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The 10-man rotation, starring LeBron James’ vastly improved 3-point shooting

Dan Devine
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LeBron James shoots a 3-pointer. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBA/Getty Images)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

C: HoopChalk. Over the last two seasons, LeBron James' 3-point accuracy has leapt from 33 percent to nearly 41 percent; just by looking at that number, we can say he's improved as a long-range shooter as his career has developed. But what, specifically, has gotten better? As Dylan Murphy learned by watching and charting every single long ball James has attempted over the past three years, the issue is all about balance. This is really good nitty-gritty stuff, you guys.

PF: The Shadow League. While the lion's share of bloggers, sportscasters and basketball watchers lambaste Dwyane Wade's often adventurous clothing choices, but as stylist and writer Megan Ann Wilson sees it, the Miami Heat star's fashion sense is not only strong, but also the key to him "positioning himself as the ultimate NBA brand."

SF: Memphis Flyer and Fanatico. Chris Herrington and Dustin Parkes offer kinder takes on Bill Simmons' podcast comments on the city of Memphis, the Memphis Grizzlies and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SG: The Roosevelts. A two-minute, 39-second supercut of newly fined flopper LeBron appearing to embellish contact. Enjoy/be infuriated/enjoy being infuriated.

PG: Eight Points, Nine Seconds. A fun roster-spanning read from Jon Washburn that makes a case for the Indiana Pacers being a more stacked team than the Miami Heat at this stage of their development.

6th: Denver Stiffs and SB Nation. Nate Timmons and Tom Ziller make the case for NBA owners paying elite general managers like Masai Ujiri lots and lots of money. The phrases "Denver Nuggets superstar" and "off-season lobster" are deployed.

7th: Gothic Ginobili. I really enjoyed this look-back/thought experiment — coming up with starting fives of players who have turned in the best postseason performances against the LeBron-Wade-Chris Bosh Heat and the Tim Duncan-Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili San Antonio Spurs. Two players appear on both lists — before you click, any guesses on who they are?

8th: HoopSpeak. Beckley Mason looks at one major reason Roy Hibbert is dominating the Eastern Conference finals — his total control of the offensive glass — and watches each and every Hibbert-controlled carom to try to figure out what the big fella's doing right, besides being 7-foot-2, and what the Heat's interior defenders are doing wrong, besides not being 7-foot-2. (As NBA.com's Steve Aschburner sees it, a lack of commitment in the paint and on the defensive glass from Bosh tops the list.)

9th: Land O' Lakers. Andy Kamenetzky chats with Metta World Peace about his new children's book, being afraid of the dark until he was 20, his feelings about suggestions that the Los Angeles Lakers should amnesty him and more.

10th: Pounding the Rock and Hardwood Paroxysm. Good reads from Jesus Gomez and Derek James on Spurs big man Tiago Splitter, a key contributor "years in the making" who has played a big role in helping the Spurs get back to the NBA finals for the first time since 2007, but who is also a restricted free agent to-be whose stock and productivity have been inflated by sharing the court with Hall of Famers. Will the real Tiago Splitter please stand up?

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