The Cleveland Cavaliers' Big Three of Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James have come together to pose a formidable threat. Who has the best shot of knocking them off this playoff season? We rank all 15 of the playoff teams in order of smallest to biggest threat to the Cavs.
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15. New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis is making his first playoff appearance and is perhaps the league's most exciting big man. But the Pelicans are in happy-to-be-there mode and stand no chance against the Warriors.
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14. Milwaukee Bucks
A lack of postseason experience and first-round matchup with the Chicago Bulls will mean an early exit for the young Bucks. But this athletic and driven team could be scary in a year or two.
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13. Brooklyn Nets
Deron Williams has proven to be more soft and less star, but he has often been at his best in the postseason. Still, outside Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, there's not a whole lot here that scares anyone.
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12. Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens deserves some sort of medal, if not the NBA Coach of the Year award, for motivating a fairly young squad that was overturned with trades. The Celtics always play hard, but outside of Isaiah Thomas, there just isn't enough here.
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11. Dallas Mavericks
The in-season acquisition of Rajon Rondo hasn't turned out like the Mavericks hoped, and Dirk Nowtizki isn't getting any younger. It may be time for an offseason shakeup for the one-time power.
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10. Washington Wizards
Prior to the season, John Wall and Bradley Beal boasted they were the NBA's best backcourt. That's proven not to be true, but with the help of Paul Pierce, Nene and Marcin Gortat, the guards still have time to make a case.
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9. Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are sometimes stars, sometimes so-so. The Raptors will need more consistency from those two, as well as center Jonas Valanciunas, to do anything worth remembering this postseason.
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8. Portland Trail Blazers
Never has a good team been so ignored outside of the Northwest. But the Blazers boast two bona-fide stars in LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, and a nice group around them. The future could be theirs. But the present? Well, not so much.
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7. Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph can terrify anyone with their one-two punch near the basket. A lot depends on how well everyone else performs, and as of late, that's been an iffy proposition.
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6. Chicago Bulls
When it comes to the Bulls, most everything depends on the health of Derrick Rose. With him at 100 percent, they're a legitimate threat to come out of the East. Without that, though, they're just a decent team that tries hard.
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5. Los Angeles Clippers
Could this be the year Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers finally turn Lob City into something meaningful? The talent and depth is here, but it takes consistent defense. No one's sure if the Clips are ready for that.
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4. Houston Rockets
James Harden can score on anyone, anywhere, anytime. Throw in a healthy Dwight Howard, and the Rockets possess threats from all areas of the floor. Then again, the playoffs aren't usually where Harden and Howard are at their best.
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3. San Antonio Spurs
No team since the 1995 Rockets has entered the West playoffs as the No. 6 seed and go on to win the title. But if anyone can match that, it's Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and the defending champions. Simply put, the Spurs don't look at any task as too daunting.
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2. Atlanta Hawks
Coach Mike Budenholzer spent years an assistant under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs, and it shows. The Hawks don't have any super-duper stars, but Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson, Jeff Teague and the rest play smart, play hard, share the ball -- and just win, baby.
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1. Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry is the favorite to win NBA MVP and that's no fluke. He is better than ever and will undoubtedly go down as one of the best perimeter shooters in league history. But with the likes of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and others, the Warriors are way more than just Curry. Overlooking that fact would put opponents in dangerous territory.