Green means Warriors are elite
The numbers don't lie: When Draymond Green is on the court, Golden State is 14 points per 100 possessions better than when he sits.
Tobias Harris @tobiasharris
.Chess not checkers.
Sefolosha: Arrest hurt reputation
The Hawks forward, who has blamed police for leg injuries suffered during an April arrest in New York, said that the incident not only ended his season but also brought stress to his entire family: "Every aspect of my life was affected by something like this." Double the damage
Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz
In the maturation of any top NBA coach, there was a point when he was really good at some stuff and not so good at other stuff. Then grew.
Long odds for LeBron from long range
LeBron James has been a force in the paint this postseason. But as his post game has taken over, his perimeter shooting has fallen off a cliff.
Shelvin Mack @shell859
Playing uno with my homies... #truetoatlanta
Chef Curry in center field?
NBA MVP Stephen Curry reportedly is planning to attend tonight's game between the Braves and Giants, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy joked pregame that he could play Curry in center. If his 3-point shooting (.440 career rate) translates to batting, Ted Williams could have company.
'You can't' stop Curry or LeBron
Stephen Curry and LeBron James explained how the other has to be defended in advance of the NBA Finals. The gist? You can't let either get off but you can't stop them.
Dwight suspended 1 game of 2015-16 season
Dwight Howard's common foul on Andre Iguodala in Game 5 was upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 and will now be suspended for a game to start the 2015-16 season: "Well, that means I have to play 81 games hard, not 82."
Dwight Howard's response to suspension
"Well, that means I have to play 81 games hard, not 82. ... I can't do nothing about it now, the playoffs are over with for us. We had a great run, so despite getting whatever happens next year for one game, its not going to take away what we did this year in the playoffs."
Skiles has skills, but temper high hopes
While new Magic head coach Scott Skiles has turned around multiple teams in his first few years, Kevin Pelton writes the Magic should be concerned about the long-term impact of this hiring. A limited impact
Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN
Skiles says Magic's duo of Payton/Oladipo should be a Top-5 defensive backcourt. He also dispelled rumors of old rift with Tobias Harris.
Adam Silver responds to draft proposal
FiveThirtyEight crowdsourced solutions to fix the NBA draft, sent the best one to commissioner Adam Silver and he responded. Even though he said he won't be riding a bear into the lottery room any time soon (as one suggested), he said "there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the draft lottery." No 'tanking' talk
With no Klay, Warriors lean on Curry
Stephen Curry's usage rate with Klay Thompson off the court is 36.4% in the playoffs, compared to 29.3% with Thompson on the court. That would be equal to LeBron James' playoff-high usage rate this season.
Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion
Said the Warriors in a statement: "[Thompson] will not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA's concussion protocol guidelines. He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return."
Thompson uncertainty looms over Finals
If Klay Thompson has lingering issues relating to his concussion or misses time, it could spell trouble for the Warriors. Only one player has made more 3s this postseason than Thompson, his backcourt mate Stephen Curry.