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Unsung Heroes of the NBA Playoffs Who Are 2nd-Round Keys

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Unsung Heroes of the NBA Playoffs Who Are 2nd-Round Keys
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Tayshaun Prince could be the difference for the Memphis Grizzlies.

The role players will have just as much of an impact on the second round of the NBA playoffs as the stars.

Obviously big names like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Tim Duncan are going to be the ones whose games are scrutinized to the umpteenth degree. Their sidekicks are the ones you should be paying attention to now that we are deeper into the playoffs.

This is the time where the stars need the support of the players around them to stay alive. They could coast in the first round, but now it will take a real team effort to defeat tougher opponents.

These are both starters and bench players who sometimes get overlooked. One of the most dangerous things an overconfident team can do is ignoring the role players.

If these guys get neglected on the scouting report, you can be sure they will make whoever did not take notice of them pay.

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