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/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/5/17

What It’s Like To Play With LBJ  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/a/lebron-james-playmaker-cavaliers-sunday-shootaround

Grizzlies Urge Patience With Parson’s Difficult Comeback From Injury  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/30716/grizzlies-urge-patience-as-chandler-parsons-scuffle-through-comeback

Jusuf Nurkic’s Strong Start In Portland (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-strong-start-for-jusuf-nurkic-in-portland/

Tyler Ulis Is Finding His Footing  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/04/phoenix-suns-tyler-ulis-quickly-finding-nba-footing/

Suns: The Rise Of Alan Williams  (from Nick Veronesi, isportsweb.com):

Read it here: http://isportsweb.com/2017/03/04/phoenix-suns-the-rise-of-alan-williams/

Kyrie Irving Has Become A Willing Passer  (from Robbie DiPaola, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/05/cleveland-cavaliers-kyrie-irving-willing-passer/

Zipser And Portis Giving Bulls A Boost  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/zipser-and-portis-giving-bulls-boost

Bobby Portis’ New Role (from Patrick Sheetz, pippenainteasy.com):

Read it here: http://pippenainteasy.com/2017/03/04/bobby-portis-new-role-trade-deadline-chicago-bulls/

Hornacek: Knicks Being Hurt By Defensive Lapses, Not The Triangle  (from Al Iannazzone, Newsday):

Read it here:

http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-jeff-hornacek-it-s-not-triangle-s-fault-it-s-defensive-lapse-1.13209777

McCaw Seizing Chance As A Starter  (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Timberwolves: Tyus Jones Is Contributing  (from Logan Metzger, The Sports Daily):
Can Abdel Nader Make The Celtics Next Season? (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

LaMarcus Aldridge Plays Best When Tony Parker Is Healthy, Active And Productive  (from Michael Erler, Pounding The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/3/4/14810058/lamarcus-aldridge-best-barometer-spurs-success

2017 Draft: Some International Prospects  (from Maxwell Ogden, Knicks Daily):

Read and watch it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2017/03/04/new-york-knicks-international-prospects-2017-nba-draft/

Payton May Benefit Most From Magic’s Small-Ball Lineup (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/elfrid-payton-may-benefit-most-small-ball-lineup

Caris LeVert Is Impressing The Nets (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here: http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/caris-levert-starting-to-impress-nets-1.13210149

Eric Musselman Finds Success At Nevada  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article136533788.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/2/17

Knicks: Greater Focus On The Triangle  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/03/01/how-phil-jackson-meddled-his-way-to-triangle-triumph/

Karl-Anthony Town’s Amazing Sophomore Season  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-sophomore-season-849b7e961ed4#.jzw25mvth

Jamal Murray Is Finding His Footing  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/02/jamal-murray-starts-to-find-his-footing-in-nba-just-in-time-to-help-lift-nuggets/

Durant Injury Opens Door For Warriors’ Young Bench  (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/kevin-durant-injury-patrick-mccaw-bench/

Cauley-Stein & Labissiere: Filling The Cousins Void  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/boogie-on-filling-the-demarcus-cousins-void/

From Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring:  https://16winsaring.com/keep-an-eye-on-kings-willie-cauley-stein-3acef3e94e7c#.rw6x4v5ai

Previewing The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/mit-sloan-sports-analytics-preview/

Can Pelinka Save The Lakers?  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pelinka-745309-maggette-lakers.html

–  Westbrook Can’t Stop Going Left  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):

Read it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/russell-westbrook-cant-stop-going-left/

CJ McCollum: Midrange Assassin  (from Winners View):

Watch it here:  http://www.winnersview.com/videos/cj-mccollum-midrange-assassin

Raptors: Trying To Find A Way Without Lowry  (from Daniell Hackett, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/2/28/14754592/kyle-lowry-injury-toronto-raptors-lineups-numbers

Wizards’ Bench Is Stepping Up  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/for-wizards-bench-suddenly-has-plenty-of-appeal/2017/03/01/2df92916-feb2-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

For D’Antoni & The Rockets: No Such Thing As Too Many Three-Pointers  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/rockets/2017/03/02/mike-dantoni-rockets-three-pointers/98625444/

Video: Nuggets’ Beautiful Ball Movement  (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.businessinsider.com/nuggets-ball-movement-vs-bucks-2017-3

From Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-nuggets-offense-shows-off-insane-ball-movement-before-getting-bucket/

Despite Loss, Cavs Excited About Their “Mad Science Experiments” (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3740/despite-loss-cavaliers-excited-by-their-mad-science-experiments

Cavs’ GM Griffin’s Bet On The Buyout Market Is Paying Off (from Chris De Silva, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/with-new-arrivals-incoming-cleveland-heads-for-the-home-stretch-e71090fdee88#.obrphk6ni

–  With Bradley Back, The Celtics Were A “Completed Puzzle” In Defeating Cavs  (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/2/14786610/with-avery-bradley-back-celtics-were-a-completed-puzzle-in-cavs-win

–  The Celtics’ Front Court Of The Future?  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/02/projecting-bostons-front-court-of-the-future/

–  NBA Unveils Initiatives To Improve Officiating (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-unveils-new-initiatives-improve-officiating/98603338/

 Thank You, Toronto  (from Terrence Ross, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/terrence-ross-thank-you-goodbye-toronto-raptors-orlando-magic/

–  JC Team “Plagiarizes” GSW, Is Undefeated (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-south-plains-texans.html

–  The Suns’ New Two-Man Game, Featuring Tyler Ulis And Alan Williams (from Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/1039220/welcome-suns-2-man-game-tyler-ulis-alan-williams/

Is Cam Payne The Bulls PG Of The Future?  (from Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-cameron-payne-bulls-spt-0302-20170301-story.html

Why George Hill Has Fit So Well With The Jazz (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-george-hill-has-fit-so-well-with-the-jazz-164148997.html

SVG: “There Are No Corners”  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here: http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2017/03/dont_ask_stan_van_gundy_about.html

–  Dedmon Needs To Stay As Spurs’ Starting Center  (from Jared Johnson, fanragsports.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/dewayne-dedmon-needs-stay-spurs-starting-center/

Tyler Johnson: Answering Critics With Strong, Consistent Play  (from Brandon Di Perno, Hot Hot Hoops):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/1/14782814/tyler-johnson-emerging-as-one-of-the-heats-most-consistent-players-goran-dragic-james-johnson-riley

Byron Spruell: New President Of League Operations  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-new-president-league-operation-byron-spruell/98600788/

Nowitzki Is Embracing His New Role At “5”  (from Sam Casey, The moking Cuban):

Read and watch it here:  http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/02/dirk-nowitzki-embracing-role-mavs-center/

Korver: Cavs Have Unique Mindset  (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/sports/nba/cavaliers/kyle-korver-cleveland-cavaliers-have-unique-mindset/416211905

–  D-League: Kevin Murphy Is Ready To Return To NBA (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/1/14782470/kevin-murphy-nba-dleague-nbadl-grand-rapids-drive

–  11 Former NBA Players You May Not Have Realized Are College Head Coaches  (from Aaron Torres, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/college-basketball/gallery/college-basketball-coaches-coaching-changes-details-bracketology-ncaa-tournament-030117

– QOTW (from Gregg Popovich on the value of continuity):

 
“It’s better than conflict and chaos, right?… (O)wners who let people do their jobs end up being more successful in our business. And obviously, if someone has made a lot of bucks doing something else, the pitfall is always to think that you can do that no matter what business you might be in. Some organizations get into trouble because of that.
 
“Instant gratification seems to be the factor that runs things the most, as far as whether you can have continuity or not.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/10/16

–  Pacers’ Season Preview  (from Tom Lewis, Indy Cornrows):

Read it here:  http://www.indycornrows.com/2016/10/7/13204658/indiana-pacers-2016-17-season-preview

–  Pacers’ Big Lineups Get Stops  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/09/one-team-one-stat-indiana-pacers-defen

–  Pau Gasol’s New Role  (from Jeff McDonald,  expressnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Latvian-newcomer-helps-spark-Spurs-to-102-91-win-9957641.php

–  Who Fits Next To Marc Gasol?  (from Joe Mullinax,  Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/10/10/13217810/marc-gasol-memphis-grizzlies-zach-randolph-benched

Video: The Gasol Brothers Post Action (from Jon Giesbrecht,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=IbAn3OQ2ASs

–  Jeff Hornacek On The Knicks’ Use Of The Triangle Offense (from Frank Isola, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/jeff-hornacek-admits-knicks-players-don-run-triangle-article-1.2824060

 

–  Lakers: Three Years Of Bad Defense  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/09/one-team-one-stat-lakers-bad-defense-last-three-years

–  Will The Nuggets’ Twin Tower Experiment Work?  (from Aaron Mah, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/09/denver-nuggets-will-the-twin-tower-experiment-work/

and from Jeff Mikash, Denver Stiffs: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/10/10/13223220/time-for-denver-nuggets-coach-michael-malone-to-unleash-the-jurkic-nikola-jokic-jusuf-nurkic-nba

–  With Jackson Out, Pistons Explore Offensive Changes  (from Aaron McMann,  MLive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/10/with_reggie_jackson_out_piston_1.html

 

–  A Clean Slate For Mario Hezonja  (from Will Ogburn, Orlando Pinstriped Post):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandopinstripedpost.com/2016/9/26/13052186/Mario-Hezonja-Orlando-Magic-2016-2017-clean-slate

–  Clippers Might Play Austin Rivers At Small Forward In Some Matchups  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rivers-731540-clippers-lot.html

–  Robert Covington Can Benefit From The Makeup Of This Year’s Sixers  (from Max Rapapport, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/10/10/13224346/sixers-season-preview-robert-covington-impact-player-joel-embiid-ben-simmons

–  Checking In On Sixers’ Point Guards McConnell And Rodriguez  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-one-week-pre-season-point-guard-profile

–  Trainer Drew Hanlen’s Plan For Kelly Oubre  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2667400-engineering-the-leap-an-nba-supertrainers-plan-for-dcs-prized-sophomore

–  NBA’s “Open Court Coaches Edition” Is Peak Sports Programming  (from Tim McDonough, Hoops Critic):

Read it here:  http://hoopscritic.com/nba-open-court-coaches-edition-is-peak-sports-programming/

(Note:  Our earlier post of this story contained an incorrect link)

–  Terrance Ferguson Looks To Take NBL Route To The NBA  (from Roy Ward, smh.com.au):

Read it here:  http://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/adelaide-36ers-import-terrance-ferguson-looks-to-take-the-nbl-route-to-the-nba-201

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/4/16

–  The Suns’ New Offense  (from Owen Sanborn, Bright Side Of The Sun):
–  Suns’ Lineup Rotation To Develop In Preseason  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

–  Kent Bazemore  Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy, hardwood Nation):

Read it here:  https://thehardwoodnation.net/2016/10/03/qa-kent-bazemore-2/

–  DeMarcus Cousins Is Excited About Options In High Post  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

 Thibodeau:  Having Guys That Can Play Multiple Positions Is The Way of The League Right Now  (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
 Solomon Hill:  Pelicans’ Defensive Leader  (from Scott Kushner, New Orleans dvocate):
–  Lakers Open-Minded On How To Feature Randle And Nance  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
–  McCaw’s Legend Is Already Growing In Warriors’ Camp  (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):
–  Three Ways The Celtics Will Be Better On Offense  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):
–  The Ben Simmons Injury Ripple Effect  (from Kevin O’Connor,  The Ringer):
–  Frank Vogel Q & A  (from Adi Joseph, Sporting News):
–  Vogel’s Debut As Magic Coach  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
 –  The Rise Of Kemba Walker  (from Ashwin Ramnath,  Bball Breakdown):
 James Harden: “Whatever It Takes To Win”  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):
 James Harden, “Points Guard”  (from Brandon Jefferson, BBall Breakdown):
 Nikola Jokic Q & A, Part Two  (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):
–  Blazers’ Season Preview  (from David MacKay, Blazer’s Edge):
 Cavs’ Season Preview  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):
 –  The 5 Teams With The Best Asset ( Cap Space,Picks,Tradeable Players, Expiring Contracts) Collections (from John Buhler, fansided.com):
–  NBA Players Seldom Know When They’ve Played Their Last Game  (from jackie macMullan, ESPN):
–  Tyronn Lue Aiming To Improve  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
–  Hornacek Plans To Speed Up Knicks’ Offense  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
 The Pistons Have Positional Flexibility  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
 Sixth Man Of The Year Candidates (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
–  Jamal Murray Is Ready To Light Up The NBA  (from Mike Ganter, canoe.com):
–  Raul Neto Has Improved But Expects To Play Fewer Minutes  (from Tony Jones, sltrib.com):
Celtics Like What They See From Yabusele  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):  Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/10/03/celtics-liking-what-they-see-from-guerschon-yabusele/pqoA75wYXFXtvDPqQx0VQK/story.html
–  Cliff Alexander Is Ready To Compete  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):
Nets’ Training Camp Surprises:  Harris, Bennett, Hamilton  (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Versatility Vs. Specialization  (from Andrew Ford, upsidemotor.com):