Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/13/16


The Players No One Passed To This Season  (from Kyle Wagner,
–  Film Session:  Avery Bradley Defends  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  Knicks Focus Is To Get Players Who Fit The System  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

–  Terry Stotts’ Playoff Guarantee Changed The Blazers’ Season  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

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–  The Mavs Shouldn’t Have Made The Playoffs  –  But They Did  (from Tim Cato,
–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  NBA Releases Playoff Scenarios  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):
–  Kings’ Season Is Down To How Many Games They Can Lose  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Kevin Love  (from Chris Fedor,
George Hill (from Mark Monteith,
Jerian Grant  (from Ryan Weinkauf,
–  Cody Zeller  (from Reinis Lacis,
–  John Holland  (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/30/16

–  The Pelicans Are Back From The Dead  (from Tim Cato,  SBNation):

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–  Luis Scola Keeps Raptors’ Win Streak In Perspective  (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

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–  The Wizards’ Defensive Shortcomings  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

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–  Previewing Kawhi vs LeBron Matchup  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

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–  Celtics On A Rampage:  Trend Analysis  (from DRJ,

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–  Blazers Talk Defense After Win  (from David MacKay,

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–  Cavaliers:  Five Observations  (from Chris Fedor,

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–  Video Breakdown:  Klay Thompson’s Upside Down Elevator For Draymond Green’s Three (from EricApricot, Golden State of Mind):

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–  Ten Things You Need To Know About The Grizzlies  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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–  Why Are The Grizzlies Suddenly Scoring So Many Points?  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

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–  Michael Malone Flourishing After Kings Disappointment  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):

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–  How Anthony Morrow Turned His Jumper Into NBA’s Fastest Weapon  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

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–  Fixing The Bucks’ Defense  (from Daniel Larsen,

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–  Devin Booker Might Already Be One Of The NBA’s Best Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):

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–  Searching For Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Partner On The Wing  (from Reinis Lacis,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports): The unlikely story of how Kristaps Porzingis found his way to the Knicks


–  Zaza Pachulia  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

–  Draymond Green  (from Sekou Smith,

Julius Randle  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

–  Lance Thomas  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

–  Terrence Ross (from Chris O’Leary,

–  Trevor Ariza  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):

–  Derrick Rose/ Jimmy Butler (from Sam Smith,

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Neil Paine,

LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):

–  Shabazz Napier  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):

J.J. Redick  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):

Boban Marjanovic  (from Fran Blinebury,

–  Donatas Motiejunas  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

–  Tyrus Thomas  (from KC Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

–  Mario Hezonja  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

–  Bryce Dejean-Jones  (from John Reid,


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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis Part One

The 2015 Finals:



–  The Warriors abandoned their free-flowing style in Game 2, and it cost them  (from Seth Partnow,  Washington Post):

” (W)hat has happened? Are the Cavs just that good defensively… or did the week-long gap between the Western Conference finals and NBA Finals dull (the Warriors) edge? Probably some of both.

First, the credit due Cleveland. The Finals have been played almost totally at the Cavs’ pace, with fast breaks few and far between for the Warriors. Cleveland’s offensive rebounding has assisted mightily in this regard as Golden State’s wings feel they can’t leak out with Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov battering Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut down low.

The Cavs’ physicality has certainly bothered the Warriors as well. A major reason Golden State hasn’t run its  offense crisply is because Cleveland is pushing the Warriors away from the basket and toward half court (sometimes literally).

Golden State has been more than complicit in its own struggles. Cleveland isn’t the first team to try to clutch, grab and bludgeon the Warriors out of their offense. Memphis tried and at times succeeded in the second round. But Golden State has ceded ground too easily, in part because their screening, both on and off ball, has been sub-par.”

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–  Finals Game 3 Preview: Five Things to watch (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

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Dissecting differing styles of play between the Cavaliers and Warriors (from Luke Dahlgren,

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” Cleveland did it with disciplined rotations, tenacious ball pressure and a few quirky wrinkles implemented by David “The Piñata” Blatt. They won in spite of Klay Thompson’s 34-point, mismatch-induced explosion and J.R. Smith forgetting the rules of basketball.”

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–  Breaking Down How the Cleveland Cavaliers Are Stopping Stephen Curry  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher report):

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–  NBA Finals X’s & O’s Game 2 Breakdown  (from Half Court Hoops):

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–  Tristan Thompson is getting a lot of love, but has room to improve  (from William Bohl,

” The fourth-year big man is playing well on basketball’s biggest stage, but the Cavs need even more out of him as the series shifts back to Cleveland.”

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–  Dellavedova Played the Hero’s Role for the Cavs in Game 2  (from Omar Josef Guerrero,

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–  Inside the numbers: What is Matthew Dellavedova’s impact on the Cavs?  (from Ben Leibowitz, Sports Illustrated):

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– Brett Brown examines game of his former player, Cavs guard Dellavedova  (from Bob Cooney,

” “The path that I’ve seen him take since 2009 to now, being a major reason that Cleveland is tied in the NBA Finals, is an incredibly deep story and one that resonates with me personally because I’ve seen the work that he has put in. You see the doubters who gave him zero shot.”

Brown knows that Dellavedova doesn’t change what he will give you – everything. But he insists there is more to the player than just that Australian toughness.

“It’s more than that, there’s a technical side and a studied side that all collide under the roof of toughness to produce a gifted and elite defender,” Brown said. “Look at him move his feet and contest Steph Curry at the end of the game. He shows his hands to refs and uses his chest better than any player I’ve seen. There is such a grittiness that when he does get switched out, he can swim somebody and front them and keep using his backside and arms to bother bigger players. It’s just a wonderful story.”

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–  Steve Kerr: The Warriors’ Ringmaster  (from Lee Jenkins,  Sports Illustrated):

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–  Despite taking backseat on Warriors, David Lee enjoying team’s Finals ride  (from Chris Mannix,  Sports Illustrated):

““I’m not going to lie, it’s very frustrating not to play,” Lee told “It doesn’t matter when the buzzer sounds and we’re up, if I were to tell you anything differently I wouldn’t be a competitor. I wouldn’t be being honest with you. It’s very frustrating not to play and who knows if I will play in this series? That’s just the reality of it.”

Kerr has no beef with Lee. In fact, he likes him. Kerr brought Lee into coaches meetings when the big man was injured early in the season. But he has a rotation that works. Green—the runner up for Defensive Player of the Year—has been the catalyst for the Warriors’ jump from fourth in defensive efficiency last season to first this year. Like Lee, Speights is an offensive-oriented forward who can play both power spots.

Trying to shoehorn Lee into a successful lineup made little sense—and Lee knew it.

“It’s kind of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,’” Lee said. “It’s tough to disagree when you are winning close to 70 games. I want to be out there. I think everyone in the building knows that I can play. But it’s not about me right now, it’s about the team. Steve Nash was around [last week]. He played 19 years and he has never been to the Finals. I’m making myself enjoy every moment of this. If we win a championship, that’s all that matters.”

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Other Stories:




–  How the Spurs’ majestic 2014 Finals performance changed the NBA forever  (from Jackie MacMullan,  ESPN):

” By midway through the first quarter, a quarter in which the Spurs would go on to make 13 of 15 shots, it was clear that what was happening was more than a passing front; it was something akin to climate change — the ball whipping around the perimeter from Parker to Diaw to Green to Leonard, who drilled an open 3-pointer from the corner; Green stripping Wade and glancing up to see Leonard already in motion, gliding up the floor as his teammate slung an exquisite pass right into his hands; the Spurs substituting players, the momentum continuing uninterrupted; a Green finger roll on a feed from Duncan, a Manu Ginobili pass-and-cut drive generated by the court vision of Patty Mills.

It was a symphony of cutting and dribbling and passing and scoring. San Antonio led 41-25 after the opening quarter. By halftime, the Spurs had erupted for 71 points on 75.8 percent shooting, a number their coach conceded afterward would be impossible to repeat. It was the finest shooting half in NBA Finals history, and the Spurs led the defending champion Heat by 21 points.

There have been a number of seminal moments in the NBA Finals, but they are usually framed by indelible individual images: Magic Johnson’s baby hook over the outstretched arms of Boston’s Hall of Fame front line, Michael Jordan’s freeze-frame jumper over Utah nemesis Bryon Russell.

Here, too, something extraordinary was unfolding, yet it was remarkable for the acts not of a player but a team, one that had melded together to create a lyrical, mesmerizing stretch of basketball that was astonishing in both its elegance and its efficiency — the opening burst of a three-game stretch of arguably the greatest basketball ever played.”

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–  Mike Miller talks Billy Donovan  (from  Anthony Slater.

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Chandler Parsons Part Two – Facilitating (from Bobby Karalla,

Part Two of a Five-Part Breakdown

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(Note:  See yesterday morning’s BI for a link to Part One of this series: )




–  The Best Of The Wizards From 2014-15, Vol. 2: Moving The Rock  (from Jamal A. Smith,

” Pace.

Spreading the floor.


Back screens.

High pick and rolls

The list goes on.

What has made Washington such an exciting team to watch over the past few seasons is much more than John Wall scorching opponents in the open floor. It also has a lot to do with how well they move the basketball.”

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


DeMarre Carroll:


J.J. Redick:


Ramon Sessions:


Will Bynum:


Quincy Miller:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Rockets’ adjustment on Blake Griffin sparks Game 2 victory over Clippers  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Breakdown: How The Rockets Pick And Roll Offense Was Contained In Game 1   (from Adam Spolane,

–  How DeAndre Jordan’s Rebounding Supercharges the Clippers  (from Kirk Goldsberry,
Cavs 106, Bulls 91 (from Jason Lloyd,
–  Iman Shumpert Proving His Worth in Playoffs  (from Luke Sicari,
–  Bulls aim for title amid trust issues  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):
– Kyle Korver and J.J. Redick, Deadly in Different Ways  (from Aaron Fischman,  Vantage Sports):
–  With Conley Back, The Grizzlies Have a Full Deck   (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):
As sport becomes more global, Pistons GM says it’s easier today to project leaps to NBA  (from Keith Langlois,
–  Collected Wisdom: Hubie Brown, NBA broadcaster and former coach  (from Mel Bracht,
–  End intentional fouling and save basketball from itself  (from Tom Ziller,


Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Jimmy Butler:


Kent Bazemore:


Eric Gordon:


Robin Lopez:


Will Barton:


Devyn Marble:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   The Last Ride of the Spurs Dynasty: Appreciating San Antonio’s Final Hurrah   (from Zach Lowe,

” The Spurs should be the biggest story of the postseason as long as they’re kicking. There are other meaty issues: the Warriors’ quest to cap their historically dominant regular season; LeBron James, redeeming Cleveland and dunking Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving into the playoff baptismal pool; Derrick Rose’s desperate search for his MVP zip; the trumped-up battle over Chris Paul’s “legacy”; the Hawks, once the NBA’s most vanilla organization, soldiering through tabloid headlines and the possibility that police brutality ended Thabo Sefolosha’s season; and the Wizards’ and Raptors’ dual quest to play a passable professional basketball game.

But nothing tops what could be the last stand of the Spurs as we know them. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are 381 and 37, respectively, and both could retire — even though each is clearly capable of playing at a high level beyond this season. Six other rotation players are free agents, including Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, perhaps the best two-way starting wing combination in the league. The Spurs are down 1-0, with Game 2 on the road against the strongest first-round opponent they’ve faced in the Tim Duncan era.

The Spurs could easily win this series,2 repeat as champions, and re-sign their aging stars to one- or two-year contracts. This could all be much ado about nothing. The franchise hasn’t faced this level of top-to-bottom uncertainty since Duncan dined with the Magic in 2000, and it’s hard to quash the feeling of preemptive nostalgia as you watch Duncan drain bank shots and nail every rotation while Ginobili dances steps he literally invented. Appreciate it all, because this really could be the last springtime run for one of the greatest core groups in the history of team sports.”

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(NOTE:  This story also includes Zach’s takes on a number of the other playoff series)




– Let’s Look at the Clippers’ Perfect Offensive Scheme  (from Sagar Panchal,

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 Draymond Green:  Brow’s shadow steps into spotlight  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

” After the Golden State Warriors finally closed out the scrapping New Orleans Pelicans 97-87 in Game 2, Klay Thompson got the national TV interview. Draymond Green, whose defense was astounding on Monday night, talked for the local feed. It happened that way because that’s how we’ve always done things. If you scored the most points and your team won, you’re getting the biggest spotlight. It’s the formula because scoring a basket is obvious and preventing one is less obvious.

Though Thompson certainly deserves acclaim for a great shooting game, this particular space will mostly be reserved for crediting Green, fulcrum of a Golden State defense that held New Orleans to 37.8 percent shooting. Green’s overall defense on Monday night was brilliant, but most especially against Anthony Davis. Their battles echo those of the shorter Tony Allen throwing everything atKevin Durant — the undersized grinder going up against young Goliath.

In theory, this should have been too large a task for Green, who’s the size of a wing player. “It’s tough, man,” he said after the game. “Most guys I give up length to who I guard, most them aren’t as quick as me though.”

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–  Draymond Green, Warriors’ bench fuel Game 2 win against pesky Pelicans (from Phil Taylor,  Sports Illustrated):

”  The Warrior reserves were missing in action in Game 1, but they re-emerged on Monday night at the best possible time for Golden State. The Warriors trailed 28-17 after the first quarter and were badly in need of a boost. Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score eight points on an assortment of drives and jumpers, Marreese Speightsdrilled a couple of mid-range shots and Andre Iguodala made a corner three after some crisp ball movement.

Boost provided.

“Nobody will write it, nobody will talk about it, but the bench won us the game,” Green said. “When they left the game we were still down seven, but they changed the complete pace and tempo of the game. We were getting punched and getting punched and getting punched, and then the second unit came out and threw a punch.”’

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–  This is why you pay Draymond Green his money (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

” In the context of the Warriors, Draymond Green is a virtuoso. There is absolutely no reason for Golden State to abandon the relationship.”

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–  The Other Guy: Klay Thompson on His Sensational Season  (from Kirk Goldsberry,

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–  Nets look to get Brook Lopez going  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

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–  How the Atlanta Hawks (and Lionel Hollins) Limited Brook Lopez in Game 1  (from Paul Mitchell,

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–  Film Study: The Nets ability to stop the Hawks 3-point assault  (from  Reed Wallach,

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–  How Can the Celtics Slow Down Kyrie Irving?  (from Jordan Greer,

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–  Kyrie Was Hot but Celtics’  TO% and Cavs’  OReb Pursuit Rate Are More Telling  (from Kevin O’Connor,  Vantage Sports):

” “The turnovers kill you. The offensive rebounds kill you,” (Celtics’ Coach Brad) Stevens said. “The superhuman shots do not.”

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–  Video Review: How the Rockets ran the ball down the Mavericks’ throat  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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–  Digging deeper into James Harden’s Game 1  (from Jake Garcia,

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Rockets-Mavs:  WHAT TO WATCH FOR: GAME 2 (from Bobby Karalla,

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–  How the Mavericks can fix the problem of Dirk Nowitzki’s defense  (from Josh Bowe,

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–  Dwight Howard plans to stop using ‘weight-room muscles’ against Mavericks in Game 2  (from Eddie Sefko,

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Butler’s Efficient Scoring Helped by Bulls’ Assist Rate as Bucks Fail to Keep Pace  (from Bob macKinnon, Vantage Sports):

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– Bucks offense stagnates with lack of passing in Game 2 loss  (from Mark Strotman,

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George Karl on the playoffs (from Bill Herenda,

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–  Player development a Scott Brooks strength  (from Berry Tramel,

” (A) criticism I’ve heard about Brooks is measureable. And quite absurd. The idea that Brooks doesn’t develop players.

What can anyone possibly be talking about? Player development has been a Thunder mantra since the franchise hit town, and it’s not just talk. The Thunder develops players wonderfully, and coaching has to be a major part of that. Let’s go down the list:”

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–   With Enes Kanter, the Thunder plugged one hole but opened another  (from Berry Tramel,

” Kanter could score. but his defense was atrocious”

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–  A year of familiarity figures to get Pistons closer to top-10 D standing SVG craves  (from Keith Langlois,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:



Paul Millsap:


James Johnson:


James Harden:


Jimmy Butler:


Mike Conley:


Terrence Ross:


Robin Lopez:


Clint Capela:


Jordan Adams:


Elfrid Payton;


Isaiah Canaan:


Nik Stauskas:


Tyler Johnson:


Furkan Aldemir:


Ish Smith: