How to Shut Down Each Remaining 2013 NBA Playoff Superstar

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How to Shut Down Each Remaining 2013 NBA Playoff Superstar
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As Jimmy Butler found out, it's tough to shut down LeBron James. You can slow him down, sure, but can you completely corral him?

Shutting down a superstar during the 2013 NBA playoffs seems like a crazy proposition, but it actually is possible. 

Well, truly shutting one down is a bit much to expect. Severely slowing them down is a more realistic goal, although sticking perfectly to these blueprints could allow defenders to minimize the impact of the opposing studs. 

Even LeBron James can be contained.

A little luck needs to be involved, and the strategy won't work every night, but it's possible to lessen the impact of the league MVP. Jimmy Butler proved that for the Chicago Bulls even if the Miami Heat ultimately emerged victorious and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

For this article, we're going to use a stricter definition of the word "superstar" than we do in the playoff superstar power rankings. Only a select few players on the remaining teams qualify, and stars like Mike Conley, Chris Bosh, David West and Manu Ginobili fall just shy. 

NBA defenders, take note. 

 

Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from ESPN and Basketball-Reference.com.

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