The Biggest Question Each 2014 NBA Title Contender Must Answer

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The Biggest Question Each 2014 NBA Title Contender Must Answer
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With the NBA playoffs quickly approaching, title contenders find themselves searching for solutions to some significant problems that have cropped up over the season's final weeks. 

Whether it's identifying the root causes of late-season malaise among the Eastern Conference's elite or determining how prominent Western Conference teams will overcome serious injury concerns, there are myriad questions that need to be answered as the 2013-14 campaign nears a close. 

But before we get started, there are some ground rules that must be established. 

In order to qualify as a true title contender, we consulted Basketball-Reference.com's playoff probabilities report. From there, teams with a 5 percent chance or greater of winning the NBA Finals were selected as true title contenders. The odds that you will see listed throughout the slideshow were drawn from that report. 

As a result, you'll notice that squads like the Chicago Bulls (0.7 percent title odds), Toronto Raptors (3.8 percent title odds), Portland Trail Blazers (2.4 percent title odds) and Golden State Warriors (2.3 percent title odds) were all omitted. 

 

All statistics and title probabilities courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and current as of Sunday, March 30, unless noted otherwise. 

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