Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis – Part I – 3/15/16

 

 

–   Hawks’ Defense Doesn’t Rest  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):
–  What Nuggets Basketball Is To Coach Malone (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):
–  Damian Lillard; Hawks’ Cutting Edge Training; Vince Carter Q & A  (from David Aldridge,  NBA.com):
–  Coach Snyder Says Season Won’t Be A Failure Even If Jazz Don’t Make Playoffs  (from Tony Jones and Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):
–  Believe The Hype:  The Raptors  (from BBall Breakdown):
Mavericks Snap Losing Streak With Grinding Defensive Effort  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Pachulia Not Concerned With Limited Playing Time (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Sloppy Play Ends For Durant, Westbrook  (from Berry Tramel,  newsok.com):
–  Monday’s Roundup (from Grant Hughes,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  The Wizards Struggle In The Half-Court  (from Jake Whitacre,  Bullets Forever):
–  Video Breakdown: Defending AD; Defending Steph  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Why Scouts Botched It So Bad On Steph Curry In The 2009 NBA Draft  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  Screen Usage And Refusal Rates  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/3/14/11219378/giannis-antetokounmpo-bucks-point-guard

–  Garrett Temple  (from Bryant Frantz,  CBSDC):  http://washington.cbslocal.com/2016/03/15/garrett-temple-bad-defender/

–  Greg Monroe  (from Arman Bery,  almightyballer.com):  http://www.almightyballer.com/2016/03/15/greg-monroe-the-choice-between-adaptation-or-regression-by-arman-bery/

 

 

–  Ben Simmons  (from Jonathan Givony,  Yahoo Sports):  https://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-ben-simmons-isn-t-the-top-prospect-in-the-2016-nba-draft-190023711.html

 

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 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,  thunder.com):
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/30/16

–  The Pelicans Are Back From The Dead  (from Tim Cato,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/29/10866206/2016-nba-scores-new-orleans-pelicans-playoffs-standings-anthony-davis

–  Luis Scola Keeps Raptors’ Win Streak In Perspective  (from Mike Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/29/luis-scola-keeps-raptors-win-streak-in-perspective

–  The Wizards’ Defensive Shortcomings  (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/john-walls-stark-self-assesment-of-the-wizards-we-just-cant-guard-a-soul/2016/01/29/64632786-c6c8-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html

–  Previewing Kawhi vs LeBron Matchup  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2611673-lebron-james-kawhi-leonard-rivalry-evolving-into-battle-of-equals

–  Celtics On A Rampage:  Trend Analysis  (from DRJ,  celticslife.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/01/celtics-on-rampage-green-trends-analysis.html

–  Blazers Talk Defense After Win  (from David MacKay,  blazersedge.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/1/30/10874698/blazers-defense-win-hornets-nicolas-batum

–  Cavaliers:  Five Observations  (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/kyrie_irving_follows_tyronn_lu.html

–  Video Breakdown:  Klay Thompson’s Upside Down Elevator For Draymond Green’s Three (from EricApricot, Golden State of Mind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/29/10858038/NBA-highlights-2016-klay-thompson-draymond-green-golden-state-warriors-dallas-mavericks

–  Ten Things You Need To Know About The Grizzlies  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25466404

–  Why Are The Grizzlies Suddenly Scoring So Many Points?  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Numbers-Game–367005981.html

–  Michael Malone Flourishing After Kings Disappointment  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/inside-the-denver-nuggets-151035814.html

–  How Anthony Morrow Turned His Jumper Into NBA’s Fastest Weapon  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4693022-anthony-morrow-dip-quick-release-thunder-kevin-durant-stephen-curry

–  Fixing The Bucks’ Defense  (from Daniel Larsen,  behindthebuckspass.com):

Read it here:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2016/01/30/milwaukee-bucks-fix-defense/

–  Devin Booker Might Already Be One Of The NBA’s Best Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vqz6wyQAAEMxgvcf

–  Searching For Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Partner On The Wing  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/1/29/10825822/searching-for-michael-kidd-gilchrists-partner-on-the-wing

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports): The unlikely story of how Kristaps Porzingis found his way to the Knicks

 

–  Zaza Pachulia  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706065/zaza-pachulia-returns-reminds-mavs-how-much-they-missed-him

–  Draymond Green  (from Sekou Smith,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/sekou_smith/01/29/kia-race-to-the-mvp-ladder-draymond-green-shows-superstar-skills-stephen-curry-lebron-james-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-kawhi-leonard/index.html

Julius Randle  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/30/10874650/la-lakers-julius-randle-career-high-clippers-stats-tape-analysis-breakdown

–  Lance Thomas  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25466375/taking-the-road-less-traveled-knicks-lance-thomas-finds-his-way-home

–  Terrence Ross (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/01/29/raptors-ross-growing-at-rate-of-practice-sessions.html

–  Trevor Ariza  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14672498/nba-court-locker-room-trevor-ariza-got-covered

–  Derrick Rose/ Jimmy Butler (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/backcourt-connection

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Neil Paine,  fivethirtyeight.com):  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/demarcus-cousins-is-a-usage-monster/

LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2612229-how-lamarcus-aldridge-fast-tracked-spurs-learning-curve-to-earn-all-star-bid

–  Shabazz Napier  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/01/30/shabazz-napier-trying-jump-start-career-with-orlando-magic/6fJEEXqP8K0vxPZzpKL6xO/story.html

J.J. Redick  (from Michael Rosenfeld,  Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VquV4iQAAGsveqgJ

Boban Marjanovic  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/fran_blinebury/01/30/spurs-boban-marjanovic/

–  Donatas Motiejunas  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-donatas-motiejunas-heading-to-d-league-in-next-step-of-rehab/

–  Tyrus Thomas  (from KC Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-tyrus-thomas-bulls-spt-0131-20160130-story.html

–  Mario Hezonja  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-news-0130-20160129-story.html

–  Bryce Dejean-Jones  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/bryce_dejean-jones.html

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/3/15

 Shooting-  How ZaZa Pachulia has Changed the Fates of Two NBA Teams  (from Mike Prada, sbnation.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/2/9837458/zaza-pachulia-mavericks-bucks-breakdown-stats

–  Griz Coach Dave Joerger Torn About Using Spurs-like rest Strategy  (from Ronald Tillery, commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-coach-dave-joerger-torn-about-using-spurs-like-rest-strategy-25f23fed-458b-3ebc-e053-0100007f5c-360217611.html

–  Derrick Favors Adapts to the New World of NBA Big Men  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/02/derrick-favors-utah-jazz-small-ball-quin-snyder

Steph Curry IS the Revolution  (from Benjamin Morris,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/stephen-curry-is-the-revolution/

How Steph Curry Wrecks Defenses Even Without the Ball  (form Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14269158/how-stephen-curry-wrecks-defenses-touching-ball

–  Why Draymond Green is an All-Star  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25398230/the-many-reasons-why-warriors-draymond-green-must-be-an-all-star

–  Thunder Film Room:  Breaking Down the Defensive Strengths and Weaknesses of the Small-Ball Lineup  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read and view it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-film-room-breaking-down-the-defensive-strengths-and-weakness-of-okcs-small-ball-lineup/article/5464282

–  Billy Donovan Says the Move to the NBA Has Helped Him Grow (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article47682700.html

The Magic’s Improved Offensive Execution  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240026/The-Improved-Offensive-Execution-Of-The-Magic

Celtics’ Three-Point game Is Not Analytically Sound  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vl85zR0AAOsNeODZ

–  Robert Covington’s Emergence Key for Sixers  (from Derek Bodnet,  phillymag.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/12/02/76ers-likes-and-dislikes-the-return-of-robert-covington/

–  Spurs’ Strong Start Fueled By NBA’s Best Defense  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/183/spurs-warriors-in-march-should-be-interesting

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Phil Jackson on Kristaps Porzingis  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/12/02/phil-jackson-breaks-silence-to-explain-kristaps-porzingis-magic/

Justice Winslow’s Defensehttp://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/21426/miami-heat-rookie-winslow-locked-in-for-durant-lebron-tasks

Dirk Nowitzki’s Shooting Touch is Aging Well  (from Brian Martin,  NBA.com):  http://stats.nba.com/featured/dirks_shooting_touch_is_aging_well_2015_12_02.html

(BI Note:  Meyers Leonard’s amazing  51-59-94 2014-15 season is not included in the charts due to not meeting the minutes played threshold)

 

Draymond Green Takes His Game to the Next Level  (from Marcus Thompson II,  mercurynews.com):  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29195245/thompson-warriors-draymond-green-takes-game-next-level

Andrew Bogut  Q & A  (from Seerat Sohi, Rolling Stone):  http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/andrew-bogut-on-the-warriors-critics-there-are-a-lot-of-dumb-people-out-there-20151202

–  Arron Afflalo Paces Knicks’ Backcourt  (from Sean Linhares, hoopshabit.com)  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/03/arron-afflalo-continues-pace-young-knicks-backcourt/

–  Raptors’ Nogueira Nails The Little Things in His 1st Extended Run  (from Balke Murphy,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/03/breaking-it-down-nogueira-nails-the-little-things-in-1st-extended-run/

Kyle Lowry’s Late Career Breakout  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation.com):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/3/9841712/kyle-lowry-highlights-raptors-hawks

–  What’s Going On With Terrence Ross  (from John Gaudes,  raptorshq.com):  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/12/3/9837418/whats-going-on-with-terrence-ross-toronto-raptors

–  Andrew Nicholson Emerging as Key Magic Reserve  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/nicholson-emerging-key-reserve-magic

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