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Yes, the NBA regular season matters

Originally Published: August 6, 2013
By Israel Gutierrez | ESPN.com

To those who dismiss the importance of the 82-game NBA regular season, your argument may be the weakest it's been in a while.

For starters, look how crucial home-court advantage was to the champs.

Do the Heat even get past the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals if not for the home floor edge, much less the San Antonio Spurs in the Finals?

And just how important was that two-win edge the Warriors held over the Lakers and Rockets in the regular season?

It allowed ...

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