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Monday And-1 links: Kevin Garnett may sit out game Monday

Oct 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

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Here is our regular 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.

Kevin Garnett may sit out the Celtics preseason game on Monday. What does that mean? That it’s preseason, nothing more.

• There’s a real trend out of New York to try and diffuse the fan frustration over Jeremy Lin leaving by slamming the guy’s game. That included an anonymous source talking to the New York Daily News, which Tom Ziller rightfully called out at SBN. First, a team paying Amare Stoudemire max money can’t complain about injury risks in contracts. Second, leave Lin alone and let your play on the court do the talking. I’m not Raymond Felton‘s biggest fan but if you want to argue he’s better today than Lin, go ahead. But all that’s going to matter is how both play starting the last week of October.

Ivan Johnson destroyed a backboard at the Hawks practice Monday. If you’re looking for a way to force practice to end early…

Tim Duncan sat out Spurs practice Monday with an undisclosed illness. Probably something he ate. It’s not believed to be serious.

Deron Williams liked the “Brooklyn” chant at the team’s preseason game in the Barclays Center the other night. What’s it sound like? The slow-sung chorus of Fabolous’ “Brooklyn.”

• Speaking of the Nets, one of the best bits of NBA writing on Sunday was Howard Beck of the New York Times saying Joe Johnson deserves a rest from the “iso-Joe” nickname. He’s right. He didn’t play that way in Phoenix, it wasn’t all isolations until he got in Mike Woodson’s offense in Atlanta.

• One last Nets note: Tyshawn Taylor will not play in Monday’s preseason game due to a quad injury.

There still is no timetable for Eric Gordon‘s return to the Hornets’ lineup. They keep saying he wants to get in some preseason games, but I’m not sold that happens. New Orleans fans should feel a little uncomfortable. Not panicked, but uncomfortable.

• Orlando’s Arron Afflalo is out of the team’s Monday’s preseason game against the Cavs because of a sore hamstring.

O.J. Mayo had a pretty big cut on his hand, which is why Dallas is saying he went 0-for-7 shooting last preseason game. But he’s not taking time off.

Kevin Love hurt his elbow sleeping, but somehow he’s going to fight through that and play for the team Tuesday.

J.R. Smith‘s ankle was good enough for him to return to a full practice on Monday with the Knicks.

Luol Deng was back at Bulls practice Monday.

Dwyane Wade talks in some depth about his jump from the Jordan Brand to Li-Ning for shoes, apparel.

• In a sign he is feeling better, Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas is no longer wearing a compression sleeve over his calf during practices.

• Denver backup point guard Julyan Stone had hip surgery and likely is not back until January. But with Ty Lawson and Andre Miller in front of him, it’s not like he was going to be getting a lot of minutes anyway, but we wish him the best with his recovery.

  1. hehateme2 - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    *creaker*

  2. andyhr17 - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Yes, because veterans like Garnett really need to play every preseason game. I don’t see Wade out there either for the Heat. Creaker.

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