The 10-man rotation, starring what we sound like when we complain about the Dunk Contest (VIDEO)
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: Key and Peele/Comedy Central. Yup.
PF: AmirTV. It's not easy to get excited about "Harlem Shake" videos in this, what feels like their 300th year of existence, but Amir Johnson, Sebastian Telfair and John Lucas III do their level best to make the Toronto Raptors' one tolerable. (Stick around for the end.)
SF: Mavs Moneyball. If you're anything like me, you've probably spent most of this season wondering, "Hey, which Taylor Swift songs and lyrics are most applicable to which current and recent past members of the Dallas Mavericks?" Now, thanks to Mavs Moneyball reader becca_99, that burning question has FINALLY been answered.
SG: Wall Street Journal. When an ACL injury strikes, players are limited to little more than shooting exercises for months. But does the claim that they come back as better midrange shooters really hold water? Chris Herring — the man who brought us the day's best T-shirt — investigates.
PG: Liberty Ballers. Just a really good, interest-piquing preview of Tuesday's epic Philadelphia 76ers/Orlando Magic tilt.
6th: Boston Globe. A note nestled in a good, detailed investigative report about the surprisingly small revenues raised and directed toward their stated goals by athletes' nonprofit organizations: New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, relative to his sporting and celebrity peers, is really good at charitable work.
7th: Eye on Basketball. Zach Harper looks at the mammoth uptick in Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal's game — and especially his 3-point shooting — since injured point guard John Wall returned to the lineup. As a matter of fact, the Wiz as a team are leading the league in short-corner accuracy since Wall came back, according to Truth About It's Kyle Weidie.
(Also, Zach had me on his podcast today, which was nice of him and fun for me.)
8th: SB Nation. Apparently, Salt Lake City is the place to be on Monday nights. After last night's quality overtime contest between the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics, Jonathan Tjarks looks back at a handful of other top-drawer contests in Utah from years past that have salvaged otherwise slow Monday nights in the Association.
9th: Euroleague.net. Vladimir Stankovic goes long in remembering the European, international and NBA career of Hall of Famer/"Other Dream Team" star Arvydas Sabonis.
10th: The Classical. Colin McGowan talks about how always looking to the future can prevent you from enjoying what's going on in the present, and also Anderson Varejao being "really, really good at basketball in difficult to define ways," among other things.
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