Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/4/18 PART ONE

Putting Jaylen Brown’s “January Slump” Into Perspective (from Jeremy Stevens, Hardwood Houdini):
Who Gets The Credit For The Uptick In Batum’s Game?  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Sixers’ Bench Issues Continue (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
The Dubs’ Advantage: Continuity & Chemistry (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
How Bob Myers & Steve Kerr Collaborate (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Pressed Into Starting Duty, Josh Hart Delivered In A Variety Of Ways (from Harrison Faigen, Lakers Nation):
Spurs’ D Flat In Loss To Jazz (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):
A Rested Joe Johnson Is A Good Joe Johnson (from David Locke, Hooked On Jazz):
The Cavs’ Internal Adversarial Situation Grows (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
Satoransky Keeps Taking His Game To New Heights (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
The State Of The Wizards (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Jarrett Allen Is Becoming Nets’ Center Of Attention (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
Monroe Gives Celtics’ Post Play A Big Lift (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Sunday Basketball Notes: Hawks’ John Collins Is Taking Flight & More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Schedule Alert: Games Tired Teams Should Lose In February (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Embiid Finally Feels Like An NBA Player (from Dennis Chambers, Basketball Insiders):
Overlooking Hernangomez Might End Up Haunting The Knicks (from Dan Karpuc, Give Me Sport):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/31/18

This Move Makes CP3 Unguardable In Isolation (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How Is Okafor Progressing In Brooklyn? (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
Pick And Roll Adjustments Helped The Raptors Beat The Wolves (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Bucks: Getting Their Groove & Jabari Parker Back (from Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass):
Scouting Devin Booker: Already A Borderline All-Star (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Tuesday Recap: Harden Hits 60 & More (from Russell Steinberg, Slamonline.com):
Arenas Predicted Harden’s Greatness (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
Jayson Tatum: Real Mean, Green Machine (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Celtics: Expect Theis To Play A Major Role In Playoffs (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Reliance On 3-Pointers Doesn’t Make A Team More Susceptible To Meltdowns  (from Bo Schwartz Madsen, Nylon Calculus):
The Week In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Lou Williams Is Elite (from Nate Wolf, NBA Math):
Ben Simmons Interview (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Q & A: Bradley Beal (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Q & A: Isaiah Whitehead (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Miami Heat: Makes & Misses (from Rob Slater, All U Can Heat):

Wiggins Is Answering Thibs’ Challenge (from Chicco Nacion, CBC Sports):

Fixing The Cavs With Artificial Intelligence (from Michael Watson, ZigZag Analytics):
The Cavs Aren’t Built To Sustain KLove’s Injury (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Cavs: Channing Frye Is Blocking Out Noise By Focusing On Championship Goal (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Wizards: Satoransky Steps Up (from Rashad Mobley, Truth About It):
Lakers: How Luol Deng Is Handling Not Playing (from Shahn Ahmed, NBC Sports):
The Most Important Things For Rookies’ Development: Playing Time & Experience (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Lakers: Jerry Stackhouse On Brandon Ingram (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):
Pacers Defense Emerges In A Crisis (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
GSW 109, BOS 105 (from Mike Zavagno):
Embiid’s Excellence Propels Sixers (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

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, jsonline.com):
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, cleveland.com):
–  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 1/25/18

Nuggets: The Mason Plumlee Conundrum (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Nugg Love):
Why Jamal Murray Is Hitting His Stride (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
Leading Trade Targets: Their Strengths (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Raptors’ Bench Has Reinvigorated The Franchise (from Alex Wong, VICE Sports):
Trae Young Joins Top Pick Discussion (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Knicks’ Ron Baker: Leading By Example (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Knicks: Grading THJ’s Post-Injury Performance (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Meet KP’s Personal Health Guru (from Robert Silverman, VICE Sports):
Marvin Williams Has Morphed Into A Modern Stretch Four (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Pistons Have a Bottom-Three Offense Without Reggie Jackson (from Vince Ellis, freep.com):
Oladipo: Pacers’ All-Star Steps Aside, Aids Cause (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
Physicality Is A State Of Mind For Domantas Sabonis (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Don’t Count Al Jefferson Out Just Yet (from Adam Friedman, Indy Cornrows):
Celtics Float In Calm Waters Amidst The NBA’s Sea Of Chaos (from Jeff Clark, Celtics Blog):
Marcus Smart: NBA’s Biggest Anomaly & Celtics’ Biggest Question Mark (from Brendan Ronan, Celtics Life):
Celtics & Doc Rivers: Neither Has Regrets Over HIs Departure (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Do-Or-Die Time For The Wizards (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Unique Tandem: Brett Brown & Ben Simmons (from Nick Metallinos, ESPN):
Kuzma: Evolving Into More Than Just A Hot Scorer (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Dubs: Kevon Looney’s Opportunity (from Corey Libow, Blue Man Hoop):
Video Breakdown:  Low Post Defense: Double Off The Cutter (from Zak Boisvert, Pickandpop.net):
The ASG Draft: The Goofy Gimmick That’s A Natural For TV But Won’t Be Televised (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
Eric Bledsoe: Professional Defensive Pest (from Max Carlin, Behind The Buck Pass):
Film Breakdown: Zach Lavine (from Austin Hutchinson, Locked On Bulls):
Nets: Jarrett Allen Is Ahead Of Schedule (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
Defense Could Make The Heat Contenders (from Chase Eyrich, All U Can Heat):
Mavs: Yogi Ferrell Has Led A Surprisingly Effective Offense (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Myke Henry: Taking Advantage Of His Opportunity (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
From Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-sptmyke-henry-illinoisdepaul-20180124-story.html
Sixers: TLC Thriving In Redick’s Absence (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
Now Healthy, Duje Dukan Eyes NBA Return (from Steve Clark, USA Today Network):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/11/18 PART TWO

Tyus Jones Leads PGs In A Defensive Stat That Thibodeau Doesn’t Trust (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
Breaking Down The Blazers’ Improved Defense (from Eric Griffith, Blazers’ Edge):
Takeaways From Heat’s Win Over IND (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Simmons Hits The Wall Without Embiid (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Delon Wright Can Be The Raptors’ Difference Maker (from Simon Broder, raptorshq.com):
Introducing Player-Impact Plus-Minus (from Jacob Goldstein, Nylon Calculus):
Celtics: Realizing Defense Is Their Identity  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Read it here: https://hardwoodhoudini.com/2018/01/10/boston-celtics-realizing-defense-is-their-identity/

Celtics: Historically Competitive For A Young Team (from Zach Kram, The Ringer):
(Note: Don’t overlook the 73-74 ABA Champion New York Nets, whose starting lineup of Doctor J, Super John Williamson, Larry Kenon, Brian Taylor & Billy Paultz averaged 23 years old).
The Freak Is Great, But Don’t Call Him “The Next LBJ” (from Alex West, NBA Math):
Eric Gordon: Stepping Up In Harden’s Absence (from Eric Spyropolous, Space City Scoop):
Erik Spoelstra: COY Candidate (from Simon Smith, All U Can Heat):
The Next Wave Of International Stars Is Here (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Aaron Gordon Is Asked To Walk A Fine Line (from John Denton, magic.com):
Video: Analyzing Aminu’s Jump Shot (from Jeff Siegel, Blazers’ Edge):
Jerami Grant: The Process Continues For OKC’s X-Factor (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):