The NBA Conference Finals are set to determine the two teams that will compete for the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2014. While the candidates still competing can’t be seen as much of a surprise, each respective roster still has at least one area where it can stand to improve.
With the San Antonio Spurs facing off against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers readying for a showdown with the Miami Heat, both No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in each conference are represented.
These four squads finished with the top four records in the Association during the regular season. Now they’re the last men left grinding for a championship.
The Heat are on a mission to reach the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive year and win a third straight title.
San Antonio is out for redemption after a gut-wrenching series loss against Miami a year ago. It came one defensive rebound away from winning it all for the fifth time during the Tim Duncan era.
OKC is trying to cap Kevin Durant’s MVP season by emulating 2011-12 when it became Western Conference champions. The Pacers, meanwhile, are attempting to get over the hump that is LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat.
Clearly these teams don’t have many—if any—weaknesses. Otherwise they would have been sent home before reaching this point.
With that said, even the league's best teams aren’t perfect.