Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/24/16

 

–  Inside Warriors Practices  (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  Video Breakdown:  Hoiberg’s BLOB Sets (from Tyler Pleiss,  blogabull.com):
–  Nuggets’ “Horns Rip” Set  (from Gibson Pyper,  denverstiffs.com):
–  Low Assist Numbers Aren’t Damning For Raptors  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):
–  Raptors’ Casey Not Concerned About #1 Seed  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver):  http://bsndenver.com/denver-nuggets-point-guard-emmanuel-mudiays-evolution-off-ball/
–  Chris Paul  (from Fred Katz,  BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/23/chris-paul-forgotten-feared/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/19/16

(NOTE:  Again today our links are limited by the effects of the all-star break and trade deadline.  The good news is that this is probably the last disclaimer we will need.  Our expectation is that we will be back to our “old normal” this weekend.)
–   Pick-And-Roll Perfected:  Draymond Green And Steph Curry  (from Jeff Siegel, fansided):
–  Lockdown Defense Keeping Celtics Among East Elite  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
SVG Explains Pistons’ Trade Process And How Little He Is Involved  (from Aaron McMann, mlive.com):
–  Bulls’ GM Gar Forman  Q & A  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):
–  George Karl Should Not Go Out Like This  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):
–  Every Trade Completed During The 2-15-16 Season  (from SBNation):

–  Trade Deadline Recap  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):
The Key Deadline Deals  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  10 Questions Following The Trade Deadline  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):
–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  A Guide To The Buyout Season  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):
–  NBPA Mounting Crackdown On Agents’ Conflicts Of Interest  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Brandon Jennings/Ersan Ilyasova  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/02/19/brandon-jennings-ersan-ilyasova-know-the-work-ahead/
–  Dante Exum/Shelvin Mack  (from Dan Clayton,  Salt City Hoops):  http://saltcityhoops.com/sc7-basketballs-back-deadline-and-why-exums-still-central/
–  Channing Frye  (from Luke Sicari,  King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/02/19/channing-frye-strengthens-cavs-weaknesses/

–  Jon Horford  (from Chris Reichert,  Upside & Motor):  Jon Horford putting in the work to create his own path

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/5/16

Offensive Rebounding/Transition Defense (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14505051/transition-defense-left-offensive-rebounds-cutting-room-floor

–  Bulls Getting Contributions Throughout Roster During Win Streak  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-bulls-rotation-depth-jimmy-butler-spt-0105-20160104-story.html

–  LBJ on Lack of Playing Time for Some  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/lebron_james_on_a_lack_of_minu.html

–  Can Heat Go From Good To Great?  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/04/dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-hassan-whiteside-erik-spoelstra-heat-lebron-james/78271386/

–  How the Clippers Are Doing It Without Blake Griffin;  Elfrid Payton Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/david_aldridge/01/04/morning-tip-los-angeles-clippers-find-a-better-bench-chris-paul-blake-griffin-j-j-redick-austin-rivers-jamal-crawford-questions-for-2016-qa-with-orlando-magic-elfrid-payton/index.html

–  Brandon Jennings Busts Loose, Hopes to Stay With Pistons  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/04/detroit-pistons-orlando-magic/78249168/

–  This Season’s Most Improved Jump Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoquZR8AAPC2SV6Y

–  Kings’ Assistant Vance Walberg on the Dribble Drive Motion Offense  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ialg8Wq7DO0

–  The Wizards’ Injury Woes  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/shorthanded-wizards-hope-to-heal-before-time-runs-out-on-their-plans/2016/01/04/5dcdd902-b327-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html

–  Bucks’ Future Remains Bright  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/01/05/milwaukee-bucks-bright-future-in-lost-season-giannis-antetokounmpo-michael-carter-williams-greg-monroe-john-henson/index.html

–  Rajon Rondo Q & A Re: Days with the Mavs  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705961/rajon-rondo-i-have-nothing-but-love-for-mavericks

 The Case for Flip Saunders as Executive of the Year  (from Britt Robson,  minnpost.com):

Read it here:  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/01/why-flip-saunders-should-be-nba-executive-year

–  Pelicans Still Working on Picking Up the Pace  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/14476252-128/pelicans-still-work-on-picking-up-the-pace

–  Tyreke Evans Having Difficulty Adjusting to Gentry’s Offensive System  (from John Reid,  NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/tyreke_evans_1.html

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/1/4/10712540/nba-monday-pacers-hope-to-down-heat

–  Where Are They Now:  Amnestied Players  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/01/where-are-they-now-amnestied-players.html

And for those with access to ESPN insider:

–  What the Warriors are Teaching the Hornets (from Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14500756/the-charlotte-hornets-showing-how-teams-learn-golden-state-warriors-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Draymond Green  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/03/draymond-green-magic-johnson-warriors-draymagic/78237606/

–  DeMar DeRozan  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-deserves-more-credit-for-career-best-stretch-1.418150

–  TJ Warren/Devin Booker/Alex Len  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240329/Going-Back-To-McDonoughs-Original-Plan-In-The-Suns-Lost-Season

–  Jonathon Simmons  (from Tim McMahon,  Express-News):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Simmons-gives-Spurs-juice-to-blow-by-Bucks-6736840.php?t=871d385940927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/04/raptors-lose-carroll-for-game-in-cleveland–and-likely-for-some-time

–  Ish Smith (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/5/10715482/ish-smith-philadelphia-76ers-highlights-stats

–  Montrezl Harrell  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-rookie-montrezl-harrell-ready-to-play-with-donatas-motiejunas-out/

–  John Wall  (from Abdullah Sharif,  hoopdistrict.com):   http://hoopdistrict.net/how-john-wall-destroyed-december-in-spite-of-inadequate-supporting-cast/

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/5/10712886/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-nba-draft-2015

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/2/16

–  Blatt Likes Cavs’ Point Guard Flexibility  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1752/a-look-at-the-cavs-point-guard-situation

–  Three Underrated Analytical Metrics  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/three-underrated-analytical-metrics/

–  Warriors’ Luke Walton was the Right Man for the Job  (from Diamond Leung,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29333894/warriors-luke-walton-was-right-man-job

Miami Heat Flash Immense Upside and Other Friday Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2604279-miami-heat-flash-immense-upside-and-other-friday-nba-takeaways

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/1/10700338/nba-schedule-results-miami-heat-mavericks-sixers-lakers-kobe-bryant

–  Clippers:  Life Without Blake Griffin  (fromJeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/clippers/2015/12/29/blake-griffin-injury-chris-paul-doc-rivers-paul-pierce-jamal-crawford-jj-redick-deandre-jordan/78038130/

 Samaki Walker on Being a Big Man in the Triangle Offense  (from Coach Nick,  Bball Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=vCLU5VMAV90

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Bobby Portis  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22750/bobby-portis-emergence-leaves-hoiberg-with-tough-choices

–  Khris Middleton  (from  Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-guard-khris-middleton-shooting-lights-out-in-past-6-games-b99644205z1-364007521.html

DeMarre Carroll  (from Eric Koreen,  National Post):  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-demarre-carroll-still-finding-his-place-on-the-team-as-he-battles-nagging-injuries

 Jeff Withey  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3366870-155/utah-jazz-notes-jeff-withey-providing

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/biyombo-gives-raptors-emotional-lift-in-win-over-former-team-1.416833

–  Devin Booker/TJ Warren  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/01/suns-start-youngest-wings-devin-booker-tj-warren/78195452/

–  Kawhi Leonard Shot 50-50-90 in December   (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):   http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/01/01/kawhi-leonard-hits-the-50-50-90-mark/

–  Brandon Jennings  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/12/pistons_brandon_jennings_takes_1.html

–  Taj Gibson  (from  KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-taj-gibson-bits-bulls-spt-0102-20160101-story.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/19/15

–  How Will Teams Stop the Best 3-point Scorers?  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25418260/how-will-teams-stop-the-best-3-point-scorers-in-the-nba

–  Kawhi Leonard, Quiet Superstar  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14386491/san-antonio-spurs-kawhi-leonard-nba-quiet-new-superstar

–  Brad Stevens:   Always Seeking an Edge  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/12/17/celtics-found-right-man-brad-stevens/MLmGbthDRz6TQA92DNsRDO/story.html

–  Paul George’s Defense  (from Clint Corey,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VnRYQx8AAOVqw5hF

–  Spurs’ Defense:  Blast from the Past (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/13413/

Luke Walton:  Warriors’ Unlikely Leader  (from Lee Jenkins,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/17/golden-state-warriors-stephen-curry-luke-walton-steve-kerr

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  James Johnson Helps Lead Raptors Past Heat  (from Blake Murphy,  raptorsrepublic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/19/utilized-james-johnson-draws-start-help-leads-raptors-past-heat/

–  Eight Surprise Starters Who Have Caught On This Season  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2599467-8-surprise-starters-who-have-caught-on-this-season

–  Zach LaVine’s True Position  (from Gerald Bourguet,  Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/19/minnesota-timberwolves-zach-lavine-thriving-true-position/

–  Jeff Green Cannot Play With Zach Randolph  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/12/18/10440742/friday-three-jeff-green-zach-randolph-memphis-grizzlies-problems?_ga=1.263042572.1018263438.1420308416

–  Jerian Grant Is Struggling in the Knicks’ Triangle  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-jerian-grant-change-plays-article-1.2470803

–  Brandon Jennings’ Decision to Play in D-League May Change NBA’s Rehab Practice  (from Peter J. Wallner,  Grand Rapid Press):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/drive/2015/12/brandon_jennings_decision_to_p.html

–  Tony Parker Is Back to Being Key Cog for Spurs  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/12/19/even-with-new-parts-for-spurs-parker-remains-key-cog/

–  Jeremy Lin’s Revival  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/18/10575088/jeremy-lin-highlights-stats-hornets-helping

–  Decisions Nearing on Non-Guaranteed Players  (from  Eric Pincus,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/decisions-nearing-on-non-guaranteed-players/

–  Dario Saric Q & A  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, slamnroll):

Read it here:  http://www.slamnroll.com/content/dario-saric-how-i-feel-and-think-about-basketball-comes-first

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