Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/20/17

Horford, Dennis Smith, Jr., Ben Simmons & More Early Season Takeaways (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Dennis Smith, Jr: The Mavericks’ Present & Future (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
A Day With Hornets’ Assistant Coach Stephen Silas (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
–  Tracing Robert Covington’s Journey: From Unheralded Recruit To $62 Million Man (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
The Week In Review (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
The Blazers’ Fast Break Is So Bad (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
The Making Of Jusuf Nurkic: Uncompromising Bosnian Beast (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Jazz: Sixth Man Role Fits Rodney Hood (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
The Real Ricky Rubio: Finally Ready To Stand Up (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
Raptors: Siakam Appears To Have Found His Niche (from Mike Ganter, Postmedia Network):
It’s VanVleet’s Time To Shine (from Craig Oliver, Hashtag Basketball):
Caboclo: G-League Star Until Further Notice (from Vivek Jacob, Raptors Republic):
Piston Playbook, Week 5 (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Heat: James Johnson’s Handoffs (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):
Coach Malone Challenged Jokic To Become A Better Defender & Jokic Is Delivering (from Christian Clark, BSNDenver):
Lakers: Brandon Ingram’s Improvement (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):
Celtics: The Curious Case Of Marcus Smart (from Adam Miller, Hardwood Houdini):
Jayson Tatum’s Development (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Blog):
Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown: Quickly Coming Of Age (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Celtics’ Defensive Diligence (from David Aldridge,
Brad Stevens Explains The Crux Of His Coaching Style (from Nicole Yang,
Adjusting Team Ratings For Strength Of Schedule (from Chirag Agriwal, Nylon Calculus):
Oladipo’s Breakout (from Alex West, NBA Math):
Mavs: Antonius Cleveland Earns An Earlier Than Expected Shot (from Chris Reichert, 2days10days):
Julius Randle’s Future Should Be With The Lakers (from Darius Soriano, Forum Blue And Gold):
After 4 Years Away, Damien Wilkins Finds His Way Back To NBA (from Steve Aschburner,
Q&A: Personal Trainer Idan Ravin  (from David Aldridge,
– Phoenix Is The Latest Stop On The Mike James World Tour (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Vanja Marinkovic, Europe’s Best Shooting Prospect (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Glossary: Bird Rights  (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Ben Simmons Isn’t “Really’ 0-for-7 On Three Point Attempts (from Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/15/17 PART ONE

How The Celtics Became The NBA’s Hottest Team (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Anatomy Of The Celtics’ Win Streak (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Brett Brown: The Process’ Survivor (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
How The Blazers Brought Out The Worst In The Nuggets (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Q&A: Kyle Korver (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Q&A: Kyle Kuzma (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Q&A: Dennis Smith, Jr. (from David Aldridge,
DMC’s Dominance (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
DMC’s Benching: Performance Or Strategy-Based?  (from Chris Conner, Pelican Debrief):
Why OKC Has Been Bad In Close Games (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
How The Spurs Stay Afloat Minus Kawhi (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
Is Belinelli’s Career Year Happening In Season 11?  (from KL Chouinard,
Knicks Are More Confident “Running Hornacek’s Stuff”  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
Will Raptors’ Changed Offense Work In The Postseason? (from Tim Bontemps, Washingotn Post):
Hardaway & The Knicks: An Ideal Fit (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Rockets’ Defensive Emphasis Stresses Switching Assignments (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Is This The Real Jeremy Lamb? (from Thomas Rende, NBA Math):
Jonathan Simmons: Toughness And Determination (from John Denton,
Wolves’ Film Breakdown: Active Hands (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Ben Simmons: Forcefully Reminding The Basketball World Of His Talent  (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Robert Covington: Leading By Example (from Rusty Gorleick, The Sixer Sense):
Suns: Lack Of PG Production Is Becoming A Problem (from Gerald Bourguet, Valley Of The Suns):
Joe Harris: Getting Shots & Respect (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Shabazz Napier: Earning His Minutes (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
Q&A: Bernard King (from Ali Danois, The Shadow League):
Cavs: The Irving Trade Didn’t Cause The Crisis  (from Zachary Tenner, Sir Charles In Charge):
LBJ Is Unstoppable But The Cavs Are In Trouble (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
LBJ’s Most Unstoppable Shot (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
The Rockets Are Shooting Even More 3s & It Is Working (form Tim Cato, SBNation):
Lakers’ Practice Notes: Clarkson, Kuzma, Vander Blue,Thomas Bryant (from Serena Winters, Lakers Nation):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/14/17

Pacers Pick & Roll Coverage On Harden:  Doomed From The Start (from Derek Kramer,
Wizards’ Bench Showing Improvement (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Oubre Has Given The Wizards Another Dependable Role Player (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
The Emergence Of Clint Capela (from Chirag Agrawal, Nylon Calculus):
Horford’s Shooting: The Key That Unlocks The Celtics’ Offense (from Danny Emerman, 16 Wins):
The Blazers Need To Rely On, Develop Core (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
Preventing Injuries By Landing Properly (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Can The Cavs’ Historically Bad Defense Be Fixed? (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Don’t Give Up On Jrue Holiday Yet (from Jason Quigley, Locked On Pelicans):
Speights Enhanced His Value By Taking Steve Kerr’s Advice (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Ralph Lawler Interview (from Garrett Chorpenning,
Players Are Taking It To The Rack More This Season (from Dennis Dow, 94 Feet Report):
8 Revealing Statistics From The Young Season (from Dan Karpuc, Give Me Sport):
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Video Breakdown: Pistons Playbook, Week 4 (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Week 4 In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Raptors Weekly (from William Lou,
Ranking Every Team’s Second Best Player (from Brandon Anderson, Press Basketball):
Why The Celtics Keep Winning (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
The Cavs’ 4th Quarter Rally Vs. NYK  (from Chris Fedor,
Film Room: OKC’s Star Power Comes Through (from Gideon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
Patrick Patterson: Key For OKC’s Ceiling (from Rory Breasail, NBA Math):
Blazers Alter Their Rotation (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
A Blueprint For Moving Forward For The Six Worst Teams (from Evan Dyal, Sir Charles In Charge):
Rockets: PJ Tucker Is A Perfect Fit (from Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle):
Raptors: Lowry Will Find A Way (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
G-League: Early Season Standouts (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):
G-League: Rashawn Thomas: Anchor Off The Bench (from Chris Reichert, 2ays10days):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/6/17

Six Players Showing Major Progress (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
–  Cavs: LBJ’s Greatness Won’t Always Be Enough (from Jacob Doole, Sir Charles In Charge):
Pistons: To The Beat Of A Different Drummond (from Keith Langlois,
Pacers, Suns, D’Angelo (Dan Loman, from The Step Back):
D’Angelo Russell: Showing Development (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Nets: The New & Improved RHJ (from Nicholas LeTourneau):
The Heat’s Pick-And-Rolls Are Getting Predictable (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):
Lakers Film Room: Why Lonzo Is Struggling To Score (from Pete Zayas, Forum Blue & Gold):
Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics: 3 Early Season Takeaways (from Kyle Clark, 94 Feet Report):
The Magic: Surprisingly Good On Defense (from Jesus Gomez, Bball Breakdown):
Jokic Plays Like No One Else Can (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
Film Breakdown: Wolves’ False Action (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Celtics: 8-2 By Running Last Year’s Offense With This Year’s Personnel (from Danny Emerman, 16 Wins A Ring):
Celtics: It’s Only 10 Games, But… (from Chad Finn,
Celtics: If The Offense Catches Up With The Defense (from Jay King, Mass Live):
Horford Building DPOY Case (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Bulls: Jerian Grant’s Game Is Evolving (from Sam Smith,
Could Dzanan Musa Join Doncic In The Draft Lottery? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
The NBA’s 10 Most Underappreciated Players (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
This Season’s Rookie Class Could Be An All-Time Great (from Jared Johnson, Fanrag Sports):
Sunday Recap (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Harden’s Historic Night (from David Locke, Locked On Jazz):
BOS 104, ORL 88 (from Mark D’Amico,
WAS 107, TOR 96 (from William Lou, Medium):
Q&A: Channing Frye: Depression And Balancing Life And Basketball (from Mike Sheffield,
How The Four Factors Correlate With Winning (from Andy Larsen,


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/31/17 PART ONE

Giannis: Another Leap Forward (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Q&A: Jason Kidd On Giannis (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
Rookie Report: Ben Simmons (from Bryan Toporek, Bball Breakdown):
Wizards Chasing High Ceiling (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
The Wizards’ West Coast Worries (from Rob Athmer, Hashtag Basketball):
Inside The Celtics’ Defensive Juggernaut (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
Celtics Thriving After Losing Hayward (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Drummond’s New “Hub” Role: A Key In Pistons’ Surge (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
The High Post Twist: NBA’s Newest Play (from Seldon John Levasseur, 94 Feet Report):
Video Breakdown: Wolves’ Defensive Progress (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
New Look Wolves: Still Figuring It Out (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
The Basketball Dictionary: Drag Screen (from Dylan Murphy,
Q&A: G-League GM Dee Brown (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days):
Euroleague: Kyle Hines, Just A Kid From Sicklerville  (from Trevor Magnotti, the Step Back):
Three-Pointers: Blake Griffin’s New Tool (from Chirag Agrawal, Nylon Calculus):
TOR 99, POR 85 (from William Lou,
UTA 104, DAL 89 (from David Locke, Locked On Jazz):
Cavs: Crowder & Love Need To Be More Aggressive (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):
Magic: Depth is Proving To Be A Difference Maker (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Maic Daily):
The Hype/Concern Index (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
SVG: Bullock Helps At Both Ends (from Keith Langlois,
Porzingis: Beefed-Up & Improved (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Which Teams Have Been Hit Hardest By Injuries?  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
– Coaching Notes From 4 NBA Training Camps (from Chris Oliver, Basketball Immersion):