The Mid-Afternoon Milk Mustache, featuring Matt Moore declaring his fandom

The Mid-Afternoon Milk Mustache takes you on a trip around the League every weekday, bringing you the best posts from around the NBA blogosphere. Unfamiliar with the below ‘stache styles? The American Mustache Institute will school you on that subject.

The Chevron: If you’ve been around the NBA blogosphere, you’ll know that this is big news. Matt Moore, lifelong NBA guru paradoxically without a favorite team, has officially declared himself a fan of the Memphis Grizzlies. [Hardwood Paroxysm]

The Dali: On the heels of a game-deciding questionable foul called against Monta Ellis, Jeremy revisits the age-old question of whether end-game scenarios should be officiated differently. [Roundball Mining Company]

The English: Speaking of end-game scenarios, Henry Abbott notes that that though these are supposed to be the most exciting seconds of an NBA game, a large proportion of them are spent simply standing around. [TrueHoop]

The Fu Manchu: Zach Lowe looks at line-up plus/minus stats and tries to decipher Ray Allen’s uncanny ability to make his teammates better. [Celtics Hub]

The Handlebar: At the heels of the Gilbert Arenas controversy, Bethelem Shoals reminds us that athletes are not supposed to be beacons of morality, nor should we expect them to be. [The Baseline]

The Horseshoe: After an OKC win over the Bulls in which the Thunder were killed on the glass, Joe discovers that offensive rebounding may not be as critical to a team’s success as he previously thought. [Daily Thunder]

The Imperial: According to Jesse Blanchard, regardless of his role, Manu Ginobili is ultimately the key the Spurs’ success. [48 MoH]

The Lampshade: Using advanced stats, Dave Berri tries to determines whether those San Antonio Spurs can still be considered title contenders at this point. [Wages of Wins]

The Painter’s Brush: Only A Lad explores the mysteries of “The Gerheim Principle” in which bad player on a bad team can suddenly evolve into a contributing factor upon joining a good one. [The Dream Shake]

The Pyramidal: Here’s a touching moment from this week’s D-League showcase: Sundiata Gaines gets called up to join the Utah Jazz. [Ridiculous Upside]

The Toothbrush: Trey Kerby dissects his new favorite picture (worth 1000 words): “Just take a look at Brandon Roy’s face. It’s like his face turned half serpent-half stone because he looked at Andre Miller’s crazy face.” [The Blowtorch]

The Walrus: Holly Mackenzie reminds us that, even for us basketball scribes, there is a life outside of the NBA.  However, when that comes knocking, it makes us appreciate the community that we’ve built in our little world even more. (Seriously, read this.) [SLAM Magazine]

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