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,  star-telegram.com):
–  Careless Offense Hurts Warriors’ Defense  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–  Michael Malone On Nikola Jokic’s Passing  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver.com):
Film Room: Magic’s Strengths And Struggles  (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):
–  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, csnbayarea.com):
–  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):

Read it here: http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/10/dirk-nowitzki-dallas-mavericks-steve-nash-jason-terry

–  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, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/turner-riding-waves-rookie-dom
–  Devin Booker  (from Sean Sullivan,  brightsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/3/10/11169328/nba-rookie-week-devin-booker-shines-for-the-suns
–  Norman Powell (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/09/norman-powell-making-instant-impact-with-raptors
–  Damian Lillard (from Erik Gundersen,  The Columbian):  http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/mar/09/lillard-attacking-rim-less-but-scoring-more/
–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/talent/raptors-young-centres-complimenting-each-other-well-1.450720

–  Tony Allen  (from Jared Weiss,  Celtics Blog):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/3/9/11189644/how-tearing-his-knee-made-tony-allen-the-grindfather

–  Bobby Portis  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/9/11172210/bobby-portis-energy-chicago-bulls-rookie
Kristaps Porzingis/Jerian Grant  (from Joe Flunn, Posting And Toasting):  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2016/3/9/11185130/jerian-grant-needs-kristaps-porzingis-so-why-do-the-knicks-keep-them
–  Joel Freeland (from Mark Woods, mvp247.com):  http://www.mvp247.com/2016/03/freeland-russia-love/

–  Kris Dunn  (from Jason King,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2621931-despite-taxing-year-providences-kris-dunn-doesnt-regret-making-nba-wait

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/6/16

–  The Subtle Details of the Spurs’ Stifling Defense  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240352/The-Subtle-Details-Of-The-Spurs-Stifling-Defense

–  Draymond Green’s Uniqueness Makes the Warriors Who They Are  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/01/draymond-greens-uniqueness-makes-warriors/

–  Bulls’ Offense Clicking On All Cylinders  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-butler-rose-bulls-bucks-report-spt-0106-20160105-story.html

–  The Heat’s ATOs (from Couper Moorhead,  heat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/time-after-time

–  The Spurs’ Beautiful Game, Though Modified, Is Still Turning Heads  (from  Jeff McDonald,  News-Express):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-beautiful-game-though-modified-still-6738464.php?t=9f2a3033ee927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  Hornets Are On A Stable Path  (form Ken Berger, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25439060/amid-the-struggles-hornets-are-on-a-stable-path-under-steve-clifford

 Jazz Thinking Deep Thoughts With Big Men Out  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3382574-155/utah-jazz-thinking-deep-thoughts-with?fullpage=1

–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Explain One Odd Play:  Draymond Green Pass to Steph Curry  Layup  (from Ericapricot,  goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/6/10722224/warriors-vs-lakers-2016-highlight-video-draymond-green-pass-to-stephen-curry-layup

–  Assists, Point Guards and Ball Movement  (from Brian McCormick,  learntocoachbasketball.com):

Read it here:  http://learntocoachbasketball.com/assists-point-guards-and-ball-movement

–  Colangelo Upbeat About Roster, Brett Brown, and Sixers’ Plan  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-colangelo-upbeat-about-roster-brown-sixers-plan

–  New Media Procedure Seeks to Improve Referee Accountability  (from Andy Larsen,  ksl.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ksl.com/?sid=38023928&nid=294

 D-League Showcase Primer  (from Brian Kotloff,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://dleague.nba.com/news/2016-showcase-primer/

 D-League Showcase Day One Preview  (from Brian Kotloff,  nba.com):

Read and view it here:  http://dleague.nba.com/news/showcase-day-1-preview/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jimmy Butler  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22759/derrick-rose-jimmy-butler-is-ballin-in-midst-of-career-best-stretch

Justise Winslow  (from Tim Reynolds,  Associated Press):  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e1a2e70746e046be877395e264157466/miamis-winslow-keeps-impressing-rookie-season

–  CJ McCollum  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):   http://www.basketballinsiders.com/c-j-mccollum-on-role-new-challenges-and-expanding-his-game/

–  Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh  (from  Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2016/01/introspective-wade-bosh-discuss-their-rejuvenation-dolphins-canes-panthers-notes.html

 Dwyane Wade  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/rousing-revival-dwyane-wade-is-miami-heats-benjami/npx9z/

–  Steph Curry  (from  Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/01/06/stephen-curry-on-leg-being-kicked-again-in-same-spot-its-just-a-magnet/

–  Isaiah Thomas  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/01/boston_celtics_isaiah_thomas_o.html

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Chris Priczak,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/1/5/10718196/sean-kilpatrick-dishes-on-the-10-day-contract-playing-at-home-and-more

–  Anthony Davis  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/anthony_davis_i_dont_want_a_co.html

–  Richaun Holmes  (from Tom Moore,  theintell.com):   http://www.theintell.com/sports/sixers/sixers-rookie-holmes-giving-sixers-a-lift/article_99991b50-af16-11e5-a508-3373828f8dfd.html

–  Chris Kaman  (from Jason Quick,  oregonlive.com):   http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/chris-kaman-adventure-trail-blazers-veteran-hopes-his-next-exploit-portland

–  Solomon Hill  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/01/05/solomon-hill-playing-more-thinking-too-much/78231262/

–  Jason Terry  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  Jason Terry gives Rockets what they need

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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

 

Brad Stevens draws up another winner  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

”  Stevens huddled his team with 2.6 seconds to play, swapped his personnel, reached into the back of his mind’s encyclopedic playbook and set into motion a sequence that ended with Marcus Smart beating the buzzer in a thrilling, 117-116 overtime triumph over the Raptors on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre.

The win comes one night after a disappointing loss to the Milwaukee Buckswhich, coupled with the Nets’ nail-biting win over the Raptors on Friday, left Boston 1½ games back of Brooklyn and a half-game back of Miami. There are now five teams within two games of each other, all competing for two final playoff spots over the final 10 days of the regular season.

Stevens has kept Boston in that mix thanks in large part to his creative batch of ATO (after timeout) plays.”

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4718736/making-them-look-smart-stevens-draws-up-another-winner

And from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com:    http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/4/5/8347051/brad-stevens-is-a-super-genius-head-coach-and-the-boston-celtics-are-fortunate-to-have-him

More on Coach Stevens, (from Steve Bulptee, Boston Herald):   http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/04/doc_rivers_says_brad_stevens_was_best_man_for_celtics_job

 

 

 

– THE EAST’S COMPELLING TRAINWRECK  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

” T he strangest of playoff chases pulled out all the stops last week with five teams in various states of either rebuilding or retrenchment jockeying for the final two postseason spots in the Eastern Conference. It made for an oddly compelling week in which players valiantly battled through injuries and fortunes rose or fell with each shift in the standings.

None of which changes the fundamental fact that their postseason resumés are completely uninspiring. Take the Pacers and Heat, who have spent the season dealing with crippling injuries to key players. It’s a credit to both that they have hung in here this long. Still, it’s a staggering fall for the two teams that spent the last two seasons battling for conference supremacy.

The Hornets and Nets are dealing with the fallouts of failed experiments. In Charlotte’s case it was signing Lance Stephenson in free agency. For the Nets, it’s the legacy of a series of a boom-or-bust moves that left them with a bloated roster and the knowledge that failure to make the playoffs will force them to surrender a lottery pick to the Hawks.

Then there are the Celtics, who are stuck in the age-old NBA rebuilding quandary: how good does your team have to be before it’s too good? It would probably be in their long-term benefit to miss the postseason, move up a few spots in the draft order and maybe get lucky in the lottery. Of the five franchises still in contention, they are the ones who theoretically need the postseason the least. Naturally, they won three out of four and vaulted back into eighth after a last-second overtime win over Toronto.

The case for ending conferences has never been stronger, and Exhibit A will be the presence of two of these teams in the playoffs while better squads from the West are sent home. That doesn’t even account for the Bucks, who have stumbled into the sixth seed with an uninspiring .500 record. Nor does it help the 50-win teams out West who are still trying to secure home court advantage in the first round.”

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/4/5/8346531/nba-eastern-playoff-race-nets-celtics-heat-sunday-shootaround

 

 

 

–  Look What the Rookie Coach Did (Warriors 123, Mavs 110)  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

” There’s a natural tendency to write or talk more about a coach who is struggling than one who is thriving.  A struggling coach has every decision second-guessed and every mistake attributed to him.  A thriving coach often fades into the background as his players’ successes command all the attention.  Steve Kerr isn’t just a thriving coach.  He’s now the most successful rookie head coach in NBA history — at least measured by regular season wins.  Kerr has benefitted from a world-class group of assistants, an MVP-deserving superstar and a well-constructed supporting cast, but he’s due credit for the intangibles that have made this Warriors team more than the sum of its impressive parts.  He may not be thumping his chest in post-game conferences and telling reporters that the Warriors “are 50 games over .500 and some of you guys haven’t seen that in a long, long time, so keep on acting like you have.”  But when the final word on this season is written, Kerr’s understated brilliance will be an essential part of the story.  The game that earned Kerr his record — Saturday’s 123-110 domination of the Mavericks — is a fitting example of this work.”

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2015/04/05/look-what-the-rookie-did-warriors-123-mavs-110/

 

 

 

Cavaliers Defense:  Pre- and Post- Mozgov (from Jason Lloyd, ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/jason-lloyd-cavaliers-aren-t-efficient-enough-on-defense-to-win-a-title-but-yet-they-are-1.580676

 

 

 

– Dissecting Orlando’s Screens  (from Jordan M Foley, Vantage Sports):

”  On the season, the Orlando Magic have set 11,379 total screens, 12th among all teams, and the Magic rank 12th in Points per Chance at .74 and in Open+ Frequency at 36.5 percent. Vantage allows us to look more deeply into how teams utilize screens in their offensive systems.

The Magic are a great case study for this purpose. Despite their struggles this year, Orlando has one of the more interesting screen breakdowns of any team in the league.”

Read and view it here:   http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VR7pXCcAACQAkL7K/dissecting-orlandos-screens

 

 

 

–  Assembling Houston Rockets’ Ideal Playoff Rotation  (from jake lapin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2419846-assembling-houston-rockets-ideal-playoff-rotation

 

 

 

–  Why James Harden to Houston is the deal that will never die  (from Darnell Mayberry, NewsOK.com):

” Like it or not, the memory of Harden’s trade isn’t going anywhere. And here are 13 reasons why it won’t anytime soon, if ever.”

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5407507

 

 

 

–  A Look At How These Small School Talents Have Become NBA D-League Stars  (from Dakota Schmidt,  ridiculousupside.com):

”  (S)mall school players are able to keep their NBA dreams alive through the D-League. In this piece, we’re going to take a look at a handful of small school talents that have made their marks in both the D-League and as potential NBA prospects.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/4/4/8343781/a-look-at-how-these-small-school-talents-have-become-nba-d-league-stars

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Hassan Whiteside:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article17429735.html

 

Damjan Rudez:  http://8points9seconds.com/2015/04/05/damjan-rudez-trying-to-be-perfect-beyond-the-arc/

 

Mirza Teletovic:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/4/5/8347391/mirza-teletovic-still-bombing-away-with-big-decisions-ahead

 

Gerald Green:   http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/04/04/suns-recap-gerald-green-heat-check-carries-phoenix/

 

Mario Hezonja:  http://www.thenational.ae/sport/north-american/nikola-mirotics-success-at-chicago-bulls-paves-the-way-for-mario-hezonjas-route-to-the-nba

 

Quincy Pondexter:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/12022196-148/quincy-pondexter-helps-shoot-pelicans

 

Jared Sullinger:  http://www.csnne.com/blog/celtics-talk/no-points-sullinger-makes-impact-celtics

 

Paul George:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/04/05/paul-george-return-feature/

 

Vince Carter:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/03/memphis-grizzlies-vince-carter-evolves-into-nba-elder-statesman/index.html

 

Reggie Jackson:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/once-jackson-trusted-his-instincts-success-followed-pistons-and-their-point-guard     and   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/4/4/8344527/reggie-jackson-pistons-trade-analysis

 

Tim Hardaway, Jr:  http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-knicks/post/_/id/61667/hardaway-jr-wasnt-year-wanted-to-have

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Steph Curry takes his pregame routine pretty seriously  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):

” Curry put up 182 shots in the session I watched – made 120 – and within the structure of his work, you saw the essence of Curry’s offensive game.

“Five minutes of ball handling, just get warm, get your hands kind of used to the ball,” Curry said, describing how it all starts.

“Then … get some flip shots and runners, just to work on your touch. Hopefully, you start close to the basket; you see the ball going in a lot more.

“Then it’s just working around the arc in five spots – catch-and-shoot, off-the-dribble and then shooting 3s.”

Curry does almost the exact same routine before every game, for just over 15 minutes every time, and aims to make 31 3-pointers and about 80 2-pointers of various types, at different spots, using either hand for the close-in shots.

The mood is serious, the work is serious. Curry shared some laughs with Fraser and David Lee, who always works out at the same time, but a huge majority of the session, Curry looked like he was in the middle of a game.

“Once you step on the court for that 15-minute session, that kind of starts the game process,” Curry said.”

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/03/26/4671515_tim-kawakami-warriors-curry-takes.html

 

 

 

–  Is Sam Presti’s plan in OKC misunderstood?  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/411/is-sam-prestis-plan-in-okc-misunderstood

 

 

 

The Post-Trade Deadline Bucks  (from William Bohl,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

” While the sharp downturn in the Bucks’ play has coincided with supplanting Brandon Knight with Michael Carter-Williams, it’d be far too simplistic to put it all on MCW’s shoulders. The bench, a tougher post-All Star Break schedule, poor injury luck, and attempting to cultivate chemistry with a new floor general on the fly has all contributed to Milwaukee’s recent swoon.”

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/03/26/the-bucks-stopped-there/

 

 

 

–  Raptors exploited as the one-dimensional team they are in loss to Chicago Bulls (from Eric Koreen, National Post):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/25/toronto-raptors-exploited-as-the-one-dimensional-team-they-are-in-loss-to-chicago-bulls/

 

 

 

–  Steve Kerr’s  Case for 2015 NBA Coach of the Year  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

” Divvy up the credit however you like, but be sure to acknowledge that Kerr is the principal difference between this Warriors masterpiece and the paint-by-numbers outfit we saw last season.

Kerr never just leaned on talent; he organized it, gave it purpose and direction.

With the help of lead assistant Alvin Gentry, Kerr got the Dubs moving all over the floor—cutting, flaring, diving, literally sprinting in circles around Bogut sometimes. The isolation sets and low-efficiency post-ups of 2013-14 are gone.

Critically, as Curry noted… Kerr didn’t “try to come in and be the hero and reinvent the wheel when it came to what we were good at.”

All he did was inflate the tire, disengage the parking brake and overhaul the suspension.”

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2409473-steve-kerrs-undeniable-case-for-2015-nba-coach-of-the-year

 

 

 

–  LeBron James, Cavaliers Avoid Hero-Ball  (from Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report):

” I think the ball movement, there’s just this great karma to the game when you’re moving the ball and everyone is feeling great about it, and everyone knows they are going to be a recipient of a pass.

“Tonight the way we moved the ball, the way we shared the ball, it’s very key to our success. It’s very key to everyone feeling involved. And we can be a very dangerous team if we can continue to do that.”

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2408328-lebron-cavaliers-fight-hero-ball-urges-in-major-test-vs-grizzlies

 

 

 

–  FOR CHICAGO’S BIG MEN, SACRIFICE IS THE NAME OF THE GAME  (from Adam Fluck,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/chicagos-big-men-sacrifice-name-game

 

 

 

–  Q&A: Minnesota Timberwolves Analyst Jim Petersen  (from Seth Partnow,  nyloncalculus.com):

Read this outstanding interview here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/03/26/qa-minnesota-timberwolves-analyst-jim-petersen-on-analytics-broadcasting-and-coaching-in-the-wnba/

 

 

 

–  Celtics coach Brad Stevens diagrams another late-game gem but Jae Crowder misses the layup  (from Jay King, masslive.com)

Read and view it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/03/video_boston_celtics_coach_bra.html

 

 

 

– International scouting not a foreign idea to Denver Nuggets  (from Paul Klee,  gazette.com):

” Scouting overseas isn’t new or unique to the Nuggets, of course, or the rest of the NBA. If you’re not doing it, you’re roughly two decades behind.

But the Nuggets have made Europe and beyond a top priority. The foreign influence starts near the top with (assistant GM Arturas) Karnisovas and continues all the way to Ognjen Stojakovic, a Serbian video coordinator who also works in player development due to his coaching background and, in part, because he speaks the language and serves as a valuable liaison.

Karnisovas, with the thickest basketball resume at 1000 Chopper Circle, has been evaluating prospects in Europe this week. A two-time Olympic bronze medalist with his native Lithuania, Karnisovas was FIBA’s European Player of the Year in 1996.

“What doesn’t he bring? He brings everything. Arturas was a fantastic player, one of the best European players ever,” Connelly said. “Internationally, there’s such a respect for Arturas that we find open doors when otherwise they would be closed.”

Read it here:  http://gazette.com/klee-international-scouting-not-a-foreign-idea-to-denver-nuggets/article/1548557

 

 

 

–  Healed-up Spurs still working to scare up that Finals mojo  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

” Those three games — Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals — when the Spurs systematically, beautifully and devastatingly dismantled …the Miami Heat to claim a fifth championship have since become a Sistine Chapel work of art. It has been dissected and studied by every coach at every basketball clinic, not to mention rerun on many HD TVs in many corners of Planet Hoops.

Trouble is, there’s always another ceiling to paint.

Which is what brings the Spurs to the final weeks of the regular season trying to throw a spill cloth down over some of their follow-up drippings.”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/03/26/san-antonio-spurs-trying-to-recapture-magic-from-2014-nba-finals-run/index.html

 

 

 

–  Andre Iguodala: Providing The Warriors With … Offense?  (from gerald Bourguet,  hoopshabit.com):

Read and view it here:   http://hoopshabit.com/2015/03/26/andre-iguodala-providing-warriors-offense/

 

 

 

–  Monta Ellis insists Rajon Rondo isn’t throwing off Mavericks’ chemistry  (from Josh Planos, Sports Illustrated):

““There’s no problem (with Rondo),” Ellis says. “Rondo is a great asset on both ends of the floor. It takes a while for the player to really get adjusted to a new system, new personalities, figuring out where guys want the ball. I think it’s going to work out for the best for us once we get over the hump.”

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/03/25/monta-ellis-rajon-rondo-dallas-mavericks-rick-carlisle

 

 

 

– Can Monta Ellis Regain His Form? (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:   http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VRHvmiUAAMVTpZBc/can-monta-ellis-regain-his-form-the-numbers-behind-his-second-half-struggles

 

 

–  Q&A: EMMANUEL MUDIAY  (from Evan Daniels,  scout.com):

Read it here:  http://collegebasketball.scout.com/story/1531265-q-a-emmanuel-mudiay

 

 

 

–  Gregg Popovich And The Art Of War  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

” Almost five years ago, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and his staff gathered at their annual coaching retreat. They were staring basketball mortality square in the face, in light of their sound defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Suns in the 2010 Western Conference Semifinals–the last quality iteration from the Steve Nash era.

Tim Duncan was still the cornerstone, of course. But leaning heavily on his individual brilliance was no longer an option given the pained, uneven gait he displayed in dragging a bad leg up and down the court all series. The Spurs’ formula for success was no longer viable.

Popovich therefore made a decision; to reconfigure the Spurs around the strengths of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, pushing the pace and freeing the movement around the pick-and-roll in a mirror of the same Suns team that had just defeated them. No longer would the team generate their offense through the sheer will of superstar players; instead, they would leverage those talents to organically generate shots in an equal opportunity offense.

It was the beginning of a process that would change the NBA, rejuvenating the Spurs (along with the acquisition of Kawhi Leonard) and giving rise to the beautiful game displayed in their 2014 NBA Championship.”

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/03/24/gregg-popovich-and-the-art-of-war/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Brook Lopez:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/3/26/8294399/lopez-feeling-as-good-as

 

Dewayne Dedmon:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/03/26/dewayne-dedmons-return-signals-orlando-magics-return-to-defense/

 

Glenn Robinson III:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150326_Glenn_Robinson_III_awaits_his_chance_with_Sixers.html

 

Marvin Williams:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/when-will-the-marvin-williams-criticism-end/

 

Tony Parker:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2409347-can-vintage-tony-parker-return-san-antonio-spurs-to-nba-playoffs-glory

 

Nerlens Noel:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/150326-noel-roy

 

Hassan Whiteside:  http://www.telegram.com/article/20150325/NEWS/303269899/1009/sports

 

Dorell Wright:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/wright%E2%80%99s-leadership-helps-blazers-snap-skid-beat-jazz