The Clippers-Pistons Trade: Special Edition

It seems as if virtually everyone published a “take” on the deal.  Here are some interesting ones:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/17 PART ONE

Defensive Philosophy: Draymond Green Q & A (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/07/draymond-green/

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19095972/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-rajon-rondo-nba

 

 

 

Horford & The Celtics’ Defensive Rebounding Struggles (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/07/nylon-calculus-al-horford-celtics-defensive-rebounding/

Latest Twist In D’Antoni’s Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Latest-twist-in-Mike-D-Antoni-s-offense-taking-10969231.php?t=f10c5562a1438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

Why Chris Paul  Has Become The “Forgotten Man” (from Andrew Miller, 16 Wins):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/chris-paul-has-become-the-forgotten-man-19d7ca0c391

Khris Middleton Is (Secretly) One Of The Best Players In The Assn. (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-milwaukee-bucks-khris-middleton-secretly-great-23e6de47dc96

Kyle Lowry’s Return  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/raptors/kyle-lowry-returns-raptors-emphasis/

Made-Up Awards For 2016-17  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/07/nba-awards-alternative-russell-westbrook-golden-state-warriors

–  Blake Griffin Is Heating Up  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/blake-748706-jordan-clippers.html

–  Will The Cavs Use A “Secret” Fix In The Playoffs?  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2702251-the-cleveland-cavaliers-have-a-secret-weapon-for-playoffs-but-will-they-use-it

The Suns’ Chronic Fouling (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-suns-get-whistled-more-than-a-high-school-gym-class/

JVG Q & A (from Russ Bengtson, Complex.com):

Read it here:  http://www.complex.com/sports/2017/04/jeff-van-gundy-doesnt-think-its-guarantee-cavs-make-it-out-to-the-finals

Nogueira: Buried On Raptors’ Bench  (from Jordan Kligman, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/toronto-raptors/content/bebe-sleeps

The Timberwolves’ Improvements This Season (from Cyril Girgis, Dancing With Wolves):

Read and watch it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/04/07/3-areas-timberwolves-improved-last-season/

MIP Candidates (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2701552-metrics-101-whos-really-the-nbas-most-improved-player

The COY Candidates (from Matthew Perez, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2017/04/07/a-case-for-gregg-popovich-coach-year/

Budenholzer: Still An Elite Coach  (from Xavier Cooper, Soaring Down South):

Read it here:  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/04/07/dont-let-this-season-fool-you-mike-budenholzer-is-still-one-of-the-nbas-elite-coaches/

Kings’ Rookie Skal Labissiere (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700638-god-has-a-plan-the-seas-have-parted-for-kings-rookie-skal-labissiere

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

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/18/17

 

Why/How Isaiah Thomas Is The NBA’s Most Feared Clutch Scorer (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/nba/la-sp-bucks-antetokounmpo-20170211-story.html

Spurs’ Hammer Play, Kaminsky, Exum And More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch t here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/18/coaches-seat-spurs-hammer-play-kaminsky-exum/

Antetokounmpo Is Reviving The Bucks’ Franchise (from Paul Coro, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/nba/la-sp-bucks-antetokounmpo-20170211-story.html

James Harden Discovers A Leader…In The Mirror  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/A-look-in-the-mirror-and-James-Harden-discovers-a-10940380.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=c86a520539438d9cbb

Malcolm Brogdon: Defying 2nd Round Expectations  (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/bucks-rookie-malcolm-brogdon-is-defying-second-round-pick-expectations/

From Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/02/16/malcolm-brogdon-not-playing-second-fiddle-rookie-season/97986034/

Griffin, Clippers Putting It Back Together (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/griffin-clippers-quietly-putting-it-back-together/

Jerian Grant Is Developing Into What The Bulls Need  (from Jakob Bikshorn, Blogabull.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.blogabull.com/2017/2/18/14651178/jerian-grant-is-developing-into-just-what-the-bulls-need

–  C.J. McCollum’s Path To Stardom (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com:

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/blazers-break-rise-cj-mccollum-and-path-he-took-stardom

Kawhi Leonard Relishes The Responsibility (from Tom Orsborn, Express-News):

Read it here: http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-relishes-responsibility-of-10941717.php

Porzingis Still Trying To Connect With Rose (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/02/18/kristaps-porzingis-cant-get-on-same-page-with-derrick-rose/

Dissecting The Rose/Anthony Two- Man Game (from Zach Diluzio, Posting And Toasting):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2017/2/17/14644596/dissecting-the-derrick-rose-carmelo-anthony-two-man-game

Hornets Need A Healthy Cody Zeller Back (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/18/charlotte-hornets-desperately-healthy-cody-zeller/

A Beautiful Diversity Among Grizzlies Big Men  (from Mac Trammell, Crizzly bear Blues):

Read it here: http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2017/2/18/14553582/memphis-grizzlies-marc-gasol-all-star-zach-randolph

Marc Gasol’s Remarkable Return From Injury  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read t here:

http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2017/02/17/numbers-game-marc-gasols-remarkable-return-injury/98004234/

–  Eric Gordon: Thriving As 6th Man (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-Eric-Gordon-thriving-in-role-as-sixth-man-10942103.php

Mason Plumlee Brings Consistency, Continuity To Nuggets  (from TJ McBride, bsndenver):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/mason-plumlee-brings-consistency-continuity-to-nuggets/

–  Hard Work Is Paying Off For Brad Stevens (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/celtics/2017/02/15/brad-stevens-boston-celtics-eastern-conference-all-star-coach/97964212/

Juancho Hernangomez’ Advanced Statistics (from Matthew Huff, Nugg Love):

Read it here: http://nugglove.com/2017/02/17/juancho-hernangomez-advanced-analytics/

Magic Working To Rebuild Young Assets  (from Philip Rossman Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/02/17/orlando-magic-working-rebuild-young-assets/

Nuggets: 3 Players Who Came Out Of Nowhere (from Blake Holmes, Nugg Love):

Rad it here: http://nugglove.com/2017/02/17/nuggets-three-players-nowhere/

Nikola Jokic Scouting Report (from Jake Rauchbach, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/2/17/14651234/scouting-report-on-nikola-jokic-denver-nuggets

From Kyle Wagner, fivethiryeight.com:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/nikola-jokic-is-suddenly-one-of-the-best-young-nba-players-of-all-time/

 

 

Emmanuel Mudiay Scouting Report (from Jake Rauchbach, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/2/17/14576130/scouting-report-on-emmanuel-mudiay

–  The Guru Who Is Preparing Carmelo For His Next Act  (from Hannah Withiam, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/02/17/meet-the-guru-whos-preparing-carmelo-anthony-for-his-next-act/

Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-021717

 The All-Star Game Has Become Unwatchable  (from Alex Novick, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/2017-nba-all-star-game-has-become-unwatchable/qibf2bwrl40n11qz7c3ckqj48

 Marcus Smart Is Reaching Untouchable Status  (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/02/17/marcus-smart-reaching-untouchable-status/

D-League: Scott Wood is More Than Just A Specialist (from Angelo Mendoza, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here: http://bluemanhoop.com/2017/02/18/santa-cruz-warriors-scott-wood-more-than-just-a-specialist/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/5/17

Tom Thibodeau Q & A  (from Britt Robson, minnpost.com):

Read it here:  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2017/02/everything-matters-qa-t-wolves-coach-tom-thibodeau

 Yogi Ferrell’s Storybook NBA Start  (from Gregg Doyel, Indy Star):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2017/02/04/doyel-undrafted-unbelievable-yogi-ferrells-storybook-nba-start/97488720/

From Earl K. Sneed, mavs.com: https://www.mavs.com/tag/offensive-freedom/

Briante Weber’s Introduction To The Warriors (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/04/briante-webers-introduction-to-the-warriors-this-is-my-2k-team/

From Devin Gray, Yahoo Sports:  https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/meet-briante-weber-the-best-nba-free-agent-up-for-grabs-191344660.html

From Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/04/despite-losing-briante-weber-to-warriors-heat-coach-erik-spoelstra-really-happy-for-young-point-guard/

Why Cavs Need More Playmakers (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/31/cavaliers-lebron-james-kyrie-irving-kevin-love-turnovers-playmaker

–  The Grizzlies’ Suddenly Great Offense (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2017/02/02/numbers-game-grizzlies-suddenly-great-offense/97406902/

 

 

 

Young Stars’ Upsides (from Amin Elhassan, David Thorpe, Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/page/nbarank_risingstarstop25/ranking-joel-embiid-kristaps-porzingis-25-best-nba-players-25

Ask Sam Smith (from Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-020317

Cory Joseph To Address His Funk With A Dose Of Hard Work  (from Ryan Wolstat, Tornto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/04/heart-and-soul-raptor-cory-joseph-working-his-way-out-of-funk

–  DeAndre Bembry’s Defense (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/bembry-not-afraid-anyone-recent-defensive-assignments/Gxu43w8f1a1ZOsNTIq4yKL/

Nikola Jokic: The Nuggets’ Centerpiece  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/05/dempsey-nuggets-star-search-ends-with-nikola-jokic/

From Taylor Hunt, Nugg Love:  http://nugglove.com/2017/02/04/nikola-jokic-best-nugget/

Blake Griffin’s Return  (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/04/los-angeles-clippers-blake-griffins-first-four-games-back/

–  Heat Remains The Model For Player Development  (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article130596144.html

Dion Waiters Is Taking His “Best Shots”  (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-dion-waiters-s020517-story.html

Patience Paying Off For Celtics’ Shooters  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/02/04/patience-paying-off-for-boston-celtics-shooters/

–  How Long Will Hornacek Put Off The Noah Inevitable?  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/02/04/how-long-will-hornacek-put-off-the-joakim-noah-inevitable/

How To Stop The Rockets  (from Brad Winter, Pace And Space Hoops):

Read it here:  http://paceandspacehoops.com/posts/31812411/how-to-stop-the-houston-rockets.html

–  Analyzing Miles Plumlee’s Fit With The Hornets (from Xavier Star, At The Hive):

Read it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2017/2/4/14496436/analyzing-miles-plumlee-charlotte-hornets-milwaukee-bucks-roy-hibbert-spencer-hawes

5 Stats Correlate With Thunder’s Record (from Tony Heim, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2017/02/04/five-stats-correlate-okc-thunder-record/

 

 

 

–  Cameron Payne Wants To Build On His Best Performance (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-payne-wants-to-build-on-his-best-performance-of-the-season/article/5536927

–  Marquese Chriss’ Rapid Progress (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here: http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/2/5/14513982/marquese-chriss-shows-his-rapid-progress-in-27-point-career-high-for-phoenix-suns

–  Saturday Roundup (from Inside Hoops/AP):

Read it here:  http://www.insidehoops.com/daily.shtml