Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/18/16

–  The Hornets Are Right Where They Should Be  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/18/13997908/hornets-steve-clifford-kemba-walker-sunday-shootaround

How Similar Are The Rockets To D’Antoni’s Suns?  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/14/13951652/mike-dantoni-rockets-suns-seven-seconds-or-less

From Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-houston-rockets-back-on-track-under-mike-dantoni/

–  Walton, Lakers Make Coaching Staff’s Health A Priority  (from Bill Oram,  OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/walton-738765-coach-coaches.html

–  James Johnson, Sixth Man Of Year? (from Frank Urbina, allucanheat.com):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2016/12/18/is-miami-heats-james-johnson-making-a-case-for-sixth-man-of-the-year/

–  The Evolution Of Terrence Ross (from Sahal Abdi  Raptors Rapture):

Read it here:  http://raptorsrapture.com/2016/12/18/the-evolution-of-terrence-ross/

–  The Balancing Act That Horford Has To Establish (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/celtics-heat-preview-horford-taking-greater-load-offensively

Jokic Scores,Passes, Rebounds And Defends (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/12/14/13934602/stat-of-the-week-nikola-jokic-s-numbers-are-mind-boggling

–  For Bucks, The Time Is Now  (from Gary D’Amato, Journal Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/sports/nba/article121618272.html

–  Sean Kilpatrick: One Who Got Away From Sixers (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20161218_Nets__Sean_Kilpatrick__One_who_got_away_from_Sixers.html

–  Raptors’ Rebounding: A Work In Progress (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/12/17/raptors-need-to-roll-off-the-rim-to-win.html

Lance Thomas’ Return Helps Knicks’ Small Lineup  (from Quentin Haynes, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/17/new-york-knicks-lance-thomas-return-helps-knicks-small-ball/

–  Ian Clark: Kerr’s Reliable Bench Weapon  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/after-long-journey-warriors-clark-now-kerrs-reliable-bench-weapon

–  Pistons At Crossroads Over Stagnant Play  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/12/18/detroit-pistons-team-meeting-indiana-pacers-loss/95580402/

–  The Heat Miss Tyler Johnson’s Offense And Defense  (from Waler Villa, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article121566422.html

–  Video Breakdown:  How The Rockets Broke The Three-Point Record  (from Coach Nick, BBall breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=8AYOkpOLJgI

Shelvin Mack Plays Key Role For Jazz While Staying Beneath The Radar  (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4723142-155/utah-jazz-shelvin-mack-plays-a

–  Eric Gordon: Harden’s Perfect Complement  (from Rahat Huq, red94.net):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.red94.net/eric-gordon-perfect-complement-james-harden/16524/#

 Three Things Okafor Can Improve Quickly  (from Mike O’Connor, The Sixer Sense):

Read and watch it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2016/12/18/three-things-jahlil-okafor-improve-his-game-quickly/

–  Frank Vogel Gained Strength From Traumatic Fire 26 Years Ago  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-sp-frank-vogel-survives-fire-1218-20161217-story.html

–  Saturday Recap (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/18/13996926/nba-scores-2016-rockets-comeback-timberwolves-knicks-nuggets-warriors-blazers-cavs

From Insider Hoops/AP:  http://www.insidehoops.com/daily.shtml

–  GSW 135, POR 90  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/3120/efficiency-exercise-durants-accuracy-puts-warriors-in-charge

–  HOU 111, MIN 109  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Three-pointers-Takeaways-from-Rockets-win-over-10804368.php

–  Video Breakdown: Westbrook’s Shammgod  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/18/13998102/russell-westbrook-shammgod-video-thunder-highlights

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 5/6/16

TOR 96, MIA 92 (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/05/five-raptors-heat-moments-that-mattered-in-game-2.html   from Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25578944/toronto-manages-to-tie-series-but-miami-still-has-upper-hand-takeaways   and from  Matthew Way, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/05/raptors-find-redemption-overtime/

–  Raptors Need To Use Valanciunas A Lot More On Offence  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/05/raptors-need-to-use-valanciunas-a-lot-more-on-offence

–  Raptors Need Better Offensive Execution  (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/dwane-casey-raptors-kyle-lowry-heat-nba-playoffs-lebron-james/128awrjmwo3821iivc33z06clk

–  Why Chris Bosh Is Out Of The Playoffs  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/chris-bosh-health-blood-clot-miami-heat-nba-playoffs

–  Moe Harkless’ Defense On Klay Thompson (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/05/moe_harkless_frustrating_physical_defense_on_klay.html

–  Harrison Barnes Remains Stoic In Face of Criticism  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29856214/kawakami-warriors-harrison-barnes-remains-stoic-face-criticism

–  The Amazing Shaun Livingston  (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  It’s all a best-case scenario for the amazingly rebounded Shaun Livingston

 Video Breakdown:  Festus Saves The Dubs  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/5/4/11589550/warriors-vs-blazers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-festus-ezeli-defense

–  Three Adjustments The Blazers Need To Make  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/06/nba-playoffs-trail-blazers-damian-lillard-warriors-stephen-curry-game-3

–  LaMarcus Aldridge Is Dominating  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25578812/lamarcus-aldridge-is-dominating-and-the-thunder-are-just-fine-with-that    from Anthony Slater, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-should-the-thunder-double-team-the-scorching-hot-lamarcus-aldridge/article/5496296

–  Andre Roberson’s Defense  (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/now-you-know-why-andre-roberson-starts-for-the-thunder/article/5496301

–  CLE/ATL Notes  (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/05/cleveland_cavaliers_scribbles_35.html

–  Did Vogel Get A Fair Shake? (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15468298/frank-vogel-just-latest-coach-grow-stale-larry-bird-world

–  Up Next For Pacers:  Small Ball Coach Who Is Not Afraid To Ruffle Feathers   (from Mitch Lawrence, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/larry-bird-frank-vogel-pacers-coach-small-ball-warriors-playoffs/5tre4sjidao1xylwc7qsrr3p

 Debating Hack-a-Farce  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15464738/there-no-clear-answer-how-solve-hack-shaq-issue

Player Profile:

–  Dirk Nowitzki  (from Tariq Saleh, givemesport.com):  http://www.givemesport.com/770486-dirk-nowitzki-a-success-story-built-on-perseverance-loyalty-and-class

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 5/5/16

CLE 123, ATL 98:

   – From Chris Fedor, cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/jr_smith_emerges_as_cleveland.html

   – From Dave McMenamin, ESPN:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2625/cavs-continue-perfect-postseason-shoot-their-way-into-history

–  Heat All In On Small Ball Without Bosh  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/117870/heat-all-in-on-small-ball-without-chris-bosh

–  Raptors Will Try To Pick Up The Pace  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/04/raptors-will-try-to-pick-up-the-pace-against-heat.html

–  Raptors’ Bigs Will Focus On Limiting Wade  (from Eric Koreen, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-bigs-focused-limiting-slithery-wade-ahead-game-2

–  The Heat Answered Lowry’s Buzzer-Beater  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/dwyane-wade-and-the-miami-heat-answer-kyle-lowrys-prayer/

–  Scola Acting As Voice Of Reason During Lowry’s Playoff Pains (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-acting-voice-reason-lowrys-playoff-pains/

–  GSW 110, POR 99

   – From Jason Quick, csnnw.com:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/loss-could-shape-trail-blazers-better-or-worse

 

   – From Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=NptjZXdNJ54

   – From Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/portland-cant-escape-the-golden-state-warriors/

   – From Carl Steward, East Bay Times:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/warriorss/ci_29850603

   – From Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Commander-Iguodala-does-is-all-for-Warriors-7393759.php

  –  From Adam Lauridsen, mercurynews.com:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/05/04/one-beat-warriors-110-blazers-99/?doing_wp_cron=1462356631.4488890171051025390625

–  Steve Kerr Continues His Long Journey Back  (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News.com):

Read it here:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29850816/kawakami-warriors-steve-kerr-continues-his-long-journey

–  Why Did Bird Let Vogel Go? (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575722/frank-vogel-pacers-coach-future-larry-bird

–  Barbosa Swears By A Brazilian Remedy  (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-leandro-barbosa-horse-medicine.html

–  The High-Tech Replay Center Can (Or Can’t) Decide Games  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15413918/nba-replay-center-limits-how-helps-refs

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Tyler Johnson  (from Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-tyle/nrHHN/

–  Bruno Caboclo  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/5/4/11590932/hopes-from-the-6-breaking-down-bruno-caboclos-season-with-raptors-905

–  Linton Johnson  (from Brian Rzeppa, nothingbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/05/05/linton-johnson-thrives-in-italy/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/3/16

 

–  Preview:  Raptors/Heat  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575451   and from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports:

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/05/03/playoff-preview-five-question-to-answer-in-miami-heat-vs-toronto-raptors/

–  Raptors/Heat: Numbers Preview  (from John Schuhmann):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/05/03/numbers-preview-raptors-heat/

–  The Importance Of The Raptors’ Role Players  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/2/11555886/toronto-raptors-depth-cory-joseph-norman-powell-kyle-lowry-pacers-game-7

Norman Powell/ DeMarre Carroll (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/02/rookie-powell-helping-fuel-raptors-playoff-run

–  Raptors Facing Different Challenge In Heat  (from Blake Murphy, sportsnet.ca):

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-facing-much-different-challenge-heat/

–  Roberson’s Defense On Leonard Keys Thunder’s Bounceback  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-journal-robersons-defense-on-leonard-keys-thunder-bounceback-in-game-2/article/5495656

–  OKC 98, SAS 97  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:   http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/03/nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-san-antonio-spurs-game-2

–  Breakdown: The Final Play  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575595/breakdown-everything-that-went-wrong-on-final-play-of-thunder-spurs

–  Thunder/Spurs: Game Two Vines (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown);

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/03/thunder-at-spurs-game-3-vine-game/

–  Thunder Need New Strategy For Guarding LaMarcus  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25575239/thunder-need-new-strategy-when-it-comes-to-guarding-lamarcus-aldridge

–  Steven Adams’ Untold Story  (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15443039/untold-story-thunder-center-steven-adams

–  Cavs 104, Hawks 93  (from Jason Lloyd, ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://three-pointer.com/cavs-104-hawks-93-jason-lloyds-21-thoughts-on-defending-kyle-korver-free-throws-and-3-pointers/    from Paul Flannery, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575444/hawks-lose-kyle-korver-lebron-james-cavaliers-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Tristan Thompson Is Demoralizing The Hawks On The Glass Again  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2594/tristan-thompson-demoralizing-hawks-on-glass-again    and from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tristan_thompson_proves_to_be.html

–  How Do The Blazers Stop Bogut  (from Marcus Thompson II,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29842580/thompson-how-do-blazers-stop-bogut

–  Everybody Loves To Trash Talk Draymond  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street JOurnal):

Read it here:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/everybody-loves-trash-talking-draymond-1462218027

–  If The Pacers Move On From Vogel, Other Teams Should Pounce  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25574798/if-pacers-decide-to-move-on-from-frank-vogel-other-teams-should-pounce

–  NBA Coaches  (from Bob Walsh, coachbobwalsh.com):

Read it here:  http://coachbobwalsh.com/2016/05/03/nba-coaches/

  •  Brad Stevens Interview  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):

Listen to it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/03/parquet-interview-with-brad-stevens/m8O5PS71EtHuNlL46dmsBM/story.html

 

 

 

–  The NBA’s Best And Worst Shotmakers  (from Kyle Wagner,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nbas-best-and-worst-shot-makers/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/bulpett_celtics_terry_rozier_eyes_next_train_to_success

–  Kemba Walker  (from Hornets.com):  http://www.nba.com/hornets/kemba-walker-2015-16-blog

–  J.J.Barea  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/j-j-bareas-late-season-explosion-helped-to-fuel-mavs-playoff-push/

 

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