Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/10/16

–  Hawks Quietly Becoming Dangerous  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
–  How Brad Stevens Draws Up Winning After Time Out Plays  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
–  Hornets Are Committed To Three Point Shots,  And To Accepting The Consequences  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
–  Coach Carlisle Working Hard On Mavs’ Transition Defense  (from Dwain Price,
–  Careless Offense Hurts Warriors’ Defense  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–  Michael Malone On Nikola Jokic’s Passing  (from Nate Timmons,
Film Room: Magic’s Strengths And Struggles  (from Josh Cohen,
–  How Hassan Whiteside Is Saving Heat’s Season  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):
–  How Steph Curry Is Inspiring Young Players Across The NBA  (from Michael Pina Bleacher Report):
–  Warriors 115, Jazz 94  (from Monte Poole,
–  5 Must-See Momenst In Dubs’ Win Over Jazz  (from Ananth Mandian,  CBS Sports):
Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

–  The Genius Of Dirk Nowitzki  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

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–  Sidelined: How NBA Coaches Deal With Pain And Injuries  (from DeAntae Price,  Sports Illustrated):
Jerry Colangelo Touts Analytics As He Contemplates Rio Olympics Roster  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated)
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Myles Turner  (from Karl Monteith,
–  Devin Booker  (from Sean Sullivan,
–  Norman Powell (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):
–  Damian Lillard (from Erik Gundersen,  The Columbian):
–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo  (from Josh Lewenberg,

–  Tony Allen  (from Jared Weiss,  Celtics Blog):

–  Bobby Portis  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):
Kristaps Porzingis/Jerian Grant  (from Joe Flunn, Posting And Toasting):
–  Joel Freeland (from Mark Woods,

–  Kris Dunn  (from Jason King,  Bleacher Report):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Raptors: analyzing the defensive rebuild  (from Kevin Nimmock,

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–  Danny Green, DeMarre Carroll, and the Complicated Calculus of a 3-Point Shooter  (from Kirk Goldsberry,

” (H)ere’s the thing about spot-up shooters: More than just about any other type of scorer, their performances depend on external factors. Even the best catch-and-shoot guys live and die by the ability of their teams to create the kinds of shots they thrive on; Tom Thibodeau’s Kyle Korver was a lot less scary than Mike Budenholzer’s version. Yet while there is no shortage of evidence to support this idea, there is a shortage of teams that are capable of generating wide-open catch-and-shoot looks beyond the arc on a regular basis. And every time a big-name spot-up guy switches uniforms, he and the team acquiring him are taking on all the risk that comes with changing a shooting environment.”

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Sam Hinkie Q & A (from Bob Cooney,

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– Olshey using revised ‘Clipper Model’ to reboot Trail Blazers (from Jabari Young,

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– Merging New Shooters With The Rest of the Hornets (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

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 Is Enes Kanter really worth $70 million? (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

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–  Will the Trail Blazers regret giving up their D-League affiliate?  (from Chris Reichert,

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–  2015 Offseason Trades  (from Chuck Myron,

” Trades are listed here in reverse chronological order, with the latest on top. So, if a player has been traded multiple times (as often happens with draft picks), the first team listed as having acquired him is the one that ended up with him. For more details on each trade, click the date above it. Note that this list only includes trade agreements that have become official, so agreed-upon deals, like the David Lee swap and the Sixers/Kings trade, won’t be included until they’re finalized.”

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Hidden Gems of the Orlando Summer League  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

” In addition to rookies, the games provide a chance for unsigned free agents to make a name for themselves. The Summer League can be a great opportunity for prospective players to earn an invite to training camp, which could eventually lead to a spot on the roster.

Each summer there are some players that come into the Summer League under the radar, but leave having improved their stock around the league. With the Orlando Summer League set to end on Friday, we are beginning to have an idea of which players helped their chances of making it to training camp.

Here are some hidden gems from the Orlando Summer League (in no particular order):”

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–  2015 NBA Las Vegas Summer League primer: Everything you need to know  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

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For those with access to ESPN Insider:


The top players on Las Vegas Summer League Rosters  (from Amin Elhassan/Kevin Pelton):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Jahlil Okafor: 


Shane Larkin/Wayne Ellington:


Jordan Hill/Myles Turner:


Kevin Love:


C. J. Watson:


Jason Smith/ C.J. Watson:


Thomas Robinson:


Tyson Chandler:


Gary Neal:


Reggie Jackson:–is-reggie-jackson-the-right-man-for-the-pistons–present-and-future-163528077.html


Zaza Pachulia:


DeMarre Carroll/Cory Joseph:


Ray McCallum:   and


Dez Wells:


Cameron Payne:


Greg Monroe:


Jeremy Lin:


Roy Hibbert:


Amir Johnson:


Devin Booker:


Mo Williams:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Warriors wearing down Grizzlies’ Conley  (from Carl Steward, bayareanewsgroup):

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–  How The Bogut-On-Tony-Allen Strategy Was Implemented  (from

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Steve Kerr on his coaching staff: How he put it together, how the braintrust of the Warriors works  (from Tim Kawakami,

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–  From Jimmy Butler’s view, no excuses on defending LeBron  (from Steve Aschburner,

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Cavs 106, Bulls 101 (from Jason Lloyd,

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– Why the Wizards suddenly love 3-pointers  (from Ben Standig, CSNWashington):

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–  Otto Porter’s Postseason Breakout  (from Bryan Toporek,

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Marcus Smart: Elite Defender  (from Kevin O’Connor,  Vantage Sports):

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– End of an NBA game: dullest 2 minutes in sports  (from Philip Hersh,  Chicago Tribune):

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Human Movement Science and the NBA Draft (from Matt Kamalsky, Draft

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Harrison Barnes:


Zach Randolph:


CJ McCollum:


Arron Afflalo:


Quincy Pondexter:


Norris Cole:


Marcus Smart/Jordan Clarkson:


Dante Exum:


Nikola Vucevic/Channing Frye/DeWayne Dedmon/Kyle O’Quinn:


Maurice Harkless:


Evan Fournier:


Jerami Grant:


–  Furkan Aldemir:


Noah Vonleh:


Michael Beasley:


Renardo Sidney:



Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   The Last Ride of the Spurs Dynasty: Appreciating San Antonio’s Final Hurrah   (from Zach Lowe,

” The Spurs should be the biggest story of the postseason as long as they’re kicking. There are other meaty issues: the Warriors’ quest to cap their historically dominant regular season; LeBron James, redeeming Cleveland and dunking Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving into the playoff baptismal pool; Derrick Rose’s desperate search for his MVP zip; the trumped-up battle over Chris Paul’s “legacy”; the Hawks, once the NBA’s most vanilla organization, soldiering through tabloid headlines and the possibility that police brutality ended Thabo Sefolosha’s season; and the Wizards’ and Raptors’ dual quest to play a passable professional basketball game.

But nothing tops what could be the last stand of the Spurs as we know them. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are 381 and 37, respectively, and both could retire — even though each is clearly capable of playing at a high level beyond this season. Six other rotation players are free agents, including Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, perhaps the best two-way starting wing combination in the league. The Spurs are down 1-0, with Game 2 on the road against the strongest first-round opponent they’ve faced in the Tim Duncan era.

The Spurs could easily win this series,2 repeat as champions, and re-sign their aging stars to one- or two-year contracts. This could all be much ado about nothing. The franchise hasn’t faced this level of top-to-bottom uncertainty since Duncan dined with the Magic in 2000, and it’s hard to quash the feeling of preemptive nostalgia as you watch Duncan drain bank shots and nail every rotation while Ginobili dances steps he literally invented. Appreciate it all, because this really could be the last springtime run for one of the greatest core groups in the history of team sports.”

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(NOTE:  This story also includes Zach’s takes on a number of the other playoff series)




– Let’s Look at the Clippers’ Perfect Offensive Scheme  (from Sagar Panchal,

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 Draymond Green:  Brow’s shadow steps into spotlight  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

” After the Golden State Warriors finally closed out the scrapping New Orleans Pelicans 97-87 in Game 2, Klay Thompson got the national TV interview. Draymond Green, whose defense was astounding on Monday night, talked for the local feed. It happened that way because that’s how we’ve always done things. If you scored the most points and your team won, you’re getting the biggest spotlight. It’s the formula because scoring a basket is obvious and preventing one is less obvious.

Though Thompson certainly deserves acclaim for a great shooting game, this particular space will mostly be reserved for crediting Green, fulcrum of a Golden State defense that held New Orleans to 37.8 percent shooting. Green’s overall defense on Monday night was brilliant, but most especially against Anthony Davis. Their battles echo those of the shorter Tony Allen throwing everything atKevin Durant — the undersized grinder going up against young Goliath.

In theory, this should have been too large a task for Green, who’s the size of a wing player. “It’s tough, man,” he said after the game. “Most guys I give up length to who I guard, most them aren’t as quick as me though.”

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–  Draymond Green, Warriors’ bench fuel Game 2 win against pesky Pelicans (from Phil Taylor,  Sports Illustrated):

”  The Warrior reserves were missing in action in Game 1, but they re-emerged on Monday night at the best possible time for Golden State. The Warriors trailed 28-17 after the first quarter and were badly in need of a boost. Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score eight points on an assortment of drives and jumpers, Marreese Speightsdrilled a couple of mid-range shots and Andre Iguodala made a corner three after some crisp ball movement.

Boost provided.

“Nobody will write it, nobody will talk about it, but the bench won us the game,” Green said. “When they left the game we were still down seven, but they changed the complete pace and tempo of the game. We were getting punched and getting punched and getting punched, and then the second unit came out and threw a punch.”’

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–  This is why you pay Draymond Green his money (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

” In the context of the Warriors, Draymond Green is a virtuoso. There is absolutely no reason for Golden State to abandon the relationship.”

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–  The Other Guy: Klay Thompson on His Sensational Season  (from Kirk Goldsberry,

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–  Nets look to get Brook Lopez going  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

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–  How the Atlanta Hawks (and Lionel Hollins) Limited Brook Lopez in Game 1  (from Paul Mitchell,

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–  Film Study: The Nets ability to stop the Hawks 3-point assault  (from  Reed Wallach,

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–  How Can the Celtics Slow Down Kyrie Irving?  (from Jordan Greer,

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–  Kyrie Was Hot but Celtics’  TO% and Cavs’  OReb Pursuit Rate Are More Telling  (from Kevin O’Connor,  Vantage Sports):

” “The turnovers kill you. The offensive rebounds kill you,” (Celtics’ Coach Brad) Stevens said. “The superhuman shots do not.”

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–  Video Review: How the Rockets ran the ball down the Mavericks’ throat  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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–  Digging deeper into James Harden’s Game 1  (from Jake Garcia,

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Rockets-Mavs:  WHAT TO WATCH FOR: GAME 2 (from Bobby Karalla,

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–  How the Mavericks can fix the problem of Dirk Nowitzki’s defense  (from Josh Bowe,

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–  Dwight Howard plans to stop using ‘weight-room muscles’ against Mavericks in Game 2  (from Eddie Sefko,

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Butler’s Efficient Scoring Helped by Bulls’ Assist Rate as Bucks Fail to Keep Pace  (from Bob macKinnon, Vantage Sports):

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– Bucks offense stagnates with lack of passing in Game 2 loss  (from Mark Strotman,

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George Karl on the playoffs (from Bill Herenda,

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–  Player development a Scott Brooks strength  (from Berry Tramel,

” (A) criticism I’ve heard about Brooks is measureable. And quite absurd. The idea that Brooks doesn’t develop players.

What can anyone possibly be talking about? Player development has been a Thunder mantra since the franchise hit town, and it’s not just talk. The Thunder develops players wonderfully, and coaching has to be a major part of that. Let’s go down the list:”

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–   With Enes Kanter, the Thunder plugged one hole but opened another  (from Berry Tramel,

” Kanter could score. but his defense was atrocious”

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–  A year of familiarity figures to get Pistons closer to top-10 D standing SVG craves  (from Keith Langlois,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:



Paul Millsap:


James Johnson:


James Harden:


Jimmy Butler:


Mike Conley:


Terrence Ross:


Robin Lopez:


Clint Capela:


Jordan Adams:


Elfrid Payton;


Isaiah Canaan:


Nik Stauskas:


Tyler Johnson:


Furkan Aldemir:


Ish Smith:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Advanced stats are changing the game and leaving some big markets behind (from Kevin Pelton ESPN):

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Avery Bradley’s new commitment to film study helping Boston Celtics (from Jay King,

” Looking to improve his help defense, Bradley said he has committed to studying every opponent. Over the three games since the All-Star break, he has averaged 4.3 steals per game, including a career-high six in Monday’s win against the Phoenix Suns.

“I watch so much film,” he said after the 115-110 victory, calling his new focus on game tape “a big difference.”

“I always knew that I could really help my team out on one-on-one defense,” Bradley explained. “But I wanted to become a better team defensive player. And I really feel like I’m improving because I watch film and I know where to pick my spots. It’s helping me get steals as well.”

As the 24-year-old put it last season, “They want me to calm down a little bit more, not be so reckless, I guess you could say, on defense. They want me to be disciplined, pick my spots every now and then, pick up full-court but get back and play angles. They’re just trying to make me into a great team defender, as well as an individual defender.”

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–   Department of Defense  (from Kirk Goldsberry,

” Chris Paul is considered one of the best defenders in the NBA. But we don’t have any charts or advanced metrics to prove that conventional wisdom. In fact, while the statistics we use to judge offensive play have never been more thorough and complex, defensive analytics are still overly reliant on age-old tallies like steals and blocks.

But thanks to the player-tracking revolution, that’s about to change.

The antiquated nature of defensive stats affects everything from sports bar spats to free-agent contract negotiations. As basketball races headlong into its own version of the big data era, this has to change. Unfortunately, with the exception of a few outside groups, a vast majority of progress in this area is occurring behind the locked doors of practice facilities because of league rules. And while some teams may be cracking the codes of defensive analytics, they sure as hell aren’t sharing their findings with the public.

This research may not change basketball forever, but it represents an important publicly readable step in the evaluation of defensive play in the NBA. There are still many challenges in understanding defensive performance; with no prior knowledge about a team’s principles and rotations, it’s very difficult to know what a defender is supposed to do. But until Gregg Popovich and Tom Thibodeau start publishing their defensive playbooks, we’re just going to have to make educated guesses. Regardless, while there will probably always be an analytical bias that leans toward offense, this work is evidence that the integration of statistical modeling, computation, and player tracking offers an unprecedented opportunity to improve our understanding of defensive play.”

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Washington Wizards: Best-Shooting Mediocre Offense in the Modern NBA Era (from Kyle Weidie,

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Small ball working again for the Nets (from Brian Erni,

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Amar’e Stoudemire: Fitting In  (from Perry mattern,

How will Stat fit in with the various groupings?

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–  Sixers’ defensive identity missing  ( from Keith Pompey,

“…(Y)ou come in with 6-foot guards and not 6-6 guards where you could switch and do some things and it puts a real premium on how you can do pick-and-roll defense which is really the sport in many ways,” Brown said before the game. “And so from that perspective, it changes dramatically.”

However, the Sixers are much better shooting team – especially from long range.

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Warriors’ Owner Joe Lacob Q & A (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):


NBA’s new replay center helping ‘get the call right’  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USAToday):

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Preemptive strikes drive stir of action at NBA trade deadline (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

” Thursday’s record-setting deadline, which saw 11 trades involving 37 players, was driven in large part by a number of teams making key contractual decisions before they were required to do so. Last week’s preemptive trades were largely defensive, aimed at shipping out players who might later prove to be too expensive to keep or who might bolt for nothing in free agency. The general goal was avoiding a roster apocalypse down the road, rather than achieving immediate world domination.

A quick survey of Thursday’s notable deals underscores just how prevalent this preemptive philosophy was across the league. Contenders and rebuilders alike opted to make crucial roster decisions midseason rather than waiting until the summer.”

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–  Meet Rock Star Pastor Carl Lentz, Spiritual Guide to NBA Elite  (from Jared Zwerling, Bleacher Report):

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QOTD (from George Karl):  “I’ve watched on film. We have all these gaps we’re not taking advantage of because they want to run the play. They’re used to being yelled at for not running the play. Now they’re being yelled at for not breaking it.”

QOTD #2 (from Mattthew Tynan, responding to the Chuckster instigated “controversy”):  “(T)his isn’t about analytics vs anti-analytics, it’s about using as much info as you can from every angle to create the best product.”



Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:



Gordon Hayward:


Terrence Jones


Markel Brown:


Norris Cole   and


Rodney Stuckey


Reggie Jackson:


Tyler Ennis


Bradley Beal:


Nerlens Noel


Jerryd Bayless/ Jared Dudley


Reggie Jackson/ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope:


Alex Len:


Jason Richardson


Jerami Grant


Andre Miller


Al-Farouq Aminu/Amar’e Stoudamire:


Jordan Hamilton


Isaiah Canaan: