Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/24/16

Video Breakdown: Clippers/Blazers game 3  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):
–  Blazers 96, Clippers 88 (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):
–  OKC 119, DAL 108  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):
–  The Celtics Aren’t Dead Yet  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
–  Ty Lue Is Holding His Own In Cavs/Pistons Series  (from David Zavac,  Fear The Sword):
–  Pacers’ Psychologist Chris Carr  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jonas Jerebko  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/23/11493502/jonas-jerebko-versatile-defense-integral-to-boston-celtics-game-3-atlanta-hawks-nba-playoffs

–  Steph Curry  (from Henry Algert, The Sports Quotient):  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/4/18/why-steph-curry-is-still-underrated-defensively

We apologize for our delayed and abbreviated Sunday posting:  this was a travel day for BI.  We will resume normal publication on Monday.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/25/16

 

 

–   Dubs/Spurs: Two Seasons For The Ages Featuring Contrasting Styles  (from Kevin Cottrell Jr,  NBA.com):
–  Issues The Bulls Must Correct  (from Kelly Scaletta,  Bleacher Report):
–  LeBron Can’t Make 3s, So He Is Trying To Run Over Everyone  (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):
–  Depleted Grizzlies:  Most Improbable Playoff Contender  (from Michael Pina,  Bleacher Report):
–  Grizzlies’ Collective Effort At PG  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):
–  Hornets’ Transformation Has Them Surging  (from MichaelWallace,  ESPN):
–  LaMarcus Aldridge/Tony Parker: Pick-and-Rolls  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  OKC’s Shooting Guards  (from R.K. Anthony, Welcome To Loud City):
Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  Celtics Assistant Martin Shrewsberry  Q & A  (from Boston Globe):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Shelvin Mack  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/shelvin-mack-utahs-catalyst/
 Zach LaVine  (from Lucas Seehafer,  canishoopus.com):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/3/25/11303206/a-few-thoughts-on-zach-lavine
–  Draymond Green  (from Ti Windisch,  Hoops Habit):  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/03/24/draymond-green-system-player/
 Amar’e Stoudamire  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/25/amare-stoudemire-heat-dwyane-wade-joe-johnson-lebron-james
–  Kyle Korver  (from Jonathan Savitske,  Hoops Habit):  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/03/24/kyle-korvers-shot-returned/
 Tim Hardaway, Jr  (from Harry Lyles, Jr., peachtreehoops.com):  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/25/11302468/atlanta-hawks-tim-hardaway-jr-mike-budenholzer-video

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/8/16

 

LBJ:  Cavs Aren’t Ready For The Playoffs  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):
–  Quick Thoughts On Griz’ Win Over Cavs  (from Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal):
–  Kerr:  We Can’t Keep Relying On Steph Bailing Us Out  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):
–  Warriors Assistant GM Travis Schlenk Q & A  (from Matthew Steinmetz):
 Celtics Can’t Cross Line Of Emotional Play  (from Jimmy Toscano,  csnne.com):
–  Hornets/Kemba; Baron Davis; Paul George Q & A  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
“Pressure Rate” Defenders  (from Jordan K. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
–  Suns Still Fighting Despite Down Season  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Wesley Matthews One Year Later  (from Saad Yousuf,  mavsmoneyball.com):
Mavs: Too Much Emphasis On 3s?  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  New Nets’ GM Sean Marks  (from Andy Vasquez, northjersey.com):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  GIF Breakdown: The High Scoring Stylings Of Devin Booker and Alex Len  (from Rollin J. Mason,  brightsideofthesun.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  Steph Screens, Klay Hits Wild Trey  (from EricApricot,  Golden tate Of Mind):
Luke Walton:  Dubs Have Freedom To Improvise  (from Scott Davis,  Business Insider):
–  Raptors’ Second Half Collapse Versus Rockets  (from Cooper Smither,  Raptors Republic):
–  How The Lakers Beat The Dubs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  Front Office Insider  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Zach Lowe’s “2016 Marc Gasol All-Stars”  (from ESPN):
–  Hawks Recapturing Some Of Last Season’s Form  (from Jonathan Savitske, Hoops Habit):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/08/giannis-antetokounmpo-milwaukee-bucks-jason-kidd-kobe-bryant
Kristaps Porzingis  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11134556/kristaps-porzingis-knicks-future
Joe Johnson  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-joe-johnson-s030716-story.html
D.J. Augustin  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_29608642/augustin-making-his-mark-denver
–   Dorell Wright  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders): http://www.basketballinsiders.com/dorell-wright-discusses-china-stint-nba-return/
–  Shelvin Mack  (from Tony Jones,  Salt City Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3629567-155/utah-jazz-still-meshing-with-jazz
–  Jordan Clarkson  (from Mike Bresnahan, LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20160308-story.html
David West (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/pacers-stay-aggressive-turn-back-spurs
–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Evan Fiala,  The Sports Quotient):  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/3/8/emmanuel-mudiays-growing-pains
–  Josh Maggette  (from  Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  Josh Magette Defies Odds for D-Fenders

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/26/16

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games: Curry, Harden And More  (from Liam Boylan-Pett, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/2/26/11117396/2016-nba-scores-james-harden-rockets-comeback-blazers-stephen-curry-51

Steph Curry:  51 Points Vs. The Pelicans  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/1362/steph-currys-becoming-legendary

–  Anatomy Of A Comeback:  Warriors Go On a 64-28 Run To Defeat Raptors  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24326312/anatomy-of-a-comeback-warriors-6428-run-to-beat-raptors

Video Breakdown:  Steph Curry Not Trying For 50  (from EricApricot,  Golden State of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/2/26/11118176/warriors-vs-magic-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-doesnt-try-for-50-points

–  The Polarizing Talents Of Hassan Whiteside  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/25/hassan-whiteside-miami-heat-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-nba-free-agency

–  Hassan Whiteside’s Numbers Don’t Ring Hollow Any More  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/2/25/11112764/hassan-whiteside-stats-highlights-miami-heat

–  How The Warriors Exploited Whiteside  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/02/25/the-breakdown-hassan-whitesides-terrible-defense/

Thunder Film Room:  5 Worst Defensive Errors In Loss to New Orleans  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read and view it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-film-room-the-five-worst-defensive-errors-in-okcs-loss-to-the-pelicans/article/5481326

–  Spurs Maximizing 3-Point Shooting In A New Way (from Miles Wray,  fansided.com):

Read and view it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/02/26/san-antonio-spurs-maximizing-three-point-shooting-new-way/

–  Brad Stevens  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/brad-stevens-bostons-safest-asset/

–  Rambis: Knicks Scrimmage More To Improve Communication, Timing, Chemistry  (from Frank Isola, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/rambis-knicks-scrimmaging-calls-team-immature-article-1.2544102

–  Key Stats For Teams On The Playoff Bubble  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25495401/numbers-that-matter-key-stats-for-each-team-on-the-playoff-bubble

 – For NBA Refs, It’s A Whole New Ball Game  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=370192561

–  Pacers:  No Technical Fouls In A Month  (from Nate Taylor,  IndyStar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/02/25/paul-george-pacers-no-longer-chase-after-referees/80942748/

–  The Subtle Brilliance Of Portland  (from Stephen Shea,  Basketball Analytics):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballanalyticsbook.com/2016/02/25/the-subtle-brilliance-of-portland/

How Far Can Versatility Carry The Pistons?  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/02/25/pistons-testing-far-versatility-can-carry-team/

–  The Warriors And Analytics  (from Mark Emmons, Lean Data Inc):

Read it here:  http://www.leandatainc.com/account-based-sales-marketing/understanding-the-data-the-warriors-and-basketball-analytics

The Kings Need To Start Playing Together  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article62587067.html

–  Game vs. Cavs:  Not A “Measuring Stick” For Raptors (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun);

Read it here: http://www.torontosun.com/2016/02/25/tilt-against-cavaliers-not-measuring-stick-game-for-raptors

  •  How Pacers Are Improving  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/starters-improving-reserves-verge-it

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Trey Burke (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3583078-155/utah-jazz-playing-time-no-longer

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Matt Kawahara, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article62562822.html

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14838724/jrue-holiday-unsung-catalyst-new-orleans-pelicans

–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Josh Criswell,  Fansided.com):  http://fansided.com/2016/02/26/giannis-antetokounmpo-nbas-next-big-thing/

–  Joe Johnson  (from Kevin Pelton,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14847673/how-much-does-joe-johnson-left-offer-contender-nba

–   Josh Richardson  (from Aric DiLalla,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article62498387.html

–  Channing Frye  (from Chris Haynes,  cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/02/how_channing_frye_became_the_3.html

–  Brandan Wright  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/After-Brandan-Wright-finding-his-footing-370116551.html

–  Alex Stepheson  (from Jacob Freedman, galencentral.com)  http://galencentral.com/2016/02/25/from-istanbul-to-iowa-alex-stephesons-long-journey-to-the-nba/

–  Cody Zeller  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observe):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article62519362.html

–  Shaun Livingston  (from Kevin Cottrell, Jr,  NBA.Com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/02/25/bridging-the-gap-shaun-livingston-providing-vital-component-to-golden-state-warriors-success/index.html

–  John Jenkins,  Isaiah Thomas,  Phil Pressey  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14838724/jrue-holiday-unsung-catalyst-new-orleans-pelicans

Isaiah Thomas  (from Donnovan Bennett, Sportsnet.ca):

http://www.sportsnet.ca/magazine/how-celtics-isaiah-thomas-gives-up-a-foot-without-getting-blocked/

–  Greg Monroe  (from Gery Woelfel,  journaltimes.com):  http://journaltimes.com/sports/bucks-beat-does-monroe-regret-signing-with-milwaukee/article_9d050a98-1e7c-5acd-9e11-1635ab04a594.html

–  Michael Carter-Williams  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/02/michael_carter_williams_different_world

–  Tim Hardaway, Jr  (from Ray Glier,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/02/26/tim-hardaway-mike-budenholzer-hawks-dleague/80974866/

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/2/26/11119074/can-nick-minnerath-carve-out-nba-future-canton-charge-d-league

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/17/15

–  Terry Stotts and ‘Blazers Basketball’: Players’ actions, words form ringing endorsement  (from Jason Quick, oregonlive.com):

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

 

–   Suns know that talking on defense is key to success  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/15/9497899/talk-talk-talk

 

–  Addition of Chandler helps, but Phoenix Suns defense has a ways to go to be elite  (from deadpoolio,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/17/9559407/Phoenix-Suns-starting-lineup-defense-breakdown-chandler-bledsoe-tucker

 

–  Why the Knicks’ defense will be more fun to watch this season  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/17/why-the-knicks-defense-will-be-more-fun-to-watch-this-season/

 

–  Why Dirk Nowitzki’s value to the Mavericks still is clear as ever   (from Eddie Sefko,  sportsdaydfw.com):

Read it here:  http://beta.sportsdaydfw.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2015/10/16/dirk-nowitzkis-value-mavericks-still-clear-ever

 

Even with new players, Bucks hope defense will remain strong (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/even-with-new-players-bucks-hope-defense-will-remain-strong-b99598028z1-333409131.html

 

–  Bulls working to get defense up to level of past performance  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/16/4971053_bulls-working-to-get-defense-up.html

 

–  Hollins needs Nets to develop defense-first mentality  (form Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13894941/hollins-needs-nets-develop-defense-first-mentality

 

–  Brook Lopez, Nets addressing defensive issues  (from Roderick Boone,  newsday.com):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brook-lopez-nets-addressing-defensive-issues-1.10974658

 

–  Revisiting Boston’s top training camp storylines  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720615/revisiting-bostons-top-training-camp-storylines

 

–  Changing Miami’s Pick-and-Roll Defense  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/ViEpqCEAAEUWNFcJ/changing-miamis-pick-and-roll-defense

 

–  Nuggets exhibiting a winning culture in 2015  (from Christopher dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_28977168/nuggets-exhibiting-winning-culture

 

–  Sam Mitchell re-energized with young Timberwolves  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/sam-mitchell-re-energized-with-young-timberwolves/

 

–  Beat Writer Vince Ellis On The Pistons  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoopsrumors.com):

” Nobody knows NBA teams better than beat writers, save for those who draw paychecks with an NBA owner’s signature on them. The reporters who are with the teams they cover every day gain an intimate knowledge of the players, coaches and executives they write about and develop sources who help them break news and stay on top of rumors.

We at Hoops Rumors will be chatting with beat writers from around the league and sharing their responses to give you a better perspective on how and why teams make some of their most significant moves.

Today, we gain insight on the Pistons from Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.”

Read it here:   http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-vince-ellis-pistons.html

 

–  Warriors’ GM Bob Myers – intensely competitive architect of the NBA champs  (from Marcus Thompson,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/10/16/warriors-gm-bob-myers-intensely-competitive-architect-of-the-nba-champs-returns-to-his-roots/

 

–  Missing Kidd-Gilchrist: How the Hornets Adjust their TeamSPACE  (from Matt D’Anna,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/teamspace-missing-kidd-gilchrist-hornets-adjust-lineup/

 

–  Q&A: Los Angeles Lakers Associate Director of Analytics Aaron Danielson   (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/14/industry-qa-los-angeles-lakers-associate-director-of-analytics-aaron-danielson/

 

The Worst On/Off-Court Numbers from 2014/15  (form Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/worst-onoff-court-numbers-201415/

 

–  Exploring Lineups and Fit  (from Andrew Johnson,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/15/exploring-lineups-and-fit/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Greg Monroe came to choose the Bucks over the Knicks and Lakers  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-greg-monroe-came-to-choose-the-bucks-over-the-knicks-and-lakers-084520720.html

 

Patrick Patterson:  Shoot, Patrick, just shoot  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Postmedia Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/2015/10/16/22563192.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

 

Joe Johnson: passing down Penny Hardaway’s lessons to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com):  http://thebrooklyngame.com/joe-johnson-passing-penny-hardaways-lessons-priority/

 

–  Bobby Portis’ Emergence Creating New Challenges for Chicago Bulls’ Frontcourt  (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2579646-bobby-portis-emergence-creating-new-challenges-for-chicago-bulls-frontcourt

 

–  Joakim Noah’s California summer could make Bulls a contender  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25342065/how-joakim-noahs-california-summer-could-make-bulls-a-contender

 

–  Heat’s James Ennis playing to his strengths  (from Shandel Richardson,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-miami-heat-main-1017-20151016-story.html

 

–  Bruno Caboclo still long way from cracking Raptors lineup despite improvement  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/16/bruno-caboclo-still-long-way-from-cracking-raptors-lineup-despite-improvement.html

 

–  Meyers Leonard’s “Basketball Unicorn” Potential  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vh1kqB4AACEAS6R4/meyers-leonards-basketball-unicorn-potential

 

QOTD (from Gregg Popovich on Lamar Odom): ” “I don’t concentrate on what kind of player he is, I feel all the other things, because I know him as a person. Warm-hearted. Good-humored. Wonderful guy to be around. Who cares about how he played? It’s about who you are and he (is) a good person.”