Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/21/16

–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):

–  Spurs Aren’t Making Much of Win Over Dubs  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
 Pacers Hope Ball Movement Leads to Playoff Berth  (from Nate Taylor,  Indystar.com):
–  Antetokuonmpo At PG Is Unfair (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  Bucks’ GM John Hammond on Antetokuonmpo  (from Nikos Varlos,  eurohoops.com):
–  Byron Scott  Q & A  (from Larry Burnett, Vice Sports):
–  Wizards’ Positional Versatility  (from Michael D. Sykes,  bulletsforever.com):
–  The Challenge Of Helping DeMarre Carroll Fit In Before The Playoffs  (from Joshua Priemski,  Raptors Republic):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Luis Scola  (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):  http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/scola-031916
–  Luol Deng  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article67257047.html
–  Langston Galloway  (from Ryan Lazo,  NY Post):
 Jerian Grant  (from John Schmeelk,  CBSNewYork):  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/03/21/jerian-grant-kurt-rambis-new-york-knicks/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/10/16

–  Hawks Quietly Becoming Dangerous  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
–  How Brad Stevens Draws Up Winning After Time Out Plays  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
–  Hornets Are Committed To Three Point Shots,  And To Accepting The Consequences  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
–  Coach Carlisle Working Hard On Mavs’ Transition Defense  (from Dwain Price,  star-telegram.com):
–  Careless Offense Hurts Warriors’ Defense  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–  Michael Malone On Nikola Jokic’s Passing  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver.com):
Film Room: Magic’s Strengths And Struggles  (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):
–  How Hassan Whiteside Is Saving Heat’s Season  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):
–  How Steph Curry Is Inspiring Young Players Across The NBA  (from Michael Pina Bleacher Report):
–  Warriors 115, Jazz 94  (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):
–  5 Must-See Momenst In Dubs’ Win Over Jazz  (from Ananth Mandian,  CBS Sports):
Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

–  The Genius Of Dirk Nowitzki  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/10/dirk-nowitzki-dallas-mavericks-steve-nash-jason-terry

–  Sidelined: How NBA Coaches Deal With Pain And Injuries  (from DeAntae Price,  Sports Illustrated):
Jerry Colangelo Touts Analytics As He Contemplates Rio Olympics Roster  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated)
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Myles Turner  (from Karl Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/turner-riding-waves-rookie-dom
–  Devin Booker  (from Sean Sullivan,  brightsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/3/10/11169328/nba-rookie-week-devin-booker-shines-for-the-suns
–  Norman Powell (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/09/norman-powell-making-instant-impact-with-raptors
–  Damian Lillard (from Erik Gundersen,  The Columbian):  http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/mar/09/lillard-attacking-rim-less-but-scoring-more/
–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/talent/raptors-young-centres-complimenting-each-other-well-1.450720

–  Tony Allen  (from Jared Weiss,  Celtics Blog):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/3/9/11189644/how-tearing-his-knee-made-tony-allen-the-grindfather

–  Bobby Portis  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/9/11172210/bobby-portis-energy-chicago-bulls-rookie
Kristaps Porzingis/Jerian Grant  (from Joe Flunn, Posting And Toasting):  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2016/3/9/11185130/jerian-grant-needs-kristaps-porzingis-so-why-do-the-knicks-keep-them
–  Joel Freeland (from Mark Woods, mvp247.com):  http://www.mvp247.com/2016/03/freeland-russia-love/

–  Kris Dunn  (from Jason King,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2621931-despite-taxing-year-providences-kris-dunn-doesnt-regret-making-nba-wait

 

Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/7/16

 

 

–  Warriors Were Overdue For A Bad Game  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29603614/kawakami-warriors-were-overdue-bad-game

–  Warriors Show They Aren’t Perfect  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/06/warriors-lakers-upset-kobe-bryant-stephen-curry-nba-history

–  Lakers Are At Their Best When Warriors Are At Their Worst  (from Baxter Holmes,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles-lakers/post/_/id/42900/lakers-at-their-best-when-warriors-at-their-worst

–  Beyond Lillard, Depth Is Carrying The Blazers  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25506755/beyond-damian-lillard-depth-is-carrying-the-new-look-blazers

–  Earl Watson’s Way Set By Memphis Years With Hubie Brown  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):

Read it here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/03/06/earl-watsons-way-set-memphis-years-hubie-brown/81406002/

–  As Usual,  The Spurs Are Flying Under The Radar  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-spurs-are-the-usual-suspects/

–  Clippers Defensive Changes Are Paying Off  (from Rowan Kavner,  Clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/defense-story

–  Pelicans, Gentry May Start Looking Toward The Future  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/171/pelicans-alvin-gentry-might-start-looking-toward-the-future

–  The Suns’ 3-2 Stretch: Len, Defense & Stability  (from Kevin Zimmerman, arizonasports.com):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/579190/trends-to-the-suns-3-2-stretch-alex-len-defense-and-stability/

–  Mapping Out The Suns’ Path Back To Relevance  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/06/mapping-phoenix-suns-path-back-relevance/

–  Making It In The NBA  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/03/06/the-professionals-making-it-in-the-nba.html

–  Kings’ Stats Guru Roland Beech (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article64471542.html

–  Chauncey Billups On Melo & The Knicks  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/03/06/chauncey-billups-triangle-may-bar-melo-from-getting-help-he-needs/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):   http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article64434112.html

–  Ryan Anderson  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/181/as-pelicans-look-to-the-future-ryan-anderson-discusses-past-present-in-new-orleans

–  Devin Booker  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/03/06/suns-rookie-devin-booker-wont-back-down/81422000/

–  Damian Lillard/ CJ McCollum  (from Lang Whitaker,  NBA.com):  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/03/06/blazers-look-to-continue-to-follow-lead-of-lillard-mccollum/

–  Paul George  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/03/06/paul-george-pacers/81411502/

–  Carmelo Anthony  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/has-time-come-for-knicks-and-anthony-to-part-ways-1457306770

Sam Dekker  (from Joel Brigham,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-dekker-adjusting-to-not-playing/

Julius Randle (from Broderick Turner, LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20160307-story.html

–  Karl-Anthony Towns (from Jerry Zgoda, StarTribune.com):  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-karl-anthony-towns-sharpens-his-passing-game/371224131/    and from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation:   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11155988/karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-skills-so-many-skills

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11160386/willie-cauley-stein-kings-nba-draft-failures-rook-week

–  Bobby Portis (from Kris Terzic,  blogabull.com):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/3/7/11170522/rook-week-bobby-portis

–  Lamar Patterson (from Kris Willis,  peachtreehoops.com):  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/7/11170734/nba-rookie-week-lamar-patterson-atlanta-hawks

–  Pat Connaughton  (from David Waldstein,  NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/sports/basketball/being-paid-to-play-basketballpat-connaughton-is-dreaming-of-diamonds.html

–  Kris Dunn  (Jason King,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2621931-despite-taxing-year-providences-kris-dunn-doesnt-regret-making-nba-wait

–  Ben Simmons  (from Marc Whittington, Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/3/7/11165424/how-ben-simmons-star-shooting-philadelphia-sixers-lsu

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,  thunder.com):
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/4/16

–  Kerr:  Warriors’ ‘Killers’ Make Them Special  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

Read it here: http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/kerr-golden-states-killers-make-them-special-breed

–  Harrison Barnes  Q & A  (from Jared Dubin,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/03/harrison-barnes-warriors-stephen-curry-draymond-green-death-lineup

–  Danny Ainge:  Striving To Build Another Winner  (from Harvey Araton,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/sports/basketball/celtics-danny-ainge-is-striving-to-build-another-winner.html

–  How Myles Turner And The Pacers Are Blocking So Many Shots  (from Ben Gibson, 8poins9seconds):

Read and view it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/02/03/breaking-down-how-myles-turner-and-the-indiana-pacers-are-now-blocking-so-many-shots/

–  Myles Turner Plays Like A Veteran  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=jJFd3HN22SY

–  What Suns’ GM Expects From New Coach Earl Watson  (from Adam Green,  Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/544214/suns-gm-with-watson-in-charge-goal-is-to-see-improved-energy-and-effort/

–   Sixers:  Why Rush The Process Now?  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=367606321

–  How Derrick Rose Is Learning To Be Derrick Rose Again  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14702727/how-derrick-rose-chicago-bulls-learning-old-self-again

 Will The Raptors Still Be Great In April And May?  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/2/3/10886750/toronto-raptors-breakdown-highlights-statistics-playoffs

–  The Origin Of The Blazers’ Defensive Resurgence  (from Joe Freeman,  Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/02/trail_blazers_defensive_resurgence.html

–  Diagnosing The Bucks’ Broken Defense  (from Eric Nehm,  Brew Hoop):

Read and view it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/2/3/10871010/diagnosing-the-bucks-defense-no-youre-not-helping

–  Kerr’s Return Shows Impact Of Great Coaching  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/02/02/steve-kerrs-work-with-warriors-shows-how-nba-greatness-requires-great-coaching/

 Recapping Last Night’s Games (from SBNation):

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

–  Steph Curry:  No Longer “Slumping”  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/114340/stephen-curry-no-longer-slumping

Nuggets Set Of The Week:  Ram Stagger Ballscreen  (from gibsonpyper, Denver Stiffs):

Read and view it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/2/3/10905522/denver-nuggets-set-of-the-week-ram-stagger-ballscreen

–  Pau Gasol:  “Are We Doing Enough”?  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22907/bulls-pick-up-slack-in-jimmy-butlers-absence-in-win-over-kings

–  The Cavs’ New Offense  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VrKazycAAK9b79qm

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Bobby Portis  (from Sean Highkin,  Bleacher Report):   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2613341-bobby-portis-a-work-in-progress-despite-earning-necessary-minutes-with-bulls

–  Marvin Williams  (from Russell Varner,  At The Hive):  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/2/3/10905346/marvin-williams-is-having-a-career-rebirth-and-you-didnt-even-notice

Rudy Gobert  (from Ben Reiter,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/03/rudy-gobert-utah-jazz-france-stifle-tower

 Steph Curry  (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25473222/watch-science-technology-shows-how-amazing-steph-curry-truly-is

–  Tim Hardaway,  Jr.  (from Chris Vivlamore,  Atlanta Journal-Constitution):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/with-trust-hardaway-jr-increased-role-with-hawks/nqJtN/

–  Jahlil Okafor  (from Marc Whittington, Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/2/4/10896008/sixers-okafor-rebounding-bad

–  Jerian Grant  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2613303-are-ny-knicks-already-looking-past-jerian-grant-as-their-next-point-guard

–  Zach Randolph  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Spots):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/zach-randolph–grizzlies-put-life-back-in-tall-ball-180831688.html

–  Paul George  (from Conrad Brunner,  1070thefan.com):   http://www.1070thefan.com/blogs/brunos-blog/georges-excuses-ring-increasingly-hollow

–  Ronald Roberts, Jr  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC8cF4CmsMY