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Morning Shootaround: Pistons Keeping Playoff Faith; Villanueva Day-to-Day with Back Spasms; and is the NBA Heading Toward a Long Lockout?

G'morning, DBB'ers. Today seems a little brighter than yesterday, what with the Pistons playing the Nets tonight and the players keeping their spirits high (at least in front of the media).

In NBA action last night, Kobe scored 44 in a losing effort to the surprising Grizzlies. Former-'ston, Arron Afflalo hit a huge bucket in OT to help the Carmelo-less Nuggets defeat the Kings. Chauncey was big, too, but was just 6-25 shooting. And Deron Williams had 15 dimes in Utah's win over the Mavs.

There are some interesting links today that should spur discussion. Have at it until one of us brings you the game thread this evening.

FanHouse Report: Owners Seek to Cut NBA Salaries By 20 Percent
Dave Dial MLIVE Report: NBA appears to be heading toward a long lockout
MLIVE The Detroit Pistons are capable of a quick turnaround, similar to the 2000-2001 team
Detroit News Pistons keeping the playoff faith
MLIVE Pistons' playoff chances unrealistic, no matter what they're saying
Detroit Free Press Don't be shocked if Jonas Jerebko stays in starting lineup
Pistons Point Pistons' Point: Villanueva day-to-day with back spasms
Pistons Nation Big Ben on the cusp of history
How to Watch Sports LeBron James' Foul Issue: A Rebuttal (to what BrGulker posted in the FanShots)
Piston Powered Jonas Jerebko breaks out in yet another moral victory, actual loss for the stuck-in-reverse Detroit Pistons
Detroit4lyfe Rudy Gay Accidentally Hits the X Button Too Soon
Ball Don't Lie Video: Leandro Barbosa makes a mean Na'vi
SB Nation Kobe Bryant: Celtics 'Didn't Want Any Part Of This Crazy (Expletive)'