Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/18

Inside The Warriors’ Initial Preparation Against Potential First-Round Opponents (from Mark Medina, Mercury news):
How The Celtics Will Defend The Bucks (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
How The Sixers Are Succeeding Without Embiid (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
Each Playoff Team’s X-Factor (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
How The Jazz Became The Team No One Wants To Face (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
Raptors: Ideal Transitional And Closing Lineups (from Daniel Hackett, Raptors HQ):
The Blazers Have Missed Harkless (from Ty Delbridge, Hoops Habit):
Popovich: It’s A Different Position For Spurs This Season (from Michael Wright, ESPN):
Awards Ballot, Part One (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Debunking The LeBron Mythos (from Josh Eberley,
Grading The Atlanta Hawks After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Arcidiacono Keeps Pushing On (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
How To Fix The Knicks & The Nets (from Harvey Araton, Marc Stein, Malika Andrews, NY Times):
Nets: Patience & Progress (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
Hornacek Was Doomed From The Start (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
What Happened To Jahlil Okafor? (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
Best Sets: March 2018 (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
This Season’s Best “Bargain Players” (from Brandon Anderson, 94 Feet Report):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/6/18

Josh Richardson: MIA’s Most Important Player? (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Top 4 ROY Candidates (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Defense Makes “Playoff Lebron” A Thing  (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):
Kyle Korver: Still Playing At A High Level (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Can We Just Enjoy Nikola Jokic For A Minute? (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
Nuggets: Will Barton Recaptured Thrill After Dark Times (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Will Gobert Be The Jazz’ Big Advantage AND Big Problem In The Playoffs? (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
VanVleet May Be The Key To Raptors’ Success (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):
The Celtics’ Best Non-Irving Lineups (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
How Losing Irving Impacts The Celtics’ Playoff Run (from Neil Paine/Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
Pacers: GR III Is Making A Defensive Impact (from Sean Reynolds, Hashtag Basketball):
Nate McMillan’s Genius: Getting A Complete Team Effort Every Night (from Gregg Doyel, Indy Star):
Lillard: The Meaning Of “Dame Time” (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
How Portland Fell In Love With Lillard (from Paul Flannery, SB Nation):
Blazers: Wade Baldwin IV’s Defensive Impact (from Jayson Quick, NBC Sports):
Heat: Spoelstra Won’t Hesitate To Play McGruder In The Playoffs (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Video: Watch College Coaches Implement Pro Xs & Os: How Basketball Lessons Translate Across Levels (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
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Q & A: Jonathan Isaac (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Devin Booker Aims To Rise With The Suns (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
In Season Full Of Surprises, Bogdanovic May Be Pacers’ Biggest (from J.Michael Falgoust, Indy Star):
Julius Randle’s Tortuous Path (from Davide Tovani, Lake Show Life):
Knicks: O’Quinn Makes Most Of Opportunities (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Why I’m Jumping To The G-League (from Darius Bazley, The Players’ Tribune):
Doncic: International Man Of Mystery (from Eustacchio Raulli/Trevor Magnotti, 94 Feet Report):
What Can NBA Teams Do With Dzanan Musa? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/31/18

 – 10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Nikola Jokic & The Ambiguous Definition Of “Aggressiveness” (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
Defense: Some Rookies Are Impressive Statistically, But Coaches Say They Have A Lot To Learn (from Chris Barnewell, CBS Sports):
How The Rockets Re-Tooled And Weaponized The High Screen-And-Roll (from Jackson Frank, Patreon):
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Kelly Oubre, Jr: Washington’s Working Artist (from David Ramil, The Step Back):
Nets: Letting The Wings Soar (from Alec Liebsch, Hoops Habit):
POR 105, LAC 96 (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Tristan Thompson Shows Glimpses Of Being “The Tristan Of Old” (from Chris Fedor,
The Celtics Are Relying On Stellar Defense (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):
Celtics’ Team-First Approach Is Lifting Them Up (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
The Celtics Have Multiple Last-Shot Options (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Brad Stevens’ Celtics To Increase Win Total For 5th Consecutive Season (from Jeremy Stevens, Hoops Habit):
Jay Triano On Defending Harden (from Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle):
DPOY Candidates (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
MIP Candidates (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Is Doncic The Best Draft Fit For The Suns?  (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Scouting Draft Sleeper De’Anthony Melton (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Grizzlies: Frozen By Ownership Uncertainty (from Geoff Calkins, Commercial Appeal):
Q & A: Former #1 Overall Draft Pick Joe Smith (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/28/18

The Spurs Have Been All-In On Aldridge’s Post-Ups (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Measuring Rudy Gobert’s Impact (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
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Fultz’ High School Coach: “He Is Going To Get Better” (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Film Review: Sixers’ Inbound Play Vs. Nuggets (from Kevin F. Love, Liberty Ballers):
Breaking Down The Hawks’ BLOB Sets (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
Rockets: The Path Is Open (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Can The Bucks Survive When Giannis Is Off The Court? (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Bucks: Khris Middleton Has Returned To Form (from Matthew Hallett, Hoops Hype):
Cavs: LBJ’s “New Levels” May Not Be Enough (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Long Live The Interim Lakers (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
The Grizzlies’ “Other Guys” Are Getting Better (from Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Markkanen’s Development Could Change Course Of Bulls’ Rebuild (form Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Olynyk: The Heat’s Secret Weapon (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
Aminu’s Health & Growth Has Helped Propel The Blazers (from Jackson Frank, Patreon):
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Hidden Highlights: Contributions To Blazers’ Recent Success (from Eric Griffith, Blazer’s Edge):
Gorgui Dieng’s Struggles (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Derrick Rose’s Report Card After 5 Games (from Brian Sampson, Canis Hoopus):
Shelvin Mack Keeps Magic’s Bench, Youth Stable (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Magic: Hezonja’s Progress (from John Denton,
Melvin Frazier Is A Ball Of Role Player Clay (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Jerryd Bayless Won’t Let Basketball Define Him (from Keith Pompey,


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/23/18

10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Jeff Teague Emerges From Between A Rock & A Hard Place (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
Devin Booker’s Game (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Playing All 82 Games Means Something More To Bradley Beal (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
All-Star Break Has Worked Wonders For Blazers, Jazz & Heat (from John Schuhmann,
Humble Beginnings For Giannis: 60 Minutes Preview (from CBS):
The Misutilization of Giannis’ Post-Up Game (from Max Carlin, Hoops Habit):
Paul Millsap On His Reintegration Into The Nuggets’ Lineup (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Oladipo On Overcoming Being Defended Like An All-Star (from Clifton Brown, Indy Star):
Week 22 In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Raptors-Cavs Takeaways (from William Lou, Medium):
Raptors: Serge Ibaka’s Continuing Struggles (from Jordan Skuse, RaptorsHQ):
Spurs’ Games 63-72: An Evaluation (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):
Paul Silas On Dwight Howard’s Rebounding (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Video: How The Blazers Hurt The Rockets With Nurkic Post-Ups (from Jeff Siegel, Blazer’s Edge):
Warriors: Steph Curry Really Is “The System” (from Will Gottlieb, Bleacher Report):
Steph Curry Is Not Going To Change The Way He Plays (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
Why OKC Continues To Play Starterless Units (from Erik Horne,
Does Corey Brewer Bring The Needed Last Piece To OKC’s Closing Lineup? (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
Anthony Davis: The Joy And Limits Of Individual Brilliance (from Zito Madu, SBNation):
What John Wall Can Learn From Tomas Satoransky (from Marcus Atkinson, Sr., Bullets Forever):
MIA Doesn’t Need James Johnson To Be A Star (from Brandon DiPerno, Hot Hot Hoops):
Montrezl Harrell Is Shining For Transitioning Clippers (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):
The Jazz Defense Reaps The Benefit Of Small Ball (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Clippers: Tobias Harris Has Been Better Than Expected (from Broderick Turner, LATimes):
What Plays Would Be Dreams Come True For Lonzo Ball? (from Kevin Ding,
Wayne Ellington: Not Satisfied With 200 3s (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):
Defensive Analytics: Situational Fouling (from ZigZag Analytics):
Sixers: Every Starter’s Most Interesting Stat (from Daniel Volpone, The Sixer Sense):
Isaiah Hicks May Have A Future With The Knicks (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
An Oral History Of Kyrie Irving’s Tantalizing 11-Game Duke Career (from Aaron Dodson, The Undefeated):