Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/25/17 PART ONE

Devin Booker Scores 70  (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com):

Read it here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/03/24/devin-booker-scores-franchise-record-70-points-but-suns-fall-boston/99608952/

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18997459/devin-booker-phoenix-suns-scores-70-points-loss-boston-celtics

Nikola Jokic: The Arrival Of The Next Great Passing Big Man  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/behind-the-screen-the-arrival-of-the-nbas-next-great-passing-big-man-nikola-jokic/

Film Room: Vucevic’s Terrific Post Passing (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-nikola-vucevics-passing-has-been-terrific-cohen-20170325

Draymond Green’s DPOY Case (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/draymond-green-bolstering-defensive-player-year-case-sans-kd/

Rudy Gobert’s DPOY Case (from Andrew Bailey, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/jazz/why-rudy-gobert-is-the-nbas-defensive-player-of-the-year/

How Are AD & DMC Progressing? (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: http://allucanheat.com/2017/03/25/miami-heat-have-fallen-without-dion-waiters/

How Spoelstra Has Kept The Heat Alive (from Alanna Tachauer, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/erik-spoelstra-kept-miami-heat-basketball-alive-7043310e5906#.j7d3u4exv

Heat’s Offense Struggles Without Waiters (from Joe Hulbert, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/25/miami-heat-offensive-struggles-without-dion-waiters-are-concerning/

From Frank Urbina, allucanheat.com:  http://allucanheat.com/2017/03/25/miami-heat-have-fallen-without-dion-waiters/

PJ Tucker: Anchoring The Raptors’ Defensive Turnaround (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):

Read it here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/p-j-tucker-helped-anchor-raptors-defensive-turnaround/

Can The Grit’n’Grind Grizzlies Modernize? (from Danny CVhau, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/memphis-grizzlies-grit-n-grind-8c7baa63618d#.c8hqt2yor

Bradley Beal: Finally The Player He Was Meant To Be  (from Kyle Wagner, fivethirtyeight.com):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/bradley-beal-is-finally-the-player-he-was-meant-to-be/

Porzingis: Learning To Be The #1 Option (from Marc Berman< NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/03/24/kristaps-porzingis-as-no-1-option-an-ugly-work-in-progress/

–  COY Watch (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-briante-weber-gets-his-opportunity/

Mavericks: Coach Carlisle Is Experimenting  (from Isaac Harris, thesmokingcuban):

Read it here: http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/25/carlisles-experiments-indicate-shift-in-dallas-mavericks-season/

Briante Weber Gets His Opportunity (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-briante-weber-gets-his-opportunity/

Tyler Hansbrough Using D-League In Hopes to Return To NBA (from Cole Shelton, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here; http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/24/14965210/tyler-hansbrough-nba-dleague-nbadl-fort-wayne-mad-ants

D-League “Tag Team”: Kay Felder & Eric Moreland  (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read and watch it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/25/cleveland-cavaliers-kay-felder-eric-moreland-tag-team/

Understanding The New CBA (from Eric Pincus/Larry Coon, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/understanding-the-new-cba-in-30-minutes/

Sir’Dominic Pointer’s Progression In Israel  (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read and  it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/25/cleveland-cavaliers-sirdominic-pointer-progression-israel/

NOTE: This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  PART TWO will follow later today. Stay tuned.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/19/16

–  Dubs vs. Spurs Preview  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/warriors-spurs–5-things-to-watch-in-saturday-night-s-main-event-204917000.html

Dubs, Spurs:  Masters Of Passing, Open 3s  (from Luke Knox,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14970947/how-golden-state-warriors-san-antonio-spurs-use-unselfish-passing-create-open-3s

–  How A Kawhi Leonard Post-up Warps An Entire Defense  (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph And Klay Seal Game With 3s  (from EricApricot,  goldenstateofmind.com):
Q & A:  Dirk On Steph  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

 

 

–  The Book On Devin Booker  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

–  Stan Van Gundy:  It’s Defend Or Go Home Time For Drummond, Pistons  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/03/stan_van_gundy_defend-or-go-ho.html

–  Brett Brown And Billy Donovan Face Different Challenges  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Lillard’s Response To Flagrant Foul:  “I’m From Oakland”  (from Casey Holdahl,  forwardcenter.net):

–  Who Belongs In The Suns’ Backcourt Of The Future? (from Gerald Bourguet, hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/03/19/phoenix-suns-who-belongs-in-their-backcourt-for-the-future/

What The Suns Face With Their Second Rebuild  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/241255/What-Ryan-McDonough-And-The-Suns-Face-With-Their-Second-Rebuild

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Ricky Rubio  (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-what-to-make-of-ricky-rubio/

–  Solomon Hill  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/hill-climbs-back-rotation
Josh Richardson  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Sentinel):   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-ira-nba-column-s032016-column.html
 Gorgui Dieng  (from Brett Robson,  minnpost.com):  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/03/gorgui-dieng-rodney-dangerfield-nba
–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/is-kristaps-porzingis-finally-running-out-of-gas-1458261934
–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/18/breaking-down-great-raptors-centre-debate-valanciunas-vs-biyombo

–  Kevin Durant  (interviewed by Stephanie Ruhle, Bloomberg News):  http://m.newsok.com/article/5485649

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Cory Wright,  nets.com):  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/03/19/kilpatrick-nba-dream

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/18/16

 Steph Sees Room For Improvement  (from Scott Cacciola,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/sports/basketball/stephen-curry-sees-room-for-improvement-seriously.html

–  Miami’s Success Without Bosh  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/never-spo-down-on-miamis-success-without-chris-bosh/

–  Luke Walton On Coaching The Warriors  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv1jyxCnTZE

–  Steph Curry Is Revolutionizing The Game  (from Henry Abbott, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15001418/how-stephen-curry-revolutionizing-basketball

–  Draymond Green And The Evolution Of Defense  (from Tom West,  FanSided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/03/18/draymond-green-evolution-nba-defense/

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Thursday Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2625666-giannis-antetokounmpo-earning-greek-freak-nickname-and-thursday-nba-takeaways

–  Toronto 101, Indiana 94  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/bottom-line-pacers-foul-line

–  Hottest Shooters Of The Week  (from Will Laws,  Business2Comunity):

Read it here:  http://www.business2community.com/sports/unlikely-sources-make-nbas-hottest-shooters-week-01488001#PX25J3ZjVOzfSE3m.97

–  Celtics:  How To Use The D-League  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11213032/boston-celtics-red-claws-jordan-mickey-avery-bradley-nba-d-league-model

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Luol Deng  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/heat/2016/03/17/luol-deng-chris-bosh-dwyane-wade-goran-dragic-lebron-james-heat-warriors-cavaliers/81916274/

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):   http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/17/jrue-holidays-bounce-back-season-gives-pelicans-hope-future/

–  Lance Stephenson  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/3/18/11259148/lance-stephenson-memphis-grizzlies-analysis-free-agency-speculation

–  Devin Booker  (from Ian Levy,  Vice Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-devin-booker

–  Zach LaVine  (from Jerry Zgoda,  Star Tribune):  http://www.startribune.com/shooting-guard-suits-lavine/372510101/

–  Andre Miller  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):  http://nbpa.com/andre-miller-this-is-40/

–  Marreese Speights  (from CSNBayArea):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/kerr-chronicles-speights-3-point-evolution-want-him-let-it-fly

 

–  Shaun Livingston  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Shaun-Livingston-s-long-road-to-becoming-6921149.php

–  Serge Ibaka  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vuu1wCwAAKo_6g4b

–  Chris Kaman  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/03/in_trail_blazers_loss_to_san_antonio_spurs_chris_k.html

–  Akeem Richmond (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11217972/akeem-richmond-brings-defense-to-fast-paced-bighorns

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/12/16

 

 

–  Steve Kerr Is Fine Tuning Warriors’ Game  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/12/steve-kerr-coaching-golden-state-warriors/81685066/

–  Gauging A Transformation DPOY Race:  Kawhi Leonard/ Draymond Green  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/gauging-a-transformational-dpoy-race/

Luol Deng Still Believes That The Bulls Did Coach Thibodeau Wrong (from Joe Cowley,  Chicago Sun Times):

Read it here:  http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/deng-still-feels-the-bulls-front-office-did-coach-thibs-wrong/

–  Hornets, Grizzlies, Rockets  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/dempsey/ci_29631311/dempsey-hornets-grizzlies-two-nbas-most-underrated-stories

–  Hornets Have The Smarts  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article65748132.html

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Heat’s Shrewd Moves Are Paying Off (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):
–  The Case Rambis Is Making To Remain As Knicks Coach  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):
Additional player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/article65743937.html
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):   http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-giannis-antetokounmpo-on-point-since-all-star-break/
 
 
 
–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun): http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/11/collectively-raptors-valanciunas-and-biyombo-are-a-handful-to-handle
–  DeWayne Dedmon/Jason Smith  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-dedmon-smith-0313-20160312-story.html
–   Tony Wroten (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):   http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VuNViiUAAHMEuqEI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
–   Devin Booker  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation): http://www.sbnation.com/2016/3/11/11178962/devin-booker-phoenix-suns-shooter-more-highlights    and from Troy Tauscher, BBall Breakdown:  The Breakdown: It’s Time To Talk About Devin Booker
 
 
 
–  Robert Upshaw  (from Harrison Faigen,  Silver Screen and Roll):   http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/3/11/11208596/la-lakers-dfenders-robert-upshaw-termination-drug-policy
 
 
 

–  Evan Turner (from Jimmy Toscano, csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/can-turner-win-nbas-sixth-man-year-award

–  Mario Chalmers  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-mario-chalmers-s031216-story.html

 Chris Bosh  (from Benjamin Hoffman,  NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/sports/basketball/chris-boshs-return-presents-the-heat-with-an-enviable-puzzle.html

–  Shelvin Mack  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3651508-155/utah-jazz-dont-blame-the-new?fullpage=1

 

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