Dec 29, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; A member of the Oklahoma City Thunder dance team entertains the fans in a break in action against the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Daily Links: January 5, 2014

A fine Sunday morning to you, NBA fans/Hardwood Houdini faithful!

Today, the Boston Celtics begin their toughest road trip of the season, a five-game West Coast swing that will see them take on 4 of the 8 best teams in the Western Conference.


I’m a little apprehensive about this evening’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, myself – didn’t Kevin Durant just drop in 48 points last night against Minnesota?  To keep my mind, and yours, off of the match-up, at least for a little while, here are today’s links!

Nine games went down Saturday – get caught up here.  []

Here’s a look at some NBA trends and some important observations around the week from this past week.  [Bleacher Report]

The Boston Celtics is a team that needs to improve via addition, but sometimes you can improve by employing subtraction.  The Toronto Raptors subtracted Rudy Gay from their roster – check out the difference here.  [Sports Illustrated]

The NBA has lost an awful lot of big-name players to injury this year, and a team like the Los Angeles Lakers has lost virtually half of its roster to injuries.  This piece argues it’s time to start hiring more medical staff in the NBA. [b/r]

I bet you’ve noticed this much so far this season: the Eastern Conference sucks.  Could it be that the NBA draft is partially to blame for this?  [ESPN]

For anyone who cares about this, Dennis Rodman has put the finishing touches on an exhibition game to be played in North Korea.  [Yahoo! Sports]

And today’s Boston Celtics-inspired link: Gerald Wallace’s thoughts on the importance of the Celtics’ huge road trip.  []

Thanks for the read, and be sure to check in with us all day as I chronicle MarShon Brooks’ D-League career and was we cover the Celtics-Thunder game!




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