Struggling in the preseason isn't a phrase that's thrown around much in basketball circles, and rightfully so.
However, there were five teams in the preseason that didn't play up to their abilities in the meaningless schedule.
In the NBA and any other sport, preseason isn't a good indicator of future regular season performance.
Hell, not even regular season performance can accurately indicate playoff results, as evidenced by the Boston Celtics' run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Like some teams that can turn on the proverbial switch in the playoffs, most teams go through the motions in the preseason before turning it up when the lights go on and fans show up.
Unless you're in Atlanta, of course.
Here are five teams that have playoff aspirations that will be a lot better than their preseason record has shown.