Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/3/16

–  Rodney Hood’s Decisions in the Pick-and-Roll Can Keep the Jazz Afloat  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

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–  Recapping Saturday’s Games   (from SBNation):

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–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell’s Post Game Remarks  (from William Bohl,

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–  Jazz 92,  Grizzlies 87  (from David Locke,  Locked On Jazz):

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–  Paul George Scores 21 Straight Pacers’ Points  (from ESPN):

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–  Kings 142, Suns 119  (form Paul Coro,

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–  Cavs’ Full Roster Means Cramped Rotations  (from Jason Lloyd,

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Celtics’ Big Man Logjam  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

–  Explain One Play: Iguodala’s Thunderous Dunk (from Eric Apricot,  goldenstateofmind):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jeremy Lamb Q & A  (from Erik Horne,

–  JJ Redick’s Hot Shooting December  (form Jose DeLeon,  ESPN):

–  JJ Redick  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):

–  Danny Green  (from Paul Garcia,

–  Darrun Hilliard  (from, Keith Langlois,

–  Larry Nance/Julius Randle  (from LA Times):

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr/ Otto Porter   (from J. Michael,

–  Luc Mbah a Moute  (from Keith Pompey,

–  Solomon Hill/ Chase Budinger  (from Scott Agness,  Vigilant Sports):

–  Richaun Holmes  (form Brian Seltzer,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 10/12/15

–  Heat’s dynamic duo at guard know they must be in sync, play off each other’s strengths  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):

” Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic are working on their chemistry in their first full season together.

Wade has never played with a point guard as dynamic as Dragic, nor Dragic with a scorer like Wade

Pelicans’  Jrue Holiday Q&A (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

–  No language barrier for Cavaliers’ Sasha Kaun, just huge adjustments to NBA as 30-year-old rookie from Russia  (from Joe Vardon),

” (T)he players are bigger, faster, and more skilled. But Kaun’s analysis goes much deeper. He’ll tell you about the numerous timeouts (and the length of those breaks) in the NBA game, how they allow players – even larger ones, like him – to run the floor and run it faster than they do in Europe.

“In Europe, you might go 20 possessions at a time before the next break, so the tempo slows down,” he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Kaun talks about how the NBA court is wider – by about a foot – and the three-point line is farther from the hoop, which has confused him when it comes to his positioning on the pick and roll.

And finally, there’s the adjustment to play alongside LeBron James, who, Kaun says, “is one of those players who sees lots of things and makes quick decisions, quick passes.”

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–  Why Ian Mahinmi is the perfect center for the Pacers’ new style of play  (from C. Cooper,

” “Everybody’s talking about Paul George and what the 4-spot looks like for him,” Pacers Coach Frank Vogel explained, following the team’s preseason victory over the Orlando Magic. “Playing with space is good for all of these guys. It’s not good just for Paul George’s match-up, but the space that we’re creating on the perimeter and opening up in the lane is great for Monta Ellis and George Hill to attack the basket with the balance, it’s great for Chase Budinger, Solomon Hill, and C.J. Miles to curl on pin downs, and it’s great for a guy like Ian Mahinmi to be able to have space to operate…””

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 Thunder: Expect Russell Westbrook post-ups to be a branch of Billy Donovan’s offense  (from Anthony Slater,

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–  Wolves therapist’s remedies, healing approaches make him stand out  (from Jerry Zgoda,

” Arnie Kander, a once-retired therapist and healer, accepted the mission of stemming the Wolves’ injury tide. ”

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Nuggets Camp Week 2 Wrap:  Coach Malone wants no let up from team and more  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

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–   Michael Malone gets defensive about Denver Nuggets  (from Nate Timmons,

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–  5 Rookies Thriving in the Preseason  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

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–  How the Warriors evolved small ball  (from Ian Levy,  Sports Illustrated):

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Boston regards surplus of big men as positive thing  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–  A healthy Chase Budinger can help Pacers in many ways  (from Nate Taylor,


–  Raptors’ Anthony Bennett impressing on defence  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Post media network):


–  Heat guard Gerald Green looks to reinvent himself as a defender  (from Jason Lieser,


Can Rudy Gay Make Another Jump in 2015-2016? (from Nick Carrasco,


–  Bismack Biyombo’s  Defensive Impact  (from Zarrar Siddiqi,




–  Ronnie Price ideally fits, accepts Phoenix Suns role  (from Paul Core,


–  Nene prepares for a new role as Wizards prepare for a new offense  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):


–  The Curious Case Of Derrick Williams  (from Steve Conoscenti,


–  Heat’s Josh McRoberts finally back in the mix  (from Shandel Richardson,


–  Bobby Portis being ready for minutes presents a wonderful problem  (from Morten Stig Jensen,


Today’s Best NBA Reporting

–  Moses Malone was NBA’s most underappreciated great player  (from J.A. Adande,  ESPN):

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Olajuwon credits mentor Malone for his success  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.Com):

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– Moses did more than mentor Hakeem Olajuwon and help Dr. J win his only title. Along the way, he also re-wrote the Ten Commandments of Basketball  (from Ali Danois,

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–  Temple’s MindRight Pro Program Is The New Frontier In Sports Science  (from Jake Pavorky,  Liberty

” In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers lead the pack when it comes to using progressive ideas to help improve their team. They’ve assembled an impressive analytics team that has been ranked number one in professional sports, and created new positions like head of sports science, previously unheard of in professional basketball.

But on the other side of city, Temple’s men’s basketball program is employing a program that might even be foreign to the forward thinking Sixers.

The MindRight Pro program, developed by Temple graduate assistant and former Drexel basketball player Jake Rauchbach, helps athletes remove mental and emotional blocks in order to improve their performance and expedite injury recovery.

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–   NBA Journalism Tips By Pros For Aspiring Journalists  (from Michael Dunlap,

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–   What’s Next For The D-League?  (from Steve Kyler,  Basketball Insiders):

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–   Why the Mavericks love two point guard lineups  (from

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Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–   Chase Budinger could make the biggest jump for the Pacers in 2015-16  (from C. Cooper.


–  Thunder thrives off Russell Westbrook’s ability to create fast breaks  (from Seth Partnow,  Washington Post):


–   Phoenix Suns Film Study: Breaking Down Brandon Knight  (from Samuel Cooper, Bright Side of the Sun):


–   Suns: Checking In On Bogdan Bogdanovic At Eurobasket  (from Gerald Bourguet, valleyofthesums):


–   Film Room: Nikola Vucevic’s High Basketball IQ  (from Josh Cohen,


–   Channeling Hubie Brown: Kristaps Porzingis  rookie season (from Jonathan Schulman,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – PART TWO

Rockets vs. Clippers matchup breakdown  (from  Matt Rothstein,

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–  Why The Houston Rockets Have Such A Lethal Offense  (from Jordan Schultz,

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Stephen Curry: Paying homage to the NBA’s impossibly good 2014-15 MVP  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrted)

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Stephen Curry’s Science of Sweet Shooting  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

”  How a Nearly Perfect Shot Changes Every Golden State Warriors Game”

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Steph Curry’s Ballhandling (from Stu Woo, Wall Street Journal):

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–  Stephen Curry’s trainer talks about his in-season regimen  (from Ananth Pandian,

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Sports Illustrated’s 10 best stories from Stephen Curry’s MVP season:




Gregg Popovich Q &A  (from Dan McCarney,

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–  Reviewing a wild first year of Chandler Parsons as a Maverick  (from Danny Webster,

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–  Intentional fouling (Hack-a-Shaq) may be on way out  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:


–  Norris Cole:


Chase Budinger:


Alexis Ajinca


Robert Covington:


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  The Suns provided the blueprint for stopping James Harden (from Mike Prada, SBNation)

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–  Hawks concerned by recent play, but still confident  (from Kris Willis,

“The last three games, the way teams have been able to get free and get shots and the percentages they’ve shot is a concern,” Budenholzer said. It’s a lot of little things. It starts probably with better individual defense. But I would probably be more concerned if we hadn’t shown an ability to do it a lot of the season. We need to draw on that. We need to know how important it is first, to be good defensively, and to remind us how we are good defensively, and get back to doing that.”

“We give them a lot of credit,” Budenholzer said. “Some of the things they did well I think we need to do some of those things, driving and finding guys and moving the ball. It is a lot of the stuff we have done all year. I think taking care of the paint. Just all of the little things. Decision making, quicker decisions, harder drives, better defense, better individual defense. You’ve got to do all of the little things against a good team. So tonight and other nights when we haven’t played well against the good teams, that is what you learn. Rarely is it just one big thing, it’s a lot of little things that add up to being a good team and having success.”

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 Cavs have  lost only six games in 10 weeks   (from Terry Pluto,

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–  Bucks disrespected JR Smith’s range and LeBron James made sure they paid  (from Chris Haynes,

” (W)hen the Bucks’ defense managed to cut James off, he made them pay with his court vision.

Smith is one of the better guards in the league in moving without the ball. His high basketball IQ and long distance range paired with James has been a recipe for disaster for the opposition and the Bucks were the latest victim to find that out.

“You just find him. You find him,” James said of Smith. “When I know JR has it going, which has been a lot for us, you keep giving him the ball.”

In the fourth quarter James found Smith for two of his three consecutive wide-open three-pointers. Wherever James drove, Smith rotated the opposite way to ensure a proper passing angle if James elected to dish it off. He did, and Smith knew what to do with the ball from there.

James makes the game easy for his teammates, but the Bucks made it a lot easier. Those treys Smith connected on down the stretch, no defender was within five feet of the sharpshooter.

James isn’t shocked by how well Smith has been playing. He just chalks it up to making smart basketball plays.

“I just think over the course of the years I knew what he was very good at and for me, it’s my job once a guys comes to my team, or our team, to put them in their best position to succeed,” James said. “You don’t put Tristan [Thompson] in pick-and-rolls handling the ball, you let him set it and let him roll and he cleans glass. Things of that nature.”

“With JR, you don’t have him running pick-rolls. You have me and Kyrie [Irving] running pick-and-rolls so he can be the recipient on the backside. You put guys in the right position where they succeed the most and that’s where a team comes together because everyone does their part. And that’s all part of having a role and JR fits his role tremendously and more.”

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–  Rebuilding plans diverge for Lakers, Sixers  (from Baxter Holmes,  ESPN):

” (D)espite their proud pasts, awful presents and uncertain futures, these two major-market teams have little in common. In fact, when it comes to their plan to rebound from rebuilding status, these two teams couldn’t be more different.

The Lakers not only swing for the fences, they often have a grand-slam-or-nothing mindset. Some teams go after All-Stars, but the Lakers chase future Hall of Famers and don’t settle for much less.

The 76ers have other ideas, such as aggressively trading to stockpile draft picks — even if it means trading away valuable pieces, such as Michael Carter-Williams, the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year, whom they shipped to Milwaukee in February.

All told, since Hinkie’s first draft on June, 27, 2013, the 76ers have made 21 trades, yielding 32 different players and 15 additional picks. And this June, the team could have as many as ninedraft picks — four in the first round, five in the second.

“It is extremely aggressive, it’s extremely bold,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said before the game. “We think we have to do that to get to where we want to go.”

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–   Sixers’ Coach Brett Brown has winning mentality  (from Bob Cooney,

” He knows a chance at the top pick in June’s draft slips with each win. Still, he won’t give in to the thinking that losing is better.

“I don’t know how to coach anymore if that becomes part of it all,” Brown said through a tightened jaw. “I really don’t. You can’t cheat the game. I get it and I understand it. I just don’t even know how to do my job, otherwise. We go about our business. I can’t walk into the locker room and do anything else for those guys. They want to play hard. They want to compete. Whatever ends up happening, ends up happening.”
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–  Randy Wittman wants Wizards to focus more on defense  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

” (W)e’re bitching about who’s getting shots and not instead of worrying about stops,” Wittman said. “What did we score, 50 at half? That’s plenty. It has nothing to do with offense. I don’t even know why you would bring that up. It’s all about focus from a defensive standpoint.

“I think we were selfish defensively,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal said. “We weren’t helping each other, especially in pick and rolls. We were doing concepts we weren’t even planning on doing tonight. It just creates a lot of opportunities for them, open threes, easy layups, uncontested layups. We were just out of sync. We were out of character. We weren’t playing our style of basketball.

“We come to a timeout and we’re worried about turning the ball over there, let’s look to throw it in the post,” Wittman said. “No, let’s look to get some defensive stops.”

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Mavs’ Over-reliance on Monta  (from Bobby Karalla,

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–  Film room: Inside Anthony Davis passing improvements  (from Matt Cianfrom,

” Anthony Davis has started to show off an incredible new skill that could turn him into the type of player that renders the rest of the NBA even more helpless as he continues to grow older.

What has emerged recently from Davis is a new-found passing ability that combines both excellent tough, vision and feel for the game that not many big men in basketball today have. The results have followed as well. In his last five games Davis has posted games of six, five, seven, four and five assists. While Davis won’t ever be a player that averages 10 assists per game, the improvements have shown that the Pelicans can run their offense fully and completely through Davis and not have to worry about things bogging down.

For this trip into the film room we will look at Davis throwing four different types of passes. First working out of the high post, then from the pick-and-roll, then out of the post before a final look at a pass that didn’t turn into an assist but came from his working from the perimeter.

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Grizzly Light and Leadership: Memphis is Rising to the Occasion  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):

” The fastest way to right the wrongs of an organization and roster is to win, and win the Memphis Grizzlies did this past weekend. After a successful run against potential playoff competition, and after the worst of Memphis in the darkness, it took a return, a force of nature, and an act of selflessness to allow for leadership and light to shine through once again.”

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– As Clippers season winds down, coach has no formula for resting players  (from Broderick Turner,  LATimes):

“What I still don’t know — and I’m not smart enough to know that — if rest in games 40-50, is that more effective than resting from games 70 to 80? We all have theories. I’m sure there actually is an answer to that. I would think later has to be better. But who the heck knows?”

“If I thought rest would help us in the playoffs, then we’re going to rest,” Rivers said. “I think that’s the better way of explaining. Because if you’re playing guys and you’re tired, you’re going to lose anyway. So give me a chance of a healthy team. I know that as a fact: A healthy team is better than an unhealthy team. I’m positive of that.”

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–  The San Antonio Spurs and Fundamentals  (from JC Sites,  Vantage Sports):

“The core fundamentals are clean passing (i.e., no deflections), solid screening, staying in front of the offensive player, rebounding, and getting and making open shots. This is a broad group, but with Vantage Stats, we can inspect each fundamental aspect of the Spurs’ game.”

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Khris Middleton Q & A (from Zach Lowe,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:


Isaiah Canaan:


Ish Smith:


Nikola Mirotic:


Ricky Ledo:


Rudy Gay:


Justin Holiday:


Zach LaVine/Kevin Martin/Chase Budinger:


Elfrid Payton: