Nov 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A Toronto Raptors cheerleader entertains the crowd during a timeout in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Air Canada Centre. Portland won the game 118-110. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Daily Links: Tuesday, December 3

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Good afternoon, Hardwood Houdini readers!

The Boston Celtics are enjoying a nice little break in their NBA schedule – an early Christmas present, perhaps, for having such a bear of a November schedule?  Hope the players got all of their holiday shopping done, because they are back in action tonight!

Before we get to the game, though . . . let’s check out our dose of NBA links!

Some good games last night – check out the results.  [NBA.com]  Go Portland!

Perhaps you have noticed – there are some damn good coaches in the NBA this season, many of whom have made some teams pleasant surprises.  Here’s a look at five coaches who are getting it done.  [NBA Hang Time Blog]

The Pacers squared off against the Blazers last night, and apparently, it was a rough contest for Roy Hibbert, who declared this following the game.  [Sports Illustrated]

I don’t know who thought of this . . . but what if NBA jerseys were designed by fashion experts?  [Sports Illustrated]

Good news for New Yorkers: the Knicks and Nets battle this Thursday, meaning one of those terrible teams has to win.  The bad news: the Battle of New York has turned out to be one big, hilarious joke. [Sporting News]

Many of made fun of the Lakers for throwing arenas full of cash to Kobe Bryant with his new, two-year extension.  Could it be, though, that the Lakers were right, and that Kobe is set to become a dominant player again once he returns to the NBA?  [Bleacher Report]

Last link: the Boston Celtics are among three teams who are highlighted in this ESPN video that examines how a trio of unheralded big men are paying off for their teams.  [ESPN]

Enjoy, and check back in with us for tonight’s game coverage!!!

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