Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/17/16

–  The NBA’s 3-Point Revolution (from Shane Young, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/16/the-nba-3-point-revolution/

Klay Thompson Interview  (from Marc Stein, ESPN):

Read and listen here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/marc-stein/post/_/id/4786/klay-thompson-on-60-point-game-trade-rumors-and-more

–  Klay’s Greatness Isn’t Diminished  (from Tre Elder, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://thecauldron.si.com/the-names-change-but-the-shadows-remain-over-klay-thompson-4bedf3ef4bfe#.dnry1dccs

–  The Hornets’ Swarming Defense  (from Nicholas Sciria, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/16/the-charlotte-hornets-swarming-defense/

Justise Winslow Steps Forward (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-justise-winslow-s121716-story.html

 Schroder Is Getting A Better Understanding Of His New Role (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/sports/basketball/recent-play-suggests-schroder-getting-better-understanding-new-role/mbPRnQ2zowAXfxfP7cmAHN/

–  Russ On The Road: Westbrook’s Thunder Move On Without KD  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/columnist/sam-amick/2016/12/15/kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-oklahoma-city-thunder/95495422/

–  Harrison Barnes’ Next Step: Playmaking  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/16/harrison-barnes-showed-he-can-score-like-a-no-1-now-says-he-must-be-playmaker/

 Oladipo’s Absence Being Felt On Defense  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-victor-oladipos-absence-being-felt-on-defense/article/5531232

Week In Review, Featuring “The Play Of The Week”  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-big-3-record-offense-crazy-embiid-play-of-week/

–  Eric Gordon’s Star Is Finally Shining  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/16/eric-gordon-comfortable-houston-rockets

Under The Radar 2017 Free Agents  (from Keith Smith,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/244305/Under-The-Radar-2017-NBA-Free-Agents

Friday Recap  (from Inside Hoops/AP):

Read it here:  http://www.insidehoops.com/daily.shtml

Luwawu-Caborrot Is Making The Most Of His Minutes, Wherever They Come  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-luwawu-cabarrot-making-most-minutes-wherever-they-come

Jalen Jones: Killing It In The D-League  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/16/13979588/jalen-jones-dleague-boston-celtics

 David Foster: Long-Shot In The D-League  (from Jesse Dougherty, LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.southernminn.com/article_a126d321-a60b-5802-b457-36747a961e2e.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/8/16

GSW 115, LAC 98  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20161208/clippers-still-chasing-greatness-but-warriors-havent-lost-theirs

From Mark Whicker, OC Register:  http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/20161208/decisive-loss-to-golden-state-raises-familiar-questions-for-clippers

From Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/look-this-play-shows-how-pace-unlocks-the-warriors-brilliant-offense/

Warriors: Different Look, Same Success (from Mark Whicker, OC Register):

Read it here: http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20161207/different-look-golden-state-warriors-came-to-town-with-same-success

CLE 126, NYK 94: 5 Observations  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/12/lebron_james_deandre_liggins_s.html

–  The Emerging Giannis  (from Michael Singer, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2016/12/07/giannis-antetokounmpo-lebron-james-dirk-nowitzki-jason-kidd-gregg-popovich-bucks/95084050/

Harkless: Thriving In Portland (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/blazers-maurice-harkless-having-career-year/

–  Jrue Holiday: Pelicans’ X-Factor (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-jrue-holiday-is-pelicans-x-factor/

–  Raptors Still Figuring Out Where Valanciunas Fits  (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-still-figuring-out-where-valanciunas-fits-1.626407

–  Player-Referee Communication (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/referees-policy-technical-fouls-ejections-nbra-adam-silver-bob-delaney/5bxteydvb19i1bxnomhbnd0l6

The Lakers’ Bench  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=X1WXNKu5s_U

Dwane Casey Interview:

Watch It Here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=4SJKAoN_tiw

–  Defending the 3: The Defensive Aspect The Raptors Must Fix  (from Coach Nick):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=OMomk-BIBoc

How Klay Hit 60  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

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

From Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind:

http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/12/6/13852348/nba-2016-warriors-pacers-video-analysis-klay-thompson-60-points-in-29-minutes

–  Eric Gordon: A Perfect Fit With Rockets  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/3242/eric-gordon-fills-role-perfectly-in-leading-rockets-past-lakers

Dorian Finney-Smith Has Made Big First Impression With Mavs  (from Bobby Karalla, mvas.com):

Read it here:

http://www.mavs.com/wise-on-the-floor-but-young-in-years-dorian-finney-smith-has-made-big-first-impression-during-his-rookie-season/

–  Dragan Bender Gets Tested  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/12/07/phoenix-suns-dragan-bender-gets-tested-nba-school/95123590/

–  Pistons May Not Let Aron Baynes Go Easily After All (from Duncan Smith, Piston Powered):

Read and watch it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/12/08/detroit-pistons-aron-baynes-go/

–  Sam Smith On Rondo  (from bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/sam-smith-rajon-rondo

–  Brand Is Embracing New Role With Sixers  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20161208_Cooney__Brand_embracing_new_role_with_Sixers.html

From phillyfansince88:  http://phillyfansince88.sportsblog.com/posts/30624140/why-the-sixers-hiring-elton-brand-is-bigger-than-you-think.html

Knicks Finally Get To The Basket  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/07/one-team-three-stats-new-york-knicks-shooting-restricted-area

–  The Vertical Podcast: Luke Walton  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  https://art19.com/shows/vertical/episodes/2402c41a-b257-49ea-b9c0-a30b8f4b916b

That Guy Podcast (from Dave Dufour/Pete Zayas):

Listen To It Here:  https://soundcloud.com/thatguybball/why-draymond-is-the-mvp-w-lakerfilmroom

Spotlighting Anthony Morrow (from David-Scott, Welcome To Loud City):

Read it here: http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/12/8/13879392/minutes-for-morrow-spotlighting-league-accurate-three-point-shooters

–  Rodney McGruder: Going To School Vs. NBA’s Best Wings  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article119596718.html

–  Heat Is The Best Fit For Derrick Williams  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/12/06/derrick-williams-on-awkward-exit-after-opt-out-knicks-never-called/

–  Alan Anderson: MVP Teammate (from Rowan Kavner, clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/glue-guy-alan-andersons-already-clipper-favorite

D’Antoni Provided Support For Nick Young During His Struggles  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20161207/mike-dantoni-provided-support-for-lakers-nick-young-during-struggles

 The Bulls’ Bench Problems  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago-bulls/post/_/id/23747/butlers-struggles-in-4th-underscore-a-larger-issue-for-bulls-a-bad-bench

Stephen Zimmerman Shining In D-League (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/7/13876064/stephen-zimmerman-magic-dleague

–  What’s Next For Alessandro Gentile? (from Emmet Ryan, ballineurope.com):

Read it here:  http://ballineurope.com/who-mourns-for-alessandro-gentile-5435/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/6/16

Klay Thompson’s 60 Point Game (from Kristian Winfield/Satchel Price, SBNation):

–  Doc Rivers Q & A (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Bucks Using “Tall Ball” To Counter League-Wide Trend (from Michale Lee, Yahoo Sports):
–  How James Harden Locked In For A Prolific Season  (from Hunter Roland, Houston Chronicle):
–  Scouting Reports On How To Slow Westbrook  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
 Trainer Joey Burton Q & A: On Glenn Robinson’s Big Summer  (from C. Cooper, indycornrows.com):
–  Clippers Search For Consistency  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
–  The Wolves Defensive Struggles (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Is Raptors’ Offense Historically Great?  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
 The Raptors’ Trouble Defending Three-Pointers (from Coach Nick):
 Luke Walton’s Progressive Thinking  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):
 3 Things We Learned Monday (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
–  WAS 118, BKN 113  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):
Comparing Rebuilding Teams  (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
–  League Will Tweak Calendar To Continue Fight Against Fatigue  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
John Vanak, R.I.P.  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):
–  Are The Magic Turning It Around?  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):
–  Glenn Robinson III’s Emergence  (from Dylan Hughes, 8poinst9seconds.com):
 James Johnson  (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):
Cavs’ Defense Is Leaving Much To Be Desired  (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
–  Jack Cooley Is Thriving In Europe  (from heinnews, Ridiculous Upside):
Advanced Stat Percentile Tables  (from Nick Scirica, Nylon Calculus):
QOTD (from Gregg Popovich, responding to a student who asked if the Spurs will win another title this season:
“Win the championship? I don’t know, but it’s not a priority in my life. I’d be much happier if I knew that my players were going to make society better, who had good families and who took care of the people around them. I’d get more satisfaction out of that than a title. I would love to win another championship and we’ll work our butts off to try and do that. But we have to want more than success in our jobs. That’s why we’re here. We’re here so you’ll understand that you can overcome obstacles by being prepared and if you educate the hell out of yourself. If you become respectful, disciplined people in this world, you can fight anything. If you join with each other and you believe in yourself and each other, that’s what matters. That’s what we want to relay to you all: that we believe that about you or we wouldn’t be here.”
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/10/16

 The Simple Adjustment The Cavs Made To Revive Irving  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893124/kyrie-irving-nba-finals-2016-cleveland-cavaliers-game-3-adjustment

–  LBJ Guarding Draymond Changed Everything  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893824/lebron-james-draymond-green-nba-finals-2016-warriors-cavaliers-game-3

–  Richard Jefferson Taking Full Advantage Of Opportunity   (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/09/richard-jefferson-kevin-love-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals/85670068/

–  Kevin Love Can Still Be A Weapon…Off The Bench  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16097908/2016-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-bring-kevin-love-bench

–  Will Kerr Make Adjustments?  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/draymond-key-any-kerr-adjustment-got-be-more-active    and from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/despite-big-game-3-loss–don-t-expect-warriors-to-go-small—–yet-021830234.html

 Steph, Klay Facing Different Struggles  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/10/stephen-curry-klay-thompson-struggles-nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers

–  A Unified Theory Of Steph’s Struggles  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/06/09/unified-theory-stephen-currys-struggles/

–  Film Study:  Ball Pressure From Cavs  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/09/film-study-ball-pressure-from-the-cavs/

–  Video Breakdown:  How Cavs Opened With a 19-4 Run In Game 3  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE0PDnRMXsE

–  Film Study: How The Cavs Unleashed J.R.  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/9/11896372/nba-finals-how-getting-creative-off-ball-unleashed-j-r-smith

–  Irving’s Game 3 Eruption  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/09/kyrie-irving-quiets-critics-game-3-eruption-2016-nba-finals/

–  Game Three Takeaways  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/cavs-blow-out-warriors-in-game-3-of-the-finals-make-it-a-series-again-takeaways/

–  The Finals’ Other Thompson  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/183189406/nba-finals-tristan-thompson-important-cavs

–  Phil Handy: Behind The Cavs’ Resurgence  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/phil-handy-the-man-behind-the-cavs-resurgence-in-the-finals/

A Conversation With Author/Historian Roland Lazenby  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-a-conversation-with-roland-lazenby/

–  Spurs’ Assistant James Borrego  (from Mark Smith,  abqjournal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.abqjournal.com/789427/borrego-in-his-comfort-zone.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

James Jones (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/james-jones-nba-finals-lebron-cleveland-cavaliers-miami-heat-history-record/1o62n9fpto8gi1mjsa5xb10u3l

–  Brandon Ingram  (from David Thorpe, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/Coach15759801/brandon-ingram-nba-ceiling

–  Demetrius Jackson  (from Brian Altman,  cbslocal.com):  http://sports.cbslocal.com/2016/06/09/demetrius-jackson-my-life-as-an-nba-draft-prospect/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/6/16

Draymond Takes On Starring Role  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/05/warriors-cavaliers-nba-finals-stephen-curry-draymond-green-lebron-james

–  Cavs’ Gamble On Draymond Backfires  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/cavs-gamble-draymond-backfires-made-shots-our-face

 Warriors’ Domination Continues  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/06/nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers-stephen-curry-lebron-james-game-2-video

–  LBJ Can’t Do This Alone, Or With Help  (from Marcus Thompson,  Mercury News):

Read iot here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29982328/thompson-lebron-cant-do-this-alone-or-help

Video Breakdown:  Warriors Out-Switch Cavs on Defense (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/6/6/11865322/warriors-vs-cavaliers-video-analysis-2016-highlights-out-switch-cavs-on-defense

–  Video Breakdown: Finals Game Two  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=PNpxo3f_fxI

–  How LBJ’s Defense Has Hurt The Cavs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z0Eblu1Aaw

–  5 Reasons The Playoffs Aren’t Over Yet  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/6/11866130/nba-finals-warriors-vs-cavaliers-not-over-yet

QOTD (from Tom Thibodeau on the Warriors, as reported by Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

    ” “Curry and Thompson command so much attention, I think it opens up the game for the other players. They all move so well without the ball that the one thing that I think tends to be overlooked is the passing ability of Draymond, Andre Igoudala, Shaun Livingston, that’s what makes them so good.

“They’ll pass up good shots for great shots. Then because of the way Curry moves without the ball they get a lot of great shots off of his screening. He’s a great screener and people tend to want to stay attached to him at all times and they get layups off of his screening or they end up getting open jump shots. But when he’s not shooting well, which is rarely, he creates so many easy scoring opportunities for his teammates because of the attention you have to pay to him, and Klay does as well.””