Basketball Intelligence for 7/13/21

Today's Best NBA Reporting And Analysis

Most Read Story from Yesterday’s Basketball Intelligence Newsletter

https://www.si.com/nba/2021/07/12/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-suns-nba-finals-legacy

The 103 points Antetokounmpo has scored in his first three Finals games? Only Rick Barry, Allen Iverson and Willis Reed scored more. The 40-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in consecutive Finals games? Shaquille O’Neal is the only other to have done it.


Today’s Curated Story

“Play Random” by Henry Abbot on True Hoop ($)

Key graf:

It’s tougher than it has ever been. Giannis can make easy passes, and then either cut or set a screen. If he does that, the ball will be moving and the Bucks can do the most beautiful thing in basketball: play jazz. Random play can lead to random stars. Connaughton, Holiday, or Lopez might have career nights. If they do and the Bucks win, no one will call coach Bud’s offense vanilla anymore. 


NBA FINALS

From Logan Murdock, The Ringer: https://www.theringer.com/2021/7/13/22574957/chris-paul-phoenix-suns-nba-finals

From Shams Charania, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2696207/2021/07/12/bobby-portis-unplugged-how-a-text-to-giannis-led-him-to-the-bucks-what-hes-learned-from-previous-teams-and-more/

From Trevor Booth, Bright Side Of The Sun: https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2021/7/13/22574608/devin-booker-phoenix-suns-film-review-nba-finals-game-3-milwaukee-bucks-monty-williams-chris-paul

From Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: https://www.nba.com/news/5-things-we-learned-from-game-3-of-the-2021-nba-finals

From Mark Medina, USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2021/07/12/suns-overcame-adversity-lakers-clippers-can-they-do-again/7939608002/

From Dan Devine, The Ringer: https://www.theringer.com/2021/7/12/22573699/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-suns-nba-finals

From Jesse Cinquini, Celtics Blog: https://www.celticsblog.com/2021/7/12/22573110/boston-connections-finals-celtics-jae-crowder-pat-connaughton-abdel-nader-jeff-teague-etwaun-moore

From Nekias Duncan, Basketball News: https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/pressure-points-how-the-bucks-torched-the-suns-in-game-3

From Spencer Davies, Basketball News: https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/milwaukee-bucks-outhustle-outmuscle-phoenix-suns-behind-strength-and-length-of-giannis-antetokounmpo-in-game-3-nba-finals

From Brian Lewis, NY Post: https://nypost.com/2021/07/12/how-former-knick-bobby-portis-made-most-of-nba-finals-chance

From Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/sports-pmn/reflective-suns-shift-focus-eye-rebound-in-game-4

From Rod Argent, Bright Side Of The Sun: https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2021/7/12/22572607/center-of-the-sun-part-1-phoenix-suns-shined-brightly-at-home-but-dimmed-in-game-3-on-the-road-nba

From Alex Zietlow, The Herald: https://www.heraldonline.com/sports/high-school/article252676413.html

From Agence France Presse: https://www.barrons.com/news/bahamas-big-man-ayton-powers-suns-into-nba-title-hunt-01626126009?tesla=y

From Brian Mahoney, AP: https://www.ocregister.com/2021/07/12/nba-finals-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-making-his-mark

From Jerry Brewer, Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/07/12/giannis-bucks-milwaukee-finals/

From JR Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2021/07/12/nine-stats-illustrate-greatness-giannis-nba-finals/7937568002/

From Lori Nickel, Journal Sentinel: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2021/07/12/nickel-giannis-antetokounmpos-history-making-nba-finals-game-3/7917668002/

From James Herbert, CBS Sports: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-finals-deandre-aytons-foul-trouble-burned-the-suns-but-game-3-loss-to-bucks-went-beyond-that/

From Melissa Rohlin, Fox Sports: https://www.foxsports.com/stories/nba/cameron-payne-phoenix-suns-nba-finals-chris-paul-melissa-rohlin


PRE-OLYMPIC EXHIBITIONS

From Tom Ziller, GMIB:  https://ziller.substack.com/p/6-reasons-to-be-worried-about-team

From Brian Windhorst, ESPN: https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/31808700/team-usa-falls-0-2-olympic-exhibitions-loss-australia

From Ricky O'Donnell, SBNation: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2021/7/13/22575151/team-usa-mens-basketball-tokyo-roster-trae-young-zion-williamson

From Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/usa-basketball-australia-nigeria-olympics-11626182716?mod=e2tws

From Marlowe Ferguson, Jr, Blazer's Edge: https://www.blazersedge.com/2021/7/12/22574763/team-usa-basketball-2021-australia-olympics-damian-lillard-portland-trail-blazers

From Sabreena Merchant, Sactown Royalty:  https://www.sactownroyalty.com/2021/7/12/22574709/chimezie-metu-sacramento-kings-international-basksetball-nigeria-tokyo-olympics

From Spencer Davies, Basketball News: https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/what-is-going-on-with-the-usa-mens-national-team-in-exhibition-play

From Chris Sheridan, Basketball News: https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/for-team-usa-losses-in-las-vegas-do-not-matter-2020-tokyo-olympics-exhibition-play

From Kareem Copeland, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/07/12/team-usa-mens-basketball-upset-australia/

From Dan Wolken, USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/dan-wolken/2021/07/12/team-usa-mens-basketball-struggling-tokyo-olympics-tune-up-games/7947272002/

From Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports: https://sports.yahoo.com/olympics-there-is-cause-for-concern-but-not-panic-time-for-team-usa-mens-basketball-152138538.html


NEWS AND NOTES

- CLE: The State Of The Cavs' SG Position (form Josh Cornelissen, King James Gosepl):

Read it here: https://kingjamesgospel.com/2021/07/13/cleveland-cavaliers-evaluating-state-shooting-guard-position/

- DEN: Nuggets Offseason Revolves Around Will Barton (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):

Read it here: https://www.denverstiffs.com/2021/7/13/22574556/the-denver-nuggets-offseason-revolves-around-will-barton

- ORL/POR: Mosley, Billups Took Different Paths To HC Positions (from Neill Woelk, CUBuffs.com):

Read it here: https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/7/12/mens-basketball-former-buffs-mosley-billups-traveled-different-paths-to-nba-head-coaching-jobs.aspx

- PHI: A Pulse-Take On Simmons' Status (from Marc Stein, Substack):

Read it here: https://marcstein.substack.com/p/finals-tomorrow-trade-talk-today

- POR: Offseason Preview (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):

Read it here: https://www.hoopsrumors.com/2021/07/2021-nba-offseason-preview-portland-trail-blazers.html

From Aaron Fentress, Oregon Live: https://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/2021/07/harry-giles-iii-remains-an-intriguing-talent-trail-blazers-season-review-look-ahead.html

- TOR: Drafting A Guard Should Not Preclude Trying To Keep Lowry (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/2703216/2021/07/13/picking-a-guard-in-the-nba-draft-should-not-preclude-raptors-from-trying-to-retain-kyle-lowry-in-free-agency

- WAS: Q & A: Bradley Beal (from Sabreena Merchant, SBNation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2021/7/12/22570454/bradley-beal-interview-team-usa-olympics-pressure-shooting-threes


2021 DRAFT

- Best Team Fits For Six Polarizing First Round Prospects (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):

Read it here: https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/31805689/best-team-fits-2021-nba-draft-most-polarizing-first-round-prospects

- 2021 Prospect Sharife Cooper (from Alder Almo, Empire Sports Media):

Read it here: https://empiresportsmedia.com/new-york-knicks/lottery-bound-i-10-lottery-teams-eye-auburn-star-i-bruce-pearl-to-nba-teams-sharife-cooper-is-a-once-every-10-year-point-guard/

- Interview: Jalen Green's Prolific Prep Coach Joey Fuca (from Zach Allen, The Dream Shake):

Read it here: https://www.thedreamshake.com/2021/7/12/22569685/tds-exclusive-interview-with-jalen-greens-ex-coach-joey-fuca-jalen-is-ready-for-this-2021-nba-draft

- Profile: 2021 Prospect Josh Giddey (from Lachlan Everett, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: https://hoopshabit.com/2021/07/13/2021-nba-draft-profile-josh-giddey/

From Nick Crain, Sports Illustrated: https://www.si.com/nba/thunder/draft-coverage/nba-draft-board-australias-josh-giddey


FREE AGENCY

- Big Wings Who Defend, Shoot Are In Short Supply (from Dan Clayton, Salt City Hoops):

Read it here: https://saltcityhoops.com/big-wings-who-defend-shoot-are-in-short-supply/


WNBA


- Bri Jones: 3rd Rockstar From The Sun (from Myles Ehrlich, Winsidr):
Read it here: Bri Jones: Third Rockstar from the Sun » Winsidr