Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Different paths to rebuilding: A view of the Sixers, Celtics, Magic  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25253002/different-paths-to-rebuilding-a-view-of-the-sixers-celtics-magic

 

–  How do the Celtics go from good to great?  (from Amin Elhassan, Tom Penn, Kevin Pelton,  ESPN Insider):

Those with access to ESPN Insider can read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13369018/nba-nba-front-office-analyzes-boston-celtics-do-next

 

–  The Rebuilding Of The Orlando Magic: A Look Into Their Future  (from Dakota Schmidt, BBaall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/08/02/the-rebuilding-of-the-orlando-magic-a-look-into-their-future/

 

–  The NBA’s first Palestinian? Sani Sakakini’s remarkable basketball odyssey  (form Les Carpenter,  theguardian.com):

Read it here:  http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/aug/03/the-nbas-first-palestinian-sani-sakakinis-remarkable-basketball-odyssey

 

–  Who Still Has Cap Space and who is “staring at the luxury tax”? (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-who-still-has-cap-space/

 

–  Teams With Hard Caps For 2015/16  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here: http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/08/hard-capped-teams-201516.html

 

–   Traded Future NBA Draft Picks, By Round  (from Marc Porcaro,  Hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/02/traded-future-nba-draft-picks.html

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Doug McDermott:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/08/03/mcdermott-or-mirage-the-bulls-summer-league-star/

 

Jahlil Okafor:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/deep-sixer/Hinkie-excited-about-Okafor.html

 

Ersan Ilyasova/Marcus Morris:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-deals-morris-ilyasova-held-appeal-many-levels-no-brainers-svg-says

 

Jrue Holiday:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/8/2/9086091/jrue-holiday-looking-strong-workouts-pelicans-tibia

 

Boban Marjanovic:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/8/2/9069043/boban-marjanovic-scouting-report-defense-spurs

 

Andre Drummond/Aron Baynes:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/08/02/detroit-pistons-andre-drummond/31022979/

 

Nik Stauskas:  https://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/atlantic/philadelphia-76ers/76ers-offer-nik-stauskas-chance-restart-career/

 

Nikola Vucevic:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/08/03/orlando-magic-need-a-focused-nikola-vucevic-to-thrive/

 

Tyler Harvey:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/08/03/orlando-magic-guard-tyler-harvey-will-fight-hard/

Today’s Top NBA Stories

The Hornets and the Sliding Scale of NBA Mediocrity  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/good-charlotte-the-hornets-and-the-sliding-scale-of-nba-mediocrity/

 

 

The Pistons’ Van Gundy/Bower Tandem (from Terry Foster,  Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/07/27/bower-drives-pistons-behind-scenes/30757617/

 

 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey excited about lineup options  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

” He has flexibility with guys who can play both backcourt spots, some others who can guard three different positions in certain situations.”

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/07/27/raptors-coach-dwane-casey-excited-about-lineup-options.html

 

 

–  The Suns are in great shape even after missing out on LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Kevin O’Connor,  sbnation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/7/28/9047545/phoenix-suns-roster-eric-bledsoe-brandon-knight

 

 

Becky Hammon/ Roy Hibbert Q &A/ More (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/07/27/morning-tip-becky-hammon-roy-hibbert/index.html

 

 

– Danny Ainge with  high praise for Brad Stevens  (from CSNNE.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/danny-ainge-some-high-praise-brad-stevens

 

 

–  How David Griffin Turned Water Into Wine  (form Adam Spinella,  bballbreakdown.com):

” Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has played the leverage game perfectly this summer, turning water into wine when he sent center Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks to the Portland Trail Blazers, creating cap space where there was none via two trade exceptions.”

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/07/28/how-david-griffin-turned-water-into-wine/

 

 

–  AskBBall Stats MailBag  (from Seth Partnow,  BBall Breakdown):

”  We’re trying something a little new here at BBallBreakdown. In recent years, there has been a statistical revolution sweeping the NBA. The proliferation of new metrics and measurements can leave your head-spinning. As much as I, and people like me, enjoy nerding out to the minutiae of data analysis and arguing over the finer points of “replacement level” (don’t ask, but if you must, #AskBBALL), it can be more than a little daunting if one simply wants to learn a little more in order to become a smarter fan without needing to immerse oneself totally.

Some of the stats are actually quite simple, recombining familiar box score information in ways better reflecting players’ impact on a game or season. Others are just as complicated as one might imagine. Still, even for the most complex metric, a basic understanding of how it works (at a very abstract level) combined with the knowledge of what it does well, and what it might miss, will at least allow for following the conversation as it continues. And if you don’t like stats, no big deal, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game, the numbers are just one.

To that end, the main goal of this feature is to help demystify..”

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/07/27/askbball-stats-mailbag/

 

 

Statistical Evaluation: Playmakers  (from Seth Partnow,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/07/27/clippers-now-have-two-of-the-nbas-best-playmakers-in-josh-smith-and-chris-paul/

 

 

–  Jack Armstrong is going strong as broadcast analyst for the Toronto Raptors  (from Tim O’Shei,  Buffalo News):

Read it here:  http://www.buffalonews.com/life-arts/television/jack-armstrong-is-going-strong-as-broadcast-analyst-for-the-toronto-raptors-20150717

 

 

Ken McDonald:   Guiding Dreams In The D-League  (from Lorne Chan,  spurs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/spurs/guiding-dreams-d-league

 

 

–  Markieff and Marcus Morris picked up an insane amount of techs last year  (from Matt moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25251620/markieff-and-marcus-morris-picked-up-an-insane-amount-of-techs-last-year

 

 

–  Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck Q&A  (from Jeff Clark,  celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/7/28/9052029/high-five-with-boston-celtics-owner-wyc-grousbeck

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

 

Anthony Davis:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/07/anthony_davis_admits_alvin_gen.html

 

Maurice Ndour:  http://knickerblogger.net/why-the-new-york-knicks-made-a-mistake-not-keeping-maurice-ndour/

 

Cady Lalanne:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2532761-san-antonio-spurs-latest-long-term-project-could-really-pay-off

 

Amir Johnson:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/07/bulpett_dave_cowens_a_big_fan_of_new_celtic_amir_johnson

 

Willie Cauley-Stein:  http://aroyalpain.com/2015/07/27/summer-league-willie-know-now/

 

Aaron Gordon:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/07/28/magic-aaron-gordon-improving-game/

 

Zach LaVine:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VVtv2yYAACIAx2Ry/rookie-wrap-up-zach-lavine

 

Cory Joseph:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/07/28/toronto-raptors-cory-joseph-different-kind-backup/

 

Doug McDermott:  https://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/central/chicago-bulls/doug-mcdermott-improvement-summer-league-chicago-bulls/

Today’s Top NBA Stories

–  ‘You’re never confident. You plan as well as you can’: A Q&A with Spurs’ GM R.C. Buford   (from Dan McCarney,   mysananotnio.com):

Read it here: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/07/10/youre-never-confident-you-plan-as-well-as-you-can-a-qa-with-r-c-buford/

 

 

–  Hidden Gems of the Utah Summer League  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

” Summer league play in the NBA has multiple points of emphasis. On the one hand are the elite prospects, typically soon-to-be rookies or second-year guys who were drafted highly and are generally expected to be among the better players in the tournament, particularly those in their second summer. Skill development and confidence as team leaders are the important takeaways for these guys, though they sometimes play so well early on that it’s no longer worth it to risk injury by playing them.

On the other end of the spectrum, though, summer play is a time for GMs and executives to identify and analyze talent they may not have seen much of up close. Many guys on summer rosters won’t ever amount to anything, but each year there are a handful who make a big impression and place themselves on the NBA radar.

With Utah Jazz Summer League completed Thursday night, who were a few of the hidden gems making a case for themselves?”

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/hidden-gems-of-the-utah-jazz-summer-league/

 

 

Becky Hammon in the moment (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/07/becky_hammon_in_the_moment

 

 

– A quiet summer, but loud expectations from Heat going forward  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/11/4831214_a-quiet-summer-but-loud-expectations.html

 

 

Celtics Update  (from wsjy,  celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/7/11/8910895/boston-celtics-danny-ainge-brad-stevens-what-are-they-thinking

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Jared Dudley:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/the-wizards-paul-pierce-replacement-plan-lands-a-key-part-in-jared-dudley/2015/07/10/56a453ae-274a-11e5-b77f-eb13a215f593_story.html

 

Jerian Grant:  http://nypost.com/2015/07/10/triangle-savvy-jerian-grant-has-knicks-gushing-over-his-passing/

 

Aaron Gordon:  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/512436-the-evolution-of-aaron-gordon.html

 

Dante Exum:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2516280-dante-exum-reminds-everyone-of-his-potential-at-utah-jazz-summer-league

 

Jason Thompson:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/7/11/8932551/jason-thompson-is-ready-for-a-new-start

 

Marcus Morris:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/7/11/8888491/marcus-morris-vs-everybody   and   http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/07/10/detroit-pistons-marcus-morris/29970089/

 

Jay Hook:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/7/11/8924119/2015-summer-league-pelicans-jay-hook-chance-tulane

 

Karl-Anthony Towns:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/7/11/8932207/karl-anthony-towns-nba-summer-league-debut-timberwolves

 

Julius Randle:  http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2015/07/10/metta-world-peace-impressed-with-julius-randles-strength/

 

Damien Inglis:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/damien-inglis-satisfied-despite-brief-bucks-debut-b99535489z1-313511671.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Breaking It Down: Four Crunch Time Failures Handling Marcin Gortat Screens  (from Zarar Siddiqi,  raptorsrepublic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/04/25/breaking-it-down-four-crunch-time-failures-handling-marcin-gortat-screens/

 

 

–  Wizards switch sends Raptors to brink of elimination   (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

” Pierce, Porter spark lineup change as Washington takes 3-0 lead”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/john_schuhmann/04/25/wizards-go-small-ball-comes-up-big/index.html

 

 

Formerly “reckless’ Derrick Rose is Smarter Now

Read it here:  from Sam Smith, bulls.com:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/reflective-rose-looks-forward

And from Steve Aschburner, nba.com:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/24/rose-unfilted-and-revealing/index.html

 

 

 

–  Kawhi Leonard has career-defining performance in Spurs’ Game 3 rout of Clippers  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:   http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2015/04/25/kawhi-leonard-san-antonio-spurs-los-angeles-clippers-playoffs/26354089/

More Kawhi (from Michael Wright, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles-clippers/post/_/id/7800/lack-of-depth-dooms-doc-rivers-clippers

 

 

 

Lack of depth dooms Doc Rivers, Clippers  (from Arash Markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles-clippers/post/_/id/7800/lack-of-depth-dooms-doc-rivers-clippers

 

 

 

–  Harden’s playoff-career-high 42 leads Rockets past Mavs to 3-0 lead  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/harden-s-playoff-career-high-42-leads-rockets-past-mavs-in-shootout–to-3-0-lead-035320624.html

 

 

 

Key contributions for Warriors  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Speights-late-rebound-among-key-contributions-6223305.php

 

 

 

–  Gasol & Randolph Suffocate Lillard & Aldridge: Trail Blazers At Grizzlies Game 2   (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_6rNG_lcZU&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

Lineup adjustments with Antetokounmpo, Henson suit Bucks  (from Charles Gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/lineup-adjustments-with-antetokuonmpo-henson-suit-bucks-b99487501z1-301292271.html

 

 

 

What does Kidd see in Carter-Williams (from Ohm Youngmisuk,  ESPN):

” Carter-Williams grew up trying to pattern his game after Kidd and the former Oakland prodigy’s mentor — Gary Payton.

“He’s certainly in the mold of Jason Kidd,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said of Carter-Williams. “You can see why they tried to acquire him. He has great size at that position, terrific vision, he makes other players better, you can play him in different areas in the court, he can play in the post, he can play in transition. And he’s extremely disruptive defensively with his size and length.”‘

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12736949/jason-kidd-sees-michael-carter-williams

 

 

 

–  Atlanta Hawks: The Importance Of DeMarre Carroll  (from Nathan Hoff,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/04/25/atlanta-hawks-importance-demarre-carroll/

 

 

 

–  Analyzing the ways to improve the Al Jefferson centric offense  (from Frank Berndt, atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.atthehive.com/2015/4/25/8490371/analyzing-the-ways-to-improve-the-al-jefferson-centric-offense-Charlotte-Hornets

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Zach Randolph:  http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2015/04/canzano_the_reinvention_of_zac.html#incart_2box_sports_oregonian_john_canzano_index.ssf

 

Otto Porter:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/4/25/8495463/otto-porter-big-shot-bubba-name-washington-wizards-nba-playoffs

 

Trevor Booker/Joe Ingles/Jeremy Evans:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865626711/Utah-Jazz-Future-of-Trevor-Booker-Joe-Ingles-and-Jeremy-Evans-in-Utah-is-uncertain.html

 

Joe Ingles:  http://saltcityhoops.com/why-the-jazz-should-and-most-likely-will-bring-back-joe-ingles/

 

Marcus/Markieff Morris:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/4/25/8495971/phoenix-suns-have-very-few-options-with-the-morris-twins

 

Luc Mbah a Moute:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-player-evaluation-luc-mbah-moute

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Hawks show they can win in different ways (from Ray Glier, USAToday):

‘” When Golden State tried to fit a lineup on the floor to solve the Hawks offense of threes, Atlanta set screens, rolled to the basket, popped out, and greeted all the switches the Warriors made on defense with a big smile. Because suddenly there was Paul Millsap, 6-foot-8 and a bulky 246 pounds, looking down on a guard and barreling to the basket. There was 6-10 Al Horford running at the rim with a slower big man trying to keep up.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr had to go to a smaller lineup when his 7-footer Andrew Bogut came face-to-face with 6-foot-1 guard Dennis Schroder late in the third quarter. Instinctively, the Hawks shifted the floor away from Schroder to give him room to bamboozle Bogut and the little guy faked a drive, stopped, and popped in a floating 11-footer. When Bogut left the game and the lane was free, the path was made easier for Millsap to abuse and Horford to rim run.

It is a basketball savvy and maturity to behold, and a pretty good reason why coach Mike Budenholzer should be, so far, the NBA Coach of the Year. When the Hawks get a mismatch, they recognize it instantly, and lock in on it. They do not take panicked looks at the shot clock and they sure don’t pass up the chance to exploit the mismatch. The Hawks’ egos, never, ever, get in the way (‘hey, it’s my turn to shoot’).”

Read it here:   http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2015/02/07/warriors-hawks-jeff-teague-paul-millsap-al-horford-stephen-curry-klay-thompson/23034633/

 

–   Hawks, Warriors Stage Classic In New Age of NBA (from KL Chounard, Hawks.com):

” The emergence of the three-point shot helped reshape NBA offenses to the style now played by Golden State and Atlanta, but Kyle Korver noted that the biggest incentive for fixing ball-stopping offenses may have actually involved fixing the defenses.

“The trend a couple of years ago was Coach Thibs’ defense: loading up the one side of the floor, stopping the iso,” Korver said, referring to Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau and his tendency to put extra defenders on the same side of the court as the ball.

“A lot of teams have caught onto that. A lot of teams do that now.”

As a result, teams have figured out that the proper counterattack, the best means for getting high-percentage shots, is through ball movement.

This contest had ball movement in spades. After the two teams scored a combined 240 points on each other’s top-5 ranked defenses, Korver compared the Hawks and Warriors.

“We’re different teams, and we have different personnel but I think a lot of the philosophy is probably similar. Both teams play with the pass, both teams play with space, both teams have a lot of shooting, both teams play great defense. I think that gets lost.”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/hawks-warriors-stage-classic-new-age-nba

 

–  Hawks vs. Warriors  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

” Switching doesn’t work against the Hawks either.

As the Hawks kept racking up victories, a school of thought developed on how to stop them. Rather then try to fight through every screen in a fruitless attempt to keep up with Korver off the ball or contain Teague in the pick and roll, some argued it made more sense to switch assignments and bait the Hawks into going at mismatches. At least this strategy prevents the Hawks from kicking their legendary flow into high gear.

With their surplus of 6’7 wings, the Warriors seemed to offer the best test case for this theory. And as usual, the Warriors constantly took advantage of their interchangeability, trading assignments on the weakside and even letting Curry guard Paul Millsap in the post at times.

It … didn’t work.”

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/2/6/7994531/hawks-vs-warriors-score-final-recap-nba

 

– Hawks’ depth and former AAU teammates prove to be deciding factors vs. Warriors (from Jacob Eisenberg, sheridanhoops.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/02/07/eisenberg-hawks-depth-deciding-factor-vs-warriors/

 

(BI Note:  Game One of the Best-of-Nine NBA Finals series was outstanding.  Next up: Game Two in Oakland on March 18.  We will be there.)

 

–  An NBA Friday night to remember (from Michael Lee, Washington Post):

” The last Friday before the NBA all-star break gave us a few things to consider for the remainder of the season: Time is running out before the rest of the league has to start being very afraid of Anthony Davis. The Russell Westbrook Appreciation Society should have a slew of new members after this week. Continue dismissing the passing-every-test Atlanta Hawks at your own peril. Cleveland has figured out a lot in recent weeks but winning in Indiana and getting that Kevin Love to work all the time aren’t among them. And finally, Minnesota isn’t finishing with the league’s worst record if Ricky Rubio’s around.”

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/02/07/an-nba-friday-night-to-remember/

 

 

–  For Patrick Ewing, deep-rooted dedication drives him towards head coaching goal  (from Michael Lee, Washington Post):

” Thirty years after graduating from Georgetown and going first overall to the New York Knicks with aspirations of winning titles at the rate of Bill Russell, Ewing is associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and harbors grander aspirations. Ewing is still hoping some owner or general manager will finally decide to take a chance on an all-time great who has been paying his dues on the sideline with a sharp suit and a clipboard for more than a decade.

Ewing’s pursuit of an NBA head coaching job has yielded only two interviews in 13 years, but he remains committed to chasing it — just like his long and ultimately fruitless quest for a championship ring. “I’d like the opportunity to succeed or fail like everybody else. I can’t sit around and boo-hoo, ‘They won’t give me an opportunity,’ ” Ewing said. “I just keep working and keep grinding, and whenever my name is called or somebody decides to give me that call, I just want to make sure I’m ready.””

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/for-patrick-ewing-deep-rooted-dedication-drives-him-towards-head-coaching-goal/2015/02/05/95cb2e9a-acac-11e4-9c91-e9d2f9fde644_story.html

 

 

–  Jared Sullinger’s safe playmaking  (from Jay King, Masslive.com):

” Sullinger’s safe playmaking has become a precious pillar for the Boston Celtics offense. His low turnover totals are even more impressive because the Celtics use him so often to handle the ball. He initiates dribble hand-offs, finds backdoor cutters and executes an occasional spin move to the hoop. He cuts to the middle, stops to receive a pass and whips the ball to the opposite corner. He works in the post, draws double-teams, and finds open teammates.

Sullinger has found open teammates a lot lately. Over the last three games, he has established a career high in assists twice, racking up 17 assists compared to just two turnovers. His inside-outside game has helped small lineups prosper. The brilliant playmaking stretch has only highlighted what might currently count as Sullinger’s greatest offensive strength: the ability to facilitate offense while keeping possession for his team.

Before we continue, know these assists are not all simple. Sullinger’s creativity, vision and feel allow him to try passes a lot of big men wouldn’t consider.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/02/jared_sullinger_play-making_bo.html

 

 

–  All-Star starting nod just the beginning for Raptors’ Lowry (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

” Guard took path he wanted to become both All-Star, team leader”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/02/07/all-star-2015-kyle-lowry-toronto-raptors-forges-own-path-to-all-star-starting-nod/

 

 

–  A VISUAL GUIDE TO JIMMY BUTLER’S ASCENT  (from Martin Kessler, triangleoffense.com):

Read and view it here:  http://triangleoffense.com/features/the-gifted-a-visual-guide-to-jimmy-butlers-ascent/

 

 

– Zach Randolph Is Having Himself a Season  (from Mike Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VM_ZnSUAACHVp_fK/zach-randolph-is-having-himself-a-season

 

 

–  James Harden’s clutch defense seals win for the Rockets (from Matt Moore CBS Sports):

”  Giannis Antetokounmpo had a huge night Friday. Twenty-seven points, 15 rebounds, four assists, and a block in a loss to the Rockets. But with a chance off a long rebound to make a big play in transition, a Houston Rocket stepped up and made a defensive play to essentially seal the game for the Rockets.

Yes, it was James Harden.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25061669/video-james-hardens-clutch-defense-seals-win-for-the-rockets

 

 

–  Five NBA D-League Assistants Who Could Find Success As Head Coaches  (from Keith Schlosser, ridiculousupside.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/2/3/7972687/five-nba-d-league-assistants-who-could-find-success-as-head-coaches

 

 

–  D-League: Can Jack Cooley Or Jerrelle Benimon Contribute I n the NBA? (from Joshua Riddell, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/02/06/d-league-can-jack-cooley-or-jerrelle-benimon-contribute-in-the-nba/

 

 

Stat of the Night:  Last night’s game was the second  of a back-to back for the Cavs .  Prior to last night, Kevin Love was shooting 37.3% in 2nd game of  back-to-backs (12 games), 41.7% on one day of rest (27 games), and 55.6% on two days of rest (7 games).  Last night’s Love went 2-for-8.

 

 

 QOTN (from Coach Satch Sullinger, responding to son Jared’s rationalizations regarding showing up late  for two games in a row):
 “In his mind, he’s going, ‘Other people might have done this. Other people might have done that.’ And he tried that with me. My point was, ‘I don’t have a nickel or a dime with anyone else. You’re a Sullinger and you’re my son. I want to talk about you. I want to talk about your growth and your development and that maturity doesn’t take place until you start dealing in reality.’
“My message to him was you can come up with all the rationale and all the reasons you want, but the bottom line and reality is you were late. Once you start dealing with that reality, then maturity can start taking its place. But until you accept it, then you’re just fighting the process of manhood.
“I said to him, ‘Fight the process if you want to. You can rationalize it any way you want in your head. But this is your final process of manhood when you start accepting responsibility of doing things the way a man’s supposed to do things.’ I told him I’m not mad at him; I’m not disappointed in him. This is just the last process of him consummating this thing called manhood. And as his father, I’m supposed to help him do it.”

 

Additional Player Updates:

 

Eric Gordon:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/11536289-148/now-healthy-pelicans-eric-gordon

 

Marcus Morris:  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/02/07/marcus-morris-career-night-important/

 

Jared Sullinger:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/02/jared_sullingers_father_offers_tough_love

 

Tim Frazier:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/02/07/point-guard-tim-frazier-has-come-long-way/hbSY7HOHRJxIu7SbHsWLKO/story.html   and   http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-tim-frazier-goes-td-garden-stands-nba-debut-boston-celtics

 

J.R. Smith:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/02/terrys_talkin_about_how_jr_smi.html

 

Patrick Patterson:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/02/06/raptors-patrick-patterson-plays-role-to-max-griffin.

 

Wayne Ellington:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150208_Basketball_helps_Ellington_deal_with_killing_of_father.html

 

Khris Middleton:  http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VNGFPSUAAO3zq08G/khris-middleton-just-pulled-off-a-month-long-kyle-korver-impersonation

 

Ricky Rubio:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/2/6/7994889/rubio-rallies-wolves-very-late-to-down-grizzlies-90-89