Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/13/18

ATL: Hawks Used Double Drag Screens To Great Effect Against The Lakers (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
BKN: Caris LeVert Is Still A Nets’ Cornerstone (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BKN: Caris LeVert’s Story Is Deeper Than You Think (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
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BKN: Caris LeVert Medical Update  (from Brooklyn Nets):
CHA: New HC Borrego Is Pushing All The Right Buttons (from Jonathan DeLong, Bball Index):
DAL: A Set The Mavs Use To Get Looks For Doncic   (from Josh Bowe, Mavs Moneyball):
DAL: DeAndre Jordan’s FT Turnaround (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
GSW: Video Breakdown:  How The Dubs Came Back – And Then Missed Their Chance To Win (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
LAC: Clips Down Dubs In OT Thriller (from Robert Flom, Clips Nation):
LAC: SGA Showing Poise & Stepping Up (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
MEM: How Shelvin Mack & Garrett Temple Help The Grizzlies (from Grizzly Bear Blues):
MIA: Derrick Jones, Jr Is The Heat’s Latest Reclamation Project (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):
MIL: Ilyasova Contributes Taking Charges And More (from Alex Boeder, bucks.com):
MIN: Derrick Rose Is Ascending But Still Learning (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
NYK: Allonzo Trier’s Winding Journey (from Kelly Whiteside, NY Times):
NYK: How The Knicks Have Built An Infrastructure For Mitchell Robinson To Succeed (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
PHI: How Does Fultz Fit With Sixers, Butler?  (from Tim Bontemps, ESPN):
PHI: Fultz Showing Signs Of Defensive Improvement (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: Former Suns Coach Gentry Asks Phoenix For Patience With Kokoskov  (from Duane Rankin, azcentral.com):
POR: Lillard Has Been More Effective Attacking The Rim This Season (from Dane Delgado, NBC Sports):
SAC: The Kings Are Building A New Identity (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
2017 Draft Class Progress Report: Sophomore Check-In (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
The NBA Is A Real Estate Company Now (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
–  Top 10 G-League Players For 2018-19  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
What Was “Plan B” For Players If Their NBA Career Didn’t Work Out? (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/7/18

– BKN: Dudley Worked Hard To Rebound As Nets Starter (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
– BOS: Featuring Hayward Through His Playmaking (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
BOS: The Celtics’ Fundamental Problem (from Gary Washburn, Boston Celtics):
– CHI: Arcidiacano Is Proving That He Belongs (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
– CHI: How Is Tyler Ulis Looking To Make An Impact For Windy City Bulls? (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
– CLE: Chris Fedor’s Mailbag  (from cleveland.com):
– DAL: Q & A: Dirk Nowitzki (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
– DAL: How DeAndre Jordan Became An 80% FT Shooter  (from Tim Cato, The Athletic):
– DEN: 10 Nuggets Numbers Through Ten Games (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
– LAC: The Clippers Are Outrunning NBA Purgatory (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
– LAC: Gallinari Is A Silent Killer (from Chris Murch, Clips Nation):
 NOP: How Missing Payton Affects The Pels (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
– NOP: Recapping The Road Trip From Hell (from James Grieco, Hoops Habit):
– NYK: How Ntilikina Is Trying To Become A More Willing Scorer (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic);
– PHI:  How RoCo Has Become The Shooter The Sixers Need (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
– PHI: Joel Embiid Continues To Improve (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
– PHO: What’s Wrong With The Suns Has Become Systemic (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
– POR: McCollum Breaks Out (from Jason Quick, The Athletic):
 SAC: Bagley: Fit For The Kings’ Future  (from Greg Wissinger, Sactown Royalty):
– SAC: Zach Randolph Understands His Reduced Role (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
– TOR: Changing Positions Has Revitalized Ibaka’s Career (from Mike Bossetti, Raptors Rapture):
– TOR: Lowry: The Raptors’ Other Superstar (from Anthony Doyle, Raptors Republic):
 UTA: How The Jazz Use Gobert’s Offensive Game (from Jake Paynting, DefPen):
UTA: Gobert & Favors Are Struggling When On Court Together (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
– WAS: Wizards Lack Decisiveness & Offensive Activity (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
 Week 3 Recap  (from Michael Dugger, Hoops Habit):
– How New HCs Kokoskv & Nurse Are Adjusting (from Duane Rankin, azcentral.com):
– The Offensive Explosion Is Unstoppable (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
– Dark Horse MVP Candidates (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/28/18

At Long Last, Nets & Knicks Are Being Patient  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/09/28/long-last-knicks-nets-are-employing-profound-strategy-patience/?utm_term=.8d1e5ac92def

BKN: D’Angelo Russell Is All In On The Intensity (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/nets/news/2018/09/27/brooklyn-nets-training-camp-dangelo-russell-is-all-in-on-the-intensity

From Greg Logan, Newsday: https://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-focal-point-remains-fourth-year-point-guard-d-angelo-russell-1.21289233

BOS: Horford Leads By Example (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/9/27/17907084/boston-celtics-al-horford-brad-stevens

CHI: Wendell Carter: Most Likely To Succeed (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/bulls/features/wendell-carter-jr-most-likely-succeed

DAL: No One Position Defines Doncic’s Game (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban):

Read it here:  https://thesmokingcuban.com/2018/09/28/dallas-mavericks-2018-luka-doncic-position-define-game/

DEN: Film Study: Anatomy Of The Nuggets’ Horns Flex (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.denverstiffs.com/2018/9/27/17907852/anatomy-of-a-play-from-the-denver-nuggets-playbook-horns-flex

GSW: Demarcus: Coming To The Warriors Is “The Best Basketball Decision I Ever Made” (from Demarcus Cousins, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/demarcus-cousins-golden-state-warriors

GSW: How Steph Handled An Offseason Of Change (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):

Read it here:  https://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/How-Stephen-Curry-handled-an-offseason-of-change-13264866.php

GSW: They Are The Warriors’ System, Part Two: Draymond Green (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2018/9/24/17874072/nba-2018-golden-state-warriors-draymond-green-system-video-play-breakdown

IND: Turner-Sabonis Experiment To Enter New Trial Phase (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turner-sabonis-experiment-enter-new-trail-phase

MEM: What We Learned From 1st Week Of Training Camp  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2018/09/28/nba-memphis-grizzlies-training-camp/1448260002/

MIA: What Whiteside Did This Offseason To Improve  (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article218828095.html

MIN: The KAT Era Will Soon Begin In Earnest (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/9/27/17910312/karl-anthony-towns-tom-thibodeau-wolves

NYK: Kevin Knox: Training Camp Isn’t Summer League (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/09/27/kevin-knox-is-looking-much-different-against-real-nba-players/

NOP: Julius Randle’s Winding Road (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/julius-randle-from-hollywood-to-the-big-easy/

ORL: Coaches, Teammates See Jonathan Isaac As Potential X-Factor (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/coaches-teammates-think-jonathan-isaac-could-be-magics-x-factor-20180927

PHO:  What Type Of System Will Coach Kokoskov Run? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/09/28/igor-kokoskov-phoenix-suns-system-playbook/

SAS: Dejounte Murray: The Spurs’ Crucial Point (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):

Read it here:  https://cleaningtheglass.com/the-spurs-crucial-point/

TOR: Will Last Season’s G-League MVP Lorenzo Brown Have A Meaningful Role With The Raptors? (from Mike Bossetti, Raptors Rapture):

Read it here: https://raptorsrapture.com/2018/09/28/toronto-raptors-lorenzo-brown-preview/

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Hambone Williams:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/nba/sd-sp-sports-hambone-williams-nba-death-20180927-story.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/26/18

Each Team’s Greatest Flaw As Training Camps Open (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
10 Breakout Candidates (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
BKN:  How The Boomers Helped Mitch Creek Land An NBA Opportunity (from fiba.basketball):
BKN: New Net Alan Williams Has Service In His Blood (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Horford Welcomes His Role (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
BOS: A Reintroduction To Hayward (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
CHI: Portis Is Embracing His Sixth Man Role (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DAL:  Inside JJ Barea’s Unique Bond With Puerto Rico  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

DEN: The Nuggets Are Defined By Why They Play, Not Just How (from Brendan Vogt, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: A Statistical Analysis Of Why The Dubs Are The Golden Standard (from Jordan Wong, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Will Dubs’ Youth Movement Prevail? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
IND: Pacers Not Letting Contract Situation Affect Chemistry (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
MEM: A Note To Memphis (from Chandler Parsons, The Players Tribune):
MIA: How Much Does The Rotation Matter? (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):
MIL: Budenholzer Emphasizes Defensive Transition & Offensive Spacing (from Ben Steele, jsonline.com):
NYK: Finally Speaking With One Voice (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
PHO: What Kokoskov’s Offense Is All About  (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
PHO: Ryan Anderson Lands In Ideal Situation For A Fresh Start (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
WAS: Wizards Begin Commitment To Spacing The Floor (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Brooks Wants Otto Porter To Shoot More (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):
Whatever Happened To Big Country Reeves? (from Gerald Narciso, Bleacher Report):
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Checking In On Each Team’s Roster Count (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
QOTD (from PJ Tucker, responding to being asked if he cared about player rankings): “No, I could care less. Some guys care about that crap. But man, they could have me dead last. I really don’t care. What does it mean? If you’re 12, if you’re 15… It doesn’t change how many wins you’re gonna get, what you mean to your team. I’m sure somebody on Golden State isn’t even on the list, but he’s got a lot of rings. So, it doesn’t matter to me.”