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NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs
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May 6, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball over San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

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: SB Nation. Mike Prada details how the San Antonio Spurs got Damian Lillard to play a bit more conservatively than usual in Game 1, and why the Portland Trail Blazers' point guard needs to get reckless in Thursday's Game 2.

PF: San Jose Mercury News. A sensational, thoughtful and thought-provoking column by Marcus Thompson II on how race and culture were factors in Mark Jackson losing his job, how "race can be a factor without malice being part of it," and how racial/cultural divides shape our relationships and inner circles. There's a lot to get your arms around here.

SF: The Diss. Kevin Draper wrangles with a big issue that's often overlooked in considerations of the NBA's "progressive" status: "Donald Sterling’s vile comments shined a spotlight on racism within the NBA, but much more damaging than his words are the entrenched structures that curtail opportunities for black aspiring coaches."

SG: numberFire. Another Blazer who needs go get going? Wesley Matthews. As Russell Peddle shows, the numbers say that good stuff happens for Portland when he's locked in.

PG: Bullets Forever. The Indiana Pacers seem to have figured out a pretty solid way to handle John Wall defensively, and if the Washington Wizards point guard doesn't start knocking down his jumpers, it might be hard for him to provide the kind of scoring the Wiz might need to get past the second round.

6th: Bleacher Report. Fred Katz looks at how the Memphis Grizzlies had success in defending Russell Westbrook during their seven-game first-round series, how the Los Angeles Clippers didn't have success in Game 2, and how Doc Rivers and company might want to consider covering the Oklahoma City Thunder star going forward.

7th: Raptors Republic. A good read from Blake Murphy on the possibility that, even with a culture seemingly established and strong chemistry developing among his core pieces, general manager Masai Ujiri might still look to tinker with the Toronto Raptors, if his track record's any indication.

8th: Red94. Rahat Huq on the "extremely realistic scenario" of the Houston Rockets adding Carmelo Anthony in free agency this summer, and whether doing so would be a good or bad idea. (We already know what Oscar Robertson thinks.)

9th: Grantland. Mark Titus tries to teach Greg Oden how to be a great benchwarmer.

10th: Hardwood Paroxysm. Vaya con dios, Kyle O'Quinn's beard.

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