Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/23/18

Yelled At, Spit On & Insulted: Inside The Life Of An NBA Referee (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Bucks: How The New Coaching Staff Can Help Thon Maker (from Bob Polglaze, Behind The Buck Pass):
Bucks: How Brook Lopez Will Help Defensive Rebounding (from Max Carlin, Hoops Habit):
Nets: What Jarrett Allen Needs To Do To Take The Next Step (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Nets Republic):
Nets: Lurking Future EC Power (from Adam Spinella, Clutch Points):
Cavs: Give Osman The Pick-And-Roll Keys  (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
Shooting Volume Versus Efficiency: Which Players Deserve More Shots?  (from Scott LaForest, Nylon Calculus):
Suns: Which Version Of DeAndre Ayton Is Best? (from Luke Swiatek, Hoops Habit):
How Much Will DMC Help The Dubs?  (from Brady Klopfer, Golden State Of Mind):
Sixers: Bold Predictions For Mike Muscala  (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Suns: Will Davon Reed Break Out Or Fade Out Ths Season? (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Q & A: Josh Okogie (from Kyle Ratke,
Lakers: Scouting The 2018 Draft With Jesse Buss (from Mike Trudell,
Harrison Barnes And Wife Brittany Don’t Fit The NBA Stereotype (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas News):
This Is What Chicago Means (from Jabari Parker, The Players’ Tribune):
Jah Okafor Looks To Rebound His Career, Life In New Orleans (from Ronald Glover, The Starting Five):

CORRECTED: Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/23/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

MEM-SAS: Game 4 Breakdown (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

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From Kristian Winfield, SBNation:

From Kevin Lipe, Memphis Flyer:

Mike Conley: Proving His Worth (from Andrew Lynch, Fox Sports):

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TOR-MIL: Game 4 Recap (from Steve Aschburner,

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From Charles F. Gardner, jsonline:

Norman Powell Answered The Call In Game 4 (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):

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GSW-POR: Game 3 Recap (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

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From Tim Kawakami, Mercury News:

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From Anthony Slater, Mercury News:

Video Breakdown: Warriors’ Defensive Counterpunch (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

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Kerr Is The Warriors’ Biggest Health Concern (from Marcus Thompson II, Mercury news):

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CLE-IND: Game 3 Breakdown (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

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Tristan Thompson: Blue Collar Big Man (from Joe Gabrielle,

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Trying To Describe Giannis Antetokounmpo (from Eben Pindyck, New Yorker):

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Roberson: What It’s Like Defending Harden (from Erik Horne,

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Billy Donovan Attempts To Solve FTA Disparity  (from Fran BLinebury, NBA Sports):

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Taj Gibson Provides Whatever The Thunder Needs (from Cliff Brunt, AP):

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Kyrie Irving’s Porous Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):

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  • Series Deficit Forced Brad Stevens’ Hand (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

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 As The Celtics “Go Small”, Horford Becomes More Important (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

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Can The Bulls’ Adjust Without Rondo?  (from Henry Bushnell, Yahoo Sports):

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Terry Rozier Answered The Call In Game 3 (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/23/16

–  In Draft, Ainge Will Try To Channel Auerbach  (from Dan Shaugnessy, Boston Globe):

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–  Without A Pick, Heat Mining For Undrafted Gem  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

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–  Malachi Richardson  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

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–  Thon Maker  (from Jerry Bembry,  The Undefeated):

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–  Caris Levert  (from The Players Tribune):

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–  Shevon Thompson  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

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–  Malik Beasley  (from Dan Fatigato,

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–  Zhou Qi  (from David Pick, Bleacher Report):

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–  Draft Preview  (from James Holas,  BBall Breakdown):

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–  Pacers Acquire Jeff Teague  (from Gregg Doyel,

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Grading The Hawks/Jazz/Pacers Trade  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

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 Hill Is What Jazz And Exum Need  (from Chris Manning,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

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–  Bulls/Knicks Trade  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

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–  Jerian Grant  (from Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune):

Anthony Bennett  (from David Ebner (The Globe And Mail):

–   Christian Wood (from Nina Mandell,  USA Today):

–  Alessandro Gentile  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

–  Anthony Morrow  (from Erik Horne,


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/29/15

– Reviewing Wednesday night’s action (from Satchel Price, sbnation):

– Nothing was more compelling on opening night than Kevin Durant vs. Kawhi Leonard (from Jenni Carlson, night-than-kevin-durant-vs.-kawhi-leonard/article/5456740/?page=2

– Cavaliers show improved depth and beat the Grizzlies at their own game (from Chris Fedor,

– Raptors adapt well in opener (from Eric Koreen, National Post):

– Heat shows off depth in season opener (from Ethan J. Skolnick,Miami Herald):

– Spoelstra key to strong start for revamped Heat (from Israel Gutierrez, ESPN):

– Hornets a work-in-progress (from Rick Bonnell. Charlotte Observer):

– Grizzlies: Defining the problem with grit and grind (from Peter Edmiston,

– Knicks’ first game makes Phil Jackson look good (from Frank Isola, NYDailyNews):

– Clippers 111, Kings 104 (from Justin Russo,

– 5 reasons to be optimistic about Pistons (from Jamie Samuelsen,

– Notes on Tuesday’s Pistons vs Hawks game (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Pattern of Basketball):

-Pistons leaving no game unwatched in hopes of uncovering the NBA’s secrets (from Michael Rosenberg, Sports Illustrated):

– Tale of two debuts: Towns looks ready, while Russell seems to drift aimlessly (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

– Towns had solid debut (from Broderick Turner, LATimes):

– Pacers a ‘work in progress’ in season-opening loss (from Candace Buckner,

– First game for Nuggets’ rookie Emmanuel Mudiay and coach Michael Malone a success (form Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

– Brad Stevens vows to think outside the box, shows some of that against Philadelphia 76ers (from Jay King,

– Bulls’ Coach Fred Hoiberg Q & A (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

– The Next 3-And-D Players (from Joshua Riddell, BBall Breakdown):

– Dead money looks bad, but more NBA teams are smartly using it to stretch salary cap (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):

Kings Assistant Coach Nancy Lieberman: “One of the Guys” (from Nancy Lieberman, The Players Tribune):


Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

– Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor Era begins (from Marcus Hays,

– Okafor’s Debut gives Sixers’ Process Clearer Focus: (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

– While his body recovers, Derrick Rose’s mind stays intact (form Vincent Goodwill, csnchicago):

– Blake Griffin showed the complete package against the Kings (from

– Isaiah Thomas played like a superstar in the Boston Celtics 112-95 opening night victory (from Kevin O’Connor,

– Trail Blazers’ guard CJ McCollum and his career night: ‘A long time coming’ (from Jason Quick,

– John Wall in the Wizards’ new up-tempo system (from Jesus Gomez,

– Jared Sullinger seizes his chance (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

– Rookie Jerian Grant soaking in advice from Knicks vets like Jose Calderon (from Ian Begley, ESPN):

– Gordon Hayward Q & A (from Scoop Jackson, ESPN):

– Lance Stephenson May be the Clippers X-Factor (from Sam Amick, USAToday):

– Tony Parker Embracing New Role (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Breaking Down his Performance (from Ryan B. Winner,

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/18/15


–  Nuggets’ coach Michael Malone demands defense  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

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–  Sam Hinkie And The 76ers’ Numbers Game  (from RealGM):

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–  Amir Johnson: Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has rare ability to draw up plays  (from Jay King,

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–   Oubre’s Yin to Porter’s Yang — Washington at Philadelphia – Wizards Preseason  Game 4  (from Sean Fagan,

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–  Knicks should keep focus on young talent (from Derek James, Hardwood Paroxysm):

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–  Cameras, concussions and LeBron: The NBA’s ongoing effort to make courts safer  (from Jason Lloyd, Akron beacon Journal):

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 T. J.  McConnell slugging away in 76ers’ point guard competition  (from Matt Breen,


–  Newest Hornet Damien Wilkins: ‘I’m not going to try to be MKG’  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):


–   How J.J. Barea’s unlikely success story continues to defy odds  (from Eddie Sefko,


 Gkenn  Robinson III Brings Intrigue to Pacers Roster  (from Mark Monteith,


–  Biyombo should add defensive depth to Raptors  (form Ryan Wolstat,  Tornto Sun):


Sessions Settling in with Wizards  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

– Doug McDermott ‘completely fine’ with coming off the bench for Bulls  (form K.C> Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):
–  Rookie Bobby Portis making a name for himself early  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
–  Nerlens Noel developing mid-range game within offense’s flow  (from John Finger,
–  Soaring Confidence is Driving  Hunter’s Progression  (from Taylor C.Snow,
–  DeJuan Blair predicts ‘great year’ ahead with Wizards  (from  J. Michael,
–  Cleanthony Early starting to find some success at NBA level  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):
–  How I’m adjusting to life as an NBA player (from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, NYPost):
–  Terry Rozier outran a lot to get to the NBA (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):
–  Raptors’ James Johnson must adapt to survive  (from Doug Smith,  the
Channing  Frye Appears More Agile and Aggressive to Start This Season  (from John Denton,