Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/16/18

BKN: Driving Sets Tone For Improving Offense  (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):
BKN: Kurucs Is Starting To Blossom (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
BKN: Dinwiddie’s 6MOY Credentials (from Reid Belew, Hashtag Basketball):
BOS: Heavy Legs & Tired Brains Snap The Win Streak (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Still Room To Improve (from Marc D’Amico, celtics.com):
CHA: The New Coaching Staff Has Established A New Culture (from Andrew Waters, At The Hive):
CHI: Popovich Says Boylen Knows What It Takes To Win (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
CHI: Boylen, Popovich Describe Bulls’ Comeback Win (from Michael Wright, ESPN):
DAL: Video Breakdown: Mavs’ Five Favorite Plays (from Bryan Oringher/Ryan Nyugen):
DAL: How Doncic Won Over The Entire Mavs Organization Long Before He Was Drafted (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
DAL: Do The Mavs Have Too Many Good Players? (from Kohl Rast, The Smoking Cuban):
DAL: Welcome To The NBA, Ryan Broekhoff (from Ben Mallis, Pick And Roll):
DEN: Inside Nick Young’s Journey From The Couch To The Nuggets (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):
DET: Drummond’s Blocks Highlight Defensive Improvement (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
GSW: Jerebko Feels Empowered Under Dubs’ Culture (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
GSW: Q & A: Steph Curry (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
IND: On Thaddeus Young’s Role Player Tour De Force (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
LAL: Lonzo’s Defensive Impact (from Joey Ramirez, Lakers.com):
MEM: Jevon Carter’s Solid NBA Debut (from David Cobb, Commercial Appeal):
MIA: Derrick Jones, Jr Is Earning Meaningful Minutes (from David Furones, Miami Herald):
MIN: The Rotation Challenges That Come With Having Depth (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
ORL: Magic Making Great Strides On Defense (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
PHO: Booker Magnificent In Return; Suns Beginning To Gel (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
SAC: The Ups & Downs Of Willie Cauley-Stein (from Alex West, BBall Index):
TOR: Is Chris Boucher Ready For His Potential NBA Moment? (from JD Quirante, RaptorsHQ):
Drew Gooden On What It’s Like To Be Traded (from NBC Sports):
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Special Edition: Reaction To The TOR-SAS Trade, Day Two

NOTE:  We have reviewed many of the 3 billion-plus stories that have been written about the trade and now present links to some of the best “day two” reactions.  (See Wednesday’s Basketball Intelligence for links to “Day One” reaction stories.)
What The Trade Means For Both Teams & The NBA (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Why The Other Kawhi Trades Never Happened (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
A Win For Both Teams?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Winners & Losers From The Trade (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
For The Raptors, A Risk Worth Taking (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
The Raptors Are Built For The Long Haul, No Matter What Kawhi Decides (from Jonathan Tjarks):
In Trading For Kawhi, Raptors Sent A Loud Message (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Ujiri’s Career-Defining Trade (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
How Kawhi Fits On The Raptors (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
How Kawhi Changes Raptors’ Defensive Identity (from Steven Loung, Sportsnet.ca.):
A Shallow Dive Into Kawhi’s Advanced Stats (from Colin Connors, Raptors Republic ):
What’s Next For The Spurs? (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Popovich Looks Forward (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Poeltl Could Be A Valuable Piece For Spurs (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
Spurs Finally Succumb To NBA’s Chaos (from Harvey Araton, NYTimes):
The Spurs Will Begin A Strange New Era (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
DeRozan Wanted Help, Not An Escape (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Podcast: Analyzing The Trade (from Alex Kennedy/FrankUrbina, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/4/18

How Paul George Changed His Game For OKC (from Royce Young, ESPN):
How The Thunder Are Evolving (from Dave Schilling, Bleacher Report):
The West Still Doesn’t Have An Answer For The Dubs’ Small-Ball Center (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Is Durant The DPOY?  (from Eric Apricot, BBall Breakdown):
Kelly Oubre Is Becoming The Wizards’ X-Factor (from Jesus Gomez, Fanrag Sports):
Gerald Green Is Sort Of Perfect For The Rockets (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
So DeRozan Is A 3-Point Shooter Now? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
More On The NBA Draft & Why The Tallest Men Can’t Dribble (from Andrew Johnson, Nylon Calculus):
Hornets Believe They Are Turning The Corner But It May Not Matter (from Wes Goldberg, Fanrag Sports):
Nuggets: Malone Knows He Needs To Expand The Rotation (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
Trae Young: The Curry Generation Has Reached College Basketball (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
Heat: Small-Ball Approach Is Proving Invaluable (from Simon Smith, All U Can Heat):
Jarrett Allen Has Arrived (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Another Reminder Of Popovich’s Greatness (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
3 Dates: Impending Roster Decisions, Implications & Likely Outcomes (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Tyus Jones’ Contributions As Wolves’ Starting PG (from Cooper Langby, Dunking With Wolves):
Grizzlies: Wayne Selden Should Be Key Player For The Future (from Parker Fleming, Beale Street Bears):
Suns: Why Triano Benched Josh Jackson (from Scott Bordow, azcentral):
Video Breakdown: Some Best Sets (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Why George Hill & The Kings Are A Mismatch (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
– Hawks:  Tyler Cavanuagh’s Remarkable Journey (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/14/17 PART ONE

Grizzlies Have No Identity, And Hard Questions (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Durant Has Warriors Rolling Without Curry (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
Shaun Livingston Helps Ease The Sting Of Curry’s Absence (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
The Dubs Are Blocking Shots At A Staggering Rate (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
CP3 At 12-0: “We’re Playing The Right Way & Still Trying To Get Better” (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Ryan Anderson Is Providing Good Value (from Eric Spyropolous, Space City Scoop):
Popovich, Kerr & Stevens: Behind The Best Coaching Minds (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Film Room: Steven Adams: “Reverse” Floor Spacer (from Gideon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
Thunder’s Offense: Stagnant, Despite Win (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
Kanter, Oladipo, Kawhi, Baynes, LBJ (from Brian Sampson, NBA Math):
Richaun Holmes: An Important Part of Sixers’ Future (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Buddy Hield:  Catch & Shoot Sniper Off The Bench (from Philip Barnett, Yardbarker):
Which Way Are The Kings Going?  (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Pressure Mounts On Wolves Amid Successful Start (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
KAT’s Disappointing Offense (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
Bucks: Positives Since The Bledsoe Trade (from Adam McGee, Behind The Buck Pass):
Shane Larkin: Making The Most Of Limited Minutes (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
KCP: Unspectacular & Essential (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
SVG Is Irked By Different Rules Being Used To Officiate Boban (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Jazz: Stuck Between Bricks & A Hard Place (from Ben Anderson, ksl.com):
Dwight Howard: New Energy In Charlotte (from Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle):
Antonius Cleveland Hopes To Be Major Help To Mavs’ Defense (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):
Isaac Austin Encourages Positivity In Overcoming Challenges (from Joseph Yeh, Focus Taiwan):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/15/17 PART ONE

How The Celtics Became The NBA’s Hottest Team (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Anatomy Of The Celtics’ Win Streak (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Brett Brown: The Process’ Survivor (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
How The Blazers Brought Out The Worst In The Nuggets (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Q&A: Kyle Korver (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Q&A: Kyle Kuzma (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Q&A: Dennis Smith, Jr. (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
DMC’s Dominance (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
DMC’s Benching: Performance Or Strategy-Based?  (from Chris Conner, Pelican Debrief):
Why OKC Has Been Bad In Close Games (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
How The Spurs Stay Afloat Minus Kawhi (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
Is Belinelli’s Career Year Happening In Season 11?  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):
Knicks Are More Confident “Running Hornacek’s Stuff”  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
Will Raptors’ Changed Offense Work In The Postseason? (from Tim Bontemps, Washingotn Post):
Hardaway & The Knicks: An Ideal Fit (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Rockets’ Defensive Emphasis Stresses Switching Assignments (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Is This The Real Jeremy Lamb? (from Thomas Rende, NBA Math):
Jonathan Simmons: Toughness And Determination (from John Denton, magic.com):
Wolves’ Film Breakdown: Active Hands (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Ben Simmons: Forcefully Reminding The Basketball World Of His Talent  (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Robert Covington: Leading By Example (from Rusty Gorleick, The Sixer Sense):
Suns: Lack Of PG Production Is Becoming A Problem (from Gerald Bourguet, Valley Of The Suns):
Joe Harris: Getting Shots & Respect (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Shabazz Napier: Earning His Minutes (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
Q&A: Bernard King (from Ali Danois, The Shadow League):
Cavs: The Irving Trade Didn’t Cause The Crisis  (from Zachary Tenner, Sir Charles In Charge):
LBJ Is Unstoppable But The Cavs Are In Trouble (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
LBJ’s Most Unstoppable Shot (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
The Rockets Are Shooting Even More 3s & It Is Working (form Tim Cato, SBNation):
Lakers’ Practice Notes: Clarkson, Kuzma, Vander Blue,Thomas Bryant (from Serena Winters, Lakers Nation):