Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/22/16

–  How The Hawks Are Recapturing Last Seasons’s Magic  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):
 Cavs Clean Up Their Defense  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):
–  What Makes Terry Stotts A Great Coach (from Dave Deckard, Blazer’s Edge):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games (from SBNation):
–  DET 92, MIL 91  (from David Mayo, MLive.com):
–  Video Breakdown: Steph, Draymond Punish Spurs-Style Switches  (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):
 –  Dubs Learn To Survive When Curry Sits  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):
–   AD’s Torn Labrum Explained  (from Trevor Magnotti, Hardwood Paroxysm):
 DWade To AD:  “Don’t Rush Back” (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):

–  The Hornets: Blueprint, Building Block, Product  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2626457-michael-jordans-vision-for-charlotte-hornets-finally-paying-dividends

–  The Clippers Have Rebounding Issues  (from Tom West, clipperholics.com):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/03/22/clippers-why-cant-you-make-more-effort-to-rebound/

–  D-League:  Underappreciated Point Guards  (from Chris Reichert,  upsidemotor.com):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/03/22/nba-d-league-rewind-point-guards-david-michael-stockton-josh-magette/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Dwight Howard  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/22/dwight-howard-james-harden-daryl-morey-rockets/82083178/

–  Bismack Biyombo/Jonas Valanciunas  (from Chris O’Leary,  thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/03/21/blossoming-biyombo-has-given-raptors-double-threat-in-middle.html
–  Victor Oladipo  (from John Denton, magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/victor-oladipo-much-improved-3-point-shooter-20160321
–  Ty Lawson  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/lawson-spices-drab-victory

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/8/16

 

LBJ:  Cavs Aren’t Ready For The Playoffs  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):
–  Quick Thoughts On Griz’ Win Over Cavs  (from Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal):
–  Kerr:  We Can’t Keep Relying On Steph Bailing Us Out  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):
–  Warriors Assistant GM Travis Schlenk Q & A  (from Matthew Steinmetz):
 Celtics Can’t Cross Line Of Emotional Play  (from Jimmy Toscano,  csnne.com):
–  Hornets/Kemba; Baron Davis; Paul George Q & A  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
“Pressure Rate” Defenders  (from Jordan K. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
–  Suns Still Fighting Despite Down Season  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Wesley Matthews One Year Later  (from Saad Yousuf,  mavsmoneyball.com):
Mavs: Too Much Emphasis On 3s?  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  New Nets’ GM Sean Marks  (from Andy Vasquez, northjersey.com):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  GIF Breakdown: The High Scoring Stylings Of Devin Booker and Alex Len  (from Rollin J. Mason,  brightsideofthesun.com):
–  Video Breakdown:  Steph Screens, Klay Hits Wild Trey  (from EricApricot,  Golden tate Of Mind):
Luke Walton:  Dubs Have Freedom To Improvise  (from Scott Davis,  Business Insider):
–  Raptors’ Second Half Collapse Versus Rockets  (from Cooper Smither,  Raptors Republic):
–  How The Lakers Beat The Dubs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
–  Front Office Insider  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Zach Lowe’s “2016 Marc Gasol All-Stars”  (from ESPN):
–  Hawks Recapturing Some Of Last Season’s Form  (from Jonathan Savitske, Hoops Habit):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/08/giannis-antetokounmpo-milwaukee-bucks-jason-kidd-kobe-bryant
Kristaps Porzingis  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/7/11134556/kristaps-porzingis-knicks-future
Joe Johnson  (from Ira Winderman,  sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-joe-johnson-s030716-story.html
D.J. Augustin  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_29608642/augustin-making-his-mark-denver
–   Dorell Wright  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders): http://www.basketballinsiders.com/dorell-wright-discusses-china-stint-nba-return/
–  Shelvin Mack  (from Tony Jones,  Salt City Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3629567-155/utah-jazz-still-meshing-with-jazz
–  Jordan Clarkson  (from Mike Bresnahan, LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20160308-story.html
David West (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/pacers-stay-aggressive-turn-back-spurs
–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Evan Fiala,  The Sports Quotient):  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/3/8/emmanuel-mudiays-growing-pains
–  Josh Maggette  (from  Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  Josh Magette Defies Odds for D-Fenders

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/31/15

–  Noel, Okafor Switch Roles (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151230_Sixers_coach_switches_roles_of_Noel__Okafor.html

–  Butler Says that he and Hoiberg are “Learning a Lot About Each Other”  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14471892/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-says-coach-fred-hoiberg-holding-accountable

–  Versatility Will Set the Grizzlies’ Course  (from Chris Herrington,  Commercial Appeal):

Read and view it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Versatility-will-set-the-Grizzlies-course-363819901.html

Reggie Jackson Podcast Transcript (from Adrian Wojnarowski/ Darnell Mayberry):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/reggie-jackson-opens-up-about-his-thunder-days/article/5469638

–  Serge Ibaka  Q & A  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603720-serge-ibaka-on-state-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder

–  Scott Skiles Has Pulled Another Great Defense Out of His Hat  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/9836364/scott-skiles-magic-defense-improvement-victor-oladipo

–  HORNS Staggers is an Effective Play for Miami  (from Jay Ramos,  hothothoops.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/12/30/10684596/hot-hot-plays-horns-staggers-effective-play-miami-heat-dwyane-wade

–  Why the Post-Up Will Never Die  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/3-point-shooting-why-the-post-up-will-never-die/

–  Anatomy of a Game Winner:  Closer Look at Gasol’s Lob to Butler  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/samsmith/anatomy-game-winner

–  The NBA’s Best and Worst After Timeout Plays  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/nba-after-timeouts/

–  How Robin Lopez Defended Drummond  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/12/30/10688548/look-how-good-robin-lopez-was-against-detroit

Timberwolves Moving On Slowly Without Flip Saunders (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/life-after-flip-a-look-into-wolves-future/

–  Is There A Proper Time for an NBA Coach to Get a Technical Foul? (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/is-there-a-proper-time-for-billy-donovan-or-any-nba-coach-to-get-a-technical-foul/article/5469686

–  Defensive Rookies of the Season’s First Quarter  (from Henry Steckel,   Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoQWdR8AAPFqIeKL

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Oladipo Not Deterred By Criticism  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-victor-oladipo-criticism-offense-20151230-post.html

–  Kemba Walker’s Path to All-Star Efficiency  (from Tyler Davis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689555-kemba-walker-hornets-charlotte-all-star-efficiency-jeremy-lin-nicolas-batum

Jabari Parker’s Learning  Curve Hits a Dip  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jabari-parkers-learning-curve-hits-a-dip-b99642815z1-363891591.html

Bosh’s Story is One of Perspective  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article52400520.html

–  Ty Lawson is Turning His Offense Around  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/12/ty-lawson-showing-signs-of-turning-his-offense-around/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/blazers_nuggets_cj_mccollum.html

–  Heat’s Chris Andersen Grows Into Veteran Leader  (from Adi Jospeh, Sporting news):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689660-chris-andersen-birdman-miami-heat-age-veteran-udonis-haslem-erik-spoelstra

–  Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blaekly,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/kobe-bryant-praises-jae-crowder-development-with-celtics

–  Boban Marjanovic  (from Jeff McDonald,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/31/popovich-no-fan-of-boban-mania/

–  Mareese Speights  (from Diamond Leung,  Inside the Warriors):  http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2015/12/30/warriors-marreese-speights-having-worst-most-frustrating-year-minutes-wise-but-hes-willing-to-sacrifice/

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/31/10686156/celtics-assignee-jordan-mickey-continues-to-shine-for-maine-red-claws

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/26/15

–  What Do The Warriors Mean When They Talk About “Confidence”?  (from Adam Fromal,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2593146-what-do-golden-state-warriors-really-mean-when-they-talk-about-confidence

–  How the Knicks are fast-Tracking Kristaps Porzingis’ Rise  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2592624-how-the-new-york-knicks-fast-tracked-the-rise-of-kristaps-porzingis

–  Dwane Casey’s Scouting Report on LBJ  (from Ryan McNeil,  hoopsaddict.com):

http://www.hoopsaddict.com/random/quotes/dwane-caseys-scouting-report-on-lebron-james/

–  The Lonely Burden of Jahlil Okafor  (from Robert Sanchez,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14172705/the-lonely-burden-sixers-jahlil-okafor

–  George Karl and His Many Disciples  (from Charles F. gardner,  jsonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/george-karl-and-his-many-disciples-b99623043z1-354281271.html

Damian Lillard Evolving into One of NBA’s Best Facilitators  (from Joe Freeman, oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/11/trail_blazers_damian_lillard_1.html

–  At 37, Dirk’s Burden Remains the Same  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705831/at-ripe-old-age-of-37-burden-remains-same-for-dirk-nowitzki

–  Five Takeways From Spurs’ Season So Far  (from Gerald Bourguet,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/11/26/san-antonio-spurs-5-early-season-takeaways/

–  Quantifying Rebounding Skill (from Adam Yudelman,  Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VlYWsx0AAD0EBzGG

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/25/9803018/nba-schedule-results-raptors-cavaliers-spurs-mavericks-clippers-jazz

–  Pistons’ Greatest Satisfaction in Rout of Heat is Defense  (from David Mayo,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/11/long_bombs_aside_pistons_great.html

–  Extending Coach Clifford Is A Sign of a Bright Future for the Hornets  (from Russell Varner,  atthehive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/25/9803018/nba-schedule-results-raptors-cavaliers-spurs-mavericks-clippers-jazz

–  Be Thankful For Your team’s Point Guard  (from Joshua Jonah Fischman,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vlc40B0AAM4CwpFf

Salary Cap Breakdowns by Team  (from Eddie Scarito,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/11/201516-salary-cap-breakdowns-by-team.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Jeremy Lamb Taking Full Advantage of Opportunity With Hornets (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/11/25/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lamb-putting-himself-in-discussion-for-sixth-man-and-most-improved/

Rajon Rondo  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article46568145.html

–  Victor Oladipo’s New Role (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-knicks-game-1126-20151125-story.html

–  Thad Young Is Showcasing New Offensive Skills  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-knicks-game-1126-20151125-story.html

Rockets’ Point Guards: Terry, Beverley, Lawson  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Beverley-hopes-to-return-Wednesday-vs-Grizzlies-6655621.php

–  Luis Scola  (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/scola-could-be-raptors-x-factor-against-lebron-cavs/

–  Ryan Anderson  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  Giving thanks for one of the NBA’s best teammates

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/15/15

–  Last Year’s Hawks Were Not a Fluke  (form Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/15/9734278/hawks-fluke-kyle-korver-kent-bazemore

Gregg Popovich on Brett Brown  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sixerville/Popovich-on-76ers-Brett-Brown-He-loves-coaching-that-team.html

–  The Jazz’ Three-wing alignment  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3174938-155/utah-jazz-team-going-on-a

–  Jazz’ Pace is Slow and That’s OK With Coach Snider  from Mike Sorensen,  Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865641558/Jazz-among-NBAs-slowest-teams-but-thats-OK-with-coach.html

–  Trey Burke’s Move to the Bench Has Jazz Moving in Positive Direction  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25372491/trey-burkes-move-to-bench-has-jazz-headed-in-promising-direction

Knicks Know They Have to Rely Less on Carmelo Late in Games  (form Ian Begley,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/newyork/knicks/post/_/id/63504/knicks-know-they-have-to-rely-less-on-carmelo-anthony-late-in-games

–  Pelicans: Ravaged by Injuries  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25374000/ravaged-by-injuries-pelicans-look-for-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel

Rockets: Is it Time to Panic?  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/1387/rockets-lose-again-is-it-time-to-panic

How Are the New Guards Out West ( Rondo, Matthews, D. Williams, L. Williams, Lawson) Doing?  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vkgxsx4AAJVcIzQQ/how-are-the-new-guards-out-west-performing

Recapping Saturday’s Games (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/14/9736294/nba-scores-schedule-clippers-pistons-rockets-mavericks

Explaining the Play:  Iguodala’s Last Gasp 3 Saves the Dubs  (from EricApricot, goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:   http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/11/15/9737678/warriors-vs-nets-2015-highlight-video-andre-iguodala-three

New Pacers System Brings Out the Best in Paul George  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/11/14/insider-new-pacers-system-brings-out-best-paul-george/75712738/

–  The Blazers’ Rebounding Problems  (from Steven Dewald, ripcityproject.com):

Read and view it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/11/15/rebounding-dooms-blazers/

Thunder Reducing Their Turnovers  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-thunder-flipping-its-early-season-turnover-woes/article/5460523

Will Pau Gasol Thrive Under Coach Hoiberg?  (from K. C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/nba/article44941341.html

Intense Wizard Practices Yield Simplified Defense  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2015/11/15/intense-wizards-practices-yield-simplified-defense-win-over-magic-saturday/

Danny Ainge Develops D-League Strategy  (from Gary Washburn, Bosotn Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/11/15/danny-ainge-develops-strategy-for-nbadl/iwxgvbfo8G1GCmlOQDBlpN/story.html

Celtics’ Defense Earning Respect  (from Joshua Bateman,  Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/11/15/boston-celtics-defense-has-earned-respect/

Good News and Bad News from the Sixers’ Loss to Spurs  (from Sean O’Connor,  LibertyBallers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/11/15/9738164/sixers-spurs-92-83-tenth-loss

–  Sam Mitchell Says NBA’s New Scheduling Policy Is Working (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com ):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/mitchell-says-nba-schedule-policy-is-working/349222321/

What the NBA is Doing About the Nuggets’ Home Scheduling Advantage  (from Christopher Dempsey,   Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/dempsey/ci_29118550/league-is-no-fan-nuggets-home-court-edge

Cavs, Heat Trending in Opposite Salary Directions  (from Jason Lloyd,  Ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/jason-lloyd-cavs-heat-trending-in-opposite-salary-directions-1.640579

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Rajon Rondo is Leading By Example  (from James Ham,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/amid-chaos-rondo-leading-example-getting-kings-buy

Tyler Zeller (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720985/tyler-zeller-has-set-standard-for-bostons-overcrowded-frontcourt

Marco Belinelli Adapting to Life After Spurs  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article44970567.html

Valunciunas Is Growing into a Star  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/14/valanciunas-growing-into-a-star

–  Meyers Leonard’s Status/ Allen Crabbe’s Emergence  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/11/trail_blazers_notes_meyers_leonards_status_allen_c.html

Nowitzki Is Silencing Doubters  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25374162/dirk-nowitzki-silencing-doubters-on-pace-for-historic-37-year-old-season

The Mavs All Love Raymond Felton  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4705780/on-the-mavs-everybody-loves-raymond-felton

–  Pablo Prigioni  On Shooting  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=RBijs932Ito

–  The Situational Changes for D’Angelo Russell  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239860/The-Situatonal-Changes-For-DAngelo-Russell

–  Tyler Johnson  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article44217984.html

–  Lance Stephenson Plays Less Than 2 Minutes  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/losangeles/clippers/post/_/id/8042/lance-stephenson-limited-to-under-two-minutes-in-clippers-win

Varejao:  Expensive Insurance for Cavs (from Marla Ridenour,  ohio.com):  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/marla-ridenour-minutes-dwindling-anderson-varejao-becomes-expensive-insurance-for-cavs-1.639534

–  Pelicans’  Ish Smith Is Making the Most of His Opportunities  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/11/new_orleans_pelicans_guard_ish.html

Batum has Made Quick Impact With Hornets  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):  http://www.heraldonline.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article44900457.html

Suns’ Brandan Knight Shifts Defense to Off-Guards  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/11/14/suns-guard-brandon-knight-shifts-defense-off-guards/75805004/

Thabo Sefolosha Getting Back On Track  (form Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):   Gary Washburn | Sunday Basketball Notes: After ordeal with police, Thabo Sefolosha getting back on track – The Boston Globe

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