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: GQ. Bethlehem Shoals on how, in a sense, Serge Ibaka has become the new James Harden, "the guy who helps things come together, who at his best helps [Kevin] Durant and [Russell] Westbrook attain even greater heights."
PF: Eye on Basketball. Zach Harper goes to the videotape to show just how successful Ibaka's been at shutting down the San Antonio Spurs' paint penetration this season, a trend that continued in his Game 3 return.
PG: MinnPost. Britt Robson takes the Joerger affair on from the other side of the coin, considering what lies ahead for the Minnesota Timberwolves as they look to replace retired head coach Rick Adelman.
6th: New York Times. I really enjoyed Billy Witz' story about Gregg Popovich's connection to Division III basketball and his time at Pomona-Pitzer in California.
7th: Grantland. Zach Lowe spent five days in Miami, and completely got inside the guts of the Eastern Conference finals while he was there.
10th: Red94. John Wilmes on how roster construction, and paying attention to roster construction, matters in a way that might be kind of a bummer: "For the truly over-tuned-in fan, obsessed enough with the multitude of factors that distinguish wins from losses, an NBA following eventually turns out into Business Studies."
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