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: HoopSpeak. I really dug Beckley Mason's blow-by-blow report on the pre-game work that Kyle Korver puts into preparing to be one of the game's pre-eminent long-range snipers: "Everything Korver does gives the impression of a craftsman polishing and assembling different parts of a high-performance machinery, testing each aspect of the system to calibrate it just right for show time." In a completely related story, the Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter has made a 3-pointer in 83 consecutive regular-season games, six shy of the all-time record owned by Dana Barros, and will shoot to make 84 straight against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat on Tuesday night.
PF: Bleacher Report. The task of short-circuiting Korver's march toward the record books falls to a Heat defense that has, at times, reminded four-time MVP LeBron James of feces, that has made Erik Spoelstra "wholly uncomfortable for three years" ... and that, by the same token, has resulted in three straight trips to the NBA finals and back-to-back championships. Ethan Skolnick talks to the Heat head coach about the high-risk defense he's chosen to play with this roster, even though he's ill at ease with parts of it, in pursuit of big rewards down the line.
SF: SB Nation, A Young Sabonis and Blazersedge. Fresh off Monday's 10-point win over the reeling Brooklyn Nets, Paul Flannery wonders just how good Terry Stotts' Portland Trail Blazers are and can be, especially on defense. Dane Carbaugh, pulling double-duty on his own blog and on Ben Golliver's, tries to address that question, identifying how Portland clamped down on Brooklyn in the second half of Monday's win and how offseason trade acquisition Robin Lopez is helping the Blazers keep opponents' second-chance opportunities down on the defensive end.
SG: Daily Thunder. Royce Young looks at how the Oklahoma City Thunder repeatedly created positive opportunities out of Horns sets late in the the fourth quarter of their Monday win over the Denver Nuggets, and how going to such sets in small-ball lineups that include all of OKC's best playmakers "gets the Thunder into a set offensive structure, but allows them to play the way they’re accustomed to — freelancing and improvising."
PG: Grantland. Zach Lowe breaks down the breakdown of Dwight Howard's post game, which did exist — IT DID EXIST — and has now become a punchless bummer around which the Houston Rockets are having to work, often fruitlessly.
6th: Forum Blue and Gold. Darius Soriano comes in praise of Steve Blake, who's long been a favorite whipping boy of Los Angeles Lakers fans, but has been looking more and more comfortable in Mike D'Antoni's offense and dropping dimes like gangbusters over the last three games: "What he’s doing epitomizes floor generaliship and is a key reason that, at least right now, this team doesn’t miss Steve Nash much at all."
7th: SLAM. A great short read from Rick Telander on how one afternoon in Harlem laid bare for him the drastic change in temperament Metta World Peace has undergone since his more hectic heyday.
8th: Orlando Pinstriped Post. Tyler Lashbrook on the work second-year swingman Maurice Harkless has put into improving his janky jumper — which he hit at a 24 percent clip beyond 16 feet last year, and is hitting 37 percent of the time thus far this season — and the importance of his continued advancement to unlocking the Orlando Magic's half-court spacing problems.
9th: ESPN Boston. With whispers surrounding players like Rajon Rondo, Gerald Wallace, Courtney Lee and Kris Humphries already starting to pop up, Chris Forsberg offers "a few friendly reminders when gauging the feasibility of the other trade rumors that will emerge." Take a deep breath, put your logical thinking cap on, and bookmark for later use
10th: Detroit Pistons' YouTube channel. If you've been looking for a three-part, 33-minute mini-documentary about the Oregon high-school basketball rivalry between Kevin Love and Kyle Singler, then man, have I got some good news for you.
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