– Leandro Barbosa is the non-sensical Warriors player who makes all the sense in the world–if you follow along with Steve Kerr (from Tim Kawakami, mercurynews.com):
– Why The Cavs Are Terrible With LeBron James On The Bench (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
“Coach Nick broke down every possession the Cleveland Cavaliers have had when LeBron James takes his incredibly infrequent rests. These are the moments that games are decided, and their offense has struggled mightily. It is possible there are some solutions for head coach David Blatt.”
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b4mlieUbP4
– Andre and the Giant: How one veteran helped the Warriors turn the Finals (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
” Andre Iguodala lay in bed after Game 2 of the NBA Finals and his fiancée, Christina Gutierrez, placed a hand on his stomach. “Your skin,” she said, “feels hot.” Several hours had passed since Iguodala left Oakland’s Oracle Arena, but he was still burning up, as if he had just sprinted off the court. He wasn’t sick, but he popped a Tylenol and set the thermostat in his house to a frosty 60°. When theWarriors forward returned home five days later from Cleveland, he found that his air-conditioning unit had broken, maddening because his Finals fever had not. He joked that he shaved his head in hopes of cooling down. Iguodala’s condition may sound implausible, but one league trainer claims it is common for stress hormones to rise in demanding situations, causing spikes in body temperature. “It’s like you’re a car,” Iguodala says, “and your engine is overheating.” Such is the strain required to survive 48-minute collisions with the turbo-powered tank known asLeBron James.
Iguodala is 11 months older, two inches shorter and 35 pounds lighter than the most punishing player in the world. He entered the NBA out of Arizona a year after James, drafted ninth by the 76ers in 2004, and immediately began composing a mental manual on how to halt him. The 6’ 6″, 215-pound Iguodala developed a similar guide for every small forward, but James was a particularly compelling subject, and they faced off regularly in the Eastern Conference. With each matchup Iguodala added another page, until he knew James’s tendencies as well as his own. “That book is crazy big now,” says Iguodala, 31. “What he does in the post, what he does when he goes left, what he does when he comes at me like this.” Iguodala wriggles his shoulders, miming James’s open-floor shimmy. He has spent more than a decade preparing for the assignment that will define his career. ”
– ‘Iggy’ makes LeBron’s shooting iffy (from Micah Adams, ESPN):
” Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has faced some tough defensive players as he’s ventured through the last two postseasons.
” Kawhi Leonard in the 2014 NBA Finals and Jimmy Butler in this year’s conference semifinals come to mind as among the toughest in the NBA.
But Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has done a better job guarding James than either of them, as you can see in the chart on the right. James is 18-of-54 against Iguodala in this series, and Iguodala’s defense has been particularly good the last two games.
We know Iguodala has been effective. How is he doing it?
– How Steph Curry And The Warriors Have Seized Control Of The NBA Finals (from Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post):
– Cavs Will Need to Reduce Their (Getting) Beat Back on D Rate to Force a Game 7 (from Bob macKinnon, Vantage Sports):
” As the series has progressed, the Warriors have utilized their depth and pushed the pace; Cleveland is now getting beat back on defense at a rate of 1.32 per 100 chances versus the Warriors’ rate of 0.83.
It is hard to guard mismatch and outnumbered situations; with the rise in Cleveland’s getting beat back on defense, the Warriors have scored over 100 points in their last two wins and have seen their Points per Shot average rise from below 1.00 to 1.10.”
– Cavaliers struggling to counter Warriors’ small ball lineups (from Michael Lee, Washington Post):
– The Good and Bad of the LeBron Juggernaut (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):
Read and view it here: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-good-and-bad-of-the-lebron-juggernaut/
– The heart, toughness and fight of Draymond Green has the Warriors on the verge of a championship (from Marcus Thompson, mercurynews.com):
– Game 6: Will we see Hack-a-Iggy? (from Gerald Bourguet, hoopshabit.com):
” It’s not basketball, but it is an unbearable tactic that slows games down to a grinding halt, making the entire essence of the game about free throws (the least fun part of basketball) and denying fans the chance to see greatness by accentuating the flaws of a few poor free throw shooters. It’s honestly baffling that it’s still allowed in 2015, and it’s a detestable practice I’ve been bashing since the first round.
But from Cleveland’s perspective, and the perspective of any team in this position, Hack-A-Shaq is currently still allowed. The Cavaliers would be foolish to not utilize it with their backs against the wall.”
– Warriors Using 2015 Finals to Offer Glimpse into the NBA’s Future (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
– What coaching move has altered this series the most? (from Simon Legg, NBA.com):
– NICK U’REN: ALMOST FAMOUS (from Mark Schwartz, ESPN):
Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/nflcd/review/130807479/22c95c6749
– Remembering King James, Before and After His Crowning (from Harvey Araton, NYTimes):
– Rudy Tomjanovich extols merits of imminent Bulls top assistant Jim Boylen (from K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
– New Nuggets head coach Michael Malone focused on efficiency (from thedenverchannel.com)
– The 2015 Orlando Magic: Final Evaluation (from Philip Rossman-Reich, orlandomagicdaily.com:)
– Lance Stephenson: Question or Answer? (from Justin Russo, clipsnation.com):
A different view (from Seth Partnow, Bball Breakdown): http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/16/stephenson-a-bold-but-necessary-gamble-for-doc-rivers/
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