Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/24/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Joe Johnson Steps Up In Teammate’s Absence, Again (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/harper-joe-johnson-steps-up-in-teammates-absence-to-win-again/

Joe Ingles, Unlikely Hero (from Brad Rowland, Dime Mag):

Read and watch it here: http://uproxx.com/dimemag/joe-ingles-utah-jazz-defense-x-factor/

BOS-CHI: Game 4 recap (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/bulls-powerless-stop-isaiah-thomas-game-4/

From Tyler Pleiss, Blog A Bull: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/4/24/15403654/brad-stevens-has-adjusted-since-game-2-fred-hoiberg-has-failed-to-counter

HOU-OKC: Game 4 Recap (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/harper-mike-dantoni-strangles-flow-game-4-put-rockets-3-1/

From Whitney Medworth, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15401848/thunder-rockets-stupid-ending-nba-playoffshttp://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15401848/thunder-rockets-stupid-ending-nba-playoffs

From Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Nene-perfect-solution-for-Rockets-in-Game-4-win-11093531.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=181f84812d438d9cbb

Nene Is The Perfect Complement To Harden (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/nene-james-harden-rockets-thunder/

Video Breakdown: How The Rockets Launch Eric Gordon From Three-Point Range (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Watch it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/24/eric-gordon-rockets-thunder-game-4-win-3-pointers-screens-video-breakdown-james-harden-russell-westbrook/

It’s Past Time To Ban Hack-A-Whoever Intentional Away From The Ball Fouling (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/24/15401814/nba-hack-a-shaq-intentional-fouling-ban-rule-andre-roberson

Mike Conley: Stone-Cold Killer (from Zito Madu, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/4/23/15398154/mike-conley-grizzlies-highlights-spurs-game-4-assasin

How Mike Brown Has Evolved As A Coach (from J.A. Adande, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19228069/nba-mike-brown-steps-evolved-coach-place-steve-kerr

Steve Kerr’s Suffering: Hard To Watch, Harder To Live (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/steve-kerrs-suffering-hard-watch-harder-live-055119678.html

Weekend Recap (from The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/24/rotation-raptors-appreciate-chris-paul/

Play-Off Report Card (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/24/nba-playoffs-grades-first-round-lebron-james-russell-westbrook-isaiah-thomas

CLE-IND: Game 4 Takeaways (from Jackson Flickinger, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/24/cleveland-cavaliers-indiana-pacers-game-4-what-we-learned/

Taking LBJ’s Greatness For Granted (from Robbie DiPaolo, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/24/has-lebron-james-greatness-taken-granted/

Is ISO-Ball Actually Good For The Raptors? (from Sean Woodley, RaptorsHQ):

Read and watch it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/24/15399848/nba-playoffs-2017-toronto-raptors-milwaukee-bucks-iso-ball-success

Today’s Basketball Intelligence Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Former NBA/ABA Official Jess Kersey, who passed away on Saturday:

From David Teel, Daily Press:  http://www.dailypress.com/dp-spt-teel-column-jess-kersey-passes-20170422-column.html

 

CORRECTED: Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/23/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

MEM-SAS: Game 4 Breakdown (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/game-four-4-spurs-grizzlies-nba-playoffs-2017-9ae6d7f54ada

From Kristian Winfield, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/22/15397024/mike-conley-kawhi-leonard-grizzlies-vs-spurs-game-4-playoffs

From Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer: http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2017/04/23/game-4-grizzlies-110-spurs-108-one-for-the-ages

Mike Conley: Proving His Worth (from Andrew Lynch, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/mike-conley-memphis-grizzlies-contract-biggest-record-nba-playoffs-san-antonio-spurs-game-4-042317

TOR-MIL: Game 4 Recap (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/22/toronto-raptors-dwane-casey-lineup-adjustment-prove-be-right-tonic-team-against

From Charles F. Gardner, jsonline:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/22/raptors-87-bucks-76-toronto-bounces-back-even-series/100572138/

Norman Powell Answered The Call In Game 4 (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):

Read it here: http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/04/23/norman-powell-answers-call-pivotal-game-4-performance/

GSW-POR: Game 3 Recap (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors-win-away-sweep-blazers-game-3-comeback/

From Tim Kawakami, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/kawakami-the-warriors-huge-game-3-comeback-yep-they-did-it-again/

From Ethan Sherwood Strauss:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/4398/warriors-overcome-17-point-deficit-to-win-game-3-in-portland

From Anthony Slater, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/shorthanded-warriors-complete-incredible-comeback-in-portland-to-take-3-0-series-lead/

Video Breakdown: Warriors’ Defensive Counterpunch (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/4/23/15398060/nba-playoffs-2017-video-analysis-warriors-blazers-stephen-curry-game-3-andre-iguodala-dunks

Kerr Is The Warriors’ Biggest Health Concern (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury news):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/steve-kerr-not-kevin-durant-is-warriors-biggest-health-concern/

CLE-IND: Game 3 Breakdown (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/pacers/pacers-dig-3-0-hole-defensive-meltdown/

Tristan Thompson: Blue Collar Big Man (from Joe Gabrielle, cavs.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/tristan-playoffs-170423

Trying To Describe Giannis Antetokounmpo (from Eben Pindyck, New Yorker):

Read it here: http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/trying-to-describe-giannis-antetokounmpo

Roberson: What It’s Like Defending Harden (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/article/5546544

Billy Donovan Attempts To Solve FTA Disparity  (from Fran BLinebury, NBA Sports):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/22/okc-thunder-billy-donovan-seeks-solve-free-throw-attempt-discrepancy-against

Taj Gibson Provides Whatever The Thunder Needs (from Cliff Brunt, AP):

Read it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/23/thunders-taj-gibson-providing-scoring-help-for-westbrook/

From Berry Tramel, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/blue-collar-taj-gibson-delivering-for-thunder/article/5546538

Kyrie Irving’s Porous Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/porous-pick-roll-defense-kyre-irving-killing-cavaliers/

  • Series Deficit Forced Brad Stevens’ Hand (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/23/series-deficit-forced-brad-stevens-hand/zLRHNWEI2BGITjhZ1o8CJM/story.html

 

 

 As The Celtics “Go Small”, Horford Becomes More Important (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/23/as-boston-goes-small-al-horford-becomes-even-more-important/

Can The Bulls’ Adjust Without Rondo?  (from Henry Bushnell, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rajon-rondo-series-can-bulls-adjust-upset-celtics-064416204.html

Terry Rozier Answered The Call In Game 3 (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/22/terry-rozier-answers-the-call-for-the-boston-celtics/

 

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 4/21/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Day 6 Recap (from The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/21/rotation-playoff-switch-lebron-james-pacers-raptors/

From Jordan Greer, Sporting News: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-2017-scores-schedule-bracket-highlights-cavs-pacers-bucks-raptors-grizzlies-spurs/17fbffj3ete111ky9aaom4hcp

LBJ & Cavs’ Historic Comeback (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/20/lebron-james-cavaliers-pacers-26-point-comeback-playoffs-record

From Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/cavaliers-game-three-recap-lebron-james-is-inhuman

Paul George Deserves Better (from Zito Madu, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/21/15381282/paul-george-pacers-nba-trade-rumors-playoffs

From Whitney Medworth, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/2/23/14704166/paul-george-trade-rumors-pacers-failed-larry-bird

Antetokounmpo: Greatness Beyond Numbers (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-milwaukee-bucks-toronto-raptors-giannis-antetokounmpo-game-3-60b4fe41f735

The Bucks’ Defense Has Quarantined DeRozan (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/21/demar-derozan-tony-snell-khris-middleton-raptors-bucks-game-3-playoffs

How Greg Monroe Has  Adapted And Found His Niche (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/milwaukee-bucks/content/evolving-moose-into-buck

Brogdon And Maker: Not Playing Like Typical Rookies (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/21/young-milwaukee-bucks-shows-maturity-they-handle-veteran-toronto-raptors-game

How Maker is Changing The Bucks’ Present And Future (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/bucks/thon-maker-changing-bucks-present-future/

From John Schuhmann, NBA.com:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/20/thon-maker-milwaukee-bucks-rookies-impact-playoffs

The Raptors’ Biggest Problem: Stopping The Bucks’Offense (from Matt Cianfrone, Fansided.com):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/21/bucks-offense-raptors-defense-playoffs/

Zach Randolph’s Throwback Night (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/21/randolph-leads-grizzlies-throwback-night-against-spurs

Things We’ve Learned From The Playoffs So Far (from Ethan Sears, Sportsnaut):

Read it here: http://sportsnaut.com/2017/04/seven-things-learned-nba-playoffs/

A Guide To Being Unstoppable InThe Playoffs (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/20/guide-unstoppable-nba-playoffs-lebron-giannis/http://fansided.com/2017/04/20/guide-unstoppable-nba-playoffs-lebron-giannis/

John Wall’s Breakout (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-john-wall-washington-wizards-8e99432bf3c5

GSW-POR: Game Two Takeaways (from Raymond Simms, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/20/portland-trail-blazers-3-takeaways-game-2-loss-warriors/

Warriors’ Takeaways So Far (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2704805-biggest-takeaways-from-golden-state-warriors-early-postseason-showing

Warriors’ Diverse Big Men Have Become Centers Of Attention (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/21/warriors-diverse-trio-of-big-men-have-a-become-center-of-attention/

Why The Celtics Haven’t Been Able To Stop The Bulls (from Scott Rafferty, The Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-2017-celtics-vs-bulls-game-3-stats-highlights-jimmy-butler-isaiah-thomas/1slx4fsofy9x5154c9no146ry1

How The Bulls Went From Unstable To Unbeatable (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/20/nba-playoffs-bulls-celtics-jimmy-butler-dwyane-wade-isaiah-thomas

(NOTE: The Chicago Bulls have announced that guard Rajon Rondo has a right thumb fracture and he is out indefinitely.)

Adjustments The Celtics Must Make (from Wes Goldberg, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/4-adjustments-celtics-must-make-beat-bulls-game-3/

Quin Snyder Isn’t Coaching Like A Rookie (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here: http://www.sltrib.com/sports/5200769-155/inexperienced-quin-snyder-has-shown-his?fullpage=1

James Harden’s Greatest Ability: Ensuring That “Everybody Eats” (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19160603/2017-nba-playoffs-james-harden-greatest-ability

Nene’s Renaissance (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/how-the-rockets-inspired-the-nene-renaissance/?utm_source=vicesportstwitter

Video Breakdown: Proper Context Is Needed To Be Able Judge Westbrook (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/20/15369906/russell-westbrook-vs-james-harden-nba-highlights-playoffs-2017

The Moments Without Westbrook Are Killing The Thunder (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/20/russell-westbrook-thunder-nba-playoffs-james-harden-rockets

OKC’s Transition Offense Is Killing Them (from Dane Moore, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/oklahoma-citys-transition-offense-is-killing-them-8da292e637b3

Is Westbrook Shooting The Thunder Out Of The Playoffs? (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/thunder/russell-westbrook-shooting-thunder-playoffs/

Side-Effect Of Leaving Roberson Unguarded: His Offensive Rebounding  (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/houston-rockets/content/houston-rockets-oklahoma-city-thunder-andre-roberson

The Clippers Miss Austin Rivers (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/clippers-missing-austin-rivers-jazz/

EuroLeague Playoff Predictions (from Andrew Bernucca, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/euroleague-playoff-predictions-aa201ef39f92

EuroLeague Season Awards (from Andrew Bernucca, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/euroleague-awards-1334b201bf56

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/20/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

HOU-OKC: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/houston-rockets-oklahoma-city-thunder-game-2-analysis-563af76b69f6

From Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-houston-rockets-game-2-3b9ea97d31c5

GSW-POR: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/golden-state-warriors-portland-trail-blazers-game-2-analysis-b3ba67319da9

From Anthony Slater, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/20/five-observations-from-the-warriors-game-2-win-over-the-blazers/

How JaVale McGee Has Revived His Career And Reputation (from Harry Lyles, Jr, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/20/14846126/javale-mcgee-warriors-nba-playoffs-2017-shaqtin-a-fool

From Sam Amick, USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/20/javale-mcgee-warriors-playoffs/100685582/

Video Breakdown: JaVale McGee’s Alley-Oop Dunks (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/4/20/15368108/nba-playoffs-2017-video-warriors-blazers-game-2-javale-mcgee-alley-oop-dunk

WAS-ATL: Game Two Analysis (from 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/washington-wizards-atlanta-hawks-game-2-analysis-a5ed9eed29ba

Pacers: Essential Adjustments For Game 3 (from Adrian Lawhorn Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/19/indiana-pacers-adjustments-game-3/

Myles Turner Has Underperformed So Far (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/20/myles-turner-lance-stephenson-indiana-pacers-try-play-better-series/

CLE-IND: 5 Takeaways From 1st Two Games (from Zach Geoghegan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/19/cleveland-cavaliers-5-takeaways-2-games/

MIL-TOR: 6 Takeaways So Far (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/milwaukee-bucks/content/bucking-trends-6-key-takeaways-from-the-milwaukee-toronto-series

How Kidd Is Managing Bucks’ Rotation (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/19/notes-kidd-managing-shortened-playoff-rotation/100621030/

Tucker & Ibaka Play Critical Roles For Raptors (from Jordan Ritter, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-toronto-raptors-pj-tucker-serge-ibaka-1e60c1f15413

How Giannis Is Doing It (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/how-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-folding-the-basketball-floor-like-origami-vs-the-raptors/

CHI/BOS: Why It is Not The Typical 1-8 Matchup (from Andrew Tobolowsky, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/19/bulls-celtics-butler-isaiah-thomas-playoffs/

Brad Stevens: Bulls Are Defending Us Like The Hawks Did; Lineup Changes Are Possible  (from Jay King, Mass Live):

Read and watch it here: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2017/04/brad_stevens_chicago_bulls_def.html

Robin Lopez’ Value Is On Full Display (from Easy Eis, Blog-a-bull):

Read and watch it here: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/4/19/15358596/the-value-of-robin-lopez-is-already-on-full-display-nba-playoffs-round-1-bulls-celtics-april-2017

Mirotic, Zipser And Portis have Been Huge So Far (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/new-big-three

How The Bulls Have Taken A 2-0 Lead (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/19/revitalized-rondo-bulls-take-commanding-2-0-lead/

The Top 5 Ways The Celtics Can Get Even (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?index=3&list=PLpIcK3MilCnYExvhkqMfPj1_qz6X3m_eh&v=7fzbIscLPok

–  The Value Of Gobert’s Defense And More About The Jazz (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/19/coaching-spin-jazz-sleeper-behind-gobert-hayward/

Quin Snyder’s Circuitous Path Helped Him Grow Into Successful NBA Coach (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/19/jazzs-quin-snyder-credits-circuitous-path-for-helping-him-grow-into-nba-head-coach/

5 Factors For Spurs’ Success (from Yegor Kariaguine, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/san-antonio-spurs/content/five-factors-for-spurs-playoff-success

Who Is Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On “D”? (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nba-players-who-are-too-busy-complaining-to-get-back-on-d/

Like almost everyone, Basketball Intelligence’s favorite NBA journalist/reporter/analyst is Zach Lowe.  Who will the “next generation Zach”?   For us, the leading contender is Adam Spinella of BBall Breakdown.  Just wanted to go on record before the bandwagon for Adam starts rolling.