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,
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,
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,
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 1/28/18

OKC: The Fallout From Roberson’s Injury (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Impossible To Guard: The Rockets Shoot From Way Past The 3-Point Line (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
GSW 109, BOS 105 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
–  Q & A With Bucks GM On Kidd Firing & What’s Next (from Matt Velazquez,
How NBA Players Have Historically Fared After Achilles’ Injuries (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Ty Lue Believes Lineup Change Gives Cavs What They Need Defensively (from Cris Fedor,
–  Scouting Jonah Bolden: Is The Perfect Fit For Simmons & Embiid Stashed Overseas?  (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
G-League: Landry Nnoko’s Long Path (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):
Why Wayne Ellington Is Shooting Better Than Ever (from Andre Fernandez, Miami Herald):
The Nuggets’ Perilous PG Situation (from Max Carlin, Nugg Love):
Wizards Moved The Ball Crisply  With Satoransky & Frazier Filling In For John Wall (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
DMC Injury: Day Two (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Erik Spoelstra On The Players/Officials Issues (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):
Sixers: Surging Behind Elite Defense (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Trae Young & Collin Sexton Impressed NBA Scouts In Their Matchup  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Dakari Johnson: A Brooklyn Family’s Long March Finally Reaches The NBA (from Amos Barshad, NY Times):
Josh McRoberts Focus Is On Getting Healthy, Not The Trade Deadline (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/14/18

Wizards Find The Extra Pass Pays Dividends; Win In OT (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Zach Lavine’s Return Adds A Lot Of Potential To The Bulls (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Speights Is Emerging As A Leader For The Magic (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Kerr On Why Dubs Don’t Run The Curry/Durant Pick-And-Roll More Frequently (from Maximo Gonzales, Clutch Points):
The Rockets Are Better Equipped To Realize Their Vision (from Paul Coro, LA Times):
KAT Hasn’t Missed A Game Since Middle School (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
Tatum Continues His Rapid Ascension (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Jamal Crawford Hasn’t Lost His Shooting Touch Or His Passion For Basketball (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
For Raptors, Approximating Dubs’ Defensive Style Is Working Wonders (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Video Breakdown: Wiggins Can Learn How To Cut From DWade (from Brian Sampson):
Landing A Top Pick In The Draft Is Tantalizing For The Suns  (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Thibodeau Trusts Teague (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Video Breakdown: Exploring Taurean Prince’s Growing Offensive Game (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
Taking A Look At Sixers’ Stash Jonah Bolden (from Kevin Rice, Liberty Ballers):
G-League Showcase Day 3 Recap (from Alex Busch,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/7/18

A Walk In KAT’s Shoes (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Q & A: Westbrook On The Adjustments That Have The Thunder Clicking (from Brett Dawson,
Melo Is Adjusting (from Jared Mintz, Fanrag Sports):
IT: Already Making A Difference (from Joe Vardon,
Sunday Basketball Notes, Featuring Jae Crowder, IT & More (from Gary Washburn, Bosotn Globe):
Cavs Shouldn’t Count On Explosive Offense To Make Up For Defensive Struggles (from Chris Fedor,
Tatum’s Success Adds To Drew Hanlen’s Rep (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
Assessing Kawhi’s Post-Injury Performance (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
All Systems Are Go For Delon Wright (from Vivek Jacob, Raptors Republic):
Fox Transforms Kings’ Offense (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Kings:  All Seems To Be Falling Into Place For WCS (from James Ham, NBC Sports):


Should The Hornets Bench Batum? (from Quinn Pilkey, Hashtag Basketball):
Johnny O’Bryant: Next Man Up (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Saric: Carving Himself Into Future Sixers’ Plans (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Update On Sixers’ Stash Jonah Bolden (from Michael Randall, Herald Sun):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/1/17

Thunder: Swinging For The Fences (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Paul George, the People’s Champion (from Kelly Iko,
DeMar DeRozan Q & A (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Biggest Questions In Another Wild Offseason (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Is Teague An Upgrade For Wolves At PG? (fromGerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
Iguodala: Team Culture Changer (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):
Rubio & The Jazz: Defensive Hand In Glove Fit (from My_Lo, SLCDunk):
Can MCW Bounce Back? (from Ti Windisch, The Step Back):
What Korkmaz’ Arrival Means To Sixers (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Jonah Bolden Could Be Sixers’ Back-Up Four Next Season (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Meet Harrison Gaines, Lonzo Ball’s Agent (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
The Phil Jackson Era Wasn’t A Total Dumpster Fire (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
Guide To 2017 Contract Options, Qualifying Offers (from John Schuhmann,
How An NBA Front Office Handles Free Agency, Step-By-Step (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Ekpe Udoh: From NBA Bench Player To Turkish Hero (from Patrick Kingsley, NYTimes):
D-League Alums To Watch At Orlando Summer League (from Chris Reichert,
Rob Pelinka Q & A: Draft Evaluation & Offseason Outlook (from Mike Trudell,
Lakers’ Priority: Cap Flexibility For Next Summer (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News);





Derrick Caracter Is Still Ballin’ (from Shereen Rayan, Lake Show Life):






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