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: HoopSpeak and BSports. Beckley Mason and Jared Dubin take a closer look at the Denver Nuggets' early-season struggles to score amid the transition from former coach George Karl's up-tempo, push-at-all-times-and-at-all-costs offense to new boss Brian Shaw's more post-up-oriented half-court attack — a transition that's seen a Nuggets attack that's long lived at or near the top of the league's offensive efficiency charts drop down to the depths of NBA humanity along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats, Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics. (There's a certain Hives song that's coming to mind right about now.)
PF: Bleacher Report and NBA Couchside. The Chicago Bulls' offense has sputtered to start the season, and the task of scoring won't get any easier in a Wednesday night matchup against the 4-0 Indiana Pacers, who've picked up right where they left off last season and are holding opponents to a league-low 86.1 points per 100 possessions thus far this season. Ian Levy and Kevin Ferrigan take a look at what's gone wrong with the Chicago offense in the early going and what will need to start going right for the Bulls to start cranking things up on the offensive end.
SF: Hang Time. John Schuhmann dives into the league's shiny new SportVU optical tracking data to pull out a few noteworthy items that either reinforce things we already felt pretty sure we knew or help us gain a greater appreciation for something we might've been missing.
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SG: The Triangle, ESPN Insider ($), The Point Forward and Knickerblogger. Smart guys Zach Lowe, Kevin Pelton, Rob Mahoney and Mike Kurylo weigh in on the predicament the New York Knicks face after learning that Tyson Chandler will miss the next four to six weeks. Knicks fans looking for hope need not click through.
PG: Posting and Toasting. Seth Rosenthal rounds up Knicks coach Mike Woodson's comments in a Wednesday radio interview suggesting what New York's on-court life might look like minus Chandler for the foreseeable future. It sounds like small-ball might make its way back to MSG, which would be nice. (What a hell of a price to pay for its return, though.)
6th: The New York Times. If the now-desperate-for-size Knicks are looking for a spot-minutes center to play some defense and rebound for a few minutes a night, Harvey Araton can think of one who might welcome a call from an NBA team.
7th: Bucksketball. Ahead of Michael Redd's official retirement from the NBA on Wednesday, Jeremy Schmidt and company share their favorite memories of watching the former Ohio State star, one-time All-Star and lefty sniper let it fly for some better-than-you-might-remember Milwaukee Bucks squads.
8th: National Post. Bruce Arthur with a good read on LeBron James, who knocks down milestone after milestone and just keeps searching for the next challenge, the next discomfort, the next bit of rarefied air.
9th: CBSSports.com. Kind of a wild note in this Gary Parrish story about how Brad Stevens is "holding up" amid the challenges of a dead-on-arrival debut season with the Boston Celtics — the first four games of this season mark the first time in Stevens' career as a head coach that he's lost four straight games.
10th: The Rotation. Howard Megdal talks with Kemba Walker about the improved midrange game he's showcased over the past two seasons, including on a few pull-up and step-back jumpers in the Charlotte Bobcats' Tuesday night win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
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