Basketball Intelligence For 10/13/21

Today's Best NBA Reporting And Analysis

NOTE: Kyrie stories are not included here. Since almost everyone has written an Irving story in the past few hours, we will publish a special edition with links later today.

- ATL: Hawks' Season Preview (from John Hollinger, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2880800/2021/10/13/hollingers-2021-22-atlanta-hawks-preview-lineup-roster-prediction-is-last-season-the-ceiling/

- BOS: Tatum Finds New Motivation From Olympic Experience (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):  https://theundefeated.com/features/celtics-star-jayson-tatum-finds-new-motivation-from-olympic-experience/

- BOS: Pritchard Set To Play Important Role For Celtics (from Chris Grenham, Forbes):  https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisgrenham/2021/10/13/payton-pritchard-set-to-play-important-role-for-2021-22-boston-celtics

- BOS: Horford & Robt Williams: The Celtics' Double-Big Lineup (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):  https://www.celticsblog.com/2021/10/12/22720907/what-worked-boston-celtics-double-big-lineup-why-they-shouldnt-start-it-al-horford-robert-williams

- BOS: Celtics' Scout Ashley Battle Is Inspired To Do Epic Things (from Chris Mueller, Post-Gazette):  https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/high-school-basketball/2021/10/13/Pittsburgh-native-Ashley-Battle-epic-things-Boston-Celtics-scout-North-Side-Linsly-School-Kobe-Bryant/stories/202110130045

- CHA: 3 Hornets With Most To Prove In Preseason Finale (from Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer):  https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/charlotte-hornets/article254956872.html

- CLE: Tacko Wants To Show What He Can Do For The Cavs (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  https://www.cleveland.com/cavs/2021/10/tacko-fall-is-already-a-cleveland-cavaliers-fan-favorite-and-wants-to-show-he-can-be-more-than-that.html

- CLE: Rubio: Starting PG Masquerading As A Backup (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  https://www.cleveland.com/cavs/2021/10/ricky-rubio-the-starting-point-guard-masquerading-as-a-backup-with-cleveland-cavaliers.html

- DEN: What To Expect From Nuggets' Starting 5 (from Tommy Knowlton, Denver Stiffs):  https://www.denverstiffs.com/2021/10/13/22723547/nikola-jokic-jamal-murray-denver-nuggets-michael-porter-will-barton-aaron-gordon-monte-morris

- DEN: Nuggets Season Preview (from Joel Rush, Forbes):  https://www.forbes.com/sites/joelrush/2021/10/13/denver-nuggets-season-preview-porter-jokic-murray

- DET: Pistons' Offseason Review (from Dana Gauruder, Hoops Rumors):  https://www.hoopsrumors.com/2021/10/2021-nba-offseason-in-review-detroit-pistons.html

- DET: Pistons Season Preview (from John Hollinger, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2880829/2021/10/13/hollingers-2021-22-detroit-pistons-preview-lineup-roster-prediction-is-cade-cunningham-their-centerpiece/

- GSW: Forgotten Man Damion Lee Makes Most Of Start Against Lakers (from Rusty Simmons, SF Chronicle):  https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/warriors/article/Warriors-forgotten-man-Damion-Lee-makes-most-16528810.php

- GSW: Iguodala's Subtle Contributions (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):  https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/andre-iguodalas-subtle-contributions-offer-warriors-glimpse-whats-come

- GSW: Draymond And Steph On The New Anti-Foul-Chasing Rules (from Josh Schrock, NBC Sports):  https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/draymond-green-excited-shooters-cant-cheat-system-after-nba-rule-change

LAC: Mann Signs 2 Year, $22 Million Extension (from Mirjam Swanson, OC Register):  https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/12/clippers-terance-mann-signs-2-year-22-million-extension/

- LAL: Lakers' 'Big 3' Talk Patience After Loss To Dubs (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32392270/los-angeles-lakers-debut-lebron-james-anthony-davis-russell-westbrook-combo-preseason-loss-golden-state-warriors

- LAL: The Lakers Have Championship Talent - And Plenty Of Questions (from Sam Quinn, CBS Sports):  https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/lakers-have-championship-talent-plenty-of-questions-as-they-attempt-to-reclaim-nba-title-in-2021-22-season/

- LAL: Takeaways From Loss To Dubs (from Sanjesh Singh, USA Today):  https://lebronwire.usatoday.com/lists/3-takeaways-lakers-lose-to-warriors-in-debut-of-lebron-james-russell-westbrook-and-anthony-davis-together/

- LAL: Lakers' Injury List May Mean Significant Playing Time For Austin Reaves (from Tim van Straten, Sportscasting):  https://www.sportscasting.com/los-angeles-lakers-massive-injury-list-could-force-rookie-benchwarmer-significant-minutes/

- MIA: What Have We Seen From Heat's Reserves In The Preseason?  (from Matt Hanifan, Hot Hot Hoops):  https://www.hothothoops.com/2021/10/12/22717953/film-room-miami-heat-reserves-nba-preseason-omer-yurtseven-michah-potter-caleb-martin-max-strus

- MIN: Wolves' Preseason Plays, Part Two (from Jake Paynting, Howls And Growls):  

Howls and Growls
Straight Sets: Preseason Plays (Part Two)
Three down, one to go. Then the real stuff kicks off. Until then, though, let’s bask in the preseason sun, one that has yet to shine its light on a Minnesota Timberwolves loss. It’s been weird and wonderful so far, but we wouldn’t have it any other way…
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- NOP: How Deep Is Zion's Game?  (from Jaleel Grandberry, The Step Back): https://fansided.com/2021/10/13/zion-williamson-pelicans-skill-nba-season-preview

- NYK: Leon Rose, The Knicks' Culture King (from Rads, The Strick.land):  https://www.thestrick.land/strick/on-leon-rose-the-new-culture-king-of-new-york

- ORL: Projecting The Magic's Future (from Josh Robbins/John Hollinger, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2886176/2021/10/13/projecting-orlando-magic-future/

- PHI:

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      From Marc Stein, The Stein Line:  

Marc Stein
Holdouts don't always work
Little-known fact, or at least a readily forgotten one, about one of the most prominent Philadelphia 76ers voices in the quest to convince Ben Simmons to rejoin his team: Doc Rivers, Simmons' coach, held out of Los Angeles Clippers training camp…
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      From Dan Devine, The Ringer:  https://www.theringer.com/nba/2021/10/12/22723025/ben-simmons-holdout-return-philadelphia-76ers-trade

      From Keith Pompey, The Inquirer: https://www.inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-ben-simmons-gets-physical-nba-draft-20211012.html

- POR: Dennis Smith, Jr: Fighting To Stay In The NBA (from Aaron Fentress, Oregon Live):  https://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/2021/10/dennis-smith-jr-once-a-promising-star-in-hunt-for-roster-spot-with-trail-blazers-hes-fighting-to-stay-in-the-nba.html

- TOR: Raptors Depth Chart 2.0 (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2884981/2021/10/12/raptors-depth-chart-2-0-who-plays-on-opening-night-and-who-plays-when-chris-boucher-and-pascal-siakam-return/

From Steven Loung, Sportsnet:  https://www.sportsnet.ca/nba/article/raptors-pre-season-may-final-roster-decisions-still-come/

- TOR: Takeaways From Win Over Rockets (from William Lou):  https://www.sportsnet.ca/nba/article/10-things-og-anunoby-continues-show-signs-breakout-raptors/

- UTA: Jazz Season Preview (from John Hollinger, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2880815/2021/10/13/hollingers-2021-22-utah-jazz-preview-lineup-roster-prediction-can-they-overcome-playoff-deficiencies/

- WAS: Takeaways From Loss To Raptors (from Ava Wallace, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/10/12/wizards-raptors-preaseason-takeaways/

From Chase Hughes, NBC Sports: https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/kyle-kuzma-thanks-watching-film-breakout-scoring-game-vs-raptors

From Jackson Filyo, wizards.com:  https://www.nba.com/wizards/wizards-raptors-recap-101221


- In Defense Of Overpaying (from Kris Amundsen, Premium Hoops):  https://premiumhoops.org/2021/10/12/in-defense-of-overpaying/

- The Top 10 Most Fun Teams To Watch This Season (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):  https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32389639/lowe-lakers-warriors-nets-ranking-top-10-most-fun-nba-teams-watch-season

- Draft Notebook: Analyzing Duren & Bates (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):  https://www.si.com/nba/2021/10/13/nba-draft-buzz-jalen-duren-emoni-bates-memphis-basketball


FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY: from the BI archives:

http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/10/13/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-101317/