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NBA Playoffs 2011: The X-Factors for Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder

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NBA Playoffs 2011: The X-Factors for Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder

Although Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki will be garnering the most attention in the upcoming Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks match-up, there are several other players who will make the series interesting as well.

These players for each of their respective teams have become commonly known amongst the NBA and all of sports for that matter as "X-Factors".

While the Superstars like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Dirk Nowitzki are all expected to perform at an elite level, there is always a player whose performance may come as a surprise for both squads, ultimately giving them the edge and combining with the star power on their team to have the best chance of moving onto the NBA Finals.

The following two players may come as a surprise to fans, but have a chance to make a tremendous impact on the outcome of the series, as both of their contributions go well beyond the stat sheet and are equally as important in determining who wins and who goes home.

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