Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/8/17

Rudy Gobert Breaks Through His Ceiling  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Play Of The Week, Kyle Lowry (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):
–  What Happened To The Pistons?  (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
–  Jimmy Butler Just Needed A Little Space To Play Like A Superstar  (from Stephen Noh,  The Athletic):
TJ McConnell: Moving In The Right Direction  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
 Joel Embiid’s Journey (from Ryan Jackson, Sir Charles In Charge):
–  Marcus Smart Is More Than A Defensive Menace (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
–  What To Expect From Cameron Payne (from Darian Hutchins, Thunderous Intentions):
–  Cameron Payne Q & A  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
 Monta Ellis’ Attitude Is At The Core Of Pacers’ Win Streak  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
 NBA Union Begins To Help Earl Monroe And His Peers  (from Kevin Armstrong, NY Daily News):
 Austin Rivers Has Improved  (from Tom West, clipperholics.com):
–  D’Angelo Russell Has Improved By Attacking The Paint (from Darius Soriano, Forum Blue And Gold):
–  What Caris LeVert’s Night Proved To The Nets  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
–  Jamie Dixon On Steven Adams (from Aaron Torres/Evan Daniels):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/30/16

–  The Pelicans Are Back From The Dead  (from Tim Cato,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/29/10866206/2016-nba-scores-new-orleans-pelicans-playoffs-standings-anthony-davis

–  Luis Scola Keeps Raptors’ Win Streak In Perspective  (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/29/luis-scola-keeps-raptors-win-streak-in-perspective

–  The Wizards’ Defensive Shortcomings  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/john-walls-stark-self-assesment-of-the-wizards-we-just-cant-guard-a-soul/2016/01/29/64632786-c6c8-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html

–  Previewing Kawhi vs LeBron Matchup  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2611673-lebron-james-kawhi-leonard-rivalry-evolving-into-battle-of-equals

–  Celtics On A Rampage:  Trend Analysis  (from DRJ,  celticslife.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/01/celtics-on-rampage-green-trends-analysis.html

–  Blazers Talk Defense After Win  (from David MacKay,  blazersedge.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/1/30/10874698/blazers-defense-win-hornets-nicolas-batum

–  Cavaliers:  Five Observations  (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/kyrie_irving_follows_tyronn_lu.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Klay Thompson’s Upside Down Elevator For Draymond Green’s Three (from EricApricot, Golden State of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/29/10858038/NBA-highlights-2016-klay-thompson-draymond-green-golden-state-warriors-dallas-mavericks

–  Ten Things You Need To Know About The Grizzlies  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25466404

–  Why Are The Grizzlies Suddenly Scoring So Many Points?  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Numbers-Game–367005981.html

–  Michael Malone Flourishing After Kings Disappointment  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/inside-the-denver-nuggets-151035814.html

–  How Anthony Morrow Turned His Jumper Into NBA’s Fastest Weapon  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4693022-anthony-morrow-dip-quick-release-thunder-kevin-durant-stephen-curry

–  Fixing The Bucks’ Defense  (from Daniel Larsen,  behindthebuckspass.com):

Read it here:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2016/01/30/milwaukee-bucks-fix-defense/

–  Devin Booker Might Already Be One Of The NBA’s Best Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vqz6wyQAAEMxgvcf

–  Searching For Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Partner On The Wing  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/1/29/10825822/searching-for-michael-kidd-gilchrists-partner-on-the-wing

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports): The unlikely story of how Kristaps Porzingis found his way to the Knicks

 

–  Zaza Pachulia  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706065/zaza-pachulia-returns-reminds-mavs-how-much-they-missed-him

–  Draymond Green  (from Sekou Smith,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/sekou_smith/01/29/kia-race-to-the-mvp-ladder-draymond-green-shows-superstar-skills-stephen-curry-lebron-james-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-kawhi-leonard/index.html

Julius Randle  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/30/10874650/la-lakers-julius-randle-career-high-clippers-stats-tape-analysis-breakdown

–  Lance Thomas  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25466375/taking-the-road-less-traveled-knicks-lance-thomas-finds-his-way-home

–  Terrence Ross (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/01/29/raptors-ross-growing-at-rate-of-practice-sessions.html

–  Trevor Ariza  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14672498/nba-court-locker-room-trevor-ariza-got-covered

–  Derrick Rose/ Jimmy Butler (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/backcourt-connection

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Neil Paine,  fivethirtyeight.com):  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/demarcus-cousins-is-a-usage-monster/

LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2612229-how-lamarcus-aldridge-fast-tracked-spurs-learning-curve-to-earn-all-star-bid

–  Shabazz Napier  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/01/30/shabazz-napier-trying-jump-start-career-with-orlando-magic/6fJEEXqP8K0vxPZzpKL6xO/story.html

J.J. Redick  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VquV4iQAAGsveqgJ

Boban Marjanovic  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/fran_blinebury/01/30/spurs-boban-marjanovic/

–  Donatas Motiejunas  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-donatas-motiejunas-heading-to-d-league-in-next-step-of-rehab/

–  Tyrus Thomas  (from KC Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-tyrus-thomas-bulls-spt-0131-20160130-story.html

–  Mario Hezonja  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-news-0130-20160129-story.html

–  Bryce Dejean-Jones  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/bryce_dejean-jones.html

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/6/16

–  The Subtle Details of the Spurs’ Stifling Defense  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240352/The-Subtle-Details-Of-The-Spurs-Stifling-Defense

–  Draymond Green’s Uniqueness Makes the Warriors Who They Are  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/01/draymond-greens-uniqueness-makes-warriors/

–  Bulls’ Offense Clicking On All Cylinders  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-butler-rose-bulls-bucks-report-spt-0106-20160105-story.html

–  The Heat’s ATOs (from Couper Moorhead,  heat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/time-after-time

–  The Spurs’ Beautiful Game, Though Modified, Is Still Turning Heads  (from  Jeff McDonald,  News-Express):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-beautiful-game-though-modified-still-6738464.php?t=9f2a3033ee927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  Hornets Are On A Stable Path  (form Ken Berger, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25439060/amid-the-struggles-hornets-are-on-a-stable-path-under-steve-clifford

 Jazz Thinking Deep Thoughts With Big Men Out  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3382574-155/utah-jazz-thinking-deep-thoughts-with?fullpage=1

–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Explain One Odd Play:  Draymond Green Pass to Steph Curry  Layup  (from Ericapricot,  goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/6/10722224/warriors-vs-lakers-2016-highlight-video-draymond-green-pass-to-stephen-curry-layup

–  Assists, Point Guards and Ball Movement  (from Brian McCormick,  learntocoachbasketball.com):

Read it here:  http://learntocoachbasketball.com/assists-point-guards-and-ball-movement

–  Colangelo Upbeat About Roster, Brett Brown, and Sixers’ Plan  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-colangelo-upbeat-about-roster-brown-sixers-plan

–  New Media Procedure Seeks to Improve Referee Accountability  (from Andy Larsen,  ksl.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ksl.com/?sid=38023928&nid=294

 D-League Showcase Primer  (from Brian Kotloff,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://dleague.nba.com/news/2016-showcase-primer/

 D-League Showcase Day One Preview  (from Brian Kotloff,  nba.com):

Read and view it here:  http://dleague.nba.com/news/showcase-day-1-preview/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jimmy Butler  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22759/derrick-rose-jimmy-butler-is-ballin-in-midst-of-career-best-stretch

Justise Winslow  (from Tim Reynolds,  Associated Press):  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e1a2e70746e046be877395e264157466/miamis-winslow-keeps-impressing-rookie-season

–  CJ McCollum  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):   http://www.basketballinsiders.com/c-j-mccollum-on-role-new-challenges-and-expanding-his-game/

–  Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh  (from  Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2016/01/introspective-wade-bosh-discuss-their-rejuvenation-dolphins-canes-panthers-notes.html

 Dwyane Wade  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/rousing-revival-dwyane-wade-is-miami-heats-benjami/npx9z/

–  Steph Curry  (from  Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/01/06/stephen-curry-on-leg-being-kicked-again-in-same-spot-its-just-a-magnet/

–  Isaiah Thomas  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/01/boston_celtics_isaiah_thomas_o.html

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Chris Priczak,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/1/5/10718196/sean-kilpatrick-dishes-on-the-10-day-contract-playing-at-home-and-more

–  Anthony Davis  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/anthony_davis_i_dont_want_a_co.html

–  Richaun Holmes  (from Tom Moore,  theintell.com):   http://www.theintell.com/sports/sixers/sixers-rookie-holmes-giving-sixers-a-lift/article_99991b50-af16-11e5-a508-3373828f8dfd.html

–  Chris Kaman  (from Jason Quick,  oregonlive.com):   http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/chris-kaman-adventure-trail-blazers-veteran-hopes-his-next-exploit-portland

–  Solomon Hill  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/01/05/solomon-hill-playing-more-thinking-too-much/78231262/

–  Jason Terry  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  Jason Terry gives Rockets what they need

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/4/16

–  Jimmy Butler’s Record-Breaking Performance  (from Jessica Patton,  csnchicago):
Draymond Green’s Heroics Know No Bounds  (from Carl Steward,  mercurynews.com):
–  Bucks’ Interim Coach Prunty Got His NBA Coaching Start With the Spurs  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):
–  Zach Randolph:  A Bright Spot for Transitioning Grizzlies  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):
–  Grizzlies Not All on Same Page After Loss to Jazz (from Commercial Appeal):
–  Clippers: Just Wait Until Blake Griffin Returns  (from Robert Morales, Long Beach Press-Telegram):
–  Heat’s First Unit Finally in Plus Column  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
–  Goran Dragic is Getting More Comfortable  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):
–  Suns Problems Go Far Beyond Hornacek  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Orlando Magic Face Potential Crossroads  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):
–  Bobby Portis,  Lakers/Suns, Danny Green,  Will Barton  (from BBall Breakdown):
–  The Wolves’ Issues With Spacing  (from Lucas Seehafer,  canishoopus.com):
–  10-Day Contract Candidates  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Cole Aldrich/Pablo Prigioni  (from LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160104-story.html
–  Rodney Hood  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3371905-155/utah-jazz-hope-hoods-breakout-a
Gerald Henderson/Noah Vonleh  (from Mike Richman,  oregonllive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/01/vonleh_and_henderson.html

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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