Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/25/19

– BOS: As Kyrie Irving Works To Evolve As A Leader, His Greatest Influences Emerge (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/779518/2019/01/24/as-kyrie-irving-works-to-evolve-as-a-leader-his-greatest-influences-emerge/

– CHI: ‘We’re Looked Down Upon’: Bulls Defensive Issues Piling Up As High As Zach Lavine’s Frustration With The Offense (from K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-bulls-zach-lavine-defense-jim-boylen-20190124-story.html

– DEN: Torrey Craig: Nuggets Defense Feeling ‘Tired, Mentally, Physically’ (from Sean Keeler, The Denver Post):

Read it here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-bulls-zach-lavine-defense-jim-boylen-20190124-story.html

– GSW: It’s Alive: The Boogie Cousins Experiment (from Jannelle Moore, BBall Index):

Read it here: https://www.bball-index.com/the-boogie-cousins-experiment/

– HOU: How Long Rockets’ Harden Can Keep This Up Is The Real Question (from Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/brian-t-smith/article/Smith-How-long-can-Rockets-Harden-keep-this-up-13558777.php

– HOU: No Limit To James Harden’s Potential Individual Accomplishments (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet):

Read and watch it here: https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/no-limit-james-hardens-potential-individual-accomplishments/

– IND: Understanding Victor Oladipo’s Quadriceps Tendon Tear (from Jeff Stotts, In Street Clothes):

Read it here: http://instreetclothes.com/2019/01/24/understanding-victor-oladipos-knee-injury/

– IND: As Management Considers Its Options, The Pacers Bravely Contemplate Life Without Victor  (from Bob Kravitz, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/784677/2019/01/24/kravitz-as-management-considers-its-options-the-pacers-bravely-contemplate-life-without-victor/

– MIL: Fave Five: Milwaukee Bucks’ Five Favorite Plays (from Bryan Oringher, @ScoutWithBryan):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heM6Q_fpw_s

– NOP: The Underrated Star Who Loves Causing Problems For KD, Russ, Kawhi (from Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25842091/what-jrue-holiday-wants-why-makes-special

– NYK: Did Frank Ntilikina Play Good Defense Despite James Harden’s 61 Points? (from Knicks Film School, @KnickFilmSchool):

Read and watch it here: https://knicksfilmschool.com/2019/01/24/did-frank-ntilikina-play-good-defense-despite-james-hardens-61-points/

– PHX: Suns’ Dragan Bender Stepping Up In Absence Of Deandre Ayton, Richaun Holmes (from Katherine Fitzgerald, Arizona Republic):

Read it here: https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2019/01/24/suns-dragan-bender-stepping-up-absence-deandre-ayton-richaun-holmes/2669580002/

– POR: Former Maryland Standout Jake Layman Getting NBA Shot After Languishing On Trail Blazers’ Bench For Two Years (from Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun):

Read it here: https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bs-sp-jake-layman-portland-0124-story.html

– UTA: How Jazz Star Donovan Mitchell Overcame Dreaded Sophomore Slump (from Seerat Sohi, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.yahoo.com/jazz-star-donovan-mitchell-overcame-dreaded-sophomore-slump-164147927.html

– WAS: Bradley Beal Is More Athletic Than We Thought (from Nate Wolf, BBall Index):

Read it here: https://www.bball-index.com/bradley-beal-is-strong/

– WAS: Even In Loss To Warriors, Wizards Prove Recent Success Is No Fluke (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here: https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/even-loss-warriors-wizards-prove-recent-success-no-fluke

– Execs Unplugged: A Behind The Scenes Look At The Real NBA Trade Deadline (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/783508/2019/01/24/execs-unplugged-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-the-real-nba-trade-deadline/

– Running And Gunning (And Occasional Yawning) (from Marc Stein, The New York Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/sports/nba-scoring.html

– Secret Guard-en: The Story of Luka Doncic’s Secret Steph Curry Workout (from Tom Haberstroh, NBC Sports):

Read it here: https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/nba-insider-tom-haberstroh/secret-guard-en-story-luka-doncics-undercover-steph-curry-workout


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– Busting NBA Myths: Big Man Edition (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):

Read it here: https://bballwriters.com/analysis/busting-nba-myths-big-man-edition/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/11/19 PART ONE

10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
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The Week In Review: Hayward, Brogdon, Satoransky, Drummond (from William Lou, The Score):
Read and watch it here:  https://www.thescore.com/news/1694956
The 5 Most Interesting Teams Of The Week: MIN,ATL, SAS, WAS, IND (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
What’s The Path To The Playoffs For The EC’s Middle Class? (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
ATL: Lin Is Ready For Whatever Comes Next (from Howard Megdal, Forbes):
ATL: Alex Len Is Enjoying His Best Season (from Rashad Milligan, Peachtree Hoops):
BOS: Kyrie Irving, Finding His Balance (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
DET: No Griffin, No Luck (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
GSW: Kerr, DMC Appreciate Each Other’s Competitiveness (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
HOU: No One Shoots 3-Pointers Like Harden (from Bo Schwartz Madsen, Nylon Calculus):
HOU: How The Rockets Can Manage Harden’s Workload (from Jackson Lloyd, The 94 Feet):
IND: Why The Pacers’ Defense Has Slipped (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
MIL: The Bucks Have A Deep, Versatile Roster Around Giannis (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation):
MIL: The Bucks’ Defensive Strategy Against Harden (from Mike Prada, SB Nation):
NYK: Kevin Knox Is Rounding Into Form (from Jackson Frank, The Step Back):
NYK: The Rebuilding Knicks & Their Bargain Bin Of Former Lottery Picks (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
PHI: How Embiid Has Improved As A Passer (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: How To Get Simmons Rolling With Butler (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
*SAS: Bertans Is Spurs’ Next Elite Role Player (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
SAS: Even On A Career-High 56 Point Night, LMA Stays The Same (from Jabari Young, The Athletic):
SAS: Belinelli: Sharpshooter Who Refuses To Shoot Straight (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
UTA: The Jazz’ PG Injury Crisis (from Mychal Lowman, SLC Dunk):
UTA: The Jazz Lead The League In Contract Incentives (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):

*SAS: Bertans Is Spurs’ Next Elite Role Player (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/10/19

ATL: Huerter Showing Growth With Extended Minutes (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
BKN: Rodions Kurucs: The Nets Latest Hidden Gem (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
BOS: All Of A Sudden, Celtics Are Offensive Juggernaut  (from Chris Forsberg, NBC Sports):
BOS: How Tatum Got His Groove Back (from Daniel Poarch, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Irving Is Evolving Into An All-Around Star (from Lucio Vainesman, Hardwood Houdini):
DEN: Brandon Goodwin Is Making The Most Of His Follow-Up Shot With The Nuggets (from Dana Caldwell, Naples News):
GSW: How Will Dubs Use DMC?  (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
GSW: Lack Of Defensive Consistency Is The Biggest Threat To The Dubs (from Shane Young, Clutch Points):
HOU: Harden Is More Than Free Throws (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
LAC: Beverley’s Trademark Defense Is Getting A New Test (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
LAL: Do The Lakers Have A #2 Option? (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
MIL: Did The Bucks Provide A Blueprint For Stopping The Rockets? (from Gabe Fernandez, Deadspin):
MIL: Q & A Donte DiVincenzo (from Eric Nehm, The Athletic):
MIN: Ryan Saunders Has Prepared His Whole Life For This Opportunity (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
NYK: Kevin Knox Is Rounding Into Form (from Jackson Frank, The Step Back):
NYK: Mudiay Needs A Midseason Tuneup (from Ty Jordan, The Knicks Wall):
OKC: Thunder Struggling From Outside (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
OKC: Apart From Poor Shooting, Westbrook Is Doing Everything Else Right (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):
PHI: Sixers’ Fit Isn’t Great But That May Not Matter (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
PHI: How Bolden Has Broken Out (from Ben Mallis, The Pick And Roll):
UTA: Neto Makes The Most Of His 1st Start Of The Season (from Alex Vejar, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Jazz 106, Magic 93 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
WAS: Dekker Wears Wisconsin Like A Badge Of Honor (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
The Week In Review: Kawhi, Huerter, Kuzma, Arcidiacono, Melton & More  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Next International Big Man: Goga Bitadze (from Orazio Cauchi, Def Pen):
5 Mid-Major Draft Prospects To Watch (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
The Teams Between The Cap & The Luxury Tax In July 2019  (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):

Assists Are Everything And Almost Nothing (from Kelly Scaletta, The Basketball Writers):
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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 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):