Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/31/18

Joel Embiid In The Post (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
It’s Story Time (from Joel Embiid, The Players’ Tribune):
Will This Be OKC’s Breakthrough Season? (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
How The Dubs Create Open Looks For Steph & Klay (from Matt Moore, The Action Network):
Is Jordan Bell The Warriors’ Center Of The Future?  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back ):
Q & A: Warriors’ Team President Rick Welts  (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
Grizzlies:  Ivan Rabb Needs To Become More Versatile  (from Nathan Chester, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Grizzlies: SG Has Been Transformed To A Position Of Strength (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
Grizzlies: Watanabe’s 3-And-D Potential (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
The Rise Of Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
Who Will Fill Out The Celtics’ Rotation? (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Inside The Week Of Uncertainty Before Kyrie Officially Became A Celtic (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
The Celtics’ Best Defenders (from Kenny Doyle, Guy Boston Sports):
Heat: Should Whiteside Prioritize His Three-Point Game?  (from Brandon Johnson, All U Can Heat):
The Future Of The Bucks & Bledsoe (from Dan Godziszewski, 94 Feet Report):
Nets: Extending Dinwiddie Is Complicated (from Jeff Siegel, Forbes):
Hornets: Two Potential Rotation Shifts  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Mirotic: The Pelicans’ Low-Usage, High-Efficiency Third Option (from Scott Levine, 94 Feet Report):
Close-up On Nuggets’ Big Three (from James Siegle, Nugg Love):
Jamal Murray & Gary Harris: Underrated Young Duo (from Bryan Toporek, Give Me Sport):
David West Was A Baaaaaaad Man During His Career (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Hack-A-Shaq Math: The Numbers Behind The Strategy (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Podcast: Journey Inside The Numbers With Dean Oliver (from Adam Finkelstein, yurview.com):
The EuroLeague’s Best Players: 1-10  (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Proximous Spirou GM Sebastian Bellin’s Inspiring Story: Don’t Call It A Comeback (from Jonathan Macri, The Step Back):
2017-18 Stat Leaders: Top Scorers Off Drives To The Rim (from NBA.com):
Saying Goodbye To Manu (from James Holas, Clutch Points):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/29/18

Kenny McFadden: The Man Who Shaped Steven Adams & New Zealand Basketball (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Phil Handy: Former Cavs’ Assistant Who Is Now With The Raptors (from Colton Jones, Amico Hoops):
A Statistical Deep Dive Into Joe Ingles’ Performance (from Andrew Bailey,  SLC Dunk):
Q & A: Drew Hanlen (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Mikal Bridges: Bigger Upside Than You Think (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
How Mitch Creek Could Help The Nets (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Nets Daily):
Mirotic Is Ready To Breakout For Pels (from Preston Ellis, The Bird Writes):
How To Build The Pacers Into NBA Champ (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
– Trae Young: SL Synopsis (from Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops,):
What Can The Hawks Expect From Jeremy Lin? (from Sam Meredith, Peachtree Hoops):
What To Expect From Hawks’ New HC Lloyd Pierce (from Zackery Rogers, Soaring Down South):
Draft Stock Watch: Breakout International Prospects (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
As Sterling Brown Fights For An NBA Job, He’s Embraced His Role In A Bigger Struggle (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Smart & Horford: Best Defensive Duo In The Assn?  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Will DeRozan’s Old School Game Be A Problem?  (from Kelly Scaletta, Bleacher Report):
The Really Real Conversation Between CJ & KD (from BBall Breakdown):
Watch and listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgN2jeXt7jo
Pull-Up Jumpers Held The Heat Back Last Season (from Leonard Kreicas, Hot Hot Hoops):
Jerian Grant: Struggling To Find PG Versatility (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Nerlens Noel: Recruited And Rejuvenated (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Wolves’ SL Review: Okogie & Bates-Diop (from Tim Faklis, A Wolf Among Wolves):
Pistons’ Two-Way Prospect Keenan Evans (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
TBT: The Best Basketball Event Of The Summer (from Dan Wolken, USA Today):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/20/18 PART ONE

Mirotic: Keeping It Simple, Making Pels Difficult To Figure Out (from William Guillory, NOLA.com):
Anthony Davis: Portable Rim Protector (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
Pels’ Blueprint To Stop Lillard Is Working (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Lillard Assesses Effect Of Pels’ Defensive Tactics On His Performance (from George Mills, Expressco.uk):
How The Pels Have Controlled The Series (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Pels Showing What They’d Look Like Without DMC (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Jaylen Brown, Celtics’ Surging Star (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
How The Celtics Have Played Jabari Parker Onto The Bench (from Greg Cassoli, USA Today):
Shaun Livingston: “We Played For Each Other”  (from The Athletic):
Warriors: Quiet, Consistent, Focused, Stable (from Chris L., Mercury News):
Embiid Is Back! (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
Whiteside’s Struggles (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):
5 Things Cavs Must Improve (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
Capela: Launching Into The Stratosphere (from Michael Baumann, The Ringer):
The Wolves Have A Long Way To Go (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):
Jazz: What Went Right/Wrong In Game Two (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
There’s More To Brewer On Mitchell Than The Matchup (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Joe And Renae Ingles Didn’t Want A Long-Distance Marriage (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):
Terry Rozier & Delon Wright: Ready To Step Out Of The Shadows (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Q & A: David Blatt (from Irad Tsafrir, Haaretz):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/1/15

– NEW HOPE FOR THE RAPTORS  (FROM PAUL FLANNERY, SBNATION):

READ IT HERE:  HTTP://WWW.SBNATION.COM/NBA/2015/11/1/9653620/RAPTORS-DEMARRE-CARROLL-KYLE-LOWRY-SUNDAY-SHOOTAROUND

– Sixers waiting for Okafor … literally   (from Bob Ford, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151101_Sixers_waiting_for_Okafor_____literally.html

– Bulls working to ‘clean up and fix’ turnover issues (from Mark Strotman, csnchicago.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/bulls-working-clean-and-fix-turnover-issues

– Added Depth Paying Off Early For Clippers  (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders): http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-added-depth-paying-off-early-for-clippers/

Skiles Knows How to Curb Slow Starts  (from Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-news-1101-20151031-story.html

–  Pistons once again the NBA’s best story, this time with league-best record  (from David Mayo, mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/pistons_once_again_the_nbas_be.html

What More Can the Grizzlies Core Give (from Chris Herrington, commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/columnists/chris-herrington/Pick-and-Pop-Preview-What-more-can-the-Grizzlies-core-give-337537511.html

Recap of yesterday’s games (from Jesus Gomez, sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/1/9652204/2015-nba-scores-stephen-curry-53-points-warriors-pelicans/in/9416295

–  Is This Steph Curry’s League (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/780/is-this-stephen-currys-league

QOTD (from Steph Curry):   “Every year you get smarter, get more experience, you see things better,

“It’s about staying within yourself, making smart plays, trusting your teammates to make smart plays and just being confident and aggressive. The best players in this league learn a little bit every year how to get better, more efficient.”

– New coaching staff means new rotations, roles for Orlando Magic  (from David Iwanowski,  orlandomagicdaily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/11/01/new-coaching-staff-means-new-rotations-roles-orlando-magic/

–  Mirotic is Changing the Bulls’ defense  (from Mark Karantzoulis,  chicagonow.com):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-bulls-confidential/2015/11/nikola-mirotic-is-changing-the-bulls-defense/

–  To cut down on turnovers, Randy Wittman wants Wizards to shoot more (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2015/10/30/to-cut-down-on-turnovers-randy-wittman-wants-wizards-to-shoot-more/

The Spurs 8 Keys to Ball Movement  (from Kyle Ohman,  basketballhq.com):

Read it here:  http://basketballhq.com/the-spurs-8-keys-to-ball-movement

Josh Smith on playing center  (from Josh Woike, ocregister.com:

” Smith’s had to essentially learn a new skill, in addition to learning a new system and new teammates, in his first year with the Clippers.

He’s primarily playing center, going from a big forward to undersized at his new position.

“It’s definitely challenging, and it’s definitely new to me,” Smith said. “I have no problem with it. I’ve just got to get more familiar with it. Those guys are pretty big, so being able to have to guard DeMarcus Cousins and the other 7-footers is definitely a challenge, but it’s a challenge I’m willing to take.”

“(I’ve) just got to try to rely on my quickness, agitate them a little bit, kind of not let them feel my body because when a big guy has you pinned and they can feel your body, that’s when they’re at their advantage.””

–  5 Takeaways from the 2015 NBA D-League Draft (from Brian Kotloff, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here: http://dleague.nba.com/news/2015-nba-dleague-draft-five-takeaways/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Tristan Thompson (from Marla Ridenour,  ohio.com): http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/cavaliers-tristan-thompson-playing-his-way-back-into-shape-after-contract-dispute-1.637043

– Cousins adds dimension to game with outside shot (from Scott-Howard Cooper, NBA.com): http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/10/31/demarcus-cousins-outside-shooter/index.html

– Heat’s Wade still grinding in post-LeBron life (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/31/heat-dwyane-wade-keeps-pushing-along-in-post-lebron-james-life/index.html

– Kobe Bryant on pulling back, not taking over: ‘It has to be done’  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14015006/kobe-bryant-losangeles-lakers-says-done-trying-take-games

Raptors Look to Ross for Bench Boost (from Brian Schmitz, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/31/raptors-look-to-ross-for-bench-boost

 

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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