Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/30/16

–  IND 101, TOR 83  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
–  Blazers Will Face Warriors After Eliminating Clippers  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Ed Davis: Blazers “Have Nothing To Lose”  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
–  Blazers:  A Trail Of Wise Decisions  (from Matt Zemek,  Crossover Chronicles):

–  Numbers Preview:  Warriors-Blazers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/30/numbers-preview-warriors-blazers/

–  Advice To The Clippers (from Amin Elhassan, ESPN):
” My advice (to the Clippers) is to get a real GM. But what I foresee: They’ll look for some also-ran players who once played for team president Doc Rivers or played well against him (or played in his driveway). That’s who they’ll target.
 
” If you look at the four-man combination of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, they’ve consistently ranked among the top lineups in the league in plus-minus and net rating. The idea that the Clippers need massive changes is overblown. What they need is competent cap management, good free-agent signings, better minor league evaluation and better player development. In short, all the things you need to correctly fill out your supporting cast. “
 
 
 
 
 
–  Steph Curry Is Optimistic He Will Return Sooner Than Expected  (from Sam Amick,  USA  Today):
OKC-SAS Preview  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

–  Spurs Need To Limit Thunder’s Role Players  (from Ian Smith, Air Alamo):

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2016/04/30/san-antonio-spurs-need-to-limit-okc-thunders-role-players/

–  Durant:  Spurs-Thunder Bears No Resemblance To 2014 Series  (from  Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25572639/kevin-durant-spurs-thunder-bears-no-resemblance-to-2014-playoff-series

–  Billy Donovan’s Transition From College To NBA  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

–  Celtics’ Bright Future Eases Sting Of Loss (From Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25571192/six-things-that-must-happen-for-okc-to-pull-upset-over-the-spurs

 –  Inside A Brad Stevens Play  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
–  Walton Started Climb As U Of Memphis Assistant During NBA Lockout  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

–  Why Walton Chose The Lakers  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15433615/luke-walton-homecoming-move-dysfunctional-lakers

–  Wizards, Brooks Each Got What They Wanted (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-scott-brooks-both-got-what-they-wanted/2016/04/27/808c2034-0c00-11e6-8ab8-9ad050f76d7d_story.html

 Summer Agenda: Sacramento Kings  (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):  NOTE: This is the 10th installment in Marks’ series which will eventually analyze every team’s summer agenda.  At the end of this installment, you can clink on the link to each of the teams covered so far.

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/summer-agenda–sacramento-kings-190612739.html

–  God Shammgod  Q & A  (from Josiah Turner, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/15424098/catching-one-only-god-shammgod-40th-birthday

–  The Birth of Hack-A-Farce  (from Andrew Keh,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/sports/basketball/the-birth-of-hack-a-shaq.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Terry Rozier  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/04/30/terry-rozier-has-a-future-with-the-boston-celtics/
–  Solomon Hill (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/106321986/solomon-hill-indiana-pacers-coach-vogel
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Today’s BestNBA Reporting And Analysis 4/19/16

 

–  Inside The Longest Night Of Kevin Durant’s Career  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/18/nba-playoffs-mavericks-thunder-game-2-kevin-durant-shooting-video

–  Twelve Seconds Of Pure Wes Matthews Saved The Mavs  (from Seth Rosenthal, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/19/11458964/mavericks-thunder-wes-matthews-dgaf

Raptors Rebound In Game Two (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559431/raptors-shake-off-playoff-scars-rebound-in-game-2-against-pacers   from Mike Mazzeo, ESPN:   http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/18017/raptors-respond-to-adversity-by-snapping-seven-game-playoff-skid  and from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/19/thomsen-raptor-bounce-back-game-2/

–  Raptors 98, Pacers 87  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/4/18/11456134/raptors-pacers-2016-results-score-nba-playoffs

–  Warriors Don’t Need Steph In This Series  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25559466/warriors-dont-need-steph-curry-rest-of-the-series-rockets-dont-care

Curry Uncertain For Game Three (from ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15233901/stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-game-2-vs-houston-rockets

–  Draymond Green  Q & A  (from Marc Spears,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15228039/draymond-green-playoffs-diary

–  Video Breakdown:  1) Illegal Screens  2) Defending And Attacking The Rockets Twin Towers  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/19/11457408/warriors-vs-rockets-video-analysis-2016-highlights-defend-twin-towers-draymond-green-klay-thompson

 The Heat Broke Down The Hornets Pick-And-Roll-Defense In Game One  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/18/11449742/the-miami-heat-broke-down-charlottes-pick-and-roll-defense-in-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Why Do Heat Players Keep Sacrificing Money  (from Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2016/04/why-do-heat-players-keep-sacrificing-money-exploring-the-issue-um-panthers-trump.html

–  The Cavs Pick-And-Roll Defense Came Up Big In Game One  (from Daniel Rowell,  fearthesword.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/4/18/11452020/its-a-trap-how-the-cavs-pick-and-roll-defense-came-up-big-in-game-1

–  Pistons’ To-Do List For Game 2 Starts With Attacking Cav’s Small Ball Lineup  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-do-list-game-2-starts-attacking-cavs-small-ball-lineup

–  CP3 Keeps The Clippers In The Moment  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/18/at-a-crossroads-chris-paul-keeps-the-clippers-in-the-moment/

–  How The Clippers Are Forcing The Blazers’ Role Players To Try To Beat Them  (from Jack Winter,  dimemag):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/clippers-trail-blazers-ball-screens-deandre-jordan-al-farouq-aminu/6/

–  Can The Celtics Survive Losing Avery Bradley?  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/18/11448022/avery-bradley-injury-celtics-doomed-hawks-nba-playoffs-2016

–  Celtics Need To Capitalize On Transition Opportunities  (from Jeff Nooney,  celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/19/11459490/celtics-hawks-transition-opportunities

–  Hawks Players Detail Why Nets Hire Of Kenny Atkinson Is A Slam Dunk  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/17984/hawks-players-detail-why-nets-hire-of-kenny-atkinson-is-a-slam-dunk

“Hustle Stat” Caveats  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/18/hustle-caveats/

–  Luke Walton: ” I Love My Job Here.  I’m Not Going To Rush Off “  (from Tim Kawakami,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2016/04/18/luke-walton-knicks-situation-near-term-future/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Stanley Johnson  (from John Niyo,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/columnists/john-niyo/2016/04/18/niyo-pistons-johnson-back-james/83212422/

–  C.J. McCollum  (from Jordan Schultz,  Huffington Post):   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cj-mccollum_us_570bdc22e4b0142232498ce1

Chris Kaman  (from Dwight Jaynes,  csnnw.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/chris-kaman-remember-him-could-play-bigger-role

–  Luol Deng  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/2016-nba-playoffs-the-resurgence-of-miami-heat-for/nq7SB/

–  Thon Maker  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/19/11358732/why-2016-nba-draft-prospect-thon-maker-should-prepare-embrace-d-league

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/14/16

 

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Bryant ‘s Last Show  (from Lee Jekins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/14/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-last-game-60-points-legacy

–  All Hail The Warriors  (from Bethlehem Shoals,  GQ.com):

Read it here:  http://www.gq.com/story/golden-state-warriors-73-wins

 Tough Life Experiences Have Strengthened Raptors’ Head Coach Dwane Casey (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/04/13/life-experiences-strengthen-toronto-raptors-coach-dwane-casey/

–  Video Breakdown:  Steph’s 400th 3-pointer  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/14/11429042/warriors-vs-grizzlies-video-analysis-2016-highlights-stephen-curry-400th-three-pointer

 Spurs Playbook: How They Use A Bunch Formation  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/4/13/11422544/spurs-playbook-how-the-spurs-use-a-bunch-formation-to-trick-the

 Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot, Part II  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/15198958/nba-awards-ballot-part-2

Miami Heat:  Life Without Chris Bosh  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-chris-bosh-s041416-story.html

–  How Did The Thunder Change In Billy Donovan’s 1st Season  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/1433/how-did-the-thunder-change-in-billy-donovans-first-season

–  Quin Snyder Has Impressed Kobe Bryant  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3773895-155/utah-jazz-notes-brilliant-quin-snyder?fullpage=1

Pistons Owner Tom Gores On SVG Getting The Team To The Playoffs  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/tom-gores-svg-and-getting-pistons-playoffs-i-think-were-just-beginning

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 

–  Enes Kanter  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/13/after-winding-road-enes-kanter-finally-taking-control-at-least-offensively-on-the-court/

 

 

Tobias Harris  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/13/pistons-harris-happy-finally-playoffs/83010942/

Note: We will begin linking to the best playoff preview stories tomorrow

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/18/16

 Steph Sees Room For Improvement  (from Scott Cacciola,  NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/sports/basketball/stephen-curry-sees-room-for-improvement-seriously.html

–  Miami’s Success Without Bosh  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read and view it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/never-spo-down-on-miamis-success-without-chris-bosh/

–  Luke Walton On Coaching The Warriors  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv1jyxCnTZE

–  Steph Curry Is Revolutionizing The Game  (from Henry Abbott, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15001418/how-stephen-curry-revolutionizing-basketball

–  Draymond Green And The Evolution Of Defense  (from Tom West,  FanSided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/03/18/draymond-green-evolution-nba-defense/

–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

–  Thursday Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2625666-giannis-antetokounmpo-earning-greek-freak-nickname-and-thursday-nba-takeaways

–  Toronto 101, Indiana 94  (from Mark Monteith,  Pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/bottom-line-pacers-foul-line

–  Hottest Shooters Of The Week  (from Will Laws,  Business2Comunity):

Read it here:  http://www.business2community.com/sports/unlikely-sources-make-nbas-hottest-shooters-week-01488001#PX25J3ZjVOzfSE3m.97

–  Celtics:  How To Use The D-League  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11213032/boston-celtics-red-claws-jordan-mickey-avery-bradley-nba-d-league-model

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Luol Deng  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/heat/2016/03/17/luol-deng-chris-bosh-dwyane-wade-goran-dragic-lebron-james-heat-warriors-cavaliers/81916274/

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):   http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/17/jrue-holidays-bounce-back-season-gives-pelicans-hope-future/

–  Lance Stephenson  (from Joe Mullinax,  grizzlybearblues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/3/18/11259148/lance-stephenson-memphis-grizzlies-analysis-free-agency-speculation

–  Devin Booker  (from Ian Levy,  Vice Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookies-deconstructed-devin-booker

–  Zach LaVine  (from Jerry Zgoda,  Star Tribune):  http://www.startribune.com/shooting-guard-suits-lavine/372510101/

–  Andre Miller  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):  http://nbpa.com/andre-miller-this-is-40/

–  Marreese Speights  (from CSNBayArea):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/kerr-chronicles-speights-3-point-evolution-want-him-let-it-fly

 

–  Shaun Livingston  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Shaun-Livingston-s-long-road-to-becoming-6921149.php

–  Serge Ibaka  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vuu1wCwAAKo_6g4b

–  Chris Kaman  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/03/in_trail_blazers_loss_to_san_antonio_spurs_chris_k.html

–  Akeem Richmond (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/17/11217972/akeem-richmond-brings-defense-to-fast-paced-bighorns

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/16/16

Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, NBA Defense
–  Tuesday’s Roundup  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
 Spurs’ Bench; Raptors; Pacers  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):
–  Spurs Rounding Into Playoff Mode  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
–  Popovich:  Bag Shootarounds In Exchange For Short, Direct Film Sessions  (from  Dan Woike, ocregister.com):
–  Is C.J. McCollum A Good Defender?  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers Edge):
–  Have Wizards Found Short-term Or Long-term Fix?  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic):
 Warriors Create Chaos After Responding To Draymond  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
Wolves’ Coach Mitchell Wants Bench To Do More Than Just Score  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):
–  Lack Of Focus Plagues Pistons’ Recent Starts  (from Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News):
–  Heat’s Player Development Program  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
Josh Richardson’s Turning Point As A 3-Point Shooter  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):
–  Tony Allen, Matt Barnes Evolving Into Point Forwards  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
–  Jazz Lockdown Defense Returning  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):
Lakers Finally Making Progress With Advanced Stats  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
–  Screens And Defensive Activity  (from Andrew Schlecht,  Vantage Sports):
–  The Sixers Plan To Get Joel Embiid Healthy  (from Tom Haberstroh,  ESPN):
–  Stackhouse Proving A Quick Study As Raptors’ Assistant  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Jabari Parker  (from Jeremy Woo,  Sports Illustrated);  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/15/jabari-parker-milwaukee-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo-jason-kidd
Thabo Sefolosha  (from Brad Rowland, Peachtree Hoops):   http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/15/11235568/thabo-sefolosha-atlanta-hawks-defensive-key
–  Marreese Speights  (from Jimmy Durkin,  Bay Area News Group):  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29642343/warriors-get-spark-from-red-hot-marreese-speights
–  Jerryd Bayless  (from Alex Boeder,  bucks.com):  http://www.nba.com/bucks/features/boeder-the-new-threes-of-jerryd-bayless
–  LaMarcus Aldridge/Kawhi Leonard  (from Sarah Cilea, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/15/yours-mine-and-ours-the-kawhi-leonard-lamarcus-aldridge-duo/
–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Spencer Redmond,  Raptors Republic):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/03/16/bismack-biyombo-proving-to-be-a-crucial-bargain/
–  Kyle Anderson  (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/3/16/11210878/kyle-anderson-development-steady-slow-mo
–  Udonis Haslem  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun-Sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-udonis-haslem-s031516-story.html