From my post on the main FanSided page:
After last night’s game, it’s clear there are 5 Major X-Factors in the Cleveland Cavaliers/Boston Celtics playoff series, 3 Minor X-Factors, and 1 Under-Reported Straight-Out Factor. What do I mean by Major, Minor and Straight-Out Factors? Well, first a Straight-Out Factor versus an X-Factor is something you know is going to happen versus something that may or may not happen. Like it’s obvious now that Rajon Rondo is a force who’s gonna bring it every night. Earlier in his career that wasn’t the case, and he was an X-Factor. Now he’s a Straight-Out Factor, but he’s an Over-Reported Factor (or rather a Justifiably-Frequently-Reported Factor), so we ain’t gonna go into him.
In terms of Major X-Factors or Minor ones, a Major one is a change that will effect the whole series, while a Minor X-Factor effects just one game. For instance, Doc Rivers has said that he hopes Nate Robinson can come in at some point during the playoffs, get hot, and help them win that game. However, Nate clearly isn’t gonna be a major X-Factor who’s gonna suddenly be a force who leads them to victory in every single remaining battle. Honestly, I don’t even have him as a minor X-Factor, but who knows?
The Five Major X-Factors:
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Topics: Anderson Varejao, Antawn Jamison, Big Baby Davis, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Doc Rivers, Dwight Howard, Glen Davis, J.J. Hickson, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Mo Williams, Nate Robinson, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Rasheed Wallace, Shaq