Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 6/19/16

Tristan Thompson Has Been Key For Cavs  (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-tristan-thompson-has-been-key-for-cavaliers/  and from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC:  http://www.wkyc.com/sports/nba/cavaliers/tristan-thompson-emerges-as-third-playmaker-for-cleveland-cavaliers/248897656

 LBJ/Iguodala  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/with-lebron-on-a-rampage-andre-iguodala-once-again-in-nba-finals-spotlight/

Game 7 Preview  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16312235/2016-nba-finals-how-got-game-7

–  How The Cavs Have Weaponized LBJ  (from Coach Nick, BBall breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WefHyfQd7k

–  Three Keys To Watch In Game 7  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/06/19/three-keys-to-watch-in-game-7-between-cavaliers-warriors/

–  Cavs-Warriors: The Numbers So Far   (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/18/cavs-warriors-the-numbers-so-far/

–  LBJ’s NBA Finals’ Greatness (from Michael Rosenberg, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/17/nba-finals-game-7-lebron-james-cavs-warriors-legacy-alltime-great

–  Dominique Wilkins Q & A  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2646981-dominique-wilkins-talks-finals-difference-between-todays-and-yesterdays-nba

–  Whatever Happened To Kevin Love?  (from Kyle Wagner,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/whatever-happened-to-kevin-love/

–  Sport Science Breaks Down Kyrie’s Pentration Skill  (from Cathryn Naiker, Dime Magazine):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/sport-science-breaks-down-kyrie-irving-as-basketballs-best-penetrator/

–  Should The Dubs Start Ezeli? (from Eli Horowoitz,  BBall breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/18/16260/

–  The Impact Of Iguodala’s Injury  (from Michael Pina,  Sports On Earth):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/184927238/iguodalas-health-in-game-7

–  Love, Barnes, TThompson, Iguodala, Babrbosa: 5 Who May Play Big Roles  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/19/11970866/nba-finals-game-7-lebron-james-warriors-cavaliers-sunday-shootaround

New Lakers’ Coach Luke Walton  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160618/luke-walton-equal-parts-champion-beach-volleyball-bum-zen-master-in-new-lakers-coach

16 Players Have Been Invited To The Draft Green Room (from Jonathan Givony, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources–fourteen-prospects-invited-to-draft-191735213.html

Chieck Diallo  (from Zach Braziller,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/06/18/cheick-isnt-ready-for-the-nba-diallo-wants-to-hear-whispers/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/18/16

–  Film Study: Too Much LBJ  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
–  Tristan Thompson Is Beating The Warriors At Their Own Screening Game  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  How Tristan Thompson’s Ability To Run The Floor Impacted Game Six  (from Chris Manning, Fear The Sword):
–  Appreciating The Little Ways Tristan Thompson Impacted Game Six  (from Scott Rafferty, Hardwood Paroxysm):
 Tristan Thompson Works Until You Break  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Iguodala On The Dubs’ System  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
–  Steph’s Defense Was A Reason The Dubs Lost Game Six  (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):
–  LBJ & Lue:  Bonded By Struggle  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):
Dubs’ Death Lineup Frontcourt Needs To Regain Its Efficiency  (from Alex Wong, Sporting News):
–  Harrison Barnes Is Ruining The Dubs’ Best Lineup  (from Tim Cato,  SBNation):
–  The Dubs’ Dunderhead Play Usually Works  (from Kevin Draper, Deadspin):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
  Shaun Livingston  (from Danny Miron,  The Sports Quotient):  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/6/11/overcoming-the-impossible-the-shaun-livingston-story
–  Tim Hardaway, Jr  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hardaway-sr-and-jr-share-blood-and-basketball/nrhXT/
–  Spencer Dinwiddie  (from Will Gottlieb,  chicacgonow.com):  http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-bulls-confidential/2016/06/scouting-spencer-dinwiddie/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/10/16

 The Simple Adjustment The Cavs Made To Revive Irving  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893124/kyrie-irving-nba-finals-2016-cleveland-cavaliers-game-3-adjustment

–  LBJ Guarding Draymond Changed Everything  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893824/lebron-james-draymond-green-nba-finals-2016-warriors-cavaliers-game-3

–  Richard Jefferson Taking Full Advantage Of Opportunity   (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/09/richard-jefferson-kevin-love-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals/85670068/

–  Kevin Love Can Still Be A Weapon…Off The Bench  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16097908/2016-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-bring-kevin-love-bench

–  Will Kerr Make Adjustments?  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/draymond-key-any-kerr-adjustment-got-be-more-active    and from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/despite-big-game-3-loss–don-t-expect-warriors-to-go-small—–yet-021830234.html

 Steph, Klay Facing Different Struggles  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/10/stephen-curry-klay-thompson-struggles-nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers

–  A Unified Theory Of Steph’s Struggles  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/06/09/unified-theory-stephen-currys-struggles/

–  Film Study:  Ball Pressure From Cavs  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/09/film-study-ball-pressure-from-the-cavs/

–  Video Breakdown:  How Cavs Opened With a 19-4 Run In Game 3  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE0PDnRMXsE

–  Film Study: How The Cavs Unleashed J.R.  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/9/11896372/nba-finals-how-getting-creative-off-ball-unleashed-j-r-smith

–  Irving’s Game 3 Eruption  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/09/kyrie-irving-quiets-critics-game-3-eruption-2016-nba-finals/

–  Game Three Takeaways  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/cavs-blow-out-warriors-in-game-3-of-the-finals-make-it-a-series-again-takeaways/

–  The Finals’ Other Thompson  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/183189406/nba-finals-tristan-thompson-important-cavs

–  Phil Handy: Behind The Cavs’ Resurgence  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/phil-handy-the-man-behind-the-cavs-resurgence-in-the-finals/

A Conversation With Author/Historian Roland Lazenby  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-a-conversation-with-roland-lazenby/

–  Spurs’ Assistant James Borrego  (from Mark Smith,  abqjournal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.abqjournal.com/789427/borrego-in-his-comfort-zone.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

James Jones (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/james-jones-nba-finals-lebron-cleveland-cavaliers-miami-heat-history-record/1o62n9fpto8gi1mjsa5xb10u3l

–  Brandon Ingram  (from David Thorpe, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/Coach15759801/brandon-ingram-nba-ceiling

–  Demetrius Jackson  (from Brian Altman,  cbslocal.com):  http://sports.cbslocal.com/2016/06/09/demetrius-jackson-my-life-as-an-nba-draft-prospect/

 

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 5/3/16

 

–  Preview:  Raptors/Heat  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575451   and from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports:

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/05/03/playoff-preview-five-question-to-answer-in-miami-heat-vs-toronto-raptors/

–  Raptors/Heat: Numbers Preview  (from John Schuhmann):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/05/03/numbers-preview-raptors-heat/

–  The Importance Of The Raptors’ Role Players  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/2/11555886/toronto-raptors-depth-cory-joseph-norman-powell-kyle-lowry-pacers-game-7

Norman Powell/ DeMarre Carroll (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/02/rookie-powell-helping-fuel-raptors-playoff-run

–  Raptors Facing Different Challenge In Heat  (from Blake Murphy, sportsnet.ca):

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-facing-much-different-challenge-heat/

–  Roberson’s Defense On Leonard Keys Thunder’s Bounceback  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-journal-robersons-defense-on-leonard-keys-thunder-bounceback-in-game-2/article/5495656

–  OKC 98, SAS 97  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:   http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/03/nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-san-antonio-spurs-game-2

–  Breakdown: The Final Play  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575595/breakdown-everything-that-went-wrong-on-final-play-of-thunder-spurs

–  Thunder/Spurs: Game Two Vines (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown);

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/03/thunder-at-spurs-game-3-vine-game/

–  Thunder Need New Strategy For Guarding LaMarcus  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575239/thunder-need-new-strategy-when-it-comes-to-guarding-lamarcus-aldridge

–  Steven Adams’ Untold Story  (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15443039/untold-story-thunder-center-steven-adams

–  Cavs 104, Hawks 93  (from Jason Lloyd, ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://three-pointer.com/cavs-104-hawks-93-jason-lloyds-21-thoughts-on-defending-kyle-korver-free-throws-and-3-pointers/    from Paul Flannery, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575444/hawks-lose-kyle-korver-lebron-james-cavaliers-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Tristan Thompson Is Demoralizing The Hawks On The Glass Again  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2594/tristan-thompson-demoralizing-hawks-on-glass-again    and from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tristan_thompson_proves_to_be.html

–  How Do The Blazers Stop Bogut  (from Marcus Thompson II,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29842580/thompson-how-do-blazers-stop-bogut

–  Everybody Loves To Trash Talk Draymond  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street JOurnal):

Read it here:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/everybody-loves-trash-talking-draymond-1462218027

–  If The Pacers Move On From Vogel, Other Teams Should Pounce  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25574798/if-pacers-decide-to-move-on-from-frank-vogel-other-teams-should-pounce

–  NBA Coaches  (from Bob Walsh, coachbobwalsh.com):

Read it here:  http://coachbobwalsh.com/2016/05/03/nba-coaches/

  •  Brad Stevens Interview  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):

Listen to it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/03/parquet-interview-with-brad-stevens/m8O5PS71EtHuNlL46dmsBM/story.html

 

 

 

–  The NBA’s Best And Worst Shotmakers  (from Kyle Wagner,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nbas-best-and-worst-shot-makers/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/bulpett_celtics_terry_rozier_eyes_next_train_to_success

–  Kemba Walker  (from Hornets.com):  http://www.nba.com/hornets/kemba-walker-2015-16-blog

–  J.J.Barea  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/j-j-bareas-late-season-explosion-helped-to-fuel-mavs-playoff-push/