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Who's Winning the Coaching Battles of Each NBA Conference Semifinal?

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Who's Winning the Coaching Battles of Each NBA Conference Semifinal?
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With rare exception, it takes top-tier talent to succeed in the NBA playoffs. But the stars on the floor aren't alone in determining whether a team lives or dies in the postseason. Coaches matter, and based on what we're seeing in the four conference semifinal series so far, guys like Frank Vogel and Gregg Popovich have proven themselves to be valuable commodities.

There aren't many highlight reels of shrewd substitutions or calculated mid-series adjustments. But without a steady hand doing the organizing, motivating and strategizing, all of the talent in the world won't make a difference.

Just ask the Los Angeles Clippers how things worked out for them with Vinny Del Negro mucking up rotations and failing to concoct any semblance of an NBA offense.

The guys in the jerseys are always the ones described as "warriors," but it's also worth turning an analytical eye toward the men in suits to see who's winning the battles on the sidelines.

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