WTLC Daily Loud Links: December 16, 2013

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Various and sundry as we head into a new week of basketball.

The Thunder kicked off their week with a "hey no problem...omg we may have a problem" win over the feisty Orlando Magic. With 3 more big games on the docket this week (Nuggets, Bulls, Spurs) we are going to see how the Thunder are going to manage competing at a high level for a prolonged period of time.

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Royce Young recaps last night's game, and he's still working on a viable nickname for Jeremy Lamb:

Jeremy Lamb, J-Lamb, or maybe even Jamb? Then we could say, "You just got Jambed." Sleep on it you guys and get back to me tomorrow.

Via Anthony Slater, Reggie Jackson pontificates about the permanency of time:

"I don't know what would have happened if there was more time," Reggie Jackson said after Oklahoma City's closer-than-expected 101-98 survival over Orlando at Chesapeake Energy Arena. "But fortunately for us, there wasn't."

Brian Philips at Grantland tries to put a different spin on the imploding Knicks situation. So bad it's good? Not really. So bad, it's unwatchable.

The Pacers' defense is on a historically significant pace. As Jared Wade of 8 Points, 9 Seconds writes,

Points allowed per possession is naturally the best way to measure defensive effectiveness. To weigh excellence, however, we can also look at how hard a defense is to make shots against.

As expected, Indiana also leads the league — by a huge margin — in effective field goal percentage (eFG%) allowed. It’s 44.6% allowed trounces the second-place Bulls’ 46.8% allowed. (League average is way up at 49.5%.)

That's impressive. What is equally impressive is what a focused Thunder offense did to them last week.

Lastly, here is your daily moment of Zen.

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