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Wednesday And-1 links: Do the Hawks, Lakers struggles with playoff teams matter?

Mar 13, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada intervenes as Kobe Bryant berates Metta World Peace for committing a foul during their NBA game in Los Angeles

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 like Jack Bauer loves danger (sorry, got sucked into a “24” rerun the other day)….

• The Lakers and Hawks are the two playoff-bound teams that have struggled the most beating other playoff teams this season. In the Lakers case, it’s hard to read much into that because they are playing with a better sense of identity and health lately. As for the Hawks… they’re still the Hawks.

• Houston’s Thomas Robinson talks about how he puts his family before everything else.

Pau Gasol could be back practicing with the Lakers next week.

• Dennis Rodman was in Vatican City for the papal conclave. I’m sure Rodman believes that’s why they got a selection done so quickly.

Caron Butler starts for the Clippers at the three, but they are better when Matt Barnes plays. That makes Barnes the potential key to any long Clippers playoff run.

Brandon Bass has been the whipping boy of some Celtics fans, but he’s played well for a few games and they are going to need him come the playoffs.

• The Blazers Nicolas Batum is playing through a lot of wrist pain.

• Kentucky’s star center Nerlens Noel underwent knee surgery Tuesday. That’s not going to impact his draft status much if at all — this was a fairly routine knee surgery and you’re drafting the player for who he will be three years from now, not who he is draft night.

• Speaking of surgeries, Austin Rivers had his wrist surgery this week and according to reports it went well. He is done for the season but he should be ready to go for Summer League.

• A lot of people wondered exactly what the Jazz were doing not moving Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson at the deadline. Zach Lowe at Grantland has a good explanation.

• Sixers coach Doug Collins met with new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. And didn’t try to talk him out of the job.

Chris Kaman doesn’t like his lack of playing time in Dallas.

• Up in Seattle, Chris Hansen (the guy trying to buy the Kings and move them north) is compiling a potential season ticket holder list to impress the league.

• Here’s some thoughts on who future top-5 pick Cody Zeller could have as an agent.

• Aquille Carr is a potential future NBA player and is going the Brandon Jennings route of skipping college ball (Seton Hall) to play overseas for a year.

• The Cavaliers assigned Kevin Jones to the D-League.

  1. fanofevilempire - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    No.

  2. cosanostra71 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Good to hear that Pau might be back next week!

    • norcal031 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:29 AM

      It does not matter because your coach does not play him or use him properly.

  3. norcal031 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    Yes becuse it shows the Lakers cant beat anybody worth while. Come from behind wins vs the hornets/pellicans and the raptors are not going to cut it……………..guys quit smoking spice and using bath salts and see reality. Your Lakers are not good at all.

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