Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/7/18

– 10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Week 7 In Review (from Justin Willard, Nylon Calculus):
The Confusing Analytics Of The NBA’s Three-Point Obsession (from Tom Haberstroh, NBC Sports):
Major Award Favorites, So Far This Season – Part Two  (from Ben Golliver, Washington Post):
Early Returns: Digging Into A Few Early Season Stats To Keep An Eye On (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Melo Never Updated His System (from Kirk Goldsberry, ESPN):
ATL: Screen Assists Underrate What The Hawks Do Offensively (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
ATL: Despite Low Usage, Huerter Is Killing It (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
BKN: Nets Hope To Learn From Late-Game Collapses  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
CLE: The Value Of Channing Frye’s Veteran Professionalism  (from Hayden Grove, cleveland.com):
DAL: Video Breakdown: What Makes Doncic So Good (from Bryan Oringher, Mavs Moneyball):
DEN: How The Nuggets Have Improved On Defense (from Chris Herring, FiveThiryEight):
DET: Stanley Johnson Finally Finds His Way (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
GSW: An Oral History Of The Dubs’ 24-0 Start In 2015-16 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
HOU: Takeaways From Rockets’ Loss To The Jazz (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
IND: Sabonis-Turner Pairing Getting A Longer Look (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
LAC: Montrezl Harrell’s “Motor”, Explained (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
LAC: Tobias Harris & His Family Always Had A Plan For Success (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: What’s Behind The Lakers’ Recent Improvement? (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
LAL: Film Room: The 42 Point 4th Quarter (from Silver Screen And Roll):
MEM: JJJ Isn’t “Just Scratching The Surface” Any More (from Peter Edmiston,The Athletic):
MIL: How Coach Bud’s Offensive Overhaul Has Led To More Giannis Dunks (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
NOP: Dissecting The Pels’ Defense (from Kumar, Bourbon Street Shots):
NYK: Film Study: What Kind Of Offense Are The Knicks Running? (from Zach DiLuzio, Posting And Toasting):
PHI: How Brett Brown’s Unique Language Drives Success (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
PHI: It Is Still Early In Sixers’ Development (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
SAC: Fox’s Development Gives The Kings Hope (from Isaac Gutierrez, Clutch Points):
UTA: Q & A: Joe Ingles  (from Aaron Falk, Jazz.com):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/27/18

BKN: Russell & Dinwiddie Are Thriving With & Without Each Other (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
BOS: Smart’s Performance Gives Blueprint To Team’s Identity (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
BOS: The Key For The Celtics Is Quality, Not Quantity  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
CHA: Kemba Has Never Been Better  (from Jackson Frank, The Step Back):
CHA: TP & MKG: Calm & Chaos Lead To A Win (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Nance,Jr Puts Fresh Foot Forward For Friendship, Crohn’s Disease (from Josh Martin, Closeup 360):
CLE: Trending In The Right Direction (from Marla Ridenour, Beacon Journal):
CLE: Sexton’s Hell Week Starts With Teaching Moment (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Deep, Dangerous Nuggets See Potential (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):
DEN: Tom Welsh Has Brought Joy To The Nuggets, Even As He Has Waded Through Grief (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):
DEN: Isaiah Thomas Brings A Fiery Voice To Nuggets’ Quiet Locker Room (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
DET: Film Breakdown: Pistons Displaying Best Offense Of The Season (from Travis Gibbs,Piston Powered):
GSW: Steph Curry Is Chasing One More Ring For Oakland (from Alex Squadron, slamonline.com):
IND: Sabonis Has Been Playing Great, But Needs To Reduce Fouling (from Tony East, 8Points,9Seconds):
LAC: What’s Behind The Clippers’ Success? (from Kirk Goldsberry, ESPN):
LAC: The Clips Haven’t Needed A Superstar (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
LAL: Lonzo’s Lack Of 4th Quarter Playing Time (from Michael Dugger, Hoops Habit):
MIL: Giannis Is The New King At The Rim (from Zach Kram, The Ringer):
MIN: The RoCo Effect (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
MIN: RoCo Boosts Wolves Past Cavs (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
NOP: Pels Need To Find Help At PG (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):
NYK: Three Observations (from Tom Piccolo, Bball Index):

OKC: What Schroder Has Brought To The Thunder (from Jeremy Lambert, BBall Index):

ORL: Loss To Dubs Shows Aaron Gordon’s Value (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):
PHI: Shamet Has Provided Shooting Spark, But At What Cost To Defense?  (from Kevin F. Love, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: What’s Behind Suns’ Recent Improvement? (from Brendon Kleen, Bright Side Of The Sun):
POR: Why Is McCollum Struggling From 3-Point Line? (from Dane Delgado, NBC Sports):
SAC: De’Aaron Fox Is Having A Breakout Season (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
WAS: Modern Lineup Helping Wizards Go From Slide To Surge (from Ben Standig, NBC Sports):
Q & A: Jimmer Fredette (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/8/18

BKN: LeVert: From Project To Linchpin (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: Reflecting On New LI Nets HC Will Weaver (from Lou DiPietro, YES Network):
BKN: Kurucs Out To Prove He Belongs (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
BOS: What’s Next For Robert Williams? (from Jordan Daly, Hardwood Houdini):
BOS: Why The Cs Aren’t Sweating Their Slow Start (from Tim Bontemps, ESPN):
DEN: Can Jamal Murray Make The Leap?  (from Kyle Mann, The Ringer):
DET: How Teams Are Defending Blake Griffin In The Post (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
GSW: Ron Adams: 50 Years On The Cutting Edge  (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
GSW: How Do The Dubs Handle Giannis Without Draymond?  (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
HOU: Can The Rockets Make It Work With Melo After His Failed OKC Experiment?  (from Tim MacMahon/Royce Young, ESPN):
LAC: The Clippers: A Joke No More  (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
LAC: Doc Rivers Identifies With Clippers’ Players Trying To Overachieve  (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Kuzma’s Defensive Issues (from Laker Film Room, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: Josh Richardson, Burgeoning Star (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
MIL: Coach Bud Is Coaching Giannis Unlike How Kidd Ever Did (from Gray Stout, Hoops Habit):
PHI: The Sixers Are Still Processing (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
SAS: DeRozan’s MVP-Level Start To The Season (from Micah Adams, NBA.com):
TOR: Kyle Collinsworth: A Case Of Basketball Adversity (from Andrew Damelin, Raptors Republic):
TOR: Raptors At The Forefront Of How Teams Change Their Starting Five (from Dan Woike, LA Times):
The Evolution Of The Eurostep (from Jordan Brenner, ESPN):
Players’ & Coaches’ Reactions To “Freedom Of Movement”  (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
Teams Are Setting A Blistering Pace, Leaving Defenses In The Dust (from Benjamin Hoffman, NY Times);
The Most Interesting Teams In Week 4 (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
Six Impact Bench Players (from Jordan Hicks, Basketball Insiders):
Bret Just: How A H.S. Coach Became One Of Basketball’s Most Powerful People  (from Dan Wolken, USA Today):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/3/18

ATL: Rookie Kevin Huerter: Off To A Hot Start (from Chris Guest, Soaring Dow South):
BOS: Kyrie’s Strong Effort Impacts Celtics’ Defense (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Hayward’s New Normal Is Starting To Look Like His Old Normal (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
CHI: Blakeney’s Growth From G-League To One Of NBA’s Hottest Shooters (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
CHI: Is LaVine Living Up To is Price Tag?  (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
GSW: How Draymond Elevated The Dubs’ Defense (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
GSW: D’Antoni: There Is Only One Way To Defend The Dubs (from Lloyd Johnson,  Express):
LAL: McGee’s Positive Play Highlights Lakers’ Biggest Weakness (from Honi, Lakers Outsiders):
MEM: How Gasol Is Leading The Grizzlies’ Defensive Resurgence (from Peter Edmiston, The Athletic):
MIL: How Giannis Dominates Without A Jumper (from Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown/The Athletic):
NYK: Trier Has Been A Pleasant Surprise (from Adam Zagoria, Arizona Daily Star):
PHI: An Aggressive Fultz Will Flourish (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
PHI:  Embiid Can Help Sixers’ Spacing (from Brian Murphy, Liberty Ballers):
POR: How The Blazers Are Regaining Respect (from Shane Young, Medium):
SAS: LaMarcus Aldridge & The Success Of Little Things (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):
UTA: How Joe Ingles Went From NBA Heartache To Being The Heartbeat Of The Jazz (from Tony Jones, The Athletic):
WAS: Time To Tear It Down (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):
WAS: Just How Bad Is The Wizards’ Defense? (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
Some Surprising Early Season Trends & How They Will Play Out (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
LeBron Doc Explores NBA’s Gradual Embrace Of Social Activism  (from Ken Berger, Bleacher Report):
Jemele Hill: Socially Conscious Voice  (from Chris Barton, LA Times):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/28/18

BKN: Q & A: Caris LeVert (from Steve Serby, NY Post):
BOS: The Celtics Look Like The Celtics Again (from Keith Smith, Celtics Life);
BOS: Irving’s Hustle Plays Are A Good Sign For The Celtics (from Chris Forsberg, NBC Sports):
– DEN: Monte Morris’ Emergence (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):
DET: Back To The Drawing Board Following Blowout Loss (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
GSW: How KD Makes Life Easier For Steph (from Etic Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
HOU: D’Antoni Mulls Change In Defensive Strategy  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
HOU: What’s Wrong With The Rockets?  (from Xiane, The Dream Shake):
IND: How McDermott Enhances The Pacers’ Offense (from Ben Pfeifer, 8Points,9Seconds):
LAC: the Exciting Emergence Of Montrezl Harrell  (from Aymin Bakr, Hoops Habit):
LAL: Lakers Might Have Suspensions To Thank For Stumbling Onto Best Lineup (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
MIA: Observations From The 1st 4 Games (from Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald):
MIA: Heat Following Pace & Points Trend In Its Own Way (from Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald):
NYK: Damyean Dotson: From DNP To Starting 3 (from Tom Piccolo, BBall Index):
NYK: Assessing Ntilikina As Starting PG (from Tommy Beer, Forbes):
NYK: Kevin Knox’s Father Gets Hands On With Son’s Game (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
OKC: What’s Wrong With Thunder’s Offense (from Royce Young, ESPN):
OKC: Inside The Year-Long Paul George Recruitment (from Royce Young, ESPN):
PHI: Last Night Belonged To Covington (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
PHI: Are We Sure The Sixers’ Bench Got Worse?  (from Jordan Christmas, Hashtag Basketball):
PHI: The Sixers’ Early Season Defensive Struggles  (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):
SAC: In Crunch Time, Give The Ball To Fox (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
WAS: Wizards Aren’t Looking Like The Team They Expected To Be (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
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