Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/9/18

In Appreciation Of Al Horford’s Brilliance (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How TJ McConnell Energized The Sixers In Game 4 (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
The Sixers’ Extreme Plan To Run Everything Through Their Two Stars (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
How Much Do Coaches Matter? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
After Making 1st Conference Finals, CP3 Asks: “Who Plays Just For That?” (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
CP3: The Ultimate Irony (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
– How D’Antoni Countered UTA’s Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
The Harden & Capela Oop Show (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Jazz: The Beat Will Go On (from Royce Young/Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
HOU-UTA Series Winners & Losers (from Jeff Balke, Houston Press):
Royce O’Neale Proved His Worth In The Playoffs (from Zachary Padmore, The J Notes):
Love & Korver Aren’t Just Watching LBJ (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
The Raptors’ Reliance On Fred Vanvleet (from Seerat Sohi, SB Nation):
Lin & Roberson: The Rare Patellar Tendon Rupture (from Dr. Rajpal Brar, The Injury Insight):
The #1 Goal Of Agents In The Pre-Draft Process (from Matt Babcock, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Kevin Pritchard (from Dan Dakich/Dakota Crawford, Indy Star):
Guide To Igor Koskoskov (from David Nash, TheIVPointPlay)):
How To Approach Prospect Evaluation: Ballhandling  (from Danny Leroux, Real GM):
Fizdale’s Biggest Success: Admitting His Failure (from Barbara Barker, Newsday):
Six Players Who May Surprise At The Combine (from Matt Norlander, CBS Sports):
Six Market-Value FAs Worth Watching (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Is Dual Coach/President Role Destined To Fail? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/2/18

These Plays And Matchups Will Decide HOU-UTA & PHI-BOS (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Clint Capela is The Glue That Holds The Rockets Together (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Jazz: Adjustments For Game Two (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
The Defensive Move The Rockets Made To Stop Mitchell (from Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle):
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey: Values He Learned In Houston Are Never Far Away (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Celtics Exploited Matchup Advantages Many Didn’t See Coming (from Jay King, The Athletic):
The Sixers Can’t Scheme Horford Away (from Nekias Duncan, Clutch Points):
Sixers Want RoCo To Keep Firing Threes (from Marcus Hayes, philly.com):
Sixers: Searching For Answers (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Game One: How Celtics Silenced Sixers’ Threes (from Marc D’Amico, celtics.com):
Amir Johnson On Why His Former Team Keeps On Winning (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Family, Faith Pave Ojeleye’s Path (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
Iguodala: Game Two Highlights (from watchbasketballvideos.com):
Warriors Thanos Has Arrived (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
CLE 113, TOR 112 (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Inside The Tension Between Kawhi Leonard & The Spurs (from Ramona Shelburne & Michael Wright, ESPN):
How Teams Are Using Shooters As Screeners To Great Effect (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
The Pacers Set A Foundation That Didn’t Cost Years Of Losing (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Pacers: Takeaways From Season-End Session With Pritchard, McMillan (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
Pacers Still Have Eyes For Elusive Stretch-Four (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
Which Postseason Star Is The Real ROY? (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Heat’s Next Step Could Be Waiters’ Surgically Repaired Ankle (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Carmelo’s Failed OKC Experiment (from Rodger Sherman, The Ringer):
Carmelo Lacks Self-Awareness Of His Declining Status (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
Nuggets: Jokic Made Important Strides This Season (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
The Making Of Danny Green (from CJackson Cowart, Media Hub):
2018 Draft: Strengths & Weaknesses Of Top Prospect At Each Position (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Brian Grant Won’t Back Down From Parkinson’s Disease (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Hornets’ Managing Partner Curtis Polk (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/19/18

Inside The Chessmaster Play That Playoff Teams Love To Run (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
How The Pels Have Controlled The Series (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

The Blazers Shun The Pass (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
POR-NOP Game 3 Preview (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

CLE 100, IND 97 (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):

The Reasons Behind Tristan Thompson’s Benching (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Jeff Bzdelik: The Genius Behind The Rockets’ Title Push (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
HOU 102, MIN 82 (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):

The Film Sessions That Helped Turn Donovan Mitchell Into UTA’s #1 Option (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Analytics-Driven Sixers Ride The Numbers (from Marcus Hayes, philly.com):
Why The Sixers Must Not Rush Embiid Back (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
How The Sixers Cracked The Culture Code (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
Bucks Get A Failing Grade In Playoff Chemistry (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Bucks May Need A Lineup Tweak (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
So, Who Is Terry Rozier? (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

DeMar DeRozan’s Evolution (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):
Otto Porter’s Defensive Versatility (from Blake Murphy, Dime Mag):
Raptors: Delon Wright Is Thriving On Playoff Stage (from Jordan Skuse. Raptors Rapture):
Ibaka: Punishing The Wizards (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):
The Wizards’ John Wall Dilemma (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Wizards Need To Clean Up Their Defensive Issues (from Marcus Atkinson, Bullets Forever):
GSW 116, SAS 101 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
Pachulia Keeps Benching In Perspective (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Using NBA Matchup Data To Define Defensive Roles (from Jared Dubin, Nylon Calculus):
What’s Next For The Clippers? (from Broderick Turner, LA Times):
–  NBA’s Basketball Operations Associate Program: Helping Players Transition Into Front Offices (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Miami Heat Coaching Staff Clinic Notes (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
Pete Carril: Steve Mills Isn’t Just Going To Hand David Blatt The Knicks HC Job (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):
Reviewing Dennis Smith, Jr’s Rookie Season (from Josh Bowe, Mavs Moneyball):
2018 Draft: Scouting Jaren Jackson, Jr (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):

Darius Adams: Around The World In Seven Years (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/17/18

How The Pacers Contained LBJ & The Cavs In Game 1 (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
“Closing Speed” Makes Oladipo Great (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
All The Ways Oladipo Sliced & Diced The Cavs’ Defense (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
What The Cavs Need To Fix Before Game Two (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
Can’t Play Whiteside? (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Sixers Learn Playoff Realities (from Jack McCaffery, Delco Times):
Game 2: Warriors Answer Spurs’ Physical Counterpunch The Only Way They Know How (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Iguodala Is Showing How Valuable He Is (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury News):
Don’t Blame Kawhi For Taking Control (from Vincent Goodwill, Bleacher Report):
Welcome To The Paul George Playoff Experience (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Read it here:  https://www.theringer.com/nba-playoffs/2018/4/16/17242298/paul-george-thunder-jazz

Reserves Give Thunder Reason To Celebrate (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com):
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Thunder Needs Defensive Detail To Continue (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Thunder: Maintaining What Worked In Game One (from Nick Gallo, Thunder.com):
The Jazz Miss Sefolosha (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
Ibaka: Benefitting From Full Season With Raptors (from Sportsnet.ca):
Capela Completes Rockets’ Cornerstone Trio (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
KAT & DRose: The Good, The Bad & The Decent (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
In-Flight Adjustments: Wolves Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Ben Falk And Liam Flynn, Cleaning The Glass):
How John Wall Went From Fat To Six-Pack Abs While Recovering (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Video: Jrue Holiday’s Defensive Brilliance In Game One (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):

In Playoff Debut, Blazers’ Rookie Zach Collins Proved Ready For The Stage (from Andrew Greif, Oregon Live):
Brandon Jennings’ Roads Not Taken (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
Thoughts On Opening-Weekend’s Playoff Games (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Laker Film Room: Randle’s Breakout Season (from Pete Zayas, Forum Blue And Gold):
How Stackhouse Crafted Himself Into Hot-Shot Head Coaching Candidate (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Get To Know David Fizdale (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
Doncic Enters The Lions’ Den (from Emmet Ryan, Ball In Europe):
Luka Doncic: Situational Analysis (from Nick Prevenas, NBADraft.net):

 

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: