Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/30/19

BKN: Nets Are Where Marks & Atkinson Said They Would Be  (from Phil Watson,Nothin’ But Nets):
CHI: The Jabari Parker Experiment Took A Big Step In The Right Direction (from Michael Walton, NBC Sports):
DAL: The Mavs’ Team-Wide FT Struggles Have Been Costly (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
GSW: Dr. Rick Celebrini: The Man Who Can Extend Dubs’ All-Stars’ Careers (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
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HOU: It’s Time To Stop Hating On Harden (from Byran Oringher, The Lead):
LAC: Clippers Are Hoping Defensive Let Down Is An Aberration, Not A Trend (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
MEM: JJJ Is Applying Key Lessons From KG’s Tutelage (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
MEM: Marc Gasol Embraced Memphis & Memphis Embraced Him Back (from Geoff Calkins, Daily Memphian):
MIA: Josh Richardson Is The Leader The Heat Needs (from David Ramil, The SStep Back):
NOP: Short-Handed Pels Stun Rockets (from Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
NOP: Okafor Is Writing A Great Comeback Story (from Oleh Kosel,  The Bird Writes):
NOP: Who’s Who In The AD Sweepstakes? (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
OKC: Schroder Has Become The Thunder’s 2nd Half Savior (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
ORL: How Close Is Jonathan Isaac To Putting It All Together?  (from Jackson Frank, The Step Back):
PHI: The Sixers’ New Lineup Experiment (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
SAS: Spurs’ Balance Is Key To Strong Season (from Jared Johnson, Bball Index):
SAS: Patty Mills On Hope, Respect & Learning From History (from Ben Mallis, Pick And Roll):
WAS: Satoransky Is Stepping Up For Wall (from Jerran Anderson, Hoops Habit):
The Roster Spot On Each Team With The Longest Transaction Tree Roots (from Zach Kram, The Ringer):
How Eric Musselman Turned Reno Into Nevada’s Basketball Capital (from Jeff Borzello, ESPN):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/18/19

ATL: Why Huerter Is The Perfect Backcourt Mate For Trae Young (from Zach Hood, Peachtree Hoops) ):
ATL: The Hawks Have A Turnover Problem (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
ATL: Q & A: Vince Carter (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
BKN: How Nets Rebuilt From The Worst Trade Ever (from Anthony Puccio, SNY):
BKN: Signature Win Comes At Opportune Time (from Erik Slater, Nothin’ But Nets):
From Jonathan Rosenberg, BBall Index:  https://www.bball-index.com/nets-game-46-2019/
BKN: Joe Harris Is One Of The NBA’s Best Shooters (from Matt Moore, The Action Network):
BOS: Theis Is The Celtics’ Secret Weapon (from Jeremy Stevens, Hashtag Basketball):
CHA: The Bench Comes Together: The Kids & A Wise Old Man (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CHA: Film Study Has Accelerated Miles Bridges’ Growth (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Burks Has Revived His Career With Greater Opportunity (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DET: Kalin Lucas Is Back On NBA’s Doorstep (from Matt Schoch, Detroit News):
GSW: Video Analysis: How Will DMC Fit In The Offense? (from Eric Apricot, Goden State Of Mind):
GSW: Inside The Warriors Before DMC’s Debut (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
GSW: Will DMC’s G-League Rehab Fuel A League-Wide Trend? (from Ben Golliver, Washingotn Post):
IND: How The Pacers Have Become Even Better Than Last Season (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
LAC: Gallinari & Harris Have Strong All-Star Cases (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
LAL: Luke Walton Is Up To The Challenge As LBJ Recovers (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
MIL: Brook Lopez Is Making History, One Three Pointer At A Time (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
MIL: The Bucks’ Defense Is Built Around Brook Lopez (from Brian Sampson, Brew Hoop):
MIL: The Importance Of Bledsoe To The Bucks (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
MIN: Q &A: Kevin Garnett On The WNBA & More  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
NYK: Knox Is Merely Scratching The Surface (from Sean Hiighkin, SNY):
PHI: Sixers Kick Off Brutal Stretch With Arguably Season-Best Win (from Paul Hudrick, NBC Sports):
*PHI: The Fate Of The Sixers’ Process Looms (from Bryan Toporek, The Basketball Writers):
POR: Maybe McCollum Really Isn’t Having a “Down Year” (from Doug Patrick, Rip City Project):
10 Things, Including Draymond, Kawhi & Lonzo (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
The  5 Most Interesting Teams Of The Week (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
Caboclo: Finally Ready For The NBA? (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
Inside The Grueling Role Of An NBA Equipment Manager  (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
Eric Musselman Is Thriving In College Hoops.  Will The NBA Ever Call Again? (from Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Sam Mitchell (from John Martin, The Athletic):
– *Pro Sports Agency Owner.  Still In High School (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
Projected Luxury Tax Teams For 2019 Free Agency (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):

*PHI: The Fate Of The Sixers’ Process Looms (from Bryan Toporek, The Basketball Writers):
– *Pro Sports Agency Owner.  Still In High School (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART TWO

BOS: As Usual Baynes Did The Little Things That Made Life Easier For His Teammates (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
DEN: Malik Beasley Is Shooting & Scoring At A High Level (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
*GSW: Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
GSW: Breaking Down The Dubs’ Record-Setting 1st Quarter Vs Denver (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
GSW: DMC Tried To Get Cleared To Return A Few Weeks Ago (from Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports):
HOU: Will Harden’s Hot Streak Burn Him Out?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
HOU: The Must-See Numbers From Harden’s Hot Streak (from ESPN):
HOU: Harden’s Impossible Box Scores, Explained (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
NOTE: I’ve been pushing this issue for years.  Positive Residual at Nylon Calculus uses “scoring opportunities” (including FTs) instead of shots but very few others have followed his (& my) lead.

I particularly dislike when TV guys compare efficiency, something like this:
Player A, fouled on all 5 unsuccessful FGAs, goes 10-for-10 from line, so has scored 10 points “on zero shots” – “amazingly efficient”
Player B goes 5-for-5 from field…took him 5 shots to get his 10 points – “much less efficient”   (5 shots vs zero shots)
IND: Pacers Defense Is Clearly Better With Turner (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
LAC: Rivers Laments Decision To Cut Ingles (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Walton Is Trying To Find More Minutes For Svi (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: What Has Made McGruder A Fixture In The Starting Lineup (from David Furones, SunSentinel):
OKC: Thunder Fighting Defensive Pick & Roll Pitfalls (from Erik Horne, jsonline.com):
PHI: Q & A: Anelie Schnittel, VP Of Player Development (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
SAC: Bagley, Giles Give Glimpse Into Bright Future (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
WAS: Why Beal & Wizards Are Flourishing Without Wall (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Ranking The Best Young Cores In The NBA (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

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*GSW: The Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/6/18

*ATL: Trae Young’s Passing Is Ahead Of Schedule (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
ATL: Vince Carter’s Journey To Becoming NBA’s Go-To Mentor (from David Singh, Sportsnet.ca):
BKN: D’Angelo Russell Is Playing Like An Elite PG (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: DeMarre Carroll Is Playing Like His Old Self Again (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: Nets Point To Depth As Reason For Improvement (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
BOS: Rozier’s Backup Role Brings Challenges (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
CHI: Boylen Just Wants Bulls To Play Smarter (from Mike McGraw, Daily Herald):
CHI: Bulls Focus Is On The Future (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
DAL: Broekhoff Find His Rhythm (from Nick Metallinos, ESPN):
GSW: Video Breakdown: How The Dubs Won Against The Hot-Shooting Kings (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
LAC: SGA Is Dealing With Fatigue & Fighting Through The “Rookie Wall” (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Film Room: The Problem With How The Lakers’ Have Developed Ingram (from Pete Zayas, Silver Screen And Roll):
LAL: Lakers’ Youth Is Wasting Its Opportunity To Shine (from Bill Oram, The Athletic):
LAL: Video: Lonzo Ball: Scrub Or Star? (from Ben Taylor, Thinking Basketball):
MIN: Petersen & Benz: The Wolves’ Top Broadcast Team (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press)
MIN: Wolves Need A Strong, Candid Communicator (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
NYK: Hardaway: Losing Is Tough But It Builds Character & Matures You As A Player (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
POR: Assists On The Rise (from Jamie Hudson, NBC Sports):
TOR: How To Properly Feed A Hungry Pack Of Raptors (from Rachel Brady, Globe And Mail):
Inside The Life Of NBA Assistant Coaches (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
A Study Of Blown Leads, Comebacks & Close Games Around The NBA (from Andrew Patton, Liberty Ballers):
Predicting Six Players Who Will Be Better In 2019  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
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*ATL: Trae Young’s Passing Is Ahead Of Schedule (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/30/18

BOS: Irving’s “Tough Love” For His Young Teammates (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
BOS: Once Again, Smart Made Winning Plays Down The Stretch (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
BOS: The Impact Of Jaylen Brown’s Hand Injury (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
CHI: Jabari Parker: Staying Prepared And Patient (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
CLE: How Tristan Thompson’s Injury Has Played A Part In Sexton’s Recent Struggles (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: Savoring The Journey: Blossongame’s Basketball Odyssey (from Joe Gabriele, cavaliers.com):
– HOU: James Ennis III Has Used Basketball To Improve His Family’s  Lot (from Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle):
IND: Domantas Sabonis Is The NBA’s Best-Kept Secret (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
LAC: Another Episode Of The Lou Williams Show (from Mirjam Swanaon, OC Register):
MEM: Parsons Says He Ready To Play But That FO Won’t Let Him (from Mark Giannotto, Commercial Appeal):
OKC: Inside Schroder’s Evolution (from Noah Schulte, Thunderous Intentions):
PHI: 6 Thoughts On The Sixers (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):
PHI: The Celtics Loss Wasn’t That Bad (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
PHI: Starters Still Setting League Pace In Efficiency (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
PHO: Suns Are Forming An Offensive Identity Around Booker (from Brendon Kleen, Bright Side Of The Sun):
PHO The Suns Are Starting To Take Advantage Of Length & Athleticism (from Duane Rankin, azcentral.com):
SAC: Kings On The Right Path (from Dan Woike, LA Times):
SAS: The Shooting Efficiency Of The Spurs (from Scott LaForest, Nylon Calculus):
UTA: Exum Is Playing With More Poise & Confidence (from Aaron Falk, utahjazz.com):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):