Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/2/19

BOS: Defense Will Determine The Celtics’ Fate (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
CLE: McCaw: The Right Kind Of Flier For The Cavs To Take (from Carter Rodriguez, Fear The Sword):
DEN: The Evolution Of Jamal Murray’s Passing (from Grayson Moore, Nugg Love):
DET: DJ Bakker: Life As An NBA Player Development Coach (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
DET: How The Bucks Picked Apart The Pistons Is Perfect Example Of How The NBA Has Changed (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
DET: Kennard Is Working On Being More Aggressive (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
DET: Reggie Jackson Shares Why He Is Struggling (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
HOU: How Harden Worked Overtime To Build His Scoring Streak (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
HOU: Harden Is The NBA’s Best Offensive Player (from Andre Snellings, ESPN):
HOU: No Need To Rush CP3 Back (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
LAL: Josh Hart’s Ever-Revolving Role (from Hannah Kulik, Laker Nation):
MIL: The Improved Efficiency Of Giannis (from Matthew Hallett, Hoops Habit):
NOP: The Importance Of Payton’s Return (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
OKC: Westbrook’s Roller-Coaster Offense Isn’t Slowing Down The Thunder (from Royce Young, ESPN):
OKC: Nader Is Trying To Make The Most Of His Chance (from Clay Horning, Norman Transcript):
PHI: Film Room: How Brett Brown Has Tried To Integrate Jimmy Butler (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: 5 Observations From Wild Win Over Clippers (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
POR: The Flu Doesn’t Stop Lillard Time (from Jamie Hudson, NBC Sports):
POR: Reacting To Nurkic’s Record-Setting Night (from Dave Deckard, Blazer’s Edge):
SAC: Kings Enter 2019 With Aspirations, Expectations (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
TOR: The Year Of Norman Powell (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
UTA: The Jazz’ Rebounding Is Better Than You Think (from Mason McFee, Hoops Habit):
Role Players: The “Skeleton Keys” That Can Unlock Any Lineup: D.Green, Brogdon, Hart,Winslow,Crowder,Shumpert,Bogdan (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
January Schedule Breakdown (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
18 Lessons From 2018 (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/21/18

BKN: LeVert Is Ready To Work His Way Back (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
BKN: D’Angelo Russell Is Stepping Up (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
BOS: Blaming Hayward For Celtics’ Slow Start Isn’t Fair Or Right  (from Chad Finn, Boston.com):
BOS: Hayward’s Incremental Progress (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
BOS: Why The Celtics Are Not Scoring As Well As They Should (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
HOU: Why The Rockets’ Offense Is Humming Again (from Alykhan Bijani, The Athletic):
IND: Bogdanovic Finding It Harder To Hide (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
LAC: Harrell’s Rim Rolls Are Among The NBA’s Most Effective Plays (from Jovan Buha, The Athletic):
LAL: LBJ Has Added Deep Three-Point Shots To His Repertoire (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
LAL: Most Players Grab Rebounds, Tyson Chandler Swats Them (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
MIA: Rodney McGruder, From Anonymous To Irreplaceable (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
MIN: How DRose Developed His 3-Point Shot (from Jace Frederick, twincities.com):
MIN: Wiggins Needs More Post-Up Opportunities (from Jake Paynting, Canis Hoopus):
NYK: The Curious Case Of Emmanuel Mudiay (from Jonathan Macri, Knicks Film School):
OKC: How The Thunder Has Thrived Without Westbrook (from Royce Young, ESPN):
ORL: Vucevic Is Having A Career Year (from Chris Murch, Hoops Habit):
ORL: Iwundu’s Valuable Contributions (from Philip Rossman-Reich, magic.com):
PHI: Making The Butler/Simmons Pairing Work (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
SAS: The Spurs’ Picks Need More Rolls & Fewer Pops (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):
UTA: Jazz Didn’t Bring Effort, Energy Or Toughness In Loss To Indiana (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: After His Most Difficult Years, Jae Crowder Has Found A Home With The Jazz (from Aaron Falk, utahjazz.com):
WAS: A 5-Step Plan For Beginning To Fix The Wizards (from Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation):
The Mid-Range Shot Is Still Important (from Coach Nick, The Athletic):
The 5 Most Interesting Teams In Week 6 (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
The EC Is Back, At Least At The Top (from Paul Flannery, SB Nation):
What Each Team Has To Be Thankful For (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
Brian Windhorst & The Burden Of Being An LBJ Whisperer (from Kevin Draper, NY Times):
The Ever Volatile Draft Stock Of Luka Samanic (from Ignacio Rissotto, The Stepien):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/19/17

Lessons From Rockets-Warriors Opener  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
How The Van Gundys Became An Influential NBA Duo (from John Lombardo & John Ourand, Sports Business Daily):
Will Thibodeau Overwork The Wolves? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
– Are The Wolves Ready To Be A Super Team? (from Evan Dyal, Sir Charles In Charge):
Kaminsky’s Opportunity (from Benny Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Utah’s Foundational Frontcourt (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):
Wednesday Recap (from Tim Cato, SBNation, with links to individual game stories):
The Sixers Were Worth The Wait (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Attacking Switching (Actions/Sets)  (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Crowder: Great Fit Alongside LBJ (from Robbie DiPaola, King James Gospel):
Can Lonzo Ball’s Jumper Make It In The NBA?  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Kings: Divac Breaks Down The Roster (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Nuggets Roster Analysis (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Jaylen Brown/Jayson Tatum: Trying To Take Offensive Pressure Off Irving (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
Greg Monroe: Sixth Man Of The Year Candidate (from Brian Sampson, Dime Mag):
Pat Riley Reflects On 50 NBA Years, How He’s Changed & Why He Loves This Heat Team (from Greg Cote, Miami Herald):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/4/17

How Will CP3 Fare As Part-Time Shooting Guard?  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
D’Angelo Russell Gets The New Start He Needs (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Heat: Josh Richardson Adds A Unique Dimension (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
Butler Eases Wolves’ Scoring Burden (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Lakers’ Poor Defense Started In Transition (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Love Positioned To Serve As Cavs’ Connective Tissue (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Crowder: Cavs Practicing Now To Guard Dubs Later (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):
Vander Blue Has One Goal: To Stick With Lakers (from Chris Palmer, The Undefeated):
Lakers Enter The Kuzma Era (from Shane Young, BBall Breakdown):
Most Important Players: Southwest Division  (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Podcast: Pacers Offense & Sets (from Cranjis McBasketball, Locked On Pacers):
Preseason Game #1: Mavs’ Weird And Awesome Bench Lineup (from Josh Bowe, Mavs Moneyball):
Each Team’s Potential Breakout Star (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Kings: Frank Mason Is Prepared To Play (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Top 100 Euroleague Players: 81-90  (from Sportando):
Baynes’ Effect On Celtics’ Defense (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
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Celtics: Who Is Daniel Theis? (from Nik DeCosta Klipa):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/17 PART TWO

Crowder Shows Grit As He Fights Off Pain  (from Taylor Snow, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-040617-crowder-shows-grit-he-fights-off-pain-atlanta/

Mavs View Seth Curry As A Rookie  (from Dwain Price, Star-Telegram):

Read it here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article143236309.html

George Hill’s Health Poses Short And Long-Term Questions  (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/home/5147825-155/utah-jazz-george-hills-health-poses?fullpage=1

Tyler Johnson’s Transformation (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/06/tyler-johnson-heat-d-league-pat-riley-erik-spoelstra

Luwauwu-Caborrot Has Earned Starting Role (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: https://thesixersense.com/2017/04/06/philadelphia-76ers-timothe-luwawu-cabarrot-earned-starting-role-in-2017-2018/

Papagiannis: Carving Out HIs Niche  (from James Ham, csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/papagiannis-carving-out-niche-focusing-one-undervalued-skill

5 Things The Celtics Need To Have A Chance Against Cavs In The Playoffs (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: https://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/06/five-things-the-boston-celtics-need-for-a-chance-to-beat-cavaliers/

James Johnson Q & A  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/james-johnson-q-leader-miami-144246519.html

Raptors: No Coasting Into The Playoffs (from Doug Smith, The Star):

Read it here: https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/07/raptors-playbook-rules-out-coasting-into-nba-post-season.html

Film Room: Magic’s Recently Improved Passing And Ball Movement (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-magics-excellent-passing-and-ball-movement-cohen-20170407

Ibaka & Tucker Bring Toughness To Raptors (fromDan Feldman, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/06/serge-ibaka-and-p-j-tucker-have-raptors-looking-tougher-for-playoffs/

Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-04717

Hezonja’s Defensive Improvement (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/07/experience-freedom-helping-mario-hezonja-improve-defense/

Jared Dudley On Mentoring (from Troy Tauscher, Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  https://arizonasports.com/story/1082494/jared-dudley-talks-development-suns-young-players/

This is PART TWO of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  Here is PART ONE:   http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/04/07/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-4717-part-one/