Each year and in every playoff series there is an X-factor.
Certain players step-up and serve as a catalyst, equipped with talent and tools necessary for team success.
In the NBA, there is a difference between basketball and "playoff" basketball, and therein lies it's beauty.
It's the behind-the-scenes, dirty work, and blue efforts that translate into team success.
Here are some vital players holding the keys to their team's sucess this time around in an effort to get out of the first round.