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 2/6/16

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Celtics 104, Cavs 103  (from Chris Fedor,  Cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/02/tyronn_lues_late_substitution.html

–  Film Breakdown:  D’Angelo Russell Is Already A Dangerous Inside Scorer  (from Drew Garrison,  Silver Screen And Roll):

Watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/2/5/10924818/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-breakdown-film-nba-rookie

–  Film Breakdown:  How D’Angelo Russell Bullied The Pelicans Inside  (from Drew Garrison,  Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and view it here:   http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/2/5/10922624/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-analysis-breakdown-film-rookie

–  Terrence Ross:  Growing At Rate Of Practice Speed  (from Chris O’Leary, Toronto Star):

Read it here:   http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/01/29/raptors-ross-growing-at-rate-of-practice-sessions.html

–  Terrence Ross Is Improving Defensively In Both Flashy And Subtle Ways  (from Sean Woodley,  RaptorsHQ):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2016/2/5/10891706/terrence-ross-is-improving-defensively-no-seriously

–  OKC Is Next Contender To Take On The Warriors  (From Kelly Dwyer,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/oklahoma-city-is-the-nba-s-next-contender-to-take-on-golden-state-162116493.html

–  Pistons’ Guide To Surviving KCP’s Injury And Making The Playoffs  (from Sean Corp),  Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/2/5/10923422/the-dbb-guide-to-surviving-kcps-injury-and-making-the-playoffs

–  DeRozan Now A Multi-Faceted Player  (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-demar-derozan-now-a-multifaceted-player/

–  Nikola Jokic Is A Special Rookie  (from Mika Hokasalo,  Vantage Sports):

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

(Note;  As always, excellence from Mika.  However, we question whether KAT is having the best rookie season ever for a big, statistically speaking.  Wilt?  KA-J?)

Earl Watson Hails Influence Of D’Antoni’s, Nash’s Suns  (from Paul Coro,  azcentra):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/02/04/earl-watson-hails-influence-dantonis-nashs-suns/79851784/

–  Brett Brown Wants No Regrets, Defensive Athleticism  (from Brian Seltzer,  sixers.com):

Readit here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-brown-wants-no-regrets-defensive-athleticism

–  Sixers Still Seeking Building Blocks   (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=367729021

–  2016 Free Agent List (from Eddie Scarito,  Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/02/2016-nba-free-agents-2.html

–  Former Magic GM Otis Smith Now Coaching In D-League  (from Tim Casey,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/02/04/otis-smith-stan-van-gundy-nba-d-league/79763394/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Chandler Parsons (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14719077/nba-does-rick-carlisle-really-believe-chandler-parsons

–  Terry Rozier  (from Spencer Davies, AmicoHoops):  http://amicohoops.net/2016/02/rozier-patiently-awaits-turn-with-celtics/

–  Myles Turner  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14720918/nba-myles-turner-unique-style-game-all-own-go-ask-lebron-james

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Christopher Cason, slamonline):  http://www.slamonline.com/nba/qa-kent-bazemore/#Fuyc20zeCKcFapYT.97

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/02/05/phoenix-suns-archie-goodwin-pushes-through-turnovers/79906108/

–   Ray McCallum  (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25474506/spurs-hoping-ray-mccallum-can-be-their-next-d-league-success-story

–  Keala King  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):   http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/2/6/10925160/former-top-prospect-keala-king-eyes-potential-chance-in-nba-d-league

–  Dragan Bender   (from Jonathan Givony,  Yahoo Sports):   https://sports.yahoo.com/news/european-dispatch–getting-to-know-dragan-bender-195451386.html

Jermaine Taylor  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/2/5/10923128/jermaine-taylor-nba-return-d-league-stampede-red-claws-interview

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/28/15

–  Brad Stevens: Crowder “Playing at a High Level”  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne):

Read it here:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/stevens-crowder-playing-high-level

–  Heat Teammates Beginning to Trust in Hassan Whiteside  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article51804800.html

–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/28/10672054/2015-nba-scores-celtics-knicks-thunder-russell-westbrook-west-playoffs

–  Blazers 98,  Kings 94  (from James Ham,  csnbayarea):

Read it here: http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/rewind-kings-endure-reoccurring-theme-sloppy-loss

CJ McCollum is Becoming One of the NBA’s Best All-Around Scorers  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/28/10673426/cj-mccollum-highlights-stats-blazers-star

–  Magic Must Get Back to Playing Elite Defense  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/magic-must-get-back-focusing-playing-elite-defense

–  Van Gundy Tries to Stir Pistons’ Low-Energy Starters  (from Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/27/detroit-pistons-starting-lineup-concerns/77954740/

Raptors Adjust to Valanciunas, Carroll Returns  (from Doug Smith,  Tornto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/12/27/raptors-back-in-rhythm-with-return-of-jonas-valanciunas-against-bulls.html

–  Curry Not Letting Frustration of “Steph Slump” Show  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/mired-steph-slump-curry-not-letting-frustration-show

–  Wizards Turning it Around  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-sunday-wizards-turning-it-around/

–  Race for West’s 7th and 8th Playoff Seeds is Suddenly Depressing  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25428200/race-for-the-wests-seventh-and-eighth-playoff-seeds-is-suddenly-depressing

Race for 8th in the West is Suddenly Sad  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/28/10673212/nba-western-conference-playoffs-jazz-suns-kings-blazers

–  Hornets Built a Quality Bench Out of Rejects  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/hornets-built-quality-bench-rejects/

–  Kevin Love’s Signature Pass Inspired by the Past  (from Scott Cacciola,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/28/sports/basketball/cavaliers-kevin-loves-signature-pass-is-inspired-by-the-past.html?_r=0

–  Derrick Favors’ Steady Improvement  (from Dan Clayton,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/derrick_favors_jazz_growing_offense/

How Each Other Warrior Fares With and Without Curry  (from Daniel Leroux,  Warriors World):

Read it here:  http://www.warriorsworld.net/2015/12/28/warriors-weekly-dec-28-2015/

How Raptors Offense Remains Efficient Without Ball Movement Beauty  (from Matt Lurie, RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240263/How-Torontos-Offense-Remains-Efficient-Without-Ball-Movement-Beauty

–  The NBA’s Counter-Revolution Has Begun  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240258/The-NBAs-Counter-Revolution-Has-Begun

Kawhi Leonard’s Versatility  (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689319-kawhi-leonard-unpredictable-scorer-spurs-mvp

LeBron’s Christmas Stew  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14437762/truehoop-presents-lebron-christmas-stew

  •  Tyler Johnson’s Incredible Journey  (form Jared Zwerling,  NPBA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/inside-the-incredible-journey-of-tyler-johnson-miamis-soaring-southpaw/

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

–  What Went Wrong for Suns: Early, Surprising Success  (form Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14449153/went-wrong-phoenix-suns-jeff-hornacek

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Amir Johnson/ Marcus Smart  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2015/12/celtics_notebook_johnson_plays_big_through_foot_pain

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-ascend-standings-with-bazemore-in-starting-l/nprzt/

–  Chandler Parsons  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas news):  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2015/12/27/sefko-still-finding-rhythm-chandler-parsons-closing-old-form

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Marlowe Alter,  Detroit Free Press): http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/27/detroit-pistons-stanley-johnson-ignites-rally/77944816/

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Shyam Baskaran,  Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/28/bismack-biyombo-the-force-awakens/

Sean Kilpatrick/Jordan McRae  (from Roy Burton,  Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/12/28/10673392/sons-of-liberty-the-sean-kilpatrick-and-jordan-mcrae-show-delaware-87ers-sevens

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/22/15

The Wizards’ 3-point Defense (from Jake Whitacre,  Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/12/21/10634286/washington-wizards-three-point-perimeter-defense-nba-analysis

–  Sometimes Positions Matter  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

Read it here  (slideshow):  http://www.sportingnews.com/list/4688715-position-matters-chris-bosh-kelly-olynyk-zach-lavine-nerlens-noel-cj-mccollum-jeremy-lin

Sixers’ Brett Brown’s 1st Priority is Player Development  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=363187261

–  Al Jefferson’s Return Will Be a Welcome Sight  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article51024335.html

–  Andre Drummond’s Rebounding in Historical Context  (from Ian Levy,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/12/22/nylon-notebook-detroit-pistons-and-andre-drummonds-rebounds/

–  The Improved Eastern Conference  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2015/12/21/eastern-conference-western-conference-jeff-van-gundy-adam-silver-andre-drummond-paul-george-stan-van-gundy/77718174/

–  Rajon Rondo is Good Enough to be Divisive Again  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/rajon_rondo_is_good_again/

–  Recapping Yesterday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

Kawhi Leonard  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2601408-monday-nba-roundup-kawhi-leonard-shrinking-gap-between-spurs-and-warriors

–  Kawhi Leonard Forces Paul George Into Worst Career Shooting Night  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25423042/how-kawhi-leonard-forced-paul-george-into-worst-career-shooting-night

–  Marcin Gortat Exposes Drawbacks with Cousins   (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

Read it here:    http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-marcin-gortat-exposes-drawbacks-cousins

–  How It Happened:  Westbrook’s Clutch 3 Vs. the Clippers (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/962/how-it-happened-westbrooks-clutch-3-vs-clippers

–  How the Warriors Crush Opponents Early  (from Grant Huhges,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2600393-how-golden-state-warriors-crush-opponents-early

–  The Evolution of Steph Curry  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/22/stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-steve-kerr-don-nelson

–  The Bulls’ Shaky Chemistry  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14417182/the-bulls-trying-struggling-figure-are

–  Examining the Pelicans’ Lineups:

     -From  Mason Ginsburg,  Bourbon Street Shots:   http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/12/09/examining-lineup-data-get-well-soon-q-pon/

    – From David Fisher, The Bird Writes:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/12/09/examining-lineup-data-get-well-soon-q-pon/

    – From Jim Eichenhofer,  peliicans.com:   http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/alonzo-gee-contributes-defense-and-hustle-pelicans-starter

–  What are Possessions and How Are They Calculated?  (from Justin W,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/12/21/nylon-calculus-101-possessions/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  CJ McCollum/Damian Lillard  (from Shaun Powell,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/shaun_powell/12/21/damian-lillard-cj-mccollum-blazers-building-blocks/index.html

–  Tim Frazier  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/trail-blazers-tim-frazier-emerges-potential-insurance-policy-during-loss-atlanta

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-bazemore-playing-best-basketball-of-career/

–  Gerald Green  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article51000825.html

–  Why Is  Ed Davis So Good at Rebounding?  (from Brandon Goldner,  blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/12/22/10360346/portland-trail-blazers-ed-davis-rebounding

–  Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article51012955.html

–  Deron Williams  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/deron-williams-on-his-time-with-the-nets—made-me-question-if-i-even-wanted-to-play-basketball-161703309.html

–  Ersan Ilyasova  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/21/detroit-pistons-ersan-ilyasova/77721598/

–  Danny Green  (from Jabari Young,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/21/while-the-shots-arent-falling-greens-focus-is-on-wins-and-playing-defense/

–  Mo Speights  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/speights-minutes-being-eaten-ezeli-walton-feels-bad

–  Dwight Powell  (form Joshua Kloke,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/traded-thrice-in-six-months-torontos-dwight-powell-seizes-opportunity-in-dallas/

–  Nikola Vucevic   (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/vucevic-playing-terrific-confidence-recent-games

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/27/15

–  Our Annual Tiers of the NBA  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

” It’s time for our last big preseason tradition: Tiers of the NBA, where we group teams into categories meant to time-stamp both their place in the league’s hierarchy and on their own internal development path. These are not strict power rankings, and the listed order within each tier doesn’t necessarily mean anything.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/our-annual-tiers-of-the-nba/

 

–  What’s changed in the NBA? A look at this year’s big moves, rule changes and rookie returns  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/pro-basketball-whats-changed-in-the-nba-a-look-at-this-years-big-moves-rule-changes-and-rookie-returns/article/5456174/?page=2

 

–  Raptors putting the ‘D’ back in defence  (form Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/26/raptors-putting-the-d-back-in-defence

 

–  DeMar DeRozan: I Haven’t Blued a Play Since my Rookie Year  (from Zarar Sidiqi, Raptors republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/26/demar-derozan-i-havent-blued-a-play-since-my-rookie-year/

 

–  Beneath calm exterior, a fire burns inside Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:   http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/26/4986160_beneath-calm-exterior-a-fire-burns.html

 

Rockets: How Will Adding Ty Lawson Affect James Harden  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4659286-james-harden-ty-lawson-rockets-houston-point-guard-complementary-styles

 

–  Thunder: Redefining the concept of a ‘good shot’  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:   http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-redefining-the-concept-of-a-good-shot/article/5456156/?page=2

 

–  The Hornets turned into a 3-point juggernaut during the NBA preseason  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/26/9610638/charlotte-hornets-three-point-shot-offense-kemba-walker-al-jefferson-steve-clifford

 

–  A confident David Blatt is ready for Year 2 in Cleveland  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13978110/david-blatt-ready-year-2-cleveland-cavaliers

 

–  The Atlanta Hawks are going to repeat and you will be surprised  – again  (from Jason Walker, peachtreehoops.com):

Read it here:   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2015/10/26/9615238/atlanta-hawks-predictions-2015-2016-horford-millsap

 

–  Skiles Holds All Players Accountable, Expects Defensive Excellence  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/magic/news/skiles-holds-all-players-accountable-expects-defensive-excellence

 

–  DERRICK ROSE READY FOR SEASON OPENER AGAINST CAVS   (from Sam Smith,  Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/sam-smith/derrick-rose-ready-season-opener-against-cavs

 

–  BULLS SEASON PREVIEW  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/sam-smiths-bulls-season-preview

 

Jabari Parker’s return  (from Gery Woelfel, journaltimes.com):

Read it here:  http://journaltimes.com/sports/basketball/leap-of-faith-young-bucks-poised-to-make-big-step/article_7f64192c-ec7f-51ee-82c3-84329fb5c339.html

 

–  The NBA’s most interesting international players (from Jonathan Raymond,  The National):

Read it here:  http://www.thenational.ae/sport/nba/around-the-world-in-20-players-the-nbas-most-interesting-internationals-2015#full

 

–   The NBA Wages a War on Attrition  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

” Keeping players healthy has become a leaguewide obsession, and the difference between winning a title and a playoff exit.”

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-nba-wages-a-war-on-attrition-1445878326

 

–  Aldridge’s fit with Spurs, Caron Butler Q&A, rankings and more  (from Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/27/open-floor-lamarcus-aldridge-gregg-popovich-spurs-caron-butler-kings

 

–  Do the Wizards have a capable supporting cast around John Wall?  (from Evans Clinchy, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/27/washington-wizards-john-wall-supporting-cast/

 

–  Breaking It Down: Luis Scola and Jonas Valanciunas Defensive Pairing  (from Zarar Siddiqi,  raprtospepubic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/27/breaking-it-down-luis-scola-and-jonas-valanciunas-defensive-pairing/

 

–  Sixers PGs Isaiah Canaan, T.J. McConnell must keep team running  (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-pgs-isaiah-canaan-tj-mcconnell-must-keep-team-running

 

–  Danny Ainge: ‘I don’t see a finish line’ on Celtics tenure  (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:   http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2015/10/danny_ainge_i_don_t_see_a_finish_line_on_celtics_tenure

 

–   Quin Snyder: Managing expectations (form Jared Woodcox, yardbarker.com):

Read it here:  http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/articles/coach_snyders_comments_shouldnt_deter_utah_jazz_fans_optimism/s1_7899_19781695

 

–  Rick Carlisle inching closer to becoming a Maverick for life  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151026-sefko-rick-carlisle-inching-closer-to-becoming-a-maverick-for-life.ece

 

–  NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Bounced Into Hall of Fame  (from Richie Brand,  Investors.com):

Read it here:  http://news.investors.com/management-leaders-and-success/102615-777397-dick-bavetta-nba-basketball-hall-of-fame.htm

 

–  SportVU Driving School  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

” On cue for the new season, late last week the good folks NBA.com gave us and Nylon Calc and the rest of the stats-curious community a little bit of a goodie bag in terms of the improvements and additions to the suite of publicly available SportVU data1. The biggest improvement is the ability to filter all previously available stats by date which both allows for more accurate totals2 and the game-by-game “boxscores” which Darryl introduced earlier today.

In addition to these refinements, there is some genuinely new information. In particular, the drives tab has applications to a subject near and dear to my heart as a largely unexplained phenomenon, which is to say playmaking:”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/26/sportvu-driving-school/#fn-8320-3

 

 “Hot Hands” in Basketball Are Real  (from Jordan Ellenberg, Slate.com):

Read it here:   http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/10/hot_hands_in_basketball_are_real_new_analysis_shows.html

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

– Kent Bazemore finally getting a shot with the Hawks  (from Paul Newberry, Associated Press):   http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nba/2015-10-26/kent-bazemore-finally-getting-shot-hawks

 

–   Trey Burke is ‘all in’ for the Utah Jazz this season  (from Jody Gennessy,  Deseret News):   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865640008/Third-year-point-guard-Trey-Burke-is-all-in-for-the-Utah-Jazz-this-season.html?pg=all

 

–  Pacers’ C.J. Miles ready to shoot in new offense  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/26/pacers-cj-miles-ready-shoot-new-offense/74641382/

 

–  Celtics’ Avery Bradley wants to shoot 40 percent from deep and emerge as one of the NBA’s best shooters  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/boston_celtics_avery_bradley_w.html

 

–  Jared Dudley Will Fill Paul Pierce’s Shoes in Washington  (form Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vi5XPSEAAHUAN3Nc/jared-dudley-will-fill-paul-pierces-shoes-in-washington

 

–   Blazers’ CJ McCollum prepared for ‘delicate balance’ between scorer and point guard  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_cj_mccollum_is_navigating_the_delica.html

 

–  Suns’ Markieff Morris had Rasheed Wallace help  (from Zach Buchanan,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/26/phoenix-suns-markieff-morris-had-rasheed-wallace-help/74656720/

 

–  Jabari Brown  lives on NBA fringe  (from Jeff Gordon,  stltoday.com):    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jeff-gordon/tipsheet-ex-mizzou-star-lives-on-nba-fringe/article_b7fa2b83-d2e1-5343-a953-d0e687e904e5.html

 

–  D’Angelo Russell says he has better understanding of role with Lakers  (from Eric Pincus, LATimes):   http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-dangelo-russell-understands-role-lakers-20151026-story.html

 

–   Cavaliers X-factor for the 2015-16 NBA season: Richard Jefferson   (from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):   http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/the_cleveland_cavaliers_x-facto.html

 

–  Heat taking ‘big picture’ approach when it comes to Amar’e Stoudemire’s knees, playing time  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/heat-taking-big-picture-approach-when-it-comes-to-amare-stoudemires-knees-playing-time.html

 

–  Cory Joseph ready for Manu-like role in Toronto  (from Donnovan Bennett,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/cory-joseph-ready-for-manu-like-role-in-toronto/

 

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