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 Dear friends of Basketball Intelligence

Thank you for your readership and support during the past 4 years of this newsletter.  As you know, we provide curated access to the best NBA coverage on the Internet.  In order to do so, we have consistently applied our “Four-I” test: we link only to stories that are informative, insightful, intelligent and interesting.
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That passion and  a clear market hunger for original content like the kind we curate led us to recently launch The Basketball Writers (bballwriters.com, @bballwriters). There, we feature the next generation of great NBA, WNBA, Euroleague and eSports writers (with G-League content coming soon).
TBW respects our audience and THE GAME in a hoops haven devoid of ads, popup videos, clickbait, or data selling. We treat our writers fairly by immediately routing 35% of every subscription to the subscriber’s designated author (or all equally, depending on the subscriber’s choice), while the entire group shares the associated costs. Our owners are on the front lines as the Editorial staff.
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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 1/6/18

*ATL: Trae Young’s Passing Is Ahead Of Schedule (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
ATL: Vince Carter’s Journey To Becoming NBA’s Go-To Mentor (from David Singh, Sportsnet.ca):
BKN: D’Angelo Russell Is Playing Like An Elite PG (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: DeMarre Carroll Is Playing Like His Old Self Again (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BKN: Nets Point To Depth As Reason For Improvement (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
BOS: Rozier’s Backup Role Brings Challenges (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
CHI: Boylen Just Wants Bulls To Play Smarter (from Mike McGraw, Daily Herald):
CHI: Bulls Focus Is On The Future (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
DAL: Broekhoff Find His Rhythm (from Nick Metallinos, ESPN):
GSW: Video Breakdown: How The Dubs Won Against The Hot-Shooting Kings (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):
LAC: SGA Is Dealing With Fatigue & Fighting Through The “Rookie Wall” (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Film Room: The Problem With How The Lakers’ Have Developed Ingram (from Pete Zayas, Silver Screen And Roll):
LAL: Lakers’ Youth Is Wasting Its Opportunity To Shine (from Bill Oram, The Athletic):
LAL: Video: Lonzo Ball: Scrub Or Star? (from Ben Taylor, Thinking Basketball):
MIN: Petersen & Benz: The Wolves’ Top Broadcast Team (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press)
MIN: Wolves Need A Strong, Candid Communicator (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
NYK: Hardaway: Losing Is Tough But It Builds Character & Matures You As A Player (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
POR: Assists On The Rise (from Jamie Hudson, NBC Sports):
TOR: How To Properly Feed A Hungry Pack Of Raptors (from Rachel Brady, Globe And Mail):
Inside The Life Of NBA Assistant Coaches (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
A Study Of Blown Leads, Comebacks & Close Games Around The NBA (from Andrew Patton, Liberty Ballers):
Predicting Six Players Who Will Be Better In 2019  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
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*ATL: Trae Young’s Passing Is Ahead Of Schedule (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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The Basketball Writers: Free Access Day

As many of you know, our affiliate subscription site, The Basketball Writers, launched recently.  We are excited about the success TBW has attained in such a short time.  Here at BI, we have linked to quite a few TBW stories in the past several weeks. Access to each of those, and more, is free today as a special New Year’s Day treat.
Please check out what TBW has to offer so you can make an informed decision regarding subscribing .  Thank you & Happy New Year!  (bballwriters.com)
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