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The 10-man rotation, starring how the Pacers got battered on the boards

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Drew Gooden will take that, David West, but thanks for playing. (AP/AJ Mast)

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: DataLab. Good stuff from Ian Levy on how the Indiana Pacers didn't even give themselves a chance to properly battle the Washington Wizards on the boards in Game 5, which is the kind of thing that probably won't happen again but also, now that the Wiz have located both confidence and offensive rhythm, might not need to.

PF: The Triangle and Hickory High. Zach Lowe and Kevin Ferrigan are very, very into the idea of Stan Van Gundy getting to mold the Detroit Pistons over the next five years, and the whole "what if he turns Andre Drummond into Dwight Howard 2.0?" thing is a big reason why.

SF: The Point Forward. Rob Mahoney on how the biggest talking point of Game 4 — Chris Paul guarding Kevin Durant in the fourth quarter — utterly disappeared in Game 5.

SG: Ref Analytics. If you've been thinking that it seems like there have been way more potential four-point plays this postseason than usual, the numbers say you're not wrong. Like, really, really not wrong.

PG: TrueHoop. Jake Appleman talks to Herb Turetzky — for 47 years, the official scorer and chronicler of the New Jersey Americans/New York Nets/Jersey Nets/Brooklyn Nets — about his memories of some of the more remarkable moments, big and small, in Nets franchise history.

6th: Pattern of Basketball. Jonathan Tjarks on why Will Barton's big Game 4 might not be a fluke, and why the lanky bucket-getter could turn into "a deadly 6th man" for the Portland Trail Blazers ... or, perhaps, for someone else.

7th: Regressing. Tom Ley puts it well: "It's insufficient to say that LeBron is a machine; he's better than the damn machines."

8th: Fear the Sword. While firing Mike Brown just one season after giving him a long-term contract to return as head coach does seem a bit clunky, but Mike Mayer doesn't think it was especially surprising ... or, for that matter, wrong: "Continuity does matter. But keeping a coach in place simply for the sake of continuity is shortsighted."

9th: Grantland. Another Jonathan Abrams banger, this time on veteran table-setter par excellence Andre Miller, who's never stopped doing things at his own pace and who's never started caring about trying to speed things up to get more famous.

10th: Deadspin. Donald Sterling as Master Shake? All right, then, Tim Burke: Donald Sterling as Master Shake.

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