Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/19/17

Lessons From Rockets-Warriors Opener  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
How The Van Gundys Became An Influential NBA Duo (from John Lombardo & John Ourand, Sports Business Daily):
Will Thibodeau Overwork The Wolves? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
– Are The Wolves Ready To Be A Super Team? (from Evan Dyal, Sir Charles In Charge):
Kaminsky’s Opportunity (from Benny Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Utah’s Foundational Frontcourt (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):
Wednesday Recap (from Tim Cato, SBNation, with links to individual game stories):
The Sixers Were Worth The Wait (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Attacking Switching (Actions/Sets)  (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Crowder: Great Fit Alongside LBJ (from Robbie DiPaola, King James Gospel):
Can Lonzo Ball’s Jumper Make It In The NBA?  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Kings: Divac Breaks Down The Roster (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Nuggets Roster Analysis (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Jaylen Brown/Jayson Tatum: Trying To Take Offensive Pressure Off Irving (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
Greg Monroe: Sixth Man Of The Year Candidate (from Brian Sampson, Dime Mag):
Pat Riley Reflects On 50 NBA Years, How He’s Changed & Why He Loves This Heat Team (from Greg Cote, Miami Herald):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/4/17

How Will CP3 Fare As Part-Time Shooting Guard?  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
D’Angelo Russell Gets The New Start He Needs (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Heat: Josh Richardson Adds A Unique Dimension (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
Butler Eases Wolves’ Scoring Burden (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Lakers’ Poor Defense Started In Transition (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Love Positioned To Serve As Cavs’ Connective Tissue (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Crowder: Cavs Practicing Now To Guard Dubs Later (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):
Vander Blue Has One Goal: To Stick With Lakers (from Chris Palmer, The Undefeated):
Lakers Enter The Kuzma Era (from Shane Young, BBall Breakdown):
Most Important Players: Southwest Division  (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Podcast: Pacers Offense & Sets (from Cranjis McBasketball, Locked On Pacers):
Preseason Game #1: Mavs’ Weird And Awesome Bench Lineup (from Josh Bowe, Mavs Moneyball):
Each Team’s Potential Breakout Star (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Kings: Frank Mason Is Prepared To Play (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Top 100 Euroleague Players: 81-90  (from Sportando):
Baynes’ Effect On Celtics’ Defense (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
Read and watch it here:  Green Film: The Baynes Effect
Celtics: Who Is Daniel Theis? (from Nik DeCosta Klipa):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/17 PART TWO

Crowder Shows Grit As He Fights Off Pain  (from Taylor Snow, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-040617-crowder-shows-grit-he-fights-off-pain-atlanta/

Mavs View Seth Curry As A Rookie  (from Dwain Price, Star-Telegram):

Read it here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article143236309.html

George Hill’s Health Poses Short And Long-Term Questions  (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/home/5147825-155/utah-jazz-george-hills-health-poses?fullpage=1

Tyler Johnson’s Transformation (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/06/tyler-johnson-heat-d-league-pat-riley-erik-spoelstra

Luwauwu-Caborrot Has Earned Starting Role (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: https://thesixersense.com/2017/04/06/philadelphia-76ers-timothe-luwawu-cabarrot-earned-starting-role-in-2017-2018/

Papagiannis: Carving Out HIs Niche  (from James Ham, csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/papagiannis-carving-out-niche-focusing-one-undervalued-skill

5 Things The Celtics Need To Have A Chance Against Cavs In The Playoffs (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: https://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/06/five-things-the-boston-celtics-need-for-a-chance-to-beat-cavaliers/

James Johnson Q & A  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/james-johnson-q-leader-miami-144246519.html

Raptors: No Coasting Into The Playoffs (from Doug Smith, The Star):

Read it here: https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/07/raptors-playbook-rules-out-coasting-into-nba-post-season.html

Film Room: Magic’s Recently Improved Passing And Ball Movement (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-magics-excellent-passing-and-ball-movement-cohen-20170407

Ibaka & Tucker Bring Toughness To Raptors (fromDan Feldman, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/06/serge-ibaka-and-p-j-tucker-have-raptors-looking-tougher-for-playoffs/

Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-04717

Hezonja’s Defensive Improvement (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/07/experience-freedom-helping-mario-hezonja-improve-defense/

Jared Dudley On Mentoring (from Troy Tauscher, Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  https://arizonasports.com/story/1082494/jared-dudley-talks-development-suns-young-players/

This is PART TWO of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  Here is PART ONE:   http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/04/07/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-4717-part-one/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/5/17

Khris Middleton: The Perfect Complement To Giannis (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/khris-middleton-bucks-giannis-playoffs/

GSW 121, MIN 107 (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/04/warriors-sprint-away-from-timberwolves-with-another-dominant-third-quarter/

When Klay Thompson Takes Over (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/04/warriors-klay-thompson-kevin-durant-stephen-curry-steve-kerr

Steph Curry Is Magic Again  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-warriors-arent-better-without-kevin-durant-but-stephen-currys-become-magic-again-171130054.html

David West: Giving GSW More Than Its Money’s Worth (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/david-west-giving-warriors-more-than-their-moneys-worth/

Testing An Innovative Approach To Crunch Time (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078511/zach-lowe-basketball-tournament-innovative-end-game-rule

Sixth Man Of The Year Candidates (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/argument-every-2016-17-sixth-man-candidate/

Paul George Is Playing At All-NBA Level Again  (from Cameron Stewart, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/paul-george-is-playing-like-a-superstar-again-a6070448201b

Jaylen Brown: Still Not Getting The Credit He Deserves (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/05/jaylen-brown-continues-to-be-overlooked/

Shelvin Mack Adds To Jazz’ Versatile PG Position  (from Adam Coffman, Purple And Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/04/utah-jazz-shelvin-mack-adds-point-guard/

Prospects To Watch In D-League Playoffs (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/d-league-tavares-moreland-brown-blue-playoffs/

James Johnson MIP?  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article142672154.html

Bradley, Smart, Crowder: Celtics’ Unmatched Defensive Trio  (from Marc D’Amico, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-040417-bostons-defensive-trio-is-unmatched-in-nba/

–  How Will The NBA  Address The Star Player DNP-Rest Issue? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents19071734/end-82-game-nba-season

–  How Dirk Has Changed The Game  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700301-generation-dirk-nowitzkis-heirs-on-how-the-dunking-deutschman-changed-the-game

–  Dirk: Relishing His New Role As Mentor (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078307/nba-dirk-nowitzki-relishing-new-role-dallas-mavericks-mentor

Singular Trait Links Saric’s Qualities (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-singular-trait-links-sarics-endearing-qualities

Is Nwaba A Keeper?  (from Shereen Rayan):

Read it here: https://lakeshowlife.com/2017/04/04/lakers-newest-player-david-nwaba-proving-keeper/

QOTN (from SVG on the Magic’s “Leaked” Board):

“I don’t know that it has any relevance. There’s no big secret there. He’s got the names of good hybrid forwards on the board. Well, we all like those guys. It not like he’s got a secret list. Like, ‘Oh, you like that guy. I would have never thought of that.’ There were no surprises there, it was simply a working board. … I don’t know if there’s any NBA general manager, president or anything who can take a look at that list and do anything with it or gain any advantage by it.”

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/4/17

Nurkic’s Versatility Is On Display In Portland  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/3/14803508/jusuf-nurkic-emergence-trail-blazers-trade-nuggets

Timberwolves’ Defense Is Key To Recent Success (from Brian Sampson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/03/minnesota-timberwolves-defense-key/

Film Room: Magic Better Defensively With Terrence Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-magic-look-better-defensive-team-terrence-ross-cohen-20170304

How Gallinari Has Become More Efficient (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/3/4/14811248/how-danilo-gallinari-became-more-efficient-denver-nuggets

OKC: Why Sabonis Remains A Starter  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5540233

What Bogut Brings To The Cavs (from evr1022, Fear The Sword):

Read it here: http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/3/2/14780594/andrew-bogut-cleveland-cavaliers-fit

Jordan McRae, The Cavs, And The NBA’s Sometimes Cruel Business  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3746/jordan-mcrae-the-cavs-and-the-sometimes-cruel-business-of-basketball

Pre-Game Pick-Up Games Help Heat’s Reserves Bond And Improve (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/28/pregame-pick-up-basketball-games-helping-miami-heat-reserves-bond-improve-their-games/

Spurs’ 10-Game Review, Volume 6 (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and watch it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-6/

Labissiere Is Seizing Opportunity As Joerger Brings Him Along Slowly (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):

Read it here: http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/3/4/14807258/labissiere-seizing-the-opportunity

Justin Anderson Steps Up For Sixers (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-versatility-toughness-anderson-steps-when-summoned

–  Suns: Tyler Ulis, Derrick Jones,Jr., Alan Williams Suddenly Are Playing Major Roles (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/3/4/14813416/suns-future-buoyed-by-sudden-rotation-players-ulis-jones-and-williams

Recapping Friday’s Games  (from Keith Smith, fanragsports.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-celtics-pound-lakers-cavaliers-make-history/

CLE 135, ATL 130 (from Scott Sargent, Waiting For Next Year):

Read and watch it here:  http://waitingfornextyear.com/2017/03/cleveland-cavs-three-point-record-hawks/

Second-Generation NBA Players Discuss Pros And Cons Of Following In Dads’ Footsteps  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/04/second-generation-nba-players-discuss-the-pros-and-cons-of-following-in-their-fathers-footsteps/

The Magic Finally Have Space To Succeed On Offense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/04/orlando-magic-have-the-space-to-succeed/

Dedmon, Crowder, JaMychal Green: Underrated Defenders Who Deserve More Recognition (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2017-nba-playoffs-three-key-underrated-defenders-who-deserve-more-recognition/

Jaylen Brown’s Star Potential Shines (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/4/14812638/jaylen-browns-star-potential-shines-in-los-angeles-boston-dunk-ingram-draft-jordan-layup-highlights

David Nwaba Is Living His Dream With The Lakers  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/3/3/14795852/la-lakers-david-nwaba-cal-poly-la-d-fenders-boston-celtics-call-up-nba-d-league-in-n-out

Biometric Wearables And Injury Prevention (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18801090/deandre-jordan-plays-hidden-device

Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of Jordan Crawford (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/4/14799754/jordan-crawford-grand-rapids-drive-dleague-nba-nbadl-steezus

QOTN (from David Lee on the Dubs): “It’s a pretty big compliment when a slump is losing two games in a row.”