Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/10/18

Celtics: The Improbable Team Chasing The Improbable Dream (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
Marcus Smart Was Indispensable Down The Stretch (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Video: Celtics Hustle Clips (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
These Aren’t Last Season’s Celtics (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Sixers: Was The Process Worth It? (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
Doubling Durant (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
Game 4 Video: KD Beats The Blitz (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Donovan Mitchell Says Historic Rookie Season Is Only The Beginning (from Christopher Kamrani, Salt Lake Tribune):
The Roster Questions Facing The Jazz (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
The Bench Mob All-Stars (from Brandon Anderson, 94 Feet Report):
Updated 2018 Draft Guide (from Raulli, Oxford, Walker & West, 94 Feet Report):
Which Lottery Team Can Unlock Doncic’s Star Potential? (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Is Doncic  Number One? (from Mike Gribanov, the Stepien):
The Making Of Mo Bamba (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Are The Pelicans One Player Away From Contention? (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Spoelstra:  Fizdale Made Me A Better Coach (from Al Iannazzone, Newsday):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/6/18

Josh Richardson: MIA’s Most Important Player? (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Top 4 ROY Candidates (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Defense Makes “Playoff Lebron” A Thing  (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):
Kyle Korver: Still Playing At A High Level (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Can We Just Enjoy Nikola Jokic For A Minute? (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
Nuggets: Will Barton Recaptured Thrill After Dark Times (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Will Gobert Be The Jazz’ Big Advantage AND Big Problem In The Playoffs? (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
VanVleet May Be The Key To Raptors’ Success (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):
The Celtics’ Best Non-Irving Lineups (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
How Losing Irving Impacts The Celtics’ Playoff Run (from Neil Paine/Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
Pacers: GR III Is Making A Defensive Impact (from Sean Reynolds, Hashtag Basketball):
Nate McMillan’s Genius: Getting A Complete Team Effort Every Night (from Gregg Doyel, Indy Star):
Lillard: The Meaning Of “Dame Time” (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
How Portland Fell In Love With Lillard (from Paul Flannery, SB Nation):
Blazers: Wade Baldwin IV’s Defensive Impact (from Jayson Quick, NBC Sports):
Heat: Spoelstra Won’t Hesitate To Play McGruder In The Playoffs (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Video: Watch College Coaches Implement Pro Xs & Os: How Basketball Lessons Translate Across Levels (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):
Q & A: Jonathan Isaac (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Devin Booker Aims To Rise With The Suns (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
In Season Full Of Surprises, Bogdanovic May Be Pacers’ Biggest (from J.Michael Falgoust, Indy Star):
Julius Randle’s Tortuous Path (from Davide Tovani, Lake Show Life):
Knicks: O’Quinn Makes Most Of Opportunities (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Why I’m Jumping To The G-League (from Darius Bazley, The Players’ Tribune):
Doncic: International Man Of Mystery (from Eustacchio Raulli/Trevor Magnotti, 94 Feet Report):
What Can NBA Teams Do With Dzanan Musa? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/2/18

In The Role Of Steph Curry: Quinn Cook:  (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury news):
How Luka Doncic Could Help Shape The Suns’ Identity (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
Luka Doncic Scouting Report (from Connor Harr, Sir Charles In Charge):
Will Michael Beasley Be With the Knicks Next Season? (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Jakob Poeltl, Unsung Hero (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
The Cavs Never Lost Confidence In JR Smith (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Mike D’Antoni: Being Rested, Playing Poorly Is Not A Good Formula (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Pistons’ Week In Review: Reggie Jackson’s Importance & More (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
Pistons: Anthony Tolliver Has Improved And Is More Versatile (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):
COY Candidates (from Dakota Crawford, Indy Star):
Nets’ Joe Harris Is More Than A Shooter (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
Noah Vonleh’s Opportunity & Development (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Xavier Silas’ Return From Basketball Purgatory (from Dakota Randall, NESN):
Lakers: Luke Walton Has Overcome Challenges To Prove He’s The Right Coach (from Hannah Kulik, Lakers Nation):
Marcus Morris Has His Best Month – At Exactly The Right Time (from Justin Quinn, Celtics Life):
Thunder’s Need For Jerami Grant Is Evident In His Growth (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Can Any East Team Take LBJ’s Crown? (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Why Has The Effort To Hire Female Refs Stalled? (from Britni de La Cretaz, Bleacher Report):
NOTE:  Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Zeke Upshaw:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/31/18

 – 10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Nikola Jokic & The Ambiguous Definition Of “Aggressiveness” (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
Defense: Some Rookies Are Impressive Statistically, But Coaches Say They Have A Lot To Learn (from Chris Barnewell, CBS Sports):
How The Rockets Re-Tooled And Weaponized The High Screen-And-Roll (from Jackson Frank, Patreon):
Read and watch it here:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/17882000
Kelly Oubre, Jr: Washington’s Working Artist (from David Ramil, The Step Back):
Nets: Letting The Wings Soar (from Alec Liebsch, Hoops Habit):
POR 105, LAC 96 (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Tristan Thompson Shows Glimpses Of Being “The Tristan Of Old” (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
The Celtics Are Relying On Stellar Defense (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):
Celtics’ Team-First Approach Is Lifting Them Up (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
The Celtics Have Multiple Last-Shot Options (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Brad Stevens’ Celtics To Increase Win Total For 5th Consecutive Season (from Jeremy Stevens, Hoops Habit):
Jay Triano On Defending Harden (from Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle):
DPOY Candidates (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
MIP Candidates (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Is Doncic The Best Draft Fit For The Suns?  (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Scouting Draft Sleeper De’Anthony Melton (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Grizzlies: Frozen By Ownership Uncertainty (from Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal):
Q & A: Former #1 Overall Draft Pick Joe Smith (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/10/18

How The Rockets Built Their Championship Caliber Defense (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation):
D’Antoni’s Continuing Offensive Revolution (from Brett Koremenos, RealGM):
How The Raptors Defense Stifled The Rockets In The First Half & How The Rockets Adjusted (from Tim Cato, SB Nation):
The Raptors’ Minor Adjustments Have Produced Major Results (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Rockets: The Importance Of Resting Players (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Wizards: John Wall Must Adapt (from Kevin Broom, Bullets Forever):
Brewer Fits OKC’s System (from Albert Dadson, Hoops Habit):
Celtics: Marcus Smart Loaded Up On Winning Plays Vs The Wolves (from Jay King, Mas Live):
Al Horford, Dennis Smith, Jr, Ben Simmons & More (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
How Much Better Are The Blazers? (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
The Hawks Are On The Right Rebuilding Path (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Cavs: Is It Time To Bench JR? (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
Fraschilla: Fran’s The Man At Tourney Time, So Pay Attention (from Barry Horn, Dallas Morning News):
Team Defense Is The Biggest Evaluation Inefficiency In The Draft (from Cole Zwicker, The Stepien):
The 2018 Big Man Draft Class (from Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports):
How Rookies Get Past Mental, Physical Obstacles (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Tin Hat Stats, February Edition (from Tony East, NBA Math):
Kaminsky & Okafor: Where Are The Stars Of The 2015 NCAA Title Game? (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
Pacers: Preparing To Deal With Tough Remaining Schedule (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
Jazz: Jae Crowder Is Making It Easy To Move On From Rodney Hood (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
Heat: Winslow Is Suddenly Among The NBA’s Most Efficient 3-Point Shooters (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Celtics: Marcus Morris Is Turning Into A Top Offensive Option (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Q & A:  Damian Lillard On “Lillard Time”  (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):
Misunderstood Players: Clint Capela (from Justin Jett):
Pacers: GRIII’s Long Detour Leads To An Uncertain Future (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Hornets: What To Expect From Malik Monk For The Rest Of The Season (from Evan Dyal, Hashtag Basketball):
Anthony Brown, Amile Jefferson & The Nature Of Two-Way Contracts (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
Mavs’ Bench Has Been Playing Incredibly Well With Dirk (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Pistons: Reggie Hearn’s Journey To The NBA (from Reggie Hayes, News-Sentinel):
To Fling Or Not To Fling End Of Period Half Court Heaves? (from Darnell Mayberry, The Athletic):
G-League: A Week With The Long Island Nets (from Thomas Dowd, nets.com):
The Warriors Drafted Denise Long in 1969: Here Is Her Story (from Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle):