Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/30/16

–  IND 101, TOR 83  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
–  Blazers Will Face Warriors After Eliminating Clippers  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Ed Davis: Blazers “Have Nothing To Lose”  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
–  Blazers:  A Trail Of Wise Decisions  (from Matt Zemek,  Crossover Chronicles):

–  Numbers Preview:  Warriors-Blazers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/30/numbers-preview-warriors-blazers/

–  Advice To The Clippers (from Amin Elhassan, ESPN):
” My advice (to the Clippers) is to get a real GM. But what I foresee: They’ll look for some also-ran players who once played for team president Doc Rivers or played well against him (or played in his driveway). That’s who they’ll target.
 
” If you look at the four-man combination of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, they’ve consistently ranked among the top lineups in the league in plus-minus and net rating. The idea that the Clippers need massive changes is overblown. What they need is competent cap management, good free-agent signings, better minor league evaluation and better player development. In short, all the things you need to correctly fill out your supporting cast. “
 
 
 
 
 
–  Steph Curry Is Optimistic He Will Return Sooner Than Expected  (from Sam Amick,  USA  Today):
OKC-SAS Preview  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

–  Spurs Need To Limit Thunder’s Role Players  (from Ian Smith, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2016/04/30/san-antonio-spurs-need-to-limit-okc-thunders-role-players/

–  Durant:  Spurs-Thunder Bears No Resemblance To 2014 Series  (from  Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25572639/kevin-durant-spurs-thunder-bears-no-resemblance-to-2014-playoff-series

–  Billy Donovan’s Transition From College To NBA  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

–  Celtics’ Bright Future Eases Sting Of Loss (From Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25571192/six-things-that-must-happen-for-okc-to-pull-upset-over-the-spurs

 –  Inside A Brad Stevens Play  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
–  Walton Started Climb As U Of Memphis Assistant During NBA Lockout  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

–  Why Walton Chose The Lakers  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15433615/luke-walton-homecoming-move-dysfunctional-lakers

–  Wizards, Brooks Each Got What They Wanted (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-scott-brooks-both-got-what-they-wanted/2016/04/27/808c2034-0c00-11e6-8ab8-9ad050f76d7d_story.html

 Summer Agenda: Sacramento Kings  (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):  NOTE: This is the 10th installment in Marks’ series which will eventually analyze every team’s summer agenda.  At the end of this installment, you can clink on the link to each of the teams covered so far.

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/summer-agenda–sacramento-kings-190612739.html

–  God Shammgod  Q & A  (from Josiah Turner, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/15424098/catching-one-only-god-shammgod-40th-birthday

–  The Birth of Hack-A-Farce  (from Andrew Keh,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/sports/basketball/the-birth-of-hack-a-shaq.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/04/30/terry-rozier-has-a-future-with-the-boston-celtics/
–  Solomon Hill (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/106321986/solomon-hill-indiana-pacers-coach-vogel
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/25/16

 

–  Marcus Smart Put On A Master Class In Defensive Versatility In Game 4  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):
–  Hawks Let Game 4 And Series Control Slip Away  (from Ohm Youngmisuk,  ESPN):
–  After Curry Injury, Warriors Unleash Hell On Rockets  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Warriors Fight On Without Steph, And For Him, As Well (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):
–  What Steph’s Knee Injury Means (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Things Warriors Must Do To Remain Competitive If Steph Is Out (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
–  Playoffs’ Lion Face, Lemon Face  (from Eric Maroun, Hardwood Paroxysm):
–  Raptors Relying On DeRozan and Lowry For Pivotal game 5  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
How The Trail Blazers Rebuilt On The Fly  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
–  What Will The Spurs Need From Tony Parker  (from Buck Harvey,  Expressnews.com):
–  Cavs Can Be Optimistic Despite Their Vulnerabilities  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
–  Charlotte’s Transition From Losing Bobcats To Playoff Hornets  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):
–  The “Difference” In The Playoffs Is Not All On The Officials  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
 Sean Marks’ And The Nets’ Focus  (from Miles Wray,  Hardwood Paroxysm):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Patty Mills (from Warren Yiu,  pickandroll.com.au):  http://pickandroll.com.au/speed-kills-patty-mills-slow/
–  Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Serge Ibaka  (from Antony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/article/5493926

 Marvin Williams  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/nba-blog/article73673492.html

 

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

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/6/16

 

 Olshey Rebuilt Blazers “On The Fly”  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

–  Why The Wizards Plans Went Awry  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):
–  All Isaiah Thomas Needed Was To Be Wanted  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
 Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

–  Wolves 124, Warriors 117  (from Adam Lauridsen, mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/04/06/myopia-warriors-117-wolves-124/

–  Gregg Popovich/Quin Snyder: Mutual Admiration  (from Randy Hollis,  deseretnews.com):
LBJ: Perfect Time For Cavs To Be Clicking  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
–  Q & A With Rockets’ Health Guru Javair Gillett  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):
–  Reno Bighorns Coach David Arseneault, Jr (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/valanciunas-growth-defence-evident-hornets/
Myles Turner  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-one-on-one-with-myles-turner/
–  Kawhi Leonard (from Aaron Falk,  Sal Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3744001-155/jazz-notes-kawhi-island-has-been

Norman Powell (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):  http://www.nba.com/raptors/holly-blog/powell-040616

–  Terry Rozier (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/rozier-making-most-chance-play-more
–  Langston Galloway/Jerian Grant  (from Fred Kerber,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/04/02/knicks-backcourt-dice-roll-shows-enticing-young-potential/
QOTD (from Tom Izzo, on Draymond Green):  “I’ll call him up and say: ‘You can’t guard him. You’re not quick enough. You can’t guard him. You’re not big enough.’ But what he is is smart enough. He understands angles and positioning. I swear to you that guy knows where the ball is going, two passes before it gets there.”

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey on Losing LaMarcus Aldridge and the Future of the Team  (from Zach Lowe,  Grantland):

Listen to this podcast here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-lowe-post-podcast-trail-blazers-gm-neil-olshey-on-losing-lamarcus-aldridge-and-the-future-of-the-team/

 

–  How August Stretch Provision Use Helped Teams  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoopsrumors.com):

” A key offseason date is approaching, as Monday is the final day that teams can waive players using the stretch provision to reduce the costs of their obligations for the coming season. The stretch provision is still useful after the end of August, but salaries for 2015/16 would remain the same for any player waived and stretched beginning Tuesday.

Last year, teams used the stretch provision on four players at the end of August, and their individual cases highlight many of the details involved with this salary cap tool. We’ll look at all four of them here”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/08/how-late-august-stretch-provision-use-helped-teams.html

 

–  How Can C.J. McCollum Improve His Game In Year 3?  (from evansclinchy,  balzersedge.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/8/27/9218725/portland-trail-blazers-cj-mccollum-2015-16-improvement

 

Omri Casspi Q & A (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25282140/qa-omri-casspi-on-his-israel-trip-kings-future-reviving-his-career

 

–  Houston’s acquisition of Ty Lawson is one of the biggest trades of the summer  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:   http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vd8zAiAAAAsWWnXQ/hand-over-the-keys-to-the-rocketdrivers-ed-with-ty-lawson

 

–   Mavs are preparing first-round pick Justin Anderson for steep learning curve in Year 1  (from Earl K. Sneed,  mavs.com):

Read it here:   http://www.mavs.com/mavs-are-preparing-first-round-pick-justin-anderson-for-steep-learning-curve-in-year-1/

 

 

We dedicate today’s BI to Darryl Dawkins, who passed away yesterday at the far too young age of 58:

From 1988:

MANCHILD IN THE NBA (from Dave Wohl, Sports Illustrated):   http://www.si.com/vault/1988/04/11/117466/manchild-in-the-nba-did-darryl-dawkins-sir-slam-fail-to-live-up-to-the-great-expectations-of-his-fans-and-his-nba-coaches-a-former-coach-searches-for-the-answer