Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/27/18

Joel Embiid: DPOY?  (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):

The DMC Injury:
Video Breakdown: E’Twaun Moore’s Defensive Deficiencies (from Seth Nefsky, Pelican Debrief):
Celtics: How To Score When Kyrie Sits (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Danny Ainge Is Masterful; Brad Stevens Makes Him Look Even Better (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Horford’s Unique Role Provides Immense Value (from Jesse Collings, Hardwood Houdini):
Q & A With Wolves TV Analyst Jim Petersen (from Britt Robson, The Athletic):
Tyus Jones’ Defensive Improvement (from Jake Paynting, Dunking With Wolves):
Nuggets: Jokic/Plumlee Spacing Is Improving (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
Hornacek: Impressed With Trey Burke (from Anthony Rieber, Newsday):
OKC’s Suffocating Defense Makes Them A Real Contender (from Michael D. Sykes, SBNation):
The Success (And Failure) Of OKC’s All-Bench Units (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
This Isn’t Westbrook 3.0 (from Matt Craig, Daily Thunder ):
–  Steven Adams’ Rebounding, Kelly Olynyk’s Fakes  & More (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Westbrook, Adams And Uncontested Rebounds (from Jeremy Lambert, Thunderous Intentions):
Film Study: How John Wall’s Movement, Or Lack Thereof, Sets The Tone For Wiz’ Offense (from Osman Baig, Bullets Forever):
Donovan Mitchell: “None Of This Was Supposed To Happen” (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
The Warriors’ Ruthless Efficiency (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
Steph Curry’s Pregame Show (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Montrezl Harrell Interview (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Pistons: Missing Reggie Jackson Down The Stretch Of Games (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
Why Have The Pistons Fallen So Far Without Reggie Jackson? (from Joseph Sinke, Hashtag Basketball):
Valanciunas: Slowly Evolving Into Modern-Day Center (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):
Suns: Josh Jackson Showing Great Growth (from Scott Bordow, azcentral):
Anunoby: Adjusting To NBA Life (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):
Celtics To Take On Warriors Without Smart’s Defense (from Mac D’Amico, celtics.com):
Malcolm Brogdon: No Sophomore Slump (from Ryan Riley, Behind The Buck Pass):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/14/17

Hawks’ Offensive Playbook: Pick-And-Roll Action, Part One (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
2017-18: Aaron Gordon’s Season Of Opportunity (from Philip Rossman-Reich< Orlando Magic Daily):
G-League Player Invitational: 5 Intriguing Prospects (from Ben Stram, Fanrag Sports):
The Proving Grounds: Marcus Smart  (from James Holas, BBall Breakdown):
Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/08/13/the-proving-grounds/

Misconceptions About Jarrett Allen (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/08/14/nets-rookie-doesnt-care-what-you-think-about-his-hobbies/

Paul George’s Fit With The Thunder (from Jackson Frank, Welcome To Loud City):
Myles Turner’s Shot Selection (from Hunter Kuffel, 8points9seonds.com):
Nets’ Defense: The Good, Bad & Unknown (from Charles Maniego, Nets Daily):
What Tyler Dorsey Does & Doesn’t Bring To The Hawks (from Tyler Sellers, Soaring Down South):
Is Avery Bradley’s Offense What The Pistons Needed To Make The Playoffs? (from Thomas Rende, NBA Math):
How Nate McMillan Should Approach The Post-Paul George Era (from Caitlin Cooper, indycornrows.com):
Read and watch it here:  https://www.indycornrows.com/2017/8/14/16127324/nate-mcmillan-should-dare-to-be-weird

Where Will Celtics’ Rebounding Come From? (from Bryan Rafferty, Celtics Hub):
Does Lonzo Ball Need To “Fix” His Jump Shot? (from Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report):
Making The Jump: Welcome To The Euroleague (from Sam Meyerkopf, NextStep-Basketball):

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

How The Warriors Built Something Special (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Solution To The Cavs’ Defensive Woes Is To Fix Their Offense  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
Has Curry Figured Out How To Defend LBJ Pick-And-Rolls? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Film Study: Durant Protected The Rim In Game One (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Game One Takeaways (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
A Closer Look At Klay’s Game One Defense (from Jimmy Durkin, Mercury News):
Should The Cavs Attack Steph? (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
The Warriors’ Bigs Have Become A Big Advantage In The Playoffs (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):
Cavs Need More From Tristan Thompson (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
The Dubs Don’t Need Klay To Be A Scorer (from Adi Joesph, USA Today):
How The Warriors Defend Irving (from Eric Apricot, BBall Breakdown):
Brown Leads Warriors While Waiting For Kerr (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
Cavs’ Architect David Griffin’s Future Is Uncertain (from Joe Drape, NYTimes):
The NBA’s Most Profitable Play: Drawing A 3-Shot Foul (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
JVG Q & A (from Steve Serby, NYPost):
New Orlando Exec Weltman Known For Smarts, Toughness, Kindness (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Mason Plumlee Deserves Another Chance With The Nuggets (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
The Age Minimum Isn’t Working.  Here Is A Solution (fromTom Ziller, SBNation):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis: 10/5/16

–  Embiid’s First Step is A Big One  (from Mike Sielski, philly.com):

–  Sixers Learn That Patience Is A Virtue:  Embiid And Saric Debut  (from Shamus Clancy, Liberty Ballers);

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/10/4/13168726/sixers-learn–patience-is-a-virtue-in-joel-embiid-and-dario-saric-debut-76ers-hinkie-preseason-nba

–  How The Nets Are Taking Care Of The Ever-Improving Bojan Bogdanovic  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
 –  LaMarcus Aldridge Finds His Comfort Zone  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
 –  Bucks Are Happy To Have Dellavedova  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

–  Myles Turner Is Ready For 2nd Year Expectations  (from Shane Young, Today’s Fastbreak):

Read it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/indiana-pacers/myles-turner-is-ready-for-sophomore-year-expectations/

–  Fournier Looks To Improve On His Breakthrough Season  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-evan-fournier-1005-20161004-story.html

–  Olynyk Vows To be More Aggressive With Outside Shot  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/10/kelly_olynyk_vows_to_be_more_assertive_with_outside_shot_this_season

–  Vanishing Big Men: Greg Monroe To Come Off  The Bench  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/04/big-men-robin-lopez-greg-monroe-bulls-bucks

–  James Harden In Seven Seconds Or Less  (from Ian Levy, Fansided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/10/05/nba-season-preview-james-harden-seven-seconds-or-less/

–  Garrett Temple’s Versatility Gives The Kings Another Option At Point Guard  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here;  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article106045207.html

–  The Mentality Of An Underdog Player  (from Jake Rauchbach, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-the-mentality-of-an-underdog/

–  Ray McCallum:  SVG’s System Is My Style Of Play  (from Perry Farrell, Dteroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/10/04/detroit-pistons-ray-mccallum/91584034/

Dwyane Wade: Circle Of Life  (from Leo Sepkowitz, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/circle-of-life/

–  Frank Vogel Challenges Common Conceptions Of Offensive Rebounding  (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/10/05/how-frank-vogel-challenges-common-conceptions-of-offensive-rebounding/

–  Wizards: Under Construction  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/04/as-wizards-begin-nba-preseason-focus-is-more-on-winning-plays-than-winning/

–  The Unboxing Of Tomas Satoransky  (from Adam Rubin,  truthaboutit.net):

Read and view it here:  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2016/10/wizards-vs-heat-the-unboxing-of-tomas-satoransky.html

–  Alex Len: Seeking Growth And Consistency  (from deadpoolio, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/10/4/13159784/alex-len-works-to-be-more-basketball-player-than-enigma-this-year-phoenix-suns

–  Terrance Ross Is Impressing Early On  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/04/just-go-out-there-and-play-terrence-ross-impressing-early-on-at-raptors-camp

–  Biyombo Thrilled To Have Integral Role With Magic  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/bismack-biyombo/thrilled-integral-role-denton-20161004

Growing Stauskas’ Game  (from Mike Sielski, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pattisonave/Sixers-hope-move-to-PG-can-grow-Stauskas-game.html

–  Kris Dunn, Combo Guard?  (from Drew Mahowald, canishoopus):

Read it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/10/5/13170440/kris-dunn-shooting-guard-timberwolves-rubio

–  Malik Beasley is A Unique Component Of Nuggets’ Backcourt  (from Jake  Hyman, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/3/13003274/malik-beasley-denver-nuggets-interview

–  Palpreet Singh Brar  (from Dakota Schmidt,  Rididculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/4/13152052/indian-forward-palpreet-singh-brar-nbadl-dleague

–  Timberwolves’ Season Preview (from Dane Moore, canis hoopus):

Read it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/10/4/13149150/minnesota-timberwolves-team-preview-sbn-nba

–  Chicago Bulls’ Season Preview  (from blogabull.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/10/4/13160712/chicago-bulls-season-preview

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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