Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/31/16

–  Warriors Close Out Thunder  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/31/warriors-okc-thunder-game7-stephen-curry-klay-thompson-finals-video

–  Key Game 7 Stats  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/119123/golden-state-warriors-flip-the-switch-to-win-game-7

–  Game 7 Video Highlights  (from Dime Mag):

Watch it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/6/

–  OKC Might Have Won With Defensive Adjustment  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read and view it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/05/31/thunders-collapse-could-have-been-avoided-with-defensive-adjustment-rebounding/

–  A Deep Bench:  The One Thing OKC Is Missing  (from Jack Winter,  Dime Mag):

Read it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/kevin-durant-amazing-warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/

 A Jump-Shooting Team Will Win The NBA Title  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/15848002/previewing-golden-state-warriors-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-nba-finals-matchup-kevin-pelton

–  Harry Edwards/Billy Donovan:  The NBA’s Little-Known Odd Couple  (from Marc J. Spears,  The Udefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/the-nbas-little-known-odd-couple/

–  Questions Await New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/From-Conleys-future-to-offensive-philosophy-questions-await-David-Fizdale-as-Grizzlies-coach-381307601.html

–  Hubie Brown On Jeff Hornacek  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/05/31/ex-knicks-coach-jeff-hornacek-can-only-fix-so-much/

–  Raptors’ GM Craves Challenge To Top This Season  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/30/raptors-gm-masai-ujiri-gives-end-of-season-press-conference.html

–  How Close Are We To Every NBA Team Having A D-League Affiliate?  (From Chris Reichert,  Upsaide & Motor):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/05/31/nba-adam-silver-d-league-affiliate/

–  Draft Picks By Team  (from Hoops Rumors):

 Draft Picks By Team:

  • Boston Celtics (8): 3rd, 16th, 23rd, 31st, 35th, 45th, 51st, 58th
  • Denver Nuggets (5): 7th, 15th, 19th, 53rd, 56th
  • Phoenix Suns (4): 4th, 13th, 28th, 34th
  • Utah Jazz (4): 12th, 42nd, 52nd, 60th
  • Philadelphia 76ers (3): 1st, 24th, 26th
  • New Orleans Pelicans (3): 6th, 39th, 40th
  • Milwaukee Bucks (3): 10th, 36th, 38th
  • Orlando Magic (3): 11th, 41st, 47th
  • Atlanta Hawks (3): 21st, 44th, 54th
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2): 2nd, 32nd
  • Sacramento Kings (2): 8th, 59th
  • Toronto Raptors (2): 9th, 27th
  • Chicago Bulls (2): 14th, 48th
  • Memphis Grizzlies (2): 17th, 57th
  • Detroit Pistons (2): 18th, 49th
  • Indiana Pacers (2): 20th, 50th
  • Los Angeles Clippers (2): 25th, 33rd
  • Houston Rockets (2): 37th, 43rd
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (1): 5th
  • Charlotte Hornets (1): 22nd
  • San Antonio Spurs (1): 29th
  • Golden State Warriors (1): 30th
  • Dallas Mavericks (1): 46th
  • Brooklyn Nets (1): 55th

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  DeMar DeRozan (from Bruce Arthur,  thestar.com):  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/28/demar-derozan-driven-to-be-quintessential-toronto-raptor-arthur.html

–  Justin Anderson (from Matthew Postins, scout.com):  http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1670955-what-do-the-mavs-need-from-justin-anderson

 

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 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 12/30/15

–  Cousins Keeps Kings One Step from Success, One from Disaster  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25430828/demarcus-cousins-keeps-kings-one-step-from-success-one-from-disaster

–  Cousins Latest Outburst Warrants Suspension  (form Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article52176130.html

–  How Scott Skiles and Channing Frye Took the Magic from the Lottery to the Playoffs  (from Keith P Smith,  Yardbarker):

Read it here:  http://network.yardbarker.com/nba/article_external/how_scott_skiles_and_channing_frye_took_the_magic_from_the_lottery_to_the_playoffs/s1_8276_20113372

–  International Players Bring Soccer’s Flair and Creativity to Spurs, NBA  (from Mark Travis,  Caller Times):

Read it here:  http://www.caller.com/sports/professional/nba/international-players-bring-soccers-creativity-flair-to-spurs-and-the-nba-2747bc3c-f055-05ce-e053-01-363502321.html

–  Shaun Livingston, the Definition of Redefinition  (from Robert O’Connell,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/watching-shaun-livingston-the-definition-of-redefinition

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games – I  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/30/10686536/2015-nba-scores-rockets-hawks-harden-knicks-pistons-james-harden-bad-defense

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games – II  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603496-monday-nba-roundup-okcs-supporting-cast-keeps-star-studded-squad-among-elite

–  Cameron Payne Jolts OKC’s Second Unit in Win Over Bucks  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/994/cameron-payne-jolts-the-thunders-struggling-second-unit-against-milwaukee

–  Cameron Payne Gives Thunder A Jolt in Win Over Bucks  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/rookie-cameron-payne-gives-the-thunder-a-jolt-in-win-over-the-bucks/article/5469592

 –  Knicks 108,  Pistons 96  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/29/detroit-pistons-new-york-knicks/78007666/

–  Bruce Bowen  Q & A  (from Benjamin Bornstein, Project Spurs):

Read it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/bruce-bowen-and-the-evolution-of-gregg-popovich.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Will Barton  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/will_bartons_breakout_with_denver_nuggets.html#incart_river_index

–  Damian Lillard  (from Erik Gundersen,  columbian.com):  http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/dec/29/coach-lillard-stays-in-game-through-injury/

–  Justin Anderson  (from Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689461-justin-anderson-dallas-mavericks-rookie-season-virginia-cavaliers

–  Nemanja Bjelica  (from Dennis Brackin,  Star Tribune): http://www.startribune.com/bjelica-works-to-translate-his-game-with-wolves/363787801/

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/latestsports/14424514-87/pelicans-jrue-holiday-stepping-up-since-taking-a-role-off-the-bench

–  Shane Larkin  (from Brian Lewis,  NYPost): http://nypost.com/2015/12/30/shane-larkin-i-needed-to-escape-knicks-to-grow-as-player/

–  Joe Ingles  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):   http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3359505-155/utah-jazz-need-joe-ingles-to

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/18/15

In the NBA,  Coaches Are Always Looking for Counters  (from Nate Duncan,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/thecauldron/2015/11/17/nba-coaches-creative-counters-established-actions

Evaluating the Bulls’ Team Defense and Individual Defenders  (from thehungarianjordan,  blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2015/11/17/9748356/bulls-team-defense-tendencies-stats-highlights

–  Byron Scott’s “Man-Up” Philosophy Is Not The Answer for Lakers  (from Michael Pina,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2590414-byron-scotts-man-up-philosophy-is-not-the-answer-for-los-angeles-lakers

–  More on this  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/11/16/9748244/la-lakers-byron-scott-bad-defense

–  Paul George’s Return to Form  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/11/17/paul-george-indiana-pacers-frank-vogel-larry-bird-monta-ellis

–  Pacers and Paul George Getting Up to Speed With Each Other  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/11/17/indana-pacers-paul-george-getting-back-to-old-form/index.html

–  How Khris Middleton Keeps the Bucks in Harmony  (from Britt Robson,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/11/17/9743850/khris-middleton-milwaukee-bucks-glue

–  10 Takes on the Grizzlies After 10 (or so) Games (from Chris Herrington,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-10-takes-after-10-or-so-games-and-more-351049631.html

–  Rockets Fire Kevin McHale  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/11/rockets-decide-to-fire-kevin-mchale.html

Porzingis’ Coming Out Party and the Rest of Tuesday’s Takeaways (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2590443-coming-out-party-begins-now-for-kristaps-porzingis-and-tuesdays-nba-takeaways

–  Porzingis: A Beam of Latvian Hope In New York  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vky2ViEAAKIFg7VX

–  Pistons 104, Cavs 99  (from Jason Lloyd,  Ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/pistons-104-cavs-99-jason-lloyd-s-30-thoughts-on-talking-tough-free-throws-and-andre-drummond-1.641418

Pistons’ Defensive Game Plan: Make LBJ A Scorer (from David Mayo, mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/11/by_making_lebron_james_a_score.html

Blatt: “We Need to Toughen Up”;  LBJ : We’re “Too Nice”  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14158840/lebron-james-says-cleveland-cavaliers-matching-effort-golden-state-warriors

–  LBJ Trusting Teammates, Coach More This Season  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/cavaliers/2015/11/17/lebron-james-wiser-trusting-teammates-david-blatt/75937992/

–  Hack-a-Drummond Fail is the Cavs’ Latest Free Throw Woe  (from Dave McMenamin):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1439/hack-a-drummond-the-latest-free-throw-woe-for-cleveland

–  Hawks Need Teague and Schroder to Learn to Play Together  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/11/17/hawks-need-dennis-schroder-jeff-teague-learn-play-together/

Will Barton: ‘This is Just the Tip of the Iceberg”  (from Nate Timmons, bsndenver.com):

Read and view it here:  http://bsndenver.com/bsn-denver-exclusive-with-nuggets-will-barton-this-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

–  Chris Paul Is A Point God  (from Kirk Goldsberry,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read and view it  here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/chris-paul-is-a-point-god/

–  A Take On The Blazers So Far  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/offday-ramblings-road-my-take-early-season-blazers

–  Sixers remain Upbeat Thanks to Brett Brown  (from John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/winless-sixers-remain-upbeat-behind-brett-browns-model

Is Getting the Ball Out of Steph Curry’s Hands Good Defensive Strategy?  (from Matt Steinmetz):

Read it here:  https://matthewsteinmetz.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/curry-takes-game-to-new-level-more-as-shooting-guard-than-point-guard/

–  Fixing Elfrid Payton’s Jump Shot  (from Brett David Roberts,  orlandomagicdaily):

Read and view it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/11/18/elfrid-payton-not-yet-discouraged-by-errant-jumper/

–  Karl- Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves Are Ahead of Schedule  (from Evans Clinchy,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/11/18/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-ahead-of-schedule/

–  Wizards’ Role Players:  The Key to Week 3  (from Jake Whitacre,  bulletsforever.com):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/11/18/9755516/garrett-temple-washington-wizards-keys-to-the-palace-week-3

–  Pace Is the New Buzzword:  The NBA Keeps Getting Faster  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2015/11/18/pace-new-buzz-word-nba/

–  The 6 Toughest Players I Ever Guarded  (from Nazr Mohammed,  The Players Tribune):

Read and view it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/nazr-mohammed-nba-toughest-players-ever-guarded/

Additional Player Notes, Updates,. Profiles:

–  Cory Joseph Is Exceeding Expectations  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/talent/joseph-exceeding-expectations-in-expanded-role-with-raptors-1.395318

–  Chalmers Thriving After Trade to Grizzlies  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-sentinel.com):   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-mario-chalmers-s111715-story.html

–  Chalmers Impact on the Grizzlies  (from chipwilliamsjr,  grizzlybearblues.com):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/11/17/9748158/holy-mario-chalmers-grizzlies-thunder

–  Raul Neto  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3193135-155/utah-jazz-raul-neto-living-his?fullpage=1

–  Justin Anderson  (from Eddie Sefko, dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151117-sefko-justin-anderson-trying-to-be-the-mavs-new-jae-crowder.ece

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