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: Arizona Republic. After 2 1/2 months on the shelf following surgery to remove "a piece" of the meniscus in his right knee, Eric Bledsoe is expected to be back in the lineup for the Phoenix Suns when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Arizona on Wednesday night. Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek is amped. So are Dave King of Bright Side of the Sun and Jeffrey Sanders of Valley of the Suns. So am I. You should be, too. (Unless you're a Cavs fan, that is.)
PF: Truth About It. Conor Dirks with a smart read on why a strong close to the 2013-14 season is critical for the finally-playoff-bound Washington Wizards, lest a flagging finish "cause the deterioration of any relevance the Wizards have accumulated through the ascension and newfound national veneration of John Wall, and through the games his team has won."
SF: 8 Points, 9 Seconds. Great stuff from Tim Sartori on how Frank Vogel has kept adding to and tweaking the Indiana Pacers' double-dribble handoff play, elevating it from a go-to end-of-quarter/half call into an evolving set with options and counters that can generate good looks in multiple situations.
PG: MinnPost. Britt Robson bids farewell to the notion of the Minnesota Timberwolves as a 2013-14 postseason participant: "Given that they haven’t been more than three games above .500 this entire season, and just finished 2-2 against the East on this make-or-break home stand, the playoffs are a pipe dream."
6th: The Oregonian. You'll never guess what happens for the Portland Trail Blazers when Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams shoot well, and what happens when they don't. Just kidding. You already guessed it.
7th: PER Diem ($). Tom Haberstroh compares the NBA success rates for "one-and-done" players and those who spent more time playing NCAA ball, and he's not buying the primary argument forwarded for raising the NBA draft's age limit: "Looking at the data, Silver's stance that an extra year of scouting will help teams get closer to the bull's-eye doesn't stand up to scrutiny."
8th: Basketball Insiders. Nate Duncan delves into the roster and salary-cap situation of the Atlanta Hawks in an attempt to determine which players Danny Ferry should keep around to build the next contending iteration of the long-middling squad and which he should look to flip at the first sign of a potentially appealing return. (Nate does not envy Danny.)
9th: The Triangle and SB Nation. Bay Area rapper Lil B's back to beefing with Kevin Durant, you guys. Quoth the Based God: "I'm not paying attention to Kevin Durant. I don't have any recollection of watching him play. I can't remember how he shoots free throws." This seems odd, considering he literally just released a song called "F*** KD," but then again, I don't really understand most things relating to Lil B. If you do, or would like to, inquire within the links above.
10th: The Brooklyn Game and Hang Time. Devin Kharpertian on how the Brooklyn Nets have been feasting off turnovers in 2014, and John Schuhmann on the catalyst of their larcenous defense, minimum-salaried guard Shaun Livingston.
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