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Thursday And-1 links (with some Portland love)

Dec 29, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace reacts to his team's loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon Reuters

Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

They love them some Gerald Wallace in Portland, and he is learning to love it there.

With Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland could be very, very good. Better than you think.

On Dwyane Wade’s game winner Wednesday: John Schuhmann of NBA.com reminds us that last season the Heat were 1-for-18 shooting in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime with a tie game or with a deficit of 1-3 points. This season they are now 1-0. Even though Wade traveled on the play.

Breaking down the Lakers new offense.

How do you get me to attend a Cavaliers game? Beer tasting.

It’s just two games — small sample size alert — but DeMarcus Cousins is taking smarter shots this season.

Via the Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Cavaliers lead NBA in bench scoring averaging 53.5 points per game, with the Nuggets second at 52.5. The numbers come from the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ricky Rubio had a lot of endorsements in Spain that did not follow him to the NBA. But that could be changing soon.

Pistons center Greg Monroe has some work to do on learning how to defend the pick-and-roll.

Wizards players react to Andray Blatche saying he wants the ball in the paint more and that should be the game plan.

DeMarcus Cousins has a mean pimp walk.

Pape Sy will return to his French team if he doesn’t get a contract in the NBA by January 13.

Rich Cho almost left basketball when the Trail Blazers fired him as GM. That would have been a big loss to the league.

The former owners of the 76ers are being sued by two executives who want a $2 million finders fee for the sale.

Gerald Green is playing in the D-League for the D-Fenders.

  1. ljl2 - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Really? Beer tasting is the only way? Not the fact that they have two top 5 picks? Oh yeah, LeBron’s not there and Dan Gilbert owns them so therefor they must not matter. Forgot the Kurt mantra.

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