5 NBA Playoff Contenders Who Have Taken a Step Back This Season

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5 NBA Playoff Contenders Who Have Taken a Step Back This Season
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The All-Star break is the time of the NBA season when teams take a look at how good they are and prepare for either a playoff run or a rebuilding phase. The teams on this list hoped for the former but are likely to end up with the latter.

From last season to this one, there have been major transitions in the NBA. A few franchises that have recently been veteran-laden contenders are now too old to compete. There are still other franchises that thought they would be young up-and-comers but are now looking more like not-ready-yets.

Making the playoffs is nowhere near easy, but these teams have to be disappointed that they are not doing better. The first one on this list should be blatantly obvious.

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