Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/28/18

In Spite Of Everything, The Pelicans Are Here (from Justin Verrier, The Ringer):
The Pels Depend On, Believe In Rondo (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
Are The Pels A Real Threat To The Dubs? (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Who Guards KD?  Who Guards AD? (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
Jrue Holiday: Family First (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
The Loneliest Beat In The NBA (from Bryan Curtis, The Ringer):
HOU vs UTA Preview (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
With Shooters To Spare, Rockets Always Have Productive Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Video: Bucks vs Celtics: The Secret To Winning Game 7 (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
The Celtics’ Ojeleye Conundrum (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Bucks/Celtics: Notes From Game Six (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
Sixers: Ilyasova A Perfect Fit (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
UTA 96, OKC 91 (from Andy Larsen, KSL):
Donovan Mitchell: Dominant In His Playoff Series Debut (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Thunder: The End Of OK3?  (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Casey Turns To Raptors Bench: VanVleet Was The Difference (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Pacers Have Cavs On Brink Of Disaster (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Oladipo Never Loses Confidence (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
The Grizzlies Got Lance Stephenson’s Career Back On Track (from Christian Dudley, Beale Street Bears):
Cavs: How To Get More From Rodney Hood (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):
Best Xs & Os Of Playoffs Round One (from FastModel Sports):
Top Ten Coaching Candidates Who Are Also Former Players (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
For Spurs’ Murray, Summertime Is No Vacation (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
What’s Next For The Heat & Whiteside? (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
One Stat Shows Ntilikina’s Defensive Dominance (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
2018 Draft: Elie Okobo Is A Euro Name To Know (from Max Holm, Hoops Habit):
Exposing The Kawhi Leonard Rumor As Absurd (from Marilyn Dubinski, Pounding The Rock):
Doris Burke: The Added Challenges Of Being A Female NBA Network Analyst (from Noam Scheiber, NY Times):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/22/18

Give LBJ Shooters & Get Out Of The Way (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
The Biggest Issue For The Cavs (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):
Cavs: Adjustments To Consider For Game 4 (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Raptors Plan To Stick With Bench Mob (from Rachel Brady, Globe And Mail):
Raptors Facing Key Defensive Questions (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
Anunoby: Thriving In The Playoffs (from Arden Zwelling, sportsnet.ca):
Maker, Bucks’ Length Put The Celtics On Their Heels (from Bobby Manning, Celtics Blog):
Bucks Need Middleton To Continue His Hot Shooting (from Nicholas LeTourneau, The Charity Stripe):
The Giannis Effect: Bucks Counting On Him To Take Them To New Heights (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
Sixers Sets Of The Week: Creating Threes With Misdirection (from Mike O’Connor, The Athletic):
PHI 106, MIA 102 (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
UTA 115, OKC 102 (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
How Rubio Turned His & The Jazz’ Season Around (from Mychal Lowman, SLC Dunk):
Game Changer: Rondo’s Preparedness (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):
MIN 121, HOU 105 (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Rookies Are Lifting Playoff Teams (from Dennis Chambers, Basketball Insiders:
Playoff Rondo Is Back (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
How Worried Should The Warriors be About Facing The Pels?  (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Luka Doncic Is The Real Deal (from Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation):
Q & A: Kara Lawson On Her Path To NBA Analyst (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/18

Joe Ingles: From Out Of The League To Top 10 NBA SF (from Andy Larsen, KSL):
Observations On The Sixers’ Win Over The Cavs (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
Markelle Fultz Is Ready To Help Sixers’ Playoff Push (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
Sixers: RoCo Flies Under The Radar (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
Why Cavs Falling To 4th In EC Is Significant (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Cavs: The Importance Of Jose Calderon (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):
Miles, Siakam & The Raptors’ “Bench Mob”  (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Superior Spacing Separates HOU’s Offense From OKC’s (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
Timberwolves Need More From Wiggins (from Jason Patt, frzhoopz):
What The 2017-18 Season Really Means For The Lakers’ Future (from Hannah Kulik, Lakers Nation):
Wayne Ellington’s Journey To Indispensable (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Mavs: Doug McDermott May Have Found A Home (from Doug Bush, The Smoking Cuban):
Knicks: Ntilikina’s Strength Training Is Starting To Pay Dividends (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
How Playoff Seeding Tiebreakers Are Determined (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
8 Black Women Who Could Excel Coaching Men’s Basketball (from Rhiannon Walker, The Undefeated):
Draft Tracker: Who’s In & Who’s Testing (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/12/18

CJ McCollum & The Art Of Separation (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Pelicans: Don’t Forget About Jrue Holiday (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
AD: Stepping Up To The Task (from Jason Quigley, Locked On Pelicans):
The Wolves Without Butler (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Celtics: Resting Kyrie Is The Healthy Choice (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Sunday Basketball Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Stat Of The Week: Celtics’ Rebounding (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Q & A: Corey Brewer (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Getting Open From Deep In The Modern NBA (from Eric Nehm, ESPN):
Evan Turner’s Wide-Ranging Value (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
The Raptors Are Ridiculously Good (from Chris Thompson, Deadspin):
Valanciunas Knows Where He’ll Be At Closing Time (from Mike Ganter, The Sun):
Raptors: 10 Observations (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Patty Mills Experienced Racism Long Before A Fan Taunted Him (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):
Brandon Jennings Reunites With The Bucks (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
JaVale McGee, Small Minute Star (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
Q & A: D’Angelo Russell (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):
Q & A: Dwyane Wade (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Cavs: Changes To Make Before The Playoffs (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
Larry Nance’s Success With The Cavs (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
How A California Family Helped 17-Year Old Enes Kanter Acclimate To Life In The U.S. (from Mike Vornukov, The Athletic):
Grizzlies: Is Ben McLemore Finding His Groove? (from Parker Fleming, Beale Street Bears):
NBA/NBPA’s New Mental Wellness Program (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
14 Years Strong, OKC’s Collison Still Filling In Admirably (from Brett Dawson, The Oklahoman):
Jazz: Jae Crowder Is The Perfect Fit (from Mychal Lowman, SLC Dunk):
Sixers: TJ McConnell Brings The Heat (from Bryan Toporek, The Tep Back):
The Sixers’ “Developing Developing Dilemma” (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
The Pacers Need Better Bench Production (from Grant Afseth, Indiana Sports Coverage):
The Heat Are Getting The Version Of Justise Winslow That They Need (from Brandon Johnson, All U Can Heat):
The Young Lakers Are Figuring It Out (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

 

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):