Today’s BestNBA Reporting And Analysis 4/19/16

 

–  Inside The Longest Night Of Kevin Durant’s Career  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/18/nba-playoffs-mavericks-thunder-game-2-kevin-durant-shooting-video

–  Twelve Seconds Of Pure Wes Matthews Saved The Mavs  (from Seth Rosenthal, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/19/11458964/mavericks-thunder-wes-matthews-dgaf

Raptors Rebound In Game Two (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559431/raptors-shake-off-playoff-scars-rebound-in-game-2-against-pacers   from Mike Mazzeo, ESPN:   http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18017/raptors-respond-to-adversity-by-snapping-seven-game-playoff-skid  and from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/19/thomsen-raptor-bounce-back-game-2/

–  Raptors 98, Pacers 87  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/18/11456134/raptors-pacers-2016-results-score-nba-playoffs

–  Warriors Don’t Need Steph In This Series  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559466/warriors-dont-need-steph-curry-rest-of-the-series-rockets-dont-care

Curry Uncertain For Game Three (from ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15233901/stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-game-2-vs-houston-rockets

–  Draymond Green  Q & A  (from Marc Spears,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15228039/draymond-green-playoffs-diary

–  Video Breakdown:  1) Illegal Screens  2) Defending And Attacking The Rockets Twin Towers  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/19/11457408/warriors-vs-rockets-video-analysis-2016-highlights-defend-twin-towers-draymond-green-klay-thompson

 The Heat Broke Down The Hornets Pick-And-Roll-Defense In Game One  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/18/11449742/the-miami-heat-broke-down-charlottes-pick-and-roll-defense-in-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Why Do Heat Players Keep Sacrificing Money  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2016/04/why-do-heat-players-keep-sacrificing-money-exploring-the-issue-um-panthers-trump.html

–  The Cavs Pick-And-Roll Defense Came Up Big In Game One  (from Daniel Rowell,  fearthesword.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/18/11452020/its-a-trap-how-the-cavs-pick-and-roll-defense-came-up-big-in-game-1

–  Pistons’ To-Do List For Game 2 Starts With Attacking Cav’s Small Ball Lineup  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-do-list-game-2-starts-attacking-cavs-small-ball-lineup

–  CP3 Keeps The Clippers In The Moment  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/18/at-a-crossroads-chris-paul-keeps-the-clippers-in-the-moment/

–  How The Clippers Are Forcing The Blazers’ Role Players To Try To Beat Them  (from Jack Winter,  dimemag):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/clippers-trail-blazers-ball-screens-deandre-jordan-al-farouq-aminu/6/

–  Can The Celtics Survive Losing Avery Bradley?  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/18/11448022/avery-bradley-injury-celtics-doomed-hawks-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Celtics Need To Capitalize On Transition Opportunities  (from Jeff Nooney,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/19/11459490/celtics-hawks-transition-opportunities

–  Hawks Players Detail Why Nets Hire Of Kenny Atkinson Is A Slam Dunk  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/17984/hawks-players-detail-why-nets-hire-of-kenny-atkinson-is-a-slam-dunk

“Hustle Stat” Caveats  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/18/hustle-caveats/

–  Luke Walton: ” I Love My Job Here.  I’m Not Going To Rush Off “  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2016/04/18/luke-walton-knicks-situation-near-term-future/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Stanley Johnson  (from John Niyo,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/columnists/john-niyo/2016/04/18/niyo-pistons-johnson-back-james/83212422/

–  C.J. McCollum  (from Jordan Schultz,  Huffington Post):   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cj-mccollum_us_570bdc22e4b0142232498ce1

Chris Kaman  (from Dwight Jaynes,  csnnw.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/chris-kaman-remember-him-could-play-bigger-role

–  Luol Deng  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-the-resurgence-of-miami-heat-for/nq7SB/

–  Thon Maker  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/19/11358732/why-2016-nba-draft-prospect-thon-maker-should-prepare-embrace-d-league

 

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 3/18/16

 Steph Sees Room For Improvement  (from Scott Cacciola,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/sports/basketball/stephen-curry-sees-room-for-improvement-seriously.html

–  Miami’s Success Without Bosh  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/never-spo-down-on-miamis-success-without-chris-bosh/

–  Luke Walton On Coaching The Warriors  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv1jyxCnTZE

–  Steph Curry Is Revolutionizing The Game  (from Henry Abbott, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15001418/how-stephen-curry-revolutionizing-basketball

–  Draymond Green And The Evolution Of Defense  (from Tom West,  FanSided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/03/18/draymond-green-evolution-nba-defense/

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Thursday Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2625666-giannis-antetokounmpo-earning-greek-freak-nickname-and-thursday-nba-takeaways

–  Toronto 101, Indiana 94  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/bottom-line-pacers-foul-line

–  Hottest Shooters Of The Week  (from Will Laws,  Business2Comunity):

Read it here:  http://www.business2community.com/sports/unlikely-sources-make-nbas-hottest-shooters-week-01488001#PX25J3ZjVOzfSE3m.97

–  Celtics:  How To Use The D-League  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11213032/boston-celtics-red-claws-jordan-mickey-avery-bradley-nba-d-league-model

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Luol Deng  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/heat/2016/03/17/luol-deng-chris-bosh-dwyane-wade-goran-dragic-lebron-james-heat-warriors-cavaliers/81916274/

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):   http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/17/jrue-holidays-bounce-back-season-gives-pelicans-hope-future/

–  Lance Stephenson  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/3/18/11259148/lance-stephenson-memphis-grizzlies-analysis-free-agency-speculation

–  Devin Booker  (from Ian Levy,  Vice Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-devin-booker

–  Zach LaVine  (from Jerry Zgoda,  Star Tribune):  http://www.startribune.com/shooting-guard-suits-lavine/372510101/

–  Andre Miller  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):  http://nbpa.com/andre-miller-this-is-40/

–  Marreese Speights  (from CSNBayArea):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/kerr-chronicles-speights-3-point-evolution-want-him-let-it-fly

 

–  Shaun Livingston  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Shaun-Livingston-s-long-road-to-becoming-6921149.php

–  Serge Ibaka  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vuu1wCwAAKo_6g4b

–  Chris Kaman  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/03/in_trail_blazers_loss_to_san_antonio_spurs_chris_k.html

–  Akeem Richmond (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11217972/akeem-richmond-brings-defense-to-fast-paced-bighorns

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/12/16

 

 

–  Steve Kerr Is Fine Tuning Warriors’ Game  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/12/steve-kerr-coaching-golden-state-warriors/81685066/

–  Gauging A Transformation DPOY Race:  Kawhi Leonard/ Draymond Green  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/gauging-a-transformational-dpoy-race/

Luol Deng Still Believes That The Bulls Did Coach Thibodeau Wrong (from Joe Cowley,  Chicago Sun Times):

Read it here:  http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/deng-still-feels-the-bulls-front-office-did-coach-thibs-wrong/

–  Hornets, Grizzlies, Rockets  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/dempsey/ci_29631311/dempsey-hornets-grizzlies-two-nbas-most-underrated-stories

–  Hornets Have The Smarts  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article65748132.html

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Heat’s Shrewd Moves Are Paying Off (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):
–  The Case Rambis Is Making To Remain As Knicks Coach  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):
Additional player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/article65743937.html
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):   http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-giannis-antetokounmpo-on-point-since-all-star-break/
 
 
 
–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun): http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/11/collectively-raptors-valanciunas-and-biyombo-are-a-handful-to-handle
–  DeWayne Dedmon/Jason Smith  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-dedmon-smith-0313-20160312-story.html
–   Tony Wroten (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):   http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VuNViiUAAHMEuqEI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
–   Devin Booker  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation): http://www.sbnation.com/2016/3/11/11178962/devin-booker-phoenix-suns-shooter-more-highlights    and from Troy Tauscher, BBall Breakdown:  The Breakdown: It’s Time To Talk About Devin Booker
 
 
 
–  Robert Upshaw  (from Harrison Faigen,  Silver Screen and Roll):   http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/3/11/11208596/la-lakers-dfenders-robert-upshaw-termination-drug-policy
 
 
 

–  Evan Turner (from Jimmy Toscano, csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/can-turner-win-nbas-sixth-man-year-award

–  Mario Chalmers  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-mario-chalmers-s031216-story.html

 Chris Bosh  (from Benjamin Hoffman,  NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/sports/basketball/chris-boshs-return-presents-the-heat-with-an-enviable-puzzle.html

–  Shelvin Mack  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3651508-155/utah-jazz-dont-blame-the-new?fullpage=1

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 2/5/16

Recapping Thursdays’ Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Video Breakdown Of Steph Curry’s Eleven Threes  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/2/4/10912066/warriors-vs-wizards-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-threes-go-to-eleven

–  Celtics’ Defense Wreaking Havoc On Opponents  (from wjsy  celticsblog):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/2/5/10921444/welcome-to-the-terrordome-celtics-defense-wreaking-havoc-on-opposing

–  Search For Better Shots Part Of Heat Quest For “Holy Grail”  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-chris-bosh-s020416-story.html

–  The NBA Guide To Winning  (from Daniel Lilling,  The Sports Quotient):

Read it here:  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/2/3/the-nba-guide-to-winning

 The Art Of The Alley-Oop  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VrOAcCgAACkAt0rO

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  LeBron’s Inconsistent 3-Point Stroke  (from Greg Swartz,  Bleacher Report): http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2613846-lebron-james-inconsistent-stroke-has-opponents-cavaliers-off-balance

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):   http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/stanley-johnson-helps-out-44-minutes-pistons-survive-first-game-minus-kcp

–  Amar’e Stoudamire  (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/21492/in-fighting-father-time-amare-stoudemire-is-landing-haymakers

–  Jeff Teague/ Dennis Schroder  (from Eric Yeboah,  BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/02/04/atlanta-hawks-point-guard-conundrum/

–  Luol Deng/Justise Winslow  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article58557708.html

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from James Ham,  csnbayarea):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/cauley-stein-showing-rare-drive-rookie-nobody-outworks-me

–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from An Nguyen,  bsndenver):  http://bsndenver.com/rookie-emmanuel-mudiay-has-been-a-rising-star-for-the-denver-nuggets/

–  Hassan Whiteside  (from Ira Winderman,  SunSentinel):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-hassan-whiteside-s020416-story.html