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Highest Plus/Minus: Brendan Haywood (+14)
Lowest Plus/Minus: Nick Young (-20)

Rule No. 1. If something's been working for 3 quarters, there's no way it will work for 4: Sure, you've built up a sizable lead by working the ball inside to Jamison and Haywood and letting Mason and Stevenson do damage beyond the arc, but that tomfoolery doesn't work in crunch time.  When the going gets tough, you need to go forget about things like experience, talent, who has the hot hand, player matchups, and other unimportant stuff like that and just go to your bread and butter: isolation plays to Nick Young.

Rule No. 2. Dominant interior players are useless in late game situations: Brendan Haywood has put up 20 and 10 in the game, but he's not going to be needed for the last 5 minutes because all the plays are going through Nick.  Since there's not going to be any need for rebounding, inside scoring, or interior defense you might as well just take him out and let the enjoy the closing minutes from the bench.

Rule No. 3. When all else fails, refer to the playbook.