Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/22/18

To Medicate Or Not: The Thorny Mental Health Issue In The NBA (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Q & A:  Jerami Grant (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Jerami Grant, The Finisher (from Nick Gallo, thunder.com):
Raptors: What’s The Next Step For Anunoby?  (from Scott Rafferty, NBA.com):
The Lakers’ Offense Should Revolve Around LBJ In The Post (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Clint Capela Is Not Your Average Big Man (from Nathaniel Kudla, Space City Scoop):
How Will Melo Fit In Houston? (from Jordan Brenner, Cleaning The Glass):
Video: Comparing Jokic & Embiid (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
Remaining Offseason Questions: Pacific Division  (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Pacers: The Mad Ants Are An Important Player Development Tool (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Nuggets: How Trey Lyles Can Build On His Breakout Season (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Isaiah Austin Is Putting Up Big Numbers In China  (from Leo Sepkowitz, Bleacher Report):
Lakers: Can Svi Crack The Rotation?  (from Michael Dugger, Hoops Habit):
Kobe Bryant’s Biggest Individual Rivalries (from Micah Adams/Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Draft Stock Watch: Roko Prkacin & Rising U16 Prospects (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
The USIU Soaring Gulls Were The Greatest Show In College Basketball (from Russell Steinberg, The Step Back):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/20/16

 

–  Valanciunas Proving To Be Big Problem For Pacers  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560363/raptors-jonas-valanciunas-proving-to-be-one-big-problem-for-the-pacers

 Pacers Need To Limit Valanciunas  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/19/pacers-biggest-adjustment-need-limiting-jonas-valanciunas/83237908/

–  How The Pacers May Adjust To Valanciunas (From Blake Murphy,Raptors Republic):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/04/20/pacers-may-adjust-jonas-valanciunas/

–  Raptors:  Daring Others Than George To Beat Them  (from Doug Smith, Tornto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/19/raptors-content-to-allow-paul-george-dominate-if-rest-of-pacers-kept-in-check.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Mavericks/Thunder Game 2  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

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

–  What Steve Clifford Says Erik Spoelstra Is Doing That Other Teams Aren’t  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2016/04/what-hornets-coach-steve-clifford-says-erik-spoelstra-is-doing-with-the-heat-that-other-teams-arent.html

–  The Whiteside Problem And Solution For The Hornets  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560654/the-hassan-whiteside-problem-and-solution-for-the-charlotte-hornets

–  Celtics’ Bizarro Game 1 Shooting  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560155/the-maddening-case-of-the-celtics-bizarro-game-1-shooting-vs-atlanta

–  The Celtics’ Synergy Can’t Handle Losing Avery Bradley  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15278135/the-celtics-out-loss-avery-bradley

–  Celtics Made Horrendous Decisions Defending Korver In Game 2  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560601/celtics-made-horrendous-decisions-defending-kyle-korver-in-game-2

–  Hawks Shut Down Isaiah Thomas By Ignoring The Other Celtics  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/20/11465440/isaiah-thomas-hawks-defense-shut-down

–  Isaiah Thomas:  The Best Players Figure It Out  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4722872/isaiah-thomas-the-best-players-figure-it-out

–  Blazers’ Game 2 Plan  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-trail-blazers-game-2-plan-might-have-formed-bus-ride-back-hotel

–  Time For Pistons To Counter  (from Shawn Windsor,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/20/detroit-pistons-cleveland-cavaliers-tweaks/83257640/

–   Grizzlies’ Grit And Grind: For Better And Worse  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15234297/how-grit-n-grind-defines-grizzlies-better-worse

–  Statistical Playoff Notes:  Teague, Harden, Raptors’ Rotations  (from Ian Levy,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/19/nylon-notebook-jeff-teague-james-harden-and-more-playoff-notes/

–  Curry’s Foot  (from Marcus Thompson IOI,  mercurynews):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29786600/thompson-warriors-curry-not-worried-about-foot-injury

–  5 Things To Watch On Wednesday  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/20/five-things-to-watch-in-playoff-wednesday-kevin-love-at-center-clippers-trapping-damian-lillard/

 The Thunder’s Organizational Evolution  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-oklahoma-city-thunders-kids-grew-up-1461107114

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Kobe Bryant  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/15232286/former-lakers-star-kobe-bryant-left-nba-just-getting-started

Ramon Sessions  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/04/19/ramon-sessions-enters-free-agency-hoping-for-a-chance-as-starting-point-guard/

–  Trey Lyles  (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652532/After-slow-start-Trey-Lyles-made-huge-improvement-in-rookie-season-for-Jazz.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/14/16

 

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Bryant ‘s Last Show  (from Lee Jekins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/14/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-last-game-60-points-legacy

–  All Hail The Warriors  (from Bethlehem Shoals,  GQ.com):

Read it here:  http://www.gq.com/story/golden-state-warriors-73-wins

 Tough Life Experiences Have Strengthened Raptors’ Head Coach Dwane Casey (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/13/life-experiences-strengthen-toronto-raptors-coach-dwane-casey/

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph’s 400th 3-pointer  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/14/11429042/warriors-vs-grizzlies-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-400th-three-pointer

 Spurs Playbook: How They Use A Bunch Formation  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/13/11422544/spurs-playbook-how-the-spurs-use-a-bunch-formation-to-trick-the

 Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot, Part II  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15198958/nba-awards-ballot-part-2

Miami Heat:  Life Without Chris Bosh  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-chris-bosh-s041416-story.html

–  How Did The Thunder Change In Billy Donovan’s 1st Season  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/1433/how-did-the-thunder-change-in-billy-donovans-first-season

–  Quin Snyder Has Impressed Kobe Bryant  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3773895-155/utah-jazz-notes-brilliant-quin-snyder?fullpage=1

Pistons Owner Tom Gores On SVG Getting The Team To The Playoffs  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/tom-gores-svg-and-getting-pistons-playoffs-i-think-were-just-beginning

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 

–  Enes Kanter  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/13/after-winding-road-enes-kanter-finally-taking-control-at-least-offensively-on-the-court/

 

 

Tobias Harris  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/13/pistons-harris-happy-finally-playoffs/83010942/

Note: We will begin linking to the best playoff preview stories tomorrow

 

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

–  Draymond Green Is Redefining NBA Stardom  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
–  Warriors’ GM Myers Evaluates First Half  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–   Never Underestimate Trade Deadline Chaos  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):    Lowe: Never underestimate trade deadline chaos
(Note:  This is the best story about potential trades that we’ve seen and one of the few that is actually worth reading.  And, as a bonus, it also includes interesting looks at Reggie Jackson’s and Nikola Vucevic’s offensive moves)
–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell Q & A (from 1500ESPN.com):
Wizards On The Brink At The Break  (from Kyle Wiedie,  Truth About It):
–  What’s Going Wrong In Houston  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
–  Dirk Nowitzki: Still Loving The Ride  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Before The Knicks:  This Is How Porzingis Was In Spain (from Jorge Sierra,  Hoops Hype):
–  Lakers’ Bryant:  Young Players’ Development Hinges More On Mentors Than College   (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Blazers’  Assistant Coach Jay Triano  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):
–  Looking Back At Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Promising Yet Suddenly Halted Return  (from Reinis Lacis,  At The Hive):
–  Scouting Report On Potential NBA Signees Coming From China:  Jordan Crawford, Jabari Brown, Jamaal Franklin  (from Marco Catanzaro,  Sheridan Hoops):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Chris Paul  (from Rowan Kavner,  Clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/chris-paul-has-no-weakness
–  DeMar DeRozan (from Justin Rowan,  Hoops Habit):  Toronto Raptors Have Found A Star In DeMar Derozan

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/21/15

Breaking Down the Clippers 100 Seconds of Doom Against the Warriors  (from  Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14175382/los-angeles-clippers-100-seconds-doom-loss-golden-state-warriors

–  Explain One Play:  Busted Elevator = Draymond Green Beats the Clippers  (from Apricot,  goldenstateofmind.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/11/20/9768166/warriors-vs-clippers-2015-highlight-video-draymond-green-laup-elevator-doors

–  Draymond Green’s Importance  (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/20/9768674/draymond-green-highlights-stats-breakdown-warriors-stephen-curry

–  Wizards’ Small Ball: Further Adjustments needed  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4661627-randy-wittman-washington-wizards-small-ball-kris-humphries-marcin-gortat-nene

The End of the Shooting Guard  (from Chris Herring, Wall Street Journal):

” In the NBA, the Traditional Spot-Up Shooter Is Going Extinct; Ray Allen: Last of a Kind?”

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-end-of-the-shooting-guard-1402354437

–  Celtics Building an Identity  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/11/boston_celtics_brooklyn_nets_4.html

–  Does Utah Need Big Man Help?  (from my_lo,  slcdunk.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slcdunk.com/2015/11/21/9774940/the-downbeat-1778-jazz-need-big-man-help

–  Building the Magic’s Culture Part 3  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/11/21/building-the-orlando-magics-culture-part-3-playing-to-a-higher-standard/

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/20/9773358/nba-scheduled-results-warriors-bulls-rockets-grizzlies

–  A Tiny Gadget Could Make or Break The Wizards Season  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-key-player-for-the-wizards-stands-88-millimeters-tall/2015/11/20/a1e5c902-8ef0-11e5-acff-673ae92ddd2b_story.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Mario Chalmers’ Impact on the Grizzlies  (from Peter Edmiston,  commercialappleal.com):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Can-you-quantify-fun-In-Mario-Chalmers-case-absolutely-352306431.html

It’s Now a Mental Game for Dwyane Wade  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article45709071.html

–  Hassan Whiteside Emerges as Shot-Blocking King  (from Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/miami-heats-hassan-whiteside-emerges-as-nbas-shot-/npSBk/

–  Heat’s Tyler Johnson Is Earning His Dream  (from Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel):  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/sports/nba/article45736710.html

Nicolas Batum Breathing Life into Hornets’ Offense  (from Kenny Ducey,  Sports Illustrated):   http://www.si.com/nba/2015/11/20/nicolas-batum-charlotte-hornets-steve-clifford-blazers

Danny Green  Q & A  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/135/danny-green-ive-got-to-take-the-shot

Kemba Walker  Q & A (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14177081/kemba-walker-legacy-rookie-year-dunking-dancing-big-al-jeans

–  Kobe Bryant  Q & A   (from Joey Ramirez,  lakers.com):   http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/151120_kobebryant

David Lee:  Making a case for More Minutes  (from Scott Souza, Providence Journal):   http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151120/SPORTS/151129828

Willie Cauley-Stein  (form Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article45711006.html

–  The Redemption of Jeremy Lin  (form Howard Megdal,  VICE Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-redemption-of-jeremy-lin

–  Anderson Varejao:  Getting Used to New Role  (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/11/anderson_varejao_getting_used.html

Jared Dudley (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-dudleys-impact-just-tip-iceberg-wizards

Markieff Morris’ Woeful Offense  (from deadpoolio,  brightsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/11/21/9774330/phoenix-suns-markieff-morris-offense-has-been-woeful-this-season-but

–  Michael Carter-Williams  (from Andrew Snyder,  behindthebuckspass):  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/11/20/milwaukee-bucks-season-michael-carter-williams-breaks/

–  Jeff Ayres  Q & A   Part One  (from Nicholas Tozier,  hooptrends.com):   http://hooptrends.com/on-the-record-with-jeff-ayres-part-i/

–  Raptors Committed to Long-Term Growth of  Caboclo, Nogueira  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/talent/raptors-committed-to-long-term-growth-of-caboclo-nogueira-1.397151

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