Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/20/18

Wizards: Not Better Without Wall, Just Playing Better (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Zizic Has Made Cavs’ Decision Tough When Tristan Thompson Returns (from Chris Fedor,
Phone Call With Steve Nash Helps Bring Darren Collison’s Best Season (from Mark Monteith,
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Celtics: Injuries Continue To Force Stevens To Contemplate Lineup Puzzle (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herlad);
Celtics: Tatum Getting More Comfortable With Bigger Role (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
OKC: Steven Adams’ Jump Ball Success Is Making A Difference (from Fred Katz, CNHI):
Spurs: Never Too Early For Popovich To Call A Timeout (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Laker Film Room: How Defenses Have Adjusted To Lonzo Ball (from Pete Zayas, Forum Blue And Gold):
Sixers: Dario Saric, The Forgotten Anchor Behind The Playoff Run (from George Kondoleon, Clutch Points):
Ben Simmons Is Doing Things Few Rookies Ever Have (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
Warriors: Quinn Cook’s Play Is Gaining Him Respect And Reminding Him Of What He Lost (from Marcus Thompson II, The Athletic):
Nets: D’Angelo Is Focused On Improving His Defense (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Heat: McGruder Has Reprised His Role (from Wes Goldberg, Fanrag Sports):
Bulls: Denzel Valentine Had A Career Night; Can He Do It Again? (from Will Gottlieb, The Athletic):
Low-Key Free Agent Destinations (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Magic: Vogel Has Learned To Cope With Coaching Rigors (from John Denton,
Charting The Growth Of International Player Usage And Impact In The NBA (from A. Caporaso, Sportando):
Jazz Defense: Forcing Inefficient Shots (from David Locke, Locked On Jazz):
–  Grizzlies’ Andrew Harrison: Steady Improvement (from Nathan Chester, Beale Street Bears):
NBA Players Are Addicted To Their Phones (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/18/18

Valanciunas: Reaping The Rewards Of Raptors’ Egalitarian Offense (from Jordan Skuse, Raptors Rapture):
Q & A: Jusuf Nurkic (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Draymond Set The Tone In Warriors’ Win Over Suns (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
How The Sixers Manufacture Scoring For Ben Simmons (from Jackson Frank, Patreon):
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Sixers: Fultz Might Return Soon, But It’s Not As Simple As It Seems (from Keith Pompey,
The Sixers Blend Youth & Maturity (from Jack McCaffery,
X-Factor For Every WC Playoff Contender (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Timberwolves: Balancing The Offense Without Butler (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
Corey Brewer Fits In With The Thunder (from Brett Dawson,
– Justise Winslow: Heat’s Overlooked Hero (from Leonard Kreicas, Hot Hot Hoops):
Bam Adebayo’s All-Rookie Worthy Defense (from Brandon Johnson, All U Can Heat):
Willy Hernangomez Loves Steve Clifford’s Bluntness (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Knicks: The Kyle O’Quinn Conundrum (from Jonathan Macri. The Knicks Wall):
Celtics: Greg Monroe, Making An Impact (from Justin Quinn, Celtics Life):
Spurs: Assessing Dejounte Murray As Starting PG (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
Meet TJ Leaf (from Jon Marks, Times Of Israel):
How The NBA Finally Learned To Start Taking Mental Health Seriously (from Robert Silverman, The Daily Beast):
G-League: Jeremy Pargo Is On A Tear Since Joining Santa Cruz (from Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/6/18

Damian Lillard Has Been Playing Like An MVP (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Blazers’ Success Takes Root Behind The Scenes (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
Are The Blazers For Real? (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
Chris Paul’s Season Is Underrated (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
There’s No Stopping Rockets’ Superstar Duo In Clutch Time (from Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
Dwane Casey Has Smoothed Out Every Crease In His Path (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
Anunoby Is The NBA’s New Normal (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Raptors: Norman Powell’s Struggles (from Michael Grange,
Sixers: The Most Enjoyable Phase Of The Process (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
The Sixers’ Bench: Playoffs & Beyond (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Bogdan Bogdanovic Is Already Something (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
Everyone Is Going Through Something (from Kevin Love, The Players Tribune):
Larry Nance, Jr. Shows Off Athleticism & Range (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):
Hawks: Tyler Cavanaugh’s Improbable Journey To The NBA (from Donna Ditota,
The NBA’s Most Valuable Shooters (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Jaylen Brown’s Dominant Inside Effort (from Taylor Snow,
The Thunder Really Miss Roberson (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Luol Deng & Thon Maker: South Sudan’s Runaway Successes (from Jammel Cutler,
The Steph Effect Is Inspiring – And Complicating – High School Hoops (from Jesse Dougherty, Washington Post):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/5/18

Warriors: New Era, New Challenges (from David Aldridge,
Warriors: Pros & Cons Of Starting Javale McGee (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
Jordan Bell: Determined To Shed Rustiness & “Be The Best I Can Be” (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Rookies Who Are Primed For 2nd Year Breakouts (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Raptors: Valanciuanas’ Miraculous Defensive Improvement (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
Q & A: DeMar DeRozan (from David Aldridge,
Jarrett Allen Gives Nets Hope For The Future (from Jesus Gomez, Fanrag Sports):
For Sam Hinkie’s Next Act… (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Why Pat Riley Likes The Heat Roster And Having Wade Back (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):
Thunder: Does Patrick Patterson Need To Play More? (from Berry Tramel,
Height And Defensive Matchups (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
Visualizing Versatility: A New Way To Look At The Warriors’ Defense (from Golden State Of Mind):
The Remarkable Women Of The NBA (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
BI Note:  Of course this story contains just a partial list of women making outstanding contributions.  There is a long list of others who deserve similar recognition.  Some examples are NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, Washington Wizards TV Analyst Kara Lawson and Charlotte Hornets sideline reporter Stephanie Ready.
MIP Candidates (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Re-Live Lonzo Ball’s Big Night In San Antonio (from Christian Rivas, Silver Screen And Roll):
The Cavs’ Three-Point Defense Remains A Big Issue (from Chris Fedor,
Ben Simmons And “Non-Traditional Stats” (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Mavs:  Harrison Barnes Is Liking The Move Back To The Three (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
The Celtics’ Bench Is Shaping Up (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Sixers: How TJ McConnell Morphed From Undrafted To Invaluable (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
Brett Brown: Adding Ilyasova Is A Massive Pick-Up  (from Brian Seltzer,
Pau Gasol Says Brother Marc “Should Be Upset” (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
Re-Thinking Draft Day Debates (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
With Scandals Rocking Youth Basketball, NBA Readying Plan To Step In (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/31/18

This Move Makes CP3 Unguardable In Isolation (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How Is Okafor Progressing In Brooklyn? (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
Pick And Roll Adjustments Helped The Raptors Beat The Wolves (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Bucks: Getting Their Groove & Jabari Parker Back (from Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass):
Scouting Devin Booker: Already A Borderline All-Star (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Tuesday Recap: Harden Hits 60 & More (from Russell Steinberg,
Arenas Predicted Harden’s Greatness (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
Jayson Tatum: Real Mean, Green Machine (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Celtics: Expect Theis To Play A Major Role In Playoffs (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Reliance On 3-Pointers Doesn’t Make A Team More Susceptible To Meltdowns  (from Bo Schwartz Madsen, Nylon Calculus):
The Week In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Lou Williams Is Elite (from Nate Wolf, NBA Math):
Ben Simmons Interview (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Q & A: Bradley Beal (from David Aldridge,
Q & A: Isaiah Whitehead (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Miami Heat: Makes & Misses (from Rob Slater, All U Can Heat):

Wiggins Is Answering Thibs’ Challenge (from Chicco Nacion, CBC Sports):

Fixing The Cavs With Artificial Intelligence (from Michael Watson, ZigZag Analytics):
The Cavs Aren’t Built To Sustain KLove’s Injury (from Chris Fedor,
Cavs: Channing Frye Is Blocking Out Noise By Focusing On Championship Goal (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Wizards: Satoransky Steps Up (from Rashad Mobley, Truth About It):
Lakers: How Luol Deng Is Handling Not Playing (from Shahn Ahmed, NBC Sports):
The Most Important Things For Rookies’ Development: Playing Time & Experience (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):
Lakers: Jerry Stackhouse On Brandon Ingram (from Mike Trudell,
Pacers Defense Emerges In A Crisis (from Mark Monteith,
GSW 109, BOS 105 (from Mike Zavagno):
Embiid’s Excellence Propels Sixers (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):