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

 

 36 Things To Watch For In The First Round  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/15/11349662/nba-playoffs-2016-best-plays-players

–  Warriors:  Breathtaking Outbursts Are Game-Changers  (from  Phil Barber,  pressdemocrat.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/5503127-181/warriors-on-the-run-breathtaking?artslide=0

–  How To Beat The Warriors? It Starts With Discipline  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/How-to-beat-the-Warriors-It-starts-with-7251069.php

–  Can Beverley Slow Down Steph?  (from Jeff Faraudo,  East Bay Times):

Read it here:  http://www.eastbaytimes.com/warriors/ci_29772640/warriors-curry-looking-forward-facing-rockets-beverley

–  Warriors/Rockets Preview   (from Andrew Flohr/Darren Yuvan, goldenstateofmind/thedreamshake):

Read it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/16/11443610/NBA-2016-playoffs-golden-state-warriors-houston-rockets

–  First Round Success Means Something Different To Each Team  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15210010/nba-success-all-16-playoff-teams

–   Hawks vs Celtics: Three Questions  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/16/playoff-preview-three-questions-about-boston-celtics-vs-atlanta-hawks/

Boston’s Defense Against Hawks’ Pick-and-Roll  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/16/11439582/caging-the-hawks-bostons-defense-against-atlantas-pick-and-roll-game

–  Playoff Preview: Mavericks vs. Thunder  (from mavsmoneyball.cm):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/4/14/11430404/mavericks-thunder-nba-playoffs-first-round-preview-analysis-2016-ULTIMATE

 Spurs Playbook: The Spurs Use The “4 Out, 1 In” Attack (from Eli Horowitz,  poundingtherock.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/15/11437842/spurs-playbook-the-spurs-go-to-4-out-1-in-with-their-b-squad

Scouting The Grizzlies  (from Paul Garcia, projectspurs.com):

Read it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/round-1-scouting-the-grizzlies.html

–  Pistons:  Adjustments Key To Containing Irving  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/pistons_plot_to_contain_cavs_k.html

Video Breakdown: The Bulls Season (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVMIKGU50Wc&feature=youtu.be

–  Long Island Nets Hit Home Run With Nored Hire (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/15/11439298/long-island-nets-hit-home-run-with-ronald-nored-hire

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

James Harden  (from Michael Rosenfeld, Vantage Sports):   http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VxFHRSkAAPWg47mV

–  Steph Curry  (from Ray Allen interview by Abe Schwadron,  slamonline.com):

SLAM: Where do you rank Stephen Curry in terms of the greatest shooters in the history of the League? 

RA: Based on what he’s done, I think he has to be—he’s on his way to being the best ever. It’s always arguable, based on who’s telling the story. One thing I always tell people is, it’s hard to compare generations. Everybody has something or somebody that makes him feel special about the game, or the way they saw and the way they appreciate the game. I’ve sat back and watched a lot, and listened to a lot of people talk. He’s creating a lane all of his own. People comparing him to me, to Reggie [Miller]. But I think Steph is in a category of his own. Just being able to have great handles the way he has with the ball, to be able to score at will by getting to the basket. Myself, Reggie Miller, Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson—we play a different game. We’re shooters. We come off screens, pindowns—Steph can do that, but he’s creating a different lane. Point guards haven’t been able to do what he’s been able to do, because he’s mixing that 2 guard-ish in there with having the great handles of a point guard.

 

Jonas Valanciunas/Terrence Ross  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/16/raptors-count-on-more-mature-valanciunas-ross-in-nba-playoffs.html

–  Kyle Lowry  (from Michael Grange,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/leading-raptors-playoff-success-next-step-lowrys-transformation/

Kristaps Porzingis  (from George Willis,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/04/14/porzingis-talks-year-2-plan-and-a-difficult-offseason-decision/

Lance Thomas  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/04/15/knicks-hoping-rest-of-nba-missed-lance-thomas-growth/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 2/6/16

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

–  Celtics 104, Cavs 103  (from Chris Fedor,  Cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/02/tyronn_lues_late_substitution.html

–  Film Breakdown:  D’Angelo Russell Is Already A Dangerous Inside Scorer  (from Drew Garrison,  Silver Screen And Roll):

Watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/2/5/10924818/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-breakdown-film-nba-rookie

–  Film Breakdown:  How D’Angelo Russell Bullied The Pelicans Inside  (from Drew Garrison,  Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and view it here:   http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/2/5/10922624/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-analysis-breakdown-film-rookie

–  Terrence Ross:  Growing At Rate Of Practice Speed  (from Chris O’Leary, Toronto Star):

Read it here:   http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/01/29/raptors-ross-growing-at-rate-of-practice-sessions.html

–  Terrence Ross Is Improving Defensively In Both Flashy And Subtle Ways  (from Sean Woodley,  RaptorsHQ):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2016/2/5/10891706/terrence-ross-is-improving-defensively-no-seriously

–  OKC Is Next Contender To Take On The Warriors  (From Kelly Dwyer,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/oklahoma-city-is-the-nba-s-next-contender-to-take-on-golden-state-162116493.html

–  Pistons’ Guide To Surviving KCP’s Injury And Making The Playoffs  (from Sean Corp),  Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/2/5/10923422/the-dbb-guide-to-surviving-kcps-injury-and-making-the-playoffs

–  DeRozan Now A Multi-Faceted Player  (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-demar-derozan-now-a-multifaceted-player/

–  Nikola Jokic Is A Special Rookie  (from Mika Hokasalo,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VrXMLigAAOcaxOmQ

(Note;  As always, excellence from Mika.  However, we question whether KAT is having the best rookie season ever for a big, statistically speaking.  Wilt?  KA-J?)

Earl Watson Hails Influence Of D’Antoni’s, Nash’s Suns  (from Paul Coro,  azcentra):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/02/04/earl-watson-hails-influence-dantonis-nashs-suns/79851784/

–  Brett Brown Wants No Regrets, Defensive Athleticism  (from Brian Seltzer,  sixers.com):

Readit here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-brown-wants-no-regrets-defensive-athleticism

–  Sixers Still Seeking Building Blocks   (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=367729021

–  2016 Free Agent List (from Eddie Scarito,  Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/02/2016-nba-free-agents-2.html

–  Former Magic GM Otis Smith Now Coaching In D-League  (from Tim Casey,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/02/04/otis-smith-stan-van-gundy-nba-d-league/79763394/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Chandler Parsons (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14719077/nba-does-rick-carlisle-really-believe-chandler-parsons

–  Terry Rozier  (from Spencer Davies, AmicoHoops):  http://amicohoops.net/2016/02/rozier-patiently-awaits-turn-with-celtics/

–  Myles Turner  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14720918/nba-myles-turner-unique-style-game-all-own-go-ask-lebron-james

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Christopher Cason, slamonline):  http://www.slamonline.com/nba/qa-kent-bazemore/#Fuyc20zeCKcFapYT.97

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/02/05/phoenix-suns-archie-goodwin-pushes-through-turnovers/79906108/

–   Ray McCallum  (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25474506/spurs-hoping-ray-mccallum-can-be-their-next-d-league-success-story

–  Keala King  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):   http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/2/6/10925160/former-top-prospect-keala-king-eyes-potential-chance-in-nba-d-league

–  Dragan Bender   (from Jonathan Givony,  Yahoo Sports):   https://sports.yahoo.com/news/european-dispatch–getting-to-know-dragan-bender-195451386.html

Jermaine Taylor  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/2/5/10923128/jermaine-taylor-nba-return-d-league-stampede-red-claws-interview

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/30/16

–  The Pelicans Are Back From The Dead  (from Tim Cato,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/29/10866206/2016-nba-scores-new-orleans-pelicans-playoffs-standings-anthony-davis

–  Luis Scola Keeps Raptors’ Win Streak In Perspective  (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/29/luis-scola-keeps-raptors-win-streak-in-perspective

–  The Wizards’ Defensive Shortcomings  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/john-walls-stark-self-assesment-of-the-wizards-we-just-cant-guard-a-soul/2016/01/29/64632786-c6c8-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html

–  Previewing Kawhi vs LeBron Matchup  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2611673-lebron-james-kawhi-leonard-rivalry-evolving-into-battle-of-equals

–  Celtics On A Rampage:  Trend Analysis  (from DRJ,  celticslife.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/01/celtics-on-rampage-green-trends-analysis.html

–  Blazers Talk Defense After Win  (from David MacKay,  blazersedge.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/1/30/10874698/blazers-defense-win-hornets-nicolas-batum

–  Cavaliers:  Five Observations  (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/kyrie_irving_follows_tyronn_lu.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Klay Thompson’s Upside Down Elevator For Draymond Green’s Three (from EricApricot, Golden State of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/29/10858038/NBA-highlights-2016-klay-thompson-draymond-green-golden-state-warriors-dallas-mavericks

–  Ten Things You Need To Know About The Grizzlies  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25466404

–  Why Are The Grizzlies Suddenly Scoring So Many Points?  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Numbers-Game–367005981.html

–  Michael Malone Flourishing After Kings Disappointment  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/inside-the-denver-nuggets-151035814.html

–  How Anthony Morrow Turned His Jumper Into NBA’s Fastest Weapon  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4693022-anthony-morrow-dip-quick-release-thunder-kevin-durant-stephen-curry

–  Fixing The Bucks’ Defense  (from Daniel Larsen,  behindthebuckspass.com):

Read it here:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2016/01/30/milwaukee-bucks-fix-defense/

–  Devin Booker Might Already Be One Of The NBA’s Best Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vqz6wyQAAEMxgvcf

–  Searching For Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Partner On The Wing  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/1/29/10825822/searching-for-michael-kidd-gilchrists-partner-on-the-wing

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports): The unlikely story of how Kristaps Porzingis found his way to the Knicks

 

–  Zaza Pachulia  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706065/zaza-pachulia-returns-reminds-mavs-how-much-they-missed-him

–  Draymond Green  (from Sekou Smith,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/sekou_smith/01/29/kia-race-to-the-mvp-ladder-draymond-green-shows-superstar-skills-stephen-curry-lebron-james-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-kawhi-leonard/index.html

Julius Randle  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/30/10874650/la-lakers-julius-randle-career-high-clippers-stats-tape-analysis-breakdown

–  Lance Thomas  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25466375/taking-the-road-less-traveled-knicks-lance-thomas-finds-his-way-home

–  Terrence Ross (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/01/29/raptors-ross-growing-at-rate-of-practice-sessions.html

–  Trevor Ariza  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14672498/nba-court-locker-room-trevor-ariza-got-covered

–  Derrick Rose/ Jimmy Butler (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/backcourt-connection

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Neil Paine,  fivethirtyeight.com):  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/demarcus-cousins-is-a-usage-monster/

LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2612229-how-lamarcus-aldridge-fast-tracked-spurs-learning-curve-to-earn-all-star-bid

–  Shabazz Napier  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/01/30/shabazz-napier-trying-jump-start-career-with-orlando-magic/6fJEEXqP8K0vxPZzpKL6xO/story.html

J.J. Redick  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VquV4iQAAGsveqgJ

Boban Marjanovic  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/fran_blinebury/01/30/spurs-boban-marjanovic/

–  Donatas Motiejunas  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-donatas-motiejunas-heading-to-d-league-in-next-step-of-rehab/

–  Tyrus Thomas  (from KC Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-tyrus-thomas-bulls-spt-0131-20160130-story.html

–  Mario Hezonja  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-news-0130-20160129-story.html

–  Bryce Dejean-Jones  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/bryce_dejean-jones.html

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/3/15

 Shooting-  How ZaZa Pachulia has Changed the Fates of Two NBA Teams  (from Mike Prada, sbnation.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/2/9837458/zaza-pachulia-mavericks-bucks-breakdown-stats

–  Griz Coach Dave Joerger Torn About Using Spurs-like rest Strategy  (from Ronald Tillery, commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-coach-dave-joerger-torn-about-using-spurs-like-rest-strategy-25f23fed-458b-3ebc-e053-0100007f5c-360217611.html

–  Derrick Favors Adapts to the New World of NBA Big Men  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/02/derrick-favors-utah-jazz-small-ball-quin-snyder

Steph Curry IS the Revolution  (from Benjamin Morris,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/stephen-curry-is-the-revolution/

How Steph Curry Wrecks Defenses Even Without the Ball  (form Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14269158/how-stephen-curry-wrecks-defenses-touching-ball

–  Why Draymond Green is an All-Star  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25398230/the-many-reasons-why-warriors-draymond-green-must-be-an-all-star

–  Thunder Film Room:  Breaking Down the Defensive Strengths and Weaknesses of the Small-Ball Lineup  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read and view it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-film-room-breaking-down-the-defensive-strengths-and-weakness-of-okcs-small-ball-lineup/article/5464282

–  Billy Donovan Says the Move to the NBA Has Helped Him Grow (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article47682700.html

The Magic’s Improved Offensive Execution  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240026/The-Improved-Offensive-Execution-Of-The-Magic

Celtics’ Three-Point game Is Not Analytically Sound  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vl85zR0AAOsNeODZ

–  Robert Covington’s Emergence Key for Sixers  (from Derek Bodnet,  phillymag.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/12/02/76ers-likes-and-dislikes-the-return-of-robert-covington/

–  Spurs’ Strong Start Fueled By NBA’s Best Defense  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/183/spurs-warriors-in-march-should-be-interesting

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:   http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Phil Jackson on Kristaps Porzingis  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/12/02/phil-jackson-breaks-silence-to-explain-kristaps-porzingis-magic/

Justice Winslow’s Defensehttp://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/21426/miami-heat-rookie-winslow-locked-in-for-durant-lebron-tasks

Dirk Nowitzki’s Shooting Touch is Aging Well  (from Brian Martin,  NBA.com):  http://stats.nba.com/featured/dirks_shooting_touch_is_aging_well_2015_12_02.html

(BI Note:  Meyers Leonard’s amazing  51-59-94 2014-15 season is not included in the charts due to not meeting the minutes played threshold)

 

Draymond Green Takes His Game to the Next Level  (from Marcus Thompson II,  mercurynews.com):  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29195245/thompson-warriors-draymond-green-takes-game-next-level

Andrew Bogut  Q & A  (from Seerat Sohi, Rolling Stone):  http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/andrew-bogut-on-the-warriors-critics-there-are-a-lot-of-dumb-people-out-there-20151202

–  Arron Afflalo Paces Knicks’ Backcourt  (from Sean Linhares, hoopshabit.com)  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/03/arron-afflalo-continues-pace-young-knicks-backcourt/

–  Raptors’ Nogueira Nails The Little Things in His 1st Extended Run  (from Balke Murphy,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/03/breaking-it-down-nogueira-nails-the-little-things-in-1st-extended-run/

Kyle Lowry’s Late Career Breakout  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation.com):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/3/9841712/kyle-lowry-highlights-raptors-hawks

–  What’s Going On With Terrence Ross  (from John Gaudes,  raptorshq.com):  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/12/3/9837418/whats-going-on-with-terrence-ross-toronto-raptors

–  Andrew Nicholson Emerging as Key Magic Reserve  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/nicholson-emerging-key-reserve-magic

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Will the Clippers Make the Leap or Hit Reset?  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-edge-of-glory-will-the-clippers-make-the-leap-or-hit-reset/

 

–   Lakers’ Byron Scott defends conditioning-heavy practices  (form Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151005/lakers-byron-scott-defends-conditioning-heavy-practices

 

–   Lakers, Kobe set to navigate this transition together  (from David Aldridge,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/10/05/morning-tip-kobe-bryant-future-with-los-angeles-lakers-milwaukee-bucks-look-to-build-on-success-qa-with-chicago-bulls-jimmy-butler/index.html

(Note:   DA’s weekly column also focuses on the Bucks and a Jimy Butler Q & A)

 

–   Celtics take science tests   (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

” Physiologist to track workout, diet habits”

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/celtics_take_science_tests

 

–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Goes Down  (from Danny Chau, Grantland):

” This will be the third consecutive season in which Kidd-Gilchrist misses more games than the last. In his first three seasons, he’s missed an average of 17 games a season. If you like to connect dots, you might find yourself, like I did, relating MKG’s string of unfortunate events to his stylistic forebear and fellow Charlotte basketball great. Gerald Wallace, in his six full seasons in Charlotte, averaged 14 missed games per season, with injuries from concussions to broken ribs to partially collapsed lungs. Like Kidd-Gilchrist, Wallace’s distinct kind of brilliance had already been lost in the margins as a result of playing on awful teams in Charlotte. The succession of untimely injuries only added to his obscurity. Yet even though Wallace is widely considered to be the best player to play for the Charlotte franchise, he never had the monumental on/off impact that Kidd-Gilchrist has.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/dead-or-a-hive-michael-kidd-gilchrist-goes-down-and-the-hornets-go-with-him/

 

–  Five things to know about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shoulder injury  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328500/five-things-to-know-about-michael-kidd-gilchrists-shoulder-injury

 

–   Charlotte Hornets throw themselves into modern basketball with many 3s   (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328764/charlotte-hornets-throw-themselves-into-modern-basketball-with-many-3s

 

–   Orlando Magic displaying new offense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/05/orlando-magic-displaying-new-offense/

 

–  Mirza Teletovic says “somebody’s gonna be open every time” in Phoenix Suns offense  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/6/9461425/mirza-teletovic-says-somebodys-gonna-be-open-every-time-in-phoenix

 

–   Who will — or should — the Grizzlies start on the wing?  (from Chris Herrington,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Chris-Herringtons-Pick-and-Pop-Who-will—-or-should—-the-Grizzlies-start-on-the-wing-329726271.html

 

–  Ball-handling coach Johnny “Dribbles” Stephene adds new dimension during Mavs camp  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/ball-handling-coach-johnny-dribbles-stephene-adds-new-dimension-during-mavs-camp/

 

–  Using The System (And Drummond) To Understand Reggie Jackson’s Contract  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239417/Using-The-System-And-Drummond-To-Understand-Reggie-Jacksons-Contract

 

Why 3-pointers will matter for the Heat (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/three-years-of-threes-why-theyll-matter-for-heat.html

 

Celtics:  The “five quarterbacks” system  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/6/9421583/boston-celtics-read-and-react-five-quarterbacks

 

–  Huge opportunity, huge pressure for Donovan as OKC’s Billy Ball era begins  (form Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25329170/huge-opportunity-huge-pressure-for-donovan-as-billy-ball-era-starts-in-okc

 

–   How a Hawks regime fell  apart  (from Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13457071/nba-how-atlanta-hawks-regime-fell-apart

 

 Why This May Have Been Final NBA Offseason to Rebuild Through Free Agency  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2572072-why-this-may-have-been-final-nba-offseason-to-rebuild-through-free-agency

 

–  Players Who Can Veto Trades  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/players-who-can-veto-trades-2.html

 

–   Player Rankings Are Silly  (from Seth Partnow, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/05/player-rankings-silly/

 

(NOTE:  We agree.  Player rankings are essentially a parlor game, at best triggering an opportunity to”chew the fat”.  From a serious analytic perspective, pretty much useless.  Of the multiplicity of “player rankings” that have been appearing recently, we have linked only to the ones from BBball Breakdown.  In that case, it wasn’t because of where players were “ranked” (who cares?) but because BBall Breakdown accompanied the rankings with well-informed analyses of each player’s games that are definitily worth reading.)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  The Difference Between Chris Paul and Everyone Else  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VhPjyiIAACIAMwiW/the-difference-between-chris-paul-and-everyone-else

 

–  Beal: Goodbye long 2s; hello stepback 3s and All-Defense?  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/beal-goodbye-long-2s-hello-stepback-3s-and-all-defense

 

–  Players buzzing about Pistons’ Caldwell-Pope  (from  Vince Ellis,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/06/detroit-pistons-kentavious-caldwell-pope-improving/73419550/

More KCP (form Aaron McCann, mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/pistons_kentavious_caldwell-po_3.html

 

–  At age 35, Bulls forward Pau Gasol is still at the top of his game  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp/2015/fine-wine

 

–   After a season of doing so much, Harden seeks more  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/10/06/james-harden-houston-rockets-ready-to-show-more-in-2015-16/index.html

 

–  Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola:  Raptors under-the-radar signings could make big impact  (from Josh Lewenburg,  csn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-under-the-radar-signings-could-make-big-impact-1.372203

–  Terrence Ross looking like a new man with Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/05/terrence-ross-looking-like-a-new-man-with-raptors

 

–  Quincy Pondexter helping mentor teammates while working to get back on court  (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/quincy-pondexter-helping-mentor-teammates-while-working-get-back-court

 

–   Zach LaVine wants to prove he’s a shooter, too  (from Marcus R. Fuller,  twincities.com):  http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_28926058/timberwolves-dunking-zach-lavine-wants-prove-hes-shooter

 

–   Rockets have more minutes in store for Capela  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-have-more-minutes-in-store-for-Capela-6552458.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=e276284c73438d9cbb

 

–  The Journey Back for Chris Bosh (from Michael Wallace, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13819384/chris-bosh-tough-journey-back

 

Could Kyrie Irving  stay healthy by making small changes to his game? (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-06/kyrie-irving-knee-injury-prevention-playoffs-cavaliers

–   Dragan Bender’s Rising NBA Draft Stock  (from Michael Scotto,  sheridanhoops.com):  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/10/05/scotto-dragan-benders-rising-nba-draft-stock/