Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/23/18 PART ONE

BOS: The Celtics’ Offense Is Failing Them (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):
BOS: Takeaways From Loss To ORL  (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Give The Defense A Bit More Time For Corrections (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
MIA: The Rise Of Rodney McGruder (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
MIL: How The Bucks Have Reshaped Their Identity To Get The Best From Giannis (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
MIN: Tom Thibodeau & The Theory Of Defensive Evolution (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
MIL: DiVincenzo Is Making A Strong Early Impression  (from Kane Pitman, The Step Back):
MIN: Thibodeau: DRose, When Healthy, Will Be One Of Assn’s Best (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
NYK: Dissecting The Ntilikina Question (from Jonathan Macri, Knicks Film School):
PHI: Inside The Embiid/Redick Two-Man Game (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
PHI: Observations From Wins Over CHI & ORL (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Fultz & The Sixers Have A Problem Of Overlap (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
PHI: Q & A: Landry Shamet (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
PHI: Covington Has Offered Most Return On Investment (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):
SAS: DeRozan, Spurs Embracing New Normals (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):
– SAS: Popovich Dials Up Old Play To Sink Lakers In OT (from William Lou, The Score):
Read and watch it here:  https://www.thescore.com/news/1635124
TOR: Kawhi: It Didn’t Take Long For it To Look Like 2017 Again (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Notes From NBA-TV’s Open Court,  2018 Coaches Edition (from Zak Boisvert/Jeff Steines, Pick And Pop):
Answering The Big Questions After The First Week (from MacMullan, Arnovitz, Pelton, MacMahon, Herring, ESPN):
Answering Questions About The Scoring Binge (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Full Team-By-Team Roster & Salary Breakdown (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Q & A: Chris Bosh (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
Projecting The Leading Shooters At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
What Is The NBA Maximum Salary? (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting & Analysis 10/22/18

BKN: Kenny Atkinson On The Coaches Who Influenced Him (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/nets/news/feature/2018/10/22/kenny-atkinson-brooklyn-nets-coach-on-the-coaches-that-influenced-him

BKN: With RHJ’s Return, Can Impressive Rookie Kurucs Stay In The Rotation? (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: https://nypost.com/2018/10/22/why-impressive-nets-rookie-may-soon-see-his-playing-time-cut/

BKN: 5-Out Offense Effective, But Execution An Issue (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read it here: https://nothinbutnets.com/2018/10/22/brooklyn-nets-5-offense-effective-execution/

CHA: Triano: NBA Coaching Is His Profession; Canadian Basketball Is His Obsession (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article220366900.html

DEN: Nuggets Are Winning Games On The Defensive End (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/605024/2018/10/22/go-figure-the-nuggets-are-winning-games-on-the-defensive-end-and-swear-its-no-smoke/

From Mike Singer, Denver Post: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/10/21/denver-nuggets-defense-golden-state-warriors/

GSW: Dubs “Must Clean Up Defense” (from NickFriedell, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25050373/draymond-green-golden-state-warriors-defense-not-emphasis-nba-anymore

MIL: Bucks Finding Success In Funneling Opponents To Midrange Shots (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

Read it here: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2018/10/21/bucks-finding-success-funneling-opponents-midrange-shots/1695199002/

OKC: Defensive Effort & Rotation Usage Are Issues In 0-3 Start (from Tamberlyn Richardson, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here: https://thunderousintentions.com/2018/10/22/okc-thunder-5-takeaways-effort-rotation-issues/

From Brett Dawson, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/605123/2018/10/22/terrance-ferguson-is-struggling-but-heres-why-hes-unlikely-to-lose-his-starting-spot-for-now/

OKC: Is Loss To SAC A Sign Of The Times? (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here: https://newsok.com/article/5612450/is-thunder-loss-to-sacramento-a-sign-of-the-times

OKC: Is It Too Soon o Start Worrying (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/22/18009704/oklahoma-city-thunder-early-trouble

ORL: Vucevic Knows It’s Time For Magic To Turn Things Around (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/magic/news/vucevic-knows-now-time-magic-turn-things-around-20181021

PHI: Fultz Looks More Comfortable At PG (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: https://thesixersense.com/2018/10/22/philadelphia-76ers-markelle-fultz-more-comfortable-point-guard/

PHI: Joel Embiid: 7-Feet Tall & Rising (from Clay Skipper, GQ):

Read it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/22/18008362/nba-opening-week-takeaways

SAS: What Makes The Spurs’ Motion Offense Go? (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):

Read and watch it here: https://www.poundingtherock.com/2018/10/18/17995342/main-thing-makes-san-antonio-spurs-motion-offense

TOR: Kawhi Imposed His Will Vs The Celtics (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/10/20/18003028/kawhi-leonard-highlights-raptors-vs-celtics-takeover

UTA: Jazz’ Chemistry Makes A Difference (from Eric Walden, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here: https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2018/10/21/league-obsessed-with/

WAS: Coach Brooks Says Otto Porter Needs To Do More To Help Himself (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here: https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/another-low-shot-total-otto-porter-coach-brooks-says-porter-needs-do-more-help-himself

WAS: Brooks: “I Set A Poor Example” In Getting Ejected (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/10/21/i-set-poor-example-getting-ejected-scott-brooks-didnt-practice-what-he-preaches/

5 Takeaways From Opening Week (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/22/18008362/nba-opening-week-takeaways

Video Breakdown: TOR 113, BOS 101 (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=fTKqiXjvw18

Darius Bazley: Million-Dollar Intern (from Marc Stein, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/22/sports/darius-bazley-g-league-new-balance.html

An NBA Broadcasting Guide & How Hubie Keeps Going Strong (from Richard Deitsch, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/604627/2018/10/22/media-circus-an-nba-broadcasting-guide-hubie-brown-on-what-the-audience-wants/

Sleep Experts On How East Coast Fans Can Deal With West Coast Games (form Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/lebron-james-has-turned-the-nba-into-the-zzz-1540155563

CourtVision Review (from Todd Bishop, Geek Wire):

Read and watch it here: https://www.geekwire.com/2018/courtvision-review-tested-steve-ballmers-attempt-transform-nba-viewing-experience/

The NBPA Is Taking Mental Health Very Seriously (from Branden Peters, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/586105/2018/10/22/the-nba-players-association-is-taking-mental-health-very-seriously/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/17/18 PART ONE

BKN: LeVert Gets The Call As Opening Night Starter (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
BOS: Bench Spells The Difference In Opening Win  (from Sid Ventura, ESPN):
BOS: The Celtics Passed Their 1st Test (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
BOS: Hayward’s Return (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
BOS: Celtics Flaunt How Many Ways They Can Win (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
CLE: Why The Cavs Are Against Tanking (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DAL: How To Watch Doncic (from Pelton, Givony, Schmitz, ESPN):
DAL: Video: Why Doncic Is The ROY Favorite (from  ESPN):
DEN: Jamal Murray: Growing Into Leadership Role (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):
DET: Dwane Casey’s System (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: For The Dubs, Size Matters, Even Without DMC  (from Adrian Dy, ABS-CBN):
IND: Five Questions (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
MEM: JaMychal Green: Ready To Do The Dirty Work (from Michael Inabinett, AL Sports):
MIN: What Has To Go Right For The Season To Go Well (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
NOP: Signs Point To A Jahlil Okafor Comeback  (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
PHI: Film Review: Sixers’ Big Picture Concerns (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
SAC: Joerger Has Simplified The  Playbook & Checked Analytics (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
TOR: Raptors’ Gamble Rests On Defensive Improvement (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
TOR: What Makes Kawhi So Good?  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
Opening Night Takeaways (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
– A League Scout’s WC Team-By-Team Take (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
For Lottery Pick Flameouts, There Can Be A Chance At Redemption (from Howard Megdal, The ASthletic):
AI’s Mom: Being Ann Iverson (from Maya Jones, The Undefeated):
2018-19’s Burning Questions (from ESPN):
Each Team’s Top 2018-19 Storyline (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
For Japan, NBA 101 Is Now In Session (from Jere Longman, NY Times):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/1/18

The 2018-19 League Pass Rankings, Part One (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BOS: Quality 3-Pointers On Celtics’ Menu (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
CHI: Markkanen’s Out 6-8 Weeks: Now What?  (from Ryan Borja, bullsconf.com):
DAL: The Mavs Could Be Better Than You Think, Sooner Than You Think (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
LAL: Key Takeaways From LBJ’s Lakers Debut  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
LAL: Observations From Training Camp (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
MIA: Whiteside The Big Positive In Heat’s Preseason Opener (from Anthony Chicang, Miami Herald):
MIN: Wolves Facing Rising Pressure In The Butler Saga (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
NYK: What Fizdale Wants From Hezonja (from Greg Joyce, NY Post):
OKC: Grading The Thunder Roster (from NBA Math):
OKC: Takeaways From Blue & White Scrimmage (from Nick Gallo, thunder.com):
OKC: Schroder Could Lead Thunder To New Heights (from Chris Guest, 94 Feet Report):
PHO: Suns’ Preseason Keys (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
POR: Blazers Shoot For Improvement (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
POR: Setting A Baseline For Blazers’ Assists This Season (from TeamMom, Blazer’s Edge):
SAS: The Debut Of The New-Look Spurs (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
TOR: Simplifying The Offense Is Just One Step In Acclimating Kawhi (from Eric Koreen, he Athletic):
TOR: Raptors Have Two Weeks To Prepare Their Defense (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
TOR: Miles Looking To Overcome Defensive-Minded Depth on The Wing (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
The Next EC Dynasty Could Depend On The…Sacramento Kings  (from Bryan Mears, The Action Network):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 91-100  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, Eurohoops.net):
Josh Boone: Finding A Home In The NBL  (from Matthew Kipp, Liberty Ballers):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/22/18

Kawhi & The Spurs: How It Fell Apart (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
Nuggets Assistant Jordi Fernandez Combines Academic Background, Worldwide Experience (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Heat’s Dan Craig Eager For Olympic Call To Duty Alongside Popovich (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Kawhi & The Raptors: The Best Case Scenario (from Andre Snellings, ESPN):
Danny Green’s Fit In Toronto (from Joshua Howe, Raptors Republic):
Sunday Basketball Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Podcast: Drew Hanlen (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Sophomore Breakout Candidates (from Daniel Poarch, Clutch Points):
What We Can Learn From Summer League (from Justin Jett, Def Pen):
Budenholzer: The Key To The Bucks Breaking Through (from Mitchell Mauer, Brew Hoop):
Celtics Work On New Skill For Yabusele (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
Ennis, Hunter, Brown Can Make Mark With Rockets (from Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle):
Clipper Darrell Won’t Bow To King James (from Kurt Streeter, NY Times):
A Statistical Deep Dive Into Derrick Favors’ Performance (from Andrew Bailey, SLCDunk):
Low-Stakes Move For The Hawks: Just What Alex Len Needs (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
Pels Think They Have The Right Formula To Replace Rondo (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
 Justise Winslow: Time To Establish Offensive Identity Is Now (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
Each Team’s Most Troubling Number Heading Into 2018-19 (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
What Are The Rockets Thinking?  (from Xiane, The Dream Shake):
The Jazz Are Betting On Continuity (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Celtics: Baynes Has Molded His Game To The Modern Style (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Wire):
Ask Sam Smith (from Bulls.com):
Jake Layman’s Summer League May Have Earned Him Minutes (from Nate Mann, Rip City Project):