Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/22/17 PART TWO

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Dewayne Dedmon: Spurs’ Latest Gem  (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):

Read it here:  http://www.businessinsider.com/dewayne-dedmon-spurs-journey-to-nba-2017-3

Chris Paul: Fast Hands, Gruesome Fingers  (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/sports/chris-paul-clippers-los-angeles-hands.html

Evan Fournier Is Regaining His Form  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-sp-magic-evan-fournier-0322-story.html

5 D-League Shooters Who Could Help GSW (from Ti Windisch, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/21/golden-state-warriors-five-d-league-shooters-help/

Hornacek Critiques Knicks’ Play  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/20/is-hornaceks-passing-complaint-a-shot-at-knicks-stars/

Richaun Holmes Emerges (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20170322_Holmes_emerges_from_Sixers__center_logjam.html

Dinwiddie: Prospering With Nets  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/03/21/ex-piston-dinwiddie-makes-opporunity-nets/99463906/

 The Celtics’ Defense Needs To Step Up (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/for-a-shot-at-the-east-the-celtics-defense-needs-to-step-up/

How The Wizards’ Defense Has Slipped Since The All-Star Break  (from Chase Hughes, csnmidatlantic.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/state-wizards-numbers-how-defense-has-slipped-all-star-break

Everything You Need To Know About The NBA’s Rest Controversy (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-nbas-rest-controversy-including-solutions/

Hoiberg’s Circle Of Trust (from Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun Times):

Video Breakdown: Patrick McCaw Against The Mavericks  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

 Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/3/22/15018442/nba-2017-highlights-warriors-mavericks-patrick-mccaw-stephen-curry

Brett Brown On Westbrook (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/russell-westbrook-most-dominant-guard-brett-brown-has-seen-16-nba-seasons

By The Numbers: A Look At Covington’s Defense (from Cory Seidman, csnphilly.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/numbers-closer-look-robert-covingtons-defensive-prowess

DeAndre Bembry: On His Way With The Hawks  (from Cory Prescott, clnsradio.com):

Read and watch it here: http://clnsradio.com/boston-celtics-news/item/15452-deandre-bembry-on-his-way-to-an-nba-future-with-the-atlanta-hawks

ICYMI: Our Recent Interview  (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/ray-lebov-interesting-guy-havent-heard/

Heat Scout Bob Reinhart (from Brendan Perkins, Dubois County Herald):

Read it here: https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/reinhart-comes-full-circle-in-call-to-hall

Errick McCollum Q & A (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net):

Read it here: http://www.eurohoops.net/en/interviews/419080/define-winning-thats-want-gala/

NOTE: This is PART TWO of today’s BI.  If you missed PART ONE, here it is: http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/03/22/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-32217-part-one/

 

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Karl-Anthony Towns From The Triple Threat Position (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/22/karl-towns-triple-threat-timberwolves/

Dario Saric’s Compelling ROY Case (from Ben Detrick, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/dario-saric-interview-philadelphia-76ers-nba-ae72d28e5ac2#.n1x63vam3

From Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense: http://thesixersense.com/2017/03/22/philadelphia-76ers-dario-saric-steps-up/

Brett Brown’s Patience Promotes Confidence  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-more-minutes-rookies-mean-more-opportunities-learn

Deciphering Julius Randle’s Talent & Value (from Adam Jospeh, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/deciphering-the-talent-value-of-julius-randle-9d1ec04b3721#.ujgd0qsdl

The Mavericks’ Rebuild  (from Vijay Vemu, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and wtach it here: https://16winsaring.com/life-after-dirk-how-the-dallas-mavericks-slowly-made-an-investment-in-youth-b847b0b7149b#.8arkqwbgs

 The Raptors’ Defensive Improvement (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/raptors/raptors-defensive-improvement-leading-without-kyle-lowry/

DPOY Watch (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read and watch it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/defensive-player-of-the-year-watch/

By The Numbers: Top 5 Defenders At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698613-metrics-101-the-top-5-nba-defenders-at-every-position

Ranking The Most Hopeless Teams (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/22/nba-hopeless-rebuilding-teams-knicks-nets-lakers

How Brogdon Went From Draft Afterthought To All-Rookie Team Season (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698424-how-malcolm-brogdon-went-from-nba-draft-afterthought-to-rookie-of-the-year-race

From Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated:  https://theundefeated.com/features/milwaukee-bucks-malcolm-brogdon-nba-rookie-of-the-year-race/

Anthony Tolliver: So Good At Taking Charges That A Stat Was Invented For Him  (from Chris Herring, fivetirtyeight.com):

Read and watch it here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nba-player-whos-so-good-at-taking-charges-we-created-a-stat-for-him/

Pacers: Hurtling Toward A Wild Summer  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18959003/zach-lowe-paul-george-future-indiana-pacers

Millsap’s Heavy Load Is Taking Its Toll (from Graham Chapple, Hawks Hoop):

Read and watch it here: http://hawkshoop.com/millsaps-heavy-load-finally-takes-toll/

How Kelly Oubre Can Keep His Spot In Wizards’ Rotation (from Marcus Atkinson, Sr., Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/3/22/14972452/kelly-oubre-washington-wizards-rotation-player-analysis-defense-open-shots

DMC’s Big Night Sparks Pelicans’ Dimming Playoff Hopes  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/1127/demarcus-cousins-big-night-sparks-pelicans-dimming-playoff-hopes

Bucks’ Lockdown Defense Thwarts Blazers At Finish  (from Charles F. Gardner, isonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/22/bucks-93-trail-blazers-90-lockdown-defense-thwarts-blazers-finish/99432128/

Marcus Smart’s Burgeoning Post Game (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/22/marcus-smarts-burgeoning-post-game/

Behind The Numbers: Why Does Conley Shoot Better With Parsons On The Floor? (from Ross Jarrar, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2017/3/22/15016904/memphis-grizzlies-stats-they-got-numbers-part-2-mike-conley

Len’s Future With The Suns Is In Question (from Gavin Schall, arizonasports.com):

Read it here: http://arizonasports.com/story/1065093/alex-len-future-with-suns-is-in-question/

Euroleague Overview (from Andrew Bernucca, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/catching-up-on-euroleague-basketball-cbc6ffc75671#.njzydfmsi

D-League: Trahson Burrell (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/21/15010848/trahson-burrell-nba-dleague-nbadl-nbadleague

NOTE: This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  We will publish PART TWO later today.  Stay tuned.

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/21/17

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HOU vs. DEN: The playoff series we deserve  (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/21/denver-nuggets-harden-jokic-playoffs/

Dragic: Central To Heat’s Turnaround (from Rob Slater All U CanHeat):

Read it here: http://allucanheat.com/2017/03/21/miami-heat-the-importance-of-goran-dragic/

Lillard Exposed Heat’s Biggest Defensive Flaw (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/20/14984476/damian-lillard-49-points-heat-defense-hassan-whiteside

Nurkic: Ideal Pick-And-Role Partner (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/how-jusuf-nurkic-saved-damian-lillard-and-portlands-season-583f7f8355c6#.k1lhcf7or

Next Three Heat Opponents Are Top-10 In Scoring (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article139668983.html

From Shandel Richardson, Sun-Sentinel:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-sp-miami-heat-main-20170320-story.html

The Jazz’ Role Players (from Taylor Griffin, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/utah-jazzs-depth-a-blessing-and-a-curse-89ef3144f02e#.iolbwarka

Western Conference Playoffs: X-Factors For Teams Fighting For 8th Seed (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-playoff-push-x-factor-5-west-teams-still/

Eastern Conference Playoffs: X-Factors For Teams Chasing 7th And 8th Seeds  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-playoff-push-x-factor-for-the-5-east-teams-still-in-it/

James Harden: Brilliant Again  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/3828/james-harden-makes-another-case-for-being-mvp

Every Team’s Most Promising Prospect (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698343-every-nba-teams-most-promising-prospect

David West: Playing For Fulfillment  (from Mike Finger, Express-News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/mike_finger/article/As-he-did-with-Spurs-West-chasing-more-than-a-11014255.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=f3e12058f7927fc3fb

ZaZa Pacuhila: Carrying On In Father’s Spirit (from Connor Letourneay, SF Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/Warriors-Zaza-Pachulia-carries-on-in-11013192.php

Pelicans Need Patience And Continuity  (from Brett Martell, AP):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/20/new-orleans-pelicans-patience-continuity/?rss=true

From Scott Kushner, The Advocate: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_37193456-0db1-11e7-a993-4f1aab0cc672.html

Poeltl Emerges (from Mike Ganter, Postmeadia Network):

Read it here: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/basketball/toronto+raptors+jakob+poeltl+emerges+with+meaningful/13160420/story.html

Milos Teodosic Blog (from eurohoops.et):

Read it here: http://www.eurohoops.net/en/milos-teodosic-blog/419948/milos-teodosic-back-back-title-decision/

Jordan Crawford Is Back  (from Nico Baguio, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/jordan-crawford-is-back-6bcc4e3a95dc#.5xvk2b3wj

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/20/17

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Draymond Green’s Masterful Defense (from Preston Mott, 16 Wins A Ring):
Video Breakdown: What Exactly Is Secondary Transition?  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):
How Isaiah Thomas Attacks The Basket (from Jon Giesbrecht, BBall Breakdown):
A Deep Dive Into The Spurs’ Success (from Chris deSilva, 16 Wins A Ring):
–  How The Spurs Have Built The Most Successful Franchise Of The Last 20 Years (from Peter Walsh, slamonline.com):
Player Availability Could Do Wonders For Spurs (from Michael Wright, ESPN):
Rockets Show That They Can Adjust Scoring Strategy (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Marsahll Plumlee/Maurice Ndour: Knicks’ Rookies Who Will Soon Get More Playing Time (from Marc Berman, NYPost):
The Cavs’ Problematic Defense  (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
Jamal Murray: Productive Role Player With Potential To Be Much More (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Wizards: 4 Lineups To Keep An Eye On (from Steve Couper, Hashtag Basketball):
The Red-Hot Blazers (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
Nuggets: Living With Rookie Mistakes (from Nick Kosmider, Denver Post):
Robin Lopez: Sometimes Unnoticed, But Consistent (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):
Basketball Intelligence Interview: The NBAYD Radio Show (from Gary Ayd):
–  OKC: Why Staying With Andre Roberson Was The Right SF Choice (from Matthew Hallett, Thunderous Intentions):
Crowder Is Leading Celtics’ Defensive Surge (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
COY Candidates (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):
Role Switch Sparks D’Angelo Russell’s Scoring Outburst (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Rim Protection Factors (from Michael Chang, Nylon Calculus):
Heat Say Whiteside Has “Turned The Corner”  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Bulls Seek Maturity, Consistency From Portis, Valentine (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
Saric’s No-Look Passes (from Dane Carbaugh, NB Sports):
T’Wolves: Casspi A Good Fit (from Brian Sampson, Hoops Habit):
Patrick McCaw Leans On Father’s Advice  (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate.com):

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/19/17

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Jae Crowder Has Improved Offensively, But Has Accepted A Complementary Role (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/18/jae-crowder-accepts-limited-offensive-role/Zi6H6XzuHJuI1hj4n173VI/story.html

Towns And The Wolves: Right On Schedule  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/a/karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-work-ethic-sunday-shootaround

Jokic-Plumlee Pairing Is Quickly Finding Success (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/gameday/031817

Taj Gibson’s Range Is Expanding  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/taj-gibsons-range-expanding-in-the-thunder-starting-lineup/article/5542157

Kevin Calabro Interview (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/article/5542217

Wayne Ellington Has Played A Large Role In Heat’s Recent Run  (from Nekias Daniels, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/wayne-ellington-become-miamis-ray-allen/

Basketball Intelligence: In The News (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/ray-lebov-interesting-guy-havent-heard/

Bucks’ Assistant Sean Sweeney (from Daniel Allar, courierpress.com):

Read it here: http://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/college/evansville/2016/10/13/sweeney-traced-path-evansville-nba/91920162/

Spurs: Patty Mills’ Crucial Impact (from Dylan Carter, Air Alamo):

Read and watch it here: http://airalamo.com/2017/03/19/gday-mate-crucial-impact-patty-mills-spurs/

Jason Smith: Wizards’ Utility Man  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2017/03/18/evolve-or-die-jason-smith-is-the-wizards-utility-man-on-and-off-the-court/

Film Study: Spurs’ Defensive Efficiency Vs. Hawks  (from Ali Radhi, The Sports Daily):

Read and watch it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/film-study-looking-back-at-spurs-defensive-efficiency-vs-hawks/

Celtics’ Shooters Benefit From Horford’s Presence  (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-031817-celtics-shooters-benefiting-al-horfords-presence

Gary Harris: Development & Ascension (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read it here: http://bsndenver.com/hes-committed-to-his-craft-gary-harris-development-as-an-on-ball-playmaker-is-fueling-his-ascension/

Raptors’ Defensive Focus Helps Withstand Offensive Power Outage  (from Mike Ganter, Postmedia Network):

Read it here: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2017/03/18/22711543.html

TJ Warren: Suns’ SF Of The Future?  (from Doug Haller,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/03/18/tj-warren-suns-small-forward-future/99352992/

Frank Vogel’s Positivity (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/frank-vogels-positivity-helps-his-players-stay-confident

Richaun Holmes: Making His Case (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/beast-richaun-holmes-making-strong-case-be-sixers-backup-center

Brandon Ingram: Hitting His Stride In March  (from Joey Ramirez, lakers.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/170318-practice-report-brandon-ingram

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Dave Stallworth, who passed away last week.

 

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