Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/20/17

Durant: Playing Like An MVP In Steph’s Absence (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
On Rotations, Rest & Ramifications For The Timberwolves (from Senthil Natarajan, Nylon Calculus):
Grading The 2017 First Round Draft Picks So Far (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Gordon Hayward’s Immense Pride & Unspeakable Agony (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
Jayson Tatum’s 3-Point Efficiency (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
CP3’s Presence Has Restructured Harden’s Minutes (from Max Croes, The Dream Shake):
Wizards: Three Troubling Stats (from Kenny Chapman, Wiz Of Awes):
Bucks: Brogdon’s Defensive Struggles (from Max Carlin, Behind The Buck Pass):
Book Excerpt: Betaball: How Data Saved The Warriors (from Eric Malinowski,Wired.com):
An Early Look At Kawhi’s Return (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Dejounte Murray: Poised To Breakout?  (from Taylor Young, Pounding The Rock):
It’s Mirotic’s Moment (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Jerry Reinsdorf On The Bulls’ Rebuild (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
Q & A: Eric Bledsoe (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Joe Ingles: Role Player Extraordinaire (from Paul Headley, 16 ins):
Finding Tristan Thompson’s Ideal Role Will Require Patience, Experimentation  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Josh Huestis’ Potential (from Gideon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
After The Loss Of His Mother, A New Ricky Rubio (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Oladipo Gets His Opportunity & Breaks Out (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):
What’s Going On With The Pelicans’ Rotations?  (from Jason Quigley, Locked On Pelicans):
Are The Kings Really A Young Team? (from Otis, Sactown Royalty):
Getting To Know Bogdan Bogdanovic (from Jack Maloney, CBS Sports):
Q & A: Marc Gasol (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Video Breakdown: Warriors’ OT Switching Confusion Vs. Lakers (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Has MKG’s “Unfixable” Flaw Been Fixed? (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Kris Dunn’s Improvement (from Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune):
How The Thunder Reversed Its “Clutch Curse” (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
The Thunder Need To Play Faster (from Tony Heim, Thunderous Intentions):
Orlando Magic Playbook: The Power Of Switching  (From Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Kennard Not Fazed By SVG’s Demanding Ways (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
How Kyle Collinsworth Earned A Two-Way Contract With The Mavs (from Jay Yeomans, jmoneysports.com):
Lance Stephenson’s Mid-Range Shooting (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/19/17

The Rockets Have A Counter For Everything (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Why Have The Rockets Played So Well? (from Eric Spyropolous, Space City Scoop):
Rockets: Second Only To GSW In Effective & True Shooting Percentages (from Brian K. Patterson, Huse Of Houston):
How Oladipo Has Changed His Game Since Joining The Pacers (from Scott Rafferty, Dime Mag):
What Mirotic Has Brought To The Bulls (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
Blazers: Zach Collins Is Taking Positive Steps (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
The Week In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Alongside Embiid, Simmons Is Pushing Sixers Back To Prominence (from Tim Faklis, Sporting News):
Korkmaz’ Injury Complicates Sixers’ Off-Season  (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
By Relying Less On Their Stars, Raptors Have Sharpened Into Dangerous Contender (from Josh Planos, Washington Post):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Grizzlies: Dillon Brooks Has Been A Massive Help (from Tony East, Beale Street Bears):
Is Al Horford The DPOY? (from Alex West,  NBA Math):
Celtics’ DPOY:  Horford Or Smart? (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Nitpicking Jaylen Brown’s Lockdown Defense (from Danny Emerman, 16 ins):
Things We Learned From Brad Stevens’ Conversation With Coach K (from Nicole Yang, Bosotn.com):
The Current State Of The Celtics (from Robby McKittrick, Hashtag Basketball):
No Shortcuts: Nets’ Sean Marks & Kenny Atkinson Are Turning Agony Into Opportunity (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Small-Ball Is Complicating JaVale McGee’s Playing Time (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Monday Night Recap – With Links To Game Stories (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Q & A: David Wesley (from Fernando Ritzman, Locked ON Pelicans):
Front-Office Look At Where Teams Are Headed (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
What The Wizards Learned During Wall’s Absence (from Kevin So, Hashtag Basketball):
Wizards: Keeping Mike Scott Beyond This Season Presents Challenges (from Tony East, Bullets Forever ):
The Pistons’ Small Forward Issue (from Joseph Sinke, Hashtag Basketball):
Darren Collison’s Pull-Up 3s  (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Nets: Okafor’s Conditioning Will Determine When He Plays (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
–  Will Barton’s Balanced Attack Is Crucial For Nuggets (from David Ramil, Fanrag Sports):
The Mudiay Experience (from Brendan Vogt, Mile High Sports):
Michael Beasley: The Good & The Bad (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Porzingis Says That Hornacek Is More Comfortable Because He Is Running His Own Offense This Season  (from Al Ianazzone, Newsday):
Sean Kilpatrick Feels At Home With The Bucks (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
Hezonja: Making The Most Of Opportunity (from John Denton, magic.com):
Nearly Every Magic Player’s Three-Point %Age Is Up From Last Season (from Josh Coen, magic.com):
For Doris Burke, Having Game Is All That Matters (from Mark Bechtel, Sports Illustrated):
Basketball Dictionary: “Ice” (from Dylan Murphy, Medium):
Heat Two-Way Prospect Derrick Walton, Jr  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/18/17

Mavericks: Maxi Kleber’s Defensive Versatility (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step back):

The Thunder & Portability (from Ben Taylor, Nylon Calculus):
Patrick Patterson: The Antithesis Of Offensive Stagnation (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Q & A:  Grizzlies’ GM Chris Wallace (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
Q & A: Zaza Pachulia (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Lowry: Underrated Star Leading Underrated Team (from Dan Loman, Nylon Calculus):
DeRozan: “Passing” Expectations (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
Bulls: Coach Hoiberg’s Positivity (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
Tobias Harris’ Offensive Transformation (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Appreciating E’Twuan Moore: Reliable, Versatile & Steady (from Jon Nathan Raby, Locked On Pelicans):
Rob Pelinka: Trying To Revitalize The Lakers (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
5 Wild Stats Defining The Warriors’ Season (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
The Spurs’ Point Guard Trifecta (from Brian Sampson, The Step Back):
Jazz: Injuries Force Coach Snyder To Get Creative With Rotation Again (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):
Dwight Howard: Back On Track (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Weekly TV Guide: Games To Watch (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Jordan Bell’s Most Awesome Plays To Date (from Mike Moffitt, SFGate):
The Wolves’ Historically Bad 4th Quarters (from William Bohl, A Wolf Among Wolves):
Nets: Atkinson’s Plan For Integrating Okafor (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Eric Gordon: A Key To Rockets’ Attack (from Jared Mintz, Fanrag Sports):
What Has Made CP3 So Good With The Rockets? (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
Celtics: Horford Doesn’t Get Enough Credit (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Knicks: His Teammates Trust Doug McDermott (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
Knicks: Beasley Thriving As Fill-In Scoring Machine (from Daniel O’Brien,  Fanrag Sports):
–  Players With Biggest Per-Game Increases From Last Season (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Weekly Roundup (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Spurs: Finding More Minutes For Bertans (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/16/17

Andrew Wiggins’ Shooting Woes (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Marcus Georges-Hunt Earned The Chance To Be In Wolves’ Rotation (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
Sixers Leaning On Veteran Role Players To Complement Inexperienced Talent (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
Atlantic Division Analysis (from Nick Sciria, BBall breakdown):
Video Breakdown: Klay Thompson’s 4 Late-Game 3s vs. Mavs (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
E’Twuan Moore Has Broken Out (from Oleh Kosel & Trevor Ritchie, The Bird Writes):
UTA 107, BOS 95 (from Andy Larsen, KSL.com):
Pacers: How To Optimize Turner & Sabonis (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
Nwaba’s Rise From Obscurity (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
KLove Is Playing His Best As A Cavalier  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
The DeMarre Carroll Deal Is Working Out For The Raptors And The Nets (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
Video Breakdown: Best Hammer SLOB Plays (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Finally Healthy, Mike Scott Is The Surprise Of The Wizards’ Season (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
Q & A: Roger Mason, Jr  (from Warren Shaw, BBall Breakdown):
G-League: Tyrone Wallace Is Breaking Out (from Dennis Chambers,  Basketball Insiders):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/8/17 PART ONE

The Celtics Have Turned Irving Into A New Player (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
The Bucks Need A More Conservative Defense (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
The Rockets Are Dominant On Defense, Too (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
2016 Draft Class: Doing Better In Year Two (from Philip Rossman-Reich, The Step Back):
What Happens When Kawhi Returns? (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Is Lonzo Ball’s Shot Broken? (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
The Season’s 1st Quarter: Ranking Teams By Tiers (from Brady Klopfer, BBall Breakdown):
Brandon Ingram: The Lakers’ Real Future Star (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Learning To Appreciate Jarrett Jack (from Zach Diluzio, Posting & Toasting):
The Four Nuggets’ Guards: How Each Scores (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
The CP3/Ryan Anderson Fit (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
World’s Best Leagues Outside The NBA (from Fran Fraschilla, ESPN):
– Friday Film: Warriors’ Anticipation (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Since The Coaching Change, The Grizzlies Have Been Different, But Have They Been Better? (from Chris Herrington, Commercial Appeal):
Ekpe Udoh: The Jazz’ Plus-Minus Genius (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
–  10 Things: The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
The Week In Review (from Brian Sampson, NBA Math):
Magic: Showing Signs Of Defensive Improvement (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Trevor Booker Q & A (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Yogi Ferrell & “Shot Doctor” Joey Burton (from Zack Cunningham, Dallas Sports Fanatic):
Fast-Learning D’Aaron Fox (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
3 Stories From The G-League (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):