NBA Playoff Preview – X Factors (Part 3)

This is part 3 of the NBA playoff X Factors series.  You can find the first two parts below:

Part 1

Part 2

Milwaukee Bucks – Ersan Ilyasova

Ilyasova can be a huge weapon for the Bucks.  He can effectively defend opposing power forwards but he can shoot like a guard.  The problem is that he’s inconsistent.  After consecutive years shooting over 44% from three, he shot only 28% last year.  This year he’s shooting 39%.  He has the ability to make threes but the question is, will he.  The Bucks will need him to.


Washington Wizards – Kris Humphries


Humphries is a great big man to come off the bench.  He’s not that talented but he plays hard, rebounds, and can make easy shots.  A good scoring night or a monster rebounding effort from Humphries can make the difference for the Wizards.


Toronto Raptors – Lou Williams

Lou Williams is a really streaky player.  When he’s on he can put up a lot of points in a hurry. The Raptors success has mirrored Williams’ this season.  In wins, Williams is scoring 17 points a game and shooting 39% from three.  In losses, Williams only score 13.4 PPG and is shooting 25% from three.  The Raptors need Lou Williams to be hot if they want to compete with the other top teams from the east.


Portland Trail Blazers – Robin Lopez

Lopez is a good Center who isn’t asked to do too much.  He makes most of his easy shots and doesn’t take many hard ones.  He’s a great offensive rebounder and a pretty good shot blocker.  With all of their injuries, Portland might struggle to score.  They’ll need Lopez to lead their defense in order to win some games this postseason.

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