Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/27/17

James Harden’s Historic MVP Season (from Kelly Scaletta, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/27/james-harden-unequivocal-mvp/

Jokic’s Defense, Resting Players, Bargain Shopping For Big Men, Much More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/27/coaches-seat-jokics-defense-solution-resting-players-bargain-shopping-big-men/

Jason Terry: Coach on The Floor  (from Ananth Pandian, The Step Back): Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/27/jason-terry-milwaukee-bucks-veteran-leadership/

Celtics: Improvement More Important Than Top Seed (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_after_catching_cavaliers_celtics_value_improvement_over_top_seed

Harden Facilitates Team Shooting Exhibition In Romp Over Thunder (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-romp-over-Thunder-all-about-team-11029429.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=bf5a2b8416438d9cbb

Making Sense Of Draft Lottery Odds, Protected Picks  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it ere: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/26/nba-draft-lottery-odds-lakers-kings-protected-picks/99663998/

Video Breakdown: How To Ice The Pick-And-Roll On Defense  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Read it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/27/ice-pick-and-roll-coverage-nba-defense-video-breakdown-karl-anthony-towns-isaiah-thomas/

 Klay Thompson Has Sparked The Dubs In KD’s Absence  (from Thomas Duffy, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/klay-thompson-sparked-warriors-kevin-durants-injury/

Kyrie Irving Is Now Defending PGs: Results So Far Are Not Promising (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irving_has_a_new_defensi.html

BKN 107, ATL 92: Five Observations (from Chirs Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here: http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/how-the-hawks-bad-luck-led-another-rapidly-mounting-losses/IwImT4Z8MsEIDolTPyYsVK/

How Marcus Smart Has Developed His Post Game  (from Danny Emerman, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/how-marcus-smart-has-developed-into-an-elite-post-player-9d043f32eaf2#.uvo2pclew

Shots Aren’t Falling But Marcus Smart Is Still Impacting Winning (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725662/shots-arent-falling-but-marcus-smart-still-impacts-winning-for-celtics

PJ Tucker Is Fueling The Raptors (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/tucker-fuelling-raptors-improving-defence

33-Year Old Iguodala Is Looking Springy And Fresh  (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury News):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/27/springy-andre-iguodala-gives-warriors-a-boost/

Cavs Aren’t Using All Of Their Defensive Talent  (from Alexander Gaddis, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/27/cleveland-cavaliers-use-defensive-talent/

Clippers Collapse At Home Vs Kings  (from Lucas Hann, clipsnation.com):

Read it here: http://www.clipsnation.com/2017/3/26/15067356/game-recap-la-clippers-collapse-lose-at-home-to-sacramento-kings-98-97-doc-rivers

Mavs Have Knack For Finding Diamonds In The Rough (from Saad Yousuf, mavs.com):

Read it here: https://www.mavs.com/mavs-have-knack-for-finding-diamonds-in-the-rough/

Is Thibs Overusing His Stars? (from Drew Mahowald, canishoopus.com):

Read it here: http://www.canishoopus.com/2017/3/27/15065512/tom-thibodeaus-minutes-tendencies

Ricky Rubio’s Renaissance (from Michael Vu, The Sports Quotient):

Read it here: http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2017/3/27/is-this-ricky-rubios-rickenaissance

Bryn Forbes: Learning A New Position (from Melissa Rohlin, Express News):

Read it here: http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Forbes-still-learning-new-position-11030323.php

Eurocup Final Preview  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fansided.com):

Read it here: https://fansided.com/2017/03/27/eurocup-final-preview-unicaja-malaga-valencia-live-stream-watch-online/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/29/17

James Harden Profile  (from Duncan Smith, 16 Wins A Ring):
The Rockets Are More Than Just James Harden (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Coach Spinella’s Weekly Take: Jazz Defense And Much More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
–  Nikola Jokic’s Unique Skill Set  (from Nick Kosmider, Denver Post):
Steph Curry’s Throwback MVP Night  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Old-School Zach Randolph Is Rolling For Grizzlies (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
–  Blazers Finding Success With New Starting Lineup (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):
Cousins Is Relying On Teammates More, Making Better Decisions  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):
Dejounte Murray Is Spurs’ Latest Find (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):
Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, P.J. Tucker (from Doug Haller, azcentral):
–  Bulls Look To Refocus  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Trip To D-League Was Jared Sullinger’s Idea (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
5 Questions Facing The Thunder In Kanter’s Absence  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
Pacers’ Roller-Coaster Season Continued In Win Over Kings  (from Nate Taylor, Indy Star):
Motiejunas Putting Pelicans In Ball-Movement State Of Mind  (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
Sizing Up The Sixers  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):
–  Nets’ Four For The Future (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
Pistons’ Pull-Up Problem  (from Jasper Apollonia, Piston Powered):
Nogueira: Filling Biyombo’s Shoes  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
Myles Turner: Under The Radar (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):
D-League Mid-Season Awards (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/11/17

Teams Can’t Even Handle The Threat Of John Wall’s Pick-And-Rolls  (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/11/john-wall-pick-and-roll-pass-assist/

–  How James Harden Leads The League In Assists  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/01/11/james-harden-assists-mvp-triple-double-houston-rockets-russell-westbrook-carbaugh-video-breakdown/

–  The Defensive Surprise In Houston  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-the-defensive-surprise-in-houston/

–  Joel Embiid’s Ambitions  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Rimger):

Read and listen to it here:  https://theringer.com/joel-embiid-point-guard-podcast-d76a4644101#.epv1056ui

Avery Bradley Q & A  (from Warren Shaw, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/10/avery-bradley/

Nikola Jokic: From Serbia To The Nuggets  (from Paul Klee, gazette.com):

Read it here:  http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nikola-jokic-from-serbia-to-the-denver-nuggets-with-love/article/1594083

–  Hayward And The Jazz Are For Real  (from Patrick Redford, Deadspin):

Read and watch it here:  http://deadspin.com/gordon-hayward-and-the-utah-jazz-are-for-real-1791057354

Blazers’ Give-And-Go 3-Point Play For CJ McCollum (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here:  http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/blazers-give-go-3-point-play-for-mccollum/

Thunder Film Room: Examining Adams And Kanter As Creators (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read and watch it here: http://newsok.com/thunder-film-room-examining-steven-adams-and-enes-kanter-as-offensive-creators/article/5533883

 What Does The Future Have In Store For Demetrius Jackson?  (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/01/11/future-store-demetrius-jackson/

Point Guard Defense (from Josh Eberley, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hoop.nba.com/nba_hoop_featured/defensive-pointers/

Bucks Strike Gold With Brogdon (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/01/10/malcolm-brogdon-milwaukee-bucks-mature-success-draft-steal

The Knicks’ Real Problem (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):

Read it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2017/01/11/new-york-knicks-real-problem-basketball/

From Marc Berman, NY Post:  http://nypost.com/2017/01/10/joakim-noahs-a-horrible-fit-and-carmelo-has-to-bolt-tnt-analyst/

–  Garrett Temple Took Long, Strange Trip To NBA  (from Ailene Vosin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article125796744.html

GSW 107, MIA 95  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724951/celtics-are-still-chasing-the-raptors-in-the-east

–  What The First Half Of The Season Taught Us About The Magic  (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read and watch it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/01/10/what-the-first-half-taught-us-about-the-orlando-magic/

Pistons’ Midseason Report (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/01/10/pistons-midseason-report-failure-launch/96398704/

 Six Reasons The Rockets Are Dominating Opponents (from Jeff Balke, Houston Press):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonpress.com/news/six-reasons-the-rockets-are-dominating-opponents-9095189

–  Covington’s Shooting Slump Doesn’t Worry The Sixers  (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/why-robert-covingtons-shooting-slump-doesnt-worry-the-sixers/

–  Lowry’s Transformation Into Elite Long-Range Assassin  (from Blake Murphy, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/kyle-lowrys-transformation-into-elite-long-range-assassin/

–  Celtics: Areas Of Needed Improvement  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724951/celtics-are-still-chasing-the-raptors-in-the-east

Ajinca Sees No Future For Himself In New Orleans (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2017/1/10/14232600/alexis-ajinca-seeks-nba-trade-new-orleans-pelicans-omer-asik-small-ball-improvement

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/5/17

Nic Batum: Bridge Between Eras  (from David Ramil, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/05/nicolas-batum-bridges-gaps-eras-countries/

D’Antoni: Taking The Rockets’ To A New Level  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/01/05/mike-dantoni-finds-perfect-fit-houston-rockets

From Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/05/mike-dantoni-rockets-lakers-suns-james-harden-eric-gordon

–  James Harden: “Living A Dream”  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/columnist/sam-amick/2017/01/04/james-harden-houston-rockets-nba-mvp-russell-westbrook/96179722/

–  NBA Scoring Explosion: Too Hot Or Just Right? (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18408222/zach-lowe-nba-scoring-explosion

 Wednesday Recap (from The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-shootaround-giannis-is-the-story-of-the-season-d8d5eca126a7#.buw81hakf

MIA 107, SAC 102  (from Omer Khan, Sactown Royalty):

Read it here:  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/1/4/14175162/kings-102-heat-107-dnp-no-heart

–  Afflalo Evolves Into Important Reserve  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article124656374.html

Breaking Down The Timberwolves: Patience Is Required  (from Tom West, 16winsaring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/nba-breakout-2017-minnesota-timberwolves-b8da212063f2#.edjq1ek96

–  Are The Timberwolves Still Missing Kevin Garnett?  (from Andre Snellings, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/05/nylon-calculus-minnesota-timberwolves-missing-kevin-garnett/

–  Video Breakdown: Cavaliers’ Iverson Cut Series  (from Coach Nick/Mo Dahkil, BBall Breakdwon):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=DQxw0VXSJ_0

Rudy Gobert’s Emergence  (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2684854-its-taken-years-for-rudy-gobert-to-make-his-case-as-the-nbas-best-center

 Takeaways From Jazz-Celtics  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/utah-jazz-boston-celtics-6f87a69daeb6#.8uu4qro55

 Video Breakdown: Dribble Handoff Concepts  (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.com):

Watch it here:  http://pickandpop.net/2017/01/dho-concepts-im-liking/

–  Robin Lopez Q & A  (from Spencer Davies, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/sixteen-exclusive-q-a-with-robin-lopez-a590c368d66a#.nb4yd8j3y

Kevin Durant Q & A  (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/3287/qa-with-kevin-durant-i-like-to-remain-somewhat-of-a-mystery

–  The Marc Gasol Takeover  (from Kevin Yeung, grizzlybearblues.com):

Read it here: http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2017/1/5/14175600/marc-gasol-offense-mvp-memphis-grizzlies

 Video Analysis: The Warriors Blitz McCollum  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/1/5/14175002/nba-2017-warriors-vs-nuggets-video-analysis-highlights-defense-mccollum-klay-draymond-zaza

Derrick Rose’s Season So Far: An Assessment  (from Jared Dubin, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/05/derrick-rose-knicks-useful-helpful/

Wall, Beal, Gortat: Paying The Price For The Wizards’ Bad Bench  (from Adam Rubin, truthaboutit.net):

Read it here:  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2017/01/wall-beal-and-gortat-paying-the-price-for-washingtons-bad-bench.html

Antetokounmpo: The NBA’s Next Big Deal  (from Mitch Lawrence, Forbes):

Read it here:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/mitchlawrence/2017/01/05/what-makes-the-milwaukee-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-the-nbas-next-big-deal/#4d79a5c2aec4

–  The Pacers’ Improvement: Trusting The Pass (from C. Cooper, indycornrows.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indycornrows.com/2017/1/5/14170458/how-caring-and-sharing-has-sharpened-the-pacers-offense

–  Harrison Barnes: Reaching New Heights  (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):

Read it here:  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2017/01/04/harrison-barnes-rise-stardom-season-mavericks-reaching-new-heights-playmaker

–  Shaun Livingston Interview  (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/shaun-livingston-dishes-on-his-journey-and-future/

 Langston Galloway Q & A  (from Jake Rauchbach, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-green-light-galloway-excelling-with-pelicans/

–  Ginobili Is Still Delivering  (from Bruno Passos, poundingtherock.com):

Read and watchit here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/1/4/14160056/manu-ginobili-vintage-season

–  Assessing Porzingis’ Achilles Tendinitis  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/01/04/medical-experts-take-on-kristaps-porzingis-injury/

 Lakers Stressing Patience With Zubac  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/zubac-740230-lakers-fenders.html

–  JaKarr Sampson In The D-League  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/1/4/14168750/jakarr-sampson-dleague-nbadl-nba

Hollis Thompson Waived By Sixers  (from Jake Pavorsky, libertyballers.com):

Read it here: http://www.libertyballers.com/2017/1/5/14171296/philadelphia-76ers-trust-the-process-hollis-thompson-waived

Frank Nkilitina  (from Andrew Keh, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/sports/basketball/frank-ntilikina-sig-strasbourg-france.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/1/17

James Harden Lights Up Knicks  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/12/31/james-harden-lights-up-knicks-with-awesome-triple-double/

–  Saturday Roundup, Featuring Giannis, Harden, Cavs, Grizzlies, Jazz  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2684564-saturday-nba-roundup-there-is-no-doubting-giannis-antetokounmpo-as-a-superstar

The Evolution Of Russell Westbrook  (from James Holas, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/31/the-evolution-of-russell-westbrook/

–  Video Breakdown: How Isaiah Thomas Scored 52 (from Coach Nick, CLNS Radio):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=WdmLdDJEk84

Isaiah Thomas Reaches Heights He Always Envisioned  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/12/31/isaiah-thomas-reaches-heights-always-envisioned/gKK2WHrgV8o7K2WvVTEGdL/story.html

–  Celtics Have To Fix Their Rebounding  (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/12/31/14122694/celtics-have-to-fix-their-rebounding-issue-nba-cavaliers-noel-chandler-bogut-boston-basketball-nba

–  Blazers Showing Signs Of Defensive Improvement  (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-portlands-defense-showing-signs-of-life/

–  Al Horford’s Great Passing Sets Tone For Celtics  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/01/01/al-horford-setting-tone-with-ball-protection/

–  Embiid’s Return And The Plot Twists Along The Way  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/joel-embiids-long-awaited-return-to-the-court-and-the-plot-twists-along-the-way/

 Sixers Big Men Experiment Is Taking A Toll (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20170101_Pompey__Are_Sixers_tanking_by_experimenting_with_big_men_.html

–  Rondo’s Fall From Grace  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-rajon-rondo-dnp-bulls-lose-spt-0101-20161231-story.html

–  Brandan Wright Interview  (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/brandan-wright-excited-to-help-memphis-push-for-the-playoffs/

Pistons: 5 Surprising Numbers  (from Justin Brouckaert, Piston Powered):

Read it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2017/01/01/five-surprising-numbers-pistons-2016/

 Stanley Johnson Refines Game To Earn Minutes  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/12/31/pistons-johnson-refines-game-earn-minutes/96046424/

–  Ariza Is Critical To Rockets  (from Maurice Bobb, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2684373-low-key-trevor-ariza-is-critical-to-high-octane-houston-rockets

–  Caris LeVert  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2016/12/31/one-super-positive-discovered-after-nets-destruction/

–  D-League Coach Nate Loenser  (from Sportal):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.co.in/nba/cedar-falls-native-loenser-relishes-coaching-opportunity-in-the-nba-d-league-waterloo-cedar-falls-courier/

–  Lamar Patterson Looks To Return To NBA  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/31/14134768/lamar-patterson-nba-reno-bighorns-2017

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