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Posted: 04/27/12 12:46 PM ET

NBA Playoffs 2012: Key X-Factor For All 16 Teams

Much like the NCAA Tournament, the NBA Playoffs often comes down to X-factors. Which team has that one guy either off the bench or in the starting lineup that can change the pace of a game? Last season, reserve guard J.J. Barea single-handedly changed the tenor of the Finals against Miami with his darting drives into the lane and ability to knock down shots. Do the 2012 NBA Playoffs offer us another Barea? Here are the 16 best candidates, one for each team of course.

Miami Heat -- Mike Miller
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Miller's role for the Heat is significant firstly, because he is a knockdown three-point shooter who, at 45.2 percent, is the fifth best percentage long-range bomber in the NBA, and secondly -- and perhaps just as importantly -- he is also a playmaker. Unlike fellow forwards James Jones and Shane Battier, who are stand-still shooters, Miller can create offense for himself and others. He is a willing passer and consistent pull-up shooter. Miller missed 14 games from March 10 to April 8 with a second-degree left ankle sprain but has played heavy minutes of late.
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