Good night, Brandan Wright. (Sam Forencich/NBA/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: Eye on Basketball. Zach Harper breaks down what makes Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, recently selected to his second consecutive All-Star Game, such a dominant offensive weapon. One scout's take on how to stop Aldridge's jumper one-on-one: "You don't. You just hope his muscle memory falls asleep."
PF: Vantage Sports. We know that corner 3-pointers consistently rate as the highest-percentage long-range look for NBA players and one of the most valuable shots an offense can create. But are all corner 3s created equal? How does opponents' shot defense factor into the mix? Jordan Kahn digs through two seasons worth of data to detail how defensive attention and shooter movement change as you move around the 3-point arc.
SF: SLC Dunk. SB Nation's ace Utah Jazz blog provides us with an awesome breakdown of the fundamentals of the famed flex offense brought to the NBA by Dick Motta and popularized in Salt Lake City by Jerry Sloan. Fun, educational and media-rich.
SG: ESPN Los Angeles. Where would the Los Angeles Lakers — winners of six of their last seven, still within hailing distance of a playoff berth despite a half-season full of injuries, rancor and chaos — be without finally freed former castoff Earl Clark? Quoth Kobe Bryant: "We'd be in deep crap."
PG: Magic Basketball. How exactly have the Orlando Magic lost 21 of their last 23 games? J.J. Redick might think the basketball gods have something to do with it, but after digging into the numbers, Sean Highkin sees a couple of more earthbound possibilities — bot that the non-theological explanations are all that much less mystifying.
6th: TrueHoop. Kevin Arnovitz breaks down the coaching philosophy of Rick Adelman, long lauded as of the league's sharpest minds and most celebrated tacticians.
8th: The National Post. When the Toronto Raptors take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, Andrea Bargnani is expected to return to the lineup for the first time in nearly two months since tearing a ligament in his right elbow. Former foil Ed Davis is gone to Memphis, but there are still plenty of frontcourt players in need of minutes, and Bargnani needs to play if GM Bryan Colangelo is to showcase the former top overall pick for a potential trade deadline deal ... so how will Dwane Casey reintegrate Bargnani into the lineup? Eric Koreen considers the coach's dilemma.
9th: SB Nation. Dan Grunfeld puts together a 10-man rotation of his own — the best starting five and second unit in basketball movie history. Some controversial selections, to be sure, along with plenty of animated GIFs, because this is the Internet, people.
10th: Bullets Forever. Ever since John Wall came back to run the show for the Washington Wizards, noted dominant scorer/constant passer Jordan Crawford has seen his game go in the tank. Thomas Pruitt tries to figure out why he's gone south and how Randy Wittman might go about getting Crawford back on track.
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