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New Contest - Plus-Minus for Lakers-Suns Game 1

Here we go again with another contest.

Funny thing is, looking back on the first contest, with all the sweeps this year, it looks like there will only be three players who actually make it to 100 assists in the playoffs. Rondo and Williams got their one and two, and Nash has at least 4 more games to get 10 more assists. So although we can't close the book completely on that round quite yet, when Nash gets there, the right answer is Rondo, Williams, Nash. We're lucky Williams made it before he went fishing (he finished with 102). If LeBron loses tonight, then you're down to Kobe (49 assists) and Jameer Nelson (42 assists) who are still playing and have a chance at 100.

Enough about the old contest. The new one is after the jump.

As we know, the +/- stat is a looks at the point differential when players are both in and out of the game, to see how the team performs with various combinations. The +/- stat can look at a variety of combinations including the best two player, three player and even five player combinations for each game.

Go check out the +/- stats for the playoffs so far at

You'll notice that the best 5 man combination in the playoffs so far for both the Lakers and Suns includes guys that aren't actual starters on each team. Guess the top 5 man combination for each team in Game 1 on Monday May 17th.

Answers must be submitted by May 17th at 12pm EST. One entry per person in the comments please.

Whoever is first to get both correct is the winner. If no one gets it right, then the closest to getting both correct will win. The winner will receive a free prize package courtesy of

How easy is that?


For Official Contest Rules go here (I'm sending you to Bright Side of the Sun, but I figure rules are rules. No need to clutter up my site.)