Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/26/16

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games: Curry, Harden And More  (from Liam Boylan-Pett, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/2/26/11117396/2016-nba-scores-james-harden-rockets-comeback-blazers-stephen-curry-51

Steph Curry:  51 Points Vs. The Pelicans  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/1362/steph-currys-becoming-legendary

–  Anatomy Of A Comeback:  Warriors Go On a 64-28 Run To Defeat Raptors  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24326312/anatomy-of-a-comeback-warriors-6428-run-to-beat-raptors

Video Breakdown:  Steph Curry Not Trying For 50  (from EricApricot,  Golden State of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/2/26/11118176/warriors-vs-magic-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-doesnt-try-for-50-points

–  The Polarizing Talents Of Hassan Whiteside  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/25/hassan-whiteside-miami-heat-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-nba-free-agency

–  Hassan Whiteside’s Numbers Don’t Ring Hollow Any More  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/2/25/11112764/hassan-whiteside-stats-highlights-miami-heat

–  How The Warriors Exploited Whiteside  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/02/25/the-breakdown-hassan-whitesides-terrible-defense/

Thunder Film Room:  5 Worst Defensive Errors In Loss to New Orleans  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read and view it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-film-room-the-five-worst-defensive-errors-in-okcs-loss-to-the-pelicans/article/5481326

–  Spurs Maximizing 3-Point Shooting In A New Way (from Miles Wray,  fansided.com):

Read and view it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/02/26/san-antonio-spurs-maximizing-three-point-shooting-new-way/

–  Brad Stevens  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/brad-stevens-bostons-safest-asset/

–  Rambis: Knicks Scrimmage More To Improve Communication, Timing, Chemistry  (from Frank Isola, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/rambis-knicks-scrimmaging-calls-team-immature-article-1.2544102

–  Key Stats For Teams On The Playoff Bubble  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25495401/numbers-that-matter-key-stats-for-each-team-on-the-playoff-bubble

 – For NBA Refs, It’s A Whole New Ball Game  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=370192561

–  Pacers:  No Technical Fouls In A Month  (from Nate Taylor,  IndyStar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/02/25/paul-george-pacers-no-longer-chase-after-referees/80942748/

–  The Subtle Brilliance Of Portland  (from Stephen Shea,  Basketball Analytics):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballanalyticsbook.com/2016/02/25/the-subtle-brilliance-of-portland/

How Far Can Versatility Carry The Pistons?  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/02/25/pistons-testing-far-versatility-can-carry-team/

–  The Warriors And Analytics  (from Mark Emmons, Lean Data Inc):

Read it here:  http://www.leandatainc.com/account-based-sales-marketing/understanding-the-data-the-warriors-and-basketball-analytics

The Kings Need To Start Playing Together  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article62587067.html

–  Game vs. Cavs:  Not A “Measuring Stick” For Raptors (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun);

Read it here: http://www.torontosun.com/2016/02/25/tilt-against-cavaliers-not-measuring-stick-game-for-raptors

  •  How Pacers Are Improving  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/starters-improving-reserves-verge-it

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Trey Burke (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3583078-155/utah-jazz-playing-time-no-longer

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Matt Kawahara, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article62562822.html

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14838724/jrue-holiday-unsung-catalyst-new-orleans-pelicans

–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Josh Criswell,  Fansided.com):  http://fansided.com/2016/02/26/giannis-antetokounmpo-nbas-next-big-thing/

–  Joe Johnson  (from Kevin Pelton,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14847673/how-much-does-joe-johnson-left-offer-contender-nba

–   Josh Richardson  (from Aric DiLalla,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article62498387.html

–  Channing Frye  (from Chris Haynes,  cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/02/how_channing_frye_became_the_3.html

–  Brandan Wright  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/After-Brandan-Wright-finding-his-footing-370116551.html

–  Alex Stepheson  (from Jacob Freedman, galencentral.com)  http://galencentral.com/2016/02/25/from-istanbul-to-iowa-alex-stephesons-long-journey-to-the-nba/

–  Cody Zeller  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observe):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article62519362.html

–  Shaun Livingston  (from Kevin Cottrell, Jr,  NBA.Com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/02/25/bridging-the-gap-shaun-livingston-providing-vital-component-to-golden-state-warriors-success/index.html

–  John Jenkins,  Isaiah Thomas,  Phil Pressey  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14838724/jrue-holiday-unsung-catalyst-new-orleans-pelicans

Isaiah Thomas  (from Donnovan Bennett, Sportsnet.ca):

http://www.sportsnet.ca/magazine/how-celtics-isaiah-thomas-gives-up-a-foot-without-getting-blocked/

–  Greg Monroe  (from Gery Woelfel,  journaltimes.com):  http://journaltimes.com/sports/bucks-beat-does-monroe-regret-signing-with-milwaukee/article_9d050a98-1e7c-5acd-9e11-1635ab04a594.html

–  Michael Carter-Williams  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/02/michael_carter_williams_different_world

–  Tim Hardaway, Jr  (from Ray Glier,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/02/26/tim-hardaway-mike-budenholzer-hawks-dleague/80974866/

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/2/26/11119074/can-nick-minnerath-carve-out-nba-future-canton-charge-d-league

 

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 Top NBA Stories

The Hornets and the Sliding Scale of NBA Mediocrity  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/good-charlotte-the-hornets-and-the-sliding-scale-of-nba-mediocrity/

 

 

The Pistons’ Van Gundy/Bower Tandem (from Terry Foster,  Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/07/27/bower-drives-pistons-behind-scenes/30757617/

 

 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey excited about lineup options  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

” He has flexibility with guys who can play both backcourt spots, some others who can guard three different positions in certain situations.”

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/07/27/raptors-coach-dwane-casey-excited-about-lineup-options.html

 

 

–  The Suns are in great shape even after missing out on LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Kevin O’Connor,  sbnation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/7/28/9047545/phoenix-suns-roster-eric-bledsoe-brandon-knight

 

 

Becky Hammon/ Roy Hibbert Q &A/ More (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/07/27/morning-tip-becky-hammon-roy-hibbert/index.html

 

 

– Danny Ainge with  high praise for Brad Stevens  (from CSNNE.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/danny-ainge-some-high-praise-brad-stevens

 

 

–  How David Griffin Turned Water Into Wine  (form Adam Spinella,  bballbreakdown.com):

” Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has played the leverage game perfectly this summer, turning water into wine when he sent center Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks to the Portland Trail Blazers, creating cap space where there was none via two trade exceptions.”

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/07/28/how-david-griffin-turned-water-into-wine/

 

 

–  AskBBall Stats MailBag  (from Seth Partnow,  BBall Breakdown):

”  We’re trying something a little new here at BBallBreakdown. In recent years, there has been a statistical revolution sweeping the NBA. The proliferation of new metrics and measurements can leave your head-spinning. As much as I, and people like me, enjoy nerding out to the minutiae of data analysis and arguing over the finer points of “replacement level” (don’t ask, but if you must, #AskBBALL), it can be more than a little daunting if one simply wants to learn a little more in order to become a smarter fan without needing to immerse oneself totally.

Some of the stats are actually quite simple, recombining familiar box score information in ways better reflecting players’ impact on a game or season. Others are just as complicated as one might imagine. Still, even for the most complex metric, a basic understanding of how it works (at a very abstract level) combined with the knowledge of what it does well, and what it might miss, will at least allow for following the conversation as it continues. And if you don’t like stats, no big deal, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game, the numbers are just one.

To that end, the main goal of this feature is to help demystify..”

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/07/27/askbball-stats-mailbag/

 

 

Statistical Evaluation: Playmakers  (from Seth Partnow,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/07/27/clippers-now-have-two-of-the-nbas-best-playmakers-in-josh-smith-and-chris-paul/

 

 

–  Jack Armstrong is going strong as broadcast analyst for the Toronto Raptors  (from Tim O’Shei,  Buffalo News):

Read it here:  http://www.buffalonews.com/life-arts/television/jack-armstrong-is-going-strong-as-broadcast-analyst-for-the-toronto-raptors-20150717

 

 

Ken McDonald:   Guiding Dreams In The D-League  (from Lorne Chan,  spurs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/spurs/guiding-dreams-d-league

 

 

–  Markieff and Marcus Morris picked up an insane amount of techs last year  (from Matt moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25251620/markieff-and-marcus-morris-picked-up-an-insane-amount-of-techs-last-year

 

 

–  Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck Q&A  (from Jeff Clark,  celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/7/28/9052029/high-five-with-boston-celtics-owner-wyc-grousbeck

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

 

Anthony Davis:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/07/anthony_davis_admits_alvin_gen.html

 

Maurice Ndour:  http://knickerblogger.net/why-the-new-york-knicks-made-a-mistake-not-keeping-maurice-ndour/

 

Cady Lalanne:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2532761-san-antonio-spurs-latest-long-term-project-could-really-pay-off

 

Amir Johnson:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/07/bulpett_dave_cowens_a_big_fan_of_new_celtic_amir_johnson

 

Willie Cauley-Stein:  http://aroyalpain.com/2015/07/27/summer-league-willie-know-now/

 

Aaron Gordon:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/07/28/magic-aaron-gordon-improving-game/

 

Zach LaVine:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VVtv2yYAACIAx2Ry/rookie-wrap-up-zach-lavine

 

Cory Joseph:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/07/28/toronto-raptors-cory-joseph-different-kind-backup/

 

Doug McDermott:  https://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/central/chicago-bulls/doug-mcdermott-improvement-summer-league-chicago-bulls/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Timofey Mozgov can be tough where and when it matters (from  Chris haynes, cleveland.com):

” The Cleveland Cavaliers are putting forth a defensive clinic that should be videotaped, packaged and shipped to the young Minnesota Timberwolves, who are giving up the most points in the league.

All of a sudden there’s tenacity, a resolve not to allow opponents to even sniff the rim. In the last four games, Cleveland has held the opposition to no more than 42 percent shooting. Dion Waiters and his new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, were the latest victims on Sunday.

Waiters is as hard and rugged as they come. The Philly streets brought him up that way. He doesn’t know how to be anything else. But when the Cavaliers  sputtered out of the gate, one of the problems was the lack of an enforcer. Waiters’ demeanor didn’t offer the on-court combativeness Cleveland so desperately desired.

That all changed with the Cavaliers’ early January trades, which sent Waiters to Oklahoma City and eventually landed a 7-1 Heisman Trophy statue in Timofey Mozgov from Denver. He’s not stiff-arming the competition, but his arms are just as effective in keeping the opponent separated from the basket.”

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/01/cleveland_cavaliers_center_tim.html

 

 

The Cavs are Changing Their Defense  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):

” During the first seven games of their season, the Cavaliers had a Hedge% of 36.04, which led the league by a mile. They are still ranked 1st as the team that hedges most frequently when defending pick-and-rolls, but for the season, they are only at 26.83 percent, just ahead of the Heat at 26.73 percent. Over the last month, that number has decreased to 18.59 percent, which has ranked 7th in most frequent Hedge% during that time. Since acquiring Mozgov, the Cavs’ Hedge% has plummeted to 10.56 percent.

Depending on how much a team overloads the strong side and values defending the middle, the results change, but generally, defending in a more conservative fashion where the big drops down to the foul line to contain the pick-and-roll ball handler allows a team to limit the amount of help they have to make. Doing the opposite and hedging (to varying degrees) on pick-and-rolls forces the defense to cover more ground on rotations. Good passing teams are able to take advantage if those rotations aren’t performed perfectly.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VMLFDCUAAMoLjeO9/the-cavaliers-are-changing-their-defense

 

–  Cleveland Cavaliers slowing down opposing point guards and David Blatt’s rotation change is paying off: Fedor’s five observations (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/01/cleveland_cavaliers_have_shut.html

 

 

 

Warriors’ Bench (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):

”  Yet for all the Warriors’ headline-grabbing feats (and the list continues to grow), the team’s players and coaches cite something slightly more prosaic as a major cause for their success this season: the handiwork of their bench, which has fostered team chemistry while creating all kinds of problems for opponents.

“This is a cohesive team,” said Ron Adams, an assistant, “and the bench probably has more to do with that than anything.”

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-rise-starts-on-bench.html

 

 

Technical fouls once again an issue for the Suns (from Jeffrey Sanders, valleyofthesuns.com):

“It’s driving us crazy with the technicals,” an agitated Hornacek said after the game. “We are going to get it straight whether they like it or not.

“We’re not just in this for this year, this is for the next few years and trying to be a team that in a couple years can try and win a championship. It’s aggravating , we are arguing on calls that we even get. What else can you do?  I will take the blame for the loss for not playing them.””

Read it here:  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/01/25/technical-fouls-issue-suns/

 

 

Ron  Adams serves new coaches well (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

”  Ron Adams has spent 20 years as an NBA assistant coach, the last two as a basketball midwife of sorts. Last year, Adams helped Celtics coach Brad Stevens ease into his first year on an NBA bench, and this season he’s been there as Steve Kerr has become a coach for the first time.

“I don’t know if that’s my ‘thing,’ but it’s worked out that way,” said a laughing Adams, who left the Celts to return to his native California for a chance to work with the Golden State Warriors, who took down the C’s, 114-111, last night. “There’s no thought put in to that, let’s put it that way. It’s just how things have happened.

“It’s been fun working with guys who are getting started. Steve has taken off running pretty well here, and I think Brad’s done the same. I look at the Celtics and I talk to him, and the second year’s so much easier for him than the first one. It’s fun to see that, see the growth of the coach and the growth of the program. That’s gratifying always.””

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/01/celtics_notebook_adams_serves_new_coaches_well

 

 

Blazers’ Assistant Jay Triano (from Erik Gumdersen, columbian.com):

” Trail Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano may have the most interesting offseason job of anybody as the head coach of the Canadian national team.

Triano is something of a basketball pioneer in his country and was the NBA’s first Canadian-born head coach. For the Blazers he’s a fiery presence on the bench.”

Read it here:  http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/jan/25/blazers-triano-shows-love-for-hoops/

 

 

Jeff Green (from Joe Mullinax, grizzlybearblues):

” He brings malleable scoring and defensive potential along with a skill set that opponents in the West must now prepare for and adjust to, a new development for a Grizzlies team lacking in athleticism. Transition opportunities, highlight reel dunks and defending multiple positions will make Memphis all the more dangerous, and unpredictable, as the Grizzlies adapt to their new teammate and create chemistry.

Despite the frustration over what may have been lost, the newest Grizzly has shown flashes of exactly what he was brought to Memphis to do”

Read and view it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/1/26/7890751/jeff-green-memphis-grizzlies-answer-fit-title-run-NBA-playoffs

–  AAU Coach Sheds Light on Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel Relationship (from Derek Bodner, libertyballers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/the-liberty-beat/2015/1/26/7881073/aau-coach-sheds-light-on-michael-carter-williams-nerlens-noel

Raptors still trying to find best fit for Valanciunas (from Eric Koreen), National Post):

” They are both listed at 6-foot-9. They are both built like classic power forwards. Amir Johnson and Patrick Patterson could not be much more different aside from that.

Their personalities are divergent. No Raptor enjoys talking about nothing in particular more than Johnson, with the possible exception of rookie Lucas Nogueira. Before Toronto’s game against Detroit on Sunday, he was bemoaning a poorly placed hole in his tights. “Can’t play with those.” Patterson, meanwhile, exudes a more serious-minded approach, as if he were a basketball academic. He is whisper-quiet before the game, with his headphones perpetually keeping him insulated from the space around him.

On the court, they are dissimilar, too. Patterson flings off his three-point shot with little hesitation; Johnson’s long-range attempts resemble the mechanical nature of a backhoe. Johnson is much more creative around the rim, though. Johnson’s defensive value comes from helping in the paint, while Patterson is an expert helper in the pick-and-roll on the perimeter. They represent entirely different fits for the Raptors.

Right now, the question is how well both fit alongside Jonas Valanciunas. The answer used to be simple — Johnson was the right man because of his ability to make up for Valanciunas’s mistakes inside. It has become less obvious.

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/25/toronto-raptors-still-trying-to-find-best-fit-for-jonas-valanciunas/

Cory  Joseph impactful on defensive end in win (from Mike Monroe,  expressnews.com):

” Cory Joseph had neither a point nor an assist in slightly more than 16 minutes of Sunday’s 101-95 Spurs victory over Milwaukee at the AT&T Center, but what he did at the defensive end in the second half had a dramatic effect. A starter in 14 games while Tony Parker and Patty Mills dealt with injuries, Joseph replaced struggling Danny Green just 52 seconds into the third period. His frenetic defensive work was a spark the Spurs needed, and they limited the Bucks to 12 points in the period to take a lead into the fourth quarter. … Gregg Popovich, who has had to juggle the playing time behind Parker between Joseph and Mills, understood how Joseph changed the game. “He had a significant impact,” the Spurs coach said. “He comes in and makes it tough for the other team to score. He gets loose balls. He rebounds. He does everything that helps the team, all the blue-collar kinds of things. He got down and really made a contribution, but hardly anyone notices it.” Joseph’s teammates noticed. “For sure, he was big in our turnaround of the game,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said.”

Read it here (subscription required):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-notebook-Joseph-impactful-on-defensive-end-6039615.php

(BI Note: Yet another example that highlights  the silliness of many of the single metric ranking of players’ performances, each of which would have missed the influence that Joseph had on the game.)

–  Why the Phoenix Suns are for real (from Kellan Olson, brightsideofthesun.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/1/26/7878839/why-the-suns-are-for-real-and-the-changes-theyve-made-in-their

Rudy Gobert’s Assists (from Dan Clayton, Saltcityhoops.com):

” He has started to show some impressive court vision and what his coach calls “obvious unselfishness.”

On both a per-minute and per-possession basis, he leads all of Utah’s rotation bigs1, and the fact that he’s out-assisting Trevor Booker and Enes Kanter is meaningful, since it’s their minutes he seems to be threatening to cut into.

More importantly, it’s the types of assists and good vision he’s showing that get people excited, both within Utah’s fan base and among national guys2 keeping tabs on the Jazz.”

Read about and view all 42 assists here:  http://saltcityhoops.com/the-notre-dime-watch-all-of-rudy-goberts-42-assists/

 

 

–  Where do Bucks players shoot their shots and do they do it well? (from jeremy Schmidt, bucksketball.com):

”  The Bucks are egenerating 103.5 points per 100 possessions. The low ranking is interesting, given that the Bucks are ranked eighth in the league in field goal percentage, having made 46.2% of their shots this season.

But it’s what shots they are making and what shots they are taking that could predict how things will develop the rest of the season offensively for Milwaukee, not just that they are making shots now. So let’s take a look at which Bucks players are taking what shots.’

Read it here:  http://www.bucksketball.com/2015/01/where-do-bucks-players-shoot-their-shots-and-do-they-do-it-well/

 

 

–  Lessons to be learned in Atlanta (from Key Dae, canishoopus.com):

” Something that is incredibly bothersome to me surrounding the Hawks is the idea that they’re a cinderella team, relying on teamwork, hustle, and determination to make up for their lack of star players. That’s not true. That’s a headline narrative for the AP feed. Don’t get me wrong…the Hawks definitely have chemistry. They definitely play 100% every night. But to imply they’re basically a team of likable, overachieving mid-carders is vastly underselling their starters, to the point of it being borderline insulting.

They aren’t deserving of four All Stars because they’re winning a ton. They’re deserving of four All Stars because they have four players playing like All Stars.”

Read it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/1/26/7904783/lessons-to-be-learned-in-atlanta

 

 

–  Draft Rights Held Players (from Mark Porcaro, hoopsrumors.com):

”  Each year around draft time you’ll hear the term draft-and-stash being tossed around in regard to international players and late second-round picks, but what happens to these players? It seems like the majority of them stay overseas and never make it to the NBA. The truth is the very best of these players are honing their skills in some of the best leagues around the world. The remainder become trade assets for the teams holding their rights.

This season we have seen five such players join the league after having been stashed overseas. The most recent was Furkan Aldemir, who joined the 76ers last month nearly two and a half years after he was drafted. Others, like Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic and Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic, have made strong impressions in their rookie seasons. Kostas Papanikolaou and Lucas Nogueira, in Houston and Toronto respectively, also have debuted this season after playing last season abroad. All five players have plenty of skill and potential to boot and all have something else in common. Every one of those five players was drafted by a different team and their rights were traded elsewhere.

Usually, if a player doesn’t come over within two years of having been drafted, he will never make the leap. Mirotic and Bogdanovic are two exceptions to the rule, as both joined their teams three years later, but both were highly regarded prospects to begin with. Only five other such cases exist in the last 10 drafts, with Joel Freeland (six years later) standing as the only player to stay overseas longer than three years after he was drafted and still make the NBA jump. From 2005-2012, there were 90 international players drafted who played their predraft seasons overseas. Fifty-five of them, or 61.1%, have made their NBA debuts. Twenty-nine of those players were first-round picks, and all except for Fran Vazquez (the 11th pick in 2005) and Petteri Koponen (the 30th pick in 2007) have played in the NBA at some point.  That’s a 93.1% success rate!  That also means the success rate for second-round picks is just 45.9% (28 of 61).  It’s even grimmer if we take just the second half of the second round (picks 46-60), wherein just 13 of 36, or 36.1%, of players have worn a NBA jersey.”

Read Mark’s  list of all current players who still have their draft rights held by a NBA team here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/01/draft-rights-players.html

 

–  BREAKING DOWN 10-DAY CONTRACTS AND IMMEDIATE D-LEAGUE ASSIGNMENTS FOR PLAYERS (from Gina Pilato, dleaguedigest.com):

‘  When Andre Dawkins signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics and was immediately assigned to the Maine Red Claws, there was a reason for it.

DLeagueDigest.com reached out to a NBA executive recently and learned that there are three main ideas behind 10-day deals for NBA teams. According to the executive, the top three things NBA teams look to get out of a 10-day contract are “security, providing coaches with a practice player and coverage in a game if needed, and the chance to test drive a player.””

Read it here:  http://dleaguedigest.com/2015/01/25/breaking-down-10-day-contracts-and-immediate-d-league-assignments-for-players/

 

 

Additional Player Updates:

 

Al Horford:  http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/basketball/horford-on-the-spot-and-on-the-money/njw4k/

Patrick Patterson:  http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2015/01/25/patrick-patterson-adds-braun-and-brain-to-toronto-raptors-front-line/

Reggie Bullock:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/reggie-bullock-holds-no-grudges-after-trade

Hassan Whiteside:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-miami-heat-news-0124-20150125-story.html

Aaron Gordon:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-news-0126-20150125-story.html

Jordan Clarkson:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-fyi-20150125-story.html

Brandon Bass:  http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/extras/celtics_blog/2015/01/brandon_bass_will_get_a_chance_to_improve_trade_value_with_o.html

Ronald Roberts:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/1/26/7888167/ronald-roberts-making-early-impact-for-santa-cruz-warriors

LaMarcus Aldridge:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/01/doctor_says_lamarcus_aldridge_not_taking_a_long-te.html

Isaiah Thomas:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/01/25/phoenix-suns-guard-isaiah-thomas-hits-hot-streak-on-3s-after-getting-hand-drained/22329473/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Video of Klay’s 37 point quarter shot-by-shot: (from CSNBayArea.com)

View it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/shot-shot-relive-klay-thompsons-historic-37-point-third-quarter

(BI Note:  27 of his points came in the final 5:32 of the quarter)

 

–  Klay Thompson’s absurd third quarter shots, graded (from Mike Prada. SBNation):

Read and view it here:   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/1/24/7881503/klay-thompson-golden-state-warriors-third-quarter-kings-record

 

– Breakdown of the Kings’ breakdown vs. Klay Thompson (from Rui Thomas, cowbellkingdom.com):

Read it here:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/breakdown-of-the-kings-breakdown-vs-klay-thompson/

 

 

–  Pistons’ Monroe actually good defender, says Van Gundy (from Vincent Goodwill, Detroit News):

”  The general consensus surrounding Pistons forward Greg Monroe is that his defensive struggles prevent him from being an elite big man in today’s game, as his perceived lack of athleticism turns him into a liability.

But don’t tell that to coach Stan Van Gundy.

“I think Greg’s actually pretty good defensively,” Van Gundy said. “I’ve thought that all year.

“He’s a very good low post defender, in my opinion. And he’s a smart defender. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.”

In a way, Van Gundy believes Monroe’s lack of athleticism makes him a more sound player because he knows he doesn’t have the natural ability to cover up for mistakes and play above the rim. Of course, Andre Drummond is the athlete who can erase everybody’s mistakes when he’s on, but Monroe is usually in the right place at the right time.”

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/01/23/pistons-monroe-actually-good-defender-says-van-gundy/22253271/

 

–  Korver a perfect match for Hawks’ system (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):

” The sharp-shooting guard is having a career year – at 33 years old and in his 12th NBA season – as a starter in a Hawks system predicated on pace, space and ball movement. They are a perfect match – player and system.”

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/basketball/korver-a-perfect-match-for-hawks-system/njwSd/

 

–  Can the Blazers Survive LaMarcus Aldridge’s Absence? (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/lamarcus-aldridge-injury-portland-trail-blazers/

 

–  Explaining the Phoenix Suns rule on being benched for getting T’d up (from Dave King, brightsideofthesun.com):

” For the third time this season, coach Jeff Hornacek benched a Phoenix Suns player for the rest of the game for getting a technical foul for arguing with the referee over a call (or missed call). This time, it was mild-mannered fan favorite Goran Dragic who got himself benched for bumping a referee while yelling at him after a no-call on a fast break.

Goran Dragic sat out the rest of the game.

The Suns are 1-2 in those games, each of them coming down to the final possession in regulation.

Why would a coach make bad matters even worse by benching one of his best players for sticking up for himself to the referee? It’s bad enough that you lose a point on the technical foul, but to lose the game as a result is madness.

Right?

Wrong, actually.

Prior to this new rule being in place, the Phoenix Suns led the league with 32 technical fouls called against them in just 41 games.

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/1/23/7880989/explaining-the-phoenix-suns-rule-on-being-benched-for-getting-td-up

Kyle Lowry Q & A (from Scoop Jackson, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/12217868/interview-kyle-lowry-toronto-raptors

Flip Saunders Q & A (from Britt Robson, Minnpost.com):

Read it here:  http://www.minnpost.com/sports/2015/01/qa-flip-saunders-t-wolves-season-so-far

–  A week in the life of Toronto Raptors’ Chuck Hayes (from Eric Koreen, National Post):

” Since joining the league, Hayes has earned a reputation for his post defence, despite his comparatively short stature, standing at 6-foot-6. His low centre of gravity and quick feet allow him to hold his position. He has been frustrating bigger opponents for years.”

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/23/a-week-in-the-life-of-toronto-raptors-chuck-hayes/

Cavaliers anonymously concede roster composition was an issue (from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com)

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/01/cleveland_cavaliers_anonymousl.html

–  Cavs Report: Roster, Not Coach, Was the Problem  (from Jared Mueller, kingjames gospel.com):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2015/01/24/cavs-report-roster-not-coach-problem/

–  What Timo Mozgov means to Cleveland Cavaliers and David Blatt (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com)

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/01/terrys_talkin_about_why_mozgov.html

 The Rudy Gobert Report   (from Darryn Albert, thesportsquotient.com):

” New Jazz head coach Quin Snyder is finding better ways to utilize Gobert than his predecessor (and now NorCal punchline) Tyrone Corbin ever did and credit Gobert’s accelerated development as well.  The other Rudy G has nearly doubled his averages across the board this season relative to his rookie year, with averages of 6.6 points per game, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks on 62.5% shooting from the field.  And the most spine-chilling part about those numbers is that he’s doing that in less than 22 minutes per game on average.  Look at Gobert’s line per-36 minutes and those numbers jump to 11.1 points per game, 11.9 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks.  And in 7 starts so far this season, the block totals rise even further, ballooning to 4.3 blocks per game (4.8 when starting at the center position).”

Read and view it here:  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2015/1/23/long-arms-of-the-law-the-rudy-gobert-report

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

Brandon  Jennings maturing for Pistons (from Amin Elhassan):

” The dynamic PG is shedding his ball-hog mentality to help Detroit’s makeover”

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12220864

Additional Player Updates:

 

Langston Galloway/Lance Thomas:  http://theknicksblog.com/knicks/hamilton-galloway-and-thomas-save-the-day-for-knicks-as-decision-day-looms/

Lamar Patterson:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/lamar-patterson-keeping-tabs-hawks-europe

Dante Cunnigham:  http://www.foxsports.com/north/story/ex-minnesota-timberwolves-pf-dante-cunningham-picking-up-pieces-after-tumultuous-2014-012315

Jae Crowder:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2340712-jae-crowder-doing-it-all-for-the-boston-celtics

Kawhi Leonard:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/01/23/kawhi-leonard-spurs-gregg-popovich-tim-duncan

Nic Batum:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/1/23/7876555/portland-trail-blazers-nicolas-batum-shooting-percentage

Kris Humphries:  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/01/kris-humphries-midrange-god-wizards-nba-jumper.html

Lou Amundson:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/sports/basketball/knicks-become-lou-amundsons-10th-nba-team.html