Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/18/19

ATL: Why Huerter Is The Perfect Backcourt Mate For Trae Young (from Zach Hood, Peachtree Hoops) ):
ATL: The Hawks Have A Turnover Problem (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
ATL: Q & A: Vince Carter (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
BKN: How Nets Rebuilt From The Worst Trade Ever (from Anthony Puccio, SNY):
BKN: Signature Win Comes At Opportune Time (from Erik Slater, Nothin’ But Nets):
From Jonathan Rosenberg, BBall Index:  https://www.bball-index.com/nets-game-46-2019/
BKN: Joe Harris Is One Of The NBA’s Best Shooters (from Matt Moore, The Action Network):
BOS: Theis Is The Celtics’ Secret Weapon (from Jeremy Stevens, Hashtag Basketball):
CHA: The Bench Comes Together: The Kids & A Wise Old Man (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CHA: Film Study Has Accelerated Miles Bridges’ Growth (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Burks Has Revived His Career With Greater Opportunity (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DET: Kalin Lucas Is Back On NBA’s Doorstep (from Matt Schoch, Detroit News):
GSW: Video Analysis: How Will DMC Fit In The Offense? (from Eric Apricot, Goden State Of Mind):
GSW: Inside The Warriors Before DMC’s Debut (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
GSW: Will DMC’s G-League Rehab Fuel A League-Wide Trend? (from Ben Golliver, Washingotn Post):
IND: How The Pacers Have Become Even Better Than Last Season (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
LAC: Gallinari & Harris Have Strong All-Star Cases (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
LAL: Luke Walton Is Up To The Challenge As LBJ Recovers (from Ramona Shelburne, ESPN):
MIL: Brook Lopez Is Making History, One Three Pointer At A Time (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
MIL: The Bucks’ Defense Is Built Around Brook Lopez (from Brian Sampson, Brew Hoop):
MIL: The Importance Of Bledsoe To The Bucks (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
MIN: Q &A: Kevin Garnett On The WNBA & More  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
NYK: Knox Is Merely Scratching The Surface (from Sean Hiighkin, SNY):
PHI: Sixers Kick Off Brutal Stretch With Arguably Season-Best Win (from Paul Hudrick, NBC Sports):
*PHI: The Fate Of The Sixers’ Process Looms (from Bryan Toporek, The Basketball Writers):
POR: Maybe McCollum Really Isn’t Having a “Down Year” (from Doug Patrick, Rip City Project):
10 Things, Including Draymond, Kawhi & Lonzo (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
The  5 Most Interesting Teams Of The Week (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
Caboclo: Finally Ready For The NBA? (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
Inside The Grueling Role Of An NBA Equipment Manager  (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
Eric Musselman Is Thriving In College Hoops.  Will The NBA Ever Call Again? (from Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated):
Q & A: Sam Mitchell (from John Martin, The Athletic):
– *Pro Sports Agency Owner.  Still In High School (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
Projected Luxury Tax Teams For 2019 Free Agency (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):

*PHI: The Fate Of The Sixers’ Process Looms (from Bryan Toporek, The Basketball Writers):
– *Pro Sports Agency Owner.  Still In High School (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART TWO

BOS: As Usual Baynes Did The Little Things That Made Life Easier For His Teammates (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
DEN: Malik Beasley Is Shooting & Scoring At A High Level (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
*GSW: Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
GSW: Breaking Down The Dubs’ Record-Setting 1st Quarter Vs Denver (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
GSW: DMC Tried To Get Cleared To Return A Few Weeks Ago (from Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports):
HOU: Will Harden’s Hot Streak Burn Him Out?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
HOU: The Must-See Numbers From Harden’s Hot Streak (from ESPN):
HOU: Harden’s Impossible Box Scores, Explained (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
NOTE: I’ve been pushing this issue for years.  Positive Residual at Nylon Calculus uses “scoring opportunities” (including FTs) instead of shots but very few others have followed his (& my) lead.

I particularly dislike when TV guys compare efficiency, something like this:
Player A, fouled on all 5 unsuccessful FGAs, goes 10-for-10 from line, so has scored 10 points “on zero shots” – “amazingly efficient”
Player B goes 5-for-5 from field…took him 5 shots to get his 10 points – “much less efficient”   (5 shots vs zero shots)
IND: Pacers Defense Is Clearly Better With Turner (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
LAC: Rivers Laments Decision To Cut Ingles (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Walton Is Trying To Find More Minutes For Svi (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: What Has Made McGruder A Fixture In The Starting Lineup (from David Furones, SunSentinel):
OKC: Thunder Fighting Defensive Pick & Roll Pitfalls (from Erik Horne, jsonline.com):
PHI: Q & A: Anelie Schnittel, VP Of Player Development (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
SAC: Bagley, Giles Give Glimpse Into Bright Future (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
WAS: Why Beal & Wizards Are Flourishing Without Wall (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Ranking The Best Young Cores In The NBA (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

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*GSW: The Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/15/18

BOS: Where Do The Celtics Go From Here?  (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CHI: Is Dunn The Bulls’ PG Of The Future? (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DEN: Hernangomez’ & Beasley’s Development Save The Nuggets (from Max Carling, The Step Back):
DEN: Monte Morris Is Here To Stay (from Jackson Lloyd, 94 Feet):
DET: Are The Pistons Placing Too Much Emphasis On Defending Three-Pointers? (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
DET: Pistons’ Assistant Coach JD Dubois (from Ryan McDonald, Deseret News):
GSW: Video Analysis: Steph Outduels Luka Down The Stretch (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
* IND: Can The Pacers Keep Turner & Sabonis?  (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
MIL: Brogdon Rarely Misses (from Alex Boeder, bucks.com):
MIL: Q & A: Marques Johnson (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
OKC: Ferguson Is Repaying Thunder’s Faith (from Lawrence George, Thunderous Intentions):
PHI: The Sixers’ Upcoming Killer Schedule Will Test & Help Define Them (from Tim Bontemps, ESPN):
PHI: The Story Of Landry Shamet’s Rise (from Jackson Frank, The Athletic):
PHO: As Booker Returns, He Needs To Fit In, Not Take Over (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):
UTA: Rudy Gobert Scares People (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: In Locker Room & Beyond, Udoh Builds Community (from Aaron Falk, utahjazz.com):
Coaches Are Tending To Their Health To Cope With The Grind (from Janie McCauley, Associated Press):
The Three-Point Line Has Gone Beyond Percentages (from Justin Jett, DefPen):
Draft Prospect Goga Bitadze Shines In 1st EuroLeague Action (from Austin Green, Flo Hoops):
Cherokee Parks Finds Second Life In League Office (from Josh Martin, closeup360.com):

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* IND: Can The Pacers Keep Turner & Sabonis?  (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/13/19

ATL:How Will Taurean Prince Fit In When He Returns? (from Xavier Cooper, Peachtree Hoops):
BOS: Smart’s Progression As A Leader (from Hardwood Houdini):
BOS: Bad Offensive Habits Resurface.  Cause For Concern? (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
BOS: Robert Williams’ Learning Process (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
CHA: The Hornets Need Cody Zeller (from Quinn Pilkey, Hashtag Basketball):
CLE: How Osman Earned LBJ’s Respect (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Why Jokic Has Become One Of The NBA’s Most Dangerous Transition Threats (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):
GSW: What DMC Learned From Other NBA Players With Achilles Injuries (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
GSW: DMC Faces Long Odds To Return To All-Star Level (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
IND: No Rest, No Problem For Pacers (from Justin Byers, 8Points,9Seconds):
MIA: Winslow Wants More Than Numbers To Do The Talking (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIA: Video Breakdown: Justise Served Against The Celtics (from Jac Manuell, Off The Glass):
MIN: Now The Real Work Begins (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
NOP: Since Return From G-League, Frank Jackson Is Looking Like NBA Player (from Delayo, The Bird Writes):
NYK: 3 Observations, 2 Questions, 1 Prediction (from Tom Piccolo, BBall Index):
NYK: Fizdale’s Frustration With Knicks’ Defense (from Zach Braziller, NY Post):
OKC: How Westbrook Needs To Adapt (from Noah Schulte, Thunderous Intentions):
PHO: Josh Jackson Needs To Stay Aggressive Offensively After Booker Returns (from Adam Maynes, Valley Of The Sun):
POR: Jusuf Nurkic Has Finally Found Himself (from Jason Quick, The Athletic):
SAS: Q & A: Ettore Messina (from Jabari Young, The Athletic):
UTA: Jazz 110 ,Bulls 102(from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Jerry Sloan Remembers Those Who Remember Him (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
What To Watch For In The Season’s Second Half (from ESPN):
How Experts Identify The Rookie Wall (from Bob Young, The Athletic):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/12/19

ATL:  Q &A:  GM Travis Schlenk (from Chris Kirschner, The Athletic):
CLE: Cavs Don’t Have The Personnel To Fix Their Historically Bad Defense (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DAL: Doncic Is Erasing The Euro Prospect Stigma  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
DAL Carlisle Gets Real About How He Will Use Dirk  (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
DEN: Malik Beasley’s Breakout Season (from Harrison Wind, BSN Denver):
DET: Was Trading For Griffin Worth It? (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: What Really Happened With Patrick McCaw (from Marcus Thompson III, The Athletic):
IND: The Pacers Are Here To Disrupt The EC (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
LAL: Luke Walton’s Week That Was (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
LAL: Ingram’s Defensive Impact (from Raj C, Medium):
MEM: How Bickerstaff Developed Plan For JJJ (from David Cobb, Commercial Appeal):
MIA: At PG, All Of Winslow’s Talents Are On Display (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
NOP: Mirotic Opens The Floor For Pels (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
PHI: TJ McConnell Has Become Indispensable (from Matty Breisch, Section 215):
SAC: De’Aaron Fox’s Defense (from Richard Ivanowski, Sactown Royalty):
–  SAC: What Giles Hopes To Do With Increased Playing Time (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
SAS: LMA Is Thriving With Slow & Steady Approach (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
SAS: How The Spurs’ Super-Small Lineup Helped Defeat OKC (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):
UTA: Jazz 113, Lakers 95 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
How The Celtics’ Offense Has Surged, Jaylen Brown’s Roller Coaster Ride, Spurs’ 3-Point Game (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):