Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/1/19

CHI: Parker Locked In On On-Court Production, Not Off-Court Possibilities (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
GSW: Takeaways From Loss To Sixers (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Bay Area News Group):
HOU: Harden’s New Offensive Weapon That No One Is Talking About (from Scott Rafferty, NBA.com):
LAC: How Montrezl Harrell Made His Leap To Clippers’ Heart & Soul (from Ben Golliver, Washington Post):
LAC: The Legend Of Boban (from Devin Gordon, ESPN):
MIL: The Rise Of The Bucks’ 2017 Draft Duo: DJ Wilson & Sterling Brown (from Andrew Hanlon, Brew Hoop):
MIN: Bayless Is Taking Advantage Of His Chance To Shine (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
MIN: The Re-Emergence Of Luol Deng (from Jake Paynting, Canis Hoopus):
NOP: Kenrich Williams Shines As His NBA Minutes Increase (from Robbie Vaglio, tcu360.com):
OKC: What’s Behind Thunder’s Win Streak?  (from Ben Mertens, Welcome To Loud City):
PHI: Examining Defensive Progress (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
PHI: The Sixers Are Putting Butler In His Comfort Zones.  Is It Helping?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
PHO: Mikal Bridges: Showing Flashes Of Future Two-Way Star  (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
SAC: Shumpert: Kings’ Stabilizing Veteran (from David Vertsberger, The Step Back):
TOR: Siakam Is Living His Father’s Dream (from Maurice Bobb, Bleacher Report):
UTA: Breaking Down Joe Ingles (from Jordan Hicks, Basketball Insiders):
UTA: Inside Donovan Mitchell’s Red-Hot January (from Eric Woodtyard, Deseret News):
UTA: Blazers 132, Jazz 105 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
WAS: Takeaways From January (from Nate Wolf, BBall Index):
The DAL-NYK Trade:
Don’t Get Duped In Trade Season (from Kelly Scaletta, The Basketball Writers):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/29/19

ATL: Hawks Flash Considerable Upside In Win Over LAC (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
BKN: Joe Harris: Walking Down Your Street & Pushing The Nets Up The Standings (from Kelly Whiteside, NY Times):
BOS: How Horford Figures Into Beating League’s Elite Teams (from Joe Hagen, Hoops Habit):
BOS: This Time The Celtics Had Answers For The Nets’ Zone Defense (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
CHA: Monk Saved The Hornets Vs. NYK, But Scoring Alone Will Never Be Enough  (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
GSW: Iguodala & Looney Are The Ultimate Role Players (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: How DMC Changes Every Other Dubs’ Starter’s Game (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
HOU: A Position Change Makes Faried Relevant Again (from Colin Connors, The Dream Shake):
IND: Why Thad Young Is So Important To The Pacers (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
IND: Edmond Sumner, The Pacers’ Best-Kept Secret (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
LAC: How Are The Clippers Still In The Playoff Race?  (from Jimmy Feterman, Nylon Calculus):
LAL: The Lakers Aren’t A LeBron-Type Team Yet (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
MEM: How A Bland Offense Has Made The Grizzlies Worse (from Joe Hulbert, Double Clutch):
MIL: Bucks GM Horst Stays Rooted (from Matt Schoch, Detroit News):
MIN: Veteran Reserves Playing A More Prominent Role (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
NOP: What The Top AD Trade Contenders Can Actually Offer (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
NOP: Trading AD Is Complicated (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
NOP: Jrue Holiday Cares in So Many Ways (from Justin Jett,  DefPen):
NYK: Kevin Knox: What Is His Ceiling?  (from Tom Piccolo, BBall Index):
OKC: Presti & Budenholzer: Old Friends From San Antonio (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
POR: Recent Success Comes As Assists Skyrocket (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
SAC: More Than Just A Shooter: Buddy Hield Has Developed Into An Excellent Rebounder (from Tony Xypteras, Sactown Royalty):
SAS: Derrick White Is Making A Living At The Rim (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):
Zion Could Be The Next Great NBA Point Center (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Top Draft Lottery Prospect Ja Morant’s Story (from Justin Sayers, Louisville Courier Journal):
–  The NBA’s Tactical Fouling Problem (from Albert Burneko, Deadspin):

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


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– 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 1/23/19

BKN: DLo Is On Fire & So Are The Nets (from Greg Joyce, NY Post):
CHI: Did WCJ’s Rookie Season Show Signs Of An Emerging Star?  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DEN: No Stage Is Too Big For Jamal Murray (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
DEN: The Unusual Way Monte Morris Honed His Jump Shot (from Associated Press):
DEN: Jokic & The Funky Bunch (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
GSW: Video Breakdown: How Klay Took Advantage Of The Lakers’ Defense (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: DMC On How He Got Past His Injury & How He Landed With The Dubs (from Shams Charania, The Athletic):
GSW: How DMC Has Been Adjusting To His Role On The Dubs (from Paolo Uggeti, The Ringer):
GSW: How DMC’s Shot Went From Rare To Unfair (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
HOU: Appreciating Harden (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
HOU: Video Breakdown: Defending Harden (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):
HOU: Combating Any Anti-Harden FT Argument (from Conrad Garcia, The Dream Shake):
IND: Tyreke Is Looking, Feeling Like His Old Self (from Mark Monteith,, pacers.com):
LAL: Steve Kerr Likes How Luke Walton Has Handled This 3rd Laker Season (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
MEM: KG Is Mentoring JJJ (from Christian Dudley, Beale Street Bears):
MIA: Waiters Is Slowly Repaying The Faith (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
MIA: Assistant Coach Dan Craig’s Journey To The NBA (from Matt Langone, Lowell Sun):
MIA: Starting Lineup Options (from Nekias Duncan, Heatbeat)::
MIL: Brook Lopez Has Been The Key To Unlocking The Bucks At Both Ends (from Matt Velzquez, jsonline.com):
*OKC: Westbrook Steps Forward By Stepping (A Little) Back (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
PHI: Sixers Finally Buying Into Defensive Scheme (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
PHO: Kokoskov, Suns Learning Each Other And Growing (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
Rookies Primed For Possible 2nd Half Breakout  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
For Traditional 3-And-D Players, The Future Is Coming Fast (from Ben Alamar, The Athletic):
Donyell Marshall Is Teaching & Learning His Way In Coaching Career (from Mike Anthony, Hartford Courant):

*OKC: Westbrook Steps Forward By Stepping (A Little) Back (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/19/19

ATL: Trae Young Is The Offensive Fulcrum The Hawks Need (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
BKN: Kenny Atkinson Puts Players In Position To Succeed (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
BKN: Understanding Joe Harris’ Value (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
*BKN: Nets EuroStash Sasha Vezenkov Reclaims Form (from Antonis Stroggylakis, The Basketball Writers):
BOS: How Baynes’ Return Is Fixing What’s Broken (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
BOS:  Using A Horford-Baynes Combo  (from Tom Lane, Celtics Life):
From Marc D’Amico/Taylor Snow, Celtics.com: https://www.nba.com/celtics/news/post-ups
CHA: Hornets’ Signs Of Life (from Spencer Percy, Queen City Hoops):
GSW: Cousins Impresses In Dubs’ Debut (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
GSW: What Will Rotations Look Like With DMC? (from Tim Kawakami, The Athletic):
HOU: What Changed PJ Tucker’s Mind About Coming Back To The NBA? (from Dan Woike, LA Times):
IND: Alize Johnson Is Showing Great Promise In The G-League (from Tony East, BBall Iindex):
LAL: Zubac Is Hitting His Stride (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):
MIN: A Quick Look At The Ryan Saunders Offense (from Pietro Caddeo, BBall Index):
OKC: Paul George Is The Most Disruptive Force In The NBA (from Kirk Goldsberry, ESPN):
ORL: Gordon Has Improved His Three-Point Shooting Coming Off Screens (from Josh Cohen, Magic.com):
POR: Seth Curry, Sharpshooter (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
SAC: The Kings’ New Bench Mob (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
SAC: Harry Giles Is Filling In The Kings’ Defensive Gaps (from Tim Maxwell, Sactown Royalty):
SAC Joerger: “Shumpert Has Been Tremendous For Us” (from Christopher Cason,  NBA.com):
SAS: LaMarcus Aldridge Has Turned His Season Around (from Jared Johnson, Bball Index):
UTA: Mitchell Continues To Thrive As Fill-In PG (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):

*BKN: Nets EuroStash Sasha Vezenkov Reclaims Form (from Antonis Stroggylakis, The Basketball Writers):
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