Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/19/16

–  Dubs vs. Spurs Preview  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/warriors-spurs–5-things-to-watch-in-saturday-night-s-main-event-204917000.html

Dubs, Spurs:  Masters Of Passing, Open 3s  (from Luke Knox,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14970947/how-golden-state-warriors-san-antonio-spurs-use-unselfish-passing-create-open-3s

–  How A Kawhi Leonard Post-up Warps An Entire Defense  (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph And Klay Seal Game With 3s  (from EricApricot,  goldenstateofmind.com):
Q & A:  Dirk On Steph  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

 

 

–  The Book On Devin Booker  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

–  Stan Van Gundy:  It’s Defend Or Go Home Time For Drummond, Pistons  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/03/stan_van_gundy_defend-or-go-ho.html

–  Brett Brown And Billy Donovan Face Different Challenges  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Lillard’s Response To Flagrant Foul:  “I’m From Oakland”  (from Casey Holdahl,  forwardcenter.net):

–  Who Belongs In The Suns’ Backcourt Of The Future? (from Gerald Bourguet, hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/03/19/phoenix-suns-who-belongs-in-their-backcourt-for-the-future/

What The Suns Face With Their Second Rebuild  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/241255/What-Ryan-McDonough-And-The-Suns-Face-With-Their-Second-Rebuild

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Ricky Rubio  (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-what-to-make-of-ricky-rubio/

–  Solomon Hill  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/hill-climbs-back-rotation
Josh Richardson  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Sentinel):   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-ira-nba-column-s032016-column.html
 Gorgui Dieng  (from Brett Robson,  minnpost.com):  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/03/gorgui-dieng-rodney-dangerfield-nba
–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/is-kristaps-porzingis-finally-running-out-of-gas-1458261934
–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/18/breaking-down-great-raptors-centre-debate-valanciunas-vs-biyombo

–  Kevin Durant  (interviewed by Stephanie Ruhle, Bloomberg News):  http://m.newsok.com/article/5485649

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Cory Wright,  nets.com):  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/03/19/kilpatrick-nba-dream

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/17/16

 Nuggets Defense Crumbling Inside The Paint (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_29648416/paint-source-too-many-points-allowed-nuggets-defense

–   Pistons Defense: Coach Van Gundy Has No Answers  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/03/16/detroit-pistons-atlanta-hawks/81817630/

–  The T’wolves Best Offensive Lineup  (from Michael Rand,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  Timberwolves offense has taken off with Zach LaVine at shooting guard

–  Sixers’ First Round Draft Odds Are Much Better This Year  (from Bret Stuter,  The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  https://thesixersense.com/2016/03/16/philadelphia-76ers-learned-harsh-lesson-in-2015-nba-draft/

Draymond Green’s Defense Keys Warriors’ Win  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Draymond-Green-s-defense-shines-in-Warriors-6894967.php

–  The Spurs’ Ball Movement  (from Eli Horowitz/J.R. Wilco,  Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/3/17/11249760/spurs-clippers-passing-trust-anticipation

–  His Players Back/Respect Suns’ Coach Earl Watson  (from Craig Grialou,  arizonasports.com):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/592667/players-back-earl-watson-respect-job-hes-done-as-phoenix-suns-head-coach/

–  Pacers’ Bench Is Becoming Effective  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/pacers-bench-becoming-crowded-and-effective

–  Recapping  Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

Pistons’ Assistant Coach Charles Klask  Q & A  (from Aaron McMann,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/03/detroit_pistons_qa_assistant_c.html

–  Sioux Falls Head Coach Dan Craig  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/14/11189210/sioux-falls-head-coach-dan-craig-shines-in-debut-season

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 Jabari Parker  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2624885-greek-freak-isnt-the-only-milwaukee-buck-flashing-superstar-potential

C.J. McCollum  (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/17/cj-mccollum-improvement-trail-blazers-success-damian-lillard/81876440/    and from Eric Griffith, Blazers’ Edge:   http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/3/16/11191826/portland-trail-blazers-cj-mccollum-damian-lillard-stats-efficiency

–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo  (from Joshua Priemski, Raptors Republic ):   http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/03/17/raptors-tandem-valanciunas-biyombo-luxury/

–  Hassan Whiteside  (from Dave Hyde,  sunsentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-hyde-column-0317-20160316-column.html

–  Jermaine O’Neal  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/16/golden-state-warriors-jermaine-oneal-stephe-curry-draymond-green

–  Jared Cunningham  (from Matt Velazquez,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/milwaukee-provides-latest-stop-for-jared-cunninghams-up-and-down-career-b99689066z1-372291871.html

–  Norman Powell (from Donnovan Bennett,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-powell-im-ready-larger-role-playoff-run/

–  Alec Burks  (from Allthatamar, slcdunk.com):  http://www.slcdunk.com/2016/3/17/11243658/utah-jazz-alec-burks-rodney-hood-gordon-hayward-quin-snyder-shelvin-mack

–  Luis Montero/Cliff Alexander  (from Mike Richman,  Oregon Live):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/03/trail_blazers_luis_montero_cliff_alexander_shining.html

–  Deshaun Thomas  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):   http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/16/11216398/deshaun-thomas-stepping-up-for-spurs-in-2016

–  Sim Bhullar  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/15/11210444/sim-bhullar-showing-improvement-in-second-nbadl-season

Kris Dunn (from Ron Morris,  newsandobserver.com):  http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/unc/article66538222.html

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

Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, NBA Defense
–  Tuesday’s Roundup  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
 Spurs’ Bench; Raptors; Pacers  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):
–  Spurs Rounding Into Playoff Mode  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
–  Popovich:  Bag Shootarounds In Exchange For Short, Direct Film Sessions  (from  Dan Woike, ocregister.com):
–  Is C.J. McCollum A Good Defender?  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers Edge):
–  Have Wizards Found Short-term Or Long-term Fix?  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic):
 Warriors Create Chaos After Responding To Draymond  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
Wolves’ Coach Mitchell Wants Bench To Do More Than Just Score  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):
–  Lack Of Focus Plagues Pistons’ Recent Starts  (from Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News):
–  Heat’s Player Development Program  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
Josh Richardson’s Turning Point As A 3-Point Shooter  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):
–  Tony Allen, Matt Barnes Evolving Into Point Forwards  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
–  Jazz Lockdown Defense Returning  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):
Lakers Finally Making Progress With Advanced Stats  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
–  Screens And Defensive Activity  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):
–  The Sixers Plan To Get Joel Embiid Healthy  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):
–  Stackhouse Proving A Quick Study As Raptors’ Assistant  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Jabari Parker  (from Jeremy Woo,  Sports Illustrated);  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/15/jabari-parker-milwaukee-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-jason-kidd
Thabo Sefolosha  (from Brad Rowland, Peachtree Hoops):   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/15/11235568/thabo-sefolosha-atlanta-hawks-defensive-key
–  Marreese Speights  (from Jimmy Durkin,  Bay Area News Group):  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29642343/warriors-get-spark-from-red-hot-marreese-speights
–  Jerryd Bayless  (from Alex Boeder,  bucks.com):  http://www.nba.com/bucks/features/boeder-the-new-threes-of-jerryd-bayless
–  LaMarcus Aldridge/Kawhi Leonard  (from Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/15/yours-mine-and-ours-the-kawhi-leonard-lamarcus-aldridge-duo/
–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Spencer Redmond,  Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/03/16/bismack-biyombo-proving-to-be-a-crucial-bargain/
–  Kyle Anderson  (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/3/16/11210878/kyle-anderson-development-steady-slow-mo
–  Udonis Haslem  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-udonis-haslem-s031516-story.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/13/16

 

 

–   Even As They Evolve, Steady Spurs Just Keep  Winning  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):
–  Recapping Saturday’s Games  (from SBNation):
 Saturday Roundup  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):
–  Warriors Assistant Jarron Collins Interview  (from Matt Steinmetz):
–  Video Breakdown:  Thunder At Spurs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  The Thunder Need Strong Play From Ibaka  (from James Holas,  BBall Breakdown):
–  The State Of The Bulls  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  How Marreese Speights Got His Buckets  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Individual Statistics: Interesting Outliers  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  CJ McCollum  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/cj-mccollum-portland-trailblazers-why-journalism-matters/

–  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  (from Brian Lewis,  NY Post):   http://nypost.com/2016/03/12/nets-hollis-jefferson-inches-closer-to-a-mystery-return-date/

 

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