Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/2/18

In The Role Of Steph Curry: Quinn Cook:  (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury news):
How Luka Doncic Could Help Shape The Suns’ Identity (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
Luka Doncic Scouting Report (from Connor Harr, Sir Charles In Charge):
Will Michael Beasley Be With the Knicks Next Season? (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Jakob Poeltl, Unsung Hero (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
The Cavs Never Lost Confidence In JR Smith (from Chris Fedor,
Mike D’Antoni: Being Rested, Playing Poorly Is Not A Good Formula (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Pistons’ Week In Review: Reggie Jackson’s Importance & More (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
Pistons: Anthony Tolliver Has Improved And Is More Versatile (from Keith Langlois,
COY Candidates (from Dakota Crawford, Indy Star):
Nets’ Joe Harris Is More Than A Shooter (from Tom Dowd,
Noah Vonleh’s Opportunity & Development (from Sam Smith,
Xavier Silas’ Return From Basketball Purgatory (from Dakota Randall, NESN):
Lakers: Luke Walton Has Overcome Challenges To Prove He’s The Right Coach (from Hannah Kulik, Lakers Nation):
Marcus Morris Has His Best Month – At Exactly The Right Time (from Justin Quinn, Celtics Life):
Thunder’s Need For Jerami Grant Is Evident In His Growth (from Erik Horne,
Can Any East Team Take LBJ’s Crown? (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Why Has The Effort To Hire Female Refs Stalled? (from Britni de La Cretaz, Bleacher Report):
NOTE:  Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Zeke Upshaw:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/1/18

Examining The Jazz (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
– Jazz’ Offense Is Stuck In Neutral As Second Unit Struggles To Find Identity (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):
For Wade & The Heat, Less Is More (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Kevin Durant & Michael Beasley (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Wizards: Beal’s Leadership Has Been Key Without Wall (from Ben Standig, The Sports Capitol):
The Wizards & Their Alleged John Wall Issue (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
PG’s Thunder Future Relies On Bond With Westbrook (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Ben Simmons’ Historic Avoidance Of The 3-Point Arc (from Zach Kram, The Ringer):
Celtics: Monroe Shows His Value (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
Film Study: Kyrie Irving’s Feel For The Game (from Greg Cassoli, USA Today):
Grading The Knicks’ New-Look Backcourt (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Don’t Forget About Dillon Brooks (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Pistons: Missing Reggie Jackson (from Jackson Lloyd, 94 Feet Report):
Comparing Griffin & Harris Since The DET-LAC Trade (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Suns: Josh Jackson’s Progress (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
The Bucks’ Problematic Center Rotation (from Josh Cornelissen, Behind The Buck Pass):
How Hawks Rookie John Collins Compares To His Peers (from Michael Cunningham,
Remaining Schedule Strength (from
Who’s Next In Villanova’s Unique NBA Draft Pipeline? (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
For Three NBA Refs, An HBCU Southern Connection Endures (from Brian Martin,
Celebrating Violet Palmer, NBA’s 1st Female Ref (from Lauren Jones, LA Sentinel):
Q & A: Marcus Thompson, author of Golden: The Miraculous Rise Of Steph Curry (from Emily Parker, Cross Rhythms:
Damien Wilkens: Shining In The G-League (from Scott Agness, Vigilant Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/16/18

10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Clippers Loss Exposed Celtics’ Defensive Issues (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
–  Celtics: The Importance Of Marcus Smart (from A Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Jonathan Isaac Knows Patience Is Key To Long-Term Success (from John Denton,
Heat: Adebayo Is Proving To Be A Genuine Building Block (from Simon Smith,  All U Can Heat):
Magic: A Deeper Look At Hezonja’s Improvement (from Josh Cohen,
Oladipo & Sabonis: The Dynamic Duo (from Jonathan Macri, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
What The Blazers Are Learning From A Ref Consultant About Getting More Foul Calls (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
Nikola Jokic: Highlights From Last Night (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Steven Adams’ Offensive Impact (from Erik Horne,
Q & A: Kevin McHale (from Justin Terranova, NY Post ):
Suns: Can Elfrid Payton Become A Long-Term Answer? (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Q & A: Elfrid Payton (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
OKC: Paul George Was Exactly What Was Needed (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Goran Dragic’s Wild Ride To All-Star Status (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Hard Work, Steady Development Paid Off For Tatum, Celtics (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
–  Diminishing Returns: Less-Skilled Shooters Are Adding The Step Back (from Sydney Robinson, Nylon Calculus):
Nets: Loyalty To Allen Crabbe Is Finally Paying Off (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Anthony Davis Is Carrying A Team That Needs Him More Than Ever (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Pistons GM Bower: Secrecy, Trust Are Key In Trade Talks (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
2018 Draft: Elie Okobo, Hiding In Plain Sight (from Jackson Hoy, The Stepien):
Remembering & Celebrating Flip Saunders (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
NBA Coaches: Sharing Teaching Techniques in eCoach Program (from Steve Aschburner,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/20/18

What’s Wrong With Golden State’s Once-Invincible Death Lineup? (from Will Gottlieb, Bleacher Report):
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GSW vs HOU: A Fascinating Strategic & Stylistic Matchup (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
Steph Curry Has Become A Better Scorer By Being Less Breathtaking  (from Micah Adams, ESPN):
10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
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The Slicing & Dicing Nuggets’ Offense (from Max Carlin, Nugg Love):
Teodosic’s Surprising Defensive Impact (from Brett Koremenos, RealGM):
Wolves: Time To Change The Narrative On Wiggins’ & Towns’ Defense (from Andrew Neururer, Dunking With Wolves):
The Clippers’ Big Shift: The Faces Changed & So Did The Offense (from Justin Russo, The Beat):
Capela Is Becoming A Consistent Option (from Eric Spyropolous, Space City Scoop):
Zach Lavine Is Getting Back In The Groove (from Sam Smith,
Ask Sam Smith (from
Markkanen Is Blowing Expectations Away (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Video Breakdown: Atlanta’s ATOs  (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
Spurs & Raptors Show That NBA Culture Is About People & Philosophy, Not Playing Style (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Paul George Does A Little Bit Of Everything For OKC  (from Associated Press):
Khem Birch’s Path To Meaningful Minutes (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
KP’s Shot Selection: Eerily Similar To What Melo’s Was (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
How NBA Players Take Care Of Their Bodies, Part One: Cryotherapy (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Q & A: Davis Bertans (from Jorge Sierra, Hoops Hype):
The Saddest Plays In The NBA Right Now (from Zach Kram, The Ringer):
Kelly Oubre’s Career Night (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Oubre’s Development: A Bright Spot In A Dim Wizards’ Season (from Osman Baig, Bullets Forever):
Friday Recap (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
The Hornets: What Happened? (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
It’s A Process But So Far Lue Likes Cavs’ New 2nd Unit (from Chris Fedor,
Challenge For Lue: How To Handle The Veterans (from Terry Pluto,
Blazers Hire Don Vaden, Former Head Of NBA Officials, As Consultant (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/31/17

Trey Lyles Is Coming Into His Own (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Nugg Love):
Video Breakdown: Steph Curry’s 10 Threes (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Curry Torches The Griz In HIs Return (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
The Resurgent Bulls (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
In Defense Of Harden:  Q & A With Coach Irv Roland (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Celtics: Finally Able To Conduct First December Practice (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
–  The Celtics Put On A Master Class Of Poise & Perseverance (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Strange Case Of Julius Randle (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
The Lakers’ Defensive Identity Has Slipped Away (from Drew Garrison, Silver Screen And Roll):
Kevin Love Is Playing Ridiculously Well & Few Are Noticing (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
The Suns May Have Found Their Go-To Closing Lineup With “Point Booker”  (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Dennis Smith, Jr: Learning The Nuances (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
Pistons’ Stifling Defense Compensates For Depleted Depth (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
Erik Spoelstra: NBA Officiating Is In Transition (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
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