Andray Blatche, stylin'. (Screencap via nba.com/nets)
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: Nets TV. Really strong investigative journalism by the Brooklyn Nets' media team to get the full story behind "3 CHAMP," why the worst-looking belt I've ever seen exists, and why it matters to literal millionaires.
PF: Bleacher Report and Waiting for Next Year. Joe Flynn and Kirk Lammers both take a closer look at Kyrie Irving's decision-making and performance late in close games this season — we know that the Cleveland Cavaliers' All-Star point guard is one of the league's elite fourth-quarter scorers, but so does every opposing coach, which might mean it's time for Kyrie to vary his attack a bit.
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SG: Heat.com. Couper Moorhead offers a little bit of everything — statistical context, locker-room insight, GIF-based breakdowns — to dissect Dwyane Wade's little-bit-of-everything star turn in the Miami Heat's Thursday night win over the Los Angeles Clippers, a game in which Wade managed to "play very aggressive and be unselfish at the same time," according to teammate Chris Bosh.
PG: The 700 Level. Andrew Unterberger — who's getting to be a regular in these pages — revisits the Andrew Bynum era on the occasion of his Friday return to Philadelphia and makes his peace with the fact that, if nothing else, his lone infuriating year in Pennsylvania gave 76ers fans "the opportunity to hit the reset button on their franchise."
6th: BSports. Jared Dubin looks at the specific lineup issues plaguing the New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets thus far and offers some suggestions as to how coaches Mike Woodson, Dave Joerger and Kevin McHale (and their bosses in the front office) might ameliorate the issues that have harmed their teams in the early going.
7th: Silver Screen and Roll. There's still a long way to go before the Los Angeles Lakers are a fully functioning squad on both sides of the ball, but Drew Garrison highlights some offensive sets that worked well in Thursday's big road win over the Houston Rockets.
8th: Charlotte Observer. Rick Bonnell on how backup point guard Ramon Sessions' penchant for getting to the free-throw line has Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford (whom we hope is back on his feet sooner rather than later) reconsidering his general opposition to small-ball and thinking about more Sessions-Kemba Walker pairings to jumpstart an often-stagnant 'Cats attack.
10th: The Triangle. Kirk Goldberry on Monta Ellis' sound start to the season and whether advanced statistics do an insufficient job of accounting for an individual player's roles and responsibilities in a team context. Maybe not the world-altering shot across the bow that Kirk seems to envision, but interesting enough, for sure.
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