Thursdays And-1 links, where Lakers fans are just wrong

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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).

In this poll, 56 percent of Lakers fans would rather have Andrew Bynum as their starting center over Dwight Howard. Those fans are fools. I’m a Bynum fan, I like him, but come on.

At least those fans don’t have to be in Andrew Bynum’s car, the man is not a great driver.

From the fine folks at the @NBAHistory twitter account: Kevin Love became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 to record 20 points and 12 rebounds in his first six games of the season.

It’s a little early, but who would you vote for to be NBA MVP?

Corey Maggette strained his hamstring and could be out a little while. Like weeks not days.

It’s official, Nate Robinson is a Warrior. With Stephen Curry’s ongoing ankle issues he’s going to get some run.

Kobe Bryant thinks Andrew Bynum has the ambition to be great.

An interesting look at race and the making of an NBA cult hero.

Video worth watching: Kevin Garnett throws water on his own face during a game.

That engagement ring LeBron James gave his long-time girlfriend is worth a cool quarter of a million. At least.

Breaking down what Portland did to slow Kevin Durant.

Samardo Samuels did not travel with Cleveland up to take on Toronto because he did not have a passport. He said he lost it. Also, the dog ate his homework.

DeAndre Jordan’s defense is maturing. It had better, this is a key to the Clippers improving.

Chris Bosh says all he does is think about basketball. Insert your own joke here.

LeBron James’ people reject a $3,500 birthday cake.

Of course somebody took Shaq up on his challenge and got a tattoo of Charles Barkley kissing Dick Bavetta.

Mike Dunleavy has a strained groin and did not travel with the Bucks to Sacramento for Thursdays game.

Mike D’Antoni wants Landry Fields to stop thinking so much.

Kyrie Irving is playing better and better in Cleveland (well, except for Wednesday night). Why? Byron Scott told him to chill.

Blazers have sent Luke Babbit to the D-League.

The Cavaliers have sent Christian Eyenga to the Canton Charge in the D-League.

The Thunder’s Ryan Reid had surgery to fix a broken nose.

The Nets have signed a lease their corporate offices in Brooklyn. Everyone who works in the office just got 50 percent more hip.

Solomon Alabi was sent to the D-League by the Raptors.

There’s a mural in L.A. of Alex Caruso dunking over Harden, Leonard, Doncic

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It’s hard to overstate how popular Alex Caruso is in Los Angeles. Seriously. This isn’t just cult status popular, when he enters the game off the bench Staples Center explodes in cheers like LeBron James just fed Anthony Davis for an alley-oop.

Now Caruso has his own mural in Los Angeles.

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This is legit, it’s on the side of SportieLA, a clothing/apparel store on Melrose Ave. in the trendy heart of Los Angeles. Artist Gustavo Zermeño Jr. has done murals in the past for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and other Los Angeles sports icons such as Vin Scully.

This one plays off a huge Caruso dunk from earlier this month when Dallas’ Maxi Kleber was the victim.

It’s good to be Alex Caruso in Los Angeles right now.

Kawhi Leonard just destroyed Boston’s Daniel Theis on dunk

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Daniel Theis‘ play as a rim protector is one of the reasons Boston has a top-10 defense this season. He has anchored the Celtics’ defense in the paint.

Kawhi Leonard is a two-time Finals MVP, and if he wants to go to the rim nobody is stopping him. Theis found out the hard way.

After the game, Leonard was asked about the dunk and he responded in about the most Kawhi way possible.

This was the first game Leonard and Paul George played together and they combined for 42 points, and they both made key play down the stretch of a 107-104 overtime win.

It took Luka Doncic 25 minutes to put together 35-point triple-double (VIDEO)

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DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 33 of his 35 points in the first half and had yet another triple-double to help the Dallas Mavericks rout the short-handed Golden State Warriors 142-94 on Wednesday night.

Doncic fell a point short of matching Dirk Nowitzki’s team record set Nov. 3, 2009, against Utah. In just 17 minutes, Doncic was 10 for 11 from the floor, making 6 of 7 3-pointers, and hit 7 of 8 free throws.

The second-year star from Slovenia had 22 points, five assists and five rebounds in the first quarter alone. He played only 25 minutes total, but still managed 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Doncic was coming off a 40-point triple-double Monday night against San Antonio, and has an NBA-best seven triple-doubles in 14 games this season.

The Mavericks never trailed and tied a franchise record with 22 3-pointers while sending Golden State to its worst loss since a 1973 playoff game.

The Warriors, who ended a seven-game losing streak by beating Memphis on Tuesday night, are an NBA-worst 3-13. Their five-year run of at the top of the NBA has collapsed under a weight of injuries, with Draymond Green out Wednesday because of right heel soreness.

With Green out, Golden State dressed only eight players, none of whom suited up for the team last season when it made the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year.

Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 22 points.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 for Dallas. Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth-straight double-double.

 

Bulls’ Otto Porter Jr out 2 weeks with bone bruise in foot

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say forward Otto Porter Jr. has a bone bruise in his left foot and will be reassessed in two weeks.

The Bulls say a second MRI on Tuesday revealed the bruise, something “not apparent” on the first MRI.

“He had a second scan, and something showed up that didn’t show up on the first scan,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen told NBC Sports Chicago. “That’s tough, tough for him, feel bad for him. But we’ll treat him and move on.”

Chandler Hutchison had been filling in Porter’s spot in the rotation, but he is out indefinitely now with sore shins.

Porter, averaging 11.2 points in nine games, has been sidelined since he sprained his left foot at Atlanta on Nov. 6.

The Bulls were 4-10 with three straight losses heading into Wednesday’s game against Detroit.