Ranking the Most Overrated and Underrated Teams in 2014 NBA Playoffs

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Ranking the Most Overrated and Underrated Teams in 2014 NBA Playoffs
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Come one, come all, you're just in time to sift through the potential of half the NBA's playoff teams.

Postseason basketball is a time to appreciate the good of the Association. Only the strong remain. Lottery teams and general failures have been put in their place. Every team still alive—save for maybe the Atlanta Hawks—is playing for something special.

As always, though, there are different levels of playoff contenders. 

Certain teams are right where they need to be, perceived as whom they actually are. The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers, for instance. They, among a few others, are seen as they should be seen.

Not every postseason contingent is so lucky. Their potential is downplayed because of where they finished in the standings or because we have a natural tendency to dismiss them.

Some factions are too lucky. They're seen as something they're not, held to a standard they shouldn't be, generating optimism that doesn't suit their potential. 

Which playoffs teams are these?

If only I could tell you.

Oh, wait, I can. And I will.


*Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference and NBA.com (subscription required) unless otherwise noted.

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