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Thursday And-1 links: Glen Davis drops his shorts

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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).

Glen Davis, you need to keep your pants on when talking to the ref. It’s pretty much an automatic technical.

What are the Sixers doing right on defense? Giving you all the long two-pointers you want. (This is what the Spurs did so well at their peak.)

JaVale McGee’s five greatest failed dunks.

DeMar DeRozan is struggling to shoot right now and coach Dwane Casey says it is partially because he is not getting good position for his shots in the first place.

Roy Hibbert, on the other hand, is getting good position and making quick decisions.

Vanilla Ice will be performing at halftime of an upcoming Pistons game. In case you needed another reason to stay away.

Not many people are going to see the Pacers play, either, and it has far less to do with the halftime entertainment and much more to do with the cost.

Call it a hot seat, call it pressure, Vinny Del Negro is feeling it in Los Angeles.

J.R. Smith is still destroying people in China.

Bucks coach Scott Skiles said he benched Stephen Jackson Tuesday night because he “looked fatigued, I guess.”

Nazr Mohammed with both bad clock management and a terrible 55-foot shot, all in one.

Are the Utah Jazz serious contenders?

Vince Carter has a sprained foot and there is no timetable for his return.

Sean May is trying to find his way back to the NBA via Croatia.

Chris Kaman admits he is having a tough transition to the New Orleans Hornets.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is working for the Cavaliers as a special assistant to the GM. Quality hire.

The Larry Bird/Magic Johnson play will debut in New York in April.

Chris Paul, after breaking finger, intends to play in Clippers preseason game tomorrow

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Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.

The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.

Here’s confirmation.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.

Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.

Report: David Lee, Tyler Zeller in line to start for Celtics; Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko out of rotation

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 08: David Lee of Boston Celtics attacks during the friendlies of the NBA Global Games 2015 basketball match between Real Madrid and Boston Celtics at Barclaycard Center on October 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Brad Stevens has a big challenge this year – sorting the Celtics’ deep roster of similarly able players.

It seems that process is shaking out at power forward and center.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:

it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench.

That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.

Lee is the best passer of the bunch, which could partially explain why he’s starting. Boston’s most likely starting point guard, Marcus Smart, is still growing into the role of the lead ball-handler at the NBA level. Lee and presumptive starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can take some pressure off him.

Olynyk can space the floor for Isaiah Thomas-Johnson pick-and-rolls with the reserves and run pick-and-pops with Thomas himself.

I’m a little surprised Zeller is starting over Johnson, though. The Celtics just signed Johnson to a $12 million salary, and I thought they’d rely on his defense to set a tone early. Like Johnson, Zeller is a quality pick-and-roll finisher who can thrive with Thomas.

This is particularly bad news for Sullinger, who – barring a surprising contract extension – is entering a contract year. It seems those reports of offseason conditioning haven’t yet paid off. Jerebko’s deal also isn’t guaranteed beyond this season, but at least he has already gotten his mid-sized payday. Sullinger is still on his rookie-scale contract.