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 3/5/18

Warriors: New Era, New Challenges (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Warriors: Pros & Cons Of Starting Javale McGee (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
Jordan Bell: Determined To Shed Rustiness & “Be The Best I Can Be” (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Rookies Who Are Primed For 2nd Year Breakouts (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Raptors: Valanciuanas’ Miraculous Defensive Improvement (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
Q & A: DeMar DeRozan (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Jarrett Allen Gives Nets Hope For The Future (from Jesus Gomez, Fanrag Sports):
For Sam Hinkie’s Next Act… (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Why Pat Riley Likes The Heat Roster And Having Wade Back (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):
Thunder: Does Patrick Patterson Need To Play More? (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
Height And Defensive Matchups (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
Visualizing Versatility: A New Way To Look At The Warriors’ Defense (from Golden State Of Mind):
The Remarkable Women Of The NBA (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
BI Note:  Of course this story contains just a partial list of women making outstanding contributions.  There is a long list of others who deserve similar recognition.  Some examples are NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, Washington Wizards TV Analyst Kara Lawson and Charlotte Hornets sideline reporter Stephanie Ready.
MIP Candidates (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Re-Live Lonzo Ball’s Big Night In San Antonio (from Christian Rivas, Silver Screen And Roll):
The Cavs’ Three-Point Defense Remains A Big Issue (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Ben Simmons And “Non-Traditional Stats” (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Mavs:  Harrison Barnes Is Liking The Move Back To The Three (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
The Celtics’ Bench Is Shaping Up (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Sixers: How TJ McConnell Morphed From Undrafted To Invaluable (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Brett Brown: Adding Ilyasova Is A Massive Pick-Up  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):
Pau Gasol Says Brother Marc “Should Be Upset” (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
Re-Thinking Draft Day Debates (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
With Scandals Rocking Youth Basketball, NBA Readying Plan To Step In (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/26/18

Paul George Has Never Been Better (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
How Capela Has Emerged Into Rockets’ Ideal Center (from Gavriel Wilkins, Hoops Habit):
The Truth About Luka Doncic (from Rob Scott, Euroleague Adventures):
What Can We Glean From The Box-Out Stats? (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
DeMar DeRozan’s Honest Talk About Depression (from Doug Smith, The Star):
Takeaways From Sloan Conference (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Dwane Casey On End-Of-Game Situations: “We’ve Got To Get Better” (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
Raptors’ Playoff Concerns (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Joe Johnson Has Not Been Efficient In Isolation Situations This Season (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
How Lillard Leads The Blazers (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
The Warriors Must Unleash Their Full Pick-And-Roll Potential (from Hugo Kitano, Golden State Of Mind):
Wolves Can Thrive With A Post-Up Offense Even Without Butler (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Helping KAT On Defense (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Wolves Need The Best Version Of Bjelica (from Jake Paynting, Dunking With Wolves):
Every Contender’s Biggest X-Factor (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Jahlil Okafor: An Interior Peg Trying To Fit Into A Perimeter Hole (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
Former Cavs GM David Griffin: Living In Sonoma (from Phil Barber, Press Democrat):
Dennis Smith, Jr: Learning to Play The “2”  (from Eddie Sefko.Dallas Morning News):
Dante Cunningham Brings Toughness To Nets (from Alex Labidou, Nets.com):
Heat: Tyler Johnson Is Back On The Attack (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Nuggets’ Mike Malone: Our Defense Has To Be Better (from Harrison Wind, BSN Denver):
The Celtics’ Most Important Bench Players (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Players Still Hate The Desperation Heave (from Ryan Jones, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/31/18

This Move Makes CP3 Unguardable In Isolation (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How Is Okafor Progressing In Brooklyn? (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
Pick And Roll Adjustments Helped The Raptors Beat The Wolves (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Bucks: Getting Their Groove & Jabari Parker Back (from Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass):
Scouting Devin Booker: Already A Borderline All-Star (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Tuesday Recap: Harden Hits 60 & More (from Russell Steinberg, Slamonline.com):
Arenas Predicted Harden’s Greatness (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
Jayson Tatum: Real Mean, Green Machine (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Celtics: Expect Theis To Play A Major Role In Playoffs (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Reliance On 3-Pointers Doesn’t Make A Team More Susceptible To Meltdowns  (from Bo Schwartz Madsen, Nylon Calculus):
The Week In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Lou Williams Is Elite (from Nate Wolf, NBA Math):
Ben Simmons Interview (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Q & A: Bradley Beal (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Q & A: Isaiah Whitehead (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Miami Heat: Makes & Misses (from Rob Slater, All U Can Heat):

Wiggins Is Answering Thibs’ Challenge (from Chicco Nacion, CBC Sports):

Fixing The Cavs With Artificial Intelligence (from Michael Watson, ZigZag Analytics):
The Cavs Aren’t Built To Sustain KLove’s Injury (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Cavs: Channing Frye Is Blocking Out Noise By Focusing On Championship Goal (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Wizards: Satoransky Steps Up (from Rashad Mobley, Truth About It):
Lakers: How Luol Deng Is Handling Not Playing (from Shahn Ahmed, NBC Sports):
The Most Important Things For Rookies’ Development: Playing Time & Experience (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Lakers: Jerry Stackhouse On Brandon Ingram (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):
Pacers Defense Emerges In A Crisis (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
GSW 109, BOS 105 (from Mike Zavagno):
Embiid’s Excellence Propels Sixers (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/27/18

Joel Embiid: DPOY?  (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):

The DMC Injury:
Video Breakdown: E’Twaun Moore’s Defensive Deficiencies (from Seth Nefsky, Pelican Debrief):
Celtics: How To Score When Kyrie Sits (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Danny Ainge Is Masterful; Brad Stevens Makes Him Look Even Better (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Horford’s Unique Role Provides Immense Value (from Jesse Collings, Hardwood Houdini):
Q & A With Wolves TV Analyst Jim Petersen (from Britt Robson, The Athletic):
Tyus Jones’ Defensive Improvement (from Jake Paynting, Dunking With Wolves):
Nuggets: Jokic/Plumlee Spacing Is Improving (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
Hornacek: Impressed With Trey Burke (from Anthony Rieber, Newsday):
OKC’s Suffocating Defense Makes Them A Real Contender (from Michael D. Sykes, SBNation):
The Success (And Failure) Of OKC’s All-Bench Units (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
This Isn’t Westbrook 3.0 (from Matt Craig, Daily Thunder ):
–  Steven Adams’ Rebounding, Kelly Olynyk’s Fakes  & More (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Westbrook, Adams And Uncontested Rebounds (from Jeremy Lambert, Thunderous Intentions):
Film Study: How John Wall’s Movement, Or Lack Thereof, Sets The Tone For Wiz’ Offense (from Osman Baig, Bullets Forever):
Donovan Mitchell: “None Of This Was Supposed To Happen” (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
The Warriors’ Ruthless Efficiency (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
Steph Curry’s Pregame Show (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Montrezl Harrell Interview (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Pistons: Missing Reggie Jackson Down The Stretch Of Games (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
Why Have The Pistons Fallen So Far Without Reggie Jackson? (from Joseph Sinke, Hashtag Basketball):
Valanciunas: Slowly Evolving Into Modern-Day Center (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):
Suns: Josh Jackson Showing Great Growth (from Scott Bordow, azcentral):
Anunoby: Adjusting To NBA Life (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):
Celtics To Take On Warriors Without Smart’s Defense (from Mac D’Amico, celtics.com):
Malcolm Brogdon: No Sophomore Slump (from Ryan Riley, Behind The Buck Pass):