Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/16

 

 Olshey Shows GM Chops In Rebuilding Blazers On The Fly  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/05/executive-of-the-year-2015-16-pick-neil-olshey-portland-trail-blazers/index.html

–  Flip Saunders’ Script: His Vision Remains Alive  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/feature/25551583

Draft Rights On The Line In The Season’s Final Days  (from Danny Leroux, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701613-draft-rights-regular-season-tiebreakers-future-picks-trades?mc_cid=897620a251&mc_eid=85c76c0da2

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186679/nba-awards-ballot-part-1

–  Jazz Are In Playoff Mode – Just Not In Playoffs  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652038/Jazz-are-in-playoff-mode—-just-not-in-playoffs.html

–  Spurs Offense Is Struggling  (from Michael Erler,  Poundng The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/12/11409764/spurs-offense-struggling-end-regular-season

–  Dwane Casey Q & A  (from Evan Rosser, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-casey-years-playoffs-will-different/

Behind The Curtain Of The Pelicans’ Training Operations  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15179914/new-orleans-pelicans-season-injury

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

DeMarre Carroll  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/11/raptors-carroll-wants-to-shed-minutes-restriction

–  Blake Griffin  (from Ben Bolch, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160412-story.html

–  Jeremy Lin  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article71285702.html

–  Andre Drummond  (from Mike Brudenell,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/11/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-backs-drummond/82909214/

Steph Curry  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/12/basketball/nba/brilliant-humble-curry-product-modern-game/#.Vw0nfvkrK7S

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186233/tristan-thompson-cleveland-cavaliers-start-center-playoffs    and from Craig Battle,  sportsnet.ca:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/tristan-thompson-lived-mammoth-contract/

–  Tristan Thompson/Paul Millsap  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/12/11413622/even-as-he-excels-against-paul-millsap-tristan-thompson-sees-a-player

Marreese Speights  (from Vic Tafur,  sfgate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-backup-Speights-puts-shots-in-air-7242213.php

 Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71295502.html

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/04/12/archie-goodwin-closes-phoenix-suns-season-well-again/82921024/

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  OCRegister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aldrich-711651-rivers-clippers.html

Al-Farouq Aminu  (from Dan Marang, Blazer’s Edge):  Should Al-Farouq Aminu be Considered an All-League Defender?

–  Wayne Ellington  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/wayne-ellington-nets-father/

–  Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/knowing-hell-need-him-playoffs-svg-folding-stanley-johnson-back-pistons-rotation

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/6/11379708/nick-minnerath-wins-ridiculous-upside-2015-16-nba-d-league-sixth-man-award

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/31/15

–  Noel, Okafor Switch Roles (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151230_Sixers_coach_switches_roles_of_Noel__Okafor.html

–  Butler Says that he and Hoiberg are “Learning a Lot About Each Other”  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14471892/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-says-coach-fred-hoiberg-holding-accountable

–  Versatility Will Set the Grizzlies’ Course  (from Chris Herrington,  Commercial Appeal):

Read and view it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Versatility-will-set-the-Grizzlies-course-363819901.html

Reggie Jackson Podcast Transcript (from Adrian Wojnarowski/ Darnell Mayberry):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/reggie-jackson-opens-up-about-his-thunder-days/article/5469638

–  Serge Ibaka  Q & A  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603720-serge-ibaka-on-state-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder

–  Scott Skiles Has Pulled Another Great Defense Out of His Hat  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/9836364/scott-skiles-magic-defense-improvement-victor-oladipo

–  HORNS Staggers is an Effective Play for Miami  (from Jay Ramos,  hothothoops.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/12/30/10684596/hot-hot-plays-horns-staggers-effective-play-miami-heat-dwyane-wade

–  Why the Post-Up Will Never Die  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/3-point-shooting-why-the-post-up-will-never-die/

–  Anatomy of a Game Winner:  Closer Look at Gasol’s Lob to Butler  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/samsmith/anatomy-game-winner

–  The NBA’s Best and Worst After Timeout Plays  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/nba-after-timeouts/

–  How Robin Lopez Defended Drummond  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/12/30/10688548/look-how-good-robin-lopez-was-against-detroit

Timberwolves Moving On Slowly Without Flip Saunders (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/life-after-flip-a-look-into-wolves-future/

–  Is There A Proper Time for an NBA Coach to Get a Technical Foul? (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/is-there-a-proper-time-for-billy-donovan-or-any-nba-coach-to-get-a-technical-foul/article/5469686

–  Defensive Rookies of the Season’s First Quarter  (from Henry Steckel,   Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoQWdR8AAPFqIeKL

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Oladipo Not Deterred By Criticism  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-victor-oladipo-criticism-offense-20151230-post.html

–  Kemba Walker’s Path to All-Star Efficiency  (from Tyler Davis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689555-kemba-walker-hornets-charlotte-all-star-efficiency-jeremy-lin-nicolas-batum

Jabari Parker’s Learning  Curve Hits a Dip  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jabari-parkers-learning-curve-hits-a-dip-b99642815z1-363891591.html

Bosh’s Story is One of Perspective  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article52400520.html

–  Ty Lawson is Turning His Offense Around  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/12/ty-lawson-showing-signs-of-turning-his-offense-around/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/blazers_nuggets_cj_mccollum.html

–  Heat’s Chris Andersen Grows Into Veteran Leader  (from Adi Jospeh, Sporting news):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689660-chris-andersen-birdman-miami-heat-age-veteran-udonis-haslem-erik-spoelstra

–  Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blaekly,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/kobe-bryant-praises-jae-crowder-development-with-celtics

–  Boban Marjanovic  (from Jeff McDonald,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/31/popovich-no-fan-of-boban-mania/

–  Mareese Speights  (from Diamond Leung,  Inside the Warriors):  http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2015/12/30/warriors-marreese-speights-having-worst-most-frustrating-year-minutes-wise-but-hes-willing-to-sacrifice/

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/31/10686156/celtics-assignee-jordan-mickey-continues-to-shine-for-maine-red-claws

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis Part Two

–  Mozgov is destroying the NBA Finals  (from Michael Pina, foxsports.com):

” The Cleveland Cavaliers’ acquisition of Timofey Mozgov now looks like the most important mid-season investment in recent NBA history.

At the time, and on the surface, surrendering two first-round picks (both protected, via the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder) for a 7-1 lug, who was last seen fighting Kosta Koufos, JaVale McGee and J.J. Hickson for playing time, reeked of desperation.

Through two games, Mozgov looks like the third-best player in the NBA Finals — an integral chess piece who allowed the physically impaired Cavaliers to rewrite their identity. What was once the league’s deadliest offense has become an inefficient, defensive juggernaut. Mozgov makes it all possible. ”

Read and view it here:  http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/cleveland-cavaliers-nba-finals-timofey-mozgov-060815

 

 

 

–  Rebounding will be critical for Cavaliers’ NBA title chances  (from Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/06/09/rebounding-will-be-critical-for-cavaliers-nba-title-chances/

 

 

 

–  The good, bad, and insane of Steph Curry Game 2 Shots  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25208806/nba-finals-the-good-bad-and-insane-of-steph-curry-game-2-shots

 

 

 

–  How The Warriors Defended The Cavs LeBron james in Game One  (from Coach Nick, BBall breakdown):

Watch it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/08/how-the-warriors-defended-the-cavs-nuclear-option-lebron-james/

 

 

 

–  From Pace And Space To Pound And Ground, LeBron James Continues To Amaze  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

” (E)ven with a side cleared and no hard double teams coming, James has precious little space to work with. The Warriors have a myriad of long, rangy athletes working in near perfect choreography with Andrew Bogut’s elite rim protection. Confining the rest of the offense to one half of the court creates less spacing between teammates, which means shorter rotation points for the defense.

That any of it worked for the Cavaliers speaks to James’s greatness.”

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/09/from-pace-and-space-to-pound-and-ground-lebron-james-continues-to-amaze/

 

 

 

–  Warriors’ learning curve among adjustments to anticipate  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated);

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/09/nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers-stephen-curry-lebron-james-timofey-mozgov-schedule-highlights

 

 

 

–  Warriors Will Need to Improve Disruption Game to Push the Pace and Rediscover Their Offensive Rhythm (from Bob macKinnon,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VXY2liUAACcA30QJ/warriors-vs.-cavs-6915-game-3-golden-state-must-find-a-way-to-increase-their-defensive-pressure-rate-and-turn-up-the-tempo-of-the-series

 

 

 

–  When A Single Basketball Skill Is All That Matters  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read and view it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/06/07/moving-from-the-general-to-the-specific-when-a-single-basketball-skill-is-all-that-matters/

 

 

 

–  What’s Next for Kevin Love?  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/whats-next-for-kevin-love/

 

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–  An increase in pace will have multiple positive effects for the Pelicans (from Peyton Fine, thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/6/9/8748317/pelicans-gentry-offense-defense-pace-positive

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

 

Joe Ingles/Elijah Millsap:  http://saltcityhoops.com/on-the-future-of-joe-ingles-and-elijah-millsap/

 

Greg Monroe:  http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/12461/yashinsky_moose_on_the_loose_will_the_pistons_really_miss_greg_monroe

 

Jamil Wilson:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/wilsons-season-in-d-league-helps-prepare-for-shot-in-nba/

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