Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/4/16

 

–  Cavs’ Priority Is To Stop Korver  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/cavaliers-priority-is-to-stop-korver/nrGft/    from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/how_jr_smith_struck_out_the_at.html

–  Richard Jefferson Breaks Down The LBJ Pass “That Can’t Be Defended”  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/an_oral_history_of_lebron_jame.html#incart_big-photo

–  Tyronn Lue’s Even-Keeled Disposition (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tyronn_lue_credits_mentor_phil.html

–  GSW 110, POR 99  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/19254/portland-makes-the-shift-then-golden-state-changes-the-game

–  Why The Warriors Win Without Curry  (from Nate Scott,  USA Today):

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/05/warriors-stephen-curry-injury-blazers-game-2-nba-playoffs

–   Steve Kerr Uses His Bench Perfectly  (from Ann Killion, sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Plenty-in-reserve-as-Warriors-Steve-Kerr-uses-7391812.php

–  Festus Ezeli’s Startling Impact On Game Two Win  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Ezeli-startlingly-impacts-Warriors-Game-2-win-7391810.php    and from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/ezeli-plays-role-savior-warriors-comeback-win-game-2

MIA 102, TOR 96  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/03/heat-at-raptors-game-1-vine-game/

–  OKC 98, SAS 97  (from Buck Harvey,  expressnewss.com):

Read it here:  http://tinyurl.com/jzok5zl

–  Film Room:  Breaking Down The Thunder’s Game Two Defensive Adjustments  (from Last Chance, Welcome To Loud City):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/5/4/11577456/film-room-thunder-vs-spurs-2016-defensive-adjustments

–  Spurs Realizing Vision With LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/04/spurs-lamarcus-aldridge-vision-nba-playoffs-thunder

–  Karl-Anthony Towns Q & A  (from Jared Dubin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2637363-qa-with-karl-anthony-towns-rookie-of-the-year-favorite-talks-thibs-and-more

Catching Up With Skills Coach Drew Hanlen  (from Osman Baig,  wizofawes.com):

Read it here:  http://wizofawes.com/2016/05/04/washington-wizards-drew-hanlen-interview/

–  The Clippers:  What To Do Now  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2016/05/03/clippers-where-they-failed-and-what-do-do-now/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Isaiah Thomas  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/bulpett_pistons_isiah_thomas_loves_the_celtics_isaiah_thomas

–  Deron Wiliams  (from Earl K. Sneed,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-hope-deron-williams-makes-himself-at-home-in-dallas/

–  Thon Maker (from Jordan Zirm, stack.com): http://www.stack.com/a/go-inside-thon-makers-training-for-the-nba-combine

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/22/15

The Wizards’ 3-point Defense (from Jake Whitacre,  Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/12/21/10634286/washington-wizards-three-point-perimeter-defense-nba-analysis

–  Sometimes Positions Matter  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

Read it here  (slideshow):  http://www.sportingnews.com/list/4688715-position-matters-chris-bosh-kelly-olynyk-zach-lavine-nerlens-noel-cj-mccollum-jeremy-lin

Sixers’ Brett Brown’s 1st Priority is Player Development  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=363187261

–  Al Jefferson’s Return Will Be a Welcome Sight  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article51024335.html

–  Andre Drummond’s Rebounding in Historical Context  (from Ian Levy,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/12/22/nylon-notebook-detroit-pistons-and-andre-drummonds-rebounds/

–  The Improved Eastern Conference  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2015/12/21/eastern-conference-western-conference-jeff-van-gundy-adam-silver-andre-drummond-paul-george-stan-van-gundy/77718174/

–  Rajon Rondo is Good Enough to be Divisive Again  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/rajon_rondo_is_good_again/

–  Recapping Yesterday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

Kawhi Leonard  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2601408-monday-nba-roundup-kawhi-leonard-shrinking-gap-between-spurs-and-warriors

–  Kawhi Leonard Forces Paul George Into Worst Career Shooting Night  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25423042/how-kawhi-leonard-forced-paul-george-into-worst-career-shooting-night

–  Marcin Gortat Exposes Drawbacks with Cousins   (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

Read it here:    http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-marcin-gortat-exposes-drawbacks-cousins

–  How It Happened:  Westbrook’s Clutch 3 Vs. the Clippers (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/962/how-it-happened-westbrooks-clutch-3-vs-clippers

–  How the Warriors Crush Opponents Early  (from Grant Huhges,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2600393-how-golden-state-warriors-crush-opponents-early

–  The Evolution of Steph Curry  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/22/stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-steve-kerr-don-nelson

–  The Bulls’ Shaky Chemistry  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14417182/the-bulls-trying-struggling-figure-are

–  Examining the Pelicans’ Lineups:

     -From  Mason Ginsburg,  Bourbon Street Shots:   http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/12/09/examining-lineup-data-get-well-soon-q-pon/

    – From David Fisher, The Bird Writes:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/12/09/examining-lineup-data-get-well-soon-q-pon/

    – From Jim Eichenhofer,  peliicans.com:   http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/alonzo-gee-contributes-defense-and-hustle-pelicans-starter

–  What are Possessions and How Are They Calculated?  (from Justin W,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/12/21/nylon-calculus-101-possessions/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  CJ McCollum/Damian Lillard  (from Shaun Powell,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/shaun_powell/12/21/damian-lillard-cj-mccollum-blazers-building-blocks/index.html

–  Tim Frazier  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/trail-blazers-tim-frazier-emerges-potential-insurance-policy-during-loss-atlanta

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-bazemore-playing-best-basketball-of-career/

–  Gerald Green  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article51000825.html

–  Why Is  Ed Davis So Good at Rebounding?  (from Brandon Goldner,  blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/12/22/10360346/portland-trail-blazers-ed-davis-rebounding

–  Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article51012955.html

–  Deron Williams  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/deron-williams-on-his-time-with-the-nets—made-me-question-if-i-even-wanted-to-play-basketball-161703309.html

–  Ersan Ilyasova  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/21/detroit-pistons-ersan-ilyasova/77721598/

–  Danny Green  (from Jabari Young,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/21/while-the-shots-arent-falling-greens-focus-is-on-wins-and-playing-defense/

–  Mo Speights  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/speights-minutes-being-eaten-ezeli-walton-feels-bad

–  Dwight Powell  (form Joshua Kloke,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/traded-thrice-in-six-months-torontos-dwight-powell-seizes-opportunity-in-dallas/

–  Nikola Vucevic   (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/vucevic-playing-terrific-confidence-recent-games

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/15/15

–  Last Year’s Hawks Were Not a Fluke  (form Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/15/9734278/hawks-fluke-kyle-korver-kent-bazemore

Gregg Popovich on Brett Brown  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sixerville/Popovich-on-76ers-Brett-Brown-He-loves-coaching-that-team.html

–  The Jazz’ Three-wing alignment  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3174938-155/utah-jazz-team-going-on-a

–  Jazz’ Pace is Slow and That’s OK With Coach Snider  from Mike Sorensen,  Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865641558/Jazz-among-NBAs-slowest-teams-but-thats-OK-with-coach.html

–  Trey Burke’s Move to the Bench Has Jazz Moving in Positive Direction  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25372491/trey-burkes-move-to-bench-has-jazz-headed-in-promising-direction

Knicks Know They Have to Rely Less on Carmelo Late in Games  (form Ian Begley,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/newyork/knicks/post/_/id/63504/knicks-know-they-have-to-rely-less-on-carmelo-anthony-late-in-games

–  Pelicans: Ravaged by Injuries  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25374000/ravaged-by-injuries-pelicans-look-for-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel

Rockets: Is it Time to Panic?  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/1387/rockets-lose-again-is-it-time-to-panic

How Are the New Guards Out West ( Rondo, Matthews, D. Williams, L. Williams, Lawson) Doing?  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vkgxsx4AAJVcIzQQ/how-are-the-new-guards-out-west-performing

Recapping Saturday’s Games (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/14/9736294/nba-scores-schedule-clippers-pistons-rockets-mavericks

Explaining the Play:  Iguodala’s Last Gasp 3 Saves the Dubs  (from EricApricot, goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:   http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/11/15/9737678/warriors-vs-nets-2015-highlight-video-andre-iguodala-three

New Pacers System Brings Out the Best in Paul George  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/11/14/insider-new-pacers-system-brings-out-best-paul-george/75712738/

–  The Blazers’ Rebounding Problems  (from Steven Dewald, ripcityproject.com):

Read and view it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/11/15/rebounding-dooms-blazers/

Thunder Reducing Their Turnovers  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-thunder-flipping-its-early-season-turnover-woes/article/5460523

Will Pau Gasol Thrive Under Coach Hoiberg?  (from K. C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/nba/article44941341.html

Intense Wizard Practices Yield Simplified Defense  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2015/11/15/intense-wizards-practices-yield-simplified-defense-win-over-magic-saturday/

Danny Ainge Develops D-League Strategy  (from Gary Washburn, Bosotn Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/11/15/danny-ainge-develops-strategy-for-nbadl/iwxgvbfo8G1GCmlOQDBlpN/story.html

Celtics’ Defense Earning Respect  (from Joshua Bateman,  Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/11/15/boston-celtics-defense-has-earned-respect/

Good News and Bad News from the Sixers’ Loss to Spurs  (from Sean O’Connor,  LibertyBallers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/11/15/9738164/sixers-spurs-92-83-tenth-loss

–  Sam Mitchell Says NBA’s New Scheduling Policy Is Working (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com ):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/mitchell-says-nba-schedule-policy-is-working/349222321/

What the NBA is Doing About the Nuggets’ Home Scheduling Advantage  (from Christopher Dempsey,   Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/dempsey/ci_29118550/league-is-no-fan-nuggets-home-court-edge

Cavs, Heat Trending in Opposite Salary Directions  (from Jason Lloyd,  Ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/jason-lloyd-cavs-heat-trending-in-opposite-salary-directions-1.640579

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Rajon Rondo is Leading By Example  (from James Ham,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/amid-chaos-rondo-leading-example-getting-kings-buy

Tyler Zeller (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720985/tyler-zeller-has-set-standard-for-bostons-overcrowded-frontcourt

Marco Belinelli Adapting to Life After Spurs  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article44970567.html

Valunciunas Is Growing into a Star  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/14/valanciunas-growing-into-a-star

–  Meyers Leonard’s Status/ Allen Crabbe’s Emergence  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/11/trail_blazers_notes_meyers_leonards_status_allen_c.html

Nowitzki Is Silencing Doubters  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25374162/dirk-nowitzki-silencing-doubters-on-pace-for-historic-37-year-old-season

The Mavs All Love Raymond Felton  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4705780/on-the-mavs-everybody-loves-raymond-felton

–  Pablo Prigioni  On Shooting  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=RBijs932Ito

–  The Situational Changes for D’Angelo Russell  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239860/The-Situatonal-Changes-For-DAngelo-Russell

–  Tyler Johnson  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article44217984.html

–  Lance Stephenson Plays Less Than 2 Minutes  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/losangeles/clippers/post/_/id/8042/lance-stephenson-limited-to-under-two-minutes-in-clippers-win

Varejao:  Expensive Insurance for Cavs (from Marla Ridenour,  ohio.com):  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/marla-ridenour-minutes-dwindling-anderson-varejao-becomes-expensive-insurance-for-cavs-1.639534

–  Pelicans’  Ish Smith Is Making the Most of His Opportunities  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/11/new_orleans_pelicans_guard_ish.html

Batum has Made Quick Impact With Hornets  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):  http://www.heraldonline.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article44900457.html

Suns’ Brandan Knight Shifts Defense to Off-Guards  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/11/14/suns-guard-brandon-knight-shifts-defense-off-guards/75805004/

Thabo Sefolosha Getting Back On Track  (form Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):   Gary Washburn | Sunday Basketball Notes: After ordeal with police, Thabo Sefolosha getting back on track – The Boston Globe

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Michael Malone goes to great lengths to know his Nuggets players  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_28917248/michael-malone-goes-great-lengths-know-his-nuggets

 

–   With Monroe gone, who will be Pistons’ low post threat?  (from Vince Ellis,  freep.com):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/03/detroit-pistons-low-post-options/73295472/

 

–  Raptors still have plenty to learn as training camp ends  (from Mike  Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/03/raptors-still-have-plenty-to-learn-as-training-camp-ends

 

–   Green says Warriors’ players will hold each other accountable during Kerr’s absence  (from Carl Steward,  Contra Costa Times):

Read it here:  http://www.contracostatimes.com/warriors/ci_28917190/green-says-warriors-players-will-hold-each-other

 

–   Warriors say Year 2 in offensive system will be even better  (from Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-say-Year-2-in-offensive-system-will-be-6548866.php

 

–  Bucks have plenty of Point Guard options   (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-have-plenty-of-backcourt-options-b99588506z1-330546971.html

 

–   Orlando Magic get stern message as Scott Skiles pull starters  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/03/orlando-magic-get-stern-message-as-scott-skiles-pulls-starters/

 

–  Hinrich says Hoiberg has brought fast pace, calm demeanor to Bulls  (form Mike McGraw, dailyherald.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151003/sports/151009508/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Pierce fits in seamlessly with Clippers  (frm Dan Woike, ocregister.com):   http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pierce-686011-clippers-team.html

 

–  Hornet Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dislocates right shoulder; likely out for weeks (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):   http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article37711887.html

 

–  Kobe Bryant might be changing positions  (form Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25326139/kobe-bryant-may-move-to-small-forward-glad-to-play-off-ball

 

–  New-look Bogut turning heads at Warriors training camp  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/new-look-bogut-turning-heads-warriors-training-camp

 

–  Will Additions of Splitter, Tavares Help Hawks Offensively?  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):  http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/will-additions-splitter-tavares-help-hawks-offensively

 

–  Sasha Vujacic Offers Knicks Stability  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/sports/basketball/sasha-vujacicoffers-knicks-stability.html?ref=basketball&_r=1

 

–   Rehab work gives Chandler Parsons a different perspective  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151003-sefko-rehab-work-gives-chandler-parsons-a-different-perspective.ece

 

–   Deron Williams hopes to rejuvenate career with Mavericks  (from Dwain Price,  star-telegram.com):   http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article37663044.html

 

–   Paul George Looking To Find A Medium as a 3 and 4  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/paul-george-looking-find-medium

 

–  A breakout spring has Wizards thinking Porter’s time could be now   (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-breakout-spring-has-wizards-thinking-porters-time-could-be-now/2015/10/03/f63c9924-6a09-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html

 

–   Crabbe looks to break out for Blazers  (from  Grant Lucas, bendbulletin.com):  http://www.bendbulletin.com/sports/3563569-151/back-to-his-old-ways

 

–  Gortat rolling with Wizards move toward small ball  (from Ben Standig, csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/gortat-rolling-wizards-move-toward-small-ball

 

–   Rajon Rondo: The King Of Sacramento’s Playoff Hopes  (from Brad Winter,  Vavel.com):  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/548838-rajon-rondo-the-king-of-sacramentos-playoff-hopes.html

 

–   Blazers Player Review: Noah Vonleh  (from Joel Viss,  ripcityproject):   http://ripcityproject.com/2015/10/03/blazers-player-review-noah-vonleh/

 

–   Blazers’ Gerald Henderson remains sidelined, but surgically-repaired hip is improving ‘every day’  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_gerald_henderson_remains_sidelined_b.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   The Brad Stevens Offense: Pace, Space And The Pick And Pop  ( from Michael Hilperts,  Hardwood Houdini):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/09/22/the-brad-stevens-offense-pace-space-and-the-pick-and-pop/

 

–  Celtics Must Improve Three Point Shooting  (from Joshua Bateman,  Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/09/22/boston-celtics-must-improve-three-point-shooting/

 

–   How do the Kings fit the Dribble-Drive offense?  (from Omer Khan,  sactownroyalty.com):

” George Karl is back on the coaching sidelines. Known as an X’s and O’s mad scientist, Karl’s newfound opportunity gives him a chance to restart the wacky experiment he began in Denver. With his trusty assistant Vance Walberg at his side, Karl once again tries his hand at introducing the NBA to the Dribble-Drive offense.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/9/23/9373389/30q-how-do-the-kings-fit-the-dribble-drive-offense

 

–  A Q-and-A with new Orlando Magic coach Scott Skiles  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-scott-skiles-interview-0607-20150606-story.html

 

–  T-Wolves’ Vice President of Sports Performance Arnie Kander (from Kyle Ratke, timberwolves.com):

” The Wolves hired Arnie Kander as their Vice President of Sports Performance last week.

When you first saw that press release, you probably thought to yourself, “Who is Arnie Kander?”

And that’s a fair question. Most NBA fans don’t pay attention to a team’s physical therapist, Kander’s role with Detroit before coming to Minnesota. But if there were an All-Star Game for physical therapists, Kander would probably be the starting point guard – hence why the Wolves made him their Vice President of Sports Performance.

So, let’s get to know Kander. You can read the press release for the basic details. We’re here to feed you some of the very interesting things he told the media members.”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/kander-being-candid

 

–   5 Under the Radar Keys Entering the Season For the Indiana Pacers (from Jordan Yant,  8points9seconds.com):

Read it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2015/09/23/5-under-the-radar-keys-entering-the-season-for-the-indiana-pacers/

 

–   Billy King loves the Nets culture change, but won’t say it’s because Deron Williams is gone  (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com):

Read it here:  http://thebrooklyngame.com/billy-king-loves-nets-culture-change-wont-say-deron-williams-gone/

 

–  Deron Williams makes practical fit for Mavs’ offense  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:   http://www.si.com/nba/2015/09/22/deron-williams-mavericks-nets-free-agency-dirk-nowizki-rick-carlisle

 

–  Paul George at power forward: Pacers’  plan can work  (from Ian Levy,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/paul-george-indiana-pacers-power-forward-position-stats-outlook-season/17drkjw4y1ef91u6be7ls24sp2

 

 Pistons:  REIGNITING MOTOR CITY’S ENGINE  (from Ari Wagner,  fullcourtfreepress.com):

Read it here:  http://fullcourtfreepress.com/reigniting-motor-citys-engine/

 

–  NBA Player Stats: Top 5 Players – Speed & Distance  (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscoop.com):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/28/nba-player-stats-top-5-players-speed-distance/

(Note: This is Part One of a 9-part series)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Top 50 NBA Players: 20-16 :  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/21/bballbreakdowns-top-50-nba-players-20-16/

 

–   Brandon Bass’ Inside Finishing  (from Darius Soriano, forumblueandgold):  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2015/09/22/one-player-one-skill-brandon-bass-inside-finishing/

 

–  Sasha Kaun Q & A (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/kaun-150922

 

–   Inside the Most Important Summer of Bradley Beal’s Life  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2570348-inside-the-most-important-summer-of-bradley-beals-life

 

–   Film Room: Tobias Harris’ High Basketball IQ  (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):   http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-tobias-harris-high-basketball-iq

–  Chris McCullough:   Nets’ big man gamble without timetable  (from Tim Bontemps,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/09/22/walking-on-fire-8-months-later-nets-big-man-gamble-without-timetable/  and from Colby Giacubeno, fromrussiawithdunk:  http://fromrussiawithdunk.com/2015/09/22/the-chris-mccullough-plan/

 

–  76ers: Richaun Holmes Or Christian Wood, Who To Keep?  (from Josh Wilson, thesixersense.com):  http://thesixersense.com/2015/09/23/richaun-holmes-or-christian-wood-who-to-keep/