Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/15/18 PART TWO

ATL: Q & A: Kent Bazemore (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
BOS: Oral History Of The Aftermath Of Hayward’s Injury (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):
GSW: Myers’ Creativity And New CBA Wrinkles Create A Two-Year Alfonzo McKinnie Contract (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
GSW: McCaw’s Absence Concerns His Teammates (from Marcus Thompson II, The Athletic):
GSW: It’s About To Get Real For Damian Jones  (from Marcus Thompson II. The Athletic):
IND: Myles Turner’s Approach To Remaking Himself Into Traditional Center (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
MIL: Season Preview: Bucks Have Gotten Deeper (from Kane Pitman, The Step Back):
MIL: Giannis Looking To Become More 3-Dimensional (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
MIN: Wolves Roster Analysis (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
MIN: Jimmy Butler & Glen Taylor Reach An Understanding (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
ORL: Magic Trust Length, Analytics Will Help Them Win (from Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel):
ORL: Clifford Grew Up Dreaming About Becoming A Basketball Coach (from John Denton,
POR: Evan Turner Gets The Keys To Run Second Unit (from Jason Quick, The Athletic):
SAC: Q & A: Marvin Bagley III (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):
Who Will Be The Biggest Surprise Team? (from Sports Illustrated):
– How Each Australian NBA Player Stacks Up Heading Into 2018-19 Season (from Benyam Kidane, Sporting News):
Disrupting The Defense: “Pistol” AKA “21 Series” (from Justin Jacobs, squared2020):
Today’s BI Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Dick Tinkham


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/11/16

Rejuvenated Dwight Howard Has Sparked Hawks’ Fast Start  (from Shaun Powell,

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How We Play Basketball In Poland  (from Marcin Gortat, The Players Tribune):

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Bulls,Heat, Lakers, Kings  (from Bball Breakdown):

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–  Diagnosing Rockets’ Remaining Flaws (from Kelly Scaletta, Bleacher Report):

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–  Taj Gibson’s Hard Work Is Getting Recognized  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

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Isaiah Canaan: Recovering Lost Momentum (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

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 Spurs Playbook:  How Best To Use Pau Gasol (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

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–  Rookie Report: Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss  (from Cole Zwicker, Fan Sided):

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–  Knicks Must Attack The Paint To Improve Efficiency  (from Drew Margolis,

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–  Video Analysis: Mozgov Showed  His Worth  (from Harrison Gaigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

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–  For Sixers: A Practice About Talking  (from Brian Seltzer,

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–  The Magic’s Defensive Struggles (from David Iwanowski,  Orlando Magic Daily):

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–  CJ McCollum Makes His Case (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Ilustrated):

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–  Film Study: Dragan Bender  (from Jacob Padilla, Bright side Of The Sun):

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–  Nick Young Has Found His Place  (from Duncan Smith, Hoops Habit):

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 Andrew Wiggins Is On The Right Track (from Devin Domino,

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–  Warriors Are Heating Up (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):

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Mavericks: “Half Rebuilding” (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

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–  What Gorgui Dieng Is Doing For KAT  (from Kevin Yeung, Fan Sided):

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From Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders:

–  Dudley Is A Better Blend With Suns’ 2nd Unit  (from Paul Coro, azcentral):

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–  Josh Powell: I Went Through A Lot In My Day  (from Matt Logue, Daily Telegraph):

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For Boris Dallo, D-League A Chance At The NBA (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

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Remembering The Late, Great Super John Williamson:

Yesterday was Super John’s Birthday.  He would have been 65 if hadn’t left us way too soon.

Bill Melchionni remembers John’s role in the final ABA game:


– A conversation with Hubie Brown (from Darnell Mayberry,

“In this Q & A,  Brown talked about tanking, his television style and the greatest man he’s ever known.”

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– Scott Brooks: “Durant ‘All About the team’ ” (from Dave McMenamin,

” “Let’s face it: If he wanted to score a bunch of points or more than he’s scoring now, he really could do that,” Brooks said before the Thunder played the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. “His assist level has gone up, he impacts the game. Defensively, he impacts the game. He can guard 1 through 5. So a lot of things that he does (are) all about the team.”

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– Nets find a way to win (from Tim Bontemps, NYPost):

Despite being outrebounded 53-27 by the Kings (and 28-27 by DeMarcus Cousins) and losing 2 more former all-stars to injuries, the Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings.

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– Rockets Nip Blazers in Overtime (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

” It’s hard to think we could have any more confidence right now,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said. “Our confidence is sky high. We think we are the best team in the league and we are going to go and prove it every single night.”

” I could feel the guys coming together,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “Their chemistry is improving. Their belief in each other is improving. They are bonding. It’s nice to be around that because that is what makes sports special, when you get around guys who are bonding and fighting together. That’s the hook for all of us guys who have been doing this for many, many years is that belief that together we can get something accomplished and that’s fun.”

That did not happen with the comeback win. The comeback win happened because of that.”

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Rockets Stake Claim As NBA’s Best (from Fran Blinebury,

” Right now, Dwight Howard, James Harden and their dangerous buddies are in the fast lane with the top down and passing everybody else on the freeway.”

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– While Noah Rejoices, LeBron Bemoans Slide (from Brian Windhorst,

” ‘I love it, beating Miami,” Noah said. “I don’t care if it’s the regular season, it’s always special.’

Meanwhile, LeBron James was in full lament. Both about his last shot of regulation and his week that started so promisingly and ended with disappointment.”

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Throwing down the Polish Hammer (from Kyle Weidie, ESPN’s TrueDC):

“Marcin Gortat is Poland’s only NBA son…Gortat sat down to talk pick-and-rolls with John Wall, aspirations to become the president of Poland, pre-game hype music, ripping towels, the difference between “Polish Machine” and “Polish Hammer,” and what it will feel like to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.”

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– Mavs bounce back by beating two heavyweights (from Tim MacMahon, EspnDallas):

” At the end of arguably their best weekend of the season, the Dallas Mavericks still had their miserable performance days earlier in Denver on their minds….That debacle in Denver apparently did shake up the Mavs. They responded by beating a couple of NBA heavyweights during this two-game homestand, battling for hard-earned victories over the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers.”

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– How the Spurs cooled down LeBron James (from J.Gomez,

” Using cohesive team defense and the great defensive talent of Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs did as good a

job of shutting down James as any team can hope to”

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– Examining the Thunder’s defensive struggles since All-Star break (from Kevin Yeung,

“The Thunder are 3-5 since the All-Star break and much of it is due to defensive struggles. On that end, they’ve been plagued by not only injuries, but their own lackadaisical effort.”

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– Trail Blazers and NBA referees: Balancing when, and how, to cry foul (from Jason Quick,

” In the NBA, everybody does it: Coaches, players, and especially the fans complain about calls made by the officials.

But how much a team complains, and how much a team dwells on the calls, could become a distraction, and ultimately have an effect on the outcome of a game.

So as the Trail Blazers head down the stretch of the season, each of their 20 games will carry more importance, more pressure, and seemingly more emotion. As a result, every referee’s call tends to be magnified, and can test the team’s discipline and focus.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts says it is an area he monitors, and has had to address on occasion this season.”

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Heat, Knicks,Pelicans,Wizards,Asst Coaches,Clips,Rockets,D-League,Celtics

Miami Heat knows how to win; New York Knicks don’t ( from Greg Cote, Mami Herald):

” The gaping difference between the extremes of the Heat and the Knicks we’d call the Three C’s:




The Heat has each in abundance. The Knicks are bereft.”

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Gordon Healthy, But Unfulfilled in N.O. (from Jeff Caplan,

” Friday’s game at Phoenix will be the 55th of the season for Pelicans guard Eric Gordon. That is significant because it is four more games than he managed to play in his first two injury-saddled seasons in the Big Easy.

The irony isn’t lost on him. He’s healthy, finally, but the teammates expected to lift this franchise back into the playoff hunt are not.”

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A day in the life of an assistant coach ( from Doug Eberhardt, SBNation):

” Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an assistant coach? Hopefully, this will give you a glimpse into that kind of life.

I’ve tried to synthesize the day of an assistant coach based on my time working with a few different teams in the league. Everyone does things a little differently, so this should not be accepted as universal. Still, hopefully this provides an overview of what kind of hours coaches put in on non-gamedays.”

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Clippers swap Mullens and Jamison for Davis and Granger (from Steve Perrin,

“…essentially, the Clippers traded Bryon Mullens and Antawn Jamison for Big Baby Davis and Danny Granger — and reduced their

luxury tax bill a couple million dollars in the process. Wow.”

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Daryl Morey’s D-League Plan to Do Away With Midrange Shots (from Kirk Goldsberry,

” So far this season, 25 percent of NBA field goal attempts have occurred beyond the 3-point line. As a whole, the league is making 37 percent of its 3s. And despite the dramatic rise in 3-point shooting, many of the game’s premier analytical minds suggest that even today’s rate of 3-point shooting remains too conservative. There is no more prominent member of this camp than Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets and one of the cochairs of the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which gets under way tomorrow in Boston

” There are essentially three kinds of shots in the NBA: close-range shots, midrange shots, and 3-point shots. Altogether, the league takes 41 percent of its shots inside of eight feet and makes 55 percent of them. That means the lion’s share of NBA shot attempts comes from either midrange or 3-point attempts. So far this year, 2-point shots between the eight-foot mark and the 3-point line have succeeded 39 percent of the time. Three-point shots connect 37 percent of the time; you don’t have to be an Academic All-American to figure out that, generally speaking, 3-point shots are better offensive investments than 2-point jumpers.”

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A Look at Four Model D-League Teams (from Adam Wilk,

“: The NBA Development League began its 13th season last November. The league has come a long way from its start in 2001. After some expected initial ups and downs, the D-League is well on its way to becoming a true minor league system for its NBA parent clubs. While many NBA teams utilize the D-League in creative and innovative ways, there are a select few that have found a way to get the most out of their market, players, coaches, and management.”

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Assessing the Boston Celtics Pick and Roll Defense: Part One (from Kevin O’Connor,

“How do the Boston Celtics defend the pick and roll? Here, a new way of assessing defense with statistics is introduced, and the Celtics’ production defending the pick and roll in February is briefly analyzed.”

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Game of the Night (Wiz 134, Raps 129, 3OTs): (from Mike Prada,

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Bill Sharman, R.I.P., O Canada!, Advanced Analytics

A three-fer today.

-Bill Sharman, Rest in Peace.  One of the all-time greats passed away yesterday. Here is his Los Angeles times obit:,0,7649457,full.story#axzz2ikekHUyZ

– This year’s 1st overall draft pick was Canadian Anthony Bennett.  Many are predicting that next year’s #1 overall will be Andrew Wiggins, also a Canadian.  But that’s not all, not by a long shot:

– “NBA Embraces Advanced Analytics”

(Note here is our take on the above WaPo story:  While specific advanced analytical stats, as shown in this article, are proving to be quite valuable, aggregate stats that purport to rank players’ overall performance are a different story. PER, for example, is really just fancified fantasy basketball with no demonstration of validity or correlation to outcomes. Worse, when responding to criticism that it didn’t include any defensive component, its creator added blocks and steals statistics even while acknowledging that they were not good measures of defensive performance.)