Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/18/19

 – BKN: Sean Marks, The MF Who Saved The Nets (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: Getting Healthy For The Stretch Run (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):
*BOS: 10 Years Later, The Day The Celtics’ Dynasty Hopes Buckled (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
DET: Thon Maker: No Regrets (from Kane Pitman, ESPN):
GSW: Should The Dubs Rechannel Their Anger? (from Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle):
IND: Nate McMillan Crafts Pacers In His Own “Old School” Image (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
IND: Could Tamika Catchings Become The NBA’s 1st Female  GM? (from Matt Foley, Ozy.com):
OKC: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (from Austin Sternlicht, Thunderous Intentions):
ORL: Bamba Plans To “Fiercely” Work Way Back From Injury (from Roy Parry, Orlando Sentinel):
TOR: Why Ujiri Has Been Great For The Raptors (from Darien Chetram, Raptors Rapture):
WAS: Bradley Beal Refuses To Give Up (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
What’s Missing From Most Trade Machine Proposals: Intelligence And Logic (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Charting Player Passing Lanes (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):
How Muggsy Bogues Saved His Brother’s Life & Found Meaning (from Richard Graff, ESPN):
Calling The Shots: Bill Spooner Has Been An NBA Ref For 30 Years (from Eliav Applebaum, The Acorn):
Two-Way Contract Standouts, Part Two (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
QOTD: From Kevin Durant:  “The NBA game in general is getting overlooked by speculation and everything. It’s the soap opera, and we’re all actors just trying to play our roles.

*BOS: 10 Years Later, The Day The Celtics’ Dynasty Hopes Buckled (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/16/19

BKN: D’Lo: Marrying Creativity & Structure (from Kelly Whiteside, NY Times):
DET: Griffin Had No Doubt He’d Return To All-Star Level (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
DET: Reggie Jackson Could Push Pistons To Playoffs (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
MIL: How Giannis & Khris Developed Their Bond (from Eric Nehm, The Athletic):
MIL: Middleton & The Virtues Of Doing Less (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
NOP: Demps Is Gone, But The Tumult Is Far From Over  (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
OKC: The Talent & Fit Of Markieff Morris (from Stephen Dolan, Thunderous Intentions):
SAS: LaMarcus Aldridge Is Boxing Out Like A Champ (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
UTA: Gobert Never Stops Working (from Tony Jones,The Athletic):
WAS: How Beal Went From Shooter To Complete Player (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):
Ten Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Q & A: Kevin Garnett (from Alex Wong, Yahoo Sports):
Great Sets From The Nets-Cavs 3OT Game (from Adam Spinella):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/25/19

– BOS: As Kyrie Irving Works To Evolve As A Leader, His Greatest Influences Emerge (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/779518/2019/01/24/as-kyrie-irving-works-to-evolve-as-a-leader-his-greatest-influences-emerge/

– CHI: ‘We’re Looked Down Upon’: Bulls Defensive Issues Piling Up As High As Zach Lavine’s Frustration With The Offense (from K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-bulls-zach-lavine-defense-jim-boylen-20190124-story.html

– DEN: Torrey Craig: Nuggets Defense Feeling ‘Tired, Mentally, Physically’ (from Sean Keeler, The Denver Post):

Read it here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-bulls-zach-lavine-defense-jim-boylen-20190124-story.html

– GSW: It’s Alive: The Boogie Cousins Experiment (from Jannelle Moore, BBall Index):

Read it here: https://www.bball-index.com/the-boogie-cousins-experiment/

– HOU: How Long Rockets’ Harden Can Keep This Up Is The Real Question (from Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/brian-t-smith/article/Smith-How-long-can-Rockets-Harden-keep-this-up-13558777.php

– HOU: No Limit To James Harden’s Potential Individual Accomplishments (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet):

Read and watch it here: https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/no-limit-james-hardens-potential-individual-accomplishments/

– IND: Understanding Victor Oladipo’s Quadriceps Tendon Tear (from Jeff Stotts, In Street Clothes):

Read it here: http://instreetclothes.com/2019/01/24/understanding-victor-oladipos-knee-injury/

– IND: As Management Considers Its Options, The Pacers Bravely Contemplate Life Without Victor  (from Bob Kravitz, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/784677/2019/01/24/kravitz-as-management-considers-its-options-the-pacers-bravely-contemplate-life-without-victor/

– MIL: Fave Five: Milwaukee Bucks’ Five Favorite Plays (from Bryan Oringher, @ScoutWithBryan):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heM6Q_fpw_s

– NOP: The Underrated Star Who Loves Causing Problems For KD, Russ, Kawhi (from Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25842091/what-jrue-holiday-wants-why-makes-special

– NYK: Did Frank Ntilikina Play Good Defense Despite James Harden’s 61 Points? (from Knicks Film School, @KnickFilmSchool):

Read and watch it here: https://knicksfilmschool.com/2019/01/24/did-frank-ntilikina-play-good-defense-despite-james-hardens-61-points/

– PHX: Suns’ Dragan Bender Stepping Up In Absence Of Deandre Ayton, Richaun Holmes (from Katherine Fitzgerald, Arizona Republic):

Read it here: https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2019/01/24/suns-dragan-bender-stepping-up-absence-deandre-ayton-richaun-holmes/2669580002/

– POR: Former Maryland Standout Jake Layman Getting NBA Shot After Languishing On Trail Blazers’ Bench For Two Years (from Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun):

Read it here: https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bs-sp-jake-layman-portland-0124-story.html

– UTA: How Jazz Star Donovan Mitchell Overcame Dreaded Sophomore Slump (from Seerat Sohi, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.yahoo.com/jazz-star-donovan-mitchell-overcame-dreaded-sophomore-slump-164147927.html

– WAS: Bradley Beal Is More Athletic Than We Thought (from Nate Wolf, BBall Index):

Read it here: https://www.bball-index.com/bradley-beal-is-strong/

– WAS: Even In Loss To Warriors, Wizards Prove Recent Success Is No Fluke (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here: https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/even-loss-warriors-wizards-prove-recent-success-no-fluke

– Execs Unplugged: A Behind The Scenes Look At The Real NBA Trade Deadline (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/783508/2019/01/24/execs-unplugged-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-the-real-nba-trade-deadline/

– Running And Gunning (And Occasional Yawning) (from Marc Stein, The New York Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/sports/nba-scoring.html

– Secret Guard-en: The Story of Luka Doncic’s Secret Steph Curry Workout (from Tom Haberstroh, NBC Sports):

Read it here: https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/nba-insider-tom-haberstroh/secret-guard-en-story-luka-doncics-undercover-steph-curry-workout


The Basketball Writers

– Busting NBA Myths: Big Man Edition (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):

Read it here: https://bballwriters.com/analysis/busting-nba-myths-big-man-edition/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/24/19

BOS: Tatum Is Attacking & It Is Driving Celtics To Another Level (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Cavs (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
BOS: That 9 Pass Play Was Celtics Basketball (from Jeff Clark, Celtics Blog):
DEN: The Nuggets Are Inexperienced & Precocious (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
HOU: Explaining The Danuel House Move (from Jonathan Feigen, Housotn Chronicle):
MEM:  Q & A: Marc Gasol (from Peter Edmiston, The Athletic):
MIA: Winslow Emerges From “Dark Time” To Find Happiness On & Off Court (from Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald):
MIN: Wolves Practice The Wheres & Whys Of Taking A Good Shot (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
MIN: KAT Is On Fire (from James Tillman III, Hoops Habit):
NOP: Holiday’s Defense Might Save The Season (from John Butler III, Hoops Habit):
ORL: How Magic Assistant Coaches Chart During Games (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):
PHI: Developing The Embiid/Butler Pairing (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
POR: Blazers’ Assistant Dale Osbourne’s Journey (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
SAC: Hield Has Become On The NBA’s Best Shooters (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
UTA: Donovan Mitchell Has Been Turning It Around In January (from Daniel Lubofsky, Hoops Habit):
WAS: The Wizards Are Playing Their Best Defense Of The Season (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Bradley Beal Is Strong (from Nate Wolf, BBall Index):
Schedule Alert: Tricky Games In The NBA Playoff Race (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Players Who Can’t Be Aggregated In Trades (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
An Updated Look At Draft Pick Protection Obligations (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
How Ja Morant Became A Surprise Top-3 Draft Prospect (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/14/18

Oladipo: Redefining His Career Through Biomechanics (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
PHI- MIA: A Study In Contrasts (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
– PHI-MIA preview (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
Who Can Stop Ben Simmons? (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Video Breakdown: Sixers’ Defense (from Ben Falk/Nick Sciria, Cleaning The Glass):
COY: The Case For Brett Brown (from Jordan Christmas, Hashtag Basketball):
POR-NOP Preview (from Jacob Goldstein, Nylon Calculus):
BOS-MIL Preview (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Brad Stevens: The Celtics’ Not-So-Secret-Weapon (from Matt Chin, Celtics Blog):
The Challenge Of Defending Giannis (from Owen Pence, Boston Globe):
Celtics’ Young Core Poised To Learn Playoff Lessons (from Jay King, The Athletic):
Horford Has To Headline (from Sam Sheehan, Celtics Blog):
TOR-WAS Preview (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Raptors Must Solve Beal (from William Lou, The Score):
HOU-MIN Preview (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):
 – The Evolution Of Mike D’Antoni’s Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
The Impossible Task Of Guarding Harden, Explained By Players, Coaches (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
– Ariza Plays Understated But Key Role For Rockets (from Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle):
The Wolves Finally Get Their Moment, 14 Years In The Making (from Robert Mays, The Ringer):
How Can Cavs Replace Irving’s Production? (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):
The Importance Of Jeff Green’s Defensive Versatility (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
1st Round Forecast (from David Berri, Forbes):
WC 1st Round Preview (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):
EC 1st Round Preview (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):
The Sidekicks Who Will Decide The Playoffs (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
GSW-SAS Preview (from Golden State Of Mind):
Jordan Bell: Prototype Of Centers To Come (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
OKC-UTA Preview (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Lonzo Ball’s Exit Interview (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Andre Ingram’s Long Road To The NBA (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
NBA Awards Ballot, Part Two (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Weeks 25/26 In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Nuggets’ Young Core Is 100% Behind Coach Malone (from Harrison Wind, bsndenver.com):
Impact FAs Who Could Be Bargain-Bin Finds (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Grading The Hornets After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Grading The Bulls After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):