2021 NBA Playoff X-Factors – West

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


Los Angeles Clippers

47-25, 4th in West

Playoff Matchup: (5) Dallas Mavericks

Sean: Rajon Rondo

When the Clippers dealt Lou Williams in exchange for Rondo, I think we all raised our eyebrows. Sure, Rondo was coming off a great run to a championship with the Lakers but could we expect him to do that again with the Clippers?

Balmer and Lue are betting that “Playoff Rondo” comes to play for one more ride to a ‘ship.  One skill that Rondo has brought to every team is an overwhelming understanding of how the game of basketball is played.  He’s a coach on the floor, he understands the ebb and flow of a game and he consistently uses it to his advantage. That’s something the Clippers felt they needed to pay up for.  Now let’s see it in action. 

James: Rajon Rondo

The reason the Clippers gave away too much was so that they could assure that they would have a veteran point guard with championship pedigree. We all know what Rondo can do come playoff time, but if he is given a significant role the Clippers will see a lot more success.

Having a guy like Rondo surrounding Paul George and Kawhi opens up a lot. It allows shooters to space out and takes the stress off of George and Leonard as far as having to create for themselves. He puts up 13, 5, and 9 on the postseason as his resume speaks for itself. The biggest testament is how he can make this team better 

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One response to “2021 NBA Playoff X-Factors – West”

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    […] 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 Eastern Conference. To view our post on the Western Conference, click here. […]

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