Tim Duncan's fall. Rajon Rondo's ACL. Jared Sullinger's back. Stephen Curry's ankles. Billy Hunter's leave of absence. Dwight Howard's shoulder. Reggie Evans' mouth. Kevin Garnett's breakfast cereal turns of phrase.
We remember the injuries, the scandals, the foot-in-mouth comments. Of course we do. That's what makes news: the falls, cover-ups and bad decisions. They're the flashy headlines, the stuff of biting exposes and fans crying themselves to sleep. They're gripping, but for a moment as we sit halfway through the season, I ask you to consider the other surprises, the pleasant ones -- the ones that don't necessarily warrant headlines but should without question warrant notice:
What Tom Thibodeau has done for this year's Bulls, who were left for dead without Derrick Rose, is downright astonishing. But Saturday, Thibs played four players more than 40 minutes to beat Atlanta, 93-76. Add that three of them -- Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Nate Robinson -- aren't even...