Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/23/16

–  How The Clippers Are Shutting Down The Blazers’ Backcourt  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/22/11485552/clippers-defense-traps-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-cj-mccollum

–  Slow Down On Drummond Being SVG’s New Dwight Howard  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25563063/lets-slow-down-on-andre-drummond-being-svgs-new-dwight-howard

–  BOS 111, ATL 103  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2632994-isaiah-thomas-celtics-keeping-nba-playoff-hopes-alive-amid-adversity

–  SAS 96, MEM 87  (from Jeff McDonald,  expressnews.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-forced-to-work-for-Game-3-7305064.php

–  Kyrie Irving’s Elevated Game Gives Cavs Winning Outlook  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

ead it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15308366/kyrie-irving-emerging-game-shows-game-3-win-pistons

–  What Inspired Coach Clifford’s Take After Game Two  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/22/11477152/what-moments-of-game-2-sparked-steve-cliffords-postgame-oration-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Assessing Offensive Style For New Head Coaches  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/22/offensive-style-new-head-coaches/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  C.J. McCollum  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/c-j–mccollum-won-most-improved-player-by-taking-pride-in-struggle-183125931.html

Timofey Mozgov/Tristan Thompson  (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):   http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/04/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_48.html

Robert Swift  (from Ed Odeven,  Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/23/basketball/bj-league/ex-tokyo-apache-standout-swift-rebuilding-life-after-off-court-troubles/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   NBA refs trained to keep their cool as they make the call  (from Brian Mahoney,  Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba-refs-trained-keep-cool-call-225823165–nba.html

 

–   Mitch Kupchak: Ten Things to Know  (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/150924_kupchakPressConference

 

–  Untangling The Gridlock Of Cleveland’s Frontcourt  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239306/Untangling-The-Gridlock-Of-Clevelands-Frontcourt

 

–   SVG Part II: Straight shooting from Dave Hopla and the boost Arn Tellem brings the Pistons  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-ii-straight-shooting-dave-hopla-and-boost-arn-tellem-brings-pistons

 

–  SVG Part III: On another year of roster churning and the need for better Pistons D this season  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-iii-another-year-roster-churning-and-need-better-pistons-d-season

 

–   Hornacek wants Phoenix Suns players to focus on defense over offense this season  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/24/9362515/hornacek-wants-phoenix-suns-players-to-focus-on-defense-over-offense

 

–  Scott Skiles Q & A (form John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/magic-q-scott-skiles

 

–  Brett Brown, Sixers looking for fewer ‘gypsies’ in 2015-16  (from John Finger, CSNphilly.com):

“One of the lasting moments from last year’s 18-win season was when Brett Brown sounded off about the Sixers’ high-volume roster turnover.

First, the third-year Sixers head coach was disappointed that player Brandon Davies had been traded last December, saying the move made it tough to build a team and culture. Then later, Brown expressed reluctance to coach a team of “gypsies.”

“To coach gypsies, to have to coach a revolving door, that’s not what I’m looking for,” Brown said.

But as the Sixers enter the third year of the epic rebuilding process, Brown expects a lot less roster turnover.”

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/brett-brown-sixers-looking-fewer-gypsies-2015-16

 

–   NBA Player Stats: Top 7 Players – Touches & Possessions (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscoop):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/28/nba-player-stats-top-7-players-touches-possessions/

(Note: This is Part Two of a Nine part series)

 

Bully Ball (from Seth Partnow, Nylon Calculus):

” (S)ome players are quite effective at bullyball. One of the theoretical pluses of the Spurs acquiring LaMarcus Aldridge is his supposed ability to negate smallball by being an effective scorer when presented with a smaller defender. At least in 2014/15, this theory appears to hold up. I’ll get to the methodology in a moment, but Aldridge shot just under 72% from the floor from around the post area when the closest defender was undersized. Combine that efficiency with his minuscule turnover rateand the mobility and length to allow him to catch the ball in a variety of positions on the floor, and yes, it’s probably fair to say Aldridge is a weapon who can pick on the mouse in the house. So, which other players struggle or excel when confronted with a smaller defender? Which players in fact require  the mismatch to be effective?”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/24/bullyball/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player Ranks:  #10 Marc Gasol (from Will Gottlieb):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/22/marc-gasol-no-10/

 

Pacers look forward to having Paul George at full strength, in new position  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13731617/paul-george-indiana-pacers-eager-show-recovery-gone-hitch

 

Paul George not thrilled about move to power forward  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/09/24/pacers-coach-frank-vogel-paul-george-projected-start-power-forward/72627034/

 

–  DeAndre Jordan is returning to Southern California to continue his career with the Los Angeles Clippers  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/24/9184491/there-can-only-be-one-hylander-deandre-jordan

 

–  Joe Harris Gears Up for His Sophomore Campaign in Cleveland  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/harris-150924

 

–   Embiid surgery involved five doctors  (from Keith Pompey,  Philadelphia Inquirer):  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/deep-sixer/Embiid-surgery-all-good.html

 

–  Offseason has Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson leaner and more prepared  (from Scott Kushner,  theadvocate.com):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/13535167-128/rewarding-offseason-has-pelicans-ryan

 

–  Is *this* the year Brook Lopez becomes a three-point shooter?  (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com): http://thebrooklyngame.com/year-brook-lopez-becomes-three-point-shooter/

 

–  A Life of Change Leads to Consistency in Basketball for Terry Rozier  (from Jessica Camerato,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/a-life-of-change-leads-to-consistency-in-basketball-for-rozier/

 

–  Happy and Healthy: Chris Bosh values life after near-death experience  (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/09/23/chris-bosh-heat-raptors-georgia-tech-health-blood-clots-lebron-james

 

Michael Carter-Williams/ Shaun Livingston (from Scott rafferty, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-09-25/michael-carter-williams-shaun-livingston-bucks-jump-shot

 

QOTD:  “(O)ne of Gregg Popovich’s secrets in plain sight has been the way he builds a bench and employs them and trusts them so much during the regular season that he can rest his starters so much and still win so many games. He doesn’t have better reserves than other teams, and he loses guys regularly. But his players abide by their system of play and he relies on them and trusts them. It’s a big part of coaching (and running any successful business), making your employees feel a part of the organization and success and trusting them and taking an interest in their fate.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

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):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2015/06/15/leandro-barbosa-is-the-non-sensical-warriors-player-who-makes-all-the-sense-in-the-world-if-you-follow-along-with-steve-kerr/

 

 

–  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. ”

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/16/andre-iguodala-lebron-james-nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers

 

 

–  ‘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?

Read it here:   http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/106613/iggy-makes-lebrons-shooting-iffy

 

 

–  How Steph Curry And The Warriors Have Seized Control Of The NBA Finals  (from Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post):

Read and view it here:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/16/heres-how-steph-curry-and-the-warriors-have-seized-controlt-of-the-nba-finals_n_7587240.html

 

 

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.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VX-JEScAACYAAF2b/warriors-vs.-cavs-06-16-15-game-6-will-anyone-other-than-lebron-step-up-for-cleveland-and-help-force-a-game-7

 

 

–  Cavaliers struggling to counter Warriors’ small ball lineups  (from Michael Lee, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/06/16/cavaliers-struggling-to-counter-warriors-small-ball-lineups/

 

 

–  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):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/06/15/the-heart-toughness-and-fight-of-draymond-green-has-the-warriors-on-the-verge-of-a-championship/

 

 

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.”

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/06/16/cleveland-cavaliers-game-6-secret-weapon/

 

 

 

–  Warriors Using 2015 Finals to Offer Glimpse into the NBA’s Future  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2496623-golden-state-warriors-using-2015-finals-to-offer-glimpse-into-the-nbas-future

 

 

 

– What coaching move has altered this series the most? (from Simon Legg, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/starting-five—pivotal-adjustments/jv4dng9c7wxe1ndxhg84mqiec

 

 

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):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/sports/basketball/remembering-king-james-before-and-after-his-crowning.html

 

 

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– Rudy Tomjanovich extols merits of imminent Bulls top assistant Jim Boylen  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/06/15/3609672_rudy-tomjanovich-extols-merits.html

 

 

New Nuggets head coach Michael Malone focused on efficiency (from thedenverchannel.com)

Read and view it here:  http://www.thedenverchannel.com/sports/new-nuggets-head-coach-mike-malone-focused-on-efficiency

 

 

–  The 2015 Orlando Magic: Final Evaluation  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, orlandomagicdaily.com:)

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/06/16/the-2015-orlando-magic-final-evaluation/

 

 

–  Lance Stephenson: Question or Answer?   (from Justin Russo, clipsnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/6/16/8786877/lance-stephenson-question-or-answer?_ga=1.27783228.1018263438.1420308416

A different  view (from Seth Partnow, Bball Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/16/stephenson-a-bold-but-necessary-gamble-for-doc-rivers/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

 

Omer Asik:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/6/15/8762545/omer-asik-playing-fast-is-possible-andrew-bogut-new-orleans-pelicans-golden-state-warriors

 

Royce White:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2496712-royce-white-is-the-type-of-risk-la-clippers-must-take

 

Ersan Ilyasova:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/6/15/8773449/ersan-ilyasova-offense-pistons-stan-van-gundy

 

Lamar Patterson:  http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-patterson-has-sights-set-on-summer-league/nmdkD/

 

Antoine Mason:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-06-16/antoine-anthony-mason-death-nba-draft-future-knicks-hornets-heat

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  If LeBron and the Cavs lose, blame injuries, not the roster  (from Akiem Bailum,  section215.com):

Read it here:  http://section215.com/2015/06/15/if-lebron-and-the-cavs-lose-blame-injuries-not-the-roster/

 

 

–  FILM STUDY: WARRIORS KEEP BRINGING THE D  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/06/15/film-study-warriors-keep-bringing-the-d/

 

 

–  Green and Iguodala give Warriors their versatility, excel in Game 5  (from Eric Freeman,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/green-and-iguodala-give-warriors-their-versatility–excel-in-game-5-060929972.html

 

 

Barbosa  provides a big lift  (frrom John Shea, SFGate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Brazilian-Blur-provides-a-big-lift-6327065.php

 

 

Did Blatt play into Warriors’ hands by abandoning Mozgov? (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25214759/nba-finals-blatt-plays-into-warriors-hands-in-game-5-by-abandoning-mozgov

A different take (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/15/david-blatts-gambit-going-small-didnt-work-but-was-only-call-he-could-make/

 

 

–  Warriors taking a page from past Finals success stories – plus Alvin Gentry, Vlade Divac Q &A, more (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/06/15/morning-tip-golden-state-warriors-adjustments-in-nba-finals-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-alvin-gentry-new-orleans-pelicans-anthony-davis-qa-vlade-divac/

 

 

–  The Pace-and-Space Miami Heat Live in These NBA Finals  (from Wes Goldberg,  allyoucanheat.com):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2015/06/15/pace-and-space-miami-heat-live-in-these-nba-finals/

 

 

Jason Lloyd’s 35 Thoughts on Game 5 (from ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/warriors-104-cavs-91-jason-lloyd-s-35-thoughts-on-lebron-s-greatness-missing-mozgov-1.600374

 

 

Game 5: Chris Fedor’s Five Observations (from Cleveland.com):

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

 

 

–  Steph, LeBron both play like MVPs — with one difference  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

” Curry’s help negates Cavs superstar in Warriors’ 104-91 win”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/06/15/warriors-win-game-5-stephen-curry-lebron-james/

 

 

–  J.R. Smith starts hot, but Warriors cool him down in Game 5 win  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/j-r–smith-starts-hot–but-warriors-cool-him-down-in-game-5-win-055152882.html

 

 

 

–  Warriors Pull Away and Take a 3-2 Series Lead (from Bob MacKinnon,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VXs15ScAACUA6sDo/cavs-vs.-warriors-6-14-15game-5-the-4th-quarter-again-belongs-to-golden-state-as-they-take-a-3-2-series-lead

 

 

 

–  Fundamental flaw mars brilliant LeBron performance  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://www.espn.co.uk/basketball/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13080408/2015-nba-finals-fundamental-flaw-mars-brilliant-lebron-james-performance

 

 

–   How Steph Curry Attacks In The Pick And Roll  (from Coach Nick,  Bball Breakdown):

” Coach Nick took a DEEP dive into the Warriors pick and roll attack, charting every one and analyzing which pairing is doing best, and which defensive alignment has worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers.”

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/14/nba-finals-how-steph-curry-attacks-in-the-pick-and-roll/

 

 

– LeBron, Steph & The NBA’s Constant Darwinian Struggle  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM.com):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/238195/LeBron-Steph-&-The-NBAs-Constant-Darwinian-Struggle

 

 

–  STEPH CURRY DESTROYED THE DREAMS OF NARRATIVE DRIVERS IN GAME 5  (from Joseph nardone,  crossoverchronicles):

Read and view it here:  http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/steph-curry-destroyed-dreams-narrative-drivers-game-5.html

 

 

–  HOW TEX WINTER HAS INFLUENCED THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS   (from Roland Lazenby,  Vice Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/how-tex-winter-has-influenced-the-golden-state-warriors

 

 

–  How Rick Barry is telling the tale of the Warriors  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2015/06/15/rick-barry-telling-tale-warriors-cavaliers-finals-game-5/71236062/

 

 

–  Tristan Thompson is Enjoying Proving His Critics Wrong  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:   http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-tristan-thompson-is-enjoying-proving-his-critics-wrong/

 

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–  Who will Hawks keep?  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

” Five burning questions and answers ‎about the immediate future of the Atlanta Hawks”

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13067059/next-atlanta-hawks

 

 

 

–  Should The Blazers Run More?  (from Chris Lucia, blazersedge.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/6/15/8780509/portland-trail-blazers-offense-fast-break-damian-lillard-cj-mccollum-meyers-leonard

 

 

–  Memphis Grizzlies 2014-2015 Season Reviews: Front Office  (from Andrew Ford,  grizzlybearblues.com):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2014-15-season-review/2015/6/15/8778739/memphis-grizzlies-2014-2015-season-reviews-front-office

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

– James Michael McAdoo /Ognjen Kuzmic :  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/15/sports/basketball/these-golden-state-warriors-won-before-in-april.html

 

Mason Plumlee:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2496126-figuring-out-mason-plumlees-is-hidden-domino-in-brooklyn-nets-offseason

 

Amir Johnson:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/6/15/8776663/raptors-player-review-amir-johnson-young-veteran

 

Jae Crowder:  http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/06/07/robb-celtics-should-bring-back-jae-crowder-for-next-stage-of-rebuild/

 

Joel Embiid:  http://www.csnphilly.com/blog/700-level/joel-embiid-injury-update-yes-panic-or-no-panic

 

Andre Roberson:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/06/15/andre-roberson-odd-man-donovans-system/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Warriors continue to evolve vs. Cavs; can Cleveland adjust in Game 5?  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25213806/behind-the-warriors-evolution-vs-the-cavaliers-in-the-nba-finals

 

 

 

–  NBA finalists hold secrets close in personnel chess match  (from Rusty Simmons.  SFChronicle.com):

“In the Warriors’ two wins, they’ve averaged 9.5 turnovers, and Curry has shot 48.6 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from three-point range. In the Warriors’ two losses, they’ve averaged 17.5 turnovers, and Curry has shot 34.9 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from three-point range.

In the Cavaliers’ two wins, they’ve outrebounded the Warriors by 6.5 per game and have gotten 39.5 points, 14 rebounds and 9.5 assists from James. In their two losses, the Cavaliers have outrebounded the Warriors by one per game and have gotten 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists from James.”

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/NBA-finalists-hold-secrets-close-in-personnel-6325831.php?t=91dba135631b2fdd40&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

 

 

–  The Warriors’ depth finally paid off   (from Paul Flannery,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/6/14/8776743/warriors-depth-shaun-livingston-nba-finals-2015

 

 

 

–  Livingston’s difficult trek to the NBA Finals   (from J.A. Adande,  ESPN):

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13070391/shaun-livingston-difficult-trek-nba-finals

More on Shaun (from Bailey VanHouten) here:  http://lastwordonsports.com/2015/06/14/shaun-livingston-unsung-hero-of-the-warriors-game-four-victory/   and from Sean Woodley, crossoverchronicles.com:  http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/livingstons-rebounding-game-changer-warriors.html

 

 

 

Steve Kerr on Iguodala, Nick U’Ren’s idea, the Curry/Klay probability, the Warriors’ competitiveness, and much more:  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2015/06/13/steve-kerr-on-iguodala-nick-urens-idea-the-curryklay-probability-the-warriors-competitive-and-much-more/

 

 

 

–  The Warriors’ Selfless Accountability  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2015/06/13/the-warriors-selfless-accountability/

 

 

 

–  Impact of Warriors’ double teams on James lost in lineup furor  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):

” (C)ommunication is the most important thing,” Iguodala said. “With a guy like LeBron, who can pass the ball the way he can, you’ve got to see where his eyes are. If he can see the whole floor, it’s tough to double a guy like that. So it was more about surprises.”

When Iguodala knows the double-team is coming, he can funnel James in the correct direction and the rest of the Warriors know how to rotate in support of the double-team. The Warriors mostly waited to double once James put his head down and was committed to a move.

“You’ve got to be smart about it, because you know how smart (James) is in reading situations and being able to pick you apart with his drives and his court vision,” Curry said. “… You can’t really be indecisive, because that kills any defense. If you’re going to go, you go. If not, stay back, stay home and play solid defense.”

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Impact-of-Warriors-double-teams-on-James-lost-6326119.php

 

 

 

–  Golden State and the art of double teaming LeBron James (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

” (T)here is an art to doubling LeBron — he is so gifted as a passer and scorer that if you don’t do it smartly he shreds your defense like Peyton Manning with time in the pocket. The Warriors were smart about it, having the doubles come from various areas and odd angles, plus at different times.”

Read and view it here:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/13/golden-state-and-the-art-of-double-teaming-lebron-james/

 

 

 

–  Golden State Warriors Switching Up Pick-And-Roll  (from Ben Pickman,  bluemanhoop.com):

Read and view it here:  http://bluemanhoop.com/2015/06/13/golden-state-warriors-switching-up-pick-and-roll/

 

 

 

–  Warriors Finally Moving the Ball; Cavs’ Offense Doing Just Enough  (from Ian Levy, Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VXYnlyUAADk73vl0/the-playoff-pivot-point-warriors-finally-moving-the-ball-cavs-offense-doing-just-enough

 

 

 

Cavs Will Need to Respond to the Off-Ball Screens and Double-Teams the Warriors Used to Knot Series  (from Bob MacKinnon, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VXs15ScAACUA6sDo/cavs-vs.-warriors-6-14-15game-5-energy–pressure-d–game-5-win

 

 

 

–  Looking ahead to Game 5  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/looking-ahead-to-2015-nba-finals-game-5–cavaliers-at-warriors-234615513.html

 

 

 

–  Five things to watch in Game 5  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/14/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-golden-state-warriors-preview-five-things-to-watch-in-game-5/

 

 

 

–  LeBron James’ unfathomable workload  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13071387/lebron-james-unfathomable-workload

 

 

 

–  Will J.R. reward LeBron’s rescue move?  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13062419/2015-nba-playoffs-cleveland-cavaliers-jr-smith-need-other

 

 

 

–  David Blatt has built his career on proving doubters wrong  (from Yaron Weitzman,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/6/14/8773893/david-blatt-profile-israel-maccabi-tel-aviv

 

 

 

–  Mike D’Antoni’s Fingerprints All over the NBA Finals  (from Howard Beck,  Bleacher report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2495760-vindication-at-last-nba-playoffs-show-how-mike-dantoni-changed-basketball

 

 

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–  In Alvin Gentry, Pelicans have offensive-minded, well-respected leader due for another shot as a head coach  (from Ted lewis,  theadvocate.com):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/12632292-128/in-alvin-gentry-pelicans-have

 

 

–  History suggests Pelicans are due for an offensive surge under Alvin Gentry  (from Scott Kushner, theadvocate.com):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/12615981-128/history-suggests-pelicans-are-due

 

 

It’s long overdue for Charlotte Hornets to fix 3-point problem  (from Rick Bonnell, charloteobserver.com):

Read it here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article23955031.html

 

 

 

–  Five Questions: Oklahoma City Thunder  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/13/five-questions-oklahoma-city-thunder/

 

 

–  Blocks and Steals: Track the Unsuccessful Attempts Too  (from  Don Sicko,  hoopcoach.org):

” (T)here are reasons to be suspicious of blocks and steals as raw stats. None of us ever turns down a successful block or steal by one of our players. But, when we track these two stats, do we also track the unsuccessful blocks and steals and the corresponding damage?

Accordingly, we should count:

The fouls our players commit attempting on the ball blocks and steals and compute the free throw points they cost us.
The points we gave up when we missed a steal and had to play 4 on 5 without pre-determined rotations.
The points we gave up when the our shot blocker missed the block and his man was left alone on the weak side and scored or got fouled on the rebound.
This happens a lot.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopcoach.org/articles/blocks-and-steals-track-the-unsuccessful-attempts-too/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Ersan Ilyasova:  http://journaltimes.com/sports/basketball/article_3a06bb60-0e34-5314-b7bc-1415bff2c1e4.html

 

Shelvin Mack:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2015/6/14/8777883/2015-atlanta-hawks-player-review-shelvin-mack

 

Zach LaVine:  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2015/06/roster-review-zach-lavine/

 

Rudy Gobert:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/06/14/utah-jazz-rudy-gobert-working-jump-shot-huge-deal/