Last night was the type of night that makes the long, grueling NBA regular season worth it. 13 games. Overtimes. Clutch play from superstars such as Chris Paul and Dirk Nowitzki. It was the Monta Ellis of NBA nights. #WednesdayNightHaveItAll. As for tonight, we won’t get the almost overwhelming thrill of 13 games, but we do get to see Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers take on Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT. While you’re still catching your breath from last night’s action, take some time, sit back, relax, and do a little reading. We’re here as always to help you out with that, so check out today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.
Getting traded to the tanking Boston Celtics surely wasn’t what Gerald Wallace had in mind as his career winds down. You can see the frustration in his numerous – and often unnecessary – post game comments about hustle and stat-stuffing. But aside from his unhappiness about being in Boston, something else is off about Wallace this year. He seems almost afraid to shoot. Over at SB Nation’s Celtics Blog, Kevin O’Connor tried to figure out whether or not Wallace has the yips.
The Portland Trail Blazers have surprised many people in the early stages of this new season. At 10-2, no one has more wins than them, and only San Antonio and Indiana have as many. A big reason for their impressive play has been point guard Damian Lillard. Coming off his Rookie of the Year winning campaign last year, Lillard has been just as good, if not better this year. Over at Hickory High, Cole Patty wrote about Lillard and how his self-confidence plays a big role in making Lillard a special player.
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