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Fear the Links: What did Cavs-Celtics actually mean?

That and more in today’s links.

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Happy Thursday, everyone, and here’s hoping your staying warm or lucky enough to live somewhere that isn’t frigid. Here are today’s links.

ICYMI from Fear the Sword: Cavs-Celtics recap, a recap in podcast form, LeBron praised the East even as the Cavs slump, Ante Zizic played well in the G-League

At SB Nation, Paul Flannery writes about how the Celtics beat the Cavs in a statement game that wasn’t really a statement game at all. Paul is great, so read this. Also at SB Nation, Tim Cato wonders if the Celtics will be the league’s best team in five years.

At The Ringer, Katie Baker profiles Kyle Kuzma. This is the best piece I’ve read so far on the surprise rookie standout.

At The Washington Post, Jacob Bogage looks at how the 2018 NBA Draft class is stacked with traditional big men at a time when the game is moving away from them.

Per TMZ, Stephen Jackson says he smoked weed for his entire NBA career.

Lastly, The Double Pivot podcast has a great episode on fandom.’