Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/24/18 PART TWO

Celtics: How Marcus Smart Can Change The Series (from Scott Levine, Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  https://sircharlesincharge.com/2018/04/24/boston-celtics-marcus-smart-change-series-milwaukee-bucks/

From Keith P. Smith, Celtics Blog:  https://www.celticsblog.com/2018/4/24/17275850/how-marcus-smart-can-boost-the-boston-celtics-offense-milwaukee-bucks-2018-nba-playoffs

Film Sessions: Sixers & Heat Prepare For Game 5 (from Steve Jones, Jr/Dylan Murphy, Cleaning The Glass):

Read and watch it here: https://cleaningtheglass.com/shootaround-heat-at-sixers-game-5/

Thon Maker: This Is My Time (from Eric Nehm, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/milwaukee/post/_/id/2345/thon-maker-this-is-my-time

From Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass:  https://behindthebuckpass.com/2018/04/24/milwaukee-bucks-the-postseason-rejuvenation-of-thon-maker/

Offensive Adjustments Cavs Can Make For Game 5 (from Mike Zavagno, Fear The Sword):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fearthesword.com/2018/4/24/17273018/cavaliers-game-5-offensive-adjustments

Mitchell & Rubio: The Jazz’ Odd Couple Is Destroying OKC (from Brady Klopfer, Clutch Points):

Read and watch it here:  https://clutchpoints.com/the-utah-jazz-odd-couple-is-destroying-the-oklahoma-city-thunder/

 

The “Normal” Life Of Steven Adams (from Royce Young, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23277928/normal-life-oklahoma-city-thunder-center-steven-adams-nba

Inside An NBA Head Coaching Search: What Execs Consider (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/326873/2018/04/24/inside-an-nba-head-coaching-search-what-execs-consider-as-they-make-a-hire/

 

A New Wrinkle Has Powered Wall & The Wizards (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):

Read and watch it here:  https://clutchpoints.com/a-new-wrinkle-has-powered-john-wall-and-the-wizards-past-the-raptors/

 

Grading The Nuggets After 2017-18  (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-denver-nuggets-after-2017-18/

Evaluating Mason Plumlee (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.denverstiffs.com/2018/4/24/17273654/player-evaluation-mason-plumlee-nba-denver-nuggets-reverse-dunks-free-throws

Grading The Pistons After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-detroit-pistons-after-2017-18/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/24/17

Q & A: Celtics’ Director Of Player Personnel Austin Ainge  (from Brian Robb, Boston Sports Journal):
Video Breakdown:  What Is A Slot Screen & How Do NBA Teams Use It?  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):
Nuggets: The Impact Of Adding Millsap (from Michael Brock, NBA Math):
Film Room: Jokic’s Efficiency  (from Tom West, Nugg Love):
Can A SF Breakout Save The Pelicans? (from Matt Cianfrone, Fansided):
FA Bargain: Mbah A Moute (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Jeanie Buss: Lakers’ Wonder Woman (from Bill Oram, OC Register):
Why Harden’s Defense Will Improve  (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
Sunday’s Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Undrafted Treasure: Jalen Moore  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside);
–  The Pistons’ Improved 3-Point Shooting (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
Stanley Johnson Can Make Things Easier For Himself With  More Cuts (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
Jared Sullinger’s Future  (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
How The Thunder Ended Up Paying Millions To Ronnie Price (from Fred Katz, CNHI):
Nik Stauskas: An In-Depth Look (from Daniel Stets, The Sixer Sense):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/23/17

Butler Is Who The Timberwolves Need (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back);
Bulls: Hard Decisions Made; New Direction Set (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):
Scouting Report Breakdowns Of Every Draft Pick (from NBA.com):
Free Agency Primer (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Anunoby Could Be The Steal of The Draft (from Michael Sykes, SBNation):
Ferguson’s Year Overseas Should Have Him Well Prepared (from Michael Sykes, SBNation):
Stevens, Ainge Enthralled By Tatum’s Potential (from Taylor Snow, Celtics.com):
DJ Wilson’s Positional Versatility Fits The Bucks’ DNA (from Brendan Quinn, MLive):
Draft Day Trades (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):
The Best Players Who Were Not Selected In This Year’s Draft (from Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports):
Undrafted Free Agents: Top Rookie Signings (from Scott Polacek, Bleacher Report):
The Warriors’ Joe Lacob Formula: Buy Another Pick, Land Another Valuable Talent (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News:
Dubs Defy Draft Norm Again With Jordan Bell Pick (from Randy Sharf, Forbes):
Knicks Need To Make Ron Baker An Offer He Can’t Refuse (from Randy Porga, Daily Knicks):
David Griffin’s Top 5 Moves As Cavs’ GM (from Devin Williams, King James Gospel):
Cross-Screen Counters (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/9/17

David Fizdale’s Genius, March Stats, Zipper Plays, Drop Back PNR, Brook Lopez, Spurs’Passing, More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/coaches-seat-passive-pnr-defense-zipper-plays-david-fizdale/

Lillard Torches Jazz (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/damian-lillard-torches-jazz-career-high-franchise-record-59-points-050253461.html

Redick Has Become A Historic Outside Shooter  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch  it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/jj-redick-clippers-become-historic-outside-shooter/

Don’t Overreact: Celtics Are Just Fine (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/7/15215220/the-read-dont-overreact-boston-celtics-just-fine-atlanta-hawks

 

 

 

–  The Cavs’ Small-Ball Lineup Should Terrify Opponents  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/lebron-james-cavs-lineup-center-highlights-breakdown-nba-playoffs-2017-tyronn-lue/10qngpaqubnxf1qjvgocw5avss

 Cavs Need More From Shumpert (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/04/cavaliers_need_more_from_iman.html

How Should The Pistons Proceed? (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/pistons-proceed-late-season-tailspin/

Steve Nash Q & A (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch, UA Today):

Read it here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/08/steve-nash-q-and-a-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-james-harden/100166310/

Labissiere Flashes His Talent  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article143565934.html

Willy Hernangomez Hopes To Learn From Marc Gasol This Summer (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/04/08/knicks-willy-hernangomez-hopes-to-work-with-his-idol/

Julius Randle’s Growth (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coach-748872-pleasantries-initial.html

Underrated Coaches (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/six-underrated-nba-coaches/

Jeremy Lin’s Redemption (from Wardell, Sir Charles In Charge);

Read and watch it here: http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/09/jeremy-lin-nets-brooklyn-2017/

The Nets’ Core Four Shines (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/brooklyn-core-four-shines-as-season-winds-down

Nuggets Playoff Push: Invaluable To Young Core, Regardless Of Outcome (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/regardless-of-outcome-nuggets-playoff-push-invaluable-for-young-core/

KD Returns (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/4270/warriors-depth-replenished-with-return-of-kevin-durant

From Associated Press:  http://www.espn.com/nba/recap?gameId=400900573

You Should Be Watching Rudy Gobert (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/utah-jazz/content/you-should-be-watching-rudy-gobert-utah-jazz

Tyler Johnson’s Growth And Future (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article143519484.html

–  The Magic’s Poor Defense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/09/orlando-magic-continue-find-no-response-poor-defense/

–  Ellenson’s Place In The Piston’s Future (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/ellensons-flashy-starting-debut-affirms-his-place-pistons-future

Udrih Shifts Focus To Coaching Skills (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/04/08/pistons-udrih-shifting-focus-coaching-skills/100231644/

Doc Rivers On Double High Screen (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/rivers-on-double-high-screen-everyone-does-it-now/

Nwaba’s Unique Journey (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20170408-story.html

From Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/4/8/15230346/la-lakers-david-nwaba-stats-schedule-d-league-call-up-d-fenders-playoffs-rio-grande-valley-vipers

RU’s D-League COY: Jerry Stackhouse  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/4/8/15227658/jerry-stackhouse-coach-of-the-year-raptors-905-nba-dleague-nbadl

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/11/17

Teams Can’t Even Handle The Threat Of John Wall’s Pick-And-Rolls  (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/11/john-wall-pick-and-roll-pass-assist/

–  How James Harden Leads The League In Assists  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/01/11/james-harden-assists-mvp-triple-double-houston-rockets-russell-westbrook-carbaugh-video-breakdown/

–  The Defensive Surprise In Houston  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-the-defensive-surprise-in-houston/

–  Joel Embiid’s Ambitions  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Rimger):

Read and listen to it here:  https://theringer.com/joel-embiid-point-guard-podcast-d76a4644101#.epv1056ui

Avery Bradley Q & A  (from Warren Shaw, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/10/avery-bradley/

Nikola Jokic: From Serbia To The Nuggets  (from Paul Klee, gazette.com):

Read it here:  http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nikola-jokic-from-serbia-to-the-denver-nuggets-with-love/article/1594083

–  Hayward And The Jazz Are For Real  (from Patrick Redford, Deadspin):

Read and watch it here:  http://deadspin.com/gordon-hayward-and-the-utah-jazz-are-for-real-1791057354

Blazers’ Give-And-Go 3-Point Play For CJ McCollum (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here:  http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/blazers-give-go-3-point-play-for-mccollum/

Thunder Film Room: Examining Adams And Kanter As Creators (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read and watch it here: http://newsok.com/thunder-film-room-examining-steven-adams-and-enes-kanter-as-offensive-creators/article/5533883

 What Does The Future Have In Store For Demetrius Jackson?  (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/01/11/future-store-demetrius-jackson/

Point Guard Defense (from Josh Eberley, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hoop.nba.com/nba_hoop_featured/defensive-pointers/

Bucks Strike Gold With Brogdon (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/01/10/malcolm-brogdon-milwaukee-bucks-mature-success-draft-steal

The Knicks’ Real Problem (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):

Read it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2017/01/11/new-york-knicks-real-problem-basketball/

From Marc Berman, NY Post:  http://nypost.com/2017/01/10/joakim-noahs-a-horrible-fit-and-carmelo-has-to-bolt-tnt-analyst/

–  Garrett Temple Took Long, Strange Trip To NBA  (from Ailene Vosin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article125796744.html

GSW 107, MIA 95  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724951/celtics-are-still-chasing-the-raptors-in-the-east

–  What The First Half Of The Season Taught Us About The Magic  (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read and watch it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/01/10/what-the-first-half-taught-us-about-the-orlando-magic/

Pistons’ Midseason Report (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/01/10/pistons-midseason-report-failure-launch/96398704/

 Six Reasons The Rockets Are Dominating Opponents (from Jeff Balke, Houston Press):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonpress.com/news/six-reasons-the-rockets-are-dominating-opponents-9095189

–  Covington’s Shooting Slump Doesn’t Worry The Sixers  (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/why-robert-covingtons-shooting-slump-doesnt-worry-the-sixers/

–  Lowry’s Transformation Into Elite Long-Range Assassin  (from Blake Murphy, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/kyle-lowrys-transformation-into-elite-long-range-assassin/

–  Celtics: Areas Of Needed Improvement  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724951/celtics-are-still-chasing-the-raptors-in-the-east

Ajinca Sees No Future For Himself In New Orleans (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2017/1/10/14232600/alexis-ajinca-seeks-nba-trade-new-orleans-pelicans-omer-asik-small-ball-improvement