Basketball Intelligence for 7/13/21

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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.

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“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. 


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

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

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

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

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

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From Aaron Fentress, Oregon Live:

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

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

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2021 DRAFT

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

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

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

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

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

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- Bri Jones: 3rd Rockstar From The Sun (from Myles Ehrlich, Winsidr):
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