Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/21/17

LeBron Is Better Than Ever (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Game Three: Celtics Young Core Must Be Aggressive (from wjsy, Celtics Blog):
Difficult Ending Doesn’t Detract From Isaiah Thomas’ Season (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
GSW 120, SAS 108 (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea):
Video Breakdown: Durant’s Off-Ball Cuts/Defending Aldridge (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Klay Thompson’s Struggles (from Phil Barber, Press Democrat):
Will GSW Go Bigger In The Finals? (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
Reality Bites For The Injury-Riddled Spurs (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):
The Thunder’s Long Road Back To Contention:(from R.K. Anthony, Welcome To Loud City):
Spanoulis, Udoh Lead Their Teams To Euroleague Title Game (from Andrew Bernucca, The Step Back):
Championship Preview (from Andrew Bernucca, The Step Back): http://fansided.com/2017/05/21/euroleague-final-four-championship-preview/
Adam Simon, Heat Asst.GM/International Scout (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):
Scouting Rodions Kurucs (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Wizards’ Bench Woes Prove They Need Their Own G-League Team (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
Frank Mason III (from Scott Gleeson, USA Today):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/18/17

CLE 117, BOS 104 (from 16 Wins):
Can The Celtics Stop Lebron? (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Celtics’ Game One Silver Lining: Jaylen Brown (from Jared Weiss, Celtics Blog):
The LBJ School Of Driving (from Kyle Wagner/Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Video: Warriors’ Xs& Os (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Video Breakdown: One Simple Play Shows How KD Makes The Dubs Unstoppable  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Their Mutual Mentor Hank Egan On Gregg Popovich And Mike Brown (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
Driving And Finishing Primer For Lead Guards In The 2017 Draft (from Cole Zwicker, The Step Back):
Euroleague Final Four Preview: Real Madrid vs. Fenerbahce (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Euroleague Final Four Preview: CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos  (from Andrew Bernucca, The Step Back):
CSKA President Andrey Vatutin Q & A (from David Pick, eurobasket.net):
100 Media Members Could Decide Two NBA Stars’ Futures (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
Kevin Love’s Real-Life Diet (from Christopher Cason, gq.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/1/17

Is LeBron Playing Too Many Minutes?  (from Brandon Anderson, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/lebron-james-is-playing-way-too-many-minutes-a9d8849c5863#.i7uqocfap

–  Thunder Stay Disciplined With Westbrook’s Workload  (from Royce Young, ESPN):

Read it here; http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/2219/thunder-staying-disciplined-in-managing-russell-westbrooks-workload

–  Jeff Teague: What Paul George Needed  (from Jason Oliver, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/indiana-pacers-jeff-teague-upgrade/

–  Sachin Gupta: The Driving Force Behind Many Of Hinkie’s Trades  (from Derek Bodner, phillymag.com):

Read it here: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/01/31/sachin-gupta-trades-sam-hinkie/

Kevin Durant: Warriors’ Chief Shot Blocker  (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/31/durant-reaching-new-heights-as-warriors-chief-shot-blocker/

From Monte Poole, CSN Bay Area:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/durants-work-defense-paying-warriors-see-room-improvement

–  Coach Malone On The Nuggets Without Jokic  (from Lou Ponsi, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/31/nuggets-danilo-gallinari-helping-with-nikola-jokic-out/

–  Why Pull-Up 3-Pointers Have Taken Over  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch t here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/01/pull-up-3-pointers-lowry-curry-harden/

–  Return Of The Dragon: How Dragic Is Spearheading The Heat  (from Spencer Lund, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/highlight/return-of-the-dragon-how-the-all-nba-goran-dragic-is-spearheading-miamis-winning-streak/

Myles Turner’s Post Defense Is Essential And A Work In Progress (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turners-blocks-give-pacers-something-build

Jason Kidd’s Juggling Act At PF  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: Power overload: Kidd faces juggling act at key position

Hoiberg, Bulls Searching For Answers (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/31/coaching-spin-hoiberg-bulls-searching-answers/

Crowder Cares About Winning, Not Stats (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Readit here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725117/jae-crowder-flirting-with-50-40-90-club-but-more-interested-in-wins

–  Tuesday Roundup, Featuring Wizards, Lowry, Kawhi  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2689053-tuesday-nba-roundup-washington-wizards-emerging-as-dark-horse-out-east

–  Monday’s Best Performances: Harrison Barnes/DeMarcus Cousins  (from Chris Almeida, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/harrison-barnes-isnt-as-bad-as-you-think-he-is-2009ccc0ae2#.eq6ojh6h3

Unbreakable Bonds: The Player-Coach Relationship  (from Brian Witt, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/unbreakable-bonds-player-coach-relationship/

 Lucas Nogueira Q & A  (from Donnovan Bennett, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-nogueira-comes-raptors-defence-offers-advice-caboclo/

–  The Cavs And Korver Need Time (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/01/cavaliers-kyle-korver-need-time/

How Tarik Black Balanced Basketball And Books To Earn His Master’s Degree (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/tarik-black-lakers-masters-degree/

 Ian Clark: Not “Smoke And Mirrors”  (from George Kkndoleon, 16 Wins A ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/ian-clark-is-not-another-case-of-smoke-and-mirrors-a37124a96d7b#.ysiq2mpun

Alec Burks Is Getting Back To His Dynamic Ways  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/01/31/jazzs-alec-burks-getting-back-to-his-dynamic-ways/

Kings: The Importance Of Garrett Temple  (from Jordan Treske, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/sacramento-kings-garrett-temple/

Giannis: Most Improved Player?  (from Zack Geoghegan, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/31/giannis-antetokounmpo-mip/

–  Stephanie Ready: Life Lessons (from Jodie Valade, Charlotte Magazine):

Read it here:  http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/February-2017/Life-Lessons-Stephanie-Ready/

Frank Ntilikina Passes The Eye Test  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/french-nba-prospect-frank-ntilikina-passes-the-eye-test-2a9897ed8322#.o6xmcfx9x

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/7/16

–  Daryl Morey: Basketball’s Nerd King  (from Michael Lewis, Slate.com):

Read it here: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2016/12/how_daryl_morey_used_behavioral_economics_to_revolutionize_the_art_of_nba.html

Larry Bird Q & A  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18197737/larry-bird-reveals-secrets-13-year-career

–  Why D’Antoni Is A Great Fit For Rockets  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/columnist/sam-amick/2016/12/06/mike-dantoni-james-harden-daryl-morey-rockets/95058052/

–  LBJ Is Better Than Ever At Picking Defenses Apart (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/07/lebron-james-passing-assists-cavaliers/

–  The Evolution Of LBJ  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/07/lebron-james-cavaliers-heat-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-kyrie-irving

–  Eric Gordon: Finally Hitting His Stride  (from Cameron Stewart, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/07/houston-rockets-eric-gordon-stride/

–  What Is Motiejunas Doing? (from Larry Coon, cbafaq.com):

Read it here:  http://cbafaq.com/blog/?p=381

–  Durant’s Shooting Has Gone From Good To Great  (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/07/nylon-calculus-kevin-durant-shooting-improvement/

How KD Has Become His Most Efficient Self (from Marc Stein, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18226416/nba-how-kevin-durant-became-most-efficient-self-yet

–  Patrick McCaw: Precocious Rookie  (from Janie McCauley, AP):

Read it here;  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/9cb77039b65249d996a011ca7c782f1f/warriors-rookie-patrick-mccaw-learns-surrounded-big-stars

–  Tom Thibodeau: A Season Watching From A Distance (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/06/sports/tom-thibodeau-minnesota-timberwolves-chicago-bulls-basketball.html?_r=0

Giannis: Just Pointing To Pure Talent Sells Him Short  (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18218114/bucks-find-star-antetokounmpo

–  Al Attles: There Was Nothing You Could Do To Stop Wilt  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: http://theundefeated.com/features/klay-thompson-wilt-chamberlain/

–  Brook Lopez, Marksman  (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/brook-lopez-marksman

–  Kent Bazemore’s Story Of Perseverance  (from Lang Greene, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-kent-bazemores-story-of-perseverance/

–  Steve Kerr’s Slow Recovery  (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/05/steve-kerrs-day-by-day-healing-process-hes-feeling-better-and-realizing-the-overnight-recovery-probably-isnt-going-to-happen/

–  The Hawks’ Early-Season Reality Check (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):

Read it here:

http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/06/atlanta-hawks-early-season-slump

Jamal Crawford’s Sixth Man Transformation  (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/jamal-crawfords-historic-sixth-man-transformation/

Tuesday Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/7/13864500/2016-nba-scores-john-wall-wizards-52-points-loss

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/07/three-things-we-learned-tuesday-even-john-walls-52-cant-get-wizards-win/

–  Tuesday’s Best Players: John Wall/Kris Dunn (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/john-walls-52-points-can-t-mask-the-wizards-stink-83cb6c78fe32#.6j8fr8x0z

–  Oladipo Is Beginning To Make The Jump In OKC  (from Chris Barnewall, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/06/victor-oladipo-thunder-magic-westbrook/

Can The Clippers Derail GSW-CLE III?  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/07/los-angeles-clippers-chris-paul-blake-griffin-doc-rivers-warriors-cavs

–  Phil Jackson On ‘Melo, The Triangle And More  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18224997/carmelo-anthony-new-york-knicks-working-ball-hog-habit-phil-jackson-says

–  GSW-LAC Preview  (from Law Murray, clipperblog.com):

Read it here:  http://clipperblog.com/2016/12/07/best-offense-warriors-meets-best-defense-clippers/

–  Josh McRoberts Makes It Easier For Everyone  (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/12/07/josh-mcroberts-using-on-court-communication-skills-to-help-miami-heats-young-roster/

OKC’s Winning Streak: It’s Westbrook But It’s Not Just Westbrook  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5529908

–  Thomas Robinson: Searching For A Bigger Role (from Mark Whicker, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/robinson-737498-nba-lakers.html

As D-League Matures, Santa Cruz Warriors Toil In The Shadow Of GSW  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-golden-state-almost-warriors-1480974818

–  Manny Harris: Off To Unbelievable Star With Texas Legends  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/6/13857238/manny-harris-nbadl-dleague-texas-legends

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/4/16

–  Hawks Effectively Getting Dwight Howard Involved  (from Colby Giacubeno, Soaring Down South):

–  LBJ’s Role Is Changing  (from Michael Singer, USA Today):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/11/04/lebron-james-cavaliers-olajuwon-all-time-scoring/93278344/

Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2673948-thursday-nba-roundup-motivated-kevin-durant-should-terrify-rest-of-the-league

MIL 125, IND 107  (from Eric Nehm/ Frank Madden, brewhoop.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/11/3/13515686/bucks-vs-pacers-final-score-giannis-jabari-thon-maker

GSW 122, OKC 96  (from Nate Scott, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/11/thunder-warriors-russell-westbrook-kevin-durant-stats

–  Video Breakdown:  Warriors’ Defensive Strategy Vs. Westbrook  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/11/4/13517724/warriors-vs-thunder-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-draymond-green-russell-westbrook

–  Durant And Westbrook Shining Apart  (from JM Poulard, BBall breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/11/03/kevin-durant-and-russell-westbrook-shining-apart/

CLE 128, BOS 122  (fromChris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/11/inside_kevin_loves_offensive_c.html

HOU 118, NYK 99  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/James-Harden-s-30-point-15-assist-night-lifts-10557031.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=01273dba63438d9cbb

Video Breakdown: Ian Clark And Steph Curry Blitz Blazers (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/11/2/13496012/warriors-vs-blazers-video-analysis-2016-2017-highlights-stephen-curry-ian-clark

Steph Curry: More Than Just A 3-Point Shooter  (from NBA Australia, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/au/nba-au/news/curry-proving-hes-more-than-just-a-3-point-shooter-nba/mwsezndvblgs1bowx5m5h3c4t

–  Can The Warriors Break Basketball Again?  (from Benjamin Morris, fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/can-the-warriors-break-basketball-again/

–  The Bulls Are Fun Again  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/the-bulls-are-fun-again-and-its-no-mirage-251c62f6891#.kbzfhvjrs

Bulls May Be The Biggest Surprise So Far  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/wade-bulls-think-they-can-do-the-unexpected-evidence-says-they-may-be-right/

Hawks: The Helping Hand Of Mike Muscala  (from Jordan Treske, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/11/04/atlanta-hawks-helping-hand-mike-muscala/

–  Jaylen Brown Earns LBJ’s Respect  (from Mark D’Amico, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-110316-rookie-brown-earns-kings-respect-in-cleveland

–  Kevin McHale Q & A  (from Chad Finn, Hardwood Nation):

Read it here:  https://thehardwoodnation.net/2016/11/04/qa-kevin-mchale/

–  The Rise Of Tomas Satoransky  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

RFead it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/11/03/the-rise-of-tomas-satoransky-could-send-trey-burke-to-the-bench/?postshare=5461478206770607&tid=ss_tw

–  Stanley Johnson: Trying To Reverse Second-year Slide  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/11/03/pistons-johnson-trying-reverse-nd-year-slide/93266358/

What Is The Mid-Level Exception?  (from Mike Honkasalo, HoopsHype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2016/11/04/hoopshype-explains-what-is-the-nba-mid-level-exception/