Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/8/16

 

LBJ:  Cavs Aren’t Ready For The Playoffs  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):
–  Quick Thoughts On Griz’ Win Over Cavs  (from Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal):
–  Kerr:  We Can’t Keep Relying On Steph Bailing Us Out  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):
–  Warriors Assistant GM Travis Schlenk Q & A  (from Matthew Steinmetz):
 Celtics Can’t Cross Line Of Emotional Play  (from Jimmy Toscano,  csnne.com):
–  Hornets/Kemba; Baron Davis; Paul George Q & A  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
“Pressure Rate” Defenders  (from Jordan K. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
–  Suns Still Fighting Despite Down Season  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Wesley Matthews One Year Later  (from Saad Yousuf,  mavsmoneyball.com):
Mavs: Too Much Emphasis On 3s?  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  New Nets’ GM Sean Marks  (from Andy Vasquez, northjersey.com):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  GIF Breakdown: The High Scoring Stylings Of Devin Booker and Alex Len  (from Rollin J. Mason,  brightsideofthesun.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  Steph Screens, Klay Hits Wild Trey  (from EricApricot,  Golden tate Of Mind):
Luke Walton:  Dubs Have Freedom To Improvise  (from Scott Davis,  Business Insider):
–  Raptors’ Second Half Collapse Versus Rockets  (from Cooper Smither,  Raptors Republic):
–  How The Lakers Beat The Dubs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  Front Office Insider  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Zach Lowe’s “2016 Marc Gasol All-Stars”  (from ESPN):
–  Hawks Recapturing Some Of Last Season’s Form  (from Jonathan Savitske, Hoops Habit):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/08/giannis-antetokounmpo-milwaukee-bucks-jason-kidd-kobe-bryant
Kristaps Porzingis  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11134556/kristaps-porzingis-knicks-future
Joe Johnson  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-joe-johnson-s030716-story.html
D.J. Augustin  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_29608642/augustin-making-his-mark-denver
–   Dorell Wright  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders): http://www.basketballinsiders.com/dorell-wright-discusses-china-stint-nba-return/
–  Shelvin Mack  (from Tony Jones,  Salt City Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3629567-155/utah-jazz-still-meshing-with-jazz
–  Jordan Clarkson  (from Mike Bresnahan, LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20160308-story.html
David West (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/pacers-stay-aggressive-turn-back-spurs
–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Evan Fiala,  The Sports Quotient):  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/3/8/emmanuel-mudiays-growing-pains
–  Josh Maggette  (from  Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  Josh Magette Defies Odds for D-Fenders

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

Offensive Rebounding/Transition Defense (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14505051/transition-defense-left-offensive-rebounds-cutting-room-floor

–  Bulls Getting Contributions Throughout Roster During Win Streak  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-bulls-rotation-depth-jimmy-butler-spt-0105-20160104-story.html

–  LBJ on Lack of Playing Time for Some  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

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

–  Can Heat Go From Good To Great?  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/04/dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-hassan-whiteside-erik-spoelstra-heat-lebron-james/78271386/

–  How the Clippers Are Doing It Without Blake Griffin;  Elfrid Payton Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/david_aldridge/01/04/morning-tip-los-angeles-clippers-find-a-better-bench-chris-paul-blake-griffin-j-j-redick-austin-rivers-jamal-crawford-questions-for-2016-qa-with-orlando-magic-elfrid-payton/index.html

–  Brandon Jennings Busts Loose, Hopes to Stay With Pistons  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/04/detroit-pistons-orlando-magic/78249168/

–  This Season’s Most Improved Jump Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoquZR8AAPC2SV6Y

–  Kings’ Assistant Vance Walberg on the Dribble Drive Motion Offense  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ialg8Wq7DO0

–  The Wizards’ Injury Woes  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/shorthanded-wizards-hope-to-heal-before-time-runs-out-on-their-plans/2016/01/04/5dcdd902-b327-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html

–  Bucks’ Future Remains Bright  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/01/05/milwaukee-bucks-bright-future-in-lost-season-giannis-antetokounmpo-michael-carter-williams-greg-monroe-john-henson/index.html

–  Rajon Rondo Q & A Re: Days with the Mavs  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705961/rajon-rondo-i-have-nothing-but-love-for-mavericks

 The Case for Flip Saunders as Executive of the Year  (from Britt Robson,  minnpost.com):

Read it here:  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/01/why-flip-saunders-should-be-nba-executive-year

–  Pelicans Still Working on Picking Up the Pace  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/14476252-128/pelicans-still-work-on-picking-up-the-pace

–  Tyreke Evans Having Difficulty Adjusting to Gentry’s Offensive System  (from John Reid,  NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/tyreke_evans_1.html

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/1/4/10712540/nba-monday-pacers-hope-to-down-heat

–  Where Are They Now:  Amnestied Players  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/01/where-are-they-now-amnestied-players.html

And for those with access to ESPN insider:

–  What the Warriors are Teaching the Hornets (from Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14500756/the-charlotte-hornets-showing-how-teams-learn-golden-state-warriors-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Draymond Green  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/03/draymond-green-magic-johnson-warriors-draymagic/78237606/

–  DeMar DeRozan  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-deserves-more-credit-for-career-best-stretch-1.418150

–  TJ Warren/Devin Booker/Alex Len  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240329/Going-Back-To-McDonoughs-Original-Plan-In-The-Suns-Lost-Season

–  Jonathon Simmons  (from Tim McMahon,  Express-News):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Simmons-gives-Spurs-juice-to-blow-by-Bucks-6736840.php?t=871d385940927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/04/raptors-lose-carroll-for-game-in-cleveland–and-likely-for-some-time

–  Ish Smith (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/5/10715482/ish-smith-philadelphia-76ers-highlights-stats

–  Montrezl Harrell  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-rookie-montrezl-harrell-ready-to-play-with-donatas-motiejunas-out/

–  John Wall  (from Abdullah Sharif,  hoopdistrict.com):   http://hoopdistrict.net/how-john-wall-destroyed-december-in-spite-of-inadequate-supporting-cast/

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/5/10712886/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-nba-draft-2015

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  How Billy Donovan built a basketball powerhouse at Florida  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5441839

 

For Second Spectrum, Basketball is Just a Numbers game (from Gary washburn. Boston Globe):

” The analytics firm has many NBA teams on its client list, offering more concrete data to maximize teams’ rosters.

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/08/22/analytics-emerging-coaching-tool/s48TbOisEr35kjyLeAlzFP/story.html

 

Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  With Exum out, Trey Burke says, ‘I have to be ready to step up’  (from Aaron Falk,  sltrib.com):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2863445-155/utah-jazz-with-exum-out-trey

 

–  DeMarre on the defensive for Raptors  (from Ryan Wolstat,  torontosun.com):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/08/22/demarre-on-the-defensive-for-raptors

 

–  Jared Sullinger is primed for a breakout season  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/8/23/9166611/jared-sullinger-is-primed-for-a-breakout-season-boston-celtics-nba-fantasy-basketball

 

–  Rockets Face Tough Choice With Montrezl Harrell  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/08/rockets-face-tough-choice-montrezl-harrell.html

 

–  Justise Winslow knows the Heat won’t be down long  (from Michael Lee,  Washington Post):   http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/08/21/heats-justise-winslow-joins-a-franchise-known-for-quick-turnarounds/