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: Hang Time. John Schuhmann on the still-struggling Indiana Pacers bench, whose failure to contribute is due in part to flat-out bad play, but also in part to coach Frank Vogel's unwillingness to trust his reserves during the regular season.
PF: 8 Points, 9 Seconds. Jared Wade fact-checks one of the more common criticisms of the Pacers' strategy as the Heat pulled away late in Game 3: "Ray [Allen] hit 4 treys in a 6-minute stretch when Miami’s extended its lead from 2 to 15. One of those 3s came from Allen beating [David] West, and the other three 3s came after live-ball turnovers by the Pacers that led to scattered, bad defense by the whole team."
SF: South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale is considered one of the top assistants in the league and an attractive candidate for any of the NBA's open head-coaching gigs. And yet, as he tells Ira Winderman, he's not out there campaigning for jobs: "Quite honestly, [Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra] gets very annoyed with me, because he's like, 'Why don't you care about being a head coach?' And I'm like, 'Cause we're in the playoffs.'"
PG: Sports Illustrated. A handful of NBA media folks tell Richard Deitsch what it's like to cover the league.
8th: Liberty Ballers. Revisiting Sam Hinkie's 2013 draft night deal that sent Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans and began shaping the Philadelphia 76ers' future: "Two top 10 picks for a player who is realistically a fringe All-Star player is great value, and it also opened so many more opportunities for the Sixers to succeed. It's a prime example that if you follow the process, the positive results will follow."
9th: Seattle Times. More than a year after last making headlines for refusing to leave the foreclosed-upon house that he'd turned into a wreck, NBA ghost Robert Swift has "left behind a trail of people who are no longer sure where he is or what he’s up to."
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