Dec 13, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; A Boston Celtics cheerleader dances on the court during a stoppage in play against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Daily Links: Thursday, December 19

Morning, NBA fans!

I was almost afraid to leave my house this morning, as I was expecting all sorts of ridicule following the Celtics’ collapse against the Detroit Pistons last night.  Fortunately, I have enjoyed a pretty quiet morning, but I have a feeling that the you-know-what might hit the fan a little bit later today.

Until that happens, I can enjoy the day’s links!

Twelve games were played in the NBA last night – 24 teams in action!  Busy, busy busy.  Get caught up.  []

And here’s your Morning Shootaround.  [NBA]

Take a look at the most popular new play in the NBA these days.  [Bleacher Report]  Necessity is the mother of invention!

There’s lots of speculation that the Houston Rockets are getting ready to trade Omer Asik, possibly to the Celtics.  Who are some of the other attractive trade targets in the NBA today?

Here’s a nice piece that gives credit to some of the players who are being ignored when it comes to the MVP race.  [Sports Illustrated]

Even though the season is still young, there are some teams that have established themselves as legitimate contenders.  Each team has a weakness, though, and here is a look at each contender’s kryptonite.  [Sporting News]

Last, but not least: here are Danny Ainge’s thoughts on the Omer Asik trade rumors, and the trade game in general.  []


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