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Clutch: Chris Paul
Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers couldn't make it past the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs, but CP3's clutch play wasn't the reason why.
In only four minutes of clutch time against the Grizzlies, Paul scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and grabbed one rebound. He drained clutch baskets from all over the floor, with his only missed attempt coming from three-point range.
Paul finished the series averaging 22.8 points on 53.3 percent shooting, 4.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists compared to only 1.5 turnovers per game. Despite the early playoff exit, CP3 still holds dibs on the "best point guard in the world" title for the time being.
Choking: Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson spent the second half of the 2012-13 regular season looking like a potential superstar for the Denver Nuggets, but he fell apart late in close games during the 2013 playoffs.
Lawson only converted one of his six clutch-time field-goal attempts against the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the postseason, with his only make coming right at the rim. As the icing on the cake, he finished the series shooting 4-of-21 from three-point range.
With Danilo Gallinari out with a torn ACL and Kenneth Faried hobbled with a sprained ankle, the Nuggets needed dominant performances from Lawson to stand a chance in the series. Instead, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors used their length to neutralize the threat of Lawson's outside shooting.
Clutch: Brook Lopez
How clutch was Brook Lopez in the 2013 playoffs? How's hitting two of his three field-goal attempts in the last minute of games where his Brooklyn Nets trailed by five points or fewer?
Lopez appeared in 27 clutch minutes during the first-round series against the Chicago Bulls and scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He also finished with seven rebounds and four blocks compared to only two turnovers in clutch time.
If there's any bright spot in the Nets' first-round loss to the Bulls, it's how well Lopez played against a hobbled Joakim Noah. His field-goal percentage (42.5) wasn't great for a big man, but you'll take his per-game averages of 20.6 points and 8.4 rebounds any day.
Choking: The Brooklyn Nets' Starting Backcourt
The Brooklyn Nets' starting backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both largely failed to get going at the end of close games against the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs.
Williams was particularly awful, converting only two of his 11 field-goal attempts and going 0-of-5 from three-point range during clutch time. He was a minus-16 in the clutch over the course of the series.
Joe Johnson wasn't much better, finishing 5-of-14 from the field and 0-of-5 from downtown during clutch time against the Bulls. Johnson hit two game-tying jumpers in Game 4 at the end of the first overtime, but he otherwise struggled in the clutch against Chicago.