Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/11/16

Rejuvenated Dwight Howard Has Sparked Hawks’ Fast Start  (from Shaun Powell, nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/11/10/dwight-howard-return-atlanta-comes-right-time

How We Play Basketball In Poland  (from Marcin Gortat, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/marcin-gortat-washington-wizards-poland/

Bulls,Heat, Lakers, Kings  (from Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/11/10/the-breakdown-bulls-heat-lakers-and-kings/

–  Diagnosing Rockets’ Remaining Flaws (from Kelly Scaletta, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2675304-diagnosing-houston-rockets-remaining-roster-flaws

–  Taj Gibson’s Hard Work Is Getting Recognized  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-gibsons-hard-work-getting-recognized/

Isaiah Canaan: Recovering Lost Momentum (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-recovering-lost-momentum/

 Spurs Playbook:  How Best To Use Pau Gasol (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/11/11/13588954/spurs-playbook-best-use-pau-gasol

–  Rookie Report: Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss  (from Cole Zwicker, Fan Sided):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/11/11/prospect-calibration-jaylen-brown-bender-murray-chriss/

–  Knicks Must Attack The Paint To Improve Efficiency  (from Drew Margolis, dailyknicks.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/11/11/new-york-knicks-attack-paint-efficiency/

–  Video Analysis: Mozgov Showed  His Worth  (from Harrison Gaigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/11/11/13596546/la-lakers-timofey-mozgov-contract-dunk-video-analysis-stats-highlights-sacramento-kings

–  For Sixers: A Practice About Talking  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/game-preview-readying-round-2-vs-indy-practice-about-talking

–  The Magic’s Defensive Struggles (from David Iwanowski,  Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/11/11/orlando-magic-defensive-struggles-are-huge-red-flag/

–  CJ McCollum Makes His Case (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Ilustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/11/10/cj-mccollum-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-terry-stotts

–  Film Study: Dragan Bender  (from Jacob Padilla, Bright side Of The Sun):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/11/11/13596502/phoenix-philm-study-its-time-to-unleash-the-dragan

–  Nick Young Has Found His Place  (from Duncan Smith, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/11/11/los-angeles-lakers-nick-young-finally-found-place/

 Andrew Wiggins Is On The Right Track (from Devin Domino, hashtagbasketball.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/minnesota-timberwolves/content/why-youre-wrong-about-andrew-wiggins

–  Warriors Are Heating Up (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/11/11/golden-state-warriors-heating-up/

Mavericks: “Half Rebuilding” (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706555/half-rebuilding-mavericks-hope-to-make-playoffs

–  What Gorgui Dieng Is Doing For KAT  (from Kevin Yeung, Fan Sided):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2016/11/11/gorgui-dieng-helping-karl-anthony-towns/

From Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-dieng-ready-to-prove-his-worth/

–  Dudley Is A Better Blend With Suns’ 2nd Unit  (from Paul Coro, azcentral):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/11/10/phoenix-suns-jared-dudley-blends-bench-better-fit/93617670/

–  Josh Powell: I Went Through A Lot In My Day  (from Matt Logue, Daily Telegraph):

Read it here:  http://www.ntnews.com.au/sport/sydney-kings-star-josh-powell-reveals-journey-from-living-on-the-streets-to-nba/news-story/a28fb6351ee4c5382ee0eb0d2f162337

For Boris Dallo, D-League A Chance At The NBA (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/11/11/13595616/for-dallo-d-league-a-chance-at-the-nba-not-necessarily-the-nets

Remembering The Late, Great Super John Williamson:

Yesterday was Super John’s Birthday.  He would have been 65 if hadn’t left us way too soon.

Bill Melchionni remembers John’s role in the final ABA game:

http://basketballintelligence.net/tag/bill-melchionni/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/3/16

Inside Story Of Zach Randolph’s Move To The Bench  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-inside-story-of-zach-randolphs-move-to-the-bench-165427780.html

–  James Harden Is Set To Have A Season For The Ages (from Jared Dubin, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/11/03/james-harden-point-guard-mike-dantoni-mvp/

–  Video: How Isaiah Thomas Continues To Defy The Odds (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=17956934

–  Where Would Isaiah Thomas And Celtics Be Without Each Other? (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17885733/nba-where-isaiah-thomas-boston-celtics-other

–  Amir Johnson Hit 10 Treys Last Season; Last Night He Hit Four In One Quarter  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724303/amir-johnson-3-pointers

–  DeRozan Continues To Dominate  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/11/02/derozan-continues-to-dominate-as-raptors-take-down-wizards

–  TOR 113,  WAS 103  (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/24635/2016/11/03/10-observations-raptors-defeat-wizards-113-103-in-imperfect-fashion/

–  How Dwight Howard Fits In Atlanta  (from Howard Megdal, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/how-dwight-howard-fits-in-atlanta

“Ten Things I Like And Don’t Like” So Far This Season (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17950115/zach-lowe-10-things-like

–  SVG:  Giving Nights Off To Rest Players Is “Not Us”  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/11/resting_players_early_thats_no.html

–  John Wall Q & A (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/11/02/john-wall-washington-wizards-bradley-beal-demarcus-cousins

–  Wizards Are 0-3 But See Themselves On Verge Of Something Positive  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/11/03/wizards-believe-theyre-better-than-0-3-but-results-reveals-a-struggling-team/

–  Young Lakers Are Reborn Under Walton  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7YhM31m1d0&feature=youtu.be&a

–  Joel Embiid: “All You Have To Do Is Watch”  (from Andrew Unterberger,  The Score):

Read it here:  http://www.thescore.com/nba/news/1145054

–  Kawhi Leonard Keeps Adding To His Game  (from Mike Monroe, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2673630-spurs-two-way-star-kawhi-leonard-has-quietly-become-an-iso-stud-too

–  TJ Warren: MIP?  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/11/03/phoenix-suns-t-j-warren-making-early-case-improved-player/

–  The Free-Flowing Nature Of Kevin Durant’s Basketball Life  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-free-flowing-nature-of-kevin-durants-basketball-life-143438722.html

–  Franchise Cornerstone Gorgui Dieng (from Steve McPherson, 1500espn.com):

Read it here:  http://www.1500espn.com/wolves-2/2016/11/feelings-arent-numbers-franchise-cornerstone-gorgui-dieng/

–  Jaylen Brown Works Incredibly Hard  (from Jay King, Mass Live):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/11/jimmy_butler_on_workout_partne.html

–  Maurice Ndour’s Four Continent Quest To The NBA  (from Charlie Hatch, thepostathens.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thepostathens.com/article/2016/11/maurice-ndour-finally-makes-it-big-nba-new-york-knicks

–  Ryan Anderson: Rockets X-Factor  (from Maurice Bobb, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2673357-sharpshooting-ryan-anderson-has-quickly-become-rockets-x-factor

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/23/16

–  How The Clippers Are Shutting Down The Blazers’ Backcourt  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/22/11485552/clippers-defense-traps-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-cj-mccollum

–  Slow Down On Drummond Being SVG’s New Dwight Howard  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25563063/lets-slow-down-on-andre-drummond-being-svgs-new-dwight-howard

–  BOS 111, ATL 103  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2632994-isaiah-thomas-celtics-keeping-nba-playoff-hopes-alive-amid-adversity

–  SAS 96, MEM 87  (from Jeff McDonald,  expressnews.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-forced-to-work-for-Game-3-7305064.php

–  Kyrie Irving’s Elevated Game Gives Cavs Winning Outlook  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

ead it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15308366/kyrie-irving-emerging-game-shows-game-3-win-pistons

–  What Inspired Coach Clifford’s Take After Game Two  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/22/11477152/what-moments-of-game-2-sparked-steve-cliffords-postgame-oration-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Assessing Offensive Style For New Head Coaches  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/22/offensive-style-new-head-coaches/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  C.J. McCollum  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/c-j–mccollum-won-most-improved-player-by-taking-pride-in-struggle-183125931.html

Timofey Mozgov/Tristan Thompson  (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):   http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/04/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_48.html

Robert Swift  (from Ed Odeven,  Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/23/basketball/bj-league/ex-tokyo-apache-standout-swift-rebuilding-life-after-off-court-troubles/

 

Today’s BestNBA Reporting And Analysis 4/19/16

 

–  Inside The Longest Night Of Kevin Durant’s Career  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/18/nba-playoffs-mavericks-thunder-game-2-kevin-durant-shooting-video

–  Twelve Seconds Of Pure Wes Matthews Saved The Mavs  (from Seth Rosenthal, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/19/11458964/mavericks-thunder-wes-matthews-dgaf

Raptors Rebound In Game Two (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559431/raptors-shake-off-playoff-scars-rebound-in-game-2-against-pacers   from Mike Mazzeo, ESPN:   http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18017/raptors-respond-to-adversity-by-snapping-seven-game-playoff-skid  and from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/19/thomsen-raptor-bounce-back-game-2/

–  Raptors 98, Pacers 87  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/18/11456134/raptors-pacers-2016-results-score-nba-playoffs

–  Warriors Don’t Need Steph In This Series  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559466/warriors-dont-need-steph-curry-rest-of-the-series-rockets-dont-care

Curry Uncertain For Game Three (from ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15233901/stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-game-2-vs-houston-rockets

–  Draymond Green  Q & A  (from Marc Spears,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15228039/draymond-green-playoffs-diary

–  Video Breakdown:  1) Illegal Screens  2) Defending And Attacking The Rockets Twin Towers  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/19/11457408/warriors-vs-rockets-video-analysis-2016-highlights-defend-twin-towers-draymond-green-klay-thompson

 The Heat Broke Down The Hornets Pick-And-Roll-Defense In Game One  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/18/11449742/the-miami-heat-broke-down-charlottes-pick-and-roll-defense-in-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Why Do Heat Players Keep Sacrificing Money  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2016/04/why-do-heat-players-keep-sacrificing-money-exploring-the-issue-um-panthers-trump.html

–  The Cavs Pick-And-Roll Defense Came Up Big In Game One  (from Daniel Rowell,  fearthesword.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/18/11452020/its-a-trap-how-the-cavs-pick-and-roll-defense-came-up-big-in-game-1

–  Pistons’ To-Do List For Game 2 Starts With Attacking Cav’s Small Ball Lineup  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-do-list-game-2-starts-attacking-cavs-small-ball-lineup

–  CP3 Keeps The Clippers In The Moment  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/18/at-a-crossroads-chris-paul-keeps-the-clippers-in-the-moment/

–  How The Clippers Are Forcing The Blazers’ Role Players To Try To Beat Them  (from Jack Winter,  dimemag):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/clippers-trail-blazers-ball-screens-deandre-jordan-al-farouq-aminu/6/

–  Can The Celtics Survive Losing Avery Bradley?  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/18/11448022/avery-bradley-injury-celtics-doomed-hawks-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Celtics Need To Capitalize On Transition Opportunities  (from Jeff Nooney,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/19/11459490/celtics-hawks-transition-opportunities

–  Hawks Players Detail Why Nets Hire Of Kenny Atkinson Is A Slam Dunk  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/17984/hawks-players-detail-why-nets-hire-of-kenny-atkinson-is-a-slam-dunk

“Hustle Stat” Caveats  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/18/hustle-caveats/

–  Luke Walton: ” I Love My Job Here.  I’m Not Going To Rush Off “  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2016/04/18/luke-walton-knicks-situation-near-term-future/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Stanley Johnson  (from John Niyo,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/columnists/john-niyo/2016/04/18/niyo-pistons-johnson-back-james/83212422/

–  C.J. McCollum  (from Jordan Schultz,  Huffington Post):   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cj-mccollum_us_570bdc22e4b0142232498ce1

Chris Kaman  (from Dwight Jaynes,  csnnw.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/chris-kaman-remember-him-could-play-bigger-role

–  Luol Deng  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-the-resurgence-of-miami-heat-for/nq7SB/

–  Thon Maker  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/19/11358732/why-2016-nba-draft-prospect-thon-maker-should-prepare-embrace-d-league

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/22/16

–  How The Hawks Are Recapturing Last Seasons’s Magic  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):
 Cavs Clean Up Their Defense  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):
–  What Makes Terry Stotts A Great Coach (from Dave Deckard, Blazer’s Edge):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games (from SBNation):
–  DET 92, MIL 91  (from David Mayo, MLive.com):
–  Video Breakdown: Steph, Draymond Punish Spurs-Style Switches  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):
 –  Dubs Learn To Survive When Curry Sits  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):
–   AD’s Torn Labrum Explained  (from Trevor Magnotti, Hardwood Paroxysm):
 DWade To AD:  “Don’t Rush Back” (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):

–  The Hornets: Blueprint, Building Block, Product  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2626457-michael-jordans-vision-for-charlotte-hornets-finally-paying-dividends

–  The Clippers Have Rebounding Issues  (from Tom West, clipperholics.com):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/03/22/clippers-why-cant-you-make-more-effort-to-rebound/

–  D-League:  Underappreciated Point Guards  (from Chris Reichert,  upsidemotor.com):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/03/22/nba-d-league-rewind-point-guards-david-michael-stockton-josh-magette/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Dwight Howard  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/22/dwight-howard-james-harden-daryl-morey-rockets/82083178/

–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/03/21/blossoming-biyombo-has-given-raptors-double-threat-in-middle.html
–  Victor Oladipo  (from John Denton, magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/victor-oladipo-much-improved-3-point-shooter-20160321
–  Ty Lawson  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/lawson-spices-drab-victory