Predicting the Biggest X-Factors of the 2014 NBA Playoffs

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Predicting the Biggest X-Factors of the 2014 NBA Playoffs
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The NBA playoffs are fast approaching, but there's still a multitude of things that could affect what happens.

The Western Conference's lower seeding is still up for grabs, while the Eastern Conference is just about set. It's hardly set in stone though, as the New York Knicks could make a late push for the final seed.

Yet for teams that are primed for the postseason, as with any team, there remains some kinks to work out before a playoff run. 

While it's far too difficult to pinpoint every single one, we can hone in on the factors that could potentially influence the entire playoff race. Whether it's the play of a certain individual or an overall team concept that needs attention, these are the biggest X-factors for the 2014 NBA playoffs.

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