What the NBA's unlucky 13 need to do

There'll plenty of offseason repairs in the houses of the NBA's 13 non-playoff teams.

Updated: April 18, 2002, 7:59 PM ET
By David Aldridge | Special to ESPN.com

There is nothing like playoff basketball.

I've covered the Super Bowl, and the World Series, and the Final Four, and the Kentucky Derby, and the Olympics, and the Indy 500, and nothing gets my juices going like a seven-game clash of two well-matched, well-coached squads. The in-game adjustments, the greatness that is displayed at the most crucial moments. Big shots, big wins, championships. This is what they play for, and why we watch.

But what if your team isn't in the dance? What if ...

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