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):
Please check out the first episode in our new podcast series: The Unrestricted Area.  You are probably already familiar with our other podcasts that have featured guests Dean Oliver, Fran Fraschilla, Rick Barry, Mo Dakhil, Jim Petersen, Jim Barnett, Marques Johnson, Sam Smith and others. Those are still available on SoundCloud.  Here is The Unrestricted Area, Episode#1, featuring Ray LeBov and Kelly Scaletta (note that it was recorded before Andre Roberson’s injury):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/1/17 PART ONE

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
How Is Simmons Dominating Without A Jumper?  (from Matt Chin, NBA Math):
Sixers’ Legendary Stats Crew Has Counted It All: From Wilt To JoJo  (from Keith Mike Jensen,
Porzingis Is Unstoppable (from Mike Vorkunov, VICE Sports):
Defining The Six Most Important Teams, Besides GSW  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Why Epic Comebacks Are Becoming Routine (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
Best Team-Rookie Pairings From Early NBA Season (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Bulls: Promising Signs From Markkanen & Dunn (from Steve Aschburner,
Horford’s Stealth Impact On Winning (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Kyrie Irving Has All The Answers (from Bobby Manning, Celtics Blog):
Harrison Barnes Is Playing More Aggressively This Season (from Dalton Trigg, Mavs Moneyball):
Only Gasol Can Save The Grizzlies’ Season (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Lonzo Ball: Learning To Be More Assertive (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):
The Spurs’ Collective Patience, Instincts, Selflessness (from Mark Travis, Pounding The Rock):
The Basketball Dictionary: “Drop”, Part One  (from Dylan Murphy,
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What We Know About Hayward’s Recovery And Eventual Return (from Nicole Yang,
Sixers: Succeeding With Passing & Hustle (from
Brandon Ingram: Quietly Making Great Progress (from Dicky Fung, Silver Screen And Roll):
Kyle Korver’s Effectiveness (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
Al Jefferson’s Locker Room Presence (from Mark Monteith,


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/15/17 PART ONE

How The Celtics Became The NBA’s Hottest Team (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Anatomy Of The Celtics’ Win Streak (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Brett Brown: The Process’ Survivor (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
How The Blazers Brought Out The Worst In The Nuggets (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Q&A: Kyle Korver (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Q&A: Kyle Kuzma (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Q&A: Dennis Smith, Jr. (from David Aldridge,
DMC’s Dominance (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
DMC’s Benching: Performance Or Strategy-Based?  (from Chris Conner, Pelican Debrief):
Why OKC Has Been Bad In Close Games (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
How The Spurs Stay Afloat Minus Kawhi (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
Is Belinelli’s Career Year Happening In Season 11?  (from KL Chouinard,
Knicks Are More Confident “Running Hornacek’s Stuff”  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
Will Raptors’ Changed Offense Work In The Postseason? (from Tim Bontemps, Washingotn Post):
Hardaway & The Knicks: An Ideal Fit (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Rockets’ Defensive Emphasis Stresses Switching Assignments (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Is This The Real Jeremy Lamb? (from Thomas Rende, NBA Math):
Jonathan Simmons: Toughness And Determination (from John Denton,
Wolves’ Film Breakdown: Active Hands (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Ben Simmons: Forcefully Reminding The Basketball World Of His Talent  (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Robert Covington: Leading By Example (from Rusty Gorleick, The Sixer Sense):
Suns: Lack Of PG Production Is Becoming A Problem (from Gerald Bourguet, Valley Of The Suns):
Joe Harris: Getting Shots & Respect (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Shabazz Napier: Earning His Minutes (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
Q&A: Bernard King (from Ali Danois, The Shadow League):
Cavs: The Irving Trade Didn’t Cause The Crisis  (from Zachary Tenner, Sir Charles In Charge):
LBJ Is Unstoppable But The Cavs Are In Trouble (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
LBJ’s Most Unstoppable Shot (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
The Rockets Are Shooting Even More 3s & It Is Working (form Tim Cato, SBNation):
Lakers’ Practice Notes: Clarkson, Kuzma, Vander Blue,Thomas Bryant (from Serena Winters, Lakers Nation):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/26/17

 GSW 117, TOR 112 (from William Lou,
Video Breakdown Of Game-Ending 10-0 Run (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Wednesday Night Recap (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
SAS 117, MIA 100 (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Timberwolves: Where Is The Transition “D”?  (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Jaylen Brown & Jayson Tatum: Exceeding Expectations (from Paolo Uggeti, The Ringer):
Bulls: Kay Felder: Small Size, Big Heart (from Sam Smith,
5 Players Making The Most Of New Opportunities (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The ringer):
Aaron Gordon: Prospering At PF (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):
Dejounte Murray Is Breaking Out (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):
Nets: Sean Marks & Kenny Atkinson Have “Switched The Culture” (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Pelicans: The Problem Is The Rest Of The Roster (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Brad Stevens’ Magic Touch (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
The Scars That Shaped Jabari Parker (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
5 Ways To Fix “One-and-Done” (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
Elbow Injury Forced LBJ To Change Shooting Motion (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
LBJ Can Play Any Position At Any Time (from Michael D. Sykes II, SBNation):
LBJ: The NBA’s Prometheus (from Jason Concepion, The Ringer):
Q&A: Hassan Whiteside (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
How Craig Robinson Wound Up Working For The Knicks (from Adam Zagoria,
Travelling Violations Are Way Up (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
Video Compilation: Snap Series Run By 76ers/Pistons (From Zak Boisvert,
Shane Larkin Makes Most Of His Chances With Celtics (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
Fultz’ Trainer Sheds Light On Strange Injury Saga (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
Marques Johnson Discusses Bucks’ “Return To The Mecca” Game (from Jack Maloney, CBS Sports):
Swanigan Proving To Be Late Draft Steal (from David Woods, Indy Star):
Ask Ben: Game-To-Game Strategy & More (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Suns’ Defense: Effort is The First Step (from Ben Falk):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/18/17

OKC & HOU: Does It Matter That There Is Only One Basketball?  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Will Jrue Holiday Benefit From Playing Shooting Guard? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Hayward’s Injury Has Changed The Celtics’ Trajectory (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Hayward’s Injury: Understanding The Early News (from Jeff Stotts, In Street Clothes):
With Butler Joining Wiggins & Towns, Can The Wolves Become Elite? (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Presenting The Archetypes For The 2017-18 Season (from Jared Dubin, Dime Mag):
“Betaball” Excerpt: Draymond Green (from Eric Malinowski, Dime Mag):
The Weirdest NBA Season Is Finally Here (from Nathanial Friedman/Eric Freeman, GQ):
Opening Night Observations (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
12 MVP Candidates (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
What Nurkic Brings To The Blazers (from Ben Gordon, 94 Feet Report):
 – The Starting 5 (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Will Andre Drummond Get Another Shot At Stardom? (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Video Analysis: RHJ’s Improved Game (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Nets Daiily):
30 People Who Will Define This Season (from Dave Zarum,
Players Who Deserve More Run (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Refreshed Dragic: Ready For New Season (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

How The Warriors Plan To Balance Work & Fun (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Knicks Preview (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Knicks: Pick-And-Roll Should Be Key On Offense (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):