Welcome to our morning 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).
Nets fans started a chant of “we want Howard” at the team’s home opener Tuesday. No, Deron Williams did not start it. As far as we know.
The Raptors have a 1,300-pound rock in their dressing room. Yes, intentionally. (I would nickname the rock Oliver Miller, but that’s just me.)
J.J. Barea tweaked his hamstring in the second half against the Bucks and requested out, then was later seen limping in the locker room. He is officially day-to-day but may miss few. (He seems to have good chemistry with Ricky Rubio, by the way).
Great stat from John Schuhmann of NBA.com: 2011-12 Timberwolves clutch-time shooting – Beasley: 2-for-10. Everyone else: 3-for-7.
Boston’s Chris Wilcox will miss Wednesday’s game against the Hornets due to a sore shoulder.
Boston could use more size up front, Erik Dampier anyone?
You really should consider picking up a copy of Basketball Prospectus for this season.
The Lakers Matt Barnes has a hip injury and did not play against Utah because of it. He may miss Thursday against the Knicks, too.
Talking about the Lakers struggles with the pick-and-roll.
Bethlehem Shoals at GQ wonders if Chris Paul was feeding Chauncey Billups to keep him happy and get him settled, knowing the lobs to Blake Griffin will come later?
DeAndre Jordan wants to be the defensive player of the year. Note to DeAndre: That requires more than just racking up blocks, when you give up rebounding position to go after blocks and your team gets killed on the glass it’s not good defense.
The Cavs top pick Kyrie Irving was 2-for-12 shooting in his first game. The good news was six assists to just one turnover. But Jose Calderon abused him pretty bad. Irving is good but has a ways to go yet.
Joe Johnson says he doesn’t feel any pressure from his bloated contract.
Jan Vesley has the flu and will not be on the Wizards two-game road trip. That following a hip injury. But the rookie will play someday.
The Wizards Maurice Evans had his knee drained. Early in the season for that.
Just a reminder before tonight’s Golden State vs. New York clash that the Warriors went very hard after Tyson Chandler in free agency, but the Knicks had the money.
Manu Ginobili defends the 2-on-1 fast break about as well as you can.
Bucks rookie forward Jon Leuer scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, added eight rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes off the bench on Tuesday. He plays a smart game, stays within himself. Mature game for a rookie.
Manny Harris might have made the Cavs roster had it not been for a new cold-therapy treatment gone too far.
A really interesting discussion of advanced basketball statistics, interpretation and context.