The NBA playoffs offer more than an opportunity for players to break out and make names for themselves. They are also an opportunity for failure.
The stakes get higher, and the competition gets tougher—yet players are more scrutinized than ever. Those extra factors are rarely weighed in when judging a player's performance or worth.
Sometimes a bad playoff performance is just a bad playoff performance. Other times it could be a harbinger for further disappointment. Players sometimes just have an aversion to the bright lights of the postseason. Others once had it and now seem to have misplaced their confidence.
The 2013 postseason has treated us to some wonderful performances by big and small names alike. It has also brought us some warning flags for players who just can't hack it in the playoffs.
All statistics accurate as of May 11, 2013.