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: Orlando Sentinel. Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic sits down with Mike Schmitz and revisits his experience as one of "hundreds of terrified passengers who were on a runaway train that derailed in Montenegro, killing 47 people and injuring nearly 200," eight years ago today. Harrowing stuff.
PF: D.C. Sports Bog. After going off for 39 points, including a ludicrous falling-out-of-bounds, game-tying triple in the fourth quarter, in an overtime win over the Washington Wizards, Maryland native and former Georgetown star Jeff Green held court in a Washington Bullets hat. As if you needed another reason to like Jeff Green.
SF: BSports. Jared Dubin celebrates the contributions of guys who offer a lot to their teams' starting fives without using a whole lot of possessions in his inaugural "All 5th-Man Team."
SG: The Triangle. Kirk Goldsberry maps out where shooting fouls are most likely to occur during NBA games, then details how Houston Rockets guard James Harden gets to the line on shots near the basket nearly twice as often as the average NBA player; his devastating Eurostep, you'll be happy to hear, plays a pretty big part.
PG: SB Nation. Mike Prada goes hunting for the third-best team in the Eastern Conference, considering the merits and the flaws of several contenders to figure out which is the most likely to (probably) offer second-round fodder for (probably) the Miami Heat.
6th: GQ. Bethlehem Shoals tries to unpack the complicated emotional relationship that he (and many other fans, in all likelihood) has with outgoing NBA Commissioner David Stern.
7th: Baller Mindframe. A nice look at how Gordon Hayward's attempts to be the alpha dog on a rebuilding Utah Jazz team has led to some changes in his game, for better and for worse.
8th: TrueHoop. Kevin Arnovitz on why three members of the Denver Nuggets making a video in support of You Can Play matters: "In the absence of an out gay player in uniform, the onus returns to individual teams and players to lead on the issue."
9th: The Brooklyn Game. Please enjoy this culturally significant collection of the hairstyles of Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd through the years.
10th: San Antonio Express-News. Gregg Popovich doesn't plan on extending the minutes of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili after losing Kawhi Leonard to a broken bone in his right hand with key defenders Tiago Splitter and Danny Green already on the shelf and a road-heavy slate ahead. Buck Harvey gets the reasoning, but wonders if Pop's eyes-on-the-prize approach makes as much sense this time around.
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