Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/23/18 PART ONE

BOS: The Celtics’ Offense Is Failing Them (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):
BOS: Takeaways From Loss To ORL  (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Give The Defense A Bit More Time For Corrections (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
MIA: The Rise Of Rodney McGruder (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
MIL: How The Bucks Have Reshaped Their Identity To Get The Best From Giannis (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
MIN: Tom Thibodeau & The Theory Of Defensive Evolution (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
MIL: DiVincenzo Is Making A Strong Early Impression  (from Kane Pitman, The Step Back):
MIN: Thibodeau: DRose, When Healthy, Will Be One Of Assn’s Best (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
NYK: Dissecting The Ntilikina Question (from Jonathan Macri, Knicks Film School):
PHI: Inside The Embiid/Redick Two-Man Game (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
PHI: Observations From Wins Over CHI & ORL (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Fultz & The Sixers Have A Problem Of Overlap (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
PHI: Q & A: Landry Shamet (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
PHI: Covington Has Offered Most Return On Investment (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):
SAS: DeRozan, Spurs Embracing New Normals (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):
– SAS: Popovich Dials Up Old Play To Sink Lakers In OT (from William Lou, The Score):
Read and watch it here:  https://www.thescore.com/news/1635124
TOR: Kawhi: It Didn’t Take Long For it To Look Like 2017 Again (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Notes From NBA-TV’s Open Court,  2018 Coaches Edition (from Zak Boisvert/Jeff Steines, Pick And Pop):
Answering The Big Questions After The First Week (from MacMullan, Arnovitz, Pelton, MacMahon, Herring, ESPN):
Answering Questions About The Scoring Binge (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Full Team-By-Team Roster & Salary Breakdown (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Q & A: Chris Bosh (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
Projecting The Leading Shooters At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
What Is The NBA Maximum Salary? (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting & Analysis 10/22/18

BKN: Kenny Atkinson On The Coaches Who Influenced Him (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/nets/news/feature/2018/10/22/kenny-atkinson-brooklyn-nets-coach-on-the-coaches-that-influenced-him

BKN: With RHJ’s Return, Can Impressive Rookie Kurucs Stay In The Rotation? (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: https://nypost.com/2018/10/22/why-impressive-nets-rookie-may-soon-see-his-playing-time-cut/

BKN: 5-Out Offense Effective, But Execution An Issue (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read it here: https://nothinbutnets.com/2018/10/22/brooklyn-nets-5-offense-effective-execution/

CHA: Triano: NBA Coaching Is His Profession; Canadian Basketball Is His Obsession (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article220366900.html

DEN: Nuggets Are Winning Games On The Defensive End (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/605024/2018/10/22/go-figure-the-nuggets-are-winning-games-on-the-defensive-end-and-swear-its-no-smoke/

From Mike Singer, Denver Post: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/10/21/denver-nuggets-defense-golden-state-warriors/

GSW: Dubs “Must Clean Up Defense” (from NickFriedell, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25050373/draymond-green-golden-state-warriors-defense-not-emphasis-nba-anymore

MIL: Bucks Finding Success In Funneling Opponents To Midrange Shots (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

Read it here: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2018/10/21/bucks-finding-success-funneling-opponents-midrange-shots/1695199002/

OKC: Defensive Effort & Rotation Usage Are Issues In 0-3 Start (from Tamberlyn Richardson, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here: https://thunderousintentions.com/2018/10/22/okc-thunder-5-takeaways-effort-rotation-issues/

From Brett Dawson, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/605123/2018/10/22/terrance-ferguson-is-struggling-but-heres-why-hes-unlikely-to-lose-his-starting-spot-for-now/

OKC: Is Loss To SAC A Sign Of The Times? (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here: https://newsok.com/article/5612450/is-thunder-loss-to-sacramento-a-sign-of-the-times

OKC: Is It Too Soon o Start Worrying (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/22/18009704/oklahoma-city-thunder-early-trouble

ORL: Vucevic Knows It’s Time For Magic To Turn Things Around (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/magic/news/vucevic-knows-now-time-magic-turn-things-around-20181021

PHI: Fultz Looks More Comfortable At PG (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: https://thesixersense.com/2018/10/22/philadelphia-76ers-markelle-fultz-more-comfortable-point-guard/

PHI: Joel Embiid: 7-Feet Tall & Rising (from Clay Skipper, GQ):

Read it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/22/18008362/nba-opening-week-takeaways

SAS: What Makes The Spurs’ Motion Offense Go? (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):

Read and watch it here: https://www.poundingtherock.com/2018/10/18/17995342/main-thing-makes-san-antonio-spurs-motion-offense

TOR: Kawhi Imposed His Will Vs The Celtics (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/10/20/18003028/kawhi-leonard-highlights-raptors-vs-celtics-takeover

UTA: Jazz’ Chemistry Makes A Difference (from Eric Walden, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here: https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2018/10/21/league-obsessed-with/

WAS: Coach Brooks Says Otto Porter Needs To Do More To Help Himself (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here: https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/another-low-shot-total-otto-porter-coach-brooks-says-porter-needs-do-more-help-himself

WAS: Brooks: “I Set A Poor Example” In Getting Ejected (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/10/21/i-set-poor-example-getting-ejected-scott-brooks-didnt-practice-what-he-preaches/

5 Takeaways From Opening Week (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/22/18008362/nba-opening-week-takeaways

Video Breakdown: TOR 113, BOS 101 (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=fTKqiXjvw18

Darius Bazley: Million-Dollar Intern (from Marc Stein, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/22/sports/darius-bazley-g-league-new-balance.html

An NBA Broadcasting Guide & How Hubie Keeps Going Strong (from Richard Deitsch, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/604627/2018/10/22/media-circus-an-nba-broadcasting-guide-hubie-brown-on-what-the-audience-wants/

Sleep Experts On How East Coast Fans Can Deal With West Coast Games (form Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/lebron-james-has-turned-the-nba-into-the-zzz-1540155563

CourtVision Review (from Todd Bishop, Geek Wire):

Read and watch it here: https://www.geekwire.com/2018/courtvision-review-tested-steve-ballmers-attempt-transform-nba-viewing-experience/

The NBPA Is Taking Mental Health Very Seriously (from Branden Peters, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/586105/2018/10/22/the-nba-players-association-is-taking-mental-health-very-seriously/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/21/18

BKN: LeVert Can Thrive As A Point Forward (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
BKN: LeVert’s Medical Journey (from Net Income, Nets Daily):
CHI: Wendell Carter: Undergoing Trial By Fire (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
DAL: Doncic Was Must-See In Home Opener (from Tyler Watts, The Smoking Cuban):
DEN: Video: Jokic’s Perfect Shooting Night:
DEN: The Nuggets’ New Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Jackson Frank, BBball Index):
DET: Griffin Is Back To All-Star Form  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: Alfonzo McKinnie: Under The Big Lights Now (from CJ Peterson, SF Examiner):
HOU: Melo & The Rockets Are An Odd Fit (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):
IND: “This Is What We Brought (O’Quinn) Here For”  (from Scott Agness, The Athletic):
ORL: Passing Has Become One Of Vucevic’s Top Strengths (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
TOR: Kawhi Is Back To MVP Level Form (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
UTA: Jazz Are Lighting It Up On Offense, Struggling On Defense  (from Eric Walden, Salt Lake Tribune):
Sunday Notes: Markelle Fultz & More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Ugly LAL-HOU Brawl  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
From Sam Amick, USA Today:
Six Small Sample Size Overreactions (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
The NBA Feels Like The Future, The NFL Like The Past (from Will Leitch, nymag.com):
Read it here:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/20/18

ATL: Confidence Has Carried Trae Young To The NBA  (from Chris Kirschner, The Athletic):
BKN: LeVert Has Become Special (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):
BOS: Marcus Smart, King Of Chaos  (from Tom Lane, Celtics Life):
BOS: Takeaways From Loss To TOR  (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CHI: Ask Sam Smith (from Bulls.com):
CLE: 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DAL: Doncic’s Debut Had More Ups Than Downs (from San Guertler, Mavs Moneyball):
DET: Pistons’ New-Look Three-Guard Lineup (from Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: 5 Observations From Wild Win Over Jazz (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
GSW: An Evaluation Of Klay Thompson’s Offense (from Golden State Of Mind):
HOU: Q & A: Mike D’Antoni (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
LAL: Rondo: “We Got To Be Patient Like Teachers” (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
LAL: Walton Has Solution To Rebounding Woes (rom Anthony Irwin, Silver Screen And Roll):
NOP: The Pels Are A Force In The Making (from Robbie Stratakos, Sir Charles In Charge):
NYK: Film Notes: Knicks Vs. Hawks (from Zach Diluzio, Knicks Film School):
ORL: Clifford’s Strategic Approach In Developing Bamba (from John Denton, magic.com):
PHI: Fultz Needs A Clear Role  (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: Josh Jackson’s Newfound Range (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
POR: Video Breakdown: How Split Cuts Allow Blazers To Counteract 3-Point Line Overplaying (from Dane Delgado, NBC Sports):
POR: LBJ’s Debut Spoiled By Dame’s Dominance (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
TOR: Raptors Win Chess Match Vs Celtics  (from Dave Zarum, Sportsnet.ca):
TOR: How Danny Green Found His Way (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
Hubie Brown Is Not Stopping (from Andrew Marchand, NY Post):
NBA Talks With NBPA To End One-And-Done Hit Impasse (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
G-League Draft: Eligible Player Pool (from gleague.nba.com):
The New “Select Contract”: Analyzing The Developmental Twist  (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/19/18

ATL: Hawks’ Opening Night Offensive Issues Should Be Easy To Correct (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
ATL: Jeremy Lin Has Lived A Basketball Lifetime (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
CHA: Tony Parker’s Stellar Hornets’ Debut (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
DEN: Jokic Showed Defensive Improvement In Opener (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
DET: Emergency Starter Bruce Brown Proves Unflappable (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):
DET: Game Film: The Blake Griffin Effect (from Matt Way, Motor City Made):
GSW:  Steph At 30 (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
GSW: How Do The Warriors Handle Their Tenuous Wing Position? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
IND: McMillan Gets His Point Across: Rebound  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
IND: What Tyreke Brings Offensively (from Sean Reynolds, Hashtag Basketball):
IND: Q & A: Myles Turner (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
LAL: LBJ Has Plenty Of Patience. For Now (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
LAL: Will Lakers’ Lack Of Shooters Be An Ongoing Issue? (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
– – LAL: How LeBron Came To Embrace SoCal (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
MEM: Are The Grizzlies Playing It Too Safe?  (from pfleming15, Grizzly Bear Blues):
MIL: Playbook: Cross Double STS (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
NYK: Enes Kanter: Many Of Many Faces (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
NYK: Kevin Knox’ Journal, Vol 1 (from Drew Steele, Posting & Toasting):
OKC: The Thunder’s Wing Time Share (from Erik Horne, The Oklahoman):
– – ORL: Ross Superb Defensively Against Heat  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Mo Bamba Game One Recap (from Spencer Pearlman, Front Office Eye):
PHI: Embiid Can Defend Smaller Perimeter Players (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
– – SAC: Cauley-Stein Impressive Against Gobert In Opening NIght Loss (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
SAC: Bagley To Learn From The Bench Early On (from Jason Jones, The Athletic):
– – UTA: Analysis Of Jazz’ Opening Night Win (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
– – Opening Night Takeaways (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-opening-night-takeaways-kawhi-aces-raptors-debut-giannis-kemba-have-mvp-battle-melo-rockets-a-mess/

Past Trades That Are Still Hurting Franchises (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
CourtVision Could Revolutionize The Way We Watch Basketball (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Inside The World Of Players Turned Broadcasters (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
The “Select Contract”: The NBA’s New Alternative To One-And-Done  (from Jonathan Givony,  ESPN):
The 1 Reason To Tune In To Each Team’s Games This Season  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Draft Thoughts: A New Approach To Scouting (from Eustachhio Raulli, The 94):
NOTE:  Due to yesterday’s internet service issues, today’s BI contains some of yesterday’s stories as well as we play catch-up.  We will return to normal publishing tomorrow.