Thursday nights are a slower night in the Association, but they’re nights in which the league showcases the best it has to offer. Sometimes, however, good match-ups on paper don’t turn into exciting or memorable games. The first game, between the Clippers and Thunder had all the makings of a fantastic match-up, but fell short of our lofty expectations. The Thunder jumped out to an early lead and held the Clippers at bay the whole night. The second game, featuring the Bulls and Nuggets, was close until the 4th quarter, when the Nuggets pulled away. Simply put, not the best night of NBA basketball. Tonight, however brings us more promise of memorable games, with 11 of them on the docket. Until then, finish up work or school, and get some reading done with today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.
Moral victories are an interesting thing. Some people believe in them, while others are disgusted by the thought. The arguments about moral victories and playing well, even in defeat, will likely go on forever. Over at Hardwood Paroxysm, Seerat Sohi wrote about moral victories in regards to two close games between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers.
The repeater tax hasn’t even kicked in yet, but we’ve already seen it affect what teams do with their rosters. It was one of the main reasons the New York Knicks didn’t resign Jeremy Lin. Over at SB Nation, Mark Deeks gives a good breakdown about how the tax is going to work, and the changes we’ll see because of it.