Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,  thunder.com):
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/3/16

–  Rodney Hood’s Decisions in the Pick-and-Roll Can Keep the Jazz Afloat  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25434886/rodney-hoods-decisions-in-the-pick-and-roll-can-keep-the-jazz-afloat

–  Recapping Saturday’s Games   (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/2/10702756/nba-schedule-results-cavaliers-magic-rockets-spurs

–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell’s Post Game Remarks  (from William Bohl,  awolfamongwolves.com):

Read it here: http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2016/01/candid-sam-mitchell-delivers-lengthy-postgame-remarks/

–  Jazz 92,  Grizzlies 87  (from David Locke,  Locked On Jazz):

Read it here:  http://weareutahjazz.com/lockedonjazz/2016/01/02/emptying-the-noggin-so-much-to-say-about-an-amazing-win/

–  Paul George Scores 21 Straight Pacers’ Points  (from ESPN):

Watch it here:  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14489038

–  Kings 142, Suns 119  (form Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/02/sacramento-kings-rout-defenseless-phoenix-suns/78216028/

–  Cavs’ Full Roster Means Cramped Rotations  (from Jason Lloyd,  ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/jason-lloyd-full-roster-means-cramped-rotation-worthy-players-left-out-in-cold-for-cavs-1.651755#

Celtics’ Big Man Logjam  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):  http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4721563/brad-stevens-curious-about-rookie-jordan-mickey-but-cs-have-bigger-frontcourt-issues

–  Explain One Play: Iguodala’s Thunderous Dunk (from Eric Apricot,  goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/3/10703632/warriors-vs-nuggets-2016-highlight-video-andre-iguodala-thunderous-slam-dunk

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jeremy Lamb Q & A  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-qa-former-guard-jeremy-lamb-reflects-on-his-days-in-okc-trade-to-hornets/article/5470277

–  JJ Redick’s Hot Shooting December  (form Jose DeLeon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/113031/decembers-shooting-star-j-j-redick-of-the-clippers

–  JJ Redick  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VolemB8AAL6OQYZx

–  Danny Green  (from Paul Garcia,  projectspurs.com):   http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/zooming-in-danny-greens-january-night-vs-the-rockets.html

–  Darrun Hilliard  (from, Keith Langlois, Pistons.com): http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/keen-observer-all-around-him-darrun-hilliard-learns-fast-he-bides-his-time-pistons-bench

–  Larry Nance/Julius Randle  (from LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-lakers-report-20160103-story.html

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/01/02/kelly-oubre-jr-has-become-key-contributor-for-wizards/

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr/ Otto Porter   (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):   http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-wizards-figure-out-porter-oubre-combo-can-work

–  Luc Mbah a Moute  (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=364045411

–  Solomon Hill/ Chase Budinger  (from Scott Agness,  Vigilant Sports):   http://vigilantsports.com/2016/01/02/budinger-odd-man-out-as-solomon-hill-earns-playing-time/

–  Richaun Holmes  (form Brian Seltzer,  sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-holmes-amidst-progress-ready-keep-grinding

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Billy Donovan’s defense: Limit opponents’ 3-point attempts  (form Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/675/donovans-defense-limit-opponents-3-point-attempts

 

–   Trail Blazers’ defense  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_defense_is_something_they_have_to_ta.html

 

–  10 observations about the Hornets after 2 exhibitions in China  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article39297906.html

 

–  Jazz: Bench play could be a benchmark for team this season   (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3066850-155/utah-jazz-bench-play-could-be

 

–  The Chicago Bulls Offense Joins The Modern NBA  (from Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/the-chicago-bulls-offense-joins-the-modern-nba/

 

–  Warriors Vs. Thunder: The Ultimate Matchup Masterpiece  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239521/Why-Warriors-Thunder-Would-Be-The-Ultimate-Matchup-Masterpiece

 

 BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Early NBA Preseason Observations  (from BBallBreakdown staff):

Read it here:   http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/bballbreakdowns-early-nba-preseason-observations/

 

–  Warriors’ Interim Coach Luke Walton attempts to maintain normalcy  (form Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

” Champs hope to keep continuity until Kerr recovers from surgery”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/10/16/golden-state-warriors-luke-walton-trying-to-keep-team-afloat-during-steve-kerr-absence/

 

–  The Celtics are making art (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

” Over the last two years, the Celtics have quietly developed from within and targeted players in the draft, free agency, and trade. Finally, the future is becoming a little clearer in Boston and it’s beautiful.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/16/9548607/the-boston-celtics-are-making-art

 

–  We Found Lopez in a Hopeless Place: Your 2015-16 Brooklyn Nets  (from Danny Chau,  Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/we-found-lopez-in-a-hopeless-place-your-2015-16-brooklyn-nets/

 

–   MindRight Pro: The Next Step in Performance Technology  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/mindright-pro-the-next-step-in-performance-technology/

 

–  TRUMEDIA NETWORKS HIRES DEAN OLIVER:

Read it here:  http://www.trumedianetworks.com/analytics-news/2015/10/14/trumedia-networks-hires-dean-oliver

 

–  Q&A: Celtics Director of Basketball Analytics David Sparks  (from Brian Pollack,  dukechronicle.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2015/10/qa-boston-celtics-director-of-basketball-analytics-david-sparks

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Dirk Nowitzki fires on all cylinders  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13893319/how-dirk-nowitzki-prepares-fire-all-cylinders

 

–  Griz counting on Brandan Wright (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-counting-on-wright-dimension-paying-big-dividends-2212833d-6d1e-2661-e053-0100007fd58a-333121541.html

 

–  Emmanuel Mudiay will be a turnover machine, and it’s no big deal  (form Zach harper,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25340273/emmanuel-mudiay-will-be-a-turnover-machine-and-its-no-big-deal

 

–   Wolves’ Dieng expanding his range with corner three  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-dieng-expanding-his-range-with-corner-three/333150001/

 

 Suns’ Sonny Weems fast in transition  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/15/phoenix-suns-sonny-weems-fast-transition/74022056/

–  JJ Redick Q & A (from Kenny Ducey, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/15/jj-redick-clippers-china-globa-games-deandre-jordan-chris-paul-blake-griffin

 

–  Mike Scott’s ball-handling development  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):   http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/scotts-ball-handling-development-included-trip-to-/nn38Q/

 

–  Hassan Whiteside’s return gives Heat a tantalizing taste of what could be  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article39372738.html

 

–  Jordan Clarkson And Julius Randle  (from Jabari A. Davis,  Lakers Nation):  http://www.lakersnation.com/sophomore-slumps-unlikely-for-jordan-clarkson-and-julius-randle/2015/10/15/

 

–  Kelly Oubre has plenty to learn, but his chance may come early (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/rookie-kelly-oubre-jr-has-plenty-to-learn-but-his-chance-may-come-early/2015/10/15/02b5d8ce-737d-11e5-9cbb-790369643cf9_story.html

–  Amir Johnson Developing Offensive Repertoire  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/amir-johnson-developing-offensive-repertoire/

 

–   How John Jenkins is making his case for a Mavs’ rotation spot  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):   https://www.mavs.com/how-john-jenkins-is-making-his-case-for-a-rotation-spot/

 

–  Celtics want more form Olynyk (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/bulpett_celtics_want_more_from_kelly_olynyk

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Can a Fred Hoiberg-Sized Paradigm Shift Save the Chicago Bulls?  (from Kelly Scaletta, todaysfastbreak.com):

” It’s not often that a non-number can do so much to define a team’s season, but the Chicago Bulls have one that’ll stop you in your tracks. Their net rating with a lineup of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah was — they didn’t have one. That lineup failed to play a single regular-season minute together.

And that encapsulates everything that went wrong for the Bulls last year, and to a point, the years around it as well. The injuries, the glut at the power-forward spot, the stubbornness of Tom Thibodeau, and his refusal to try new and intriguing lineups all coalesce on the simple fact that not for one second did the most obvious quintet of players evertake the court together.

The Bulls have shooters in Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Dunleavy. They have slashers in Butler and Rose. They have bigs who can pass in Gasol and Noah. They have bigs who can shoot in Portis and Mirotic. They have bigs who can post up in Gasol and Gibson.

In short, they already have the tools you need to generate a spread offense. What they lacked last year was imagination, creativity and a general  acknowledgment that it’s 2015.”

Read it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/central/chicago-bulls/can-a-fred-hoiberg-sized-paradigm-shift-save-the-chicago-bulls/

 

–  Here are the key NBA players competing with their national teams this month  (from Satchel Price,  sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/9/2/9247251/nba-players-international-competition-eurobasket-fiba-americas-asia

 

–   Checking in on Kentucky’s historic draft class — from top pick Karl-Anthony Towns to undrafted Aaron Harrison — during the summer before their first NBA seasons  (from Jonathan Abrams, Grantland):

Read it here:   http://grantland.com/features/these-are-the-things-that-change-boys-to-men/

 

–  Karl-Anthony Towns Season Preview  (from UMN_Shazzy,  canishoopus.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/8/31/9230767/rookie-report-karl-anthony-towns-season-preview

 

–  Raptors: Rebirth of a system  (from Deighton Goode, Raptorscage.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorscage.ca/rebirth-of-a-system-toronto-raptors/

 

 ‘Iron man’ Bavetta known for fun-loving attitude, rapport  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

HOF Class of 2015: ” Official never missed an assignment in 39-year career”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/09/03/dick-bavetta-2015-hall-of-fame/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kyle O’Quinn is set to bust out  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/9/3/9248231/theme-day-hidden-gem-kyle-oquinn

 

–  BLAZERS ROSTER BREAKDOWN – CLIFF ALEXANDER (from  Bryant Knox & Jared Wright,  oregonsportsnews.com):  http://oregonsportsnews.com/team-news/portland-trail-blazers/portland-trail-blazers-roster-breakdown-cliff-alexander.html

 

–  Ryan Anderson is poised for a breakout season (from Oleh, thebirdwrites.com):  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/9/3/9253571/ryan-anderson-breakout-new-orleans-pelicans-2015-16

 

Player to Watch: Rodney Hood  (from David J Smith, saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/player-to-watch-rodney-hood/

 

– Rookie Wrap-up: Langston Galloway  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VVtw7yYAACIAx2nH/rookie-wrap-up–langston-galloway

 

 Rookie Wrap-up: Jusuf Nurkic  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VVtwqSYAACIAx2hh/rookie-wrap-up-jusuf-nurkic

 

–   Phoenix Suns roster spot is Henry Sims’ target  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com)   http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/09/01/phoenix-suns-roster-spot-henry-sims-target/71544154/

 

 JJ Redick: The Forgotten Man  (from Robert Flom, clipsnation.com):   http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/3/9252923/jj-redick-the-forgotten-man

 

–   Ed Davis’ streamlined offense could benefit Portland Trail Blazers  (from David Mackay,  blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/9/3/9253131/portland-trail-blazers-ed-davis-offense-pick-and-roll-damian-lillard

 

–  Clint Capela is ready to prove playoff breakout is no fluke  (from Ethan Rothstein, thedreamshake.com):  http://www.thedreamshake.com/2015/9/3/9253421/clint-capela-houston-rockets-breakout-player

 

–  Terrico White Hoping for Big Break  (from Alex Kennedy.  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-terrico-white-hoping-for-big-break/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Brad Stevens:  Spur Execution Should be “Eye-Opener” for Celts (from Zack Cox, nesn.com):

Read it here:  http://nesn.com/2015/03/brad-stevens-spurs-execution-should-be-eye-opener-for-celtics/

 

 

 

Elfrid Payton: far More Than Just a Prospect  (from Brett David Roberts, orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/03/21/elfrid-payton-history-maker-and-far-more-than-just-a-prospect/

More on Elfrid here:   http://www.foxsports.com/florida/story/orlando-magic-elfrid-payton-growing-confidence-triple-doubles-032015

 

 

 

–  Warriors’ passing game  (from Mark Purdy, mercurynews.com)

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/mark-purdy/ci_27747777/purdy-warriors-passing-game-quite-weapon

 

 

Warriors:  68 Games Deep, and Still Improving (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):
” I hope what we’re witnessing in Thompson’s absence is the Warriors’ transition from an collection of individually gifted players working unselfishly together, to an even more deeply integrated system where the absolutely buy-in and constant execution make the pieces nearly interchangeable.  That’s the level the Spurs teams hit when they’d bench their starters and still blow out talented Warriors teams.  There are signs in the minutia — like the embarrassed frustration the end-of-the-bench players showed after giving up an easy second-chance basket, up by 20+ in the final minute of garbage time — and writ large — like the Warriors’ once-again growing point differential for the season — that we’re witnessing a still evolving beast.  Cut off a leg, an arm, or even the head — and it just grows another and keeps on charging.”

 

 

 

 

–  Cavaliers notes about bench scoring and playoff position (form Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):

Read it here:   http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/03/cleveland_cavaliers_notes_abou_1.html

 

 

– With playoffs looming, Cavaliers must get physical (from Marla Ridenour, Akron beacon Journal):

” After Friday’s shootaround, Love said what stood out about the Pacers was their physical style of play.

That is by design, Vogel said.

“Part of winning basketball is playing physical basketball,” Vogel said before the game. “We want to make sure there’s collisions at the rim, don’t give up anything easy, protect the paint, hit people when the shot goes up and try to rebound. Offensively we want to be more physical in the screening.

“It’s the style of play I believe that works for this group. I believe there’s a lot of styles that work in the playoffs. I’m not one of those guys who believes small ball doesn’t work in the playoffs or running teams don’t work in the playoffs. You’ve seen over the last few years different styles can be successful. You’ve got to play a style that fits your personnel.”

Cavs coach David Blatt agrees with Vogel’s point on physical basketball.

“We have tried to raise our level of physicality in the last few months and I think we’ve done a good job of that, not only Moz, but all of the guys,” Blatt said before the game.

But he doesn’t agree with a thug mentality like some teams have used to rough up LeBron James.

“There’s physical play and then there’s correct play,” Blatt said. “If you’re just physical but you’re not playing correctly there’s not a great deal of value in it. If you’re playing correctly but you’re not being physical at all, that’s also going to cost you.

“You really want to have both of them together. You want to play the game right and play the game hard. If you want to compete at the highest level, you’re going to have to be physical. That’s 1 through 13; it’s not one guy.”

– NO NIGHTS OFF UNDER GEORGE KARL  (from James Ham, cowbellkingdom.com):
–  J.J. Redick Is the Secret Ingredient to Clippers’ Offense  (from  Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):
“(T)here’s much more to Redick’s repertoire nowadays than running around the hardwood and shooting. He’s not a defensive stopper by any means, but he’s become a pesky opponent on that end—particularly when assigned to James Harden. He’s a willing facilitator, passing up good shots for great ones. Put the ball in Redick’s hands, and he’s liable to make a play off the dribble.
“Stan [Van Gundy] talked about his pick-and-roll play,” Rivers said of his conversations with the former Magic head coach two summers ago. “He said, ‘You’re going to be surprised what he does with the ball besides his shooting’, and Stan’s right.”
“I just thought he might at the next level be a standstill shooter,” saidDahntay Jones, who was a senior at Duke when Redick was a freshman. “I didn’t think that he could play in this capacity. It’s great to see him develop into this.”
And more on Redick (from Arash Markazi, ESPN):
–  We Need to Talk About Kevin: On Life Without Durant for the Oklahoma City Thunder  (from Zach Lowe,  Grantland.com):

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

 

Wayne Ellington: http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/20150320/lakers-wayne-ellington-channeling-grief-from-fathers-death-into-productive-season

 

Udonis Haslem:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article15552668.html

 

–  Tyler Zeller:  http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/03/18/robb-tyler-zeller-proving-to-be-surprisingly-valuable-piece-in-celtics-rebuild/

 

Andre Drummond:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/03/in_playing_without_greg_monroe.html

 

Nikola Mirotic:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2404304-nikola-mirotic-blossoming-when-chicago-bulls-need-him-most

 

Quincy Miller/Spencer Dinwiddie/Jodie Meeks:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/3/21/8255275/pistons-news-quincy-miller-Jodie-meeks-spencer-dinwiddie

 

Jae Crowder:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2403020-jae-crowder-quickly-showing-why-should-be-integral-part-of-boston-celtics-future