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Monday And-1 links: Apparently Web surfers love the Magic


Here is our daily 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).

Which three teams lead the NBA is traffic to their Web sites? Two are pretty obvious — the Lakers and Heat. But the third is the Orlando Magic.

Roy Hibbert, broken nose and all, was hanging out with Parks & Rec writers at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in L.A. Sunday night. I like it — no star-laden event at Boulevard 3, he goes to where the people eat.

Only in L.A.: Chris Paul found a house, he’s going to buy Avril Lavigne’s $8.5 million mansion.

Ray Allen’s ankle is bothering him but he wants to play Monday against Orlando. Don’t bet on it, but the decision will be made closer to game time.

That game is also Big Baby’s return to the Boston Garden.

Deron Williams is no fan of The Rock — the Prudential Center in New Jersey that the Nets call home for the rest of this season. He’s ready for Brooklyn. Or Dallas.

Andrea Bargnani could return to the Raptors lineup on Tuesday.

New Jersey forward Damion James will be out indefinitely following surgery on his right foot to put a screw in the bone.

Pacers big man Jeff Foster will be out the rest of January due to a back procedure.

Eddy Curry credits the encouragement from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for why he was able to get back on the court.

Mark Jackson says this year’s bad Warriors are better than previous years bad Warriors.

When we talk about how the Clippers need to improve on defense, this is the kind of thing we mean — D’Andre Jordan taking himself out of rebounding position to chase blocks.

A list of players not living up to expectations so far this young season.

Stephen Jackson keeping it real in a very Stephen Jackson YouTube video (warning, language NSFW).

The Raptors recalled big man Solomon Alabi from the D-League.

The Kings have called Tyler Honeycutt back from Reno of the D-League.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.