The games comprising Wednesday's slate of NBA action offered up lessons on the value of team play, redemption and optimism.
Pretty deep, huh?
Before you wander off to wrestle with the concept of basketball games being so morally instructive, take a gander at the following takeaways. Doing so will provide a primer on the core concepts, as the Portland Trail Blazers pulled together, Jan Vesely reminded everyone he was still an NBA player and the Los Angeles Clippers gave their fans hope that life without Chris Paul might not be so bad.
See that? Team play, redemption and optimism. They're all right there in order.
Of course, these takeaways will also offer examples of what happens when team play is absent, redemption gives way to disappointment and optimism disappears.
Deep thinkers, read on thoughtfully. Everyone else, there's a sweet link to Victor Oladipo swatting Damian Lillard on the ninth slide.
These takeaways have something for everybody.