Welcome to our 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).
Portland’s 166 game sellout streak is in danger of coming to an end. Which speaks more to the condensed schedule and the economy than it does the Blazers, who are worth watching this year.
Sign of the times in L.A.: courtside ticket to the Lakers/Clippers Saturday were $3,000. For a Clippers game.
The Pistons plane had to make an emergency landing on Monday night, but nobody was injured. It was just a landing gear issue… yikes.
Evaluating Kobe Bryant’s recent scoring run (which ended Monday night).
Breaking down the Celtics defense and why it’s just average now. Rebounding is part of it, but a bigger part may just be Kevin Garnett is getting old.
The Washington Wizards covet Jeff Green and want to go after him this summer. Just what this team needs, another question mark.
Mark Cuban isn’t worried about Lamar Odom. Maybe he should be.
DeShawn Stevenson shoved Blake Griffin Monday to try and send a message. The Nets thought Griffin was acting a little punk out there and pushed back.
Chris Paul is traveling with the Clippers to Utah. Don’t bet on him playing due to his sore hamstring, however.
The good news Bulls fans is C.J. Watson is back.
Stephen Curry is disappointed he didn’t make the 20 man finalists roster for the U.S. Olympic team this summer. It begs the question if the team has enough outside shooting? It’s got it from bigs (Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and others) but can guards like Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade provide enough?
DeMar DeRozan is still making the kind of mistakes you expect him to grow out of.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert now owns an Arena League football team as well.
Lakers coach Mike Brown talks about his time in Cleveland — and it’s positive.
Check out what the Utah Jazz are doing right — like always, it’s the little things.