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What lessons from this year’s NBA playoffs might teams try to apply in the offseason?

For the other 29 teams, the goal is to get where the Milwaukee Bucks did earlier this week – hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.

As teams plot their offseason course, the trends we saw during the playoffs can’t help but play a role, even in a postseason as unusual as the 2021 version defined by injuries to key players. Let’s take a closer look at some of these trends, which teams might apply them this summer and whether that might be a mistake. Of the Hawks’ top eight players in playoff minutes, just three had played for them in 2019-20.

Phoenix made fewer additions to a young core that had gone 8-0 in seeding games during the NBA’s bubble restart of the 2019-20 season, but two important ones in All-Star Chris Paul and starting forward Jae Crowder.

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