Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/6/17

Understanding The Contenders’ Playoff Rotations  (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/nba-playoffs-rotations-cavs-warriors/

–  Analyzing The Bucks’ Defensive Style  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

Read and watch it here: https://cleaningtheglass.com/do-the-bucks-stop-here/

CLE 114, BOS 91  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/05/onhoop/qlCBUZvrYVYC30VEYjT6DO/story.html

From Jay King, Masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2017/04/boston_celtics_cleveland_caval_16.html

 

 

 

DPOY Candidates: Gobert, D. Green, Leonard  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/argument-every-2016-17-defensive-player-year-candidate/

Richaun Holmes: Proving He Belongs In Sixers’ Rotation (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/05/richaun-holmes-proving-belongs-philadelphia-76ers-rotation/

Buddy Hield Is Stepping Up (from Tom West, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/buddy-hield-has-work-to-do-but-hes-stepping-up-with-sacramento-kings-2bb529014d9f

–  Mavs Have Bright Future With Harrison Barnes (from Paolo Pascual, The Smoking Cuban):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/05/dallas-mavericks-bright-future-barnes/

 Heat Find Success By Spreading The Wealth On Offense (from Nick Sciria, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/nylon-calculus-miami-heat-find-success-spreading-wealth-offense/

Don’t Hold Spurs’ System Against Kawhi In MVP Race (from Eli Horowitz, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/column-spurs-system-held-kawhi-leonard-mvp-race/

Jason Smith: The Ultimate Teammate Always Stays Ready  (from Zach Rosen, Washington Wizards Blog):

Read it here:  https://washingtonwizardsblog.monumentalsportsnetwork.com/2017/04/06/the-ultimate-teammate-jason-smith-always-stays-ready

Pin-Down Passing (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):

Watch it here: http://pickandpop.net/2017/04/pin-down-passing/

Role Player Of The Week: Frank Kaminsky  (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/hornets/role-player-of-the-week-frank-kaminsky/

Steph Curry In Middle School: Origin Of The Baby-Faced Assassin (from Marcus Thompson II, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2695972-stephen-curry-in-middle-school-the-origin-of-the-baby-faced-assassin

Brook Lopez: The (Offensive) Force Awakens  (from Charles Maniego, 16 Wins:

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/brook-lopez-the-offensive-force-awakens-dec531e6aade

TOR 105, DET 102 :10 Observations (from William Lou, The Defeated):

Read it here: https://medium.com/the-defeated/10-things-i-saw-from-raptors-pistons-holy-shit-lowry-is-back-4e0c37740670

Blazers: Surviving Without Nurkic  (from Raymond Simms, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/05/portland-trail-blazers-barely-surviving/

Morey’s Case For Exec Of The Year  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/06/daryl-morey-case-executive-year/

Korver Returns To 3-Point Leaderboard  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/kyle-korver-3-point-leaderboard/

Gasol, Grizzlies Focused On Finding Rhythm  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2017/04/06/grizzlies-morning-after-gasol-grizzlies-focused-finding-rhythm/100116862/

Increase In Confidence Key For Luwawu-Caborrot  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-increase-confidence-key-luwawu-cabarrot

Monty Williams: Life After Tragedy (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/06/monty-williams-wife-ingrid-family-tragedy-spurs-thunder-pelicans

5 Things We Learned From Eurocup 2016-17  (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/5-things-learned-eurocup-2016-2017/

Isaiah Thomas: Picture Me Rollin’  (from Peter Walsh, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/the-magazine/features/isaiah-thomas-celtics-cover-story/#L2Ut5Ji5ajPlhuiR.97

–  Nets’ Turnaround Coincides With Lin’s Return  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here: http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-turnaround-coincides-with-jeremy-lin-s-return-1.13367899

The NBA’s Subtle, Vital Scheduling Factor  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-nbas-subtle-vital-scheduling-factor/

Langston Galloway: Ready And Steady  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article142963964.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/27/17

James Harden’s Historic MVP Season (from Kelly Scaletta, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/27/james-harden-unequivocal-mvp/

Jokic’s Defense, Resting Players, Bargain Shopping For Big Men, Much More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/27/coaches-seat-jokics-defense-solution-resting-players-bargain-shopping-big-men/

Jason Terry: Coach on The Floor  (from Ananth Pandian, The Step Back): Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/27/jason-terry-milwaukee-bucks-veteran-leadership/

Celtics: Improvement More Important Than Top Seed (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

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

Harden Facilitates Team Shooting Exhibition In Romp Over Thunder (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-romp-over-Thunder-all-about-team-11029429.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=bf5a2b8416438d9cbb

Making Sense Of Draft Lottery Odds, Protected Picks  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it ere: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/26/nba-draft-lottery-odds-lakers-kings-protected-picks/99663998/

Video Breakdown: How To Ice The Pick-And-Roll On Defense  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Read it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/27/ice-pick-and-roll-coverage-nba-defense-video-breakdown-karl-anthony-towns-isaiah-thomas/

 Klay Thompson Has Sparked The Dubs In KD’s Absence  (from Thomas Duffy, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/klay-thompson-sparked-warriors-kevin-durants-injury/

Kyrie Irving Is Now Defending PGs: Results So Far Are Not Promising (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irving_has_a_new_defensi.html

BKN 107, ATL 92: Five Observations (from Chirs Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here: http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/how-the-hawks-bad-luck-led-another-rapidly-mounting-losses/IwImT4Z8MsEIDolTPyYsVK/

How Marcus Smart Has Developed His Post Game  (from Danny Emerman, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/how-marcus-smart-has-developed-into-an-elite-post-player-9d043f32eaf2#.uvo2pclew

Shots Aren’t Falling But Marcus Smart Is Still Impacting Winning (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725662/shots-arent-falling-but-marcus-smart-still-impacts-winning-for-celtics

PJ Tucker Is Fueling The Raptors (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/tucker-fuelling-raptors-improving-defence

33-Year Old Iguodala Is Looking Springy And Fresh  (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury News):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/27/springy-andre-iguodala-gives-warriors-a-boost/

Cavs Aren’t Using All Of Their Defensive Talent  (from Alexander Gaddis, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/27/cleveland-cavaliers-use-defensive-talent/

Clippers Collapse At Home Vs Kings  (from Lucas Hann, clipsnation.com):

Read it here: http://www.clipsnation.com/2017/3/26/15067356/game-recap-la-clippers-collapse-lose-at-home-to-sacramento-kings-98-97-doc-rivers

Mavs Have Knack For Finding Diamonds In The Rough (from Saad Yousuf, mavs.com):

Read it here: https://www.mavs.com/mavs-have-knack-for-finding-diamonds-in-the-rough/

Is Thibs Overusing His Stars? (from Drew Mahowald, canishoopus.com):

Read it here: http://www.canishoopus.com/2017/3/27/15065512/tom-thibodeaus-minutes-tendencies

Ricky Rubio’s Renaissance (from Michael Vu, The Sports Quotient):

Read it here: http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2017/3/27/is-this-ricky-rubios-rickenaissance

Bryn Forbes: Learning A New Position (from Melissa Rohlin, Express News):

Read it here: http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Forbes-still-learning-new-position-11030323.php

Eurocup Final Preview  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fansided.com):

Read it here: https://fansided.com/2017/03/27/eurocup-final-preview-unicaja-malaga-valencia-live-stream-watch-online/

Today’s Beat NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/13/17

HOU 117, CLE 112: 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/cleveland_cavaliers_victimized.html

Three Takeaways From Sunday’s Games (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/13/three-things-we-learned-sunday-james-harden-is-good-but-so-is-rockets-defense-in-win/

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):

   – Bradley Beal (from Bryan Harvey): http://fansided.com/2017/03/12/bradley-beal-next-generation/

   – Dejounte Murray (from Brandon Jefferson): http://fansided.com/2017/03/12/dejounte-murray-next-generation/

   – Clint Capela (from Jared Dubin): http://fansided.com/2017/03/12/cant-stop-wont-stop-clint-capela-records/

Nerlens Noel’s 1st Two Weeks With The Mavs Were A Great Success (from JC Fischer, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/dallas-mavericks/content/nerlens-noel-first-two-weeks-huge-success-dallas

LBJ & Harden’s Passing  (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/lebron-and-harden-are-the-nbas-best-quarterbacks/

How Westbrook Found His Singular Driving Force  (from Tim Keown, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/18893454/the-driving-force-oklahoma-city-thunder-russell-westbrook

Griz’ Coach Fizdale Q & A (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2017/03/12/q-fiz-fire-state-grizzlies-address/99092774/

Video Breakdown: What Nurkic Has Brought To The Blazers  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Watch it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/13/video-breakdown-how-jusuf-nurkic-has-lifted-up-the-portland-trail-blazers/

How Nurkic’s Arrival Has Impacted Noah Vonleh (from Peter Sampson, Blazers Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/3/13/14902814/portland-trail-blazers-jusuf-nurkic-noah-vonleh

 Ibaka And Tucker: Defensive Versatility And Toughness (from Craig Oliver, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/toronto-raptors/content/serge-ibaka-pj-tucker-disciples-dwane-casey

Do The Warriors Have Enough Shooting From Their Role Players? (from Carter Rodriguez, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/13/warriors-need-more-shooting/

10 Things I Like And Don’t Like About The Pistons (from Duncan Smith, Piston Powered):

Read it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2017/03/13/10-things-like-dont-like-detroit-pistons/

–  The Heat Are Erik Spoelstra’s Coaching Opus (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-red-hot-miami-heat-are-erik-spoelstras-coaching-opus

Porzingis Unloads On Knicks’ “Confusion” (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read and watch it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/13/frustrated-kristaps-porzingis-unloads-on-knicks-confusion/

Heat’s Wayne Ellington Creating Fits For Opponents  (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):

Read it here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-sp-miami-heat-main-20170313-story.html

Mirotic Frustrated By Removal From Rotation (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18892485/nikola-mirotic-frustrated-removal-chicago-bulls-rotation

How Black Utah Jazz Players Have Embraced SLC (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: http://theundefeated.com/features/how-black-utah-jazz-players-have-embraced-salt-lake-city/

Eurocup Semifinal Preview (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/13/eurocup-semifinal-preview-watch-online/

Progressing Toward Personalized Analytics: Q & A With Patrick Lucey Of STATS (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/13/nylon-calculus-personalized-analytics-qa-patrick-lucey-stats/