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ICYMI: Suggested Basketball Reading From Across the Web

Where to begin, where to begin. Last night was, well… it was something. Overall, it was just bizarre. TNT had one of its worst doubleheaders of all time, none of the three games were closer than 20 points, the Bulls defeated the Heat without Derrick Rose, etc, etc, etc. Hopefully tonight, things will get back on track. There are 10 games lined up for this evening, including a match-up between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors that is sure to be exciting. The Oklahoma City Thunder are also taking on the New Orleans Pelicans, in a meeting that had much more promise a week ago, before Anthony Davis broke his hand. As for us, we’re back as always with some words for you to read, so check out today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.

Breaking down Marcin Gortat’s brilliance in the pick and roll: By Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA)

At the beginning of the year, the Wizards and Suns made a trade, sending Marcin Gortat to the Wizards and the injured Emeka Okafor to the Suns. It was a deal that helped both teams, as the Wizards got a good, healthy big man to aid their playoff push, and the Suns got an expiring contract for a player who would ultimately be wasted in the team’s current situation. Gortat has played pretty well, averaging nearly a double double. Over at SB Nation’s Bullets Forever, Umair Khan broke down one reason he’s been so good – the pick and roll.

All Hail Jermaine O’Neal, the Post-Positional Revolutionary: By Jacob Greenberg (@jacobjbg)

You know who’s been playing pretty good this year? Jermaine O’Neal. No, really, he has! I’m serious. This isn’t a joke. It is nearly the year 2014 and Jermaine O’Neal is having a good season. Okay fine, you don’t believe me. I guess I can understand. Well then why don’t you read this piece from Jacob Greenberg over at The Diss and see if you still don’t believe in JO.

 

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