The National Basketball Association gave us a 66 game treat this winter. The league's suits pieced together a collective bargaining deal in time to allow millions of Americans (not to mention the increasing global audience) to see the game they love most.
And here comes the finale. With March looming and the madness ending, the NBA postseason is on the horizon. 30 teams will grind and hustle in order to be a part of the most highly anticipated postseason in recent memory.
Will Lebron James win his first ring? Will Kobe match Michael Jordan with six of them? Are Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook going to prove that they are mature enough and prepared enough to win a title?
We know those are just a few of the big teams in the running for the Larry O'Brien Trophy this Spring, but what about some of the teams that haven't gotten as much attention? Can other rosters among the league make a Dallas Maverick-esque splash in the upcoming 2012 postseason?
Here are three rosters playoff teams and fans alike cannot afford to count out of the playoff scramble.