Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/15/16

How Do Gordon Hayward And The Jazz Go From Good To Great?  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18273165/zach-lowe-utah-jazz-gordon-hayward-rudy-gobert-nba

From Sam Amick, USA Today:  http://www.usatoday.com/videos/sports/nba/jazz/2016/12/15/new-elite-team-nba-western-conference/95464532/

– From Ryan Aston, purpleandblues.com:  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/12/14/utah-jazz-hot-takes-predictions-fter-25-games/

–  Wilson Chandler Is Still Waiting (from David Ramil, FanSided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/15/wilson-chandler-still-waiting/

–  Making Sense Of Frank Kaminsky  (from Reinis Lacis, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/14/making-sense-of-hornets-frank-kaminsky/

–  KLove And The Cavs Finally Feel Like A Perfect Match  (from Kristioan Winfield, SB Naton):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/14/13954452/kevin-love-highlights-cavaliers-stats-fit-in

–  The Top 5 Rookies, Ranked By Their Best Skill (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/the-top-five-nba-rookies-ranked-by-their-best-skill-2aa4e84e10a1#.nkcmwdike

–  Dennis Schroder Will Save The Hawks…Eventually  (from John Buhler, FanDided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/14/dennis-schroder-atlanta-hawks-future/

Rudy Gobert: Best Center In NBA?  (from Jordan Cummings, SLCDunk.com):

Read it here: http://www.slcdunk.com/research-statistics-analytics/2016/12/14/13913968/utah-jazz-rudy-gobert-karl-anthony-towns-hassan-whiteside-best-center

–  Keeping Wade Fresh Is Key To Bulls Success (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/keeping-wade-fresh-key-bulls-success

–  Breakout Watch: Six Players Reaching New Heights  (from Jared Dubin, Fan Sided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/15/breakout-watch-otto-porter-avery-bradley-sean-kilpatrick/

–  Harrison Barnes Q & A  (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/harrison-barnes-on-free-agency-the-olympics-and-playing-with-the-mavs

–  Eric Gordon Is Shooting Threes At A Steph Curry Rate (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rockets-eric-gordon-is-shooting-threes-at-a-steph-curry-rate/

Ron Baker Brings Small-Town Toughness To The Big City  (from Lenn Robbins, msgnetwork.com):

Read it here:  http://www.msgnetworks.com/2016/12/12/robbins-nest-baker-brings-small-town-toughness-to-big-city/

 Coach Clifford: Hornets Need To Be More Physical  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article121000513.html

–  Knicks’ Win-Now Interests Clash With KP’s Learning Curve  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/15/knicks-kristaps-porzingis-carmelo-anthony-derrick-rose-phil-jackson

–  How The Blazers And Warriors Slow Down Westbrook  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/18278432/how-stop-russell-westbrook-oklahoma-city-thunder-nba

–  Wednesday Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/15/13964614/2016-nba-scores-jazz-good-schedule-results-gordon-hayward

 SAS 108, BOS 101  (from Jeff McDonald, expressnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Leonard-his-usual-self-10797473.php?t=eace3148ac927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724690/frustrated-jae-crowder-im-ready-to-see-some-wins

Grizzlies: Unlikely Contender  (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/15/memphis-grizzlies-unlikely-contender/

–  Spurs Leaning On Mid-Range Shots  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/14/one-team-three-stats-san-antonio-spurs-shooting-defense

–  Aaron Gordon Keeps Things Simple And Goes Big  (from Philip Rossman-Reic, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/12/15/aaron-gordon-keeps-things-simple-goes-big/

–  Dwight Howard: One Of The NBA’s Best Screeners  (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.co,):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/sports/basketball/howard-one-nba-best-screeners-and-there-more-than-bulk/7N8Jy89Ap6EiSqxzCUG5QN/

Justise Winslow: Making Up For Lost Time (from Linda Robertson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/linda-robertson/article120999918.html

–  Hardaway, Jr. Learned How To Forge His Own Path (from Nubyjas Wilborn, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/tim-hardaway-jr-atlanta-hawks-stats-father-knicks/lvve7bqywng71bjmrctvgc4nm

–  5 Things That Will Make the 76ers Better  (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2016/12/15/5-things-will-make-philadelphia-76ers-better/

–  Caris LeVert: Worth the 1st-Round Gamble (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/12/15/nets-first-round-gamble-starting-to-pay-dividends/

–  Is Milos Teodosic Ready For The NBA?  (from 60 Seconds More Or Less):

Watch it here:  http://60smol.com/is-milos-teodosic-ready-for-the-nba/

–  D-League Call-Up Rankings  (from Chris reichert, Fan Sided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/15/nba-dleague-pierre-jackson-rankings/

Josh Harrelson In Japan (from Ed Odeven, Japan Times):

Read it here:  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/12/15/basketball/b-league/osakas-harrellson-takes-pride-toughness-versatility/#.WFLQ3fkrK7Q

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/27/16

–  TOR 102, IND 99  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
–  Raptors’ Redeem Team Sparks Comeback  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):
–  ATL 110, BOS 83  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):
–  Hawks Go Small; Send Hard Traps At Thomas  (from Jay King, Mass Live):
–  Even In Loss Brad Stevens Trusts Process  (from Terence Moore,  Sports On Earth):
 Video Breakdown:  Walker, Lin Lead Hornets Over Heat In Game 4  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

–  Hornets Thriving With Shift To Old-School Offense  (from Scott Fowler,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article74074197.html

–  How The Warriors Can Score Without Steph  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
 Shaun Livingston Takes A Far Different Approach  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):
Draymond Green’s Playoff Diary, Entry 4  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):

–  Terry Stotts And His Unfamiliar Walk  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/terry-stotts-and-first-steps-his-unfamiliar-walk

–  Pistons’ Future May Depend On Hack-A-Farce Rule Change  (from Seth Partnow, Vice Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-detroit-pistons-future-may-depend-on-nba-hack-a-rules-changes

–  New Wolves’ GM Scott Layden Learned From Masters, Including His Dad  (from Kent Youngblood,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/new-wolves-gm-scott-layden-learned-from-masters-including-his-dad/377209291/#1

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Norman Powell (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/26/raptors-norman-powell-plays-well-beyond-rookie-status

–  Doug McDermott (from Dirk Chatelain, kwbe.com):  http://kwbe.com/local-sports/aggressiveness-of-old-helps-doug-mcdermott-become-more-than-a-spot-up-shooter-in-second-nba-season/

–  Christian Wood  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/year-review-christian-wood

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 4/20/16

 

–  Valanciunas Proving To Be Big Problem For Pacers  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560363/raptors-jonas-valanciunas-proving-to-be-one-big-problem-for-the-pacers

 Pacers Need To Limit Valanciunas  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/04/19/pacers-biggest-adjustment-need-limiting-jonas-valanciunas/83237908/

–  How The Pacers May Adjust To Valanciunas (From Blake Murphy,Raptors Republic):

Read and view it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/04/20/pacers-may-adjust-jonas-valanciunas/

–  Raptors:  Daring Others Than George To Beat Them  (from Doug Smith, Tornto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/04/19/raptors-content-to-allow-paul-george-dominate-if-rest-of-pacers-kept-in-check.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Mavericks/Thunder Game 2  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=xrxSxhIQVgE

–  What Steve Clifford Says Erik Spoelstra Is Doing That Other Teams Aren’t  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2016/04/what-hornets-coach-steve-clifford-says-erik-spoelstra-is-doing-with-the-heat-that-other-teams-arent.html

–  The Whiteside Problem And Solution For The Hornets  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560654/the-hassan-whiteside-problem-and-solution-for-the-charlotte-hornets

–  Celtics’ Bizarro Game 1 Shooting  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560155/the-maddening-case-of-the-celtics-bizarro-game-1-shooting-vs-atlanta

–  The Celtics’ Synergy Can’t Handle Losing Avery Bradley  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15278135/the-celtics-out-loss-avery-bradley

–  Celtics Made Horrendous Decisions Defending Korver In Game 2  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25560601/celtics-made-horrendous-decisions-defending-kyle-korver-in-game-2

–  Hawks Shut Down Isaiah Thomas By Ignoring The Other Celtics  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/20/11465440/isaiah-thomas-hawks-defense-shut-down

–  Isaiah Thomas:  The Best Players Figure It Out  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4722872/isaiah-thomas-the-best-players-figure-it-out

–  Blazers’ Game 2 Plan  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/how-trail-blazers-game-2-plan-might-have-formed-bus-ride-back-hotel

–  Time For Pistons To Counter  (from Shawn Windsor,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/04/20/detroit-pistons-cleveland-cavaliers-tweaks/83257640/

–   Grizzlies’ Grit And Grind: For Better And Worse  (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15234297/how-grit-n-grind-defines-grizzlies-better-worse

–  Statistical Playoff Notes:  Teague, Harden, Raptors’ Rotations  (from Ian Levy,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/04/19/nylon-notebook-jeff-teague-james-harden-and-more-playoff-notes/

–  Curry’s Foot  (from Marcus Thompson IOI,  mercurynews):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29786600/thompson-warriors-curry-not-worried-about-foot-injury

–  5 Things To Watch On Wednesday  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/04/20/five-things-to-watch-in-playoff-wednesday-kevin-love-at-center-clippers-trapping-damian-lillard/

 The Thunder’s Organizational Evolution  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-oklahoma-city-thunders-kids-grew-up-1461107114

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Kobe Bryant  (from Ramona Shelburne,  ESPN):   http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/15232286/former-lakers-star-kobe-bryant-left-nba-just-getting-started

Ramon Sessions  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/04/19/ramon-sessions-enters-free-agency-hoping-for-a-chance-as-starting-point-guard/

–  Trey Lyles  (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652532/After-slow-start-Trey-Lyles-made-huge-improvement-in-rookie-season-for-Jazz.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/17/16

 

–  Warriors Run Circles Around Stagnant Rockets  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdwon):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/17/the-warriors-run-circles-around-stagnant-rockets/

Video Breakdown:  Warriors Attack And Guard James Harden (from EricApricot,  Golden State Of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/4/17/11446142/warriors-vs-rockets-video-analysis-playoffs-2016-highlights-harden-stephen-curry-klay-thompson

–  Thunder Routs Mavericks in Game 1  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/17/nba-playoffs-oklahoma-city-thunder-dallas-mavericks-game-1-rout

–  How Paul George Dominated The Raptors  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25557155/how-paul-george-dominated-the-raptors-as-the-pacers-went-up-1-0

Playoffs Day One Recap  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25557581/what-we-learned-from-okc-warriors-rout-opening-day-of-nba-playoffs     and from RickyO’Donnell/Jesus Gomez, SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/17/11444572/2016-nba-playoff-scores-pacers-raptors-paul-george

–  Parity Defines The EC Playoffs  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/17/11443550/nba-playoffs-2016-east-celtics-hawks-hornets-heat-sunday-shootaround

–  Cavs Expect Test From Pistons’ Pick-and-Roll  (from Matthew Florjancic, wkyc.com ):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/sports/nba/cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-expect-test-from-detroits-pick-and-roll/138667274

 Cavs/Pistons: 10 Questions  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/playoffs-2016-10-questions

–  How The Spurs Have Been The Opposite Of What We Expected  (from Matthew Tynan,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/241522/How-The-Spurs-Have-Been-The-Opposite-Of-What-We-Expected

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 

 Patrick Beverley  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/04/16/patrick-beverley-stephen-curry-draymond-green-klay-thompson-warriors-rockets-playoffs/83146624/

–  Jae Crowder  (from Adam Himmelsbach,  Boston Globe):   http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/04/14/jae-crowder-career-path-full-twists-and-turns/z2MPouBCzAiKIldzzO9enL/story.html

–  Danny Green  (from Tom Orsborn,  expressnews.com):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/article/mm-Spurs-Green-seeks-playoff-rebirth-7253044.php?t=f824dea543927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 LeBron James  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15208083/lebron-james-dunk-renaissance

–  Zach Randolph  (from Grace Baker,  Grizzly Bear Blues):   http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/4/17/11434650/the-past-present-and-future-of-zach-randolph

Trey Lyles  (from Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3783256-155/monson-trey-lyles-has-bright-future?fullpage=1

 

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