Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/18/18

Jrue Holiday Is A Big Reason Why Pels Lead 2-0 (from Wes Goldberg, The Step Back):
Film Breakdown: This Is A Different Raptors’ Team (from Jacob Mack, Raptors HQ):
Film Room Breakdown: Rockets Tactics Against The Wolves (from Alykhan Bijani, The Athletic):
Rockets: Capela Could Be Front & Center (from Stefano Fusaro, The Undefeated):

From Jackson Frank, Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/18258136
Thibodeau’s Derrick Rose Gamble (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
CLE-IND Game Two Preview (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

From Chris Barnewall, CBS Sports: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2018-nba-playoffs-the-cavaliers-case-for-and-against-using-jeff-green-in-the-starting-lineup/

Film Sessions: UTA & OKC Prepare For Game Two (from Dylan Murphy/Steve Jones, Jr, Cleaning The Glass):
Physical Play Is Key As OKC-UTA Series Continues (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
The Heat-Sixers Chess Match (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Sixers: Game Two Loss Showed Effect Of Embiid’s Absence (from Liberty Ballers):

The Bucks’ Flaws Were Exposed In Game Two (from Zach Harper, FRSHoopz):

Jaylen Brown Has Improved By Leaps And Bounds (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Bucks And Sixers: Pushing The Boundaries Of Small-Ball (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Iguodala Has A Knack For Big Playoff Performances (from Janie McCauley, Associated Press):

Warriors’ Assistant Mike Brown’s Selective Head Coaching Aspirations (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Nets: Full-Time Duties At The 4 Helped RHJ Make Big Leap (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):

Becky Hammon Is Just The Start Of A Revolution (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):


2018 Draft: Biggest Questions For Projected Lottery Picks (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):

Is A Bet On Bamba A Bet On Athletic Development? (from JZ Mazlish, The Stepien):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/3/16

–  Giannis Just Keeps Improving (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/sports/basketball/greek-freak-giannis-antetokounmpo-milwaukee-bucks.html

From Neil Paine, fivethirtyeight.com:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/weve-never-seen-a-player-quite-like-giannis-antetokounmpo/

–  From Dan Favale, Bleacher Report:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2679477-spotlight-or-no-spotlight-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-an-nba-superstar

 Breakdown: Friday’s Games  (from BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/02/the-breakdown-rockets-james-harden-has-help-again/

From Josh Martin, Bleacher Report:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2679632-friday-nba-roundup-are-cavaliers-coasting-or-is-there-cause-for-concern

Kyle O’Quinn’s Progression  (from Peter Saclarides, The Knicks Wall):

Read it here:  https://theknickswall.com/kyle-oquinn-s-progression-as-a-knickerbocker-3e772fcc4227#.pt8bippov

–  Magic Shift Their Aaron Gordon Strategy  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily:

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/12/03/orlando-magic-shift-aaron-gordon-strategy/

–  Will Reggie Jackson’s Return Make The Pistons A Contender In The East?  (from Bryan Toporek, Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/02/will-reggie-jackson-make-detroit-pistons-a-contender-in-the-east/

–  SVG: Stanley Johnson Must Work Harder  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/12/stan_van_gundy_wants_better_wo_1.html

–  Draymond Green: The Most Important Player In The Assn  (from Brandon Anderson, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://thecauldron.si.com/draymond-green-is-the-most-important-man-in-the-nba-this-season-f205a9d1baf7#.mfa8z6jz0

–  Al Horford Is Playing Great Defense (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-120216-al-horford-stuffs-kings-record-performance

–  Taj Gibson Sets Tone For Bulls  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/23705/reliable-gibson-sets-tone-for-bulls-in-win-over-lebron-cavs

 Goran Dragic And Where To Find Him  (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):

Read and watch  it here:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/goran-dragic-and-where-find-him

–  NBA-Worthy Pick-And-Rolls  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/12/02/secret-to-nba-worthy-pick-and-roll-its-complicated.html

 Iguodala: Still Plus-Minus Master (from Connor LeTourneau, SFGate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/In-new-role-Andre-Iguodala-still-Warriors-10688466.php

Thursday’s Players Of The Night:  Draymond Green/Ryan Anderson  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/draymond-green-flagrant-1-ryan-anderson-warriors-rockets-a0b39bdfe93d#.a7we5i8z6

–  Early Returns On Moreyball (from Senthil Natarajan, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/02/nylon-calculus-moreyball-seven-seconds-or-less/

 The Rockets Are Good And Fun Again  (from Jordan Sargent, Deadspin):

Read it here:  http://deadspin.com/hell-yeah-the-rockets-are-good-and-fun-again-1789608504

–  Thunder’s Defense Under The Microscope (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/thunders-defense-under-the-microscope-at-quarter-mark/article/5529476

–  Rookie Ratings By Position  (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/01/rookie-ratings-by-position-2016-17-edition-1

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/2/16

–  How D’Antoni’s Offense Enhances Harden’s Prodigious Skills  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/1/13812530/james-harden-highlights-stats-nba-houston-rockets-offense-cheat-code

–  Whiteside Is Rewarding The Heat’s Faith In Him (from Kristian Whitfield, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/1/13806284/hassan-whiteside-miami-heat-highlights-breakdown-98-million

 Suns: Areas For Improvement  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/02/phoenix-suns-5-areas-for-improvement/2/

–  LAL May Actually Fight For A Playoff Spot  (And Much More In This Laker Update. from Eric Pincus, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2679292-los-angeles-lakers-may-actually-fight-for-a-playoff-spot-this-season

–  Luke Walton’s Strong Coaching Start (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/161201-luke-walton-strong-start

Brandon Ingram Is Thankful For Jerry Stackhouse’s Influence  (from Mark Medna, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailybulletin.com/sports/20161201/lakers-brandon-ingram-thankful-for-jerry-stackhouses-influence

Porzingis Stepping Into The Spotlight (from Shane Young, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/01/kristaps-porzingis-stepping-into-the-spotlight/

–  Knicks:  Success In Pick-And-Roll, Post Offense Masked By Mistakes (from Drew Margolis, dailyknicks.com):

Read it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/12/02/new-york-knicks-mistakes/

–  Dieng Doesn’t Mind Flying Under The Radar  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/02/timberwolves-gorgui-dieng-karl-towns-andrew-wiggins-tom-thibodeau

Rubio’s Early Season Struggles  (from Eric, Canis Hoopus):

Read it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/12/2/13811478/ricky-rubio-early-season-struggles-thibodeau

–  Draymond Must Learn Self-Control  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/12/02/draymond-greens-kicks-hurt-warriors-again-this-time-in-thrilling-loss-to-rockets/?utm_term=.012522710f8b

–  Mason Plumlee: Offensively Special, Defensively Not So Much  (from Evans Clinchy, Blazers Edge:

Read and watch it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/12/2/13815914/portland-trail-blazers-mason-plumlee-2017-nba-free-agency

How Teams Are Fighting Fatigue  (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/how-nba-teams-are-fighting-fatigue/

–  Ten Things I Like And Don’t Like (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/18183056/zach-lowe-russell-westbrook-anthony-davis-john-wall-10-things-like

–  Bucks’ Strange Upcoming Schedule  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline):

Read it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2016/12/01/shootaround-report-here-come-back–backs/94739418/

–  Thursday Night Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/2/13815186/2016-nba-scores-cavaliers-warriors-finals-rematch-clippers-rockets-not-inevitable

HOU 132, GSW 127, 2OT (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/warriors-rockets-highlights-video-recap-vine-score-stephen-curry-james-harden-kevin-durant-draymond-green-nba-standings-120216

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/5/16

–  Takeaways From Friday’s Games (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2674102-derrick-rose-new-york-knicks-finding-their-form-and-friday-nba-takeaways

–  Julius Randle Is Becoming A Monster  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/randle-734455-green-lakers.html

–  Lakers Don’t Have To Choose Between Nance,Jr And Randle  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/11/5/13533100/la-laker-julius-randle-larry-nance-jr-warriors-draymond-green-highlights-stats-analysis-video

–  Nick Young Has Reinvented Himself  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/11/3/13515476/la-lakers-nick-young-shooting-video-breakdown-stats-analysis-highlights-hawks

–  Kyrie Irving: “Attack Guard”  (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/11/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_72.html

–  Overlooked Malcolm Delaney Is Ready To Prove Himself  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/overlooked-delaney-ready-prove-himself-nba

–  Kings Look To End Self-Inflicted Mistakes (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article112716443.html

–  4 Kings Questions That Need Answers  (from Bill Herenda, iheartradion):

Read it here:  http://kfbk.iheart.com/onair/bill-herenda-52749/4-kings-questions-that-need-answers-15270903/

Hoops Rumors’ OffSeason In Review Series  (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/11/2016-nba-offseason-in-review-series.html

–  D-League Coach Nored’s Priority Is Developing Nets’ Players  (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/11/5/13524494/d-league-coach-nored-our-top-priority-is-developing-nets-players

–  Isaiah Whitehead Learning Through “Trial By Fire”  (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/11/5/13533784/whitehead-learning-through-atkinson-s-trial-by-fire

–  Scott Brooks Plays Mad Lineup Scientist In Wizard’s First Win (from Adam Rubin, truthaboutit.net):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2016/11/scott-brooks-plays-mad-lineup-scientist-in-washingtons-first-win.html