Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/7/16

–  CLE 121, ATL 108 (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

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–  Channing Frye: Cavs’ Missing Piece?  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today:

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–  Tyronn Lue Has Thrust Cavs Into Company Of Warriors, Spurs  (from Chris Haynes.

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–  Raptors Could Benefit From Sharing The Ball (from Bruce Arthur, the

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–  Valunciunas’ Growth   (from Chris O’Leary,

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–  How Bosh’s Absence Has Impacted The Heat (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

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–  Blazers Need To Limit Draymond’s Impact  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

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–  Kawhi Lets HIs Game Do The Talking  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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–  How The Spurs Put Away OKC In Game Three (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

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–  Leonard And Aldridge Make The Spurs Look Different, But The Results Stay The Same  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

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–  Spurs’  Big Man Trio Is Complementing The Stars  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

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–  Donovan, Thunder Depth Are Being Tested  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

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–  Ian Clark Helping Fill Warriors’ Void  (from Courtney Cronin,  Mercury News):

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–  Should The Blazers Start Allen Crabbe?  (from McLayne Bertsch,

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–  Grizzlies Fire Joerger  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

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–  Q & A With Memphis GM Chris Wallace Re Coaching Change  (from

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–  Coaching Search Q & A With Headhunter Jed Hughes  (from Associated Press):

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–  Rockets’ Fall Is No Reason To Bash Morey’s Anlaytics Focus  (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):

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Karl-Anthony Towns  (from Tom West, Sports Illustrated):

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–  Malcolm Delaney  (from Nikos Varlas,


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/30/15

–  Cousins Keeps Kings One Step from Success, One from Disaster  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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–  Cousins Latest Outburst Warrants Suspension  (form Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):

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–  How Scott Skiles and Channing Frye Took the Magic from the Lottery to the Playoffs  (from Keith P Smith,  Yardbarker):

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–  International Players Bring Soccer’s Flair and Creativity to Spurs, NBA  (from Mark Travis,  Caller Times):

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–  Shaun Livingston, the Definition of Redefinition  (from Robert O’Connell,  VICE Sports):

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–  Recapping Last Night’s Games – I  (from SBNation):

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–  Recapping Last Night’s Games – II  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

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–  Cameron Payne Jolts OKC’s Second Unit in Win Over Bucks  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

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–  Cameron Payne Gives Thunder A Jolt in Win Over Bucks  (from Anthony Slater,

 –  Knicks 108,  Pistons 96  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

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–  Bruce Bowen  Q & A  (from Benjamin Bornstein, Project Spurs):

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–  Will Barton  (from Mike Richman,

–  Damian Lillard  (from Erik Gundersen,

–  Justin Anderson  (from Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News):

–  Nemanja Bjelica  (from Dennis Brackin,  Star Tribune):

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):

–  Shane Larkin  (from Brian Lewis,  NYPost):

–  Joe Ingles  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/18/15


–  Nuggets’ coach Michael Malone demands defense  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

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–  Sam Hinkie And The 76ers’ Numbers Game  (from RealGM):

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–  Amir Johnson: Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has rare ability to draw up plays  (from Jay King,

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–   Oubre’s Yin to Porter’s Yang — Washington at Philadelphia – Wizards Preseason  Game 4  (from Sean Fagan,

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–  Knicks should keep focus on young talent (from Derek James, Hardwood Paroxysm):

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–  Cameras, concussions and LeBron: The NBA’s ongoing effort to make courts safer  (from Jason Lloyd, Akron beacon Journal):

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 T. J.  McConnell slugging away in 76ers’ point guard competition  (from Matt Breen,


–  Newest Hornet Damien Wilkins: ‘I’m not going to try to be MKG’  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):


–   How J.J. Barea’s unlikely success story continues to defy odds  (from Eddie Sefko,


 Gkenn  Robinson III Brings Intrigue to Pacers Roster  (from Mark Monteith,


–  Biyombo should add defensive depth to Raptors  (form Ryan Wolstat,  Tornto Sun):


Sessions Settling in with Wizards  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

– Doug McDermott ‘completely fine’ with coming off the bench for Bulls  (form K.C> Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):
–  Rookie Bobby Portis making a name for himself early  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
–  Nerlens Noel developing mid-range game within offense’s flow  (from John Finger,
–  Soaring Confidence is Driving  Hunter’s Progression  (from Taylor C.Snow,
–  DeJuan Blair predicts ‘great year’ ahead with Wizards  (from  J. Michael,
–  Cleanthony Early starting to find some success at NBA level  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):
–  How I’m adjusting to life as an NBA player (from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, NYPost):
–  Terry Rozier outran a lot to get to the NBA (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):
–  Raptors’ James Johnson must adapt to survive  (from Doug Smith,  the
Channing  Frye Appears More Agile and Aggressive to Start This Season  (from John Denton,

Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 9/30/15

–  NBA training camp storylines: Western Conference (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

” With training camps opening across the country, the official start of the 2015–16 NBA season is upon us. This is an uncertain time: optimism runs rampant, as it should, but every team faces ambiguities that could develop into serious problems. On Monday,’s Rob Mahoney previewed the top storylines facing all 15 Eastern Conference teams. Now, it’s time to take a look at the Western Conference landscape.”

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–  NBA training camp storylines: Eastern Conference  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

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How Tyreke, Jrue, and Gentry Can Help Anthony Davis (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland):

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–  The Value of Icing the pick-and-roll  (from John Schuhmann,

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–   Paul George and Frank Vogel Must Recreate Indiana’s Identity  (from Tim Donahue,

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–   Raptors to alter team philosophy  (from Josh Lewenberg,

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–  Kings looking at different options at power forward  (from Jason Jones,

” For most of the past seven seasons, Jason Thompson started at power forward for the Kings.

This season will be different. To revamp the position, the Kings traded Thompson, their longest-tenured player, to the Philadelphia 76ers over the summer. The 76ers dealt Thompson to the Golden State Warriors.

The Kings now have multiple options at power forward as complements to All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Coach George Karl began examining the candidates Tuesday during the team’s first practice of training camp at UC San Diego.

The team has looked for a power forward with shooting range, or one who can contribute through effective defense if not an impact scorer.”

–  The rise of Brad Stevens and his starless Celtics  (from ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):


–   As camps begin, Thibodeau looking from outside view  (from Steve Aschburner,

” Out of a job for first time since 1991, ex-Bulls coach on ‘sabbatical'”

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–  Basketball and Learning in Las Vegas: A trip to Pro Scout School  (from Jack Maloney, hardwoodparoxysm):

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(Note:  We have attended PSS each of the last two sessions and highly recommend it to evryone who wants to learn more about hoops.)


–   Dispatches from NESSIS 2015  (from Seth Partnow/ Will Schreefer,  Nylon Calculus):

” (The 2015 New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports was held this past weekend in Boston. Will Schreefer was there, and fills us in with this guest post. Will  lives in New Jersey, where he works and studies as a civil engineer. He does some college basketball stat work on the side1, and is always sure this is the the year Villanova makes it past the first weekend.)

This past Saturday, the biennial-since-2007 ‘New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports’ – or NESSIS – was held at Harvard University’s Science Center. The brainchild of Mark Glickman andScott Evans, distinguished New England-based academics with a passion for (and serious expertise in) the intersection between sports and statistics, the conference is characterized on the program as ‘a meeting of statisticians and quantitative analysts connected with sports teams, sports media, and universities to discuss common problems of interest in statistical modeling and analysis of sports data.’ Describing it, though, is as simple as ‘heaven.’ Heaven, at least, for that population slice who’d want to hear Jeremias Engelmann explain how to recreate Adjusted +/- and RAPM for a pickup basketball game and then take questions on his choice of ridge (Tikhonov) regression vs. ordinary least squares regression from an audience mostly composed of people who know exactly what the choice means.

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BBall Breakdown’s Player Rankings:  James Harden, #5 (from Kelly Scaletta):


–   Pistons look for Ersan Ilyasova to bring ‘Turkish Thunder’ to backboards  (from David Mayo,


–   Entering his critical fourth season, Wizards’ Bradley Beal is still tweaking his game  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):


–  Monta Ellis wanted to be wanted  (from C.Cooper,


–  Alvin Gentry confident Omer Asik will adapt quickly to new offensive system  (from John Reid,




–  Rockets’ goal for Harden: more catch-and-shoot opportunities  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):


–  Film Room: Breaking Down Tobias Harris’ Offense  (from Josh Cohen,


Nik Stauskas (from Bob Cooney,


Channing  Frye: “I Have A Lot to Prove” (from John Denton.


Joe Young (from Mark Monteith.




–   Clippers’ Wes Johnson happy to get L.A. makeover  (from Janis Carr,


–   NORMAN POWELL IS NEVER SATISFIED  (from Steven Lebron, Vice Sports):


–  Otto Porter Could Emulate Trevor Ariza In Washington  (from Ben mehic,


–  Q&A: Jimmer Fredette  (from Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports):


–   SVG’s reputation, freedom he allows big men helped lure Baynes to Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,


–  This is Isaiah Thomas’ Time to Shine  (from Alex Kennedy,  basketball Insiders):


–   Steve Blake OK with Pistons throwing different roles at him, including not playing  (from Aaron McMann,


–  Utah Jazz: Alec Burks or Rodney Hood? Two good options for one starting job  (from Tony Jones,


–   Meet 17-Year-Old European Dragan Bender, Who Could Be 2016’s Kristaps Porzingis  (from David Pick, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   Is The Small-Ball Era In The Association Here to Stay?  (from Jordan Yant,

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 “Basketball Words in the Data” – A Q&A With Second Spectrum’s Rajiv Maheswaran  (from Seth Partnow, Nylon Calculus):

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–  Who will have best Comeback story?  (from Fran Blinebury,

”  (Here are) our Summer Dreaming picks for Comeback Player of the Year, which the league has not handed out since the 1984-85 season.

There are big names on the mend from injuries and other names that just have to pull their act back together, all carrying chips on their shoulders.

So grab a cold drink and let’s chug down the top 10 candidates for a make-believe honor that is all about overcoming adversity and fighting off doubt.”

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– Non-Lottery NBA Rookies Who Should Shine  (from Matthew Dirzulaitis,

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–   Nerlens Noel rebuilding his jump shot  (from Keith Pompey,


–   LaMarcus Aldridge’s move to San Antonio got an assist from Ime Udoka  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

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–   Can Karl-Anthony Towns Be Kevin Garnett 2.0?  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):


–  Julius Randle preview (from Yaron Weitzman,  sbnation):


–  How do the Magic reclaim Channing Frye?  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,


–  DeMarre Carroll Interview (from John Gaudes,


–   Rudy Gobert’s Ascent  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):


–   New Mavs center Salah Mejri continues to impress during AfroBasket 2015  (from Earl K. Sneed,


–  Predictions for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (from Colby Giacubeno,


–  Adonis  Thomas ready to make a run at a spot on Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,


–   TRAIL BLAZERS ROSTER BREAKDOWN – ED DAVIS  (from Bryant Knox/Jared Wright,


–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could define the Hornets, on a bargain-bin contract   (from Adi Joseph.  Sporting News):


–   Who Is Nikola Jokic And How Does He Fit In With The Nuggets?  (from Dakota Schmidt, Bball Breakdown):


–  Roy Hibbert’s Most Underrated Attribute (from Antony Irwin,  forumblueandgold):


Rajon Rondo is an NBA Dinosaur ( from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Insider):


–  Jeff Adrien and the Long Road to New Orleans  (from Derek James,  Hardwood Paroxysm):