Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/11/18

GSW-HOU Preview:
The Scariest 3 Minutes In The NBA: When The Dubs Hit The Turbo Button (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Looney & Cook: From The Sidelines To Playoff Time (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
The New Adventures Of Old Chris Paul (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
The Making Of Capela Into A Top NBA Center (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Klay Thompson: “If You Don’t Love It, Why Do It?” (from Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report):
5 Stats From HOU-UTA (from Scott Rafferty, nba.com):
BOS-CLE Preview:
From Steve Jones, Jr/Norm de Silva, Cleaning The Glass:  https://cleaningtheglass.com/shootaround-cavs-at-celtics-game-1/
Brad Stevens & The Celtics Have A Special Brand Of Toughness (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Jayson Tatum Is Hungry For More (from Jack McCluskey, The Ringer):
5 Stats From BOS-PHI (from Scott Rafferty, nba.com):
Brad Stevens: Real COY? (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
Insight Into Brad Stevens’ Decision To Pass On ATO Play Down Stretch Vs PHI (from Brian Robb, Boston Sports Jurnal):
How The Celtics Defended Simmons (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
Draft & Stash: Sixers Have Reinforcements On The Way (from Miles Wray, The Step Back):
An Open Letter About Female Coaches (from Pau Gasol, The Players Tribune):
Film Room: Lessons From Igor Kokoskov (from Yusuf Saleem, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Draft Lottery: Likely Picks, Odds & Stakes For Every Team (from Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Nick Collison, In His Own Words (as told to Royce Young, ESPN):
Nick Collison Retires With The Respect Of His Peers (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
The Raptors Shouldn’t Blow It Up (from Blake Murphy, VICE Sports):
Season Review: Luke Kennard (from Lazarus Jackson, Detroit Bad Boys):
Q & A: David Fizdale (from Steve Serby, NY Post):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/5/18

NOP 119, GSW 100:
Steve Kerr And The Art Of Sharing Power (from Sam Walker, Wall Street Journal):
HOU 133, UTA 92:
The Celtics Are Winning The Transition Game So Far (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):
How The Cavs Returned KLove To All-Star Form (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
Raptors’ Lineup Shakeup Options (from Blake Murphy, The Athletic):
The Raptors Are Losing Themselves (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Raptors Need To Be More Physical With LBJ (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
Raptors Desperately Need Ibaka To Deliver (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
The Cavs’ Most Effective Postseason Lineups (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
Inside Pascal Siakam’s 6,000 Mile Journey To The Bench Mob (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Donovan Mitchell Has Studied His Whole Life To Be An A+ Rookie (from Tim Cato, SB Nation):
Otto Porter’s Production Was A Bright Spot In Wizards’ Dark Season (from Kevin Broom, Bullets Forever):
Nuggets’ Torrey Craig’s Surprising Success Story (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Steven Adams: The Rise Of A Kiwi Icon (from Stephen Foote, Newshub):
2018 Draft: Evaluating The Prospects Of Every Underclassman Who Has Declared (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
Draft Combine: Who Made The Cut, Who Didn’t & What It All Means (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Bucks’ Coaching Search: Looking For The Right Fit (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.cm):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/18

Jrue Holiday Is A Big Reason Why Pels Lead 2-0 (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
Film Breakdown: This Is A Different Raptors’ Team (from Jacob Mack, Raptors HQ):
Film Room Breakdown: Rockets Tactics Against The Wolves (from Alykhan Bijani, The Athletic):
Rockets: Capela Could Be Front & Center (from Stefano Fusaro, The Undefeated):

From Jackson Frank, Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/18258136
Thibodeau’s Derrick Rose Gamble (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
CLE-IND Game Two Preview (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

From Chris Barnewall, CBS Sports: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2018-nba-playoffs-the-cavaliers-case-for-and-against-using-jeff-green-in-the-starting-lineup/

Film Sessions: UTA & OKC Prepare For Game Two (from Dylan Murphy/Steve Jones, Jr, Cleaning The Glass):
Physical Play Is Key As OKC-UTA Series Continues (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
The Heat-Sixers Chess Match (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Sixers: Game Two Loss Showed Effect Of Embiid’s Absence (from Liberty Ballers):

The Bucks’ Flaws Were Exposed In Game Two (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):

Jaylen Brown Has Improved By Leaps And Bounds (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Bucks And Sixers: Pushing The Boundaries Of Small-Ball (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Iguodala Has A Knack For Big Playoff Performances (from Janie McCauley, Associated Press):

Warriors’ Assistant Mike Brown’s Selective Head Coaching Aspirations (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Nets: Full-Time Duties At The 4 Helped RHJ Make Big Leap (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):

Becky Hammon Is Just The Start Of A Revolution (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):


2018 Draft: Biggest Questions For Projected Lottery Picks (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):

Is A Bet On Bamba A Bet On Athletic Development? (from JZ Mazlish, The Stepien):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/9/18

Sixers: The New-Look Bench Unit Has Transformed The Team (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
Ben Simmons: Already Among The Best Cutters (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Fultz’ Return Renders McConnell To “Staying Ready” Status (from Jack McCaffery, Delco Times):
Doncic: Changing The Thinking About Euro Imports (from Mina Kimes, ESPN):
When Players Agree To Take Plays Off (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
The Fizdale List: 10 Black Assistant NBA Coaches Who Could Become Head Coaches (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
A Look At the State Of One-And-Done (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):
DPOY: The Case For Gobert (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):
Stating The Case For Each Of The Top MVP Candidates (from Kelly Scaletta, The Step Back):
Playoff Race: Which Of Monday’s Games Matter (from ESPN):
Will Darius Bazley Be A Pioneer Or An Outlier? (from Sam Fortier, Washington Post):
Can The Celtics Keep Jabari Bird For The Playoffs? (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
How Deep Should The Celtics’ Playoff Rotation Be? (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
With More Minutes And Confidence, Ojeleye Is Finding His Shot (from Tom Lane, Celtics Life):
NBA Scorekeepers Have A Harder Job Than You Think (from Spencer Lund, Complex Sports):
Bulls: Portis Reflects On His Season & Career (from Sam Smith,bulls.com):
Clippers: Tough Decisions Ahead (from Moke Hamilton, NBA Insiders):
The Jazz’ Dominant Run Since January (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
How One Play Tells Us About The Jazz (from David Locke, Locked On Jazz):
How Far Can Becky Hammon Go In The NBA? (from Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker):
Casspi: A Casualty Of Dubs’ Numbers Game (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
Jarrett Jack: Ultimate Professional (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
Hornets:  Monk’s Progress (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Kris Dunn’s Improvement (from Luke Askew, Pippin Ain’t Easy):
Pacers Need The Spacing That Myles Turner Sometimes Provides (from Dylan Hughes, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/5/18

Warriors: New Era, New Challenges (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Warriors: Pros & Cons Of Starting Javale McGee (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
Jordan Bell: Determined To Shed Rustiness & “Be The Best I Can Be” (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Rookies Who Are Primed For 2nd Year Breakouts (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Raptors: Valanciuanas’ Miraculous Defensive Improvement (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
Q & A: DeMar DeRozan (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Jarrett Allen Gives Nets Hope For The Future (from Jesus Gomez, Fanrag Sports):
For Sam Hinkie’s Next Act… (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Why Pat Riley Likes The Heat Roster And Having Wade Back (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):
Thunder: Does Patrick Patterson Need To Play More? (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
Height And Defensive Matchups (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
Visualizing Versatility: A New Way To Look At The Warriors’ Defense (from Golden State Of Mind):
The Remarkable Women Of The NBA (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
BI Note:  Of course this story contains just a partial list of women making outstanding contributions.  There is a long list of others who deserve similar recognition.  Some examples are NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, Washington Wizards TV Analyst Kara Lawson and Charlotte Hornets sideline reporter Stephanie Ready.
MIP Candidates (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Re-Live Lonzo Ball’s Big Night In San Antonio (from Christian Rivas, Silver Screen And Roll):
The Cavs’ Three-Point Defense Remains A Big Issue (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Ben Simmons And “Non-Traditional Stats” (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Mavs:  Harrison Barnes Is Liking The Move Back To The Three (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
The Celtics’ Bench Is Shaping Up (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Sixers: How TJ McConnell Morphed From Undrafted To Invaluable (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Brett Brown: Adding Ilyasova Is A Massive Pick-Up  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):
Pau Gasol Says Brother Marc “Should Be Upset” (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
Re-Thinking Draft Day Debates (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
With Scandals Rocking Youth Basketball, NBA Readying Plan To Step In (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):