Basketball Intelligence For 4/28/23


Anonymous scout, coach, exec pick Nuggets-Suns, Knicks-Heat winners
Sam Amick/Darnell Mayberry/ Josh Robbins, The Athletic


P.J. Tucker making sure Sixers ‘devour the details’ and cherish every possession
Paul Hudrick, Liberty Ballers

What could decide the battle of Eastern Conference heavyweights
Tim Bontemps, ESPN

Do Sixers have enough depth to get over second-round hump?
Paul Grieb, Liberty Ballers

Series Preview
Bryan Toporek, Forbes

Four areas the Sixers must shore up to beat the Boston Celtics
Gina Mizell, The Inquirer

Without Embiid, Sixers’ investment in P.J. Tucker would look ever more necessary
Jack McCaffery, Delco Times


3 Positives and 3 Negatives from the Suns first round series
Aaron Coe, Valley Of The Suns

The Suns’ offense went supernova against the Clippers, but can they keep it up?, Above The Break


Series Preview
Tommy Beer, What’s On Tap

How can the Knicks stop Playoff Jimmy Butler?
Mat Issa, The Step Back

5 Heat-Knicks questions that will determine the second-round series
Wes Goldberg, All U Can Heat

An Adebayo Heat hamstring update. And Spoelstra perspective on Lowry, Robinson, Butler
Barry Jackson, Miami Herald

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BOS 128, ATL 120

Celtics dominate crunchtime to eliminate Hawks
Jared Weiss, The Athletic

Celtics late-game surge displayed the best version of themselves
Jack Simone, Celtics Blog

Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum send Hawks home
Eric Koreen, The Athletic

Celtics finish off Hawks, advance to showdown with 76ers
Coley Harvey, ESPN

Hawks unable to withstand key Celtics run
Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops

The Celtics turned into their best selves when it mattered most — and finally got the job done
Gary Washburn, Boston Globe

Takeaways from Game 6
Tom Westerholm, Boston.com


Kings’ playoff hopes run through Domantas Sabonis
Tim Keown, ESPN

How Draymond Green, Klay Thompson rescued a Warriors season on the brink
Ramona Shelburne, ESPN

Klay Thompson has been a steady force after shaky return from injury
Shayna Rubin, Mercury News

Game 5 Takeaways
Hunter Patterson, The Athletic

Kings hoping valuable lessons can translate to Game 6
Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee


How Austin Reaves unlocked LeBron James, Anthony Davis — and the Lakers
Dave McMenamin, ESPN

What is wrong with Tyus Jones?
Luke Hatmaker, Bluff City Media

Adjustments the Lakers can make in Game 6
Rajpal Brar, Silver Screen And Roll

Darvin Ham says ‘big chunk’ of Lakers coaching meeting spent on rotations, bench units
Jacob Rude, Silver Screen And Roll


The Heat? How? And what does it mean for the Bucks’ future?
John Hollinger, The Athletic

Jae Crowder after Bucks’ loss to Jimmy Butler and the Heat: ‘I don’t know my purpose here’
Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel

Heat’s ability to stay the course pays off in first-round upset of top-seeded Bucks
Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald

Antetokounmpo’s ‘worst postseason ever’ calls for soul searching
Ben Golliver, Washington Post

The Keys Behind the Heat’s Shocking Dominance
Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated


RJ Barrett’s shot selection, Mitchell Robinson effect and more Knicks developments
Fred Katz, The Athletic

Cavs receive one final, savage lesson with early playoff exit
Chris Fedor, cleveland.com

Jarrett Allen blames himself for Cavaliers’ rebounding woes vs. Knicks and vows to improve
Kelsey Russo, The Athletic

The Endings are the Toughest Part
Joe Gabriele, Cavaliers.com

ATL: Hawks offseason primer
Yossi Gazlan, Hoops Hype

CLE: Cavs fully committed to coach J.B. Bickerstaff
Chris Fedor, cleveland.com

LAC: Tyronn Lue needs to unlock the best version of himself if he returns as Clippers head coach
Law Murray, The Athletic

LAC: Ty Lue on Russell Westbrook’s free agency: ‘I want him back, for sure’
Alex Kennedy, Basketball News

LAC: Clippers committed to Leonard, George and Lue returning
Mark Medina, The Sporting Tribune

MIN: Timberwolves done in by the weight of ‘high expectations’
Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic

MIN: Wolves know they must eliminate immature emotional outbursts next season
Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press

NOP: Ingram is better than ever, but his availability issues have held Pelicans back
Christian Clark, The Advocate

SAC: Kings’ broadcast team is among the most diverse in the NBA
Marcus Smith, Sacramento Bee

Giannis’ answer about NBA’s Ringz culture shows power of reporter-player relationships
Sam Amick, The Athletic

Disturbing Top-Team Trend: Playoff Meltdowns
Steve Bulpett, Heavy.com

How Wembanyama would fit on the San Antonio Spurs
Jeremy Woo, ESPN

3 highest-ceiling prospects besides Victor Wembanyama
Ian Levy, The Step Back

Amen Thompson has the potential to be a special prospect, highlighted by his rim pressure
Tyler Metcalf, No Ceilings

Ranking top 10 shooting guard prospects
Michael Saenz, Sir Charles In Charge

Scouting report: Gradey Dick
Christopher Kline, The Step Back

Who are the top risers ahead of the combine?
Michael Scotto/Alberto de Roa, Hoops Hype

Leonard Miller Offers Blend of Tools, Skill
Derek Parker, Sports Illustrated

FROM THE ARCHIVES: 4 Years Ago Today

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Dick Groat
Steve Gardner, USA Today

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