Whenever the NBA playoffs roll around, there are a handful of teams that fans can always expect to be at the party.
The Los Angeles Lakers are usually a lock to make an appearance, as are the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder as of late. However, the new CBA finally allows for some sort of competitive balance in the league, which means that all of the superstars can no longer flock to one contending team as easily.
More importantly, partly thanks to some offseason occurrences, this also means that once-regular playoff teams could be denied entry into the club this year.
Just why some of last season's postseason squads will miss the playoffs this season depends on multiple factors. It could be that they overachieved last year, or maybe they had a roster overhaul or coaching change. In some cases, the team might just not be good enough to even make the postseason in the first place.
Regardless of the reason, it's not going to change how disappointed some people, both players and fans, will be once April rolls around.