2021 NBA Playoff X-Factors – East

Which players will separate themselves as 2021 NBA Playoff X-Factors? Which unsung hero will come through for their team in the clutch?


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Miami Heat

40-32, 6th in East

Playoff Matchup: (3) Milwaukee Bucks

Sean: Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro

Miami needs Herro to regain his bubble form.  Jimmy has been unbelievable this season and Bam has taken another step forward in his development.  Herro however, has taken a step back.  He’s played well to finish the season but in order for Miami to get some of that bubble magic back, they’ll need Tyler’s scowl to return in full force.

There’s a reason Miami refused to put Herro’s name in trade talks and he’s got to reward their faith with production. His shooting stats compared to last season aren’t terrible but they didn’t improve either. That being said, Herro was the difference last year. He can be the same player this year.

James: Duncan Robinson

Duncan Robinson

I’ve said this last year and I will say it again. The Heat will be much more successful when Duncan Robinson finds his rhythm. Being one of the best three point threats in the league puts a target on your back, but when he’s able to create space he can really hurt other teams offensively. Coach Spoelstra needs to run sets for Robinson and have guys set screens for him continuously. Make guys chase Robinson for the full 48.

Robinson works well without the basketball, getting 70% of his looks. Shooting 39% from three last year in the playoffs was impressive, but the question now is how well can Miami get him open. 


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  1. 2021 NBA Playoff X-Factors – West – No Limit Jumper

    […] For the second year in a row; my friend, colleague and NLJ founder James Macey joins me as we breakdown our favorite unsung hero’s. The players who could swing a game or series based on their hustle, skill or indefinable qualities. Players otherwise known as “X-Factors.” Join us as we breakdown our favorite 2021 NBA Playoff X-Factors in the Western Conference. To view our post on the Eastern Conference X-Factors, click here. […]

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