5 NBA Teams Entering Championship or Bust Seasons in 2014-15

5 NBA Teams Entering Championship or Bust Seasons in 2014-15

5 NBA teams championship or bust for 2014-15 season
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It's hard to win a championship, because you have to be good and lucky at the same time. However, some teams are far better equipped for the championship trip and anything less than a ring would be a disappointment. Which NBA teams heading into the 2014-15 season will have the championship or bust mindset?

5. Los Angeles Clippers

Championship or Bust for Los Angeles Clippers
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5. Los Angeles Clippers

Championship or Bust for Los Angeles Clippers
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Can you tell that the Los Angeles Clippers' new owner Steve Ballmer is excited to be part of the NBA family? Ballmer better be excited after spending over $ 2 billion on Donald Sterling's old team, because the Clippers will be the top ticket at the Staples Center for years to come. As a former CEO of Microsoft, Ballmer knows what it's like to be at the top, and I'm sure that his only goal for his new team is to win the big one, now!

4. San Antonio Spurs

Championship or Bust for San Antonio Spurs
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4. San Antonio Spurs

Championship or Bust for San Antonio Spurs
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The "Big 3" isn't getting any younger, and Tim Duncan is in the final year of his contract. Duncan has been the cornerstone to this ridiculously successful franchise and even though Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker will carry the torch in his eventual absence, nobody can replace Timmy. With five rings in six tries, coach Gregg Popovich has been legendary, but if he wants to send Duncan out in glory it's championship or bust for the Spurs in 2014-15.

3. Chicago Bulls

Championship or Bust for Chicago Bulls
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3. Chicago Bulls

Championship or Bust for Chicago Bulls
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No more legitimate excuses can be made for the Chicago Bulls because their ace is back. Derrick Rose has looked dangerous this summer as he continues to display his "forgotten" talent with Team USA on their quest to a FIBA World Cup title. The Bulls have added a lot of offensive weapons on the perimeter with Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic, and their defense has never been in question. It's time for Tom Thibodeau to lead them to glory.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

Championship or Bust for Oklahoma City Thunder
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2. Oklahoma City Thunder

Championship or Bust for Oklahoma City Thunder
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With all of the talk of Kevin Durant possibly bolting to Washington D.C. in 2016, the window of opportunity might be closing for this solid, young Oklahoma City Thunder team. Russell Westbrook will be back at full strength this year, and Durant will be looking for more meaningful hardware than the league MVP. With San Antonio's "Big 3" growing one year older, OKC must try to knock off the champs and slay the "beast in the east" as well.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Championship or Bust for Cleveland Cavaliers
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Championship or Bust for Cleveland Cavaliers
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The wait is over. Or is it? How long will the city of Cleveland go without a title? Perhaps not too long because LeBron James is back and he's brought along his super friends. With the addition of Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller, James Jones and possibly Ray Allen, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be expected to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA Finals. LeBron will face more pressure to deliver now than before, but he's ready.

Walton Yeboah-Amoako is an NBA writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @WaltYeboah, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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