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,
Phone Call With Steve Nash Helps Bring Darren Collison’s Best Season (from Mark Monteith,
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,
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,
East-West Format Sabotages The Playoffs (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Magic: Jonathan Isaac Will Soon Have A More Prominent Role (from John Denton,
Suns: Triano Has Earned The Chance To Drop The Interim Tag (from Greg Moore,
Suns: Booker Moves Toward Prominent Leadership Role (from Scott Bordow,
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,


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/7/18 PART TWO

Battle For Playoff Seeding: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (from Robert Flom, Clips Nation):
Celtics Seeing Benefits Of Stevens’ Minutes Distribution (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Jrue Holiday’s Improvement Has Been A Key For The Pelicans (from Jake Madison, Locked On Pelicans):
Nine Observations (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Knicks’ Film Room: Hornacek & Hardaway Break Down A Key Play (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
It’s Time For The Hornets To Find Out What They Have In Malik Monk (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Hornets: Willy Hernangomez’ New Beginning (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Bucks: Maker Is Battling Through Difficult Stretch (from Matt Velazquez,
Aminu Has Been The Blazers’ X-Factor This Season (from Ty Delbridge, Hoops Habit):
Blazers: Neil Olshey Talks Balancing Long & Short Term Goals On The Woj Podcast (from Casey Holdahl,
Nuggets: Could Gary Harris Be The Next Kawhi Leonard?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Jokic Is 3rd In The NBA In Assists So Far In 2018 (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Clippers: A Lot Has Changed Since The Deadline Trade, But The Results Haven’t (from Justin Russo, The Beat):
Jazz: Quin Snyder Does The Most With The Least (from Brian Sampson, clutch
The Sixers’ Process Is Finally Yielding Positive Results (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
2018 Draft Picks That Are Currently Projected To Change Hands (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Trevor Booker’s Homework Led Him To Sign With Pacers (from Mark Monteith,

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,
Long Island Hoop Lessons Launched Kenny Atkinson’s Journey To The NBA (from Thomas Dowd,
G-League Long Island Nets Follow A Course Set In Brooklyn (from Tom Dowd,
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,
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 2/16/18

10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Clippers Loss Exposed Celtics’ Defensive Issues (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
–  Celtics: The Importance Of Marcus Smart (from A Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Jonathan Isaac Knows Patience Is Key To Long-Term Success (from John Denton,
Heat: Adebayo Is Proving To Be A Genuine Building Block (from Simon Smith,  All U Can Heat):
Magic: A Deeper Look At Hezonja’s Improvement (from Josh Cohen,
Oladipo & Sabonis: The Dynamic Duo (from Jonathan Macri, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
What The Blazers Are Learning From A Ref Consultant About Getting More Foul Calls (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
Nikola Jokic: Highlights From Last Night (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Steven Adams’ Offensive Impact (from Erik Horne,
Q & A: Kevin McHale (from Justin Terranova, NY Post ):
Suns: Can Elfrid Payton Become A Long-Term Answer? (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Q & A: Elfrid Payton (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
OKC: Paul George Was Exactly What Was Needed (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Goran Dragic’s Wild Ride To All-Star Status (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Hard Work, Steady Development Paid Off For Tatum, Celtics (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
–  Diminishing Returns: Less-Skilled Shooters Are Adding The Step Back (from Sydney Robinson, Nylon Calculus):
Nets: Loyalty To Allen Crabbe Is Finally Paying Off (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Anthony Davis Is Carrying A Team That Needs Him More Than Ever (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Pistons GM Bower: Secrecy, Trust Are Key In Trade Talks (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
2018 Draft: Elie Okobo, Hiding In Plain Sight (from Jackson Hoy, The Stepien):
Remembering & Celebrating Flip Saunders (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
NBA Coaches: Sharing Teaching Techniques in eCoach Program (from Steve Aschburner,