Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/11/18 PART ONE

Can Miami Get Red-Hot Again Without Making A Big Move? (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
The Sixers’ SLOB Keeps Defenses Guessing (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Cavs’ Defensive Woes (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Kuzma Isn’t Done Smashing Expectations (from Joey Ramirez,
Jaylen Brown Believes Fasting This Summer Helped Him Become Celtics’ Defensive Stopper (from Jay King, Mass Live):
Meet Benas Matkevicius, The Celtics’ One Man Euro Scouting Department (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
Josh Richardson’s Development Raises The Heat’s Ceiling (from Wes Goldberg,  The Step Back):
Wayne Ellington: Miami’s Secret Weapon (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):
Heat: Whiteside Struggles, Others Surge (from Rob Slater, All U Can Heat):
Q & A: Blake Griffin (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Sixers’ Overseas Stashed Players: An Update (from Owen Nelson, The Sixer Sense):
Myles Turner & The Danger Of High Expectations (from Jonathan Macri, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Wizards: Inability To Defend Forwards (from Kenny Chapman, Wiz Of Awes):
The Secret Of Spencer Dinwiddie’s Success (from Ben Detrick, The Ringer):
DeRozan’s Evolution Is Complete (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Why Does Nurkic Draw So Many Opposing Flagrant Fouls? (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Where Does Ellenson Fit With The Pistons’ Future? (from Joseph Sinke, Hashtag Basketall):
The Pelicans’ Complacency/Underachievement (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):
What Can Liggins Bring To The Pels? (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
What Has Happened To The Hornets?  (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
Rockets: Takeaways From Win Over POR (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Spurs’ Notes: Gasol, Kyle Anderson, More (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
Trey Burke On His Past Failings & Renewed Mission (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

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

Q & A: Kris Dunn (from David Aldridge,
Video Breakdown: The Hawks’ SLOB Offense (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
Why Is The Blazers’ Offense Struggling? (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Marcus Smart: A 27-Second Lesson In Team Defense (from Tom Lane, Celtics Life):
Weekly Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
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HOU 148, LAL 142: Late Game Highlights (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Rockets Keep Their Slump In Proper Perspective (from David Aldridge,
Heat: Whiteside’s New Offensive Role (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
Jarrett Allen: Just Getting Started (from
Tyreke Evans: A Star Is Reborn (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Dwight Buycks’ Winding Path (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
TV Guide: Best Games For 1/1-/1/7 (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Could The G-League Become A Viable Alternative To College Hoops? (from Barry Jacobs, News Observer):
NOTE: In this New Year’s Day Edition, we feature far fewer than our usual 25 stories because many of the top writers have deservedly taken the holiday off.