Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/15/17 PART TWO

Why Jaylen Brown Will Reach What Jeff Green Couldn’t For Celtics  (from Tom Mulherin, Hardwood Houdini):

Read and watch it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/15/jaylen-brown-will-reach-jeff-green-couldnt-celtics/

Raptors Playbook: Corner Offense And Counters (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):

Read and watch it here; http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/03/15/raptors-playbook-corner-offense-counters/

20 Years Apart, Plenty Of Resemblances Between Heat Teams  ( from Jay Man, hothothoops.com):

Read it here: http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/15/14931474/twenty-years-apart-two-miami-heat-teams-share-plenty-of-similarities-alonzo-hardaway-pat-riley

Frank Martin: The Haslem/McGruder Connection (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article138651438.html

The Race For The 8th Playoff Spot In The West Has Gotten Interesting  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/wild-west-the-chase-for-the-eighth-playoff-spot-suddenly-got-interesting/

Antetokounmpo Puts Bucks On His Shoulders (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/buck-up-giannis-antetokounmpo-puts-milwaukee-on-his-shoulders/

MIP: Antetokounmpo, Jokic, Porter (from Ananth Pandian, The Step Back):

Read it here; http://fansided.com/2017/03/15/antetokounmpo-jokic-true-candidates-mip-award/

CLE 128, DET 96:

  – 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

  – Changes The Cavs Made (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

Bradley’s Health Is Critical To Celtics’ Playoff Run  (from Derek  Mcvay, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/14/avery-bradleys-health-critical-boston-celtics-playoff-run/

Westbrook & OKC Search For Balance (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/doing-too-much-no-but-westbrook-oklahoma-city-search-for-balance-ea6434cad79a#.i7epwecyu

NBA Metrics: The Worst 5 Defenders At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697532-nba-metrics-101-the-worst-5-defenders-at-every-position

Chris Paul’s Value To Clippers Huge On Both Ends Of Floor (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/15/one-team-three-stats-clippers-chris-paul-deandre-jordan-blake-griffin

Why The Nets Chose Dinwiddie Over Ferrell (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/15/brooklyn-nets-spencer-dinwiddie/

– Zubac: Playing His Way Into Lakers’ Future (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookie-center-ivica-zubac-is-playing-his-way-into-the-lakers-future/

Nets Are Beginning To Match Atkinson’s Vision  (from Charles Daye, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read it here: http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/03/14/nets-small-ball-kenny-atkinson-vision/

SAC 120, ORL 115: Takeaways  (from Basketball Intelligence):

   – The Kids Were Alright: Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere all impressed as starters as Coach Joerger rested  Afflalo, Lawson, Koufos and Evans (who is nursing an ankle injury).  It will be quite interesting to see to what extent  Joerger continues to give more playing time to the youngsters, who, after all, are expected to be key components as the Kings embark on building from the ground up.  Towering rookie Georgios Papagiannis also saw 11 minutes of action.

   – Veterans Darren Collison and Anthony Tolliver also played big roles: Collison provided leadership  with 13 assists to go along with 19 points and was +14. Tolliver scored 19 points, including a career-high 5 treys, several of which were delivered at key moments after Magic runs.

  – Another positive for the Kings was their ability to close out the game.  The tendency this season has been a startling inability to hold leads, regardless of size.  The Kings have generally been at their best when making up large deficits.

  – The Magic defended the paint well but closed out poorly at the three-point arc. The Kings thus were able to continue their success from distance, shooting 53.3 % as they hit 16 treys. As Elfrid Payton put it: ” Our emphais has been cutting off the paint, but I just think we did that too much and should have been closer to shooters.Credit them for making shots, but I would have liked to see us have stayed home (on shooters) a little more.”   The Magic also shot well from afar,hitting on 38.3% but that wasn’t good enough to offset their poor three-point defense.

  – The Kings continued their much-needed post-Cousins offensive balance as 7 players scored in double figures.

  – Elfrid Payton maintained his recent strong play with  60% shooting, 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic added 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting (including 3-for-3 from distance) and 9 rebounds.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/12/17

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):
   – Otto Porter, Jr. (from Jeremy Lambert):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/12/otto-porter-next-generation/
The Nurkic Revival Is Underway (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Rockets’ Version Of 7 Seconds Or Less (from Jon Giesbrecht, BBall Breakdown):
Film Study: Wizards’ Confusion On Defensive Rotations (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):
Bogdanovic: The Wizards’ Double-Edged Sword (from Micahel Sykes, II, Bullets Forever):
Metta World Peace, Utah Jazz, Matt Barnes, More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Horford Has Been Efficient And Precise (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston lobe):
Video Breakdown: Celtics’ Offense And Defense (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):
Mega Leks: The Road To The NBA Passes Through This Serbian Club (from Max Holm, Ozy.com):
Video Breakdown: A Look At Dario Saric  (from Jordan Christmas, Hashtag Basketball):

From Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/76ers/dario-saric-saving-grace-right-now-sixers-fans/

Exum: Learning To Live In The Fast Lane (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Bigger Than Basketball: Zach And Marc  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
Willie Cauley-Stein: Showing Off His Defensive Versatility  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Marvin Williams, Rolling On Offense, Takes Defense Personally (from David Scott, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article138027988.html

Understanding Andrew Wiggins (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/timberwolves/answering-10-loaded-questions-help-understand-andrew-wiggins/

Resting Stars: The Role Of Science In The Modern NBA Reality (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18884059/science-brutal-travel-led-kerr-rest-stars

Wilson Chandler Stands Out On Both Ends Of The Court (from Mark Billingsley, Denver Post):

Read it here: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/11/wilson-chandler-defense-not-offense/

While The Celtics Show Patience, Jaylen Brown Races Ahead (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
5 Stats That Give The Nets’ Hope (from Charles Maniego, Nothin’ But Nets):
A Healthy McRoberts Can Still Help The Heat (from Michael Brock, allucanheat.com):
How To Enjoy March Madness (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

 

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 3/1/17

–  Can Carlisle, New Core Carry Mavs To Playoffs? (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/28/the-coaching-spin-can-carlisle-new-core-carry-mavericks-to-playoffs/

The Simple But Effective Way Klay Thompson Gets Open Off Screens  (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/01/klay-thompson-off-screen-3-pointers-open/

Thon Maker Q & A (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/02/27/thon-maker-on-his-nba-adjustment-potential-and-learning-from-giannis-antetokounmpo/

Week 18 In Review (from Justin Willard, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/28/nylon-calculus-week-18-in-review-recapping-trade-deadline-deals/

Derrick Jones’ Potential (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/01/derrick-jones-phoenix-suns-dleague-nba-potential/

Warriors See Sixers’ Promise; Kerr-McConnell Connection  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-golden-state-sees-promise-sixers/

Monday’s Top Performers: DeMar Derozan/Seth Curry  (from Chris Almeida, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/demar-derozan-hero-balled-out-against-the-knicks-72c7ac9a7d1a#.vymcn864o

Durant Injury Update (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/1/14776038/kevin-durant-injury-update-warriors-knee

–  Gibson’s Acquisition Will Help Sabonis  (from Mark Bruty, Welcome To Loud City):

Read it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2017/2/28/14761368/thunder-trade-taj-gibson-rookie-domantas-sabonis-2017

Gibson & McDermott: Here Comes The Cavalry  (from Eric Snyder, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2017/03/01/taj-gibson-doug-mcdermott-answer-okc-thunder-previous-road-woes/

–  Kyrie Irving’s Growth (from Justin Rowan, Fear The Sword):

Read it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/2/28/14764180/kyrie-irving-finds-balance-play-maker

–  Orlando Magic Assistant GM Scott Perry (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/scott-perry-lowell-perry/

Isaiah Thomas Interview (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/01/isaiah-thomas-boston-celtics-all-star-brad-stevens

JaVale McGee’s Small But Valuable Role For The Warriors  (from Adam Kilgore, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/03/01/dont-be-fooled-javale-mccee-is-playing-a-valuable-role-for-the-warriors/

–  Has Kaminsky “Turned The Corner”?  (from Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article135690418.html

Deyonta Davis Knows He’s Lucky To Be In Memphis  (from Graham Couch, Lansing State Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/sports/columnists/graham-couch/2017/03/01/deyonta-davis-memphis-grizzlies-couch-column/98523520/

For Spencer Dinwiddie, Comfort And Stability Are Needed (from Sean Costello, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read it here:  http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/03/01/nets-spencer-dinwiddie-comfort-stability/

 Kings Still Adjusting Defensively After DMC Trade (from Matt Kawahara, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article135596808.html

Ibaka, Tucker Bring Defensive Identity To Raptors (from Frank Urbina, nbamath.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://nbamath.com/serge-ibaka-and-p-j-tucker-bringing-defensive-identity-to-toronto-raptors/

NBA  Africa VP Amadou Fall Q & A (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/nba-africa-vp-amadou-fall/

–  SVG Would Like Rule Change (from Paula Pasche, Oakland Press):

Read it here:  http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20170228/detroit-pistons-notes-van-gundy-would-like-rule-change-leuer-has-another-rough-night

How De’Aaron Fox Is Teaching Himself To Think Hoops At An NBA Level  (from Reid Forgrave, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2693422-how-kentucky-pg-deaaron-fox-is-teaching-himself-to-think-hoops-at-an-nba-level

MIN 102, SAC 88:  6 Takeaways (from Basketball Intelligence):

    – Trading DMC provides a great opportunity to assess and give experience to the Kings’ young core.  Labissiere showed flashes of brilliance on both ends and perhaps has the potential to show how right Divac was and how wrong many others were at draft time.  He only played 13 minutes, though.  It will be interesting to watch his development with more playing time.  In is pre-game session with the media, Coach Joerger said that, for now, his plan for the team is to “compete all season and to try to get better every day.”  Post game, he stressed the importance of defensive effort in the near term since the offense will likely take longer to coalesce.

  – Willie Cauley-Stein followed his last two outings (one superb, the other sub-par) with an in-between performance: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 turnovers.  The good news for the Kings is the expanded opportunity, both in terms of role and playing time, that exists for his development going forward. He has outstanding defensive versatility and, while his offense needs considerable work, he has the physical tools to expand his game there as well.

    – While the DMC trade changes things in many ways for the Kings’ future, the plan going forward is not altogether clear.  Joerger is, with good reason, well-respected around the Association but he and  Vlade will need time to figure out the best way to proceed to build from “ground zero.”  Probably the most important emphases, now that the deck has been cleared, will be patience and continuity.  The path toward respectability and beyond is finally here.  They must not squander it by jumping at “fool’s gold.”

    – Prior to the trade, there did not appear to be any realistic path to success for the Kings. They had very little to offer with trade value, the draft picks situation was not promising and the environment was not attractive to potential free agents.  That environment has now changed significantly.  The emphasis on changing the culture is already apparent and could even be seen in the way the players carry themselves and interact.  Add to that the fact that DMC has already picked up another technical while playing for the Pelicans and the pronounced impact of the culture change is even more promising.

    – The Timberwolves’ youthful one-two punch of Wiggins (27 points)and Towns (29 points/17 rebounds/3 blocks) lived up to their billings. Bjelica and Dieng combined for 22 rebounds.  Coach Thibodeau has the Wolves moving steadily in the right direction and the future looks very bright, to be enhanced even more when LaVine recovers.  The continuing question regards how the PG situation will be resolved.  Rubio once again ran the team efficiently, garnering 11 assists, but it is unclear whether (when?) he will be supplanted any time soon by Khris Dunn. Rubio’s shooting has improved but perhaps not enough to satisfy Coach Thibs. Post-game, Thibodeau highly praised Towns’ rebounding, particularly his  reactions and quickness to the ball.

  – While they fell short on Monday, once again the Kings played their best ball when rallying from a big deficit.  That has been the pattern all season: difficulty holding big leads and remarkable comebacks when trailing by big margins.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/26/17

 

Gary Payton, Isaiah Thomas And Lessons In Fearlessness (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/02/25/gary-washburn-gary-payton-isaiah-thomas-and-lessons-fearlessness/rQfO26WEPlLjjN8YOMOYmL/story.html

Isaiah Thomas Needs Fourth Quarter Help (from Gary Washburn, Boston Glove):

Read it here:   http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/02/25/isaiah-thomas-needs-help-fourth-quarter/RDRVbhtZ5Qs29Z4yJynQQK/story.html

Flip’s Kids Are Alright: The Wolves’ Future Is Now  (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/flips-kids-are-alright-the-future-is-now-in-minnesota-for-the-wolves-young-core-c530c1b4fc37#.wk6pmaqdu

Nerlens Noel’s Dallas Debut  (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):

Read it here:  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2017/02/25/nerlens-noel-makes-strong-first-impression-mavericks-debut-dallas-beats-new-orleans

From Bobby Karalla, mavs.com:  https://www.mavs.com/nerlens-noels-gravity-had-mavs-offense-rolling-in-his-debut/

Deron Williams: The Cavs Finally Have Their Backup PG (from Carter Rodriguez, Fear The Sword):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/2/25/14739642/deron-williams-cavaliers-signing-analysis

Two New Offensive Weapons Nurkic Gives The Blazers (from Spencer Gordon, Rip City Project):

Read it here: http://ripcityproject.com/2017/02/25/nurkic-blazers-new-offensive-weapons/

Divac: : “It Was Time To Start Over” (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article135024309.html

Frank Kaminsky Takes Control At Center (from AP ):

Read it here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article135036919.html

OKC’s Victory Shows Blueprint For Success (from Max Seng, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/25/oklahoma-city-thunder-victory-shows-blueprint-success/

Player Profile: Doug McDermott (from Matthew Hallett, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2017/02/26/doug-mcdermott-player-profile/

The Magic Are Playing With Renewed Defensive Energy  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/02/26/orlando-magic-build-energy-hustle-stats/

PJ Tucker Gets A Chance To Finish What He Started In Toronto  (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/25/toronto-raptors-p-j-tucker-gets-chance-to-finish-what-he-started/

From Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-p-j-tucker-brings-versatility-to-toronto/

From Sean Woodley, Raptors HQ:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/2/25/14737352/fridays-game-a-win-for-the-raptors-and-qualitative-analysis-celtics-raptors-long-recap

–  Film Room: Terrence Ross  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-assessing-terrence-ross-performance-vs-hawks-cohen-20170226

Pistons Searching For A Way To Jump Start Reggie Jackson  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2017/02/pistons_searching_for_ways_to.html

Suns: Vowing To Play Their Young Bench Players  (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/2/26/14742354/kids-are-coming-out-to-play-for-suns-in-second-half

Rodney McGruder’s Defensive Toughness  (from Anthony Chang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/26/heat-rookie-rodney-mcgruder-if-you-need-me-to-be-a-pest-i-will-be/

D-League: Chinanu Onuaku Continues To Impress (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/2/25/14737872/chinanu-onuaku-rio-grande-valley-vipers-nba-dleague