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 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 4/2/17

How The Bucks Emerged From Parker’s Injury (from Ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Dream Becomes Reality (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Maker Soaks Up Knowledge From KG  (from Charles F Gardner, jsonline):
Andrew Wiggins’ Scoring Guide (from Biran Sampson, Hoops Habit):
DPOY Candidates Rudy Gobert & Draymond Green  (from Preston Mott, 16 Wins):
Could There Be A Brogdon Effect In This Year’s Draft? (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Yabusele Shows Full Repertoire In D-League Debut  (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):
Kerr On Iguodala (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):
Warriors: Stingy Defense Is Powering The Winning Streak  (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Jerry Sloan Still Admires Popovich And The Spurs  (from Mike Finger, expressnews.com):
Ron Baker’s Versatility (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
How Pau Gasol Has Changed His Game This Season  (from David Suttner, Hoops Habit):

Timing Right For Justin Anderson  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-timing-right-andersons-opportunities-increase

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analaysis 3/17/17 PART ONE

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

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18927392/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-kyrie-irving-artistry-nba

Greg Monroe Is Playing Like The 6th Man Of The Year (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/17/greg-monroe-playing-like-6th-man-year/

–  Thursday Recap (from Keith Smith, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-russell-westbrook-leads-night-triple-doubles/

From Tim Cato, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/17/14955594/2017-nba-scores-nuggets-playoffs-west-standings-denver

OKC 123, TOR 102: Three Takeaways  (from Noah Torr, Fansided):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/17/thunder-roll-lowry-less-raptors-3-takeaways/

Karl Anthony-Towns Is Transforming Into A Superstar (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read  it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698251-karl-anthony-towns-is-transforming-into-a-superstar-right-before-our-very-eyes

James Johnson’s Long Quest (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-james-johnsons-long-quest-toward-adulthood/

James Johnson’s Defensive Impact (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read and watch it here: http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/17/hassan-whiteside-believes-james-johnson-should-be-in-all-defense-conversation-what-do-the-numbers-say/

Q & A: Dwight Howard Sets The Record Straight (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/atlanta-hawks-dwight-howard-kobe-bryant-james-harden-orlando/

Jamal Crawford Q & A (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/17/jamal-crawford-discusses-clippers-title-hopes-trade-rumors-health-isaiah-thomas-success-and-more/

Video Highlights: Double Split Cuts For Curry To Draymond Dunk (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/3/17/14955842/nba-2017-video-highlights-double-split-cuts-for-stephen-curry-draymond-green-dunk

Jeremy Lin’s Impact (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/jeremy-lin-still-underrated

From Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/3/17/14955954/the-difference-maker-jeremy-lin

How Green Light Sparked Brook Lopez Revolution  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/15/how-nets-green-light-has-revolutionized-brook-lopezs-game/

Labissiere: Giving The Kings Something To Be Excited About (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/kings/skal-labissiere-giving-kings-something-excited/

Richaun Holmes: Processing In Philadelphia (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/76ers/richaun-holmes-also-processing-philadelphia/

Finding Spacing In The Pistons’ Offense (from Matthew Way, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/finding-spacing-in-the-pistons-offense-5590dbd3cac6#.erbmg81qi

How Spoelstra Saved The Heat From A Lost Season (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697853-how-erik-spoelstra-saved-the-miami-heat-from-a-lost-season

Video: Heat’s Winning Plays During Their Turnaround (from Leonard Kreicas, Hot Hot Hoops):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/17/14958044/miami-heat-winning-plays-turnaround-wayne-ellington-dwyane-wade-kobe-bryant-josh-richardson

Wayne Ellington Has Transformed The Heat Bench (from Joe Hulbert, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/17/miami-heat-wayne-ellington-bench/

–  Understanding Lonzo Ball’s Shooting Mechanics (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/lonzo-ball-ucla-shooting-mechanics-6eeda2ef3e41#.gtt2ywxyh

Andre McCarter’s Touch Glove May Change The Game (from Daryl Bell, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/ucla-all-american-guard-andre-mccarter-touch-glove/

Hoops Brothers: Marcus Smart, Phil Forte  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/17/marcus-smart-phil-forte-bond-oklahoma-state-ncaa-tournament

D-League: Jarell Eddie  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/16/14944058/jarell-eddie-windy-city-bulls-nba-dleague-nbadl

NOTE: This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  PART TWO will be published later today.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/19/16

–  Strategies For Stopping The Warriors  (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/operation-stop-the-warriors/

The Warriors System Is Turning Durant Into A More Complete Player  (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

–  Durant: Pursuing his Own Joy  (from Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone):

Read it here:  http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/kevin-durant-had-to-blow-up-his-life-to-get-his-shot-w445344

–  The Warriors’ Draymond Green Conundrum  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17790252/golden-state-draymond-green-problem

–  Mike Brown Has Respect In Warriors Locker Room  (from Anthony Slater, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here:  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/sports/20161018/mike-brown-has-immediate-respect-within-the-warriors-locker-room

–  Hawks Starters Working On Timing With Dwight Howard  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/hawks-starters-still-working-timing-new-center-howard

–  Taj Gibson Continues To Shine  (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/taj-gibson-continues-shine-bulls

–  Can Eric Gordon Recapture His Star Potential? (from Maurice Bobb, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2670407-rockets-insider-can-eric-gordon-recapture-his-star-potential-in-houston

–  Season Previews For All 30 Teams  (from leading team blogs via Jeff Clark, Celtics Blog):

Read them here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/19/13328834/all-the-nba-blog-previews-for-2017-18

–  NBA Scouts Western Conference Season Preview Takes (from Rob Mahoney, Ben Golliver, Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/10/19/nba-scouts-season-preview-western-conference

–  Nerlens Noel’s Sixers Career  (from Xylon Dimoff, Liberty Ballers):
 –  Glenn Robinson III Must Provide Depth At SF For Pacers  (from C. Cooper, Indy Cornrows):

–  Jaylen Brown’s Fast Progress (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/10/18/jaylen-brown-fast-progress-being-noticed-celtics/C5VXKMFXfL0OSVH76BpKZK/story.html

And from Chris Mason, Boston Herald:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/10/celtics_notebook_rookie_jaylen_brown_opening_eyes_in_camp

–  Kidd Says Snell Will Get Chance To Start  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2016/10/18/kidd-says-snell-get-chance-start/92350846/

–  Suns:  Memet Okur Is Now ‘Money’ Coach  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/10/18/phoenix-suns-mehmet-okur-now-money-coach/92373046/

–  Quincy Acy Does The Little Things To Help His Team Win  (from Cole Mentzel, JHoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/19/dallas-mavericks-establishing-ceiling-quincy-acy/

–  Jeff Green has Been A Pleasant Surprise For Magic In Preseason  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/10/17/jeff-green-has-been-pleasant-surprise-for-orlando-magic/

–  Kevon Looney Tries To Parlay Board Work Into A Rotation Spot (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate.com):

–  Robert Swift Attends Santa Cruz Warriors Workout  (from Adam Johnson, D-League Digest):

Read it here: http://dleaguedigest.com/2016/10/18/nba-veteran-robert-swift-attends-santa-cruz-warriors-workout/

–  Sixers: The Four Factors  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/18/one-team-one-stat-philadelphia-sixers-turnovers-rebounds