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

 

Bob Ferry: 79-Year Old Scout Has Embraced Analytics But Hasn’t Abandoned The Eye Test (from Roman Stubbs, Washington Post):
Will The Cavs Give IT The Curry Treatment?  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back);
ECF Preview (from 16 Wins):
The Celtics Break Through (from JM Poulard, BBll Breakdown):
Jaylen Brown Can’t Stop LBJ But The Celtics Need Him To Try (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Al Horford Is Having A Historic Postseason (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
How Kyrie Irving Learned To Love Being Himself (from Flinder Boyd, Bleacher Report):
GSW 136, SAS 100 (from 16 Wins):
Takeaways From WCF Game Two (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
Steph Is Back (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Finding A Draymond Green Replica Is Complicated (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
Lottery Winners And Losers (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
The Celtics Make Their Own Luck (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Big Questions Await Wizards (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Latest Attempt To Promote Competition: $200 Million Contracts (from Jeremy Venook, The Atlantic):
CSKA President Andrey Vatutin Q & A (from David Pick, Eurobasket.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/5/17

What It’s Like To Play With LBJ  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/a/lebron-james-playmaker-cavaliers-sunday-shootaround

Grizzlies Urge Patience With Parson’s Difficult Comeback From Injury  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/30716/grizzlies-urge-patience-as-chandler-parsons-scuffle-through-comeback

Jusuf Nurkic’s Strong Start In Portland (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-strong-start-for-jusuf-nurkic-in-portland/

Tyler Ulis Is Finding His Footing  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/04/phoenix-suns-tyler-ulis-quickly-finding-nba-footing/

Suns: The Rise Of Alan Williams  (from Nick Veronesi, isportsweb.com):

Read it here: http://isportsweb.com/2017/03/04/phoenix-suns-the-rise-of-alan-williams/

Kyrie Irving Has Become A Willing Passer  (from Robbie DiPaola, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/05/cleveland-cavaliers-kyrie-irving-willing-passer/

Zipser And Portis Giving Bulls A Boost  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/zipser-and-portis-giving-bulls-boost

Bobby Portis’ New Role (from Patrick Sheetz, pippenainteasy.com):

Read it here: http://pippenainteasy.com/2017/03/04/bobby-portis-new-role-trade-deadline-chicago-bulls/

Hornacek: Knicks Being Hurt By Defensive Lapses, Not The Triangle  (from Al Iannazzone, Newsday):

Read it here:

http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-jeff-hornacek-it-s-not-triangle-s-fault-it-s-defensive-lapse-1.13209777

McCaw Seizing Chance As A Starter  (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Timberwolves: Tyus Jones Is Contributing  (from Logan Metzger, The Sports Daily):
Can Abdel Nader Make The Celtics Next Season? (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

LaMarcus Aldridge Plays Best When Tony Parker Is Healthy, Active And Productive  (from Michael Erler, Pounding The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/3/4/14810058/lamarcus-aldridge-best-barometer-spurs-success

2017 Draft: Some International Prospects  (from Maxwell Ogden, Knicks Daily):

Read and watch it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2017/03/04/new-york-knicks-international-prospects-2017-nba-draft/

Payton May Benefit Most From Magic’s Small-Ball Lineup (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/elfrid-payton-may-benefit-most-small-ball-lineup

Caris LeVert Is Impressing The Nets (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here: http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/caris-levert-starting-to-impress-nets-1.13210149

Eric Musselman Finds Success At Nevada  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article136533788.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/30/16

 

–  The Celtics Could Be Anything  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/10/30/13460358/boston-celtics-preview-expectations-brad-stevens-al-horford

–  Celtics Must Address Rebounding Deficiency (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/10/celtics_getting_out_rebounded_across_the_board

–  Lillard Time; Avery Bradley; Hack-a-Farce  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/10/30/13468946/2016-nba-scores-damian-lillard-clutch-blazers

The Evolution Of Lillard Time  (from Casey Holdahl, blazers.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/blazers/forwardcenter/new-look-version-lillard-time

–  Avery Bradley: Taking His Game To The Next Level  (from Kenneth Teape, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/30/boston-celtics-avery-bradley/

From Jay King, Mass Live:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/10/boston_celtics_analysis_avery_2.html

–  The Nets Begin Their Long Ascent From Purgatory  (from Ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here;  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-view-from-the-brooklyn-nets-sisyphean-climb-from-nba-purgatory-140349684.html

–  Celtics:  1st Round Drafting; Fecundo Campazzo; Brad Stevens; More  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/10/29/celtics-might-like-second-try-first-rounds/4sGYbm9WwpsY4LrReTcmHK/story.html

Nets’ Plan For Keeping Brook Lopez Healthy  (from Brian Lewis, NYPost):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2016/10/29/nets-brook-lopez-plan-comes-into-focus-with-game-off/

–  Sixers’ Okafor-Embiid Experiment  (from Jessica caerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/joel-embiid-jahlil-okafor-experiment-short-lived-loss-hawks

–  Raptors Should Be Using Norman Powell More  (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/30/toronto-raptors-need-norman-powell/

Video:  Timberwolves’ Offensive Sets  (from Coach Nck, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=3EXki9KdDzY

–  Coach Clifford: Hornets Can’t Go Off Script On Defense  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article111433717.html

 

–  Hornacek Wants More Defensive Physical Toughness (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/29/jeff-hornacek-wants-to-bring-the-90s-to-the-knicks-defense/

–  Healthy Korver Starts Season Strong  (from Adam McGee, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/30/atlanta-hawks-healthy-kyle-korver/

–  Bulls Adjusting Nicely To Rondo  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-bulls-rajon-rondo-spt-1031-20161030-story.html

–  Warriors’ Development Coach Chris DeMarco  (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):

Read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Ex-Dominican-star-now-Kevin-Durant-s-sparring-10422961.php

–  Basketball Is In Brandon Ingram’s DNA  (from Mark Whicker, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ingram-733769-donald-brandon.html

Kevon Looney: Finally Healthy, Rediscovering Potential  (from Monte Poole, csnbayharea.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/finally-healthy-looney-relishing-chance-rediscover-potential

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/18/16

–  Kyle Lowry Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/17/morning-tip-qa-toronto-raptors-guard-kyle-lowry

–  We Still Haven’t Seen The Best Of DeMarcus Cousins  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/we-still-havent-seen-the-best-of-demarcus-cousins-2125d1888b2f#

–  Video:  Steph Curry’s Shooting Mechanics  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvc8lN6KEA0

–  Warriors Are Working On Substitution Patterns  (from Anthony Slater, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here:  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/sports/20161017/warriors-working-on-substitution-patterns

–  The Nets Pace, Motion Offense  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2016/10/18/nets-will-abide-by-this-four-letter-p-word-all-season-long/

–  The Wizards Were The Most Improved Defensively After The All-Star Break  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/16/one-team-one-stat-washington-wizards-improved-defense

–  Five Unstoppable Plays  (from Scott Rafferty, Fansided):

Read and view it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/10/18/nba-season-preview-unstoppable-plays/

–  Lavoy Allen Earns Spot In Pacers Rotation (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/10/17/insider-lavoy-allen-earns-rotation-spot-after-nate-mcmillans-challenge/92329754/

Ibaka Displaying Growth As Scorer  (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:

http://www.nba.com/magic/news/serge-ibaka/offensive-production-story-20161017

–  Trail Blazers Update (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):

Read it here: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/327747-207091-blazers-give-glimpse-of-their-game-face

–  Vonleh Poised To Be Aggressive Rebounder  (from David MacKay, Blazers Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/10/17/13311804/noah-vonleh-rebounding-portland-trail-blazers-role

–  Spencer Dinwiddie:  Thriving With The Bulls  (from Dumcan Smith,  Piston Powered):

Read and view it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/10/18/spencer-dinwiddie-thrives-chicago-bulls/

–  Avery Bradley: More Foundation Than Just “Asset” For Celtics  (from Jonny Auping, Real GM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/243616/Why-Avery-Bradley-Should-Be-Considered-More-Foundation-Than-Asset-For-Celtics

–  The Battle For Celtics’ Final Roster Spot:

From Jared Weiss, Celtics Blog:

http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/18/13314122/race-to-the-bottom-rj-hunter-and-james-young-are-in-an-epic-duel-of-average-basketball

From A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne:  http://www.csnne.com/node/624146

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724199/has-r-j-hunter-emerged-in-the-race-for-celtics-final-roster-spot

–  Will Troy Williams Earn A Grizzlies’ Roster Spot?  (from Ian Pierno, beale Street Bears):

Read it here:  http://bealestreetbears.com/2016/10/17/troy-williams-memphis-grizzlies-roster/

Tayshaun Prince:  Not Ready To Retire  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/tayshaun-prince-is-not-ready-to-unlace-his-sneakers/

–  Carmelo Anthony Advocates For Rebranding D-League, Investing In Player Development  (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17821852/carmelo-anthony-advocates-rebranding-d-league-investing-player-development

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/17/16

–  How Steph Curry Is Training To Improve  (from Ron Kroichick,  sfchronicle.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/How-Stephen-Curry-a-back-to-back-MVP-is-9973811.php

–  How Coach Fizdale Has Changed the Grizzles’ Offense  (from Mike Parrott, Beale Street Bears):

Read and view it here:  http://bealestreetbears.com/2016/10/17/grizzlies-david-fizdale-offense-change/

–  Deep Dive: Ricky Rubio’s Shooting  (from Josh Clement, Canis Hoopus):

Read and view it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/10/17/13284670/player-preview-deep-dive-ricky-rubio-shooting-skills

–  Steven Adams: Set To Terrorize An Arena Near You (from Adam Joseph, Welcome To Loud City):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/10/17/13303606/steven-adams-set-to-terrorize-an-arena-near-you-thunder-nba-season-preview

–  Danny Ainge Has Built A Super-Good team; Can He Get It To The Next Level?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/the-luck-and-genius-of-danny-ainge-bd5555ebaddc#.9x4422k3v

–  Kevin McHale Interview; Roy Hibbert; Joel Embiid; More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/10/15/kevin-mchale-has-lots-say-about-celtics-nba/fGyQiefwdu7AObUttxY5RI/story.html

–  Aaron Gordon Embraces His Move To Small Forward  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-aaron-gordon-1016-20161015-story.html

–  Richaun Holmes: Forgotten Sixers Big Man  (from Aaron Mah, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:   http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/16/richaun-holmes-the-forgotten-philadelphia-76ers-big-man/

–  Myles Turner’s Development Is Key For Pacers  (from Brendan Galella, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/16/development-myles-turner-key-indiana-pacers/

–  Willy Hernangomez Is Turning Into A Revelation  (from Zach Braziller, NY Post):

Read and view it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/16/knicks-big-man-flier-is-turning-into-a-revelation/

–  Hawks Need Dwight Howard To Be Versatile  (from Ray Glier, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/hawks/2016/10/17/dwight-howard-dennis-schroder-kyle-korver-mike-budenholder-hawks-nba/91177644/

And, Not Or: The Battle Between Andrew Harrison And Wade Baldwin (from Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/10/17/13301540/andrew-harrison-wade-baldwin-memphis-grizzlies-point-guard

–  Cole Aldrich Gives Timberwolves Rim Protection  (from Jace Frederick, twincities.com):

Read it here:  http://www.twincities.com/2016/10/17/entering-his-prime-cole-aldrich-gives-timberwolves-a-rim-protector/

Clippers’ Diamond Stone Shows That He Can Shoot (from LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-diamond-stone-clippers-20161016-snap-story.html

–  Gbinije Bolts Into Pistons Mix With Sparkling Debut (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/gbinije-bolts-pistons-mix-sparkling-nba-debut

–  Bojan Bogdanovic Needs To Do More Than Score  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/17/why-bojan-bogdanovic-needs-to-do-more-than-score-for-nets/

–  Celtics’ Draftee Ante Zizic On Fire In Early Adriatic League Play  (from Francis Adu, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and view it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/14/13282840/ante-zizic-adriatic-league-boston-celtics