Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

Wednesday And-1 links: Is Rondo as Celtics leader a good thing?


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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• Rajon Rondo is the future leader of the Celtics. Is that a good thing?

• Is there anything better on the Web right now than the gif of Chris Bosh interrupting LeBron James’ postgame interview.

• The Nets really want to bring Gerald Wallace back for next season.

• The Bird/Magic Broadway play will close after 52 nights.

• Michael Beasley says his offseason plan is to “Shoot a zillion jump shots a day, dribble a million minutes a day.” So we can say math is not his strong suit. Also, you expecting follow through on this? By the way, the Timberwolves are not bringing him back.

• The Spurs run some beautiful offensive actions, the “weak” set is one of them.

• Tiago Splitter is playing through a bone bruise for the Spurs.

• Without Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls are the Indiana Pacers.

• You know Ray Allen is going to need offseason surgery, right?

An appreciation of Russell Westbrook.

An appreciation of Serge Ibaka as a shot blocker.

• Chris Paul always believed the Clippers could make that comeback.

• Look for the Bucks to add some size to the roster this summer. (The problem is 29 other teams are saying the same thing.)

• With Dwight Howard out for the Magic, don’t expect the Pacers to play Kyrylo Fesenko, who is battling

• Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin has declared for the NBA draft. He did it because he was hit with a one year suspension, but he will likely go undrafted.

• Fox Searchlight is going to make a movie about basketball wives.

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.