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

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

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–  Draymond Green Ignites Warriors In Closeout Win  (from Tim Kawakami,

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

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

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

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

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–  Brad Stevens Previews Game Six  (from Jay King,

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

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:



Andrew Bogut  (from Warren Yiu,

–  Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

 Bismack Biyombo  (from Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun):

–  Evan Turner  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,

–  Enes Kanter  (from Anthony Slater,

–  Courtney Lee (from Matt Zemek,  Crossover Chronicles):

–  David West  (from John Diaz, Project Spurs):


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,
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen,
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,
–  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,
–  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):
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):
Justin Anderson  (from


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

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

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–  Installing their new offense, Wizards heed the need for speed  (from Jorge Castillo,

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

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–  Mavs Transition D  (form Jonny Auping,

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

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

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–  After struggles on defense, Pistons go back to basics  (from Aaron McMann,

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–   LeBron James and the Cavaliers broke their isolationist ways for one night, anyway  (from Joe Vardon,


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–  Enes Kanter, Billy Donovan and Questions of Fit  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):


–  How Kenneth Faried can become the impact player the Nuggets need  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):


–  Jonathon Simmons making an impression on Popovich  (from Jabari Young,


–   Damian Lillard and Tim Frazier: A friendship that will remain no matter who wins Trail Blazers backup job  (from Jason Quick,


–   Grizzlies’ Courtney Lee vows to be more aggressive  (from Ronald Tillery,

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–  Rudy Gobert (from Andrew Bailey, BBall breakdown):


–   Blake Griffin wants to take his defense — and the Clippers — to another level  (from J.A. Adande (ESPN):


–  Pacers’ Joe Young pesters coach, veterans to learn  (from Candace Buckner,

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–  Brett Brown wants to help Jahlil Okafor’s post presence  (form John Finger,


–  Utah Jazz: Center Jeff Withey making his case for roster spot  (from Aaron Falk, saltlaketribune):


–  A closer look at Julius Randle’s impressive preseason performance  (from Drew Garrison,


–   2015 Pistons preview: Key season for Spencer Dinwiddie  (from Steve Hinson,  detroitbadboys):


–   Solomon Hill Looks to Find Niche  (from Matt Andreason,


–   Bullock’s bid to win Pistons roster berth boosted by preseason debut – and SVG’s faith in his D  (from

–   Bullock’s defense could earn him a Pistons roster spot  (from Aaron McMann,


–  Kris Humphries is adapting to his new role with the Wizards  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):


–   Marco Belinelli’s play elevates his Kings teammates (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):


–  Jrue Holiday on minute restriction but showing encouraging early signs  (from Jim Eichenhofer,


–  Heat’s Tre Kelley Trying to Become 30-Year-Old NBA Rookie (from Jessica Camerato,  Basketball Insiders):


–  Bradley Beal  (from J. Michael,


–   Jonas Valanciunas:

– from William Lou, williamlounba:

– from Tim Chishom,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Stats from GSW-HOU game 4 (from

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

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–  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.”

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Paul Millsap: The Quiet Man (from Jonathan Abrams,

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

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

” 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”

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

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

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OKC:  Following The Warriors’ Plan  (from Jake Fielder,

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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.”

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

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Additional player notes, updates, profiles:


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Matthew Dellavedova:


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John Wall:


J.J. Barea:


Raymond Felton:


Jimmy Butler:


Courtney Lee:


Allen Crabbe:


Eric Gordon


CJ McCollum:


Tyler Zeller:


Jeremy Lamb:


Kyle O’Quinn:


Anthony Tolliver:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis

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

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–  Paul Pierce, the new old model for stretch fours  (from William Bohl,

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

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–  How the Wizards can cope with Wall’s injury  (from Umair Khan,

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

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–  Tristan Thompson is a matchup problem for the Bulls  (from Jesus Gomez,

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

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–  Understanding Chris Paul’s Hamstring Strain & the Issues Moving Forward   (from Jeff Stotts,

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–  How the Rockets stopped Blake Griffin by going small  (from Jesus Gomez,

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

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

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

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

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–  Raptors have had similar ugly finishes and should avoid repeating past mistakes  (from Eric Koreen,

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

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–  An Open Letter to the NBA Draft Class  (from Patrick Patterson,

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–  Pelicans offense reaches top-10 status  (from David Fisher,

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–  Pelicans improved on defense   (from David Fisher,

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

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Additional Player Notes,Updates, Profiles:


Bradley Beal/Otto Porter:


Andrew Bogut:


Jimmy Butler:


Courtney Lee:


Zach Randolph:


DeMar DeRozan:


Ryan Anderson:


Chis Kaman:


Avery Bradley:


Dwight Powell:


Bruno Caboclo:


Quincy Pondexter:


Omri Casspi:


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.”