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 – Part I – 3/15/16

 

 

–   Hawks’ Defense Doesn’t Rest  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):
–  What Nuggets Basketball Is To Coach Malone (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):
–  Damian Lillard; Hawks’ Cutting Edge Training; Vince Carter Q & A  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
–  Coach Snyder Says Season Won’t Be A Failure Even If Jazz Don’t Make Playoffs  (from Tony Jones and Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):
–  Believe The Hype:  The Raptors  (from BBall Breakdown):
Mavericks Snap Losing Streak With Grinding Defensive Effort  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Pachulia Not Concerned With Limited Playing Time (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Sloppy Play Ends For Durant, Westbrook  (from Berry Tramel,  newsok.com):
–  Monday’s Roundup (from Grant Hughes,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  The Wizards Struggle In The Half-Court  (from Jake Whitacre,  Bullets Forever):
–  Video Breakdown: Defending AD; Defending Steph  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Why Scouts Botched It So Bad On Steph Curry In The 2009 NBA Draft  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  Screen Usage And Refusal Rates  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/14/11219378/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-point-guard

–  Garrett Temple  (from Bryant Frantz,  CBSDC):  http://washington.cbslocal.com/2016/03/15/garrett-temple-bad-defender/

–  Greg Monroe  (from Arman Bery,  almightyballer.com):  http://www.almightyballer.com/2016/03/15/greg-monroe-the-choice-between-adaptation-or-regression-by-arman-bery/

 

 

–  Ben Simmons  (from Jonathan Givony,  Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-ben-simmons-isn-t-the-top-prospect-in-the-2016-nba-draft-190023711.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,  thunder.com):
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  10 NBA rookies to watch  (from Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/emmanuel-mudiay-headlines-list-of-10-nba-rookies-to-watch-034720499.html

 

–  Team Previews (from Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller,  SBNation):

Check out all 30 previews here:  http://www.sbnation.com/flanns-and-zillz

 

–   VERSATILITY KEY TO SUCCESS FOR BULLS  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/preseason/2015/versatility-key-success-bulls

 

–  Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs Playbook  (from Coach Peterman/ Zak Boisvert,  mensbasketballhoopscoop.com):

Read and download it here:  http://www.mensbasketballhoopscoop.com/gregg-popovich-san-antonio-spurs-playbook-by-zak-boisvert/

 

–  When LaMarcus Aldridge will truly be a Spur  (from Michael Erler,  poundingtherock.com):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/10/19/9559951/gregg-popovich-lamarcus-aldridge-welcome-sit

 

–  Beat Writer Ryan Wolstat On The Raptors (from Chuck Myron, hoopsrumors.com):

” Nobody knows NBA teams better than beat writers, save for those who draw paychecks with an NBA owner’s signature on them. The reporters who are with the teams they cover every day gain an intimate knowledge of the players, coaches and executives they write about and develop sources who help them break news and stay on top of rumors.

Today, we gain insight on the Raptors from Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-ryan-wolstat-raptors.html

 

Budenholzer putting own stamp on Hawks, no more Spurs East  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/budenholzer-putting-own-stamp-on-hawks-no-more-spu/nn5Sy/

 

–  Q&A with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13919916/nba-fred-hoiberg-lofty-aspirations-first-year-chicago-bulls-coach

 

–  Why people should be jumping on the Jazz bandwagon  (from Mika Honkasalo,  hoopshype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/10/19/this-is-why-people-should-be-jumping-on-the-jazz-bandwagon/

 

–  James Harden’s elite status built on a variety of moves  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Harden-s-elite-status-built-on-a-variety-of-moves-6572466.php?t=00b686af08438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

Assessing the loss of Michael Kidd- Gilchrist (from nikumistry, theloveofhoops.com):

Read it here:  https://theloveofhoops.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/charlotte-blues/

 

Knicks are building optimism  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/19/you-havent-heard-about-it-but-the-knicks-are-building-optimism/

 

–  What the  Celtics need to clean up on the defensive end  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/19/9566189/boston-celtics-defense-how-to-get-better

 

–   Raptors aren’t afraid to play small-ball this season  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-aren-t-afraid-to-play-small-ball-this-season-1.378986

 

–  Can Bjelica and Rubio Save the Wolves Offense?  (from punchdrunkwolves.com):

Read it here:  http://punchdrunkwolves.com/2015/10/17/inbox-can-bjelica-and-rubio-save-the-wolves-offense/

 

–   Minnesota Timberwolves Defense  (from Lucas, thelongtwo):

Read and view it here:  http://thelongtwo.blogspot.com/2015/10/tale-of-tape-minnesota-timberwolves.html

 

–   How to Win (or Lose) at Playoff Basketball  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

” The discussion surrounding playoff basketball– what tendencies, traits or factors increase/decrease expected performance compared to the regular season– is filled with unsubstantiated nonsense. Every year heading into April we hear the same discussions about whether three-point shooting teams can win, that defense and rebounding wins championships and that you need superstars to win, along with other similar conventional wisdom-based claims.

Now some of these cliches about playoff basketball are true, but some quite likely are not. I’ve looked over the past five seasons of regular season and playoff data, and in this article I’ve tried to answer the question; what statistical tendencies and markers indicate a team is likely to perform better in the playoffs than during the regular season?”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/19/win-lose-playoff-basketball/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   Al Jefferson refuses to let the NBA run past him   (from Adi Joseph.  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-19/al-jefferson-hornets-charlotte-post-game-low-centers-big-men

 

–  Did Eric Moreland do enough to make the  Kings’ final roster?  (from Tony Xypteras,  sactownroyalty.com):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/10/18/9563925/did-eric-moreland-do-enough-to-make-the-final-roster

 

–   Expect R.J. Hunter To Play Regular Minutes This Season  (from Michael  Hilperts,  Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/10/18/expect-r-j-hunter-to-play-regular-minutes-this-season/

 

–  Pacers’ Myles Turner ready for more minutes  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/16/pacers-myles-turner-ready-more-minutes-final-two-preseason-games/74074182/

 

–  Amir Johnson all in with Celtics  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720659/amir-johnson-all-in-with-celtics-and-his-new-city

 

Isaiah Thomas & Amir Johnson are a good fit (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/celtics_notebook_johnson_thomas_a_good_fit

 

–  76ers: Where Does Jerami Grant Fit In The Rotation?  (form Cody Daniel,  hoopshabit.com):  https://hoopshabit.com/2015/10/18/philadelphia-76ers-jerami-grant-fit-rotation/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Blazers pick-and-roll defense may evolve with changing roster  (from David MacKay,  ripcityproject.com):

Read it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/08/01/trail-blazers-pick-and-roll-defense-may-evolve-with-changing-roster/

 

 

–  Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environments  (from  Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

” Before there was Billy Donovan the iconic coach or Billy The Kid bombing 3s at Providence College there was Billy the kid, a Long Island youth addicted to basketball.”

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/new-okc-thunder-coach-billy-donovan-honed-his-game-and-made-his-name-in-the-toughest-of-basketball-environments/article/5437702

 

 

– Utah’s Internal Improvement  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

” (T)he team that improved the most summer may have been the team that spent the least. The Utah Jazz stayed out of free agency, shelling out a little over $4 million, in large part because they didn’t have to. They have a very impressive young core that started to come together in the 2nd half of the season and they are trying to fill every hole in their roster internally. In the process, they could be showing the blueprint for building an elite team in the modern NBA. Draft size and speed at every position, emphasize tools over NCAA production and assemble a group whose games fit well together. Most important of all, be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Utah started putting this core together in 2010 and they are only starting to reap the rewards in 2015. ”

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/238927/Utahs-Internal-Improvement

 

 

–  The life of the non-guaranteed NBA player  (from Bobby Marks,  HoopsHype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/08/02/the-life-of-the-non-guaranteed-player/

 

 

– Stan Van Gundy: Drummond, Monroe weren’t best fit on Pistons  (from Perry Farrell,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/08/01/3676188_stan-van-gundy-drummond-monroe.html

 

 

–  NBA players with biggest shoes to fill in 2015-16  (from Ben Leibowitz, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/07/30/otto-porter-jr-rajon-rondo-brandon-knight-thabo-sefolosha-nba-big-shoes

 

 

–  The right medicine: Cavs doctor’s difficult task  (from Timothy Magaw,    crainscleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20150802/NEWS/308029994/the-right-medicine-cavs-doctors-difficult-task-is-made-more-hectic

 

 

Kauffman was bright spot on early Buffalo Braves teams (from Milt Northrup, buffalonews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/nba/kauffman-was-bright-spot-on-early-braves-teams-20150801

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  Scouting says Karl-Anthony Towns, Frank Kaminsky most NBA-ready rookies  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13346878/nba-karl-anthony-towns-frank-kaminsky-look-most-nba-ready-rookies

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

T. J. Warren:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/238890/Finding-Minutes-For-The-Unorthodox-Game-Of-TJ-Warren

 

Josh Huestis:  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/521165-oklahoma-city-thunder-sign-josh-huestis-after-unbelievably-long-delay-analysis.html

 

Ricky Rubio:  http://twolvesblog.com/uncategorized/the-ricky-rubio-files-revisitado.html