Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/27/16

–  TOR 102, IND 99  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
–  Raptors’ Redeem Team Sparks Comeback  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):
–  ATL 110, BOS 83  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
–  Hawks Go Small; Send Hard Traps At Thomas  (from Jay King, Mass Live):
–  Even In Loss Brad Stevens Trusts Process  (from Terence Moore,  Sports On Earth):
 Video Breakdown:  Walker, Lin Lead Hornets Over Heat In Game 4  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

–  Hornets Thriving With Shift To Old-School Offense  (from Scott Fowler,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article74074197.html

–  How The Warriors Can Score Without Steph  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
 Shaun Livingston Takes A Far Different Approach  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):
Draymond Green’s Playoff Diary, Entry 4  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):

–  Terry Stotts And His Unfamiliar Walk  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/terry-stotts-and-first-steps-his-unfamiliar-walk

–  Pistons’ Future May Depend On Hack-A-Farce Rule Change  (from Seth Partnow, Vice Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-detroit-pistons-future-may-depend-on-nba-hack-a-rules-changes

–  New Wolves’ GM Scott Layden Learned From Masters, Including His Dad  (from Kent Youngblood,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/new-wolves-gm-scott-layden-learned-from-masters-including-his-dad/377209291/#1

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Norman Powell (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/26/raptors-norman-powell-plays-well-beyond-rookie-status

–  Doug McDermott (from Dirk Chatelain, kwbe.com):  http://kwbe.com/local-sports/aggressiveness-of-old-helps-doug-mcdermott-become-more-than-a-spot-up-shooter-in-second-nba-season/

–  Christian Wood  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/year-review-christian-wood

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/23/16

–  How The Clippers Are Shutting Down The Blazers’ Backcourt  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/22/11485552/clippers-defense-traps-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-cj-mccollum

–  Slow Down On Drummond Being SVG’s New Dwight Howard  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25563063/lets-slow-down-on-andre-drummond-being-svgs-new-dwight-howard

–  BOS 111, ATL 103  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2632994-isaiah-thomas-celtics-keeping-nba-playoff-hopes-alive-amid-adversity

–  SAS 96, MEM 87  (from Jeff McDonald,  expressnews.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-forced-to-work-for-Game-3-7305064.php

–  Kyrie Irving’s Elevated Game Gives Cavs Winning Outlook  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

ead it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15308366/kyrie-irving-emerging-game-shows-game-3-win-pistons

–  What Inspired Coach Clifford’s Take After Game Two  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/22/11477152/what-moments-of-game-2-sparked-steve-cliffords-postgame-oration-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Assessing Offensive Style For New Head Coaches  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/22/offensive-style-new-head-coaches/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  C.J. McCollum  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/c-j–mccollum-won-most-improved-player-by-taking-pride-in-struggle-183125931.html

Timofey Mozgov/Tristan Thompson  (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):   http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/04/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_48.html

Robert Swift  (from Ed Odeven,  Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/23/basketball/bj-league/ex-tokyo-apache-standout-swift-rebuilding-life-after-off-court-troubles/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/22/16

OKC 131, DAL 102  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562950/westbrook-durant-get-the-help-they-need-thunder-re-establish-dominance

Mavs Can’t Match Thunder’s Athleticism  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com.au/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706392/mavericks-cant-match-thunders-awesome-athleticism

–  TOR 101, IND 85  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/22/15480/

–  HOU 97, GSW 96  (from Rodger Sherman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  How The Heat Shut Down The Hornets’ Threes And Owned The Paint  (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/shutting-supply

–  Heat’s Offense Making Historic Jump  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  Silver:  Eliminating Hack-a-Farce Could Happen In July  (from DeAntae Prince, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/21/adam-silver-hack-a-shaq-kiki-vandeweghe-nba-rules

–  What The Wolves Are Getting In Thibodeau  (from Will Gottlieb, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/21/wolves-getting-thibodeau/

–  Thibodeau Assesses The Job Ahead  (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/master-architect-new-wolves-boss-tom-thibodeau-assesses-the-job-ahead/376655621/

–  More On Thibs/Wolves  (from Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/thibodeau-helped-train-future-nba-coaches/376650401/

–  Pacers’ Assistant Coach Dan Burke  (from Ian Thomsen,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/21/indiana-pacers-assistant-dan-burke-sets-defensive-foundation-for-franchise/

–  Scott Brooks’ Hiring Has Nothing To Do With Durant  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25563019/what-does-scott-brooks-hiring-have-to-do-with-kevin-durant-nothing   and here (from Chris Mannix,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-wizards-fans-shouldn-t-count-on-scott-brooks-to-lure-kevin-durant-010418933.html

–  Meet New Nets’ Coach Kenny Atkinson  (from Mike Vaccaro,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/21/meet-nets-kenny-atkinson-who-fought-like-hell-for-this-spot/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Andre Drummond  (from Tom Haberstorh,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15292921/science-andre-drummond-explosive-athleticism

–  Justin Anderson  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4706380/rookie-rarity-justin-anderson-earning-coach-rick-carlisles-trust

 

 Norman Powell  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562446

–  Jarell Martin  (from therealhrdlicka, grizzlyberblues.com):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/4/22/11481836/jarell-martin-deep-dive

–  Austin Rivers  (from Dan Woike,  OC Register):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rivers-713137-player-people.html

–  Dwyane Wade  (from Anthony Chiang,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/crafty-veteran-dwyane-wade-still-shows-flashes-of-/nq8xX/

Jeremy Lin (from Andrew Keh,  NY Times):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/sports/basketball/jeremy-lin-charlotte-hornets.html

 

–  Christian Wood  (from Jake Pavorsky,  libertyballers.com):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/4/22/11467548/sixers-tinder-christian-wood-may-be-a-process-related-fatality

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/16

 

 Olshey Shows GM Chops In Rebuilding Blazers On The Fly  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/05/executive-of-the-year-2015-16-pick-neil-olshey-portland-trail-blazers/index.html

–  Flip Saunders’ Script: His Vision Remains Alive  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/feature/25551583

Draft Rights On The Line In The Season’s Final Days  (from Danny Leroux, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701613-draft-rights-regular-season-tiebreakers-future-picks-trades?mc_cid=897620a251&mc_eid=85c76c0da2

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

–  Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186679/nba-awards-ballot-part-1

–  Jazz Are In Playoff Mode – Just Not In Playoffs  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652038/Jazz-are-in-playoff-mode—-just-not-in-playoffs.html

–  Spurs Offense Is Struggling  (from Michael Erler,  Poundng The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/12/11409764/spurs-offense-struggling-end-regular-season

–  Dwane Casey Q & A  (from Evan Rosser, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-casey-years-playoffs-will-different/

Behind The Curtain Of The Pelicans’ Training Operations  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15179914/new-orleans-pelicans-season-injury

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

DeMarre Carroll  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/11/raptors-carroll-wants-to-shed-minutes-restriction

–  Blake Griffin  (from Ben Bolch, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160412-story.html

–  Jeremy Lin  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article71285702.html

–  Andre Drummond  (from Mike Brudenell,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/11/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-backs-drummond/82909214/

Steph Curry  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/12/basketball/nba/brilliant-humble-curry-product-modern-game/#.Vw0nfvkrK7S

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186233/tristan-thompson-cleveland-cavaliers-start-center-playoffs    and from Craig Battle,  sportsnet.ca:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/tristan-thompson-lived-mammoth-contract/

–  Tristan Thompson/Paul Millsap  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/12/11413622/even-as-he-excels-against-paul-millsap-tristan-thompson-sees-a-player

Marreese Speights  (from Vic Tafur,  sfgate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-backup-Speights-puts-shots-in-air-7242213.php

 Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71295502.html

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/04/12/archie-goodwin-closes-phoenix-suns-season-well-again/82921024/

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  OCRegister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aldrich-711651-rivers-clippers.html

Al-Farouq Aminu  (from Dan Marang, Blazer’s Edge):  Should Al-Farouq Aminu be Considered an All-League Defender?

–  Wayne Ellington  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/wayne-ellington-nets-father/

–  Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/knowing-hell-need-him-playoffs-svg-folding-stanley-johnson-back-pistons-rotation

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/6/11379708/nick-minnerath-wins-ridiculous-upside-2015-16-nba-d-league-sixth-man-award

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/15/16

–  Andre Drummond’s Rebounding Tricks And Tactics  (from Jared Zwerling, NPBA):
–  Film Study:  Will Barton  (from Jared Zwerling,  NPBA):
–  All-Stars And Their Crafts  (from David Vertsberger,  Hardwood Paroxysm):
–  Bucks:  3 Reasons To Believe In Them; 3 Reasons To Doubt Them  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):
–  The Bank Shot Turns Derrick Rose Into A Good Jump Shooter  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):
–  Bucks 99,  Wizards 92:  Misconception And Miscommunication In Milwaukee  (from Sean Fagan,  Truth About It):
–  As SVG’s 2nd season unfolds, evidence in favor of Gores’ decision continues to mount  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The “End” And The Evolution Of NBA Big Men  (from Brian Fleurantin, Nets Daily):
–  Pelicans Offense Takes A Big Step Back  (from David Fisher,  The Bird Writes):

–   How Will The NBA Fix The Intentional Foul Problem?  (from Steve Perrin,  Clips Nation):

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

(Note:  This time of the year is always “silly season” for NBA-related stories.  We still link to the best but they are in somewhat shorter supply during all-star weekend and when so much energy is wasted on “trade rumor” stories that are not worth the electrons it takes to post them.  Don’t fret, things will return to normal soon.)