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: Welcome to Loud City. Kevin Yeung does a thorough job of digging into the Oklahoma City Thunder's now-leaky defense — allowing 108.3 points per 100 possessions since the All-Star break, 21st among 30 NBA teams, a full nine points-per-100 worse than their third-best-in-the-league pre-All-Star mark, and making stars out of the likes of Gerald Green and Jodie Meeks — and trying to figure out how much of it can be chalked up to injuries (OKC's without starters Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha), and how much stems from lacking energy and effort on stuff like contesting jumpers.
PF: Pounding the Rock. Jesus Gomez makes the case for why Manu Ginobili should win his second Sixth Man of the Year award. I eagerly await your rebuttals, Chicago Bulls (Taj Gibson), Phoenix Suns (Markieff Morris) and Los Angeles Clippers (Jamal Crawford) fans.
SF: The Rotation. Speaking of those Bulls, it feels like Colin McGowan performed surgery on himself to extract his explanation for why he likes watching them, but it led to the deployment of the phrase "They locate joy in the doing of the thing," which I really liked.
SG: San Antonio Express-News. And speaking of those San Antonio Spurs, Jeff McDonald sings the praises of Kawhi Leonard, who's averaging about 15 points on 55/53/94 shooting splits, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes a night in six games since returning from a broken bone in his right hand, and reminding us how his "ability to turn a game on its head with plays both unscripted and off schedule" can elevate the Spurs, who enter Monday's action with an NBA-best 46-16 record.
6th: Waiting for Next Year. The national focus fell on LeBron James making a trip to Ohio, but for Cleveland Cavaliers fans, getting the opportunity to celebrate and thank Zydrunas Ilgauskas on Saturday night meant an awful lot.
7th: The Morning Tip. David Aldridge's always-jam-packed Monday column features a take on the Detroit Pistons' present and future that makes a (somewhat shaky, to my ear) argument for hanging onto Joe Dumars this summer, an update on Royce White, a Q&A with Trey Burke, and plenty more.
8th: SB Nation. Paul Flannery on the Brooklyn Nets, who've sported the league's third-best record since Jan. 1, and why he thinks Jason Kidd's '13-'14 squad and Doc Rivers' '11-'12 Boston Celtics share more than just a couple of future Hall of Famers.
9th: Grizzly Bear Blues. Andrew Ford breaks down Tayshun Prince's sometimes-broken jumper.
10th: Heat.com. Couper Moorhead revisits just how good the San Antonio Spurs' transition defense was last Thursday, and just how big a part that was of shutting down a sleeve-bummed LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
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