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,
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,
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,
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.

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

BKN: Nuni Omot: Perilous Journey From Refugee Camp To Nets Hopeful  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Celtics Believe Horford’s Best Days Are Still Ahead (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
BOS: The Great Expectations Of Tatum & Brown (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
BOS: Kyrie Irving: Brilliance Doesn’t Have To Complicate Chemistry (from Jesica Camerato, SBNation):
GSW: Warriors’ Training Camp Invitees Brace For Final Week Of Preseason (from Logan Murdock, Mercury News):
IND: Pacers Look Ready For Regular Season (from Derek Kramer,
IND: How Myles Turner Invested In Himself To Transform His Mind & His Game (from Scott Agness, The Athletic):
LAL: Jason Hart May Be LBJ’s Most Valuable Teammate (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
MIL: Budenholzer Is Implementing His Type Of Pace (from Eric Nehm, The Athletic):
MIN: Appreciating Tyus Jones (from Tyler Metcalf, Hashtag Basketball):
MIN: Paging Andrew Wiggins (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
NOP: How Does Randle Fit With The Pelicans? (from James Grayson):
NOP: Q & A: Solomon Hill (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
NYK: The Lessons Kevin Knox Learned From His Father (from Steve Popper, Newsday):
NYK: Ron Baker’s “Havoc Mindset” (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
ORL: Film Room: Magic’s Stifling Defense (from Josh Cohen,
ORL: Vucevic Is Too Valuable To Trade Right Now (from Jean Racine, Orlando Magic Daily):
ORL: Iwundu & Grant Are Impressing Coach Clifford (from Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel):
PHO: Importance Of Recognizing The New “Freedom Of Movement” Officiating Emphasis  (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
POR: Blazers’ Big Three Look Ready (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
SAC: Make Or Break Season For WCS?  (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
SAC: Kings Searching For New Leader Following Temple’s Departure (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
SAC: Harry Giles: Best Rookie No One Is Talking About (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
SAS: What Murray’s Injury Means For The Spurs (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
TOR: Grading The Raptors’ Roster (from NBA Math):
The Big Man Training Revolution (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
Five Unheralded 2nd Year Players Ready For Their Closeup  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Top Ten EuroLeague Players (from Antonis Stroggylakis,
Brandon Jennings Interview (from
How Skills Trainers Are Helping The League’s Best Players (from Matt Ellentuck,
Second Chances And The Rebounding Specialist (from Justin Jacobs, Squared2020):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/20/18

The Fight To Fix The NBA’s Mental Health Problem, Part One (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Q & A: Brad Stevens (from Bill Burt, The Eagle-Tribune):
Sixers:  The Harmony In Embiid’s & Redick’s Games  (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
Pacers: What Nate McMillan Is Expecting (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Oladipo Seizes Control Of His Career (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
Q & A: Nikola Jokic (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
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Nuggets: Three Stats That Point To Success (from Grayson Moore, Nugg Love):
Gasol’s Passing Will Drive The Grizzlies (from Eric Spyropolous, Grizzly Bear Blue):
Teams No One Should Sleep On Next Season (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Vonleh: Knicks’ New Rebounding Machine Looks To Reboot His Career (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Kris Dunn & New London Share An Everlasting Bond (from Dom Amore, Hartford Courant):
Kings: Can Cauley-Stein Put It Together?  (from Jonathan Roberts, A Royal Pain):
Buying Or Selling The Offseason’s Hottest Takes (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Player Development For Heat’s Next Wave (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
Isaiah Austin May Take Gamble On New “Chris Bosh Rule”  (from Chris Sheridan, Get More Sports):
What Bob Bass Did For The Hornets (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Teams With Most, Fewest Guaranteed Contracts (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Sekou Doumbouya: The Most Interesting Prospect (from James Kemmerer, 94 Feet Report):
Usman Garuba:  Polarizing Prospect (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):

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):

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

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20 Years Apart, Plenty Of Resemblances Between Heat Teams  ( from Jay Man,

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

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

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

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

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CLE 128, DET 96:

  – 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor,

  – Changes The Cavs Made (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

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

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

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

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Chris Paul’s Value To Clippers Huge On Both Ends Of Floor (from John Schuhmann,

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

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

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

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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.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/12/17

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):
   – Otto Porter, Jr. (from Jeremy Lambert):
The Nurkic Revival Is Underway (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Rockets’ Version Of 7 Seconds Or Less (from Jon Giesbrecht, BBall Breakdown):
Film Study: Wizards’ Confusion On Defensive Rotations (from J. Michael,
Bogdanovic: The Wizards’ Double-Edged Sword (from Micahel Sykes, II, Bullets Forever):
Metta World Peace, Utah Jazz, Matt Barnes, More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Horford Has Been Efficient And Precise (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston lobe):
Video Breakdown: Celtics’ Offense And Defense (from wjsy,
Mega Leks: The Road To The NBA Passes Through This Serbian Club (from Max Holm,
Video Breakdown: A Look At Dario Saric  (from Jordan Christmas, Hashtag Basketball):

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Exum: Learning To Live In The Fast Lane (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Bigger Than Basketball: Zach And Marc  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
Willie Cauley-Stein: Showing Off His Defensive Versatility  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Marvin Williams, Rolling On Offense, Takes Defense Personally (from David Scott, Charlotte Observer):

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Understanding Andrew Wiggins (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

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Resting Stars: The Role Of Science In The Modern NBA Reality (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

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Wilson Chandler Stands Out On Both Ends Of The Court (from Mark Billingsley, Denver Post):

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While The Celtics Show Patience, Jaylen Brown Races Ahead (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
5 Stats That Give The Nets’ Hope (from Charles Maniego, Nothin’ But Nets):
A Healthy McRoberts Can Still Help The Heat (from Michael Brock,
How To Enjoy March Madness (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):