ONE: It was reported earlier in the week that Andrew Bogut is beginning his transition from complete rest to basketball-related activities, which is good news for the Bucks. Also written earlier in the week was this great piece on the Bucks website about Bogut and Coach Skiles – truly worth your reading. Quote from Bogut: “Coach gave me some feedback. It’s the first time a coach has brought me in and given me positive and negative feedback, and I appreciated that. It’s tough to swallow for some guys, especially some who’ve been in the league for five or 10 years. But I want to get better as a player. To have a coach tell me things like that was important to me.” And also… Andrew Bogut on Twitter?

TWO: Two YouTube clips everyone has to see if they haven’t already. Chris Paul embarrassing Jason Terry, and Chris Anderson embarrassing Rudy Fernandez

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THREE: Allen Iverson is aiming for an early return to the Pistons. It also makes me happy to hear him say this: “My goal is to help this team win a championship and I’ve said that from the first day I arrived here in Detroit. I’m going to do whatever it takes to help us achieve our goals as a team regardless if I’m starting or coming off the bench.” You take the Pistons of the last few games and add a determined Allen Iverson with 20-25 bench minutes – it can only make the team better, right? Better than beating the Celtics, Magic and Nuggets all in one week?

FOUR: Rondo could miss 10 days due to injury, leaving Stephon Marbury to start in tonight’s game against the Magic. A game in which Red’s Army says Orlando should have been embarrassed in winning. The loss puts Boston two games behind the Magic, and with Rondo and KG missing both missing games you’d think the hopes of the Celtics gaining ground are slim. I’ve been saying all season that the Celts vs Cavs Eastern Conference Finals will be won by the team with home-court. These injuries are crippling the Celtics title chances.

FIVE: The Phoenix Suns ventured on a very important four-game road trip needing to stay in the playoff hunt. They lost all four games, and with Amare out for the rest of the season, things are looking bleak. With one month to prove they’re worthy of a playoff spot, Bright Side of the Sun is asking Phoenix fans: do you still believe?

SIX: Couldn’t finish without mentioning a little home-grown balling news, especially at this time of year. The South Dragons are one win away from their first NBL Championship after defeating the Melbourne Tigers 84-67 in Game Three of the best-of-five Grand Final series at Hisense Arena on Sunday night. Game 4 will be on Wednesday, a game the Tigers could be without their leader Chris Anstey after he was charged for striking. See, we told you he can get real mad.


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