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Thursday Bullets

12/29/2011

  • Video evidence that Dwyane Wade is a cheater

  • NBA player development coach and ESPN analyst David Thorpe is going to be on HoopSpeak Live today at 3pm ET. If you miss it, be sure to drop by later for the archived version. Thorpe also has a great Insider post in which he predicts Patrick Patterson will be a Sixth Man of the Year candidate.

  • Gothic Ginobili is putting together an impressive collection the best basketball writing on the internet.

  • Daily Thunder’s Royce Young reminds that the dust-up between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook was all about Thabo Sefolosha. Lots of chatter out there about their spat, but none more insightful than this discussion between Doug Gottlieb and Jalen Rose.

  • Lest you somehow forget, Josh Smith and LeBron James remind us that Chase-down blocks are awesome.

  • The 0-3 Celtics are struggling. Ian Levy wonders why Rajon Rondo is often considered the cause not the cure for what ails Boston and takes a look at how Rajon Rondo’s offensive output correlates to Celtic wins.

  • Those old Spurs looked awfully spry in dispatching the Clippers. It’s gotta be the socks.

  • Danny Chau thinks a demonstrative DeMarcus Cousins can be the the Kings’ emotional leader. It’s a fine line between passion and blind emotion, between throwing down tip-dunks and throwing sideline tantrums.

  • Andray Blatche: mic stealer, word eater.

  • Busted up wrist and all, Kobe Bryant continues to score plenty of points, but he’s using different means to get those buckets.

  • Before they were the bane of the league, NBA owners were respected stewards of the game. Eddy Rivera takes a sympathetic look at Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos and his Dwight Howard predicament.

  • Milwaukee's Larry Sanders will one day fill up stat sheets. For now, he’s filling up notebooks with his drawings.

  • People are quick to call Chris Bosh soft. Zach Harper invites you check out this tremendous dunk on DJ White, then go find another table in the Daily Dime Live cafeteria.

  • Notice that LeBron James was guarding DJ Augustin on Augustin’s potential game-winning shot last night? Paul Silas thinks it’s because the Heat knew that the play would go to the Bobcat point guard. Another note: that was not much of a play for the situation--2.5 seconds on the clock, down one point to the Miami Heat. Perhaps it’s a side effect of the lack of practice time, coaches don't have time to fine tune situational sets.

  • The Nets' up-and-down play inspired a crackerjack post from Devin Kharpertian: “No player studded to dudded faster than the one player you’d expect not to — point guard, highest-paid member of the franchise, and assistant to the assistant GM Deron Williams.”

  • After briefly playing hard to get, Joe Gerrity of Hornets 24/7 is ready to embrace the new-look Hornets.

  • This is something we saw a lot out of Dallas last year: a center diving to the rim on a pick-and-roll creating space for a sweet-shooting power forward to drill a 3-pointer.

  • Rookie Brandon Knight should be starting in Detroit.