Not all NBA contenders are going to make it out of the playoffs alive.
That's what happens every year. Highly touted, regular-season dominant outfits are deemed favorites, only to be prematurely ousted by lower seeds and supposedly inferior opponents.
Sometimes, there's shame in such defeats. Truly elite teams play "yogurt" basketball courtesy of makeshift breakdowns.
Most of the time, upsets are understandable. Maybe not predictable, but plausible, handed out by underdogs many saw coming.
There are plenty of those teams this year—those that fall outside elite ranks, behind juggernauts like the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. Some of them were supposed to better, others are defying fate.
All of them, though, are dangerous, worthy of attention and equipped to make a deep, contender-displacing playoff run.