Ranking Biggest X-Factors of the 2013 NBA Playoff Race

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Ranking Biggest X-Factors of the 2013 NBA Playoff Race
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J.R. Smith's play will have a major impact on seeding in the East.

Some unpredictable factors are going to tip the balance in the final dash to the NBA postseason.

With more and more stars heading to the bench to rest during the final weeks of the regular season, the door is open for the second tier of players to shape what the playoff picture will ultimately look like.

On the other hand, there are also the prime-time players still fighting for their postseason berths. We know what the old, reliable talents on those teams are going to do, but what are their supporting casts going to bring to the table?

The eventual answer to that question will determine the battle lines for the 2013 playoffs.

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