Basketball Intelligence For 4/23/23



LAL 111, MEM 101

Anthony Davis and Lakers take command early in Game 3 victory
Dan Woike, LA Times

5 takeaways from Lakers’ Game 3 victory
Shaun Powell, NBA.com

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3 takeaways from the Lakers’ Game 3 win
Cooper Halpern, Silver Screen And Roll

Grizzlies Should Be Embarrassed After Game 3, But They’re Not Done
Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated

Morant returns in dominant fashion
Chris Herrington, Daily Memphian

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MIA 121, MIL 99

Film Study: Bucks can’t stop suddenly potent Heat
John Schuhmann, NBA.com

Heat ride bench to blowout win over top-seeded Bucks and control of series
William Guillory, The Athletic

Oladipo injury a sobering moment for Heat amid surprise playoff lead vs. Bucks
Ira Winderman, SunSentinel

Bucks falter against Heat’s physical defense in sloppy, mistake-filled Game 3 loss
Eric Nehm, The Athletic

Heat gets big night from Butler and bench
Barry Jackson, Miami Herald

Another big three-point shooting night, Playoff Jimmy, more takeaways from Heat’s Game 3 win
Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald

Heat take 2-1 series lead
Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel

Defensive problems loom large as Heat dominate the Bucks in Game 3
Dalton Sell, Behind The Buck Pass

PHI 96, BKN 88

Nets swept by Sixers, ending another wild season and starting an uncertain summer
Alex Schiffer, The Athletic

Harris, Reed carry Embiid-less Sixers in Game 4
Josh Grieb, Liberty Ballers

After Sweeping Nets, Sixers’ Fate Rests On Joel Embiid’s Knee
Bryan Toporek, Forbes

Paul Reed rises to the occasion again for Sixers
Sean Kennedy, Liberty Ballers

With Joel Embiid out, Paul Reed stepped up when Sixers needed him most
Keith Pompey, The Inquirer

Tobias Harris was the Sixers’ most reliable player and carried the team to a Game 4 win
Paul Hudrick, Liberty Ballers

Game 4 takeaways
Keith Pompey, The Inquirer

Sixers complete sweep of Nets without Joel Embiid as Tobias Harris, Paul Reed star
Rich Hofmann, The Athletic

These aren’t last season’s Sixers, thanks largely to their role players
James Herbert, CBS Sports

Nets need rebounders and shot creators to snap first-round exit cycle
Brian Lewis, NY Post

Sixers complete sweep of Nets behind dominant performance by Tobias Harris
Derek Bodner, The Daily Six

PHO 112, LAC 100

Chris Paul, 2 weeks shy of 38, shows he can still close in the playoffs
Doug Haller, The Athletic

CP3 shows he still can deliver in clutch
Trevor Booth, Bright Side Of The Sun

Westbrook, symbol of Lakers dysfunction, is reviving his NBA reputation
Dylan Hernandez, LA Times

5 takeaways from Suns’ Game 4 victory
Shaun Powell, NBA.com

5 observations from Suns’ successful road trip against shorthanded Clippers
Gerald Bourguet, Go PHNX

Clippers on brink of playoff elimination after loss: ‘We’ve got to be smarter’
Andrew Greif, LA Times

Clippers facing elimination because the Suns have their stars, and they don’t
Law Murray, The Athletic

Suns outlast Russell Westbrook, Kawhi-less Clippers
Janis Carr, OC Register

CP3’s latest 4th-quarter takeover fuels Suns past Clippers
Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports



How the Hawks put themselves in the driver’s seat in Game 3
Ethan Fuller, Celtics Blog

Aggressive plan helped Hawks limit Celtics’ action in the paint Friday
Lauren Williams, AJC

Joe Mazzulla had a strong message for his team the day after their rough loss
Jack Simone, Celtics Blog

Celtics-Hawks a test for Joe Mazzulla against innovative Quin Snyder
Bobby Manning, Celtics Blog


How the Cavaliers lost their offensive identity in Game 3
Jackson Flickinger, Fear The Sword

Cavs doomed by ‘atrocious’ offense in Game 3 loss
Chris Fedor, cleveland.com


Nuggets rookie Christian Braun’s playoff impact was easy to see coming
Nick Kosmider, The Athletic

Matt Brooks, Nuggets.com

Why the Nuggets are in command of their series with the Timberwolves: 3 observations
Tony Jones, The Athletic

The Nuggets are proving they’re everything the Timberwolves are not
Harrison Wind, The DNVR


Kings meet rookie Keegan Murray’s shooting slump with positivity, encouragement
Hunter Patterson, The Athletic

Game 4 vs. Kings will validate if Warriors are playoff-ready
Monte Poole, NBC Sports

Kings-Warriors preview: Tactical adjustments, Draymond Green returns
Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee

Stephen Curry says Warriors understood ‘consequences’ of Game 3. Can Kings do same in Game 4?
Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee


DET: What the Pistons need to do to crush 2023 offseason
Omari Sankofa II, Free Press

NOP: What CJ McCollum did both on & off court this season shouldn’t go unappreciated
Rod Walker, The Advocate

SAS: The Spurs focused on the right kind of development in their tanking season
Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock

UTA: Jazz coach Will Hardy wants his players to narrow their offseason work
Sarah Todd, Deseret News


Offseason guides for each eliminated NBA team
Bobby Marks, ESPN


Keyonte George Scouting Report
Adam Spinella, The Box And One

Draft Scouting Report: Jalen Bridges
Sports Illustrated

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