Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART TWO

BOS: As Usual Baynes Did The Little Things That Made Life Easier For His Teammates (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
DEN: Malik Beasley Is Shooting & Scoring At A High Level (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
*GSW: Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
GSW: Breaking Down The Dubs’ Record-Setting 1st Quarter Vs Denver (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
GSW: DMC Tried To Get Cleared To Return A Few Weeks Ago (from Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports):
HOU: Will Harden’s Hot Streak Burn Him Out?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
HOU: The Must-See Numbers From Harden’s Hot Streak (from ESPN):
HOU: Harden’s Impossible Box Scores, Explained (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
NOTE: I’ve been pushing this issue for years.  Positive Residual at Nylon Calculus uses “scoring opportunities” (including FTs) instead of shots but very few others have followed his (& my) lead.

I particularly dislike when TV guys compare efficiency, something like this:
Player A, fouled on all 5 unsuccessful FGAs, goes 10-for-10 from line, so has scored 10 points “on zero shots” – “amazingly efficient”
Player B goes 5-for-5 from field…took him 5 shots to get his 10 points – “much less efficient”   (5 shots vs zero shots)
IND: Pacers Defense Is Clearly Better With Turner (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
LAC: Rivers Laments Decision To Cut Ingles (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Walton Is Trying To Find More Minutes For Svi (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: What Has Made McGruder A Fixture In The Starting Lineup (from David Furones, SunSentinel):
OKC: Thunder Fighting Defensive Pick & Roll Pitfalls (from Erik Horne, jsonline.com):
PHI: Q & A: Anelie Schnittel, VP Of Player Development (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
SAC: Bagley, Giles Give Glimpse Into Bright Future (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
WAS: Why Beal & Wizards Are Flourishing Without Wall (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Ranking The Best Young Cores In The NBA (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

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*GSW: The Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/8/18

BKN: LeVert: From Project To Linchpin (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: Reflecting On New LI Nets HC Will Weaver (from Lou DiPietro, YES Network):
BKN: Kurucs Out To Prove He Belongs (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
BOS: What’s Next For Robert Williams? (from Jordan Daly, Hardwood Houdini):
BOS: Why The Cs Aren’t Sweating Their Slow Start (from Tim Bontemps, ESPN):
DEN: Can Jamal Murray Make The Leap?  (from Kyle Mann, The Ringer):
DET: How Teams Are Defending Blake Griffin In The Post (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
GSW: Ron Adams: 50 Years On The Cutting Edge  (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
GSW: How Do The Dubs Handle Giannis Without Draymond?  (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
HOU: Can The Rockets Make It Work With Melo After His Failed OKC Experiment?  (from Tim MacMahon/Royce Young, ESPN):
LAC: The Clippers: A Joke No More  (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
LAC: Doc Rivers Identifies With Clippers’ Players Trying To Overachieve  (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Kuzma’s Defensive Issues (from Laker Film Room, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: Josh Richardson, Burgeoning Star (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
MIL: Coach Bud Is Coaching Giannis Unlike How Kidd Ever Did (from Gray Stout, Hoops Habit):
PHI: The Sixers Are Still Processing (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
SAS: DeRozan’s MVP-Level Start To The Season (from Micah Adams, NBA.com):
TOR: Kyle Collinsworth: A Case Of Basketball Adversity (from Andrew Damelin, Raptors Republic):
TOR: Raptors At The Forefront Of How Teams Change Their Starting Five (from Dan Woike, LA Times):
The Evolution Of The Eurostep (from Jordan Brenner, ESPN):
Players’ & Coaches’ Reactions To “Freedom Of Movement”  (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
Teams Are Setting A Blistering Pace, Leaving Defenses In The Dust (from Benjamin Hoffman, NY Times);
The Most Interesting Teams In Week 4 (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
Six Impact Bench Players (from Jordan Hicks, Basketball Insiders):
Bret Just: How A H.S. Coach Became One Of Basketball’s Most Powerful People  (from Dan Wolken, USA Today):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/29/18

This Year’s Bucks Are Like Last Year’s Raptors – With A Freakish Upside (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
BKN: Dudley Making Impact On Young Nets (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
CLE: Why The Cavs Felt Lue Wasn’t The Right Fit For his Group (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: The Cavs Should Start The Fire Sale (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
DAL: The Mavs’ Unsung Heroes (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
DEN: Jokic & Harris Use DHO To Terrorize Defenses (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):
DET: The Pistons’ Week In Review (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
GSW: Warriors Used Best Play In Basketball To Beat The Nets (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury News):
HOU: Why Are The Rockets Abandoning Their Switch-Everything Defense?  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
HOU: Carmelo Is A Big Part Of The Problem (from Nekias Duncan, BBall Index):
MIL: Refined Shot Selection Has Made Middleton A Star (from Jackson Frank, The Step Back):
MIL: 6 Reasons Bucks Are 6-0 (from Alex Boeder, bucks.com):
PHI: How The Sixers Contained Kemba (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: Did Suns Find Their PG In Loss To Thunder? (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
POR: Video Breakdown: How Zach Collins Has Fared In Increased Role This Season  (from Dane Delgado, NBC Sports):
TOR: Lorenzo Brown May Have Found Long-Term Occupancy With The Raptors (from Blake Murphy, The Athletic):
WAS: Don’t Look At The Sniping, Look At The Schemes (from Bryan Oringher, Bullets Forever):
WAS: Stop Blaming Porter For Wizards’ Troubles (from Matt Moore, the Action Network):
WAS: The Wizards Are Worse Than You Think (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
Austin & Doc Rivers Reunite As Rivals (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Answering The Biggest 2019 Draft Questions (from Givony/Pelton/Schmitz, ESPN):

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 4/9/17

David Fizdale’s Genius, March Stats, Zipper Plays, Drop Back PNR, Brook Lopez, Spurs’Passing, More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/coaches-seat-passive-pnr-defense-zipper-plays-david-fizdale/

Lillard Torches Jazz (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/damian-lillard-torches-jazz-career-high-franchise-record-59-points-050253461.html

Redick Has Become A Historic Outside Shooter  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch  it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/jj-redick-clippers-become-historic-outside-shooter/

Don’t Overreact: Celtics Are Just Fine (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/7/15215220/the-read-dont-overreact-boston-celtics-just-fine-atlanta-hawks

 

 

 

–  The Cavs’ Small-Ball Lineup Should Terrify Opponents  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/lebron-james-cavs-lineup-center-highlights-breakdown-nba-playoffs-2017-tyronn-lue/10qngpaqubnxf1qjvgocw5avss

 Cavs Need More From Shumpert (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/04/cavaliers_need_more_from_iman.html

How Should The Pistons Proceed? (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/pistons-proceed-late-season-tailspin/

Steve Nash Q & A (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch, UA Today):

Read it here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/08/steve-nash-q-and-a-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-james-harden/100166310/

Labissiere Flashes His Talent  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article143565934.html

Willy Hernangomez Hopes To Learn From Marc Gasol This Summer (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/04/08/knicks-willy-hernangomez-hopes-to-work-with-his-idol/

Julius Randle’s Growth (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coach-748872-pleasantries-initial.html

Underrated Coaches (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/six-underrated-nba-coaches/

Jeremy Lin’s Redemption (from Wardell, Sir Charles In Charge);

Read and watch it here: http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/09/jeremy-lin-nets-brooklyn-2017/

The Nets’ Core Four Shines (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/brooklyn-core-four-shines-as-season-winds-down

Nuggets Playoff Push: Invaluable To Young Core, Regardless Of Outcome (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/regardless-of-outcome-nuggets-playoff-push-invaluable-for-young-core/

KD Returns (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/4270/warriors-depth-replenished-with-return-of-kevin-durant

From Associated Press:  http://www.espn.com/nba/recap?gameId=400900573

You Should Be Watching Rudy Gobert (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/utah-jazz/content/you-should-be-watching-rudy-gobert-utah-jazz

Tyler Johnson’s Growth And Future (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article143519484.html

–  The Magic’s Poor Defense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/09/orlando-magic-continue-find-no-response-poor-defense/

–  Ellenson’s Place In The Piston’s Future (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/ellensons-flashy-starting-debut-affirms-his-place-pistons-future

Udrih Shifts Focus To Coaching Skills (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/04/08/pistons-udrih-shifting-focus-coaching-skills/100231644/

Doc Rivers On Double High Screen (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/rivers-on-double-high-screen-everyone-does-it-now/

Nwaba’s Unique Journey (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20170408-story.html

From Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/4/8/15230346/la-lakers-david-nwaba-stats-schedule-d-league-call-up-d-fenders-playoffs-rio-grande-valley-vipers

RU’s D-League COY: Jerry Stackhouse  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/4/8/15227658/jerry-stackhouse-coach-of-the-year-raptors-905-nba-dleague-nbadl