Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/29/16

 

–  ATL 104, BOS 92  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/28/nba-playoffs-hawks-celtics-lebron-james-cavaliers-conference-semifinals-video   from Tim Cato,  SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/29/11534220/2016-nba-playoff-scores-celtics-hawks-series-loss-isaiah-thomas-shooting  and from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/hawks-beat-celtics-set-for-rematch-with-cavaliers/

–  Hawks Bounce Celtics; Earn Another Shot At Cavs  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25570632/hawks-bounce-boston-earn-another-shot-at-lebron-and-the-cavs

–  Numbers Preview:  Cavs vs Hawks  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/29/numbers-preview-cavs-hawks/

–  Mason Plumlee Emerges As Unlikely Playmaker (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/29/nba-playoffs-portland-trail-blazers-mason-plumlee-damian-lillard

–  Terry Stotts Q & A  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):

Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/04/trail_blazers_terry_stotts_on_defense_and_mason_pl.html

–  Beating The Blazers Will Be A Daunting Task For The Clippers  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/304426-182352-beat-blazers-in-portland-daunting-challenge-for-clipped-clippers

–  How Doc Rivers Stays Strong  (from Arash Markazi, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/post/_/id/8096/doc-rivers-stays-strong-in-eye-of-clippers-storm

–  How Hiring Steve Clifford Rescued The Hornets  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):  Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-steve-clifford-changed-the-program-in-charlotte-192931811.html

 The Hornets’ Depth  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/28/11476806/charlotte-hornets-miami-heat-nba-playoffs-2016-game-5

–  Hornets Pulled Out All Their Tricks In Game 5  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15419858/the-heat-handle-hornets-bag-tricks

–  Dwane Casey Has Stepped Out Of His Comfort Zone  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/casey-steps-comfort-zone-raptors-finding-new-ways-win/

–  Should Frank Vogel Continue To Trust Pacers’ Bench  (from Ben Gibson, 8points9seconds):

Read it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/04/29/indiana-pacers-frank-vogel-bench-toronto-raptors/

–  Spurs vs Thunder Preview  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/bdl-s-2015-16-nba-playoff-previews–spurs-vs–thunder-041329386.html    from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/spurs-vs-thunder-will-fun-unpredictable-ever/   and from Fred Katz, CNHI News:  http://www.enidnews.com/sports/thunder_nba/thunder-prepare-for-spurs-shut-down-defense/article_4962e4fb-82b8-56fd-bcad-e401075bb3ef.html

–  Numbers Preview:  Spurs vs Thunder  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/28/numbers-preview-spurs-thunder-2/

–  How Chip Engelland Helped Transform Kawhi Leonard’s Shooting  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2634107-how-an-nba-shot-whisperer-transformed-kawhi-leonard-into-a-3-point-fire-hazard

–  Rockets’ Post-Mortem (from Mika Honkasalo, HoopsHype):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2016/04/28/rockets-post-mortem-what-went-wrong-and-how-they-can-fix-it/

 Scott Brooks: Defense, Relationship Building, Player Development  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/04/28/its-not-who-scott-brooks-has-coached-but-how-that-matters-now-for-wizards/

–  Kenny Atkinson’s Journey From ‘Spunky” To Nets’ Coach (from Brian Lewis, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/28/kenny-atkinsons-global-journey-from-spunky-to-nets-coach/

–  Go To Moves: KD, IT, Z-Bo  (from Coach Nick, Adam Turner,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QenRTZsrCIk

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kawhi Leonard  (from Nick Moyle, expressnews):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-next-step-on-NBA-evolutionary-7383706.php

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/28/hard-work-gets-results-bismack-biyombo-says

–  Draymond Green  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15420114/draymond-green-playoffs-diary-part-5

–  Stanley Johnson  (from David Mayo, MLive):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/pistons_stanley_johnson_may_be.html

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Leo Beas, Cowbell Kingdom):  http://cowbellkingdom.com/the-harsh-reality-of-facing-reality/

–  Eric Griffin  (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/29/11532064/eric-griffin-eyes-nba-opportunity

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/16

 

Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from Tim Cato/Liam Boylan-Pett, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/18/11448948/2016-nba-playoff-scores-cavaliers-pistons-playoffs-game-1-lebron-james-kyrie-irving

–  Heat/Hornets Game 1: Seven Things To Know  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25558304/heat-annihilate-hornets-in-game-1-seven-things-to-know

–  Heat Punish The Hornets  (from Chris Barnewall, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/17/miami-punishes-the-charlotte-hornets/

–  Pistons Show Confidence And Inexperience In Game 1 Loss  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view ithere:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25558166/pistons-show-confidence-and-their-inexperience-in-game-1-loss-to-cavs

Impact Of Kevin Love At The Five  (from Aaron McMann,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/andre_drummond_quieted_then_fo_1.html

–  Trail Blazers Had No Answers  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/17914/trail-blazers-had-no-answers-for-clippers-in-game-1-loss

–  Clippers 115, Blazers 95  (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/clippers-score-game-1-knockout-after-blazers-supporting-cast-comes-empty

–  All Eyes On Raptors After Losing Game One   (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15228918/the-raptors-need-shake-first-round-jinx

–  DeMarre Carroll Wants To Guard Paul George: “That’s What I Live For”  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25558095

–  Rockets’ Offense Picked Clean By Warriors In Game One  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://tinyurl.com/gteybd9

–  Rockets’ Solution For Game Two Is To Move  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/2448/rockets-solution-for-game-2-is-to-move

–  How The Warriors Kept Harden Off The FT Line  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25558430/how-the-warriors-kept-james-harden-off-the-free-throw-line-in-game-1

–  Isaiah Thomas’ Sneaky Use Of Flare Screen Out Of Horns  (from Jack Winter/Spencer Lund, dimemag):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/celtics-nba-playoffs-isaiah-thomas-basketball-neat/

–  Celtics’ Target: Find A Marksman  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-larkin-needs-opportunity-stability/

–  Kenny Atkinson Named Nets’ New Head Coach  (from Laura Albanese, Newsday):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/kenny-atkinson-named-nets-new-head-coach-1.11701401

–  Credit Kenny Atkinson For Jeremy Lin’s Boost With Knicks  (from Frank Isola,  NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://m.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-knicks-assistant-ken-atkinson-helping-jeremy-lin-succeed-article-1.1024232

–  Pistons’ GM Jeff Bower Climbed The Ladder To The NBA  (from Neil Rudel,  Altoona Mirror):

Read it here:  http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/634727/Bower-climbed-ladder-to-the-NBA.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Kawhi Leonard  (from Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown):   http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/17/kawhi-leonard/

 Myles Turner  (from Wheat Hotchkiss, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turner-fights-through-nerves-impress-playoff-debut

–  Kemba Walker/Nic Batum  (from Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article72243192.html

–  Dion Waiters  (from Lang Whitaker,  NBA.com):  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/17/95577/

 Steph Curry  (from Max Whittle, theguardian.com):  http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/apr/18/steph-curry-golden-state-warriors-nba-pre-game

–  Shane Larkin  (from Alex Kennedy,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-larkin-needs-opportunity-stability/

–  Quinn Cook (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/17/11446924/quinn-cook-on-a-tear-for-canton

 

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

 

 36 Things To Watch For In The First Round  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/15/11349662/nba-playoffs-2016-best-plays-players

–  Warriors:  Breathtaking Outbursts Are Game-Changers  (from  Phil Barber,  pressdemocrat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/5503127-181/warriors-on-the-run-breathtaking?artslide=0

–  How To Beat The Warriors? It Starts With Discipline  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/How-to-beat-the-Warriors-It-starts-with-7251069.php

–  Can Beverley Slow Down Steph?  (from Jeff Faraudo,  East Bay Times):

Read it here:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/warriors/ci_29772640/warriors-curry-looking-forward-facing-rockets-beverley

–  Warriors/Rockets Preview   (from Andrew Flohr/Darren Yuvan, goldenstateofmind/thedreamshake):

Read it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/16/11443610/NBA-2016-playoffs-golden-state-warriors-houston-rockets

–  First Round Success Means Something Different To Each Team  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15210010/nba-success-all-16-playoff-teams

–   Hawks vs Celtics: Three Questions  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/16/playoff-preview-three-questions-about-boston-celtics-vs-atlanta-hawks/

Boston’s Defense Against Hawks’ Pick-and-Roll  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/16/11439582/caging-the-hawks-bostons-defense-against-atlantas-pick-and-roll-game

–  Playoff Preview: Mavericks vs. Thunder  (from mavsmoneyball.cm):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/4/14/11430404/mavericks-thunder-nba-playoffs-first-round-preview-analysis-2016-ULTIMATE

 Spurs Playbook: The Spurs Use The “4 Out, 1 In” Attack (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/15/11437842/spurs-playbook-the-spurs-go-to-4-out-1-in-with-their-b-squad

Scouting The Grizzlies  (from Paul Garcia, projectspurs.com):

Read it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/round-1-scouting-the-grizzlies.html

–  Pistons:  Adjustments Key To Containing Irving  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/pistons_plot_to_contain_cavs_k.html

Video Breakdown: The Bulls Season (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVMIKGU50Wc&feature=youtu.be

–  Long Island Nets Hit Home Run With Nored Hire (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/15/11439298/long-island-nets-hit-home-run-with-ronald-nored-hire

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

James Harden  (from Michael Rosenfeld, Vantage Sports):   http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VxFHRSkAAPWg47mV

–  Steph Curry  (from Ray Allen interview by Abe Schwadron,  slamonline.com):

SLAM: Where do you rank Stephen Curry in terms of the greatest shooters in the history of the League? 

RA: Based on what he’s done, I think he has to be—he’s on his way to being the best ever. It’s always arguable, based on who’s telling the story. One thing I always tell people is, it’s hard to compare generations. Everybody has something or somebody that makes him feel special about the game, or the way they saw and the way they appreciate the game. I’ve sat back and watched a lot, and listened to a lot of people talk. He’s creating a lane all of his own. People comparing him to me, to Reggie [Miller]. But I think Steph is in a category of his own. Just being able to have great handles the way he has with the ball, to be able to score at will by getting to the basket. Myself, Reggie Miller, Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson—we play a different game. We’re shooters. We come off screens, pindowns—Steph can do that, but he’s creating a different lane. Point guards haven’t been able to do what he’s been able to do, because he’s mixing that 2 guard-ish in there with having the great handles of a point guard.

 

Jonas Valanciunas/Terrence Ross  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/16/raptors-count-on-more-mature-valanciunas-ross-in-nba-playoffs.html

–  Kyle Lowry  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/leading-raptors-playoff-success-next-step-lowrys-transformation/

Kristaps Porzingis  (from George Willis,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/04/14/porzingis-talks-year-2-plan-and-a-difficult-offseason-decision/

Lance Thomas  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/04/15/knicks-hoping-rest-of-nba-missed-lance-thomas-growth/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/13/16

 

The Players No One Passed To This Season  (from Kyle Wagner,  fivethirtyeight.com):
–  Film Session:  Avery Bradley Defends  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  Knicks Focus Is To Get Players Who Fit The System  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

–  Terry Stotts’ Playoff Guarantee Changed The Blazers’ Season  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/04/a_guarantee_from_terry_stotts_changed_trail_blazer.html

–  The Mavs Shouldn’t Have Made The Playoffs  –  But They Did  (from Tim Cato, Mavsmoneyball.com):
–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  NBA Releases Playoff Scenarios  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):
–  Kings’ Season Is Down To How Many Games They Can Lose  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Kevin Love  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/04/chat_with_tyronn_lue_has_ignit.html
George Hill (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/hill-finds-and-fills-another-role
Jerian Grant  (from Ryan Weinkauf,  thelotterymafia.com):  http://thelotterymafia.com/article/time-to-shine-for-jerian-grant.html
–  Cody Zeller  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/13/11415430/cody-zeller-2016-nba-playoffs-preview
–  John Holland  (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/12/11396520/john-holland-coming-through-for-canton

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/16

 

 Olshey Shows GM Chops In Rebuilding Blazers On The Fly  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/04/05/executive-of-the-year-2015-16-pick-neil-olshey-portland-trail-blazers/index.html

–  Flip Saunders’ Script: His Vision Remains Alive  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/feature/25551583

Draft Rights On The Line In The Season’s Final Days  (from Danny Leroux, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4701613-draft-rights-regular-season-tiebreakers-future-picks-trades?mc_cid=897620a251&mc_eid=85c76c0da2

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186679/nba-awards-ballot-part-1

–  Jazz Are In Playoff Mode – Just Not In Playoffs  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652038/Jazz-are-in-playoff-mode—-just-not-in-playoffs.html

–  Spurs Offense Is Struggling  (from Michael Erler,  Poundng The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/12/11409764/spurs-offense-struggling-end-regular-season

–  Dwane Casey Q & A  (from Evan Rosser, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/1-1-raptors-casey-years-playoffs-will-different/

Behind The Curtain Of The Pelicans’ Training Operations  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15179914/new-orleans-pelicans-season-injury

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

DeMarre Carroll  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/11/raptors-carroll-wants-to-shed-minutes-restriction

–  Blake Griffin  (from Ben Bolch, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160412-story.html

–  Jeremy Lin  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article71285702.html

–  Andre Drummond  (from Mike Brudenell,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/11/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-backs-drummond/82909214/

Steph Curry  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/04/12/basketball/nba/brilliant-humble-curry-product-modern-game/#.Vw0nfvkrK7S

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15186233/tristan-thompson-cleveland-cavaliers-start-center-playoffs    and from Craig Battle,  sportsnet.ca:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/tristan-thompson-lived-mammoth-contract/

–  Tristan Thompson/Paul Millsap  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/12/11413622/even-as-he-excels-against-paul-millsap-tristan-thompson-sees-a-player

Marreese Speights  (from Vic Tafur,  sfgate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-backup-Speights-puts-shots-in-air-7242213.php

 Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article71295502.html

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/04/12/archie-goodwin-closes-phoenix-suns-season-well-again/82921024/

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  OCRegister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aldrich-711651-rivers-clippers.html

Al-Farouq Aminu  (from Dan Marang, Blazer’s Edge):  Should Al-Farouq Aminu be Considered an All-League Defender?

–  Wayne Ellington  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/wayne-ellington-nets-father/

–  Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/knowing-hell-need-him-playoffs-svg-folding-stanley-johnson-back-pistons-rotation

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/6/11379708/nick-minnerath-wins-ridiculous-upside-2015-16-nba-d-league-sixth-man-award