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

With  LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs should prosper against  small ball lineups  (from Jesus Gomez, poundingtherock.com):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/8/16/9133507/lamarcus-aldridge-spurs-could-be-small-ball-poison

 

 

–  Expect to see more Pistons’ threes in 2015-16  (from Revken, detroitbadboys.com);

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/8/16/9162555/expect-to-see-more-pistons-threes-in-2015-16

 

 

–  Pistons’ SVG catching up on coaching end of job  (from Perry Farrell,  freep.com):

“I took three months off almost from the coaching part of it to do player personnel,” Van Gundy said recently on the “Lowe Post” podcast. “Now you’re trying to catch up on the coaching end of it.”

From the middle of April to the middle of July, Van Gundy was focused on the Pistons’ roster, player personnel, watching film of potential draft picks and watching film of potential free-agent acquisitions.

“I spent time in scouting meetings,” he said. “I didn’t do a lot of X and O stuff, but I’ve got a great coaching staff and they sort of carried the load in working with our players and start to formulate ideas for next year. Now I tune back into that.”

How does he balance the two jobs?”

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/08/16/pistons-van-gundy-catching-coaching-end-job/31819603/

 

 

–  How Will Dante Exum’s Absence Affect the Utah Jazz in 2015-16?  (from Bryan Toporek,  Bball Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/08/16/how-will-dante-exums-absence-affect-the-utah-jazz-in-2015-16/

 

 

–  The Clippers are suddenly deep  (from Jeff Siegel,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/08/17/the-los-angeles-clippers-are-suddenly-deep/

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   Don’t sleep on Chris McCullough  (from  Brandon Bennett,  netsdaily.com):    http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/8/17/9161419/dont-sleep-on-chris-mccullough

 

–  Intangibles make Jordan Mickey an intriguing prospect for the Celtics  (from Bobby Manning,  celticslife.com):  http://www.celticslife.com/2015/08/intangibles-make-jordan-mickey.html

 

–  THE VALUE OF OFFSEASON WORK IN THE NBA  (from Gordon Hayward,  gordonhayward20.com):   http://www.gordonhayward20.com/2015/08/11/the-value-of-offseason-work/

 

Today’s Top NBA Stories

–  Exum Strategy: How One Injury Put a Crimp in Utah’s Plans and Raised More Questions About Offseason Games (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/exum-strategy-how-one-injury-put-a-crimp-in-utahs-plans-and-raised-more-questions-about-offseason-games/

 

 

–  Why the NBA’s ‘Small Ball’ Revolution Isn’t What You Think It Is  (from Dan Favale,  Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2541667-why-the-nbas-small-ball-revolution-isnt-what-you-think-it-is

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  Jazz can still make the playoffs without the injured Dante Exum  (from Kevin Pelton,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13389857/nba-utah-jazz-make-playoffs-dante-exum

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Perry Jones:  http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/2015/08/07/perry-jones-has-plenty-prove-fresh-start-with-celtics/ZCKAM4BNq4Y0WJrsJq9QQL/story.html

 

Tyler Johnson:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/8/7/9086739/what-can-tyler-johnson-provide-Miami-Heat-Dwyane-Wade-Bosh-Goran-Dragic

 

Sonny Weems:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/08/07/sonny-weems-phoenix-suns-russia-cska-moscow-jeff-hornacek

 

Aron Baynes:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/physical-deft-touch-aron-baynes-has-more-offer-he-showed-spurs-svg-believes

 

Josh Smith:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/8/6/9000787/film-room-josh-smith-edition

 

Kristaps Porzingis:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=rZKXj2kLNjE

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  What the heck is going on in the NBA Finals?   (from Adi Joseph,  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-06-11/cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals-game-4-matthew-dellavedova-lebron-james-david-lee-stephen-curry

 

 

 

Mike Malone on the finals (from  hahnandhumpty):

Listen to it here:  http://cdn16.castfire.com/audio/303/2115/26024/2505324/hahnandhumpty_2015-06-10-230424-3953-0-0-0.32.mp3

(Note: Don’t miss this great interview)

 

 

 

Hubie Brown on the finals (from Haberman & Middlekauf, 957thegame.com):

List to it here:  http://media.957thegame.com/a/106331501/hubie-brown.htm

 

 

 

–  Warriors need to assert will on Cavs  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/06/bulpett_warriors_need_to_assert_will_on_cavs

 

 

 

The Warriors must regain their flow or find a way to adjust to the slow pace  (from Paul Flannery, sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/6/11/8762679/warriors-hype-stephen-curry-draymond-green-nba-finals-2015

 

 

 

–  How David Lee Helped Get Stephen Curry Back On Track In Game 3  (from Coach Nick,,  Bball Breakdown):

View it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/10/how-david-lee-helped-get-stephen-curry-back-on-track-in-game-3/

 

 

 

 In the NBA Finals Lineup Lab  (from Seth Partnow,  BBall Breakdown):

” Sure, the Warriors are missing shots (it is a Make or Miss League, always), but they aren’t the same shots, in the same rhythm the team is used to. Counting on Curry to get his shooting stroke together isn’t the worst plan, but there’s no reason to stop there. Getting more open looks and easier baskets is never a bad thing, so how can the Dubs do so?”

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/11/in-the-nba-finals-lineup-lab/

 

 

 

–  David Blatt deserves his due for Cavaliers’ NBA Finals run  (from Adam Kilgore, Washington Post):

Read it here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/06/11/david-blatt-deserves-his-due-for-cavaliers-nba-finals-run/

 

 

 

How the Cavs Are Attempting to Exploit Stephen Curry’s Defense (from Dylan Murphy, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2492176-how-cleveland-cavaliers-are-exploiting-stephen-currys-defense-in-the-nba-finals

 

 

 

–  Breaking Down LeBron’s Historic NBA Finals Performance  (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland.com):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/superhero-ball-breaking-down-lebrons-historic-nba-finals-performance/

 

 

 

–  How to beat the Curry rules  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/basketball/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13057093/how-beat-stephen-curry-rules

 

 

 

How trainer gets spent LeBron James from one Herculean effort to next  (from Ken Berger, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25210929/what-trainer-does-to-get-a-spent-lebron-james-from-one-herculean-effort-to-next

 

 

 

–   Jerry West’s fire burns as deep as ever with Warriors  (from Chriis Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/11/jerry-west-nba-finals-golden-state-warriors

 

 

 

–   Small Sample Size Theater: NBA Finals Edition  (from Jeff, basketballpredictions):

” When the sports media debates analytics, they like to frame it as stats vs scouting. But this is nonsense. Statistics and scouting must go hand-in-hand. And what matters is significance.”

Read it here:  http://basketballpredictions.blogspot.com/2015/06/small-sample-size-theater-nba-finals.html

 

 

 

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How the  Raptors put their draft prospects through the ringer, on and off the court  (from Eric Koreen, nationalpost.com):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/how-the-toronto-raptors-put-their-draft-prospects-through-the-ringer-on-and-off-the-court

 

 

 

Chandler Parsons, Part III: Finishing (from Bobby Karalla, mavsoutsider.com):

‘Part III of a five-part breakdown of his game”

Read and view it here:   http://www.mavsoutsider.com/2015/06/10/chandler-parsons-part-iii-finishing/

 

 

 

– The State Of The Bucks  (from Wesley Share,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/238155/The-State-Of-The-Bucks

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

 

 

–  Donatas Motiejunas:   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2485359-donatas-motiejunas-emergence-poses-big-questions-for-houston-rockets-offseason

 

DeMarre Carroll:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-demarre-carroll-will-be-coveted-free-agent/nmZkM/?icmp=ajc_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_ajcstubtomyajcpremium#93bd2569.3585979.735759

Dario Saric:   http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/6/10/8763079/76ers-dario-saric-philadelphia-contract-buyout-sixers

 

Andre Roberson:  http://newsok.com/thunder-guard-andre-roberson-says-billy-donovan-will-be-a-great-fit/article/5426664

 

Dante Exum:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2488602-how-dante-exum-can-bounce-back-from-rough-rookie-season

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

 

What Can Golden State Do to Slow Down LeBron James?  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2480210-what-can-golden-state-warriors-do-to-slow-down-lebron-james

 

 

 

–  Can the Cavaliers successfully defend the Warriors?  (from Trevor Magnotti, fearthesword.com):

Read it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2015/5/28/8680337/can-the-cavaliers-successfully-defend-the-warriors

 

 

 

Finals Preview  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/parsing-the-2015-finals-chessboard/

 

 

 

– Warriors’ Barnes finds his place in starting lineup (from Jeff Faraudo, San Jose Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_28216715/warriors-barnes-finds-his-place-starting-lineup

 

 

 

–  Aussie Coaches look back at rise of Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova (from Roy Ward,  Sydney Morning Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/nba-coaches-look-back-at-rise-of-andrew-bogut-matthew-dellavedova-20150530-ghd47n.html

 

 

 

–  Kyrie Irving’s mind at ease about injuries, says he’s looking forward to NBA Finals  (from Rick Noland,  northcastnow.com):

Read it here:  http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/05/30/cavaliers-point-guard-kyrie-irvings-mind-ease-injuries-says-hes-ready-whatever-nba-finals-bring/

 

 

 

–  Kyrie Irving on playing alongside LeBron James  (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/05/kyrie_irving_on_playing_alongs.html

 

 

 

–  Charles Dudley sees similarities in his Golden State Warriors of four decades ago and those of today (from David Jones,  pennlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/05/charles_dudley_sees_similariti.html

 

 

 

 

–  James Harden: Let’s keep this team together and improve   (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/05/james-harden-lets-keep-this-team-together-and-improve/

 

 

 

–  The Hawks Can Fly, But When Will They Soar?  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):

Read and view it here: https://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-hawks-can-fly-but-when-will-they-soar/

 

 

 

–  Raptors get a D-League team for next year  (from Kevin Nimmock, raptorsrapture.com):

Read it here:  http://raptorsrapture.com/2015/05/30/toronto-raptors-get-a-d-league-team-for-next-year/

 

 

 

– Las Vegas Dealers Semipro Team Offering Up to $1.2 Million to McDonald’s All-Americans  (from Adam Zagoria, zagsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://zagsblog.com/articles/las-vegas-dealers-semipro-team-offering-up-to-1-2-million-to-mcdonalds-all-americans-source/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Ramon Sessions:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2015/05/29/ramon-sessions-season-in-review-journeyman-found-opportunity-in-john-walls-absence/

 

Nikola Mirotic:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VVEAECYAACYAw0Ly/rookie-wrap-up-nikola-mirotic

 

Dante Cunningham:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/05/30/new-orleans-pelicans-season-in-review-dante-cunningham/

 

Jordan Hamilton:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/5/30/8682547/2014-2015-exit-interviews-jordan-hamilton

 

Royce White:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2480537-best-potential-landing-spots-for-royce-white-to-resurrect-nba-career

 

Al Jefferson:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/5/30/8687801/2014-15-player-report-cards-al-jefferson

 

Charlotte Hornets 2014-15 Player reviews:  http://www.nba.com/hornets/1415-player-review