Basketball Intelligence For 10/9/21

Today's Best NBA Reporting And Analysis

- BOS: Udoka Brings Hammer Action To Celtics (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):  https://www.celticsblog.com/2021/10/9/22713929/parquet-plays-ime-udoka-brings-hammer-time-to-boston-gregg-popovich-san-antonio-spurs-al-horford

- BOS: Horford Brings Back Versatile Skill Set To Complement Celtics Stars (From Jackson Frank, Basketball News):  https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/al-horford-brings-back-varying-skill-set-to-completement-boston-celtics-stars

- BOS: Player Combinations And Rotation Patterns Are Coming Into Focus (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):  https://www.celticsblog.com/2021/10/7/22712911/roles-coming-into-focus-boston-celtics-ime-udoka-josh-richardson-dennis-schroder-aaron-nesmith

- CHI: What Are The Bulls Running? (from Stephen Noh, Noh's Notebook):  

Noh's Notebook
What are the Bulls running?
A lot of people feel like you can’t take much from preseason games. That’s true to a certain extent, but you can tell what type of scheme a team is planning on employing during the regular season. With that in mind, here are some takeaways that I saw from the Bulls’ first preseason game that I think will give some insight into what will happen during the regular season…
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-CHI: Takeaways From Win Over Pels (from Stephen Noh, Noh's Notebook):  

Noh's Notebook
What we learned from the Bulls' demolition of the Pelicans
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- CHI: The Bulls' Athletic Defense Is Causing Havoc All Over The Floor (from Joe Cowley, Sun Times):  https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports-saturday/2021/10/8/22717514/bulls-getting-defensive-dominant-on-that-side-of-the-ball

From KC Johnson, NBC Sports: https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/bulls-defense-showing-teeth-and-activity-through-2-exhibitions

- CLE: Cavs Willing To Try Lauri At SF (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  https://www.cleveland.com/cavs/2021/10/lauri-markkanen-playing-small-forward-cleveland-cavaliers-willing-to-give-it-a-try.html

From Kelsey Russo, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2878230/2021/10/09/cavs-pacers-preseason-observations-a-new-lineup-lauri-markkanen-at-the-3-wing-battle

- CLE: Takeaways From Loss To Pacers (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  https://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/nuggets-timberwolves-100821

- DAL: Takeaways From Win Over Clippers (from Callie Caplan, Morning News):  https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/mavericks/2021/10/08/an-efficient-mix-jason-kidds-starting-five-impresses-as-mavs-defeat-clippers/

- DEN: Takeaways From Loss To Wolves (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):  https://www.denverpost.com/2021/10/08/bones-hyland-nuggets-overtime-loss-timberwolves/

From Eric Spyropoulos, nuggets.com:  https://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/nuggets-timberwolves-100821

- DEN: Has Bol's Career Turned A Corner? (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):  https://www.denverpost.com/2021/10/09/bol-bol-nuggets-development-takes-a-village/

- DEN: Aaron Gordon In Attack Mode Is Key To Nuggets' Success (from Kyle Fredrickson, Denver Post):  https://www.denverpost.com/2021/10/08/aaron-gordon-nuggets-backup-center-jokic/

- DET: Takeaways From Win Over Spurs (from Bryce Simon, Detroit Bad Boys): https://www.detroitbadboys.com/2021/10/7/22714517/detroit-pistons-kelly-olynyk-saddiq-bey-film-dont-lie

- GSW: Takeaways From Win Over Lakers (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports): https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/warriors-observations-backcourt-leads-way-preseason-win-vs-lakers

From Rusty Simmons, SF Chronicle):  https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/warriors/article/Warriors-beautiful-ball-movement-already-16520901.php

From Anthony Slater, The Athletic:  https://theathletic.com/2878156/2021/10/09/warriors-5-observations-steve-kerr-tests-out-his-best-floor-spacing-lineup-in-win-over-lakers/

From Evan Webeck, Mercury News: https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/10/08/warriors-rebound-from-sloppy-start-vs-lakers-to-stay-undefeated-in-preseason/

- GSW: Curry-Poole Backcourt Is What Dubs Have Needed (from Kendra Andrews, NBC Sports):  https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/jordan-poole-looking-answer-what-warriors-have-needed

- HOU: Takeaways From Loss To Heat (from Coty Davis The Dream Shake):  https://www.thedreamshake.com/2021/10/8/22716116/three-observations-from-houston-rockets-preseason-loss-against-miami-heat

- IND: Takeaways From Win Over Cavs (from David Woods, Indy Star):  https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2021/10/08/pacers-vs-cavs-5-things-know-pacers-victory/5984855001/

From Scott Agness, Fieldhouse Files: 

Fieldhouse Files with Scott Agness
Pacers handle Cavaliers, lose Justin Holiday and experiment some more in second preseason game
Lineup changes, tweaks to the rotation and new combinations. Get used to it from these Pacers for the time being, both because of injuries and experimentation under the direction of a new coaching staff. The most important part of the preseason is getting through it healthy, but already the Pacers’ injury list is four deep …
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- LAL: Monk Is Creating 'A Good Problem' For The Lakers (from Cooper Halpern, Silver Screen And Roll):  https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2021/10/8/22714791/lakers-training-camp-malik-monk-preseason-stats-highlights

- LAL: Can Austin Reaves Continue To Impress? (from Nicole Ganglani, Silver Screen And Roll):  https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2021/10/8/22708695/lakers-austin-reaves-rookie-year-season-preview-contract

- MIA: Crucial X-Factors For 2021-22 Season (from Dalton Sell, Hoops Habit):  https://hoopshabit.com/2021/10/09/miami-heat-3-crucial-x-factors/

- MIA: Herro's Impressive Preseason (from Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald): https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article254875952.html

- MIL: Takeaways From Loss To Nets (from Jim Owczarski Journal Sentinel): https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2021/10/08/bucks-lose-nets-preseason-game-jordan-nwora-leads-all-scorers/6045121001/

- MIL: Mamukelashvili's Breakout Performance (from Adam Zagoria, NJ.com):  Former Seton Hall star Sandro Mamukelashvili enjoys breakout performance in NBA homecoming at Barclays Center: ‘It was a dream come true’ - nj.com


- MIN: Defensive Improvements Provide Optimism For Wolves (from Tyler Metcalf, Canis Hoopus):  https://www.canishoopus.com/2021/10/7/22711583/improvements-on-defense-provide-optimism-for-upcoming-timberwolves-season-nba-chris-finch

- MIN: Takeaways From Win Over Nuggets (from Brendan Hedtke, Canis Hoopus):  https://www.canishoopus.com/2021/10/9/22717563/wolves-114-nuggets-112-ot-when-the-bones-are-good-the-rest-dont-matter-preseason-game-2

- MIN: Rebounding, Defense Could Keep Vanderbilt In The Rotation (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):  https://m.startribune.com/rebounding-defense-could-keep-jarred-vanderbilt-in-rotation-for-timberwolves/600104973/?clmob=y&c=n

- NOP: Devonte' Graham Is A Perfect Fit For Pels (from Jackson Frank, Dime Mag):  https://uproxx.com/dimemag/devonte-graham-new-orleans-pelicans-free-agent-analysis/

- NOP: Pels' Preseason Observations (from William Guillory, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2876343/2021/10/08/pelicans-preseason-observations-evaluating-key-depth-chart-battles-training-camp-standouts/

- NYK: Rose & Thibodeau Are Still Evolving Together (from Zach Braziller, NY Post):  https://nypost.com/2021/10/08/knicks-derrick-rose-tom-thibodeau-still-evolving-together/

- PHI: Sixers' PG Plan W/O Simmons (from Keith Pompey, The Inquirer):  https://www.inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-raptors-nba-ben-simmons-point-guard-situation-tyrese-maxey-shake-milton-20211008.html

- POR: Anfernee Simons Is All Grown Up (from Jason Quick, The Athletic):  https://theathletic.com/2877273/2021/10/08/the-quick-roll-from-fresh-faced-to-fresh-ink-anfernee-simons-is-all-grown-up

- SAC: Breaking Down The Kings' Position Battles (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee): https://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article254881507.html


- Preseason Musings: Early Trends That May Matter (from Nekias Duncan, Basketball News):  https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/nba-preseason-musings-early-trends-that-may-matter-later

- X-Factors To Watch This Season (from Chris Herring , Sports Illustrated):  https://www.si.com/nba/2021/10/08/michael-porter-jr-lonzo-ball-nba-biggest-x-factors

- Players Poised For Breakout Seasons (from Chicco Nacion, The Score):  https://www.thescore.com/nba/news/2200204


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