TODAY’S BEST NBA REPORTING AND ANALYSIS 5/24/18 PART ONE

Game 4: The Rockets Tweaked Their Approach To Switching (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Rockets’ Defense That Won Game 4 Was A Season In The Making (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Chris Paul’s Big Playoff Moment (form Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Kerr & Draymond’s Relationship Nearly Destroyed The Dubs; Now It Fuels Them (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
Last-Minute Lineup Adjustment Proves Critical For Celtics (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):
Celtics’ Defensive Scheme Is Wearing Down LBJ  (form John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Jayson Tatum Show Poise Of A Veteran (from Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston):
How The NBA Got Its Groove Back By Pushing The Pace (from Kevin Arnovitz/Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
How The Hornets Could Maximize Trade Market For Kemba Walker (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
NBA Preparing For Impact Of Sports Betting (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
TraditionalCenters: Not As Dead As Some Think (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Should Joe Ingles Be The Jazz’ PF? (from hansenjames, SLCDunk):
Insights From NBA Skills Trainer Jordan Lawley (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
Lloyd Pierce Looking To Establish Hawks’ Defensive Identity (form Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops):
Elie Okobo Is Playing His Best At The Best Time (from Andrew Bernucca, The Step Back):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/20/18

What’s Wrong With Golden State’s Once-Invincible Death Lineup? (from Will Gottlieb, Bleacher Report):
Read and watch it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2754330-whats-wrong-with-the-golden-state-warriors-once-invincible-death-lineup

GSW vs HOU: A Fascinating Strategic & Stylistic Matchup (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
Steph Curry Has Become A Better Scorer By Being Less Breathtaking  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):
10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/22146666/zach-lowe-10-things-like-including-other-clippers-nba

The Slicing & Dicing Nuggets’ Offense (from Max Carlin, Nugg Love):
Teodosic’s Surprising Defensive Impact (from Brett Koremenos, RealGM):
Wolves: Time To Change The Narrative On Wiggins’ & Towns’ Defense (from Andrew Neururer, Dunking With Wolves):
The Clippers’ Big Shift: The Faces Changed & So Did The Offense (from Justin Russo, The Beat):
Capela Is Becoming A Consistent Option (from Eric Spyropolous, Space City Scoop):
Zach Lavine Is Getting Back In The Groove (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):
Markkanen Is Blowing Expectations Away (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Video Breakdown: Atlanta’s ATOs  (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
Spurs & Raptors Show That NBA Culture Is About People & Philosophy, Not Playing Style (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Paul George Does A Little Bit Of Everything For OKC  (from Associated Press):
Khem Birch’s Path To Meaningful Minutes (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
KP’s Shot Selection: Eerily Similar To What Melo’s Was (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
How NBA Players Take Care Of Their Bodies, Part One: Cryotherapy (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Q & A: Davis Bertans (from Jorge Sierra, Hoops Hype):
The Saddest Plays In The NBA Right Now (from Zach Kram, The Ringer):
Kelly Oubre’s Career Night (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Oubre’s Development: A Bright Spot In A Dim Wizards’ Season (from Osman Baig, Bullets Forever):
Friday Recap (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
The Hornets: What Happened? (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
It’s A Process But So Far Lue Likes Cavs’ New 2nd Unit (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Challenge For Lue: How To Handle The Veterans (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):
Blazers Hire Don Vaden, Former Head Of NBA Officials, As Consultant (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/30/17

This Season Belongs To DeAndre Jordan (from David Ramil, The Step Back):
How Porzingis Became A Unicorn (from Steve Popper,  nrthjersey.com):
Zach Lowe’s 10 Things (from ESPN):
Mavs: Finding Optimism (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban):
The Dubs’ Newfound Defensive Confidence (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
The Warriors Have Unlocked Another Dimension Of KD’s Game (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Omri Casspi: Skilled Cutter (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Blue Man Hoop):
Are The Wolves Too Fatigued During 4th Quarters? (from Matt Chin, NBA Math):
Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):
Key Personnel Dates Over The Next Six Weeks (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Knicks: The Triangle Is Gone But The Offense Is Still Inefficient  (from Stefan Body, NY Daily News):
Blazers’ Weekly Review (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):
Video Breakdown: How Brad Stevens Set Up Tatum’s Crucial Dunk In Celtics’ Rally Vs Rockets (from Jack Maloney, CBS Sports):
Friday Film: Box Outs, Refs & Speed Vs Switches (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Video: What Did Teodosic Just Do?  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Replay Needs An Upgrade (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
Schedule Alert: Games Tired Teams Should Lose In January (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Jodie Meeks Is Finding His Range (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WCS: Starting To Resemble The Player The Kings Thought They Drafted (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
The Lakers Miss Lonzo More Than You Might Have Expected (from Eric Pincus, Bleacher Report):
The Grizzlies’ Murky PG Situation (from Tony East, Beale St.Bears):
Ntilikina’s Intriguing Upside (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Marcus Smart: Premier Individual Defender (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Updated DPOY Watch (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/29/15

 Sorting Through the Drama in Phoenix  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14451352/the-suns-belief-competitive-building-future-taken-toll

–  Posting, Floating and the Future of the Grizzlies  (from Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):

Read it here: http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoGQpR8AAEpfEsOd

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/29/10682168/2015-nba-scores-stephen-curry-highlights-triple-double

–  Beyond the Box Score:  Mavericks’ Games 21-31  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mavs.com/behind-the-box-score-games-21-31/

–  Will Noel’s Rebirth End When Okafor Returns?  (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=363687641

–  Ish Smith is Helping to Change the Sixers’ Identity  (from John Coon,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/despite-loss-jazz-grittier-attitude-changing-sixers-identity

–  Secrets of Steph Curry’s Shooting  Hidden in Data (from Charles Babcock, Information Week):

Read it here:  http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/secrets-of-nba-stephen-currys-shooting-hidden-in-data/a/d-id/1323709

Long-Distance Relationship:  Dell and Steph Curry  (from Ken Babb,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/long-distance-relationship-steph-and-dell-curry-forged-bond-beyond-the-arc/2015/12/22/e27911c8-a8f3-11e5-bff5-905b92f5f94b_story.html

–  How Clint Capela Has Changed the Tone of the Rockets’ Season  (from Aaron Mah,  Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/27/clint-capela-changed-tone-rockets-season/

–  Mirotic at the 3 is Not Good  (from The Hungarian Jordan, blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:http://www.blogabull.com/2015/12/29/10669468/niko-at-the-3-is-still-a-disaster

Dragic Still Searching for his Own Lane in Heat Lineup  (from Rohan Nadkarni,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/29/goran-dragic-heat-suns-rockets-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-pat-riley

–  Death to All-Bench Units, Revisited  (from Blake Murphy,  Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/29/redux-death-to-all-bench-units/

Mavs 103, Bucks 93  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  Pattern of Basketball):

Read it here:  http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/12/mavs-vs-bucks.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Cameron Payne  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/article/5469244

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  ocregister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/need-697763-ocregister-wizards.html

–  Omri Casspi  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/29/10682936/omri-casspi-kings-shooter-stephen-curry-duel

–  Jared Dudley  (from Kyle Weidie,  truthaboutit.net):  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/12/jared-dudley-on-blessings-disguised-as-clipper-departures.html

–  Solomon Hill  (from Tom Lewis,  indycornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2015/12/29/10684002/solomon-hill-stays-ready-to-deliver-for-pacers

–  Ryan Kelly  (from Hannah Kulik, lakeshowlife.com): http://lakeshowlife.com/2015/12/29/lakers-lakers-give-ryan-kelly-another-shot/

–  Darion Atkins  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside): http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/28/10676962/knicks-darion-atkins-nba-d-league-ridiculous-upside-top-prospect-december

–  Terran Petteway  (from Lee Barfknecht,  nptelegraph.com):  http://www.nptelegraph.com/sports/husker_sports/petteway-shining-in-d-league/article_1c1eab84-4aa5-57a0-8f2a-efcbecd2da68.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/23/15

–  Brett Brown Wants the Sixers to be Like the Spurs – Someday  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=363317041

–  DeMarcus Cousins  Q & A  (from Tzvi Twersky,  slamonline):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/antidote/

–  The Cure to Fisher’s Lineup Fumbling is to Bench Phil’s Favorites (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2015/12/22/derek-fisher-failing-to-solve-knicks-finishing-five-confusion/

–  How the Wizards are Getting Creative With John Wall  (from Umair Khan,  Bullets Forever):

Read and view it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/12/22/10645994/john-wall-scouting-report-washington-wizards

–  Scott Skiles, Young Magic team:  A Good Fit  (from Chris Mannix,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/23/scott-skiles-orlando-magic-victor-oladipo-elfrid-payton-tobias-harris

–  Kevin Love’s Rehab, Comeback  (from Chris Mannix,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/edge/2015/12/22/nba-training-kevin-love-cleveland-cavaliers-shoulder-injury-rehab

–  Will Barton’s Rise  (from Joshua Riddell,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/will-bartons-rise-circumstance/

–  Why Anthony Davis Isn’t Enough for the Pelicans  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):

Read and view it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/23/10656948/new-orleans-pelicans-bad-anthony-davis

–  Why Hoiberg’s New Bulls’ Offense Isn’t  Working  (from Ian Levy, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4688945-fred-hoiberg-chicago-bulls-new-offense-jimmy-butler

–  Which Rockets’ Lineups Have Thrived and Which Have Failed?  (from Danny Emerman,  The Dream Shake):

Read it here:   http://www.thedreamshake.com/2015/12/23/10653950/houston-rockets-lineup-combinations-nba-2015

Dirk Nowitzki’s Energy, Consistency  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25424323/as-dirk-nowitzki-nears-milestone-energy-consistency-still-a-marvel

–  David West Q & A  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/12/21/david-west-didnt-want-roll-dice-another-year-indiana/77713036/

–  Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili:  Last of the Player-Coaches  (from  Sarah Cilea,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/duncan_and_ginobili/

–  Tony Parker’s Resurgence  (from Tom Piccolo,  The Sports Quotient):

Read it here:  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2015/12/23/the-french-rennaissance-tony-parkers-resurgence

–  Upcoming Contract Guarantee Decisons  (from Chuck Myron,  HoopsRumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/12/upcoming-guarantee-decisions.html

My One Regret  (from Nazr Mohammed,  sportsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://nazrmohammed.sportsblog.com/posts/9330156/my-one-regret.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Michael Carter-Williams: Pointed in the Right Direction  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/guarded-confidence-b99638949z1-363329011.html

–  Avery Bradley  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/bradley-makes-good-use-teammates-added-pressure

–  Gordon Hayward Working on Adding Post Game  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3340192-155/utah-jazz-gordon-hayward-working-on

–  Nik Vucevic is Playing With Terrific Confidence  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/vucevic-playing-terrific-confidence-recent-games

–  Corey Brewer  (from Jenny Dial Creech,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/A-year-after-trade-to-Rockets-Brewer-keeps-6716251.php

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Janis Carr,  OCRegister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aldrich-697173-cole-rivers.html

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/22/pistons-johnson-shows-flashes-still-work-progress/77778252/

–  Omri Casspi  (form Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article51226455.html

–  Larry Nance, Jr.’s Rookie Diary,  Part II (from The Players Tribune):  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/larry-nance-lakers-rookie-diary-2/

–  Kadeem Jack  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/23/10657562/kadeem-jack-nba-d-league-trevor-ariza-mad-ants-indiana-pacers

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