Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 5/5/16

CLE 123, ATL 98:

   – From Chris Fedor, cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/jr_smith_emerges_as_cleveland.html

   – From Dave McMenamin, ESPN:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2625/cavs-continue-perfect-postseason-shoot-their-way-into-history

–  Heat All In On Small Ball Without Bosh  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/117870/heat-all-in-on-small-ball-without-chris-bosh

–  Raptors Will Try To Pick Up The Pace  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/04/raptors-will-try-to-pick-up-the-pace-against-heat.html

–  Raptors’ Bigs Will Focus On Limiting Wade  (from Eric Koreen, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-bigs-focused-limiting-slithery-wade-ahead-game-2

–  The Heat Answered Lowry’s Buzzer-Beater  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/dwyane-wade-and-the-miami-heat-answer-kyle-lowrys-prayer/

–  Scola Acting As Voice Of Reason During Lowry’s Playoff Pains (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-acting-voice-reason-lowrys-playoff-pains/

–  GSW 110, POR 99

   – From Jason Quick, csnnw.com:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/loss-could-shape-trail-blazers-better-or-worse

 

   – From Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=NptjZXdNJ54

   – From Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/04/portland-cant-escape-the-golden-state-warriors/

   – From Carl Steward, East Bay Times:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/warriorss/ci_29850603

   – From Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Commander-Iguodala-does-is-all-for-Warriors-7393759.php

  –  From Adam Lauridsen, mercurynews.com:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/05/04/one-beat-warriors-110-blazers-99/?doing_wp_cron=1462356631.4488890171051025390625

–  Steve Kerr Continues His Long Journey Back  (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News.com):

Read it here:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/tim-kawakami/ci_29850816/kawakami-warriors-steve-kerr-continues-his-long-journey

–  Why Did Bird Let Vogel Go? (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/3/11575722/frank-vogel-pacers-coach-future-larry-bird

–  Barbosa Swears By A Brazilian Remedy  (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-leandro-barbosa-horse-medicine.html

–  The High-Tech Replay Center Can (Or Can’t) Decide Games  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15413918/nba-replay-center-limits-how-helps-refs

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Tyler Johnson  (from Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-tyle/nrHHN/

–  Bruno Caboclo  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/5/4/11590932/hopes-from-the-6-breaking-down-bruno-caboclos-season-with-raptors-905

–  Linton Johnson  (from Brian Rzeppa, nothingbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/05/05/linton-johnson-thrives-in-italy/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/21/16

–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):

–  Spurs Aren’t Making Much of Win Over Dubs  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
 Pacers Hope Ball Movement Leads to Playoff Berth  (from Nate Taylor,  Indystar.com):
–  Antetokuonmpo At PG Is Unfair (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  Bucks’ GM John Hammond on Antetokuonmpo  (from Nikos Varlos,  eurohoops.com):
–  Byron Scott  Q & A  (from Larry Burnett, Vice Sports):
–  Wizards’ Positional Versatility  (from Michael D. Sykes,  bulletsforever.com):
–  The Challenge Of Helping DeMarre Carroll Fit In Before The Playoffs  (from Joshua Priemski,  Raptors Republic):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Luis Scola  (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):  http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/scola-031916
–  Luol Deng  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article67257047.html
–  Langston Galloway  (from Ryan Lazo,  NY Post):
 Jerian Grant  (from John Schmeelk,  CBSNewYork):  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/03/21/jerian-grant-kurt-rambis-new-york-knicks/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/30/16

–  The Pelicans Are Back From The Dead  (from Tim Cato,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/29/10866206/2016-nba-scores-new-orleans-pelicans-playoffs-standings-anthony-davis

–  Luis Scola Keeps Raptors’ Win Streak In Perspective  (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/29/luis-scola-keeps-raptors-win-streak-in-perspective

–  The Wizards’ Defensive Shortcomings  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/john-walls-stark-self-assesment-of-the-wizards-we-just-cant-guard-a-soul/2016/01/29/64632786-c6c8-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html

–  Previewing Kawhi vs LeBron Matchup  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2611673-lebron-james-kawhi-leonard-rivalry-evolving-into-battle-of-equals

–  Celtics On A Rampage:  Trend Analysis  (from DRJ,  celticslife.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/01/celtics-on-rampage-green-trends-analysis.html

–  Blazers Talk Defense After Win  (from David MacKay,  blazersedge.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/1/30/10874698/blazers-defense-win-hornets-nicolas-batum

–  Cavaliers:  Five Observations  (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/kyrie_irving_follows_tyronn_lu.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Klay Thompson’s Upside Down Elevator For Draymond Green’s Three (from EricApricot, Golden State of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/29/10858038/NBA-highlights-2016-klay-thompson-draymond-green-golden-state-warriors-dallas-mavericks

–  Ten Things You Need To Know About The Grizzlies  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25466404

–  Why Are The Grizzlies Suddenly Scoring So Many Points?  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Numbers-Game–367005981.html

–  Michael Malone Flourishing After Kings Disappointment  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/inside-the-denver-nuggets-151035814.html

–  How Anthony Morrow Turned His Jumper Into NBA’s Fastest Weapon  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4693022-anthony-morrow-dip-quick-release-thunder-kevin-durant-stephen-curry

–  Fixing The Bucks’ Defense  (from Daniel Larsen,  behindthebuckspass.com):

Read it here:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2016/01/30/milwaukee-bucks-fix-defense/

–  Devin Booker Might Already Be One Of The NBA’s Best Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vqz6wyQAAEMxgvcf

–  Searching For Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Partner On The Wing  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/1/29/10825822/searching-for-michael-kidd-gilchrists-partner-on-the-wing

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports): The unlikely story of how Kristaps Porzingis found his way to the Knicks

 

–  Zaza Pachulia  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706065/zaza-pachulia-returns-reminds-mavs-how-much-they-missed-him

–  Draymond Green  (from Sekou Smith,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/sekou_smith/01/29/kia-race-to-the-mvp-ladder-draymond-green-shows-superstar-skills-stephen-curry-lebron-james-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-kawhi-leonard/index.html

Julius Randle  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/30/10874650/la-lakers-julius-randle-career-high-clippers-stats-tape-analysis-breakdown

–  Lance Thomas  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25466375/taking-the-road-less-traveled-knicks-lance-thomas-finds-his-way-home

–  Terrence Ross (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/01/29/raptors-ross-growing-at-rate-of-practice-sessions.html

–  Trevor Ariza  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14672498/nba-court-locker-room-trevor-ariza-got-covered

–  Derrick Rose/ Jimmy Butler (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/backcourt-connection

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Neil Paine,  fivethirtyeight.com):  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/demarcus-cousins-is-a-usage-monster/

LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2612229-how-lamarcus-aldridge-fast-tracked-spurs-learning-curve-to-earn-all-star-bid

–  Shabazz Napier  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/01/30/shabazz-napier-trying-jump-start-career-with-orlando-magic/6fJEEXqP8K0vxPZzpKL6xO/story.html

J.J. Redick  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VquV4iQAAGsveqgJ

Boban Marjanovic  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/fran_blinebury/01/30/spurs-boban-marjanovic/

–  Donatas Motiejunas  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-donatas-motiejunas-heading-to-d-league-in-next-step-of-rehab/

–  Tyrus Thomas  (from KC Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-tyrus-thomas-bulls-spt-0131-20160130-story.html

–  Mario Hezonja  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-news-0130-20160129-story.html

–  Bryce Dejean-Jones  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/bryce_dejean-jones.html

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

–  While You Were Watching the Warriors, the Spurs Were Quietly Crushing Everyone  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washiington Post):

Read ithere:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/12/15/while-you-were-watching-the-warriors-the-spurs-were-quietly-crushing-everyone/

 The Forever Changing,  Still-Winning Mavericks  (form Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14368804/dallas-keeps-striking-free-agents-seem-matter-standings

–  Dwyane Wade’s Advice to Hassan Whiteside  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/12/dwyane-wades-advice-to-hassan-whiteside-dominate-then-cheer-.html

–  Skiles Working His Defensive Magic in Orlando  (from Chris Bernucca,  sheridanhoops.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/12/14/bernucca-skiles-working-his-defensive-magic-in-orlando/

–  Now Kawhi Leonard is Elite on Offense, Too (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/14/10104568/Kawhi-Leonard-highlights-spurs-breakdown-offense-stats

–  Blake Griffin’s MVP-Caliber Season Lost Among Clippers’ Mediocrity  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it ere:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/15/blake-griffins-mvp-caliber-season-lost-amidst-clippers-mediocrity/

Recapping Last Night’s Games  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/15/10148978/2015-nba-scores-los-angeles-clippers-win-blake-griffin-chris-paul

–  5 Takeaways from Monday’s games  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2015/12/15/five-takeaways-from-nba-monday-blake-griffin-can-pass-the-ball-too/

–  Pistons’ Overtime Heartbreaker : A Lesson For Andre Drummond  (from Jamie Delancey,  detroitbadboys.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/12/15/10195452/detroit-pistons-la-clippers-recap-overtime-andre-drummond-blake-griffin-heartbreaker

–  The Ground-and-Pound Offense in the Samll Ball Era  (form Matt Lurie,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240147/The-Ground-Pound-Offense-In-The-Small-Ball-Era

–  Grizzlies Move Grit-and-Grind to the Bench  (from Matt Smith, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Rea it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/12/15/memphis-grizzlies-move-grit-and-grind-to-the-bench/

The Hawks are OK – and That’s Not OK  (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/15/10153760/atlanta-hawks-breakdown-statistics-ok-nba

 Hoiberg, Colangelo, Reggie Jackson, more  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/12/14/morning-tip-chicago-bulls-struggle-to-start-2015-16-derrick-rose-philadelphia-76ers-state-after-hiring-jerry-colangelo-qa-with-reggie-jackson/index.html

Hornets New 3-point Prowess Changing How teams Guard Them  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article49731645.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Will Barton  (from Sean Deveney,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4688097-will-barton-baltimore-freddie-gray-protests-nuggets-denver

What’s Up With Danny Green’s Jumper?  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/12/15/whats-danny-greens-jumper/

Chandler Parsons Says That He Finally Felt Like Himself  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705899/chandler-parsons-finally-felt-like-myself

–  Kevin Love Refelects on Shouder Injury  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1678/kevin-love-looks-back-on-shoulder-injury-and-the-changes-it-sparked-upon-boston-return

–  Brett Brown Wants Stauskas to Work on Defense  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151215_Sixers__Brett_Browns_wants_Nik_Stauskas_to_work_on_defense.html

 Olynyk Finding His Groove Shooting  (from  A.  Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/olynyk-finding-his-groove-shooting-ball

–  Luis Scola  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/12/14/pacers-coach-frank-vogel-praises-raptors-luis-scola

 C.J. McCollum  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/12/canton-native_cj_mccollum_lear.html

–  Nicolas Batum is the Key to the Hornets’ Resurgence  (form Josh Planos,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/12/15/nicolas-batum-is-the-key-to-hornets-resurgence/

–  Evan Fournier’s Rise Doesn’t Surprise Scott Skiles (from Britt Robson, SBNation):   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/15/10112406/evan-fournier-scott-skiles-orlando-magic-profile

–  Clint Capela Providing Rockets With Hope  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2015/12/14/clint-capela-providing-rockets-with-much-needed-hope/

–  Trey Burke (from Ben Dowsett,  saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/right-at-home-trey-burke-on-comfort-role-and-personal-improvement/

–  Film Study:  Omer Asik Has Not Met Expectations  (from John Reid,  nola.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/12/new_orleans_pelicans_omer_asik_3.html

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/26/15

–  What Do The Warriors Mean When They Talk About “Confidence”?  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2593146-what-do-golden-state-warriors-really-mean-when-they-talk-about-confidence

–  How the Knicks are fast-Tracking Kristaps Porzingis’ Rise  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2592624-how-the-new-york-knicks-fast-tracked-the-rise-of-kristaps-porzingis

–  Dwane Casey’s Scouting Report on LBJ  (from Ryan McNeil,  hoopsaddict.com):

http://www.hoopsaddict.com/random/quotes/dwane-caseys-scouting-report-on-lebron-james/

–  The Lonely Burden of Jahlil Okafor  (from Robert Sanchez,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14172705/the-lonely-burden-sixers-jahlil-okafor

–  George Karl and His Many Disciples  (from Charles F. gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/george-karl-and-his-many-disciples-b99623043z1-354281271.html

Damian Lillard Evolving into One of NBA’s Best Facilitators  (from Joe Freeman, oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/11/trail_blazers_damian_lillard_1.html

–  At 37, Dirk’s Burden Remains the Same  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705831/at-ripe-old-age-of-37-burden-remains-same-for-dirk-nowitzki

–  Five Takeways From Spurs’ Season So Far  (from Gerald Bourguet,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/11/26/san-antonio-spurs-5-early-season-takeaways/

–  Quantifying Rebounding Skill (from Adam Yudelman,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VlYWsx0AAD0EBzGG

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/25/9803018/nba-schedule-results-raptors-cavaliers-spurs-mavericks-clippers-jazz

–  Pistons’ Greatest Satisfaction in Rout of Heat is Defense  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

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

–  Extending Coach Clifford Is A Sign of a Bright Future for the Hornets  (from Russell Varner,  atthehive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/25/9803018/nba-schedule-results-raptors-cavaliers-spurs-mavericks-clippers-jazz

–  Be Thankful For Your team’s Point Guard  (from Joshua Jonah Fischman,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vlc40B0AAM4CwpFf

Salary Cap Breakdowns by Team  (from Eddie Scarito,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/11/201516-salary-cap-breakdowns-by-team.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Jeremy Lamb Taking Full Advantage of Opportunity With Hornets (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/11/25/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lamb-putting-himself-in-discussion-for-sixth-man-and-most-improved/

Rajon Rondo  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article46568145.html

–  Victor Oladipo’s New Role (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-knicks-game-1126-20151125-story.html

–  Thad Young Is Showcasing New Offensive Skills  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-knicks-game-1126-20151125-story.html

Rockets’ Point Guards: Terry, Beverley, Lawson  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Beverley-hopes-to-return-Wednesday-vs-Grizzlies-6655621.php

–  Luis Scola  (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-could-be-raptors-x-factor-against-lebron-cavs/

–  Ryan Anderson  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  Giving thanks for one of the NBA’s best teammates

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