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: San Antonio Express-News. Jeff McDonald: "With that moment late in the third quarter of their Western Conference-sealing victory over Oklahoma City on Saturday — four players sharing three passes in the span of three seconds — the Spurs exemplified the offensive ethos that has carried them to a second consecutive NBA Finals."
PF: Spurs Nation. Dan McCarney uses the words of family members, friends, teammates, coaches, opponents and some of the greatest players of all time to tell the story of Tim Duncan's career in San Antonio. A phenomenal read.
SF: Grantland. Zach Lowe on the trends to watch and the stylistic shifts ahead in Heat-Spurs II. A sensational breakdown.
SG: The Point Forward. If Rob Mahoney's going to be paying special attention to these 10 subplots throughout this series, we should be, too.
PG: Gothic Ginobili. Aaron McGuire on the difficulties inherent in revisiting and attempting to handicap a matchup that "shook my faith in the idea that the NBA can really be predicted" the first time around
6th: The Sports Fan Journal. Justin Tinsley on the all-time nature of this third LeBron vs. Duncan matchup: "Fighting for immortality is supposed to hurt. It’s supposed to make you question yourself."
7th: CBSSports.com. Ken Berger goes longform to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 NBA Finals, a seven-game matchup between the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks that has largely been overlooked historically, thanks to the mid-series bombshell of the O.J. Simpson chase. (I wrote about that series once. I remember it better than I'd like.)
8th: MinnPost. The great Britt Robson on the Minnesota Timberwolves' need to "come away from the [Kevin] Love situation with at least one durably valuable asset."
10th: NBA Y2K. Jon Bois uses a video game to kill the NBA.
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