X-Factor: Robert Horry
By Rob Peterson
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It's Big Shot Rob's time of year

While some would (rightfully) argue for Michael Finley's inclusion or Brent Barry's or Francisco Elson's (because he can guard Dirk Nowitzki), I'd like to go out on a limb here and throw Robert Horry's name out there one more time.

After all, the man does have six rings (two with the Rockets -- 1994, 1995; three with the Lakers -- 2000-2002; and one with the Spurs, 2005) and is cold-blooded as they come. True, his numbers (3.9 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game) are the lowest of his career, Horry seems to come alive at playoffs time.

Yet, it's not as if he dominates games all over the court or he'll put up 40 once in a while. Horry always, always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

For example:

Robert Horry 3-Pointer Vs. Pistons; Game 5, 2005 Finals
Robert Horry delivers yet another memorable playoff moment, leading the Spurs to a double OT win and a 3-2 Series lead. In what will go down as one of the great clutch performances of all-time, "Big-Shot Rob" scores all 21 of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime, including a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining, to give the Spurs a 96-95 victory at the Palace, where the Pistons had been 63-19 over the past two regular seasons.

Despite Detroitís Game 6 bounce-back win, the Spurs would end any thoughts Detroit had of back-to-back championships, as they closed it out in front of the home crowd, 81-74.

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    Another example:

    Robert Horry 3-Pointer Vs. Sacramento; Game 4, 2002 Western Conference Finals
    During the course of a mad scramble under the hoop in the closing seconds, Vlade Divac tries to bat the ball as far away from the basket as possible with the Kings leading by two.

    The only problem is that he hits it right to a waiting Robert Horry at the three-point line, who calmly drains the game-winning three and sends the Lakers on to Sacramento with the series tied 2-2 instead of trailing 3-1.

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    So, he may be 36 and in the twilight of his career, but who won't hold their breath if they see Horry with the ball and the clock winding down?

    We thought not.

    X-Factors: ACB LBJ | Battier | VC | Harris | Horry | Nellie | Nene | Odom

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