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Why Your Favorite Team Won’t Win the 2014 NBA Finals

Why Your Favorite Team Won't Win the 2014 NBA Finals

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The 2014 NBA playoffs will take center stage on Saturday. While most fans believe their team has a good chance of going the distance, the reality is a majority of the 16 teams that clinched a postseason berth don’t have anywhere near what it takes to reach their ultimate goal. Even though one team will be crowned a winner in the end, here is exactly why each of the 16 teams doesn’t have what it takes to win the 2014 NBA Finals.

16. Atlanta Hawks

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16. Atlanta Hawks

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The Atlanta Hawks are the only playoff team that posted a below-.500 record. Six games under .500 to be exact. Sure, the Indiana Pacers could continue faltering and allow the Hawks to pull off the upset. The reality is there’s no player who can step up and make a difference. Paul Millsap is good, but he’s not going to be the game-changer Atlanta needs. Once Indiana’s big men get involved around the basket it will be over before it began.

15. Charlotte Bobcats

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15. Charlotte Bobcats

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To believe the Charlotte Bobcats have a realistic chance is an insult to the game of basketball and the intelligence of the fans. I like an upset just as much as the next guy does. Unfortunately, the Bobcats can’t shoot if their life depended on it. They’re going up against a top-tier offensive juggernaut without the ability to score. On top of that, they’re terrible on defense. I’d be shocked if Charlotte came close to winning one game.

14. Washington Wizards

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14. Washington Wizards

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John Wall turns the ball over way more times than someone of his caliber should. How can a team win if their best player makes stupid mistakes? In fact, the entire team is capable of making boneheaded moves that make fans question why they waste their time. The coaching is questionable, which leads to weakness on the court. Also, it’s all about defense in the playoffs. Let’s just say the Wizards are a canoe without a paddle in that category.

13. Dallas Mavericks

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13. Dallas Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks have Dirk Nowitzki and an offense that can put up points in a hurry. They also have a defense that allows even the most embarrassing teams in the league to go over 100 points. Dallas has no one who can defend inside, and the perimeter defense is even worse. The San Antonio Spurs are going to put on an offensive clinic to the point where the Mavericks will have to be near perfect from the field to steal one game.

12. Portland Trail Blazers

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12. Portland Trail Blazers

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The Portland Trail Blazers have the type of team that could surprise many in the playoffs. Unfortunately, like the Mavericks, their defense will be their demise. Against most teams, their supreme offensive talent would be enough. However, the ability to make plays on defense reins supreme in the postseason. As a defensive unit, Portland looks lost when they need to come up with big stops when it matters most.

11. Memphis Grizzlies

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11. Memphis Grizzlies

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The Memphis Grizzlies have the defense to slow down even the most potent offense. Sadly, it’s their offense that will be the biggest problem. The top teams in the conference will be able to take over games easily because of the Grizzlies’ inability to string together shots. What it comes down to is any sort of break down on defense and it will be over quickly.

10. Golden State Warriors

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10. Golden State Warriors

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A lack of depth at the center position really puts the Golden State Warriors in a bind against the talented big men in the West. Stephen Curry can do a lot for the Warriors, but don’t expect him to carry them again this postseason. Opposing teams will make sure they keep him in check and force the other Golden State players to beat them, which simply won’t happen. The amount of disadvantages will stack up against them.

9. Houston Rockets

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9. Houston Rockets

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The Houston Rockets have a couple of talented players that could carry them. However, if any of those men go cold on offense, they are in big trouble. Their inability to finish off games in crunch time is one of the worst team attributes to have in the playoffs. The Rockets put on a big front, but when it comes down to it, they don’t have what it takes to hang with the big boys in the West, especially on defense.

8. Toronto Raptors

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8. Toronto Raptors

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It’s cliché to say but experience is very important in the playoffs. The inexperience of the Toronto Raptors is a glaring weakness that could prove to be costly. Toronto could find out that they’re over their head, especially since what works in the regular season won’t necessarily work in the postseason. It’s true that the Raptors might just be the most balanced team in the playoffs, but it’s also true that they’re easily defendable.

7. Brooklyn Nets

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7. Brooklyn Nets

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Age is the biggest issue for the Brooklyn Nets. To expect Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett to hold up through the entirety of the postseason is nothing more than a bucket of false hopes. An even bigger issue is that the Nets don’t excel in any one area. A team without a clear-cut identity in the playoffs is a team that’s lost. Brooklyn making it out of the first round is a bit of a stretch.

6. Chicago Bulls

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6. Chicago Bulls

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As good as the Chicago Bulls defense is, their offense isn’t even worth mentioning in the same breath. The worst offense in the league isn’t going to accomplish much in the playoffs, especially when they shoot a measly 43.2 percent from the field. It doesn’t help when shooters D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler combine for 41.0 percent. Any team that can score consistently will handle the Bulls with ease.

5. Los Angeles Clippers

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5. Los Angeles Clippers

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In theory, Blake Griffin should rock any opponent he faces in the postseason. In reality, Griffin can’t seem to handle the pressure that comes with the playoffs. As in recent years, Griffin’s success will be determining factor of how far the Los Angeles Clippers go. Along with that, Chris Paul is another player who can’t be non-existent. If opponents take him out of the equation, and no one else steps up, Los Angeles is done for.

4. Indiana Pacers

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4. Indiana Pacers

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The No. 1 seed in the East doesn’t mean anything. The Indiana Pacers offense was non-existent during a stretch in which they lost 13 of 21 games over the past month and a half. To make matters worse, their mental instability is so obvious that it won’t take much to exploit it. Getting past the first round isn’t the issue - it’s what comes after. Indiana simply doesn’t have the mental toughness to handle the intensity of the postseason.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

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3. Oklahoma City Thunder

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The Oklahoma City Thunder is a very predictable team, which will make them defendable with the right personnel. Everyone knows it’s Kevin Durant who needs to accomplish most of the scoring in order for OKC to win. What the average fan may not realize is that the Thunder’s inside game is easily beatable, which could very well be their downfall. On top of that, unproven guards will be asked to take on a heavier workload.

2. San Antonio Spurs

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2. San Antonio Spurs

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The Achilles heel for the San Antonio Spurs will be their lack of athleticism. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are getting old, which is going to be a big issue. There’s just no way they will be able to keep up with key athletic opponents. To make matters worse, San Antonio’s bench won’t be able to bail the starters out as many expect it can. Dallas won’t be an issue, but Oklahoma City most definitely will be.

1. Miami Heat

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1. Miami Heat

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Most people have the Miami Heat winning it all, but even Miami has glaring weakness that could lead to their demise. For starters, the Heat has several players who could see injuries play a role at the worst possible time. On top of that, there are a few teams in the East that figured out a way to own Miami in the regular season. Not to mention, a serious lack of rebounding could be critical against teams that excel in that area.