Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/4/19

BOS: Hayward’s Big Game: A Compelling Move in The Right Direction (from Daniel Poarch, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Heinsohn Updates His Health Status (from Chris Forsberg, NBC Sports):
BOS: Celtics’ Co-Owner: “Our History Is We Try To Make The Big Deal” (from Adam Himmeslbach, Boston Globe):
CHI: Video Breakdown: Lauri Markkanen (from Megann Horstead, Pippen Ain’t Easy ):
CLE: How Dellavedova Can Help Sexton Improve (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
DEN: Jamal Murray Keeps Raising His Ceiling  (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):
DEN: The Nuggets Rotation Will Soon Be Even More Armed & Dangerous (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: Observations From Loss To The Rockets (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
GSW: A Mother’s Faith Has Fueled Looney’s Self-Belief (from Marcu Thompson II, The Athletic):
GSW: Could Draymond’s Offensive Regression Make Dubs Vulnerable? (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
GSW: Kerr Says Dubs Won’t Slow Pace For DMC  (from Drew Shiller, NBC Sports):
HOU: Danuel House Is Morphing Into A Valuable Asset (from T.A. Mock, House Of Houston):
IND:  Analyzing Aaron Holiday’s Positive Impact (from Ben Pfeifer, 8Points,9Seconds):
LAL: Gallinari & Harris: Deadly Forward Combo (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
MEM: The Grizzlies Must Improve Shooting & Defending 3-Pointers  (from Chris Kern, Beale Street Bears):
NOP: How The Pels Have Failed AD (from Tom Haberstroh, NBC Sports):
NYK: Knicks’ Observations & Questions (from Tom Piccolo, BBall Index):
NYK: Video Breakdown: How Kanter Hurts The Knicks (from Zach Diluzio, Posting & Toasting):
OKC: Westbrook’s Shooting Woes (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
*ORL: Creation By Committee (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
PHI: Observations From Sixers’ Shootout Win Over The Suns (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):
PHI: Embiid’s Historic-Level Dominance In First Halves (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
POR: Dominant Nurkic’s Recent Play Is His Best Four Games With The Blazers (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
POR: The Game-Day Caffeine Routine That Powers The NBA’s Most Frequent Flyers (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
SAC: The Kings Are Turning Their Games Into Track Meets (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
WAS: Wizards’ December Silver Linings (from Nate Wolf, BBall  Index):
10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Giannis, Dinwiddie, Okafor, Spurs (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Boylen, Draymond, Luka, Knox,Crawford (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
How The NBPA Guides Players Into Life After Basketball (from Bailey Knecht, Front Office Sports):
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*ORL: Creation By Committee (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analaysis 3/17/17 PART ONE

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

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18927392/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-kyrie-irving-artistry-nba

Greg Monroe Is Playing Like The 6th Man Of The Year (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/17/greg-monroe-playing-like-6th-man-year/

–  Thursday Recap (from Keith Smith, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-russell-westbrook-leads-night-triple-doubles/

From Tim Cato, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/17/14955594/2017-nba-scores-nuggets-playoffs-west-standings-denver

OKC 123, TOR 102: Three Takeaways  (from Noah Torr, Fansided):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/17/thunder-roll-lowry-less-raptors-3-takeaways/

Karl Anthony-Towns Is Transforming Into A Superstar (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read  it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698251-karl-anthony-towns-is-transforming-into-a-superstar-right-before-our-very-eyes

James Johnson’s Long Quest (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-james-johnsons-long-quest-toward-adulthood/

James Johnson’s Defensive Impact (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read and watch it here: http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/17/hassan-whiteside-believes-james-johnson-should-be-in-all-defense-conversation-what-do-the-numbers-say/

Q & A: Dwight Howard Sets The Record Straight (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/atlanta-hawks-dwight-howard-kobe-bryant-james-harden-orlando/

Jamal Crawford Q & A (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/17/jamal-crawford-discusses-clippers-title-hopes-trade-rumors-health-isaiah-thomas-success-and-more/

Video Highlights: Double Split Cuts For Curry To Draymond Dunk (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/3/17/14955842/nba-2017-video-highlights-double-split-cuts-for-stephen-curry-draymond-green-dunk

Jeremy Lin’s Impact (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/jeremy-lin-still-underrated

From Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/3/17/14955954/the-difference-maker-jeremy-lin

How Green Light Sparked Brook Lopez Revolution  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/15/how-nets-green-light-has-revolutionized-brook-lopezs-game/

Labissiere: Giving The Kings Something To Be Excited About (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/kings/skal-labissiere-giving-kings-something-excited/

Richaun Holmes: Processing In Philadelphia (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/76ers/richaun-holmes-also-processing-philadelphia/

Finding Spacing In The Pistons’ Offense (from Matthew Way, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/finding-spacing-in-the-pistons-offense-5590dbd3cac6#.erbmg81qi

How Spoelstra Saved The Heat From A Lost Season (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697853-how-erik-spoelstra-saved-the-miami-heat-from-a-lost-season

Video: Heat’s Winning Plays During Their Turnaround (from Leonard Kreicas, Hot Hot Hoops):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/17/14958044/miami-heat-winning-plays-turnaround-wayne-ellington-dwyane-wade-kobe-bryant-josh-richardson

Wayne Ellington Has Transformed The Heat Bench (from Joe Hulbert, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/17/miami-heat-wayne-ellington-bench/

–  Understanding Lonzo Ball’s Shooting Mechanics (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/lonzo-ball-ucla-shooting-mechanics-6eeda2ef3e41#.gtt2ywxyh

Andre McCarter’s Touch Glove May Change The Game (from Daryl Bell, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/ucla-all-american-guard-andre-mccarter-touch-glove/

Hoops Brothers: Marcus Smart, Phil Forte  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/17/marcus-smart-phil-forte-bond-oklahoma-state-ncaa-tournament

D-League: Jarell Eddie  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/16/14944058/jarell-eddie-windy-city-bulls-nba-dleague-nbadl

NOTE: This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  PART TWO will be published later today.