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.
SF: The National Post. Bruce Arthur on how Toronto has struck gold with this particular iteration of the Raptors: "The city, for the first time in years, can be proud to be associated with the fight of this franchise."
SG: ESPN The Magazine. Kate Fagan on Doc Rivers is some good readin'.
PG: PER Diem. Good stuff from Tom Haberstroh on how the Raptors use Catapult Sports' tracking devices to help inform their training program, and how injury prevention might be the next big advancement in basketball analytics.
6th: In Street Clothes. Also on the health tip, Jeff Stotts explains what exactly the meniscus does for the human knee, why it's so vulnerable and why, despite initial fears that a meniscus tear would sideline him for the remainder of the season, it might not be that crazy for Patrick Beverley to return before too long.
8th: Eye on Basketball. Ditto for this companion piece by Zach Harper on Noah's brilliant defensive work all over the court — in isolation, against pick-and-rolls, as an on-ball defender, as a help defender, you name it.
9th: StatCenter. Speaking of Noah's D, how does he stack up against several other prime Defensive Player of the Year candidates? The statistical case is pretty compelling.
10th: The Starters. Trey Kerby on the curious case of which player on the Brooklyn Nets bench farted during the fourth quarter of their loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday. Important investigative journalism.
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