Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/20/16

–  Recapping Saturday’s Games (from SBNation):
–  Heat 122, Cavs 101  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
–  Spurs 87, Dubs 79  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):
–  Spurs “Go Small”:  Diaw Replaces Duncan  (from Buck Harvey,  Express news):
–  How “Point-Giannis” Is Unlocking Jabari Parker  (from Will Gottlieb, BBall Breakdown):
–  Celtics & 76ers Rebuilds:  A Progress Report  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article67135347.html
–  Tim Hardaway, Jr.  (from Kris Willis,  peachtreehoops.com):  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/3/20/11271490/rockets-vs-hawks-recap-tim-hardaway-jr
–  Vince Carter/ Will Barton  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/03/19/vince-carter-has-lasted-adapting/IKw2HpDwRpkFOGCzvQgCVK/story.html
–  Tim Frazier  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  http://cache.nba.com/pelicans/news/ten-day-signee-tim-frazier-fast-start-pelicans

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/15/16

–  Andre Drummond’s Rebounding Tricks And Tactics  (from Jared Zwerling, NPBA):
–  Film Study:  Will Barton  (from Jared Zwerling,  NPBA):
–  All-Stars And Their Crafts  (from David Vertsberger,  Hardwood Paroxysm):
–  Bucks:  3 Reasons To Believe In Them; 3 Reasons To Doubt Them  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):
–  The Bank Shot Turns Derrick Rose Into A Good Jump Shooter  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):
–  Bucks 99,  Wizards 92:  Misconception And Miscommunication In Milwaukee  (from Sean Fagan,  Truth About It):
–  As SVG’s 2nd season unfolds, evidence in favor of Gores’ decision continues to mount  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The “End” And The Evolution Of NBA Big Men  (from Brian Fleurantin, Nets Daily):
–  Pelicans Offense Takes A Big Step Back  (from David Fisher,  The Bird Writes):

–   How Will The NBA Fix The Intentional Foul Problem?  (from Steve Perrin,  Clips Nation):

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

(Note:  This time of the year is always “silly season” for NBA-related stories.  We still link to the best but they are in somewhat shorter supply during all-star weekend and when so much energy is wasted on “trade rumor” stories that are not worth the electrons it takes to post them.  Don’t fret, things will return to normal soon.)

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/4/16

–  Jimmy Butler’s Record-Breaking Performance  (from Jessica Patton,  csnchicago):
Draymond Green’s Heroics Know No Bounds  (from Carl Steward,  mercurynews.com):
–  Bucks’ Interim Coach Prunty Got His NBA Coaching Start With the Spurs  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):
–  Zach Randolph:  A Bright Spot for Transitioning Grizzlies  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):
–  Grizzlies Not All on Same Page After Loss to Jazz (from Commercial Appeal):
–  Clippers: Just Wait Until Blake Griffin Returns  (from Robert Morales, Long Beach Press-Telegram):
–  Heat’s First Unit Finally in Plus Column  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
–  Goran Dragic is Getting More Comfortable  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):
–  Suns Problems Go Far Beyond Hornacek  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Orlando Magic Face Potential Crossroads  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):
–  Bobby Portis,  Lakers/Suns, Danny Green,  Will Barton  (from BBall Breakdown):
–  The Wolves’ Issues With Spacing  (from Lucas Seehafer,  canishoopus.com):
–  10-Day Contract Candidates  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Cole Aldrich/Pablo Prigioni  (from LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160104-story.html
–  Rodney Hood  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3371905-155/utah-jazz-hope-hoods-breakout-a
Gerald Henderson/Noah Vonleh  (from Mike Richman,  oregonllive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/01/vonleh_and_henderson.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/30/15

–  Cousins Keeps Kings One Step from Success, One from Disaster  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25430828/demarcus-cousins-keeps-kings-one-step-from-success-one-from-disaster

–  Cousins Latest Outburst Warrants Suspension  (form Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article52176130.html

–  How Scott Skiles and Channing Frye Took the Magic from the Lottery to the Playoffs  (from Keith P Smith,  Yardbarker):

Read it here:  http://network.yardbarker.com/nba/article_external/how_scott_skiles_and_channing_frye_took_the_magic_from_the_lottery_to_the_playoffs/s1_8276_20113372

–  International Players Bring Soccer’s Flair and Creativity to Spurs, NBA  (from Mark Travis,  Caller Times):

Read it here:  http://www.caller.com/sports/professional/nba/international-players-bring-soccers-creativity-flair-to-spurs-and-the-nba-2747bc3c-f055-05ce-e053-01-363502321.html

–  Shaun Livingston, the Definition of Redefinition  (from Robert O’Connell,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/watching-shaun-livingston-the-definition-of-redefinition

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

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/30/10686536/2015-nba-scores-rockets-hawks-harden-knicks-pistons-james-harden-bad-defense

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games – II  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603496-monday-nba-roundup-okcs-supporting-cast-keeps-star-studded-squad-among-elite

–  Cameron Payne Jolts OKC’s Second Unit in Win Over Bucks  (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/994/cameron-payne-jolts-the-thunders-struggling-second-unit-against-milwaukee

–  Cameron Payne Gives Thunder A Jolt in Win Over Bucks  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/rookie-cameron-payne-gives-the-thunder-a-jolt-in-win-over-the-bucks/article/5469592

 –  Knicks 108,  Pistons 96  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/12/29/detroit-pistons-new-york-knicks/78007666/

–  Bruce Bowen  Q & A  (from Benjamin Bornstein, Project Spurs):

Read it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/bruce-bowen-and-the-evolution-of-gregg-popovich.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Will Barton  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/will_bartons_breakout_with_denver_nuggets.html#incart_river_index

–  Damian Lillard  (from Erik Gundersen,  columbian.com):  http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/dec/29/coach-lillard-stays-in-game-through-injury/

–  Justin Anderson  (from Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689461-justin-anderson-dallas-mavericks-rookie-season-virginia-cavaliers

–  Nemanja Bjelica  (from Dennis Brackin,  Star Tribune): http://www.startribune.com/bjelica-works-to-translate-his-game-with-wolves/363787801/

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/latestsports/14424514-87/pelicans-jrue-holiday-stepping-up-since-taking-a-role-off-the-bench

–  Shane Larkin  (from Brian Lewis,  NYPost): http://nypost.com/2015/12/30/shane-larkin-i-needed-to-escape-knicks-to-grow-as-player/

–  Joe Ingles  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):   http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3359505-155/utah-jazz-need-joe-ingles-to

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

–  While You Were Watching the Warriors, the Spurs Were Quietly Crushing Everyone  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washiington Post):

Read ithere:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/12/15/while-you-were-watching-the-warriors-the-spurs-were-quietly-crushing-everyone/

 The Forever Changing,  Still-Winning Mavericks  (form Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14368804/dallas-keeps-striking-free-agents-seem-matter-standings

–  Dwyane Wade’s Advice to Hassan Whiteside  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/12/dwyane-wades-advice-to-hassan-whiteside-dominate-then-cheer-.html

–  Skiles Working His Defensive Magic in Orlando  (from Chris Bernucca,  sheridanhoops.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/12/14/bernucca-skiles-working-his-defensive-magic-in-orlando/

–  Now Kawhi Leonard is Elite on Offense, Too (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/14/10104568/Kawhi-Leonard-highlights-spurs-breakdown-offense-stats

–  Blake Griffin’s MVP-Caliber Season Lost Among Clippers’ Mediocrity  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it ere:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/15/blake-griffins-mvp-caliber-season-lost-amidst-clippers-mediocrity/

Recapping Last Night’s Games  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/15/10148978/2015-nba-scores-los-angeles-clippers-win-blake-griffin-chris-paul

–  5 Takeaways from Monday’s games  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2015/12/15/five-takeaways-from-nba-monday-blake-griffin-can-pass-the-ball-too/

–  Pistons’ Overtime Heartbreaker : A Lesson For Andre Drummond  (from Jamie Delancey,  detroitbadboys.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/12/15/10195452/detroit-pistons-la-clippers-recap-overtime-andre-drummond-blake-griffin-heartbreaker

–  The Ground-and-Pound Offense in the Samll Ball Era  (form Matt Lurie,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240147/The-Ground-Pound-Offense-In-The-Small-Ball-Era

–  Grizzlies Move Grit-and-Grind to the Bench  (from Matt Smith, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Rea it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/12/15/memphis-grizzlies-move-grit-and-grind-to-the-bench/

The Hawks are OK – and That’s Not OK  (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/15/10153760/atlanta-hawks-breakdown-statistics-ok-nba

 Hoiberg, Colangelo, Reggie Jackson, more  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/12/14/morning-tip-chicago-bulls-struggle-to-start-2015-16-derrick-rose-philadelphia-76ers-state-after-hiring-jerry-colangelo-qa-with-reggie-jackson/index.html

Hornets New 3-point Prowess Changing How teams Guard Them  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article49731645.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Will Barton  (from Sean Deveney,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4688097-will-barton-baltimore-freddie-gray-protests-nuggets-denver

What’s Up With Danny Green’s Jumper?  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/12/15/whats-danny-greens-jumper/

Chandler Parsons Says That He Finally Felt Like Himself  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705899/chandler-parsons-finally-felt-like-myself

–  Kevin Love Refelects on Shouder Injury  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/1678/kevin-love-looks-back-on-shoulder-injury-and-the-changes-it-sparked-upon-boston-return

–  Brett Brown Wants Stauskas to Work on Defense  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151215_Sixers__Brett_Browns_wants_Nik_Stauskas_to_work_on_defense.html

 Olynyk Finding His Groove Shooting  (from  A.  Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/olynyk-finding-his-groove-shooting-ball

–  Luis Scola  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/12/14/pacers-coach-frank-vogel-praises-raptors-luis-scola

 C.J. McCollum  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/12/canton-native_cj_mccollum_lear.html

–  Nicolas Batum is the Key to the Hornets’ Resurgence  (form Josh Planos,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/12/15/nicolas-batum-is-the-key-to-hornets-resurgence/

–  Evan Fournier’s Rise Doesn’t Surprise Scott Skiles (from Britt Robson, SBNation):   http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/15/10112406/evan-fournier-scott-skiles-orlando-magic-profile

–  Clint Capela Providing Rockets With Hope  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2015/12/14/clint-capela-providing-rockets-with-much-needed-hope/

–  Trey Burke (from Ben Dowsett,  saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/right-at-home-trey-burke-on-comfort-role-and-personal-improvement/

–  Film Study:  Omer Asik Has Not Met Expectations  (from John Reid,  nola.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/12/new_orleans_pelicans_omer_asik_3.html

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