West playoffs: Key players to watch
As much as the NBA playoffs provide a test of team fortitude, we tend to think of them in terms of individual accomplishments. Recent years alone have brought us Kevin Garnett's breakthrough, Kobe Bryant's coveted Shaq-free triumph, Dirk Nowitzki's redemption and, of course, LeBron James' potential realized.
Who are the key figures with the most to gain or lose in this year's playoffs? Let's take a look at the Western Conference opening matchups through the prism of these individuals.
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