5 Takeaways from Thursday Night's NBA Action

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5 Takeaways from Thursday Night's NBA Action
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TNT or no TNT, the NBA opted for a light schedule on Thursday night. The league put just two games up against the Fiesta Bowl, which figured to occupy the attention of most casual sports fans.

But for those die-hard hoop heads, the NBA attempted to whet their collective appetite by pitting the San Antonio Spurs against the New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves opposite the Denver Nuggets.

Again, not a ton of basketball, but still plenty from which to derive notes on in the new year. From Gregg Popovich's decisions (past and present) to Amar'e Stoudemire's slow return from injury, let's have a look at who and what stood out from a short night on the hardwood.

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