Basketball Intelligence For 5/2/23


There can be only one champion. Here’s how the ride on the championship bus looks today

David Thorpe, True Hoop

DEN 97, PHO 87

Jokic’s 39-point masterclass gives Nuggets 2-0 lead
Mike Singer, Denver Post

Jokić shows what an MVP looks like in Game 2 win
Tony Jones, The Athletic

The Suns’ Playoff Offense Is Playing in the Past
Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated

With or without Chris Paul, Suns need more from Kevin Durant and others
Doug Haller, The Athletic

The Nuggets 3-point defense was fantastic in Game 2
Ian Levy, The Step Back

Jokic dominated the Suns en route to critical Game 2 victory

Mike Shearer, Basketball Poetry


Can This Version of LeBron Lead the Lakers Past the Warriors?
Michael Pina, The Ringer

Don’t forget about Andrew Wiggins in Warriors-Lakers clash
Sam Amick, The Athletic

2 major questions Warriors must answer to beat Lakers
Jack Winter, Clutch Points

Pelinka defied critics and built a contender
Mirjam Swanson, OC Register

3 things Anthony Davis needs to do in Lakers vs. Warriors series
Robert Marvi, USA Today

Series Preview
Jovan Buha, The Athletic

Series Preview
Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle

Series Preview
SF Chronicle

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PHI 119, BOS 115

Celtics’ hot start cools, and James Harden goes off for 45 as 76ers take Game 1
Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe

Harden willed the Sixers to steal Game 1 in Boston without Joel Embiid
Rich Hofmann, The Athletic

The Celtics caught a break with Joel Embiid out. They delivered a defensive debacle
Gary Washburn, Boston Globe

Evolutionary Harden
Jared Dubin, Last Night In Basketball

Celtics were prepared for Joel Embiid-less 76ers but still couldn’t stop James Harden
Jared Weiss, The Athletic

How one wild Tyrese Maxey sequence helped 76ers steal Game 1
Brian Windhorst, ESPN

Celtics’ defense — once their calling card — goes missing as Sixers stun in Game 1
Jay King, The Athletic

Game 1 loss highlights a notable weakness
Darren Hartwell, NBC Sports

Doc Rivers makes all the right moves to beat Boston without Joel Embiid
Marcus Hayes, The Inquirer

4 takeaways as Celtics suffer stunning loss
Brian Robb, Mass Live

Harden’s 45 points carry Sixers to Game 1 win
Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice

Harden came through and the Sixers stole home court advantage
Mike Shearer, Basketball Poetry


How is Kevin Love able to throw long passes for easy points?
Fred Katz, The Athletic

Where things went awry for the Knicks in Game 1

Jonathan Macri, Knicks Film School

Kevin Love proves he can still be a low-key hero
Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

How did Kevin Love become an excellent outlet passer? Love explains his unique skill
Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald

What went wrong for Cavs and Grizzlies, and how do they fix it?
John Hollinger, The Athletic

Top 100 Big Board: Wemby still No. 1; Taylor Hendricks among big risers
Sam Vecenie, The Athletic

Big Board 7.0
Christopher Kline, The Step Back

(Wembanyama is) probably the most unique prospect in modern NBA history. He’s everything the league currently values — length, dynamic shooting, defensive versatility, scalable offense — plugged into the most absurd physical frame one could think of. There aren’t too many holes in Wembanyama’s game. He’s an excellent movement shooter with what might be the first actually unguardable jumper. Despite his high center of gravity, he’s more than capable of negotiating tight spaces off the bounce and fluidly moving into his pull-up jumper. Slower defenders are vulnerable to straight-line drives. His length and touch make up for his lack of strength finishing inside. On defense, he just inhales shots in the paint and is too long to actually drive by. Even if you get a step on Wembanyama, he’s capable of channeling Mr. Fantastic to swat the ball from behind

Brice Sensabaugh’s scoring proficiency at Ohio State was near-unprecedented. But will the rest of his game hold him back?
Maxwell Baumbach, No Ceilings

Dereck Lively: Scouting Report
Adam Spinella, The Box And One

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