Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/4/18

BOS 108, PHI 103 (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Marcus Smart’s Return Has Morphed The Celtics At Both Ends (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
Sixers Stay Ready Thanks To Young, Athletic Assistant Coaches (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Simmons’ Shooting Is Worse Off The Dribble (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hops Hype):
Exum Got Harden In Game Two (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):
UTA Has The Highest Turnover Rate Among Teams In The Postseason (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Are The Rockets Fun To Watch? (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
Jazz: Beating The Odds With Team Play (from Doug Robinson, Deseret News):
Anthony Davis & The Bizarre Tying Of Respect  To Postseason Success (from Tim Keown, ESPN):
Rondo: Back To Defying Expectations (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Is Kevon Looney Playing Himself Out Of Dubs’ Price Range? (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
KLove Breaks Through (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Cavs’ Role Players: Stepping Up At The Right Time (from Robbie Di Paolo, King James Gospel):
Cavs Are Winning By Avoiding Turnovers (from Joe Vardon, Cleveland.com):
Video: LBJ’s Epic Game Two Highlights:
The Raptors’ Matchup Problems (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Cavs: Learning To Play On The King’s Court (from Jason Lloyd, The Athletic):
Koby Altman: Thriving In One Of The NBA’s Most High-Profile Jobs (from Ryan Jones, Middlebury Magazine):
Pacers: Should Turner & Sabonis Start Together? (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
An Ode To Taj Gibson’s Season (from Jake Paynting, On The Prowl):
What To Expect From Bjelica’s Restricted Free Agency (from Britt Robson, The Athletic):
New Suns’ Coach Igor Kokoskov (from Patrick Redford, Deadspin):
The Pursuit Never Ends (from Taurean Prince, The Players Tribune):
Bulls’ Receptionist Celebrates 20 Years With Team (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/4/17

Nurkic’s Versatility Is On Display In Portland  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/3/14803508/jusuf-nurkic-emergence-trail-blazers-trade-nuggets

Timberwolves’ Defense Is Key To Recent Success (from Brian Sampson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/03/minnesota-timberwolves-defense-key/

Film Room: Magic Better Defensively With Terrence Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-magic-look-better-defensive-team-terrence-ross-cohen-20170304

How Gallinari Has Become More Efficient (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/3/4/14811248/how-danilo-gallinari-became-more-efficient-denver-nuggets

OKC: Why Sabonis Remains A Starter  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5540233

What Bogut Brings To The Cavs (from evr1022, Fear The Sword):

Read it here: http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/3/2/14780594/andrew-bogut-cleveland-cavaliers-fit

Jordan McRae, The Cavs, And The NBA’s Sometimes Cruel Business  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3746/jordan-mcrae-the-cavs-and-the-sometimes-cruel-business-of-basketball

Pre-Game Pick-Up Games Help Heat’s Reserves Bond And Improve (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/28/pregame-pick-up-basketball-games-helping-miami-heat-reserves-bond-improve-their-games/

Spurs’ 10-Game Review, Volume 6 (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and watch it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-6/

Labissiere Is Seizing Opportunity As Joerger Brings Him Along Slowly (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):

Read it here: http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/3/4/14807258/labissiere-seizing-the-opportunity

Justin Anderson Steps Up For Sixers (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-versatility-toughness-anderson-steps-when-summoned

–  Suns: Tyler Ulis, Derrick Jones,Jr., Alan Williams Suddenly Are Playing Major Roles (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/3/4/14813416/suns-future-buoyed-by-sudden-rotation-players-ulis-jones-and-williams

Recapping Friday’s Games  (from Keith Smith, fanragsports.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-celtics-pound-lakers-cavaliers-make-history/

CLE 135, ATL 130 (from Scott Sargent, Waiting For Next Year):

Read and watch it here:  http://waitingfornextyear.com/2017/03/cleveland-cavs-three-point-record-hawks/

Second-Generation NBA Players Discuss Pros And Cons Of Following In Dads’ Footsteps  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/04/second-generation-nba-players-discuss-the-pros-and-cons-of-following-in-their-fathers-footsteps/

The Magic Finally Have Space To Succeed On Offense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/04/orlando-magic-have-the-space-to-succeed/

Dedmon, Crowder, JaMychal Green: Underrated Defenders Who Deserve More Recognition (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2017-nba-playoffs-three-key-underrated-defenders-who-deserve-more-recognition/

Jaylen Brown’s Star Potential Shines (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/4/14812638/jaylen-browns-star-potential-shines-in-los-angeles-boston-dunk-ingram-draft-jordan-layup-highlights

David Nwaba Is Living His Dream With The Lakers  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/3/3/14795852/la-lakers-david-nwaba-cal-poly-la-d-fenders-boston-celtics-call-up-nba-d-league-in-n-out

Biometric Wearables And Injury Prevention (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18801090/deandre-jordan-plays-hidden-device

Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of Jordan Crawford (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/4/14799754/jordan-crawford-grand-rapids-drive-dleague-nba-nbadl-steezus

QOTN (from David Lee on the Dubs): “It’s a pretty big compliment when a slump is losing two games in a row.”