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: FOX Sports North, via @cjzero. Man, Kevin Love seemed shot after the Minnesota Timberwolves' Monday night loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, which dropped Minny back below .500 at 34-35 and put the Wolves seven games back of the eighth-seeded Phoenix Suns with 13 games remaining. He sounded a more resolute note on Instagram on Tuesday, but with the Wolves looking all but dead in the water in the Western Conference playoff race after a pair of bad losses, it's tough to blame him for seeming so depleted on Monday.
PF: The Sporting News. Sean Deveney talks with some medical professionals about whether we've seen the last of the kinds of microfracture surgeries that so dramatically altered the careers of players like Greg Oden, Amar'e Stoudemire and Penny Hardaway.
SF: Bleacher Report and Bullets Forever. A pair of good breakdowns of things John Wall does well (get the Washington Wizards' wings open 3-pointers in their sweet spots) and areas where he needs to improve (for example, avoiding turnovers).
SG: Waiting for Next Year. Scott Sargent notes the strong recent play of Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters — just under 19 points, four assists and three rebounds per game over his last 10 games, up to 24, six and four in four starts since Kyrie Irving went down — and wonders whether what teammate Jarrett Jack called the "leaps and bounds [he's made] from where we were at the beginning of the season" mean that the 22-year-old Syracuse product has matured to the point where he's ready to be a consistent contributor for an improved Cavs team next season.
PG: TrueDallas. Zac Crain thinks Dallas fans don't properly appreciate Dirk Nowitzki's greatness and everything he's done for the Dallas Mavericks. I think that's probably true for the rest of us, too.
6th: Hang Time. Is Mitch Richmond worthy of enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this summer? Scott Howard-Cooper considers his case.
7th: The Triangle. Jared Dubin watched a ton of NBA players do their pregame warm-ups, and then talked to a bunch of them about how they developed their routines, why they're doing what they're doing, and more. It makes for an interesting read on something many of us probably take for granted.
8th: Grantland. Zach Lowe on the rebuilding project underway in North Carolina, where the Charlotte Bobcats are going to return to the playoffs without threatening title contention, and why that's OK for the moment: "[…] not every team can aspire to championships at all times. Some must first reach profitability and watchability."
9th: Spurs Nation. Jeff Ayres and Tim Duncan are pretty sure they got haunted by a ghost baby at a Bay Area hotel. I'm guessing it was just one of Jordan Crawford's killer pranks, but then again, I'm not a certified Ghost Hunter.
10th: The Starters. Remember how Wilt Chamberlain and his mom used to endorse children's laxatives? No? Well, then, you're in for a reminder.
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