Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/22/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Westbrook Refused To Let Thunder’s Season Die (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/russell-westbrook-thunder-special-season-074929759.html

The Secrets Behind Westbrook’s Extreme Physique (from David Gardner, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2704880-the-secrets-behind-russell-westbrooks-extreme-physique

The People And Places That Made Clint Capela (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/21/rockets-clint-capela-james-harden-mike-dantoni-hakeem-olajuwon#

Cavs’ GM David Griffin Q & A (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):

Read it here: http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/4/21/15386972/exclusive-cavs-gm-david-griffin-on-his-roster-vision-kyries-growth-and-lebrons-greatness

LAC-UTA: Game Three (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/chris-paul-becomes-a-serial-killer-to-take-back-home-court-in-game-3/

From James Herbert, CBS Sports: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/clippers-jazz-chris-paul-buries-jazz-continues-his-complicated-playoff-story/

How The Jazz “Got Good”  (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/while-you-werent-watching-the-utah-jazz-got-good/

Thon Maker: Showing Potential (from Tom West, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/thon-maker-showing-potential-against-raptors-3b134f54aa5d

Greg Monroe: Continuing His Resurgence (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/bucks/greg-monroe-continuing-his-resurgent-year-for-bucks-in-the-playoffs/

How The Bucks Have Limited DeRozan (from Scott Rafferty,Fansided):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/22/demar-derozan-bucks-defense-snell-maker/

SAS-MEM: Game 3 Takeaways (from David Suttner, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/21/san-antonio-spurs-takeaways-from-game-3-loss-to-grizzlies/

BOS-CHI: Game Three (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics-win-bulls-game-3-just-passing-fancy/

From Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/22/boston-celitcs-climb-back-series-they-take-advantage-rajon-rondo-less-chicago

From Vijay Vemu, Blog A Bull:  http://www.blogabull.com/2017/4/22/15392656/the-celtics-targeted-robin-lopez-on-defense-in-game-3-and-it-worked

Inside Rondo’s Up-And-Down Late Career Journey (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here; http://sports.yahoo.com/news/inside-rajon-rondos-unexpected-late-career-journey-162058078.html

Celtics: How Much Might Zizic Have Helped?  (from Jack Jameson, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/21/ante-zizic-the-playoff-hero-that-never-was-boston-celtics/

Bulls: Can “Point Butler” Save The Day? (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-rajon-rondo-injury-thumb-fracture-jimmy-butler-d9a8ba19caa

From Jay Boozell, Fanrag Sports: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/bulls/losing-rajon-rondo-means-bulls-try-upset-celtics/

From Tim Bontemps, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/04/22/hope-blooms-for-celtics-as-bulls-suffer-with-rondos-bad-thumb/

CLE-IND: Game Three (from Shane Young, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/21/no-stranger-history-lebron-james-ices-pacers-game-3/

LBJ Continues To Amaze (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/04/lebron_james_still_amazes_his.html

From J.M.Poulard, BBall Breakdown: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/21/vintage-lebron-spearheads-game-3-comeback/

From Kristian Winfield, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/21/15386000/lebron-james-shooters-lineup-cavaliers-vs-pacers-playoffs

–  Kevin McHale Q & A (from Patrick Sauer, GQ):

Read it here: http://www.gq.com/story/kevin-mchale-celtics-james-harden-2017-interview

Video Breakdown: Ball-Screen “D” Veer-Back  (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):

Wartch it here: http://pickandpop.net/2017/04/ball-screen-d-veer-backs/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/19/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Pacers Have No Answer For LBJ As Roll Man  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Day 4 Recap (from The Step Back):
Five Reasons The Celtics Are Down 2-0  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
–  Why Avery Bradley And Isaiah Thomas Are So Close (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Game Two Is Why The Raptors Traded For Ibaka (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Raptors Made It Tougher On Giannis  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline):
–  How The Clippers Bounced Back (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Draymond Green’s “Secrets To Stopping Stars” (from Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report):
Draymond May Be The Best Rim Protector In The Assn. (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
Steve Kerr: The King Of Cool (from Erik Malinowski, Bleacher Report):
Steph Curry, The Happy Warrior (from Andrew Corsello, GQ):
Mike D’Antoni Q & A (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
Rockets Adjust Offense To Whatever Thunder Throw At Them  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Schroder Thrived In His 1st Playoff Start  (from Brendan Galella, Hoops Habit):
Brent Barry’s Approach To Commentating  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Day Three Recap (from Keith Smth, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-take-data-cavs-spurs-go-2-0/

Day Three Plays You May Have Missed  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/18/15340360/nba-playoffs-2017-highlights-best-plays-spurs-cavaliers

Recapping The Opening Games (from BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/17/the-breakdown-a-look-at-the-opening-games-of-the-nba-playoffs/

From Chris Wooden, Sir Charles In Charge: https://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/17/nba-playoff-openers-reactions-2017/

Cavs: There Are Still Concerns Despite 2-0 Lead (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/concerns-still-abound-cavaliers-despite-2-0-series-lead-pacers/

Patrick Beverley’s Game One Performance (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets/patrick-beverleys-game-1-performance-best-career/

From Scott Cacciola, NY Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/sports/basketball/patrick-beverley-russell-westbrook-nba-playoffs.html

Capela Growing Into Key Role For Rockets (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-growing-into-key-role-for-Rockets-11078871.php

Thunder Need Improvement In Three Areas (from Max Seng, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: https://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/oklahoma-city-thunder-3-areas-improvement/

The Celtics And The Trouble With Surrendering Offensive Rebounds (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/18/boston-celtics-trouble-offensive-rebounds/

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN: http://www.espn.com.au/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725798/bostons-rebounding-woes-are-nothing-new-but-are-they-fixable

From wjsy, Celtics Blog: http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/17/15323448/nba-playoffs-2017-boston-celtics-chicago-bulls-adjustments

What Clippers Need To Change In Game Two (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/clippers-need-change-game-2-jazz/

Bucks: Game One Rotations (from Reid Mueller, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-guard-rotations/

From Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-milwaukee-bucks-adjustment-toronto-raptors-84165e5d665d

Dellavedova’s Screens (from Lori Nickel, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/17/dellavedovas-screens-draw-torontos-attention/100561334/

From Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports: http://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nba/dwane-casey-says-a-lot-of-matthew-dellavedovas-screens-werent-legal-but-gives-credit-to-the-aussie-guard/news-story/cbd9f133add4d063f9a1d57beb24aca1

Giannis Is Really Happening (from Nate Scott, Fox Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-raptors-game-2-playoffs-041817

is There A Way To Slow Giannis Down? (from Adam Iafrate, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/18/15339630/nba-playoffs-2017-3-ways-raptors-slow-giannis-antetokounmpo

Five Reasons Bucks Won Game One (from Joshua Cornelissen, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-5-reasons-game-1/

Malcolm Brogdon Profile (from NBPA):

Read it here: http://nbpa.com/collecting-points-and-degrees-malcolm-brogdon-shines-as-a-roy-candidate-and-public-policy-champion/

WAS-ATL: Game One Takeaways (from Blaise Malley, Wiz Of Awes):

Read it here: http://wizofawes.com/2017/04/18/washington-wizards-nba-playoffs-2017-atlanta-hawks-game-1-analysis-rotation/

MEM Is Trying Everything To Stop Leonard (And It is That Much More Difficult W/O Tony Allen (from Charles Maniego, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/memphis-grizzlies/content/memphis-grizzlies-trying-everything-to-stop-kawhi-leonard

From Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/4/18/15340158/nba-playoffs-strategy-kawhi-leonard-double-teams

Euroleague Playoffs: Quarterfinals Preview (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/17/euroleague-quarterfinal-preview/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis: Playoff Preview 4/15/17

Things To Watch For In The Playoffs (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/14/14963638/nba-playoffs-2017-best-plays-players-james-harden

What Does “Playoff Basketball” Really Mean? (from  Ryan O’Hanlon, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-coaches-analysts-explain-playoff-cliches-ec1074245a89

Western Conference Playoff Preview (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/15/western-conference-three-things-playoff-preview/

GSW-POR: An In-Depth Look At The Numbers (from Dave Deckard, Blazers’ Edge):

Read it here: http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/4/15/15311440/blazers-warriors-game-1-playoffs-2017-nba-stats-curry-lillard-durant-klay

Klay Thompson’s Defensive Play Is A Key (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate.com):

Read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Klay-Thompson-s-defensive-play-a-key-against-11074657.php

UTA-LAC Preview (from Shane Young, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/14/clippers-jazz-nearly-equal-despite-stylistic-differences/

Fatherhood Has Fueled Blake Griffin’s Transformation (from Broderick Turner, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-blake-griffin-20170414-story.html

Johnson, Diaw Hill: The Jazz’ 3 Wise Men (from All That Amar, SLC Dunk):

Read it here: http://www.slcdunk.com/2017/4/15/14192186/nba-playoffs-2017-utah-jazz-george-hill-joe-johnson-boris-diaw-joe-ingles-three-wise-men

HOU-OKC Preview (from James Holas, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/14/thunder-russell-westbrook-vs-rockets-james-harden-is-too-perfect-to-fail/

Stopping Harden (from Casimir Cuffy, Thunderous Intentions):

Read and watch it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2017/04/15/okc-thunder-stop-james-harden/

How The Rockets Need To Defend The Thunder (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/houston-rockets/content/how-the-rockets-need-to-defend-the-thunder

SAS-MEM Preview (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read it here: Quantitative & Qualitative look at Spurs vs Grizzlies Series

Leonard, The Spurs, And The Rebuild That Never Was (from Evans Clinchy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/14/spurs-playoffs-preview-kawhi-leonard/

BOS-CHI Preview (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/butler-bulls-poised-stop-dynamic-thomas

Kevin Love: Cavs’ Playoff X-Factor (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/kevin-love-21-million-xfactor-cleveland-cavaliers

Role Players Who May Have Major Playoff Impact (from Jesse Blancarte, Basbketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-role-players-who-can-have-a-major-impact-in-the-playoffs/

From Shane McNichol, Yardbarker: http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/articles/5_most_important_role_players_in_first_round_of_nba_playoffs/s1_127_23721391

Projecting The Playoffs For 5 First-Timers (from Mitch Lawrence, Sporting News):

Read it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/list/nba-playoffs-2017-picture-debut-rookie-rudy-gobert-malcolm-brogdon-jaylen-brown/1ihb67fmlr4w11q20k5rir6yuw

The Rise Of Thon Maker (from Eric Nehm, ESPN

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/milwaukee/post/_/id/1473/the-rise-of-thon-maker

Surprising Stats About Each Playoff Team  (from Frank Urbina, NBA Math):

Read it here:  http://nbamath.com/surprising-stats-about-each-nba-playoff-team/

Breaking Down The First Round (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here: http://www.myajc.com/sports/breaking-down-the-first-round-the-nba-playoffs/EFVgkOrKY6lml3gyixx8aO/

The Cavs’ Larry Sanders Experiment (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3912/the-cavs-curious-four-week-larry-sanders-experiment

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/11/17

James Johnson: Heat’s PF Of The Future?  (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/10/miami-heat-teams-power-forward-future-already-roster/

Josh Richardson: Stepping Up In Waiters’ Absence (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/josh-richardson-is-stepping-up-in-the-absence-of-dion-waiters/

Monday Recap (from Keith Smith, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-celtics-win-get-help-heat-cavs/

Jazz: Most Interesting 1st Round Playoff Team (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/utah-jazz-2016-17-nba-playoffs-first-round-rudy-gobert-gordon-hayward-9ecb093c7a41

The Wizards’ Offense Wouldn’t Hum Without Gortat  (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/washingtons-offense-wouldnt-hum-without-marcin-gortat

Rudy Gobert Has His Peers’ Respect (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/04/11/rudy-gobert-may-fly-under-the-radar-but-he-has-his-peers-respect/

Chris Paul’s Court Vision (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/11/chris-paul-court-vision-passing-clippers-nba-playoffs

Thon Maker’s Development (from Nick Metallinos, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com.au/nba/story/_/id/19122333/milwaukee-bucks-thon-maker-well-ahead-nba-development

From Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/milwaukee-bucks/content/are-we-ready-for-playoff-thon-maker

A Look At The Nets’ Logjam Of Wings (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/10/big-decisions-await-for-nets-a-look-at-the-logjam-of-wing-players/

Willy Hernangomez: The Right Fit With Porzingis? (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/knicks/is-willy-hernangomez-the-right-fit-for-the-knicks-next-to-kristaps-porzingis/

In The Film Room With Andre Roberson (from Fred Katz, Norman Transcript):

Read and watch it here: http://www.normantranscript.com/oklahoma/in-the-film-room-with-all-defensive-team-candidate-and/article_df98406c-1e8d-11e7-a512-a3ddec818c21.html

Jusuf Nurkic Q & A (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/10/morning-tip-qa-portland-trail-blazers-jusuf-nurkic

Ingles is No Average Joe  (from Sam Eley, The Four Point Play):

Read and watch it here:  https://thefourpointplay.blog/2017/04/11/winner-average-joes-ingles/

 The Gobles: First Siblings On NBA Officiating Staff (from Brian Mahoney, AP):

Read it here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/ref-relatives-gobles-1st-siblings-on-nba-officiating-staff-1.3363650

The Upcoming Privacy Battle Over Wearables (from  Jeremy Venook, The Atlantic):

Read it here: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/04/biometric-tracking-sports/522222/