Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/23/18

Yelled At, Spit On & Insulted: Inside The Life Of An NBA Referee (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Bucks: How The New Coaching Staff Can Help Thon Maker (from Bob Polglaze, Behind The Buck Pass):
Bucks: How Brook Lopez Will Help Defensive Rebounding (from Max Carlin, Hoops Habit):
Nets: What Jarrett Allen Needs To Do To Take The Next Step (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Nets Republic):
Nets: Lurking Future EC Power (from Adam Spinella, Clutch Points):
Cavs: Give Osman The Pick-And-Roll Keys  (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
Shooting Volume Versus Efficiency: Which Players Deserve More Shots?  (from Scott LaForest, Nylon Calculus):
Suns: Which Version Of DeAndre Ayton Is Best? (from Luke Swiatek, Hoops Habit):
How Much Will DMC Help The Dubs?  (from Brady Klopfer, Golden State Of Mind):
Sixers: Bold Predictions For Mike Muscala  (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Suns: Will Davon Reed Break Out Or Fade Out Ths Season? (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Q & A: Josh Okogie (from Kyle Ratke,timberwolves.com):
Lakers: Scouting The 2018 Draft With Jesse Buss (from Mike Trudell, lakers.com):
Harrison Barnes And Wife Brittany Don’t Fit The NBA Stereotype (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas News):
This Is What Chicago Means (from Jabari Parker, The Players’ Tribune):
Jah Okafor Looks To Rebound His Career, Life In New Orleans (from Ronald Glover, The Starting Five):

CORRECTED: Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/23/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

MEM-SAS: Game 4 Breakdown (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/game-four-4-spurs-grizzlies-nba-playoffs-2017-9ae6d7f54ada

From Kristian Winfield, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/22/15397024/mike-conley-kawhi-leonard-grizzlies-vs-spurs-game-4-playoffs

From Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer: http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2017/04/23/game-4-grizzlies-110-spurs-108-one-for-the-ages

Mike Conley: Proving His Worth (from Andrew Lynch, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/mike-conley-memphis-grizzlies-contract-biggest-record-nba-playoffs-san-antonio-spurs-game-4-042317

TOR-MIL: Game 4 Recap (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/22/toronto-raptors-dwane-casey-lineup-adjustment-prove-be-right-tonic-team-against

From Charles F. Gardner, jsonline:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/22/raptors-87-bucks-76-toronto-bounces-back-even-series/100572138/

Norman Powell Answered The Call In Game 4 (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):

Read it here: http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/04/23/norman-powell-answers-call-pivotal-game-4-performance/

GSW-POR: Game 3 Recap (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors-win-away-sweep-blazers-game-3-comeback/

From Tim Kawakami, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/kawakami-the-warriors-huge-game-3-comeback-yep-they-did-it-again/

From Ethan Sherwood Strauss:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/4398/warriors-overcome-17-point-deficit-to-win-game-3-in-portland

From Anthony Slater, Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/shorthanded-warriors-complete-incredible-comeback-in-portland-to-take-3-0-series-lead/

Video Breakdown: Warriors’ Defensive Counterpunch (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/4/23/15398060/nba-playoffs-2017-video-analysis-warriors-blazers-stephen-curry-game-3-andre-iguodala-dunks

Kerr Is The Warriors’ Biggest Health Concern (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury news):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/steve-kerr-not-kevin-durant-is-warriors-biggest-health-concern/

CLE-IND: Game 3 Breakdown (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/pacers/pacers-dig-3-0-hole-defensive-meltdown/

Tristan Thompson: Blue Collar Big Man (from Joe Gabrielle, cavs.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/tristan-playoffs-170423

Trying To Describe Giannis Antetokounmpo (from Eben Pindyck, New Yorker):

Read it here: http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/trying-to-describe-giannis-antetokounmpo

Roberson: What It’s Like Defending Harden (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/article/5546544

Billy Donovan Attempts To Solve FTA Disparity  (from Fran BLinebury, NBA Sports):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/22/okc-thunder-billy-donovan-seeks-solve-free-throw-attempt-discrepancy-against

Taj Gibson Provides Whatever The Thunder Needs (from Cliff Brunt, AP):

Read it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/23/thunders-taj-gibson-providing-scoring-help-for-westbrook/

From Berry Tramel, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/blue-collar-taj-gibson-delivering-for-thunder/article/5546538

Kyrie Irving’s Porous Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/porous-pick-roll-defense-kyre-irving-killing-cavaliers/

  • Series Deficit Forced Brad Stevens’ Hand (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/23/series-deficit-forced-brad-stevens-hand/zLRHNWEI2BGITjhZ1o8CJM/story.html

 

 

 As The Celtics “Go Small”, Horford Becomes More Important (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/23/as-boston-goes-small-al-horford-becomes-even-more-important/

Can The Bulls’ Adjust Without Rondo?  (from Henry Bushnell, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rajon-rondo-series-can-bulls-adjust-upset-celtics-064416204.html

Terry Rozier Answered The Call In Game 3 (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/22/terry-rozier-answers-the-call-for-the-boston-celtics/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/23/16

–  In Draft, Ainge Will Try To Channel Auerbach  (from Dan Shaugnessy, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/06/22/draft-danny-ainge-will-try-channel-red-auerbach/YzGQTkO3hD3hc6G2UnOh6L/story.html

–  Without A Pick, Heat Mining For Undrafted Gem  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article85367767.html

–  Malachi Richardson  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/me-myself-and-malachi/

–  Thon Maker  (from Jerry Bembry,  The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/vaulting-from-youtube-to-the-nba/

–  Caris Levert  (from The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/2016-6-22-caris-levert-nba-draft-letter-to-gms/

–  Shevon Thompson  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/george-masons-shevon-thompsons-nba-journey-persists/

–  Malik Beasley  (from Dan Fatigato, bsndenver.com):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/malik-beasley-could-be-a-steal-for-nuggets-on-draft-night/

–  Zhou Qi  (from David Pick, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2626907-everything-we-know-about-mysterious-chinese-nba-draft-prospect-zhou-qi

–  Draft Preview  (from James Holas,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/22/2016-nba-draft-preview/

–  Pacers Acquire Jeff Teague  (from Gregg Doyel,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2016/06/22/doyel-jeff-teague-george-hill-steal-pacers/86259164/  and from Nate Taylor, indystar.com:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/06/22/pacers-acquire-jeff-teague-trade-george-hill/86250624/

Grading The Hawks/Jazz/Pacers Trade  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/22/jeff-teague-george-hill-trade-pacers-jazz-hawks-nba-draft-rumors  and from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/jazz-hawks-pacers-trade-is-first-shoe-to-drop/

 Hill Is What Jazz And Exum Need  (from Chris Manning,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read it here: http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/06/23/george-hill-indiana-pacers-trade-utah-jazz-dante-exum-perfect/

–  Bulls/Knicks Trade  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-derrick-rose-bulls-knicks-trade-20160622-story.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Jerian Grant  (from Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-harvey-grant-deal-20160622-story.html

Anthony Bennett  (from David Ebner (The Globe And Mail):  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/anthony-bennett-battling-back-from-status-as-an-nba-draft-bust/article30566504/

–   Christian Wood (from Nina Mandell,  USA Today):  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/06/christian-wood-76ers-future

–  Alessandro Gentile  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/euroleague-star-wants-to-play-for-rockets-193834389.html

–  Anthony Morrow  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/thunder-season-in-review-anthony-morrow-emerges-as-leader-despite-uneven-season-uncertainty-about-future-in-okc/article/5505820

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/29/15

– Reviewing Wednesday night’s action (from Satchel Price, sbnation): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9632816/nba-scores-2015-thunder-spurs-nuggets-rockets-bulls-nets

– Nothing was more compelling on opening night than Kevin Durant vs. Kawhi Leonard (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com): http://newsok.com/nothing-was-more-compelling-on-opening- night-than-kevin-durant-vs.-kawhi-leonard/article/5456740/?page=2

– Cavaliers show improved depth and beat the Grizzlies at their own game (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/cleveland_cavaliers_show_impro.html

– Raptors adapt well in opener (from Eric Koreen, National Post): http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-adapt-well-in-opener-storm-back-to-subdue-indiana-pacers

– Heat shows off depth in season opener (from Ethan J. Skolnick,Miami Herald): http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article41768553.html

– Spoelstra key to strong start for revamped Heat (from Israel Gutierrez, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998460/erik-spoelstra-role-most-critical-early-revamped-miami-heat

– Hornets a work-in-progress (from Rick Bonnell. Charlotte Observer): http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article41770617.html

– Grizzlies: Defining the problem with grit and grind (from Peter Edmiston, commercialappeal.com): http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Defining-the-problem-with-grit-and-grind-337983372.html

– Knicks’ first game makes Phil Jackson look good (from Frank Isola, NYDailyNews): http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/isola-phil-jackson-article-1.2415755

– Clippers 111, Kings 104 (from Justin Russo, clipsnation.com): http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/28/9633110/game-1-recap-los-angeles-clippers-sacramento-kings-october-28-2015

– 5 reasons to be optimistic about Pistons (from Jamie Samuelsen, freep.com): http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-jamie-samuelsen-blog/74787588/

– Notes on Tuesday’s Pistons vs Hawks game (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Pattern of Basketball): http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/10/pistons-vs-hawks.html

-Pistons leaving no game unwatched in hopes of uncovering the NBA’s secrets (from Michael Rosenberg, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-reggie-jackson-andre-drummond-film-tape

– Tale of two debuts: Towns looks ready, while Russell seems to drift aimlessly (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/karl-anthony-towns-dangelo-russell-lakers-wolves-kevin-garnett-kobe-bryant-rookies

– Towns had solid debut (from Broderick Turner, LATimes): http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-ln-karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-debut-20151028-story.html

– Pacers a ‘work in progress’ in season-opening loss (from Candace Buckner, indystar.com): http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/29/pacers-drop-season-opener-raptors-106-99/74726586/

– First game for Nuggets’ rookie Emmanuel Mudiay and coach Michael Malone a success (form Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post): http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_29038955/nuggets-dominate-road-win-at-houston-open-season

– Brad Stevens vows to think outside the box, shows some of that against Philadelphia 76ers (from Jay King, masslive.com): http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/jared_sullinger_boston_celtics_10.html

– Bulls’ Coach Fred Hoiberg Q & A (from Zach Lowe, Grantland): http://grantland.com/the-triangle/five-minutes-with-bulls-coach-fred-hoiberg/

– The Next 3-And-D Players (from Joshua Riddell, BBall Breakdown): http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/28/robert-covington-next-3-d-players/

– Dead money looks bad, but more NBA teams are smartly using it to stretch salary cap (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13956906/dead-money-paying-opposing-players-looks-bad-lets-nba-teams-stretch-salary-cap

Kings Assistant Coach Nancy Lieberman: “One of the Guys” (from Nancy Lieberman, The Players Tribune): http://www.theplayerstribune.com/nancy-lieberman-kings-women-in-coaching/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

– Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor Era begins (from Marcus Hays, philly.com): http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151029_Sixers__Jahlil_Okafor_Era_begins.html

– Okafor’s Debut gives Sixers’ Process Clearer Focus: (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News): http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4659603-sixers-76ers-tank-rebuild-sam-hinkie-jahlil-okafor-philadelphia-nba-draft-lottery-nerlens-noel

– While his body recovers, Derrick Rose’s mind stays intact (form Vincent Goodwill, csnchicago): http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/bulls-while-his-body-recovers-derrick-roses-mind-stays-intact

– Blake Griffin showed the complete package against the Kings (from sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9634596/blake-griffin-highlights-stats-clippers-kings

– Isaiah Thomas played like a superstar in the Boston Celtics 112-95 opening night victory (from Kevin O’Connor, celticsblog.com): http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/29/9633966/isaiah-thomas-plays-like-a-superstar-in-boston-celtics-112-95-opening-night-win-nba-victory

– Trail Blazers’ guard CJ McCollum and his career night: ‘A long time coming’ (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com): http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/cj-mccollum-and-his-career-night-emerge-dark-place-long-time-coming

– John Wall in the Wizards’ new up-tempo system (from Jesus Gomez, sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9636536/john-wall-highlights-wizards-magic-statstics

– Jared Sullinger seizes his chance (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe): http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/28/jared-sullinger-seized-his-opportunity/CshYzIPvf9xlQASTFLHRYN/story.html

– Rookie Jerian Grant soaking in advice from Knicks vets like Jose Calderon (from Ian Begley, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998366/nba-newyork-knicks-point-guards-jose-calderon-jerian-grant-develop-mentor-relationship

– Gordon Hayward Q & A (from Scoop Jackson, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13994995/qa-utah-jazz-shooting-guard-gordon-hayward

– Lance Stephenson May be the Clippers X-Factor (from Sam Amick, USAToday): http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/clippers/2015/10/29/lance-stephenson-los-angeles-starter-sacramento-kings/74789162/

– Tony Parker Embracing New Role (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/15/tony-parker-embracing-new-role-with-spurs

– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Breaking Down his Performance (from Ryan B. Winner, nothinbutnets.com): http://nothinbutnets.com/2015/10/29/rondae-hollis-jefferson-breaking-down-his-performance/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/18/15

 

–  Nuggets’ coach Michael Malone demands defense  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_28985765/malone-demands-defense

 

–  Sam Hinkie And The 76ers’ Numbers Game  (from RealGM):

Read it here:   http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239551/Sam-Hinkie-And-The-76ers-Numbers-Game

 

–  Amir Johnson: Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has rare ability to draw up plays  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/amir_johnson_boston_celtics_co.html

 

–   Oubre’s Yin to Porter’s Yang — Washington at Philadelphia – Wizards Preseason  Game 4  (from Sean Fagan,  truthaboutit.net):

Read and view it here:  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/10/wizards-at-sixers-dc-council-preseason-game-4.html

 

–  Knicks should keep focus on young talent (from Derek James, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/17/new-york-knicks-preseason/

 

–  Cameras, concussions and LeBron: The NBA’s ongoing effort to make courts safer  (from Jason Lloyd, Akron beacon Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/18/4973106_cameras-concussions-and-lebron.html

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 T. J.  McConnell slugging away in 76ers’ point guard competition  (from Matt Breen,  philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151018_McConnell_slugging_away_in_76ers__point_guard_competition.html

 

–  Newest Hornet Damien Wilkins: ‘I’m not going to try to be MKG’  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article39608961.html

 

–   How J.J. Barea’s unlikely success story continues to defy odds  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/20151017-sefko-how-j.j.-barea-s-unlikely-success-story-continues-to-defy-odds.ece

 

 Gkenn  Robinson III Brings Intrigue to Pacers Roster  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/robinson-iii-brings-intrigue-pacers-roster

 

–  Biyombo should add defensive depth to Raptors  (form Ryan Wolstat,  Tornto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/17/biyombo-should-add-defensive-depth-to-raptors

 

Sessions Settling in with Wizards  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/backup-point-guard-ramon-sessions-settling-in-with-washington-wizards/2015/10/17/ae4d913a-74f5-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html

– Doug McDermott ‘completely fine’ with coming off the bench for Bulls  (form K.C> Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/17/4972297_doug-mcdermott-completely-fine.html
–  Rookie Bobby Portis making a name for himself early  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bulls/post/_/id/22381/rookie-bobby-portis-making-a-name-for-himself-early
–  Nerlens Noel developing mid-range game within offense’s flow  (from John Finger,  csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/nerlens-noel-developing-mid-range-game-within-flow-offense
–  Soaring Confidence is Driving  Hunter’s Progression  (from Taylor C.Snow,  celtics.com):  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/101715-soaring-confidence-driving-Hunters-early-progression
–  DeJuan Blair predicts ‘great year’ ahead with Wizards  (from  J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/dejuan-blair-predicts-great-year-ahead-wizards
–  Cleanthony Early starting to find some success at NBA level  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/18/second-year-knick-starting-to-find-some-success-at-nba-level/
–  How I’m adjusting to life as an NBA player (from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/18/nets-rookie-how-im-adjusting-to-life-as-an-nba-player/
–  Terry Rozier outran a lot to get to the NBA (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/17/terry-rozier-long-outside-shot/ZUT39O5obcrdFC4aAAZjEP/story.html
–  Raptors’ James Johnson must adapt to survive  (from Doug Smith,  the star.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/17/raptors-james-johnson-must-adapt-to-survive.html
Channing  Frye Appears More Agile and Aggressive to Start This Season  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/frye-appears-more-agile-and-aggressive-start-season