Point of no return

There's a steep price to pay for weak guard play in the NBA title hunt, and that's money in the bank for Steve Nash

Updated: May 31, 2012, 6:29 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

THE NBA PLAYOFFS offered the standard narratives of whether LeBron James stood to gain or lose the most by finally winning or spectacularly losing another NBA championship, whether Kobe Bryant would seal a sixth ring (denied) and whether a fifth title would finally make the world wake up and pay attention to the wonder that is Tim Duncan.

Compelling storylines all, but here's the bigger picture: None of the players above is as important to this postseason as one ...

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