Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/28/16

CHA 90, MIA 88  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25569321/hornets-have-heat-on-the-ropes-after-wild-game-5-win-four-things

–  Draymond Green Ignites Warriors In Closeout Win  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29823835/kawakami-draymond-green-ignites-warriors-they-roll-past

–  Rockets’ Disastrous Year Ends: Plenty Of Questions Ahead   (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Repport):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2636269-rockets-disastrous-year-reaches-inevitable-end-with-plenty-of-questions-ahead

–   POR 108, LAC 98  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/256-sports/kerry-eggers/304212-182282-one-more-win-and-its-bring-on-the-warriors   and from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18824/trail-blazers-hot-shots-move-one-win-from-eliminating-clippers

–  Dwane Casey’s Tweaks Have Raptors In Drivers’ Seat  (from Dave Feschuk,  Toronto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/27/coach-caseys-tweaks-have-raptors-in-drivers-seat-feschuk.html

–  Minute-by-Minute Breakdown Of One Of The Best Quarters In Raptors’ History  (from Sean Woodley, Raptors HQ):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2016/4/27/11516214/nba-playoffs-2016-toronto-raptors-game-5-fourth-quarter-breakdown-recap

–  Brad Stevens Previews Game Six  (from Jay King, masslive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/04/boston_celtics_notes_brad_stev_8.html

–  The Hawks-Celtics Coaching Chess Match  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/04/27/celtics-hawks-has-been-coaching-chess-match/zg7GUDjzmEZgoBfQVTOvuJ/story.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Andrew Bogut  (from Warren Yiu,  pickandroll.com..au):  http://pickandroll.com.au/aussies-in-nba-bogut-playmaking-lifeline-curry-warriors/

–  Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article74366457.html

 Bismack Biyombo  (from Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/27/bismack-biyombo-tirelessly-committed-to-getting-better-every-day

–  Evan Turner  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/evan-turner-play-for-boston-celtics-should-pay-off-in-free-agency

–  Enes Kanter  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/article/5494580

–  Courtney Lee (from Matt Zemek,  Crossover Chronicles):  http://thecomeback.com/crossoverchronicles/nba/courtney-lee-rebounds-in-more-ways-than-one.html

–  David West  (from John Diaz, Project Spurs):  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/the-west-factor-intimidation-and-mid-range-extraordinaire.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,  thunder.com):
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   Offensive change is both clear and here for Wizards  (from Todd Dybas,  Washington Times):

Read it here:   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/7/offensive-change-here-for-wizards/

–  Installing their new offense, Wizards heed the need for speed  (from Jorge Castillo,  washingtnpost.com):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/installing-their-new-offense-wizards-heed-the-need-for-speed/2015/10/07/a11fbe4e-6d29-11e5-b31c-d80d62b53e28_story.html

 

–  Replacing LaMarcus Aldridge: Trail Blazers will lean on versatile, interchangeable frontcourt to supplant All-Star  (from Joe Freeman, oregonlive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/replacing_lamarcus_aldridge_trail_blazers_will_lea.html

 

–  Mavs Transition D  (form Jonny Auping, scout.com):

Read it here:  http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1596610-mavs-transition-d-zaza-vs-a-runaway-train

 

–  Wesley Matthews Battles Back from Torn Achilles (frm Jonathan Abrams (Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/features/wesley-matthews-nba-dallas-mavericks-portland-trail-blazers-achilles-injury-comeback-marquette-university-deandre-jordan-free-agency/

 

–   Reinventing the New Orleans Pelicans  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/08/anthony-davis-pelicans-alvin-gentry-jrue-holiday-tyreke-evans

 

–  After struggles on defense, Pistons go back to basics  (from Aaron McMann,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/after_struggles_on_defense_pis.html

 

–   LeBron James and the Cavaliers broke their isolationist ways for one night, anyway  (from Joe Vardon,  cleveland.com):   http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/lebron_james_cavaliers_hawks_b.html

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Enes Kanter, Billy Donovan and Questions of Fit  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/enes-kanter-billy-donovan-and-questions-of-fit/

 

–  How Kenneth Faried can become the impact player the Nuggets need  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25330621/how-kenneth-faried-can-become-the-impact-player-denver-needs

 

–  Jonathon Simmons making an impression on Popovich  (from Jabari Young,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/10/07/its-early-but-jonathon-simmons-making-an-impression-on-popovich/

 

–   Damian Lillard and Tim Frazier: A friendship that will remain no matter who wins Trail Blazers backup job  (from Jason Quick,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/damian_lillard_and_tim_frazier_a_friendship_that_w.html

 

–   Grizzlies’ Courtney Lee vows to be more aggressive  (from Ronald Tillery,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:   http://stage.www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizzlies-courtney-lee-vows-to-be-more-aggressive-216232c1-1e7e-1eb6-e053-0100007ff006-331161001.html

 

–  Rudy Gobert (from Andrew Bailey, BBall breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/07/rudy-gobert-2016-defensive-player-of-the-year/

 

–   Blake Griffin wants to take his defense — and the Clippers — to another level  (from J.A. Adande (ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13831271/nba-blake-griffin-wants-take-defense-clippers-another-level

 

–  Pacers’ Joe Young pesters coach, veterans to learn  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/07/pacers-joe-young-pesters-coach-veterans-learn/73526064/

 

–  Brett Brown wants to help Jahlil Okafor’s post presence  (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-notes-brett-brown-wants-help-jahlil-okafors-post-presence

 

–  Utah Jazz: Center Jeff Withey making his case for roster spot  (from Aaron Falk, saltlaketribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3040162-155/utah-jazz-center-jeff-withey-making

 

–  A closer look at Julius Randle’s impressive preseason performance  (from Drew Garrison, silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/10/7/9473781/la-lakers-julius-randle-analysis-breakdown-film

 

–   2015 Pistons preview: Key season for Spencer Dinwiddie  (from Steve Hinson,  detroitbadboys):  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/10/7/9294917/2015-pistons-preview-key-season-for-dinwiddie

 

–   Solomon Hill Looks to Find Niche  (from Matt Andreason,  indycornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2015/10/7/9471807/solomon-hill-looks-to-find-niche-in-uncertain-season

 

–   Bullock’s bid to win Pistons roster berth boosted by preseason debut – and SVG’s faith in his D  (from Pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/bullocks-bid-win-pistons-roster-berth-boosted-preseason-debut-and-svgs-faith-his-d

–   Bullock’s defense could earn him a Pistons roster spot  (from Aaron McMann, mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/reggie_bullocks_defense_could.html

 

–  Kris Humphries is adapting to his new role with the Wizards  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2015/10/08/kris-humphries-is-adapting-to-his-new-stretch-four/

 

–   Marco Belinelli’s play elevates his Kings teammates (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article38162652.html

 

–  Jrue Holiday on minute restriction but showing encouraging early signs  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/jrue-holiday-minute-restriction-showing-encouraging-early-signs

 

–  Heat’s Tre Kelley Trying to Become 30-Year-Old NBA Rookie (from Jessica Camerato,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-a-m-heats-kelley-trying-to-become-30-year-old-nba-rookie/

 

–  Bradley Beal  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-small-glitches-fix-bradley-beal

 

–   Jonas Valanciunas:

– from William Lou, williamlounba:  https://williamlounba.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/adapt-or-die-the-next-step-for-jonas-valanciunas-is-flexibility/

– from Tim Chishom, raptorsrepublic.com:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/08/valanciunas-deserves-a-better-fit-than-patterson/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Stats from GSW-HOU game 4 (from NBA.com):

“Examining  Houston’s 3-point shooting, Harden’s playoff career-high 45 points, Dwight Howard’s rim protection and more.”

Read it here:  http://stats.nba.com/featured/sportvu_warriors_rockets_gm4_2015_05_25.html

 

 

–  LeBron James bearing unprecedented load as Cavaliers close in on Finals  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

” Picture Atlas with the world braced on his shoulders, and then picture someone gradually inflating the globe, day after day. Two options emerge: Atlas continues to impress everyone with his unprecedented strength, or the weight eventually becomes even too much for him to bear.

That’s where LeBron James finds himself as the Cavaliers look to sweep theHawks on Wednesday and claim their second Finals appearance in franchise history. As these playoffs have progressed, and as his teammates have missed time with injuries, James has steadily carried more and more on his shoulders. So far, he’s made due just fine: Cleveland is 9-2 in the playoffs despite losing Kevin Love to a season-ending shoulder injury in the first round and losing Kyrie Irving to knee tendonitis for multiple games in the East finals.

But cracks appear to be developing. James was hobbling around the court down the stretch of Game 3 on Sunday, as he did his best to fight off cramping that has sidelined him multiple times over the course of his career. Although specifics on his health have been hard to pin down, James may also be dealing with knee and/or ankle issues. Cavaliers coach David Blatt said after Game 3 that James had played through “pain,” adding Monday that his star player was dealing with “a number of things” after getting “banged up a little bit.”

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/05/26/lebron-james-cavaliers-hawks-usage-rate-nba-finals-kyrie-irving

 

 

 

Paul Millsap: The Quiet Man (from Jonathan Abrams, grantland.com):

” Facing elimination in the Eastern Conference finals, the Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap remains stoic and determined, like he’s always been”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/features/the-quiet-man-paul-millsap-nba-playoffs-2015-atlanta-hawks-cleveland-cavaliers-eastern-conference-utah-jazz/

 

 

We Interrupt This Eulogy for the NBA Post-Up Game to Bring You Its Rebirth  (from Zach Lowe, grantland.com):

” Post-ups appear to be dying, and on the surface, these playoffs read like their obituary.

But no basketball skill ever goes extinct, and if you view these playoffs as a window into the league’s future, you can see a world in which the post-up makes a comeback”

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/we-interrupt-this-eulogy-for-the-nba-post-up-game-to-bring-you-its-rebirth/

 

 

 

–  Understanding Kyle Korver’s Injury: A Complete Primer to Ankle Injuries   (from Jeff Stotts, instreetclothes.com):

Read it here:  http://instreetclothes.com/2015/05/23/understanding-kyle-korvers-injury-a-complete-primer-to-ankle-injuries/

 

 

 

– STEPHEN CURRY: OVERCOMING ODDS WITH HUMILITY  (from Clevis Murray, truschoolsports.com):

Read it here:  http://www.truschoolsports.com/2015/05/stephen-curry-overcoming-odds-with-humility/

 

 

 

–  Nets’ offseason priorities   (from Marc Stein and Mike Mazzeo (ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/marc-stein/post/_/id/3873/summer-scoop-nets-offseason-priority

 

 

 

OKC:  Following The Warriors’ Plan  (from Jake Fielder,   thunderousintentions.com):

Read it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/05/26/following-warriors-plan/

 

 

The Hometown Assist (from Seth Partnow, Nylon Calculus):

” A topic to which I return with some frequency is the degree to which statistical analysis of basketball is impacted by imperfect input data. As the expression goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” No matter how much care is put into building a model, flawed inputs lead to misleading outputs. Especially in terms of box score stats, traditional numbers can be pretty good, but don’t capture what happens on the floor with anything resembling perfect accuracy.

We know this already, and have had many practical demonstrations: all rebounds aren’t created equal; shot blocking and rim protection aren’t totally synonymous; differentiating between turnovers and steals is important, and so on. Even on such topic of plus/minus-based one-number metrics, the input data is messy. The degree of randomness in made or missed jump shots by teammates or opponents can easily skew the results. It is hoped with sufficient sample size, this evens out. And on aggregate, it probably does. But in evaluating players or specific teams, we aren’t dealing in aggregates. None of the above invalidates the whole process, but it should operate as a reminder that for all the numeric exactitude of the result, that result remains an estimate.

Almost nowhere is this problem on better display than the assist stat.

By comparing expected assists based on touch time with actual assists awarded both home and away5, very different patterns emerge for each team.

A few extra assists here or there matter far more to the chattering classes than it does in the actual outcome of games. Further, if a team is systematically overrating its own players with generous scoring decisions, they are only hurting themselves. If management buys into a player being better because of inflated totals, the team is set up for disappointment, while if the league as a whole buys in, the free agent price tag goes up, forcing the team to either overpay or let the player walk.

However, for the purposes of statistical analysis, it does matter. If Paul’s assists are worth less than Mike Conley’s because of the relative generousness of the awards, that impacts a comparison between the two. At the very minimum it’s just another reminder that there remains a great deal of uncertainty in terms of measuring basketball impacts.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/05/26/underneath-the-box-score-hood-the-hometown-assist/

 

 

 

– Cryotherapy draws athletes, others for icy-cold treatments  (from Sammy Caiola, Saramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/26/4313840_chillin-time-cryotherapy-draws.html

 

 

 

 

Additional player notes, updates, profiles:

 

Tristan Thompson:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/thompson-happy-to-do-dirty-work-for-star-studded-cavs/

 

Matthew Dellavedova:  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/05/25/nba-needs-to-crack-down-on-dellavedova

 

Pat Beverley:  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/05/pat-beverleys-absence-shows-his-value-to-rockets/

 

John Wall:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2015/05/26/john-wall-season-in-review-ascension-to-superstar-status-concludes-on-sour-note/

 

J.J. Barea:   http://www.mavs.com/2015-year-in-review-jj-barea/

 

Raymond Felton:  http://www.mavs.com/raymond-felton-earned-respect-of-mavs-during-injury-riddled-season-limited-playing-time/

 

Jimmy Butler:  http://chibullszone.com/2015/05/26/an-increased-post-presence-next-step-for-butler/

 

Courtney Lee:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/5/26/8641909/memphis-grizzlies-2014-15-player-review-courtney-lee

 

Allen Crabbe:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/05/26/allen-crabbe-ready-to-join-portland-trail-blazers-rotation/

 

Eric Gordonhttp://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/05/25/season-in-review-eric-gordon-3/

 

CJ McCollum:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/5/26/8659283/cj-mccollum-portland-trail-blazers-stats-playoffs

 

Tyler Zeller:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/05/25/boston-celtics-player-review-tyler-zeller/

 

Jeremy Lamb:  http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-jeremy-lamb-wants-a-fair-honest-to-goodness-chance/article/5422415

 

Kyle O’Quinn:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/05/26/orlando-magic-player-evaluations-kyle-oquinn/

 

Anthony Tolliver:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/5/26/8648097/anthony-tolliver-detroit-pistons-season-reviews-2014-2015

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis

Otto Porter took the next step in his development in Game 2 vs. Hawks  (from Iake Whitacre, bulletsforever.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/5/6/8559197/otto-porter-washington-wizards-vs-atlanta-hawks-game-2-nba-playoffs-2015

 

 

 

–  Paul Pierce, the new old model for stretch fours  (from William Bohl,  hardwoodparoxysm.com):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/05/07/paul-pierce-the-new-old-model-for-stretch-fours/

 

 

 

Wizards’ Wall has multiple fractures in wrist and hand; status in doubt  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-wall-has-multiple-fractures-in-wrist-and-hand-status-in-doubt/2015/05/07/9585fe60-f4f5-11e4-84a6-6d7c67c50db0_story.html

 

 

 

–  How the Wizards can cope with Wall’s injury  (from Umair Khan, bulletsforever.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/5/7/8569089/how-the-wizards-can-cope-with-walls-injury-in-these-playoffs

 

 

 

–   HOW THE BULLS CAN ADJUST FOR GAME 3  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/playoffs/how-bulls-can-adjust-game-3

 

 

 

–  Shots were still Available for the Bulls in Game Two, But For The Wrong Players  (from Chris terzic,  blogabiull.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2015/5/7/8565017/chicago-bulls-cleveland-cavaliers-game-two-analysis

 

 

 

–  Tristan Thompson is a matchup problem for the Bulls  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/5/7/8564947/tristan-thompson-stats-breakdown-cavs-vs-bulls-nba-playoffs

 

 

 

 

Tristan  Thompson just ‘fits in’ with Cavaliers  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12819331/tristan-thompson-fits-cleveland-cavaliers

 

 

 

–  Understanding Chris Paul’s Hamstring Strain & the Issues Moving Forward   (from Jeff Stotts,  instreetclothes.com):

Read it here:  http://instreetclothes.com/2015/05/03/understanding-chris-pauls-hamstring-strain-the-issues-moving-forward/

 

 

 

–  How the Rockets stopped Blake Griffin by going small  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/5/7/8566049/rockets-clippers-blake-griffin-defense-fourth-quarter

 

 

 

–  Grizzlies frustrating, disrupting Warriors in 1-1 series  (frm Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25177472/nothing-easy-how-memphis-disrupted-frustrated-the-warriors-in-game-2

 

 

 

–  The Playoffs in a Make or Miss League – What IS A “Good” Shot  (from Seth Partnow,  nyloncalculus.com):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/05/06/the-playoffs-in-a-make-or-miss-league-what-is-a-good-shot/

 

 

 

–   Stretch-4s: How Rockets’ Coach Rudy Tomjanovich  radically changed NBA offenses  (from Adam Kilgore, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/05/08/stretch-4s-how-rudy-tomjanovic-and-robert-horry-radically-changed-nba-offenses/

 

 

 

–  Gimmicky fouls: fundamentally flawed  (from J.A. Adande,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12842752/nba-gimmicky-fouls-hackneyed-philosophy

 

 

 

–  Raptors have had similar ugly finishes and should avoid repeating past mistakes  (from Eric Koreen,  nationalpost.com):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-have-had-similar-ugly-finishes-and-should-avoid-repeating-past-mistakes-here-are-five-lessons

 

 

 

–  Oklahoma City Thunder: Familiar faces could join Billy Donovan’s staff  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-familiar-faces-could-join-billy-donovans-staff/article/5417128/

 

 

 

–  An Open Letter to the NBA Draft Class  (from Patrick Patterson,  theplayerstribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/patrick-patterson-nba-draft-letter/

 

 

 

 

–  Pelicans offense reaches top-10 status  (from David Fisher,  thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/5/7/8549723/shooting-for-success-pelicans-offense-ranking-top-10-status

 

 

 

–  Pelicans improved on defense   (from David Fisher,  thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/5/6/8558287/new-orleans-pelicans-improved-on-defense-omer-asik-anthony-davis

 

 

 

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  Blake Griffin’s postseason breakout  (from Kevin Pelton)

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/12845469/why-blake-griffin-early-postseason-mvp-nba-playoffs

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes,Updates, Profiles:

 

Bradley Beal/Otto Porter:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/wizards-missouri-duo-take-different-roads-to-stardom/14py29bkcrat017tkk6b63q1d8

 

Andrew Bogut:   http://www.slamonline.com/nba/qa-andrew-bogut/?#HedIORx3wDQ7Oul8.97

 

Jimmy Butler:  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/jon-greenberg/post/_/id/866/latest-accolade-just-another-tracking-point-on-butlers-upward-trajectory

 

Courtney Lee:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/5/8/8572969/courtney-lee-profile-memphis-grizzlies-nba

 

Zach Randolph:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-the-evolution-of-zach-randolph/

 

DeMar DeRozan:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/5/4/8509807/demar-derozan-torontos-most-puzzling-piece

 

Ryan Anderson:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/05/08/new-orleans-pelicans-season-in-review-ryan-anderson/

 

Chis Kaman:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/season-review-chris-kaman

 

Avery Bradley:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/5/7/8564299/heres-whats-next-for-the-development-of-boston-celtics-guard-avery

 

Dwight Powell:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/7/8557719/player-review-dwight-powell-dallas-mavericks-rondo-trade

 

Bruno Caboclo:  http://www.nba.com/raptors/day-rookie-life-bruno-caboclo

 

Quincy Pondexter:  http://pelicandebrief.com/2015/05/08/2014-2015-new-orleans-pelicans-season-reviews-the-3-and-d-quincy-pondexter/

 

Omri Casspi:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/2014-15-season-in-review-omri-casspi/

 

Elfrid Payton:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/2014-15-season-review-elfrid-payton

 

 

QOTD (from David Blatt on why Hack-a-foul doesn;t exist in Europe):

. “It’s considered unsportsmanlike.

“We have fouled players who are poor foul shooters, but in a legal and tactical fashion. There’s no such thing as Hack-A-Shaq. That’s one of the reasons I believe they can and should change the rule. … You can’t foul a guy with no relation to the game whatsoever. And the referees are educated enough to understand when it’s a basketball play and when you’re grabbing a guy at the other end of the court who’s not involved in the play so as to purposely on the line. …

“That’s one of those rules overseas that I think is better than what we have here.”