Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/2/19

ATL: How Does The Defense Improve?  (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
BKN: In Dinwiddie’s Absence, Napier Has Been Stepping Up (from Tom West, nets.com):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Knicks (from Keith Smith, celtics.com):
DEN: Monte Morris’ Rare Statistical Combo (from Sean Keeler, Denver Post):
GSW: Have The Warriors Solved Their Biggest On-Court Problem?  (from Shane Young, Medium):
HOU: Takeaways From Loss To Nuggets (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
LAC: Doc Rivers Coaching Career Got Off To An Icy Start (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
MEM: Caboclo Is Finding Playing Tiime In Memphis (from Vivek Jacob, sportsnet.ca):
MEM: Garrett Temple’s Path To NBA Leadership Paved By Family Legacy (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
MIL: Film Room: Giannis’ Passing (from Brian Sampson, Brew Hoop):
MIL: The Bucks’ Improved Fast Break Success (from Brian Sampson, Brew Hoop):
MIN: Saunders & Rejuvenating The Wolves’ Defense (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
OKC: 3 Narratives Westbrook Has Overcome This Season (from Lawrence George, Thunderous Intentionns):
ORL: Steve Clifford’s Positive First Year Impact (from John Black, Orlando Magic Daily):
PHI: The Early Success Of Point Jimmy Butler (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Shamet Needs More Minutes At PG (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers ):
DAL-NYK Trade Analysis, Day Two (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
 – Best Sets & Motions Of The Week (from Ben Pfeifer, NBA Analysis):
 

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Yesterday’s Best Sets (from Adam Spinella):
The 5 Most Interesting Teams Of The Week (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
QOTD (from Erik Spoelstra Re Trade Deadline Talk): ” 90 percent of it, if not more, it’s false.”

EuroCup Players Who Will Attract NBA Attention This Offseason (from Antonis Stroggylakis, The Basketball Writers):
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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 1/23/19

BKN: DLo Is On Fire & So Are The Nets (from Greg Joyce, NY Post):
CHI: Did WCJ’s Rookie Season Show Signs Of An Emerging Star?  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DEN: No Stage Is Too Big For Jamal Murray (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
DEN: The Unusual Way Monte Morris Honed His Jump Shot (from Associated Press):
DEN: Jokic & The Funky Bunch (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
GSW: Video Breakdown: How Klay Took Advantage Of The Lakers’ Defense (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: DMC On How He Got Past His Injury & How He Landed With The Dubs (from Shams Charania, The Athletic):
GSW: How DMC Has Been Adjusting To His Role On The Dubs (from Paolo Uggeti, The Ringer):
GSW: How DMC’s Shot Went From Rare To Unfair (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
HOU: Appreciating Harden (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
HOU: Video Breakdown: Defending Harden (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):
HOU: Combating Any Anti-Harden FT Argument (from Conrad Garcia, The Dream Shake):
IND: Tyreke Is Looking, Feeling Like His Old Self (from Mark Monteith,, pacers.com):
LAL: Steve Kerr Likes How Luke Walton Has Handled This 3rd Laker Season (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
MEM: KG Is Mentoring JJJ (from Christian Dudley, Beale Street Bears):
MIA: Waiters Is Slowly Repaying The Faith (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
MIA: Assistant Coach Dan Craig’s Journey To The NBA (from Matt Langone, Lowell Sun):
MIA: Starting Lineup Options (from Nekias Duncan, Heatbeat)::
MIL: Brook Lopez Has Been The Key To Unlocking The Bucks At Both Ends (from Matt Velzquez, jsonline.com):
*OKC: Westbrook Steps Forward By Stepping (A Little) Back (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
PHI: Sixers Finally Buying Into Defensive Scheme (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
PHO: Kokoskov, Suns Learning Each Other And Growing (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
Rookies Primed For Possible 2nd Half Breakout  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
For Traditional 3-And-D Players, The Future Is Coming Fast (from Ben Alamar, The Athletic):
Donyell Marshall Is Teaching & Learning His Way In Coaching Career (from Mike Anthony, Hartford Courant):

*OKC: Westbrook Steps Forward By Stepping (A Little) Back (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/20/19

ATL: DeWayne Dedmon Is Crushing It (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
ATL: Trae Young, Rising Star (from Bret Anderson, Atlanta Sports HQ):
BKN: Joe Harris Is Ridiculous (from Jonathan Rosenberg, BBall Index):
–  BKN: Nets Thriving Because Russell, Dinwiddie Finally Figured It Out (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Hawks (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Cavs Are Struggling To Find Positives Amidst Rash Of Injuries (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Podcast: POBO Tim Connelly On Building The Nuggets (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: The Problems DMC Solves (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
– GSW: Video Breakdown: DMC’s Return (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
GSW: Dubs Are Seeing “Playoff Iguodala” In The Regular Season (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
GSW: Inside The Dubs’ 51 Point Quarter (from Jannelle Moore, BBall Index):
LAL: Ingram Needs To Focus On Being A Playmaker (from Dan Woike, LA Times):
MIA: McGruder Reaches CBA’s “Starter Criteria”  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIL: At Last, Bucks Will Retire Marques Johnson’s #8 (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline):
OKC: PG-13 Is The Steadying Influence The Thunder Needs (from Royce Young, ESPN):
PHI:  Sixers- Thunder: Final Seconds Review (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
PHI: Video Analysis: Ben Simmons: Point Big Man (from Ben Taylor, Thinking Basketball):
PHI: Do The Sixers Need To Stop Playing Simmons & McConnell Together? (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
SAC: What A Difference A Year Makes For Vlade (from Marcos Breton, Sacramento Bee):
*UTA: Here Come The Jazz (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
December In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Inside The NBA’s Efforts To Reach A Global Audience (from Patrick Murray, Forbes):

*UTA: Here Come The Jazz (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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