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:

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/26/18

Paul George Has Never Been Better (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
How Capela Has Emerged Into Rockets’ Ideal Center (from Gavriel Wilkins, Hoops Habit):
The Truth About Luka Doncic (from Rob Scott, Euroleague Adventures):
What Can We Glean From The Box-Out Stats? (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
DeMar DeRozan’s Honest Talk About Depression (from Doug Smith, The Star):
Takeaways From Sloan Conference (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Dwane Casey On End-Of-Game Situations: “We’ve Got To Get Better” (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
Raptors’ Playoff Concerns (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Joe Johnson Has Not Been Efficient In Isolation Situations This Season (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
How Lillard Leads The Blazers (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
The Warriors Must Unleash Their Full Pick-And-Roll Potential (from Hugo Kitano, Golden State Of Mind):
Wolves Can Thrive With A Post-Up Offense Even Without Butler (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Helping KAT On Defense (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Wolves Need The Best Version Of Bjelica (from Jake Paynting, Dunking With Wolves):
Every Contender’s Biggest X-Factor (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Jahlil Okafor: An Interior Peg Trying To Fit Into A Perimeter Hole (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
Former Cavs GM David Griffin: Living In Sonoma (from Phil Barber, Press Democrat):
Dennis Smith, Jr: Learning to Play The “2”  (from Eddie Sefko.Dallas Morning News):
Dante Cunningham Brings Toughness To Nets (from Alex Labidou, Nets.com):
Heat: Tyler Johnson Is Back On The Attack (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Nuggets’ Mike Malone: Our Defense Has To Be Better (from Harrison Wind, BSN Denver):
The Celtics’ Most Important Bench Players (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Players Still Hate The Desperation Heave (from Ryan Jones, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/25/18

Sloan Conference, Day 2 (from Nylon Calculus):
Cavs: LBJ & The New 4 (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):
Wolves: Surviving Butler’s Injury (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
From Jackson Frank, Patreon.com:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/17181535
Wiggins’ Offensive Regression (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
Can Dejounte Murray Be The Next Great Spur?  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
Spurs: What’s Up With Kawhi Leonard’s Injury?  (from Lucas Seehafer, Zone Coverage):
Ballmer: Clippers Traded Griffin To Build For Modern NBA (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
Pels: AD Is In The Midst Of The Best 4-Game Stretch Of His Career  (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):
Julius Randle: Dynamic Scoring Threat (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Mavs: Is Playing Dennis Smith Off-The-Ball A Nod To Draft Plans?  (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
Sunday Notes: Harden, Raptors, Silver, Hornets & More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Kings: Labissiere Knows It’s Time To Step Up (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
For The Dubs, It All Still Starts With Curry (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
The Toughest Transition For NBA Rookies (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Pistons Playbook: Three-Point Defense (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Video: How The Wolves Adjusted Their Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Lillard Time (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
Despite Flying Under The Radar, Poeltl Does A Lot For The Raptors (from Jordan Skuse, Raptors HQ):
Donovan Mitchell: Proving That He Is A Star (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Justise Winslow: Finding A Rhythm (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Bucks: 40-Year-Old Jason Terry Provides A Lift On & Off The Court (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
– Young Player To Watch On Each WC Lottery-Bound Team (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/14/18 PART ONE

Jabari Parker: Staying Humble, Guarded In Latest Comeback (form Yaron Weitzman, BleacherReport):
New Age Of Center Play (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Hawks: Dedmon Has Picked Up Where He Left Off (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
Pelicans: Explaining The Spain Pick & Roll (from Kumar, Bourbon Street Shots):
The Porzingis Post-Surgery Timetable (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Steve Kerr Let The Players Do The Coaching  (from Marcus Thompson II, The Athletic):
Inside The 24 Hours That Changed The Cavs’ Season (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
LBJ’s Versatility Is The Key To Cavs’ Success (from Michael D. Sykes II, SBNation):
The Cavs’ Looming Luxury Tax Bill (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):
Will IT Ever Be Last Season’s Player Again? (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Pacers Are Building A Winning Culture (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
The Jazz’ Recent Roll (from Zach Lowe,ESPN):
Jazz: So Far, No Moment Has Been Too Big For Royce O’Neale (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Trade Deadline Takeaways (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Mavericks: This Is How Young Players Learn (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
Ranking The Best Buyout Players (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
– Second Look: Pistons Vs Pelicans (from Joseph Sinke, Piston Powered):
Pistons: A Whole New World For James Ennis (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Can Greg Monroe Save The Celtics’ 2nd Unit? (from Graham Allen Celtics Hub):
Wolves: Teague Adjusts To Unfamiliar Role (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Clippers: Big Decisions Loom (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Khem Birch’s Unique Journey To The NBA (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
Jahlil Okafor Is Tanking A Team With Nothing To Tank For (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
Cristiano Felicio Overcame Prep School Nightmare To Achieve His NBA Dream  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Lakers: Alex Caruso Finds His Role (from David Ramil, Fanrag Sports):
Is Jaren Jackson, Jr The Most Versatile Player In The 2018 Draft?  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Five Draft Prospects Who Deserve More Shine (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Raptors: Caboclo Was A Worthwhile Gamble (from Blake Murphy, VICE Sports):