn’t matter, and Mozgov’s as well. We’ve gotta do a better job of making contact and getting the ball.

“Again, this is what great teams do to you. They put you in a position where you have to pick your poison. We have to pay attention to LeBron. We have to pay attention to Love and Irving. So we’re going to have to do a better job of rotating. But I thought we did in the second half. I thought defensively in the second half we were pretty good.””

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/04/jae_crowder_boston_celtics_did.html

 

 

 

–  Warriors strategy in Game 1: Let The Brow eat, everybody else starve  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

”  “We’re not worried about Davis scoring a lot of points. We’re worried about making sure we cover other areas: the 3-point line, not fouling, not reaching — that kind of stuff.”

It’s not that they let Davis score; he earned his points. They were just willing to live with it while playing the NBA’s version of a prevent defense.

The question becomes whether or not this is a valid strategy for the rest of the series. Can you afford to give up 30-40 points to Davis every night and just hope to shut everybody else down? Will the confidence and bravado of guys like Green and Bogut be able to handle that kind of blow to their defensive ego, knowing their coach is willing to sacrifice their assignment for the good of the team?”

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25154933/warriors-strategy-in-game-1-let-the-brow-eat-everybody-else-starve

 

 

 The Pelicans have to help Anthony Davis by going small  (form Oleh, thebirdwrites.com):

” Monty Williams HAS to break apart Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut if New Orleans has any legitimate chance of coming back and winning this first round series against Golden State.”

Read it here:   http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/4/20/8455929/nba-playoffs-2015-to-beat-the-warriors-the-pelicans-have-to-help-anthony-davis

 

 

 

–  Warriors-Pelicans: What We Learned After Game One  (from Daniel Leroux, warriorsworld.com):

Read it here:  http://www.warriorsworld.net/2015/04/19/warriors-pelicans-what-we-learned-after-game-one/

 

 

 

–  Pelicans’  back-court depth could suddenly pay dividends  (from Jimmy Smith,  NOLA.com);

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/04/pelicans_abundant_back-court_d.html

 

 

 

–  Rajon Rondo, the Point Guard the NBA Left Behind  (from Chris Manning,  Hardwood paroxysm):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/04/20/rajon-rondo-the-point-guard-the-nba-left-behind/

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Isaiah Thomas:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/04/16/for-isaiah-thomas-long-road-success-ended-boston/qREEkPCvvKk5f2mJHkCuwJ/story.html

 

Jamal Crawford:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20150419/clippers-jamal-crawford-ends-shooting-struggles-in-game-1-win-over-spurs

 

Kevin Seraphin:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2015/04/20/kevin-seraphin-made-sure-he-was-prepared-to-make-an-impact-in-game-1/

 

Aaron Gordon:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/04/20/aaron-gordon-is-in-rhythm-and-gaining-his-teams-trust/

 

Spencer Dinwiddie:   http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/04/detroit_pistons_spencer_dinwid_3.html