'Get a load of this freakin' guy.' (Getty Images)
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: Houston Chronicle. Via the stalwart Jonathan Feigen, we're treated to more Twitter shenanigans between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors following the Dubs' 30-point smackdown of the Rox on Sunday. To wit:
#Zings all around, for sure, but let's call this round in favor of the coach of the team that won 108-78, shall we?
PF: The Point Forward and SB Nation. Young squires Rob Mahoney and Andrew Sharp both come in praise of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, who, as we discussed this morning, has been an absolute monster during Miami's 22-game winning streak.
SF: Eye on Basketball. Friend of the program Zach Harper delivers an entertaining and informative "tale of the tape" breakdown to see which Western Conference big man is most deserving of All-NBA First Team honors at the center position: The San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan or the Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol.
SG: HoopChalk. Ian Levy details Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden's talent for rendering opposing defenses "geometrically abhorrent and functionally impotent," which is a phrase that seems destined to become the title of a stand-up comedy special at some point.
PG: Red94. The problem is, Harden has shown this season a tendency to render the Rockets' own defense geometrically abhorrent and functionally impotent, too, and a couple of his teammates have seemed pretty willing to fall asleep, too. With Houston scrapping for its postseason life down the stretch, Michael Pina takes a look at the persistent mental errors on the defensive end that have made life difficult for the young Rockets and head coach Kevin McHale.
6th: Brew Hoop. Monta Ellis got a lot of folks' attention after exploding for 25 points in the fourth quarter of the Milwaukee Bucks' Sunday night win over the Orlando Magic, but what's grabbed Steve von Horn's notice is how Monta's been scoring since the All-Star break (and especially since the Bucks imported J.J. Redick) — surprisingly efficiently.
7th: Hornets.com. In the No. 6 spot, check out six things that Greivis Vasquez focused on this summer to help make the New Orleans Hornets' starting point guard a surprise candidate for the NBA's Most Improved Player award this season.
8th: San Antonio Express-News. A nice little read from Jeff McDonald on how Spurs star Duncan has taken several young NBA big men under his wing during the offseason ... and continued to school them once game action starts.
9th: CBS New York. With the New York Knicks in the midst of a four-game losing streak and looking absolutely dreadful on a West Coast road trip that has seen them lose both Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler to knee injuries, John Schmeelk suggests Knicks fans take a deep breath: "If [Anthony and Chandler] come back [by week's end], the Knicks will still be in fairly good position to get not only win the Atlantic Division, but also get the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Judging them by their play over this four-game stretch is foolish and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense."
10th: Denver Post. A quick note from ace Denver Nuggets beat man Benjamin Hochman ahead of the Nuggs' Monday night matchup with the Chicago Bulls — George Karl's squad has been historically effective at generating points in the paint this season.
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