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PBT Extra: Mike Conley changes series, but Warriors will start to hit shots again

Mike Conley was brilliant. The Grizzlies defense was brilliant — they contested 21 of the Warriors 26 threes. Memphis is going home with a tied series, 1-1. 104 more words

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PBT Extra: Will anyone step up and be third scorer for Cavaliers in Game 2?

There were a lot of problems with the Cavaliers in their Game 1 loss to Chicago. Their defensive cross matching was odd. They ran too much isolation against a defense designed specifically to stop isolation. 144 more words

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PBT Extra: Will Doc Rivers sit Chris Paul in Game 2?

After a surprising Game 1 win, it feels like the Clippers are playing with house money. Los Angeles earned at least a split on the road to start its second round series against Houston; the Clippers showed the toughness from the Spurs series that the Rockets were unprepared for (the Clippers are not the Mavericks). 118 more words

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PBT Extra: Grizzlies searching for answers, Mike Conley in Game 2

There are no easy answers for Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger in round two, no simple fixes that change the matchup issues he faces against the Golden State Warriors. 120 more words

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PBT Extra: Hawks need to lean on starters more, hit open looks in Game 2

Washington earned an upset Game 1 win on the road against the Hawks, one that wasn’t a total surprise based on the team’s first-round efforts. 104 more words

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PBT Extra: Stephen Curry is the MVP for a modern NBA

Stephen Curry is a different kind of MVP.

Usually, the award goes to the physical freaks — LeBron James, Kevin Durant, etc.. — but that is not Curry. 87 more words

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PBT Extra: Can Jimmy Butler have success slowing LeBron James?

Nobody is going to stop LeBron James; he remains the single best player walking the face of the earth. After his mid-season hiatus, he has played like it. 107 more words

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