The Mid-Afternoon Milk Mustache, featuring the impact of a touch

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: Scientists at UC Berkeley have determined that the little, seemingly meaningless, touches (high fives, butt taps, hands on shoulders) over the course of a basketball game have a lot of impact on the performance of the players involved. [NY Times]

The Dali:Rajon Rondo wanders a lot on defense. Sometimes, this gambling leads to steals, but other times, he finds himself out of position. [Celtics Hub]

The English: Andrew McNeill examines the many reasons why the Spurs have not exactly been playing the same type of defense that they have been known for. [48 Minutes of Hell]

The Fu Manchu: Royce Young applies Free Darko’s Visibility Index to Kevin Durant, and discovers that he is hardly being seen at all. [Daily Thunder]

The Handlebar: Rob Mahoney remarks on the NBA Trade Deadline as a way for players to escape their floundering teams and find their way onto a contender, while others are left behind. [Hardwood Paroxysm]

The Horseshoe: Mark Ginocchio looks into why he and Sebastian Pruiti show so much support to Chris Douglas-Roberts. [Nets Are Scorching]

The Imperial: Seth Gruen explains how this year’s Cavaliers are built completely to complement Lebron James and pave the way to a championship for him. [SLAM Online]

The Lampshade: Hedo Turkoglu has been a disappointment so far this season, and Tom Liston attempts to find out what the Raptors can do to get him back on track. [Raptors Republic]

The Painter’s Brush: Ryan Thomas compares KG’s saga to that of another Boston hero, Curt Schilling. [Red's Army]

The Pyramidal: Scott Schroeder speaks with Will Conroy, who recently became the all-time D-League leader in points. Seem like a Crash Davis-esque distinction. [Ridiculous Upside]

The Toothbrush: Rey Moralde loves old school video games. Here, he reminisces about everyone’s favorite: NBA Jam. [The No-Look Pass]

The Walrus: “In the case of McGrady, we make no effort to uphold the truth because while he deserves it, his very nature impedes our conveyance of sympathy.  He just finds a way to invite criticism.  His propensity to explicitly verbalize things already implicitly acknowledged does the utmost damage to his cause.  Dwyane Wade never tells reporters he doesn’t have help.” [Red 94]

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