Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/20/18

Wizards: Not Better Without Wall, Just Playing Better (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Zizic Has Made Cavs’ Decision Tough When Tristan Thompson Returns (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Phone Call With Steve Nash Helps Bring Darren Collison’s Best Season (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Celtics: Injuries Continue To Force Stevens To Contemplate Lineup Puzzle (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herlad);
Celtics: Tatum Getting More Comfortable With Bigger Role (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
OKC: Steven Adams’ Jump Ball Success Is Making A Difference (from Fred Katz, CNHI):
Spurs: Never Too Early For Popovich To Call A Timeout (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Laker Film Room: How Defenses Have Adjusted To Lonzo Ball (from Pete Zayas, Forum Blue And Gold):
Sixers: Dario Saric, The Forgotten Anchor Behind The Playoff Run (from George Kondoleon, Clutch Points):
Ben Simmons Is Doing Things Few Rookies Ever Have (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
Warriors: Quinn Cook’s Play Is Gaining Him Respect And Reminding Him Of What He Lost (from Marcus Thompson II, The Athletic):
Nets: D’Angelo Is Focused On Improving His Defense (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Heat: McGruder Has Reprised His Role (from Wes Goldberg, Fanrag Sports):
Bulls: Denzel Valentine Had A Career Night; Can He Do It Again? (from Will Gottlieb, The Athletic):
Low-Key Free Agent Destinations (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Magic: Vogel Has Learned To Cope With Coaching Rigors (from John Denton, magic.com):
Charting The Growth Of International Player Usage And Impact In The NBA (from A. Caporaso, Sportando):
Jazz Defense: Forcing Inefficient Shots (from David Locke, Locked On Jazz):
–  Grizzlies’ Andrew Harrison: Steady Improvement (from Nathan Chester, Beale Street Bears):
NBA Players Are Addicted To Their Phones (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/8/18

Without Hayward, Brad Stevens Has Pieced Together Another Puzzle (from wjsy, Celtics Blog):
The Thunder’s Defensive Effort Could Cost Them A Playoff Spot (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Hawks: Coach Bud Unveils Another Great New Play (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
Chris Bosh’s Search For That Feeling He Had As An NBA Star (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Young Lakers Are Showing Major Growth (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):
Jazz: Healthy Gobert Is Spurring Playoff Push (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Ben Falk Is The Smartest Basketball Mind Outside The NBA (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
DWade: An Essential Part Of The Heat (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
Grizzlies: Getting Back Up With JaMychal Green (from Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Kerr & Popovich Open Up About Their Relationship (from Melissa Rohlin, Mercury News):
NBA Stars Are Reflective Voices Amid The Noise (from Kyle Swenson, Washington Post):
Cavs: Thompson’s Injury Has Silver Lining Named Nance (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Celtics: Appreciating Al Horford (from Chad Finn, Boston.com):
East-West Format Sabotages The Playoffs (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Magic: Jonathan Isaac Will Soon Have A More Prominent Role (from John Denton, magic.com):
Suns: Triano Has Earned The Chance To Drop The Interim Tag (from Greg Moore, azcentral.com):
Suns: Booker Moves Toward Prominent Leadership Role (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.com):
Wizards: Kelly Oubre’s Battles With Mental Health Issues (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
Q & A: Klay Thompson (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
Did The Raptors Get Better By Trading Cory Joseph? (from Gavin Axelrod, Raptors Rapture):
Truths About Garbage Time (from Gerald Narciso, Bleacher Report):
G-League: Shannon Scott Keeps The Long Island Nets Running Steady (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/2/18 PART ONE

Breathing New Life Into The Post Game (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Jazz: Joe Ingles Is Anything But Average (from Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
Hawks’ GM Is Trying To Rebuild The Franchise In GSW’s Image (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
What It Means For Wiggins To Thrive Without Butler (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Wolves: Adjusting To Life Without Butler (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
Jeff Teague Got His Mojo Back (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
PHI 108, CLE 97 (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Ben Simmons: LBJ In The Making? (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Lillard Has Been Amazing But Needs More Help (from Wes Goldberg, Fanrag Sports):
Markieff Morris: Wizards’ Unsung Hero (from Jake Whitacre, Bullets Forever ):
Nuggets: With Millsap Back, Coach Malone Must Retool His Rotation (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Rockets’ Wins Come In All Shapes And Sizes (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Spencer Dinwiddie: G-League Success Story (from Thomas Dowd,  Nets.com):
Long Island Hoop Lessons Launched Kenny Atkinson’s Journey To The NBA (from Thomas Dowd, Nets.com):
G-League Long Island Nets Follow A Course Set In Brooklyn (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
Can The Pelicans Make A Run At WC 3rd-Seed?  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):
Q & A: E’Twaun Moore (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Luka Doncic Is The Real Deal (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Simplicity, Effectiveness, Predictability: Cavaliers’ Paradox  (from Alex Hooper, CBS Cleveland):
Magic: Vucevic’s Road To Recovery (from Dan Savage, magic.com):
The Magic Must Address The PG Issue (from Drew Miller, Orlando Magic Daily):
Hardaway Jr & The Knicks Final 20 Games (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):
Why Kyle O’Quinn Could Be Playing Himself Out Of New York (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Luke Walton: Lonzo Was The Best Player Tonight  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Siakam’s Path To Impact Player: Not Exactly Normal (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
The Rockets’ March Schedule Madness (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
Schedule Alert: Games That Tired Teams Should Lose In March (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
What Does OKC Need From Its Bench In The Playoffs? (from Ben Merten, Welcome To Loud City):
How Tony Bennett Turned Virginia Into College Basketball’s Spurs (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
How Australian Basketball Will Be Targeting One-And-Dones (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Basketball Dictionary: “Split Cut” (from Dylan Murphy, Medium):
And thanks to Andrew Gould of B/R for highlighting the ultimate silliness of those dumb combo stat exclusivity lists:

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/18

OKC: Josh Huestis Could Be The Answer At SG (from Albert Dadson, Thunderous Intentions):
Bogan Bogdanovich: Proving He Belongs (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):
Film: ROY Debate (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Q & A: Herb Magee On Markelle Fultz (from Dennis Young, Deadspin):
Four Nets Players Give Their Perspective On Season So Far (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
Kevin Love Says Chemistry Won’t Be A Problem (from ESPN):
Q & A: Larry Nance, Jr (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
Q & A: NBPA ED Michele Roberts (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Ntilikina’s Family Ties Run Strong (from Barbara Barker, Newsday):
DPOY Watch (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
What Is The Future Of The Turner/Sabonis Combo? (from Jacob Breece, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Dwane Casey Gets His Moment (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Paul George’s L.A. Homecoming (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):
–  DeMar DeRozan: No Stranger To Pain (from Mark Kriegel, ESPN):
Andrew Wiggins’ Mysterious Inconsistency (from Michael Rand, Star Tribune):
Kyrie Irving Looks Forward To A Future With Gordon Hayward, Brad Stevens (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Spencer Dinwiddie’s Hard Work Is Paying Off (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
Koby Altman Has Put His Stamp On The Cavs (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):
Q & A: Kevin Garnett (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
Unicorns Might Not Exist Without KG (from Andy Bailey, Bleacher Report):
Trey Burke: Dealing With Knicks’ PG Glut (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Q & A: Xavier Munford (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Jazz: Jae Crowder Appears To Be A Perfect Fit (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/13/18 PART ONE

Kevin Durant Has Expanded is Pick-And-Roll Game (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Durant’s DPOY Candidacy (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
The Rockets’ Offense Explained (from Jared Dubin, The Ringer):
Video Breakdown: Good Luck Stopping The New-Look Cavs On This Play (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Is George Hill A Perfect Fit In CLE? (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
How Jeff Green Is Getting To The FT Line (from Mike Zavagno, Fear The Sword):
The Clippers Had A Great Trade Deadline Even if They Don’t Make The Playoffs (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
UTA Wins 10th Straight  (from David Locke, Locked On Jazz):
The Jazz Are Suddenly Making Beautiful Music Together (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Meditating With Jaylen Brown (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Steve Kerr: “It’s The Players’ Team & They Have To Take Ownership Of It” (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Why Are Injuries Skyrocketing?  (from Tom Haberstroh, Bleacher Report):
Mavs: Dwight Powell Is Proving Himself As A Starter (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):
Sabonis: Benefitting From More Prominent Role (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Is Trae Young The First Of Many Steph Curry Clones?  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Ranking Every Post Trade Deadline Starting Lineup (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Joe Young Is Having The Career Year But Only The Pacers Are Noticing  (from William Furr, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Sixers Sign Belinelli, Change Direction (from Jack McCaffery, The Reporter):
Q & A: Tyrone Wallace (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Tyler Zeller Is Catching Up With The Bucks (from Lori Nickel, jsonline):
Nets: Jahlil Okafor Is Not Getting Consistent Minutes (from Brian Lewis NY Post):
Draft Scouting Reports: Three Potential Steals On The Rise (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Daniel Dixon’s Journey: From Unheralded Recruit To Cusp Of Making The NBA  (from JD Shaw, Def Pen):