Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/11/18

Valanciunas & Poeltl Gave TOR The Edge It Needed Vs HOU (from Sean Woodley, Raptors HQ):
Raptors Keep Shattering Old Narratives (from William Lou, ca.pressfrom.com):
– The Raptors’ Bench Mob (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
Deep Dive On DEN’s Win Over LAL (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Could Oladipo Make An All-Defense Team? (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Why It Didn’t Work Out For IT In Cleveland (from Dave McMenamin & Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
Hornacek: Giving Young Players Time & Tanking Are Not The Same Things (from Chris Iseman, northjersey.com):
Mudiay: Trying Not To Think Too Much On Court (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
Michael Beasley: Still Chasing The Dream (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
Jabari Parker’s Advice For Rehabbing Porzingis (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Can The Thunder Start Beating Good Teams? (from Tim Cato, SB Nation):
Nets Roster: Full Of Players With Something To Prove (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
Fixing The Magic (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball insiders):
Rodney Purvis Fulfills His NBA Dream – For Himself & His Late Godbrother (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Wolves: Why Not Play PGs Together? (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Jazz: Red-Hot And Ready To Shake Up West’s Playoff Picture (from Codi Benner, Sir Charles In Charge):
Jazz: Tony Bradley Navigates Rookie Year Splitting Time Between G-League & NBA (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Film Study: Al Horford, Point Forward (from Marc D’Amico, Celtics Life):
Brad Stevens & Marcus Smart On The Importance Of Mental Health (from Jay King, Mass Live):
The Heat Can’t Put A Ceiling On Adebayo (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Spurs: Poor Late-Game Execution (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
5 Non-Stars he Sixers Need To Keep Long-Term (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Troy Brown: A Pro With College-Kid Dreams (from Austin Meeks, Register-Guard):
Q & A: Jordan Clarkson On His Rookie Season (from Joe Gabriele, cavs.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/10/18

How The Rockets Built Their Championship Caliber Defense (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation):
D’Antoni’s Continuing Offensive Revolution (from Brett Koremenos, RealGM):
How The Raptors Defense Stifled The Rockets In The First Half & How The Rockets Adjusted (from Tim Cato, SB Nation):
The Raptors’ Minor Adjustments Have Produced Major Results (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Rockets: The Importance Of Resting Players (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Wizards: John Wall Must Adapt (from Kevin Broom, Bullets Forever):
Brewer Fits OKC’s System (from Albert Dadson, Hoops Habit):
Celtics: Marcus Smart Loaded Up On Winning Plays Vs The Wolves (from Jay King, Mas Live):
Al Horford, Dennis Smith, Jr, Ben Simmons & More (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
How Much Better Are The Blazers? (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
The Hawks Are On The Right Rebuilding Path (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Cavs: Is It Time To Bench JR? (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
Fraschilla: Fran’s The Man At Tourney Time, So Pay Attention (from Barry Horn, Dallas Morning News):
Team Defense Is The Biggest Evaluation Inefficiency In The Draft (from Cole Zwicker, The Stepien):
The 2018 Big Man Draft Class (from Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports):
How Rookies Get Past Mental, Physical Obstacles (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Tin Hat Stats, February Edition (from Tony East, NBA Math):
Kaminsky & Okafor: Where Are The Stars Of The 2015 NCAA Title Game? (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
Pacers: Preparing To Deal With Tough Remaining Schedule (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
Jazz: Jae Crowder Is Making It Easy To Move On From Rodney Hood (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
Heat: Winslow Is Suddenly Among The NBA’s Most Efficient 3-Point Shooters (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Celtics: Marcus Morris Is Turning Into A Top Offensive Option (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Q & A:  Damian Lillard On “Lillard Time”  (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):
Misunderstood Players: Clint Capela (from Justin Jett):
Pacers: GRIII’s Long Detour Leads To An Uncertain Future (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Hornets: What To Expect From Malik Monk For The Rest Of The Season (from Evan Dyal, Hashtag Basketball):
Anthony Brown, Amile Jefferson & The Nature Of Two-Way Contracts (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
Mavs’ Bench Has Been Playing Incredibly Well With Dirk (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Pistons: Reggie Hearn’s Journey To The NBA (from Reggie Hayes, News-Sentinel):
To Fling Or Not To Fling End Of Period Half Court Heaves? (from Darnell Mayberry, The Athletic):
G-League: A Week With The Long Island Nets (from Thomas Dowd, nets.com):
The Warriors Drafted Denise Long in 1969: Here Is Her Story (from Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle):

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, Boston.com):
East-West Format Sabotages The Playoffs (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Magic: Jonathan Isaac Will Soon Have A More Prominent Role (from John Denton, magic.com):
Suns: Triano Has Earned The Chance To Drop The Interim Tag (from Greg Moore, azcentral.com):
Suns: Booker Moves Toward Prominent Leadership Role (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.com):
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, Nets.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/2/18 PART TWO

Warriors’ Offensive Variation Is Deadliest Ever (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):
DeAndre Jordan Hopes He Can Play 10 More Seasons With The Clippers (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
How The Jazz Has Thrived After Losing Hayward  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
PHI 108, CLE 97 (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
Sixers: What’s Behind Covington’s Shooting Slump (from Mike O’Connor, The Athletic):
Defensive Stats, Durant- Curry Ball Screens, Wizards Without Wall And More (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Friday Film: The Boban Show, Reading The Cut, Dennis Without Menace (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
The Key To The Cavs Finding Consistency (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
The Rockets Feel Like The NBA’s Best Team (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
The Rockets Are Even Better Than You Think (from Def Pen):
Pacers: What To Expect From Trevor Booker  (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Kyrie Irving Is Playing His Best Basketball Of The Season (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Which Team Is Wronged By The Refs The Most?  (from Chris Herring/Neil Paine. FiveThirtyEight):
Pistons Look To Utilize Moreland More (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
Whatever Happened To Cliff Alexander? (from Jon Greenberg, The Athletic):
Joshua Simmons’ Journey From NBA Draft Punchline To College Hoops Nomad Is Almost Over (from Matt Giles, Deadspin):

 

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,  Nets.com):
Long Island Hoop Lessons Launched Kenny Atkinson’s Journey To The NBA (from Thomas Dowd, Nets.com):
G-League Long Island Nets Follow A Course Set In Brooklyn (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
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, magic.com):
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: