The 10-man rotation, starring big play from the Cavaliers' bigs

The 10-man rotation, starring big play from the Cavaliers' bigs

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: Fear the Sword. David Zavac takes a look at how Timofey Mozgov, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson have played defensively of late, and the impact that they've had on the overall improvements that have led the Cleveland Cavaliers to 10 straight wins.

PF: Good stuff from Dave McMenamin on how, despite Love's depressed numbers and Andrew Wiggins' recent surge, the summertime swap of All-Star for No. 1 pick might still have worked out for the best for both the Cavs and Minnesota Timberwolves.

SF: David Aldridge's always-great Morning Tip goes deep on Danny Ferry, the still-absent architect of the league-leading Atlanta Hawks, the Memphis Grizzlies' rise to the No. 2 spot in the West, and much more.

SG: The Triangle. Danny Chau's protecting his heart from falling too deep in love with these soaring Hawks, because he's had it broken by a similarly starless squad before.

PG: Cowbell Kingdom. Rui Thomas puts on his hazmat suit and digs into the particulars of the Sacramento Kings' ugly eight-game losing streak.

6th: ESPN Insider ($). Tom Haberstroh on where Hassan Whiteside came from, the unprecedented production he's providing for the Miami Heat, and the chances of the young big man keeping this remarkable run rolling.

7th: The Players' Tribune. Blake Griffin on the work he's put into rebuilding his jumper over the last several years, and how all those hours have given him the confidence to take shots like this.

8th: Blog-a-Bull. Kevin Ferrigan with another cold cup of coffee out of Chicago: "[...] it's pretty likely that no one is putting up emptier stats than Pau Gasol is this season."

9th: San Antonio Express-News. Tom Orsborn with an interesting look at how Air Force Academy ties and a lack of "red flags" in Gregg Popovich's past put him on the path to running the San Antonio Spurs 21 years ago: “If [then-Spurs chairman Robert McDermott] had found out [Popovich] was perfect [as a cadet and as a coach], but a philanderer, it could have killed the deal."

10th: The Oklahoman. Anthony Slater breaks down the schedules ahead for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans as they vie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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