Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/23/17

Jokic: The Unlikely Superstar Who Is Transforming The Nuggets  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/23/15036048/nikola-jokic-highlights-video-denver-nuggets-nba

Dragic Has Orchestrated The Heat’s Offensive Leap (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/goran-dragic-orchestrated-heats-offensive-leap/

Finally, A Healthy Bradley Beal  (from Nicholas Arguelles, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/bradley-beal-trusting-the-process-4126e7728e60#.rj1wb09od

MKG: Lots Of Pace, No Space  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/michael-kidd-gilchrist-has-lots-of-pace-and-no-space-805617034e57#.xz2onb4gr

Hoiberg On Robin Lopez (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/coach-hoiberg-robin-lopez

The Numbers Show Where You Are Right And Wrong About Tristan Thompson (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/numbers-lie-tristan-thompson

Storylines For The Homestretch  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read it here: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220257858/7-nba-storylines-to-watch-final-2-weeks

Mavs Impressed With Noel’s Progress (from Dwain Price, star-telgram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article140227508.html

Meyers Leonard: Playing On One Leg  (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/meyers-leonard-limited-he-tries-play-through-hip-and-back-pain

Rest May Have Been Turning Point For GSW  (from Michael Shultz, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here: http://bluemanhoop.com/2017/03/23/rest-golden-state-warriors-season/

Marcus Smart Cooks Up Another Batch Of Winning Plays (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725615/marcus-smart-cooks-up-another-batch-of-winning-plays

Olynyk’s Hot Streak Boosts His Confidence  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_kelly_olynyk_s_hot_streak_boosts_his_confidence

Jameer Nelson Has Found New Life In Denver (from Brendan Vogt, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/jameer-nelson-finds-new-life-in-denver-9a7be49c1a10#.wa3ftk1xd

Role Player Of The Week: Avery Bradley (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/role-player-week-avery-bradley/

 Brandon Jennnings On His Time With Knicks  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/brandon-jennings-opens-wrong-knicks-article-1.3006188

DeRozan: Stepping Up In Lowry’s Absence (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/23/toronto-raptors-demar-derozan-complete/

DeRozan Has Taken His Post Game To The Next Level  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/demar-derozan-post-offense-stats-breakdown-highlights-video-kobe-bryant/szxbvoihhza3za5q7thakqt2

What The Pelicans’ Offensive Gelling Looks Like  (from Jake Madison, Bourbon Street Shots):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/23/what-the-offensive-gelling-looks-like/

Middleton Has The Bucks Slowing Down And Heating Up  (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/khris-middleton-has-the-bucks-slowing-down-and-heating-up/

–  The Smartest NBA Teams Don’t Go Mad Over NCAA Tournament Performances (from Sam Vecenie,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_au/article/prisoners-of-the-moment-how-the-ncaa-tournament-affects-nba-draft-stock

The Spurs’ 10-Game Review: Volume Seven  (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-7/

Spurs: Tony Parker’s 2017 Impact (from Collin Reid, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/tony-parkers-impact-for-the-2017-spurs/

MIP Watch (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/most-improved-player-watch/

Why The Wolves Signed Casspi  (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):

Read it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/03/23/timberwolves-sign-omri-casspi/

Nwaba’s Long Road  (from Lee Altman, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here: http://dleague.nba.com/news/david-nwaba-lakers-contract-dfenders-nba-dleague-feature/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/9/17

 

Jeff Teague Is Feeling At Home  (from David Ramil, The Step Back):

Read it here; http://fansided.com/2017/02/09/jeff-teague-feeling-home/

–  Brett Brown’s Lasting Effect On The Spurs  (from Jessica camerato, csnphilly):

Read it here: http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/brett-brown-still-has-lasting-effect-gregg-popovichs-spurs

–  The Rise Of Malcolm Brogdon  (from Justin Ware, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/the-rise-of-malcolm-brogdon-ed2393cb4c2c#.uxp96rdwi

Jabari Parker: The Awakening (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/nba-milwaukee-bucks-jabari-parker-basketball-and-political-awakening-bea7f0d34a8#.9du15qxgr

 The Lakers Are Setting A Low Bar On Defense (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/on-defense-the-lakers-are-setting-a-low-bar

Collis Temple’s Historic Struggle  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/inside-collis-temples-historic-struggle-as-lsus-first-black-basketball-player/

–  Attacking Denial With Ball Screens (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):

Watch it here: http://pickandpop.net/2017/02/attacking-denial-ball-screens/

–  Mark Cuban On The Mavs’ Approach To A Youth Movement (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read it here;  https://www.mavs.com/mark-cuban-on-the-mavs-different-approach-to-a-youth-movement/

–  What Signing Derrick Williams Means For Cavs (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/02/09/cleveland-cavaliers-derrick-williams-contract/

–  Kent Bazemore: From Small-Town Kid To Big-Time Game-Changer  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/kent-bazemore-from-small-town-kid-to-big-time-student-athlete-game-changer/

Kyrie Irving Q & A (from Rohan Nadkarni):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/02/09/kyrie-irving-cavaliers-all-star-books-politics-interview

Oscar Robertson’s Legacy (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/columnist/sam-amick/2017/02/08/oscar-robertson-legacy-triple-double-russell-westbrook/97637180/

Robertson And West On Westbrook (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nba/thunder/2017/02/08/russell-westbrook-triple-double-oscar-robertson-jerry-west/97664346/

Why Heat Players Appreciate Pat Riley (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article131653804.html

Steve Kerr On David West’s Impact (from csnbayarea):

Read it here: http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/kerr-one-player-has-helped-make-draymond-easy-handle-year

–  Injuries Haven’t Hindered Celtics’ Climb  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725209/injuries-havent-hindered-bostons-climb-in-east

Unorthodox Late Lineup Rallies Timberwolves To Win Over Raptors  (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):

Read it here:  http://www.twincities.com/2017/02/08/unorthodox-late-lineup-rallies-timberwolves-to-win-over-toronto/

The Brilliance Of Patty Mills’ Screens (from Ben Mallis, pickandroll.com.au):

Read and watch it here:  https://pickandroll.com.au/aussies-in-nba-spurs-subtle-brilliance-of-patty-mills/

Pistons Must Revive Their “Tenacious D”  (from John Niyo, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/columnists/john-niyo/2017/02/08/niyo-pistons-fate-rests-reviving-tenacious/97679440/

 Grievis Vasquez Q & A  (from David Alarcon, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/02/08/greivis-vasquez-id-like-to-go-back-to-brooklyn-i-have-a-lot-of-respect-for-them/

–  Mike Fratello Q & A  (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here: http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/09/mike-fratello-talks-heat-coaching-and-broadcasting-in-our-qa/

Offense-Defense Tradeoff At Each Position (from Senthil Natarajan, Nylon Calculus):

Read t here;  http://fansided.com/2017/02/09/nylon-calculus-understanding-offense-defense-tradeoffs-position/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/19/16

–  Time For Sixers To See Results  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160919_Time_for_Sixers__Brown_to_see_net_results.html

–  Sixers’ Scouting Reports And Analysis  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/17502771/philadelphia-76ers-player-profiles-ben-simmons-joel-embiid-more-nba

–  Which Celtics Draw The Most Trade Interest?  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/cs-question-day-which-celtics-draws-most-trade-interest

Pistons Point Guards At A Glance  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/09/pistons_training-camp_preview.html

–  Regrading The Celtics’ Rebuild: Part One   (from Ryan Bernardoni, celticshub.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticshub.com/2016/09/19/re-grading-the-rebuild-part-1-2013-14/

–  A Simple Tool To Analyze The 2016-17 Schedule  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/19/analyze-nba-schedule/

–  Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Thaddeus Young  (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):   http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/thaddeus-young-sees-opportunity-new-look-pacers

Nerlens Noel (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/09/19/proving-grounds-nerlens-noel/

–  DeAndre Bembry  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/hawks-deandre-bembry-on-rookie-goals-nba-transition-honoring-late-brother/

Doug McDermott  (from Michael Wonsover, Today’s Fastbreak):  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/chicago-bulls/bulls-offseason-series-doug-mcdermott-must-expand-game/

–  Derrick Williams (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-derrick-williams-s092016-story.html

Lance Thomas  (from Chip Murphy, elitesportsny.com): http://elitesportsny.com/2016/09/19/new-york-knicks-counting-lance-thomas/

–  Matt Bonner  (from Ray Duckler, Concord Monitor):  http://www.concordmonitor.com/For-Bonner-the-long-and-winding-road-has-no-dead-end–yet-4787765

 Tyler Johnson  (from David Chavez, The Collegian):  http://collegian.csufresno.edu/2016/09/18/from-the-valley-to-south-beach-tyler-johnson-strikes-fire-with-miami-heat/

–  Terry Rozier  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):  Is Terry Rozier Being Set up for Disappointment?

–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Tommy Dee, sny.tv):  https://www.sny.tv/knicks/news/realistic-offensive-expectations-for-kristaps-porzingis/202175226

 Arron Afflalo (from Omer Khan, Sactown Royalty ):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2016/9/19/12933912/is-arron-afflalo-the-answer-at-sg

Jahlil Okafor  (from Max Rappaport, libertyballers.com):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/9/19/12964074/jahlil-okafor-sixers-offense-ben-simmons-2015-nba-draft

Evan Turner (from Steven Dewald, Rip City Project):  http://ripcityproject.com/2016/09/19/trail-blazers-turner-portlands-version-livingston/

–  Ben Simmons  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/browns-outlook-simmons-has-great-potential-desire

Brandon Ingram  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160812/brandon-ingram-hopeful-nba-rookie-program-will-aid-transition

 Derrick Jones (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/9/17/12942812/derrick-jones-phoenix-suns-nba-dleague-nbadl

 

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 NBA rookies to watch  (from Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/emmanuel-mudiay-headlines-list-of-10-nba-rookies-to-watch-034720499.html

 

–  Team Previews (from Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller,  SBNation):

Check out all 30 previews here:  http://www.sbnation.com/flanns-and-zillz

 

–   VERSATILITY KEY TO SUCCESS FOR BULLS  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/preseason/2015/versatility-key-success-bulls

 

–  Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs Playbook  (from Coach Peterman/ Zak Boisvert,  mensbasketballhoopscoop.com):

Read and download it here:  http://www.mensbasketballhoopscoop.com/gregg-popovich-san-antonio-spurs-playbook-by-zak-boisvert/

 

–  When LaMarcus Aldridge will truly be a Spur  (from Michael Erler,  poundingtherock.com):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/10/19/9559951/gregg-popovich-lamarcus-aldridge-welcome-sit

 

–  Beat Writer Ryan Wolstat On The Raptors (from Chuck Myron, hoopsrumors.com):

” Nobody knows NBA teams better than beat writers, save for those who draw paychecks with an NBA owner’s signature on them. The reporters who are with the teams they cover every day gain an intimate knowledge of the players, coaches and executives they write about and develop sources who help them break news and stay on top of rumors.

Today, we gain insight on the Raptors from Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-ryan-wolstat-raptors.html

 

Budenholzer putting own stamp on Hawks, no more Spurs East  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/budenholzer-putting-own-stamp-on-hawks-no-more-spu/nn5Sy/

 

–  Q&A with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13919916/nba-fred-hoiberg-lofty-aspirations-first-year-chicago-bulls-coach

 

–  Why people should be jumping on the Jazz bandwagon  (from Mika Honkasalo,  hoopshype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/10/19/this-is-why-people-should-be-jumping-on-the-jazz-bandwagon/

 

–  James Harden’s elite status built on a variety of moves  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Harden-s-elite-status-built-on-a-variety-of-moves-6572466.php?t=00b686af08438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

Assessing the loss of Michael Kidd- Gilchrist (from nikumistry, theloveofhoops.com):

Read it here:  https://theloveofhoops.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/charlotte-blues/

 

Knicks are building optimism  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/19/you-havent-heard-about-it-but-the-knicks-are-building-optimism/

 

–  What the  Celtics need to clean up on the defensive end  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/19/9566189/boston-celtics-defense-how-to-get-better

 

–   Raptors aren’t afraid to play small-ball this season  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-aren-t-afraid-to-play-small-ball-this-season-1.378986

 

–  Can Bjelica and Rubio Save the Wolves Offense?  (from punchdrunkwolves.com):

Read it here:  http://punchdrunkwolves.com/2015/10/17/inbox-can-bjelica-and-rubio-save-the-wolves-offense/

 

–   Minnesota Timberwolves Defense  (from Lucas, thelongtwo):

Read and view it here:  http://thelongtwo.blogspot.com/2015/10/tale-of-tape-minnesota-timberwolves.html

 

–   How to Win (or Lose) at Playoff Basketball  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

” The discussion surrounding playoff basketball– what tendencies, traits or factors increase/decrease expected performance compared to the regular season– is filled with unsubstantiated nonsense. Every year heading into April we hear the same discussions about whether three-point shooting teams can win, that defense and rebounding wins championships and that you need superstars to win, along with other similar conventional wisdom-based claims.

Now some of these cliches about playoff basketball are true, but some quite likely are not. I’ve looked over the past five seasons of regular season and playoff data, and in this article I’ve tried to answer the question; what statistical tendencies and markers indicate a team is likely to perform better in the playoffs than during the regular season?”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/19/win-lose-playoff-basketball/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   Al Jefferson refuses to let the NBA run past him   (from Adi Joseph.  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-19/al-jefferson-hornets-charlotte-post-game-low-centers-big-men

 

–  Did Eric Moreland do enough to make the  Kings’ final roster?  (from Tony Xypteras,  sactownroyalty.com):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/10/18/9563925/did-eric-moreland-do-enough-to-make-the-final-roster

 

–   Expect R.J. Hunter To Play Regular Minutes This Season  (from Michael  Hilperts,  Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/10/18/expect-r-j-hunter-to-play-regular-minutes-this-season/

 

–  Pacers’ Myles Turner ready for more minutes  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/16/pacers-myles-turner-ready-more-minutes-final-two-preseason-games/74074182/

 

–  Amir Johnson all in with Celtics  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720659/amir-johnson-all-in-with-celtics-and-his-new-city

 

Isaiah Thomas & Amir Johnson are a good fit (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/celtics_notebook_johnson_thomas_a_good_fit

 

–  76ers: Where Does Jerami Grant Fit In The Rotation?  (form Cody Daniel,  hoopshabit.com):  https://hoopshabit.com/2015/10/18/philadelphia-76ers-jerami-grant-fit-rotation/