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WELCOME TO ROOK WEEK: As Mike Prada explains, the 2015 NBA Draft class has been really solid. So we're celebrating them all week. So far we've got Jesus Gomez on how much better at everything Karl-Anthony Towns has been plus Yaron Weitzman on how the Knicks must protect Kristaps Porzingis' future. I wrote about how Willie Cauley-Stein is hoping to break the Kings' bad draft streak. The SB Nation network sites are joining in, too, so check out all those awesome posts.

LEBRON'S GONNA NEED SOME NEW TWEETS: You sure the cryptic social media thing is working, LeBreezus? The Cavaliers faced a Memphis team that only dressed eight players in Cleveland on Monday. None of those players were named Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph or even Matt Barnes or Chris Andersen. Yet Memphis won, leaning on 26 points from the Grindfather himself and a relatively absurd 16-10-6-4-2 game from the one and only JaMychal Green.

WARRIORS BACK: Need a couple of absurd Warriors highlights to start your day? Here's Steph Curry's 300th three of the season: a high-difficulty step-back that reinforces there's no defense for this, plus Andrew Bogut celebrating a separate Steph three before Steph even shoots it. (By the way, the Warriors set a new record for longest home winning streak.)

GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT: Zach LaVine with a 360 dunk on the break.


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MIN 103, CHA 108
MEM 106, CLE 103
SAS 91, IND 99
MIL 90, CHI 100
SAC 112, NOP 115
LAC 109, DAL 90
ORL 113, GSW 119

STANDINGS CHECK: Cleveland maintains a 2.5-game lead for the No. 1 seed in the East due to Toronto also dropping winnable games of late. The race for No. 3 in the East currently appears to be Boston vs. Miami, with the teams tied in the loss column (26). Atlanta and Charlotte follow with 28 losses each. Indiana and Chicago each have 30 losses in the Nos. 7 and 8 spots, respectively, and Detroit and Washington are right there with 31 and 32, respectively. The Wizards can totally still get into the playoffs.

Out West, the Warriors lead the Spurs by four games in the loss column, with the Thunder just one game up in the loss column over the No. 4 Clippers. Memphis looks as comfortable as ever in the No. 5 slot (did some of us really think they were falling out of the bracket?). Dallas and Portland are tied for No. 6. Houston has a 1.5-game lead over Utah for No. 8. Sacramento is toast. I'm not even mentioning Sacramento in the next standings check.

SAM DEKKER IS A PUNK: How dare a rookie a) steal Dwight Howard's iPad and b) make fun of some tasteful photos in nature. If Dwight wants to sit for a portrait on a mesa, then Dwight should be able to sit for a portrait on a mesa. Don't mesa-shame Dwight.

GODLIKE GIF: Kobe is unimpressed.

WHAT NOW? Interesting read from Bobby Marks on what front offices are doing this time of year and how they attack the NCAA's tournament season.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT: Just a single game on NBA TV: Wizards-Blazers at 10 p.m. ET. Hawks-Jazz is kinda interesting elsewhere.

Happy Tuesday. See you next time.