Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/19/17

The Rockets Have A Counter For Everything (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Why Have The Rockets Played So Well? (from Eric Spyropolous, Space City Scoop):
Rockets: Second Only To GSW In Effective & True Shooting Percentages (from Brian K. Patterson, Huse Of Houston):
How Oladipo Has Changed His Game Since Joining The Pacers (from Scott Rafferty, Dime Mag):
What Mirotic Has Brought To The Bulls (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
Blazers: Zach Collins Is Taking Positive Steps (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
The Week In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Alongside Embiid, Simmons Is Pushing Sixers Back To Prominence (from Tim Faklis, Sporting News):
Korkmaz’ Injury Complicates Sixers’ Off-Season  (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
By Relying Less On Their Stars, Raptors Have Sharpened Into Dangerous Contender (from Josh Planos, Washington Post):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Grizzlies: Dillon Brooks Has Been A Massive Help (from Tony East, Beale Street Bears):
Is Al Horford The DPOY? (from Alex West,  NBA Math):
Celtics’ DPOY:  Horford Or Smart? (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Nitpicking Jaylen Brown’s Lockdown Defense (from Danny Emerman, 16 ins):
Things We Learned From Brad Stevens’ Conversation With Coach K (from Nicole Yang, Bosotn.com):
The Current State Of The Celtics (from Robby McKittrick, Hashtag Basketball):
No Shortcuts: Nets’ Sean Marks & Kenny Atkinson Are Turning Agony Into Opportunity (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Small-Ball Is Complicating JaVale McGee’s Playing Time (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Monday Night Recap – With Links To Game Stories (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Q & A: David Wesley (from Fernando Ritzman, Locked ON Pelicans):
Front-Office Look At Where Teams Are Headed (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
What The Wizards Learned During Wall’s Absence (from Kevin So, Hashtag Basketball):
Wizards: Keeping Mike Scott Beyond This Season Presents Challenges (from Tony East, Bullets Forever ):
The Pistons’ Small Forward Issue (from Joseph Sinke, Hashtag Basketball):
Darren Collison’s Pull-Up 3s  (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Nets: Okafor’s Conditioning Will Determine When He Plays (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
–  Will Barton’s Balanced Attack Is Crucial For Nuggets (from David Ramil, Fanrag Sports):
The Mudiay Experience (from Brendan Vogt, Mile High Sports):
Michael Beasley: The Good & The Bad (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Porzingis Says That Hornacek Is More Comfortable Because He Is Running His Own Offense This Season  (from Al Ianazzone, Newsday):
Sean Kilpatrick Feels At Home With The Bucks (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
Hezonja: Making The Most Of Opportunity (from John Denton, magic.com):
Nearly Every Magic Player’s Three-Point %Age Is Up From Last Season (from Josh Coen, magic.com):
For Doris Burke, Having Game Is All That Matters (from Mark Bechtel, Sports Illustrated):
Basketball Dictionary: “Ice” (from Dylan Murphy, Medium):
Heat Two-Way Prospect Derrick Walton, Jr  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/24/17

MIN-OKC: Breaking Down The Final Two Minutes (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Westbrook: Experimenting With Thunder’s 4th Quarter Recipe (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Jazz: Life After Hayward (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Why The NBA’s Big Men Are Getting Freakier (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
Nets: Sean Marks Looks For “Small Wins” (from Howard Megdal, Medium.com):
Nets: RHJ’s Game Evolving At 4 Spot  (from Roger Rubin, Newsday):
Basketball Dictionary: Sink And Fill (from Dylan Murphy, Medium.com):
Giannis: The Future Of Aberrational Greatness (from Nathaniel Friedman, GQ):
Cavs’ 1st Step To Identity Rediscovery: Benching Wade (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
The Giannis Experience (from Reid Forgrave, CBS Sports):
The Promise Of Porzingis (from Rory Breasail, Hashtag Basketball):
An Early Look At The ROY Race (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Rookies On The Rise (from Adam King, Locked On Fantasy Basketball):
Delon Wright: Primed To Take Next Step With Raptors (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Monday Night Highlights (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
PHI 97, DET 86:  Embid/Simmons Highlights (from Barry Petchesky, Deadspin):
Andre Drummond Is Making His FTs Now (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Ryan McDonough On Watson’s Firing (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.com):
Steve Kerr: Outspoken & Willing To Listen (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Jamal Crawford: Last Of The Ballers (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
Nick Young Feels Right At Home With The Warriors (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Week One Observations (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
The NBA Just Had Its “Welcome To Mike James” Moment (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
The Cavs Have The League’s Oldest Roster (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
Shaun Livingston Q & A (from Matt Foley, Ozy.com):
Keith Bogans: Transitioning From NBA Player To Coach (from Alejandro Danois, The Shadow League):
G-League Draft: Eastern Conference Recap (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
The NBA Is No Longer Only A Man’s League: G-League’s Progressive Hires  (from Adam Johnson, 2ways10days.com):

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/4/17

How The Warriors Built Something Special (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Solution To The Cavs’ Defensive Woes Is To Fix Their Offense  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
Has Curry Figured Out How To Defend LBJ Pick-And-Rolls? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Film Study: Durant Protected The Rim In Game One (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Game One Takeaways (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
A Closer Look At Klay’s Game One Defense (from Jimmy Durkin, Mercury News):
Should The Cavs Attack Steph? (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
The Warriors’ Bigs Have Become A Big Advantage In The Playoffs (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):
Cavs Need More From Tristan Thompson (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
The Dubs Don’t Need Klay To Be A Scorer (from Adi Joesph, USA Today):
How The Warriors Defend Irving (from Eric Apricot, BBall Breakdown):
Brown Leads Warriors While Waiting For Kerr (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
Cavs’ Architect David Griffin’s Future Is Uncertain (from Joe Drape, NYTimes):
The NBA’s Most Profitable Play: Drawing A 3-Shot Foul (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
JVG Q & A (from Steve Serby, NYPost):
New Orlando Exec Weltman Known For Smarts, Toughness, Kindness (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Mason Plumlee Deserves Another Chance With The Nuggets (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
The Age Minimum Isn’t Working.  Here Is A Solution (fromTom Ziller, SBNation):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/24/17

CLE 112, BOS 99 (from 16 Wins):
Stop Betting Against Isaiah Thomas (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
The Marcus Smart Brand Is Mayhem (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
JR Smith’s Defense Is Upside Down (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
What Makes The Warriors Different? (from Mike Prada, Ben Epstein, Chris Herring):
Popovich, Spurs Adapt & Endure (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
Dejounte Murray Has A Bright Future (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Which Flaws Some Of The Top Young Players Each Need To Work On This Summer (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Alvin Gentry Q & A (from Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com):
Juan Hernangomez Q & A (from Jorge Sierra, Hoops Hype):
Mis-Evaluating Coaches (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Byron Scott On His Two Seasons As Lakers’ Coach  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Analyzing Some Of The Top Draft Prospects (from Fran Fraschilla/Matt Mosley/Bobby Karalla, The PostUp/Mavs.com):
The 3-And-D Prospect Is A Must-Have Archetype In The Draft (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Orlando Magic Hire Jeff Weltman & John Hammond (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Meet Mo Bamba (from Ricky O’Donnell, SBNation):
Chris Boucher Has A Unique Skill Set And Story (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Jake Wiley’s Unusual Path Has Turned Him Into A Draft Sleeper (from Matt Norlander, CBS Sports):
Jeff Van Gundy’s Victory (from Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle):
Time For Bogdan Bogdanovic To Take NBA Plunge (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/15/17 PART TWO

 

Grading The TOR-ORL Deal  (from Keith Smith, Real GM):

Read it here: http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/244906/Grading-The-Deal-Raptors-Acquire-Serge-Ibaka-From-Magic

(NOTE: See this a.m.’s BI PART ONE for additional analyses of this trade)

Norman Powell In For Bigger Role With Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/14/powell-should-be-in-for-bigger-role-with-buddy-ross-traded-away

Film Room:Terrence Ross’ Defensive Strengths (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-top-5-terrence-ross-defensive-strengths-cohen-20170214

Film Room: Terrence Ross’ Offensive Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:

http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-top-5-terrence-ross-offensive-strengths-cohen-20170214

Westbrook Is Leading A Rebounding Evolution (from Adam Kilgore, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/02/14/russell-westbrook-is-leading-an-evolution-in-nba-rebounding

(NOTE: The link to this story in today’s BI, Part One, was incorrect)

No Man’s Land: The Pelicans (from Brett Koremenos, RealGM):

Read and watch it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/244911/The-NBAs-No-Mans-Land-New-Orleans-Pelicans

5 Stats From Nuggets’ Win Over Warriors (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read it here: http://bsndenver.com/5-stats-you-wouldnt-believe-from-the-nuggets-win-over-the-warriors/

Bench Coming Up Big For Warriors (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):

Read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Bench-coming-up-big-for-Warriors-10933022.php

Juancho Hernangomez Can Be An Important Part Of Nuggets’ Future (from Robson Friend, Nugg Love):

Read it here: http://nugglove.com/2017/02/14/hernangomez-important-nuggets-future/

Despite Injury, Jaylen Brown Has Reason To Be Confident  (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/02/14/despite-injury-jaylen-brown-plenty-confident/

–  Exploring LaMarcus Aldridge’s Recent Struggles (from Dimitrije Curcic, Air Alamo):

Read and watch it here: http://airalamo.com/2017/02/14/exploring-reasons-for-lamarcus-aldriges-recent-struggle/

 

 

 

Gary Harris/Wilson Chandler: Nuggets Defensive Anchors (from Matthew Huff, Nugg Love):

Read it here: http://nugglove.com/2017/02/14/gary-harris-wilson-chandler-stats/

Popovich Likes Spurs’ Environment Drama-Free (from Roger Rubin, Newsday);

Read it here: http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/gregg-popovich-likes-spurs-environment-free-of-drama-1.13112569

Henry Ellenson’s Development (from Matt Velzquez, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/college/marquette/2017/02/14/henry-ellenson-enjoying-up-and-down-life-nba/97889122/

Bruce Bowen Q & A (from ESPN Dallas):

Read it here: http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2017/02/14/bruce-bowen-harrison-barnes-can-primary-option-mavericks-championship-team

George Blaha Q & A (from Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-game-according-to-george-blaha-211049845.html

– ESPN Re-signs Mark Jones (from Gianina Thompson):

Read it here: http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2017/02/espn-re-signs-veteran-commentator-mark-jones-multi-year-agreement/

D-League: Von Wafer Is Excelling In His New Opportunity  (from Chris Priczak, Daily Knicks):

Read and view it here: http://dailyknicks.com/2017/02/14/von-wafer-one-moment-one-opportunity/

(NOTE: This is PART TWO of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  PART ONE can be accessed here:   http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/02/15/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-21517-part-one )