Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/18

Inside The Warriors’ Initial Preparation Against Potential First-Round Opponents (from Mark Medina, Mercury news):
How The Celtics Will Defend The Bucks (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
How The Sixers Are Succeeding Without Embiid (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
Each Playoff Team’s X-Factor (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
How The Jazz Became The Team No One Wants To Face (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
Raptors: Ideal Transitional And Closing Lineups (from Daniel Hackett, Raptors HQ):
The Blazers Have Missed Harkless (from Ty Delbridge, Hoops Habit):
Popovich: It’s A Different Position For Spurs This Season (from Michael Wright, ESPN):
Awards Ballot, Part One (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Debunking The LeBron Mythos (from Josh Eberley, NBA.com):
Grading The Atlanta Hawks After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Arcidiacono Keeps Pushing On (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
How To Fix The Knicks & The Nets (from Harvey Araton, Marc Stein, Malika Andrews, NY Times):
Nets: Patience & Progress (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
Hornacek Was Doomed From The Start (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
What Happened To Jahlil Okafor? (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
Best Sets: March 2018 (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
This Season’s Best “Bargain Players” (from Brandon Anderson, 94 Feet Report):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/5/18

Zach Lowe’s 7th Annual “Luke Walton All-Stars” (from ESPN):
Brett Brown On The Sixers’ Rebuild (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Ben Simmons’ NBA Career: Off To Better Start Than LBJ’s? (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
The Rockets Have Become The Dubs’ Biggest Obstacle (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Draymond Green: Embracing Added Responsibilities (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Preparing Book On Rockets’ Potential First-Round Foes Is A Busy Task (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
20 Ways Injuries Have Impacted The Season & The Playoff Race (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Pacers: The Least Talked-About Playoff Team (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
CJ McCollum Is Kind Of A Ball Hog.  Does It Matter?  (from Eric Griffith, Blazer’s Edge):
How Have The Raptors’ Most Used Lineups Held Up & Can They Be Improved? (from Daniel Hackett, Raptors HQ):
Spotlight On Raptors’ Assistant Rex Kalamian (from Joel Stephens, Raptors HQ):
Taj Gibson Makes Minnesota Go (from Haley O’ Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Video: “Red” Defensive Coverage (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
Aaron Gordon: Working On Shot Selection To End The Season (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
DWade: “I’m Not For Everyone, I’m For Miami” (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
6MOY Candidates (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
DPOY Candidates (from Kelly Scaletta, The Step Back):
Picking The DPOY & Every All-Defense Position (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Q & A: Walter McCarty (from Harry Lyles, Jr, SBNation):
Inaugurating Our WNBA Coverage:
WNBA Free Agency Winners & Losers (from Eli Horowitz, ESPN):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/29/18

Each Title Contender’s Biggest Question Mark (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Week 23 In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
How The Heat Have Unleashed Wayne Ellington’s Shooting (from Shehan Peiris, Blog Don’t Lie):
Jaylen Brown Knows The Secret To Success (from Max Resetar, slamonline.com):
Celebrating Daniel Theis (from Romy Nehme, Celtics Blog):
What Walter McCarty Learned About Coaching From Brad Stevens & Rick Pitino (from Mark Dunphy, Boston.com):
How Quinn Cook Stayed Resilient Through Father’s Passing, NBA Roster Cuts (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Fultz: Another Step In The Right Direction (from Jessica Camerato, NBC Sports):
Fultz Needs A Perimeter Jumper To Play Next To Simmons (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
BOS 97, UTA 94 (from Celtics Blog):
3 Lessons From Jazz’ Success After Losing Hayward (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
Trey Burke Is Finally Making Jumpers (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):
Pacers: Why Nate McMillan Calls Thad Young “The Glue” (from Clifton Brown, Indy Star):
Why The Knicks Believe In Ntilikina (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Anthony Davis: DPOY? (from Jake Madison, Locked On Pelicans):
COY Candidacies Highlight Different Situations (from Matt John, Basketball Insiders):
MVP Candidate Scoring: Points Per Possession By Play Type (from Todd Whitehead, Crumpled Jumper):
Luol Deng: Standing Tall For Africa (from forbesafrica.com):
This Summer’s RFA Market (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):
The Basketball Dictionary: “Dive” (from Dylan Murphy, Medium):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/21/18

HOU 115, POR 111 (from Dave Deckard, Blazer’s Edge):
The Rockets Have Embraced Iso-Ball In Their Own Unique Way (from Serrat Sohi, SBNation):
How Denver Uses Elevator Screens To Get Jamal Murray Open (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
TOR 93, ORL 86 (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
How Raptors Ditched “Same Old Crap” To Dominate The East (from Ken Berger, Bleacher Report):
Raptors: Lowry Has His Eye On Playoff Success (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Raptors: CJ Miles Is Playing A Vital Role (from David Ramil, Fanrag Sports):
How VanVleet Became The NBA’s Unlikeliest Linchpin (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
OKC: Offensive Problems And Projecting The Playoffs (from Paul Headley, Real Ball Insiders):
Celtics: Larkin’s Energetic Play (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):
Celtics: Built To Survive Adversity (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Mid-Range: The NBA’s Worst Shot, Except For The Warriors (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
12 Observations: Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal, Taurean Prince & More (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Damian Lillard’s Powerful Gravity (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
JJ Redick: The NBA’s Most Meticulous Player (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
Reggie Jackson & The Big Impact Of Losing Your Starting PG (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons Hopes To Finish The Season On A High Note (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
What’s Next For Hezonja? (from Thomas Rende, NBA Math):
How Good Has Jose Calderon Been This Year? (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
Each Eliminated Team’s Silver Lining (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Is Taurean Prince The Best & Most Important Hawk? (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
Sixers’ Roster Has 3 Championship Pieces (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
Magic: Gordon & Isaac Will Likely Be On Court Together A Lot To Close Out Season (from John Denton, magic.com):
Monty McCutcheon & The Pursuit Of Refereeing Excellence (from Doug Smith, The Star):
I Walked Away From My NBA Dream (from Jalen Moore, The Players Tribune):
The Draft: Guidelines For Scouting Twins (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):

5 Up, 5 Down: Rockets, Blazers, Raptors, Players Only & More (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Rockets’ Two-Way Prospect RJ Hunter Has Been Electrifying In The G-League (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

 

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):