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.