Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 5/5/16

CLE 123, ATL 98:

   – From Chris Fedor, cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/jr_smith_emerges_as_cleveland.html

   – From Dave McMenamin, ESPN:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2625/cavs-continue-perfect-postseason-shoot-their-way-into-history

–  Heat All In On Small Ball Without Bosh  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/117870/heat-all-in-on-small-ball-without-chris-bosh

–  Raptors Will Try To Pick Up The Pace  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/04/raptors-will-try-to-pick-up-the-pace-against-heat.html

–  Raptors’ Bigs Will Focus On Limiting Wade  (from Eric Koreen, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-bigs-focused-limiting-slithery-wade-ahead-game-2

–  The Heat Answered Lowry’s Buzzer-Beater  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/dwyane-wade-and-the-miami-heat-answer-kyle-lowrys-prayer/

–  Scola Acting As Voice Of Reason During Lowry’s Playoff Pains (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-acting-voice-reason-lowrys-playoff-pains/

–  GSW 110, POR 99

   – From Jason Quick, csnnw.com:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/loss-could-shape-trail-blazers-better-or-worse

 

   – From Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=NptjZXdNJ54

   – From Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/portland-cant-escape-the-golden-state-warriors/

   – From Carl Steward, East Bay Times:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/warriorss/ci_29850603

   – From Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Commander-Iguodala-does-is-all-for-Warriors-7393759.php

  –  From Adam Lauridsen, mercurynews.com:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/05/04/one-beat-warriors-110-blazers-99/?doing_wp_cron=1462356631.4488890171051025390625

–  Steve Kerr Continues His Long Journey Back  (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News.com):

Read it here:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29850816/kawakami-warriors-steve-kerr-continues-his-long-journey

–  Why Did Bird Let Vogel Go? (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575722/frank-vogel-pacers-coach-future-larry-bird

–  Barbosa Swears By A Brazilian Remedy  (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-leandro-barbosa-horse-medicine.html

–  The High-Tech Replay Center Can (Or Can’t) Decide Games  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15413918/nba-replay-center-limits-how-helps-refs

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Tyler Johnson  (from Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-tyle/nrHHN/

–  Bruno Caboclo  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/5/4/11590932/hopes-from-the-6-breaking-down-bruno-caboclos-season-with-raptors-905

–  Linton Johnson  (from Brian Rzeppa, nothingbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/05/05/linton-johnson-thrives-in-italy/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/3/16

 

–  Preview:  Raptors/Heat  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575451   and from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports:

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/05/03/playoff-preview-five-question-to-answer-in-miami-heat-vs-toronto-raptors/

–  Raptors/Heat: Numbers Preview  (from John Schuhmann):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/05/03/numbers-preview-raptors-heat/

–  The Importance Of The Raptors’ Role Players  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/2/11555886/toronto-raptors-depth-cory-joseph-norman-powell-kyle-lowry-pacers-game-7

Norman Powell/ DeMarre Carroll (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/02/rookie-powell-helping-fuel-raptors-playoff-run

–  Raptors Facing Different Challenge In Heat  (from Blake Murphy, sportsnet.ca):

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-facing-much-different-challenge-heat/

–  Roberson’s Defense On Leonard Keys Thunder’s Bounceback  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-journal-robersons-defense-on-leonard-keys-thunder-bounceback-in-game-2/article/5495656

–  OKC 98, SAS 97  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:   http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/03/nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-san-antonio-spurs-game-2

–  Breakdown: The Final Play  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575595/breakdown-everything-that-went-wrong-on-final-play-of-thunder-spurs

–  Thunder/Spurs: Game Two Vines (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown);

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/03/thunder-at-spurs-game-3-vine-game/

–  Thunder Need New Strategy For Guarding LaMarcus  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575239/thunder-need-new-strategy-when-it-comes-to-guarding-lamarcus-aldridge

–  Steven Adams’ Untold Story  (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15443039/untold-story-thunder-center-steven-adams

–  Cavs 104, Hawks 93  (from Jason Lloyd, ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://three-pointer.com/cavs-104-hawks-93-jason-lloyds-21-thoughts-on-defending-kyle-korver-free-throws-and-3-pointers/    from Paul Flannery, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575444/hawks-lose-kyle-korver-lebron-james-cavaliers-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Tristan Thompson Is Demoralizing The Hawks On The Glass Again  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2594/tristan-thompson-demoralizing-hawks-on-glass-again    and from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tristan_thompson_proves_to_be.html

–  How Do The Blazers Stop Bogut  (from Marcus Thompson II,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29842580/thompson-how-do-blazers-stop-bogut

–  Everybody Loves To Trash Talk Draymond  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street JOurnal):

Read it here:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/everybody-loves-trash-talking-draymond-1462218027

–  If The Pacers Move On From Vogel, Other Teams Should Pounce  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25574798/if-pacers-decide-to-move-on-from-frank-vogel-other-teams-should-pounce

–  NBA Coaches  (from Bob Walsh, coachbobwalsh.com):

Read it here:  http://coachbobwalsh.com/2016/05/03/nba-coaches/

  •  Brad Stevens Interview  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):

Listen to it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/03/parquet-interview-with-brad-stevens/m8O5PS71EtHuNlL46dmsBM/story.html

 

 

 

–  The NBA’s Best And Worst Shotmakers  (from Kyle Wagner,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nbas-best-and-worst-shot-makers/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/bulpett_celtics_terry_rozier_eyes_next_train_to_success

–  Kemba Walker  (from Hornets.com):  http://www.nba.com/hornets/kemba-walker-2015-16-blog

–  J.J.Barea  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/j-j-bareas-late-season-explosion-helped-to-fuel-mavs-playoff-push/

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

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

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

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

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/25/16

 

–  Marcus Smart Put On A Master Class In Defensive Versatility In Game 4  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):
–  Hawks Let Game 4 And Series Control Slip Away  (from Ohm Youngmisuk,  ESPN):
–  After Curry Injury, Warriors Unleash Hell On Rockets  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Warriors Fight On Without Steph, And For Him, As Well (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):
–  What Steph’s Knee Injury Means (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Things Warriors Must Do To Remain Competitive If Steph Is Out (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
–  Playoffs’ Lion Face, Lemon Face  (from Eric Maroun, Hardwood Paroxysm):
–  Raptors Relying On DeRozan and Lowry For Pivotal game 5  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
How The Trail Blazers Rebuilt On The Fly  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
–  What Will The Spurs Need From Tony Parker  (from Buck Harvey,  Expressnews.com):
–  Cavs Can Be Optimistic Despite Their Vulnerabilities  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
–  Charlotte’s Transition From Losing Bobcats To Playoff Hornets  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):
–  The “Difference” In The Playoffs Is Not All On The Officials  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
 Sean Marks’ And The Nets’ Focus  (from Miles Wray,  Hardwood Paroxysm):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Patty Mills (from Warren Yiu,  pickandroll.com.au):  http://pickandroll.com.au/speed-kills-patty-mills-slow/
–  Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Serge Ibaka  (from Antony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/article/5493926

 Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/nba-blog/article73673492.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/16/16

 

 36 Things To Watch For In The First Round  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/15/11349662/nba-playoffs-2016-best-plays-players

–  Warriors:  Breathtaking Outbursts Are Game-Changers  (from  Phil Barber,  pressdemocrat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/5503127-181/warriors-on-the-run-breathtaking?artslide=0

–  How To Beat The Warriors? It Starts With Discipline  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/How-to-beat-the-Warriors-It-starts-with-7251069.php

–  Can Beverley Slow Down Steph?  (from Jeff Faraudo,  East Bay Times):

Read it here:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/warriors/ci_29772640/warriors-curry-looking-forward-facing-rockets-beverley

–  Warriors/Rockets Preview   (from Andrew Flohr/Darren Yuvan, goldenstateofmind/thedreamshake):

Read it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/16/11443610/NBA-2016-playoffs-golden-state-warriors-houston-rockets

–  First Round Success Means Something Different To Each Team  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15210010/nba-success-all-16-playoff-teams

–   Hawks vs Celtics: Three Questions  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/16/playoff-preview-three-questions-about-boston-celtics-vs-atlanta-hawks/

Boston’s Defense Against Hawks’ Pick-and-Roll  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/16/11439582/caging-the-hawks-bostons-defense-against-atlantas-pick-and-roll-game

–  Playoff Preview: Mavericks vs. Thunder  (from mavsmoneyball.cm):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/4/14/11430404/mavericks-thunder-nba-playoffs-first-round-preview-analysis-2016-ULTIMATE

 Spurs Playbook: The Spurs Use The “4 Out, 1 In” Attack (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/15/11437842/spurs-playbook-the-spurs-go-to-4-out-1-in-with-their-b-squad

Scouting The Grizzlies  (from Paul Garcia, projectspurs.com):

Read it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/round-1-scouting-the-grizzlies.html

–  Pistons:  Adjustments Key To Containing Irving  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/pistons_plot_to_contain_cavs_k.html

Video Breakdown: The Bulls Season (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVMIKGU50Wc&feature=youtu.be

–  Long Island Nets Hit Home Run With Nored Hire (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/15/11439298/long-island-nets-hit-home-run-with-ronald-nored-hire

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

James Harden  (from Michael Rosenfeld, Vantage Sports):   http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VxFHRSkAAPWg47mV

–  Steph Curry  (from Ray Allen interview by Abe Schwadron,  slamonline.com):

SLAM: Where do you rank Stephen Curry in terms of the greatest shooters in the history of the League? 

RA: Based on what he’s done, I think he has to be—he’s on his way to being the best ever. It’s always arguable, based on who’s telling the story. One thing I always tell people is, it’s hard to compare generations. Everybody has something or somebody that makes him feel special about the game, or the way they saw and the way they appreciate the game. I’ve sat back and watched a lot, and listened to a lot of people talk. He’s creating a lane all of his own. People comparing him to me, to Reggie [Miller]. But I think Steph is in a category of his own. Just being able to have great handles the way he has with the ball, to be able to score at will by getting to the basket. Myself, Reggie Miller, Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson—we play a different game. We’re shooters. We come off screens, pindowns—Steph can do that, but he’s creating a different lane. Point guards haven’t been able to do what he’s been able to do, because he’s mixing that 2 guard-ish in there with having the great handles of a point guard.

 

Jonas Valanciunas/Terrence Ross  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/16/raptors-count-on-more-mature-valanciunas-ross-in-nba-playoffs.html

–  Kyle Lowry  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/leading-raptors-playoff-success-next-step-lowrys-transformation/

Kristaps Porzingis  (from George Willis,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/04/14/porzingis-talks-year-2-plan-and-a-difficult-offseason-decision/

Lance Thomas  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/04/15/knicks-hoping-rest-of-nba-missed-lance-thomas-growth/