Who will win in the East (Go to Finals)?

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Boston Celtics 7 33.33%
Chicago Bulls 0 0%
Miami Heat 8 38.10%
Orlando Magic 6 28.57%
Other 0 0%
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who will win in the East and make it to the finals?

Everyone is talking about Miami. They may have the best Eastern regular season record but I think they will have a roadblock in the playoffs.



Boston is good but how will their age affect during bodies in the postseason?



Chicago is decent but not on a elite level yet.



My sleeper is for the Magic to make it back into the Finals. Orlando will not only give problems defensively to Miami/Boston but they can score too. Great well-rounded team, experienced and motivated. Plus they been killing people in the preseason and dominated Washington tonight during their first regular season game. If everyone stays healthy, the Magic look great.

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Baring major injuries Boston will be in the finals again imo.
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Boston.

No one from the east can stack up against them in a best of 7.
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Orlando is dying to prove they are the team in Florida to pay attention to.

They will stay motivated.
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It depends how the heat start playing together by the end of the year, and how miller turns out when he comes back.

If that doesn't go well, boston without a doubt.
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Tie between the Celtics & Magic. Depending on health, one of 'em will make it.
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Miami is really overrated in my opinion. The thing about basketball is that having several "superstars" is not so advantageous. I'm referring to the law of diminishing returns to get all academic on you guys.

Unlike baseball where each batter can get x amount of hits (Yankees), in basketball certain stats become more limited (if that makes sense). Although Lebron, Bosh and Wade averaged ~25 shoots each game in 2009-2010, they are now more constrained because they have to share the ball. There's only about x average possessions in a basketball game, so how much did Miami gain? Yes, qualitative factors such as having more "go-to guys" improved, but is this enough? Miami upgraded their scoring and improved defensively but do they have specialists?

I don't really think that the Miami Heat players compliment each other that well. The main attribute for each player is to score. Bosh can block and rebound but that's what most PFs do. If he wasn't a scorer would he be a superior player to other PFs that rebound/block? Wade is a scorer and good defender. Lebron really does everything but is most effective as a scorer.

Is having three guys with these characteristics sufficient to make it to the finals? I don't think so. Great basketball teams are comprised of a superstar and role players. Boston is so good as they have so many role players (Rondo: assists, steals, Paul Pierce: clutch shooter, Allen: 3 point shooter, KG: rebounds, blocks). Take Rodman and Kukoc away from the Bulls and I'm unsure if Jordan/Pippen alone would've beat the Utah Jazz twice. Just speculation.

Another liability is the Miami bench. Can you really have Joel Anthony (Canadian) as a starting center? Will Illguaskas contain Dwight Howard? Can Miami gamble on Eddie House and Jermaine Jones making x amount of 3s or hoping that Mike Miller recovers well. Miami has the worst bench in the NBA. If one of the two big-3 get injured, then their toast.

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That's motivation
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