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NBA Daily Links: Take-Down Tuesday Edition

All right, Hardwood Houdini readers and NBA fans in general!

The Boston Celtics take the court tonight after manhandling the New York Knicks Sunday afternoon.  Their opponent?  The equally terrible Brooklyn Nets.  The difference between the two games?  The Celtics will be staring down two ex-players who were instrumental in bringing a 17th banner to the TD Garden rafters: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.  It should be a good one (but I will take a blowout!) so check back in with us today for our coverage and reactions to the action.

First, however – it’s time for your NBA daily links!

Six games went down last night – here’s what you need to know.  []

While you’re over at, get your Morning Shootaround!

With Toronto shipping Rudy Gay out to Sacramento, have the Raptors widened the talent disparity between the East and the West?  Ian Thomsen says, yes!  [Sports Illustrated]  He also, answers some mail – bonus!

Power Rankings are out – check them out, and see where the Celtics fit into the mess we call the Eastern Conference.  [SI]

Here’s an interesting piece on why tanking in the NBA is harder then you think.  [Bleacher Report]  Personally, I think tanking is idiotic, but some people are really banging that drum this season.

And here’s your Boston Celtics link of the day: don’t be surprised to see Kelly Olynyk back soon . . . say, tonight!  []

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