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: Silver Screen and Roll. Dr. Clark takes on Kobe's latest batch of work. Sebastian Pruiti points out how Ray Allen(notes) gets open. Zach Lowe wants you to look at how no Laker ever guards Rajon Rondo(notes), ever. Or some local celebrities giving love to Ray Allen? And Coach Nick breaks down the ways in which the Lakers did on Thursday without Kobe Bryant(notes), and how the squad did once Kobe started attacking.
PF: StLMag. Via FreeDarko, here's a cool read imagining an era of St. Louis Hawks basketball had Bill Russell never been shipped away to the Boston Celtics. For reasons that don't stray too far away from the impetus of outright racism.
SF: Magic Basketball. Where the Magic went very, very wrong.
SG: Off the Dribble. Look at Carmelo, actin' all efficient.
PG: The Good Point. Struggling through the NBA's blackout issues.
6th: NBA Playbook. Should the Jazz have been running more under Jerry Sloan? That feels odd to ask, as if Sloan was Jim O'Brien or something. Jeff Fogle needs you to know that Utah's problem is on the defensive end. Also, Sloan's X's and O's, via Sebastian.
7th: Cleveland Frowns. Taking on the Cavs, and Gilbert, and this whole mess. Also, that thing about a Cleveland-area TV station hiring some sort of freak to try and chant the Cavs out of a losing streak? It's been done before. Via Peter Pattakos, from the Frowns.
8th: SB Nation. Andrew Bogut(notes) was never better. Was never better.
9th: FanHouse. Wesley Matthews(notes) is still standing. Whoo, hoo, hoo.
10th: The Internet. Have you seen the Nick Young(notes) flowchart? Or the Keith Bogans(notes) flowchart? Or the LeBron James(notes) flowchart? Or the Samuel Dalembert(notes) flowchart? Or the Joel Anthony(notes) flowchart? Or Rajon Rondo's flowchart? Or Carlos Boozer's(notes) flowchart?
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