You can spend all season waiting for the playoffs. You can design a roster around winning a seven-game series. You can run simulations and statistical analysis until you’re blue in the face.

But you still won’t be ready for October.

Each year, problems and uncertainties arise, and even the best teams are forced to face the unpleasant reality that things don’t always go the way you plan them.

Here are 15 of the biggest questions facing playoff teams as they prepare to kick off the postseason tomorrow.

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