– Knicks: Greater Focus On The Triangle (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
– Karl-Anthony Town’s Amazing Sophomore Season (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
– Jamal Murray Is Finding His Footing (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
– Durant Injury Opens Door For Warriors’ Young Bench (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):
Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/kevin-durant-injury-patrick-mccaw-bench/
– Cauley-Stein & Labissiere: Filling The Cousins Void (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):
From Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring: https://16winsaring.com/keep-an-eye-on-kings-willie-cauley-stein-3acef3e94e7c#.rw6x4v5ai
– Previewing The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
– Can Pelinka Save The Lakers? (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):
– Westbrook Can’t Stop Going Left (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
– CJ McCollum: Midrange Assassin (from Winners View):
– Raptors: Trying To Find A Way Without Lowry (from Daniell Hackett, Raptors HQ):
– Wizards’ Bench Is Stepping Up (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
– For D’Antoni & The Rockets: No Such Thing As Too Many Three-Pointers (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
– Video: Nuggets’ Beautiful Ball Movement (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Read and watch it here: http://www.businessinsider.com/nuggets-ball-movement-vs-bucks-2017-3
From Matt Moore, CBS Sports: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-nuggets-offense-shows-off-insane-ball-movement-before-getting-bucket/
– Despite Loss, Cavs Excited About Their “Mad Science Experiments” (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
– Cavs’ GM Griffin’s Bet On The Buyout Market Is Paying Off (from Chris De Silva, 16 Wins A Ring):
– With Bradley Back, The Celtics Were A “Completed Puzzle” In Defeating Cavs (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):
– The Celtics’ Front Court Of The Future? (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
– NBA Unveils Initiatives To Improve Officiating (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
– Thank You, Toronto (from Terrence Ross, The Players Tribune):
– JC Team “Plagiarizes” GSW, Is Undefeated (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
– The Suns’ New Two-Man Game, Featuring Tyler Ulis And Alan Williams (from Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Sports):
Read and watch it here: http://arizonasports.com/story/1039220/welcome-suns-2-man-game-tyler-ulis-alan-williams/
– Is Cam Payne The Bulls PG Of The Future? (from Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune):
– Why George Hill Has Fit So Well With The Jazz (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
– SVG: “There Are No Corners” (from Aaron McMann, MLive):
– Dedmon Needs To Stay As Spurs’ Starting Center (from Jared Johnson, fanragsports.com):
Read and watch it here: http://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/dewayne-dedmon-needs-stay-spurs-starting-center/
– Tyler Johnson: Answering Critics With Strong, Consistent Play (from Brandon Di Perno, Hot Hot Hoops):
– Byron Spruell: New President Of League Operations (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
– Nowitzki Is Embracing His New Role At “5” (from Sam Casey, The moking Cuban):
Read and watch it here: http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/02/dirk-nowitzki-embracing-role-mavs-center/
– Korver: Cavs Have Unique Mindset (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):
– D-League: Kevin Murphy Is Ready To Return To NBA (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
– 11 Former NBA Players You May Not Have Realized Are College Head Coaches (from Aaron Torres, Fox Sports):
– QOTW (from Gregg Popovich on the value of continuity):
– 2015 Sloan Conference Takeaway – Accepting Yes For An Answer (from Seth Partnow, nyloncalculus.com):
” Developments in analytics were barely even discussed. PER was compared to Real Plus-Minus, there was some discussion of biometrics2. A joke or two was made at the expense of the Kings. But nothing earth-shattering.
Cutting past the storytelling and general quant boosterism3, there was a discovery, in plain sight. If the question is how do “we” learn to take yes as an answer, the solution is to realize when we’ve met an ally. Mike D’Antoni is an ally. On one level, of course he is. The SSOL Suns and his general pace and space philosophy are well-regarded by new metrics. At the same time, he’s also been seen publicly as crusty, cantankerous, stubborn and so on — old school on everything but X’s and O’s.
But crucially, he’s willing to experiment. He likes things that work. The verbiage and thinking process might be radically different, but the underlying curiosity and ambitions are the same.
A (hypothetical) conversation with D’Antoni about trying a new numbers-based approach to an aspect of the game would probably start with him saying “I’m not totally sure what you’re doing, but show my why it works, how it can make us better?” That is what yes looks like. At this point, convincing stops and assisting starts.
An understandable and natural inclination is to realize someone is interested and to continue to explain, and over-explain and then over-over-explain. In effect, to kill the sale.”
– Kyle Korver: Anatomy of a shooter (from Simon Legg, sportal.com.au):
” Of all the elite shooters, however, Korver may be the best at his craft, and at maximising his skill set.
Of his field goal attempts, 73.2 percent have come from deep, while 75.5 percent of his jump shots are catch-and-shoot attempts.
He might have the quickest trigger in the league, with 93.6 percent of his field goal attempts occurring after having had the ball in his hands for two seconds or less, per SportVU’s player tracking data.
Generally speaking, the majority of his open looks come from four specific play types.”
Read and view it here: http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/anatomy-of-a-shooter-kyle-korver/1ugf580ydmy5e1cictlinij0h9
– Nerlens Noel is growing into a defensive force (from Satchel Price, SBNation):
” Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel was always going to make his name on the defensive end. A candidate to be the No. 1 pick before injury concerns dropped him down to No. 6, Noel’s potential on that end of the floor made scouts and executives salivate.
Unable to play during his rookie year as a result of those health issues, Noel has been trying to catch up in his sophomore season while starring for the 76ers. There aren’t many teams in the league that could afford to give Noel the opportunity to learn and grow on the fly, but Philadelphia’s been willing to risk present-day losses for long-term benefits.
And while it took Noel a few months to get his feet under him, it appears the fruits of Philadelphia’s patience are beginning to bear fruit. Noel has blossomed since a full-time move to the center position”
– Surging Jazz take out Grizzlies (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
” Not only did the Jazz go into the Grindhouse and impose their will on the Grizzlies — albeit a short-handed version of the Grizzlies playing without the suspended Tony Allen, the ill tandem of Zach Randolph and Beno Udrih and the injured Vince Carter — en route to a 93-82 win, but in the process, they improved to 5-1 since the break, with three of those wins coming over Western Conference playoff teams (Portland, San Antonio and now Memphis).
Stop the presses: the Utah Jazz are pretty good, pretty fun, and pretty tough to beat right now.
This isn’t a seismic shock to anyone who was paying attention earlier in the season. The Jazz were a better, livelier team through the first four months than their 19-34 pre-All-Star-break record suggested. Utah looked like a club finding its way in first-year head coach Quin Snyder’s motion offense, one that was lining up behind the leadership of fifth-year men Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, and starting to show signs of a defensive resurgence keyed by shot-blocking, rim-protecting Rudy Gobert. It certainly didn’t hurt that the 7-foot-2 French sophomore also looked like he was becoming a pick-and-roll monster with surprising touch and passing instincts who dunked everything in sight, either.
Then, just before the All-Star break, came the trade request from the disgruntled Enes Kanter, who felt like he’d waited too long for a solidified spot as an offensive focal point. Then, just before the trade deadline, came the shipment of Kanter to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for center Kendrick Perkins (whom Utah promptly bought out) forward Grant Jerrett, the rights to 25-year-old FC Barcelona center Tibor Pleiss, the Thunder’s lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick and the Detroit Pistons’ 2017 second-rounder.
Suddenly, the path was cleared for Gobert to go from reserve-minutes revelation to starting center alongside Favors in what Jazz fans hoped would be the sort of frontcourt that could stifle opposing offenses. Through six games, the results have far, far exceeded expectations.”
– Inside DeAndre Jordan’s rebounding streak (from Micah Adams, ESPN):
” Jordan has 66 more rebounds than any other player since Jan. 9. The gap between Jordan and Hassan Whiteside (second over that span), is larger than the gap between Whiteside and the player with the 58th-most rebounds over that span (Nick Collison and Harrison Barnes) and larger than the gap between Whiteside and Ricky Rubio.
If you took away all of Jordan’s offensive rebounds, Jordan would still lead the NBA in rebounding over this stretch. That’s dominating your skill set.
Rather than take away the offensive rebounds, let’s focus on them simply because they paint a picture of just how critical Jordan’s run has been to Doc Rivers’ team.
Prior to this run, Jordan was averaging 4.4 offensive boards per game. Since that game at Dallas, he’s averaging 6.1 offensive boards per game, effectively”
– Rudy Gobert Is Making Utah an Elite Defensive Team (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland.com):
– Rondo’s Rock Bottom Free Throw Shooting (from Kevin O’Connor, BBall BNreakdown):
– Breaking Down the Wolves, Part III: The Unknowns (from John Meyer, canishoopus.com):
” Part III of an ongoing five-part series, aimed at breaking down the current state of the Wolves, focuses on three rookies in Minnesota: Zach LaVine, Adreian Payne and Glenn Robinson III”
– Anthony Davis Vacu-Seals Defenses (from Stephen Shea, basketballanalyticsbook.com):
– Grads of ‘Rick Carlisle Finishing School’ not surprised Mavs coach getting most out of his team (from Eddie Sefko, dallasnews.com):
“ I call it the Rick Carlisle Finishing School,” said Warren LeGarie, Carlisle’s agent, who also represents Kaleb Canales, one of Carlisle’s current aides. “I think assistant coaches really learn a lot working with Rick because he gives them plenty of responsibility and listens to their input.”
Carlisle is in the midst of one of the best seasons he’s had in terms of squeezing the most out of his team.
The Mavericks are 40-22 going into the regular season’s final 20 games. They are solidly in the running for a home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and have stayed afloat quite well in the standings despite a plethora of injuries to numerous different players.
It’s been a challenge with new pieces like Rajon Rondo and Amar’e Stoudemire coming aboard during the season, too.
But those who have been through the battles with Carlisle before are not surprised.”
– Coach’s Resume: A review of Mike D’Antoni (from Adam mares, denverstiffs.com):
” Part 1 of a series on head coaching candidates for the Denver Nuggets. A close look at what Mike D’Antoni might bring to the Mile High City.”
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