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

–  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

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Clippers rout Rockets in Game 3 as Austin Rivers breaks out  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/05/live-rockets-vs-clippers-game-3/#32870101=0

 

 

 

–  Doc enjoys Austin Rivers’ points flurry as father and coach  (from Arash Markazi, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles-clippers/post/_/id/7886/doc-enjoys-austin-rivers-points-flurry-as-father-and-coach

 

 

 

–  Clippers Must Continue Riding Supporting Cast Throughout 2015 Postseason  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2458979-clippers-must-continue-riding-supporting-cast-throughout-2015-postseason

 

 

 

–  Rockets’ shoddy defense has Clippers in command of series  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

”  In a pivotal Game 3 Friday night, 54.2 percent of the Clippers shots were open ones. Uncontested. Clean looks.

Due to a combination of lineups and effort, too often the Rockets couldn’t or wouldn’t get a defender in the way of the shooter. (For comparison, less than 40 percent of the Rockets’ shots were uncontested.)

It’s been a problem all series — and it’s going to end this series quickly if the Rockets don’t fix it.”

Read it here:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/05/09/rockets-shoddy-defense-has-clippers-in-command-of-series/

 

 

 

 DRAMATIC BUZZER BEATER GIVES BULLS 2-1 SERIES LEAD  (from Sam Smith,  Bulls.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/bulls/dramatic-buzzer-beater-gives-bulls-2-1-series-lead

 

 

 

–  Tony Allen When You Need Him: Playoff Edition (from Grace Baker,  grizzlybearblues.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/5/9/8548311/tony-allen-defense-2015-nba-playoffs-memphis-grizzlies-warriors

More Tony Allen:   http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-grindfathers-house-welcome-to-tony-allens-playoffs/

And More:   http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/2899/inside-the-mind-of-the-grizzlies-tony-allen

 

 

 

–  Heat Check: Taking the Temperature of the NBA Playoffs  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/heat-check-taking-the-temperature-of-the-nba-playoffs/

 

 

 

– A Direct Look at Indirect Pass Rate  (from Henry Steckel, Vantage Sports):

” Vantage’s glossary defines Indirect Pass Rate is as the percentage of Assist+ as a result of crucial passes leading to assists or missed open shots. To fully grasp Indirect Pass Rate, we need to break it down into its components. An Assist+ encompasses assists, passes to missed open shots, passes to shooting fouls, and crucial passes leading to assists or missed open shots. While evaluating a player’s facilitation, it is important to consider assist-worthy passes that the shooter botched.”

From a team standpoint, Indirect Pass Rate and isolation ball don’t mix. The Spurs, Grizzlies, Pacers, Jazz, Bulls, Hawks, and Warriors are in the top 10, while the Kings, Mavericks, Heat, Thunder, and Pelicans are in the bottom 10. The first group has solid post passers and selfless shooting guards, while each team in the second group has a notable offensive monopolizer.”

Read it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VUwBsiYAACYAqlpk/a-direct-look-at-indirect-pass-rate

 

 

 

–  Paul George at stretch forward means change for the Indiana Pacers  (from C.Cooper, indycornrows.com):

” Can the Pacers utilize Paul George as a spread option?

It is something Larry Bird wants to make happen next season.

“David is our starter, but when we go smaller we’d like to see Paul maybe play some ‘4’ and you know everybody says, ‘You’ll have a problem on the defensive end,’ well, I don’t think so,” Bird said in his postseason press conference. “He can guard about anybody, and then on the other end, it’s a major plus for us.”

Read it here:  http://www.indycornrows.com/2015/4/18/8448713/paul-george-stretch-four

 

 

 

–  Glossary: Biannual Exception  (from Chuck Myron, Hoopsrumors.com):

” The most common method over-the-cap teams use to sign free agents from other teams is the mid-level exception, but it’s not the only tool those clubs can use to squeeze an extra player onto the payroll. The biannual exception is a way to sign a player who commands more than the minimum salary and less than the mid-level.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/05/biannual-exception-3.html

 

 

–  Glossary: Non-Bird Rights  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/05/hoops-rumors-glossary-rights.html

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

 

Nikola Mirotic:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-nikola-mirotic-side-bulls-cavaliers-spt-0509-20150508-story.html

 

Jimmy Butler:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22103/jimmy-butlers-continued-emergence-frustrates-lebron-cavs

 

James Jones:  http://www.wkyc.com/story/sports/nba/cavaliers/2015/05/08/james-jones-is-always-on-the-ready-for-the-cavaliers/70994596/

 

Meyers Leonard:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/05/08/meyers-leonard-2014-15-season-review/

 

–  Carl Landry:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/2014-15-season-in-review-carl-landry/

 

Charlie Villanueva:  http://www.mavs.com/charlie-villanueva-hopes-to-return-to-mavs-after-his-1st-taste-of-playoff-basketball

 

Channing Frye:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-channing-fryes-orlando-magic-evaluation-20150509-post.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

 

–   Poor ball movement, turnovers too much for rested Rockets to overcome  (from David Barron,  Houston Chronicle):

”  (Coach McHale) elaborated on what he described as middle-school errors by professional athletes:

“We drove to the hole, had a layup and threw it to them,” he said. “We came down, jumped in the air and threw it to them. These are professional athletes, and some of the turnovers we had were seventh- and eighth-grade.

“We’ve got to do better. We’ve got to come off things more decisively. We have to play with more quickness. We have to play with more speed. And then, when you play with more speed, things are more definite. When you are stopping and starting, stopping and starting, you don’t know where to throw the ball. We just have to come off, get into our actions and get moving.”

Forward Terrance Jones said the Rockets’ turnovers, which led to 34 Clippers points, came “a little bit of everything – no energy, bad spacing, whatever cause it may be. We know we’re a better team that that and can’t afford to do it against this team.”

Read it here:  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/05/poor-ball-movement-turnovers-too-much-for-rockets-to-overcome/?#32739101=0

 

 

The Evolution of Otto Porter  (from Alec Nathan,  Bleacher Report):

Read  it here:   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2453899-otto-porter-emerging-as-washington-wizards-biggest-playoff-x-factor

 

 

 

–  Jeff Teague on art and science of the playmaker  (from Henry Abbott,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/73055/jeff-teague-on-art-and-science-of-the-playmaker

 

 

 

DeMarre  Carroll keeps plugging away for Hawks in playoffs  (from Shaun Powell,  NBA.com):

” (I)f you didn’t know any better, you’d swear the best player on the Hawks is … DeMarre Carroll. The only Hawks starter who didn’t make the 2015 All-Star Game.

This says much about the makeup of the Hawks, and also about Carroll, that a career role player on his fifth team in six seasons suddenly has something in common with the great Dominique Wilkins. The last Hawk to string together five straight 20-point playoff games was Wilkins, and what’s really weird is Carroll serves as Atlanta’s defense and dirty work guy.

The Hawks are very much a next-guy-up team, mainly and precisely because they lack an MVP candidate. The flavor of the moment is a role player who suddenly finds himself the biggest bargain in these NBA playoffs. Actually, the Hawks are full of blue-plate specials — Paul Millsap makes $10 million and Kyle Korver is among this season’s lowest-paid All-Stars at $6 million. Carroll is pulling down $2.5 million this season while averaging 18.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists through seven playoff games.

He’s a poor man’s Kawhi Leonard or Draymond Green, operating at a much lower profile than those X-factors all season but giving (so far) roughly the same performance for his team in the playoffs. Like Leonard and Green, Carroll must often must guard the other team’s top scorer and score and shoot well enough himself to keep from being a liability.

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/shaun_powell/05/05/demarre-carroll-carves-out-a-future-payday-for-himself-with-atlanta-hawks/

 

 

 

DeMarre Carroll’s Scorching Playoffs (from Alec Nathan,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2453723-demarre-carroll-raising-2015-free-agent-price-tag-with-scorching-nba-playoffs

 

 

–  Curry, Warriors’ success all connected  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss.  ESPN):

” No man is an island, though MVPs are celebrated as though they can do everything alone. That’s the tension in a team sport that markets individuals as superheroes.

Stephen Curry’s extended MVP acceptance speech in Oakland was a reminder that Curry’s success hasn’t happened in a vacuum. The team’s structure improved enough to unleash his talent, and his steadying presence allowed the team to flourish. Everything is connected. Athletes aren’t just walking representations of statistical outcomes.

Kerr has compared Curry’s selfless professionalism to what he experienced with Steve Nash in Phoenix and Tim Duncan in San Antonio. That’s an anecdotal benchmark, but it will never be tangible.

And it’s easy to scoff at the intangible when the premise is that a team improved because its star was a good guy. Part of the problem is Curry embodies clichés that were long ago debunked. Fans know better than to buy that victory indicates virtue. Plenty of jerks have won titles, and plenty more have snookered the public into thinking they were someone they are not. It’s difficult to talk about it without seeming duped.

Draymond Green is adamant Curry is the real deal.”

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/2519/stephen-curry-warriors-organization-succeed-because-of-each-other

 

 

 

–  Warriors’ Depth and Fluid Passing Prove Too Much for Grizzlies in Game 1  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VUThBCYAACgAhn-B/grizzlies-vs-warriors-5215

 

 

 

–  Steph Curry’s 2014-15 MVP season cements a new era of basketball  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

” A player doesn’t have to challenge for the scoring title or flirt with triple-doubles every night to put statistical lifts in their shoes to make them look taller than the competition.

Instead, a player buying into a coach’s set of ideals, making sure he’s the best player he can be within those parameters, and in turn making life much easier for teammates within the flow can make him the NBA’s most valuable player.”

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25173632/steph-currys-2014-15-mvp-season-cements-a-new-era-of-basketball

 

 

–  Stephen Curry’s road to NBA MVP not an easy one  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/warriors/2015/05/04/stephen-curry-nba-mvp-warriors/26886741/

 

 

 

–  Tom Thibodeau makes his last stand with the Bulls  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

” For everything Chicago management does to undermine the coach, this Bulls locker room has remained something rare in professional sports: unaffected and unrelenting.

“Ahhhh, that’s all noise,” Thibodeau told Yahoo Sports. He won’t do it. He won’t think about endings on Monday night, when this feels so much like a beginning for these Bulls.

“I want them to be mentally tough,” Thibodeau said. “In this league, it’s so easy to get sidetracked. There’s so much noise. Trades. Free agency. This. That. Whatever. To me, none of that is important. All that matters is what we think. Are we doing the right things every day? Are we putting the proper work in? Are we playing the right way? Practicing the right way? That’s how you play well in this league. All that other stuff is just noise, it doesn’t mean anything.”

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/tom-thibodeau-makes-his-last-stand-with-the-bulls-072125079.html

 

 

 

–  First-Round Epitaph: How the NBA’s Playoff Casualties Will Spend for the Future  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):

” The projections are all over the map, but every team is searching for ways to build continuity in a league in which the rules are increasingly slanted against it. Losing early in the postseason can push players and teams to think differently about their futures. Let’s look at how the eight fresh playoff victims fare in our unofficial uncertainty index, starting with the teams least affected by an early exit.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/first-round-epitaph-how-the-nbas-playoff-casualties-will-spend-for-the-future/

 

 

 

–  Cavs’ Blatt Took Unusual — And Occasionally Dangerous — Route To NBA  (from Martin Kessler and Doug Tribou,  onlyagame.wbur.org/):

Read and listen to  it here:  http://onlyagame.wbur.org/2015/05/02/david-blatts-cavaliers-coach-career

 

 

 

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  Why the Hawks’ high-octane offense has stalled in clutch situations  (from Kevin Pelton and Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/12823904/nba-playoffs-why-atlanta-hawks-offense-stalls-clutch-situations

 

 

 

Additional Player Note, Updates, profiles:

 

James Jones:  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/jamesjones-150505

 

Eric Gordon:  http://pelicandebrief.com/2015/05/05/2014-2015-season-reviews-eric-gordon/

 

Terrence Ross:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/5/5/8540111/terrence-ross-toronto-raptors-when-potential-clouds-reality

 

Jared Sullinger:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/5/5/8542869/boston-celtics-exit-interview-jared-sullinger

 

Nicolas Batum:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/05/05/assessing-nicolas-batums-late-season-improvement/

 

Dwight Powell:  http://www.mavs.com/2015-year-in-review-dwight-powell/

 

Kyle Singler:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2015/5/5/8519991/2014-2015-thunder-player-grades-kyle-singler-still-gets-buckets

 

Rodney Stuckey:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/player-review-2015-rodney-stuckey

 

Jarrid Famous:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/05/jarrid-shifts-toward.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Al Horford reminded everyone that he’s the Hawks best player  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation.com):

” The Hawks are only an elite team when their best player is in form. They won Game 5 because they finally got an Al Horford breakout performance.”

Read and view it here:   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/4/30/8520463/al-horford-highlights-stats-game-5-nba-playoffs-2015

 

 

 

–  DeMarre Carroll shows why you shouldn’t give up on the Hawks   (from Paul Flannery,  sbnation.com):

” His play is a reminder that we shouldn’t judge players, or teams, too quickly.”

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/4/30/8521723/demarre-carroll-atlanta-hawks-resurgence-interview

 

 

 

 

–  DeMarre Carroll: Hawks’ Post-Season Leader  (from Adam McGee,  soaringdownsouth.com):

Read it here:   http://soaringdownsouth.com/2015/04/30/demarre-carroll-hawks-post-season-leader/

 

 

 

–  Atlanta Hawks Must Find Bench Production  (from Alec Nathan,  Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2448131-atlanta-hawks-must-find-bench-production-with-nothing-guaranteed-out-east

 

 

 

Grizzlies close out Blazers  (from Clint Corey,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VUA9OSYAAOcGb0Ve/trail-blazers-vs.-grizzlies-game-5-4-29-2015

 

 

 

–  Peeling back the layers of the Spurs and Clippers’ first-round showdown  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

” With five of the eight first-round playoff series turned in early, the ahead-of-schedule bout between the Spurs and Clippers has become a sort of saving grace. It’s the series basketball fans deserve—so rich in storylines and so consistently proficient that it may well spoil us all.

It also could meet its end on Thursday, when the Spurs (up 3-2) have an opportunity to finish off the Clippers in San Antonio. The only defensible rooting interest is for longevity. We need more of both of these teams, and given that one will be forced out of the playoffs in due time, the least they could draw the series out to a Game 7 and play out overtimes into infinity. In lieu of that, I suppose we’d settle for a final clash or two of the same riveting basketball these evenly-matched opponents have produced over five games. Here’s a look through just a handful of the layers within:”

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/04/30/spurs-clippers-tim-duncan-chris-paul-blake-griffin-nba-playoffs

 

 

 

–  Spurs Bench Exposing  Clippers’ Fatal Flaw  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2441519-san-antonio-spurs-bench-exposing-los-angeles-clippers-fatal-flaw

 

 

 

How the Rockets closed out the Mavs   (from Jake Garcia,  thedreamshake.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.thedreamshake.com/2015/4/30/8518603/rockets-breakdown-mavericks-nba-playoffs-2015-film-dwight-howard

More on this (from Joshua Jonah Fischman,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VT5e3iYAACgAZfGz/mavericks-vs.-rockets-04-28-15-game-5

 

 

 

 

–  NUMBERS PREVIEW: WARRIORS-GRIZZLIES  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

” Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for Warriors-Grizzlies, with links to let you dive in and explore more.”

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/04/30/numbers-preview-warriors-grizzlies/

 

 

 

–  Iman Shumpert Explains the Lost Art of Lockdown D  (from Joe Gabriele, cavs.com):

Read the Q & A here:  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/artof-shumpert-150429

 

 

 

Celtics’ Season Wrap-up   (from John, redsarmy.com):

” Danny Ainge held his season-ending wrap-up interview this morning and he touched on a few things of general interest”

Read it here:  http://redsarmy.com/2015/04/30/ainge-season-wrap-up-keeping-crowder-it-on-the-bench-sully-and-more/

 

 

 

Mavs’ Coach Rick Carlisle’s Season-End interview  (from Tim Cato,  mavsmoneyball.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/4/30/8522149/rick-carlisle-talks-challenges-of-changing-rosters-dirks-possible

 

 

 

Donnie Nelson talks about the Rajon Rondo trade, Rick Carlisle’s fit with Mavericks, much more  (form Tim Cato,  mavsmoneyball.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/4/30/8521677/donnie-nelson-talks-about-the-rajon-rondo-trade-rick-carlisles-fit

 

 

 

Little Big Man: Isaiah Thomas Defies All Odds  (from Marc D’Amico,  celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/misc-042915-little-big-man

 

 

 

Reviewing the Mavs’ Season (from Bobby Karalla,  mavsoutsider.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsoutsider.com/2015/04/30/the-difference-2014-15-season/

 

 

 

–  A review of every Heat player’s season: Part 4  (from Azam Masood,  hothothoops.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/4/30/8519495/review-heat-season-wade-whiteside-walker-Shabazz-McRoberts-miami

 

 

 

–   Glossary: Early Bird Rights  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/04/rumors-glossary-early-rights.html

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Jimmy Butler:  http://www.draftexpress.com/article/Opportunity-Knocks-Jimmy-Butlers-Rise-to-Stardom-4933

 

James Jones:  http://www.news-herald.com/sports/20150429/cleveland-cavaliers-james-jones-ready-for-increased-playing-time

 

David Lee:  http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20150430/wire/150439988

 

Patty Mills:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/04/30/the-legend-of-patty-mills-grows/

 

Courtney Lee:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/4/30/8518291/the-double-life-of-courtney-lee-NBA-playoffs-2015-key-shooting-defense

 

Pablo Prigioni:  http://nypost.com/2015/04/30/pablo-priogni-on-his-escape-from-knicks-hell/

 

Jrue Holiday:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/4/30/8506541/2014-15-player-reviews-jrue-holiday-new-orleans-pelicans-injury-concerns

 

Jonas Valanciunas:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/4/30/8515423/the-stunted-growth-of-jonas-valanciunas

 

Lance Stephenson:  http://queencityhoops.com/blog/14-15-season-report-card-lance-stephenson/

 

Rudy Gobert:  http://thelotterymafia.com/article/rudy-gobert-most-improved-lottery-player.html

 

Enes Kanter:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2015/4/30/8507627/enes-kanter-oklahoma-city-thunder-player-grades-review

 

Tony Wroten:  http://thesixersense.com/2015/04/30/the-forgotten-man-remembering-tony-wroten/

 

Damjan Rudez:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/player-review-2015-damjan-rudez

 

P. J. Tucker:   http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/4/30/8519561/phoenix-suns-2014-15-report-cards-p-j-tucker-delivers-on-the-court

 

Eric Bledsoe:  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/04/30/eric-bledsoe-2014-15-phoenix-suns-player-grades/

 

Luol Deng:  http://allucanheat.com/2015/04/30/miami-heat-season-review-newcomer-luol-deng/

 

Andre Miller:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/2014-15-season-in-review-andre-miller/