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Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

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  • Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

    If there aren't any major moves in the EC, here is what I think of the teams.

    Detroit Pistons- plain and simple:getting weaker every offseason. If C-web is not returning, they will only have Mcdyess. I think they will be a 4 seed in the playoffs.

    Chicago bulls- will win the confrence. #1 seed. This group is coming together and will challenge any WC team.

    Cleveland Cavs- Still a good team, but I think LeBron is in JO's position. He is carrying the team. Without him, they would be a 20 win team. He has had ankle probrlems and it could prove to be a problem. I see them as a 5 seed.

    Milwaulkee Bucks- still very weak. Not a playoff team. Even though Redd will be one of the highest scoring players in the league, they need another star next to him to really do some damage. 10'th in the East.

    Philedelphia 76'ers- will be a better team, yet, they probrably will get 9'th place in the East.

    Miami Heat- Weak. I would put them in 3'rd. Shaq is getting weaker and DW is the only other guy on the team that is really good, but they will make a playoff push.

    Charolette bobcats- Finally Playoffs for them. i give them the 8 seed. they will definately be over .500.

    New York Knicks- I see in the 6'th seed. they will be a dangerous team this season.

    atlanta Hawks- still very weak. 11'th place.

    Orlando Magic-#2 seed. Very great and dangerous team. their cap space in the next 3-4 years will really suck.

    New Jersey nets- Will not make the playoffs but they will look good this year.

    Boston Celtics- will be much better this year with Ray allen but still need a healthy PP.

    Toronto Raptors- 7'th seed. pretty healthy.

    Indiana Pacers- 5'th place. Will shock everyone and Obrien will win COY.

    so it this was true, the playoffs would turn out to be

    Chicago vs. Charolette
    Orlando vs. Raptors
    Heat vs. Knicks
    Detroit vs. Pacers

    Chicago vs. Orlando
    Pacers vs. Heat
    Chicago vs. pacers

    Yeah I think the P's can be in the 5 seed and ECF. Just watch. I like Raps vs pacers because it really comes down to JO vs CB. and we match up really well to Miami.

    This is just my prediction. It might sound unrealistic to some, but I can hope can't I??
    Last edited by pianoman; 07-26-2007, 12:27 PM.
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    Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

    so it this was true, the playoffs would turn out to be

    Chicago vs. Charolette
    Orlando vs. New Jersey
    Heat vs. Knicks
    Raptors vs. Pacers
    Sweet...we don't even make the playoffs.

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      Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

      Originally posted by pianoman View Post
      Milwaulkee Bucks- still very weak. Not a playoff team. Even though Redd will be one of the highest scoring players in the league, they need another star next to him to really do some damage. 10'th in the East.
      I really think Milwaukee will be in the playoffs. Michael Redd coming back, Maurice Williams has emerged as a legit starting pg, and they just added Desmond Mason. Andrew Bogut and Charlie V. continue to get better. So I see no reason why they shouldn't make the playoffs or at least make 7th seed.

      But all in all, the Indiana Pacers will be at the bottom of the division once again.

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        Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

        missed that. they will be in the playoffs.
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        • #5
          Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

          how do you see the pacers being at the bottom of the EC. We were just not together last year. This year will be different
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          • #6
            Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

            I think the Hawks might actually be decent for sometime this year and IF the Bucks don't suffer from the same injury bonanza and keep Patterson they might surprise aswell. The Magic will be better, absolutely and the Bobcats will also certainly be quite stronger... still a very young team though.
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              Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

              I really haven't given it much thought, except to say the Bucks will be better than the Bobcats, and the pacers will be the worst team in their division

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                Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

                1) Pistons - no one else has made a move to truly challenge them... they've always been a great regular season team under flip. no reason for that to change losing CWebb (possibly), Delfino and adding rookie depth.

                2) Raptors - were it not for injuries, i think they would have destroyed the nets. they've added a sharp shooter in kapono, depth in delfino and baston. they've got bosh who now has playoff experience, bargnani who will be in year two, nice backcourt with ford, parker, calderon and dixon... dangerous team methinks.

                3) Bulls - going to struggle at times during the regular season but will always come on strong at the end. won't be enough to top detroit, but they'll be close.

                4) Wizards - unless miami makes some major moves they're in trouble. orlando has improved but has a weak frontline. i think the wiz and magic slug it out and that the wiz come out on top.

                5) Cavs - haven't made any major moves when they needed something else to get them over the hump. they disappointed in the finals but at least they got there. they'll have bad stretches during the season to go along with the good ones. enough for #5.

                6) Magic - like i said above, certainly have made improvements, but have weak frontline depth and have JJ Reddick as their lone true SG. Van Gundy will help certainly but i think they've got too many questions at the moment to pencil in at #1 in the SE

                7) Nets - Always seem to wind up in the playoffs regardless of their quality of play or injuries.

                8) Celtics - I think they squeak in adding allen to the lineup and with the maturing of jefferson and rondo.

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                9) Bobcats - i want to put them in, but i think at this point they'll just miss out. they've improved on paper quite a bit and with emeka maturing this could be a team to watch.

                10) Pacers - will have ups and downs, better defense but take a ton of 3s and few rebounds. not sure if we have the offensive talent to win with this style in year one. health is also a concern

                11) Heat - wade may not be enough. who knows how much shaq will play. they've lost kapono, they're a mess at SF and PG. how long until riles bails?

                12) Knicks - at times will be unstoppable up front with zach and eddy offensively dominating. other times will be a disaster with too many people wanting to score too much of the time. add to that they are two of the worst defending bigs in the league and all of the other chemistry issues...

                13) Bucks - health is always an issue. if healthy they could sneak into the playoffs but who knows. mason was a nice pick up but enough?

                14) Hawks - will improve this year but not enough to contend, still quite young

                15) Sixers - young team mostly, will struggle for a while.
                This is the darkest timeline.

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                  Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

                  Pacers in 5th? I don't think you're even close.

                  What the optimists are banking on is that JOB will be a big upgrade over Rick Carlisle. My opinion is that it will be just the opposite. I believe the Pacers are going from one of the very best NBA coaches to an average coach.

                  Carlisle took the heat and most of the blame last year, but the reality is that the Pacers had a very poor team. I'll be surprised if they win 35 games in 2007-2008. Especially if they hang on to Jermaine "Over-inflated opinion of himself" O'Neal.

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                    Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

                    RC was a pushover in the locker room. He didn't lay down rules to the players. something Obrien will bring.
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                      Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

                      Oops - misread the title. I thought is said Broken Down Eastern Conference.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

                        I know this was just done in fun, but I think I'm going to wait until I know who's going to be on the team before making any predictions on where the Pacers will wind up in the standings.

                        As of right now I think they would make the playoffs.

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                          Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

                          Doesnt make sense. . .Raps or NJ can be 3rd or 4th in the east because they are in the Atlantic. And Raptors have a better team than Miami at this point!!! New Jersey will be in the playoffs, you don't have that Big 3 and they don't get to the playoffs!!! Pacers could finish 7th but I think they will suprise people if they are healthy and make JOB's system work. The east will be very competitive this year for sure
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                            Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

                            I strongly disagree with the thread poster. I don't see how the addition of Rashard Lewis and losing Grant Hill and Darko will make the Magic shoot up to the number 2 spot. What happened to the Wizards? Did they get sucked in an Arenas black hole or something... anyhow, I also think they will still be in the thick of the playoffs. Here's my take on things:


                            Standingswise...
                            #1 Cavs
                            #2 Pistons
                            #3 Bulls
                            #4 Nets
                            #5 Wizards
                            #6 Magic
                            #7 Knicks
                            #8 Pacers

                            I picked us for the 8th pick with a little bit of bias. But realistically it would be tough for us to get that spot. The Hawks, 76ers, Bucks, Celtics and Bobcats have as decent of a chance at it as we do. Take away JO- either by injury or dumb trade- we are about as good, if at that, as the Hawks.

                            I just don't see LBJ slowing down. He has arrived and he will hold fort on the EC like MJ used to, regardless of the people around him. Yeah, he's that good! Barring injuries, I can't see them drop any lower than 3rd in the standings of the EC.

                            Detroit is a given. They got great picks this year, and with a team like them, little moves like that are really all you need. Doubting them would be foolish.

                            Bulls still need to fix their offense and inside scoring in particular. Ty Thomas will play a bigger role this season.

                            Nets can be filthy good. May even get the 2nd best record. Health is always the issue with any NBA team's success but this bunch has been together for a while and with Kristic back plus Magloire helping in the middle they can be very dangerous.

                            Wizards and Magic pretty much will do what they did last season.

                            Knicks finally get back to playoffs. One more blockbuster Isiah trade may even push their record higher. And I really think there will be one before the year ends.
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                              Re: Breaking down the Eastern Confrence

                              Originally posted by pianoman View Post
                              If there aren't any major moves in the EC, here is what I think of the teams.

                              Detroit Pistons- plain and simple:getting weaker every offseason. If C-web is not returning, they will only have Mcdyess. I think they will be a 4 seed in the playoffs.

                              Chicago bulls- will win the confrence. #1 seed. This group is coming together and will challenge any WC team.

                              Cleveland Cavs- Still a good team, but I think LeBron is in JO's position. He is carrying the team. Without him, they would be a 20 win team. He has had ankle probrlems and it could prove to be a problem. I see them as a 5 seed.

                              Milwaulkee Bucks- still very weak. Not a playoff team. Even though Redd will be one of the highest scoring players in the league, they need another star next to him to really do some damage. 10'th in the East.

                              Philedelphia 76'ers- will be a better team, yet, they probrably will get 9'th place in the East.

                              Miami Heat- Weak. I would put them in 3'rd. Shaq is getting weaker and DW is the only other guy on the team that is really good, but they will make a playoff push.

                              Charolette bobcats- Finally Playoffs for them. i give them the 8 seed. they will definately be over .500.

                              New York Knicks- I see in the 6'th seed. they will be a dangerous team this season.

                              atlanta Hawks- still very weak. 11'th place.

                              Orlando Magic-#2 seed. Very great and dangerous team. their cap space in the next 3-4 years will really suck.

                              New Jersey nets- Will not make the playoffs but they will look good this year.

                              Boston Celtics- will be much better this year with Ray allen but still need a healthy PP.

                              Toronto Raptors- 7'th seed. pretty healthy.

                              Indiana Pacers- 5'th place. Will shock everyone and Obrien will win COY.

                              so it this was true, the playoffs would turn out to be

                              Chicago vs. Charolette
                              Orlando vs. Raptors
                              Heat vs. Knicks
                              Detroit vs. Pacers

                              Chicago vs. Orlando
                              Pacers vs. Heat
                              Chicago vs. pacers

                              Yeah I think the P's can be in the 5 seed and ECF. Just watch. I like Raps vs pacers because it really comes down to JO vs CB. and we match up really well to Miami.

                              This is just my prediction. It might sound unrealistic to some, but I can hope can't I??
                              I guess we moved to the West??
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