Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/27/16

–  TOR 102, IND 99  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
–  Raptors’ Redeem Team Sparks Comeback  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):
–  ATL 110, BOS 83  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
–  Hawks Go Small; Send Hard Traps At Thomas  (from Jay King, Mass Live):
–  Even In Loss Brad Stevens Trusts Process  (from Terence Moore,  Sports On Earth):
 Video Breakdown:  Walker, Lin Lead Hornets Over Heat In Game 4  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

–  Hornets Thriving With Shift To Old-School Offense  (from Scott Fowler,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article74074197.html

–  How The Warriors Can Score Without Steph  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
 Shaun Livingston Takes A Far Different Approach  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):
Draymond Green’s Playoff Diary, Entry 4  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):

–  Terry Stotts And His Unfamiliar Walk  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/terry-stotts-and-first-steps-his-unfamiliar-walk

–  Pistons’ Future May Depend On Hack-A-Farce Rule Change  (from Seth Partnow, Vice Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-detroit-pistons-future-may-depend-on-nba-hack-a-rules-changes

–  New Wolves’ GM Scott Layden Learned From Masters, Including His Dad  (from Kent Youngblood,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/new-wolves-gm-scott-layden-learned-from-masters-including-his-dad/377209291/#1

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Norman Powell (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/26/raptors-norman-powell-plays-well-beyond-rookie-status

–  Doug McDermott (from Dirk Chatelain, kwbe.com):  http://kwbe.com/local-sports/aggressiveness-of-old-helps-doug-mcdermott-become-more-than-a-spot-up-shooter-in-second-nba-season/

–  Christian Wood  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/year-review-christian-wood

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/26/16

–  What’s Ahead For The Clippers Without CP3? (from J.A.Adande, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15371146/more-questions-answers-playoffs-far

–  Trail Blazers’ Luck:  Where Preparation Meets Opportunity  (from Arash markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15373184/trail-blazers-seized-opportunity-where-find-it

 Getting To The Playoffs Was Never Enough For The Blazers  (from Casey Holdahl,  forwardcenter.net):

Read it here:  http://forwardcenter.net/despite-what-they-say-just-getting-to-the-playoffs-was-never-enough-for-these-trail-blazers/

–  Spurs Will Test Thunder In Ways The Mavs Couldn’t  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/26/nba-playoffs-thunder-beat-mavericks-await-spurs

–  How Bad Is Curry’s Injury?  (from Al Saracevic/Maddie Lee,  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Curry-s-knee-injury-How-bad-is-it-7346762.php  and from Tim Grover, Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-truth-about-steph-curry-s-injury-005912613.html

–  The Warriors Without Curry  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/117252/how-good-are-the-warriors-without-stephen-curry

–  Kemba Walker Leads Hornets To Series Tie  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/25/11505878/hornets-heat-2016-results-score-nba-playoffs-game-4-kemba-walker-jeremy-lin/in/11269901

–  Lin’s Ability To Drive One Of The Keys To Hornets’ Victory  (from Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article73887287.html

–  Backcourt Heroics Help Hornet Even Series  (from Matt Rochinsky,  hornets.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/hornets/backcourts-heroics-help-hornets-even-series-2-2

–  Raptors’ Adjustment Options  (from  Dave Feschuk,  Toronto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/25/youve-got-to-have-faith-as-blind-as-it-is-feschuk.html   and from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca:   http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-centre-raptors-game-5-adjustments/

–  Pacers’ Coach Vogel Has Had To Unlearn A Lot  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/25/insider-vogel-has-had-un-learn-lot-what-he-believes/83502024/

–  Brad Stevens: Next Superstar Coach  (from Jackie MacMullan,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15356168/brad-stevens-next-superstar-head-coach

–  Celtics’ Multiple Defensive Looks Causing Problems For Hawks’ Point Guards  (from Kris Willis, peachtreehoops):

Read and view it here:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/4/26/11506004/hawks-celtics-point-guards-dennis-schroder-jeff-teague-isaiah-thomas

–  One Change To LBJ’s Game Has Altered The Cavs’ Offense Entirely  (from Josh Planos, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/04/26/one-change-to-lebron-jamess-game-has-altered-the-cavs-offense-entirely

–  Tyronn Lue Compares LBJ’s Treatment To Shaq’s  (form Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15314895/cleveland-cavaliers-coach-tyronn-lue-compares-lebron-james-foul-treatment-shaquille-oneal

–  Brooks’ Path To $35 Million Coach Began In CBA Draft’s 2nd Round (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/scott-brookss-path-to-7-million-nba-coach-began-in-the-cba-drafts-2nd-round/2016/04/25/f3c24910-0aee-11e6-bfa1-4efa856caf2a_story.html

–  Why Some Bigs Are Bad Foul Shooters  (from Steve Kyler,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-why-some-guys-are-bad-foul-shooters/

–  Every Trade That Has And Could Affect The 2016 Draft  (from Sam Vecenie,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25565523/heres-every-trade-that-has-and-could-affect-the-2016-nba-draft

Mavs: Positive Takeaways From This Season (from Cole Mentzel,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/04/26/dallas-mavericks-3-positive-takeaways-2015-16/

–  Keeping The Thunder On Their Game  (from Marc Tracy,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/sports/basketball/oklahoma-city-thunder-on-their-game.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Kevin Martin  (from Tom Orsborne, expressnews.com):   http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Unorthodox-Martin-fitting-in-well-with-Spurs-7275611.php?t=7bb2b58b92927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/25/raptors-demarre-carroll-brings-the-mojo

Meyers Leonard (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/303584-181456-support-from-behind-bench-

C.J.Miles  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/miles-continues-work-and-wait

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/22/16

OKC 131, DAL 102  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562950/westbrook-durant-get-the-help-they-need-thunder-re-establish-dominance

Mavs Can’t Match Thunder’s Athleticism  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com.au/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706392/mavericks-cant-match-thunders-awesome-athleticism

–  TOR 101, IND 85  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/22/15480/

–  HOU 97, GSW 96  (from Rodger Sherman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  How The Heat Shut Down The Hornets’ Threes And Owned The Paint  (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/shutting-supply

–  Heat’s Offense Making Historic Jump  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  Silver:  Eliminating Hack-a-Farce Could Happen In July  (from DeAntae Prince, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/21/adam-silver-hack-a-shaq-kiki-vandeweghe-nba-rules

–  What The Wolves Are Getting In Thibodeau  (from Will Gottlieb, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/21/wolves-getting-thibodeau/

–  Thibodeau Assesses The Job Ahead  (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/master-architect-new-wolves-boss-tom-thibodeau-assesses-the-job-ahead/376655621/

–  More On Thibs/Wolves  (from Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/thibodeau-helped-train-future-nba-coaches/376650401/

–  Pacers’ Assistant Coach Dan Burke  (from Ian Thomsen,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/21/indiana-pacers-assistant-dan-burke-sets-defensive-foundation-for-franchise/

–  Scott Brooks’ Hiring Has Nothing To Do With Durant  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25563019/what-does-scott-brooks-hiring-have-to-do-with-kevin-durant-nothing   and here (from Chris Mannix,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-wizards-fans-shouldn-t-count-on-scott-brooks-to-lure-kevin-durant-010418933.html

–  Meet New Nets’ Coach Kenny Atkinson  (from Mike Vaccaro,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/21/meet-nets-kenny-atkinson-who-fought-like-hell-for-this-spot/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Andre Drummond  (from Tom Haberstorh,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15292921/science-andre-drummond-explosive-athleticism

–  Justin Anderson  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4706380/rookie-rarity-justin-anderson-earning-coach-rick-carlisles-trust

 

 Norman Powell  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562446

–  Jarell Martin  (from therealhrdlicka, grizzlyberblues.com):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/4/22/11481836/jarell-martin-deep-dive

–  Austin Rivers  (from Dan Woike,  OC Register):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rivers-713137-player-people.html

–  Dwyane Wade  (from Anthony Chiang,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/crafty-veteran-dwyane-wade-still-shows-flashes-of-/nq8xX/

Jeremy Lin (from Andrew Keh,  NY Times):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/sports/basketball/jeremy-lin-charlotte-hornets.html

 

–  Christian Wood  (from Jake Pavorsky,  libertyballers.com):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/4/22/11467548/sixers-tinder-christian-wood-may-be-a-process-related-fatality

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/16

 

 Olshey Shows GM Chops In Rebuilding Blazers On The Fly  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/05/executive-of-the-year-2015-16-pick-neil-olshey-portland-trail-blazers/index.html

–  Flip Saunders’ Script: His Vision Remains Alive  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/feature/25551583

Draft Rights On The Line In The Season’s Final Days  (from Danny Leroux, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701613-draft-rights-regular-season-tiebreakers-future-picks-trades?mc_cid=897620a251&mc_eid=85c76c0da2

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186679/nba-awards-ballot-part-1

–  Jazz Are In Playoff Mode – Just Not In Playoffs  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652038/Jazz-are-in-playoff-mode—-just-not-in-playoffs.html

–  Spurs Offense Is Struggling  (from Michael Erler,  Poundng The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/12/11409764/spurs-offense-struggling-end-regular-season

–  Dwane Casey Q & A  (from Evan Rosser, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-casey-years-playoffs-will-different/

Behind The Curtain Of The Pelicans’ Training Operations  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15179914/new-orleans-pelicans-season-injury

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

DeMarre Carroll  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/11/raptors-carroll-wants-to-shed-minutes-restriction

–  Blake Griffin  (from Ben Bolch, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160412-story.html

–  Jeremy Lin  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article71285702.html

–  Andre Drummond  (from Mike Brudenell,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/11/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-backs-drummond/82909214/

Steph Curry  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/12/basketball/nba/brilliant-humble-curry-product-modern-game/#.Vw0nfvkrK7S

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186233/tristan-thompson-cleveland-cavaliers-start-center-playoffs    and from Craig Battle,  sportsnet.ca:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/tristan-thompson-lived-mammoth-contract/

–  Tristan Thompson/Paul Millsap  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/12/11413622/even-as-he-excels-against-paul-millsap-tristan-thompson-sees-a-player

Marreese Speights  (from Vic Tafur,  sfgate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-backup-Speights-puts-shots-in-air-7242213.php

 Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71295502.html

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/04/12/archie-goodwin-closes-phoenix-suns-season-well-again/82921024/

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  OCRegister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aldrich-711651-rivers-clippers.html

Al-Farouq Aminu  (from Dan Marang, Blazer’s Edge):  Should Al-Farouq Aminu be Considered an All-League Defender?

–  Wayne Ellington  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/wayne-ellington-nets-father/

–  Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/knowing-hell-need-him-playoffs-svg-folding-stanley-johnson-back-pistons-rotation

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/6/11379708/nick-minnerath-wins-ridiculous-upside-2015-16-nba-d-league-sixth-man-award

 

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