Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/18/17

OKC & HOU: Does It Matter That There Is Only One Basketball?  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Will Jrue Holiday Benefit From Playing Shooting Guard? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Hayward’s Injury Has Changed The Celtics’ Trajectory (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Hayward’s Injury: Understanding The Early News (from Jeff Stotts, In Street Clothes):
With Butler Joining Wiggins & Towns, Can The Wolves Become Elite? (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Presenting The Archetypes For The 2017-18 Season (from Jared Dubin, Dime Mag):
“Betaball” Excerpt: Draymond Green (from Eric Malinowski, Dime Mag):
The Weirdest NBA Season Is Finally Here (from Nathanial Friedman/Eric Freeman, GQ):
Opening Night Observations (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
12 MVP Candidates (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
What Nurkic Brings To The Blazers (from Ben Gordon, 94 Feet Report):
 – The Starting 5 (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Will Andre Drummond Get Another Shot At Stardom? (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Video Analysis: RHJ’s Improved Game (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Nets Daiily):
30 People Who Will Define This Season (from Dave Zarum, Sportsnet.ca):
Players Who Deserve More Run (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Refreshed Dragic: Ready For New Season (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

How The Warriors Plan To Balance Work & Fun (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Knicks Preview (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Knicks: Pick-And-Roll Should Be Key On Offense (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/3017 PART ONE

Inside The Mind Of Draymond Green (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read and watch it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/29/golden-state-warriors-defensive-stopper-draymond-green/99785780/

Kerr On The Warriors: “Tough, Confident And Pretty Good” (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com)

Read and watch  it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/30/golden-state-warriors-rejuvenate-season-back-back-wins

Kaminsky Finds His Rhythm (from David Ramil, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/30/frank-kaminsky-charlotte-hornets-improvement/

What Is The Deal With The Hornets?  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/30/charlotte-hornets-record-point-differential/

5 Statistics That Have Defined The Cavs’ Season (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700754-5-statistics-that-have-defined-cleveland-cavaliers-2016-17-nba-season

LBJ: Flourishing In The Pick-And-Roll (from Zach Harper,  Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/harper-lebron-james-flourishing-pick-roll/

Milwaukee Owns The Paint (from Brian Sampson, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/milwaukee-owns-the-paint-ae9de96dffa2

Brogdon Doesn’t Play Like A Rookie (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline):

Red it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/29/bucks-103-celtics-100-malcolm-brogdons-big-finish-secures-victory/99757148/

Nurkic & The Blazers Found Each Other Just In Time (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/jusuf-nurkic-portland-trail-blazers-53d8a666f186

The Perimeter Players Who Are The Most Productive Post-Up Threats  (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/examining-nbas-best-perimeter-post-threats/

Nuggets Are In Playoff Contention Because Of Jokic  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/29/nuggets-nikola-jokic-having-fun-not-feeling-pressure-postseason-chase

Sixers And Celtics: Set Up Well For The Future (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/set-up-well-for-the-future-eastern-conference/

Josh Richardson’s  Offensive & Defensive Versatility  (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here: http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/30/josh-richardson-knows-his-3-point-shooting-numbers-are-down-but-he-wants-you-to-know-theres-more-to-his-game/

Taurean Prince: Soaring At The Right Time  (from Eric Yeboah, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/taurean-prince-soaring-at-the-right-time-592f3a95a3e7

From Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2017/3/30/15122512/taurean-prince-transition-defense-atlanta-hawks-mike-budenholzer

–  The Spurs’ Looming Potential Playoff Problem (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/the-problem-looming-for-the-spurs-is-a-tough-one-to-avoid/

Brad Stevens: Real Leadership  (from Justin Bariso, Inc.com):

Read it here: http://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/the-boston-celtics-just-took-over-1st-place-and-their-coachs-response-to-that-is.html

Nerlens Noel’s Chemistry With Mavs’ Guards (from Doyle Rader, Mavs Moneyball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2017/3/30/15115088/dallas-mavericks-nerlens-noel-and-j-j-barea-are-making-magic-together

Film Room: Terrence Ross’ Recent Success (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-terrence-ross-having-solid-impact-magic-cohen-20170330

AD & DMC: Making Progress In New Orleans (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/pelicans-pairing-anthony-davis-demarcus-cousins-making-recent-progress

Jim Lynam: Quintessential Hoops Guy Who Never Stops Coaching  (from Mike Jensen, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/Jim_Lynam_Sixers_quintessential_Philly_hoops_guy_coach.html

D-League:  ROY Candidates (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/29/15104118/nba-dleague-rookie-of-the-year-nbadl

How Alfonzo McKinnie Became A D-League All-Star (from Austin Cracraft, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/28/15062194/alfonzo-mckinnie-windy-city-bulls-nba-dleague-nbadl

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 3/29/17

This Funky Pick-And-Roll Shows How Smart The Warriors Are (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/29/warriors-pick-roll-curry-green/

The 2017 Marc Gasol All-Stars (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19025784/zach-lowe-2017-marc-gasol-all-stars-featuring-nikola-jokic-andre-iguodala-more

  • 5 Coaching Prospects To Watch  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents18986226/five-nba-coaching-prospects-watch

Inside The Nets’ Late-Season Turnaround (from Charles Maniego, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/inside-the-brooklyn-nets-march-mania-eb4de30099d5

The 180 Degree Guide To The Triangle (from Drew Steele, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/the-180-degree-guide-to-the-triangle-dad9bcf149a2

Blazers Up Their Lead On Nuggets For Final West Playoff Spot (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):

Read it here: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/256-sports/kerry-eggers/352125-231318-blazers-get-keys-to-the-car

Elfrid Payton: Finishing The Season Strong (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/29/despite-losses-and-uncertainty-orlando-magics-elfrid-payton-finishing-season-strong/

Pau Gasol: Everything The Spurs Expected And More (from Jon Krawczynski, AP):

Read it here: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ab6632b3a8904d8886d0c84d8071c185/pau-gasol-giving-spurs-everything-they-expected-and-more

DeAndre Jordan’s All-Star Credentials (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/29/deandre-jordan-makes-case-allnba/

Gary Trent, Jr. Has Been Schooled by His Dad, On & Off The Court (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/duke-bound-gary-trent-jr-nba-father-gary-trent-sr/

Dario Saric: Silver Lining To Embiid’s Latest Injury (from Russell Gorelick, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: http://thesixersense.com/2017/03/29/philadelphia-76ers-dario-saric-become-the-sixers-second-unicorn/

Injuries Are Forcing The Sixers To Get Creative At PG  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/injuries-point-guard-forcing-sixers-get-creative-ball-handlers

Rest Was Just What The Doctor Ordered For The Dubs  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/03/29/rest-turned-out-to-be-just-what-the-doctor-ordered-for-the-streaking-warriors/?utm_term=.879ee84534bf

Reggie Jackson: Confident That Better Days Are Ahead (Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/jackson-shell-myself-times-season-fully-confident-better-days-ahead

–  ESPN Panel Ranks The Head Coaches, 1-30  (from ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19024161/coach-ratings-1-30

D-League: Cheick Diallo (from Chris Reichert/Mason Ginsberg, Bourbon StreetShots.com):

Read it here: http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/29/a-cheick-in-on-diallo-in-the-d-league/

D-League: Abdel Nader Update (from Michael dePrisco, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/29/boston-celtics-stash-update-abdel-nader/

From Steve Sadin, Pioneer Press:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glenview/sports/ct-mgc-abdel-nader-maine-red-claws-tl-0319-20170329-story.html

Stat of the day:  In 12,000 regular-season minutes, Kawhi Leonard has had 0 T’s called on him. In 15,000 minutes, DeMarcus Cousins has 111.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/28/17 PART ONE

Jeremy Lin’s Return & Impact On The Nets (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/28/jeremy-lin-nets-impact-injury/

Rockets/Dubs Offenses: Similarities & Differences (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-tweaks-on-offense-a-not-to-what-Warriors-11031894.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=65061db172438d9cbb

GSW’s Offense Before And After ASW (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):

 Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/28/nylon-calculus-golden-state-offense-evolution/

Nelson And Jokic Turned The Nuggets’ Season Around  (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):

Read it ere:  https://theringer.com/how-a-second-round-unicorn-and-a-13-year-vet-saved-denvers-season-e6a197b01c0c

Blazers’ Offense Surging Since All-Star Break (from Willy Raedy, Blazers Edge):

Read it here: http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/3/28/15085736/portland-trail-blazers-offense-nba-trade-deadline-all-star-break-nurkic-lillard

How Nurkic’s Screens Transform The Blazers’ Offense (from Dave Deckard, Blazers’ Edge):

Readand watch it here: http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/3/24/15046496/nurkic-lillard-trail-blazers-offense-stats-pick-roll

Does Tyronn Lue Really Have A Magical Plan For The Cavs…And, If So, Will It Work?  (from Chris Almeida, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/cavaliers-spurs-cleveland-second-place-rest-2fe20d441796

Cavs Need KLove To Get Back To Being A Real Weapon  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/harper-cavs-need-kevin-love-get-back-real-weapon/

The Spurs Are The Quiet Contender Again (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/scaletta-spurs-quiet-contender/

Younger, Stronger, Smarter Assistant Coaches Are In Demand  (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697750-latest-nba-hiring-trend-younger-smarter-stronger-assistant-coaches-in-demand

–  Middleton Getting Bucks Into Playoff Groove  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/27/khris-middleton-helping-milwaukee-bucks-make-playoff-push

Raptors’ Coaches Deserve A Lot Of Credit  (from Spencer Redmond, Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/03/28/raptors-coaching-staff-deserves-lot-credit-recent-stretch/

Timothe Luwawu-Caborrot Helps Reinvigorate Sixers’ Perimeter “D” (from Derek Bodner):

Read it here: http://www.derekbodner.com/2017/03/26/76ers-musings-timothe-luwawu-cabarrot-helps-reinvigorate-sixers-perimeter-defense/

Manny Harris’ Long Travels To Dallas (from Steve Simineri, NY Sports Day):

Read it here: https://www.nysportsday.com/2017/03/28/mavericks-manny-harris-travels-long-way-to-dallas/

Where Are The Best Shooting Zones? (from Drew Steele,16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/where-are-the-best-shooting-zones-on-the-court-b2dbf0930bfb

Developing Nerlens Noel’s Offensive Game (from Isaac Harris, The Smokng Cuban):

Read and watch it here: http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/28/the-developing-offensive-game-of-nerlens-noel/

Nowitzki Q & A (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/27/morning-tip-qa-dallas-mavericks-dirk-nowitzki

An Inside Look At Player Bonuses (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/an-inside-look-at-player-bonuses-154533651.html

Magic: Time For A D-League Call-Up (from Zach Palmer, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/28/d-league-its-time-for-the-magic-to-give-somebody-a-shot/

NBA Management Rankings (from ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19017640/nba-2017-nba-management-rankings-top-bottom

COY Candidates (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/28/15086388/nba-coach-of-the-year-gregg-popovich-mike-dantoni

Joe Johnson’s New Assignment (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/26/utah-jazz-joe-johnson-takes-new-assignment

 

 

 

This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  Watch for PART TWO later today.

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/