NBA Playoffs 2013: Ranking Each Surviving Team's Closer

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NBA Playoffs 2013: Ranking Each Surviving Team's Closer
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Carmelo Anthony is dangerous late in games, but is he the best closer remaining in the NBA playoffs?

A closer in the NBA playoffs can be defined as a player that each team relies on to score the ball and carry them down the stretch in tight games.

Closer, in this case, doesn't necessarily require buzzer-beating shots, although in some cases it may. And, in fact, these players won't all be guards, either.

Some teams have a clearly defined closer while others play the hot hand.

Whatever the case, the following players are ranked in the order of who I would want to have the ball down the stretch the most in a tight playoff game.

The list is based on past experience and the current 2013 playoffs.

Clutch time, which will be referred to quite a bit in this piece, is the time during any playoff game this postseason in which a player's team is ahead or behind by five points in the last five minutes of regulation or at any point in overtime. 

*All stats are from NBA.com, specifically this table, unless otherwise noted.

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