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: PER Diem ($). Tom Haberstroh breaks down the soaring success the Miami Heat have had offensively in Games 2 through 4 when going small, with just one member of the Chris Bosh-Chris Andersen-Udonis Haslem big man troika on the court: "[…] the gap between that scoring rate and the Heat's regular-season rate (15.8 points) is wider than the gap between the Heat's regular-season rate and the worst offensive team in the NBA (12.2)."
SF: 8 Points, 9 Seconds. Jared Wade listens to the Pacers' post-Game 4 complaining — some coming from Paul George, but some also coming from David West, and some coming from Roy Hibbert — and finds himself exasperated by the lack of accountability and self-awareness in the Indiana locker room.
PG: RealGM. Jonathan Tjarks discusses the laundry list of long-armed athletes to whom Scott Brooks can turn to on the Oklahoma City Thunder bench, all of whom are making life awfully difficult for the San Antonio Spurs right about now.
6th: Roundball Mining Company. Considering some possible offseason moves that the Denver Nuggets could make to help round out their roster and perhaps put them back in the Western Conference playoff picture in Brian Shaw's second year on the bench.
7th: New York Times. Scott Cacciola introduces us to Justin Zormelo, a 30-year-old who has carved out a niche as the personal video coordinator and statistician for multiple NBA players, becoming "the go-to source for players who want a private guide through the emerging world of advanced analytics."
8th: Regressing. Reuben Fischer-Baum uses Austin Clemens' defensive impact visualizations — highlighted in this space last month — to look at how the members of the four remaining playoff teams' most frequently used lineups grade out defensively. As Fischer-Baum notes, there's some cause for skepticism in how definitive the results are, but trying to learn more about defense is always a good thing.
9th: The Triangle. Friend of the program netw3rk gets creative and diabolical with the Trade Machine.
10th: numberFire. A stat-leaning argument that Norris Cole, not Mario Chalmers, should be the Heat's starting point guard.
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