Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART TWO

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BOS: As Usual Baynes Did The Little Things That Made Life Easier For His Teammates (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
DEN: Malik Beasley Is Shooting & Scoring At A High Level (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
*GSW: Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
GSW: Breaking Down The Dubs’ Record-Setting 1st Quarter Vs Denver (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
GSW: DMC Tried To Get Cleared To Return A Few Weeks Ago (from Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports):
HOU: Will Harden’s Hot Streak Burn Him Out?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
HOU: The Must-See Numbers From Harden’s Hot Streak (from ESPN):
HOU: Harden’s Impossible Box Scores, Explained (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
NOTE: I’ve been pushing this issue for years.  Positive Residual at Nylon Calculus uses “scoring opportunities” (including FTs) instead of shots but very few others have followed his (& my) lead.

I particularly dislike when TV guys compare efficiency, something like this:
Player A, fouled on all 5 unsuccessful FGAs, goes 10-for-10 from line, so has scored 10 points “on zero shots” – “amazingly efficient”
Player B goes 5-for-5 from field…took him 5 shots to get his 10 points – “much less efficient”   (5 shots vs zero shots)
IND: Pacers Defense Is Clearly Better With Turner (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
LAC: Rivers Laments Decision To Cut Ingles (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Walton Is Trying To Find More Minutes For Svi (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: What Has Made McGruder A Fixture In The Starting Lineup (from David Furones, SunSentinel):
OKC: Thunder Fighting Defensive Pick & Roll Pitfalls (from Erik Horne, jsonline.com):
PHI: Q & A: Anelie Schnittel, VP Of Player Development (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
SAC: Bagley, Giles Give Glimpse Into Bright Future (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
WAS: Why Beal & Wizards Are Flourishing Without Wall (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Ranking The Best Young Cores In The NBA (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

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*GSW: The Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART ONE

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BOS: Ainge On Celtics’ So-Called Drama: “These Aren’t Stories” (from Darren Hartwell, NBC Sports):
BOS: How Irving Took Over Crunch Time Vs. The Raptors (from Brian Robb, Boston Sports Journal):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Raptors (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Lack Of Attention To Detail Haunts The Cavs (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
DET: Toughness, Resilience The Key To Return To Early Season Form (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
GSW: Depth Looking Formidable With DMC Set To Return (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
GSW: Klay Thompson’s Under-The-Radar Defensive Work (from Steffen Pedersen, Blue Man Hoop):
GSW: What The DMC Experiment Means (And Doesn’t Mean) (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury News):
GSW: Dubs 147, Pels 140 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
*HOU: Harden’s Great Offensive Run: An Historical Perspective (from Kelly Scaletta, The Basketball Writers):
HOU: Rockets Send Down House: A Gamble For Both Sides (from Rahat Huq, Forbes):
IND: Doug McDermott Does More Than Shoot (from Tony East, BBall Index):
IND: The Pacers Are So Much More Than  Oladipo (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
OKC: Two Games To Understand Westbrook (from Rory Masterson, The Step Back):
OKC: Steven Adams Is The NBA’s Immovable Object (from Royce Young, ESPN):
PHI: What’s Wrong With Sixers’ Defense & How They Can Improve It (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
PHI: Elton Brand Tries To Complete The Process (from Michael Lee, The Athletic):
PHO: Oubre’s Emergence Raises Lineup & Roster Construction Questions (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
TOR: Inside The New, Free Raptors (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
UTA: Jazz 129, Clippers 109 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
WAS: Post-Wall Injury, Beal Has Turned Into A Monster (from Andrew Favakeh, Clutch Points):
Where Bitadze’s Draft Stock Stands (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Which Teams Are Saving Cap Space For Free Agency? (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Sleep Is For Cowards: Europe’s NBA Fans Watch Hoops In The Dark (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):

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*HOU: Harden’s Great Offensive Run: An Historical Perspective (from Kelly Scaletta, The Basketball Writers):

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/16/19

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BKN: The Nets Have Moved On From “The Trade” (from Net Income, Nets Daily):
BKN: Jarrett Allen, Ed Davis & The Screen Assist (from Justin Carter, Nets Republic ):
BOS: The Case For Wanamaker (from Joe Hagen, Hoops Habit):
GSW: Video Breakdown: The Dubs’ Historic First Quarter (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Steph Is Unleashing Impossible Range (from Kirk Goldsberry, ESPN):
LAL: Film Room: How The Lakers Run Pick & Roll Drop Coverages (from Pete Zayas, Silver Screen And Roll):
*MIL: Brogdon’s Role In The Bucks’ Success (from Nekias Duncan, The Basketball Writers):
PHI: Sixers Did It Their Way In Routing Wolves (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
SAS: Forbes Is A Bargain That Only Becomes Cheaper (from Rob Wolkenbrod, Forbes):
TOR: Raptors’ Defensive Scheme Could Be Difference Make In Playoffs (from Mo Dakhil, Washington Post):
UTA:  Rudy Gobert Is A Different Kind Of All-Star (from Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Injuries Have Forced Jazz Players Into Unfamiliar Roles (from Eric Walden, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Despite Rash Of Injuries, Jazz Are Making Up For Having Faced Killer Early Schedule (from Mike Sorenson, Deseret News):
WAS: Bradley Beal Is The Real Deal (from Bryan Oringher):
Why Zone Defense Is Making A Comeback (from Coach Nick, The Athletic):
NBA Draft International Scouting: Prospects To Watch (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):

*MIL: Brogdon’s Role In The Bucks’ Success (from Nekias Duncan, The Basketball Writers):

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/15/18

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BOS: Where Do The Celtics Go From Here?  (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CHI: Is Dunn The Bulls’ PG Of The Future? (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DEN: Hernangomez’ & Beasley’s Development Save The Nuggets (from Max Carling, The Step Back):
DEN: Monte Morris Is Here To Stay (from Jackson Lloyd, 94 Feet):
DET: Are The Pistons Placing Too Much Emphasis On Defending Three-Pointers? (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
DET: Pistons’ Assistant Coach JD Dubois (from Ryan McDonald, Deseret News):
GSW: Video Analysis: Steph Outduels Luka Down The Stretch (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
* IND: Can The Pacers Keep Turner & Sabonis?  (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
MIL: Brogdon Rarely Misses (from Alex Boeder, bucks.com):
MIL: Q & A: Marques Johnson (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
OKC: Ferguson Is Repaying Thunder’s Faith (from Lawrence George, Thunderous Intentions):
PHI: The Sixers’ Upcoming Killer Schedule Will Test & Help Define Them (from Tim Bontemps, ESPN):
PHI: The Story Of Landry Shamet’s Rise (from Jackson Frank, The Athletic):
PHO: As Booker Returns, He Needs To Fit In, Not Take Over (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
UTA: Rudy Gobert Scares People (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: In Locker Room & Beyond, Udoh Builds Community (from Aaron Falk, utahjazz.com):
Coaches Are Tending To Their Health To Cope With The Grind (from Janie McCauley, Associated Press):
The Three-Point Line Has Gone Beyond Percentages (from Justin Jett, DefPen):
Draft Prospect Goga Bitadze Shines In 1st EuroLeague Action (from Austin Green, Flo Hoops):
Cherokee Parks Finds Second Life In League Office (from Josh Martin, closeup360.com):

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* IND: Can The Pacers Keep Turner & Sabonis?  (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/14/19

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ATL: Trae Young Is Awash In Opportunity (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
ATL: Huerter’s Coming Out Party Is A Promising Sign For Hawks’ Future (from Chris Kirschner, The Athletic):
BKN: What Is RHJ’s Future With The Nets?  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
BKN: Defenses Throwing Dinwiddie Change Of Space (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):
BOS: Jayson Tatum Season Analysis (from Ben Taylor, Thinking Basketball):
CHA: Why Tony Parker Became A Hornet (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
CLE: Cavs’ Win Over Lakers Is Their Blueprint For Now (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
DET: What’s Gone Right, What’s Gone Wrong, What’s Ahead? (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
GSW: Durant, Kerr Prove Democracy Can Work In The NBA (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
HOU: Running Out Of Days With Two-Way Player Danuel House (from Rahat Huq, Forbes):
HOU: Harden’s Wild Night (from Associated Press):
MIA: The Heat Now Face The Hard Part & Cold Reality (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):

MIN: 3 Saunders Adjustments From 1st Three Games (from Dane Moore. 1500ESPN):

OKC: Thunder’s Season By The Numbers (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
OKC: Thunder’s Gamble On Nader Is Paying Dividends (from Larence George, Thuncerous Intentions):
OKC: Patterson Is Finding His Shot (from Lawrence George, Thunderous Intentions):
ORL: The Magic Should Move Birch Into The Rotation (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):
PHI: A Special Season For PBP Announcer Marc Zumoff (from Sheil Kapdia, The Athletic):
PHO: The Floater Is Becoming Richaun Holmes’ Money Shot (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
WAS: Beal – Bryant Bond Is Getting Stronger Every Game (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Time To Stop Making Fun Of Jeff Green (from Nate Wolf, BBall Index):
4 Teams That Have Improved Since Early Season Struggles (from Jake Peterson, Hoops Habit):
Finding New Roles For Misused Players: Aaron Gordon, Saric, Ingram (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
That Was One Hell Of A Ride (from Richard Jefferson, The Players Tribune):
NOTE: Internet Connectivity Impairment Affected Production Of Today’s BI.  We will play “Catch-Up” tomorrow.
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