NBA Playoff team-by-team previews

Can KD and Russ lead OKC over the top?

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Oklahoma City has been on the cusp of a championship the last three years, but the exploits of Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James foiled them in 2011 and 2012 and an injury to Russell Westbrook dashed...

Will this Clippers team get over the hump?

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The Clippers bring their best team ever to the postseason. Can Doc Rivers get this talented mix over the hump after underwhelming postseason results the last two years?

Spurs are again the favorites

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The Spurs finished one rebound shy of winning the title last season. Now, they enter the playoffs with the league's best record and as the prohibitive favorite to return to the Finals.

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The real test begins for Howard and Harden

Houston's new dynamic duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard navigated the regular season beautifully except for a so-so finish. But can they lead this unique squad to postseason success?

Hawks try to prove they belong

The Hawks finished six games under .500, but it was good enough to make the playoffs in the East. Now Atlanta gets a meeting with the struggling Indiana Pacers to prove it deserves to be here.

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Dirk and company are back

After a down year in 2013, the Mavericks fought their way back to the playoffs thanks to a huge season from Dirk Nowitzki, a seamless transition for newcomer Monta Ellis and a great coaching job by...

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Bobcats bet on defense

The Charlotte Bobcats are finally free from their draft lottery shackles thanks to a tremendous defense under first-year head coach Steve Clifford. Their reward: LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Blazers look to ride wave of momentum

The Portland Trail Blazers won 21 more games than last season and emerged as one of the West's top teams. Can they ride that wave to a first-round upset?

Grizzlies are every top seed's worst nightmare

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The Grizzlies were left for dead after a poor start, but somehow rallied to win 50 games and make the postseason again. Last year's Western Conference Finalists are now the conference's most...

Nets hope experience pays in playoffs

The Nets survived a slow start and a season-ending injury to Brook Lopez to reach the playoffs. Will a veteran lineup be able to find success now that they're here?

Warriors look to overcome inner turmoil

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The Warriors had one of their best seasons ever, but you wouldn't know it based on the drama with the team's coaching staff and front office. Nevertheless, led by Stephen Curry, Golden State will...

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Can Wizards capitalize on playoff breakthrough?

It's been five long years since the Washington Wizards were last in the NBA playoffs. Now that they're here, what's John Wall and company going to do about it?

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Bulls try to bring cliches to life

The Chicago Bulls win games with heart, hustle and one of the best defenses in the NBA. Is that enough to win in the playoffs?

Raptors ready to prove they're for real

The Raptors looked like they were headed for the lottery until an early season trade turned around the entire season. Now Toronto is looking to prove its young team is no fluke.

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Heat go for a three-peat

The Miami Heat enter the NBA playoffs as the favorites after back-to-back championships, but the health of Dwyane Wade and the production of key role players will be a question as the team pushes...

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Are the Pacers still a title contender?

Paul George and the Pacers went from the best team in the NBA to one that finished 16-14 after the All-Star break. Is Indiana still a title contender?

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