– Warriors’ Defense:

– Defensive-minded Golden State Warriors on the upswing as playoffs near (from James Herbert, SBNation):

” The Warriors are playing some of their best basketball as they enter the season’s stretch run. With Andre Iguodala in the mix, try scoring on them.”

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/3/7/5478192/andre-iguodala-golden-state-warriors-feature

– Warriors defending at historically high level (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):

” Golden State ranks third in the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions (101.7). This is absolutely a team winning with defense…”

Read it here: http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/07/extra-pass-golden-state-warriors-defending-at-historically-high-level/

– Tyreke Evans says his confidence has surged since becoming a starter (from John Reid, NOLA.com):

” In the last five games New Orleans Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans has raised his level of play, repeatedly beating defenders for layups and easily creating plays for his teammates.

Evans said a big difference has been his improved confidence and knowing his role better now as a starter than when he was a backup.”

Read it here: http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2014/03/new_orleans_pelicans_swingman_8.html

– Assessing the Celtics Pick and Roll Defense: Part Six (from Kevin O’Connor, celticsblog.com):

” The sixth part of the Boston Celtics pick and roll defense series takes a brief look at the team’s performance when an individual guard or wing is involved in the pick and roll.”

Read and view it here: http://www.celticsblog.com/2014/3/4/5470832/assessing-the-boston-celtics-pick-and-roll-defense-part-six-bradley-rondo-advanded-stats

– Former NBA D-League Coach Eric Musselman Stresses the Importance of Player Development (from Keith Schlosser, ridiculousupside.com):

” From the likes of Jeremy Lin, to Danny Green and Gerald Green, former NBA coach Eric Musselman also guided a bevy of today’s up and comers in the D-League as well. He spoke to RidiculousUpside.com and reflected upon what went into ensuring such players made it to the next level.”

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2014/2/15/5413916/former-nba-d-league-coach-eric-musselman-interview-player-development

– Damian Lillard thrives at the rim after the All-Star Game (from Dane Carbaugh, SBNation.com):

” Damian Lillard doesn’t have many holes in his offensive game. The second-year guard from Weber State is deadly from long range, can shoot the 17-foot fadeaway jumper from the right elbow and is an expert in the clutch. To add to the havoc on offense, Lillard appears to have significantly altered how he attacks the rim since the All-Star break. How has he done it?”

Read and view it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/3/7/5480102/damian-lillard-rim-penetration-blazers

Is Aldridge’s Pick-And-Roll Defense A Problem For Blazers? (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read and view it here: http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/03/07/is-aldridges-pick-and-roll-defense-a-problem-for-blazers/

– How Blake Griffin Became the Most Prolific Interior Scorer in the NBA (from Kirk Goldsberry, SBNation):

” Griffin is the best above-the-rim post player in the NBA, but he’s more than just that. While many people doubted whether he could become anything more than just a YouTube icon, Griffin is now the best scoring big man in the league, and he’s only getting better.”

Read and view it here: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/better-sooner-how-blake-griffin-became-the-most-prolific-interior-scorer-in-the-nba/

Mike Conley:

– Mike Conley Q&A (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):

Read it here: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/qa-mike-conley-on-being-tricky-and-the-why-not-us-grizzlies/

– Grizzlies Playbook: Horns Double Inside Down-Screen for Mike Conley (from Kevin Yeung, grizzlybearblues.com):

” A closer look at one of the Grizzlies’ few plays that puts Mike Conley on the move without the ball.”

Read and view it here: http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2014/3/7/5469342/grizzlies-playbook-horns-double-inside-down-screen-for-mike-conley

– Suns surprising themselves with their own success (from Dave King, brightsideofthesun.com):

” Just when you think the Phoenix Suns are about to hit that long losing streak, they come back out fighting once again. Down two starters, the Suns came back to beat the league-best Oklahoma City Thunder in a “must win” game to keep them in strong playoff position.”

Read it here: http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2014/3/7/5480910/phoenix-suns-still-stupid-good-surprising-themselves-with-their-own

– Where Rudy Gay didn’t expect to be (from James Herbert, SBNation):

” Back in October, Rudy Gay wanted to take the Toronto Raptors to the playoffs. Uncertainty surrounded their future, with Masai Ujiri having taken over as general manager in the offseason. Ujiri didn’t tear down the Raptors immediately, but everyone knew he could if they started slowly. If the season went as Gay envisioned it, the eighth-year forward would be in the thick of a playoff race at this point, close friends Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan at his side.

” Now Toronto is playing for something, but it’s without Gay. He and the Raptors lost 12 of the season’s first 18 games before Ujiri shipped him to the Sacramento Kings. That’s when things turned around for a Toronto team that is now third in the Eastern Conference.

Just like when the Grizzlies traded Gay and all he could do was cheer for his friends in the Western Conference Finals, he’s happy for his former teammates but focused on what he has to do.”

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/3/8/5484104/rudy-gay-kings-vs-raptors-trade-nba-lottery-playoffs

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