Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/30/16

–  IND 101, TOR 83  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
–  Blazers Will Face Warriors After Eliminating Clippers  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Ed Davis: Blazers “Have Nothing To Lose”  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
–  Blazers:  A Trail Of Wise Decisions  (from Matt Zemek,  Crossover Chronicles):

–  Numbers Preview:  Warriors-Blazers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/30/numbers-preview-warriors-blazers/

–  Advice To The Clippers (from Amin Elhassan, ESPN):
” My advice (to the Clippers) is to get a real GM. But what I foresee: They’ll look for some also-ran players who once played for team president Doc Rivers or played well against him (or played in his driveway). That’s who they’ll target.
 
” If you look at the four-man combination of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, they’ve consistently ranked among the top lineups in the league in plus-minus and net rating. The idea that the Clippers need massive changes is overblown. What they need is competent cap management, good free-agent signings, better minor league evaluation and better player development. In short, all the things you need to correctly fill out your supporting cast. “
 
 
 
 
 
–  Steph Curry Is Optimistic He Will Return Sooner Than Expected  (from Sam Amick,  USA  Today):
OKC-SAS Preview  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

–  Spurs Need To Limit Thunder’s Role Players  (from Ian Smith, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2016/04/30/san-antonio-spurs-need-to-limit-okc-thunders-role-players/

–  Durant:  Spurs-Thunder Bears No Resemblance To 2014 Series  (from  Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25572639/kevin-durant-spurs-thunder-bears-no-resemblance-to-2014-playoff-series

–  Billy Donovan’s Transition From College To NBA  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

–  Celtics’ Bright Future Eases Sting Of Loss (From Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25571192/six-things-that-must-happen-for-okc-to-pull-upset-over-the-spurs

 –  Inside A Brad Stevens Play  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
–  Walton Started Climb As U Of Memphis Assistant During NBA Lockout  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

–  Why Walton Chose The Lakers  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15433615/luke-walton-homecoming-move-dysfunctional-lakers

–  Wizards, Brooks Each Got What They Wanted (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-scott-brooks-both-got-what-they-wanted/2016/04/27/808c2034-0c00-11e6-8ab8-9ad050f76d7d_story.html

 Summer Agenda: Sacramento Kings  (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):  NOTE: This is the 10th installment in Marks’ series which will eventually analyze every team’s summer agenda.  At the end of this installment, you can clink on the link to each of the teams covered so far.

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/summer-agenda–sacramento-kings-190612739.html

–  God Shammgod  Q & A  (from Josiah Turner, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/15424098/catching-one-only-god-shammgod-40th-birthday

–  The Birth of Hack-A-Farce  (from Andrew Keh,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/sports/basketball/the-birth-of-hack-a-shaq.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/04/30/terry-rozier-has-a-future-with-the-boston-celtics/
–  Solomon Hill (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/106321986/solomon-hill-indiana-pacers-coach-vogel
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/29/16

 

–  ATL 104, BOS 92  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/28/nba-playoffs-hawks-celtics-lebron-james-cavaliers-conference-semifinals-video   from Tim Cato,  SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/29/11534220/2016-nba-playoff-scores-celtics-hawks-series-loss-isaiah-thomas-shooting  and from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/hawks-beat-celtics-set-for-rematch-with-cavaliers/

–  Hawks Bounce Celtics; Earn Another Shot At Cavs  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25570632/hawks-bounce-boston-earn-another-shot-at-lebron-and-the-cavs

–  Numbers Preview:  Cavs vs Hawks  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/29/numbers-preview-cavs-hawks/

–  Mason Plumlee Emerges As Unlikely Playmaker (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/29/nba-playoffs-portland-trail-blazers-mason-plumlee-damian-lillard

–  Terry Stotts Q & A  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):

Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/04/trail_blazers_terry_stotts_on_defense_and_mason_pl.html

–  Beating The Blazers Will Be A Daunting Task For The Clippers  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/304426-182352-beat-blazers-in-portland-daunting-challenge-for-clipped-clippers

–  How Doc Rivers Stays Strong  (from Arash Markazi, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/post/_/id/8096/doc-rivers-stays-strong-in-eye-of-clippers-storm

–  How Hiring Steve Clifford Rescued The Hornets  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):  Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-steve-clifford-changed-the-program-in-charlotte-192931811.html

 The Hornets’ Depth  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/28/11476806/charlotte-hornets-miami-heat-nba-playoffs-2016-game-5

–  Hornets Pulled Out All Their Tricks In Game 5  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15419858/the-heat-handle-hornets-bag-tricks

–  Dwane Casey Has Stepped Out Of His Comfort Zone  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/casey-steps-comfort-zone-raptors-finding-new-ways-win/

–  Should Frank Vogel Continue To Trust Pacers’ Bench  (from Ben Gibson, 8points9seconds):

Read it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/04/29/indiana-pacers-frank-vogel-bench-toronto-raptors/

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

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/bdl-s-2015-16-nba-playoff-previews–spurs-vs–thunder-041329386.html    from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/spurs-vs-thunder-will-fun-unpredictable-ever/   and from Fred Katz, CNHI News:  http://www.enidnews.com/sports/thunder_nba/thunder-prepare-for-spurs-shut-down-defense/article_4962e4fb-82b8-56fd-bcad-e401075bb3ef.html

–  Numbers Preview:  Spurs vs Thunder  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/28/numbers-preview-spurs-thunder-2/

–  How Chip Engelland Helped Transform Kawhi Leonard’s Shooting  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2634107-how-an-nba-shot-whisperer-transformed-kawhi-leonard-into-a-3-point-fire-hazard

–  Rockets’ Post-Mortem (from Mika Honkasalo, HoopsHype):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2016/04/28/rockets-post-mortem-what-went-wrong-and-how-they-can-fix-it/

 Scott Brooks: Defense, Relationship Building, Player Development  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/04/28/its-not-who-scott-brooks-has-coached-but-how-that-matters-now-for-wizards/

–  Kenny Atkinson’s Journey From ‘Spunky” To Nets’ Coach (from Brian Lewis, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/28/kenny-atkinsons-global-journey-from-spunky-to-nets-coach/

–  Go To Moves: KD, IT, Z-Bo  (from Coach Nick, Adam Turner,  BBall Breakdown):

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

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kawhi Leonard  (from Nick Moyle, expressnews):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-next-step-on-NBA-evolutionary-7383706.php

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/28/hard-work-gets-results-bismack-biyombo-says

–  Draymond Green  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15420114/draymond-green-playoffs-diary-part-5

–  Stanley Johnson  (from David Mayo, MLive):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/pistons_stanley_johnson_may_be.html

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Leo Beas, Cowbell Kingdom):  http://cowbellkingdom.com/the-harsh-reality-of-facing-reality/

–  Eric Griffin  (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/29/11532064/eric-griffin-eyes-nba-opportunity

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/26/16

–  What’s Ahead For The Clippers Without CP3? (from J.A.Adande, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15371146/more-questions-answers-playoffs-far

–  Trail Blazers’ Luck:  Where Preparation Meets Opportunity  (from Arash markazi,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15373184/trail-blazers-seized-opportunity-where-find-it

 Getting To The Playoffs Was Never Enough For The Blazers  (from Casey Holdahl,  forwardcenter.net):

Read it here:  http://forwardcenter.net/despite-what-they-say-just-getting-to-the-playoffs-was-never-enough-for-these-trail-blazers/

–  Spurs Will Test Thunder In Ways The Mavs Couldn’t  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/26/nba-playoffs-thunder-beat-mavericks-await-spurs

–  How Bad Is Curry’s Injury?  (from Al Saracevic/Maddie Lee,  sfgate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Curry-s-knee-injury-How-bad-is-it-7346762.php  and from Tim Grover, Yahoo Sports:  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-truth-about-steph-curry-s-injury-005912613.html

–  The Warriors Without Curry  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/117252/how-good-are-the-warriors-without-stephen-curry

–  Kemba Walker Leads Hornets To Series Tie  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/25/11505878/hornets-heat-2016-results-score-nba-playoffs-game-4-kemba-walker-jeremy-lin/in/11269901

–  Lin’s Ability To Drive One Of The Keys To Hornets’ Victory  (from Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article73887287.html

–  Backcourt Heroics Help Hornet Even Series  (from Matt Rochinsky,  hornets.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/hornets/backcourts-heroics-help-hornets-even-series-2-2

–  Raptors’ Adjustment Options  (from  Dave Feschuk,  Toronto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/25/youve-got-to-have-faith-as-blind-as-it-is-feschuk.html   and from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca:   http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-centre-raptors-game-5-adjustments/

–  Pacers’ Coach Vogel Has Had To Unlearn A Lot  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/25/insider-vogel-has-had-un-learn-lot-what-he-believes/83502024/

–  Brad Stevens: Next Superstar Coach  (from Jackie MacMullan,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15356168/brad-stevens-next-superstar-head-coach

–  Celtics’ Multiple Defensive Looks Causing Problems For Hawks’ Point Guards  (from Kris Willis, peachtreehoops):

Read and view it here:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/4/26/11506004/hawks-celtics-point-guards-dennis-schroder-jeff-teague-isaiah-thomas

–  One Change To LBJ’s Game Has Altered The Cavs’ Offense Entirely  (from Josh Planos, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/04/26/one-change-to-lebron-jamess-game-has-altered-the-cavs-offense-entirely

–  Tyronn Lue Compares LBJ’s Treatment To Shaq’s  (form Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15314895/cleveland-cavaliers-coach-tyronn-lue-compares-lebron-james-foul-treatment-shaquille-oneal

–  Brooks’ Path To $35 Million Coach Began In CBA Draft’s 2nd Round (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/scott-brookss-path-to-7-million-nba-coach-began-in-the-cba-drafts-2nd-round/2016/04/25/f3c24910-0aee-11e6-bfa1-4efa856caf2a_story.html

–  Why Some Bigs Are Bad Foul Shooters  (from Steve Kyler,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-why-some-guys-are-bad-foul-shooters/

–  Every Trade That Has And Could Affect The 2016 Draft  (from Sam Vecenie,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25565523/heres-every-trade-that-has-and-could-affect-the-2016-nba-draft

Mavs: Positive Takeaways From This Season (from Cole Mentzel,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/04/26/dallas-mavericks-3-positive-takeaways-2015-16/

–  Keeping The Thunder On Their Game  (from Marc Tracy,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/sports/basketball/oklahoma-city-thunder-on-their-game.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Kevin Martin  (from Tom Orsborne, expressnews.com):   http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Unorthodox-Martin-fitting-in-well-with-Spurs-7275611.php?t=7bb2b58b92927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/25/raptors-demarre-carroll-brings-the-mojo

Meyers Leonard (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/303584-181456-support-from-behind-bench-

C.J.Miles  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/miles-continues-work-and-wait

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/22/16

OKC 131, DAL 102  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562950/westbrook-durant-get-the-help-they-need-thunder-re-establish-dominance

Mavs Can’t Match Thunder’s Athleticism  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com.au/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706392/mavericks-cant-match-thunders-awesome-athleticism

–  TOR 101, IND 85  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/22/15480/

–  HOU 97, GSW 96  (from Rodger Sherman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  How The Heat Shut Down The Hornets’ Threes And Owned The Paint  (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/shutting-supply

–  Heat’s Offense Making Historic Jump  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article73126627.html

–  Silver:  Eliminating Hack-a-Farce Could Happen In July  (from DeAntae Prince, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/21/adam-silver-hack-a-shaq-kiki-vandeweghe-nba-rules

–  What The Wolves Are Getting In Thibodeau  (from Will Gottlieb, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/21/wolves-getting-thibodeau/

–  Thibodeau Assesses The Job Ahead  (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/master-architect-new-wolves-boss-tom-thibodeau-assesses-the-job-ahead/376655621/

–  More On Thibs/Wolves  (from Sid Hartman, startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/thibodeau-helped-train-future-nba-coaches/376650401/

–  Pacers’ Assistant Coach Dan Burke  (from Ian Thomsen,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/21/indiana-pacers-assistant-dan-burke-sets-defensive-foundation-for-franchise/

–  Scott Brooks’ Hiring Has Nothing To Do With Durant  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25563019/what-does-scott-brooks-hiring-have-to-do-with-kevin-durant-nothing   and here (from Chris Mannix,  Yahoo Sports):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-wizards-fans-shouldn-t-count-on-scott-brooks-to-lure-kevin-durant-010418933.html

–  Meet New Nets’ Coach Kenny Atkinson  (from Mike Vaccaro,  NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/21/meet-nets-kenny-atkinson-who-fought-like-hell-for-this-spot/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Andre Drummond  (from Tom Haberstorh,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15292921/science-andre-drummond-explosive-athleticism

–  Justin Anderson  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4706380/rookie-rarity-justin-anderson-earning-coach-rick-carlisles-trust

 

 Norman Powell  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25562446

–  Jarell Martin  (from therealhrdlicka, grizzlyberblues.com):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/4/22/11481836/jarell-martin-deep-dive

–  Austin Rivers  (from Dan Woike,  OC Register):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rivers-713137-player-people.html

–  Dwyane Wade  (from Anthony Chiang,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/crafty-veteran-dwyane-wade-still-shows-flashes-of-/nq8xX/

Jeremy Lin (from Andrew Keh,  NY Times):  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/sports/basketball/jeremy-lin-charlotte-hornets.html

 

–  Christian Wood  (from Jake Pavorsky,  libertyballers.com):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/4/22/11467548/sixers-tinder-christian-wood-may-be-a-process-related-fatality

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   Memphis Grizzlies: How To Work Around The Age Issue  (from Tom Firme,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/19/memphis-grizzlies-work-around-age-issue/

 

–  Former ref Delaney focused on improving the craft  (from Sportal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/former-ref-delaney-focused-on-improving-the-craft/1i9llvx9cyipy163x9txz1blvj

 

–  The Thunder  Legacies Of Kendrick Perkins, Scott Brooks, And Derek Fisher  (from  Alex Roig, vavel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/542406-the-three-that-will-never-be-the-legacies-of-kendrick-perkins-scott-brooks-and-derek-fisher.html

 

–   So the Rockets are Hard-Capped… Now What?  (from David Weiner,  clutchfans.net):

Read it here:  http://rockets.clutchfans.net/9249/houston-rockets-hard-cap/

 

–   Phoenix’s history with dual playmakers lends insight into Suns’ future with Bledsoe, Knight  (from deadpoolio, brightsideofthesun.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/19/9351191/Phoenix-Suns-history-of-the-dual-playmaker-system

 

Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Top 50 NBA Players: 35-31   (from Joshua Riddell, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/15/players-35-31-nba-top50/

 

–   Pistons: What Will Be Stanley Johnson’s Best Position?  (from DeMarcus Garrett,  pistonpowered.com): http://pistonpowered.com/2015/09/20/detroit-pistons-will-stanley-johnsons-best-position/

 

–   Hollis Thompson: The Anonymous Assassin  (from Sean Kennedy,  today’sfastbreak.com):  https://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/atlantic/philadelphia-76ers/hollis-thompson-the-anonymous-assassin/

 

–  Sam Thompson’s case for making the Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 roster  (from Austin Peters, atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/9/19/9298767/sam-thompson-charlotte-hornets-2015-2016-roster