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: Bullets Forever. There's an awful lot on the line in Wednesday's matchup between the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats — namely, the right to avoid either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. (Provided you'd be into avoiding this version of the Pacers, of course.) Mike Prada runs through all the playoff implications of a big game in the nation's capital.
PF: The Washington Post. Michael Lee with a great read on Marcin Gortat, a tireless worker whose move "from scrawny to brawny" made him an NBA player, and whose move from Arizona to D.C. helped make the Wizards a legitimate playoff team.
SF: Bleacher Report. Through Jared Zwerling, Al Harrington tells us exactly what he had to go through to get his right knee healthy enough to be able to become an integral part of the Wizards' "AARP unit" of elder-statesmen reserves. It's a pretty harrowing story.
SG: Peachtree Hoops. Jason Walker explains why it'd be a good thing for the Atlanta Hawks to slink into the playoffs as a sub-.500 No. 8 seed, even if that's not something that the organization's really striving to achieve.
PG: USA TODAY Sports. Sam Amick sits down with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak about, among other things, the "certain calmness" that washes over you when you realize there's nothing you can do to turn around a season to forget.
6th: TrueMemphis. Chris Herrington explains how Zach Randolph is kind of the cultural descendant of Jerry Lawler, and if that doesn't get you clicking, then you and I like different stuff, man.
7th: azcentral.com. The Phoenix Suns, against all odds, are on the verge of following up an utterly dismal 25-57 season with a playoff berth in a brutal Western Conference thanks in large part to a total franchise reboot. Bob Young traces the steps that brought us here.
8th: Hang Time. With awards season coming fast, John Schuhmann parses the statistical cases for several likely candidates for Defensive Player of the Year honors. Could a perimeter player crash what's typically a big-men-only party this year?
9th: ESPN Dallas. A really nice oral history-type piece by Tim McMahon on the path that Dirk Nowitzki has traveled from Wurzburg, Germany, to the ranks of the 10 most prolific scorers in NBA history. My favorite line comes from the man himself: "I just always saw myself as a piece of work." I get what he meant, but I like it just the way it was said.
10th: Daily Thunder. Royce Young puts a button on Kevin Durant's streak of scoring 25 or more points, which ended at 41 games on Tuesday in a win over the Sacramento Kings, which is just fine with KD.
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