Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/13/16

 

 

–   Even As They Evolve, Steady Spurs Just Keep  Winning  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):
–  Recapping Saturday’s Games  (from SBNation):
 Saturday Roundup  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):
–  Warriors Assistant Jarron Collins Interview  (from Matt Steinmetz):
–  Video Breakdown:  Thunder At Spurs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  The Thunder Need Strong Play From Ibaka  (from James Holas,  BBall Breakdown):
–  The State Of The Bulls  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  How Marreese Speights Got His Buckets  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Individual Statistics: Interesting Outliers  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  CJ McCollum  (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/cj-mccollum-portland-trailblazers-why-journalism-matters/

–  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  (from Brian Lewis,  NY Post):   http://nypost.com/2016/03/12/nets-hollis-jefferson-inches-closer-to-a-mystery-return-date/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/4/15

Clippers Need Everything From Blake Griffin  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/slow-your-roll-dictating-pace-as-a-strategic-counter/

–  The State of the Kings  (from Jackie MacMullan,  ESPN):

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14279853/everybody-tim-duncan

–  Dictating Pace as a Strategic Counter  (from Ben Doswett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/slow-your-roll-dictating-pace-as-a-strategic-counter/

Kawhi Leonard’s Defense  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/03/kawhi-leonard-long-arms-spurs-law/

How D-League Players and Coaches Can Earn Trust in Each Other  (from Keith Schlosser, ridiculousupside.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/3/9845106/how-nba-d-league-players-and-coaches-can-earn-trust-in-each-other

Celtics: Built for Now and the Future  (from Mika Honkasalo, hoopshype.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/12/03/the-celtics-are-built-for-the-regular-season-and-the-future/

–  How the Celtics Exploited the NBA’s Best Shot-Blocker  (from Jeff Nooney, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/12/4/9846208/how-the-celtics-exploited-the-best-shot-blocker-in-the-nba

–  How the Celtics Slowed Down Cousins and Shredded the Kings’ Defense  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/12/boston_celtics_analysis_how_te.html

Raptors: A Month in Reflection  (from Tamberlyn Richardson, raptorsrepublic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/04/toronto-raptors-a-month-in-reflection/

–  Thunder:  Going Beyond Durant and Westbrook   (from John Schuhmann/Brent Barry):

Read and view it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/12/04/back-and-forth-with-bones-going-beyond-durant-and-westbrook/

–  The NBA’s Most One-Dimensional Teams  (from Zach Buckley,  bleacherreport):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2595098-meet-the-nbas-most-one-dimensional-teams-this-season

Grizzlies’ Life Saver:  Free Throws  (from Peter Edmiston,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/The-best-things-in-the-Grizzlies-offense-these-days-are-free-360488821.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Brandon Knight  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25399193/brandon-knight-making-the-suns-look-a-lot-smarter-than-the-bucks

 

Julius Randle is One of the Best Young Rebounders in the NBA  (from Drew Garrison, silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/12/3/9843044/la-lakers-julius-randle-rebounding-stats-analysis

Jon Leuer/  Mirza Teletovic (from Kellan Olson,  arizonasports.com):  http://arizonasports.com/story/479534/jon-leuer-and-mirza-teletovic-give-jeff-hornacek-flexibility-with-his-big-men/

–  Raptors’ Biyombo Reamins a Player in Progress  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2015/12/04/raptors-bismack-biyombo-remains-a-player-in-progress.html

–  Devin Booker  (from Scott Chasen,  valleyofthesuns.com):  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/12/04/phoenix-suns-film-room-devin-booker-scoring-assassin/

–  The Emergence of Jeremy Lamb  (from Daniel Coughlin,  thelotterymafia.com):   http://thelotterymafia.com/article/unsilence-of-the-lamb-the-emergence-of-jeremy-lamb.html

–  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  (from Anthony Puccio, netsdaily.com):  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/12/3/9839250/rondae-hollis-jefferson-recalls-the-beauty-of-the-struggle

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/18/15

 

–  Nuggets’ coach Michael Malone demands defense  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_28985765/malone-demands-defense

 

–  Sam Hinkie And The 76ers’ Numbers Game  (from RealGM):

Read it here:   http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239551/Sam-Hinkie-And-The-76ers-Numbers-Game

 

–  Amir Johnson: Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has rare ability to draw up plays  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/amir_johnson_boston_celtics_co.html

 

–   Oubre’s Yin to Porter’s Yang — Washington at Philadelphia – Wizards Preseason  Game 4  (from Sean Fagan,  truthaboutit.net):

Read and view it here:  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/10/wizards-at-sixers-dc-council-preseason-game-4.html

 

–  Knicks should keep focus on young talent (from Derek James, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/17/new-york-knicks-preseason/

 

–  Cameras, concussions and LeBron: The NBA’s ongoing effort to make courts safer  (from Jason Lloyd, Akron beacon Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/18/4973106_cameras-concussions-and-lebron.html

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 T. J.  McConnell slugging away in 76ers’ point guard competition  (from Matt Breen,  philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151018_McConnell_slugging_away_in_76ers__point_guard_competition.html

 

–  Newest Hornet Damien Wilkins: ‘I’m not going to try to be MKG’  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article39608961.html

 

–   How J.J. Barea’s unlikely success story continues to defy odds  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/20151017-sefko-how-j.j.-barea-s-unlikely-success-story-continues-to-defy-odds.ece

 

 Gkenn  Robinson III Brings Intrigue to Pacers Roster  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/robinson-iii-brings-intrigue-pacers-roster

 

–  Biyombo should add defensive depth to Raptors  (form Ryan Wolstat,  Tornto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/17/biyombo-should-add-defensive-depth-to-raptors

 

Sessions Settling in with Wizards  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/backup-point-guard-ramon-sessions-settling-in-with-washington-wizards/2015/10/17/ae4d913a-74f5-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html

– Doug McDermott ‘completely fine’ with coming off the bench for Bulls  (form K.C> Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/17/4972297_doug-mcdermott-completely-fine.html
–  Rookie Bobby Portis making a name for himself early  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bulls/post/_/id/22381/rookie-bobby-portis-making-a-name-for-himself-early
–  Nerlens Noel developing mid-range game within offense’s flow  (from John Finger,  csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/nerlens-noel-developing-mid-range-game-within-flow-offense
–  Soaring Confidence is Driving  Hunter’s Progression  (from Taylor C.Snow,  celtics.com):  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/101715-soaring-confidence-driving-Hunters-early-progression
–  DeJuan Blair predicts ‘great year’ ahead with Wizards  (from  J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/dejuan-blair-predicts-great-year-ahead-wizards
–  Cleanthony Early starting to find some success at NBA level  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/18/second-year-knick-starting-to-find-some-success-at-nba-level/
–  How I’m adjusting to life as an NBA player (from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/18/nets-rookie-how-im-adjusting-to-life-as-an-nba-player/
–  Terry Rozier outran a lot to get to the NBA (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/17/terry-rozier-long-outside-shot/ZUT39O5obcrdFC4aAAZjEP/story.html
–  Raptors’ James Johnson must adapt to survive  (from Doug Smith,  the star.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/17/raptors-james-johnson-must-adapt-to-survive.html
Channing  Frye Appears More Agile and Aggressive to Start This Season  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/frye-appears-more-agile-and-aggressive-start-season

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/17/15

–  Terry Stotts and ‘Blazers Basketball’: Players’ actions, words form ringing endorsement  (from Jason Quick, oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/terry_stotts_and_blazers_basketball_players_action.html

 

–   Suns know that talking on defense is key to success  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/15/9497899/talk-talk-talk

 

–  Addition of Chandler helps, but Phoenix Suns defense has a ways to go to be elite  (from deadpoolio,  brightsideofthesun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/17/9559407/Phoenix-Suns-starting-lineup-defense-breakdown-chandler-bledsoe-tucker

 

–  Why the Knicks’ defense will be more fun to watch this season  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/10/17/why-the-knicks-defense-will-be-more-fun-to-watch-this-season/

 

–  Why Dirk Nowitzki’s value to the Mavericks still is clear as ever   (from Eddie Sefko,  sportsdaydfw.com):

Read it here:  http://beta.sportsdaydfw.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2015/10/16/dirk-nowitzkis-value-mavericks-still-clear-ever

 

Even with new players, Bucks hope defense will remain strong (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/even-with-new-players-bucks-hope-defense-will-remain-strong-b99598028z1-333409131.html

 

–  Bulls working to get defense up to level of past performance  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/16/4971053_bulls-working-to-get-defense-up.html

 

–  Hollins needs Nets to develop defense-first mentality  (form Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13894941/hollins-needs-nets-develop-defense-first-mentality

 

–  Brook Lopez, Nets addressing defensive issues  (from Roderick Boone,  newsday.com):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brook-lopez-nets-addressing-defensive-issues-1.10974658

 

–  Revisiting Boston’s top training camp storylines  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720615/revisiting-bostons-top-training-camp-storylines

 

–  Changing Miami’s Pick-and-Roll Defense  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/ViEpqCEAAEUWNFcJ/changing-miamis-pick-and-roll-defense

 

–  Nuggets exhibiting a winning culture in 2015  (from Christopher dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_28977168/nuggets-exhibiting-winning-culture

 

–  Sam Mitchell re-energized with young Timberwolves  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/sam-mitchell-re-energized-with-young-timberwolves/

 

–  Beat Writer Vince Ellis On The Pistons  (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.

We at Hoops Rumors will be chatting with beat writers from around the league and sharing their responses to give you a better perspective on how and why teams make some of their most significant moves.

Today, we gain insight on the Pistons from Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.”

Read it here:   http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/the-beat-vince-ellis-pistons.html

 

–  Warriors’ GM Bob Myers – intensely competitive architect of the NBA champs  (from Marcus Thompson,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2015/10/16/warriors-gm-bob-myers-intensely-competitive-architect-of-the-nba-champs-returns-to-his-roots/

 

–  Missing Kidd-Gilchrist: How the Hornets Adjust their TeamSPACE  (from Matt D’Anna,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/teamspace-missing-kidd-gilchrist-hornets-adjust-lineup/

 

–  Q&A: Los Angeles Lakers Associate Director of Analytics Aaron Danielson   (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/14/industry-qa-los-angeles-lakers-associate-director-of-analytics-aaron-danielson/

 

The Worst On/Off-Court Numbers from 2014/15  (form Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/16/worst-onoff-court-numbers-201415/

 

–  Exploring Lineups and Fit  (from Andrew Johnson,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/15/exploring-lineups-and-fit/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Greg Monroe came to choose the Bucks over the Knicks and Lakers  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-greg-monroe-came-to-choose-the-bucks-over-the-knicks-and-lakers-084520720.html

 

Patrick Patterson:  Shoot, Patrick, just shoot  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Postmedia Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/2015/10/16/22563192.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

 

Joe Johnson: passing down Penny Hardaway’s lessons to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com):  http://thebrooklyngame.com/joe-johnson-passing-penny-hardaways-lessons-priority/

 

–  Bobby Portis’ Emergence Creating New Challenges for Chicago Bulls’ Frontcourt  (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2579646-bobby-portis-emergence-creating-new-challenges-for-chicago-bulls-frontcourt

 

–  Joakim Noah’s California summer could make Bulls a contender  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25342065/how-joakim-noahs-california-summer-could-make-bulls-a-contender

 

–  Heat’s James Ennis playing to his strengths  (from Shandel Richardson,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-miami-heat-main-1017-20151016-story.html

 

–  Bruno Caboclo still long way from cracking Raptors lineup despite improvement  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/16/bruno-caboclo-still-long-way-from-cracking-raptors-lineup-despite-improvement.html

 

–  Meyers Leonard’s “Basketball Unicorn” Potential  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vh1kqB4AACEAS6R4/meyers-leonards-basketball-unicorn-potential

 

QOTD (from Gregg Popovich on Lamar Odom): ” “I don’t concentrate on what kind of player he is, I feel all the other things, because I know him as a person. Warm-hearted. Good-humored. Wonderful guy to be around. Who cares about how he played? It’s about who you are and he (is) a good person.”

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

–  How the Bucks landed Greg Monroe   (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13885602/nba-how-milwaukee-bucks-landed-greg-monroe

 

–  Why aren’t the Rockets being taken more seriously as a West contender?  (form Seth Partnow, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/thecauldron/2015/10/13/houston-rockets-james-harden-dwight-howard-nba-western-conference-title

 

–   The ‘Moneyball’ Man of the NBA: Daryl Morey  (from Andre Cantalogo,  spacecityscoop.com):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/10/15/moneyball-man-nba-daryl-morey/

 

–  ESPN Analytics Chief Ben Alamar: Using Data to Call the Shots  (from Clare Carr,  business2community.com):

Read it here:  http://www.business2community.com/big-data/espn-analytics-chief-using-data-call-shots-01353360#31Lh0Pug873RRIYi.97

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   Tristan Thompson:  The Not So Great Offensive Rebounder….Part I  (from David Wood, cavstheblog.com):  http://www.cavstheblog.com/?p=37084

 

–  How Austin Rivers, coached by his father on the Los Angeles Clippers, turned around his NBA career  (form Jonathan Abrams,  Grantland):  http://grantland.com/features/ball-in-the-family-austin-rivers-nba-doc-rivers-los-angeles-clippers/

 

–  R. J. Hunter continues to exceed Celtics’ expectations  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/hunter-continues-exceed-celtics-expectations

 

–  Rookie is hunting for a role with Celtics  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720608/rookie-is-hunting-for-a-role-with-celtics

 

–  RJ Hunter and the other Celtics rookies are all players  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/jordan_mickey_boston_celtics_1.html

 

–   Tiago Splitter transitioning into familiar frontcourt role with Hawks  (from Zach Dillard.  foxsports.com):  http://www.foxsports.com/south/story/tiago-splitter-transitioning-into-similar-frontcourt-role-with-hawks-101415

 

–   Coaching Course Paid Off for Jazz Guard Alec Burks (from Jody Gennessy, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865639064/Coaching-course-paid-off-for-Jazz-guard-Alec-Burks.html?pg=all

 

–  Amir Johnson shows what he can do offensively (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/johnson-shows-what-he-can-do-offensively-vs-nets

 

–  Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas working on a new type of jump shot  (form Adam Himmelsbach,  Boston Globe):  http://tinyurl.com/p4gq9cd

 

–   Nikola Mirotic aims for strong second impression  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bulls/post/_/id/22375/nikola-mirotic-aims-for-strong-second-impression

 

–   Phoenix Suns: Can Alex Len Turn Into The Next Marc Gasol?  (from Michael Dunlap, hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/10/14/phoenix-suns-can-alex-len-turn-into-the-next-marc-gasol/

 

–  Mavericks’ Dwight Powell still coping with mom’s cancer-related death in 2012  (from Dwain Price,  Fort Worth Star-Telegram):  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/15/4968453/mavericks-powell-still-coping.html

 

–   T.J. Warren’s Game Evolving After Summer Work  (from Gerald Bourguet,  valleyofthesuns.com):   http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/10/15/phoenix-suns-t-j-warrens-game-evolving-after-summer-work/

 

–  For Jordan Bachynski, Pistons’ preseason a chance to stick in the NBA  (from Aaron McMann,  mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/for_jordan_bachynski_pistons_t_1.html

 

–  How veteran Joe Johnson is helping Nets’ star rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  (from Tim Bontemps, NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/15/how-veteran-joe-johnson-is-helping-nets-star-rookie/

 

–  Pistons bench gets a boost with Aaron Baynes’ return and another eye-opener from Reggie Bullock in win over Bulls  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):   http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-bench-gets-boost-baynes-return-and-another-eye-opener-bullock-win-over-bulls

 

–  Anthony Davis adjusting to new role as a tough perimeter defender  (from John Reid,  NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/10/anthony_davis_adjusting_to_new.html

 

–  Larry Nance Jr. waits patiently out of limelight for Lakers to call his number  (from Mike Bresnahan,  LATimes):   http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-20151015-story.html

 

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