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 – Part I – 3/15/16

 

 

–   Hawks’ Defense Doesn’t Rest  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):
–  What Nuggets Basketball Is To Coach Malone (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):
–  Damian Lillard; Hawks’ Cutting Edge Training; Vince Carter Q & A  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
–  Coach Snyder Says Season Won’t Be A Failure Even If Jazz Don’t Make Playoffs  (from Tony Jones and Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):
–  Believe The Hype:  The Raptors  (from BBall Breakdown):
Mavericks Snap Losing Streak With Grinding Defensive Effort  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Pachulia Not Concerned With Limited Playing Time (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Sloppy Play Ends For Durant, Westbrook  (from Berry Tramel,  newsok.com):
–  Monday’s Roundup (from Grant Hughes,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  The Wizards Struggle In The Half-Court  (from Jake Whitacre,  Bullets Forever):
–  Video Breakdown: Defending AD; Defending Steph  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Why Scouts Botched It So Bad On Steph Curry In The 2009 NBA Draft  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  Screen Usage And Refusal Rates  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/14/11219378/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-point-guard

–  Garrett Temple  (from Bryant Frantz,  CBSDC):  http://washington.cbslocal.com/2016/03/15/garrett-temple-bad-defender/

–  Greg Monroe  (from Arman Bery,  almightyballer.com):  http://www.almightyballer.com/2016/03/15/greg-monroe-the-choice-between-adaptation-or-regression-by-arman-bery/

 

 

–  Ben Simmons  (from Jonathan Givony,  Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-ben-simmons-isn-t-the-top-prospect-in-the-2016-nba-draft-190023711.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/10/16

–  Hawks Quietly Becoming Dangerous  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
–  How Brad Stevens Draws Up Winning After Time Out Plays  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
–  Hornets Are Committed To Three Point Shots,  And To Accepting The Consequences  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
–  Coach Carlisle Working Hard On Mavs’ Transition Defense  (from Dwain Price,  star-telegram.com):
–  Careless Offense Hurts Warriors’ Defense  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–  Michael Malone On Nikola Jokic’s Passing  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver.com):
Film Room: Magic’s Strengths And Struggles  (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):
–  How Hassan Whiteside Is Saving Heat’s Season  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):
–  How Steph Curry Is Inspiring Young Players Across The NBA  (from Michael Pina Bleacher Report):
–  Warriors 115, Jazz 94  (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):
–  5 Must-See Momenst In Dubs’ Win Over Jazz  (from Ananth Mandian,  CBS Sports):
Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

–  The Genius Of Dirk Nowitzki  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/10/dirk-nowitzki-dallas-mavericks-steve-nash-jason-terry

–  Sidelined: How NBA Coaches Deal With Pain And Injuries  (from DeAntae Price,  Sports Illustrated):
Jerry Colangelo Touts Analytics As He Contemplates Rio Olympics Roster  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated)
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Myles Turner  (from Karl Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/turner-riding-waves-rookie-dom
–  Devin Booker  (from Sean Sullivan,  brightsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/3/10/11169328/nba-rookie-week-devin-booker-shines-for-the-suns
–  Norman Powell (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/09/norman-powell-making-instant-impact-with-raptors
–  Damian Lillard (from Erik Gundersen,  The Columbian):  http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/mar/09/lillard-attacking-rim-less-but-scoring-more/
–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/talent/raptors-young-centres-complimenting-each-other-well-1.450720

–  Tony Allen  (from Jared Weiss,  Celtics Blog):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/3/9/11189644/how-tearing-his-knee-made-tony-allen-the-grindfather

–  Bobby Portis  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/9/11172210/bobby-portis-energy-chicago-bulls-rookie
Kristaps Porzingis/Jerian Grant  (from Joe Flunn, Posting And Toasting):  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2016/3/9/11185130/jerian-grant-needs-kristaps-porzingis-so-why-do-the-knicks-keep-them
–  Joel Freeland (from Mark Woods, mvp247.com):  http://www.mvp247.com/2016/03/freeland-russia-love/

–  Kris Dunn  (from Jason King,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2621931-despite-taxing-year-providences-kris-dunn-doesnt-regret-making-nba-wait

 

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

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 2/11/16

–  How Steph Curry Got The Best Worst Ankles In Sports  (from Pablo S. Torre,  ESPN):
–  It’s Time For Daryl Morey To Fix The Rockets  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):
–  Why Marc Gasol Remains The Heart Of The Grizzlies  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Can Grizzlies Look To D-League In Wake Of Gasol Injury?  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):
–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  Five Takeaways From Wednesday  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  The Anti-Logic Of The NBA Schedule Is Breaking Players  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):
–  Kyle Lowry:  Growing Pains  (from The Players Tribune):
–  Nikola Jokic: Best NBA Rookie You’ve Never Heard Of  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

–  Chasing History:  The Warriors Remaining Schedule  (from Aaron Barzilai,  medium.com):

Read and view it here:  https://medium.com/@aaronbarzilai/46-4-the-golden-state-warriors-remaining-schedule-4b9b851f8cb9#.2uty99dnv

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph Curry Rides Faraway Elevator To A 3  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Rean and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/2/11/10964250/warriors-vs-suns-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-rides-faraway-elevator-to-a-3

–  Kyle Korver On What Ails The Bulls  (from Teddy Greenstein,  RedEyeChicago):

Read it here:  http://www.redeyechicago.com/ct-greenstein-bulls-spt-0212-20160211-column.html

–  For Canadian Basketball, It Started At The Bottom  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/02/11/all-star-game-a-coming-out-party-for-toronto-and-toronto-raptors/index.html

–   What One College Coach Learned From Watching The Warriors Practice  (from Nicole Auerbach,  USA Today):
–  How The Warriors Are Influencing College Basketball   (from Nicole Auerbach,  USA Today):
–  Biggest Steals From The 2015  D-League Draft  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Brook Lopez  (from Devin Kharpertian,  The Brooklyn Game):  http://thebrooklyngame.com/valuable-brook-lopez/
–  Brandon Rush  (from Michael Rosenfeld, Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vry6AygAAIge8_V0