Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/9/18

BKN: Why The Nets Must Reward Dinwiddie (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
BKN: No Quit In Improving Nets (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
BKN: Q & A: Jarrett Allen (from Steve Serby, NY Post):
BOS: Theis Shines In Blowout Win (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
BOS: The Offense Has Flipped The Script After Stagnant Start (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):
CHI: Heart & Hustle, Arcidiacano Brings It (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
CLE: Cavs 116, Wizards 101 (from Joe Vardon, The Athletic):
DAL: So Far This Season, The Mavs Are The NBA Kings Of Texas (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
DAL: Inside Doncic’s First “Signature Game” (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
DEN: How Will The Nuggets Replace Millsap? (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
DET: Assistant Coach Sean Sweeney’s Player Development Skills (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
GSW: The Warriors & The Elusive Quest For Joy (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
GSW: Video Breakdown: How The “ZaZa Pass” Became Part Of The Dubs’ Culture (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
IND: Pacers Finding Strength In Numbers  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
NOP: Anthony Davis’ Improved Passing (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):
NYK: The Knicks’ Recent Transition Defense Woes (from Tom Piccolo, BBall Index):
OKC: Steven Adams’ Rising Value (from Noah Schulte, Thunderous Intentions):
ORL: Vucevic Is The Magic’s MVP So Far This Season (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
PHI: Film Study: Breaking Down Butler’s Big Night Vs Pistons (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: How Has Embiid’s Role Changed Since The Trade For Butler? (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
SAS: Forbes’ Bravado Is Exactly What Spurs Need (from Mike Finger, Express News):
TOR: Siakam Is Providing Secondary Playmaking (from Jake Hyman, 94 Feet):
UTA: Gobert Has Found His Voice (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
WAS: The Wizards Are Having A Difficult Time Processing Trading Jason Smith (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/2/18

Video Breakdown: De’Anthony Melton (from Spencer Pearlman, Front Office Eye):
The HOU-PHO Trade (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
Lakers Stretching Deng Q & A (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
Celtics: Key Stats To Track This Season (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Not Enough Minutes For The Heat’s Deep Roster?  (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
How Will Valanciunas Fit In Raptors’ Rotation?  (from Darien, Raptors Cage):
Melo’s Fit With The Rockets (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
The Spain Pick-And-Roll (from KJ Smith, Medium):
Suns’ Stats Thread: Deep Dive Into Exum, Niang, Bradley, Allen  (from Andrew Bailey, SLC Dunk):
Players Who Could Breakout In Big Way Next Season (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Spencer Dinwiddie: 6MOY Candidate?  (from Jac Manuell, Nets Republic):
Special Factors That Will Make 2019 Free Agency Even More Interesting (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
Updated Salary & Roster Sheets (from Keith P. Smith):
Steve Nash: Prodigal Sun (from Matt Petersen, NBA.com):
Hawks’ Season Preview (from DefPen):
–  Video: Teodosic’s Best 2017-18 Dishes (from NBA.com):
Q & A: Mo Dakhil  (from Daniel Volkov, SlamDunk3):
Pelicans: Trevon Bluiett Hoping To Make A Splash (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
How Lanard Copeland’s Final NBA Play Set Up 27 Years In Australia (from Roy Ward, Sydney Morning Herald):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/13/18

Jayson Tatum: Franchise-Altering Talent (from Jeff Clark, Celtics Blog):
How Anunoby Defended LBJ (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
Video Breakdown: Donovan Mitchell (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Basketball, Family One & The Same To Tony Snell (from Lori Nickel, jsonline.com):
John Lucas Runs Special Workouts For Rockets’ Younger Players (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Kerr Takes Big-Picture Approach To Warriors’ Title Pursuits (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
Watching Film With Coach Triano Is Helping Josh Jackson (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.co):
The Unusual Challenge Of A Potential Spencer Dinwiddie Contract Extension (from Danny Leroux, RealGM):
The Cautionary Tale Of The Magic (from Brett Koremenos, RealGM):
Adebayo Brings Energy, Quickness, Toughness (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
What Steve Clifford Did When His Body Screamed “Enough”  (from Rick Bonnell, harlotte Observer):
Pelicans: A Deep Dive Into Rotations (from Kumar, Bourbon Street Shots):
The Rookie Growth Curve Of Hawks’ Rookie John Collins, Version 3.0  (from Greg Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
G-League Showcase: Day 2 Recap (from Alex Busch, gleague.nba.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis PART ONE 10/27/17

Rookie Status Update: Simmons, Tatum, Anunoby (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Zach Lowe’s Weekly Roundup (from ESPN):
The Raptors’ New Bench Mob (from Jared Dubin,The Step Back):
Pacers Film Room: Darren Collison (from Tony East, 8points,9seconds):
Rockets: Capela Is Hitting The Right Notes (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Checking In On The Nonconformist Pelicans (from Malika Andrews, NYTimes):
Thursday Night Recap (With Links To Game Stories) (From Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Knicks’ Film Room: Pick-And-Roll Defense, Tim Hardaway,Jr. And More (from Jeffrey Bellone, Medium.com):
Week One Observations (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Early Season Takeaways (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Is Tobias Harris Taking A Leap? (from Jonathan Raymond, Mediu.com):
3 Stats That Will Define Cavs’ Chances (from Jason Timpf, King James Gospel):
Basketball Dictionary: “X-Out”  (from Dylan Murphy, Medium.com):
2018 Draft: The Top Ten International Prospects (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Clippers: Still The Best Show In L.A.  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
What Would Take Wizards From Good To Great?  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Steph Curry Is Nearly Automatic From FT Line (from Ron Kroichick, SF Chronicle):
Which Offensive Styles Confound The Blazers’ Defense? (from Eric Griffith, Blazers Edge):
Video Breakdown: How The Nets Beat The Cavs (from Coach Nick/Spencer Didwiddie, BBall Breakdown):
Porzingis: Right Man For NY, But Are Knicks Right For Him?  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Giannis Looks Like An MVP (from Chris Herring FiveThirtyEight):
Giannis Is Breaking Out His Own Way (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):
The Importance Of Jae Crowder (from Scott Recker, Fear The Sword):
A Stop In Europe Paved The Way For Udoh’s NBA Return (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Anatomy Of LAL’s OT Victory Over WAS (from Joey Ramirez, Lakers.com):

The Spurs’ 4-0 Start (from Tim Reynolds, AP):
Mozgov Ventures Into 3-Point Land (from Scott cacciola, NYTimes):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/15/17 PART TWO

Why Jaylen Brown Will Reach What Jeff Green Couldn’t For Celtics  (from Tom Mulherin, Hardwood Houdini):

Read and watch it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/15/jaylen-brown-will-reach-jeff-green-couldnt-celtics/

Raptors Playbook: Corner Offense And Counters (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):

Read and watch it here; http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/03/15/raptors-playbook-corner-offense-counters/

20 Years Apart, Plenty Of Resemblances Between Heat Teams  ( from Jay Man, hothothoops.com):

Read it here: http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/15/14931474/twenty-years-apart-two-miami-heat-teams-share-plenty-of-similarities-alonzo-hardaway-pat-riley

Frank Martin: The Haslem/McGruder Connection (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article138651438.html

The Race For The 8th Playoff Spot In The West Has Gotten Interesting  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/wild-west-the-chase-for-the-eighth-playoff-spot-suddenly-got-interesting/

Antetokounmpo Puts Bucks On His Shoulders (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/buck-up-giannis-antetokounmpo-puts-milwaukee-on-his-shoulders/

MIP: Antetokounmpo, Jokic, Porter (from Ananth Pandian, The Step Back):

Read it here; http://fansided.com/2017/03/15/antetokounmpo-jokic-true-candidates-mip-award/

CLE 128, DET 96:

  – 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

  – Changes The Cavs Made (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

Bradley’s Health Is Critical To Celtics’ Playoff Run  (from Derek  Mcvay, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/14/avery-bradleys-health-critical-boston-celtics-playoff-run/

Westbrook & OKC Search For Balance (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/doing-too-much-no-but-westbrook-oklahoma-city-search-for-balance-ea6434cad79a#.i7epwecyu

NBA Metrics: The Worst 5 Defenders At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697532-nba-metrics-101-the-worst-5-defenders-at-every-position

Chris Paul’s Value To Clippers Huge On Both Ends Of Floor (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/15/one-team-three-stats-clippers-chris-paul-deandre-jordan-blake-griffin

Why The Nets Chose Dinwiddie Over Ferrell (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/15/brooklyn-nets-spencer-dinwiddie/

– Zubac: Playing His Way Into Lakers’ Future (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookie-center-ivica-zubac-is-playing-his-way-into-the-lakers-future/

Nets Are Beginning To Match Atkinson’s Vision  (from Charles Daye, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read it here: http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/03/14/nets-small-ball-kenny-atkinson-vision/

SAC 120, ORL 115: Takeaways  (from Basketball Intelligence):

   – The Kids Were Alright: Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere all impressed as starters as Coach Joerger rested  Afflalo, Lawson, Koufos and Evans (who is nursing an ankle injury).  It will be quite interesting to see to what extent  Joerger continues to give more playing time to the youngsters, who, after all, are expected to be key components as the Kings embark on building from the ground up.  Towering rookie Georgios Papagiannis also saw 11 minutes of action.

   – Veterans Darren Collison and Anthony Tolliver also played big roles: Collison provided leadership  with 13 assists to go along with 19 points and was +14. Tolliver scored 19 points, including a career-high 5 treys, several of which were delivered at key moments after Magic runs.

  – Another positive for the Kings was their ability to close out the game.  The tendency this season has been a startling inability to hold leads, regardless of size.  The Kings have generally been at their best when making up large deficits.

  – The Magic defended the paint well but closed out poorly at the three-point arc. The Kings thus were able to continue their success from distance, shooting 53.3 % as they hit 16 treys. As Elfrid Payton put it: ” Our emphais has been cutting off the paint, but I just think we did that too much and should have been closer to shooters.Credit them for making shots, but I would have liked to see us have stayed home (on shooters) a little more.”   The Magic also shot well from afar,hitting on 38.3% but that wasn’t good enough to offset their poor three-point defense.

  – The Kings continued their much-needed post-Cousins offensive balance as 7 players scored in double figures.

  – Elfrid Payton maintained his recent strong play with  60% shooting, 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic added 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting (including 3-for-3 from distance) and 9 rebounds.