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All this talk is based on a wrong premise: right now, being a conference finalist does not make you a contender, it only makes you the least-bad of the also-runs. There´s the top two, then a desert, then another desert, then some more sand for good measure, and then the rest, and a Jimmy Butler or a Paul George does not get you over the desert. It´s like trying to get a “little bit better” in the Celtics-Lakers 80s, What´s the point, So you can put out, at the very best, your “East Conference Champions” t-shirts? Meh!

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