Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/30/18

How The 7 Seconds Or Less Suns Influenced The Modern Game (from Lucas Gaynor, 94 Feet Report):
BKN: Why LeVert Is Poised For Breakout Season (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
BKN:  RHJ Working To Add Vital Piece To His Game (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: Davis, Faried Strengthen Nets On Boards (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
BOS: Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
CHI: Markkanen Out 6-8 Weeks (from Sam Smith,
CHI: Parker-Holiday Frontcourt Pairing  (from Michael Walton, NBC Sports):
DAL: Doncic Impresses In Preseason Debut (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
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DEN: Lessons Learned, Continuity & A New Defensive Focus (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
DEN: Isaiah Thomas’ Vocal Leadership (from Matt Stephens, Denver Post):
DET: After Early UM Exit, GRIII Looks To Stay With Pistons (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
DET: Stanley Johnson Tired Of Hearing About Potential (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
IND: Late Picks Showing Early Signs Of Growth (from Mark Monteith,
LAL: LBJ & Walton See Lakers As Fast, Positionless Team (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
LAL: Will All The Pieces Fit?  (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
MIN: Thibodeau Attempts To Push Through (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
PHI: Lineup With Simmons & Fultz Shows Promise (from Sarah Todd,
PHO: Booker Working Overtime To Become More Dangerous With Left Hand (from Duane Rankin,
POR: Point Of Emphasis Chops Up Exhibition Game (from Dwight Jaynes, NBC Sports):
POR: Observations From Preseason Game 1 (from Dan Marang, Blazers Edge):
SAC: McLemore Impresses In Camp (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
SAS: Spurs’ Shooting Fell Off Last Season (from John Schuhmann,
TOR: Leonard’s Preseason Debut (from Michael Grange,
TOR: Pascal Siakam Film Room Breakdown (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic ):
TOR: Raptors Battle For Minutes Will Be At Center (from Stephen Brotherston, Pro Bball Report):
TOR: Raptors Struggled To Defend League’s Best (from John Schuhmann,
UTA: Grayson Allen Lights It Up In 1st NBA Game (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/24/15

–  Blazers Offense: Looking to Claim an Identity  (from Joel Viss,

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–  Trail Blazers forced to evolve without LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Wes Goldberg,  Hardwood Paroxusm):

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–  The Bulls’ complicated frontcourt puzzle has no clear solution  (from Tim Cato,

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–  Rose Returns: Bulls close preseason 4-4 with last second win over Dallas  (from Sam Smith,

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–  Derrick Rose can’t stop raving about the Bulls’ new offense under Fred Hoiberg  (from Ricky O’Donnell,

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–  The Thunder and the NBA are trying to be more careful about concussions  (form Anthony Slater,

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–  NBA tries to learn from painful injury lessons of last year   (from Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press):

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–  Flip Saunders will not return to coach Wolves this season  (from Jerry Zgoda,

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–  Gregg Popovich to succeed Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of USA Basketball  (from Tim Cato,

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–  The phone call that led to Gregg Popovich becoming Team USA’s coach  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

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–  Every NBA Team’s Biggest Training-Camp Revelation so Far  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

” Training camp and preseason revelations do, in fact, have a place in the NBA.

Exhibition play is too often dismissed as meaningless, because the games do not count toward the standings and rotations league-wide are littered with players who won’t make the roster or get much regular-season burn.

But those caveats do not render the preseason worthless. To the contrary, the Assocation’s beta period is a time for learning, for figuring out what a team has to work with and for small- or large-scale epiphanies.

These realizations can be anything, on- or off-court related. Is a certain player prepared to make the leap? Does a rotation long shot now deserve regular-season playing time? Have any key team pieces fallen out of favor? Is one squad unexpectedly good at something? Is another shockingly bad at something else?

Nothing and no one is off-limits here, folks. Surprises, disappointments, random but meaningful observations and everything else you can possibly think of are all rolled into one as we search for what to watch ahead of opening night.”

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One player from each team who could break out in 2015  (from Scott Davis,

” In a sport that features shorter rotations and heavy minutes, it can be tough to have a breakout season in the NBA.

Nonetheless, every once in a while, an NBA coach puts their trust in a youngster and a hole in the rotation opens up just right to give a player a chance to shine.

Sometimes these are rookies who come into the NBA ready to play, sometimes they’re second-year players who are finally getting a crack, and sometimes they’re older players who are simply in a better position than in past seasons.

With the NBA season rapidly approaching, we broke down one player on each team who could have a breakout season in 2015.”

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–  Hornets preseason play is encouraging  (from Chris barnewall,

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–  Monta Ellis: ‘Basketball was my escape. I really didn’t have a childhood’  (from Candace Buckner,


–  Isaiah Canaan learning a balancing act at point guard  (from Bob Cooney,


Damian Lillard And Getting To The Line  (form Casey Holdahl,


–  Stauskas’ Potential  (form Andy Jasner,


–  Matt Barnes: At Home with the Grizzlies (from Shaun Powell,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/23/15

–  Analysis and Notes From a Strong Jazz Preseason Finale  (from Ben Dowsett,  saltcityhoops):

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–  Heat’s loaded bench: Chalmers, Green, Winslow, McRoberts, Stoudemire  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):


–  There’s room for growth in dynamic between Suns PGs Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight  (from Kevin Zimmerman,


–  Tyreke Evans’ injury could derail the Pelicans  (from Jesus Gomez,

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–  Deep Dives: Starting and Bench Units  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

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–  Rash of Injuries has Pelicans Counting on Players to Step Up  (from Cody Taylor,  basketball Insiders):

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–  Screen-the-screener: how the best teams get their shooters open  (from Jeff Siegel,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

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Analyzing Poor Shot Selection (from Stephen Shea and Christopher Baker ,

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–  Lakers explain ‘zone’ system for tracking player performance  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

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–  After Career of Defying Expectations, Derek Fisher May Give Biggest Surprise Yet  (from Kevin Ding,  Bleacher Report):

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–  The AmeriLeague lie: How a convicted con man stole the trust of the basketball world  (from Kami Mattioli and Adi Joseph, Sporting News):


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–   Hezonja Showing Great Poise in Early Stages of NBA Career  (from John Denton,


–  Russell Westbrook post-ups are the Thunder’s deadly secret weapon  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):


 ‘Blue-collar’ DeMarre Carroll ready to help Raptors take the next step  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):


–  How Does Jahlil Okafor’s Throwback Talent Fit in With Philly’s Modern Offense?  (from Ben Detrick, Grantland):


–  Marcus Smart gets to the point  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):


–  Marcus Smart is changing speeds, unlocking the paint, and dropping dimes  (from Kevin O’Connnor,


–  Rookies could learn from Celtics’ Amir Johnson  (from Gary Washburn,


–  David Lee fitting right in on Celtics  as regular season nears  (from Jimmy Toscano,


–  Avery Bradley’s development  (from Kevin O’Connor,


–  Diving into Julius Randle’s Ongoing Evolution   (from Michael Pina,  Bleacher Report):


–  Kings need more out of McLemore  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):


–  Mavericks like what they see with Tunisian center Salah Mejri  (from Dwain Price,


–  Tristan Thompson and Separating Activity from Achievement  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):


–  How Derrick Williams can get buckets in the Knicks offense  (from Jonathan Schulman,


–  Film review: Dario Saric’s three-point shooting on target to start season  (from Rich Hoffman,


–  Eric Gordon’s NBA rebirth and the seven key dates that constructed it  (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):


Will Shaun Livingston Really Shoot Threes?  Should He? (from Angelo Mendoza, Blue Man Hoop):


–  Phoenix Suns’ Leuer fits in with shooting, rebounding (from Paul Coro,


–  Jrue Holiday Season Preview: Getting the injury monkey off his back  (from David Fisher,


–  Will Jarrett Jack keep growing into coaching timber?  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):


–  NBA veteran Antonio Daniels brings ‘gift of gab’ to Thunder broadcast this season  (from Erik Horne,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Billy Donovan’s defense: Limit opponents’ 3-point attempts  (form Royce Young,  ESPN):

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–   Trail Blazers’ defense  (from Joe Freeman,

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–  10 observations about the Hornets after 2 exhibitions in China  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

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–  Jazz: Bench play could be a benchmark for team this season   (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

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–  The Chicago Bulls Offense Joins The Modern NBA  (from Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown):

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–  Warriors Vs. Thunder: The Ultimate Matchup Masterpiece  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):

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 BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Early NBA Preseason Observations  (from BBallBreakdown staff):

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–  Warriors’ Interim Coach Luke Walton attempts to maintain normalcy  (form Scott Howard-Cooper,

” Champs hope to keep continuity until Kerr recovers from surgery”

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–  The Celtics are making art (from wjsy,

” Over the last two years, the Celtics have quietly developed from within and targeted players in the draft, free agency, and trade. Finally, the future is becoming a little clearer in Boston and it’s beautiful.”

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–  We Found Lopez in a Hopeless Place: Your 2015-16 Brooklyn Nets  (from Danny Chau,  Grantland):

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–   MindRight Pro: The Next Step in Performance Technology  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

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–  Q&A: Celtics Director of Basketball Analytics David Sparks  (from Brian Pollack,

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–  How Dirk Nowitzki fires on all cylinders  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):


–  Griz counting on Brandan Wright (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):


–  Emmanuel Mudiay will be a turnover machine, and it’s no big deal  (form Zach harper,  CBS Sports):


–   Wolves’ Dieng expanding his range with corner three  (from Jerry Zgoda,


 Suns’ Sonny Weems fast in transition  (from Paul Coro,

–  JJ Redick Q & A (from Kenny Ducey, Sports Illustrated):


–  Mike Scott’s ball-handling development  (from Chris Vivlamore,


–  Hassan Whiteside’s return gives Heat a tantalizing taste of what could be  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):


–  Jordan Clarkson And Julius Randle  (from Jabari A. Davis,  Lakers Nation):


–  Kelly Oubre has plenty to learn, but his chance may come early (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

–  Amir Johnson Developing Offensive Repertoire  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):


–   How John Jenkins is making his case for a Mavs’ rotation spot  (from Bobby Karalla,


–  Celtics want more form Olynyk (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 10/13/15

–  Bradley Beal is ready to follow the path of James Harden and Klay Thompson  (from Sporting News):

” Beal is determined to eliminate long 2-pointers from his game.”

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–  Billy Donovan is changing the way the Thunder approaches defending the 3-pointer  (from

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–   Thunder Film Room: Three new ways to set up Serge Ibaka  (from  Marina Mangiaracina, welcome to loud

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–  Denver Nuggets 2015-16 Offensive Playbook Preview  (from gibsonpyper,

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–  The Lakers are taking baby steps toward embracing modern basketball  (from Harrison Faigen,

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–  The NBA’s Next Shooting Revolution Has Already Been Televised  (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland):

”  The basketball of the ’90s and early ’00s — the days of Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Allen Iverson, and Kobe Bryant — calls to mind a certain aesthetic. The defense was rougher, the fouls were harder, and the playmakers played hero ball. Of course, memory does funny things — that’s not exactly how things were. But the offensive game has certainly moved out of the paint and beyond the arc, and the best squads play pass-happy team basketball. And they have a very good reason to do so.”

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–  Big men anchor Kings’ improving defense  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

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–   Kings Continue to Build Chemistry  (from Kyle Ramos,

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–  Former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell has a team full of promise in Minnesota Timberwolves  (from Eric Koreen,

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–  Timberwolves Interim Coach Sam Mitchell Q & A (from Ryan McNeill,

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–  Toronto Raptors: The curious case of starting Patrick Patterson  (from Quenton Albertie,  raptors

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–   Hawks’ big lineup a work in progress  (from Chris Vivlamore,

” The early reviews are mixed.

The Hawks have used training camp and exhibition games to experiment with a “big” lineup with Tiago Splitter at center, Al Horford at power forward and Paul Millsap at small forward. The oversized frontcourt debuted early in Friday’s exhibition against the Pelicans.

Most agree it’s a work in progress.

“It’s something we are going to give a look and see if we can get comfortable with,” Budenholzer said Monday. “Obviously, we have a lot of good big guys. We are trying to figure out a way to play them together.”

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–  Toronto Is Hedging Its Bets for Better Defense  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):

” Toronto’s attacking screen defense is in stark contrast to teams like the Bulls and Trail Blazers, who preferred to focus containment by dropping their bigs into the paint, or the Rockets and Warriors, who switch on roughly one out of every five screens. Switching on screens may take some of the pressure off backcourt defenders, making it harder for the offense to force rotations. Packing the paint with bigs puts a ton of pressure on backcourt players to recover from screens, opening up the middle of the floor where playmakers can do major damage.

Hedging brings its own set of defensive risks, however. It requires frontcourt players to have nimble feet and an ability to cover ground quickly. It also requires a great deal of communication between teammates in order to rotate correctly. Everyone needs to be able to time his rotations to compensate for contingencies like a big man getting completely hung out to dry beyond the three-point line or a team that gets wise and releases early on the roll. Toronto may not allow many points on the screen itself, but they can get punished later in plays as the ball finds its way around the horn.”

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–   Utah Jazz put in some extra work in Sunday’s long practice  (from Jody Gennessy, Deseret News):

” “We’ve got a young team”, said Gordon Hayward.  “Other teams are going to throw stuff at you that maybe we aren’t prepared for. We’ve got to stick to our habits and take care of the ball.”

Utah is averaging 20 turnovers a game this preseason. Hayward said the Jazz offense has counters in place to help give options when opponents take things away from them — such as perimeter passes — but it’s a matter of being on the same page with teammates.

“It’s just all reads. It’s all just being mentally sharp, mentally focused and that’s everybody,” Hayward said. “If you have one person who forgets what they need to do, it messes up the whole flow of the offense. We’ve all got to be sharp. When a team tries to deny you, take things away, you’ve just got to go to your counter.”

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–  Sixers 2016 draft choices: Picks, Pick Swaps, Protections  (from Michael Levin,

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–  Reading too much into preseason: Minnesota Timberwolves-Toronto Raptors  (from Derek James,

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–  International Prospects Bender and Gentile Impress in American Tour  (from Michael Wonsover,

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– Potential Nirvana for Viewers:

When will TNT or ESPN or SOMEONE wise up and have the broadcasters for an NBA game be folks like this sharing their observations with each other while watching the game, as if they aren’t even aware they are on the air:



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–  How the NBA is doubling down on its love of the 3-pointer  (from Tom Haberstroh):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–  Jahlil Okafor Q & A (form Scoop Jackson, ESPN):


–  Richard Jefferson  Q & A (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):


–  Tyler Zeller’s calm demeanor belies his intensity  (from  Scott Souza,  Providence Journal):


–   Andrew Wiggins learning from a legend in Minnesota  (from Lori ewing,


–  Christian Wood makes case for roster spot in Sixers’ loss (from John Finger,


–   ‘A great sign’ for Mavs guard Wesley Matthews  (from Eddie Sefko,


–  Anthony Bennett embraces fresh start with Raptors  (from Josh Lewenberg,


–   Be patient with Heat rookie Justise Winslow  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):


–  Nets’ Karasev: How brutal injury made me a better player  (from Tim Bontemps,  NYPost):


–  Rashad Vaughn Hopes To Contribute in Rookie Season for Bucks (from Charles F. Gardner,


–  Phoenix Suns’ Cory Jefferson fighting for his spot  (from Zach Buchanan,


–   Chris Kaman emerges as a mentor for young Trail Blazers  (from Mike Richman,


–   Lakers already feeling Roy Hibbert’s sizable impact  (from Anthony Irwin,