Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/10/16

 The Simple Adjustment The Cavs Made To Revive Irving  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893124/kyrie-irving-nba-finals-2016-cleveland-cavaliers-game-3-adjustment

–  LBJ Guarding Draymond Changed Everything  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/6/9/11893824/lebron-james-draymond-green-nba-finals-2016-warriors-cavaliers-game-3

–  Richard Jefferson Taking Full Advantage Of Opportunity   (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/06/09/richard-jefferson-kevin-love-cavaliers-warriors-nba-finals/85670068/

–  Kevin Love Can Still Be A Weapon…Off The Bench  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16097908/2016-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-bring-kevin-love-bench

–  Will Kerr Make Adjustments?  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/draymond-key-any-kerr-adjustment-got-be-more-active    and from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/despite-big-game-3-loss–don-t-expect-warriors-to-go-small—–yet-021830234.html

 Steph, Klay Facing Different Struggles  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/06/10/stephen-curry-klay-thompson-struggles-nba-finals-warriors-cavaliers

–  A Unified Theory Of Steph’s Struggles  (from Adam Lauridsen,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/06/09/unified-theory-stephen-currys-struggles/

–  Film Study:  Ball Pressure From Cavs  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/06/09/film-study-ball-pressure-from-the-cavs/

–  Video Breakdown:  How Cavs Opened With a 19-4 Run In Game 3  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE0PDnRMXsE

–  Film Study: How The Cavs Unleashed J.R.  (from Carter Rodriguez,  Fear The Sword):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/6/9/11896372/nba-finals-how-getting-creative-off-ball-unleashed-j-r-smith

–  Irving’s Game 3 Eruption  (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/06/09/kyrie-irving-quiets-critics-game-3-eruption-2016-nba-finals/

–  Game Three Takeaways  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/cavs-blow-out-warriors-in-game-3-of-the-finals-make-it-a-series-again-takeaways/

–  The Finals’ Other Thompson  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/183189406/nba-finals-tristan-thompson-important-cavs

–  Phil Handy: Behind The Cavs’ Resurgence  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/phil-handy-the-man-behind-the-cavs-resurgence-in-the-finals/

A Conversation With Author/Historian Roland Lazenby  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-a-conversation-with-roland-lazenby/

–  Spurs’ Assistant James Borrego  (from Mark Smith,  abqjournal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.abqjournal.com/789427/borrego-in-his-comfort-zone.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

James Jones (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/james-jones-nba-finals-lebron-cleveland-cavaliers-miami-heat-history-record/1o62n9fpto8gi1mjsa5xb10u3l

–  Brandon Ingram  (from David Thorpe, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/Coach15759801/brandon-ingram-nba-ceiling

–  Demetrius Jackson  (from Brian Altman,  cbslocal.com):  http://sports.cbslocal.com/2016/06/09/demetrius-jackson-my-life-as-an-nba-draft-prospect/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/4/16

 

–  Cavs’ Priority Is To Stop Korver  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/cavaliers-priority-is-to-stop-korver/nrGft/    from Chris Haynes, cleveland.com:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/how_jr_smith_struck_out_the_at.html

–  Richard Jefferson Breaks Down The LBJ Pass “That Can’t Be Defended”  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/an_oral_history_of_lebron_jame.html#incart_big-photo

–  Tyronn Lue’s Even-Keeled Disposition (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tyronn_lue_credits_mentor_phil.html

–  GSW 110, POR 99  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/19254/portland-makes-the-shift-then-golden-state-changes-the-game

–  Why The Warriors Win Without Curry  (from Nate Scott,  USA Today):

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/05/warriors-stephen-curry-injury-blazers-game-2-nba-playoffs

–   Steve Kerr Uses His Bench Perfectly  (from Ann Killion, sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Plenty-in-reserve-as-Warriors-Steve-Kerr-uses-7391812.php

–  Festus Ezeli’s Startling Impact On Game Two Win  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Ezeli-startlingly-impacts-Warriors-Game-2-win-7391810.php    and from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/ezeli-plays-role-savior-warriors-comeback-win-game-2

MIA 102, TOR 96  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/03/heat-at-raptors-game-1-vine-game/

–  OKC 98, SAS 97  (from Buck Harvey,  expressnewss.com):

Read it here:  http://tinyurl.com/jzok5zl

–  Film Room:  Breaking Down The Thunder’s Game Two Defensive Adjustments  (from Last Chance, Welcome To Loud City):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/5/4/11577456/film-room-thunder-vs-spurs-2016-defensive-adjustments

–  Spurs Realizing Vision With LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/04/spurs-lamarcus-aldridge-vision-nba-playoffs-thunder

–  Karl-Anthony Towns Q & A  (from Jared Dubin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2637363-qa-with-karl-anthony-towns-rookie-of-the-year-favorite-talks-thibs-and-more

Catching Up With Skills Coach Drew Hanlen  (from Osman Baig,  wizofawes.com):

Read it here:  http://wizofawes.com/2016/05/04/washington-wizards-drew-hanlen-interview/

–  The Clippers:  What To Do Now  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2016/05/03/clippers-where-they-failed-and-what-do-do-now/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Isaiah Thomas  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/bulpett_pistons_isiah_thomas_loves_the_celtics_isaiah_thomas

–  Deron Wiliams  (from Earl K. Sneed,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-hope-deron-williams-makes-himself-at-home-in-dallas/

–  Thon Maker (from Jordan Zirm, stack.com): http://www.stack.com/a/go-inside-thon-makers-training-for-the-nba-combine

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 10/13/15

–  Bradley Beal is ready to follow the path of James Harden and Klay Thompson  (from Sporting News):

” Beal is determined to eliminate long 2-pointers from his game.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/bradley-beal-long-2s-breakout-season-wizards-harden-thompson/1hs1fdwl6azsh15sbmh8w6i08k

 

–  Billy Donovan is changing the way the Thunder approaches defending the 3-pointer  (from Newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-billy-donovan-is-changing-the-way-the-thunder-approaches-defending-the-3-pointer/article/5453125

 

–   Thunder Film Room: Three new ways to set up Serge Ibaka  (from  Marina Mangiaracina, welcome to loud city.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2015/10/12/9512743/film-room-three-new-ways-to-set-up-serge-ibaka

 

–  Denver Nuggets 2015-16 Offensive Playbook Preview  (from gibsonpyper,  denverstiffs.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/10/12/9487057/denver-nuggets-2015-16-offensive-playbook-preview

 

–  The Lakers are taking baby steps toward embracing modern basketball  (from Harrison Faigen, silverscreenandroll.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/10/12/9504595/la-lakers-byron-scott-coach-progress

 

–  The NBA’s Next Shooting Revolution Has Already Been Televised  (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland):

”  The basketball of the ’90s and early ’00s — the days of Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Allen Iverson, and Kobe Bryant — calls to mind a certain aesthetic. The defense was rougher, the fouls were harder, and the playmakers played hero ball. Of course, memory does funny things — that’s not exactly how things were. But the offensive game has certainly moved out of the paint and beyond the arc, and the best squads play pass-happy team basketball. And they have a very good reason to do so.”

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-nbas-next-shooting-revolution-has-already-been-televised/

 

–  Big men anchor Kings’ improving defense  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article38892948.html

 

–   Kings Continue to Build Chemistry  (from Kyle Ramos,  Kings.com):

Read “what the squad had to say following practice in Sacramento before their final two preseason games” here:  http://www.nba.com/kings/blog/practice-notes-kings-continue-build-chemistry

 

–  Former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell has a team full of promise in Minnesota Timberwolves  (from Eric Koreen,  nationalpost.com):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/former-toronto-raptors-coach-sam-mitchell-has-a-team-full-of-promise-in-minnesota-timberwolves-andrew-wiggins

 

–  Timberwolves Interim Coach Sam Mitchell Q & A (from Ryan McNeill,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsaddict.com/nba-audio-podcast/in-the-scrum-with-sam-mitchell/

 

–  Toronto Raptors: The curious case of starting Patrick Patterson  (from Quenton Albertie,  raptors rapture.com):

Read it here:  http://raptorsrapture.com/2015/10/12/curious-case-starting-patrick-patterson/

 

–   Hawks’ big lineup a work in progress  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

” The early reviews are mixed.

The Hawks have used training camp and exhibition games to experiment with a “big” lineup with Tiago Splitter at center, Al Horford at power forward and Paul Millsap at small forward. The oversized frontcourt debuted early in Friday’s exhibition against the Pelicans.

Most agree it’s a work in progress.

“It’s something we are going to give a look and see if we can get comfortable with,” Budenholzer said Monday. “Obviously, we have a lot of good big guys. We are trying to figure out a way to play them together.”

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-big-lineup-a-work-in-progress/nnz6z/

 

–  Toronto Is Hedging Its Bets for Better Defense  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):

” Toronto’s attacking screen defense is in stark contrast to teams like the Bulls and Trail Blazers, who preferred to focus containment by dropping their bigs into the paint, or the Rockets and Warriors, who switch on roughly one out of every five screens. Switching on screens may take some of the pressure off backcourt defenders, making it harder for the offense to force rotations. Packing the paint with bigs puts a ton of pressure on backcourt players to recover from screens, opening up the middle of the floor where playmakers can do major damage.

Hedging brings its own set of defensive risks, however. It requires frontcourt players to have nimble feet and an ability to cover ground quickly. It also requires a great deal of communication between teammates in order to rotate correctly. Everyone needs to be able to time his rotations to compensate for contingencies like a big man getting completely hung out to dry beyond the three-point line or a team that gets wise and releases early on the roll. Toronto may not allow many points on the screen itself, but they can get punished later in plays as the ball finds its way around the horn.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VhvXYh8AACAArrCS/toronto-is-hedging-its-bets-for-better-defense

 

–   Utah Jazz put in some extra work in Sunday’s long practice  (from Jody Gennessy, Deseret News):

” “We’ve got a young team”, said Gordon Hayward.  “Other teams are going to throw stuff at you that maybe we aren’t prepared for. We’ve got to stick to our habits and take care of the ball.”

Utah is averaging 20 turnovers a game this preseason. Hayward said the Jazz offense has counters in place to help give options when opponents take things away from them — such as perimeter passes — but it’s a matter of being on the same page with teammates.

“It’s just all reads. It’s all just being mentally sharp, mentally focused and that’s everybody,” Hayward said. “If you have one person who forgets what they need to do, it messes up the whole flow of the offense. We’ve all got to be sharp. When a team tries to deny you, take things away, you’ve just got to go to your counter.”

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865638831/Utah-Jazz-put-in-some-extra-work-in-Sundays-long-practice.html?pg=all

 

–  Sixers 2016 draft choices: Picks, Pick Swaps, Protections  (from Michael Levin,  libertyballers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/10/13/9513755/sixers-2016-nba-draft-picks-pick-swaps-protections

 

–  Reading too much into preseason: Minnesota Timberwolves-Toronto Raptors  (from Derek James, hardwoodparoxysm.com):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/13/reading-too-much-into-preseason-minnesota-timberwolves-toronto-raptors/

 

–  International Prospects Bender and Gentile Impress in American Tour  (from Michael Wonsover,  todaysfastbreak.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/from-the-courts/nba-draft/bender-gentile-impress-american-tour/

 

– Potential Nirvana for Viewers:

When will TNT or ESPN or SOMEONE wise up and have the broadcasters for an NBA game be folks like this sharing their observations with each other while watching the game, as if they aren’t even aware they are on the air:  http://allball.blogs.nba.com/2015/10/13/thibodeau-and-sloan-catch-a-game-together/

 

 

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

–  How the NBA is doubling down on its love of the 3-pointer  (from Tom Haberstroh):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13873793/nba-how-nba-doubling-love-3-pointer

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Jahlil Okafor Q & A (form Scoop Jackson, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13869643/qa-philadelphia-76ers-jahlil-okafor

 

–  Richard Jefferson  Q & A (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13873785/qa-cleveland-cavaliers-richard-jefferson

 

–  Tyler Zeller’s calm demeanor belies his intensity  (from  Scott Souza,  Providence Journal):   http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151012/SPORTS/151019788/14007

 

–   Andrew Wiggins learning from a legend in Minnesota  (from Lori ewing, theglobeandmail.com):  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/timberwolves-andrew-wiggins-learning-from-a-legend-in-minnesota/article26775673/

 

–  Christian Wood makes case for roster spot in Sixers’ loss (from John Finger, csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/christian-wood-makes-case-roster-spot-sixers-loss

 

–   ‘A great sign’ for Mavs guard Wesley Matthews  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151012-sefko-a-great-sign-for-mavs-guard-wesley-matthews.ece

 

–  Anthony Bennett embraces fresh start with Raptors  (from Josh Lewenberg,  csn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/bennett-embraces-fresh-start-with-raptors-1.376001

 

–   Be patient with Heat rookie Justise Winslow  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article38897172.html

 

–  Nets’ Karasev: How brutal injury made me a better player  (from Tim Bontemps,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/12/nets-karasev-how-brutal-injury-made-me-a-better-player/

 

–  Rashad Vaughn Hopes To Contribute in Rookie Season for Bucks (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsolnline.com)  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/rashad-vaughn-hopes-to-contribute-in-his-rookie-season-with-bucks-b99594634z1-332270892.html

 

–  Phoenix Suns’ Cory Jefferson fighting for his spot  (from Zach Buchanan,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/12/phoenix-suns-cory-jefferson-fighting-roster-spot/73845124/

 

–   Chris Kaman emerges as a mentor for young Trail Blazers  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/chris_kaman.html

 

–   Lakers already feeling Roy Hibbert’s sizable impact  (from Anthony Irwin,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/10/13/9511423/la-lakers-roy-hibbert-presason-analysis

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Pelicans Injuries Could Create Ample Opportunites For Role Players  (form Michael McNamara,  bourbonstreetshots.com):

Read it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/10/08/pelicans-injuries-could-create-ample-opportunites-for-role-players/

 

–  How Will Houston Rockets Make the Bold James Harden/Ty Lawson Experiment Work?  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Blear Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2577356-how-will-houston-rockets-make-the-bold-james-hardenty-lawson-experiment-work

 

–  Why now? Wizards slowed down for Pierce  (frm J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):

” The logical question for the Wizards is if this smaller, fast-paced style is so much better, why didn’t coach Randy Wittman start using it sooner? The answer is pretty simple, and he said it many times without actually saying it in previous seasons: They’ve lacked the personnel — until now.”

Read and view it here:   http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-why-now-wizards-slowed-down-pierce

 

–   How Minnesota Should Use Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones  (from Wes Kosel,  hoopscoop.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mensbasketballhoopscoop.com/how-minnesota-should-use-karl-anthony-towns-and-tyus-jones/

 

–   How Stephen Curry works on slowing the game down  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

“How can Stephen Curry improve?”

It’s a question usually asked more with incredulity than curiosity. It would seem the 2015 NBA MVP has topped out, optimized as much as one can from a skinny frame and normal-person height. In theory, Curry has less upside to work with than the game’s athletic wings and burly bigs. His MVP award doesn’t come with a popular expectation that he’ll ever claim status as the NBA’s top player. After all, the 6-foot-3 guard won’t suddenly sprout as tall as Anthony Davis or jump as high as LeBron James.

Indeed, if Curry ever does claim that top-player status, it won’t be because he starts jumping over defenders or bullying foes in the post. The improvements will result from something internal — the slowing of time inside his mind. They will be the function of weaponized perception, a training of the brain to think quicker than your opponent can leap.

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13836125/nba-how-stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-gets-even-better

 

–  How Marc Gasol’s Fellow Bigs Fit  (from Joe Mullinax, grizzlybearblues):

Read and view it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/10/8/9478857/marc-gasol-memphis-grizzlies-front-court-fit-NBA

 

–   Half Court Creators  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

” Earlier this week, I looked at how good half court offense relies to some degree on a team having one or more creators. The common expression is “ability to break a defense down,” which in practical terms means forcing a second and possibly even third defender to guard the ball, leaving others open to make less demanding plays. Against modern exacting and drilled NBA defensive schemes, somebody or combination of bodies has to do something to break that initial shell.

So, while talk of “alpha dogs” and “true number one options” can be tedious, there is probably something to the notion that having someone1 to take the game by the scruff of the neck is if not essential, extremely useful to having a quality offense. As with many situationally good things, this can get taken too far, and this sort of “heroball” often becomes a goal in and of itself rather than an instrument to pry open a defense to allow the application of more refined approaches. Identifying that line is all but impossible in a vacuum, and plenty difficult even knowing the full context of a situation.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/08/straws-that-stir-the-drink-half-court-creators/

 

–  Rebounding Rates and the 2014/15 “J.J. Hickson All-Stars”  (from Mika Hokasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

” At first glance, the rebounding column in the box score seems like a relatively straightforward indicator of how good of a player’s rebounding ability. Increasingly, however, I’ve come to believe that how many rebounds a player gets has very little to do with how good of a rebounder they are. The difference between the top and bottom quartile of defensive rebounders among big men is only about two defensive rebounds per 36 minutes, and a lot of factors goes into whether or not you grab those two extra rebounds that has nothing to with providing value to a team. Stealing rebounds from teammates, or diligently boxing out and allowing your guards to pick up the rebound, can quite easily increase/decrease a player’s rebounding totals by an extra board or two without having any effect on the game. And chasing boards recklessly without boxing out can often be harmful to a team.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/08/rebounding-rates-and-the-201415-j-j-hickson-all-stars/

 

–  What teams will climb the rankings in offensive efficiency this season?  (from John Schumann,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/john_schuhmann/10/08/most-improved-offenses/index.html

 

–  Dissecting Clipper Defense  (from   Larson Ishii and Caden Kinard,  clipsnation.com):

” I’m not one to put too much stock into anything that happens in preseason basketball, especially the first two games. However, in watching the Clippersplay the Nuggets and Raptors, there was one meaningful thing that jumped out at me: the Clippers have completely changed how they defend the pick and roll.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/9/9485983/clip-chat-dissecting-clippers-new-defense

 

For those with access to NBA Insider:

 

Golden State Warriors: 2015-16 player profiles (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/preview2015/insider/story/_/id/13431825/golden-state-warriors-player-profiles

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Pacers:   Mahinmi Happy with Limited Role  (from Mark Monteith,  paacers.com) : http://www.nba.com/pacers/mahinmi-happy-limited-role

 

–  Raptors’ James Johnson looking forward to playing time  (from Mike Ganter, Post Media Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2015/10/08/22560601.html

 

–   Cauley-Stein impressing coaches, teammates with energy, effort  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article38293308.html

 

–  Blazers’ Allen Crabbe playing with house money, cashes in  (from Peter Socotch,  csnnw.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/crabbe-playing-house-money-cashes

 

–  Outspoken Enes Kanter has a complicated relationship with his home country of Turkey (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-outspoken-enes-kanter-has-a-complicated-relationship-with-his-home-country-of-turkey/article/5452222/?page=2

 

–  PIERCE, JOHNSON OFFER DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR DOC RIVERS  (form Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/pierce-johnson-offer-different-options-for-rivers

 

–   Avery Bradley goes back to the future  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):  http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720545/avery-bradley-goes-back-to-the-future

 

–   Childhood finger injury helped motivate Heat guard Gerald Green to succeed  (from Linda Robertson, Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article38271498.html

 

–   Film Room: The Lance Stephenson Exemplum – Part 2  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/8/9474317/film-room-the-lance-stephenson-exemplum-part-2

 

–   Terrence Ross Is Ready To Bring More To The Raptors This Year  (from Stephen Brotherston,  Pro Bball Report):   http://probballreport.com/terrence-ross-is-ready-to-bring-more-to-the-raptors-this-year/

 

–   LaMarcus Aldridge seeking balance between aggressive and selfless with Spurs  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/spurs/2015/10/09/lamarcus-aldridge-balance-aggressive-selfless-spurs-preseason-debut/73638170/

 

–  Reason to believe in Dion Waiters?  (from Luke McConnell, dailythunder.com):  http://dailythunder.com/2015/10/reason-to-believe-in-dion/

 

–  Cleveland Cavaliers Player Previews: Richard Jefferson  (from Trevor Magnotti,  fearthesword.com):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2015/10/9/9451331/2015-cleveland-cavaliers-player-previews-richard-jefferson-just-needs

 

–   Robert Upshaw is focused on reaching his defensive potential with the Lakers  (from Drew Garrison, silverscreenandroll):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/10/9/9485963/la-lakers-robert-upshaw-preseason-analysis

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Depth mattered for the Warriors (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):

“It says a lot, and that’s what we’ve prided ourselves on all year, is our depth,” forward Draymond Green said. “We feel like we’re the deepest team in the NBA and it’s been showing throughout these playoffs, not only tonight.

“Shaun (Livingston) stepped up huge. L.B. (Leandro Barbosa) stepped up. Andre (Iguodala) stepped up. Everybody who came in made an impact. Festus Ezeli, not in Klay’s spot, but was huge off the bench. They stepped up for us and made plays and that’s what helped us get to this win, because I know I was horrible. So they definitely picked me up.”

Green’s “horrible” was his offense, 9 points on 3-of-15 shooting, with three turnovers. Not so horrible was his work on the glass: 13 rebounds, including five in the fourth quarter to help suppress a Houston comeback.

The Warriors won because contributions came from all over, and because coach Steve Kerr was juggling a flexible rotation, partly out of necessity but also because his roster allows it.”

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/draymond-i-was-horrible-teammates-picked-me-game-5

 

And from Ray Ratto, csnbayarea.com:

” (I)t is somehow most fitting that the most important players in this clinching game were not Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson or Draymond Green or Andrew Bogut, but the most unheralded of heralds – Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Festus Ezeli. On a night when the Warriors’ frontliners were neutralized, shooting poorly, in foul trouble or pressing too hard to be the catalyst for the party, Barnes became the heating element on an arrhythmic offense, Iguodala helped make James Harden’s game a 44-minute nightmare, and Ezeli was the prickly spine down low when none of the other Warriors could be.”

 

And from Tom Ziller, SBNation:

Meet the Warriors’ second wave, starring Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/5/28/8677019/andre-iguodala-harrison-barnes-highlights-warriors-rockets

 

 

 

–  Warriors centers Bogut and Ezeli come up big  (from Rusty Simmons,  sfgate.com):

“You know, it’s funny, this series started out with Game 1, where we made our big push going small, and there was all this talk about how small ball was going to dominate the series, and in Game 5, I don’t think we went small for one second,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “We played either Boges or Festus the entire game. … We felt with Dwight’s power down there, we needed a big body. It showed in the rebounding department, 59-39.

“To me, that’s probably the biggest stat of the game for us to dominate the glass against a powerful team.”

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Duo-of-Bogut-and-Ezeli-dominate-the-boards-6290898.php

 

 

 

–  Harrison Barnes delivers big 4th quarter  (from Ann Killion,  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Barnes-delivers-big-4th-quarter-when-needed-most-6290896.php

 

 

 

Stats from GSW-HOU game 5 (from SportVU/NBA.com):

” Examining the Warriors’ defense on James Harden, Andrew Bogut’s hidden impact and the Warriors’ advantage in early offense”

Read it here:  http://stats.nba.com/featured/sportvu_warriors_rockets_gm5_2015_05_27.html?ls=nbahpsplit5

 

 

 

 

–  Why  Stephen Curry is so tough to stop: An X’s and O’s look  (from David Cassilo,  cleveland.com):

” A quick look at his highlights from the season are enough to understand why he was voted the league’s top player. Curry has unlimited range and is quick enough to blow by nearly any defender.

That’s a deadly combination, and here we take a closer look at how he gets it done…”

Read and view it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/05/why_golden_states_stephen_curr.html

 

 

 

6 Moves That Built the Golden Warriors into NBA Title Contenders  (from Vincent Frank, Sportsnaut):

”  When looking at how the Warriors got to this point, it’s important to remember where this organization was just a few short years ago. With only two winning seasons from 1994-2012, Golden State was once a long-time laughing stock of the NBA.

It took an ownership change, a few surprising coaching moves and an original front office philosophy to turn around a franchise that hadn’t seen much success since moving out west in 1962.”

Read it here:  http://network.yardbarker.com/nba/article_external/6_moves_that_built_the_golden_warriors_into_nba_title_contenders/18868355

 

 

 

–  How LeBron James Dominates With The Post Up  (from Adam Turner, BBall Breakdown):

” Bard College Head Basketball Coach Adam Turner breaks down the progression of LeBron’s post up prowess, as he’s progressed into one of the most efficient players down low on the block. Find out why LeBron could easily have a 2nd life from ages 35-40 as a dynamic low post Power Forward.”

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/05/27/how-lebron-james-dominates-with-the-post-up/

 

 

 

– The Left-Handed Basketball Fraternity  (from Andrew Perna, RealGM):

” When you think of handedness in basketball you immediately picture a jump shot, but Morris Peterson insists the biggest edge comes when attacking the basket. Defenders are expecting players to attack the right side of the rim.

“When you have a hand in your face, it’s still a hand in your face when you’re trying to shoot,” Peterson explained. “There were times when people would go up to contest and they have the opposite hand out, which is at least somewhat of an advantage. Going to the basket is actually more of an advantage. I heard throughout my career, ‘Man, I forgot you were left-handed’ or they expect you to attack the rim differently.”

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/237978/The-Left-Handed-Basketball-Fraternity

 

 

 

And for those with access to NBA Insider:

 

–   LeBron’s postseason run reminiscent of Allen Iverson in 2001  (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/12968276/nba-lebron-james-allen-iversonian-postseason-run

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

– Arron Afflalo:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/5/28/8676103/arron-afflalo-contract-stats-portland-trail-blazers

 

Richard Jefferson:  http://www.mavs.com/richard-jefferson-provided-trusted-veteran-presence-for-injury-riddled-mavs/

 

Amar’ e Stoudemire:  http://www.mavs.com/2015-year-in-review-amare-stoudemire/

 

Gerald Henderson:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/5/28/8675531/2014-2015-report-card-gerald-henderson-Charlotte-hornets

 

Andrew Goudelock:  http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2015/05/28/20150527-gt-warriors-legacy.nba/