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 BestNBA Reporting And Analysis 4/19/16

 

–  Inside The Longest Night Of Kevin Durant’s Career  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/18/nba-playoffs-mavericks-thunder-game-2-kevin-durant-shooting-video

–  Twelve Seconds Of Pure Wes Matthews Saved The Mavs  (from Seth Rosenthal, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/19/11458964/mavericks-thunder-wes-matthews-dgaf

Raptors Rebound In Game Two (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559431/raptors-shake-off-playoff-scars-rebound-in-game-2-against-pacers   from Mike Mazzeo, ESPN:   http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18017/raptors-respond-to-adversity-by-snapping-seven-game-playoff-skid  and from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/19/thomsen-raptor-bounce-back-game-2/

–  Raptors 98, Pacers 87  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/18/11456134/raptors-pacers-2016-results-score-nba-playoffs

–  Warriors Don’t Need Steph In This Series  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559466/warriors-dont-need-steph-curry-rest-of-the-series-rockets-dont-care

Curry Uncertain For Game Three (from ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15233901/stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-game-2-vs-houston-rockets

–  Draymond Green  Q & A  (from Marc Spears,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15228039/draymond-green-playoffs-diary

–  Video Breakdown:  1) Illegal Screens  2) Defending And Attacking The Rockets Twin Towers  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/19/11457408/warriors-vs-rockets-video-analysis-2016-highlights-defend-twin-towers-draymond-green-klay-thompson

 The Heat Broke Down The Hornets Pick-And-Roll-Defense In Game One  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/18/11449742/the-miami-heat-broke-down-charlottes-pick-and-roll-defense-in-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Why Do Heat Players Keep Sacrificing Money  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2016/04/why-do-heat-players-keep-sacrificing-money-exploring-the-issue-um-panthers-trump.html

–  The Cavs Pick-And-Roll Defense Came Up Big In Game One  (from Daniel Rowell,  fearthesword.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/18/11452020/its-a-trap-how-the-cavs-pick-and-roll-defense-came-up-big-in-game-1

–  Pistons’ To-Do List For Game 2 Starts With Attacking Cav’s Small Ball Lineup  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-do-list-game-2-starts-attacking-cavs-small-ball-lineup

–  CP3 Keeps The Clippers In The Moment  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/18/at-a-crossroads-chris-paul-keeps-the-clippers-in-the-moment/

–  How The Clippers Are Forcing The Blazers’ Role Players To Try To Beat Them  (from Jack Winter,  dimemag):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/clippers-trail-blazers-ball-screens-deandre-jordan-al-farouq-aminu/6/

–  Can The Celtics Survive Losing Avery Bradley?  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/18/11448022/avery-bradley-injury-celtics-doomed-hawks-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Celtics Need To Capitalize On Transition Opportunities  (from Jeff Nooney,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/19/11459490/celtics-hawks-transition-opportunities

–  Hawks Players Detail Why Nets Hire Of Kenny Atkinson Is A Slam Dunk  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/17984/hawks-players-detail-why-nets-hire-of-kenny-atkinson-is-a-slam-dunk

“Hustle Stat” Caveats  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/18/hustle-caveats/

–  Luke Walton: ” I Love My Job Here.  I’m Not Going To Rush Off “  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2016/04/18/luke-walton-knicks-situation-near-term-future/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Stanley Johnson  (from John Niyo,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/columnists/john-niyo/2016/04/18/niyo-pistons-johnson-back-james/83212422/

–  C.J. McCollum  (from Jordan Schultz,  Huffington Post):   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cj-mccollum_us_570bdc22e4b0142232498ce1

Chris Kaman  (from Dwight Jaynes,  csnnw.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/chris-kaman-remember-him-could-play-bigger-role

–  Luol Deng  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-the-resurgence-of-miami-heat-for/nq7SB/

–  Thon Maker  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/19/11358732/why-2016-nba-draft-prospect-thon-maker-should-prepare-embrace-d-league

 

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 1/31/16

–  Cavaliers 117, Spurs 103: Five Observations (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

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

And, from Dave McMenamin, ESPN:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2013/cavs-claim-win-over-spurs-to-cap-successful-first-week-for-tyronn-lue

–  Spurs Need Duncan Back  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/406/spurs-need-tim-duncan-back-in-lineup-as-soon-as-possible

–  Wrapping Up The Spurs’ January  (from Paul Garcia,  Project Spurs):

Raed it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/wrapping-up-the-spurs-january.html

–  Doubling Down: Going Small Has The Celtics Scrambling On Defense  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/1/31/10876992/doubling-down-going-small-has-the-celtics-scrambling-on-defense

–  Sunday Shootaround: “Can Anyone Beat The Warriors?” and more (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/31/10878604/warriors-unbeatable-stephen-curry-sunday-shootaround

–  CJ McCollum:  Master Of The Midrange  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/01/trail_blazers_cj_mccollum_has_become_the_master_of.html

–  Raptors 111, Pistons 107  (from David Mayo, mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/01/detroit_pistons_get_two_cracks.html

–  Brett Brown, Sixers Slowly Escaping Dark Days  (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/01/coach_76ers_slowly_escaping_dark_days

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/31/10877674/2016-nba-scores-raptors-pistons-spurs-cavaliers

–  Steve Kerr And Brett Brown:  Coaches With Much In Common  (from Scott Cacciola,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/sports/basketball/brett-brown-and-steve-kerr-coaches-with-much-in-common-aside-from-records.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Harrison Barnes’ Game-winner Vs. 76ers  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/30/10877832/warriors-vs-sixers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-harrison-barnes-wins-game-from-curry-green

–  Film Breakdown:  Marc Gasol’s Baseline Spin Move  (from Andrew Ford,  griaalybearblues.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/features/2016/1/30/10874410/film-breakdown-marc-gasols-baseline-spin-move

–   Austin Rivers On The NBA’s Best Handles  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2609262-austin-rivers-reveals-the-secrets-of-the-nbas-best-handles

 Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Ish Smith (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=367106691

–  Kelly Olynyk  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/1/31/10874702/kelly-olynyk-boston-celtics-feed-kelly-feedkelly-nba-contest-beast-eat-food-sharpshooter

–  Khris Middleton  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-khris-middleton-second-fiddle-no-more-b99660348z1-367127371.html

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/biyombos-hard-work-proves-big-men-can-improve-at-the-line/

–  Steph Curry  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/low-key-father-figure-mckillop-played-key-currys-stardom

–  Andre Drummond  (from Jason Brunskowski, Detroit Bad Boys):  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/1/31/10842242/andre-drummond-post-game-hook-shot-stan-van-gundy

–  Nene  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-nene-sets-tone-physical-play-middle

–  Julius Randle  (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-julius-randle-showing-signs-of-improvement/

 Jerian Grant  (from Al Iazzonne, Newsday):  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/jerian-grant-work-in-progress-for-knicks-1.11409889

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

–  While You Were Watching the Warriors, the Spurs Were Quietly Crushing Everyone  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washiington Post):

Read ithere:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/12/15/while-you-were-watching-the-warriors-the-spurs-were-quietly-crushing-everyone/

 The Forever Changing,  Still-Winning Mavericks  (form Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14368804/dallas-keeps-striking-free-agents-seem-matter-standings

–  Dwyane Wade’s Advice to Hassan Whiteside  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/12/dwyane-wades-advice-to-hassan-whiteside-dominate-then-cheer-.html

–  Skiles Working His Defensive Magic in Orlando  (from Chris Bernucca,  sheridanhoops.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/12/14/bernucca-skiles-working-his-defensive-magic-in-orlando/

–  Now Kawhi Leonard is Elite on Offense, Too (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/14/10104568/Kawhi-Leonard-highlights-spurs-breakdown-offense-stats

–  Blake Griffin’s MVP-Caliber Season Lost Among Clippers’ Mediocrity  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it ere:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/15/blake-griffins-mvp-caliber-season-lost-amidst-clippers-mediocrity/

Recapping Last Night’s Games  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/15/10148978/2015-nba-scores-los-angeles-clippers-win-blake-griffin-chris-paul

–  5 Takeaways from Monday’s games  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2015/12/15/five-takeaways-from-nba-monday-blake-griffin-can-pass-the-ball-too/

–  Pistons’ Overtime Heartbreaker : A Lesson For Andre Drummond  (from Jamie Delancey,  detroitbadboys.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/12/15/10195452/detroit-pistons-la-clippers-recap-overtime-andre-drummond-blake-griffin-heartbreaker

–  The Ground-and-Pound Offense in the Samll Ball Era  (form Matt Lurie,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240147/The-Ground-Pound-Offense-In-The-Small-Ball-Era

–  Grizzlies Move Grit-and-Grind to the Bench  (from Matt Smith, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Rea it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/12/15/memphis-grizzlies-move-grit-and-grind-to-the-bench/

The Hawks are OK – and That’s Not OK  (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/15/10153760/atlanta-hawks-breakdown-statistics-ok-nba

 Hoiberg, Colangelo, Reggie Jackson, more  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/12/14/morning-tip-chicago-bulls-struggle-to-start-2015-16-derrick-rose-philadelphia-76ers-state-after-hiring-jerry-colangelo-qa-with-reggie-jackson/index.html

Hornets New 3-point Prowess Changing How teams Guard Them  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article49731645.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Will Barton  (from Sean Deveney,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4688097-will-barton-baltimore-freddie-gray-protests-nuggets-denver

What’s Up With Danny Green’s Jumper?  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/12/15/whats-danny-greens-jumper/

Chandler Parsons Says That He Finally Felt Like Himself  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705899/chandler-parsons-finally-felt-like-myself

–  Kevin Love Refelects on Shouder Injury  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1678/kevin-love-looks-back-on-shoulder-injury-and-the-changes-it-sparked-upon-boston-return

–  Brett Brown Wants Stauskas to Work on Defense  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151215_Sixers__Brett_Browns_wants_Nik_Stauskas_to_work_on_defense.html

 Olynyk Finding His Groove Shooting  (from  A.  Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/olynyk-finding-his-groove-shooting-ball

–  Luis Scola  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/12/14/pacers-coach-frank-vogel-praises-raptors-luis-scola

 C.J. McCollum  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/12/canton-native_cj_mccollum_lear.html

–  Nicolas Batum is the Key to the Hornets’ Resurgence  (form Josh Planos,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/12/15/nicolas-batum-is-the-key-to-hornets-resurgence/

–  Evan Fournier’s Rise Doesn’t Surprise Scott Skiles (from Britt Robson, SBNation):   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/15/10112406/evan-fournier-scott-skiles-orlando-magic-profile

–  Clint Capela Providing Rockets With Hope  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2015/12/14/clint-capela-providing-rockets-with-much-needed-hope/

–  Trey Burke (from Ben Dowsett,  saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/right-at-home-trey-burke-on-comfort-role-and-personal-improvement/

–  Film Study:  Omer Asik Has Not Met Expectations  (from John Reid,  nola.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/12/new_orleans_pelicans_omer_asik_3.html

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