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: Raptors Republic. With the Dallas Mavericks about to head north of the border to visit the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and Sportsnet pushing a fresh round of reconciliation chatter, Blake Murphy revisits Toronto's relationship with Vince Carter in an attempt to sort out more than a decade of tangled narrative threads. It's a good read.
PF: Bleacher Report. Jared Dubin goes deep on the play of New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, delving into how the 2012 No. 1 overall pick has taken a quantum leap forward to the point where he's putting together arguably the best season ever by a 20-year-old.
SF: Posting and Toasting. New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson responded to criticisms/less-than-sterling assessments of his defensive scheme by noting that he does not presently plan to kick either Tyson Chandler or Carmelo Anthony to the curb. Seth Rosenthal thought that sounded pretty familiar, so he compiled a history of Woody's discussions of curb-kicking while at the helm of the orange and blue. It's pretty good.
SG: Grantland. Zach Lowe ties himself up in knots trying to pick the most deserving 2013-14 All-Star rosters, and reading through his detailed reasoning is an NBA nerd's dream.
PG: Sports Business Daily. John Lombardo's profile of/paean to David Stern is fairly friendly, but it also offers a pretty solid overview of the outgoing commissioner's influence on the NBA's rise as a multinational, multibillion-dollar corporation.
6th: Salt City Hoops. Laura Thompson takes a look at how the Utah Jazz have responded after getting beaten badly this season, and finds even more evidence that, ever since getting Trey Burke back and moving past their 1-14 start, they've become a more resilient and feisty team.
7th: Crain's Chicago Business. This look at STATS' SportVU player-tracking cameras — literally, you get to actually see them and where they're put in arenas and stuff — also offers some insight into how the statistics provider is trying on bring the SportVU optical-tracking data to multiple lines of business and, it hopes, into the broader fan conversation. (That's going to take some time, I think.)
8th: MinnPost. Another heat rock from Britt Robson, this time on four distinct problems the Minnesota Timberwolves face in crunch time, contributing to their dismal (and much-discussed) record in games decided by four points or less. A certain sad/struggling Spaniard makes an appearance.
9th: Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Speaking of Minnesota, Kent Youngblood highlights the strong recent play of Alexey Shved, who showed such promise running point for Russia during the 2012 Summer Olympics but has largely struggled to show he merits floor time in the Timberwolves' guard rotation. That may be changing, though, and not a moment too soon, given how desperately Minnesota could use some backcourt punch and playmaking in the second unit (and, increasingly, the first unit).
10th: Heat Index. Kevin Arnovitz dissects another sloppy defensive performance by the Miami Heat in Monday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks, wondering whether Miami's sluggishness is evidence of fatigue at the end of a long road trip, a lack of motivation stemming from likely being locked into the No. 2 seed, or something else.
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