Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/28/18

In Spite Of Everything, The Pelicans Are Here (from Justin Verrier, The Ringer):
The Pels Depend On, Believe In Rondo (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
Are The Pels A Real Threat To The Dubs? (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Who Guards KD?  Who Guards AD? (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
Jrue Holiday: Family First (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
The Loneliest Beat In The NBA (from Bryan Curtis, The Ringer):
HOU vs UTA Preview (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
With Shooters To Spare, Rockets Always Have Productive Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Video: Bucks vs Celtics: The Secret To Winning Game 7 (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
The Celtics’ Ojeleye Conundrum (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Bucks/Celtics: Notes From Game Six (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
Sixers: Ilyasova A Perfect Fit (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
UTA 96, OKC 91 (from Andy Larsen, KSL):
Donovan Mitchell: Dominant In His Playoff Series Debut (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Thunder: The End Of OK3?  (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Casey Turns To Raptors Bench: VanVleet Was The Difference (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Pacers Have Cavs On Brink Of Disaster (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Oladipo Never Loses Confidence (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
The Grizzlies Got Lance Stephenson’s Career Back On Track (from Christian Dudley, Beale Street Bears):
Cavs: How To Get More From Rodney Hood (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):
Best Xs & Os Of Playoffs Round One (from FastModel Sports):
Top Ten Coaching Candidates Who Are Also Former Players (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
For Spurs’ Murray, Summertime Is No Vacation (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
What’s Next For The Heat & Whiteside? (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
One Stat Shows Ntilikina’s Defensive Dominance (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
2018 Draft: Elie Okobo Is A Euro Name To Know (from Max Holm, Hoops Habit):
Exposing The Kawhi Leonard Rumor As Absurd (from Marilyn Dubinski, Pounding The Rock):
Doris Burke: The Added Challenges Of Being A Female NBA Network Analyst (from Noam Scheiber, NY Times):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/27/18

Time To Bench Carmelo?  (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Valanciunas Is Stepping Up Big (from Blake Murphy, VICE Sports):
DeRozan & Lowry Are Improving Their Playoff Resumes (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Ty Lawson Says His Comeback Story Is Just Beginning (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
These Playoffs Could Be The Twilight Of The Maximalist PG (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Steve Kerr & Alvin Gentry Share Bond That Won’t Crack (from Mark Medina, Mercury news):
Darren Erman, Pelicans’ Defensive Mastermind (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Mirotic Is A Key To Pelicans’ Upset Hopes (from Justin Willard, Washington Post):
How Should Pacers Distribute Center Minutes In Game Six? (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Can The Pacers Stop LBJ?  (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
Giannis Dominates As Bucks Force Game 7 (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Celtics’ Stagnant Offense Helped Bucks Force Game 7 (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
Bucks/Celtics Takeaways (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Sixers: Veterans Letting Emerging Stars Lead (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):
Important Numbers From Sixers Series Vs. The Heat (from Kevin F. Love, Liberty Ballers):
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Hassan Whiteside (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Jazz’ 3rd Quarter Meltdown Stemmed Mlargely From Gobert’s Foul Trouble (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
The Effortless Artistry Of James Harden (from Micah Wimmer, The Step Back):
Rockets: Takeaways From Game 5 (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Three DeMatha Teammates Are In The Playoffs (from Samantha Pell, Washington Post):
A Day In The Life Of An NBA Officiating Crew (from Ben Dowsett, The Athletic):
Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):
2018 Draft: International Prospects Scouting Reports (from Connor Harr, Hoops Habit):
One Man’s Plan To Eliminate Intentional Fouling (from Tim Hackett, Sports Illustrated):
Is PHO The Best Available Head Coaching Job? (from Lucas Johnson, Valley Of The Suns):
Towns, Wolves Prepared To Take Next Step (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/1/18

John Wall Returns (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Jason Terry: Still Making An Impact (from David Ramil, Fanrag Sports):
Jaylen Brown & Jayson Tatum’s Development Through Celtics’ Injury Epidemic (from Michael DePrisco, Celtics Blog):
Brad Stevens Pushes The Right Buttons (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Marcus Morris Has Found A Role, And A Home (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Walter McCarty On Brad Stevens (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
DeRozan’s Versatility (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
What Led To Whiteside’s Postgame Rant? (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
What Version Of Curry Will GSW Get In The Playoffs? (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Tracking The Key Injuries In Postseason Race (from Law Murray, ESPN):
Ed Davis Is Still Excelling (from Wayne Epps, Jr., Richmond Times-Dispatch):
DEN 126, OKC 125 (OT): Jokic Highlights (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Video Breakdown: Quinn Cook’s 5-For-5 Threes Vs MIL (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Rockets:  Resting Stars Will Have Positive Effect On The Whole Rotation (from Darren Yuvan, The Dream Shake):
Jazz: Exum Could Be A Difference Maker In The Playoffs (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
Health Challenges That Coaches Face (from Nick Kosmider, Denver Post):
Hawks: Andrew White Scouting Report (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/3/17 PART ONE

The Invisible Superpowers Of Steven Adams  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/02/steven-adams-screens-russell-westbrook-thunder-the-craft

Do Two-Center Lineups Still Work?  (from Reinis Lacis, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/02/two-center-lineups-still-work-nba/

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18808626/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-golden-state-warriors-nba

Top Defenders So Far This Season (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2695467-2017-nba-defensive-player-of-the-year-rankings-at-start-of-march

February Was One Of Blake Griffin’s Best Months Ever  (from Rowan Kavner, clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/blake-feature-170228/

The Sixers Should Be Thanking Sam Hinkie  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-the-76ers-should-be-thanking-sam-hinkie-145925655.html

Matt Barnes: Polarizing Pariah  (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/04/10/matt-barnes-los-angeles-clippers-kobe-bryant-lakers-chris-paul

Arvydas Sabonis: The Original Unicorn  (from Keith Smith, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/arvydas-sabonis-the-original-unicorn-a10ab6c3738e#.l3co0iy3n

Who’s Got Next?: The GM Edition (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Readit here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-whos-got-next-the-gm-edition/

Defense Is Key For Taurean Prince (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/defense-key-prince-place-hawks-rotation/8jKM0UFDGfWA5j86zDL4fM/

Fizdale Preaches Patience With Parson’s Comeback Progress (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/mikecheck-fizdale-defends-parsons-maintain-patience-amid-struggles-170302/

Can DMC & Pels Adjust In Time? (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/18810923/new-orleans-fits-cousins-pelicans-win

Three Ways Jennings Will Improve Wizards’ Bench (from Jerran Anderson, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/03/washington-wizards-brandon-jennings/

Okaro White’s New Challenge (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article136184758.html

Hawks: Finding Ilyasova’s Role (from Tyler Sellers, Soaring Down South):

Read it here: http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/03/03/the-many-possibilities-and-strategies-of-ersan-ilyasova/

Korver Kalculus  (from Mitch Suchan, cavstheblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cavstheblog.com/?p=46410

The Importance Of Avery Bradley’s Defense (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725409/avery-bradley-offers-reminder-of-how-important-his-defense-is-for-celtics

Four Types Of Passes The Hawks Are Using With Dwight Howard  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/four-types-passes-hawks-are-using-dwight-howard

Isaiah Whitehead: Opportunity Knocking  (from Cory Wright, nets.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2017/02/21/opportunity-knocking-isaiah-whitehead

At Friendship Or Business, Noah Kone Will Manage  (from David Ramil, Fansided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/03/noah-kone-will-manage/

NOTE:  PART TWO of Today’s Basketball Intelligence will be published later today.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/22/16

Devin Booker’s Dad Helped Pave is Path To The NBA  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Devin Booker Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

From Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/11/22/devin-booker-suns-kentucky-eric-bledsoe-john-calipari

–  How The Hornets Are Doing It  (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
–  The Bulls Are Blowing Away Expectations (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):
–  Bulls Defense Is Keeping Opponents At Bay  (from Sean Highkin, The Athletic):
–  Warriors Return From Perfect Road Trip Better In 5 Areas (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):
–  Joel Embiid Era Begins (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

–  Embiid Vs. Whiteside Did Not Disappoint  (from Mike Catalino,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/joel-embiid-takes-much-away-decorated-matchup-hassan-whiteside

–  Thunder Film Room: How Steven Adams’ Hand Injury Is Affecting His Play  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Read and watch it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5527963

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

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/11/22/time-start-believing-orlando-magics-defense/

–  James Harden, Dwight Howard Thriving In New Roles  (from Evans Clinchy, fansided.com):

–  Week 4 Review  (from Justin Willard, Nylon Calculus):
–  Blazers’ Backcourt Trio: Lillard, McCollum, Crabbe  (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):
Monday Highlights (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
–  Monday’s Best Players: Giannis, Beal  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
(Question of the day:  Does Giannis even have a “ceiling”?  If so what it might be?)
Whiteside: The NBA Isn’t Lacking In Quality Centers  (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
–  Whiteside Wants You To Keep Attacking Him  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
BOS 99, MIN 93  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
MEM 105, CHA 90  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
Jrue Holiday’s Return (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
–  Tim Hardaway:  The Benefits Of Off-Season Work  (from Lang Whitaker, nba.com):
Are The Lakers Growing Faster Than Expected?  (from Jabari Davis, Basketball Insiders):
Conditional First Round 2017 Draft Picks (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
–  Harrison Barnes Is Embracing Opportunity (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Horford Does All The Little Things That Help Win Games  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724483/al-horford

Brett Brown Will Be Cautious About Nerlens Noel’s Return  (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
 Nets Are Running In Atkinson’s 1st Year  (from Max Prinz, nothinbutnets.com):

–  Willy Hernangomez: Early Returns Are Favorable For Knicks  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-backup-center-hernangomez-cool-hawks-article-1.2882423

–  The Trade That Transformed The Raptors (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/11/20/the-trade-that-transformed-the-toronto-raptors.html

Raptors: No Time To Pout  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/11/21/no-time-to-pout-for-raptors

–  Clippers Appreciate Wesley Johnson’s Defense  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/johnson-736213-game-one.html

Quin Snyder Has Been Through Worse (from Drew MacKay, purpleandblues.com ):

Read it here:  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/11/21/utah-jazz-struggling-quin-snyder-worse/