Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/22/18

Q & A: Damian Lillard (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
How Lillard & The Blazers Found A Brand New Ceiling (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
HOU 115, POR 111 (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
How The Nuggets Ended Up On The Brink Of Missing The Playoffs…And What’s Next (from Matt Moore, Action Network):
Nuggets: Would Missing The Playoffs Mean Failure? (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Why Can’t The Rockets Be The Warriors? (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
The Plays & Numbers Behind The Rockets’ Offense (from Shehan Peiris, Blog Don’t Lie):
Pels Finding Different Ways To Win As Fatigue Sets In (from William Guillory, NOLA.com):
Sixers: Saric Is A Championship Caliber Component (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
Mavs: Is Dennis Smith Destined For Stardom? (from Jake Kemp, The Athletic):
Nets’ Jarrett Allen: Learning Amidst The Losing (from David Vertsberger, The Step Back):
Rockets: Ryan Anderson’s New Reserve Role (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Reggie Jackson Passes Test In 1st Game Back (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Suns: The Growth & Rise Of Josh Jackson (from Cody Cunningham, suns.com):
Kings’ Hield: 6th Man Of The Future (from Zack Kobler, Sir Charles In Charge):
Dunn, LaVine, Markkanen: More Questions Than Answers (from Vincent Goodwill, NBC Sports):
The Celtics Must Re-Sign Marcus Smart (from Brian Sampson, Clutch Points):
Warriors’ Stats: Locked In By History-Making Groundbreaker (from Otis Taylor, Jr., SF Chronicle):
Austin Rivers Is Going To Make You Respect Him (from Bill Difilippo, Dime Mag):
Why These Forner NBA Players Have Opted To Play Overseas (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):
Testing The Draft Waters Is More Complicated Than It Sounds (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Is This The NBA’s Best Offensive Season Ever? (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
The Emergence Of Nemanja Bjelica (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):
Spurs: LMA’s Excellent Season (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Q& A: David Robinson (from Jamie Cooper, Dime Mag):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/15/18

Nuggets: A Beautiful ATO GIves Them Lots Of Options (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
The Pacers Are Stranding Oladipo’s Speed Against Hedges & Traps (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
Fred VanVleet: The Bench Boss (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
Raptors: Siakam’s Evolution Is Paying Dividends At Both Ends (from Jordan Skuse, Raptors HQ):
Julius Randle Is Changing The Narrative Of His Future (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Is Robert Covington Really A “Streaky Shooter”?  (from Eric Sidewater & blindloyalty76, Liberty Ballers):
The Sixers’ Draft Strategy Dilemma (from Bret Stuter, The Sixers Sense):
Fixing The Hornets (from Shane Rhodes, Basketball Insiders):
Why The Knicks Are Shooting Mid-Range Shots (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
Q & A: Knicks’ Player Development VP Craig Robinson (from Ian Begley,ESPN):
How The Wolves Defended Durant (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
NBA Scouts On Trae Young (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Being Trae Young: Behind The Scenes (from Cody Stavenhagen, Tulsa World):
Wendell Carter, Jr Was Born Into An NBA Future (from Reid Forgrave, CBS Sports):
Carl English Is Still Balling Out (from Blake Murphy, VICE 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):

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):