Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/29/16

–  Rim Protection And How Teams Take Away Shots Inside  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-rim-protection-and-how-teams-go-about-taking-away-shots-inside/

D’Antoni’s 7 Seconds Or Less Offense On The Rockets (from Eli Horowitz, Today’s Fastbreak):

Read and view it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-west/houston-rockets/seven-seconds-less-harden-dantoni-rockets/

–  Fun With Lineups: Impact Of Nerlens Noel And Jahlil Okafor  (from Derek Bodner, phillymag.com):

Read it here:  http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/08/27/jahlil-okafor-lineups/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 Tim Frazier/Langston Galloway/E’Twaun Moore  (from Rick Stone, pelicandebrief.com):  http://pelicandebrief.com/2016/08/28/will-new-orleans-pelicans-backup-point-guard/  and from Brendon Kleen:  http://pelicandebrief.com/2016/08/28/etwaun-moore-shines-light-pelicans-backcourt-logjam/

–  Kay Felder  (from Aaron Ferguson, King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/08/28/kay-felder-next-damon-stoudamire/

–  Kyle Lowry/DeMar DeRozan  (from Holly McKenzie, raptors.com):  http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/lowryderozan-082616

–  Festus Ezeli  (from Steven Dewald/Carlos Murillo, ripcityproject.com):  http://ripcityproject.com/2016/08/28/viewing-festus-ezeli-from-golden-states-side/

–  Willie Cauley-Stein (from David Ramil, Today’s Fastbreak):  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-west/sacramento-kings/willie-cauley-stein-must-stand-out-in-kings-bloated-front-court/

–  Cole Aldrich  (from elevator music, canishoopus.com):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/8/29/12625322/timberwolves-preview-cole-aldrich-fan-favorite

Xavier Henry  (from Marquis Munson, Ridiculous Upside): http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/8/28/12624864/could-xavier-henrys-comeback-journey-continue-in-los-angeles

 Shane Larkin (from Jorge Sierra,  Hoops Hype):  http://hoopshype.com/2016/08/28/shane-larkin-it-has-not-been-the-easiest-path-for-me/

 Jason Terry  (from Gery Woelfel, journaltimes.com):  http://journaltimes.com/sports/basketball/bucks-beat-sharpshooter-terry-a-boost-for-bucks/article_015c934e-c968-5b6d-98fa-eed060d73507.html

–  Garrett Temple  (from Ben Mehic, Waizard Of Awes);  http://wizofawes.com/2016/08/28/washington-wizards-garrett-temple-sacramento-kings-culture-change/

 

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

 Game Two Preview  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-finals-series-reset-where-the-warriors-cavs-stand-going-into-game-2/

–  Film Study:  Warriors Double And Recover  (from John Schuhmann, nba.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/03/film-study-warriors-double-and-recover/

–  Game One:  Cavs Forgot Defensive Basics  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/3/11850898/nba-finals-golden-state-warriors-cleveland-cavaliers-defense-game-1

–  Film Study:  Breaking Down The Cavs’ 3rd Quarter Run  (from Luke Sicari, King James Gospel):

Read and view it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/06/03/film-study-breaking-cavs-third-quarter-run-game-1/

–  Why The Warriors Dominant Defense Was The Difference In Game One  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-finals-why-the-warriors-dominant-defense-has-been-the-difference-vs-cavs/

–  How The Warriors Contained LBJ In Game One  (from Scott Rafferty,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/06/03/lebron-james-warriors-defense-iguodala-game-1-nba-finals/

–  The Warriors Bench Is Their Biggest Advantage (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/3/11849158/warriors-bench-nba-finals-game-1-cleveland-cavaliers

–  Kerr Keeps Warriors’ Reserves Fresh, Ready To Go  (from Ron Kroickick, sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Kerr-keeps-reserves-fresh-ready-to-go-7962740.php

–  Livingston’s Throwback Game Still Works Beautifully (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/6/4/11857962/shaun-livingston-throwback-warriors-nba-finals-2016

–  Game One Review  (from J.M. Poulard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/03/cavaliers-warriors-game1/

–  Defensive Discipline Is Key For Cavs  (from Bryan Toporek, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/06/02/cavaliers-defense-warriors-nba-finals-kevin-love-kyrie-irving-curry/

–  From West Virginia To Italy, The Making Of Mike D’Antoni (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/From-West-Virginia-to-Italy-the-making-of-Mike-7962758.php

–  Should The Sixers Trade Noel Or Okafor  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/04/sixers-trade-nerlens-noel-jahlil-okafor/

–  Brad Stevens Talks Klay Thomspon, Steph Curry, NBA Finals, More  (from Phil Friend, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/2016/06/03/brad-stevens-talks-klay-thompson-steph-curry-nba-finals-more/85355122/

–  The Coaching Carousel  (from Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/assessing-each-of-the-nba-s-2016-head-coaching-commitments-214752245.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/4/16

–  Kerr:  Warriors’ ‘Killers’ Make Them Special  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

Read it here: http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/kerr-golden-states-killers-make-them-special-breed

–  Harrison Barnes  Q & A  (from Jared Dubin,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/03/harrison-barnes-warriors-stephen-curry-draymond-green-death-lineup

–  Danny Ainge:  Striving To Build Another Winner  (from Harvey Araton,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/sports/basketball/celtics-danny-ainge-is-striving-to-build-another-winner.html

–  How Myles Turner And The Pacers Are Blocking So Many Shots  (from Ben Gibson, 8poins9seconds):

Read and view it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/02/03/breaking-down-how-myles-turner-and-the-indiana-pacers-are-now-blocking-so-many-shots/

–  Myles Turner Plays Like A Veteran  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=jJFd3HN22SY

–  What Suns’ GM Expects From New Coach Earl Watson  (from Adam Green,  Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/544214/suns-gm-with-watson-in-charge-goal-is-to-see-improved-energy-and-effort/

–   Sixers:  Why Rush The Process Now?  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=367606321

–  How Derrick Rose Is Learning To Be Derrick Rose Again  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14702727/how-derrick-rose-chicago-bulls-learning-old-self-again

 Will The Raptors Still Be Great In April And May?  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/2/3/10886750/toronto-raptors-breakdown-highlights-statistics-playoffs

–  The Origin Of The Blazers’ Defensive Resurgence  (from Joe Freeman,  Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/02/trail_blazers_defensive_resurgence.html

–  Diagnosing The Bucks’ Broken Defense  (from Eric Nehm,  Brew Hoop):

Read and view it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/2/3/10871010/diagnosing-the-bucks-defense-no-youre-not-helping

–  Kerr’s Return Shows Impact Of Great Coaching  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/02/02/steve-kerrs-work-with-warriors-shows-how-nba-greatness-requires-great-coaching/

 Recapping Last Night’s Games (from SBNation):

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

–  Steph Curry:  No Longer “Slumping”  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/114340/stephen-curry-no-longer-slumping

Nuggets Set Of The Week:  Ram Stagger Ballscreen  (from gibsonpyper, Denver Stiffs):

Read and view it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/2/3/10905522/denver-nuggets-set-of-the-week-ram-stagger-ballscreen

–  Pau Gasol:  “Are We Doing Enough”?  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22907/bulls-pick-up-slack-in-jimmy-butlers-absence-in-win-over-kings

–  The Cavs’ New Offense  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VrKazycAAK9b79qm

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Bobby Portis  (from Sean Highkin,  Bleacher Report):   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2613341-bobby-portis-a-work-in-progress-despite-earning-necessary-minutes-with-bulls

–  Marvin Williams  (from Russell Varner,  At The Hive):  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/2/3/10905346/marvin-williams-is-having-a-career-rebirth-and-you-didnt-even-notice

Rudy Gobert  (from Ben Reiter,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/03/rudy-gobert-utah-jazz-france-stifle-tower

 Steph Curry  (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25473222/watch-science-technology-shows-how-amazing-steph-curry-truly-is

–  Tim Hardaway,  Jr.  (from Chris Vivlamore,  Atlanta Journal-Constitution):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/with-trust-hardaway-jr-increased-role-with-hawks/nqJtN/

–  Jahlil Okafor  (from Marc Whittington, Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/2/4/10896008/sixers-okafor-rebounding-bad

–  Jerian Grant  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2613303-are-ny-knicks-already-looking-past-jerian-grant-as-their-next-point-guard

–  Zach Randolph  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Spots):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/zach-randolph–grizzlies-put-life-back-in-tall-ball-180831688.html

–  Paul George  (from Conrad Brunner,  1070thefan.com):   http://www.1070thefan.com/blogs/brunos-blog/georges-excuses-ring-increasingly-hollow

–  Ronald Roberts, Jr  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC8cF4CmsMY

 

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 12/29/15

 Sorting Through the Drama in Phoenix  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14451352/the-suns-belief-competitive-building-future-taken-toll

–  Posting, Floating and the Future of the Grizzlies  (from Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):

Read it here: http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoGQpR8AAEpfEsOd

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/29/10682168/2015-nba-scores-stephen-curry-highlights-triple-double

–  Beyond the Box Score:  Mavericks’ Games 21-31  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mavs.com/behind-the-box-score-games-21-31/

–  Will Noel’s Rebirth End When Okafor Returns?  (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=363687641

–  Ish Smith is Helping to Change the Sixers’ Identity  (from John Coon,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/despite-loss-jazz-grittier-attitude-changing-sixers-identity

–  Secrets of Steph Curry’s Shooting  Hidden in Data (from Charles Babcock, Information Week):

Read it here:  http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/secrets-of-nba-stephen-currys-shooting-hidden-in-data/a/d-id/1323709

Long-Distance Relationship:  Dell and Steph Curry  (from Ken Babb,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/long-distance-relationship-steph-and-dell-curry-forged-bond-beyond-the-arc/2015/12/22/e27911c8-a8f3-11e5-bff5-905b92f5f94b_story.html

–  How Clint Capela Has Changed the Tone of the Rockets’ Season  (from Aaron Mah,  Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/27/clint-capela-changed-tone-rockets-season/

–  Mirotic at the 3 is Not Good  (from The Hungarian Jordan, blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:http://www.blogabull.com/2015/12/29/10669468/niko-at-the-3-is-still-a-disaster

Dragic Still Searching for his Own Lane in Heat Lineup  (from Rohan Nadkarni,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/29/goran-dragic-heat-suns-rockets-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-pat-riley

–  Death to All-Bench Units, Revisited  (from Blake Murphy,  Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/29/redux-death-to-all-bench-units/

Mavs 103, Bucks 93  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  Pattern of Basketball):

Read it here:  http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/12/mavs-vs-bucks.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Cameron Payne  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/article/5469244

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  ocregister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/need-697763-ocregister-wizards.html

–  Omri Casspi  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/29/10682936/omri-casspi-kings-shooter-stephen-curry-duel

–  Jared Dudley  (from Kyle Weidie,  truthaboutit.net):  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/12/jared-dudley-on-blessings-disguised-as-clipper-departures.html

–  Solomon Hill  (from Tom Lewis,  indycornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2015/12/29/10684002/solomon-hill-stays-ready-to-deliver-for-pacers

–  Ryan Kelly  (from Hannah Kulik, lakeshowlife.com): http://lakeshowlife.com/2015/12/29/lakers-lakers-give-ryan-kelly-another-shot/

–  Darion Atkins  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside): http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/28/10676962/knicks-darion-atkins-nba-d-league-ridiculous-upside-top-prospect-december

–  Terran Petteway  (from Lee Barfknecht,  nptelegraph.com):  http://www.nptelegraph.com/sports/husker_sports/petteway-shining-in-d-league/article_1c1eab84-4aa5-57a0-8f2a-efcbecd2da68.html