Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/8/16

–  Bring Back This Play:  Jeff Hornacek’s Post Curl  (from Jonathan Schulman, Posting And Toasting):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2016/9/7/12816218/bring-back-this-play-jeff-hornacek-s-post-curl

–  How Extension Season Signals NBA Trends  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insdiers):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/how-extension-season-signals-nba-trends/

 10 Players Looking To Bounce Back This Season  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/10-nba-players-eyeing-a-bounce-back-season-in-2016-17/

 Covering The Movement In The NBA:  Who Went Where  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/features/player-movement-160906

–  Mavs’ Scouting Reports And Analysis  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/preview2015/insider/story/_/id/17399134/dallas-mavericks-nba-player-profiles-deron-williams-andrew-bogut-harrison-barnes-dirk-nowitzki

 Dispelling Jeff Hornacek Myths  (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):

Read and view it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/09/07/new-york-knicks-myths-jeff-hornacek/

 The Fallacy Of The Sixth Man Demotion  (from deadpoolio, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2016/9/8/12810824/brandon-knight-and-the-fallacy-of-the-sixth-man-demotion-phoenix-suns

–  The Nuggets’ Last Roster Spot  (from Adam Mares/Chris Reichert, Denver Stiffs):

Read it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/9/8/12843434/q-a-with-nba-d-league-expert-chris-reichert-denver-nuggets-nate-wolters

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  (from Matthew Way, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/09/07/proving-grounds-kentavious-caldwell-pope/

–  Donatas Motiejunas  (from Darren Yuvan , The Dream Shake):  http://www.thedreamshake.com/2016/9/7/12836624/donatas-motiejunas-nba-restricted-free-agent-history

–  Beau Beech  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-beau-beech-finally-gets-his-nba-chance/

–  Patricio Garino/Nicolas Laprovittola  (from Trevor Magnotti, Upside And Motor):  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/09/06/spurs-patricio-garino-nicolas-laprovittola-argentina/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/5/15

The Warriors’ Rhythm-And-Flow Offense  (from Scott Ostler, sfchronicle.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/ostler/article/Warriors-secret-The-rhythm-and-flow-offense-7963811.php

–  Cavs’ Matchup Quandary  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/2914/cleveland-cavaliers-bench-struggled-to-match-golden-state-warriors-small-ball-in-game-1-nba-finals

–  J.R. Smith Shows More Defensive Commitment But Cavs Also Need His Offense  (from Stave Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/06/05/j-r-smith-needs-to-shoot-the-ball/index.html

–  The Cavs’ Issues Against The Warriors  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illsutrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/04/nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers-stephen-curry-lebron-james-game-2-preview

–  5 Ways The Cavs Can Attack The Dubs’ Switches  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/4/11858886/nba-finals-5-ways-the-cavaliers-can-attack-the-warriors-switches

–  Cavs Searching For Balance Between Ball Movement And One-On-One Play  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/04/cavs-ball-movement-isolation-kyrie-irving-lebron-james-nba-finals/85423312/

–  Klay Thompson’s Defense  (from Fred Kerber,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/06/04/cavaliers-have-to-look-out-for-more-than-klay-thompsons-3s/

–  Draymond Green Is on The Edge  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/5/11860834/draymond-green-edge-warriors-cavaliers-nba-finals-sunday-shootaround

–  Jeff Hornacek Q & A  (from Steve Serby,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/06/04/jeff-hornacek-on-not-dunking-what-he-wont-tolerate-and-knicks-belief/

–  David Fizdale  Q & A  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2016/06/david-fizdale-speaks-about-how-heat-prepared-him-for-memphis-job.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Evan Turner (from Maurice Peebles, Complex):  http://www.complex.com/sports/2016/06/beyond-the-court-evan-turner

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/31/16

–  Warriors Close Out Thunder  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/31/warriors-okc-thunder-game7-stephen-curry-klay-thompson-finals-video

–  Key Game 7 Stats  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/119123/golden-state-warriors-flip-the-switch-to-win-game-7

–  Game 7 Video Highlights  (from Dime Mag):

Watch it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/6/

–  OKC Might Have Won With Defensive Adjustment  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read and view it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/05/31/thunders-collapse-could-have-been-avoided-with-defensive-adjustment-rebounding/

–  A Deep Bench:  The One Thing OKC Is Missing  (from Jack Winter,  Dime Mag):

Read it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/kevin-durant-amazing-warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/

 A Jump-Shooting Team Will Win The NBA Title  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/15848002/previewing-golden-state-warriors-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-nba-finals-matchup-kevin-pelton

–  Harry Edwards/Billy Donovan:  The NBA’s Little-Known Odd Couple  (from Marc J. Spears,  The Udefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/the-nbas-little-known-odd-couple/

–  Questions Await New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/From-Conleys-future-to-offensive-philosophy-questions-await-David-Fizdale-as-Grizzlies-coach-381307601.html

–  Hubie Brown On Jeff Hornacek  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/05/31/ex-knicks-coach-jeff-hornacek-can-only-fix-so-much/

–  Raptors’ GM Craves Challenge To Top This Season  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/30/raptors-gm-masai-ujiri-gives-end-of-season-press-conference.html

–  How Close Are We To Every NBA Team Having A D-League Affiliate?  (From Chris Reichert,  Upsaide & Motor):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/05/31/nba-adam-silver-d-league-affiliate/

–  Draft Picks By Team  (from Hoops Rumors):

 Draft Picks By Team:

  • Boston Celtics (8): 3rd, 16th, 23rd, 31st, 35th, 45th, 51st, 58th
  • Denver Nuggets (5): 7th, 15th, 19th, 53rd, 56th
  • Phoenix Suns (4): 4th, 13th, 28th, 34th
  • Utah Jazz (4): 12th, 42nd, 52nd, 60th
  • Philadelphia 76ers (3): 1st, 24th, 26th
  • New Orleans Pelicans (3): 6th, 39th, 40th
  • Milwaukee Bucks (3): 10th, 36th, 38th
  • Orlando Magic (3): 11th, 41st, 47th
  • Atlanta Hawks (3): 21st, 44th, 54th
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2): 2nd, 32nd
  • Sacramento Kings (2): 8th, 59th
  • Toronto Raptors (2): 9th, 27th
  • Chicago Bulls (2): 14th, 48th
  • Memphis Grizzlies (2): 17th, 57th
  • Detroit Pistons (2): 18th, 49th
  • Indiana Pacers (2): 20th, 50th
  • Los Angeles Clippers (2): 25th, 33rd
  • Houston Rockets (2): 37th, 43rd
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (1): 5th
  • Charlotte Hornets (1): 22nd
  • San Antonio Spurs (1): 29th
  • Golden State Warriors (1): 30th
  • Dallas Mavericks (1): 46th
  • Brooklyn Nets (1): 55th

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  DeMar DeRozan (from Bruce Arthur,  thestar.com):  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/28/demar-derozan-driven-to-be-quintessential-toronto-raptor-arthur.html

–  Justin Anderson (from Matthew Postins, scout.com):  http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1670955-what-do-the-mavs-need-from-justin-anderson

 

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