Can Stephen Curry and Mark Jackson lead the Warriors to the promised land? Well, why not? (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty …
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: Grantland. Zach Lowe went looking for reasons why the Golden State Warriors shouldn't be included among the ranks of legitimate contenders to this year's NBA championship, and while he turned up some concerns, in terms of Big-Ticket Issues, he's coming up blank. How about you?
PF: Warriors World. It'd surely help the Warriors' chances of hoisting the O'Brien if Harrison Barnes were to rediscover the form that made him such a valuable two-way contributor during the Warriors' 2012-13 playoff run. But at this stage in his development, is he really the wing matchup nightmare he appeared to be for a few stellar weeks in the late spring of 2013, or is he a slightly out-of-sorts, slightly-below-average rotation player whose hype outstrips his production? J.M. Poulard investigates.
SF: MinnPost. Britt Robson sits down with Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders to discuss his team's up-and-down start to the season, whether the Wolves can be a top-flight defensive team as presently constituted, Ricky Rubio's offensive struggles and much more. A very substantive chat.
SG: Suns.com. A really good read from Matt Petersen on how assistant coaches Mark West and Kenny Gattison have helped Miles Plumlee go from little-used afterthought with the Indiana Pacers to legitimate emerging two-way big man with the Phoenix Suns.
PG: SB Nation. Drew Garrison goes inside the numbers on the continual struggles of Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Anthony Bennett: "If this keeps up, he'll own the worst rookie season ever by a No. 1 pick."
6th: Bleacher Report. One silver lining of Russell Westbrook's recent injury woes is that there seem to be fewer people arguing that the dynamic point guard's aggressive offensive game holds the Oklahoma City Thunder, or star scorer-turned-volume shooter Kevin Durant, back in some way. Fred Katz shows how Westbrook's absence damages Oklahoma City's offense, especially in the pick-and-roll, and especially when it comes to getting Serge Ibaka going.
8th: Heat.com. Couper Moorhead on Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra's decision to give starting center Chris Bosh the defensive assignment on Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson down the stretch last Friday night, how it mostly worked, and what that tells us about Bosh's perpetually underrated (outside of Miami, at least) defensive acumen.
9th: Boston Globe. A nice story from Baxter Holmes on Boston Celtics assistant coach Jamie Young, who's running his first-ever Boston Marathon this April on behalf of the Celtics’ charity, the Shamrock Foundation: "To the people of Boston, I don’t know if me running honors anyone in particular, but it is exciting to do it because of the circumstances."
10th: Wiz of Awes. With the Washington Wizards in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race and the Cavaliers underperforming many observers' expectations, has the "which point guard is better?" calculus changed when comparing former No. 1 overall picks John Wall and Kyrie Irving?
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