Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/22/18

Q & A: Damian Lillard (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
How Lillard & The Blazers Found A Brand New Ceiling (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
HOU 115, POR 111 (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
How The Nuggets Ended Up On The Brink Of Missing The Playoffs…And What’s Next (from Matt Moore, Action Network):
Nuggets: Would Missing The Playoffs Mean Failure? (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Why Can’t The Rockets Be The Warriors? (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
The Plays & Numbers Behind The Rockets’ Offense (from Shehan Peiris, Blog Don’t Lie):
Pels Finding Different Ways To Win As Fatigue Sets In (from William Guillory, NOLA.com):
Sixers: Saric Is A Championship Caliber Component (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
Mavs: Is Dennis Smith Destined For Stardom? (from Jake Kemp, The Athletic):
Nets’ Jarrett Allen: Learning Amidst The Losing (from David Vertsberger, The Step Back):
Rockets: Ryan Anderson’s New Reserve Role (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Reggie Jackson Passes Test In 1st Game Back (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Suns: The Growth & Rise Of Josh Jackson (from Cody Cunningham, suns.com):
Kings’ Hield: 6th Man Of The Future (from Zack Kobler, Sir Charles In Charge):
Dunn, LaVine, Markkanen: More Questions Than Answers (from Vincent Goodwill, NBC Sports):
The Celtics Must Re-Sign Marcus Smart (from Brian Sampson, Clutch Points):
Warriors’ Stats: Locked In By History-Making Groundbreaker (from Otis Taylor, Jr., SF Chronicle):
Austin Rivers Is Going To Make You Respect Him (from Bill Difilippo, Dime Mag):
Why These Forner NBA Players Have Opted To Play Overseas (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):
Testing The Draft Waters Is More Complicated Than It Sounds (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Is This The NBA’s Best Offensive Season Ever? (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
The Emergence Of Nemanja Bjelica (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):
Spurs: LMA’s Excellent Season (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Q& A: David Robinson (from Jamie Cooper, Dime Mag):

 

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 3/10/18

How The Rockets Built Their Championship Caliber Defense (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation):
D’Antoni’s Continuing Offensive Revolution (from Brett Koremenos, RealGM):
How The Raptors Defense Stifled The Rockets In The First Half & How The Rockets Adjusted (from Tim Cato, SB Nation):
The Raptors’ Minor Adjustments Have Produced Major Results (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Rockets: The Importance Of Resting Players (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Wizards: John Wall Must Adapt (from Kevin Broom, Bullets Forever):
Brewer Fits OKC’s System (from Albert Dadson, Hoops Habit):
Celtics: Marcus Smart Loaded Up On Winning Plays Vs The Wolves (from Jay King, Mas Live):
Al Horford, Dennis Smith, Jr, Ben Simmons & More (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
How Much Better Are The Blazers? (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
The Hawks Are On The Right Rebuilding Path (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Cavs: Is It Time To Bench JR? (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
Fraschilla: Fran’s The Man At Tourney Time, So Pay Attention (from Barry Horn, Dallas Morning News):
Team Defense Is The Biggest Evaluation Inefficiency In The Draft (from Cole Zwicker, The Stepien):
The 2018 Big Man Draft Class (from Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports):
How Rookies Get Past Mental, Physical Obstacles (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Tin Hat Stats, February Edition (from Tony East, NBA Math):
Kaminsky & Okafor: Where Are The Stars Of The 2015 NCAA Title Game? (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
Pacers: Preparing To Deal With Tough Remaining Schedule (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
Jazz: Jae Crowder Is Making It Easy To Move On From Rodney Hood (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
Heat: Winslow Is Suddenly Among The NBA’s Most Efficient 3-Point Shooters (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Celtics: Marcus Morris Is Turning Into A Top Offensive Option (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Q & A:  Damian Lillard On “Lillard Time”  (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):
Misunderstood Players: Clint Capela (from Justin Jett):
Pacers: GRIII’s Long Detour Leads To An Uncertain Future (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Hornets: What To Expect From Malik Monk For The Rest Of The Season (from Evan Dyal, Hashtag Basketball):
Anthony Brown, Amile Jefferson & The Nature Of Two-Way Contracts (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
Mavs’ Bench Has Been Playing Incredibly Well With Dirk (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Pistons: Reggie Hearn’s Journey To The NBA (from Reggie Hayes, News-Sentinel):
To Fling Or Not To Fling End Of Period Half Court Heaves? (from Darnell Mayberry, The Athletic):
G-League: A Week With The Long Island Nets (from Thomas Dowd, nets.com):
The Warriors Drafted Denise Long in 1969: Here Is Her Story (from Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/7/18 PART ONE

The Week In Review (from Justin, NBA Calculus):
The Rockets Are That Good (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Teams Should Envy & Fear The Rockets’ Defense (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com):
Harden: Leaving No Doubt For MVP Voters (from Kelechi Iko, The Dream Shake):
Harden’s Bad Defensive Reputation: Mostly Undeserved (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):
The 4th Quarter Is Lillard Time (from Zito Madu, SBNation):
Larry Nance: Showing The Cavs Piece Of His Game They Didn’t Know He Had (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
The Cavs Are Going Through Changes: Are They Better?  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
The Raptors’ Bench Is Destroying The NBA (from Neil Paine/Tony Chow, FiveThirtyEight):
The Raptors Have Transformed From Being Overly Star-Dependent (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):
Video Breakdown: NBA Xs & Os: Swing DHO (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
Celtics: Depth Key To Consistency (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
It’s Ridiculous To Panic Over Al Horford (from Mike Petraglia, Celtics Blog):
Pelicans: Cheicking-In On Diallo’s Progress (from Alex Harari, Locked On Pelicans):
Nets: Isaiah Whitehead Is Making The Most Of His Time With The Long Island Nets  (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
Nerlens Noel: Showing Why Mavs Traded For Him (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
Inside The NBA Journey Of Sudanese-Australian Mangok Mathiang (from Justin Robertson, Complex.com):
Markieff Morris On Player-Referee Tensions (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Kings: Assessing Justin Jackson’s Rookie Season Transition (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Fixing The Suns (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Ugu Udezue Gave Up His Job As An NBA Agent To Form The African Basketball League (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):
G-League: Jaylen Johnson Has Showcased His Upside With Windy City  (from Vijay Vemu, Ridiculous Upside):
What Is The Value Of In-Person Scouting Of Draft Prospects? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
The Unrestricted Area Podcast # 3 With Guest Chris Herring Of FiveThirtyEight: https://www.spreaker.com/user/7291293/chris-herring-and-bad-calls

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/6/18

Damian Lillard Has Been Playing Like An MVP (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Blazers’ Success Takes Root Behind The Scenes (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
Are The Blazers For Real? (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
Chris Paul’s Season Is Underrated (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
There’s No Stopping Rockets’ Superstar Duo In Clutch Time (from Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
Dwane Casey Has Smoothed Out Every Crease In His Path (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
Anunoby Is The NBA’s New Normal (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Raptors: Norman Powell’s Struggles (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
Sixers: The Most Enjoyable Phase Of The Process (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
The Sixers’ Bench: Playoffs & Beyond (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Bogdan Bogdanovic Is Already Something (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
Everyone Is Going Through Something (from Kevin Love, The Players Tribune):
Larry Nance, Jr. Shows Off Athleticism & Range (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):
Hawks: Tyler Cavanaugh’s Improbable Journey To The NBA (from Donna Ditota, syracuse.com):
The NBA’s Most Valuable Shooters (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Jaylen Brown’s Dominant Inside Effort (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):
The Thunder Really Miss Roberson (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Luol Deng & Thon Maker: South Sudan’s Runaway Successes (from Jammel Cutler, NBA.com):
The Steph Effect Is Inspiring – And Complicating – High School Hoops (from Jesse Dougherty, Washington Post):