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Predicting the Biggest X-Factors of the 2013 NBA Playoffs

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Predicting the Biggest X-Factors of the 2013 NBA Playoffs
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Dwyane Wade is the X-factor in the Heat's hopes to repeat

The greatest authors of playoff glory are the superstars.

But postseason achievement isn’t just a story written by the game’s elite, as a subcast of lesser-thought-of players often determine a team's success.

This postseason’s band of X-factors, players whose performances will ultimately decide the fate of their respective teams, are both household names and role players.

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant keyed titles, but Robert Horry and Derek Fisher were just as vital.

Heading into this year’s NBA playoffs, there are plenty of players who will have instrumental roles—good or bad—in deciding a champion.

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