Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/30/18

Ten Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
How The Grizzlies And Jazz Are Handling The Pace-And-Space Boom (from Ben Ladner, The STep Back):
Add Passing To The List Of  Required Skills For Big Men (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
Checking In On This Year’s Rookie Extensions Through 20 Games (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):
What Has And Hasn’t Surprised So Far (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Are The Clippers, Grizzlies & Kings Legit Playoff Contenders? (from Sam Brief, Sports Illustrated):
Mudiay, Ferguson, Simons On The G-League’s New Elite Option (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
The Importance Of Gender Diversity In The NBA (from Kellen Becoats, Sports Illustrated):
BOS: Brad Stevens Stays Steady In The Face Of Challenges (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald)
BOS: The Celtics By The Numbers: The Good And The Bad (from Jay King, The Athletic):
DAL: Drop Everything And Watch Luka Doncic (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
DAL: Doncic Lives To Put On A Show (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
DAL: Why The Mavs Are In The Playoff Race (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):
DET: Pachulia Provides Settling Effect For Pistons (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
GSW: TOR 131, GSW 128 (OT) (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
HOU: Harden’s Foul-Drawing Mastery (from Tim MacMahon/Michael Wright, ESPN):
HOU: Nowhere To Go But Up (from Darren Yuvan, The Dream Shake):
IND: Aaron Holiday Is Coming Into Focus (from Tony East, Bball Index):
MEM: Marc Gasol Is Back (from Jordan Hicks, Basketball Insiders):
MIL: How Brook Lopez Turbocharges The Bucks’ Offense By Standing At The 3-Point Line (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
MIN: With KG & Rose’s Help, KAT Is Becoming A Leader (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
MIN: The Wolves Are Playing The NBA’s Best Defense (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
NYK: The Knicks Landed A Gem In Trier But A Big, Possibly Tricky, Decision Looms (from Mike Vornukov, The Athletic):
POR: Video Breakdown: How The Blazers Use Drag Screens To Free Up Their Stars (from Dane Delgado, NBC Sports):
POR: Why Jake Layman Has Fallen From Starter To Out Of The Rotation (from Jeff Siegel, Blazer’s Edge):
SAS: The Positives & Negatives Of The 4-Game Road Trip (from Jabari Young, The Athletic):
TOR: TOR 131, GSW 128 (OT) (from Tim Bontemps, ESPN):
TOR: Kyle Lowry Interview (from Michael Lee, The Athletic):
UTA: Defense Is The Problem For The Jazz (from Mo Dakhil, Washington Post):
UTA: Korver Is One The Best Shooters In History (from Andrew Bailey, SLC Dunk):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/29/18

BKN: Joe Harris Personifies The Modern NBA (from Reid Belew, Hashtag Basketball):
BOS: Marcus Morris’ Versatility (from Jack Noonan, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Do The Celtics Have A Jaylen Brown Problem?  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
GSW: Iguodala Interview (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
GSW: Video Analysis: KD & Klay End The Magic (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: 10 Warriors’ Stats That Matter After 22 Games (from Anthony Slater, The Athetic):
LAC: Doc Rivers: What I’ve Learned In 20 Seasons As A Head Coach (from March J. Spears, The Undefeated):
LAC: Don’t Wait On The Clips To Free Fall (from Martin Rogers, Sporting News):
LAL: LBJ & The Lakers Have A Lot Of Work To Do (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
MEM: Could The Memphis Hustle Backcourt (Carter & Goodwin) Help The Grizzlies? (from Chris Kern, Beale Street Bears):
MIN: How RoCo Went From Waiver-Wire Castoff To Solid Gold Defender (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
MIN: The Wolves Are 7-2 Since Trading Butler (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
NYK: Can Ntilikina Regain Confidence?  (from Rob Wolkenbrod, Daily Knicks):
PHI: Shamet Looks Like A Long-Term Piece (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
PHO: Who Is Richaun Holmes? (from Katherine Fitzgerald, Arizona Republic):
PHO: How To Improve The Suns? Coach Kokoskov Has A List (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
SAC: Buddy Hield: The Ballad Of Buddy Buckets (from Katie Baker, The Ringer):
TOR: The Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard Trade Gamble Is Paying Off (from Tim Bontemps, ESPN):
Eight Thoughts About The Warriors & The Raptors (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
How Has Three-Point Shooting Changed The Game? (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
The 5 Most Interesting Teams In Week 7 (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
The Week In Review (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
THE UTA-CLE Trade:
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/6/18

ATL: Kevin Huerter Has Shown He Belongs (from Glen Willis, Soaring Down South):
BKN: D’Antoni Has Long Been A Believer In Kenny Atkinson (from Moke Hamilton, The Athletic):
CLE: The Cavs’ Season From Hell Reached A New Low Against The Magic (from Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation):
DAL: The Mavs Have Fully Embraced The Modern NBA (from Doyle Rader, Mavs Moneyball):
DAL:  Q & A: Maxi Kleber (from Talk Basket):
DEN: Nuggets Match Best Start In Franchise History (from Tim Bontemps, ESPN):
DEN: Takeaways From Win Over Celtics (from Brandon Ewing, Mile High Sports):
DEN: Juancho Hernangomez & The Art Of Spacing The Floor (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
DET:  GRIII As A Starter Can Help Boost Pistons’ Shooting (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
GSW: How McKinnie Went From Long Shot To Rotation Player (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
HOU: Playbook: Flex STS Pitch Milwaukee (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
IND: Sabonis Is Playing Big Without Being Constrained By His Size  (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
MIA: Q & A: Dwyane Wade  (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
MIL: How To Handle The First Faults In The Defensive Scheme (from Adam Paris, Brew Hoop):
MIL: Brook Lopez Is Making A Big Difference On Defensive Glass  (from Kane Pitman, The Step Back):
MIL: Budenholzer Has Bucks Ahead of Schedule (from Mo Dakhil, Washington Post):
PHI: RoCo Is Making Early DPOY Case (from Ethan Piechota, The Sixer Sense):
PHI: Refusal To Play Smaller Is Holding The Team Back (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
POR: A New Rotation Is Bringing Success (from Peter Sampson, Blazer’s Edge):
POR: Evan Turner Is Flourishing In is New Role (from Steven Vaughan, Blazer’s Edge):
SAC: The Kings Have Found Their Blueprint.  Will Bagley Fit?  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
SAS: The Best Version Of DeRozan Has Arrived In San Antonio (from Jared Johnson, BBall Index):
SAS: Aldridge & Extra Possessions (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):
SAS: Video Breakdown: Anatomy Of A Spurs Dunk (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):
WAS: Can The Wizards Fix This New Level Of Dysfunction?  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Week 3 In Review (from Justin Willard, Nylon Calculus):
Metrics 101: The One Number Defining Each Team Three Weeks In (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
What Makes The Penny Hardaway/Mike Miller Coaching Union Work?  (from Drew Hill, Commercial Appeal):
2019 Draft Scouting Videos: Barrett, Williamson, Little, K. Johnson  (from Mike Schmitz/Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Which Duke Draft Prospect Has The Most NBA Potential?  (from Schmitz/Givony/Pelton, ESPN):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/18/18 PART ONE

BOS:  How Baynes Limits Embiid  (from Jack Noonan, Celtics Blog):
–  CHI: Tyler Ulis Is Still Surprising Doubters (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
GSW: Q & A: Draymond Green (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
HOU: Can Melo Change To Play The Rockets’ Way?  (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
HOU: It’s A Good Time To Be PJ Tucker (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):
LAL: How LBJ Became An Offensive Force  (from Kirk Goldsberry, ESPN):
MIL: The Bucks’ New Style Of Play (from Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation):
NOP: Have The Pels Finally Given AD A Real Supporting Cast?  (from Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation):
NYK: How Allonzo Trier Has Surprised Everyone (from Benoit Lilievre, Knicks Film School):
PHI: Observations From Opening Night Loss (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: Bahamian DeAndre Ayton: Son Of The Soil  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
TOR: The Raptors’ Defensive Blueprint (from Craig Oliver, Hashtag Basketball):
WAS: How Wizards’ Players Are Navigating Fatherhood (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Video Breakdown: Best Sets: NBA Day One (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
How The Lottery Picks Did On Opening Night (from Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports):
Ayton, Doncic Showcase Bright Futures On Opening Night (form Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
LBJ’s 1st NBA Game: An Oral History (from Justin Tinsley/Aaron Dodson):
Success For New Agents Is A Long Shot  (from Kevin Draper, NY Times):
NOTE:  Today’s BI is delayed & abbreviated due to Comcast internet service interruption.  We will play catch-up in Part Two later today.  Thank you for your patience.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/12/18

BKN: The Nets Finally Control Their Own Destiny  (from Eric Spyropolous, The Step Back):
BOS: Is Horford The Most Important Celtic?  (from Matt John, Basketball Insiders):
BOS: How Horford Can Continue To Improve (from Thomas King, Hardwood Houdini);
CLE: Which Cav Had The Best Training Camp?  (from Joe Vardon, The Athletic):
DEN: Q & A: Michael Porter, Jr  (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
GSW: Quinn Cook Could Be Poised For Breakout Year (from Patrick Murray, Forbes):
GSW: The Dubs’ Favorite JaVale Memories (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
LAL: Landing LeBron: Jeanie Buss & The Kobe Assist  (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
LAL: Will The Lakers Make The Playoffs?  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass);
LAL: Film Room: Lonzo Returns (from Pete Zayas, Lakers Film Room):
MIA: Hassan Whiteside Wants To Be Unleashed (from Tom Haberstroh, Bleacher Report):
MIN: Why Do The Wolves Want Josh Richardson So Badly?  (from Jake Paynting, Canis Hoopus):
NYK: Is Ntilikina The Knicks’ PG Of The Future? (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
NYK: Fizdale Wants To See How Ntilikina Does Defending Some PFs  (from Barbara Barker, Newsday):
OKC: Can Schroder & Westbrook Form A Dynamic Duo?  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
OKC: Grant And Patterson Are Keys To Thunder’s Faster Play (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com):
ORL: Vucevic: Consistent & Still Improving  (from Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel):
ORL: Can The Magic Overcome Their PG Issue?  (from Brandon Jefferson, The Step Back):
PHO: James Jones Has Already Made His Mark On The Suns  (from Brendon Kleen, Bright Side Of The Sun):
PHO: Bender’s Future In Phoenix Looks Bleak (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
POR: Does Taking More Three-Pointers Really Make For A Great Offense?  (from Robert Flom, Blazer’s Edge):
SAC: How The Kings Plan To Push The Pace (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
UTA: The Jazz’ Embarrassment Of Riches On The Bench (from Jordan Cummings, SLC Dunk):
WAS: Grading The Wizards’ Roster  (from NBA Math):
Inside Brian Bowen’s New Path To The NBA And What It Means (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Refs Are Using Psychology To Keep Up With The Pace Of The Modern NBA (from Ben Dowsett, SBNation):
Are Curry & Harden Breaking The Rules?  (from Coach Nick/Ronnie Nunn, BBall Breakdown):
The Art Of The Sidle: The Slickest Move In NBA Media (from Bryan Curtis, The Ringer):
Ranking All 30 Bench Units  (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
How Does The Luxury Tax Work?  (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
Sleepers, Breakout Candidates & More (from The Athletic):
Two-Way Contracts Have Given Teams A Powerful Tool (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Tex Winter Was A Stickler For Details (from Dan Woike, LA Times):