Most Dangerous Teams Headed into Second Round of NBA Playoffs

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Most Dangerous Teams Headed into Second Round of NBA Playoffs
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Eight teams will be heading into the second round of the 2013 NBA playoffs, but some, like the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, are fare more dangerous than others.

"Dangerous," though, is something of a flimsy term. So for our purposes, we'll narrow the definition to mean "most capable of winning an NBA title." Don't worry, though; there are still plenty of different ways for teams to meet that criterion.

The Indiana Pacers do it with defense, while the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to have to rely almost exclusively on the offensive talents of the suddenly solo Kevin Durant.

There are also some emerging threats, like the Memphis Grizzlies, who look like they're ready to take the next step toward real contention.

Some of the remaining clubs, like the New York Knicks, showed a few too many flaws in Round 1 to be considered among the truly elite, most dangerous contenders in the field. The Golden State Warriors, rife with young talent but lacking much playoff experience, are also just a hair short of a "serious threat" designation.

Approach with caution; these are the most dangerous teams headed into the second round.

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