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Biggest Questions Looming for NBA's Stretch Run
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The NBA's high-profile teams are running out of time.

With the 2013-14 regular season coming to an end on April 16, there are only a few precious weeks left for championship contenders like the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder to answer their most pressing questions.

Can Dwyane Wade provide consistent production? Will Russell Westbrook's reintegration into OKC's lineup do more harm than good? Will the Golden State Warriors ever sort out their underwhelming offense?

Those quandaries are only the beginning. For some of the league's biggest individual names, there are also areas of uncertainty that have lingered through the first four months of the season.

So as squads around the league jostle for playoff position, trim rotations and prepare for games that really count, they'll also be scrambling for answers. If some 11th-hour clarity arrives, it could propel a team like Miami or Oklahoma City to another level.

But if doubts persist, we could see some surprising vulnerability and turmoil take hold of the Association.

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