Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/19/18

Inside The Chessmaster Play That Playoff Teams Love To Run (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
How The Pels Have Controlled The Series (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

The Blazers Shun The Pass (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
POR-NOP Game 3 Preview (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

CLE 100, IND 97 (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):

The Reasons Behind Tristan Thompson’s Benching (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Jeff Bzdelik: The Genius Behind The Rockets’ Title Push (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
HOU 102, MIN 82 (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):

The Film Sessions That Helped Turn Donovan Mitchell Into UTA’s #1 Option (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Analytics-Driven Sixers Ride The Numbers (from Marcus Hayes, philly.com):
Why The Sixers Must Not Rush Embiid Back (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
How The Sixers Cracked The Culture Code (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
Bucks Get A Failing Grade In Playoff Chemistry (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Bucks May Need A Lineup Tweak (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
So, Who Is Terry Rozier? (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

DeMar DeRozan’s Evolution (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):
Otto Porter’s Defensive Versatility (from Blake Murphy, Dime Mag):
Raptors: Delon Wright Is Thriving On Playoff Stage (from Jordan Skuse. Raptors Rapture):
Ibaka: Punishing The Wizards (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):
The Wizards’ John Wall Dilemma (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Wizards Need To Clean Up Their Defensive Issues (from Marcus Atkinson, Bullets Forever):
GSW 116, SAS 101 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
Pachulia Keeps Benching In Perspective (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Using NBA Matchup Data To Define Defensive Roles (from Jared Dubin, Nylon Calculus):
What’s Next For The Clippers? (from Broderick Turner, LA Times):
–  NBA’s Basketball Operations Associate Program: Helping Players Transition Into Front Offices (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Miami Heat Coaching Staff Clinic Notes (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
Pete Carril: Steve Mills Isn’t Just Going To Hand David Blatt The Knicks HC Job (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):
Reviewing Dennis Smith, Jr’s Rookie Season (from Josh Bowe, Mavs Moneyball):
2018 Draft: Scouting Jaren Jackson, Jr (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):

Darius Adams: Around The World In Seven Years (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):

 

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

Jrue Holiday Is A Big Reason Why Pels Lead 2-0 (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
Film Breakdown: This Is A Different Raptors’ Team (from Jacob Mack, Raptors HQ):
Film Room Breakdown: Rockets Tactics Against The Wolves (from Alykhan Bijani, The Athletic):
Rockets: Capela Could Be Front & Center (from Stefano Fusaro, The Undefeated):

From Jackson Frank, Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/18258136
Thibodeau’s Derrick Rose Gamble (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
CLE-IND Game Two Preview (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

From Chris Barnewall, CBS Sports: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2018-nba-playoffs-the-cavaliers-case-for-and-against-using-jeff-green-in-the-starting-lineup/

Film Sessions: UTA & OKC Prepare For Game Two (from Dylan Murphy/Steve Jones, Jr, Cleaning The Glass):
Physical Play Is Key As OKC-UTA Series Continues (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
The Heat-Sixers Chess Match (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Sixers: Game Two Loss Showed Effect Of Embiid’s Absence (from Liberty Ballers):

The Bucks’ Flaws Were Exposed In Game Two (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):

Jaylen Brown Has Improved By Leaps And Bounds (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Bucks And Sixers: Pushing The Boundaries Of Small-Ball (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Iguodala Has A Knack For Big Playoff Performances (from Janie McCauley, Associated Press):

Warriors’ Assistant Mike Brown’s Selective Head Coaching Aspirations (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Nets: Full-Time Duties At The 4 Helped RHJ Make Big Leap (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):

Becky Hammon Is Just The Start Of A Revolution (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):


2018 Draft: Biggest Questions For Projected Lottery Picks (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):

Is A Bet On Bamba A Bet On Athletic Development? (from JZ Mazlish, The Stepien):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/17/18

How The Pacers Contained LBJ & The Cavs In Game 1 (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
“Closing Speed” Makes Oladipo Great (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
All The Ways Oladipo Sliced & Diced The Cavs’ Defense (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
What The Cavs Need To Fix Before Game Two (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
Can’t Play Whiteside? (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Sixers Learn Playoff Realities (from Jack McCaffery, Delco Times):
Game 2: Warriors Answer Spurs’ Physical Counterpunch The Only Way They Know How (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Iguodala Is Showing How Valuable He Is (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury News):
Don’t Blame Kawhi For Taking Control (from Vincent Goodwill, Bleacher Report):
Welcome To The Paul George Playoff Experience (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Read it here:  https://www.theringer.com/nba-playoffs/2018/4/16/17242298/paul-george-thunder-jazz

Reserves Give Thunder Reason To Celebrate (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com):
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Thunder Needs Defensive Detail To Continue (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Thunder: Maintaining What Worked In Game One (from Nick Gallo, Thunder.com):
The Jazz Miss Sefolosha (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
Ibaka: Benefitting From Full Season With Raptors (from Sportsnet.ca):
Capela Completes Rockets’ Cornerstone Trio (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
KAT & DRose: The Good, The Bad & The Decent (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
In-Flight Adjustments: Wolves Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Ben Falk And Liam Flynn, Cleaning The Glass):
How John Wall Went From Fat To Six-Pack Abs While Recovering (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Video: Jrue Holiday’s Defensive Brilliance In Game One (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):

In Playoff Debut, Blazers’ Rookie Zach Collins Proved Ready For The Stage (from Andrew Greif, Oregon Live):
Brandon Jennings’ Roads Not Taken (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
Thoughts On Opening-Weekend’s Playoff Games (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Laker Film Room: Randle’s Breakout Season (from Pete Zayas, Forum Blue And Gold):
How Stackhouse Crafted Himself Into Hot-Shot Head Coaching Candidate (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Get To Know David Fizdale (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
Doncic Enters The Lions’ Den (from Emmet Ryan, Ball In Europe):
Luka Doncic: Situational Analysis (from Nick Prevenas, NBADraft.net):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/16/18

Playoff Implications Of The Full-Strength Standings (from Ben Taylor, Nylon Calculus):
Playoffs: Day One Observations (from Zach Harper, FRSHoops):
Wizards Learn They Can’t Just Focus On Raptors’ Star Guards (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Led By Holiday, Defense Was Foundation Of Pels’ Game One Win (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):
POR-NOP: Defending The Rim Out Of Pick & Roll (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Playoffs: Day Two Observations (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):
BOS 113, MIL 107 (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Al Horford Does It All In Game One Victory (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Celtics Survive Insane Late-Game Sequence (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Why Fultz Remained Positive Amidst Chaos (from Zack Rosenblatt, NJ.com):
How Important Is Fultz To A Deep Playoff Run? (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Ben Simmons Is Making His Opponents Look Like A Bunch Of Rookies (from Zito Madu, SB Nation):
HOU 104, MIN 101 (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
D’Antoni’s Innovation Leads The Rockets (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):
Clint Capela: The Sky’s The Limit (from Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle):
OKC 116, UTA 108 (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
IND 98, CLE 80 (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Draft Sleepers From The Portsmouth Invitational (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Why Ime Udoka Should Be An NBA Head Coach (from Francis Okupa, ESPN):
How Quin Snyder & His Staff Evolved Into A Playoff Ready Team of Their Own (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):
Quin Snyder: From Breaking It To Making It In The NBA (from Kent Babb, Washington Post):
What Can Be Drawn From Nets’ Late String Of Wins? (from Zack Collura, Nothin But Nets):
Grading The Cavs After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Grading The Mavs After 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/11/18

Q & A: Daryl Morey (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
CP3 & The Pursuit Of Happiness (from Kelly Iko, Bleacher Report):
Q & A: Ben Simmons (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Q & A: CJ McCollum (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Film Session: Bucks At Sixers (from Steve Jones,Jr/Dylan Murphy, Cleaning The Glass):
G-League Call-Up Andre Ingram Scores 19 In NBA Debut (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
How The Pelicans Survived Without DMC (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
E’Twaun Moore’s Inspirational Story (from Alex Squadron, slamonline.com):
Pacers: Darren Collison’s Landmark Season (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):
The Key To The Pacers’ Success (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
OKC: Working The Pick-And-Roll (from Nick Gallo, Thunder.com):
Where Will Ben Simmons Go From Here? (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
LBJ: King Of Deep Threes (from Owen Phillips, FiveThirtyEight):
Inside The Basketball Education Of Jayson Tatum, Part One (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):
Doc Rivers: The Pride Of The Shipwrecked Captain (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
Fixing The Clippers (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Alternative NBA Awards: Handing Out Made-Up Honors (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Vince Carter: A Tale Of Two Careers (from John Chick, The Score):
How Did The Timberwolves End Up Here? (from Tim Faklis, Zone Coverage):
Jokic Has No Choice But to Be Great As Nuggets Battle For Playoff Spot (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
How Fatigue Shaped The Season & What It Means For The Playoffs (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
How Dario Saric Opened Doors For Simmons & Sixers (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
The Crossover’s All-NBA & All-Defense Picks (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):