Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/4/16

–  Jimmy Butler’s Record-Breaking Performance  (from Jessica Patton,  csnchicago):
Draymond Green’s Heroics Know No Bounds  (from Carl Steward,  mercurynews.com):
–  Bucks’ Interim Coach Prunty Got His NBA Coaching Start With the Spurs  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):
–  Zach Randolph:  A Bright Spot for Transitioning Grizzlies  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):
–  Grizzlies Not All on Same Page After Loss to Jazz (from Commercial Appeal):
–  Clippers: Just Wait Until Blake Griffin Returns  (from Robert Morales, Long Beach Press-Telegram):
–  Heat’s First Unit Finally in Plus Column  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
–  Goran Dragic is Getting More Comfortable  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):
–  Suns Problems Go Far Beyond Hornacek  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Orlando Magic Face Potential Crossroads  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):
–  Bobby Portis,  Lakers/Suns, Danny Green,  Will Barton  (from BBall Breakdown):
–  The Wolves’ Issues With Spacing  (from Lucas Seehafer,  canishoopus.com):
–  10-Day Contract Candidates  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Cole Aldrich/Pablo Prigioni  (from LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160104-story.html
–  Rodney Hood  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3371905-155/utah-jazz-hope-hoods-breakout-a
Gerald Henderson/Noah Vonleh  (from Mike Richman,  oregonllive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/01/vonleh_and_henderson.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/13/15

  – The Warriors Finally Lose – and That’s Fine  (from Paul Flannery,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/13/10022060/warriors-streak-ends-andrew-bogut-draymond-green-sunday-shootaround

Recapping Last Night’s Games  (from sbnation):

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

–  Celtics 98,  Hornets  93  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

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

How Brad Stevens Brought Defense to Boston  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240095/How-Brad-Stevens-Brought-Defense-To-Boston-In-Year-3

–  Isaiah Thomas, Point Guard  (from wjsy,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/12/13/10021692/isaiah-thomas-point-guard

–  Can Grizzlies Find Their Fading Grind?  (from Geoff Calkins,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/columnists/geoff-calkins/can-grizzlies-find-their-fading-grind-26bc6e30-50b0-672f-e053-0100007f2e79-361688371.html

–  Hornets: Offensive Rebounding vs. Transition Defense   (from Austin Peters, atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/12/13/9984840/stat-of-the-week-offensive-rebound-efficiency

 The Spurs Do So Many Things Well (from Brayden Neumayer, poundingtherock.com):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/12/13/10021808/the-spurs-do-so-many-things-well

–  Film Room: Inside the Nets’ 24-8 Run Against the Clippers  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/12/13/10021806/film-room-inside-the-24-8-run-by-the-brooklyn-nets-in-the-fourth-quarter-los-angeles-clippers

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Reggie Jackson  (forom Keith Langlois, pistons.com):   http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/theres-room-growth-jackson-svg-says-guys-been-great

–  Karl-Anthony Towns   (from Scott Cacciola,  NYTimes):  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/sports/basketball/karl-anthony-towns-is-revealing-his-secrets-one-game-at-a-time.html

Trying to Figure Out What’s Wrong With Danny Green  (from John Carr,  poundingtherock.com):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/12/12/9904034/struggle-analysis-danny-green

–  Why Julius Randle Has Struggled Recently  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/12/12/10021262/why-julius-randle-has-struggled-in-the-lakers-last-two-games?_ga=1.228499101.1018263438.1420308416

Kosta Koufos: Helping the Team Win by Doing the “Little Things”  (from Leo Beas,  cowbellkingdom.com):  http://cowbellkingdom.com/koufos-its-an-opportunity-to-help-this-team-win-games-by-doing-the-little-things/

 DeMarre Carroll:  Fish Out of Water in Raptors Offense  (from Gavin Macpherson,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/13/fish-out-of-water/

–  Noah Vonleh  (from Cody Sharrett,  blazers.com):  http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/vonlehs-defense-bright-spot-loss-knicks

–  Dennis Schroder  (from Eric Yeboah, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/12/13328/

–  Raptors’  Caboclo is in a Good Place  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/12/12/raptors-caboclo-in-a-good-place-with-905

–   Jazz Center Tibor Pleiss Maximizes His D-League Stint  (from Kurt Kragthorpe,  Salt Lake Tribune):   http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3297484-155/kragthorpe-jazz-center-tibor-pleiss-maximizes

–  Mario Hezonja  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  Magic rookie Mario Hezonja receives playing time at point guard

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Today’s Top NBA Stories

Brett  Brown sees signs of success amid Sixers’ many losses  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

” Even after 127 losses in two seasons, coach Brett Brown feels he’s slowly building a solid foundation in Philadelphia”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/09/13/brett-brown-philadelphia-76ers-coach-endures-losing-readies-for-brighter-future/

 

 

What’s Holding Anthony Bennett Back from NBA Success?  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):   https://trove.com/a/Whats-Holding-Bennett-Back-from-NBA-Success.ZusiM

 

Tibor Pleiss could be an X-factor for the Utah Jazz   (from Jared Woodcox,  isportsweb.com): http://isportsweb.com/2015/09/13/tibor-pleiss-could-be-an-x-factor-for-the-utah-jazz/

 

 

And very sad news – the passing of Moses Malone:

 

Moses Malone’s Legacy Extends Beyond Numbers  (Phil Watson, Hoopshabit.com):   http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/13/nba-moses-malones-legacy-extends-beyond-numbers/