NBA Teams Entering Make-or-Break Stretches at 2016-17 Quarter-Season Mark

December 7th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
There's no real pressure during the NBA regular season, right? Certainly not before Christmas Day, with the playoffs still four months away.

Try telling that to the teams whose 2016-17 campaigns (and more) already hang in the balance one way or another.

With about one-quarter of the schedule having come and gone, injuries have imperiled some squads' long-term hopes and dreams. For others, tough schedules have set them back. For a select group, both of those factors have conspired to compound each other.

That's not to say these seven clubs are doomed to come up short of their respective goals, whether that means snagging a top seed or just sneaking into the postseason. Too many games are left to be played, and too many twists and turns to be taken, for anything to be set in stone.

But the challenges faced thus far and the obstacles to come make it clear that, while these teams can't fulfill their biggest ambitions until April and beyond, they can fall out of reach well before then without careful attention.

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