Basketball Intelligence For 7/14/21

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NBA FINALS

From Marcus ThompsonII/Seth Partnow:  https://theathletic.com/2703972/2021/07/14/the-return-of-the-midrange-it-is-back-on-the-biggest-stage-and-could-decide-these-nba-finals-between-the-suns-and-bucks

From Eric Nehm, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2705370/2021/07/14/chris-paul-keeps-the-bucks-defense-guessing-with-the-simplest-of-plays-no-two-pick-and-rolls-are-the-same/

From John Hollinger/Seth Partnow, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2704472/2021/07/13/deandre-aytons-importance-devin-bookers-struggles-bucks-rotation-questions-hollinger-and-partnow-discuss/

From Brian Mahoney, AP: https://abc30.com/10886697/

From Michael Pina, Sports Illustrated: https://www.si.com/nba/2021/07/14/nba-finals-bucks-defense   and  https://www.si.com/nba/2021/07/13/bobby-portis-bucks-suns-nba-finals

From Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic: https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2021/07/13/deandre-ayton-delivers-intense-speech-suns-enter-game-4-nba-finals/7949067002/

From Jeff Zillgitt, USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2021/07/13/giannis-antetokounmpo-khris-middleton-grew-together-leading-bucks/7957996002/

From Vincent Goodwill, Yahoo Sports: https://sports.yahoo.com/fair-or-foul-gamesmanship-in-nba-finals-centers-around-favorable-treatment-from-refs-223519830.html

From Michael Lee, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/07/14/giannis-antetokounmpo-missed-free-throws-nba-finals/

From Rob Mahoney, The Ringer: https://www.theringer.com/2021/7/14/22576438/chris-paul-milwaukee-bucks-nba-finals

From Zach Lowe, ESPN: https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/31807851/nba-finals-2021-how-deandre-ayton-incredible-evolution-transformed-suns

From Corbin Smith, The Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-chris-paul-the-nbas-most-ruthless-player-came-out-on-top?source=articles&via=rss

From Zona Sports, Bright Side Of The Sun: https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2021/7/13/22573975/4-major-keys-to-the-suns-winning-game-4-nba-finals

From Dave King, Bright Side of The Sun:  https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2021/7/13/22575505/phoenix-suns-nba-finals-title-hopes-hang-deandre-ayton-shoulders

From Brian Lewis, NY Post: https://nypost.com/2021/07/13/bucks-didnt-use-superteam-machinations-to-get-to-this-point/

From Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2021/03/31/bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-seek-breakthrough-like-lebron-james/4811332001/

From Brian Lewis, NY Post: https://nypost.com/2021/07/13/bucks-antetokounmpo-sick-of-giannis-wall-in-nba-finals/

From Mark Medina, USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2021/07/13/suns-monty-williams-gamesmanship-not-behind-foul-commentary/7957873002/

From Dave McMenamin, ESPN: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31813087/phoenix-suns-devin-booker-using-short-memory-brush-game-3-struggles

From Tim Bontemps, ESPN: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31813089/milwaukee-bucks-star-giannis-antetokounmpo-motivated-phoenix-suns-defense-designed-slow-down

From Shane Young, Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/shaneyoung/2021/07/13/nba-finals-2021-breaking-down-how-the-milwaukee-bucks-responded-offensively-in-game-3/?sh=439a4ecf406c

From Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated: https://www.si.com/nba/2021/07/13/cam-johnson-suns-bucks-nba-finals

From Ben Dowsett, FiveThiryEight: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-suns-rotation-doesnt-have-a-weak-link/

From James Tillman III, LWOS: https://lastwordonsports-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/lastwordonsports.com/basketball/2021/07/13/phoenix-suns-3-key-adjustments-needed-for-game-4/amp/

From Dalton Sell, Behind The Buck Pass: https://behindthebuckpass.com/2021/07/14/milwaukee-bucks-keys-victory-game-4-phoenix-suns/

From Yaron Weitzman, Fox Sports: https://www.foxsports.com/stories/nba/milwaukee-bucks-phoenix-suns-fouls-monty-williams-mike-budenholzer-nba-finals


PRE-OLYMPIC EXHIBITIONS

From Joe Vardon, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2705863/2021/07/13/team-usa-basketball-olympics-argentina/

From Brian Windhorst, ESPN: https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/31813944/team-usa-rebounds-back-back-losses-blowout-argentina

From Benyam Kidane, Sporting News: https://www.sportingnews.com/au/nba/news/kevin-durant-and-bradley-beal-lead-team-usa-to-first-exhibition-victory-with-win-over-argentina/5bk07p3bcsmw1xfn639fg5hbt

From Jeff McDonald, Houston Chronicle: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/tokyo-olympics/article/Gregg-Popovich-not-concerned-by-Team-USA-s-16312848.php

From Brad Botkin, CBS Sports: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/tokyo-olympics/article/Gregg-Popovich-not-concerned-by-Team-USA-s-16312848.php

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports: https://nba.nbcsports.com/2021/07/13/usa-looks-like-vintage-dominant-self-in-28-point-rout-of-argentina/


NEWS AND NOTES

- When Will An NBA Team Hire The League's 1st Female HC? (from Thuc Nhi Nguyen, LA Times):

Read it here: https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2021-07-14/when-will-the-nba-hire-the-first-female-head-coach

- NBA Official Tony Brown Is Fighting For His Life (from Tony Brown/Jerry Bembry, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/a-year-ago-tony-brown-was-reffing-his-first-nba-finals-now-hes-fighting-for-his-life/

-Does Anything That Happened This Season Mean Anything? (from Howard Beck, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2021/07/14/nba-weirdest-season-ever-daily-cover

- The NBA All-Star Game Has Become "A Complete & Utter Waster Of Time".  Let's Replace It With USA vs Internationals (from Mike Wilbon/Nico Martinez, Fadeaway World):

Read it here:  https://fadeawayworld.net/nba-media/michael-wilbon-slams-the-nba-all-star-game-it-has-become-a-complete-and-utter-waste-of-time

- BKN: For Reggie Perry, A Summer Of Decisions Awaits (from Nets Daily/Chris Milholen):

Read it here: https://www.netsdaily.com/2021/7/13/22575668/for-reggie-perry-a-summer-of-decisions-await

- BOS: Celtics To Hire Aaron Miles As Player Development Coach (from Adam Taylor, Celtics Blog):

Read it here: https://www.celticsblog.com/2021/7/14/22576800/boston-celtics-aaron-miles-as-player-development-coach-ime-udoka-brad-stevens-golden-state-warriors

- CLE: Sexton Trade A Possibility? It's Complicated (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: https://www.cleveland.com/cavs/2021/07/collin-sexton-trade-a-possibility-for-the-cleveland-cavaliers-its-complicated.html

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

Read it here: https://www.hoopsrumors.com/2021/07/2021-nba-offseason-preview-dallas-mavericks.html

- IND: What To Expect From Rick Carlisle (from Scott Agness/Tim MacMahon, Fieldhouse Files):

Read it here: https://fieldhousefiles.substack.com/p/macmahon-on-carlisle

- LAC: Kawhi's ACL Injury (from Law Murray, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/2705935/2021/07/14/kawhi-leonard-acl-injury-puts-clippers-future-in-doubt-on-his-contract-and-the-best-and-worst-case-scenarios/

From Andrew Greif, LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/story/2021-07-13/clippers-kawhi-leonard-undergoes-surgery-to-repair-partially-torn-acl

From Kevin Pelton, ESPN: https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/31815077/what-does-kawhi-leonard-acl-surgery-mean-free-agency-la-clippers

From Mirjam Swanson, OC Register: https://www.ocregister.com/2021/07/13/clippers-kawhi-leonard-undergoes-surgery-for-partial-acl-tear/

- MIN: Anthony Edwards Is Ready To Take His Game To The Next Level (from Franklyn Calle, slamonline.com):

Read it here: https://www.slamonline.com/the-magazine/anthony-edwards-slam-233/

- UTA: Jazz Face Hard Questions Heading Into Draft, Free Agency (from Sarah Todd, Deseret News):

Read it here: https://www.deseret.com/2021/7/13/22565729/utah-jazz-face-hard-questions-heading-into-draft-free-agency-derrick-favors-joe-ingles-mike-conley


2021 DRAFT

- G League Ignite Prospects (from Jaiden Campana, gleague.nba.com):

Read it here: https://gleague.nba.com/news/nba-2021-draft-prospects-g-league-ignite/

- Q & A: Trey Murphy (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: https://hoopshype.com/lists/trey-murphy-nba-draft-interview-virginia-rice-sleepers/


2022 DRAFT

- 2022 Draft Prospects To Watch (from jonathan Givony, ESPN):

Read it here: https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/31811534/chet-holmgren-caleb-houstan-other-college-stars-talking-next-year-nba-draft


HOOPS HISTORY

- The NBA Finals Night When Jerry West Went For 53 & The Logo Was Born...Maybe (from Leigh Montville, LA Times):

Read it here: https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/story/2021-07-14/nba-finals-night-jerry-west-went-for-53-and-logo-born-maybe

- 50 Years Ago, The Bullets Earned Redemption In The EC Finals (from Clayton Trutor, Baltimore Magazine):

Read it here: https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/section/historypolitics/50-years-ago-the-baltimore-bullets-pulled-off-one-of-the-greatest-upsets-in-nba-playoff-history/

- Mickey Davis Played In The NBA Finals 47 Years Ago...Alongside Kareem & The Big O (from Mike White, Post Gazette):

Read it here: https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/high-school-basketball/2021/07/14/Legacy-series-Mickey-Davis-Monaca-WPIAL-basketball-NBA-Milwaukee-Bucks-NBA-Finals-Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar-Duquesne/stories/202107140020


MOST CLICKED STORY FROM YESTERDAY’S NEWSLETTER

6 reasons to be worried about Team USA men's basketball in the Olympics by Tom Ziller.

Key graf:

Much like the 2002 to 2004 span, Team USA will take who it can get. Only two players on the Olympic squad, Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton, played for the damned 2019 World Cup team. (That team finished No. 7, a terrible omen.) Only three other players on the 2021 squad have ever played in a major international tournament with the senior men’s program: Kevin Durant, star of the 2010 World Champs and 2012 and 2016 Olympic teams; Kevin Love, who did well in limited minutes in 2010 and a substantial role for the 2012 Olympic team; and Draymond Green, who shot a cumulative 5/22 as the last player off the bench in the 2016 Olympics.


TODAY’S CURTED STORY

Finals tomorrow. Trade talk today by Marc Stein

Key graf:

Just scan through the teams that have been linked to a Simmons trade already: Cleveland, Indiana, Minnesota and Sacramento are known suitors. Toronto is also said to have expressed interest. More will emerge.