Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/16/17

How The Cavs Defend Steph Curry (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/1/16/14229548/stephen-curry-stats-cavaliers-defense-analysis

From Joe Vardon, cleveland.com: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/01/stephen_curry_cavs_iman_shumpe.html

Breaking Down Buddy Hield And Jamal Murray’s First Half-Season  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/jamal-murray-vs-buddy-hield-191c24ba83f4#.4659mwcp6

–  The Hawks Have Gone From Good To Bad To Good Again  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/1/16/14282924/2017-nba-scores-hawks-rebuild-win-streak-standings

Celtics Cooking With Healthy Olynyk In The Mix  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/01/15/celtics-get-cooking-with-healthy-kelly-olynyk-back-mix/rym75CESRkGAJBfIB4c1kL/story.html

Spurs 10-Game Review: Volume 4  (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read and watch it here:  http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-4/

–  The Raptors Are The Anti-Knicks  (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):

Readit here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-continue-prove-theyre-anti-knicks/

Clippers’ News: DeAndre Jordan, Mo Speights, CP3  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2686588-kevin-garnett-has-found-the-perfect-pupil-in-trash-talking-deandre-jordan

Sunday’s Best Performance: Doug McDermott  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/doug-mcdermott-has-caught-fire-and-chicago-ought-to-keep-stoking-the-flame-67b0db9e136f#.xde62vxf9

–  The Spurs’ Excellent Defense Has One Glaring Problem  (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):

Read and watch it here: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/1/16/14270668/spurs-excellent-defense-glaring-problem

The Pelicans’ Stagnant Offense And Situational Play  (from Senthil Natarajan, Nylon Calulus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/16/nylon-calculus-pelicans-stagnant-offense-situational-play/

–  Warriors Still Searching For Right Risk/Reward Balance  (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/nba-best-warriors-still-searching-right-balance-between-risk-and-reward

–  The Cavs Have Learned To Love The 3-Point Shot (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/18485666/are-cleveland-cavaliers-golden-state-warriors-real-3-point-stars-nba

–  How San Antonio Helped Mold Jordan Clarkson (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/20170111/how-san-antonio-helped-mold-the-lakers-jordan-clarkson

Tristan Thompson: Blue Collar Center  (from Joe Gabriele, cavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/tristan-center-170114

–  Evaluating Towns And Embiid  (from Jake Rauchbach, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/prodigies-karl-anthony-towns-and-joel-embiid/

Jokic’s Unselfish Ways Fuel His Greatness (from Harrison Wind, bsndenver.com):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/nikola-magic-jokics-unselfish-ways-continue-to-fuel-his-greatness/

Elfrid Payton Is Playing With Supreme Confidence  (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/elfrid-payton-playing-supreme-confidence-during-recent-stretch-20170115

Wizards’ Film Study: This Is What Defensive IQ & Effort Look Like  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/film-study-what-defensive-iq-and-effort-look-wizards

–  Reggie Bullock Readjusts After Extended Absence  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/01/15/pistons-bullock-readjusts-extended-abscence/96625718/

Nets: The Importance Of Perspective (from Benny Nadeau, The Brooklyn Game):

Read it here:  http://thebrooklyngame.com/importance-keeping-things-perspective/

European Hoops Weekly Recap  (from Trevor Magnotti, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/16/european-hoops-recap-nba-prospects-everywhere-look/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/7/16

–  Wide-Open 3s:  How Things Look For Each Team  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):
–  Positional Versatility:  The NBA’s New Lineups Of Death  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
“1-5” LeBron James Should Be In Full Effect This Season  (from Quenton Albertie,  King James Gospel):
–  Three Teams With Game-Changing Young Talent  (from Abraham Budow, Sir Charles In Charge):
–  Steve Kerr’s One Specific Concern With Dubs’ Roster  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–  Bucks Three-point Shooting Should Improve  (from Alex Boeder,  bucks.com):
–  5 Undrafted Free Agents To Watch In Training Camp  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
 Channing Frye  (from Quenton Albertie,  King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/09/06/channing-frye-cleveland-cavaliers-biggest-threat-off-bench/
–  Doug McDermott (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/07/doug-mcdermott-needs-improvement/
–  Ben Bentil  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/can-ben-bentil-crack-celtics-15-man-roster
–  Henry Ellenson  (from Brandon Marlow, Piston Powered):  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/09/07/detroit-pistons-henry-ellenson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/31/16

–  Warriors Close Out Thunder  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/31/warriors-okc-thunder-game7-stephen-curry-klay-thompson-finals-video

–  Key Game 7 Stats  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/119123/golden-state-warriors-flip-the-switch-to-win-game-7

–  Game 7 Video Highlights  (from Dime Mag):

Watch it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/6/

–  OKC Might Have Won With Defensive Adjustment  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read and view it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/05/31/thunders-collapse-could-have-been-avoided-with-defensive-adjustment-rebounding/

–  A Deep Bench:  The One Thing OKC Is Missing  (from Jack Winter,  Dime Mag):

Read it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/kevin-durant-amazing-warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/

 A Jump-Shooting Team Will Win The NBA Title  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/15848002/previewing-golden-state-warriors-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-nba-finals-matchup-kevin-pelton

–  Harry Edwards/Billy Donovan:  The NBA’s Little-Known Odd Couple  (from Marc J. Spears,  The Udefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/the-nbas-little-known-odd-couple/

–  Questions Await New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/From-Conleys-future-to-offensive-philosophy-questions-await-David-Fizdale-as-Grizzlies-coach-381307601.html

–  Hubie Brown On Jeff Hornacek  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/05/31/ex-knicks-coach-jeff-hornacek-can-only-fix-so-much/

–  Raptors’ GM Craves Challenge To Top This Season  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/30/raptors-gm-masai-ujiri-gives-end-of-season-press-conference.html

–  How Close Are We To Every NBA Team Having A D-League Affiliate?  (From Chris Reichert,  Upsaide & Motor):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/05/31/nba-adam-silver-d-league-affiliate/

–  Draft Picks By Team  (from Hoops Rumors):

 Draft Picks By Team:

  • Boston Celtics (8): 3rd, 16th, 23rd, 31st, 35th, 45th, 51st, 58th
  • Denver Nuggets (5): 7th, 15th, 19th, 53rd, 56th
  • Phoenix Suns (4): 4th, 13th, 28th, 34th
  • Utah Jazz (4): 12th, 42nd, 52nd, 60th
  • Philadelphia 76ers (3): 1st, 24th, 26th
  • New Orleans Pelicans (3): 6th, 39th, 40th
  • Milwaukee Bucks (3): 10th, 36th, 38th
  • Orlando Magic (3): 11th, 41st, 47th
  • Atlanta Hawks (3): 21st, 44th, 54th
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2): 2nd, 32nd
  • Sacramento Kings (2): 8th, 59th
  • Toronto Raptors (2): 9th, 27th
  • Chicago Bulls (2): 14th, 48th
  • Memphis Grizzlies (2): 17th, 57th
  • Detroit Pistons (2): 18th, 49th
  • Indiana Pacers (2): 20th, 50th
  • Los Angeles Clippers (2): 25th, 33rd
  • Houston Rockets (2): 37th, 43rd
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (1): 5th
  • Charlotte Hornets (1): 22nd
  • San Antonio Spurs (1): 29th
  • Golden State Warriors (1): 30th
  • Dallas Mavericks (1): 46th
  • Brooklyn Nets (1): 55th

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  DeMar DeRozan (from Bruce Arthur,  thestar.com):  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/28/demar-derozan-driven-to-be-quintessential-toronto-raptor-arthur.html

–  Justin Anderson (from Matthew Postins, scout.com):  http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1670955-what-do-the-mavs-need-from-justin-anderson

 

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 4/14/16

 

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Bryant ‘s Last Show  (from Lee Jekins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/14/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-last-game-60-points-legacy

–  All Hail The Warriors  (from Bethlehem Shoals,  GQ.com):

Read it here:  http://www.gq.com/story/golden-state-warriors-73-wins

 Tough Life Experiences Have Strengthened Raptors’ Head Coach Dwane Casey (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/13/life-experiences-strengthen-toronto-raptors-coach-dwane-casey/

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph’s 400th 3-pointer  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/14/11429042/warriors-vs-grizzlies-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-400th-three-pointer

 Spurs Playbook: How They Use A Bunch Formation  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/13/11422544/spurs-playbook-how-the-spurs-use-a-bunch-formation-to-trick-the

 Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot, Part II  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15198958/nba-awards-ballot-part-2

Miami Heat:  Life Without Chris Bosh  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-chris-bosh-s041416-story.html

–  How Did The Thunder Change In Billy Donovan’s 1st Season  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/1433/how-did-the-thunder-change-in-billy-donovans-first-season

–  Quin Snyder Has Impressed Kobe Bryant  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3773895-155/utah-jazz-notes-brilliant-quin-snyder?fullpage=1

Pistons Owner Tom Gores On SVG Getting The Team To The Playoffs  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/tom-gores-svg-and-getting-pistons-playoffs-i-think-were-just-beginning

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 

–  Enes Kanter  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/13/after-winding-road-enes-kanter-finally-taking-control-at-least-offensively-on-the-court/

 

 

Tobias Harris  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/13/pistons-harris-happy-finally-playoffs/83010942/

Note: We will begin linking to the best playoff preview stories tomorrow