Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Seven Questions That Will Shape the NBA Finals  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/seven-questions-that-will-shape-the-nba-finals/

 

 

 

–  How The Cavs Use LeBron In Their Offense  (from Bball Breakdown):

” Coach Gibson Pyper broke down the most common sets the Cleveland Cavaliers run to leverage the immense talents of LeBron James into a cohesive offensive scoring machine.”

Watch it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/01/how-the-cavs-use-lebron-in-their-offense/

 

 

 

Andrew Bogut appears content to fill role defined for him by the Golden State Warriors (from NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/sports/basketball/warriors-andrew-bogut-seems-content-with-role-defined-for-him.html

 

 

 

–  Warriors coach Steve Kerr — fire and fun (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.montereyherald.com/sports/20150601/tim-kawakami-warriors-coach-steve-kerr-x2014-fire-and-fun

 

 

 

Steph Curry: the Stories Behind the Stories (from Adi Joseph, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-06-02/stephen-curry-media-warriors-interviews-riley-family-honesty-davidson-size

 

 

 

–  Luc Longley looks on as NBA Finals take an Australian flavour  (from Angus Crawford, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/tall-tales-longley-looks-on-as-nba-finals-take-an-australian-flavour/1h8oxk75rtmdk176768o77o7qf

 

 

 

 

–  SI.com’s 2015 NBA Finals predictions (from Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/02/nba-finals-predictions-warriors-cavaliers-lebron-james-stephen-curry

 

 

 

–  The Warriors should not double-team LeBron James  (from Mike Prada,  sbnation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/6/2/8695117/warriors-defense-strategy-lebron-james

 

 

 

 Steph Curry’s rise from question mark to the MVP  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it  here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25199374/2015-nba-finals-steph-currys-rise-from-question-mark-to-the-mvp

 

 

 

–  The Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals because of 3 players the Knicks ditched  (from jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/6/1/8687839/jr-smith-iman-shumpert-timofey-mozgov-cavaliers-knicks-nba-finals-2015

 

 

 

Harrison Barnes (from Scott Sargent,  waitingfornextyear.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/2015/06/know-your-foe-harrison-barnes-golden-state-warriors-cleveland-cavaliers-nba-finals/

 

 

 

–  The Splash Fathers ( Dell Curry and Mychal Thompson) know best (form Tom Friend, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12819951/splash-fathers-dell-curry-mychal-thompson

 

 

 

–   Klay Thompson’s uncertain status highlights lack of understanding on concussions (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read and view it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2015/06/01/klay-thompson-jeffrey-kutcher-concussion-nba-finals-warriors/28314221/

 

 

 

–  Jeff Van Gundy on Cavaliers head coach David Blatt: ‘He was masterful’  (from Dan Labbe,  cleveland.com):

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

 

 

 

– What kind of coach is Chicago getting with Fred Hoiberg?  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/02/what-kind-of-coach-is-chicago-getting-with-fred-hoiberg/

 

 

 

– Comparing On-Ball and Off-Ball Screens  (from Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):

Read  it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VVjDSyYAACYA6kTr/comparing-on-ball-and-off-ball-screens

 

 

 

–  PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS – THREE PHASES OF THE OFF-SEASON  (from garrett Thornton,  oregonsportsnews.com):

Read it here:  http://oregonsportsnews.com/team-news/portland-trail-blazers/portland-trail-blazers-three-phases-of-the-off-season.html

 

 

 

–  Who Has the Best Post Moves in NBA History?  (from John Amaechi, slate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slate.com/blogs/quora/2015/06/02/nba_history_who_has_the_best_post_moves.html

 

 

 

– NBA DRAFT: THE VALUE OF THE 2ND ROUND  (from Matt Lurie,  sportsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://lurienba.sportsblog.com/posts/2582179/nba-draft–the-value-of-the-2nd-round.html

 

 

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

 

–  Hoiberg and Donovan’s college teams hint to how Bulls, Thunder will play  (from Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/12996078/nba-how-fred-hoiberg-billy-donovan-styles-translate-pros

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Draymond Green:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/green-proves-his-worth-three-years-after-draft-night-snub/1wrygac2ncalv1uj3g91j7ok1v

 

Timofey Mozgov:   http://nypost.com/2015/06/01/how-mozgov-went-from-stunned-knicks-throw-in-to-nba-finals/

 

Tony Allen:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/6/2/8694311/memphis-grizzlies-2014-2015-player-reviews-tony-allen-NBA-first-team-defense

 

Miles Plumlee:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/06/02/2014-15-season-review-miles-plumlee/

 

Garrett Temple:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2015/06/02/garrett-temple-season-in-review-injuries-both-helped-and-hindered-role-in-back-court/

 

Jordan Clarkson:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VVtvnCYAACIAx2Mv/rookie-wrap-up–jordan-clarkson

 

Fab Melo:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/fab-melo-eyeing-nba-comeback/

 

Chris Smith:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2450329-as-jr-smith-reaches-peak-of-hoops-career-brother-chris-fights-to-save-his

 

Alex Abrines:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2015/6/2/8648817/alex-abrines-will-never-join-the-thunder