Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/6/18

BOS: Celtics Recalibrating Offense To Live In The Paint (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):
BOS: How Marcus Smart Is Saving The Celtics’ Season (from Shea Norling, Hoops Habit):
BOS: Smart’s 2 a.m. Gym Trips Help Him Stay Connected To Late Mother (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
BOS: The Celtics Still Have Issues For Stevens To Fix (from Chris Forsberg, NBC Spoirts):
CHA: How Kemba Walker Quietly Became A Superstar (from Howard Megdal, NY Times):
CLE: Cavs Follow Tristan Thompson With Reshaped Expectations (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
DAL: Doncic: Already looking Like One Of The All-Time Great Teenagers (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
DEN:  Reliving Jokic’s 15 Assists Vs TOR  (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
DET: How Drummond & Griffin Exploit Switch-Happy Defenses (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
LAC: Harrell Defying Odds In Unprcedented Rise (from Aymin Bakr, Hoops Habit):
LAL: Kuzma’s All-Around Evolution (from Joey Ramirez, lakers.com):
MEM: “Grit & Grind” Is Alive And Well (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
MEM: Mike Conley Is Ready For His Closeup (from Michael Lee, The Athletic):
MIL: Q & A: Jared Dudley (from Kane Pitman, The Step Back):
MIN: RoCo & Saric: Bringing More Than Defense (from Aaron Herbst, A Wolf Among Wolves):
–  ORL: One Year After Health Scare, Clifford Now Full Of Energy (from John Denton, magic.com):
ORL: Ross Proving To Be Consistent Sixth Man (from John Denton, magic.com):
PHI: Simmons’ Defensive Improvement (from Andrew Favakeh, Libberty Ballers):
PHI: Butler Could Benefit From More Minutes Without Simmons (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
POR: Aminu: The Chief & His African Heritage (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
SAS: Reasons To Start Poeltl (from Dylan Carter, Air Alamo):
UTA: Korver Doesn’t Know All The Play Calls Yet, But That Hasn’t Slowed Him Much (from, Aarfon Falk, Jazz.com):
WAS: Tweaks To Starting Lineup Reveal A Shift In Scott Brooks (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
The Week In Review: Spurs, Sexton, Nick Nurse, KAT, Lonzo & More (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Ranking NBA Sophomores By Future Potential (from Kevin Pelton/Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Bernie Lee:How A Toronto Dreamer Became Jimmy Butler’s Agent (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
Allen: The Real AI (from Allen Iverson, The Players’ Tribune):

 

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 4/7/18

Joe Ingles: From Out Of The League To Top 10 NBA SF (from Andy Larsen, KSL):
Observations On The Sixers’ Win Over The Cavs (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
Markelle Fultz Is Ready To Help Sixers’ Playoff Push (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
Sixers: RoCo Flies Under The Radar (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
Why Cavs Falling To 4th In EC Is Significant (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Cavs: The Importance Of Jose Calderon (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):
Miles, Siakam & The Raptors’ “Bench Mob”  (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Superior Spacing Separates HOU’s Offense From OKC’s (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
Timberwolves Need More From Wiggins (from Jason Patt, frzhoopz):
What The 2017-18 Season Really Means For The Lakers’ Future (from Hannah Kulik, Lakers Nation):
Wayne Ellington’s Journey To Indispensable (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Mavs: Doug McDermott May Have Found A Home (from Doug Bush, The Smoking Cuban):
Knicks: Ntilikina’s Strength Training Is Starting To Pay Dividends (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
How Playoff Seeding Tiebreakers Are Determined (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
8 Black Women Who Could Excel Coaching Men’s Basketball (from Rhiannon Walker, The Undefeated):
Draft Tracker: Who’s In & Who’s Testing (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/26/17

Jerry West On Preparing For An NBA Draft  (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/23/jerry-west-talks-nba-draft-q

Detailing The Cavs’ Defensive Woes (from Ben Belden, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/an-in-depth-analysis-of-the-cavaliers-defensive-woes-bfa5196caccd#.eqsdi23mv

From Dave McMenamin, ESPN:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3850/cavs-latest-defensive-disaster-an-all-too-common-occurrence

 

 

 

Lue’s “Secret Plan” To Fix The Cavs’ Defense (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read it here: Tyronn Lue’s secret plan to fix the Cavaliers’ porous defense

 

 

 

Jaylen Brown Could Change How Rookies Enter The League; Wizards Cohesive And Dangerous; More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/25/jaylen-brown-could-change-how-rookies-enter-league/

Saric Is Rewarding Sixers’ Faith (from Keith Pompey, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20170326_Dario_Saric_is_rewarding_Sixers__faith.html

From George Kondoleon, Section 215:  https://section215.com/2017/03/25/dario-saric-continues-distance-rest-rookie-class/

Richaun Holmes: Exponentially More Valuable Than Okafor To  Sixers’ Long Term Plans (from Christopher Kline,The Sixers Sense):

Read it here: Richaun Holmes Highlights Why Philadelphia 76ers Must Deal Jahlil Okafor

Knicks’ Bright Spot Willy Hernangomez (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/26/one-knicks-bright-spot-making-case-for-next-year/

Is Marcus Smart’s Shot Becoming A Problem For The Celtics? (from Tom Mulherin, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: https://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/25/marcus-smarts-shot-becoming-problem-celtics/

Isaiah Thomas: Playing A Big Role Opening Door For Little Guys  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herlad):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_isaiah_thomas_plays_big_role_across_nba_in_getting_little_guys_like

Exum Is Putting It Together (from Adam Coffman, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/25/utah-jazz-dante-exum-putting-it-together-at-the-right-time/

From Jared Woodcox, purpleandblues.com: http://purpleandblues.com/2017/03/25/utah-jazz-its-time-for-dante-exum-to-take-burks-minutes/

Time Running Out For Jazz To Fix Rotation (from Hayden Van deMaat, purpleandblues.com):

Read it here: http://purpleandblues.com/2017/03/26/utah-jazz-running-out-of-time-to-fix-rotation/

Wayne Embry Q & A  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/25/qa-legendary-nba-executive-wayne-embry

More Jokic Touches Means More Nuggets’ Wins (from Joel Rush, BSNDenver):

Read it here: http://bsndenver.com/its-not-rocket-science-more-nikola-jokic-touches-means-more-nuggets-wins/

–  Ron Baker: From Scott City To NYC (from Kathy Hanks, hutchnews.com):

Read it here: http://www.hutchnews.com/news/local_state_news/from-utica-to-madison-square-garden-ron-baker-makes-it/article_a0c5982b-a00d-5a14-a53a-78177efffbe0.html

Mavs’ Youngsters: A Work In Progress (from Matthew Postins, Scout.com):

Read it here: http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1765906-raptors-top-mavs-kids-a-work-in-progress

Include Zubac When Speaking Of Lakers’ “Baby Core”  (from Sunit Bhakta, isportsweb.com):

Read it here: http://isportsweb.com/2017/03/25/add-ivica-zubac-los-angeles-lakers-baby-core/

Poeltl Shining With Increased Minutes (from Danny McLeod, Raptors’ Rapture):

Read it here:  https://raptorsrapture.com/2017/03/25/raptors-jakob-poeltl-shining-late-in-season/

The Suns Have The Right Attitude About Booker’s Big Night (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/25/onhoop/kMu9ltdBM4prDJZ5wuH5yK/story.html

A Compilation Of Stories About Booker’s Big Night (from Adam Maynes, Valley Of The Suns):

Read it here: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2017/03/25/need-devin-booker-70-right/

The NBA Draft Is Terrible For Everyone: Repeal & Replace It (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/26/14973314/kill-the-nba-draft-rookies-ncaa-free-agency

Knicks’ Plumlee Finding HIs Place By Raising His Voice (from Steve Popper, northjersey.com):

Read it here: http://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nba/knicks/2017/03/25/knicks-plumlee-finding-his-place-raising-his-voice/99618862/

Putting The Rest Issue To Rest (from Bruce Jenkins, SF Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/jenkins/article/Putting-rest-issue-to-rest-for-now-11028204.php

Assist Points Created Rankings (from NBA.com):

Read it here: http://stats.nba.com/players/passing/#!?sort=AST_POINTS_CREATED&dir=1

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/21/17

HOU vs. DEN: The playoff series we deserve  (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/21/denver-nuggets-harden-jokic-playoffs/

Dragic: Central To Heat’s Turnaround (from Rob Slater All U CanHeat):

Read it here: http://allucanheat.com/2017/03/21/miami-heat-the-importance-of-goran-dragic/

Lillard Exposed Heat’s Biggest Defensive Flaw (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/20/14984476/damian-lillard-49-points-heat-defense-hassan-whiteside

Nurkic: Ideal Pick-And-Role Partner (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/how-jusuf-nurkic-saved-damian-lillard-and-portlands-season-583f7f8355c6#.k1lhcf7or

Next Three Heat Opponents Are Top-10 In Scoring (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article139668983.html

From Shandel Richardson, Sun-Sentinel:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-sp-miami-heat-main-20170320-story.html

The Jazz’ Role Players (from Taylor Griffin, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/utah-jazzs-depth-a-blessing-and-a-curse-89ef3144f02e#.iolbwarka

Western Conference Playoffs: X-Factors For Teams Fighting For 8th Seed (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-playoff-push-x-factor-5-west-teams-still/

Eastern Conference Playoffs: X-Factors For Teams Chasing 7th And 8th Seeds  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-playoff-push-x-factor-for-the-5-east-teams-still-in-it/

James Harden: Brilliant Again  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/3828/james-harden-makes-another-case-for-being-mvp

Every Team’s Most Promising Prospect (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698343-every-nba-teams-most-promising-prospect

David West: Playing For Fulfillment  (from Mike Finger, Express-News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/mike_finger/article/As-he-did-with-Spurs-West-chasing-more-than-a-11014255.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=f3e12058f7927fc3fb

ZaZa Pacuhila: Carrying On In Father’s Spirit (from Connor Letourneay, SF Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/Warriors-Zaza-Pachulia-carries-on-in-11013192.php

Pelicans Need Patience And Continuity  (from Brett Martell, AP):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/20/new-orleans-pelicans-patience-continuity/?rss=true

From Scott Kushner, The Advocate: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_37193456-0db1-11e7-a993-4f1aab0cc672.html

Poeltl Emerges (from Mike Ganter, Postmeadia Network):

Read it here: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/basketball/toronto+raptors+jakob+poeltl+emerges+with+meaningful/13160420/story.html

Milos Teodosic Blog (from eurohoops.et):

Read it here: http://www.eurohoops.net/en/milos-teodosic-blog/419948/milos-teodosic-back-back-title-decision/

Jordan Crawford Is Back  (from Nico Baguio, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/jordan-crawford-is-back-6bcc4e3a95dc#.5xvk2b3wj