Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/21/16

 

–  Hornets’ Coach Clifford On Film Review And Game Preparation (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18276/steve-clifford-emphasizes-his-belief-in-hornets-gameplan-preperation-in-postgame-sermon

–  Whiteside Is Destroying The Hornets’ Defense Without Touching The Ball (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/21/11476910/hassan-whiteside-miami-heat-charlotte-hornets-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Hubie Brown Q & A On Grizzlies/Spurs And More  (from Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer.com):

Read it here:  http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2016/04/21/qanda-hubie-brown-on-grizzlies-spurs-memphis-and-whether-the-grizzlies-are-outdated

–  Tables Have Turned In Aldridge-Randolph Matchup  (from Jeff McDonald,  express-news.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Tables-have-turned-in-Aldridge-Randolph-matchup-7276040.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=88f4718e00

–  Spurs Repeatedly Victimized Vince Carter In Game 2  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/21/11477524/spurs-playbook-spurs-victimize-vince-carter-in-game-2

–  Why The Pistons Have An Issue When The Cavs Go Small  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25561143/heres-why-the-pistons-have-an-issue-when-the-cavs-go-small-with-love

–  Stanley Johnson Is Making An Impact In His 1st Playoffs  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18007/pistons-rookie-stanley-johnson-making-impact-in-first-playoff-opportunity

–  How Far The Clippers Go May Hinge Largely On Their Bench Play  (from Arash Markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18289/how-far-the-clippers-go-may-hinge-largely-on-the-depth-of-their-bench

–  Klay Thompson:  More Than Just A Shooter  (from Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here:  http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20160419/warriors-klay-thompson-more-that-just-a-shooter/5

–  Moving Isaiah Thomas To Shooting Guard  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/21/11476866/boston-celtics-moving-isaiah-thomas-to-shooting-guard

–  Kyle Korver Is Trying To Connect The Dots On His Shot Again  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18259/kyle-korver-is-trying-to-connect-the-dots-on-his-shot-again

 Jonas Valanciunas Q & A  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18253/qa-with-raptors-jonas-valanciunas-im-not-going-to-relax

–  Wolves Hire Tom Thibodeau:  A New Era Begins  (from Jim Souhan,  startribune.com):

http://www.startribune.com/one-week-into-wolves-offseason-a-new-era-has-begun/376474961/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Steven Adams  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/04/20/steven-adams-thunder-defender-mustache-nba-playoffs/83307342/

–  Reggie Evans  (from Brian Rzeppa,  nothinbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/04/21/reggie-evans-provides-hope-for-younger-generations/

–  Jordan Clarkson (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160420/lakers-coach-byron-scott-tells-jordan-clarkson-to-improve-defense-or-lose-minutes

 Trey Lyles/Trevor Booker  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3799218-155/utah-jazz-trey-lyles-rise-makes

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Pearl Washington

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

–  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

Kyle Korver and Steph Curry: Comparing NBA’s Most Elite 3-Point Snipers  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read  and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2562997-korver-or-curry-comparing-nbas-most-elite-3-point-snipers

 

–  The Curious Case of Markieff Morris  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-curious-case-of-markieff-morris/

 

–  Pacers buy D-League’s Mad Ants to enhance player development  (from Candace Buckner, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/09/09/indiana-pacers-buy-d-leagues-fort-wayne-mad-ants/71928660/

 

–   11 NBA teams are stuck without a D-League affiliate.  (from Satchel Price,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/9/9/9296055/pacers-purchase-fort-wayne-mad-ants-d-league-franchise-affiliation-nba

And from Chris Reichert, upsidemotor.com:  http://upsidemotor.com/2015/09/10/indiana-pacers-mad-ants-d-league-nba-affiliate/

 

–   Q&A with Pacers strength coach Windle (from Jeff Kasler,  amicohoops.com):

Read it here: http://amicohoops.net/2015/09/pacer-power-qa-with-strength-coach-windle/

 

John Wall: Defensive Dynamo  (from Evan Gualberto):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w_dHsfCTKM

 

CBA Corner: Renegotiate and Extend  (from Nate Duncan,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/09/cba-corner-renegotiate-and-extend/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Film Room: Elfrid Payton/Victor Oladipo (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-developing-backcourt

 

–  Why Trevor Booker Could Be Utah’s Small-Ball Alternative  (from Ben Dowsett,  saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/why-trevor-booker-could-be-utahs-small-ball-alternative/

 

–  Danilo Gallinari has been roasting the competition in Germany this summer  (from Mike Olson, denverstiffs.com):  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/9/10/9300029/danilo-gallinari-the-rooster-crows

 

–  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope worked on ballhandling to diversify his offensive game over the summer  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/kentavious-caldwell-pope-worked-ballhandling-diversify-his-offensive-game-over-summer

 

–  Tarik Black is vying for a spot in the Lakers’ core  (from Apratim Ghosh,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/10/9286445/la-lakers-tarik-black-anaylsis

 

–   How we have to measure Jordan Clarkson’s growth  (from Harrison Faigen, silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/9/9275017/la-lakers-jordan-clarkson-analysis

 

–  Remaining 2015 free agents  (from Nick Borges,  ESPN):  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/basketball/post/_/id/6866/remaining-2015-free-agents

 

–   Each team’s roster changes since opening night of the last season (from RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/roster-turnover/2015

Today’s Best NBA Reporting

–   The five favorites for Eurobasket  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/09/05/the-five-favorites-for-eurobasket/

 

–  When Good Shots Turn Bad and Bad Shots Turn Good  (from Kelly Scaletta, Vantage Sports):

” How tightly a shooter is guarded, whether the defender has his hands up, where the shot is from, and how much time is on the clock all influence whether a shot is going to go in or not. Lost in this analysis is often the most important factor of all, and that’s who is taking the shot.

You can only generalize shots so much. Ultimately, people take them, and like all things dealing with people, you can’t be too universal in you assessments. Some shots are generally better than others. Maybe some are even usually better than others. But there are times when you’d take a midrange jumper over a corner three or shot at the rim depending on who takes the shot.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vedm0SAAABNci3m9/when-good-shots-turn-bad-and-bad-shots-turn-good

 

–  Labor Peace in Our Time: How the NBA’s Money Train Could Keep Chugging  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/labor-peace-in-our-time-how-the-nbas-money-train-could-keep-chugging/

 

Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Ty Lawson Helps the Rockets (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-ty-lawson-could-make-rockets-top-tier-contenders/

 

–   Clippers Preview: Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ykd2dGIQ1WY

 

–  DeShaun Thomas is testing the Spurs’ draft-and-stash system (from Jesus Gomez,  poundngtherock.com):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/9/5/9263581/deshaun-thomas-tender-offer-change-nba

 

–  Jordan Clarkson’s Mid-Range Jumper  (from Darius Soriano, forumblueandgold.com):  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2015/09/04/one-player-one-skill-jordan-clarksons-mid-range-jumper/

 

–   Sizing up Henry Sims  (from Rollin J. Mason/Sean O’Connor,  birghtsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/5/9264881/sizing-up-henry-sims-liberty-ballers-offers-insight-to-the-phoenix

 

–   Carving Out An NBA Role For Nik Stauskas  (form Aaron Mah,  hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/05/stauskas-stauskas-carving-nba-role-nik-stauskas/