OKC-MIA, Hack-a-strategy, AD, Warriors, Pacers’ “D”, Cavs “Non-D”, Mozgov, Maloofs, Steinsma

- Scott Brooks’ Decision to “go small” pays off in OKC win:

- From Darnell Mayberry at NewsOk.com:  http://newsok.com/darnell-mayberrys-notebook-nuggets-scott-brooks-makes-a-change/article/3928702

-From Steve Aschburner at NBA.com; http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/01/30/okc-gets-minor-victory-over-miami-may-have-major-lineup-breakthroug

- From Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1941690-scott-brooks-adjustment-kevin-durants-burst-mean-long-night-for-lebron-heat

- Gregg Popovich hates foul strategy: (from Nick Friedell, ESPNChicago):

”  Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich dislikes employing a “Hack-a-Shaq” type fouling strategy, but he’s going to do it anyway.

Popovich, who ordered his team to foul Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard seven straight times in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 97-90 loss, is not a fan of sending guys to the line — but concedes it’s part of the game.

“I hate it,” Popovich said of the strategy before Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls. “I think it’s awful. I hate doing it. Seriously. I think it’s a pain in the neck, fans don’t like it, I don’t like it, nobody likes it. It disrupts the flow of the game. If there’s an equitable way to get rid of it, I’m all for it.

“But it’s part of the game. It’s part of the rules now and if you think somebody can’t shoot a free throw you might as well take advantage of it. If you think somebody can’t shoot you don’t guard him the same way. So [the strategy's] fair, it’s just kind of ugly I think.”

Read it here:http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10373909/gregg-popovich-san-antonio-spurs-hates-hack-shaq-fouling-strategy

- Anthony Davis is the NBA’s next transcendent talent (from Drew Garrison, SBNation):

“Anthony Davis is on track to accomplish things on the

basketball court that only the greats of the game have. The signs are everywhere that he is primed to be the NBA’s next generational frontcourt talent.”

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/1/29/5351704/anthony-davis-new-orleans-pelicans-statistics-analysis

- Q&A: Warriors GM Bob Myers (from Nate Duncan,BasketballInsiders.com):

Part I

” Nine months after engineering the Golden State Warriors’ first playoff appearance and series victory since 2007, General Manager Bob Myers sat down with Basketball Insiders’ Nate Duncan in the midst of another solid season.  In part one of a two-part interview, Myers discusses the Warriors’ approach in building from his hiring in 2011 to their 2013 playoff success.”

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/qa-warriors-gm-bob-myers-part-1/

Part II

“Nine months after engineering the Golden State Warriors’ first playoff appearance and series victory since 2007, General Manager Bob Myers sat down with Basketball Insiders’ Nate Duncan in the midst of another solid season.  In part two of a two-part interview, Myers discusses the Warriors’ acquisition of Andre Iguodala, the extension of Andrew Bogut and the team’s approach with its core going forward.”

- Cavalier Film Room: Too much help-side and three point consequences (from Kirk, Waitingfornextyear.com):
“Today, we’re going to be talking about help-side defense and what happens when players help too much. Specifically, we’re going to take a look at several wide open three-point looks the Suns got on Sunday night and how these could have been much better contested with proper defensive floor balance.
” Guarding the three-point arc has always been the Achilles heel of the Mike Brown defense. But right now, it’s a flatout mess as the players with the heaviest minutes loads can’t seem to figure it out.”
- The Pacers Are the Seattle Seahawks of the NBA (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland.com):
” The Pacers are the Seattle Seahawks of the NBA. In an offensive era, they are an emerging defensive juggernaut. They have yet to win a title, but this may finally be the year, and if it is, they will have their defense to thank. Like the Seahawks’, the Pacers’ defense is more than good. Statistically, it’s the best defense in the league by a mile.
“In 2014 the NBA is a drive-and-kick league. In the absence of hand checks, attacking guards and wings run wild, slashing into defenses, wreaking havoc, and either scoring or pitching it out to an open shooter. That formula might work reasonably well against 29 NBA teams, but it doesn’t fly against Indiana, which, like the Seattle Seahawks, has built a modern-day defense that effectively stops teams from scoring the ways modern-day offenses love to score.”
- The Maloofs Want Back in NBA, Introduce NBA 3.1
This satire on the Maloofs from beeradgee88 is irresistible.  read it here: http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2014/1/29/5352658/maloof-family-satire
- Greg Stiemsma’s long and winding road to the NBA (From Jim Hoehn, Madison State Journal)

 Greg Stiemsma’s current basketball home is the Big Easy, but the winding journey from Randolph to the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans has been far from any kind of easy.The 6-foot-11 Stiemsma, 28, who followed up a high school career that included three state titles at Randolph with a collegiate career as a role player at the University of Wisconsin, is in his first season with the Pelicans but his third NBA stop in three years.

Along the way, Stiemsma’s post-collegiate basketball path also has included stops in Korea, two in Turkey, signatures on two NBA contracts when he didn’t get off the bench, and a couple of South Dakota winters with the Sioux Falls SkyForce of the NBA Development League.”

Read it here: http://host.madison.com/sports/basketball/professional/nba-greg-stiemsma-s-long-and-winding-road-to-the/article_0524c78e-b3b8-501b-897b-7461d84d258c.html

(Note: Did you know that Stiensma averaged 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 10.2 minutes over 93 games, including just seven starts as a collegian at UW?)

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