Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/16/16

Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, NBA Defense
–  Tuesday’s Roundup  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
 Spurs’ Bench; Raptors; Pacers  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):
–  Spurs Rounding Into Playoff Mode  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
–  Popovich:  Bag Shootarounds In Exchange For Short, Direct Film Sessions  (from  Dan Woike, ocregister.com):
–  Is C.J. McCollum A Good Defender?  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers Edge):
–  Have Wizards Found Short-term Or Long-term Fix?  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic):
 Warriors Create Chaos After Responding To Draymond  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
Wolves’ Coach Mitchell Wants Bench To Do More Than Just Score  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):
–  Lack Of Focus Plagues Pistons’ Recent Starts  (from Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News):
–  Heat’s Player Development Program  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
Josh Richardson’s Turning Point As A 3-Point Shooter  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):
–  Tony Allen, Matt Barnes Evolving Into Point Forwards  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
–  Jazz Lockdown Defense Returning  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):
Lakers Finally Making Progress With Advanced Stats  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
–  Screens And Defensive Activity  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):
–  The Sixers Plan To Get Joel Embiid Healthy  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):
–  Stackhouse Proving A Quick Study As Raptors’ Assistant  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Jabari Parker  (from Jeremy Woo,  Sports Illustrated);  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/15/jabari-parker-milwaukee-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-jason-kidd
Thabo Sefolosha  (from Brad Rowland, Peachtree Hoops):   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/15/11235568/thabo-sefolosha-atlanta-hawks-defensive-key
–  Marreese Speights  (from Jimmy Durkin,  Bay Area News Group):  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29642343/warriors-get-spark-from-red-hot-marreese-speights
–  Jerryd Bayless  (from Alex Boeder,  bucks.com):  http://www.nba.com/bucks/features/boeder-the-new-threes-of-jerryd-bayless
–  LaMarcus Aldridge/Kawhi Leonard  (from Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/15/yours-mine-and-ours-the-kawhi-leonard-lamarcus-aldridge-duo/
–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Spencer Redmond,  Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/03/16/bismack-biyombo-proving-to-be-a-crucial-bargain/
–  Kyle Anderson  (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/3/16/11210878/kyle-anderson-development-steady-slow-mo
–  Udonis Haslem  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-udonis-haslem-s031516-story.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/19/15

–  How Will Teams Stop the Best 3-point Scorers?  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25418260/how-will-teams-stop-the-best-3-point-scorers-in-the-nba

–  Kawhi Leonard, Quiet Superstar  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14386491/san-antonio-spurs-kawhi-leonard-nba-quiet-new-superstar

–  Brad Stevens:   Always Seeking an Edge  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/12/17/celtics-found-right-man-brad-stevens/MLmGbthDRz6TQA92DNsRDO/story.html

–  Paul George’s Defense  (from Clint Corey,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VnRYQx8AAOVqw5hF

–  Spurs’ Defense:  Blast from the Past (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/13413/

Luke Walton:  Warriors’ Unlikely Leader  (from Lee Jenkins,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/17/golden-state-warriors-stephen-curry-luke-walton-steve-kerr

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  James Johnson Helps Lead Raptors Past Heat  (from Blake Murphy,  raptorsrepublic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/19/utilized-james-johnson-draws-start-help-leads-raptors-past-heat/

–  Eight Surprise Starters Who Have Caught On This Season  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2599467-8-surprise-starters-who-have-caught-on-this-season

–  Zach LaVine’s True Position  (from Gerald Bourguet,  Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/19/minnesota-timberwolves-zach-lavine-thriving-true-position/

–  Jeff Green Cannot Play With Zach Randolph  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/12/18/10440742/friday-three-jeff-green-zach-randolph-memphis-grizzlies-problems?_ga=1.263042572.1018263438.1420308416

–  Jerian Grant Is Struggling in the Knicks’ Triangle  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-jerian-grant-change-plays-article-1.2470803

–  Brandon Jennings’ Decision to Play in D-League May Change NBA’s Rehab Practice  (from Peter J. Wallner,  Grand Rapid Press):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/drive/2015/12/brandon_jennings_decision_to_p.html

–  Tony Parker Is Back to Being Key Cog for Spurs  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/12/19/even-with-new-parts-for-spurs-parker-remains-key-cog/

–  Jeremy Lin’s Revival  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/18/10575088/jeremy-lin-highlights-stats-hornets-helping

–  Decisions Nearing on Non-Guaranteed Players  (from  Eric Pincus,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/decisions-nearing-on-non-guaranteed-players/

–  Dario Saric Q & A  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, slamnroll):

Read it here:  http://www.slamnroll.com/content/dario-saric-how-i-feel-and-think-about-basketball-comes-first

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Lakers coach Byron Scott has definite ideas about 2015-16  (from  Bill Oram,  Orange County Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/scott-683390-season-lakers.html

 

–   Good Health, and Good Luck: How Oklahoma City can win a title this year  (from Ian Levy,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/cauldron/2015/09/16/oklahoma-city-thunder-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-nba-championship

 

–  The NBA goes back to school (from Hardwood Paroxysm):

” All across the nation, kids are heading back to school to start the new year. With that in mind, the Hardwood Paroxysm crew wanted to send some of the NBA’s best players, coaches and even owners some tips on what they need to learn before the season starts. “

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2015/09/18/hardwood-paroxysm-presents-nba-goes-back-school/

 

–  EuroBasket 2015, Spain vs. France final score: 3 things we learned from Pau Gasol’s domination  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/9/17/9347687/spain-france-results-score-eurobasket-2015-pau-gasol-40-points

 

–   The rise of Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/bdl-25–the-rise-of-rudy-gobert-and-the-utah-jazz-210208333.html

 

–   The NBA Is Leaning Toward Wearable Tech  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/from-bmi-to-tmi-the-nba-is-leaning-toward-wearable-tech/

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle lead injury-bit 2014 draftees who need bounceback seasons  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13677288/nba-aaron-gordon-julius-randle-lead-sophomores-need-bounceback-seasons

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Trail Blazer  C.J. McCollum is Ready for a Big Role (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-c-j-mccollum-is-ready-for-a-big-role/

 

–  Dirk Nowitzki  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/the-four-horsemen-dirk-nowitzki/

 

–  Suns’ Mirza Teletovic rebounds from adversity  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/09/17/phoenix-suns-mirza-teletovic-rebounds-adversity/72362238/

 

–   Mirza Teletovic: Survivor of War, Sickness and Basketball  (from Matt Petersen,  suns.com):  http://www.nba.com/suns/news/mirza-teletovic-survivor-war-sickness-and-basketball

 

–  Sasha Vujacic open to teaching triangle  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-knicks/post/_/id/62965/vujacic-open-to-teaching-triangle

 

–   Film Room: Counting the Dribbles w/ Elfrid Payton  (frm Josh Cohen,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-counting-dribbles-w/payton

 

–   Deron Williams’ curious demise, and where he goes from here  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25305521/the-curious-demise-of-deron-williams-and-where-he-goes-from-here

 

–   What Eurobasket Taught Us About Giannis Antetokounmpo  (from Adam McGee,  behindthebuckpass.com):  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/09/17/what-eurobasket-taught-us-about-giannis-antetokounmpo/

 

–  Chandler Parsons (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/the-four-horsemen-chandler-parsons/

 

–  Nemanja Bjelica Looking Like He’ll Be the Real Deal Upon NBA Arrival  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2568497-nemanja-bjelica-looking-like-hell-be-the-real-deal-upon-nba-arrival

 

–  Why Myles Turner is the Perfect Fit for the Indiana Pacers  (from Jordan Yant,  8points9seconds.com):   http://8points9seconds.com/2015/09/17/myles-turner-perfect-fit-for-indiana-pacers/

 

–   What Separates Damian Lillard From The NBA’s Best Point Guards?  (from Evans Clinchy,  blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/9/18/9350033/portland-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-top-nba-point-guards-2015-16

 

–  Aaron Harrison’s case for making the Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 roster  (from Austin Peters,  atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/9/18/9274749/aaron-harrison-Charlotte-Hornets-2015-2016-roster

 

–  Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 season previews: Aaron Harrison  (from Chris barnewall,  atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/9/18/9349663/charlotte-hornets-2015-2016-season-previews-aaron-harrison

 

–   How has Quincy Acy improved since his last stint with the Kings?  (from Aykis16,  sactownroyalty.com):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/9/18/9350549/30q-how-has-quincy-acy-improved-since-his-last-stint-with-the-kings

 

–   Thunder Should Worry About Andre Roberson  (from Rucker Haringey, thunderousintentions.com):  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/09/18/oklahoma-city-thunder-worry-andre-roberson/

 

–  Jodie Meeks, healthy again, hopes a little stability sparks a comeback season for him, Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/meeks-healthy-again-hopes-little-stability-sparks-comeback-season-him-pistons

 

Clippers End of the Bench Comparisons  (from Larson Ishii and Caden Kinard,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/18/9350515/clip-chat-roster-dopplegangers-end-of-the-bench-clippers

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

– Finals Preview: Cavs’ Offense Vs. Warriors’ Defense  (from Benjamin Cantor, Real GM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/238047/Finals-Preview-Cavs-Offense-Vs-Warriors-Defense

 

 

 

–  Playing Small: Cleveland’s Top Lineup Faces A Unique Challenge Against Golden State  (from Jack Winter, Dime Magazine):

Read it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/2015/06/cavaliers-warriors-small-ball-lebron-james-stephen-curry-tristan-thompson-draymond-green-nba-finals/

 

 

 

–  How LeBron James was defended by the Golden State Warriors in their first meeting: An X’s and O’s look  (from David Cassil,  cleveland.com):

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

 

 

 

–  Golden State Warriors might just have a little more  (from Jonathan Raymond,  The National):

Read it here:  http://www.thenational.ae/sport/north-american/in-nba-finals-when-push-comes-to-shove-golden-state-warriors-might-just-have-a-little-more?#full

 

 

 

Finals Preview (from Chris L,  mercurynews.com):

Read and view it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2015/06/03/motion-vs-wrecking-ball-ws-cavs-nba-finals-preview/

 

 

 

Jeff Van Gundy on the Finals (from MVP247.com):

”  Q.  When David Blatt took the job, LeBron hadn’t come back yet. It was a very different situation. What do you think he’s done throughout the season to allow him to find the success that he has?  

VAN GUNDY:  I’m amazed that the coaching piñata that is David Blatt has succeeded because no one was giving this guy any credit.  It was like, throughout the course of the season, every leaked article that came out was attacking this guy’s talent, acumen, abilities, and he took all the blame, and the players took all the credit for the wins.

So now I do not see those same people writing the story, ‘Oh my, I was saying he couldn’t do it,’ and now he has done it, and here he is having his team in The Finals.  Chicago pushed them, but they pretty much swept the other two opponents.

He was masterful.  I think it was masterful in that he simplified the game.  He might have had one idea of how he was going to come in and play, and then he saw what the players could do, should do, and were willing to do, and he modified his approach, and it’s been very successful.

I think he and David Griffin really have shown tremendous leadership qualities throughout this turbulent year.  David, in his unwavering support, without giving a vote of confidence, but like this unwavering support that all the coaching turnover was done in Cleveland, that they were going to stay the course, even when they struggled.  And David Blatt doing the same thing.

When he got a good roster, when they added Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith and Mozgov and they got a good roster, you saw what he could do with a good roster.  They were a dominant team from January on.

And I’m really happy for him because he really faced unwarranted and unjust criticism through sources and all those types of articles that are meant to try to demean and diminish, and I really applaud him for that.

 

Q.  What do you see that could play a major role that we’re not talking a lot about yet? 

VAN GUNDY:    It’s Tristan Thompson versus Draymond Green.  I can’t wait.  I love how both people approach their jobs, the tenacity, intensity, passion that they provide their teams.  Thompson is versatile between four and five.  I think moving LeBron to four really makes them difficult, and when he’s teamed with Thompson at the five, really hard to guard their pick‑and‑rolls.  I love Thompson’s ability to switch.

And then you’ve got Draymond Green, who everybody now knows about his defense, but the next thing they’re going to know about after this series is how well he passes the ball.  George Karl said it a couple weeks ago, and it’s really true, you can never have too much passing on the floor, and when you have passing bigs, guys who can make quick decisions, like Green can, you really have a chance to be special on offense.

His ascension to playing huge minutes, to me, has been obviously great for his career, as he’s going to be a max guy, and I just love watching him compete, and that’s why I’m so interested in the first eight minutes of each half that they’ll be matched up for sure.  I just can’t wait.”

 

 

 

–  Hornets coach Steve Clifford sizes up NBA Finals  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article22993503.html

 

 

 

Cavaliers are believing in David Blatt: Coach’s first year in NBA hasn’t been easy, but confidence, support keep growing  (from Rck Noland,  northcoastnow.com):

Raed it here:  http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/06/02/cavaliers-believing-david-blatt-coachs-first-year-nba-hasnt-easy-confidence-success-support-continue-grow/

 

 

 

–  KYRIE IRVING AS A DEFENDER  (from Brett Koremenos, sportsonearth.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/128133862/kyrie-irving-defense-cleveland-cavaliers-golden-state-warriors-nba-finals

 

 

 

–  Draymond Green, Heart and Soul  (from Joe Gilbert, waitingfornextyear.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/2015/06/know-your-foe-draymond-green-heart-and-soul/

 

 

 

–  Andrew Bogut: The realisation of a dream  (from Angus Crawfird,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/andrew-bogut-the-realisation-of-a-dream/19irm6eatc8et1tnca7f9lfce4

 

 

 

Steve Kerr:  the unlikely story of a champion  (from Chris Korman,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/06/the-assassination-of-steve-kerrs-father-and-the-unlikely-story-of-a-champion

 

 

 

–  How Mike Tannenbaum’s detour from an NFL front office influenced the NBA Finals  (from Ross Jones, Fox Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/mike-tannenbaum-nfl-gm-nba-finals-steve-kerr-david-blatt-lebron-james-steph-curry-060315

 

 

 

–  Warriors ‘wearable’ weapon? Devices to monitor players while on the court  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25203846/warriors-wearable-weapon-devices-to-monitor-players-while-on-the-court

 

 

 

Rockets, Hawks (from Ian Levy, Hardwood Paroxysm):

” For teams that are defined so thoroughly by their processes, introspection must naturally flow from there. But in drawing up plans of attack for next season, neither needs to be heading back square one.

The Rockets did not lose to the Golden State Warriors because the principle of only taking good shots is ingrained in their DNA. They lost because these Warriors are, to this point, a historically powerful team and the Rockets are not. They lost because Donatas Motiejunas and Patrick Beverley were injured. They lost because they couldn’t stop Stephen Curry and because James Harden had to shoulder an enormous load. They lost because they didn’t make shots, not because they took the wrong ones.

The Hawks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers because Cleveland has the best player on the planet and in this series he played fully up to that potential. They lost because of injuries to Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll and Thabo Sefolosha. They lost because their bench was thin and injuries forced them to lean on it too heavily. They lost because their offense created the same shots it created in the regular season but in this series they just didn’t go in. They did not lose because they shared the ball and they did not lose because they don’t have an isolation crutch to carry their offense through tough stretches.

This is the finding in any referendum on the structure of the Hawks and Rockets. The underlying Principles are simple and sound—share the ball, take good shots, play to your strengths. The exact mix of those three depends on the players around them. If either team can upgrade their talent this summer (again, an annual goal for every team) the process will change. The underlying values should not.”

Read it here:   http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/06/03/lose-but-lose-better-atlanta-hawks-houston-rockets/

 

 

 

–  HOIBERG HAS IMPRESSED SOME OF THE BEST  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/hoiberg-has-impressed-some-best

 

 

 

–  Fred Hoiberg set to start new era for Bulls  (from Jon Greenberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/jon-greenberg/post/_/id/975/new-boss-in-town-the-mayor-set-to-start-new-era-for-bulls

 

 

 

–  Fred Hoiberg And The NBA Are A Perfect Marriage  (from Randy Sherman,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/02/fred-hoiberg-and-the-nba-are-a-perfect-marriage/

 

 

 

–   Phoenix Suns coach Hornacek and PG Bledsoe still joined at the hip  (from Dave King, brightsideofthesun.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/6/3/8718251/phoenix-suns-coach-hornacek-and-pg-bledsoe-still-joined-at-the-hip

 

 

 

–  Brad Stevens  Q & A (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4719468/stevens-on-workouts-james-young-fred-hoiberg

 

 

 

–  How the NBA learned to stop worrying and love the 3-point bomb  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12993098/nba-35-year-war-3-pointer

 

 

 

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

What Fred Hoiberg brings to the Bulls (from Bradford Doolittle):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/12993596/nba-fred-hoiberg-wild-card-good-chicago-bulls

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Andrei Kirilenko:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-06-02/andrei-kirilenko-had-hall-of-fame-talent-and-few-noticed    and    http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-unknown-commodity-on-andrei-kirilenkos-likely-nba-retirement/

 

J.R. Smith:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/06/03/j-r-smith-dion/

 

Jeff Green:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2014-15-season-review/2015/6/3/8702595/memphis-grizzlies-2014-15-player-review-jeff-green

 

Drew Gooden:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2015/06/03/drew-gooden-season-review-veteran-keeps-making-impact-after-second-reinvention/

 

– Kostas Papanikolaou:  http://www.eurohoops.net/2015/06/featured/99900

 

Austin Rivers:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/6/3/8627179/2014-2015-exit-interviews-austin-rivers

 

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/6/3/8702649/Michael-Kidd-Gilchrist-2014-2015-report-card-Charlotte-Hornets-NBA

 

Delonte West:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/06/delonte_west_lebron_james_clev.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

A new Blake Griffin carried the Clippers to a Game 6 victory  (from Tim Cato,  sbnation.com):

” A few years ago, it would be hard to imagine Blake Griffin dominating a game without dunking even once. The former first overall pick made a name for himself almost immediately with jams that seemed to suspend physics. They were frequent. They were everywhere. You can hear Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler echoing “oh me oh my” in your ear just thinking about them.

In Thursday’s Game 6 victory, Griffin didn’t dunk once. And yet, his contributions were paramount to the Clippers forcing a decisive Game 7 against the Spurs. This wasn’t how many expected Griffin to star.

Unlike years past, pure athleticism hasn’t been enough to dominate. Because the Clippers’ bench is so bad, Griffin’s playing more than 41 minutes a night. He’s constantly tired and clearly looked it on Thursday, which isn’t an ideal mix for someone who relies on physicality.

But Griffin isn’t the unskilled rookie of years past.”

Read and view it here:   http://www.sbnation.com/2015/5/1/8528929/blake-griffin-highlights-clippers-spurs-game-6-nba-playoffs

 

 

 

–  The Josh Smith Revival  (from Gerald Bourguet,  hoopshabit.com):

Read and view it here:   http://hoopshabit.com/2015/04/30/houston-rockets-the-josh-smith-revival/

 

 

  Secrets of Hawks’ dynamic offense  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12793788/kyle-korver-secrets-atlanta-hawks-offense

 

 

 

–  Atlanta Wins Game 5 By Finding Brooklyn’s Weakest Defensive Piece  (from Matthew Way,  bballbreakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/04/29/atlanta-wins-game-5-by-finding-brooklyns-weakest-defensive-piece

 

 

 

–  Hawks Get Back to Fundamentals, Screening and Defensive Rebounding in Wire-to-Wire Game 5 Win  (from Juan Toribio, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VUBbRSYAACUAb9sf/nets-vs.-hawks-game-5-04-29-15

 

 

 

Cavs’  GM  hints that Iman Shumpert signals shift toward defense  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/05/iman_shumpert_david_griffin_cl.html

 

 

 

–   Can Grizzlies look to Jeff Green as a defensive stopper vs. Golden State  (from Michael Cohen,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizzlies-could-look-to-jeff-green-as-a-defensive-stopper-vs-golden-state_16538369

 

 

 

–  David Blatt talks about how season turned around  (from Terry Pluto,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/05/cleveland_cavaliers_coach_davi.html

 

 

 

THE MALIGNED MID-RANGE JUMPER MAKES A DIFFERENCE  (from Matt Zemek, bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles):

Read it here:  http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/mid-range-and-center-stage-the-maligned-mid-range-jumper-makes-a-difference.html

 

 

 

–  Blazers missed a lot of good looks  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

”  ( In the opening round loss to Memphis), Portland shot just 34.1 percent on shots where there was no defender within four feet (an open look by NBA standards). They knocked down 42 percent of those in the regular season. It mattered.”

 

 

 

 

OKC Hires Billy Donovan:

Royce Young, dailythunder.com provides the story links here:  http://dailythunder.com/2015/05/friday-bolts-5-1-15/

 

 

 

–  NUMBERS PREVIEW: CAVALIERS-BULLS  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/05/01/numbers-preview-cavaliers-bulls/

 

 

 

–  Mike Dunleavy Jr. dirty fouls preceded Giannis Antetokounmpo ejection  (from deantae Prince,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/05/01/bulls-bucks-mike-dunleavy-jr-giannis-antetokounmpo-nba-playoffs

 

 

Andrew Bogut’s Latest Column (from NBA.com):

” In his latest column for NBA Australia, Andrew Bogut reflects on a first-round triumph over New Orleans, planning for the second round, what he gets up to away from the hardwood, and the Defensive Player of the Year award.”

” The DPOY is what it is. The voting system is always up for discussion, some people say it’s flawed, others say it’s right.

There are always going to be people that agree or disagree with how things pan out.

Kawhi is definitely a deserving recipient of the award, the only question mark with him was that he missed a few games, so maybe that made it a little up in the air.

” The reality of the voting process is that beat writers and journalists from every team vote, they might watch our games and then pick up the stat sheet and see that Player X had four blocks, 15 rebounds and three steals, he’s a great defender.

Unfortunately, that’s what some writers vote on.

They don’t breakdown a game and see if you’re buying into your team defence, if you’re there on rotations, if you’re doing the right things to help your teammates, boxing out your man.

 Those things just don’t show up on the stat sheet, so it’s unfortunately all about stats which is the way it’s voted on.

My team and coaches know what I do defensively. The same with Draymond Green.

I’m not a huge highlight guy, I won’t block 15 shots a game, but I know that nine times out of 10, I’ll make the right play defensively. ”

Read it here:   http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/andrew-bogut—on-to-the-next-one/nu7xmyvxtkdu1b6f0oyctb8j6

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Jeff Green:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/5/1/8526203/how-jeff-green-is-not-maximizing-the-utility-of-his-pump-fake-memphis-grizzlies

 

Chandler Parsons:    http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/4/30/8522757/chandler-parsons-talks-about-his-first-year-with-mavericks-rondo

 

Dirk Nowitzki:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/1/8528411/dirk-nowitzki-on-olympics-participation-mental-exhaustion-and-more

 

Tyson Chandler:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/1/8528375/tyson-chandler-talks-free-agency-being-a-locker-room-leader-more

 

Al-Farouq Aminu:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/1/8528555/al-farouq-aminu-talks-about-wanting-to-return-to-dallas-tyson

 

Meyers Leonard/ CJ McCollum:   http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/05/meyers_leonard_cj_mccollum_trail_blazers_exit_inte.html

 

Tyler Johnson:  http://allucanheat.com/2015/05/01/miami-heat-season-review-tyler-johnson/

 

Brandon Knight:   http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/04/28/brandon-knight-2014-15-phoenix-suns-player-grades/

 

Jared Sullinger:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/danny-ainge-im-hopeful-jared-sullinger-will-see-light

 

Kemba Walker:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/5/1/8521467/kemba-walker-uphill-battle-to-improve-his-long-range-shooting-Charlotte-Hornets

 

Luis Scola:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/player-review-2015-luis-scola

 

–  Phoenix Suns: 2014-15 Player Grades:  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/05/01/phoenix-suns-2014-15-player-grades-central-hub/