Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/20/19

ATL: DeWayne Dedmon Is Crushing It (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
ATL: Trae Young, Rising Star (from Bret Anderson, Atlanta Sports HQ):
BKN: Joe Harris Is Ridiculous (from Jonathan Rosenberg, BBall Index):
–  BKN: Nets Thriving Because Russell, Dinwiddie Finally Figured It Out (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Hawks (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Cavs Are Struggling To Find Positives Amidst Rash Of Injuries (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Podcast: POBO Tim Connelly On Building The Nuggets (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: The Problems DMC Solves (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
– GSW: Video Breakdown: DMC’s Return (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
GSW: Dubs Are Seeing “Playoff Iguodala” In The Regular Season (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
GSW: Inside The Dubs’ 51 Point Quarter (from Jannelle Moore, BBall Index):
LAL: Ingram Needs To Focus On Being A Playmaker (from Dan Woike, LA Times):
MIA: McGruder Reaches CBA’s “Starter Criteria”  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIL: At Last, Bucks Will Retire Marques Johnson’s #8 (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline):
OKC: PG-13 Is The Steadying Influence The Thunder Needs (from Royce Young, ESPN):
PHI:  Sixers- Thunder: Final Seconds Review (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
PHI: Video Analysis: Ben Simmons: Point Big Man (from Ben Taylor, Thinking Basketball):
PHI: Do The Sixers Need To Stop Playing Simmons & McConnell Together? (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
SAC: What A Difference A Year Makes For Vlade (from Marcos Breton, Sacramento Bee):
*UTA: Here Come The Jazz (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
December In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Inside The NBA’s Efforts To Reach A Global Audience (from Patrick Murray, Forbes):

*UTA: Here Come The Jazz (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART TWO

BOS: As Usual Baynes Did The Little Things That Made Life Easier For His Teammates (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
DEN: Malik Beasley Is Shooting & Scoring At A High Level (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
*GSW: Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
GSW: Breaking Down The Dubs’ Record-Setting 1st Quarter Vs Denver (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
GSW: DMC Tried To Get Cleared To Return A Few Weeks Ago (from Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports):
HOU: Will Harden’s Hot Streak Burn Him Out?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
HOU: The Must-See Numbers From Harden’s Hot Streak (from ESPN):
HOU: Harden’s Impossible Box Scores, Explained (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
NOTE: I’ve been pushing this issue for years.  Positive Residual at Nylon Calculus uses “scoring opportunities” (including FTs) instead of shots but very few others have followed his (& my) lead.

I particularly dislike when TV guys compare efficiency, something like this:
Player A, fouled on all 5 unsuccessful FGAs, goes 10-for-10 from line, so has scored 10 points “on zero shots” – “amazingly efficient”
Player B goes 5-for-5 from field…took him 5 shots to get his 10 points – “much less efficient”   (5 shots vs zero shots)
IND: Pacers Defense Is Clearly Better With Turner (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
LAC: Rivers Laments Decision To Cut Ingles (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Walton Is Trying To Find More Minutes For Svi (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: What Has Made McGruder A Fixture In The Starting Lineup (from David Furones, SunSentinel):
OKC: Thunder Fighting Defensive Pick & Roll Pitfalls (from Erik Horne, jsonline.com):
PHI: Q & A: Anelie Schnittel, VP Of Player Development (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
SAC: Bagley, Giles Give Glimpse Into Bright Future (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
WAS: Why Beal & Wizards Are Flourishing Without Wall (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Ranking The Best Young Cores In The NBA (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

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*GSW: The Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/23/18 PART ONE

BOS: The Celtics’ Offense Is Failing Them (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):
BOS: Takeaways From Loss To ORL  (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Give The Defense A Bit More Time For Corrections (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
MIA: The Rise Of Rodney McGruder (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
MIL: How The Bucks Have Reshaped Their Identity To Get The Best From Giannis (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
MIN: Tom Thibodeau & The Theory Of Defensive Evolution (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
MIL: DiVincenzo Is Making A Strong Early Impression  (from Kane Pitman, The Step Back):
MIN: Thibodeau: DRose, When Healthy, Will Be One Of Assn’s Best (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
NYK: Dissecting The Ntilikina Question (from Jonathan Macri, Knicks Film School):
PHI: Inside The Embiid/Redick Two-Man Game (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
PHI: Observations From Wins Over CHI & ORL (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Fultz & The Sixers Have A Problem Of Overlap (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
PHI: Q & A: Landry Shamet (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
PHI: Covington Has Offered Most Return On Investment (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):
SAS: DeRozan, Spurs Embracing New Normals (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):
– SAS: Popovich Dials Up Old Play To Sink Lakers In OT (from William Lou, The Score):
Read and watch it here:  https://www.thescore.com/news/1635124
TOR: Kawhi: It Didn’t Take Long For it To Look Like 2017 Again (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Notes From NBA-TV’s Open Court,  2018 Coaches Edition (from Zak Boisvert/Jeff Steines, Pick And Pop):
Answering The Big Questions After The First Week (from MacMullan, Arnovitz, Pelton, MacMahon, Herring, ESPN):
Answering Questions About The Scoring Binge (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Full Team-By-Team Roster & Salary Breakdown (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Q & A: Chris Bosh (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
Projecting The Leading Shooters At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
What Is The NBA Maximum Salary? (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/26/17

 

Gary Payton, Isaiah Thomas And Lessons In Fearlessness (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/02/25/gary-washburn-gary-payton-isaiah-thomas-and-lessons-fearlessness/rQfO26WEPlLjjN8YOMOYmL/story.html

Isaiah Thomas Needs Fourth Quarter Help (from Gary Washburn, Boston Glove):

Read it here:   http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/02/25/isaiah-thomas-needs-help-fourth-quarter/RDRVbhtZ5Qs29Z4yJynQQK/story.html

Flip’s Kids Are Alright: The Wolves’ Future Is Now  (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/flips-kids-are-alright-the-future-is-now-in-minnesota-for-the-wolves-young-core-c530c1b4fc37#.wk6pmaqdu

Nerlens Noel’s Dallas Debut  (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):

Read it here:  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2017/02/25/nerlens-noel-makes-strong-first-impression-mavericks-debut-dallas-beats-new-orleans

From Bobby Karalla, mavs.com:  https://www.mavs.com/nerlens-noels-gravity-had-mavs-offense-rolling-in-his-debut/

Deron Williams: The Cavs Finally Have Their Backup PG (from Carter Rodriguez, Fear The Sword):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/2/25/14739642/deron-williams-cavaliers-signing-analysis

Two New Offensive Weapons Nurkic Gives The Blazers (from Spencer Gordon, Rip City Project):

Read it here: http://ripcityproject.com/2017/02/25/nurkic-blazers-new-offensive-weapons/

Divac: : “It Was Time To Start Over” (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article135024309.html

Frank Kaminsky Takes Control At Center (from AP ):

Read it here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article135036919.html

OKC’s Victory Shows Blueprint For Success (from Max Seng, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/25/oklahoma-city-thunder-victory-shows-blueprint-success/

Player Profile: Doug McDermott (from Matthew Hallett, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2017/02/26/doug-mcdermott-player-profile/

The Magic Are Playing With Renewed Defensive Energy  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/02/26/orlando-magic-build-energy-hustle-stats/

PJ Tucker Gets A Chance To Finish What He Started In Toronto  (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/25/toronto-raptors-p-j-tucker-gets-chance-to-finish-what-he-started/

From Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-p-j-tucker-brings-versatility-to-toronto/

From Sean Woodley, Raptors HQ:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/2/25/14737352/fridays-game-a-win-for-the-raptors-and-qualitative-analysis-celtics-raptors-long-recap

–  Film Room: Terrence Ross  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-assessing-terrence-ross-performance-vs-hawks-cohen-20170226

Pistons Searching For A Way To Jump Start Reggie Jackson  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2017/02/pistons_searching_for_ways_to.html

Suns: Vowing To Play Their Young Bench Players  (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/2/26/14742354/kids-are-coming-out-to-play-for-suns-in-second-half

Rodney McGruder’s Defensive Toughness  (from Anthony Chang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/26/heat-rookie-rodney-mcgruder-if-you-need-me-to-be-a-pest-i-will-be/

D-League: Chinanu Onuaku Continues To Impress (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/2/25/14737872/chinanu-onuaku-rio-grande-valley-vipers-nba-dleague