Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and company have struggled against the league's best. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY …
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: Spurs Nation. The San Antonio Spurs are a Western Conference-leading 32-9, but they're just 1-8 against the likes of the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. Do those struggles against the rest of the NBA's elite point toward serious beneath-the-surface problems for Gregg Popovich and company?
SF: Heat.com. A few days late to this, but Couper Moorhead's look at how Greg Oden performed defensively in his return for the Miami Heat against the Washington Wizards — and how head coach Erik Spoelstra might elect to employ him should he remain healthy — is interesting and worth a read.
SG: The Sunday Shootaround. Paul Flannery on Rajon Rondo is always required reading, and his take on the point guard's return — and the challenge he and his Boston Celtics face going forward — is no exception.
PG: 8 Points, 9 Seconds. A good read from Tim Donahue on what a healthy Danny Granger has meant for the Indiana Pacers' second unit.
6th: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Forty games into a season that's seen them post the NBA's worst record, O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight note that they don't really have any idea what kind of team the Milwaukee Bucks are, or want to be. They're not alone.
7th: The Rotation. Colin McGowan on rumors that the injury-wracked New Orleans Pelicans could be open to moving Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans: "This is a little like buying a fire-damaged home and trying to flip it six months later because, wow, it sure does smell like smoke in here."
8th: Blog-a-Bull. Tony Snell has received increased minutes since the Chicago Bulls traded Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the rookie swingman's shown some intriguing flashes over the past seven games. Ricky O'Donnell details why he likes what he's seen, and why the New Mexico product might be the latest draft night success story for the Bulls' front office.
9th: Daily Thunder. Happy fifth birthday to one of the best team blogs out there, and shouts out to Royce Young for all he's done in covering the Oklahoma City Thunder's rise to prominence.
10th: Good Morning It's Basketball. Tom Ziller is going to be bringing you a daily NBA newsletter, delivered free to your inbox with your morning coffee. This seems like a very good thing.
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