Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/6/16

Draymond Takes On Starring Role  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/05/warriors-cavaliers-nba-finals-stephen-curry-draymond-green-lebron-james

–  Cavs’ Gamble On Draymond Backfires  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/cavs-gamble-draymond-backfires-made-shots-our-face

 Warriors’ Domination Continues  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/06/nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers-stephen-curry-lebron-james-game-2-video

–  LBJ Can’t Do This Alone, Or With Help  (from Marcus Thompson,  Mercury News):

Read iot here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29982328/thompson-lebron-cant-do-this-alone-or-help

Video Breakdown:  Warriors Out-Switch Cavs on Defense (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/6/6/11865322/warriors-vs-cavaliers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-out-switch-cavs-on-defense

–  Video Breakdown: Finals Game Two  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=PNpxo3f_fxI

–  How LBJ’s Defense Has Hurt The Cavs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z0Eblu1Aaw

–  5 Reasons The Playoffs Aren’t Over Yet  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/6/11866130/nba-finals-warriors-vs-cavaliers-not-over-yet

QOTD (from Tom Thibodeau on the Warriors, as reported by Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

    ” “Curry and Thompson command so much attention, I think it opens up the game for the other players. They all move so well without the ball that the one thing that I think tends to be overlooked is the passing ability of Draymond, Andre Igoudala, Shaun Livingston, that’s what makes them so good.

“They’ll pass up good shots for great shots. Then because of the way Curry moves without the ball they get a lot of great shots off of his screening. He’s a great screener and people tend to want to stay attached to him at all times and they get layups off of his screening or they end up getting open jump shots. But when he’s not shooting well, which is rarely, he creates so many easy scoring opportunities for his teammates because of the attention you have to pay to him, and Klay does as well.””

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/4/16

 Game Two Preview  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-finals-series-reset-where-the-warriors-cavs-stand-going-into-game-2/

–  Film Study:  Warriors Double And Recover  (from John Schuhmann, nba.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/03/film-study-warriors-double-and-recover/

–  Game One:  Cavs Forgot Defensive Basics  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/3/11850898/nba-finals-golden-state-warriors-cleveland-cavaliers-defense-game-1

–  Film Study:  Breaking Down The Cavs’ 3rd Quarter Run  (from Luke Sicari, King James Gospel):

Read and view it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/06/03/film-study-breaking-cavs-third-quarter-run-game-1/

–  Why The Warriors Dominant Defense Was The Difference In Game One  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-finals-why-the-warriors-dominant-defense-has-been-the-difference-vs-cavs/

–  How The Warriors Contained LBJ In Game One  (from Scott Rafferty,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/06/03/lebron-james-warriors-defense-iguodala-game-1-nba-finals/

–  The Warriors Bench Is Their Biggest Advantage (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/3/11849158/warriors-bench-nba-finals-game-1-cleveland-cavaliers

–  Kerr Keeps Warriors’ Reserves Fresh, Ready To Go  (from Ron Kroickick, sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Kerr-keeps-reserves-fresh-ready-to-go-7962740.php

–  Livingston’s Throwback Game Still Works Beautifully (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/6/4/11857962/shaun-livingston-throwback-warriors-nba-finals-2016

–  Game One Review  (from J.M. Poulard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/03/cavaliers-warriors-game1/

–  Defensive Discipline Is Key For Cavs  (from Bryan Toporek, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/06/02/cavaliers-defense-warriors-nba-finals-kevin-love-kyrie-irving-curry/

–  From West Virginia To Italy, The Making Of Mike D’Antoni (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/From-West-Virginia-to-Italy-the-making-of-Mike-7962758.php

–  Should The Sixers Trade Noel Or Okafor  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/04/sixers-trade-nerlens-noel-jahlil-okafor/

–  Brad Stevens Talks Klay Thomspon, Steph Curry, NBA Finals, More  (from Phil Friend, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/2016/06/03/brad-stevens-talks-klay-thompson-steph-curry-nba-finals-more/85355122/

–  The Coaching Carousel  (from Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/assessing-each-of-the-nba-s-2016-head-coaching-commitments-214752245.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/3/16

 GSW 104, CLE 89

  -from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated:

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/03/nba-finals-cavaliers-warriors-lebron-james-stephen-curry-game-1-video

  – from J.A. Adande, ESPN:

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15918848/cavs-stars-shine-warriors-show-different-way-win

  – from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today:

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/03/lebron-james-kevin-love-kyrie-irving-cavs-big-3-nba-finals-game-1/85332438/

  – from James Herbert, CBS Sports:

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/cavs-no-match-for-balanced-warriors-in-game-1-of-nba-finals-takeaways/

  – from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com:

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/06/cleveland_cavaliers_playoff_sc_6.html

–  Warriors’ Game Plan: Find Irving And Score On Him  (from Nate Scott, USA Today):

Read and view it here:  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/06/warriors-cavaliers-game-1-kyrie-irving

–  Iguodala: Difference Maker  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/06/andre_iguodala_reigning_nba_fi.html

–  Bdzelik Sees Path To Fixing Rockets’ Defense  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Jeff-Bedzelik-has-a-plan-for-Rockets-defense-7960354.php

–  Dissecting The Noel For Teague Trade Rumor (from Derek Bodner, phillymag.com):

Read it here:  http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/06/03/dissecting-the-jeff-teague-for-nerlens-noel-rumor/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 5/6/16

TOR 96, MIA 92 (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/05/five-raptors-heat-moments-that-mattered-in-game-2.html   from Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25578944/toronto-manages-to-tie-series-but-miami-still-has-upper-hand-takeaways   and from  Matthew Way, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/05/raptors-find-redemption-overtime/

–  Raptors Need To Use Valanciunas A Lot More On Offence  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/05/raptors-need-to-use-valanciunas-a-lot-more-on-offence

–  Raptors Need Better Offensive Execution  (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/dwane-casey-raptors-kyle-lowry-heat-nba-playoffs-lebron-james/128awrjmwo3821iivc33z06clk

–  Why Chris Bosh Is Out Of The Playoffs  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/chris-bosh-health-blood-clot-miami-heat-nba-playoffs

–  Moe Harkless’ Defense On Klay Thompson (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/05/moe_harkless_frustrating_physical_defense_on_klay.html

–  Harrison Barnes Remains Stoic In Face of Criticism  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29856214/kawakami-warriors-harrison-barnes-remains-stoic-face-criticism

–  The Amazing Shaun Livingston  (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  It’s all a best-case scenario for the amazingly rebounded Shaun Livingston

 Video Breakdown:  Festus Saves The Dubs  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/5/4/11589550/warriors-vs-blazers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-festus-ezeli-defense

–  Three Adjustments The Blazers Need To Make  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/06/nba-playoffs-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-warriors-stephen-curry-game-3

–  LaMarcus Aldridge Is Dominating  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25578812/lamarcus-aldridge-is-dominating-and-the-thunder-are-just-fine-with-that    from Anthony Slater, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-should-the-thunder-double-team-the-scorching-hot-lamarcus-aldridge/article/5496296

–  Andre Roberson’s Defense  (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/now-you-know-why-andre-roberson-starts-for-the-thunder/article/5496301

–  CLE/ATL Notes  (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/05/cleveland_cavaliers_scribbles_35.html

–  Did Vogel Get A Fair Shake? (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15468298/frank-vogel-just-latest-coach-grow-stale-larry-bird-world

–  Up Next For Pacers:  Small Ball Coach Who Is Not Afraid To Ruffle Feathers   (from Mitch Lawrence, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/larry-bird-frank-vogel-pacers-coach-small-ball-warriors-playoffs/5tre4sjidao1xylwc7qsrr3p

 Debating Hack-a-Farce  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15464738/there-no-clear-answer-how-solve-hack-shaq-issue

Player Profile:

–  Dirk Nowitzki  (from Tariq Saleh, givemesport.com):  http://www.givemesport.com/770486-dirk-nowitzki-a-success-story-built-on-perseverance-loyalty-and-class

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/27/16

–  TOR 102, IND 99  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
–  Raptors’ Redeem Team Sparks Comeback  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):
–  ATL 110, BOS 83  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
–  Hawks Go Small; Send Hard Traps At Thomas  (from Jay King, Mass Live):
–  Even In Loss Brad Stevens Trusts Process  (from Terence Moore,  Sports On Earth):
 Video Breakdown:  Walker, Lin Lead Hornets Over Heat In Game 4  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

–  Hornets Thriving With Shift To Old-School Offense  (from Scott Fowler,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article74074197.html

–  How The Warriors Can Score Without Steph  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
 Shaun Livingston Takes A Far Different Approach  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):
Draymond Green’s Playoff Diary, Entry 4  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):

–  Terry Stotts And His Unfamiliar Walk  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/terry-stotts-and-first-steps-his-unfamiliar-walk

–  Pistons’ Future May Depend On Hack-A-Farce Rule Change  (from Seth Partnow, Vice Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-detroit-pistons-future-may-depend-on-nba-hack-a-rules-changes

–  New Wolves’ GM Scott Layden Learned From Masters, Including His Dad  (from Kent Youngblood,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/new-wolves-gm-scott-layden-learned-from-masters-including-his-dad/377209291/#1

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Norman Powell (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/26/raptors-norman-powell-plays-well-beyond-rookie-status

–  Doug McDermott (from Dirk Chatelain, kwbe.com):  http://kwbe.com/local-sports/aggressiveness-of-old-helps-doug-mcdermott-become-more-than-a-spot-up-shooter-in-second-nba-season/

–  Christian Wood  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/year-review-christian-wood

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