Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/7/16

–  CLE 121, ATL 108 (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25580027/cavaliers-outclass-hawks-again-in-game-3-four-things-to-know    and from Kacy Sager, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/07/hawks-change-everything-but-the-outcome/

–  Channing Frye: Cavs’ Missing Piece?  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today:

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/05/07/channing-frye-lebron-james-kyrie-irving-kevin-love-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-cavaliers-hawks-playoffs/84060442/

–  Tyronn Lue Has Thrust Cavs Into Company Of Warriors, Spurs  (from Chris Haynes.  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tyronn_lues_messages_demeanor.html#incart_river_mobile_index

–  Raptors Could Benefit From Sharing The Ball (from Bruce Arthur, the star.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/06/raptors-might-need-to-embrace-a-pass-time-arthur.html

–  Valunciunas’ Growth   (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/06/the-growth-of-raptors-valanciunas-comes-game-by-game.html

–  How Bosh’s Absence Has Impacted The Heat (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2638459-how-chris-boshs-absence-has-impacted-and-will-continue-to-impact-miami-heat

–  Blazers Need To Limit Draymond’s Impact  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/05/trail_blazers_react_to_stephen_currys_game_3_absen.html

–  Kawhi Lets HIs Game Do The Talking  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25580158/kawhi-leonard-lets-his-game-and-crucial-rebound-do-all-the-talking

–  How The Spurs Put Away OKC In Game Three (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/-it-s-all-about-the-details—how-the-spurs-put-away-okc-in-game-3-065140365.html

–  Leonard And Aldridge Make The Spurs Look Different, But The Results Stay The Same  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/7/11614332/spurs-thunder-playoffs-kawhi-leonard-lamarcus-aldridge-different-look

–  Spurs’  Big Man Trio Is Complementing The Stars  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/07/playoffs-thunder-spurs-kevin-durant-tim-duncan-game-3-video

–  Donovan, Thunder Depth Are Being Tested  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/06/okc-thunder-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-billy-donovan-defense-rotation

–  Ian Clark Helping Fill Warriors’ Void  (from Courtney Cronin,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29859867/no-stephen-curry-no-problem-ian-clark-helping

–  Should The Blazers Start Allen Crabbe?  (from McLayne Bertsch, ripcityproject.com):

Read it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2016/05/07/blazers-crabbe-start/

–  Grizzlies Fire Joerger  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources–grizzlies-fire-head-coach-dave-joerger-133415083.html

–  Q & A With Memphis GM Chris Wallace Re Coaching Change  (from grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grizzlies-q-a-chris-wallace-160507

–  Coaching Search Q & A With Headhunter Jed Hughes  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/05/06/sports/basketball/ap-bkn-search-firms.html

–  Rockets’ Fall Is No Reason To Bash Morey’s Anlaytics Focus  (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/74347/whatever-daryl-moreys-fate-analytics-movements-foothold-strong-in-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Karl-Anthony Towns  (from Tom West, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://thecauldron.si.com/karl-anthony-towns-leading-the-nbas-new-generation-b601136723f2#.co4hwi1gn

–  Malcolm Delaney  (from Nikos Varlas, eurohoops.net):  http://www.eurohoops.net/interviews/238458/delaney-were-going-to-berlin-to-win-the-title

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/1/16

–  Hawks Trying To Figure Out How To Defend LBJ  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-still-trying-to-find-way-to-slow-lebron/nrFRP/

–  Preview: ATL/CLE  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/01/hawks-chance-cavaliers/

–  Hawks Ready For Redemption (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/1/11548292/hawks-vs-cavaliers-lebron-thabo-sefolosha-paul-millsap-sunday-shootaround

–  Haslem Finds His Time Is Now  (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-udonis-haslem-s043016-story.html

 Preview:  GSW/POR  (from Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/05/01/nba-playoff-preview-warriors-vs-blazers/  and from Zach Harper, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25571821/blazers-bounce-clippers-now-look-ahead-to-warriors-7-things-to-watch

–  Curry’s Possible Quicker Than Expected Return  (from John Canzano, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2016/04/steph_currys_return_from_mcl_s.html

–  How Damian Lillard Used His Oakland Upbringing To Help Make Trail Blazers A Team (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-damian-lillard-used-his-oakland-upbringing-help-make-trail-blazers-team

–  Spurs’ Relentless Attack  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/30/nba-playoffs-thunder-spurs-kevin-durant-kawhi-leonard-game-1-video

–  Spurs Staying Even-Keeled After Dominating Win  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/849/spurs-stay-even-keeled-after-dominating-win

–  OKC Wasn’t Ready  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25573686/in-game-1-of-maybe-the-most-pivotal-series-in-franchise-history-okc-wasnt-ready

–  Spurs: Beauty In Destruction  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/01/spurs/

–  Spurs Congest Paint In Game 1  (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and view it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/spurs-congest-paint-for-thunder-in-game-1.html

–  Thibodeau Wanted “A Chance To Grow” With T’Wolves  (from Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/thibodeau-wanted-a-chance-to-grow-with-the-wolves/377706661/

–  Walton Ready To Change Lakers’ Losing Culture  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:   http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160430/luke-walton-ready-to-change-lakers-losing-culture

–  George Karl Reflective After Firing  (form Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article74937347.html

Additional Player Profile:

 

Metta World Peace  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/zone-metta-world-peace-finds-balance-peace-article-1.2619948

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/27/16

–  TOR 102, IND 99  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
–  Raptors’ Redeem Team Sparks Comeback  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):
–  ATL 110, BOS 83  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
–  Hawks Go Small; Send Hard Traps At Thomas  (from Jay King, Mass Live):
–  Even In Loss Brad Stevens Trusts Process  (from Terence Moore,  Sports On Earth):
 Video Breakdown:  Walker, Lin Lead Hornets Over Heat In Game 4  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

–  Hornets Thriving With Shift To Old-School Offense  (from Scott Fowler,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article74074197.html

–  How The Warriors Can Score Without Steph  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
 Shaun Livingston Takes A Far Different Approach  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):
Draymond Green’s Playoff Diary, Entry 4  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):

–  Terry Stotts And His Unfamiliar Walk  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/terry-stotts-and-first-steps-his-unfamiliar-walk

–  Pistons’ Future May Depend On Hack-A-Farce Rule Change  (from Seth Partnow, Vice Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-detroit-pistons-future-may-depend-on-nba-hack-a-rules-changes

–  New Wolves’ GM Scott Layden Learned From Masters, Including His Dad  (from Kent Youngblood,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/new-wolves-gm-scott-layden-learned-from-masters-including-his-dad/377209291/#1

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Norman Powell (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/26/raptors-norman-powell-plays-well-beyond-rookie-status

–  Doug McDermott (from Dirk Chatelain, kwbe.com):  http://kwbe.com/local-sports/aggressiveness-of-old-helps-doug-mcdermott-become-more-than-a-spot-up-shooter-in-second-nba-season/

–  Christian Wood  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/year-review-christian-wood

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/22/16

OKC 131, DAL 102  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562950/westbrook-durant-get-the-help-they-need-thunder-re-establish-dominance

Mavs Can’t Match Thunder’s Athleticism  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com.au/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706392/mavericks-cant-match-thunders-awesome-athleticism

–  TOR 101, IND 85  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/22/15480/

–  HOU 97, GSW 96  (from Rodger Sherman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  How The Heat Shut Down The Hornets’ Threes And Owned The Paint  (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/shutting-supply

–  Heat’s Offense Making Historic Jump  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  Silver:  Eliminating Hack-a-Farce Could Happen In July  (from DeAntae Prince, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/21/adam-silver-hack-a-shaq-kiki-vandeweghe-nba-rules

–  What The Wolves Are Getting In Thibodeau  (from Will Gottlieb, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/21/wolves-getting-thibodeau/

–  Thibodeau Assesses The Job Ahead  (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/master-architect-new-wolves-boss-tom-thibodeau-assesses-the-job-ahead/376655621/

–  More On Thibs/Wolves  (from Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/thibodeau-helped-train-future-nba-coaches/376650401/

–  Pacers’ Assistant Coach Dan Burke  (from Ian Thomsen,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/21/indiana-pacers-assistant-dan-burke-sets-defensive-foundation-for-franchise/

–  Scott Brooks’ Hiring Has Nothing To Do With Durant  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25563019/what-does-scott-brooks-hiring-have-to-do-with-kevin-durant-nothing   and here (from Chris Mannix,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-wizards-fans-shouldn-t-count-on-scott-brooks-to-lure-kevin-durant-010418933.html

–  Meet New Nets’ Coach Kenny Atkinson  (from Mike Vaccaro,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/21/meet-nets-kenny-atkinson-who-fought-like-hell-for-this-spot/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Andre Drummond  (from Tom Haberstorh,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15292921/science-andre-drummond-explosive-athleticism

–  Justin Anderson  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4706380/rookie-rarity-justin-anderson-earning-coach-rick-carlisles-trust

 

 Norman Powell  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562446

–  Jarell Martin  (from therealhrdlicka, grizzlyberblues.com):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/4/22/11481836/jarell-martin-deep-dive

–  Austin Rivers  (from Dan Woike,  OC Register):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rivers-713137-player-people.html

–  Dwyane Wade  (from Anthony Chiang,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/crafty-veteran-dwyane-wade-still-shows-flashes-of-/nq8xX/

Jeremy Lin (from Andrew Keh,  NY Times):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/sports/basketball/jeremy-lin-charlotte-hornets.html

 

–  Christian Wood  (from Jake Pavorsky,  libertyballers.com):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/4/22/11467548/sixers-tinder-christian-wood-may-be-a-process-related-fatality

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/21/16

 

–  Hornets’ Coach Clifford On Film Review And Game Preparation (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18276/steve-clifford-emphasizes-his-belief-in-hornets-gameplan-preperation-in-postgame-sermon

–  Whiteside Is Destroying The Hornets’ Defense Without Touching The Ball (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/21/11476910/hassan-whiteside-miami-heat-charlotte-hornets-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Hubie Brown Q & A On Grizzlies/Spurs And More  (from Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer.com):

Read it here:  http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2016/04/21/qanda-hubie-brown-on-grizzlies-spurs-memphis-and-whether-the-grizzlies-are-outdated

–  Tables Have Turned In Aldridge-Randolph Matchup  (from Jeff McDonald,  express-news.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Tables-have-turned-in-Aldridge-Randolph-matchup-7276040.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=88f4718e00

–  Spurs Repeatedly Victimized Vince Carter In Game 2  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/21/11477524/spurs-playbook-spurs-victimize-vince-carter-in-game-2

–  Why The Pistons Have An Issue When The Cavs Go Small  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25561143/heres-why-the-pistons-have-an-issue-when-the-cavs-go-small-with-love

–  Stanley Johnson Is Making An Impact In His 1st Playoffs  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18007/pistons-rookie-stanley-johnson-making-impact-in-first-playoff-opportunity

–  How Far The Clippers Go May Hinge Largely On Their Bench Play  (from Arash Markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18289/how-far-the-clippers-go-may-hinge-largely-on-the-depth-of-their-bench

–  Klay Thompson:  More Than Just A Shooter  (from Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here:  http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20160419/warriors-klay-thompson-more-that-just-a-shooter/5

–  Moving Isaiah Thomas To Shooting Guard  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/21/11476866/boston-celtics-moving-isaiah-thomas-to-shooting-guard

–  Kyle Korver Is Trying To Connect The Dots On His Shot Again  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18259/kyle-korver-is-trying-to-connect-the-dots-on-his-shot-again

 Jonas Valanciunas Q & A  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18253/qa-with-raptors-jonas-valanciunas-im-not-going-to-relax

–  Wolves Hire Tom Thibodeau:  A New Era Begins  (from Jim Souhan,  startribune.com):

http://www.startribune.com/one-week-into-wolves-offseason-a-new-era-has-begun/376474961/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Steven Adams  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/04/20/steven-adams-thunder-defender-mustache-nba-playoffs/83307342/

–  Reggie Evans  (from Brian Rzeppa,  nothinbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/04/21/reggie-evans-provides-hope-for-younger-generations/

–  Jordan Clarkson (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160420/lakers-coach-byron-scott-tells-jordan-clarkson-to-improve-defense-or-lose-minutes

 Trey Lyles/Trevor Booker  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3799218-155/utah-jazz-trey-lyles-rise-makes

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