The National Basketball Association playoffs lie right around the corner and this will undoubtedly be a drama filled year with many teams having to overcome extreme adversity just to make it to the dance. Clubs that were steamrolling their opponents a month ago, now find themselves in a race to keep up with the bottom feeders of the league. Back in February, everyone and their mother’s uncle’s pet hamster picked the Indiana Pacers to put a hurt on the competition on their way to their first ever NBA title. However, the pride of the Hoosier State has fallen on hard times and now will need nothing short of an act of God to get the jewelry.
Outside of the monumental collapse that is the Indiana Pacers, the Association is full of teams that have had to deal with serious issues and yet have found a way to win. The San Antonio Spurs continue to turn back father time. The OKC Thunder played without one half of its franchise tandem only to win, win, and then win some more. Joakim Noah is doing his best Superman impression, while no-name teams like the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers are taking a stance and earning the respect of fans and foes alike. So with the playoffs looming, we have compiled a list of teams that will have to overcome serious adversity to make their move and compete for the prize of the league, the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
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2 2. Can the Warriors Recreate the Magic From Last Year's Playoffs?
1 Can the Knicks Defy the Odds and Their Defensive Inefficiencies?
The New York papers have been praising the Knicks in recent times as having a chance to make the playoffs. This is almost a comical statement as the 33-45 Orange and Blue fell once again to the defending champion Miami Heat this week 102-91. While scoring 91 points is respectable, allowing 102 points is not, but this is the Knicks remember; a team who has proven time and time again that they are lost on the defensive end. They have allowed 100 or more points a staggering 39 times so far, and teams have scored 110 or more in 14 of those games. If there is a chance for the Knickerbockers to grab the last spot in the pathetic East, then defense must become their mantra; if not, then one and done they shall become.
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