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

Q & A: Kris Dunn (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
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):
Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/12/30/sunhoop/XjpGbBoHMRONxkUIqv8c5M/story.html

HOU 148, LAL 142: Late Game Highlights (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Rockets Keep Their Slump In Proper Perspective (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Heat: Whiteside’s New Offensive Role (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
Jarrett Allen: Just Getting Started (from nets.com):
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.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/30/17

This Season Belongs To DeAndre Jordan (from David Ramil, The Step Back):
How Porzingis Became A Unicorn (from Steve Popper,  nrthjersey.com):
Zach Lowe’s 10 Things (from ESPN):
Mavs: Finding Optimism (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban):
The Dubs’ Newfound Defensive Confidence (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
The Warriors Have Unlocked Another Dimension Of KD’s Game (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Omri Casspi: Skilled Cutter (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Blue Man Hoop):
Are The Wolves Too Fatigued During 4th Quarters? (from Matt Chin, NBA Math):
Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):
Key Personnel Dates Over The Next Six Weeks (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Knicks: The Triangle Is Gone But The Offense Is Still Inefficient  (from Stefan Body, NY Daily News):
Blazers’ Weekly Review (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):
Video Breakdown: How Brad Stevens Set Up Tatum’s Crucial Dunk In Celtics’ Rally Vs Rockets (from Jack Maloney, CBS Sports):
Friday Film: Box Outs, Refs & Speed Vs Switches (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Video: What Did Teodosic Just Do?  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Replay Needs An Upgrade (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
Schedule Alert: Games Tired Teams Should Lose In January (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Jodie Meeks Is Finding His Range (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WCS: Starting To Resemble The Player The Kings Thought They Drafted (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
The Lakers Miss Lonzo More Than You Might Have Expected (from Eric Pincus, Bleacher Report):
The Grizzlies’ Murky PG Situation (from Tony East, Beale St.Bears):
Ntilikina’s Intriguing Upside (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Marcus Smart: Premier Individual Defender (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Updated DPOY Watch (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/29/17

“Scram” Gets Good Defenses Out Of Bad Matchups  (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):

James Harden: ISO MVP (from Brian Sampson, BBall Breakdown):
Video Breakdown: The Blazers’ Pick-And-Roll Defense  (from Jeff Siegel, Blazers Edge):
The Evolution Of The Pacers’ Half-Court Offense (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
Khris Middleton: Quietly Approaching All-Star Stratum (from Def Pen):
Weekly Roundup (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Eric Gordon: Rockets’ Lifeline (from Nate Wolf, NBA Math):
Coach’s Clipboard: Adam’s Observations (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Mavs: Welcome To The NBA, Maxi Kleber (from Lance Roberson, 16 Wins):
Rondo Might Be The Key To AD’s & DMC’s Futures (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Recovery: The Gordon Hayward Experiment (from Tom Haberstroh, Bleacher Report):
Denzel Valentine’s Versatility is Starting To Pay Off (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Durant Continues To Evolve In DPOY-Caliber Season (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
The Makeshift Heat Refuse To Roll Over (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Ish Smith Is A Viable Replacement For Reggie Jackson  (from Dan Karpuc, Give Me Sport):
The Thunder’s Jigsaw Puzzle Is Falling Into Place (from David Brandon, 16 Wins):
Paul George’s Defense Is On Another Level (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
International Draft Stock Watch: Doncic & More (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Suns GM:  Booker Will Have Input Into Team’s Decisions (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.com):
The Evolution Of The Raptors’ Philosophical Approach (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Jeff Green Has Found His Roles, Aided By League’s Evolution (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Knicks: Beasley Is Thriving As Bench Scorer (from Thomas O’Callaghan, The Sports Quotient):
Pacers: Cory Joseph Is Paying Big Dividends (from Sean Reynolds, Hashtag Basketball):
Dubs: McCaw Is Getting More Aggressive (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Malachi Richardson Continues To Dream Big (from Alex Kraemers, kings.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/28/17

Meet The Women Ready To Revolutionize The NBA (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
What Can The Cavs Expect From Isaiah Thomas Offensively? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Taurean Prince: Greatly Expanding His Shooting Range (from Brendan Galella, Soaring Down South):
Wednesday Recap (from Tim Cato/Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
The Pelicans’ Corner Conundrum  (from Jake Madison, Locked On Pelicans):
Pelicans: Darius Miller Is Proving His NBA Talent After Paying Dues In Europe (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
Bucks: “No Room For Error” (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/12/27/bucks-have-no-room-error-heading-into-tough-stretch/983432001/

It’s Time To Take Note Of Donovan Mitchell (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Inside The NBA  Academy: Africa  (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Heat: Tyler Johnson Is Making The Most Of His Opportunity As A Starter (from Antony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
Bulls: Hot Streak Sparked By Mirotic/Portis Handling Of Their Altercation (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
Nwaba’s Mix Of Energy & Defensive Acumen (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
–  OKC Is Figuring It Out (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Podcast: Nuggets Basketball Operations President Tim Connelly (from Jonah Keri, CBS Sports):
Nuggets’ Film Room: How Trey Lyles Unlocked Denver’s Bench Scoring (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
Derrick Rose Q & A (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):
DeRozan’s Old School Game (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Hornets: Ready To Dismantle?  (from Adam Spinella, BBallBreakdown):
It Is Difficult For Knicks’ Willy Hernangomez To Stay Patient (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Kerr: Pachulia Will Start Vast Majority Of Games (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Magic: Speights Is Embracing Leadership Role  (from magic.com):
Suns: What We Learned While Devin Booker Was Out Of The Lineup (from Brendon Kleen, Bright Side Of The Sun):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/27/17

Live Ball Turnovers Can Mean Death For The Sixers (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):

The Checklist For Keeping Embiid Ready To Play (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Dinwiddie: The Nets Have Unearthed A Star-Level PG  (from Miles Wray, The Step Back):
Scouting The Top International Targets For NBA Rosters For Next Season (Non-2018 Draft Players) (From Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Wayne Ellington’s 3-Point Shooting (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
Hawks: Taurean Prince Is Quietly Making A Leap (from Jesus Gomez, Fanrag Sports):
Machine Learning: Getting The Most Out Of Maimi Heat Lineups (from Michael Watson, ZigZag Analytics):
Video Breakdown: Jordan Bell In Xmas Crunch Time (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
In A Changing NBA, Pachulia & McGee Try To Adapt To Stay Relevant (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
The Brandon Paul Way (from Jabari Young, Express-News):
With Fewer 3-Pointers, Better Passes, Roberson Is Boosting The Thunder’s Offense (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
When Westbrook Is Locked In, Thunder’s Defense Hits Another Level (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Have The Thunder Figured It Out? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Inside The Rule Book: Continuation (from Joe Borgia, NBA.com):
Kris Dunn Continues To Mature & Improve (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
–  Jayson Tatum’s Post Scoring: A Marker Of Continued Growth (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Wire):
Knicks: Hardaway Is Sorely Missed (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Raptors: Dwane Casey Wisely Leans On His Coaching Staff (from Doug Smith, The Star):
Week In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Week In Review (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Mavericks: The Growing Pains Of Grooming Dennis Smith, Jr (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Are The Pelicans Maximizing DMC? (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Jimmy Butler Is The Solution For Every Wolves’ Problem (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Timberwolves: Georges-Hunt Can Be A Serviceable Role Player (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
The Fantastical Adventures Of Fabulous Flournoy (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
Heat Check: Dragic, Adebayo Updates  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Sixers Should Hold On To Saric (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):