2012 NBA Playoffs: Power Ranking 10 Most Important Bench Players Still Playing

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Power Ranking 10 Most Important Bench Players Still Playing
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Is James Harden the most important reserve player in the Conference Finals.

When we get this deep into the NBA postseason, the best teams have separated themselves from the pack. In the conference finals, we have the best four teams in basketball battling against one another.

At this point, however, the starting units of the teams begin to cancel each other out. It is your best five against their best five and, competitively speaking, the units should be fairly evenly matched.

This is where the second units come into play. The unsung heroes of these late playoff rounds are the reserve players who impact a single game with a single performance that can swing an entire series one way.

Bench players allow teams the benefit of the unknown. Fans never know who might step up and have a big night off the bench and that type of player has the ability to win a game that otherwise would have been lost.

These 10 players have that opportunity in these conference finals to influence a possession, a game and a series with their play.

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