Survival Guides for Every 2013 NBA Playoff Team

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Survival Guides for Every 2013 NBA Playoff Team
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The NBA playoffs are finally here, and 16 teams will compete for the honor of hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy come June. 

Eastern Conference competitors will be scanning for ways to make a dent in the Miami Heat's seemingly indestructible armor, while the Western Conference is loaded with elite teams threatening to knock the Oklahoma City Thunder off their throne.

Each team's keys to success differ, which is why we're here to break down how various stars and X-factors will contribute to quests for playoff immortality.

For some franchises, surviving the first round would be a major coup. For others, anything less than a title will be considered a big-time disappointment.

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