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

–   The five favorites for Eurobasket  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/09/05/the-five-favorites-for-eurobasket/

 

–  When Good Shots Turn Bad and Bad Shots Turn Good  (from Kelly Scaletta, Vantage Sports):

” How tightly a shooter is guarded, whether the defender has his hands up, where the shot is from, and how much time is on the clock all influence whether a shot is going to go in or not. Lost in this analysis is often the most important factor of all, and that’s who is taking the shot.

You can only generalize shots so much. Ultimately, people take them, and like all things dealing with people, you can’t be too universal in you assessments. Some shots are generally better than others. Maybe some are even usually better than others. But there are times when you’d take a midrange jumper over a corner three or shot at the rim depending on who takes the shot.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vedm0SAAABNci3m9/when-good-shots-turn-bad-and-bad-shots-turn-good

 

–  Labor Peace in Our Time: How the NBA’s Money Train Could Keep Chugging  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/labor-peace-in-our-time-how-the-nbas-money-train-could-keep-chugging/

 

Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Ty Lawson Helps the Rockets (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-ty-lawson-could-make-rockets-top-tier-contenders/

 

–   Clippers Preview: Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ykd2dGIQ1WY

 

–  DeShaun Thomas is testing the Spurs’ draft-and-stash system (from Jesus Gomez,  poundngtherock.com):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/9/5/9263581/deshaun-thomas-tender-offer-change-nba

 

–  Jordan Clarkson’s Mid-Range Jumper  (from Darius Soriano, forumblueandgold.com):  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2015/09/04/one-player-one-skill-jordan-clarksons-mid-range-jumper/

 

–   Sizing up Henry Sims  (from Rollin J. Mason/Sean O’Connor,  birghtsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/5/9264881/sizing-up-henry-sims-liberty-ballers-offers-insight-to-the-phoenix

 

–   Carving Out An NBA Role For Nik Stauskas  (form Aaron Mah,  hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/05/stauskas-stauskas-carving-nba-role-nik-stauskas/