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Working the Wire: On the rise

Updated: March 11, 2011, 3:54 PM ET
By Josh Whitling | Special to ESPN.com

At this point of the season, coaches begin to alter their strategies and distribution of playing time based upon their team's situation. Teams clearly bound for the playoffs typically don't shift strategies much, as they're usually also vying for the best possible seeding. However, with older or injury-prone players on these teams we often see a slight decrease in playing time, as their coaches are trying to keep them fresh for the playoffs. On the other side of the coin, teams with no hope for ...

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