Four NBA Teams That Must Correct Crunch-Time Flaws

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Four NBA Teams That Must Correct Crunch-Time Flaws
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Ehhhh, wadda ya gonna do?

It's a mostly inherent tendency—or perhaps a superstition—for many fans to turn the television off or change the channel when their favorite NBA team is playing like poo or generally getting the snot beat out of them.

And that's understandable, given the source of frustration these beatings become and the relative calm one may feel by separating themselves from an abhorrent feeling caused by a silly basketball game.

Still, there remains a loyal faction that will refuse to desert the programming regardless of whether or not they'll be subjected to further disappointment. Typically, it's all for naught, as there are many teams in this league not well-suited to overcome large deficits, and still a handful more that rarely give up big leads.

But there is a group of teams that doesn't fit in this category, that routinely gives up huge advantages or fails to execute when the game gets tight. Unless the deficit just becomes preposterous, don't grab the remote too early when your squad is playing any of the following listed here, especially considering the clutch-time problems that plague them.

We're going to eliminate the NBA's bottom-feeders from this piece, as most of them aren't exactly capable of running out to insurmountable leads. Instead, we'll focus—in no particular order—on the bubble playoff contenders that have maintained solid health this season and the harmful flaws they exhibit. Teams like the Grizzlies, Nuggets, Nets and Pelicans have suffered too many crucial injuries. And the Knicks are just bad.


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