Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/23/18

What’s Changed For Lou Williams? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
The Warriors’ Defense Is Tough To Crack (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
The Rockets Are A Legitimate Threat To The Warriors (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Mbah A Moute Has Been Key Since Returning (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
What Are The Keys To Being An Elite Shot-Blocker?  The Best Share Their Secrets (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Coach Kevin Boyle’s Never-Ending Stream Of Top NBA Draft Picks (from Adam Zagoria, Bleacher Report):
How Do You Fix A Problem Like The Cavs?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
It’s Proving Time For Kings’ Young Players (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Analyzing The WC Middle, Part One: OKC (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
How Good Are The Raptors? (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Q & A:  Jimmy Butler (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Time For The Celtics To Make A Trade (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Struggling Celtics Have Hayward-Sized Hole (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Bulls: Jerian Grant Is Coming Into His Own (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Zach Lowe’s All-Star Starters & Reserves (from ESPN):
Why The Bucks Fired Kidd (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
What’s Next For The Bucks? (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Part-Time Blazers Job Turned Into 30-Year NBA Career For Dan Burke (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Journeymen & Glue Guys Q & As, Part One: Shane Battier (from Steve McPherson, Medium):
Mike Conley Q & A (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Spencer Dinwiddie: Flourishing With The Nets (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
Nate McMillan Reflects On His Coaching Career, Part Two (from AKicks, Blazers’ Edge/Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
TLC Finally Flashed Potential (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Have The Nets Made Joe Harris Too Valuable To Keep? (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Khem Birch’s Hustle & Energy Are Helping The Magic (from John Denton, magic.com):

Last Seven Games: Magic Rank First In Paint Points (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
DPOY Watch (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Wolves: More Consistent Playing Time For MGH?  (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
For Arcidiacono, It’s About The Intangibles (from Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune):
Nets: RHJ’s Mid-Season Review (from Lance Roberson, Brook-Lin.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/3/17

DMC & Anthony Davis: Pairing Skill Sets  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
Film Room:  How Millsaps’ Rim Protection Helps The Nuggets  (from Tom West, Nugg Love):
Teodosic: The Magician & The New Clippers’ Show (from Marco Munno, Bball Breakdown):
What PJ Tucker Can Add To The Rockets  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Shrewd Contracts Give The Jazz Future Flexibility  (from Adam Coffman, Hoops Habit):
The Pelicans’ Backcourt Gamble (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Giving Mike Conley His Due  (from Jack Noonan, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Hawks’ Travis Schlenk: Building Through Flexibility (from Graham Chapple, peachtreehoops.com):
Q & A: Lakers’ Head Athletic Trainer Marco Nunez  (from Mike Trudell, lakers,com):
Zhou Qi: The Perfect G-League Developmental Project  (from Adam Johnson, 2ways10days.com):
Darko Milicic Finds Success (from Sam Borden, ESPN):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/16/17

Cavs Must Find Success When LBJ Rests (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
The 2007-08 Jazz: Beta Model For The Dubs Offense?  (from Miles Wray, The Step Back):
Mike Conley Interview (from Max Resetar, slamonline.com):
– Inside An NBA Pre-draft Workout (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):
What Should We Remember About Lonzo Ball’s Time At UCLA? (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
The Problem With Player Comparisons (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):
Two-Way Contracts: Changing The Draft Dynamic (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
NBA PGs: The College Stats That Really Matter (from Robert Flom, Clips Nation):
Jay Wright’s Advice To Josh Hart (from Bob Brookover, philly.com):
Can Sindarius Thornwell Be What Teams Want Him To Be? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Jaron Blossomgame’s Versatility (from Mike O’Connor, BBall Breakdown):
Who Is Ante Zizic? (from Rich Levine, Boston.com):
Jerry West Explains His Move To The Clippers (from Broderick Turner, LATimes):
Pelicans Assistant Coach Chris Finch Q & A (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):
Magic Assistant Coach Matt Hill (from Dirk Chatelain, Omaha.com):
What The Knicks Can Learn From The 2017 Finals (from Eric Snyder, Hoops Habit):
How To Dethrone The Warriors (from Charley Rosen, Fanrag Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/27/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

Mike Conley: One Of The NBA’s Best Has Been Perpetually Overshadowed (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
Wednesday Recap (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
BOS-CHI: Game Five Takeaways (from Patrick Sheetz, Pippin Ain’t Easy):
Avery Bradley’s Two-Way Play Powers Game Five Win (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Horford Proves His Worth (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Celtics’ Xs & Os (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Brad Stevens Has Changed His Sets To Give Isaiah Thomas More Space To Work (from Keith Smith,  Celtics Blog):
–  Isaiah Thomas Doesn’t Back Down (from Carvell Wallace ESPN):
The Celtics And Raptors Gained Control By “Going Small”  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
DeMarre Carroll Loves Seeing The Raptors Pass More (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
Kidd’s Composed Style Resonates With Bucks’ Players (from Lori Nickel, jsonline.com):
Anticipating Possible Bucks’ Lineup Tweaks (from Blake Murphy, Raptors HQ):
WAS-ATL: Bradley Beal’s Continued Emergence (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Scott Brooks Is Proving His Worth (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):
Game 5: The Wizards Maligned Bench Came Through With Just Enough (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
The Hawks Have Found A Two-Way Gem In Taurean Prince  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Jazz Win By Forcing Their Pace (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Boris Diaw Is Showing Off His Old Man’s Game (from David Vertsberger, Fanrag Sports):
Utah Has Cooled Clips’ Long-Range Attack By Contesting Shots (from All That Amar, SLC Dunk):
Chris Paul: The Clippers’ Last Hope (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Eric Gordon Is Giving The Rockets Exactly What They Need (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):
The Rockets Adapted Out Of Necessity (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
How The Warriors Helped McGee Go From Joke To Feel-Good Story  (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
–  Six Takeaways From The Playoffs So Far (from Ethan Sears, Sportsnaut):
David Stern: It Was “Inexcusable” For The Nets’ To Have Rested Their Starters In The Last Regular Season Game (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/26/17 PLAYOFF EDITION

The NBA Is Finally Seeing The Real John Wall (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/26/john-wall-washington-wizards-nba-playoffs-scott-brooks

–  The Hawks Have Forced The Wizards Out Of The Paint (from L.W., Bullets Forever):

Read it here: http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/4/25/15429972/washington-wizards-atlanta-hawks-paint-points-nba-playoffs-2017

Wizards’ Bench Could Cost Them The Series (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2017/04/26/wizards-bench-could-cost-them-the-series-with-the-hawks/

The Lineup Changes That Have Been Shaping The First Round (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/25/lineup-changes-shaping-first-round-nba-playoffs/

Unlikely Spurs’ Lineup Won Game 5 (from Eli Horowitz, Pounding The Rock):

Read it here: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/4/26/15433606/nba-playoffs-spurs-playbook-memphis-grizzlies-popovich-lineup

Draymond Green: At His Best When Guarding Nobody (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/25/15420756/draymond-green-defense-breakdown-nba-warriors-blazers

Can JaVale McGee Really Be GSW’s Secret Weapon? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/26/javale-mcgee-warriors-playoffs-blazers/

From Malika Andrews, Yahoo Sports: https://sports.yahoo.com/news/nobodys-fool-javale-mcgee-became-essential-nbas-best-team-205219536.html

Jazz: Last Summer’s Veteran Acquisition Plan Is Working Perfectly (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-jazzs-poise-against-clippers-shows-last-summers-plan-worked-perfectly/

Breaking Down How The Celtics Are Succeeding With Small Ball (from Jeremy Stevens, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/boston-celtics/content/breaking-down-how-celtics-are-beating-bulls-with-small-ball

From Matthew Schmidt, Fanrag Sports:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/celtics-small-ball-adjustments-hurting-bulls-defense/

BOS-CHI: Hiding Isaiah Thomas From Jimmy Butler And More (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19243080/zach-lowe-boston-celtics-hiding-isaiah-thomas-vs-chicago-bulls-nba

A Tale Of Two Pick-And- Rolls (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/26/tale-two-pick-rolls/

What Went Wrong For Bulls In Games 3 & 4? (from Michael Whitlow, Pippen Ain’t Easy):

Read and watch it here:  http://pippenainteasy.com/2017/04/25/2017-nba-playoffs-chicago-bulls-struggles-boston-celtics/

Celtics’ Keys To Game Five (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/25/three-keys-celtics-victory-game-5/

The Celtics Are Taking Advantage Of Mirotic (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/26/the-boston-celtics-are-taking-advantage-of-nikola-mirotic/

Every Raptor Contributed In Game Five (from Sean Woodley, RaptorsHQ):

Read and watch it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/4/26/15417808/nba-playoffs-2017-toronto-raptors-milwaukee-bucks-kyle-lowry-demar-derozan

Ibaka And Powell: Flashing A Glimpse Of Raptors’ Future (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-behind-ibaka-and-powell-raptors-flash-glimpse-of-future-in-big-win/

The Bucks’ Bright Future (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/sports/basketball/milwaukee-bucks-future.html

The Growing Importance Of Thon Maker (from Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass):

Read it here: http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/04/26/milwaukee-bucks-growing-importance-of-thon-maker/

From Brandon Jefferson, The Step Back: http://fansided.com/2017/04/25/thon-maker-bucks-playoffs-giannis/

Post-Lottery Players Who Are Proving Their Worth  (from Dennis Chambers, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/post-lottery-players-proving-their-worth-this-postseason/

Red Flags For 1st Round Survivors (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2705631-red-flags-for-1st-round-playoff-survivors

Mike Conley Deserves Your Attention (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/mike-conley-deserves-your-attention-7141990d156

Tuesday Recap (from The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/26/the-rotation-spurs-staying-big-and-staying-successful/

Neil Olshey Q & A (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):

Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2017/04/trail_blazers_neil_olshey_says_damian_lillard_cj_m.html#incart_river_index

20 Things We’ve Learned So Far In The Playoffs (from James Herbert, CBS Spots):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-2017-from-fizdales-rant-to-javales-arrival-20-things-weve-learned/

The Best One-Two Punches in The Playoffs So Far (from Adam Fromal, Beacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2705555-the-best-1-2-punches-in-the-nba-playoffs-so-far

Unexpected First Round X-Factors (from Gerald Bourguet, Fansided):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/26/2017-nba-playoffs-10-random-1st-round-x-factors-werent-expecting/

The Cavs’ Biggest X-Factors So Far (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/04/26/cleveland-cavaliers-playoff-x-factors/

The Rockets’ Greatest Strength Is Daryl Morey’s Vision (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/26/15432970/rockets-winning-thunder-daryl-morey-success

From Ramona Shelburne, ESPN: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19239193/nba-rockets-providing-thunder-example-could-become