Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/21/16

 

–  Hornets’ Coach Clifford On Film Review And Game Preparation (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18276/steve-clifford-emphasizes-his-belief-in-hornets-gameplan-preperation-in-postgame-sermon

–  Whiteside Is Destroying The Hornets’ Defense Without Touching The Ball (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/21/11476910/hassan-whiteside-miami-heat-charlotte-hornets-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Hubie Brown Q & A On Grizzlies/Spurs And More  (from Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer.com):

Read it here:  http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2016/04/21/qanda-hubie-brown-on-grizzlies-spurs-memphis-and-whether-the-grizzlies-are-outdated

–  Tables Have Turned In Aldridge-Randolph Matchup  (from Jeff McDonald,  express-news.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Tables-have-turned-in-Aldridge-Randolph-matchup-7276040.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=88f4718e00

–  Spurs Repeatedly Victimized Vince Carter In Game 2  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/21/11477524/spurs-playbook-spurs-victimize-vince-carter-in-game-2

–  Why The Pistons Have An Issue When The Cavs Go Small  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25561143/heres-why-the-pistons-have-an-issue-when-the-cavs-go-small-with-love

–  Stanley Johnson Is Making An Impact In His 1st Playoffs  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18007/pistons-rookie-stanley-johnson-making-impact-in-first-playoff-opportunity

–  How Far The Clippers Go May Hinge Largely On Their Bench Play  (from Arash Markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18289/how-far-the-clippers-go-may-hinge-largely-on-the-depth-of-their-bench

–  Klay Thompson:  More Than Just A Shooter  (from Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here:  http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20160419/warriors-klay-thompson-more-that-just-a-shooter/5

–  Moving Isaiah Thomas To Shooting Guard  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/21/11476866/boston-celtics-moving-isaiah-thomas-to-shooting-guard

–  Kyle Korver Is Trying To Connect The Dots On His Shot Again  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18259/kyle-korver-is-trying-to-connect-the-dots-on-his-shot-again

 Jonas Valanciunas Q & A  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18253/qa-with-raptors-jonas-valanciunas-im-not-going-to-relax

–  Wolves Hire Tom Thibodeau:  A New Era Begins  (from Jim Souhan,  startribune.com):

http://www.startribune.com/one-week-into-wolves-offseason-a-new-era-has-begun/376474961/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Steven Adams  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/04/20/steven-adams-thunder-defender-mustache-nba-playoffs/83307342/

–  Reggie Evans  (from Brian Rzeppa,  nothinbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/04/21/reggie-evans-provides-hope-for-younger-generations/

–  Jordan Clarkson (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160420/lakers-coach-byron-scott-tells-jordan-clarkson-to-improve-defense-or-lose-minutes

 Trey Lyles/Trevor Booker  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3799218-155/utah-jazz-trey-lyles-rise-makes

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Pearl Washington

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/20/16

 

–  Valanciunas Proving To Be Big Problem For Pacers  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560363/raptors-jonas-valanciunas-proving-to-be-one-big-problem-for-the-pacers

 Pacers Need To Limit Valanciunas  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/19/pacers-biggest-adjustment-need-limiting-jonas-valanciunas/83237908/

–  How The Pacers May Adjust To Valanciunas (From Blake Murphy,Raptors Republic):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/04/20/pacers-may-adjust-jonas-valanciunas/

–  Raptors:  Daring Others Than George To Beat Them  (from Doug Smith, Tornto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/19/raptors-content-to-allow-paul-george-dominate-if-rest-of-pacers-kept-in-check.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Mavericks/Thunder Game 2  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

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

–  What Steve Clifford Says Erik Spoelstra Is Doing That Other Teams Aren’t  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2016/04/what-hornets-coach-steve-clifford-says-erik-spoelstra-is-doing-with-the-heat-that-other-teams-arent.html

–  The Whiteside Problem And Solution For The Hornets  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560654/the-hassan-whiteside-problem-and-solution-for-the-charlotte-hornets

–  Celtics’ Bizarro Game 1 Shooting  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560155/the-maddening-case-of-the-celtics-bizarro-game-1-shooting-vs-atlanta

–  The Celtics’ Synergy Can’t Handle Losing Avery Bradley  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15278135/the-celtics-out-loss-avery-bradley

–  Celtics Made Horrendous Decisions Defending Korver In Game 2  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560601/celtics-made-horrendous-decisions-defending-kyle-korver-in-game-2

–  Hawks Shut Down Isaiah Thomas By Ignoring The Other Celtics  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/20/11465440/isaiah-thomas-hawks-defense-shut-down

–  Isaiah Thomas:  The Best Players Figure It Out  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4722872/isaiah-thomas-the-best-players-figure-it-out

–  Blazers’ Game 2 Plan  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-trail-blazers-game-2-plan-might-have-formed-bus-ride-back-hotel

–  Time For Pistons To Counter  (from Shawn Windsor,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/20/detroit-pistons-cleveland-cavaliers-tweaks/83257640/

–   Grizzlies’ Grit And Grind: For Better And Worse  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15234297/how-grit-n-grind-defines-grizzlies-better-worse

–  Statistical Playoff Notes:  Teague, Harden, Raptors’ Rotations  (from Ian Levy,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/19/nylon-notebook-jeff-teague-james-harden-and-more-playoff-notes/

–  Curry’s Foot  (from Marcus Thompson IOI,  mercurynews):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29786600/thompson-warriors-curry-not-worried-about-foot-injury

–  5 Things To Watch On Wednesday  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/20/five-things-to-watch-in-playoff-wednesday-kevin-love-at-center-clippers-trapping-damian-lillard/

 The Thunder’s Organizational Evolution  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-oklahoma-city-thunders-kids-grew-up-1461107114

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Kobe Bryant  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/15232286/former-lakers-star-kobe-bryant-left-nba-just-getting-started

Ramon Sessions  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/04/19/ramon-sessions-enters-free-agency-hoping-for-a-chance-as-starting-point-guard/

–  Trey Lyles  (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652532/After-slow-start-Trey-Lyles-made-huge-improvement-in-rookie-season-for-Jazz.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/16

 

Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from Tim Cato/Liam Boylan-Pett, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/18/11448948/2016-nba-playoff-scores-cavaliers-pistons-playoffs-game-1-lebron-james-kyrie-irving

–  Heat/Hornets Game 1: Seven Things To Know  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25558304/heat-annihilate-hornets-in-game-1-seven-things-to-know

–  Heat Punish The Hornets  (from Chris Barnewall, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/17/miami-punishes-the-charlotte-hornets/

–  Pistons Show Confidence And Inexperience In Game 1 Loss  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view ithere:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25558166/pistons-show-confidence-and-their-inexperience-in-game-1-loss-to-cavs

Impact Of Kevin Love At The Five  (from Aaron McMann,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/andre_drummond_quieted_then_fo_1.html

–  Trail Blazers Had No Answers  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/17914/trail-blazers-had-no-answers-for-clippers-in-game-1-loss

–  Clippers 115, Blazers 95  (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/clippers-score-game-1-knockout-after-blazers-supporting-cast-comes-empty

–  All Eyes On Raptors After Losing Game One   (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15228918/the-raptors-need-shake-first-round-jinx

–  DeMarre Carroll Wants To Guard Paul George: “That’s What I Live For”  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25558095

–  Rockets’ Offense Picked Clean By Warriors In Game One  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://tinyurl.com/gteybd9

–  Rockets’ Solution For Game Two Is To Move  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/2448/rockets-solution-for-game-2-is-to-move

–  How The Warriors Kept Harden Off The FT Line  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25558430/how-the-warriors-kept-james-harden-off-the-free-throw-line-in-game-1

–  Isaiah Thomas’ Sneaky Use Of Flare Screen Out Of Horns  (from Jack Winter/Spencer Lund, dimemag):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/celtics-nba-playoffs-isaiah-thomas-basketball-neat/

–  Celtics’ Target: Find A Marksman  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-larkin-needs-opportunity-stability/

–  Kenny Atkinson Named Nets’ New Head Coach  (from Laura Albanese, Newsday):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/kenny-atkinson-named-nets-new-head-coach-1.11701401

–  Credit Kenny Atkinson For Jeremy Lin’s Boost With Knicks  (from Frank Isola,  NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://m.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-knicks-assistant-ken-atkinson-helping-jeremy-lin-succeed-article-1.1024232

–  Pistons’ GM Jeff Bower Climbed The Ladder To The NBA  (from Neil Rudel,  Altoona Mirror):

Read it here:  http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/634727/Bower-climbed-ladder-to-the-NBA.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Kawhi Leonard  (from Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown):   http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/17/kawhi-leonard/

 Myles Turner  (from Wheat Hotchkiss, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turner-fights-through-nerves-impress-playoff-debut

–  Kemba Walker/Nic Batum  (from Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article72243192.html

–  Dion Waiters  (from Lang Whitaker,  NBA.com):  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/17/95577/

 Steph Curry  (from Max Whittle, theguardian.com):  http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/apr/18/steph-curry-golden-state-warriors-nba-pre-game

–  Shane Larkin  (from Alex Kennedy,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-larkin-needs-opportunity-stability/

–  Quinn Cook (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/17/11446924/quinn-cook-on-a-tear-for-canton

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/6/16

 

 Olshey Rebuilt Blazers “On The Fly”  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

–  Why The Wizards Plans Went Awry  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):
–  All Isaiah Thomas Needed Was To Be Wanted  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
 Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

–  Wolves 124, Warriors 117  (from Adam Lauridsen, mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/04/06/myopia-warriors-117-wolves-124/

–  Gregg Popovich/Quin Snyder: Mutual Admiration  (from Randy Hollis,  deseretnews.com):
LBJ: Perfect Time For Cavs To Be Clicking  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
–  Q & A With Rockets’ Health Guru Javair Gillett  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):
–  Reno Bighorns Coach David Arseneault, Jr (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/valanciunas-growth-defence-evident-hornets/
Myles Turner  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-one-on-one-with-myles-turner/
–  Kawhi Leonard (from Aaron Falk,  Sal Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3744001-155/jazz-notes-kawhi-island-has-been

Norman Powell (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):  http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/powell-040616

–  Terry Rozier (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/rozier-making-most-chance-play-more
–  Langston Galloway/Jerian Grant  (from Fred Kerber,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/04/02/knicks-backcourt-dice-roll-shows-enticing-young-potential/
QOTD (from Tom Izzo, on Draymond Green):  “I’ll call him up and say: ‘You can’t guard him. You’re not quick enough. You can’t guard him. You’re not big enough.’ But what he is is smart enough. He understands angles and positioning. I swear to you that guy knows where the ball is going, two passes before it gets there.”

 

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