Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/23/19

BKN: DLo Is On Fire & So Are The Nets (from Greg Joyce, NY Post):
CHI: Did WCJ’s Rookie Season Show Signs Of An Emerging Star?  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DEN: No Stage Is Too Big For Jamal Murray (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
DEN: The Unusual Way Monte Morris Honed His Jump Shot (from Associated Press):
DEN: Jokic & The Funky Bunch (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
GSW: Video Breakdown: How Klay Took Advantage Of The Lakers’ Defense (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: DMC On How He Got Past His Injury & How He Landed With The Dubs (from Shams Charania, The Athletic):
GSW: How DMC Has Been Adjusting To His Role On The Dubs (from Paolo Uggeti, The Ringer):
GSW: How DMC’s Shot Went From Rare To Unfair (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
HOU: Appreciating Harden (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
HOU: Video Breakdown: Defending Harden (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):
HOU: Combating Any Anti-Harden FT Argument (from Conrad Garcia, The Dream Shake):
IND: Tyreke Is Looking, Feeling Like His Old Self (from Mark Monteith,, pacers.com):
LAL: Steve Kerr Likes How Luke Walton Has Handled This 3rd Laker Season (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
MEM: KG Is Mentoring JJJ (from Christian Dudley, Beale Street Bears):
MIA: Waiters Is Slowly Repaying The Faith (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
MIA: Assistant Coach Dan Craig’s Journey To The NBA (from Matt Langone, Lowell Sun):
MIA: Starting Lineup Options (from Nekias Duncan, Heatbeat)::
MIL: Brook Lopez Has Been The Key To Unlocking The Bucks At Both Ends (from Matt Velzquez, jsonline.com):
*OKC: Westbrook Steps Forward By Stepping (A Little) Back (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
PHI: Sixers Finally Buying Into Defensive Scheme (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
PHO: Kokoskov, Suns Learning Each Other And Growing (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
Rookies Primed For Possible 2nd Half Breakout  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
For Traditional 3-And-D Players, The Future Is Coming Fast (from Ben Alamar, The Athletic):
Donyell Marshall Is Teaching & Learning His Way In Coaching Career (from Mike Anthony, Hartford Courant):

*OKC: Westbrook Steps Forward By Stepping (A Little) Back (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/22/19

BKN: DLo At An All-Star Level (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Heat  (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Horford & His Sore Knee Reaping Benefits From December Rest (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
GSW: Cousins Is Embracing Pure Warriors’ Basketball (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
GSW: The Best Things About Klay’s Most Recent Scoring Explosion (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
GSW: When Times Get Tough For Draymond He Hears From Izzo (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
IND: What A Luxury It Is To Have Kyle O’Quinn (from Tony East, 8Points,9Seconds):
LAL: Zubac Finally Building On Rookie Promise (from Hannah Kulik, Lakers Nation):
MEM: How Kyle Anderson Does It (from Jonathan Rosenberg, BBallIndex):
NYK: Fizdale Has Critical Message For Pending Knicks’ Free Agents (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):
OKC: Westbrook’s Facilitator Turn (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
OKC: Q & A: Paul George (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
OKC: Ferguson Is Surging For The Thunder (from Brett Dawson, The Athletic):
PHI: Welcome To The Team, You’re Guarding Harden Tonight  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
PHI: Andrew Toney: The Most Forgotten Great Guard In NBA History (from Gordie Jones, The Athletic):
SAC: How Hield Has Kings Shooting For Respectability (from Vincent Goodwill, Yahoo Sports):
SAS: Derrick White’s Breakout Season (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):
TOR: Raptors Vets Understand That Kawhi’s Rest Days Are Crucial (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
TOR: Raptors Should Avoid Hero Ball At End Of Games (from Brian Boake, Raptors Rapture):
UTA: Ingles Is A Key To Jazz’ Turnaround (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
UTA: Why Gobert Deserves To Be An All-Star (from Ryan Aston,The J Notes):
UTA: Blazers 109, Jazz 104 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
WAS: Bringing Porter Off The Bench Is Working Well (from Jake Whitacre, Bullets Forver):
Zach Lowe’s All-Star Picks (from ESPN):
When Does It Pay To Stagger Your Stars’ Minutes? (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):
Nets & Kings Rebuilds Are Ahead Of Schedule (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Wayne Embry Honored At MLK Day In Memphis (from Kelley Evans, The Undefetaed):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART TWO

BOS: As Usual Baynes Did The Little Things That Made Life Easier For His Teammates (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
DEN: Malik Beasley Is Shooting & Scoring At A High Level (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
*GSW: Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
GSW: Breaking Down The Dubs’ Record-Setting 1st Quarter Vs Denver (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
GSW: DMC Tried To Get Cleared To Return A Few Weeks Ago (from Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports):
HOU: Will Harden’s Hot Streak Burn Him Out?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
HOU: The Must-See Numbers From Harden’s Hot Streak (from ESPN):
HOU: Harden’s Impossible Box Scores, Explained (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
NOTE: I’ve been pushing this issue for years.  Positive Residual at Nylon Calculus uses “scoring opportunities” (including FTs) instead of shots but very few others have followed his (& my) lead.

I particularly dislike when TV guys compare efficiency, something like this:
Player A, fouled on all 5 unsuccessful FGAs, goes 10-for-10 from line, so has scored 10 points “on zero shots” – “amazingly efficient”
Player B goes 5-for-5 from field…took him 5 shots to get his 10 points – “much less efficient”   (5 shots vs zero shots)
IND: Pacers Defense Is Clearly Better With Turner (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
LAC: Rivers Laments Decision To Cut Ingles (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Walton Is Trying To Find More Minutes For Svi (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: What Has Made McGruder A Fixture In The Starting Lineup (from David Furones, SunSentinel):
OKC: Thunder Fighting Defensive Pick & Roll Pitfalls (from Erik Horne, jsonline.com):
PHI: Q & A: Anelie Schnittel, VP Of Player Development (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
SAC: Bagley, Giles Give Glimpse Into Bright Future (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
WAS: Why Beal & Wizards Are Flourishing Without Wall (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Ranking The Best Young Cores In The NBA (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

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*GSW: The Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART ONE

BOS: Ainge On Celtics’ So-Called Drama: “These Aren’t Stories” (from Darren Hartwell, NBC Sports):
BOS: How Irving Took Over Crunch Time Vs. The Raptors (from Brian Robb, Boston Sports Journal):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Raptors (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Lack Of Attention To Detail Haunts The Cavs (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
DET: Toughness, Resilience The Key To Return To Early Season Form (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
GSW: Depth Looking Formidable With DMC Set To Return (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
GSW: Klay Thompson’s Under-The-Radar Defensive Work (from Steffen Pedersen, Blue Man Hoop):
GSW: What The DMC Experiment Means (And Doesn’t Mean) (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury News):
GSW: Dubs 147, Pels 140 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
*HOU: Harden’s Great Offensive Run: An Historical Perspective (from Kelly Scaletta, The Basketball Writers):
HOU: Rockets Send Down House: A Gamble For Both Sides (from Rahat Huq, Forbes):
IND: Doug McDermott Does More Than Shoot (from Tony East, BBall Index):
IND: The Pacers Are So Much More Than  Oladipo (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
OKC: Two Games To Understand Westbrook (from Rory Masterson, The Step Back):
OKC: Steven Adams Is The NBA’s Immovable Object (from Royce Young, ESPN):
PHI: What’s Wrong With Sixers’ Defense & How They Can Improve It (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
PHI: Elton Brand Tries To Complete The Process (from Michael Lee, The Athletic):
PHO: Oubre’s Emergence Raises Lineup & Roster Construction Questions (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
TOR: Inside The New, Free Raptors (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
UTA: Jazz 129, Clippers 109 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
WAS: Post-Wall Injury, Beal Has Turned Into A Monster (from Andrew Favakeh, Clutch Points):
Where Bitadze’s Draft Stock Stands (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Which Teams Are Saving Cap Space For Free Agency? (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Sleep Is For Cowards: Europe’s NBA Fans Watch Hoops In The Dark (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):

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*HOU: Harden’s Great Offensive Run: An Historical Perspective (from Kelly Scaletta, The Basketball Writers):

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/13/19

ATL:How Will Taurean Prince Fit In When He Returns? (from Xavier Cooper, Peachtree Hoops):
BOS: Smart’s Progression As A Leader (from Hardwood Houdini):
BOS: Bad Offensive Habits Resurface.  Cause For Concern? (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
BOS: Robert Williams’ Learning Process (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
CHA: The Hornets Need Cody Zeller (from Quinn Pilkey, Hashtag Basketball):
CLE: How Osman Earned LBJ’s Respect (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Why Jokic Has Become One Of The NBA’s Most Dangerous Transition Threats (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):
GSW: What DMC Learned From Other NBA Players With Achilles Injuries (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
GSW: DMC Faces Long Odds To Return To All-Star Level (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
IND: No Rest, No Problem For Pacers (from Justin Byers, 8Points,9Seconds):
MIA: Winslow Wants More Than Numbers To Do The Talking (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIA: Video Breakdown: Justise Served Against The Celtics (from Jac Manuell, Off The Glass):
MIN: Now The Real Work Begins (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
NOP: Since Return From G-League, Frank Jackson Is Looking Like NBA Player (from Delayo, The Bird Writes):
NYK: 3 Observations, 2 Questions, 1 Prediction (from Tom Piccolo, BBall Index):
NYK: Fizdale’s Frustration With Knicks’ Defense (from Zach Braziller, NY Post):
OKC: How Westbrook Needs To Adapt (from Noah Schulte, Thunderous Intentions):
PHO: Josh Jackson Needs To Stay Aggressive Offensively After Booker Returns (from Adam Maynes, Valley Of The Sun):
POR: Jusuf Nurkic Has Finally Found Himself (from Jason Quick, The Athletic):
SAS: Q & A: Ettore Messina (from Jabari Young, The Athletic):
UTA: Jazz 110 ,Bulls 102(from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Jerry Sloan Remembers Those Who Remember Him (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
What To Watch For In The Season’s Second Half (from ESPN):
How Experts Identify The Rookie Wall (from Bob Young, The Athletic):