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

CLE 123, ATL 98:

   – From Chris Fedor, cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/jr_smith_emerges_as_cleveland.html

   – From Dave McMenamin, ESPN:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2625/cavs-continue-perfect-postseason-shoot-their-way-into-history

–  Heat All In On Small Ball Without Bosh  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/117870/heat-all-in-on-small-ball-without-chris-bosh

–  Raptors Will Try To Pick Up The Pace  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/04/raptors-will-try-to-pick-up-the-pace-against-heat.html

–  Raptors’ Bigs Will Focus On Limiting Wade  (from Eric Koreen, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-bigs-focused-limiting-slithery-wade-ahead-game-2

–  The Heat Answered Lowry’s Buzzer-Beater  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/dwyane-wade-and-the-miami-heat-answer-kyle-lowrys-prayer/

–  Scola Acting As Voice Of Reason During Lowry’s Playoff Pains (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-acting-voice-reason-lowrys-playoff-pains/

–  GSW 110, POR 99

   – From Jason Quick, csnnw.com:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/loss-could-shape-trail-blazers-better-or-worse

 

   – From Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=NptjZXdNJ54

   – From Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/portland-cant-escape-the-golden-state-warriors/

   – From Carl Steward, East Bay Times:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/warriorss/ci_29850603

   – From Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Commander-Iguodala-does-is-all-for-Warriors-7393759.php

  –  From Adam Lauridsen, mercurynews.com:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/05/04/one-beat-warriors-110-blazers-99/?doing_wp_cron=1462356631.4488890171051025390625

–  Steve Kerr Continues His Long Journey Back  (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News.com):

Read it here:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29850816/kawakami-warriors-steve-kerr-continues-his-long-journey

–  Why Did Bird Let Vogel Go? (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575722/frank-vogel-pacers-coach-future-larry-bird

–  Barbosa Swears By A Brazilian Remedy  (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-leandro-barbosa-horse-medicine.html

–  The High-Tech Replay Center Can (Or Can’t) Decide Games  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15413918/nba-replay-center-limits-how-helps-refs

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Tyler Johnson  (from Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-tyle/nrHHN/

–  Bruno Caboclo  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/5/4/11590932/hopes-from-the-6-breaking-down-bruno-caboclos-season-with-raptors-905

–  Linton Johnson  (from Brian Rzeppa, nothingbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/05/05/linton-johnson-thrives-in-italy/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/28/15

–  Brad Stevens: Crowder “Playing at a High Level”  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne):

Read it here:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/stevens-crowder-playing-high-level

–  Heat Teammates Beginning to Trust in Hassan Whiteside  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article51804800.html

–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/28/10672054/2015-nba-scores-celtics-knicks-thunder-russell-westbrook-west-playoffs

–  Blazers 98,  Kings 94  (from James Ham,  csnbayarea):

Read it here: http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/rewind-kings-endure-reoccurring-theme-sloppy-loss

CJ McCollum is Becoming One of the NBA’s Best All-Around Scorers  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/28/10673426/cj-mccollum-highlights-stats-blazers-star

–  Magic Must Get Back to Playing Elite Defense  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/magic-must-get-back-focusing-playing-elite-defense

–  Van Gundy Tries to Stir Pistons’ Low-Energy Starters  (from Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/27/detroit-pistons-starting-lineup-concerns/77954740/

Raptors Adjust to Valanciunas, Carroll Returns  (from Doug Smith,  Tornto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/12/27/raptors-back-in-rhythm-with-return-of-jonas-valanciunas-against-bulls.html

–  Curry Not Letting Frustration of “Steph Slump” Show  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/mired-steph-slump-curry-not-letting-frustration-show

–  Wizards Turning it Around  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-wizards-turning-it-around/

–  Race for West’s 7th and 8th Playoff Seeds is Suddenly Depressing  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25428200/race-for-the-wests-seventh-and-eighth-playoff-seeds-is-suddenly-depressing

Race for 8th in the West is Suddenly Sad  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/28/10673212/nba-western-conference-playoffs-jazz-suns-kings-blazers

–  Hornets Built a Quality Bench Out of Rejects  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/hornets-built-quality-bench-rejects/

–  Kevin Love’s Signature Pass Inspired by the Past  (from Scott Cacciola,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/28/sports/basketball/cavaliers-kevin-loves-signature-pass-is-inspired-by-the-past.html?_r=0

–  Derrick Favors’ Steady Improvement  (from Dan Clayton,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/derrick_favors_jazz_growing_offense/

How Each Other Warrior Fares With and Without Curry  (from Daniel Leroux,  Warriors World):

Read it here:  http://www.warriorsworld.net/2015/12/28/warriors-weekly-dec-28-2015/

How Raptors Offense Remains Efficient Without Ball Movement Beauty  (from Matt Lurie, RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240263/How-Torontos-Offense-Remains-Efficient-Without-Ball-Movement-Beauty

–  The NBA’s Counter-Revolution Has Begun  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240258/The-NBAs-Counter-Revolution-Has-Begun

Kawhi Leonard’s Versatility  (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689319-kawhi-leonard-unpredictable-scorer-spurs-mvp

LeBron’s Christmas Stew  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14437762/truehoop-presents-lebron-christmas-stew

  •  Tyler Johnson’s Incredible Journey  (form Jared Zwerling,  NPBA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/inside-the-incredible-journey-of-tyler-johnson-miamis-soaring-southpaw/

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

–  What Went Wrong for Suns: Early, Surprising Success  (form Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14449153/went-wrong-phoenix-suns-jeff-hornacek

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Amir Johnson/ Marcus Smart  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2015/12/celtics_notebook_johnson_plays_big_through_foot_pain

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-ascend-standings-with-bazemore-in-starting-l/nprzt/

–  Chandler Parsons  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas news):  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2015/12/27/sefko-still-finding-rhythm-chandler-parsons-closing-old-form

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Marlowe Alter,  Detroit Free Press): http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/27/detroit-pistons-stanley-johnson-ignites-rally/77944816/

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Shyam Baskaran,  Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/28/bismack-biyombo-the-force-awakens/

Sean Kilpatrick/Jordan McRae  (from Roy Burton,  Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/12/28/10673392/sons-of-liberty-the-sean-kilpatrick-and-jordan-mcrae-show-delaware-87ers-sevens

 

Today’s Top NBA Stories

–  Exum Strategy: How One Injury Put a Crimp in Utah’s Plans and Raised More Questions About Offseason Games (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/exum-strategy-how-one-injury-put-a-crimp-in-utahs-plans-and-raised-more-questions-about-offseason-games/

 

 

–  Why the NBA’s ‘Small Ball’ Revolution Isn’t What You Think It Is  (from Dan Favale,  Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2541667-why-the-nbas-small-ball-revolution-isnt-what-you-think-it-is

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  Jazz can still make the playoffs without the injured Dante Exum  (from Kevin Pelton,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13389857/nba-utah-jazz-make-playoffs-dante-exum

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Perry Jones:  http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/2015/08/07/perry-jones-has-plenty-prove-fresh-start-with-celtics/ZCKAM4BNq4Y0WJrsJq9QQL/story.html

 

Tyler Johnson:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/8/7/9086739/what-can-tyler-johnson-provide-Miami-Heat-Dwyane-Wade-Bosh-Goran-Dragic

 

Sonny Weems:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/08/07/sonny-weems-phoenix-suns-russia-cska-moscow-jeff-hornacek

 

Aron Baynes:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/physical-deft-touch-aron-baynes-has-more-offer-he-showed-spurs-svg-believes

 

Josh Smith:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/8/6/9000787/film-room-josh-smith-edition

 

Kristaps Porzingis:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=rZKXj2kLNjE

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

A new Blake Griffin carried the Clippers to a Game 6 victory  (from Tim Cato,  sbnation.com):

” A few years ago, it would be hard to imagine Blake Griffin dominating a game without dunking even once. The former first overall pick made a name for himself almost immediately with jams that seemed to suspend physics. They were frequent. They were everywhere. You can hear Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler echoing “oh me oh my” in your ear just thinking about them.

In Thursday’s Game 6 victory, Griffin didn’t dunk once. And yet, his contributions were paramount to the Clippers forcing a decisive Game 7 against the Spurs. This wasn’t how many expected Griffin to star.

Unlike years past, pure athleticism hasn’t been enough to dominate. Because the Clippers’ bench is so bad, Griffin’s playing more than 41 minutes a night. He’s constantly tired and clearly looked it on Thursday, which isn’t an ideal mix for someone who relies on physicality.

But Griffin isn’t the unskilled rookie of years past.”

Read and view it here:   http://www.sbnation.com/2015/5/1/8528929/blake-griffin-highlights-clippers-spurs-game-6-nba-playoffs

 

 

 

–  The Josh Smith Revival  (from Gerald Bourguet,  hoopshabit.com):

Read and view it here:   http://hoopshabit.com/2015/04/30/houston-rockets-the-josh-smith-revival/

 

 

  Secrets of Hawks’ dynamic offense  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12793788/kyle-korver-secrets-atlanta-hawks-offense

 

 

 

–  Atlanta Wins Game 5 By Finding Brooklyn’s Weakest Defensive Piece  (from Matthew Way,  bballbreakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/04/29/atlanta-wins-game-5-by-finding-brooklyns-weakest-defensive-piece

 

 

 

–  Hawks Get Back to Fundamentals, Screening and Defensive Rebounding in Wire-to-Wire Game 5 Win  (from Juan Toribio, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VUBbRSYAACUAb9sf/nets-vs.-hawks-game-5-04-29-15

 

 

 

Cavs’  GM  hints that Iman Shumpert signals shift toward defense  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/05/iman_shumpert_david_griffin_cl.html

 

 

 

–   Can Grizzlies look to Jeff Green as a defensive stopper vs. Golden State  (from Michael Cohen,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizzlies-could-look-to-jeff-green-as-a-defensive-stopper-vs-golden-state_16538369

 

 

 

–  David Blatt talks about how season turned around  (from Terry Pluto,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/05/cleveland_cavaliers_coach_davi.html

 

 

 

THE MALIGNED MID-RANGE JUMPER MAKES A DIFFERENCE  (from Matt Zemek, bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles):

Read it here:  http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/mid-range-and-center-stage-the-maligned-mid-range-jumper-makes-a-difference.html

 

 

 

–  Blazers missed a lot of good looks  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

”  ( In the opening round loss to Memphis), Portland shot just 34.1 percent on shots where there was no defender within four feet (an open look by NBA standards). They knocked down 42 percent of those in the regular season. It mattered.”

 

 

 

 

OKC Hires Billy Donovan:

Royce Young, dailythunder.com provides the story links here:  http://dailythunder.com/2015/05/friday-bolts-5-1-15/

 

 

 

–  NUMBERS PREVIEW: CAVALIERS-BULLS  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/05/01/numbers-preview-cavaliers-bulls/

 

 

 

–  Mike Dunleavy Jr. dirty fouls preceded Giannis Antetokounmpo ejection  (from deantae Prince,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/05/01/bulls-bucks-mike-dunleavy-jr-giannis-antetokounmpo-nba-playoffs

 

 

Andrew Bogut’s Latest Column (from NBA.com):

” In his latest column for NBA Australia, Andrew Bogut reflects on a first-round triumph over New Orleans, planning for the second round, what he gets up to away from the hardwood, and the Defensive Player of the Year award.”

” The DPOY is what it is. The voting system is always up for discussion, some people say it’s flawed, others say it’s right.

There are always going to be people that agree or disagree with how things pan out.

Kawhi is definitely a deserving recipient of the award, the only question mark with him was that he missed a few games, so maybe that made it a little up in the air.

” The reality of the voting process is that beat writers and journalists from every team vote, they might watch our games and then pick up the stat sheet and see that Player X had four blocks, 15 rebounds and three steals, he’s a great defender.

Unfortunately, that’s what some writers vote on.

They don’t breakdown a game and see if you’re buying into your team defence, if you’re there on rotations, if you’re doing the right things to help your teammates, boxing out your man.

 Those things just don’t show up on the stat sheet, so it’s unfortunately all about stats which is the way it’s voted on.

My team and coaches know what I do defensively. The same with Draymond Green.

I’m not a huge highlight guy, I won’t block 15 shots a game, but I know that nine times out of 10, I’ll make the right play defensively. ”

Read it here:   http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/andrew-bogut—on-to-the-next-one/nu7xmyvxtkdu1b6f0oyctb8j6

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Jeff Green:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/5/1/8526203/how-jeff-green-is-not-maximizing-the-utility-of-his-pump-fake-memphis-grizzlies

 

Chandler Parsons:    http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/4/30/8522757/chandler-parsons-talks-about-his-first-year-with-mavericks-rondo

 

Dirk Nowitzki:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/1/8528411/dirk-nowitzki-on-olympics-participation-mental-exhaustion-and-more

 

Tyson Chandler:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/1/8528375/tyson-chandler-talks-free-agency-being-a-locker-room-leader-more

 

Al-Farouq Aminu:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/1/8528555/al-farouq-aminu-talks-about-wanting-to-return-to-dallas-tyson

 

Meyers Leonard/ CJ McCollum:   http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/05/meyers_leonard_cj_mccollum_trail_blazers_exit_inte.html

 

Tyler Johnson:  http://allucanheat.com/2015/05/01/miami-heat-season-review-tyler-johnson/

 

Brandon Knight:   http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/04/28/brandon-knight-2014-15-phoenix-suns-player-grades/

 

Jared Sullinger:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/danny-ainge-im-hopeful-jared-sullinger-will-see-light

 

Kemba Walker:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/5/1/8521467/kemba-walker-uphill-battle-to-improve-his-long-range-shooting-Charlotte-Hornets

 

Luis Scola:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/player-review-2015-luis-scola

 

–  Phoenix Suns: 2014-15 Player Grades:  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/05/01/phoenix-suns-2014-15-player-grades-central-hub/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   The Last Ride of the Spurs Dynasty: Appreciating San Antonio’s Final Hurrah   (from Zach Lowe, grantland.com):

” The Spurs should be the biggest story of the postseason as long as they’re kicking. There are other meaty issues: the Warriors’ quest to cap their historically dominant regular season; LeBron James, redeeming Cleveland and dunking Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving into the playoff baptismal pool; Derrick Rose’s desperate search for his MVP zip; the trumped-up battle over Chris Paul’s “legacy”; the Hawks, once the NBA’s most vanilla organization, soldiering through tabloid headlines and the possibility that police brutality ended Thabo Sefolosha’s season; and the Wizards’ and Raptors’ dual quest to play a passable professional basketball game.

But nothing tops what could be the last stand of the Spurs as we know them. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are 381 and 37, respectively, and both could retire — even though each is clearly capable of playing at a high level beyond this season. Six other rotation players are free agents, including Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, perhaps the best two-way starting wing combination in the league. The Spurs are down 1-0, with Game 2 on the road against the strongest first-round opponent they’ve faced in the Tim Duncan era.

The Spurs could easily win this series,2 repeat as champions, and re-sign their aging stars to one- or two-year contracts. This could all be much ado about nothing. The franchise hasn’t faced this level of top-to-bottom uncertainty since Duncan dined with the Magic in 2000, and it’s hard to quash the feeling of preemptive nostalgia as you watch Duncan drain bank shots and nail every rotation while Ginobili dances steps he literally invented. Appreciate it all, because this really could be the last springtime run for one of the greatest core groups in the history of team sports.”

Read and view  it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-last-ride-of-the-spurs-dynasty/

(NOTE:  This story also includes Zach’s takes on a number of the other playoff series)

 

 

 

– Let’s Look at the Clippers’ Perfect Offensive Scheme  (from Sagar Panchal, thesportspost.com):

Read and view it here:  http://network.yardbarker.com/nba/article_external/three_possessions_or_less_lets_look_at_the_clippers_perfect_offensive_scheme/18659720

 

 

 

 Draymond Green:  Brow’s shadow steps into spotlight  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

” After the Golden State Warriors finally closed out the scrapping New Orleans Pelicans 97-87 in Game 2, Klay Thompson got the national TV interview. Draymond Green, whose defense was astounding on Monday night, talked for the local feed. It happened that way because that’s how we’ve always done things. If you scored the most points and your team won, you’re getting the biggest spotlight. It’s the formula because scoring a basket is obvious and preventing one is less obvious.

Though Thompson certainly deserves acclaim for a great shooting game, this particular space will mostly be reserved for crediting Green, fulcrum of a Golden State defense that held New Orleans to 37.8 percent shooting. Green’s overall defense on Monday night was brilliant, but most especially against Anthony Davis. Their battles echo those of the shorter Tony Allen throwing everything atKevin Durant — the undersized grinder going up against young Goliath.

In theory, this should have been too large a task for Green, who’s the size of a wing player. “It’s tough, man,” he said after the game. “Most guys I give up length to who I guard, most them aren’t as quick as me though.”

Read  it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/497/brows-shadow-steps-into-spotlight

 

 

 

–  Draymond Green, Warriors’ bench fuel Game 2 win against pesky Pelicans (from Phil Taylor,  Sports Illustrated):

”  The Warrior reserves were missing in action in Game 1, but they re-emerged on Monday night at the best possible time for Golden State. The Warriors trailed 28-17 after the first quarter and were badly in need of a boost. Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score eight points on an assortment of drives and jumpers, Marreese Speightsdrilled a couple of mid-range shots and Andre Iguodala made a corner three after some crisp ball movement.

Boost provided.

“Nobody will write it, nobody will talk about it, but the bench won us the game,” Green said. “When they left the game we were still down seven, but they changed the complete pace and tempo of the game. We were getting punched and getting punched and getting punched, and then the second unit came out and threw a punch.”’

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/04/21/warriors-pelicans-draymond-green-game-2-western-conference-round-1

 

 

–  This is why you pay Draymond Green his money (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

” In the context of the Warriors, Draymond Green is a virtuoso. There is absolutely no reason for Golden State to abandon the relationship.”

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/4/21/8461049/draymond-green-warriors-contract-context-nba-playoffs-2015

 

 

 

–  The Other Guy: Klay Thompson on His Sensational Season  (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland.com):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-other-guy-klay-thompson-on-his-sensational-season/

 

 

 

–  Nets look to get Brook Lopez going  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/new-york/brooklyn-nets/post/_/id/22509/nets-look-to-get-brook-lopez-going

 

 

 

–  How the Atlanta Hawks (and Lionel Hollins) Limited Brook Lopez in Game 1  (from Paul Mitchell,  brooklynsfinestblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://brooklynsfinestblog.com/2015/04/21/how-the-atlanta-hawks-and-lionel-hollins-limited-brook-lopez-in-game-1/

 

 

 

–  Film Study: The Nets ability to stop the Hawks 3-point assault  (from  Reed Wallach,  netsdaily.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/4/21/8461191/film-study-nets-hawks-game-one-kyle-korver-defense-win-three-pointer

 

 

 

–  How Can the Celtics Slow Down Kyrie Irving?  (from Jordan Greer,  celticshub.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticshub.com/2015/04/21/can-celtics-slow-kyrie-irving/

 

 

 

–  Kyrie Was Hot but Celtics’  TO% and Cavs’  OReb Pursuit Rate Are More Telling  (from Kevin O’Connor,  Vantage Sports):

” “The turnovers kill you. The offensive rebounds kill you,” (Celtics’ Coach Brad) Stevens said. “The superhuman shots do not.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VTMbnCcAACgA0u3P/celtics-vs.-cavaliers-04-19-15-game-1

 

 

 

–  Video Review: How the Rockets ran the ball down the Mavericks’ throat  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25157265/video-review-how-the-rockets-ran-the-ball-down-the-mavericks-throat

 

 

 

–  Digging deeper into James Harden’s Game 1  (from Jake Garcia, thedreamshake.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.thedreamshake.com/2015/4/21/8460445/rockets-film-breakdown-james-harden-mavericks-nba-playoffs-2015

 

Rockets-Mavs:  WHAT TO WATCH FOR: GAME 2 (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mavs.com/what-to-watch-for-game-2/

 

 

–  How the Mavericks can fix the problem of Dirk Nowitzki’s defense  (from Josh Bowe,  mavsmoneyball.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/4/21/8454969/dirk-nowitzki-defense-mavericks-rockets-game-2

 

 

 

–  Dwight Howard plans to stop using ‘weight-room muscles’ against Mavericks in Game 2  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):

Read it here:  http://mavsblog.dallasnews.com/2015/04/dwight-howard-plans-to-stop-taking-the-mavericks-bait.html/

 

 

 

Butler’s Efficient Scoring Helped by Bulls’ Assist Rate as Bucks Fail to Keep Pace  (from Bob macKinnon, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VTQEfCcAACgA13nL/bucks–bulls-4-20-15-game-2-the-butler-did-it-on-his-way-to-a-playoff-career-high-31-points-by-nailing-1.35-points-per-shot.

 

 

 

– Bucks offense stagnates with lack of passing in Game 2 loss  (from Mark Strotman,  csnchiacgo.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/bucks-offense-stagnates-lack-passing-game-2-loss

 

 

 

George Karl on the playoffs (from Bill Herenda, csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:   http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/george-karl-says-warriors-will-win-it-all

 

 

 

–  Player development a Scott Brooks strength  (from Berry Tramel,  newsok.com):

” (A) criticism I’ve heard about Brooks is measureable. And quite absurd. The idea that Brooks doesn’t develop players.

What can anyone possibly be talking about? Player development has been a Thunder mantra since the franchise hit town, and it’s not just talk. The Thunder develops players wonderfully, and coaching has to be a major part of that. Let’s go down the list:”

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/player-development-a-scott-brooks-strength/article/5412355

 

 

 

–   With Enes Kanter, the Thunder plugged one hole but opened another  (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

” Kanter could score. but his defense was atrocious”

Read it here: http://new sok.com/with-enes-kanter-the-thunder-plugged-one-hole-but-opened-another/article/5411297

 

 

 

–  A year of familiarity figures to get Pistons closer to top-10 D standing SVG craves  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/year-familiarity-figures-get-pistons-closer-top-10-d-standing-svg-craves

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Paul Millsap:  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/20/4251192_hawks-millsap-trying-to-cope-with.html

 

James Johnson:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/04/20/raps-james-johnson-waiting-for-the-call

 

James Harden:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/team-leader-harden-adjusts-as-mavericks-focus-on-him/1exda9khn67871boivarcuvse2

 

Jimmy Butler:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/4/21/8460479/jimmy-butler-bulls-vs-bucks-nba-playoffs-2015

 

Mike Conley:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2437048-mike-conley-providing-spark-that-could-propel-the-memphis-grizzlies

 

Terrence Ross:  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/04/21/raptors-see-investment-in-terrence-ross-paying-off

 

Robin Lopez:  http://www.slamonline.com/the-magazine/features/robin-lopez-blazers-interview/#itBGYYoSgmGrjExB.97

 

Clint Capela:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Capela-s-whirlwind-year-ends-with-jump-to-reserve-6212707.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=f78ba23ba4f992f472

 

Jordan Adams:  http://www.3sob.com/uncategorized/the-young-gun-jordan-adams/21753/

 

Elfrid Payton;  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/04/21/what-went-orlando-magic-right-elfrid-payton/

 

Isaiah Canaan:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-player-evaluation-isaiah-canaan

 

Nik Stauskas:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/nik-stauskas-survives-his-rookie-campaign/

 

Tyler Johnson:  http://www.foxsports.com/florida/story/miami-heat-tyler-johnson-player-profile-042115

 

Furkan Aldemir:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-player-evaluation-furkan-aldemir

 

Ish Smith:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/150420-smith