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 12/31/18

CLE: Who Matters For The Team’s Future? (from Mike Schnreiner, Cavs, The Blog):
DAL: The Luka/DSJ Ceiling Is Very High (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
GSW: DMC: “It’s Been The Longest Year Of My Life”  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
GSW: Jerebko Using Similar Experience To Help DMC With Rehab (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
HOU: How Austin Rivers Is Finding A Home With The Rockets (from Gavriel Wilkins, Hoops Habit):
MIN: Q & A: KAT  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
MIN: Tyus Jones: Adept At Theft (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
ORL: Aaron Gordon Has Become An Elite Defender (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
PHI: Interesting Sixers Stats, Vol. 1 (from Adam Aaronson, Liberty Ballers):
*PHO: Ayton Is Thriving On The Offensive Glass (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
PHO: Ayton Is Just Getting Started (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
PHO: How Klay Thompson Influenced DeAndre Ayton (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
PHO: Booker Is Finding Balance Between Scoring & Facilitating  (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
TOR: Lowry’s Absence Has Significant Impact On Raptors’ Pace (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):
TOR: Kawhi Is Back On Top (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
UTA: Confident Exum Is Rising To The Occasion (from Jody Genessy, Deseret News):
WAS: With Wall Out, Focus Turns To Satoransky  (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/15/18

BKN: How Kurucs’ Game Boosts The Nets (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
BOS: Winning Streak Reaches 8 (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
BOS: Celtics’ Defense On Full Display (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Why Robert Williams Has Coach, Teammates Excited (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
CHI: Ask Sam Smith (from Bulls.com):
CLE: Collin Sexton Flips The Switch (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
DAL: Dorian Finney-Smith Has Emerged As A Leader, On- & Off-Court (from Doyle Rader, Mavs Moneyball):
GSW: Video Breakdown: Dubs 130, Kings 125 (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
IND: The Subtle Brilliance Of Thaddeus Young (from Jesse Smith, 8Points,9Seconds):
LAC: A Look Into Recent Troubles (from Aymin Bakr, Hoops Habit):
MIA: The Heat Have No Interest In Tanking (from Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated):
MIN: How RoCo Became One Of The NBA’s Top Defenders  (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
MIN: The Wolves’ Newfound Depth (from Jake Paynting, Canis Hoopus):
PHI: Giannis Offers Ben Simmons A Blueprint For Superstardom (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: No One Knows What’s Up With Markelle Fultz (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
PHI: Why Can’t The Sixers’ Guards Guard? (from Stuart London, The Sixer Sense):
PHO: Scouting Ayton’s Future NBA Potential (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
–  TOR: Lowry Is A Different Player With Kawhi (from Jacob Goldstein, Nylon Calculus):
These Players Are Now Eligible To Be Traded (from Nick Goss, NBC Sports):
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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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