Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/16/18

Playoff Implications Of The Full-Strength Standings (from Ben Taylor, Nylon Calculus):
Playoffs: Day One Observations (from Zach Harper, FRSHoops):
Wizards Learn They Can’t Just Focus On Raptors’ Star Guards (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Led By Holiday, Defense Was Foundation Of Pels’ Game One Win (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):
POR-NOP: Defending The Rim Out Of Pick & Roll (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Playoffs: Day Two Observations (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):
BOS 113, MIL 107 (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Al Horford Does It All In Game One Victory (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Celtics Survive Insane Late-Game Sequence (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Why Fultz Remained Positive Amidst Chaos (from Zack Rosenblatt, NJ.com):
How Important Is Fultz To A Deep Playoff Run? (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Ben Simmons Is Making His Opponents Look Like A Bunch Of Rookies (from Zito Madu, SB Nation):
HOU 104, MIN 101 (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
D’Antoni’s Innovation Leads The Rockets (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):
Clint Capela: The Sky’s The Limit (from Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle):
OKC 116, UTA 108 (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
IND 98, CLE 80 (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Draft Sleepers From The Portsmouth Invitational (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Why Ime Udoka Should Be An NBA Head Coach (from Francis Okupa, ESPN):
How Quin Snyder & His Staff Evolved Into A Playoff Ready Team of Their Own (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):
Quin Snyder: From Breaking It To Making It In The NBA (from Kent Babb, Washington Post):
What Can Be Drawn From Nets’ Late String Of Wins? (from Zack Collura, Nothin But Nets):
Grading The Cavs After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Grading The Mavs After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/3/17

DMC & Anthony Davis: Pairing Skill Sets  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
Film Room:  How Millsaps’ Rim Protection Helps The Nuggets  (from Tom West, Nugg Love):
Teodosic: The Magician & The New Clippers’ Show (from Marco Munno, Bball Breakdown):
What PJ Tucker Can Add To The Rockets  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Shrewd Contracts Give The Jazz Future Flexibility  (from Adam Coffman, Hoops Habit):
The Pelicans’ Backcourt Gamble (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Giving Mike Conley His Due  (from Jack Noonan, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Hawks’ Travis Schlenk: Building Through Flexibility (from Graham Chapple, peachtreehoops.com):
Q & A: Lakers’ Head Athletic Trainer Marco Nunez  (from Mike Trudell, lakers,com):
Zhou Qi: The Perfect G-League Developmental Project  (from Adam Johnson, 2ways10days.com):
Darko Milicic Finds Success (from Sam Borden, ESPN):

 

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 3/16/17

Saric Is Taking Control Of The ROY Race (from Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/76ers-dario-saric-is-taking-control-of-nba-rookie-of-the-year-race-d8f219415e3#.gvwetcr0u

BI Note:   There is precedent for Dario to win ROY over Joel. 60 years ago Heinsohn won over league RPG leader (19.6) Bill Russell because Russ only played 48 games, due to missing time to play in the Olympics. And like Saric & Embiid, Tommy & Russ were teammates.

Three & D: How The Jazz Are Holding Onto The 4th Seed (from Taylor Griffin, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/three-and-d-how-the-jazz-are-holding-onto-the-fourth-seed-5264baffa0bf#.prsy77b27

The Making Of Rudy Gobert (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/page/presents170316b/how-utah-jazz-turned-rudy-gobert-next-bill-russell

Video Breakdown: Spurs’ Hammer Play  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/15/14942176/spurs-hammer-play-three-pointer-gregg-popovich-inbounds

MIP Favorites: Antetokounmpo, Gobert, Jokic, Beal (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-mip-favorites-signal-changing-trends/

LeBron’s Crazy Workload: Inside The Numbers (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents170316a/numbers-lebron-james-crazy-workload

Chasson Randle’s Seamless Fit: A Bright Spot For Knicks  (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/new-york-knicks/content/vision-key-chasson-wins

4 Little Things Players Use For An Edge (from David Vertsberger, fanragsports.com):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/4-little-things-nba-players-use-edge/

Why The Rockets May Upset the World (from Kelly Scaletta, fanragsports.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets/rockets-might-team-upsets-world/

COY Candidate Scott Brooks (from Kelly Cohen, Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/3/16/14937068/scott-brooks-coach-year-of-the-nba-2017-washington-wizards

Hornets Reside In Mediocrity  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/charlotte-hornets-reside-in-mediocrity-b30d06901cc7#.nyc8nbl48

–  Spoelstra Drawing Chuck Daly Comparisons  (from AP):

Read it here: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/16/amid-heat-turnaround-spoelstra-drawing-daly-comparisons/99244082/

The Post-Trade Revival Of Dorian Finney-Smith (from Danny Webster, mavsmoneyball.com):

Read and watch it here; http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2017/3/16/14815276/post-trade-revival-dorian-finney-smith

Marks And Atkinson Discuss Nets’ Present & Future (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/3/16/14942400/marks-and-atkinson-talk-about-the-nets-present-and-their-future

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/22/16

Lakers’ Dilemma: Search For A Superstar Or Keep It Together?  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18325504/zach-lowe-los-angeles-lakers-dangelo-russell-luke-walton-nba

Shaun Livingston: A Different Kind Of Leader  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/21/shaun-livingston-leader-role-player-golden-state-warriors

Spurs’ Title Contention: More Complicated Than Ever (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/21/spurs-kawhi-leonard-gregg-popovich-tony-parker-warriors-clippers

From Neil Greenberg, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/12/22/spurs-are-making-lamarcus-aldridges-inefficient-game-plan-work/

 The NBA Hasn’t Come Easy For Brandon Ingram, But It Will (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/22/brandon-ingram-los-angeles-lakers-rookie-luke-walton-duke

Myles Turner: Becoming A Three-Point Threat  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here: http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/12/21/myles-turner-becoming-threat-behind-arc/95701036/

The Reason I Didn’t Quit (from Myles Turner, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/myles-turner-indiana-pacers/

Monta Ellis Doesn’t Fit With Pacers Starters Anymore  (from Cameron Stewart, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/monta-ellis-doesnt-fit-with-the-pacers-starters-anymore-6e4fa4aeafda#.wt1bfdf8r

 Elfrid Payton Zigs While NBA Zags (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-magics-elfrid-payton-zigs-while-the-nba-zags

Wade: Bulls’ 4th Quarter Offense Is Too Predictable  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18330541/dwyane-wade-feels-chicago-bulls-putting-too-much-pressure-jimmy-butler

 Andre Roberson’s Defense  (from Adam Joseph, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/21/andre-robersons-defensive-campaign-now-full-flow/

Westbrook: Resistance Is Futile (from Adam Jospeh, 16winsaring.com):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/russell-westbrook-resistance-is-futile-4189be339509#.rf8jf8c0n

–  Rising Raptors Analyzed  (from Chris DeSilva,  16winsaring.com):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/russell-westbrook-resistance-is-futile-4189be339509#.rf8jf8c0n

–  Sean Kilpatrick: Rising Star  (from Casey Pazzalia, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/22/sean-kilpatrick-best-nba-player/

–  Maximizing Nikola Jokic’s Potential  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2683161-denver-nuggets-nikola-jokic-is-an-nba-star-in-the-making

 

 

Lou Williams Q & A  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/losangeleslakersqa_18320778/nba-qa-los-angeles-lakers-lou-williams

 Wednesday Roundup  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2683234-wednesday-nba-roundup-marc-gasol-wont-let-grizzlies-puzzling-season-unravel

From The Ringer: https://theringer.com/nba-shootaround-marc-gasol-couldnt-miss-last-night-1cc1b17d778d#.zfs1mj2qq

–  Al Horford’s Rim Protection  (from Jason Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/12/22/al-horford-earning-contract-rim-protection/

 Kings Need To Trade Cousins While They Still Can  (from Bill Reiter, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/the-kings-need-to-trade-volatile-demarcus-cousins-while-someone-still-wants-him/

Pistons: “Film Don’t Lie”  (from James Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/12/22/14024350/detroit-pistons-high-low-film-room-from-the-chicago-bulls-memphis-grizzlies-drummond-gasol

–  NBA To Create New “Fitness-To-Play” Medical Panels To Evaluate Potentially Life-Threatening Conditions (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2683133-stuck-in-standoff-over-chris-bosh-future-nba-to-create-new-medical-panels

–  Blazers’ Guards Need To Improve Defensively  (from Dan Marang, Blazers Edge):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/12/22/14037534/portland-trail-blazersguards-backcourt-defense-mccollum-damian-lillard

 Brook Lopez: Reaching New Heights  (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/12/22/reaching-new-heights

–  How The Warriors Rebuilt Their Elite Defense  (from Erik Malinowski, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2683227-how-the-golden-state-warriors-rebuilt-their-elite-defense

From Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com: http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/defying-odds-warriors-rim-protection-better-after-roster-overhaul

From Neil Greenberg, Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/12/22/what-was-supposed-to-be-the-warriors-biggest-concern-this-season-is-actually-a-strength/?

–  Podcast: How The Warriors Became A Super Team (from warriorsworld.net, featuring Marcus Thompson):

Listen to it here:  http://www.warriorsworld.net/2016/12/21/marcus-thompson-how-the-warriors-became-a-super-team/

–  Avery Bradley’s Defense  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724743/avery-bradley-saving-his-best-defense-for-last

 STATS: Whiteside’s Touches In The Paint And In The Post (from Matt Pineda, hothothoops.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2016/12/22/14033554/stats-hassan-whiteside-owns-the-paint-nba-analysis-miami-heat

–  Amir Johnson: Underappreciated  (from CSNNE):

Read it here:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/amir-johnson-underappreciated-contributor-for-boston-celtics

Celtics’ Draft-And-Stash Udpate: Yabusele And Zizic  (from Celticslife.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/12/draft-update-yabusele-with-season-high.html

–  Jordan Crawford: Hottest D-League Player?  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/21/14034622/jordan-crawford-nba-dleague-grand-rapids-drive

–  Chasson Randle: Dominating In The D-League  (from Nicholas LeTourneay, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/22/14039000/chasson-randle-nba-nbadl-dleague-sharp-shooter