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Did Not Playoffs

May 06, 2013
May 06, 2013

Table of Contents
May 6, 2013

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
THE GAY ATHLETE
NFL DRAFT 2013
NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW
  • ALEX OVECHKIN FOUND A NEW COMFORT ZONE OFF THE ICE (HE'S ENGAGED TO TENNIS STAR MARIA KIRILENKO) AND BROKE OUT OF ONE ON IT (HE MOVED FROM LEFT WING TO RIGHT). THE RESULT: HIS GAME IS REVITALIZED, AND THE CAPITALS SOARED INTO THE POSTSEASON

BOOK EXCERPT
  • A NEW COLLECTION OF COLUMNS FROM THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA SHOWS HOW RED SMITH BECAME A MASTER OF THE PAGE, ONE EXQUISITE SENTENCE AT A TIME

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Did Not Playoffs

Sizing up pro basketball's bench-ridden superstars

The list of superstars sidelined during the 2013 NBA playoffs makes for an impressive roster. How impressive? We asked a Western Conference scout to assess the walking wounded's chances if they were a healthy squad competing in the postseason:

This is an article from the May 6, 2013 issue

"That's the highest scoring team in the league. Rondo has to start; he's the only real playmaker on the roster. But I'd play Westbrook and Rose with him. That's a matchup nightmare, and Westbrook is strong enough to defend some small forwards. Or you could play a matchup zone and use their speed on the perimeter. They could score 110 to 115 points per game just by pushing the ball and playing like the Nuggets. The bigs are built for it too. Stoudemire is great in the open floor and a perfect rolling big. Lee is a great rebounder who is used to playing with volume shooting guards. I'd be a little worried about the lack of size behind Amar'e. But this group can send waves of athletic, versatile scorers at you. It would run any team out of the building."

Bottom line: Second seed overall—behind the Heat, ahead of the Thunder.

Guards

Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

Big Men

David Lee, Amar'e Stoudemire

Bench

Derrick Rose, Danny Granger, Danilo Gallinari

PHOTOGREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WESTBROOK)PHOTOGARRETT W. ELLWOOD/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (LEE)PHOTOELSA/GETTY IMAGES (STOUDEMIRE)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BRYANT)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RONDO)