Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hot Points: Talking Heat Rotation

February 2, 2011

The Starting Five
  • The Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman claims that the Heat finally have a "set rotation" - featuring Mario Chalmers and Zydrunas Ilgauskus alongside Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
  • Winderman says the starting five could change down the road if Udonis Haslem returns to the lineup, but that would be "way, way down the line, if at all."
  • Interestingly enough, Chalmers and Ilgauskus are playing reserve roles with deceiving labels of "starters" as they barely get starter-caliber minutes and rarely play in the game's final minutes. 
Best Five-Man Rotation?
  • According to the article, the rotation that grouped Carlos Arroyo and Joel Anthony with The Big Trio yielded the best point differential (+18.7), beating out rotations with Arroyo/Ilgauskus, Chalmers/Anthony and Chalmers/Ilgauskus.
  • Mike Miller was also thrown into the equation but his limited minutes with The Big Trio didn't provide enough data to generate statistics of any substance.
  • In my opinion, Miami's strongest rotation would include Wade, Miller, James, Bosh and either Anthony or Ilgauskus (depending on the opponent's lineup) - with Wade and James sharing the point guard duties.
  • As for the second unit, the Heat are receiving stellar contributions from Miller, Eddie House and James Jones, particularly on the offensive end.

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