Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/6/17

Warriors’ New Defense: Different But Still Very Good (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):
–  Going Small With Millsap At Center  (from Reinis Lacis, BBall Breakdown):
Malcolm Brogdon: The Steal Of The Draft  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
Most Improved Players  (from The Step Back, fansided.com):
–  Eric Gordon:  Achieving The Success That Injuries Delayed  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
 The Buzz About The Hornets Is Getting Louder  (from Howard Megdal, Sports On Earth):
David Griffin’s Magic Touch  (from Trevor Magnotti, fansided.com):
–  Thursday Recap, Featuring Harden & Westbrook (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Marjanovich Dazzles As Pistons Hold On  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Antetokounmpo Is A Statistical Wonder  (from Jose DeLeon, ESPN):
 The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Jamal Crawford Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy/Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):
 Nate McMillan Q & A  (from mvp247.com):
The JaMychal Green/Zach Randolph Tag Team (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):
The Bucks’ Mediocre Record Is Hiding A Dangerous Team  (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):
–  Nick Young’s “Rebirth”  (from Chris Palmer, The Undefeated):
–  Dwight Powell’s Pick-And-Roll Skills  (from Josh Bowe, mavsmoneyball.com):
Kent Bazemore Q &A  (from Alex Kennedy/Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):
–  How Does Korver Fit With The Cavs?  (from Ryan Mourton, Fear The Sword):
Kyle O’Quinn: Knicks’ Best Center  (from Ti Windisch, Hoops Habit):
–  Doug McDermott’s Dark Post-Concussion Days  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
10-Day Contract Candidates (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insdiers):
Markelle Fultz Scouting Report (from Matthew Giles, Washington Post):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/21/16

–  Taj Gibson Q & A  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/how-a-fight-on-a-new-york-train-laid-the-foundation-for-taj-gibsons-career/

–  Inside The Raptors’ Elite Offense  (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/20/the-coaching-spin-inside-toronto-raptors-elite-offense/

 Norman Powell Is Excelling In Every Role He Is Asked To Play  (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/12/21/norman-powell-excelling-every-role-raptors-ask-play/

–  Norman Powell Sees The Bigger Picture  (from David Ramil, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/21/norman-powell-sees-bigger-picture/

Six Creative Ways Teams Are Adapting The Pick-And-Roll (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/21/nba-pick-and-roll-variations-ways/

Video Breakdown:  Evan Turner’s Struggles  (from Dane Carbaugh, Blazers Edge):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/12/21/14035744/evan-turner-blazers-offense-2016-nba-free-agency-trade-video

Video Breakdown: Warriors’ Defense Gums Up Rudy Gobert  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/12/21/14037204/nba-2016-warriors-vs-jazz-video-analysis-highlights-warriors-team-defense-rudy-gobert

 Why Eric Gordon Has Been An Ideal Fit For Rockets  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-eric-gordon-has-been-an-ideal-fit-with-the-rockets-183032599.html

Tuesday Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/21/14036484/2016-nba-scores-lebron-james-giannis-antetokounmpo

From Inside Hoops/AP:  http://www.insidehoops.com/daily.shtml

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/21/three-things-we-learned-tuesday-once-again-were-sleeping-on-the-spurs/

Tuesday’s Top Performer: DeMarcus Cousins  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/demarcus-cousins-ejection-mouthpiece-55-points-c571b80d77e0#.ugl8jc27s

Hawks’ Sefolosha, Korver Are Thriving In New Roles  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/sefolosha-korver-thriving-new-roles

 Tyronn Lue And The Art Of Igniting LeBron James  (from Kurt Streeter, ESPN):

Read it here;  http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/18318471/the-unique-dynamic-lebron-james-cavs-coach-tyronn-lue

 SVG’s Message To The Pistons: “Do Your Job”  (from Aaron McMann, Mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/12/amid_pistons_recent_turmoil_sv.html

From Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/12/20/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-who-cares-do-your-job/95677598/

–  Ricky Rubio Adjusts To A New System  (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com)

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-ricky-rubio-tries-a-hands-off-approach/407689046/

–  Harrison Barnes Embraces Mavs’ Culture (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/harrison-barnes-dallas-mavericks-golden-state-warriors-midrange-shooting-dirk-nowitzki/1kp6lnxb25tr91onc1ehrdd5z4

–  Sixers Notebook: Noel, Saric, Embiid  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-noel-summoned-sarics-story-embiids-availability

Podcast: Earl Watson Interview  (from arizonasports.com):

Listen to it here:  http://arizonasports.com/category/podcast_player/?a=327910&sid=1004&n=Doug+%26+Wolf

Pat Riley Promises A Quick Heat Rebuild  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article122177399.html

 Garrett (Temple) And Andi: The Incredible Story Of How A Player-Fan Bond Changed Each Other’s Lives  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/garrett-and-andi-the-incredible-story-of-an-nba-player-fan-bond-that-changed-each-others-lives/

Taking A Chance On The Unknown (from Pascal Siakam, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/pascal-siakam-toronto-raptors-cameroon/

–  Why Justin Harper Should Be Back In The NBA  (from Dakpta Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/20/14020348/justin-harper-dleague-nbadl-nba

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/15/16

–  Players Likely To Improve, Regress In Pick-And-Roll (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/pick-and-roll-maestros-nba-players-most-likely-to-improve-and-regress-in-2016-17/

–  What Wizards’ Rotation Might Look Like  (from Blaise Malley, Wiz Of Aawes):

Read it here:  http://wizofawes.com/2016/09/14/washington-wizards-2016-2017-outlook-prediction-rotation/

–  Every Team’s Most Versatile Player  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2663389-every-nba-teams-most-versatile-player-entering-2016-17-training-camp

–  Time For Anthony Davis To Resume Blowing Our Minds (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/bdl-25-its-time-for-anthony-davis-to-resume-blowing-our-minds-130004167.html

 2016-17 Season Breakout Player Candidates  (from Shlomo Sprung, The Comeback):

Read and view it here:  http://thecomeback.com/nba/zach-lavine-dennis-schroder-lead-nba-breakout-players-for-2016-17-season.html

–  Each Team’s “X FactorSeries Continues:  http://thelotterymafia.com/

–  (When/How) Will The D-League Become A True Minor League?  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/9/15/12913288/nba-d-league-development-adam-silver

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 Devin Booker  (from Brandon Jefferson, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/09/14/next-level-devin-booker/

–  Dion Waiters  (from Simon Smith, All U Can Heat):  http://allucanheat.com/2016/09/15/miami-heat-good-bad-dion-waiters/

 

–  Emmanuel Mudiay/Jameer Nelson/Jamal Murray  (from Nathan Beighle, Nugg Love):  http://nugglove.com/2016/09/15/denver-nuggets-outlook-point-guard/

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  (from Muruful Hossain, nothinbutnets.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/09/14/brooklyn-nets-rondae-hollis-jefferson-3/

Marcus Morris (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/year-after-lowest-point-marcus-morris-blessed-be-here-pistons

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Alex Kungu, celticsblog.com):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/9/15/12914798/nba-boston-celtics-jordan-mickey-playing-time

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/2/16

Preview:  ATL’s D vs CLE’s O  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):
–  Kevin Love’s Play Will Be Pivotal  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fear The Sword):
–  Opponents Aren’t Respecting LBJ’s Three-Point Shot (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):
–  Preview:  TOR vs MIA  (from Jeremy Woo,  Sports Illustrated):
–  GSW 118, POR 106  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Warriors’ Defensive Assignments Caught The Blazers Off Guard  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):
–  Klay Thompson’s Comfort Level  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
–  Video Breakdown: The Blueprint To Wins Without Curry  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Draymond Green: NBA’s Best All-Around Player?  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
–  Damian Lillard Can’t Beat Warriors’ Defense By Himself  (from Michael Pina, RealGM):
 Time For The Thunder To Fear Kawhi Leonard  (from Berry Tramel,  newsok.com):
–  Danny Green Shakes Out Of Shooting Slump (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):
–  Spurs Playbook:  The Aldridge/Ginobili Pick-and-Roll (from Eli Horowitz,  Pounding The Rock):
–  Paul George’s Brilliance  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

–  Weekend Recap  (from Eric Maroun, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/05/02/lion-face-lemon-face-game-7-and-heaven/

–  Rockets’ Coaching Search  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-coaching-search-about-more-than-checking-7386016.php?t=2eb416a86a438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  The Bucks’ Players’ Plus-Minus: The Good, The Bad, The Meh  (from Frank Madden, Brew Hoop):

Read it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/5/2/11553476/Bucks-plus-minus-rpm-khris-middleton-giannis-antetokounmpo

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Norman Powell (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-fed-off-energy-powell-pacers-series/

 Dion Waiters (from Cray Allred,  Welcome To Loud City):  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/4/28/11525238/dion-waiters-is-the-emergency-over

–  Terrence Jones (from Ethan Rothstein, The Dream Shake):  http://www.thedreamshake.com/2016/5/2/11562212/the-bizarre-inevitable-divorce-of-terrence-jones-and-the-houston

 

Today’s BestNBA Reporting And Analysis 4/19/16

 

–  Inside The Longest Night Of Kevin Durant’s Career  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/18/nba-playoffs-mavericks-thunder-game-2-kevin-durant-shooting-video

–  Twelve Seconds Of Pure Wes Matthews Saved The Mavs  (from Seth Rosenthal, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/19/11458964/mavericks-thunder-wes-matthews-dgaf

Raptors Rebound In Game Two (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559431/raptors-shake-off-playoff-scars-rebound-in-game-2-against-pacers   from Mike Mazzeo, ESPN:   http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18017/raptors-respond-to-adversity-by-snapping-seven-game-playoff-skid  and from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/19/thomsen-raptor-bounce-back-game-2/

–  Raptors 98, Pacers 87  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/18/11456134/raptors-pacers-2016-results-score-nba-playoffs

–  Warriors Don’t Need Steph In This Series  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559466/warriors-dont-need-steph-curry-rest-of-the-series-rockets-dont-care

Curry Uncertain For Game Three (from ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15233901/stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-game-2-vs-houston-rockets

–  Draymond Green  Q & A  (from Marc Spears,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15228039/draymond-green-playoffs-diary

–  Video Breakdown:  1) Illegal Screens  2) Defending And Attacking The Rockets Twin Towers  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/19/11457408/warriors-vs-rockets-video-analysis-2016-highlights-defend-twin-towers-draymond-green-klay-thompson

 The Heat Broke Down The Hornets Pick-And-Roll-Defense In Game One  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/18/11449742/the-miami-heat-broke-down-charlottes-pick-and-roll-defense-in-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Why Do Heat Players Keep Sacrificing Money  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2016/04/why-do-heat-players-keep-sacrificing-money-exploring-the-issue-um-panthers-trump.html

–  The Cavs Pick-And-Roll Defense Came Up Big In Game One  (from Daniel Rowell,  fearthesword.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/18/11452020/its-a-trap-how-the-cavs-pick-and-roll-defense-came-up-big-in-game-1

–  Pistons’ To-Do List For Game 2 Starts With Attacking Cav’s Small Ball Lineup  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-do-list-game-2-starts-attacking-cavs-small-ball-lineup

–  CP3 Keeps The Clippers In The Moment  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/18/at-a-crossroads-chris-paul-keeps-the-clippers-in-the-moment/

–  How The Clippers Are Forcing The Blazers’ Role Players To Try To Beat Them  (from Jack Winter,  dimemag):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/clippers-trail-blazers-ball-screens-deandre-jordan-al-farouq-aminu/6/

–  Can The Celtics Survive Losing Avery Bradley?  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/18/11448022/avery-bradley-injury-celtics-doomed-hawks-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Celtics Need To Capitalize On Transition Opportunities  (from Jeff Nooney,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/19/11459490/celtics-hawks-transition-opportunities

–  Hawks Players Detail Why Nets Hire Of Kenny Atkinson Is A Slam Dunk  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/17984/hawks-players-detail-why-nets-hire-of-kenny-atkinson-is-a-slam-dunk

“Hustle Stat” Caveats  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/18/hustle-caveats/

–  Luke Walton: ” I Love My Job Here.  I’m Not Going To Rush Off “  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2016/04/18/luke-walton-knicks-situation-near-term-future/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Stanley Johnson  (from John Niyo,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/columnists/john-niyo/2016/04/18/niyo-pistons-johnson-back-james/83212422/

–  C.J. McCollum  (from Jordan Schultz,  Huffington Post):   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cj-mccollum_us_570bdc22e4b0142232498ce1

Chris Kaman  (from Dwight Jaynes,  csnnw.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/chris-kaman-remember-him-could-play-bigger-role

–  Luol Deng  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-the-resurgence-of-miami-heat-for/nq7SB/

–  Thon Maker  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/19/11358732/why-2016-nba-draft-prospect-thon-maker-should-prepare-embrace-d-league