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NBA 73 43 Five most disappointing players of the 2013 NBA playoffs 31747315 Playoff duds Playoff+duds NBA

If basketball reputations are forged in the playoffs, some players are busy making names for themselves by raising their games when it matters most. Like Stephen Curry and four other breakout stars.

Others are shrinking in the spotlight. And we're not talking about guys like Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (pictured), who has somehow been even less productive in the playoffs than he was in the regular season. Here are five players who had greater expectations but fell well short of greatness in this postseason.

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NBA 73 43 Five most disappointing players of the 2013 NBA playoffs 31747319 Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers Blake+Griffin%2C+L.A.+Clippers NBA

Even before he sprained an ankle before Game 5, Griffin was getting schooled by Zach Randolph, a power forward with a fraction of Griffin's athleticism but twice his skill and savvy. Randolph is a nice player, but no one's idea of a superstar. Griffin shouldn't be considered one, either, despite his spectacular dunks, until he matures as a player. At 24, there's plenty of time. But is Chris Paul willing to wait on Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers' even more immature center who was a complete nonfactor against the Grizzlies? The franchise's future depends on it.

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NBA 73 43 Five most disappointing players of the 2013 NBA playoffs 31747317 Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers Dwight+Howard%2C+L.A.+Lakers NBA

The injury-ravaged Lakers had only one hope of competing with the Spurs in the first round: Howard had to dominate Tim Duncan. He didn't. LA's overrated center put up mediocre numbers and the Lakers lost every game by double digits. It was an appropriate conclusion for Howard, who was ejected from the final game, and his team, one of the biggest disappointments in sports history.

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NBA 73 43 Five most disappointing players of the 2013 NBA playoffs 31747316 J.R. Smith, New York Knicks J.R.+Smith%2C+New+York+Knicks NBA

Smith went a long way toward rehabilitating his image this season by being a consistent scorer and good citizen. But the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year has returned to his old knucklehead ways in the postseason. His violent elbow to Jason Terry's head earned Smith a one-game suspension in the first round. Smith has been in a slump ever since, missing 44 of 59 shots in New York's past four games.

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NBA 73 43 Five most disappointing players of the 2013 NBA playoffs 31745609 Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets Jeremy+Lin%2C+Houston+Rockets NBA

After Linsanity provided the NBA's feel-good story of last season, it was a bummer when Lin missed the Knicks' 2012 playoffs with a knee injury. So the inspirational point guard's first postseason appearance came this year with the Rockets — and it was even more of a bummer. Overwhelmed by the Thunder's speed early in the series, then sidelined by a chest contusion, Lin ended up averaging 4.0 points on 25 percent shooting with eight assists, eight turnovers and nine fouls in four forgettable games.

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NBA 73 43 Five most disappointing players of the 2013 NBA playoffs 31747318 Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks Brandon+Jennings%2C+Milwaukee+Bucks NBA

The brash point guard put pressure on himself by predicting a Milwaukee upset of the mighty Heat in six games. Instead, he helped fulfill everyone else's prediction — a Miami sweep — by shooting less than 30 percent in the series and averaging nearly as many turnovers (2.8) as assists (4.0).

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