The apparent heir to the crown is ...

All it takes is one breakthrough for a team to put itself into position for a minidynasty

Originally Published: May 18, 2011
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

The stakes are higher than you think in these NBA playoffs. The rewards are greater; the windows are shorter. This isn't just one championship we're talking about. It very well could be two or three.

Sometimes all it takes is that one breakthrough to grant stars and their teams ownership of the league. They go from heir to the crown to a minidynasty. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen & Co. did it in 1991, when they quickly turned the first championship in Bulls history into the second and ...

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