Most Dangerous Teams Heading into the 2013 NBA Playoffs

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Most Dangerous Teams Heading into the 2013 NBA Playoffs
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It would be unwise to sleep on a team featuring Paul George or James Harden.

While 16 teams advance to the NBA playoffs, the list of truly dangerous teams is quite a bit shorter.

Every team technically has a chance to advance through each of the four rounds and emerge as a champion, but suggesting some of them can do so deserves nothing more than derisive laughter. 

Playoff basketball is different than regular-season basketball, and that plays right into the hands of a select number of squads in the Association. 

I'm not just going to feature the league's best teams—that would be pointless. You all know that the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are the favorites in the West, for example, and both are certainly dangerous. 

But looking at the teams that don't sit in one of the top two slots in each conference is more interesting, so that's what I'll be doing here. Well, with one exception, but you'll find that out soon enough.

If you see one of these five teams on the docket, be afraid. Be very afraid. 

 

Note: All stats via ESPN.com and Basketball-Reference.com. 

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