Dec 21, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; A member of the Toronto Raptors dance team performs wearing a Santa Claus outfit during a break in the action against the Orlando Magic at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Magic 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Daily Links: Christmas Eve Edition

Good morning to all of you NBA fans out there on the eve of this very special holiday!

Hope you’re all home, relaxing and . . . what?!?  You still have to finish your shopping?  What the hell is wrong with you?

All right . . . guess you gotta do what you gotta do.  But before you head out, check out today’s links!

Get a run-down of last night’s scores.  [NBA.com]  Don’t worry: there were only 11 games!!!

And get your Morning Shootaround, too – no morning would be right without it!  [NBA]

When the season began, everyone wondered whether the Boston Celtics would be tanking in order to be competitive in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes.  Now, we’re left wondering if Wiggins is still a consensus number one draft pick.  [Bleacher Report]

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you’ll be celebrating the five-game schedule the NBA has laid out for your viewing pleasure tomorrow!  Check out SI’s preview.  [Sports Illustrated]

And then check out this preview of . . . some of the sneakers you’ll see during those games!  [Dime]  Am I the only one who DOESN’T pay attention to that sort of stuff?!?

The Phoenix Suns have been a nice surprise this season, due in large part to their acquisition of Eric Bledsoe.  Check out what it took to get him – and how it almost didn’t pan out.  [Sporting News]

For those of us who are looking forward to seeing Rajon Rondo back on the hardwood come January . . . slow your roll.  [Slam]

Finally: yesterday I shared a link that explained how Indiana’s Roy Hibbert compared Jared Sullinger to Minnesota’s Kevin Love.  If you think that coparison was flattering but unrealistic, here are some numbers that might change your mind.  [b/r]

Have a great one, everybody!!!

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