There were only three games going on, but it was still an exciting night of basketball across the Association. The Pacers dismantled the visiting Celtics, but the other games were very entertaining. The Toronto Raptors shocked everyone by using a huge 4th quarter to hand the Oklahoma City Thunder their first home loss of the year. Then, there was yet another thrilling meeting between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers. In a game that saw Matt Barnes get ejected yet again, the Clippers held on for a 120-116 overtime victory. With 11 games set for tonight, we’re surely in for more exciting moments. Until then, catch up on some reading by checking out today’s suggested basketball reading from across the web.
Chess not checkers. That saying defines Kobe Bryant. He’s always on a higher plane. But the chess match with time is the toughest test. Over at Hardwood Paroxysm, Seerat Sohi wrote a bit about Kobe and his career in the wake of his fractured knee.
The Elephant in the Room: Studying Dallas’ Defense: By Hal Brown (@HalBrownNBA)
With Dirk Nowitzki healthy and Monta Ellis playing great ball, the Dallas Mavericks have been extremely entertaining so far this year. At 15-12, they hold a playoff spot in the brutally tough Western Conference, but they still have a big issue: their defense. Over at SB Nation’s Mavs Moneyball, Hal Brown wrote about the Mavericks’ defensive struggles this year.