1 Area Each 2013 NBA Playoff Team Must Improve to Survive

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1 Area Each 2013 NBA Playoff Team Must Improve to Survive
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Durant and Westbrook must cut down on their turnovers for the Thunder to win it all.

Every NBA playoff team has flaws, and the shortcomings they were able to overcome during the regular season will be exploited by elite coaches and teams in seven-game playoff series. It is the teams that improve on their weaknesses during the playoffs that will survive and advance deep into the postseason.

Not all weaknesses are fatal. It is incumbent upon the coach to determine which aspects of his team require improvement. That may include the coach himself, who can alter substitution patterns, make better in-game adjustments or be more creative with his late-game play calls.

Several playoff teams need to shore up one component of their defense, such protecting the rim, defending the three-point shot or controlling the defensive backboards. Other teams are focused on becoming more efficient offensively by reducing turnovers, moving the basketball or taking higher-percentage shots.

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