Updated: December 30, 2009, 9:27 AM ET
Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Brook Lopez has performed at an All-Star level despite New Jersey's lack of outside shooting.

1. What Do You Want For Christmas?

By ESPN.com

Editor's note: With Friday being Christmas, we asked some of our TrueHoop Network bloggers what they want Santa Claus to bring for their respective teams. Here are their responses.


"The one thing that I would like to see the Nets get for Christmas is a 3-point shooter. They are last in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 26.8 percent. Brook Lopez sees a ton of double-teams and even triple-teams because of this lack of a shooting threat."
-- Sebastian Pruiti, NetsAreScorching


"A shot-blocking, floor-running, slam-dunking, high-jumping, powerful power forward. In short: Derrick Favors."
-- Jeremy Schmidt, Bucksketball


"What I want for the Warriors is a legitimate big man who can score and rebound. Play for now, quit playing for the future."
-- Rasheed Malek, Warriors World


"I'd like the Kings to get a healthy Kevin Martin to pair with Tyreke Evans in the backcourt. We've discovered that Evans is a force on his own, and with Martin's ability to score the ball, they could end up being the best backcourt in the NBA."
-- Zach Harper, Cowbell Kingdom


"I want the Hornets to get their hands on at least one non-specialist player to run with Chris Paul. Every Hornet other than Paul is good at only one or two things. They need another multi-threat talent."
-- Ryan Schwan, Hornets247.com


"Dear Santa: Thank you for the early Wesley Matthews gift. The rest of the Jazz have been naughty with all this losing on the road (and at home). Please overlook all that and bring some killer instinct and some inspirational leadership. For the fans, Peter Fehse throwback jerseys for all."
-- Spencer Hall, Salt City Hoops


"The Clippers don't want a Zhu Zhu hamster, a Nintendo Wii, or even a pony. All they want for Christmas is a completely healthy Blake Griffin. Of course, they can't get that quite yet, so they'll probably end up getting socks. Lots and lots of socks."
-- D.J. Foster, Clipperblog


"The Wizards don't want Ernie Grunfeld to break up their team. The big three of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison are in their fifth year together and each player has too much pride to call it quits. So what do the Wizards want for Christmas? They want to go 10-3 in the next 13 games, pushing their record to a respectable 20-20. Flip Saunders recently extended his initial judgment period from 20 to 40 games, and at that point an even .500 would show a lot of promise. Seems like a tall order, but what are holiday wishes for?"
-- Kyle Weidie, Truth About It


"The Hawks need the perimeter defense to approach the quality that the young, athletic frontcourt provides. Rebounding's up, more turnovers are being forced, but teams are making their jump shots at a higher rate and the team defense is not much better than last season."
-- Bret LaGree, Hoopinion


"Dear Santa: For Christmas this year, all I want is for the Timberwolves to win the lottery in May. You see, they've never won the lottery before (never even moved up, for that matter) and they could really use the help. P.S. I'll even promise to leave extra cookies for you by the fireplace."
-- Patrick Hodgdon, Howlin' T-Wolf


"Santa, listen up, if you take away the defensive intensity you brought us over the last three games, I might just lock you up in the chimney. While you're at it, bring us a taker for Jose Calderon who remembers him for what he was in January and February of 2008. Nothing past that."
-- Zarar Siddiqi, Raptors Republic


"If you asked most every Thunder fan, they'd tell you they were pretty content right now. A big win over Phoenix and a .500 ballclub is a pretty good gift as it is. But if there were something extra you could slide in the stocking for OKC, it would be a starting spot in the All-Star Game for Kevin Durant. Come on Santa, he's been good. Very, very good."
-- Royce Young, Daily Thunder


"Health. Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince have missed a combined 63 games due to injury, and all three are still out. With them, Detroit is likely a playoff team. Without them, well, it's time to start dreaming about John Wall and wondering if he and Rodney Stuckey would make a good backcourt."
-- Dan Feldman, PistonPowered

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2. Celtics' Depth To Be Tested Without Pierce

By Chris Forsberg

The Celtics do not appear inclined to make a reactionary move after learning captain Paul Pierce will be sidelined for two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic irrigation on his right knee Wednesday.

Instead, the team simply reached down to its NBA Development League affiliate and recalled second-year forward Bill Walker, who didn't make the trip to Orlando with the team Wednesday morning, but should join the club soon.

With Pierce expected to miss the team's entire four-game road trip, including a Christmas Day game against the Magic, Boston's depth will receive its stiffest challenge of the season. Boston played without Kevin Garnett (day-to-day, right hip bruise) on Tuesday night and looked disjointed early, but rallied from a 15-point deficit to top the Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics have leaned on their depth when injuries have arisen this season. When Glen Davis fractured his thumb two days before the season opener, Shelden Williams picked up some extra minutes off the bench. When Marquis Daniels underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb earlier this month, Tony Allen returned to the lineup and has exceeded expectations at both ends of the court.

The Celtics showed Tuesday that -- even when Garnett is out and Pierce struggles -- they have other players who are capable of shouldering the offensive load. Eddie House came off the bench to carry the offense in the second quarter before Ray Allen and Kendrick Perkins kicked into high gear. In fact, Celtics coach Doc Rivers shortened his rotation without Garnett, holding Williams off the floor, despite the hole in the front court.

To read the entire Forsberg column, click here

3. Daily Dime Live Recap

ESPN.com writers and TrueHoop Network bloggers chatted with fans and gave their in-game opinions throughout Wednesday night's slate of games -- all in Daily Dime Live.


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