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Tuesday And-1 links: Boston about to run through the gauntlet

Apr 10, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago Reuters

Here is our daily 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• Boston may look like they have a firm grip on the top spot in the Atlantic, but they have five games in six days as they enter the toughest part of their schedule. If they slip, this is where it happens.

• Golden State Warriors ownership is looking at building a new arena right on the San Francisco Bay, near the Bay Bridge. Not sure if that will be the ultimate location, but they will build something in the city in the next decade. Watch.

Danilo Gallinari was back in the Nuggets lineup Monday and looked good — 15 points on 11 shots, six assists, five boards. They could use him as they fight for their playoff lives.

We don’t know when Tony Allen will return to the Grizzlies. He is officially day-to-day but he had 14 stitches around his mouth and there is not team timetable for his return

• Nene is hoping to return the Wizards later this week. Is that going to help their tanking?

• A good look at how the Magic are using J.J. Redick in crunch time.

• Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham has declared for the draft. DraftExpress has him going late in the second round, which means he needs to impress scouts at the combine and individual workouts, or he risks going undrafted.

Rodney Stuckey bumped knees with an opponent Monday night, but said he was fine after the game.

• The Nuggets Wilson Chandler is day-to-day with a hip strain.

• Florida International University players walked out of the team’s end of season banquet to protest the firing of Isiah Thomas. No, I didn’t know James Dolan was playing for that team, either.

• A fond look back at the recently imploded O-Rena in Orlando (the House that Shaq built).

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about how Magic Johnson took care of his money.

• The Mavericks have recalled Kelenna Azubuike from the D-League.

• The Knicks have sent center Jerome Jordan to the D-League.

  1. thevza - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Uh, I just checked Boston’s schedule and this weekend they play Toronto, New Jersey, and Charlotte. How exactly is this considered “the gauntlet” again?

    • drewzducks - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      Agree. Other than 5 In 6 days, the opponents are weak. He should have mentioned that prior to tonight’s Heat game their last 5 opponents were Heat, spurs, bulls, pacers, and sixers.

  2. wd333 - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I think the “gauntlet” is referring to having to play 5 games in 6 days (7 games in 9 days), not exactly who they are playing. Although the game tonight is against the Heat.

  3. gmsingh - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Something about the Celtics beating the Heat again should show up any day now on PBT, right?

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