NBA Playoffs: 5 difference-makers who could heat up in the postseason

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Exploring five difference-makers that have the ability to catch fire in the NBA playoffs. 

Every year there are NBA players who tend to take their game to another level in the postseason. These players can be the difference in a playoff series as they have the ability to get hot at any given time and give their team a definite advantage.

These players might not be superstars or get the headlines but they can surely wreck an opposing coach’s game plan if they aren’t kept in check. Here is a list comprised of dangerous players who are capable of stepping up and catching fire in the playoffs:

NBA players that could catch fire in the playoffs: Tyler Herro, Miami Heat

We know that shooters can hot at any given moment, especially shooters of Tyler Herro‘s caliber. Herro played a pivotal role for the Heat last season in the playoffs with his shooting ability as they advanced all the way to the NBA Finals. Herro had one of the most impressive playoff performances we have seen from a rookie as he averaged 16 points while shooting 38 percent from behind the arc.

He exploded against the Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals when he went off for 37 points going 5-10 from downtown as he put on an amazing display of shooting. Bigger things were expected out of Herro during his second season with the Heat but struggled with injuries as his 3-point percentage dropped to 36 percent from the 40 percent he shot during his rookie season.

One thing Herro gained from the Heat’s playoff run was valuable experience in the postseason and it won’t be a surprise to see him catch fire and help the Heat make another deep run.