– 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.