– Video of Klay’s 37 point quarter shot-by-shot: (from CSNBayArea.com)
View it here: http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/shot-shot-relive-klay-thompsons-historic-37-point-third-quarter
(BI Note: 27 of his points came in the final 5:32 of the quarter)
– Klay Thompson’s absurd third quarter shots, graded (from Mike Prada. SBNation):
Read and view it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/1/24/7881503/klay-thompson-golden-state-warriors-third-quarter-kings-record
– Breakdown of the Kings’ breakdown vs. Klay Thompson (from Rui Thomas, cowbellkingdom.com):
Read it here: http://cowbellkingdom.com/breakdown-of-the-kings-breakdown-vs-klay-thompson/
– Pistons’ Monroe actually good defender, says Van Gundy (from Vincent Goodwill, Detroit News):
” The general consensus surrounding Pistons forward Greg Monroe is that his defensive struggles prevent him from being an elite big man in today’s game, as his perceived lack of athleticism turns him into a liability.
But don’t tell that to coach Stan Van Gundy.
“I think Greg’s actually pretty good defensively,” Van Gundy said. “I’ve thought that all year.
“He’s a very good low post defender, in my opinion. And he’s a smart defender. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.”
In a way, Van Gundy believes Monroe’s lack of athleticism makes him a more sound player because he knows he doesn’t have the natural ability to cover up for mistakes and play above the rim. Of course, Andre Drummond is the athlete who can erase everybody’s mistakes when he’s on, but Monroe is usually in the right place at the right time.”
Read it here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/01/23/pistons-monroe-actually-good-defender-says-van-gundy/22253271/
– Korver a perfect match for Hawks’ system (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):
” The sharp-shooting guard is having a career year – at 33 years old and in his 12th NBA season – as a starter in a Hawks system predicated on pace, space and ball movement. They are a perfect match – player and system.”
Read it here: http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/basketball/korver-a-perfect-match-for-hawks-system/njwSd/
– Can the Blazers Survive LaMarcus Aldridge’s Absence? (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):
Read it here: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/lamarcus-aldridge-injury-portland-trail-blazers/
– Explaining the Phoenix Suns rule on being benched for getting T’d up (from Dave King, brightsideofthesun.com):
” For the third time this season, coach Jeff Hornacek benched a Phoenix Suns player for the rest of the game for getting a technical foul for arguing with the referee over a call (or missed call). This time, it was mild-mannered fan favorite Goran Dragic who got himself benched for bumping a referee while yelling at him after a no-call on a fast break.
Goran Dragic sat out the rest of the game.
The Suns are 1-2 in those games, each of them coming down to the final possession in regulation.
Why would a coach make bad matters even worse by benching one of his best players for sticking up for himself to the referee? It’s bad enough that you lose a point on the technical foul, but to lose the game as a result is madness.
Prior to this new rule being in place, the Phoenix Suns led the league with 32 technical fouls called against them in just 41 games.
Read it here: http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/1/23/7880989/explaining-the-phoenix-suns-rule-on-being-benched-for-getting-td-up
– Kyle Lowry Q & A (from Scoop Jackson, ESPN):
Read it here: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/12217868/interview-kyle-lowry-toronto-raptors
– Flip Saunders Q & A (from Britt Robson, Minnpost.com):
Read it here: http://www.minnpost.com/sports/2015/01/qa-flip-saunders-t-wolves-season-so-far
– A week in the life of Toronto Raptors’ Chuck Hayes (from Eric Koreen, National Post):
” Since joining the league, Hayes has earned a reputation for his post defence, despite his comparatively short stature, standing at 6-foot-6. His low centre of gravity and quick feet allow him to hold his position. He has been frustrating bigger opponents for years.”
Read it here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/23/a-week-in-the-life-of-toronto-raptors-chuck-hayes/
– Cavaliers anonymously concede roster composition was an issue (from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com)
Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/01/cleveland_cavaliers_anonymousl.html
– Cavs Report: Roster, Not Coach, Was the Problem (from Jared Mueller, kingjames gospel.com):
Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2015/01/24/cavs-report-roster-not-coach-problem/
– What Timo Mozgov means to Cleveland Cavaliers and David Blatt (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com)
Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/01/terrys_talkin_about_why_mozgov.html
– The Rudy Gobert Report (from Darryn Albert, thesportsquotient.com):
” New Jazz head coach Quin Snyder is finding better ways to utilize Gobert than his predecessor (and now NorCal punchline) Tyrone Corbin ever did and credit Gobert’s accelerated development as well. The other Rudy G has nearly doubled his averages across the board this season relative to his rookie year, with averages of 6.6 points per game, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks on 62.5% shooting from the field. And the most spine-chilling part about those numbers is that he’s doing that in less than 22 minutes per game on average. Look at Gobert’s line per-36 minutes and those numbers jump to 11.1 points per game, 11.9 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks. And in 7 starts so far this season, the block totals rise even further, ballooning to 4.3 blocks per game (4.8 when starting at the center position).”
Read and view it here: http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2015/1/23/long-arms-of-the-law-the-rudy-gobert-report
And for those with access to ESPN Insider:
– Brandon Jennings maturing for Pistons (from Amin Elhassan):
” The dynamic PG is shedding his ball-hog mentality to help Detroit’s makeover”
Read it here: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12220864
Additional Player Updates:
– Langston Galloway/Lance Thomas: http://theknicksblog.com/knicks/hamilton-galloway-and-thomas-save-the-day-for-knicks-as-decision-day-looms/
– Lamar Patterson: http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/lamar-patterson-keeping-tabs-hawks-europe
– Dante Cunnigham: http://www.foxsports.com/north/story/ex-minnesota-timberwolves-pf-dante-cunningham-picking-up-pieces-after-tumultuous-2014-012315
– Jae Crowder: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2340712-jae-crowder-doing-it-all-for-the-boston-celtics
– Kawhi Leonard: http://www.si.com/nba/2015/01/23/kawhi-leonard-spurs-gregg-popovich-tim-duncan
– Nic Batum: http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/1/23/7876555/portland-trail-blazers-nicolas-batum-shooting-percentage
– Kris Humphries: http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/01/kris-humphries-midrange-god-wizards-nba-jumper.html
– Lou Amundson: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/sports/basketball/knicks-become-lou-amundsons-10th-nba-team.html