Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/10/16

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–  Video Breakdown: The Genius Of James Harden  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
–  Harden Is Quieting His Critics  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):
Friday Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Ten Things I Like And Don’t Like (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Eric Gordon: Clicking With Rockets (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):
Kyle O’Quinn: Indispensable Knick  (from Luke Duffy, Hoops Habit):
–  The Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins’ Quandary  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
–  Reviewing The Week: Rudy Gobert, Pistons, Ian Clark  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):
–  Jazz: A Top Team Despite Injuries (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):
Isaiah Whitehead (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):
Goran Dragic Q & A  (from Lang Greene, Basketball Insiders):
8 Relevant Warriors Stats  (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):
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The Quiet Resurgence Of Trevor Ariza  (from Jordan Treske, Hoops Habit):
–  Lowry’s Dominant Season Comes With 1 Concern (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):
–  Wade’s Excellent Passing Is A Crucial Part Of Bulls’ Offense (from Jacob Bikshorn, blogabull.com):
–  Spoelstra: Whiteside Needs To Dominate  (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
Why Ish Smith Is Important To Pistons’ Defense  (from Duncan Smith, Piston Powered):
–  When The Hawks Move The Ball, Howard And Millsap Control Inside  (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):
–  How Did Shumpert Get His Groove Back?  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
–  Lou Williams’ Career Year Presents A Conundrum For The Lakers  (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
–  Walton’s System Hasn’t Worked Yet For Deng (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Why Can’t The Lakers Seem To Play Defense?  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):
–  By The Numbers: The Worst Defensive Teams (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch, USA Today):
Horford’s Playmaking Dazzles  (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):
Isaiah Austin Faces Uncertain NBA Market  (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):
Brook Lopez Proving His Value Again  (from Max Prinz, nothinbutnets.cm):
–  Ante Zizic’s Development At Cibona (from Ridiculous Upside):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting Analysis 12/9/16

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Blake Griffin Got Swallowed Up By The Dubs’ D  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
The Grizzlies’ Heart Keeps Pumping  (from Spencer Davies, amicohoops.net):
–  Jimmy Butler’s Ascent Continues (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
–  Butler vs Leonard Highlights Bulls vs Spurs  (from Michael Singer, USA Today):
–  Horford Is Flourishing As Celtics’ QB  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Anthony Bennett: Shedding His Reputation (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):

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Brandan Ingram Q & A  (from Mike Trudell, lakers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/161208-ingram-interview

The Lakers’ Bench (from Advith Sarikonda, BBall Breakdown):

–  Klay Thompson: The Perfect Complementary Scorer (from Kelly Scaletta, fanragsports.com):

Read it here: http://www.fanragsports.com/nba/scaletta-klay-thompson-perfect-complementary-scorer/

–   D’Angelo Russell, Devin Booker Motivate Each Other  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/russell-737892-booker-rookie.html

–  Kris Dunn Is Finding His Rhythm (from Kyle Ratke, timberwolves.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/shootaround-access-dunn-finding-his-rhythm

Nuggets Have A Mudiay Problem  (from Christian Clark, Denverite):

Read it here: http://www.denverite.com/denver-nuggets-emmanuel-mudiay-problem-24598/

–  Richaun Holmes: Dunkman Rises  (from Anthony DePaul, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2016/12/08/richaun-holmes-dunkman-rises/

 Thaddeus Young’s Understated Impact (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):
–  Rodney Hood Q & A  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated)
Myles Turner’s Ascent To Stardom  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Hornets Are More Dangerous Than Ever (from Adam McGee, Hoops Habit):
–  Pau Gasol Relishes Spurs’ Consistency  (from Mark Strotman, csnchicago.com):

–  Who Is Patrick Beverley? (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/thunder-who-is-patrick-beverley-a-look-at-the-thunders-archnemisis/article/5530224

–  Opponents Focus More On Wiggins In Year Three (from Doug Smith, thestar.com):

Read it here: https://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2016/12/08/nothing-but-net-in-year-3-andrew-wiggins-has-less-room-to-play.html

 Zach LaVine: T’wolves’ X-Factor  (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insdiers):

Alvin Gentry Not Worried Re: Job Status (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18240374/alvin-gentry-not-worried-job-new-orleans-pelicans-lose-4th-straight-game

Video Analysis:  Draymond Green To Kevin Durant Backdoor Dunk  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Video: Grenade DHO Off Post Feed (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Quinn Cook: D-League Superstar  (from Francis Adu, Ridiculous Upside):
Elijah Millsap  (from Brian Bergner, The Daily Courier):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/8/16

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GSW 115, LAC 98  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20161208/clippers-still-chasing-greatness-but-warriors-havent-lost-theirs

From Mark Whicker, OC Register:  http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/20161208/decisive-loss-to-golden-state-raises-familiar-questions-for-clippers

From Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/look-this-play-shows-how-pace-unlocks-the-warriors-brilliant-offense/

Warriors: Different Look, Same Success (from Mark Whicker, OC Register):

Read it here: http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20161207/different-look-golden-state-warriors-came-to-town-with-same-success

CLE 126, NYK 94: 5 Observations  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/12/lebron_james_deandre_liggins_s.html

–  The Emerging Giannis  (from Michael Singer, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2016/12/07/giannis-antetokounmpo-lebron-james-dirk-nowitzki-jason-kidd-gregg-popovich-bucks/95084050/

Harkless: Thriving In Portland (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/blazers-maurice-harkless-having-career-year/

–  Jrue Holiday: Pelicans’ X-Factor (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-jrue-holiday-is-pelicans-x-factor/

–  Raptors Still Figuring Out Where Valanciunas Fits  (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-still-figuring-out-where-valanciunas-fits-1.626407

–  Player-Referee Communication (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/referees-policy-technical-fouls-ejections-nbra-adam-silver-bob-delaney/5bxteydvb19i1bxnomhbnd0l6

The Lakers’ Bench  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=X1WXNKu5s_U

Dwane Casey Interview:

Watch It Here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=4SJKAoN_tiw

–  Defending the 3: The Defensive Aspect The Raptors Must Fix  (from Coach Nick):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=OMomk-BIBoc

How Klay Hit 60  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIQwAiBVFgs

From Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind:

http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/12/6/13852348/nba-2016-warriors-pacers-video-analysis-klay-thompson-60-points-in-29-minutes

–  Eric Gordon: A Perfect Fit With Rockets  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/3242/eric-gordon-fills-role-perfectly-in-leading-rockets-past-lakers

Dorian Finney-Smith Has Made Big First Impression With Mavs  (from Bobby Karalla, mvas.com):

Read it here:

http://www.mavs.com/wise-on-the-floor-but-young-in-years-dorian-finney-smith-has-made-big-first-impression-during-his-rookie-season/

–  Dragan Bender Gets Tested  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/12/07/phoenix-suns-dragan-bender-gets-tested-nba-school/95123590/

–  Pistons May Not Let Aron Baynes Go Easily After All (from Duncan Smith, Piston Powered):

Read and watch it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/12/08/detroit-pistons-aron-baynes-go/

–  Sam Smith On Rondo  (from bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/sam-smith-rajon-rondo

–  Brand Is Embracing New Role With Sixers  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20161208_Cooney__Brand_embracing_new_role_with_Sixers.html

From phillyfansince88:  http://phillyfansince88.sportsblog.com/posts/30624140/why-the-sixers-hiring-elton-brand-is-bigger-than-you-think.html

Knicks Finally Get To The Basket  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/07/one-team-three-stats-new-york-knicks-shooting-restricted-area

–  The Vertical Podcast: Luke Walton  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  https://art19.com/shows/vertical/episodes/2402c41a-b257-49ea-b9c0-a30b8f4b916b

That Guy Podcast (from Dave Dufour/Pete Zayas):

Listen To It Here:  https://soundcloud.com/thatguybball/why-draymond-is-the-mvp-w-lakerfilmroom

Spotlighting Anthony Morrow (from David-Scott, Welcome To Loud City):

Read it here: http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/12/8/13879392/minutes-for-morrow-spotlighting-league-accurate-three-point-shooters

–  Rodney McGruder: Going To School Vs. NBA’s Best Wings  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article119596718.html

–  Heat Is The Best Fit For Derrick Williams  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/12/06/derrick-williams-on-awkward-exit-after-opt-out-knicks-never-called/

–  Alan Anderson: MVP Teammate (from Rowan Kavner, clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/glue-guy-alan-andersons-already-clipper-favorite

D’Antoni Provided Support For Nick Young During His Struggles  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20161207/mike-dantoni-provided-support-for-lakers-nick-young-during-struggles

 The Bulls’ Bench Problems  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago-bulls/post/_/id/23747/butlers-struggles-in-4th-underscore-a-larger-issue-for-bulls-a-bad-bench

Stephen Zimmerman Shining In D-League (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/7/13876064/stephen-zimmerman-magic-dleague

–  What’s Next For Alessandro Gentile? (from Emmet Ryan, ballineurope.com):

Read it here:  http://ballineurope.com/who-mourns-for-alessandro-gentile-5435/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/7/16

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–  Daryl Morey: Basketball’s Nerd King  (from Michael Lewis, Slate.com):

Read it here: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2016/12/how_daryl_morey_used_behavioral_economics_to_revolutionize_the_art_of_nba.html

Larry Bird Q & A  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18197737/larry-bird-reveals-secrets-13-year-career

–  Why D’Antoni Is A Great Fit For Rockets  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/columnist/sam-amick/2016/12/06/mike-dantoni-james-harden-daryl-morey-rockets/95058052/

–  LBJ Is Better Than Ever At Picking Defenses Apart (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/07/lebron-james-passing-assists-cavaliers/

–  The Evolution Of LBJ  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/07/lebron-james-cavaliers-heat-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-kyrie-irving

–  Eric Gordon: Finally Hitting His Stride  (from Cameron Stewart, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/07/houston-rockets-eric-gordon-stride/

–  What Is Motiejunas Doing? (from Larry Coon, cbafaq.com):

Read it here:  http://cbafaq.com/blog/?p=381

–  Durant’s Shooting Has Gone From Good To Great  (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/07/nylon-calculus-kevin-durant-shooting-improvement/

How KD Has Become His Most Efficient Self (from Marc Stein, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18226416/nba-how-kevin-durant-became-most-efficient-self-yet

–  Patrick McCaw: Precocious Rookie  (from Janie McCauley, AP):

Read it here;  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/9cb77039b65249d996a011ca7c782f1f/warriors-rookie-patrick-mccaw-learns-surrounded-big-stars

–  Tom Thibodeau: A Season Watching From A Distance (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/06/sports/tom-thibodeau-minnesota-timberwolves-chicago-bulls-basketball.html?_r=0

Giannis: Just Pointing To Pure Talent Sells Him Short  (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18218114/bucks-find-star-antetokounmpo

–  Al Attles: There Was Nothing You Could Do To Stop Wilt  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: http://theundefeated.com/features/klay-thompson-wilt-chamberlain/

–  Brook Lopez, Marksman  (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/brook-lopez-marksman

–  Kent Bazemore’s Story Of Perseverance  (from Lang Greene, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-kent-bazemores-story-of-perseverance/

–  Steve Kerr’s Slow Recovery  (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/05/steve-kerrs-day-by-day-healing-process-hes-feeling-better-and-realizing-the-overnight-recovery-probably-isnt-going-to-happen/

–  The Hawks’ Early-Season Reality Check (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):

Read it here:

http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/06/atlanta-hawks-early-season-slump

Jamal Crawford’s Sixth Man Transformation  (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/jamal-crawfords-historic-sixth-man-transformation/

Tuesday Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/7/13864500/2016-nba-scores-john-wall-wizards-52-points-loss

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/07/three-things-we-learned-tuesday-even-john-walls-52-cant-get-wizards-win/

–  Tuesday’s Best Players: John Wall/Kris Dunn (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/john-walls-52-points-can-t-mask-the-wizards-stink-83cb6c78fe32#.6j8fr8x0z

–  Oladipo Is Beginning To Make The Jump In OKC  (from Chris Barnewall, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/06/victor-oladipo-thunder-magic-westbrook/

Can The Clippers Derail GSW-CLE III?  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/07/los-angeles-clippers-chris-paul-blake-griffin-doc-rivers-warriors-cavs

–  Phil Jackson On ‘Melo, The Triangle And More  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18224997/carmelo-anthony-new-york-knicks-working-ball-hog-habit-phil-jackson-says

–  GSW-LAC Preview  (from Law Murray, clipperblog.com):

Read it here:  http://clipperblog.com/2016/12/07/best-offense-warriors-meets-best-defense-clippers/

–  Josh McRoberts Makes It Easier For Everyone  (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/12/07/josh-mcroberts-using-on-court-communication-skills-to-help-miami-heats-young-roster/

OKC’s Winning Streak: It’s Westbrook But It’s Not Just Westbrook  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5529908

–  Thomas Robinson: Searching For A Bigger Role (from Mark Whicker, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/robinson-737498-nba-lakers.html

As D-League Matures, Santa Cruz Warriors Toil In The Shadow Of GSW  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-golden-state-almost-warriors-1480974818

–  Manny Harris: Off To Unbelievable Star With Texas Legends  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/6/13857238/manny-harris-nbadl-dleague-texas-legends

 

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Klay Thompson’s 60 Point Game (from Kristian Winfield/Satchel Price, SBNation):

–  Doc Rivers Q & A (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Bucks Using “Tall Ball” To Counter League-Wide Trend (from Michale Lee, Yahoo Sports):
–  How James Harden Locked In For A Prolific Season  (from Hunter Roland, Houston Chronicle):
–  Scouting Reports On How To Slow Westbrook  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
 Trainer Joey Burton Q & A: On Glenn Robinson’s Big Summer  (from C. Cooper, indycornrows.com):
–  Clippers Search For Consistency  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
–  The Wolves Defensive Struggles (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Is Raptors’ Offense Historically Great?  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
 The Raptors’ Trouble Defending Three-Pointers (from Coach Nick):
 Luke Walton’s Progressive Thinking  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):
 3 Things We Learned Monday (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
–  WAS 118, BKN 113  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):
Comparing Rebuilding Teams  (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
–  League Will Tweak Calendar To Continue Fight Against Fatigue  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
John Vanak, R.I.P.  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):
–  Are The Magic Turning It Around?  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):
–  Glenn Robinson III’s Emergence  (from Dylan Hughes, 8poinst9seconds.com):
 James Johnson  (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):
Cavs’ Defense Is Leaving Much To Be Desired  (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
–  Jack Cooley Is Thriving In Europe  (from heinnews, Ridiculous Upside):
Advanced Stat Percentile Tables  (from Nick Scirica, Nylon Calculus):
QOTD (from Gregg Popovich, responding to a student who asked if the Spurs will win another title this season:
“Win the championship? I don’t know, but it’s not a priority in my life. I’d be much happier if I knew that my players were going to make society better, who had good families and who took care of the people around them. I’d get more satisfaction out of that than a title. I would love to win another championship and we’ll work our butts off to try and do that. But we have to want more than success in our jobs. That’s why we’re here. We’re here so you’ll understand that you can overcome obstacles by being prepared and if you educate the hell out of yourself. If you become respectful, disciplined people in this world, you can fight anything. If you join with each other and you believe in yourself and each other, that’s what matters. That’s what we want to relay to you all: that we believe that about you or we wouldn’t be here.”
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