The 2012 NBA Playoffs will rekindle the annual tradition of producing the most memorable moments on the most monumental stage, as well as providing a showcase for several players to shine in the postseason spotlight.
The NBA regular season is never short on scintillating made-for-TV moments courtesy of the league's best and brightest, with a recent example being the New York Knicks 100-99 OT victory over the Chicago Bulls—a game in which Carmelo Anthony hit both the game-tying three-point bucket to send it into overtime and the game-winner in the extended period, finishing with 43 points, with the kind of dramatic display which could certainly continue to enhance his reputation in the annals of historically significant Knicks players.
These kind of games, which are won by all-encompassing individual performances, take on an increased level of prominence within the postseason, as it is within that realm that individual legacies are validated and legends are born.
A game-winning shot, or conversely, a victory-saving defensive stop, a player putting the team on his back or refusing to back down in the face of season-ending circumstances are all tenants of those individuals who are able to manufacture a level of play which ultimately encompasses their careers.
Here are a few players out of the Western Conference who are poised to perform at a high level in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.