NBA Playoffs 2012: 5 Overachieving Players Destined for a Playoff Slump

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NBA Playoffs 2012: 5 Overachieving Players Destined for a Playoff Slump
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Ty Lawson was great in the second half. Will he regress in the playoffs?

If you're a superstar, then you can't really "overachieve." Superstars are supposed to amaze us with their abilities. They're supposed to exceed already lofty expectation. If a superstar averages 30 points, we want 35. If he grabs 15 rebounds, we ask why he can't get 20 next time out. 

Magic Johnson spent his rookie year overachieving. From that point on, he wasn't overachieving—he was just amazing. 

The NBA regular season saw a number of players emerge as potential future stars. Some of those players are now in the playoffs. For some, it's their first trip; for others, it's their first trip where they're really expected to perform at a high level. 

Expectations are tricky. Some players rise up to meet or even to exceed them. Others wilt under the unexpected pressures those expectations bring with them. 

There are some young players coming off good seasons who may be in for a bit of a wake-up call in the playoffs. Here's a few to keep an eye on. 

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