– Conley clutch as Grizzlies beat Atlanta Hawks (from Ronald Tillery at Memphis Commercial-Appeal):
” Early in his postgame remarks, Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger started talking about the guy he believes is hands down the Western Conference Player of the Week.
“Player of the Month or something,” Joerger campaigned.
The Atlanta Hawks might as well have been a choir singing the same tune in the visitors’ locker room on the other side of FedExForum.”
Read it here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2014/jan/12/grizzlies-108-atlanta-hawks-101/
– Success won’t be foreign to Giannis Antetokounmpo for long (from Charles Gardner, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel):
“He can do that, and he’s just 19 years old (followed by a shake of the head or a bewildered look).
That’s the first thing people say after watching Milwaukee Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, the youngest player in the National Basketball Association.
The comment might come after a spectacular dunk, such as the one Saturday night when Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins got posterized.
It might come after a block, such as the “Greek Freak” wiping out a shot by Thunder star Kevin Durant.
Or it might come simply by watching the rookie use his long reach to rebound the ball before sprinting upcourt with wary opponents in fast retreat.”
– Spurs are getting better at defending shooting bigs (from J Gomez at poundingtherock.com):
” The Spurs have always had trouble with pick-and-pop bigs. While Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw seem to have the ability to do a solid job containing that play, the Spurs just don’t emphasize mid-range defense. It’s a weakness but as far as weaknesses go, it’s not too bad. I’ve finally made my peace with it.
But while allowing assisted mid-range jumpers from role players to deter penetration makes sense, there are some shooting bigs whose offensive skills demand especial treatment. Dirk Nowitzki is the first name that comes to mind but Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge are not far behind. Even three point shooting specialist like Channing Frye should be defended differently.”
Read it here: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2014/1/11/5295090/the-spurs-are-getting-better-at-defending-shooting-big
-What’s Gotten Into Boris Diaw (from Chris Itz at poundingtherock.com):
” Boris has put his entire game together and is playing the best basketball of his career
” His strengths are so balanced that he can be relied upon to rebound, defend taller mid-range shooters effectively, set screens with the best of them, point at teammates in what seems to be a sincere appreciation of a nice feed*, cut when a lane is open, put back a miss, score and facilitate as a ball-handler as well as off the ball, and just generally be a plus for his team when he is on the court.”
Read it here: http://www.poundingtherock.com/videos/2014/1/12/5300184/boris-diaw-scoring-assists-best-career
– Brian Shaw Q & A (from Nate Timmons, denverstiffs.com):
“Brian Shaw talks about injury updates, Denver’s pace, and more.”
Read it here: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2014/1/9/5292472/brian-shaw-putting-kenneth-faried-in-positions-to-succeed-nuggets
– Kings Coach Mike Malone Breaks Down His Offense to Coach Nick at BBallBreakdown
Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIrg6J98SBw
– N.B.A. Game of the Week: A Philosophical Difference (from Jonah Bromwich, NYTimes):
” Every week, The New York Times… choose(s) one essential game to watch, highlighting hot teams, winning and losing streaks, and statistical intrigue in the N.B.A.” This week: Portland at San Antonio, Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/sports/basketball/nba-game-of-the-week-a-philosophical-difference.html
– Michael Carter-Williams expediting 76ers’ rebuilding plan ( from Tyler Lashbrook at SBNation):
Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/1/11/5299206/michael-carter-williams-rookie-stats-philadelphia-76ers
– Development League becomes coaches’ proving ground (from Sam Amick, USAToday):
“For all the focus on the D-League’s improvement and how — at last count — 122 NBA players have D-League experience of some kind, the coaches are having the most substantive impact on the NBA. There are many layers to their influence, from the 19 NBA coaches with D-League roots — including one head coach, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Dave Joerger — to the reality that the newfound synergy between D-League teams and their NBA teams means they’re a more legitimate part of this process than ever.”
Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2014/01/12/nevada-smith-dave-joerger-pat-delany-casey-hill-development-league-coaches/4396669/