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

 

Bob Ferry: 79-Year Old Scout Has Embraced Analytics But Hasn’t Abandoned The Eye Test (from Roman Stubbs, Washington Post):
Will The Cavs Give IT The Curry Treatment?  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back);
ECF Preview (from 16 Wins):
The Celtics Break Through (from JM Poulard, BBll Breakdown):
Jaylen Brown Can’t Stop LBJ But The Celtics Need Him To Try (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Al Horford Is Having A Historic Postseason (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
How Kyrie Irving Learned To Love Being Himself (from Flinder Boyd, Bleacher Report):
GSW 136, SAS 100 (from 16 Wins):
Takeaways From WCF Game Two (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
Steph Is Back (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Finding A Draymond Green Replica Is Complicated (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
Lottery Winners And Losers (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
The Celtics Make Their Own Luck (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Big Questions Await Wizards (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Latest Attempt To Promote Competition: $200 Million Contracts (from Jeremy Venook, The Atlantic):
CSKA President Andrey Vatutin Q & A (from David Pick, Eurobasket.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/5/17

Khris Middleton: The Perfect Complement To Giannis (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/khris-middleton-bucks-giannis-playoffs/

GSW 121, MIN 107 (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/04/warriors-sprint-away-from-timberwolves-with-another-dominant-third-quarter/

When Klay Thompson Takes Over (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/04/warriors-klay-thompson-kevin-durant-stephen-curry-steve-kerr

Steph Curry Is Magic Again  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-warriors-arent-better-without-kevin-durant-but-stephen-currys-become-magic-again-171130054.html

David West: Giving GSW More Than Its Money’s Worth (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/david-west-giving-warriors-more-than-their-moneys-worth/

Testing An Innovative Approach To Crunch Time (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078511/zach-lowe-basketball-tournament-innovative-end-game-rule

Sixth Man Of The Year Candidates (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/argument-every-2016-17-sixth-man-candidate/

Paul George Is Playing At All-NBA Level Again  (from Cameron Stewart, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/paul-george-is-playing-like-a-superstar-again-a6070448201b

Jaylen Brown: Still Not Getting The Credit He Deserves (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/05/jaylen-brown-continues-to-be-overlooked/

Shelvin Mack Adds To Jazz’ Versatile PG Position  (from Adam Coffman, Purple And Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/04/utah-jazz-shelvin-mack-adds-point-guard/

Prospects To Watch In D-League Playoffs (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/d-league-tavares-moreland-brown-blue-playoffs/

James Johnson MIP?  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article142672154.html

Bradley, Smart, Crowder: Celtics’ Unmatched Defensive Trio  (from Marc D’Amico, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-040417-bostons-defensive-trio-is-unmatched-in-nba/

–  How Will The NBA  Address The Star Player DNP-Rest Issue? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents19071734/end-82-game-nba-season

–  How Dirk Has Changed The Game  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700301-generation-dirk-nowitzkis-heirs-on-how-the-dunking-deutschman-changed-the-game

–  Dirk: Relishing His New Role As Mentor (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078307/nba-dirk-nowitzki-relishing-new-role-dallas-mavericks-mentor

Singular Trait Links Saric’s Qualities (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-singular-trait-links-sarics-endearing-qualities

Is Nwaba A Keeper?  (from Shereen Rayan):

Read it here: https://lakeshowlife.com/2017/04/04/lakers-newest-player-david-nwaba-proving-keeper/

QOTN (from SVG on the Magic’s “Leaked” Board):

“I don’t know that it has any relevance. There’s no big secret there. He’s got the names of good hybrid forwards on the board. Well, we all like those guys. It not like he’s got a secret list. Like, ‘Oh, you like that guy. I would have never thought of that.’ There were no surprises there, it was simply a working board. … I don’t know if there’s any NBA general manager, president or anything who can take a look at that list and do anything with it or gain any advantage by it.”

 

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

Mike Conley: Anti-Highlight Machine  (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/mike-conley-jr-memphis-grizzlies-point-guard-highlights-1a309d14c643

The Case For Every MIP Candidate (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/04/argument-every-2016-17-most-improved-candidate/

All Praise Jason Kidd (from Brian Sampson, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/all-praise-jason-kidd-ce9c30cd5fd0

Why Hasn’t Biyombo Helped Orlando’s “D”?  (from Cory Hutson, 16 Wins):

Rae it here: https://16winsaring.com/why-cant-bismack-biyombo-help-the-magic-defend-d4ecef02483b

Steph Curry: Rewriting His Season’s Story At The Perfect Time (from Haley O’ Shaughnessy, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/steph-curry-golden-state-warriors-2016-17-nba-mvp-campaign-ae480a22aed4

The Dubs 5-0 In 8 Days Stretch Was Especially Impressive  (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/warriors-5-0-stretch-impressive-week-any-over-last-four-seasons

The Warriors’ Elder Statesmen Are Coming Up Big  (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):

Read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-elder-statesmen-coming-up-big-11047573.php

The Playoffs’ Most Dangerous Lineups  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2701570-ranking-the-nba-playoffs-most-dangerous-lineups

Why OKC Struggles Defending The 3  (from Eric Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/why-okc-struggles-defending-the-3/article/5544144

How James & Tyler Johnson Perform Their Miami Heat Duets (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/miami-heat/content/brothers-johnson-miami-heat

Can The Blazers Hold On Without Nurkic?  (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdwon):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/03/coaching-spin-can-blazers-hold-without-nurkic/

Inside The Blazers’ Playoff Quest  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/04/02/inside-portland-trailblazers-quest-berth-postseason

Rudy Gobert: Catalyst For Jazz’ Success (from Frank Urbina, NBAMath):

Read and watch it here:  http://nbamath.com/rudy-gobert-is-the-catalyst-for-utah-jazz-success/

Rodney Hood: Playing Through Pain (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here; http://www.sltrib.com/sports/5134236-155/utah-jazz-despite-knee-pain-rodney

Hardaway, Jr: Key To Hawks’ Playoff Success (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/atlanta-hawks/content/tim-hardaway-jr-key-atlanta-playoff-success

Garrett Temple Q & A: From 10-Day Journeyman To Contributor (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/04/03/how-garrett-temple-went-from-10-day-journeyman-to-key-contributor/

The Kings’ Post-DMC Future: Looking Brighter  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/03/sacramento-kings-post-boogie-future-looking-brighter/

Tal Brody, Israel’s Mr. Basketball (from Yaron Weitzman, slamonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.slamonline.com/nba/tal-brody-israel-basketball-interview/#ZSzrjlFgpPtQkh7a.97

Nuggets’ Film Room: How Mudiay Broke Out Vs.The Heat (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read and watch it here: http://bsndenver.com/nuggets-film-room-how-emmanuel-mudiay-broke-out-in-south-beach/

Kawhi Leonard: Silent Superstar  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700300-the-making-of-kawhi-leonard-the-silent-superstar

The Subtlety Of Millsap’s Stardom  (from Seth Kindig, Soaring Down South):

Read it here: http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/04/04/the-subtlety-of-paul-millsaps-stardom/

Teams Are Resting Players Earlier (from Todd Whitehead, Five Thirty Eight):

Read it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/nba-teams-are-resting-players-earlier-and-earlier/

Why Is Home Court Advantage In Decline?  (from Brendan Kent, Harvard Sports Analysis):

Read it here: http://harvardsportsanalysis.org/2017/03/nba-home-court-advantage-is-in-decline-are-3s-to-blame/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analaysis 3/17/17 PART ONE

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

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18927392/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-kyrie-irving-artistry-nba

Greg Monroe Is Playing Like The 6th Man Of The Year (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/17/greg-monroe-playing-like-6th-man-year/

–  Thursday Recap (from Keith Smith, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-russell-westbrook-leads-night-triple-doubles/

From Tim Cato, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/17/14955594/2017-nba-scores-nuggets-playoffs-west-standings-denver

OKC 123, TOR 102: Three Takeaways  (from Noah Torr, Fansided):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/17/thunder-roll-lowry-less-raptors-3-takeaways/

Karl Anthony-Towns Is Transforming Into A Superstar (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read  it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698251-karl-anthony-towns-is-transforming-into-a-superstar-right-before-our-very-eyes

James Johnson’s Long Quest (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-james-johnsons-long-quest-toward-adulthood/

James Johnson’s Defensive Impact (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read and watch it here: http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/17/hassan-whiteside-believes-james-johnson-should-be-in-all-defense-conversation-what-do-the-numbers-say/

Q & A: Dwight Howard Sets The Record Straight (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/atlanta-hawks-dwight-howard-kobe-bryant-james-harden-orlando/

Jamal Crawford Q & A (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/17/jamal-crawford-discusses-clippers-title-hopes-trade-rumors-health-isaiah-thomas-success-and-more/

Video Highlights: Double Split Cuts For Curry To Draymond Dunk (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/3/17/14955842/nba-2017-video-highlights-double-split-cuts-for-stephen-curry-draymond-green-dunk

Jeremy Lin’s Impact (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/jeremy-lin-still-underrated

From Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/3/17/14955954/the-difference-maker-jeremy-lin

How Green Light Sparked Brook Lopez Revolution  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/15/how-nets-green-light-has-revolutionized-brook-lopezs-game/

Labissiere: Giving The Kings Something To Be Excited About (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/kings/skal-labissiere-giving-kings-something-excited/

Richaun Holmes: Processing In Philadelphia (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/76ers/richaun-holmes-also-processing-philadelphia/

Finding Spacing In The Pistons’ Offense (from Matthew Way, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/finding-spacing-in-the-pistons-offense-5590dbd3cac6#.erbmg81qi

How Spoelstra Saved The Heat From A Lost Season (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697853-how-erik-spoelstra-saved-the-miami-heat-from-a-lost-season

Video: Heat’s Winning Plays During Their Turnaround (from Leonard Kreicas, Hot Hot Hoops):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/17/14958044/miami-heat-winning-plays-turnaround-wayne-ellington-dwyane-wade-kobe-bryant-josh-richardson

Wayne Ellington Has Transformed The Heat Bench (from Joe Hulbert, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/17/miami-heat-wayne-ellington-bench/

–  Understanding Lonzo Ball’s Shooting Mechanics (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/lonzo-ball-ucla-shooting-mechanics-6eeda2ef3e41#.gtt2ywxyh

Andre McCarter’s Touch Glove May Change The Game (from Daryl Bell, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/ucla-all-american-guard-andre-mccarter-touch-glove/

Hoops Brothers: Marcus Smart, Phil Forte  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/17/marcus-smart-phil-forte-bond-oklahoma-state-ncaa-tournament

D-League: Jarell Eddie  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/16/14944058/jarell-eddie-windy-city-bulls-nba-dleague-nbadl

NOTE: This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  PART TWO will be published later today.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/7/17

 

Last Night’s CLE-WAS: The Game Of The Year So Far  (from Dylan Hughes, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/cavs-wizards-is-the-eastern-conference-finals-we-need-d9f9f3f2eb9#.k3vs24eq1

From Danny Chau/Chris Almeida, The Ringer:  https://theringer.com/cavs-wizards-lebron-kevin-love-pass-overtime-1b8fca8e7ca3#.y6pw2y1gy

From Whitney Medworth, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/2/7/14528090/2017-nba-scores-cavaliers-wizards-overtime-game-of-year

(NOTE: If last night’s CLE-WAS game were the 7th Game Of An NBA Finals, people today would 1)have forgotten about Sunday’s Super Bowl and 2) be saying things like “it was the greatest game ever.” (Yes, many are prone to hyperbole but it was awesome and is the game of the year, so far).

–  Eric Bledsoe Is Having A Career Year (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/eric-bledsoe-is-having-a-career-year-do-the-phoenix-suns-sell-high-on-him-c81a5237bbf5#.xl7yf9kdo

 Will The Suns Build Slowly Or Flip Assets For A Star?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/phoenix-suns-rebuilding-devin-booker-earl-watson-ryan-mcdonough-9185630cf56e#.23j4r9cr0

–  Has Nerlens Noel Cemented His Place In The Sixers’ Future? (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/06/nerlens-noel-cemented-place-sixers-future/

Evaluating Anthony Davis And Rudy Gobert  (from Jake Rauchbach, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/prodigies-anthony-davis-and-rudy-gobert/

–  Video Breakdown: Knicks’ Passing Issues (from Drew Steele, Gothamsn.com):

Read and watch it here; https://gothamsn.com/derrick-rose-and-the-importance-of-passing-ebd6ab002799#.rp6emador

Is There Still Optimism For DRose?  (from Jose Cruz, Hardwood Nation):

Read it here:  https://thehardwoodnation.net/2017/02/07/is-there-still-optimism-for-derrick-rose/

Goran Dragic’s Development (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

Read it here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-goran-dragic-s020717-story.html

The Heat Never Lost Hope, Even At 11-30  (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/07/heres-proof-that-the-miami-heat-never-lost-hope-even-with-11-30-record/

This Season’s Statistical Outliers  (from Kris Fenrich, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/07/nba-d-league-rankings-jones-cook-benson/

Marcus Smart: The Challenge Of Balancing Emotion And Composure  (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-fire-of-marcus-smart-i-can-let-my-emotions-get-the-best-of-me-160720847.html

Steph Curry Is Finding His MVP Groove (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here;  http://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/stephen-curry-finding-mvp-groove/

Ferrell Has Helped Bring The Mavs Back  (from Dar-Wei Chen, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/yogi-ferrell-the-latest-from-the-dallas-mavericks-bag-of-tricks-d5db0afd701f#.igjx4dtr2

–  Khris Middleton: The Bucks’ Missing Piece Returns (from Vijay Vemu, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/khris-middleton-can-help-the-bucks-three-point-shooting-problem-3298e47eb5dc#.s8101sya3

VanVleet Was Ready When Called Upon (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/02/07/fred-vanvleet-ready-called-upon-will/

LAL-NYK: 5 Takeaways (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/lakers-knicks-tarik-black-brandon-ingram-b06a36797487#.4ltyapnpx

From Marc Berman, NY Post:  http://nypost.com/2017/02/06/is-the-knicks-slow-play-messing-with-kristaps-porzingis/

5 Players Who Are Resurrecting Their Careers (from Tomas Kassahun, Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/02/07/nba-five-players-resurgence-2017/

Mid-Season Awards For The Rookie Class (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2691501-2017-midseason-awards-for-the-nbas-rookie-class

Earl Watson: Changing The Suns’ Culture  (from Lucas McLean, Valley Of The Suns):

Read it here: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2017/02/07/earl-watson-season-bigger-basketball/

D-League Call-Up Rankings (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/07/nba-d-league-rankings-jones-cook-benson/

Dakari Johnson In The D-League (from Tony Heim, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here: http://thunderousintentions.com/2017/02/06/dakari-johnson-selected-asg/