During discussions of the 2014 NBA playoffs, the natural impulse is to accentuate the positive—to focus on the strengths of these incredible teams comprised of world-class athletes.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat's high-flying and ruthlessly efficient offense. The stifling defense that Paul George and the Indiana Pacers still play on their best nights. The San Antonio Spurs' dead-eye three-point shooting. All these have rightly been brought up as discussion points—stanzas in the paeans to the greatness of these groups that will be written, recited and rewritten in the next two months.
But this isn't that kind of article.
The 16 teams that populate the 2014 NBA playoffs, skilled as they are, are pockmarked with weaknesses, shortcomings, maladies and malfunctions. Nobody's perfect, and neither is this bunch.
Below is a look at the greatest weakness—the Achilles' heel—of every team.