Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/23/18

ATL: Bembry’s Bounce-Back Season (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
BOS: Marcus Smart: “We’re Not Playing Defense” (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
CHI: Jabari Parker: Quick, Athletic, Explosive & Strong (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
GSW: Damion Jones’ Inconsistency Leaves Warriors With Uncertainty At Center Spot (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
GSW: 5 Observations From The Loss To The Thunder (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
LAL: JaVale McGee Is Flourishing With The Lakers (from Tim Reynolds, AP):
LAL: Lakers Want Lonzo To Be More Aggressive (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
MIL: The Optimization Of Eric Bledsoe (from Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass):
NYK: Assessing The Knicks After 20 Games (from Chris Iseman, northjersey.com):
OKC: Billy Donovan Is Finally Getting His Way (from Stephen Dolan, Thunderous Intentions):
PHI: Analyzing The Second Ten Games (from PhillyFastBreak, Liberty Ballers):
POR: Blazers Are The Same, But Different (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
TOR: Q & A: CJ Miles (from Donnovan Bennett, sportsnet.ca):
TOR: Too Much Iso?: Kawhi Leonard’s Sticky Hands (from Samson Folk, Raptors Republic):
UTA: The Jazz Aren’t Communicating On Defense (from Ryan Miller, KSL):
UTA: The Jazz’ Individual & Collective Deficiencies (from Jared Woodcox, The J NOtes):
WAS: Markieff Morris Accepts His Benching  (from Candace Buckner,  Washington Post):
Friday Five: Update: How Aussie NBA Players Are Faring (from Ben Mallis, Pick And Roll):
A Prep School League Is Growing Into A Top Pipeline To Division One & The NBA (from Clevis Murray, The Athletic):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/7/18

– BKN: Dudley Worked Hard To Rebound As Nets Starter (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
– BOS: Featuring Hayward Through His Playmaking (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
BOS: The Celtics’ Fundamental Problem (from Gary Washburn, Boston Celtics):
– CHI: Arcidiacano Is Proving That He Belongs (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
– CHI: How Is Tyler Ulis Looking To Make An Impact For Windy City Bulls? (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
– CLE: Chris Fedor’s Mailbag  (from cleveland.com):
– DAL: Q & A: Dirk Nowitzki (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
– DAL: How DeAndre Jordan Became An 80% FT Shooter  (from Tim Cato, The Athletic):
– DEN: 10 Nuggets Numbers Through Ten Games (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
– LAC: The Clippers Are Outrunning NBA Purgatory (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
– LAC: Gallinari Is A Silent Killer (from Chris Murch, Clips Nation):
 NOP: How Missing Payton Affects The Pels (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
– NOP: Recapping The Road Trip From Hell (from James Grieco, Hoops Habit):
– NYK: How Ntilikina Is Trying To Become A More Willing Scorer (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic);
– PHI:  How RoCo Has Become The Shooter The Sixers Need (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
– PHI: Joel Embiid Continues To Improve (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
– PHO: What’s Wrong With The Suns Has Become Systemic (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
– POR: McCollum Breaks Out (from Jason Quick, The Athletic):
 SAC: Bagley: Fit For The Kings’ Future  (from Greg Wissinger, Sactown Royalty):
– SAC: Zach Randolph Understands His Reduced Role (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
– TOR: Changing Positions Has Revitalized Ibaka’s Career (from Mike Bossetti, Raptors Rapture):
– TOR: Lowry: The Raptors’ Other Superstar (from Anthony Doyle, Raptors Republic):
 UTA: How The Jazz Use Gobert’s Offensive Game (from Jake Paynting, DefPen):
UTA: Gobert & Favors Are Struggling When On Court Together (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
– WAS: Wizards Lack Decisiveness & Offensive Activity (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
 Week 3 Recap  (from Michael Dugger, Hoops Habit):
– How New HCs Kokoskv & Nurse Are Adjusting (from Duane Rankin, azcentral.com):
– The Offensive Explosion Is Unstoppable (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
– Dark Horse MVP Candidates (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/3/18

ATL: Rookie Kevin Huerter: Off To A Hot Start (from Chris Guest, Soaring Dow South):
BOS: Kyrie’s Strong Effort Impacts Celtics’ Defense (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Hayward’s New Normal Is Starting To Look Like His Old Normal (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
CHI: Blakeney’s Growth From G-League To One Of NBA’s Hottest Shooters (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
CHI: Is LaVine Living Up To is Price Tag?  (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
GSW: How Draymond Elevated The Dubs’ Defense (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
GSW: D’Antoni: There Is Only One Way To Defend The Dubs (from Lloyd Johnson,  Express):
LAL: McGee’s Positive Play Highlights Lakers’ Biggest Weakness (from Honi, Lakers Outsiders):
MEM: How Gasol Is Leading The Grizzlies’ Defensive Resurgence (from Peter Edmiston, The Athletic):
MIL: How Giannis Dominates Without A Jumper (from Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown/The Athletic):
NYK: Trier Has Been A Pleasant Surprise (from Adam Zagoria, Arizona Daily Star):
PHI: An Aggressive Fultz Will Flourish (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
PHI:  Embiid Can Help Sixers’ Spacing (from Brian Murphy, Liberty Ballers):
POR: How The Blazers Are Regaining Respect (from Shane Young, Medium):
SAS: LaMarcus Aldridge & The Success Of Little Things (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):
UTA: How Joe Ingles Went From NBA Heartache To Being The Heartbeat Of The Jazz (from Tony Jones, The Athletic):
WAS: Time To Tear It Down (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):
WAS: Just How Bad Is The Wizards’ Defense? (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
Some Surprising Early Season Trends & How They Will Play Out (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
LeBron Doc Explores NBA’s Gradual Embrace Of Social Activism  (from Ken Berger, Bleacher Report):
Jemele Hill: Socially Conscious Voice  (from Chris Barton, LA Times):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/1/18

BOS: Marcus Morris, Unsung Hero (from Jack Noonan, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Kyrie Is Going To Be Whoever The Celtics Need Him To Be (from Jay King, The Athletic):
CLE: The Real Reason Lue Was Fired (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):
CLE: Larry Nance Is The Centerpiece Of The Cavs’ Future Frontcourt (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
GSW: The Dubs Are Having Fun & May Be Better Than Ever (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
GSW: The Scripted Chaos Of Steph Curry (from Seerat Sohi, SB Nation):
GSW: Draymond Sets The Tone In Win Over Pels (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
HOU:  Rockets: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (from Ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):
MIN: How Rose Scored 50 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
MIN: Josh Okogie Defensive Highlight Reel (from Jake Paynting):
NYK: Ntilikina: Learning Offense After Mastering Defense (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
ORL: Vicevic Has Proven Is Loyalty, Will The Magic Reciprocate? (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):
PHI: How Fultz Hurts Sixers Spacing As A Starter (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: The Suns Are A Turnover Machine (from Gina Mizell, The Athletic):
SAC: Encouraging Signs (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
SAC: De’Aaron Fox Is Driving The Kings (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
TOR: The Duality Of The Raptors’ Defense (from Blake Murphy, The Athletic):
TOR: The Magic Of Catalyzing Offense With Defense (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
TOR: Raptors Xs & Os  (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
TOR: Siakam Is Blossoming Into A Star (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):
UTA: Rudy Gobert Is On The Cusp Of Becoming Elite Thanks To His Offense  (from Ben Dowsett, The Athletic):
UTA: Jazz Offense Seems To Be Clicking (from Jordan Hicks, Basketball Insiders):
WAS: Meet The Wizards’ Resident Problem Solver (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):
The Most Interesting Teams In Week Three (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
Teams’ Unsustainable Fast & Slow Starts (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
The Stack Pick-And-Roll (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/19/18

ATL: Hawks’ Opening Night Offensive Issues Should Be Easy To Correct (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
ATL: Jeremy Lin Has Lived A Basketball Lifetime (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
CHA: Tony Parker’s Stellar Hornets’ Debut (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
DEN: Jokic Showed Defensive Improvement In Opener (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
DET: Emergency Starter Bruce Brown Proves Unflappable (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):
DET: Game Film: The Blake Griffin Effect (from Matt Way, Motor City Made):
GSW:  Steph At 30 (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
GSW: How Do The Warriors Handle Their Tenuous Wing Position? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
IND: McMillan Gets His Point Across: Rebound  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
IND: What Tyreke Brings Offensively (from Sean Reynolds, Hashtag Basketball):
IND: Q & A: Myles Turner (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
LAL: LBJ Has Plenty Of Patience. For Now (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
LAL: Will Lakers’ Lack Of Shooters Be An Ongoing Issue? (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
– – LAL: How LeBron Came To Embrace SoCal (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
MEM: Are The Grizzlies Playing It Too Safe?  (from pfleming15, Grizzly Bear Blues):
MIL: Playbook: Cross Double STS (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
NYK: Enes Kanter: Many Of Many Faces (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
NYK: Kevin Knox’ Journal, Vol 1 (from Drew Steele, Posting & Toasting):
OKC: The Thunder’s Wing Time Share (from Erik Horne, The Oklahoman):
– – ORL: Ross Superb Defensively Against Heat  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Mo Bamba Game One Recap (from Spencer Pearlman, Front Office Eye):
PHI: Embiid Can Defend Smaller Perimeter Players (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
– – SAC: Cauley-Stein Impressive Against Gobert In Opening NIght Loss (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
SAC: Bagley To Learn From The Bench Early On (from Jason Jones, The Athletic):
– – UTA: Analysis Of Jazz’ Opening Night Win (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
– – Opening Night Takeaways (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):

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Past Trades That Are Still Hurting Franchises (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
CourtVision Could Revolutionize The Way We Watch Basketball (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Inside The World Of Players Turned Broadcasters (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
The “Select Contract”: The NBA’s New Alternative To One-And-Done  (from Jonathan Givony,  ESPN):
The 1 Reason To Tune In To Each Team’s Games This Season  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Draft Thoughts: A New Approach To Scouting (from Eustachhio Raulli, The 94):
NOTE:  Due to yesterday’s internet service issues, today’s BI contains some of yesterday’s stories as well as we play catch-up.  We will return to normal publishing tomorrow.