What would an NBA season be without a few springtime swoons from the league’s elite?
Over the course of an 82-game season, it’s inevitable that even the most mettle-tested and polished teams will hit a few frost heaves and potholes along the way.
The Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers have each experienced their own stings and setbacks coming out of the NBA’s dog days of winter.
We’re fairly certain all three of these teams will be squarely in the mix come May—they’re simply too talented and too proven to suggest otherwise.
But which of these elite squads should feel the most concerned heading into the season’s final month? What flaws and failures can be chalked up to temporary lapses, and which present systemic risks going forward?
All forthcoming stats courtesy of NBA.com and current as of March 9, unless otherwise noted.