One Scapegoat for Every NBA Playoff Team in a Rut

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One Scapegoat for Every NBA Playoff Team in a Rut
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The NBA playoffs are an ebb and flow. Teams can get hot and cold in a flash on just a few key plays made by certain players. Each 2012 NBA playoff team that has gotten into a rut has at least one scapegoat to blame.

Scapegoats are usually not completely to blame, but they are easy targets. They are doing or have done something that looks like it hurts their team in its effort to win. Sometimes it isn't a real thing, other times it is.

The Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers and other teams all have people to blame for why they haven't played their best at certain times in these playoffs. Some of them might just surprise you.

Here's a scapegoat for each NBA playoff team that has found itself in a rut.

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