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, NBA.com):
Brad Stevens Explains The Crux Of His Coaching Style (from Nicole Yang, Boston.com):
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, NBA.com):
Q&A: Personal Trainer Idan Ravin  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
– 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, NBA.com):
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, hawks.com):
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, magic.com):
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, IPacers.com):
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, clipperholics.com):
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, medium.com):
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, Cleveland.com):
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, pistons.com):
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, boston.com):
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, Bulls.com):
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, celtics.com):
WAS 107, TOR 96 (from William Lou, Medium):
Q&A: Channing Frye: Depression And Balancing Life And Basketball (from Mike Sheffield, complex.com):
How The Four Factors Correlate With Winning (from Andy Larsen, ksl.com):

 

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, Medium.com):
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, Medium.com):
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, pistons.com):
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):