Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/17/16

 

–  Warriors Run Circles Around Stagnant Rockets  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdwon):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/17/the-warriors-run-circles-around-stagnant-rockets/

Video Breakdown:  Warriors Attack And Guard James Harden (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/17/11446142/warriors-vs-rockets-video-analysis-playoffs-2016-highlights-harden-stephen-curry-klay-thompson

–  Thunder Routs Mavericks in Game 1  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/17/nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-dallas-mavericks-game-1-rout

–  How Paul George Dominated The Raptors  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25557155/how-paul-george-dominated-the-raptors-as-the-pacers-went-up-1-0

Playoffs Day One Recap  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25557581/what-we-learned-from-okc-warriors-rout-opening-day-of-nba-playoffs     and from RickyO’Donnell/Jesus Gomez, SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/17/11444572/2016-nba-playoff-scores-pacers-raptors-paul-george

–  Parity Defines The EC Playoffs  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/17/11443550/nba-playoffs-2016-east-celtics-hawks-hornets-heat-sunday-shootaround

–  Cavs Expect Test From Pistons’ Pick-and-Roll  (from Matthew Florjancic, wkyc.com ):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/sports/nba/cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-expect-test-from-detroits-pick-and-roll/138667274

 Cavs/Pistons: 10 Questions  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/playoffs-2016-10-questions

–  How The Spurs Have Been The Opposite Of What We Expected  (from Matthew Tynan,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/241522/How-The-Spurs-Have-Been-The-Opposite-Of-What-We-Expected

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 

 Patrick Beverley  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/04/16/patrick-beverley-stephen-curry-draymond-green-klay-thompson-warriors-rockets-playoffs/83146624/

–  Jae Crowder  (from Adam Himmelsbach,  Boston Globe):   http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/04/14/jae-crowder-career-path-full-twists-and-turns/z2MPouBCzAiKIldzzO9enL/story.html

–  Danny Green  (from Tom Orsborn,  expressnews.com):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/article/mm-Spurs-Green-seeks-playoff-rebirth-7253044.php?t=f824dea543927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 LeBron James  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15208083/lebron-james-dunk-renaissance

–  Zach Randolph  (from Grace Baker,  Grizzly Bear Blues):   http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/4/17/11434650/the-past-present-and-future-of-zach-randolph

Trey Lyles  (from Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3783256-155/monson-trey-lyles-has-bright-future?fullpage=1

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,  thunder.com):
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/1/16

–  Film Breakdown: Lakers Found a Blueprint for Success on Offense  (from Drew Garrison,  silverscreenandroll.com):

Read and view it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/12/31/10695650/la-lakers-analysis-pick-and-roll-film-strategy-breakdown-cut

–  Karl-Anthony Towns is Already a Star  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/10695284/karl-anthony-towns-highlights-jazz-star-rookie

–  Time for Cousins, Kings to Shape Up  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article52596430.html

–  Film Room:  Oladipo Playing Elite Defense  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-victor-oladipo-playing-elite-defense

Draymond Summarizes All  (from apricot/Jim Barnett,  goldenstateofmind):

Watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/1/10698150/warriors-vs-rockets-2015-highlight-video-andrew-bogut-alley-oop-dunk-from-andre-iguodala

Wolves GM Newton Looks to Solidify Team’s Foundation  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/wolves-general-manager-newton-charting-course/index.html

–  The Stupid Argument About the Most Fundamentally Sound Player Ruining the Game  (from Brian McCormick,  learntocoachbasketball.com):

Read it here:  http://learntocoachbasketball.com/the-stupid-argument-about-the-most-fundamental-player-in-the-nba-ruining-the-game-of-basketball

Recapping Wednesday/Thursday Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Heat Update  (from Ira Winderman,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article52588225.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jae Crowder  (from Brian Robb, Bleacher Report):

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2604078-jae-crowder-emerging-as-a-promising-leader-for-boston-celtics

–  Tyson Chandler’s Return to Form  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/01/tyson-chandler-returns-form-suns-starting-lineup/78164842/

–  Chris Bosh  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):    http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/12/29/bosh-4/

–  Justise Winslow/Stanley Johnson  (from Clint Corey,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoaoWR8AAGiXMUUw

–  Justise Winslow  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/31/fundamentals-justise-winslow-heat-duke-dwyane-wade-erik-spoelstra-chris-bosh

–  Bobby Portis/Kristaps Porzingis  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/01/01/comparing-kristaps-porzingis-new-york-knicks-and-bobby-portis-chicago-bulls/

–  Jonas Valanciunas  (from Arden Zwelling,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/how-lengthy-layoff-made-valanciunas-a-better-player/

–  Gerald Henderson Trying to Find His Way (from Jason Quick,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/struggle-gerald-henderson-veteran-trying-find-his-way-trail-blazers

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Luke Sicari,  King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/01/01/tristan-thompson-starting-the-correct-decision/

–  D’Angelo Russell  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151231/la-lakers-have-no-regrets-drafting-dangelo-russell-over-jahlil-okafor

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151231/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-believes-he-could-eventually-become-a-stretch-four

–  Brandon Bass (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/new-purple-jersey-same-hard-working-bass

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/31/15

–  Noel, Okafor Switch Roles (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151230_Sixers_coach_switches_roles_of_Noel__Okafor.html

–  Butler Says that he and Hoiberg are “Learning a Lot About Each Other”  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14471892/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-says-coach-fred-hoiberg-holding-accountable

–  Versatility Will Set the Grizzlies’ Course  (from Chris Herrington,  Commercial Appeal):

Read and view it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Versatility-will-set-the-Grizzlies-course-363819901.html

Reggie Jackson Podcast Transcript (from Adrian Wojnarowski/ Darnell Mayberry):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/reggie-jackson-opens-up-about-his-thunder-days/article/5469638

–  Serge Ibaka  Q & A  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603720-serge-ibaka-on-state-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder

–  Scott Skiles Has Pulled Another Great Defense Out of His Hat  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/9836364/scott-skiles-magic-defense-improvement-victor-oladipo

–  HORNS Staggers is an Effective Play for Miami  (from Jay Ramos,  hothothoops.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/12/30/10684596/hot-hot-plays-horns-staggers-effective-play-miami-heat-dwyane-wade

–  Why the Post-Up Will Never Die  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/3-point-shooting-why-the-post-up-will-never-die/

–  Anatomy of a Game Winner:  Closer Look at Gasol’s Lob to Butler  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/samsmith/anatomy-game-winner

–  The NBA’s Best and Worst After Timeout Plays  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/nba-after-timeouts/

–  How Robin Lopez Defended Drummond  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/12/30/10688548/look-how-good-robin-lopez-was-against-detroit

Timberwolves Moving On Slowly Without Flip Saunders (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/life-after-flip-a-look-into-wolves-future/

–  Is There A Proper Time for an NBA Coach to Get a Technical Foul? (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/is-there-a-proper-time-for-billy-donovan-or-any-nba-coach-to-get-a-technical-foul/article/5469686

–  Defensive Rookies of the Season’s First Quarter  (from Henry Steckel,   Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoQWdR8AAPFqIeKL

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Oladipo Not Deterred By Criticism  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-victor-oladipo-criticism-offense-20151230-post.html

–  Kemba Walker’s Path to All-Star Efficiency  (from Tyler Davis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689555-kemba-walker-hornets-charlotte-all-star-efficiency-jeremy-lin-nicolas-batum

Jabari Parker’s Learning  Curve Hits a Dip  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jabari-parkers-learning-curve-hits-a-dip-b99642815z1-363891591.html

Bosh’s Story is One of Perspective  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article52400520.html

–  Ty Lawson is Turning His Offense Around  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/12/ty-lawson-showing-signs-of-turning-his-offense-around/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/blazers_nuggets_cj_mccollum.html

–  Heat’s Chris Andersen Grows Into Veteran Leader  (from Adi Jospeh, Sporting news):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689660-chris-andersen-birdman-miami-heat-age-veteran-udonis-haslem-erik-spoelstra

–  Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blaekly,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/kobe-bryant-praises-jae-crowder-development-with-celtics

–  Boban Marjanovic  (from Jeff McDonald,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/31/popovich-no-fan-of-boban-mania/

–  Mareese Speights  (from Diamond Leung,  Inside the Warriors):  http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2015/12/30/warriors-marreese-speights-having-worst-most-frustrating-year-minutes-wise-but-hes-willing-to-sacrifice/

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/31/10686156/celtics-assignee-jordan-mickey-continues-to-shine-for-maine-red-claws

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/28/15

–  Brad Stevens: Crowder “Playing at a High Level”  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne):

Read it here:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/stevens-crowder-playing-high-level

–  Heat Teammates Beginning to Trust in Hassan Whiteside  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article51804800.html

–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/28/10672054/2015-nba-scores-celtics-knicks-thunder-russell-westbrook-west-playoffs

–  Blazers 98,  Kings 94  (from James Ham,  csnbayarea):

Read it here: http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/rewind-kings-endure-reoccurring-theme-sloppy-loss

CJ McCollum is Becoming One of the NBA’s Best All-Around Scorers  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/28/10673426/cj-mccollum-highlights-stats-blazers-star

–  Magic Must Get Back to Playing Elite Defense  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/magic-must-get-back-focusing-playing-elite-defense

–  Van Gundy Tries to Stir Pistons’ Low-Energy Starters  (from Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/27/detroit-pistons-starting-lineup-concerns/77954740/

Raptors Adjust to Valanciunas, Carroll Returns  (from Doug Smith,  Tornto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/12/27/raptors-back-in-rhythm-with-return-of-jonas-valanciunas-against-bulls.html

–  Curry Not Letting Frustration of “Steph Slump” Show  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/mired-steph-slump-curry-not-letting-frustration-show

–  Wizards Turning it Around  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-wizards-turning-it-around/

–  Race for West’s 7th and 8th Playoff Seeds is Suddenly Depressing  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25428200/race-for-the-wests-seventh-and-eighth-playoff-seeds-is-suddenly-depressing

Race for 8th in the West is Suddenly Sad  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/28/10673212/nba-western-conference-playoffs-jazz-suns-kings-blazers

–  Hornets Built a Quality Bench Out of Rejects  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/hornets-built-quality-bench-rejects/

–  Kevin Love’s Signature Pass Inspired by the Past  (from Scott Cacciola,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/28/sports/basketball/cavaliers-kevin-loves-signature-pass-is-inspired-by-the-past.html?_r=0

–  Derrick Favors’ Steady Improvement  (from Dan Clayton,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/derrick_favors_jazz_growing_offense/

How Each Other Warrior Fares With and Without Curry  (from Daniel Leroux,  Warriors World):

Read it here:  http://www.warriorsworld.net/2015/12/28/warriors-weekly-dec-28-2015/

How Raptors Offense Remains Efficient Without Ball Movement Beauty  (from Matt Lurie, RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240263/How-Torontos-Offense-Remains-Efficient-Without-Ball-Movement-Beauty

–  The NBA’s Counter-Revolution Has Begun  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240258/The-NBAs-Counter-Revolution-Has-Begun

Kawhi Leonard’s Versatility  (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689319-kawhi-leonard-unpredictable-scorer-spurs-mvp

LeBron’s Christmas Stew  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14437762/truehoop-presents-lebron-christmas-stew

  •  Tyler Johnson’s Incredible Journey  (form Jared Zwerling,  NPBA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/inside-the-incredible-journey-of-tyler-johnson-miamis-soaring-southpaw/

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

–  What Went Wrong for Suns: Early, Surprising Success  (form Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14449153/went-wrong-phoenix-suns-jeff-hornacek

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Amir Johnson/ Marcus Smart  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2015/12/celtics_notebook_johnson_plays_big_through_foot_pain

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-ascend-standings-with-bazemore-in-starting-l/nprzt/

–  Chandler Parsons  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas news):  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2015/12/27/sefko-still-finding-rhythm-chandler-parsons-closing-old-form

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Marlowe Alter,  Detroit Free Press): http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/27/detroit-pistons-stanley-johnson-ignites-rally/77944816/

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Shyam Baskaran,  Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/28/bismack-biyombo-the-force-awakens/

Sean Kilpatrick/Jordan McRae  (from Roy Burton,  Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/12/28/10673392/sons-of-liberty-the-sean-kilpatrick-and-jordan-mcrae-show-delaware-87ers-sevens