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NBA Playoffs 2011: Los Angeles Lakers and the Dark Horse Teams of the Postseason

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Los Angeles Lakers and the Dark Horse Teams of the Postseason

When we think of "dark horses", we usually think of that lower seeded team with talent or heart that is willing to undertake pulling off the upset or finally playing up to their abilities.

For me, the 1999 Knicks, who made the Finals as an No. 8 seed, is the epitome of a dark horse.

A team that was full of talent and experience, but due to circumstances, had struggled to postseason play. They of course dealt with a strike shortened regular season and the injury bug along the way.

Whether it be Allan Houston's series clinching jumper or Larry Johnson's four point play against the Pacers, the team was able to put it all together and brought a tough series to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs

That was just one team that fit the title of a dark horse.

There are six teams that most closely embody the term this year, and for their own individual reasons.

They have the chance to rise to prominence slightly better than Chauncey Billups' hair (see photo).

If Chauncey has it his way though, his high top fade is just a reminder that things can be cleaned up and reset for success. 

Here are the six teams worth noting.

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