Every NBA Playoff Contender's Most Glaring Weakness

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Every NBA Playoff Contender's Most Glaring Weakness
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No NBA team is ever perfect, but the group still competing for the final playoff spots in each conference is filled with particularly imperfect squads. 

Each team has a glaring flaw. After all, the absence of one would probably mean that the team already belongs in the category of playoff locks, even though all of those teams still have weaknesses that can be exploited by other contenders. 

So which teams are we talking about? 

In the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets and everyone above them in the standings are free from being called "playoff contenders." Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and the rest of the Nets have an eight-game lead on the field of lottery teams, and both the Charlotte Bobcats and Atlanta Hawks are in between them. 

Things are a little trickier in the Western Conference. 

The San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers are certainly going to be excluded from this article, but what do we do with the Golden State Warriors? 

Arguments could be made that a four-game lead on the Phoenix Suns isn't safe, especially since each of the teams competing for the final spots is so strong. However, the Dubs are currently rolling through a five-game unbeaten streak and looking sharper than ever. 

Consider them hesitantly excluded, though their glaring weakness would be the inability to hold onto the ball during the closing portion of a tight contest. 


Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come courtesy of Basketball-Reference and are current as of March 12.

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