Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/6/18

Damian Lillard Has Been Playing Like An MVP (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Blazers’ Success Takes Root Behind The Scenes (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
Are The Blazers For Real? (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
Chris Paul’s Season Is Underrated (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
There’s No Stopping Rockets’ Superstar Duo In Clutch Time (from Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
Dwane Casey Has Smoothed Out Every Crease In His Path (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
Anunoby Is The NBA’s New Normal (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Raptors: Norman Powell’s Struggles (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
Sixers: The Most Enjoyable Phase Of The Process (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
The Sixers’ Bench: Playoffs & Beyond (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Bogdan Bogdanovic Is Already Something (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
Everyone Is Going Through Something (from Kevin Love, The Players Tribune):
Larry Nance, Jr. Shows Off Athleticism & Range (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):
Hawks: Tyler Cavanaugh’s Improbable Journey To The NBA (from Donna Ditota, syracuse.com):
The NBA’s Most Valuable Shooters (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Jaylen Brown’s Dominant Inside Effort (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):
The Thunder Really Miss Roberson (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Luol Deng & Thon Maker: South Sudan’s Runaway Successes (from Jammel Cutler, NBA.com):
The Steph Effect Is Inspiring – And Complicating – High School Hoops (from Jesse Dougherty, Washington Post):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/5/18

Warriors: New Era, New Challenges (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Warriors: Pros & Cons Of Starting Javale McGee (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
Jordan Bell: Determined To Shed Rustiness & “Be The Best I Can Be” (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Rookies Who Are Primed For 2nd Year Breakouts (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Raptors: Valanciuanas’ Miraculous Defensive Improvement (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
Q & A: DeMar DeRozan (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Jarrett Allen Gives Nets Hope For The Future (from Jesus Gomez, Fanrag Sports):
For Sam Hinkie’s Next Act… (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Why Pat Riley Likes The Heat Roster And Having Wade Back (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):
Thunder: Does Patrick Patterson Need To Play More? (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
Height And Defensive Matchups (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
Visualizing Versatility: A New Way To Look At The Warriors’ Defense (from Golden State Of Mind):
The Remarkable Women Of The NBA (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
BI Note:  Of course this story contains just a partial list of women making outstanding contributions.  There is a long list of others who deserve similar recognition.  Some examples are NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, Washington Wizards TV Analyst Kara Lawson and Charlotte Hornets sideline reporter Stephanie Ready.
MIP Candidates (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Re-Live Lonzo Ball’s Big Night In San Antonio (from Christian Rivas, Silver Screen And Roll):
The Cavs’ Three-Point Defense Remains A Big Issue (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Ben Simmons And “Non-Traditional Stats” (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Mavs:  Harrison Barnes Is Liking The Move Back To The Three (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
The Celtics’ Bench Is Shaping Up (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Sixers: How TJ McConnell Morphed From Undrafted To Invaluable (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Brett Brown: Adding Ilyasova Is A Massive Pick-Up  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):
Pau Gasol Says Brother Marc “Should Be Upset” (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
Re-Thinking Draft Day Debates (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
With Scandals Rocking Youth Basketball, NBA Readying Plan To Step In (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/27/18

Reviewing Sloan (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Sloan’s Evolution (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Wizards Find Ways To Thrive (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Jabari Parker Hopes His Progress Will Earn Crunch Time Chances (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
Rockets Push Streak To 13 With Defense (from David Locke, Locked On Jazz):
It’s A Copycat League, But Good Luck Imitating The Rockets (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Pistons: Success Of Griffin Trade Rests With Reggie Jackson (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Bob Cousy On Kyrie Irving (from Bill Reynolds, telegram.com):
Greg Monroe’s Defensive Shortcomings (from Jay King, Mass Live):
The Reinvention & Resurgence Of 2-Guards (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
The Best Bad Shot Makers (from Josh Eberley, NBA.com):
Envisioning Mo Bamba (from Reid Forgrave, CBS Sports):
Pelinka: Thomas Bryant Is Going To Be A Big Piece Of Lakers’ Future (from Harrison Faigen, Lakers Nation):
The Night Steph Scored 54 At MSG & Changed Basketball Forever (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Elite Prospects Should Stop Playing The NCAA Game & Consider The G League  (from Marc Spears, The Undefeated):
Kerr: NCAA Is Unwittingly Sending Kids To Professional Ranks (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
Kerr: NBA Officiating Has Never Been More Difficult (from Joseph Zuker, Bleacher Report/Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
Lue: Cavs Have Become “Too Predictable” (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Rodney Hood Should Be Used As Pick-And-Roll Ballhandler (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Cavs: LBJ Is Getting The New Additions Up To Speed For Stretch Run (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Q & A:  Jimmy Butler (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
RHJ & The Nets’ Philosophy: Calm, Humble & Patient (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
Anthony Davis & The MVP Narrative (from Jon Nathan Raby, Locked On Pelicans):
Dwight Powell Has Been The Mavs’ Best Big Man Recently & Barea Is Part Of Reason Why (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
Knicks: Burke Is Working To Shed Reputation As Poor Defender (from Daniel Popper, NY Daily News):
Clippers: Austin Rivers Is Developing Into A Solid Player (from Ryan Snellings, Clipperholics):
The Pacers Should Experiment More With Small Ball (from Jonathan Macri, Hoops Habit):
Blazers: Harkless, Nurkic Key For Stretch Run (from Peter Sampson, Blazers’ Edge):
Sixers: Richaun Holmes Deserves More Playing Time (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Ntilikina Isn’t A Bust (from Jonathan Macri, elitesportsny.com):

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):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/29/18

DMC Injury, Day 3:
Denver’s Investment In Jamal Murray Is Paying Off (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
How The Rockets’ Offense Benefits From The 3-Point Line (from Gavriel Wilkins, Space City Scoop):
The Celtics’ Defense Is Legit (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
Celtics: Do Not Expect Marcus Morris To Change (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Cavs: Lue Alters Rotations (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Pistons: The Ripple Effect Of Reggie Jackson’s Injury (from James Edwards III, The Athletic);
All-International Prospect Teams – 2018 (from Jackson Hoy, Lock Draft):
Adams Wears Down Embiid In Thunder Victory (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
OKC: Options & Non-Options With Roberson Out For The Season (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Knicks: Rest Of Season Needs To Be All About The Future (from John Schmeelk, CBS New York):
Knicks: The Trey Burke Risk Is Paying Off (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Grizzlies: Time To Commit To Bickerstaff (from Grizzly Bear Blues):
Appreciating Durant’s Passing Talent (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Checking In On The Wolves’ Deployment Of ICE Defense (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
How KAT Earned His 1st All-Star Selection (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):
The Wolves’ Changing Culture (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
How The Dubs Are Mastering The Mid-Range Game (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Video Breakdown:  How Curry & Irving Deal With Crunch-Time Bitzes (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
The 10 Least Tradeable Contracts Of 2018 (from Keith Smith, RealGM):
Spurs: Dejounte Murray Is Solidifying Status As PG Of The Future (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Pacers: Turner Tries To Stay Patient While Shaking Off Rust (from Clifton Brown, Indy Star):
What Does The Raptors’ Three-Point Revolution Mean For Their Future?  (from Chris Sanders, Raptors HQ):
A Deep Dive Into Justin Patton’s Development (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Film Room: Breaking Down The Sexton-Young Matchup (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):