NBA Playoffs 2013: Each Surviving Team's Most Unsung Hero

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NBA Playoffs 2013: Each Surviving Team's Most Unsung Hero
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Jeff Green will have to continue scoring at a consistent rate if the Celtics want to come back against the Knicks.

Each year, the NBA playoffs act as the biggest stage for superstars to showcase their talent.

It also allows those middle-tier role players to make a name for themselves by contributing on both ends of the floor.

Of those role players, some are recognizable, but then there are those who go unnoticedthe so-called "unsung heroes."

These are the guys who don't get the first interview after the game, who don't get the ball on the last possession and who may not even be on the floor in the latter stages of a close game.

With all that being said, these players do help their teams win basketball games—or at least keep them in it.

Let's take a look at each surviving team's unsung hero, thus far. As a reminder, these teams have either advanced or are on the verge of advancing, while the others are hanging on by a thread.

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