Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/22/17

Nikola Jokic: Mid-Range Assassin/Highlight Reel Passer  (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read and watch it here: http://bsndenver.com/nikola-jokic-is-a-mid-range-assassin-with-an-offensive-ceiling-that-keeps-climbing/

Nuggets Giving Former Coach Doug Moe A Team He Can Recognize And Love  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/21/doug-moe-denver-nuggets-former-coach/

Nuggets: Reason For Optimism  (from Robson Friend, Nugg Love):

Read it here: http://nugglove.com/2017/01/21/nuggets-timely-form-gives-optimism/

James Michael McAdoo: Life Is Good On Warriors’ Bench  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):

Read it here:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-james-michael-mcadoo-nba.html

–  The Warriors’ Motley Crew Of Back-Up Centers (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/21/the-warriors-motley-crew-of-big-men-tag-teaming-the-backup-center-spot/

–  Otto Porter, Jr: Deadly Shooter  (from Dan Karpuc, Give Me Sport):

Read it here: http://www.givemesport.com/968107-otto-porter-jr-is-quietly-the-nbas-most-deadly-shooter

Celtics Know They Need To Be Better  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/01/21/gary-washburn-celtics-know-they-need-better/yu6cEHhgSR0keR7W6qpfsJ/story.html

 Even The Blazers Can’t Figure Out The Blazers (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/1/22/14349976/blazers-portland-inconsistency-damian-lillard-sunday-shootaround

–  The Nets At The Midway Point  (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/1/22/14334186/halfway-home-a-look-at-the-new-nets-at-the-midway-point

Video Breakdown: Knicks’ Season-Long Problems  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/analyzing-knicks-woes-new-yorks-season-long-problems-wrapped-up-in-two-plays/

GM Lindsey Loaded Up The Jazz With Depth This Off-Season (from AllThatAmar, SLCdunk.com):

Read it here: http://www.slcdunk.com/research-statistics-analytics/2017/1/21/14346118/nba-free-agency-playoffs-utah-jazz-dennis-lindsey-gordon-hayward-rudy-gobert-george-hill-boris-diaw

New-Age NBA Reinventing How Teams Score (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/01/21/behind-the-new-age-nba-thats-reinventing-how-teams-score/

Film Room: Aaron Gordon’s Defense On Antetokounmpo  (from Josh Cohen, Magic.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-aaron-gordons-exceptional-defense-giannis-antetokounmpo-cohen-20170121

–  Timberwolves’ Point Guards  (from Michael Rand, Star Tribune):

Read it here: http://www.startribune.com/tnts-barkley-smith-lobby-for-wolves-to-play-dunn-and-tyus-over-rubio/411341515/

From Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-no-love-for-ricky-rubio/

  • SVG On The Dirty Truth Behind Trade Rumors (from Andrew Lynch, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/nba-trade-rumors-detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-truth-players-available-012117

Cavs: Smoothing Rough Edges Is A Formidable Challenge  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3542/for-cavs-smoothing-rough-edges-the-challenge-now

Dekker’s 1st Career Start Helps Rockets Win  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/3557/sam-dekker-gets-first-career-start-helps-rockets-win

Spurs’ Future: Dejounte Murray  (from Alex Eddy, Sir Charles IN Charge):

Read it here: http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/01/22/san-antonio-spurs-dejounte-murray-future/

D-League Showcase Recap: Day 4  (from Brian Kotloff, NBA.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://dleague.nba.com/news/2017-nba-d-league-showcase-recap-012117/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting 3/23/16

–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  The Offensive Transformation of Kemba Walker And The Charlotte Hornets  (from Jared Zwerling,  NBPA.com):
–  Celtics Are Rebuilding On The Fly  (from Andrew Sharp (SBill Walton, Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericksports Illustrated):
–  Kirk Goldsberry:  Spurs Go Deeper Into A Secret World  (from Buck Harvey,  Express News):
Read it here:   http://tinyurl.com/hnuh36d
–  Hubie Brown Q & A Podcast  (from Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated):
–  Vince Carter Q &A; Damian Lillard: Atlanta Hawks  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
–  Bill Walton Q & A  (from Lang Whitaker,  NBA.com):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Kevin Martin  (from Jeff McDonald, Express News):  http://tinyurl.com/j94sj7n

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/19/16

–  Dubs vs. Spurs Preview  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/warriors-spurs–5-things-to-watch-in-saturday-night-s-main-event-204917000.html

Dubs, Spurs:  Masters Of Passing, Open 3s  (from Luke Knox,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14970947/how-golden-state-warriors-san-antonio-spurs-use-unselfish-passing-create-open-3s

–  How A Kawhi Leonard Post-up Warps An Entire Defense  (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph And Klay Seal Game With 3s  (from EricApricot,  goldenstateofmind.com):
Q & A:  Dirk On Steph  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

 

 

–  The Book On Devin Booker  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

–  Stan Van Gundy:  It’s Defend Or Go Home Time For Drummond, Pistons  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/03/stan_van_gundy_defend-or-go-ho.html

–  Brett Brown And Billy Donovan Face Different Challenges  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Lillard’s Response To Flagrant Foul:  “I’m From Oakland”  (from Casey Holdahl,  forwardcenter.net):

–  Who Belongs In The Suns’ Backcourt Of The Future? (from Gerald Bourguet, hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/03/19/phoenix-suns-who-belongs-in-their-backcourt-for-the-future/

What The Suns Face With Their Second Rebuild  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/241255/What-Ryan-McDonough-And-The-Suns-Face-With-Their-Second-Rebuild

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Ricky Rubio  (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-what-to-make-of-ricky-rubio/

–  Solomon Hill  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/hill-climbs-back-rotation
Josh Richardson  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Sentinel):   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-ira-nba-column-s032016-column.html
 Gorgui Dieng  (from Brett Robson,  minnpost.com):  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/03/gorgui-dieng-rodney-dangerfield-nba
–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/is-kristaps-porzingis-finally-running-out-of-gas-1458261934
–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/18/breaking-down-great-raptors-centre-debate-valanciunas-vs-biyombo

–  Kevin Durant  (interviewed by Stephanie Ruhle, Bloomberg News):  http://m.newsok.com/article/5485649

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Cory Wright,  nets.com):  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/03/19/kilpatrick-nba-dream

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/14/16

–  How Iguodala’s Absence Hurts the Warriors  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):
  –  Who Are These Guys Playing For The Grizzlies?  (from Ray Glier,  USA Today):
–  How The Spurs Set Up David West’s Midrange Jumper  (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Spurs Defense  (from Mike Fratello,  NBATV):
 –  Q & A:  Rockets VP Of Basketball Operations Monte McNair (from Danny Emerman,  The Dream Shake):
 –  Sixers Coach Brett Brown Needs More Time And Talent  (from Bob Cooney,  Philly.com):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  Five Statistical Takeaways From Wizards’ Five-Game Losing Streak (from Albert Lee, Bullets Forever):
–  Pick-And-Roll Defense Has Cost Wizards In Last Two Losses  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):
–  What’s Driving The Hawks’ Defense?  (from Wes Morton,  hawkshoops.com):
How To Shoot Like Steph  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Warriors Owner Joe Lacob Q & A  (from Tim Kawakami,  mercurynews.com):
–  Scout’s Notebook:  Breaking Down Willie Cauley-Stein’s Performance Vs. The Jazz (from Trevor Magnotti, Upsidemotor.com):
–  Hornets Hit On A Four-Out Formula That Works  (from Jack Flagler, Gaston gazette):
Dimitris Itoudis  Q & A  (from Jorge Sierra,  HoopsHyoe.com):
 Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Jusuf Nurkic/Nikola Jokic  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver.com):  http://bsndenver.com/nuggets-michael-malone-opens-up-about-jusuf-nurkic/
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-at-nets-b99686623z1-371931101.html
–  Baron Davis  (from Jay Marrioti,  sfexaminer.com): http://www.sfexaminer.com/baron-davis-wants-nba-comeback-warriors/
–  Brook Lopez  (from Steve Lichtenstein,  cbsnewyork):  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/03/14/brook-lopez-stats-brooklyn-nets-jason-kidd/
–  Briante Weber/Ray McCallum/Alex Stepheson  (from Chip Williams, Grizzly Bear Blues):  Scouting the newest Grizzlies: Briante Weber, Ray McCallum and Alex Stepheson

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/11/16

–  Brad Stevens’ Unique Form Of Motivation  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/celtics_insider/2016/03/celtics_praise_brad_stevens_unique_form_of_motivation

–  Taj Gibson: Small Ball Destroyer  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VuGtHikAAO8KeRfw

The Nuggets’ Culture Change  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25511509/nuggets-maxing-out-talent-culture-still-one-big-move-from-contention

–  Video Breakdown:  Curry To Bogut Alley-Oop Dunks  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/3/10/11191844/warriors-vs-jazz-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-to-andrew-bogut-alley-oop-dunks

Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

–  Raptors 104, Hawks 96  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25512682/raptors-show-theyre-for-real-in-win-over-hawks-5-things-to-know

–  Injury Ends Joey Crawford’s Farewell Season Early  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/steve_aschburner/03/10/joey-crawford-done-officiating-in-nba-due-to-knee-injury/

Every Team Tries To Copy Spurs’ Model  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washington Post):

Read it here:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/03/10/peter-holts-patience-as-spurs-owner-created-a-dynasty/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Joel Embiid (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14938684/man-charged-healing-joel-embiid

–  Larry Sanders  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/qa-larry-sanders-explains-break-from-nba/

–  Trey Lyles  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/10/11193108/trey-lyles-utah-jazz-breakdown-highlights-rudy-gobert-derrick-favors

–  Damian Lillard  (from Jason Quick,  Oregon Live):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/special-trip-why-oakland-homecoming-has-damian-lillard-excited

–  Richaun Holmes  (from Wesley Share, libertyballers.com):   http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/3/10/11189566/nba-rookie-week-richaun-holmes-under-the-radar-sixers-film-breakdown

Josh Richardson  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):   http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article65216707.html

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Aykis16, Sactown Royalty):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2016/3/10/11194274/nba-rookie-week-willie-cauley-stein-sacramento-kings

–  Victor Oladipo  (from John Denton,  Magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/victor-oladipo-continues-remain-positive-believes-team

–  Emanuel Mudiay/Nikola Jokic  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/10/11185410/emmanuel-mudiay-nikola-jokic-nuggets-mediocre-save

–  Andre Iguodala  (from Rusty Simmons,  SF Chronicle):  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/Warriors-Andre-Iguodala-a-key-cog-in-team-s-6883363.php

–  Patrick Beverley  (from Joel Birgham,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-beverleys-long-road-to-the-nba/

Nemanja Bjelica  (from Lucas Seehafer,  Canis Hoopus):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/3/11/11196290/nba-rookie-week-breaking-down-bjelica

–  Salah Mejri (from Tim Cato,  mavsmoneyball.com):  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/3/10/11188528/salah-mejri-journey-nba-sets-him-apart-2015-rookie-class

–  Kevin Martin (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/551/kevin-martin-makes-spurs-debut

–  Andrew Goudelock  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/The-Mini-Mamba-Andrew-Goudelock-grows-up-for-6882536.php

–  Wesley Johnson (from LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160311-story.html