Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/29/16

 

–  ATL 104, BOS 92  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/28/nba-playoffs-hawks-celtics-lebron-james-cavaliers-conference-semifinals-video   from Tim Cato,  SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/29/11534220/2016-nba-playoff-scores-celtics-hawks-series-loss-isaiah-thomas-shooting  and from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/hawks-beat-celtics-set-for-rematch-with-cavaliers/

–  Hawks Bounce Celtics; Earn Another Shot At Cavs  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25570632/hawks-bounce-boston-earn-another-shot-at-lebron-and-the-cavs

–  Numbers Preview:  Cavs vs Hawks  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/29/numbers-preview-cavs-hawks/

–  Mason Plumlee Emerges As Unlikely Playmaker (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/29/nba-playoffs-portland-trail-blazers-mason-plumlee-damian-lillard

–  Terry Stotts Q & A  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):

Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/04/trail_blazers_terry_stotts_on_defense_and_mason_pl.html

–  Beating The Blazers Will Be A Daunting Task For The Clippers  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/304426-182352-beat-blazers-in-portland-daunting-challenge-for-clipped-clippers

–  How Doc Rivers Stays Strong  (from Arash Markazi, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/post/_/id/8096/doc-rivers-stays-strong-in-eye-of-clippers-storm

–  How Hiring Steve Clifford Rescued The Hornets  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):  Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-steve-clifford-changed-the-program-in-charlotte-192931811.html

 The Hornets’ Depth  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/28/11476806/charlotte-hornets-miami-heat-nba-playoffs-2016-game-5

–  Hornets Pulled Out All Their Tricks In Game 5  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15419858/the-heat-handle-hornets-bag-tricks

–  Dwane Casey Has Stepped Out Of His Comfort Zone  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/casey-steps-comfort-zone-raptors-finding-new-ways-win/

–  Should Frank Vogel Continue To Trust Pacers’ Bench  (from Ben Gibson, 8points9seconds):

Read it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/04/29/indiana-pacers-frank-vogel-bench-toronto-raptors/

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

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/bdl-s-2015-16-nba-playoff-previews–spurs-vs–thunder-041329386.html    from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/spurs-vs-thunder-will-fun-unpredictable-ever/   and from Fred Katz, CNHI News:  http://www.enidnews.com/sports/thunder_nba/thunder-prepare-for-spurs-shut-down-defense/article_4962e4fb-82b8-56fd-bcad-e401075bb3ef.html

–  Numbers Preview:  Spurs vs Thunder  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/28/numbers-preview-spurs-thunder-2/

–  How Chip Engelland Helped Transform Kawhi Leonard’s Shooting  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2634107-how-an-nba-shot-whisperer-transformed-kawhi-leonard-into-a-3-point-fire-hazard

–  Rockets’ Post-Mortem (from Mika Honkasalo, HoopsHype):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2016/04/28/rockets-post-mortem-what-went-wrong-and-how-they-can-fix-it/

 Scott Brooks: Defense, Relationship Building, Player Development  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/04/28/its-not-who-scott-brooks-has-coached-but-how-that-matters-now-for-wizards/

–  Kenny Atkinson’s Journey From ‘Spunky” To Nets’ Coach (from Brian Lewis, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/28/kenny-atkinsons-global-journey-from-spunky-to-nets-coach/

–  Go To Moves: KD, IT, Z-Bo  (from Coach Nick, Adam Turner,  BBall Breakdown):

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

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kawhi Leonard  (from Nick Moyle, expressnews):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-next-step-on-NBA-evolutionary-7383706.php

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/28/hard-work-gets-results-bismack-biyombo-says

–  Draymond Green  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15420114/draymond-green-playoffs-diary-part-5

–  Stanley Johnson  (from David Mayo, MLive):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/pistons_stanley_johnson_may_be.html

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Leo Beas, Cowbell Kingdom):  http://cowbellkingdom.com/the-harsh-reality-of-facing-reality/

–  Eric Griffin  (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/29/11532064/eric-griffin-eyes-nba-opportunity

 

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 4/14/16

 

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Bryant ‘s Last Show  (from Lee Jekins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/14/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-last-game-60-points-legacy

–  All Hail The Warriors  (from Bethlehem Shoals,  GQ.com):

Read it here:  http://www.gq.com/story/golden-state-warriors-73-wins

 Tough Life Experiences Have Strengthened Raptors’ Head Coach Dwane Casey (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/13/life-experiences-strengthen-toronto-raptors-coach-dwane-casey/

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph’s 400th 3-pointer  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/14/11429042/warriors-vs-grizzlies-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-400th-three-pointer

 Spurs Playbook: How They Use A Bunch Formation  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/13/11422544/spurs-playbook-how-the-spurs-use-a-bunch-formation-to-trick-the

 Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot, Part II  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15198958/nba-awards-ballot-part-2

Miami Heat:  Life Without Chris Bosh  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-chris-bosh-s041416-story.html

–  How Did The Thunder Change In Billy Donovan’s 1st Season  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/1433/how-did-the-thunder-change-in-billy-donovans-first-season

–  Quin Snyder Has Impressed Kobe Bryant  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3773895-155/utah-jazz-notes-brilliant-quin-snyder?fullpage=1

Pistons Owner Tom Gores On SVG Getting The Team To The Playoffs  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/tom-gores-svg-and-getting-pistons-playoffs-i-think-were-just-beginning

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 

–  Enes Kanter  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/13/after-winding-road-enes-kanter-finally-taking-control-at-least-offensively-on-the-court/

 

 

Tobias Harris  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/13/pistons-harris-happy-finally-playoffs/83010942/

Note: We will begin linking to the best playoff preview stories tomorrow

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/16

 

 Olshey Shows GM Chops In Rebuilding Blazers On The Fly  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/05/executive-of-the-year-2015-16-pick-neil-olshey-portland-trail-blazers/index.html

–  Flip Saunders’ Script: His Vision Remains Alive  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/feature/25551583

Draft Rights On The Line In The Season’s Final Days  (from Danny Leroux, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701613-draft-rights-regular-season-tiebreakers-future-picks-trades?mc_cid=897620a251&mc_eid=85c76c0da2

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186679/nba-awards-ballot-part-1

–  Jazz Are In Playoff Mode – Just Not In Playoffs  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652038/Jazz-are-in-playoff-mode—-just-not-in-playoffs.html

–  Spurs Offense Is Struggling  (from Michael Erler,  Poundng The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/12/11409764/spurs-offense-struggling-end-regular-season

–  Dwane Casey Q & A  (from Evan Rosser, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-casey-years-playoffs-will-different/

Behind The Curtain Of The Pelicans’ Training Operations  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15179914/new-orleans-pelicans-season-injury

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

DeMarre Carroll  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/11/raptors-carroll-wants-to-shed-minutes-restriction

–  Blake Griffin  (from Ben Bolch, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160412-story.html

–  Jeremy Lin  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article71285702.html

–  Andre Drummond  (from Mike Brudenell,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/11/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-backs-drummond/82909214/

Steph Curry  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/12/basketball/nba/brilliant-humble-curry-product-modern-game/#.Vw0nfvkrK7S

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186233/tristan-thompson-cleveland-cavaliers-start-center-playoffs    and from Craig Battle,  sportsnet.ca:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/tristan-thompson-lived-mammoth-contract/

–  Tristan Thompson/Paul Millsap  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/12/11413622/even-as-he-excels-against-paul-millsap-tristan-thompson-sees-a-player

Marreese Speights  (from Vic Tafur,  sfgate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-backup-Speights-puts-shots-in-air-7242213.php

 Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71295502.html

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/04/12/archie-goodwin-closes-phoenix-suns-season-well-again/82921024/

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  OCRegister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aldrich-711651-rivers-clippers.html

Al-Farouq Aminu  (from Dan Marang, Blazer’s Edge):  Should Al-Farouq Aminu be Considered an All-League Defender?

–  Wayne Ellington  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/wayne-ellington-nets-father/

–  Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/knowing-hell-need-him-playoffs-svg-folding-stanley-johnson-back-pistons-rotation

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/6/11379708/nick-minnerath-wins-ridiculous-upside-2015-16-nba-d-league-sixth-man-award

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/26/15

–  What Do The Warriors Mean When They Talk About “Confidence”?  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2593146-what-do-golden-state-warriors-really-mean-when-they-talk-about-confidence

–  How the Knicks are fast-Tracking Kristaps Porzingis’ Rise  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2592624-how-the-new-york-knicks-fast-tracked-the-rise-of-kristaps-porzingis

–  Dwane Casey’s Scouting Report on LBJ  (from Ryan McNeil,  hoopsaddict.com):

http://www.hoopsaddict.com/random/quotes/dwane-caseys-scouting-report-on-lebron-james/

–  The Lonely Burden of Jahlil Okafor  (from Robert Sanchez,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14172705/the-lonely-burden-sixers-jahlil-okafor

–  George Karl and His Many Disciples  (from Charles F. gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/george-karl-and-his-many-disciples-b99623043z1-354281271.html

Damian Lillard Evolving into One of NBA’s Best Facilitators  (from Joe Freeman, oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/11/trail_blazers_damian_lillard_1.html

–  At 37, Dirk’s Burden Remains the Same  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705831/at-ripe-old-age-of-37-burden-remains-same-for-dirk-nowitzki

–  Five Takeways From Spurs’ Season So Far  (from Gerald Bourguet,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/11/26/san-antonio-spurs-5-early-season-takeaways/

–  Quantifying Rebounding Skill (from Adam Yudelman,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VlYWsx0AAD0EBzGG

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/25/9803018/nba-schedule-results-raptors-cavaliers-spurs-mavericks-clippers-jazz

–  Pistons’ Greatest Satisfaction in Rout of Heat is Defense  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/11/long_bombs_aside_pistons_great.html

–  Extending Coach Clifford Is A Sign of a Bright Future for the Hornets  (from Russell Varner,  atthehive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/25/9803018/nba-schedule-results-raptors-cavaliers-spurs-mavericks-clippers-jazz

–  Be Thankful For Your team’s Point Guard  (from Joshua Jonah Fischman,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vlc40B0AAM4CwpFf

Salary Cap Breakdowns by Team  (from Eddie Scarito,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/11/201516-salary-cap-breakdowns-by-team.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Jeremy Lamb Taking Full Advantage of Opportunity With Hornets (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/11/25/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lamb-putting-himself-in-discussion-for-sixth-man-and-most-improved/

Rajon Rondo  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article46568145.html

–  Victor Oladipo’s New Role (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-knicks-game-1126-20151125-story.html

–  Thad Young Is Showcasing New Offensive Skills  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-knicks-game-1126-20151125-story.html

Rockets’ Point Guards: Terry, Beverley, Lawson  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Beverley-hopes-to-return-Wednesday-vs-Grizzlies-6655621.php

–  Luis Scola  (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-could-be-raptors-x-factor-against-lebron-cavs/

–  Ryan Anderson  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  Giving thanks for one of the NBA’s best teammates

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