Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/21/16


–  Hornets’ Coach Clifford On Film Review And Game Preparation (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

–  Whiteside Is Destroying The Hornets’ Defense Without Touching The Ball (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

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–  Hubie Brown Q & A On Grizzlies/Spurs And More  (from Kevin Lipe, Memphis

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–  Tables Have Turned In Aldridge-Randolph Matchup  (from Jeff McDonald,

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–  Spurs Repeatedly Victimized Vince Carter In Game 2  (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

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–  Why The Pistons Have An Issue When The Cavs Go Small  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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–  Stanley Johnson Is Making An Impact In His 1st Playoffs  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

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–  How Far The Clippers Go May Hinge Largely On Their Bench Play  (from Arash Markazi,  ESPN):

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–  Klay Thompson:  More Than Just A Shooter  (from Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group):

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–  Moving Isaiah Thomas To Shooting Guard  (from wjsy,

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–  Kyle Korver Is Trying To Connect The Dots On His Shot Again  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):

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 Jonas Valanciunas Q & A  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

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–  Wolves Hire Tom Thibodeau:  A New Era Begins  (from Jim Souhan,

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–  Steven Adams  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

–  Reggie Evans  (from Brian Rzeppa,

–  Jordan Clarkson (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

 Trey Lyles/Trevor Booker  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Pearl Washington

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Kyle Korver and Steph Curry: Comparing NBA’s Most Elite 3-Point Snipers  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

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–  The Curious Case of Markieff Morris  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

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–  Pacers buy D-League’s Mad Ants to enhance player development  (from Candace Buckner,

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–   11 NBA teams are stuck without a D-League affiliate.  (from Satchel Price,  sbnation):

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And from Chris Reichert,


–   Q&A with Pacers strength coach Windle (from Jeff Kasler,

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John Wall: Defensive Dynamo  (from Evan Gualberto):

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CBA Corner: Renegotiate and Extend  (from Nate Duncan,  Nylon Calculus):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Film Room: Elfrid Payton/Victor Oladipo (from Josh Cohen,


–  Why Trevor Booker Could Be Utah’s Small-Ball Alternative  (from Ben Dowsett,


–  Danilo Gallinari has been roasting the competition in Germany this summer  (from Mike Olson,


–  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope worked on ballhandling to diversify his offensive game over the summer  (from Keith Langlois,


–  Tarik Black is vying for a spot in the Lakers’ core  (from Apratim Ghosh,


–   How we have to measure Jordan Clarkson’s growth  (from Harrison Faigen,


–  Remaining 2015 free agents  (from Nick Borges,  ESPN):


–   Each team’s roster changes since opening night of the last season (from RealGM):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Breaking It Down: Four Crunch Time Failures Handling Marcin Gortat Screens  (from Zarar Siddiqi,

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–  Wizards switch sends Raptors to brink of elimination   (from John Schuhmann,

” Pierce, Porter spark lineup change as Washington takes 3-0 lead”

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Formerly “reckless’ Derrick Rose is Smarter Now

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And from Steve Aschburner,




–  Kawhi Leonard has career-defining performance in Spurs’ Game 3 rout of Clippers  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

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More Kawhi (from Michael Wright, ESPN):




Lack of depth dooms Doc Rivers, Clippers  (from Arash Markazi,  ESPN):

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–  Harden’s playoff-career-high 42 leads Rockets past Mavs to 3-0 lead  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

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Key contributions for Warriors  (from Rusty Simmons,

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–  Gasol & Randolph Suffocate Lillard & Aldridge: Trail Blazers At Grizzlies Game 2   (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):

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Lineup adjustments with Antetokounmpo, Henson suit Bucks  (from Charles Gardner,

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What does Kidd see in Carter-Williams (from Ohm Youngmisuk,  ESPN):

” Carter-Williams grew up trying to pattern his game after Kidd and the former Oakland prodigy’s mentor — Gary Payton.

“He’s certainly in the mold of Jason Kidd,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said of Carter-Williams. “You can see why they tried to acquire him. He has great size at that position, terrific vision, he makes other players better, you can play him in different areas in the court, he can play in the post, he can play in transition. And he’s extremely disruptive defensively with his size and length.”‘

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–  Atlanta Hawks: The Importance Of DeMarre Carroll  (from Nathan Hoff,

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–  Analyzing the ways to improve the Al Jefferson centric offense  (from Frank Berndt,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Zach Randolph:


Otto Porter:


Trevor Booker/Joe Ingles/Jeremy Evans:


Joe Ingles:


Marcus/Markieff Morris:


Luc Mbah a Moute:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Avery Bradley’s Defense (from celticwelct,

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–  Rockets’ Playoff Fate Could Be Decided At The Foul Line (from Chris Spisak,

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–  Enes Kanter’s twisted, complicated, controversial path finally leads him to a basketball home in Oklahoma City  (from Anthony Slater,

” As a 16-year-old, Enes Kanter got a chance to play with a senior team in Turkey.At the time, it was a dream scenario. But looking back, that early glory was just the seed that spawned an extended basketball nightmare for Kanter, a six-year spiral from which he’s still recovering.”

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–  Paul George Still Working His Way Back   (from Candace Buckner,

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George Karl Q & A (from Darnell Mayberry,

” After a brief stint as an analyst for ESPN, George Karl was hired by Sacramento on February 12. Prior to the Kings-Thunder game on Friday, he talked about his decision to return to coaching and how the game has evolved since he entered the league as a coach in the mid-80s.”

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Published stories today are saying that the Knicks’ & Magic’s combined 15 point 2nd 1/4 last night  is the lowest point toal in NBA history. Not so:




Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Nerlens Noel:


Lester Hudson:


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:


Alexey Shved:


Trevor Booker:


Kenneth Faried:


Marcus Smart:


Kyle Korver:


Tarik Black:


Pat Beverley:


Mike Miller:


Derrick Rose:   and


Andre Drummond:


Jodie Meeks:


Marcus Thornton:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  How Utah’s Length Has Become a Defensive Weapon  (from Ben Dowsett,

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–  Warriors get big benefits from Bogut’s smaller, focused role  (from Steve Aschburner,

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–  The Big Shot: LaMarcus Aldridge’s gain in playing through pain  (from Michael Lee,  Washington Post):

” LaMarcus Aldridge thought the Portland Trail Blazers’ championship aspirations would unravel worse than the ligament in his left thumb, had he accepted the initial, agreed-upon strategy and underwent surgery in January on his non-shooting hand.

The two-month timetable for a return would have robbed Aldridge of a huge chunk of arguably his best season, and stripped the Blazers of their franchise player in one of the most tightly-contested Western Conference playoff races in recent memory. So, three days before his expected surgery, Aldridge attacked his dread with a splint and a tube of black tape. He wrapped his damaged thumb, decided he could manage the pain after a brief workout and used the inspiration of a standing ovation in pre-game warmups to gut out a win against the Washington Wizards.

Aldridge’s selfless gesture to help Portland remain a contender warranted kudos from around the league and further endeared himself to a devoted fan base that has witnessed his nine-year emergence from a once-overlooked planet to the center of its universe.”

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–  Russell Westbrook opens up: All there really is to the Thunder superstar  (from Lee Jenkins,  Sports Illustrated):

“There are many times throughout a season that you may not feel like playing,” says Westbrook, 26. “You may not want to play on this night, or against this team. But I don’t feel that way. This is one of the best jobs in the world, and you never know how long you’ll be able to do it—how long you’ll be able to run like this and jump like this. So I go for it. I go for it every time. It may look angry, but it’s the only way I know.”

He grabs a rebound or accepts an outlet pass and reduces myriad options to one. “Attack,” he tells himself. He hears opposing coaches bark, “Load up,” and he realizes reinforcements are coming. “That doesn’t stop me,” he says. “That makes me go after it even more. I want to mess up their game plan.” At half-court he takes a mental snapshot of the floor. The first defender might as well go grab a swig of Gatorade. “My mind-set is, I can get by anybody in front of me,” says Westbrook. He is focused on the next line of defense, which will pressure him into a decision. Does he pull up at the elbow for the 15-footer he calls his “cotton shot” because it’s so comfortable? Does he kick out for the three-point snipers who are panting to keep up with him? Or does he summon all his fury and hurdle whatever giant awaits on the back line? “I have fears,” Westbrook says, “but I do not fear anything or anybody on the court.”

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–  Harden dominating … at the free throw line  (from ESPN Stats and Information):

”  Let’s put James Harden’s free throw shooting exploits this season into perspective.

Harden went 21-of-22 in Monday’s win over the Indiana Pacers.

Harden has had two games with at least 20 made free throws in the past five days. The rest of the NBA has yet to have one such game all season.

If Harden had another game with 20 makes this season, he’d be the third player with three such games in a season in the past 50 seasons.”

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This Tape Takes James Harden’s Game to MVP Levels  (from Freddy Lopez

” Harden… has popularized the adoption of kinesiology tape across the NBA. He’s been sporting this adhesive at various points throughout his career, but has been wearing it more consistently over the last two years as a means to prevent injury–specifically knee and shoulder issues–and relieve pain.”

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– Bulls building toward playoff readiness with Derrick Rose scrimmaging  (from K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

” There are myriad ways to measure the supreme confidence and optimism emanating from the Bulls these days, from Derrick Rose scrimmaging hard for a second straight day Tuesday to the depth that has developed through the various injuries to the health that appears to be taking hold for the stretch run.

But Taj Gibson’s attitude, featuring simultaneous competitiveness and selflessness, is as good a place to start as any.   “I didn’t want to be on his team,” Gibson said, smiling, about beating Rose in the scrimmage. “I wanted to be against him.”

Though the scrimmage didn’t feature a traditional format of first unit vs. second unit, the fact Rose’s team didn’t win further showcased the Bulls’ depth. That’s the same depth that has kept the team-first Gibson on the bench behind rookie Nikola Mirotic in recent fourth quarters despite Gibson leading the NBA in fourth-quarter minutes last season.

“If you look at our front line, we have a bunch of guys who can basically start anywhere,” Gibson said. “We understand what it takes. We understand we’re trying to win a championship. So sacrifices are going to be made from top to bottom. It’s about the ultimate goal, and that’s winning.”

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Nikola Mirotic Q & A (from Jesus Sanchez Brand,    – On-line translation from Spanish

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Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade, the NBA’s Two Most Efficient Attackers  (from Josh Baumgard,

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–  Utah Jazz: With Favors out, small-ball lineup has worked  (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

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–  Steve Nash’s Guide to the Galaxy  (from Henry Abbott,  ESPN):

” We gave the visionary point guard a pen and a mission: Illustrate the theories that drove his game-changing MVP career. Here’s the result, straight from the mind of Steve Nash …”

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–  Bruno Caboclo’s growth stunted with Raptors lacking their own D League team  (from Doug Smith,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Jordan Clarkson:


Giannis Antetokuonmpo:


Danny Green:


Dante Cunningham:


Julius Randle:


Tim Frazier:


Steven Adams:


Andrew Wiggins:


Rajon Rondo:


Courtney Lee:


Brandon Knight: