NBA Playoff Studs Finally Meeting Expectations

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NBA Playoff Studs Finally Meeting Expectations
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While just four teams remain in the 2013 NBA playoffs, breakout performances throughout the postseason have players meeting lofty expectations.

Some players are justifying contracts that were widely criticized by fans and pundits. Others are vindicating a front office’s choice to trade for them by fitting a niche. In some cases, players fall into both of those categories by defending their hefty contract and changing viewpoints regarding a “bad” trade.

Through a cloud of negativity, these NBA playoff studs finally gave their fans something to cheer about. Many of them shut up their critics in the process.

Although some of these upstart players are still fighting for a championship, I’ll also look back at the postseason as a whole.

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