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The 10-man rotation, starring the Paul Silas Facepalm Timeline

Dan Devine
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Paul Silas breaks out the epic facepalm. (Screencap courtesy of @Jose3030)

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: NBA247365.com. Watch the Charlotte Bobcats' season as measured by the face of head coach Paul Silas. It gets rough, but infographics are intended to inform, even if it hurts.
PF: NBA.com's Hang Time Blog. Sekou Smith's got a pop quiz for you, hotshot: If you're starting a franchise today and you need a center, are you taking Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum?
SF: Heat.com and Grantland. Couper Moorhead and Sebastian Pruiti, two really smart basketball minds, on how LeBron James and the Miami Heat defended Carmelo Anthony in Miami's Sunday afternoon win. You will learn things at both links.
SG: Bounce Bounce Bounce. A lovely guide to common NBA celebratory hand gestures, some of which may be fictional, but frankly, shouldn't be.
PG: Basketball Prospectus. Kevin Pelton on Heat coach Erik Spoelstra using LeBron as Miami's backup point guard, a rotation shift we've seen more of late and could see much more in the postseason.

6th: SB Nation. Tom Ziller nails another Hook on how David Stern's NBA, villains in so many fans' eyes for the way their teams get treated, actually did right by the city of New Orleans and the newly purchased New Orleans Hornets.
7th: Detroit Free Press. Vincent Ellis digs deeper on a story we brought you a couple of weeks back: How undergoing therapy has helped Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey. (Hat-tip to Dan Feldman at Piston Powered.)
8th: ESPN Insider. Tom Haberstroh digs in the crates, as is his wont, and finds out which NBA players really take over during crunch time. Some players, Haberstroh found, take over and excel, while others do not. Interestingly enough, Carmelo Anthony — he of the hard-earned closer's rep — has been found wanting this season, which lends some credence to this excellent piece on the dark side of 'Melo taking over in The New York Times. (NOTE: Yep, that's right — another two-fer. I'm getting dirty on y'all cats.)
9th: The National Post. The Toronto Raptors' failure to even tank properly is on some level hilarious, writes Eric Koreen, but it could also be important, and even positive.
10th: Sactown Royalty. Ziller pulls double-duty on today's list, but he earns his spot by FJMing his way through the 16 points of contention that the Maloof family has raised in opposition to the Sacramento arena deal. In summation: They're bull[EXPLETIVE]ing and not even bothering to do a good job of it. The Maloofs want to weasel their way out of Sacramento, and the league may just let them, and they may even get there. Just don't forget that "weasel" part. Or that "bull[EXPLETIVE]" part. Lord knows Kings fans never will, or would.

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