Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/27/18

Reviewing Sloan (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Sloan’s Evolution (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Wizards Find Ways To Thrive (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Jabari Parker Hopes His Progress Will Earn Crunch Time Chances (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
Rockets Push Streak To 13 With Defense (from David Locke, Locked On Jazz):
It’s A Copycat League, But Good Luck Imitating The Rockets (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Pistons: Success Of Griffin Trade Rests With Reggie Jackson (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Bob Cousy On Kyrie Irving (from Bill Reynolds, telegram.com):
Greg Monroe’s Defensive Shortcomings (from Jay King, Mass Live):
The Reinvention & Resurgence Of 2-Guards (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
The Best Bad Shot Makers (from Josh Eberley, NBA.com):
Envisioning Mo Bamba (from Reid Forgrave, CBS Sports):
Pelinka: Thomas Bryant Is Going To Be A Big Piece Of Lakers’ Future (from Harrison Faigen, Lakers Nation):
The Night Steph Scored 54 At MSG & Changed Basketball Forever (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Elite Prospects Should Stop Playing The NCAA Game & Consider The G League  (from Marc Spears, The Undefeated):
Kerr: NCAA Is Unwittingly Sending Kids To Professional Ranks (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
Kerr: NBA Officiating Has Never Been More Difficult (from Joseph Zuker, Bleacher Report/Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
Lue: Cavs Have Become “Too Predictable” (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Rodney Hood Should Be Used As Pick-And-Roll Ballhandler (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Cavs: LBJ Is Getting The New Additions Up To Speed For Stretch Run (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Q & A:  Jimmy Butler (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
RHJ & The Nets’ Philosophy: Calm, Humble & Patient (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
Anthony Davis & The MVP Narrative (from Jon Nathan Raby, Locked On Pelicans):
Dwight Powell Has Been The Mavs’ Best Big Man Recently & Barea Is Part Of Reason Why (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
Knicks: Burke Is Working To Shed Reputation As Poor Defender (from Daniel Popper, NY Daily News):
Clippers: Austin Rivers Is Developing Into A Solid Player (from Ryan Snellings, Clipperholics):
The Pacers Should Experiment More With Small Ball (from Jonathan Macri, Hoops Habit):
Blazers: Harkless, Nurkic Key For Stretch Run (from Peter Sampson, Blazers’ Edge):
Sixers: Richaun Holmes Deserves More Playing Time (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Ntilikina Isn’t A Bust (from Jonathan Macri, elitesportsny.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/26/18

Paul George Has Never Been Better (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
How Capela Has Emerged Into Rockets’ Ideal Center (from Gavriel Wilkins, Hoops Habit):
The Truth About Luka Doncic (from Rob Scott, Euroleague Adventures):
What Can We Glean From The Box-Out Stats? (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
DeMar DeRozan’s Honest Talk About Depression (from Doug Smith, The Star):
Takeaways From Sloan Conference (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Dwane Casey On End-Of-Game Situations: “We’ve Got To Get Better” (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
Raptors’ Playoff Concerns (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Joe Johnson Has Not Been Efficient In Isolation Situations This Season (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
How Lillard Leads The Blazers (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
The Warriors Must Unleash Their Full Pick-And-Roll Potential (from Hugo Kitano, Golden State Of Mind):
Wolves Can Thrive With A Post-Up Offense Even Without Butler (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Helping KAT On Defense (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Wolves Need The Best Version Of Bjelica (from Jake Paynting, Dunking With Wolves):
Every Contender’s Biggest X-Factor (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Jahlil Okafor: An Interior Peg Trying To Fit Into A Perimeter Hole (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
Former Cavs GM David Griffin: Living In Sonoma (from Phil Barber, Press Democrat):
Dennis Smith, Jr: Learning to Play The “2”  (from Eddie Sefko.Dallas Morning News):
Dante Cunningham Brings Toughness To Nets (from Alex Labidou, Nets.com):
Heat: Tyler Johnson Is Back On The Attack (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Nuggets’ Mike Malone: Our Defense Has To Be Better (from Harrison Wind, BSN Denver):
The Celtics’ Most Important Bench Players (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Players Still Hate The Desperation Heave (from Ryan Jones, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/2/17

Knicks: Greater Focus On The Triangle  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/03/01/how-phil-jackson-meddled-his-way-to-triangle-triumph/

Karl-Anthony Town’s Amazing Sophomore Season  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-sophomore-season-849b7e961ed4#.jzw25mvth

Jamal Murray Is Finding His Footing  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/02/jamal-murray-starts-to-find-his-footing-in-nba-just-in-time-to-help-lift-nuggets/

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):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/boogie-on-filling-the-demarcus-cousins-void/

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):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/mit-sloan-sports-analytics-preview/

Can Pelinka Save The Lakers?  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pelinka-745309-maggette-lakers.html

–  Westbrook Can’t Stop Going Left  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):

Read it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/russell-westbrook-cant-stop-going-left/

CJ McCollum: Midrange Assassin  (from Winners View):

Watch it here:  http://www.winnersview.com/videos/cj-mccollum-midrange-assassin

Raptors: Trying To Find A Way Without Lowry  (from Daniell Hackett, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/2/28/14754592/kyle-lowry-injury-toronto-raptors-lineups-numbers

Wizards’ Bench Is Stepping Up  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/for-wizards-bench-suddenly-has-plenty-of-appeal/2017/03/01/2df92916-feb2-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

For D’Antoni & The Rockets: No Such Thing As Too Many Three-Pointers  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/rockets/2017/03/02/mike-dantoni-rockets-three-pointers/98625444/

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):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3740/despite-loss-cavaliers-excited-by-their-mad-science-experiments

Cavs’ GM Griffin’s Bet On The Buyout Market Is Paying Off (from Chris De Silva, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/with-new-arrivals-incoming-cleveland-heads-for-the-home-stretch-e71090fdee88#.obrphk6ni

–  With Bradley Back, The Celtics Were A “Completed Puzzle” In Defeating Cavs  (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/2/14786610/with-avery-bradley-back-celtics-were-a-completed-puzzle-in-cavs-win

–  The Celtics’ Front Court Of The Future?  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/02/projecting-bostons-front-court-of-the-future/

–  NBA Unveils Initiatives To Improve Officiating (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-unveils-new-initiatives-improve-officiating/98603338/

 Thank You, Toronto  (from Terrence Ross, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/terrence-ross-thank-you-goodbye-toronto-raptors-orlando-magic/

–  JC Team “Plagiarizes” GSW, Is Undefeated (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-south-plains-texans.html

–  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):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-cameron-payne-bulls-spt-0302-20170301-story.html

Why George Hill Has Fit So Well With The Jazz (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-george-hill-has-fit-so-well-with-the-jazz-164148997.html

SVG: “There Are No Corners”  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here: http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2017/03/dont_ask_stan_van_gundy_about.html

–  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):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/1/14782814/tyler-johnson-emerging-as-one-of-the-heats-most-consistent-players-goran-dragic-james-johnson-riley

Byron Spruell: New President Of League Operations  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-new-president-league-operation-byron-spruell/98600788/

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):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/sports/nba/cavaliers/kyle-korver-cleveland-cavaliers-have-unique-mindset/416211905

–  D-League: Kevin Murphy Is Ready To Return To NBA (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/1/14782470/kevin-murphy-nba-dleague-nbadl-grand-rapids-drive

–  11 Former NBA Players You May Not Have Realized Are College Head Coaches  (from Aaron Torres, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/college-basketball/gallery/college-basketball-coaches-coaching-changes-details-bracketology-ncaa-tournament-030117

– QOTW (from Gregg Popovich on the value of continuity):

 
“It’s better than conflict and chaos, right?… (O)wners who let people do their jobs end up being more successful in our business. And obviously, if someone has made a lot of bucks doing something else, the pitfall is always to think that you can do that no matter what business you might be in. Some organizations get into trouble because of that.
 
“Instant gratification seems to be the factor that runs things the most, as far as whether you can have continuity or not.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

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.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/03/01/ssac-2015-takeaway-accepting-yes-for-an-answer/

 

 

–   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”

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/3/4/8149083/nerlens-noel-defense-76ers-synergy-statistics-2015

 

 

–  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.”

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/rudy-gobert-slams–salutes-as-surging-jazz-take-out-grizzlies-055300602.html

 

 

–  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”

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/103400/inside-deandre-jordans-rebounding-streak

 

 

 

–  Rudy Gobert Is Making Utah an Elite Defensive Team  (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland.com):

Read ansd view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/french-lessons-rudy-gobert-is-making-utah-an-elite-defensive-team/

 

 

 

–  Rondo’s Rock Bottom Free Throw Shooting  (from Kevin O’Connor,  BBall BNreakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/03/04/the-book-on-rajon-rondos-rock-bottom-free-throw-shooting/

 

 

 

–  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”

Read it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/3/4/8116689/breaking-down-the-wolves-part-iii-the-unknowns

 

 

 

–  Anthony Davis Vacu-Seals Defenses  (from Stephen Shea, basketballanalyticsbook.com):

Read Part I here:  http://www.basketballanalyticsbook.com/2015/03/02/anthony-davis-vacu-seals-defenses/

read Part II here:  http://www.basketballanalyticsbook.com/2015/03/03/anthony-davis-vacu-seals-defenses-part-ii/

 

 

 

–  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.”

Read it here:  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20150304-sefko-grads-of-rick-carlisle-finishing-school-not-surprised-mavs-coach-getting-most-out-of-his-team.ece

–  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.”

Read it here:   http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/3/4/8149479/coachs-resume-a-review-of-mike-dantoni-denver-nuggets

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Wesley Matthews:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/wesley-matthews-portland-trailblazers-lamarcus-aldridge-nba-all-star-nyc/1czagq2s14xxt1kkvw34c3fgc5

 

Nikola Vucevic:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/03/04/nikola-vucevic-becomes-primary-offensive-option/

 

Elijah Millsap:   http://saltcityhoops.com/finding-a-niche-how-elijah-millsap-has-hung-on-with-the-utah-jazz/

 

PJ Hairston:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article12341318.html   and   http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/04/p-j-hairston-has-had-a-rough-rookie-season/

 

Jarrell Eddie:  http://www.nba.com/spurs/austin-spurs-jarell-eddie-takes-danny-green-path

 

Thomas Robinson:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/03/04/thomas-robinson-philadelphia-76ers-kings-rockets-blazers-nuggets