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):

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/24/19

BOS: Tatum Is Attacking & It Is Driving Celtics To Another Level (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Cavs (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
BOS: That 9 Pass Play Was Celtics Basketball (from Jeff Clark, Celtics Blog):
DEN: The Nuggets Are Inexperienced & Precocious (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
HOU: Explaining The Danuel House Move (from Jonathan Feigen, Housotn Chronicle):
MEM:  Q & A: Marc Gasol (from Peter Edmiston, The Athletic):
MIA: Winslow Emerges From “Dark Time” To Find Happiness On & Off Court (from Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald):
MIN: Wolves Practice The Wheres & Whys Of Taking A Good Shot (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
MIN: KAT Is On Fire (from James Tillman III, Hoops Habit):
NOP: Holiday’s Defense Might Save The Season (from John Butler III, Hoops Habit):
ORL: How Magic Assistant Coaches Chart During Games (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):
PHI: Developing The Embiid/Butler Pairing (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
POR: Blazers’ Assistant Dale Osbourne’s Journey (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
SAC: Hield Has Become On The NBA’s Best Shooters (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
UTA: Donovan Mitchell Has Been Turning It Around In January (from Daniel Lubofsky, Hoops Habit):
WAS: The Wizards Are Playing Their Best Defense Of The Season (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Bradley Beal Is Strong (from Nate Wolf, BBall Index):
Schedule Alert: Tricky Games In The NBA Playoff Race (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Players Who Can’t Be Aggregated In Trades (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
An Updated Look At Draft Pick Protection Obligations (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
How Ja Morant Became A Surprise Top-3 Draft Prospect (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/24/18

ATL: Reserves Continue To Outplay Starters (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
DAL: Doncic’s Star Potential Is Already Crystal Clear  (from Scott Rafferty, NBA.com):
DET: Bruce Brown Meets Challenge Of Defending Harden (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
GSW: Dubs Return To Winning Ways Through Defense, Pace & 3-Point Shooting (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of MInd):
HOU: Assistant Coach Brett Gunning: Mastermind Behind Rockets’ Turnaround  (from Kelly Iko, The Athletic):
LAC: Clippers Are Going Against The NBA Grain And It’s Working (from Jim Alexander, Press-Enterprise):
MEM: Shelvin Mack Is Better Than Your Team’s Backup PG (from Jonathan Rosenberg, BBall Index):
MIA: Open Roster Spot Not Taxing, Even With Backup PG Void (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIN: When Jim Petersen Broke Up With Coach K  (from Pat Borzi, Minn Post):
MIN: Wolves Are Struggling In The Post (from Pietro Caddeo, Bball Index):
NOP: Can Jrue Holiday Be The 1st Backcourt DPOY Since Gary Payton?  (from Preston Ellis, BBall Index):
OKC: Westbrook’s Changed Approach (from Royce Young, ESPN):
SAS: Why The Spurs Can’t Tank (from Collin Reid, Project Spurs):
TOR: Raptors Sinking Resources Into Sleep Education  (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):
TOR: VanVleet Can Break His Slump By Copying Lowry (from Jacob Mack, Bball Index):
UTA: Defense Improves But Offense Can’t Score Against Lakers (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
WAS: Wizards’ Melodrama Plays To Yawns In Toronto  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
How New Lottery Odds Will Affect Race To The Bottom (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
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