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 1/6/18

*ATL: Trae Young’s Passing Is Ahead Of Schedule (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
ATL: Vince Carter’s Journey To Becoming NBA’s Go-To Mentor (from David Singh, Sportsnet.ca):
BKN: D’Angelo Russell Is Playing Like An Elite PG (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: DeMarre Carroll Is Playing Like His Old Self Again (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: Nets Point To Depth As Reason For Improvement (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
BOS: Rozier’s Backup Role Brings Challenges (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
CHI: Boylen Just Wants Bulls To Play Smarter (from Mike McGraw, Daily Herald):
CHI: Bulls Focus Is On The Future (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
DAL: Broekhoff Find His Rhythm (from Nick Metallinos, ESPN):
GSW: Video Breakdown: How The Dubs Won Against The Hot-Shooting Kings (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
LAC: SGA Is Dealing With Fatigue & Fighting Through The “Rookie Wall” (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Film Room: The Problem With How The Lakers’ Have Developed Ingram (from Pete Zayas, Silver Screen And Roll):
LAL: Lakers’ Youth Is Wasting Its Opportunity To Shine (from Bill Oram, The Athletic):
LAL: Video: Lonzo Ball: Scrub Or Star? (from Ben Taylor, Thinking Basketball):
MIN: Petersen & Benz: The Wolves’ Top Broadcast Team (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press)
MIN: Wolves Need A Strong, Candid Communicator (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
NYK: Hardaway: Losing Is Tough But It Builds Character & Matures You As A Player (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
POR: Assists On The Rise (from Jamie Hudson, NBC Sports):
TOR: How To Properly Feed A Hungry Pack Of Raptors (from Rachel Brady, Globe And Mail):
Inside The Life Of NBA Assistant Coaches (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
A Study Of Blown Leads, Comebacks & Close Games Around The NBA (from Andrew Patton, Liberty Ballers):
Predicting Six Players Who Will Be Better In 2019  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
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*ATL: Trae Young’s Passing Is Ahead Of Schedule (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/4/19

BOS: Hayward’s Big Game: A Compelling Move in The Right Direction (from Daniel Poarch, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Heinsohn Updates His Health Status (from Chris Forsberg, NBC Sports):
BOS: Celtics’ Co-Owner: “Our History Is We Try To Make The Big Deal” (from Adam Himmeslbach, Boston Globe):
CHI: Video Breakdown: Lauri Markkanen (from Megann Horstead, Pippen Ain’t Easy ):
CLE: How Dellavedova Can Help Sexton Improve (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
DEN: Jamal Murray Keeps Raising His Ceiling  (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):
DEN: The Nuggets Rotation Will Soon Be Even More Armed & Dangerous (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: Observations From Loss To The Rockets (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
GSW: A Mother’s Faith Has Fueled Looney’s Self-Belief (from Marcu Thompson II, The Athletic):
GSW: Could Draymond’s Offensive Regression Make Dubs Vulnerable? (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
GSW: Kerr Says Dubs Won’t Slow Pace For DMC  (from Drew Shiller, NBC Sports):
HOU: Danuel House Is Morphing Into A Valuable Asset (from T.A. Mock, House Of Houston):
IND:  Analyzing Aaron Holiday’s Positive Impact (from Ben Pfeifer, 8Points,9Seconds):
LAL: Gallinari & Harris: Deadly Forward Combo (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
MEM: The Grizzlies Must Improve Shooting & Defending 3-Pointers  (from Chris Kern, Beale Street Bears):
NOP: How The Pels Have Failed AD (from Tom Haberstroh, NBC Sports):
NYK: Knicks’ Observations & Questions (from Tom Piccolo, BBall Index):
NYK: Video Breakdown: How Kanter Hurts The Knicks (from Zach Diluzio, Posting & Toasting):
OKC: Westbrook’s Shooting Woes (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
*ORL: Creation By Committee (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
PHI: Observations From Sixers’ Shootout Win Over The Suns (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):
PHI: Embiid’s Historic-Level Dominance In First Halves (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
POR: Dominant Nurkic’s Recent Play Is His Best Four Games With The Blazers (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
POR: The Game-Day Caffeine Routine That Powers The NBA’s Most Frequent Flyers (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
SAC: The Kings Are Turning Their Games Into Track Meets (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
WAS: Wizards’ December Silver Linings (from Nate Wolf, BBall  Index):
10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Giannis, Dinwiddie, Okafor, Spurs (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Boylen, Draymond, Luka, Knox,Crawford (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
How The NBPA Guides Players Into Life After Basketball (from Bailey Knecht, Front Office Sports):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/22/18

BKN: Kurucs Is A Revelation For The Nets (from Phil Watson, Nothin But Nets):
BOS: After Loss To MIL, Celtics Hold Meeting To Address Inconsistencies (from Tim Bontemps, ESPN):
CLE: 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Why 2019 Should Be A Great Year For The Nuggets (from Joel Rush, Forbes):
GSW: What Do We Know About The Dubs So Far? (from Tim Kawakami, The Athletic):
GSW: DMC Before He Was Boogie (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
GSW: Dubs Enjoy Fruitful Partnership With G-League Affiliate (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):
IND: Tyreke Evans Has A Lot To Figure Out (from Tony East, BBall Index):
LAL: Film Room: How LBJ & Lonzo Enhance Each Others’ Playmaking (from Pete Zayas, Silver Screen And Roll):
LAL: Kuzma’s Evolution (from Isaac Gutierrez, Clutch Points):
MIN: Teague’s Injury Gives Tyus Jones Chance To Play His “Natural Position” (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
MIN: Wiggins: Dynamic Scorer Or Fringe Rotation Player? (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):
NOP: Q & A: Julius Randle (from Andy & Brian Kamenetzky, The Athletic):
NYK: Time To Move On From Kanter (from Jonathan Macri, Knicks Film School):
OKC: Checking In On Terrance Ferguson (from Noah Schulte, Thunderous Intentions):
ORL: Offense Craters As Magic Unable To Work Inside-Out (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
PHI: Q & A: Landry Shamet (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
TOR: Video: Pascal Siakam Is The NBA’s Best Kept Secret (from J. Kyle Mann, The Ringer):
UTA: Breaking Down The Jazz’ Win Over POR (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
8 Great Performances From First Two Days Of G-League Showcase (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
Navigating In-Season Trades Can Be Tricky For Players (from Candace Buckner, Washingotn Post):
Grading The 1st-Round Rookies So Far This Season (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Artificial Intelligence In The NBA (from Marcus Woo, Inside Science):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/15/18

BKN: How Kurucs’ Game Boosts The Nets (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
BOS: Winning Streak Reaches 8 (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
BOS: Celtics’ Defense On Full Display (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Why Robert Williams Has Coach, Teammates Excited (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
CHI: Ask Sam Smith (from Bulls.com):
CLE: Collin Sexton Flips The Switch (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):
DAL: Dorian Finney-Smith Has Emerged As A Leader, On- & Off-Court (from Doyle Rader, Mavs Moneyball):
GSW: Video Breakdown: Dubs 130, Kings 125 (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
IND: The Subtle Brilliance Of Thaddeus Young (from Jesse Smith, 8Points,9Seconds):
LAC: A Look Into Recent Troubles (from Aymin Bakr, Hoops Habit):
MIA: The Heat Have No Interest In Tanking (from Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated):
MIN: How RoCo Became One Of The NBA’s Top Defenders  (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
MIN: The Wolves’ Newfound Depth (from Jake Paynting, Canis Hoopus):
PHI: Giannis Offers Ben Simmons A Blueprint For Superstardom (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: No One Knows What’s Up With Markelle Fultz (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
PHI: Why Can’t The Sixers’ Guards Guard? (from Stuart London, The Sixer Sense):
PHO: Scouting Ayton’s Future NBA Potential (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
–  TOR: Lowry Is A Different Player With Kawhi (from Jacob Goldstein, Nylon Calculus):
These Players Are Now Eligible To Be Traded (from Nick Goss, NBC Sports):
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