NBA Players Who Are Stepping Up and Stepping Down in 'Clutch Time' of Playoffs

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NBA Players Who Are Stepping Up and Stepping Down in 'Clutch Time' of Playoffs
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The 2013 NBA playoffs have featured no shortage of clutch heroics...just not from the usual suspects.

While stars like Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry struggled at the end of close playoff games, the 5'9" Nate Robinson took over and dominated.

Nate Rob isn't the only surprisingly clutch player through the first few weeks, either. Through two full rounds, it's been a postseason of nontraditional stars stepping up in clutch situations.

Only 34 players have taken at least five field-goal attempts within the final five minutes of a game with their team ahead or behind by no more than five points. Of the 10 with the most clutch shot attempts, Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah and Robinson, respectively, have been the most efficient.

With that in mind, let's take a look at which players and teams earn the "clutch" and "choker" labels through the second round of the 2013 playoffs. 

Note: This is not a referendum on a player's overall career. I'm looking strictly at clutch stats in the playoffs here, nothing more. "Clutch time" means the final five minutes of a game in which neither team is ahead or behind by more than five points. All advanced statistics come from NBA.com/stats, unless otherwise noted. 

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