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The 10-man rotation, starring the Oklahoma City Thunder playing out the string

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Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant look for signs of spring (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: Oklahoman. The Oklahoma City Thunder really wishes it were late May right now.
PF: Akron Beacon-Journal. Daniel Gibson, who is still in the NBA, didn’t like Dahntay Jones’ move.
SF: Detroit News. Greg Monroe held some sway in the Pistons’ drafting of Andre Drummond.
SG: A video compilation of the top 20 plays of the Miami Heat’s 20 straight wins.
PG: Houston Chronicle. Jonathan Feigen busts out advanced stats to doubt the Rockets’ first quarter defense.

6th: Truth About It. Determining John Wall’s potential max contract worth after 165 games.
7th: SB Nation. Mike Prada discusses Marc Gasol, whom he calls the NBA’s best defender.
8th: Clipper Nation. As with all teams, the Clippers need to encourage corner three-pointers.
9th: Rob Mahoney smartly details ways to take advantage of the Miami Heat, but … good luck.
10th: Bleacher Report. I know that it’s B/R, but hang with me. Art Rondeau has put together a detailed look at the mental concerns that could be preventing Derrick Rose from diving into a quick return to the Chicago Bulls.

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