Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/28/18

At Long Last, Nets & Knicks Are Being Patient  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/09/28/long-last-knicks-nets-are-employing-profound-strategy-patience/?utm_term=.8d1e5ac92def

BKN: D’Angelo Russell Is All In On The Intensity (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/nets/news/2018/09/27/brooklyn-nets-training-camp-dangelo-russell-is-all-in-on-the-intensity

From Greg Logan, Newsday: https://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-focal-point-remains-fourth-year-point-guard-d-angelo-russell-1.21289233

BOS: Horford Leads By Example (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/9/27/17907084/boston-celtics-al-horford-brad-stevens

CHI: Wendell Carter: Most Likely To Succeed (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/bulls/features/wendell-carter-jr-most-likely-succeed

DAL: No One Position Defines Doncic’s Game (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban):

Read it here:  https://thesmokingcuban.com/2018/09/28/dallas-mavericks-2018-luka-doncic-position-define-game/

DEN: Film Study: Anatomy Of The Nuggets’ Horns Flex (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.denverstiffs.com/2018/9/27/17907852/anatomy-of-a-play-from-the-denver-nuggets-playbook-horns-flex

GSW: Demarcus: Coming To The Warriors Is “The Best Basketball Decision I Ever Made” (from Demarcus Cousins, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/demarcus-cousins-golden-state-warriors

GSW: How Steph Handled An Offseason Of Change (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):

Read it here:  https://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/How-Stephen-Curry-handled-an-offseason-of-change-13264866.php

GSW: They Are The Warriors’ System, Part Two: Draymond Green (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2018/9/24/17874072/nba-2018-golden-state-warriors-draymond-green-system-video-play-breakdown

IND: Turner-Sabonis Experiment To Enter New Trial Phase (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turner-sabonis-experiment-enter-new-trail-phase

MEM: What We Learned From 1st Week Of Training Camp  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2018/09/28/nba-memphis-grizzlies-training-camp/1448260002/

MIA: What Whiteside Did This Offseason To Improve  (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article218828095.html

MIN: The KAT Era Will Soon Begin In Earnest (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/9/27/17910312/karl-anthony-towns-tom-thibodeau-wolves

NYK: Kevin Knox: Training Camp Isn’t Summer League (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/09/27/kevin-knox-is-looking-much-different-against-real-nba-players/

NOP: Julius Randle’s Winding Road (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/julius-randle-from-hollywood-to-the-big-easy/

ORL: Coaches, Teammates See Jonathan Isaac As Potential X-Factor (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/coaches-teammates-think-jonathan-isaac-could-be-magics-x-factor-20180927

PHO:  What Type Of System Will Coach Kokoskov Run? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/09/28/igor-kokoskov-phoenix-suns-system-playbook/

SAS: Dejounte Murray: The Spurs’ Crucial Point (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):

Read it here:  https://cleaningtheglass.com/the-spurs-crucial-point/

TOR: Will Last Season’s G-League MVP Lorenzo Brown Have A Meaningful Role With The Raptors? (from Mike Bossetti, Raptors Rapture):

Read it here: https://raptorsrapture.com/2018/09/28/toronto-raptors-lorenzo-brown-preview/

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Hambone Williams:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/nba/sd-sp-sports-hambone-williams-nba-death-20180927-story.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Day Three Recap (from Keith Smth, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-take-data-cavs-spurs-go-2-0/

Day Three Plays You May Have Missed  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/18/15340360/nba-playoffs-2017-highlights-best-plays-spurs-cavaliers

Recapping The Opening Games (from BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/17/the-breakdown-a-look-at-the-opening-games-of-the-nba-playoffs/

From Chris Wooden, Sir Charles In Charge: https://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/17/nba-playoff-openers-reactions-2017/

Cavs: There Are Still Concerns Despite 2-0 Lead (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/concerns-still-abound-cavaliers-despite-2-0-series-lead-pacers/

Patrick Beverley’s Game One Performance (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets/patrick-beverleys-game-1-performance-best-career/

From Scott Cacciola, NY Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/sports/basketball/patrick-beverley-russell-westbrook-nba-playoffs.html

Capela Growing Into Key Role For Rockets (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-growing-into-key-role-for-Rockets-11078871.php

Thunder Need Improvement In Three Areas (from Max Seng, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: https://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/oklahoma-city-thunder-3-areas-improvement/

The Celtics And The Trouble With Surrendering Offensive Rebounds (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/18/boston-celtics-trouble-offensive-rebounds/

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN: http://www.espn.com.au/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725798/bostons-rebounding-woes-are-nothing-new-but-are-they-fixable

From wjsy, Celtics Blog: http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/17/15323448/nba-playoffs-2017-boston-celtics-chicago-bulls-adjustments

What Clippers Need To Change In Game Two (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/clippers-need-change-game-2-jazz/

Bucks: Game One Rotations (from Reid Mueller, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-guard-rotations/

From Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-milwaukee-bucks-adjustment-toronto-raptors-84165e5d665d

Dellavedova’s Screens (from Lori Nickel, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/04/17/dellavedovas-screens-draw-torontos-attention/100561334/

From Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports: http://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nba/dwane-casey-says-a-lot-of-matthew-dellavedovas-screens-werent-legal-but-gives-credit-to-the-aussie-guard/news-story/cbd9f133add4d063f9a1d57beb24aca1

Giannis Is Really Happening (from Nate Scott, Fox Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-raptors-game-2-playoffs-041817

is There A Way To Slow Giannis Down? (from Adam Iafrate, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/18/15339630/nba-playoffs-2017-3-ways-raptors-slow-giannis-antetokounmpo

Five Reasons Bucks Won Game One (from Joshua Cornelissen, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/17/milwaukee-bucks-5-reasons-game-1/

Malcolm Brogdon Profile (from NBPA):

Read it here: http://nbpa.com/collecting-points-and-degrees-malcolm-brogdon-shines-as-a-roy-candidate-and-public-policy-champion/

WAS-ATL: Game One Takeaways (from Blaise Malley, Wiz Of Awes):

Read it here: http://wizofawes.com/2017/04/18/washington-wizards-nba-playoffs-2017-atlanta-hawks-game-1-analysis-rotation/

MEM Is Trying Everything To Stop Leonard (And It is That Much More Difficult W/O Tony Allen (from Charles Maniego, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/memphis-grizzlies/content/memphis-grizzlies-trying-everything-to-stop-kawhi-leonard

From Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/4/18/15340158/nba-playoffs-strategy-kawhi-leonard-double-teams

Euroleague Playoffs: Quarterfinals Preview (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/17/euroleague-quarterfinal-preview/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/1/17

Philly Sets, Middleton’s Post Moves, Conley’s Floater, More (from Adam Spinella, Bball Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/31/from-the-coaches-seat-philly-sets-bucks-middletons-post-moves-conleys-floater-and-more/

 Taj Gibson: Enjoying A Change Of Pace With OKC  (from David Ramil, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/31/taj-gibson-change-pace-oklahoma-city-thunder/

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

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19042157/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-james-harden-runway-moves-nba

Jordan Crawford Is Revitalizing HIs Career (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/01/new-orleans-pelicans-jordan-crawford-nba-career/

Greg Monroe Finds His Niche  (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/31/milwaukee-bucks-greg-monroe-sixth-man-year/

From Jay Spanbauer, Behind The Buck Pass: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/03/31/greg-monroe-impresses-as-sixth-man-for-milwaukee-bucks/

Bucks’ Thom Maker Shines In Overtime Win  (from Charles F Gardner, jsonline):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/31/bucks-108-pistons-105-maker-shines-overtime-win/99825060/

Luwawu-Cabarrot: Another Piece Of Sixers’ Future  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/76ers/76ers-another-piece-future-timothe-luwawu-cabarrot/

Pelicans: DMC & AD Are Finding Their Rhythm  (from Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2017/04/as_boogie_cousins_finds_his_rh.html

Why Nurkic’s Injury Is A Big Deal For The Dubs  (from Andrew Lynch, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/jusuf-nurkic-portland-trail-blazers-injury-fractured-leg-playoffs-denver-nuggets-golden-state-warriors-033117

DeAndre Liggins’ Defense (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://linkis.com/kingjamesgospel.com/0peZ2

Behind The Scenes: Life On A 10-Day  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/04/01/a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-life-on-10-day-contract-in-the-nba/

Cavs’ James Jones: “There’s No Such Thing As Flipping A Switch” (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/04/cleveland_cavaliers_veteran_ja.html

D-League Detour Leads Griz’ Rookies On Path Toward Progress  (from Michael Lee, grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/weekend-focus-d-league-rookies-170331

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

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/31/15126608/dleague-nba-2016-17-nbadl-defensive-player-of-the-year-finalists

Highlights From Yabusele’s 1st D-League Game  (from Erik Johnson, celticslife.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.celticslife.com/2017/04/guerschon-yabusele-was-impressive-in.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/23/17

Jokic: The Unlikely Superstar Who Is Transforming The Nuggets  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/23/15036048/nikola-jokic-highlights-video-denver-nuggets-nba

Dragic Has Orchestrated The Heat’s Offensive Leap (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/goran-dragic-orchestrated-heats-offensive-leap/

Finally, A Healthy Bradley Beal  (from Nicholas Arguelles, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/bradley-beal-trusting-the-process-4126e7728e60#.rj1wb09od

MKG: Lots Of Pace, No Space  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/michael-kidd-gilchrist-has-lots-of-pace-and-no-space-805617034e57#.xz2onb4gr

Hoiberg On Robin Lopez (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/coach-hoiberg-robin-lopez

The Numbers Show Where You Are Right And Wrong About Tristan Thompson (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/numbers-lie-tristan-thompson

Storylines For The Homestretch  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read it here: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220257858/7-nba-storylines-to-watch-final-2-weeks

Mavs Impressed With Noel’s Progress (from Dwain Price, star-telgram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article140227508.html

Meyers Leonard: Playing On One Leg  (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/meyers-leonard-limited-he-tries-play-through-hip-and-back-pain

Rest May Have Been Turning Point For GSW  (from Michael Shultz, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here: http://bluemanhoop.com/2017/03/23/rest-golden-state-warriors-season/

Marcus Smart Cooks Up Another Batch Of Winning Plays (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725615/marcus-smart-cooks-up-another-batch-of-winning-plays

Olynyk’s Hot Streak Boosts His Confidence  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

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

Jameer Nelson Has Found New Life In Denver (from Brendan Vogt, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/jameer-nelson-finds-new-life-in-denver-9a7be49c1a10#.wa3ftk1xd

Role Player Of The Week: Avery Bradley (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/role-player-week-avery-bradley/

 Brandon Jennnings On His Time With Knicks  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/brandon-jennings-opens-wrong-knicks-article-1.3006188

DeRozan: Stepping Up In Lowry’s Absence (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/23/toronto-raptors-demar-derozan-complete/

DeRozan Has Taken His Post Game To The Next Level  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/demar-derozan-post-offense-stats-breakdown-highlights-video-kobe-bryant/szxbvoihhza3za5q7thakqt2

What The Pelicans’ Offensive Gelling Looks Like  (from Jake Madison, Bourbon Street Shots):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/23/what-the-offensive-gelling-looks-like/

Middleton Has The Bucks Slowing Down And Heating Up  (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/khris-middleton-has-the-bucks-slowing-down-and-heating-up/

–  The Smartest NBA Teams Don’t Go Mad Over NCAA Tournament Performances (from Sam Vecenie,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_au/article/prisoners-of-the-moment-how-the-ncaa-tournament-affects-nba-draft-stock

The Spurs’ 10-Game Review: Volume Seven  (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-7/

Spurs: Tony Parker’s 2017 Impact (from Collin Reid, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/tony-parkers-impact-for-the-2017-spurs/

MIP Watch (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/most-improved-player-watch/

Why The Wolves Signed Casspi  (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):

Read it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/03/23/timberwolves-sign-omri-casspi/

Nwaba’s Long Road  (from Lee Altman, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here: http://dleague.nba.com/news/david-nwaba-lakers-contract-dfenders-nba-dleague-feature/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Film Room: Lance Stephenson Edition  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):

” Last season was such a shock to the system of Lance Stephenson that it went down as one of the worst shooting seasons in the history of the NBA. He’s one of just six players ever to log at least 1500 minutes in a season, attempt 100 threes, and still finish with an Effective Field Goal Percentage of under 40 percent. Out of those six, he’s the only guy to ever have a True Shooting Percentage under 42 percent, as well. However, despite all of that, Stephenson can still be a positive contributor to a team if he can get back to doing the things that he excels at. In this edition of the Film Room, we’re going to examine some of those very things.

Read and view it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/8/7/9076401/film-room-lance-stephenson-edition

 

 

–  D-Fenders head coach Casey Owens ready to bring a new culture to the Lakers development team  (from Drew Garrison,  silverscreenandroll.com):

” The D-Fenders new head coach opened up about his role as a leader of men, talent development for the Lakers, and shared plenty of insight — including how and why he embraces analytics.”

Read it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/8/7/9116041/la-lakers-head-coach-casey-owens-dfenders

 

 

–  Team USA mini-camp primer   (from Steve Perrin,  clipsnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/8/7/9119059/team-usa-mini-camp-primer-clippers-chris-paul-blake-griffin-deandre-jordan

 

 

–  Jazz need better PG, for frontcourt’s sake  (from Andy Larsen,  ksl.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ksl.com/?sid=35834637

 

 

–  The Evolution of the Spurs Offense: 1999-2014  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgwZYsXCcVY

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Greg Monroe:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/08/07/greg-monroe-projected-passing-improvements-bucks/

 

Nic Batum/Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/8/8/9120075/Nicolas-Batum-Michael-Kidd-Gilchrist-Charlotte-Hornets

 

Archie Goodwin:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/8/8/9108345/archie-goodwin-gets-his-chance

 

Pat Connaughton:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/08/07/blazers-pat-connaughton-from-notre-dame-dreams-to-play-two-sports/

 

Kendall Marshall:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/08/07/should-the-bucks-want-kendall-marshall-back/

 

Robert Upshaw:  http://lakeshowlife.com/2015/08/07/3-things-robert-upshaw-can-learn-roy-hibbert/

 

Marco Bellinelli:  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/8/7/9116609/marco-belinelli-sacramento-kings-expectations-questions

 

Alec Burks:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/08/07/why-alec-burks-could-fill-the-potential-hole-at-pg-for-the-jazz/