– Steve Kerr quickly fit into coaching to lead Warriors to top (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):
” Golden State moves bodies and the ball. It looks like the Warriors took the old-school, three-man weave warm-up and concentrated it into 25 feet of half-court offense. More cuts, passes (half-court and upcourt) and pick-and-rolls break down defenses and set up the flow to better utilize the history-in-the-making backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Kerr has been studying for this coaching job for years, keeping a log of playbooks and rule books of other franchises that he admired over 12 years as a TNT analyst and three years with the Suns.
He made bold tweaks this season, decreasing the roles of former All-Stars David Lee and Andre Iguodala to get more from Green and Barnes. Green was clearly a difference-maker last season for his defensive versatility, which Kerr uses at center with the knowledge he is capable of handling a point guard on a switch.
Kerr also embraced his lack of experience and put (Alvin) Gentry and Ron Adams on each side of him on the bench as assistants.”
– Warriors’ Supporting Cast Can Be X-Factor in 2015 Championship Run (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
– Frank Vogel Worked His Way to the Top (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
Read the three-part series on the Pacers’ Head Coach here:
– Pacers Think About Getting Better, Not About Paul George (from Brian Mahoney, Associated Press):
” A playoff spot is within reach, with Paul George potentially available to help grab it.
Things are suddenly setting up nicely for the Indiana Pacers after they had it rough for so long. But since nothing has come easily this season, they aren’t counting on that changing now.
“Honestly, we’re not even thinking about Paul George right now,” coach Frank Vogel said. “Hopefully he can make it back this year and get in some games, but how effective is he going to be having not played in a year? This is a serious injury. He still has a lot of hurdles to pass before he’s even able to get back on the court.
“So our whole approach has been that he’s not going to play with us this year. Even right now, we’re trying to become the best possible team we can without him and if he gets back, that’s just going to be a bonus.””
– Breaking Down Suns’ Recent Problems On Offense (from Gerald Bourguet, valleyofthesuns.com):
” With a bottom-10 defense, the only reason the Phoenix Suns are even remotely competitive is their high-powered offense and pedal-to-the-metal tempo. They rank third in the NBA in points per game (105.3) and eighth in offensive rating (104.9 points per 100 possessions).
Staring at a two-game deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the West’s final playoff spot, Phoenix also faces the league’s toughest remaining schedule. Their only hope is to run teams out of the building, but if the last few weeks have been any indication, the Suns could be in trouble.
Since the All-Star break, the new-look Suns have posted an offensive rating of 99.7 points per 100 possessions — 20th in the league during that span. With their defensive rating also lingering in the bottom third of the NBA, it’s no wonder Phoenix has struggled.
In order to assess what needs to be changed, here’s a look at the various reasons behind Phoenix’s recent offensive struggles.”
– Globe-trotting Whiteside gets his chance to click in NBA (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
” After a long and winding basketball journey, big man Hassan Whiteside has found a role with the Miami Heat.”
– Gregg Popovich, the father of Resting Your Players (from Buck Harvey, expressnews.com):
– Inside the Wizards’ Steep Decline (from Aaron Fischman, vantagesports.com):
” On January 27, the Washington Wizards stood at 31-15, sitting near the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a .674 winning percentage. Since, they’ve lost 13 of 17 games and are in danger of being passed by the Milwaukee Bucks for the No. 5 seed. Let’s look at particular areas where the Wizards have declined the most over this period.”
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
– Victor Oladipo: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/oladipo-plays-extremely-high-basketball-iq
–Isaiah Canaan/Will Barton/Mo Williams: http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/03/09/making-the-most-of-it-three-players-whove-done-well-since-the-trade-deadline/
– Danilo Gallinari: http://hoopshabit.com/2015/03/09/denver-nuggets-danilo-gallinari-returns-form/