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Warriors 5-man lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia
Heat 5-man lineup: Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington, Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo
Keyed on Net Rating, i.e. Offensive Rating minus Defensive Rating
5 Man Line-ups
The Warriors score more points, but Heat’s 5 superior defense produces a higher Net Rating. Miami plays at a much slower pace and its Player Impact Estimate (PIE) excels due to the numbers used to calculate the PIE.
Unexpected results to be sure, because numbers alone don’t account for real-world scenarios. GSW line-up faces the best players other teams have to offer on a nightly basis. The Heat’s line-up competes mostly against bench units, who aren’t well prepared or organized.
Players may do well in college or G-League, but when they graduate to the role of NBA starters, the numbers often don’t translate. The table’s results impress, but they may not compare apples-to-apples.
Whatever the stats really mean, the table shows the Heat’s Platinum unit shines. Whether they can survive under intense pressure on a nightly basis is another matter.