NBA Playoffs 2011: Kobe Bryant and Each Playoff Team's Most Dangerous Weapon

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Kobe Bryant and Each Playoff Team's Most Dangerous Weapon
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We all know the assassins when we see them. In the basketball world we always see them coming; we always "feel" something when they're around. We, as fans of the opposing team, just know that the mere presence of a roster's dangerous weapon can influence the game.

We may exhale a sigh of relief when the weapon misses its mark, as every one, big or small, legend or pretender, is known to do. But there is always that moment when the ball is delivered into the hands of the deadly and the space-time continuum stops and seconds become hours.

"Will the shot go in?" "Are we going to lose?" "No!" "STOP!" "Tackle him if you have to!"

We think of a lot of players as dangerous because they can hit shots when needed but, as it is often forgotten, the most dangerous players know how to influence a game beyond just shooting. It's finding the open man, making the right pass, grabbing a key rebound, blocking a shot or, at the very least, altering it.

In a sport where no athlete is perfect, the deadliest weapons make us feel, and worry, that their success rate is 100 percent.

Of the 16 teams in the playoffs, here is a list of each team's most dangerous weapon. Some are blatantly obvious while others, I hope, surprise you.

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