NBA playoffs: Second round X-factors that could swing a series


The NBA’s top talents will be on full display in the second round, with LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard both looking near the peak of their powers. But the league’s superstars may not decide the 2020 postseason. The right role player can change a series in serious fashion, whether it be as a three-point specialist or defensive ace. Fred VanVleet emerged as a Finals hero in 2019. Matthew Dellavedova shut down Stephen Curry for significant stretches in 2015. Put a non-star in the right situation, and he can thrive.