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 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