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.
PF: TrueHoop. Kevin Arnovitz goes in-depth on the Memphis Grizzlies' post-Rudy-Gay-trade starting five, a unit that hasn't exactly set the world aflame on the offensive end, but has been an absolute straightjacket for opposing offenses. This is why nobody really wants to see Memphis in the Western Conference playoffs — you may beat them, but you're going to have to work to do it.
SF: Sports Illustrated. A predictably great profile by Lee Jenkins of Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders, whose journey from a Florida battered women's shelter to a mansion on Lake Michigan makes for a gripping, stirring read.
SG: CBSSports.com and The New York Times. Good reads on the pending Sacramento/Seattle decision from Ken Berger, who explains why this should matter you small(ish)-market fans even if they don't live in one of those two cities ("If the owners approve the sale and relocation of the team to Seattle, to put it quite bluntly, it means that this could happen to you, too"), and from Ken Belson, who details the role that Silicon Valley businessman Vivek Ranadivé would play in a prospective Sacramento Kings ownership group.
PG: The Point Forward. Ben Golliver hands out "The Floppies," celebrating the 10 most ridiculous dives of the 2012-13 season. Read, watch, laugh, stew, fall down when contacted by a stiff breeze.
6th: Liberty Ballers. A great, impassioned read from Michael Levin on the disaster that was the Andrew Bynum trade and the 2012-13 Philadelphia 76ers season: "It's time to close the book, then burn the book, then never speak of the book again." I'll be honest, though — I'm kind of worried that Michael's tempting the Hand of Fate when he writes, "It's comforting to know that there will never again be a season as torturous as this one." Quoth the Bieber, Michael. Quoth the Bieber.
7th: Hardwood Paroxysm. Ananth Pandian gets deep about how the start of the playoffs makes him think about his relationship with his father. I think a lot of us can probably relate, in one way or another.
8th: The Sports Fan Journal. Similarly, I dug this Justin Tinsley piece about Chris Andersen's successful comeback with the Miami Heat as viewed through a very personal lens.
9th: The Basketball Jones. Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com fame offers his opinion on two weird Tuesday signings of 2000s favorites by 2013 playoff teams — the San Antonio Spurs deciding to bring in former All-Star Tracy McGrady and the New York Knicks going for another round with swingman Quentin Richardson.
10th: SB Nation. The Miami Heat's 2013 playoff run has an official champagne, and Andrew Sharp could not be more thrilled about this.
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