5 NBA Teams That Need to Sound the Early-Season Alarm

November 24th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
Slow starts are never ideal in the NBA, but some are serious enough to incite real panic.

Whether it's the full manifestation of a weakness that had been lurking beneath the surface or the surprise appearance of a brand new problem, clubs around the league know how easy it can be to dig a hole too deep to overcome or create a rift too wide to traverse.

Not every team with early-season issues shows up here.

We'll focus specifically on the ones that entered the season with internal or external expectations that aren't being met—teams falling short of where most thought they'd be.

You don't sound an alarm for squads that are playing uneven ball in the midst of their growth phase. You sit back and say, "Yeah, the Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves are young and not scheduled to do anything serious for a year or two. That sub-.500 record is about right."

There are no disasters when the stakes are low and failure is, at least partially, expected.

But for the following teams, trouble has struck early. And it's caught most of them by surprise.

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