The Mid-Afternoon Milk Mustache, featuring the Greendale CC Rockets?

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: Continuing an ongoing series, here are the Rockets as characters from one of my favorite running comedies, Community. [The Dream Shake]

The Dali: Ben from BlazersEdge breaks down Nicolas Batum’s great defense against Dirk Nowitzki. [BlazersEdge]

The English: Jon Krolik tries to understand the reasons behind the Cavs’ seeming plodding, “methodical” offense. [Cavs: The Blog]

The Fu Manchu: Roger Pimental makes a rebuttal against Zachariah Blott’s article claiming that the statistics show Lebron is receiving preferential treatment from the officials. Very solid stat work here. [How To Watch Sports]

The Handlebar: Nothing against Blott though, here he is underlining the uncanny similarities between Kevin Garnett and Pau Gasol. [Empty The Bench]

The Horseshoe: Timothy Varner makes the case that the Spurs sub-par play against the elite teams necessitate a drastic move at the trading deadline. [48 MoH]

The Imperial: While the Celtics might be searching for suitors for Ray Allen, trading the aging star might not be as easy as it seems. [Celtics Hub]

The Lampshade: Using Dean Oliver’s “Four Factors” model, Tom Haberstroh presents his “bi-weekly color bomb” of the “NBA in Polychromatic Form”, in which teams can be easily compared based on how well they rate on each of the factors. [Hoopdata]

The Painter’s Brush: The thrilling conclusion to the broadband feature film Who Shot Mamba? has finally arrived. [Who Shot Mamba?]

The Pyramidal: Former WVU star and current D-League player, Mike Gansey, is the newest contributor to Ridiculous Upside. [Ridiculous Upside]

The Toothbrush: Step into the Wayback Machine, and remember simpler times when Toni Kukoc won the 1991 Euro-something Dunk Contest in Sarajevo. [A Stern Warning]

The Walrus: Bethlehem Shoals pens a brilliant article about how Daryl Morey’s experiment with Trevor Ariza has gone horribly awry. (Note: I’ll probably link any article that claims that Ariza is terrible, but this one is genuinely good.) [NBA Fanhouse]

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