Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/7/18 PART ONE

The Week In Review (from Justin, NBA Calculus):
The Rockets Are That Good (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Teams Should Envy & Fear The Rockets’ Defense (from Jenni Carlson,
Harden: Leaving No Doubt For MVP Voters (from Kelechi Iko, The Dream Shake):
Harden’s Bad Defensive Reputation: Mostly Undeserved (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):
The 4th Quarter Is Lillard Time (from Zito Madu, SBNation):
Larry Nance: Showing The Cavs Piece Of His Game They Didn’t Know He Had (from Chris Fedor,
The Cavs Are Going Through Changes: Are They Better?  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
The Raptors’ Bench Is Destroying The NBA (from Neil Paine/Tony Chow, FiveThirtyEight):
The Raptors Have Transformed From Being Overly Star-Dependent (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):
Video Breakdown: NBA Xs & Os: Swing DHO (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
Celtics: Depth Key To Consistency (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
It’s Ridiculous To Panic Over Al Horford (from Mike Petraglia, Celtics Blog):
Pelicans: Cheicking-In On Diallo’s Progress (from Alex Harari, Locked On Pelicans):
Nets: Isaiah Whitehead Is Making The Most Of His Time With The Long Island Nets  (from Tom Dowd,
Nerlens Noel: Showing Why Mavs Traded For Him (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
Inside The NBA Journey Of Sudanese-Australian Mangok Mathiang (from Justin Robertson,
Markieff Morris On Player-Referee Tensions (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Kings: Assessing Justin Jackson’s Rookie Season Transition (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Fixing The Suns (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Ugu Udezue Gave Up His Job As An NBA Agent To Form The African Basketball League (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):
G-League: Jaylen Johnson Has Showcased His Upside With Windy City  (from Vijay Vemu, Ridiculous Upside):
What Is The Value Of In-Person Scouting Of Draft Prospects? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
The Unrestricted Area Podcast # 3 With Guest Chris Herring Of FiveThirtyEight:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/28/18

OKC: The Fallout From Roberson’s Injury (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Impossible To Guard: The Rockets Shoot From Way Past The 3-Point Line (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
GSW 109, BOS 105 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
–  Q & A With Bucks GM On Kidd Firing & What’s Next (from Matt Velazquez,
How NBA Players Have Historically Fared After Achilles’ Injuries (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Ty Lue Believes Lineup Change Gives Cavs What They Need Defensively (from Cris Fedor,
–  Scouting Jonah Bolden: Is The Perfect Fit For Simmons & Embiid Stashed Overseas?  (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
G-League: Landry Nnoko’s Long Path (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):
Why Wayne Ellington Is Shooting Better Than Ever (from Andre Fernandez, Miami Herald):
The Nuggets’ Perilous PG Situation (from Max Carlin, Nugg Love):
Wizards Moved The Ball Crisply  With Satoransky & Frazier Filling In For John Wall (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
DMC Injury: Day Two (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Erik Spoelstra On The Players/Officials Issues (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):
Sixers: Surging Behind Elite Defense (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Trae Young & Collin Sexton Impressed NBA Scouts In Their Matchup  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Dakari Johnson: A Brooklyn Family’s Long March Finally Reaches The NBA (from Amos Barshad, NY Times):
Josh McRoberts Focus Is On Getting Healthy, Not The Trade Deadline (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
Please check out the first episode in our new podcast series: The Unrestricted Area.  You are probably already familiar with our other podcasts that have featured guests Dean Oliver, Fran Fraschilla, Rick Barry, Mo Dakhil, Jim Petersen, Jim Barnett, Marques Johnson, Sam Smith and others. Those are still available on SoundCloud.  Here is The Unrestricted Area, Episode#1, featuring Ray LeBov and Kelly Scaletta (note that it was recorded before Andre Roberson’s injury):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/4/17 PART ONE

Rockets Look To Keep Improving (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Since Acquiring Bledsoe, The Bucks’ Defense Is Clicking (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Raptors’ Lorenzo Brown is The Perfect Two-Way Contract Player (from Stephen Brotherston, Pro BBall Report):
Weekly TV Guide (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Three Random NBA Thoughts: Cutting In Transition, Brandon Ingram, The Pass Defenses Fear (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
NOTE: For more great insight from Mo, be sure to check out BI Podcast #8:
ORL’s Young Guns Deserve A Longer Leash (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):
Teams That May Be Regretting Their 2017 Draft Decisions  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Ranking The Teams By Tiers (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
NBA Teams That Should Already Be Tanking (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Dennis Smith, Jr Has Bought Into Rick Carlisle’s Philosophy (from Josh Bowe, Mavs Moneyball):
Nerlens Noel Q & A (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
Myles Turner’s Rebounding & Defense (from Derek Kramer,
Nuggets Are Finding Lineups That Works With Jokic & Millsap Out (from Christopher Dempsey,
Adebayo’s Next Challenge (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
Anthony’s Sacrifices Are Allowing Players Like Steven Adams To Step Up (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Markieff Morris: Searching For A Surge (from Todd Dybas, Washington Times):
With More Playing Time, Joe Harris Is Delivering (from Roger Rubin, Newsday):
Q & A With Kuzma’s Trainer Clint Parks (from Hannah Kulik,
Why Steve Kerr Struggles Managing Iguodala’s Minutes (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Lakers: KCP’s Defensive Impact (from Cameron Neimand, Silver Screen And Roll):
TJ Warren: By The Numbers (from Kyle Clark, 94 Feet Report):
NBA Sophomores Who Are Making The Leap (form Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/30/17 PART ONE

Opportunity Is Knocking For Donovan Mitchell (from David Ramil, The Step Back):
What Do Teams Do With Non-Shooters Like Justise Winslow? (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Video Breakdown: Behind The Scenes Of The Timberwolves Offense (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Video Breakdown: Steph’s Amazing Overtime (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
What Adding CP3 Has Done For The Rockets (from Darren Yuvan, The Dream Shake):
Robert Covington: The Best Undrafted Player (from Ben Detrick, The Ringer):
The Draft: How Teams Should Think About Positionality (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer)):
The Week In Review (from Brian Sampson, NBA Math):
Reassessing The Celtics’ Offseason Moves (from Chris Tyler, Hashtag Basketball):
What The Fizdale Firing Says (from Chris Herrington, Commercial Appeal):
Doc Rivers: “You’ve Got To Be Willing To Fail” (from Katie Baker, The Ringer):
Pacers: Should We Worry About Myles Turner? (from Adrian Lawhorn,
Pelicans: Darius Miller Is A Sharpshooter (from Warsame Abdi, Pelican Debrief ):
Kris Dunn Is Bouncing Back (from Noah Shatzer, 16 Wins):
Wizards: Quick Fixes (from Rob Athmer, Hashtag Basketball):
OKC: Breaking Old Habits Is Not That Easy (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):
Should OKC Bring Melo Off The Bench? (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
The Cavs Are Using Wade More Efficiently (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):
Defense Fuels Cavs’ Winning Streak (from Dan McCarney,
Fred VanVleet Is Legit (from Blake Murphy, VICE Sports):
Two-Way Contracts: The Difficulty Of Tracking Days Of Service (from Adam Johnson,
“Sets That Have Caught My Eye” (from Zak Boisvert,
Note: We Are Still Playing “Catch-up”, so watch for PART TWO of today’s BI, to be published later today.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/29/17

CP3 In Houston: Early Signs Are Positive (from Patrick Oxford, 94 Feet Report):
Harden: Even More Fearsome (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
With 20/20 Vision, Rockets Look Pretty Good (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
How Does Steph Curry Continue To Get Wide-Open 3-Pointers? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Timberwolves: Playtype Dissection (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Timberwolves: Defensive Lapses Lurk Behind Promising Progress (from Jim Souhan, Star Tribune):
Should We Believe In Boogie, The Brow & The Pels?  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Lonzo Ball’s Passing Isn’t Enough To Overcome His Historically Bad Shooting (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Oladipo: Validating The Pacers’ Opinion (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
How Are The Key Offseason Additions Faring In Their New Homes?  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Jordan Bell:  Rookie Training Wheels Are About To Come Off (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
Jayson Tatum’s Defensive Revelation (from Danny Emerman, 16 Wins):
Jeremy Lamb’s Breakout Season (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
How The Spurs Are Succeeding Without Kawhi (from Michael Wright, ESPN):
Without Mike Conley, The Grizzlies Have No PGs (from Grizzly Bear Blues):
OKC: Westbrook Isn’t The Problem  (from Chirag Agriwal, Nylon Calculus):
Celtics’ Bench: Vital To Their Interior Defense (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Dedmon’s 1stYear In ATL Has Been Great (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
NOTE:  Today’s BI is delayed due to a medical emergency.  We will be playing “catch-up” for a while, so please bear with us. 
Please also check out the podcast with Mo Dakhil that we sent to you this a.m..  We are sure you will find Mo’s insights to be of interest.