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    Default 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    I figured I'd get the ball rolling again, since we're in for about a week of not much going on.

    A repeat of the most lopsided sweep in NBA history, and little reason to believe this year will result in a different outcome. Orlando isn't quite as good as they were last year, but neither is Atlanta. Orlando overhauled their roster, while the Hawks brought everyone back, sans the Bibby/Hinrich swap.

    Key matchup: Kirk Hinrich vs Jameer Nelson/Gilbert Arenas

    As much as Howard beat up the Hawks last season, Nelson is the one that broke down the defense and got the ball into Howard's hands. Atlanta's one and only chance to get their transition game going is if Kirk is able to keep Orlando's guards in front of him, and make somebody else create offense.

    Prediction: Orlando in 6
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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Although the backcourt of both Teams has changed....some more then others.....the frontcourt is essentially the same.

    What was the key in the last playoffs when they met?

    Was it the Frontcourt for either Teams?

    Or was it the Hawks inability to properly defend at the PG spot ( hence the change from Bibby to Hinrich )?

    One more thing....does that whole "technical fouls/suspensions" penalty get carried into the playoffs for Dwight?
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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    No. Everyone's tech count re-sets once the playoffs start. I think the magic number for a suspension in the playoffs is 7.

    Atlanta had no answer for Howard, but they also had no answer for Nelson breaking down Bibby and having his choice of either Howard or a wide open shooter. Better perimeter defense at least gives them an outside shot at being competitive. You can't focus on sending double teams at Howard if you're also sending help defenders at Nelson.
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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    I'm tempted to take the Magic in a sweep, but I can see a game or two where their shooting abandons them. Even with Howard, Orlando tends to live-and-die by the jumpshot.

    Magic in 5.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    How healthy is Smith going to be for Atlanta? He needs to be 100% for them to have a chance.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    If Smith isn't healthy, the Magic take this series in 4.

    If Smith is healthy, the Magic take it in 5.

    Howard will be Howard, and the Hawks defense isn't good enough to stop the Magic shooters.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Surprisingly, one of the keys to this series is the health of Jason Collins.

    Atlanta actually won the season series, 3-1, in part by holding Howard to 43.1% shooting due to Collins' defense.

    Still, I'm with KStat. Magic in 6.

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    Magic in 4. Hawks will squeeze out a close one if they're lucky. Time to break them up and bring Josh Smith to Indiana, the place he was meant to be... only for college

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Orlando in six, the Hawks have been playing like crap lately.

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    Orlando in 4.

    Kirk can probably contain Nelson, but with Hedo at Orlando, there is always a 2nd PG to help orchestrate offense, especially with Howard. Plus, Josh Smith's health is still uncertain.

    Another key is Arenas. If he'll explode offensively in the playoffs, then it's game over for Atlanta.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    orlando in 5.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Hedo is the key. He is the X-factor, the playmaker, The straw that stirs the Magic drink.

    Orlando in 5.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Magic in 3....5.

    The Hawks are missing it on defense. They use to be active, but this year they are lax.

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    Orlando in 5

    This matchup is the worst of the playoffs

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Orlando in 6 due to their reliance on the 3 and the likelihood that they will miss more now due to having lost a little of their lift from their legs.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Atlanta is much better equipped to handle Orlando than last year, but Howard is also much improved from last year.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    I thought Atlanta would go with a Hinrich/Johnson/Williams/Smith/Horford starting lineup.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Were is Arenas?

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

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    I thought Atlanta would go with a Hinrich/Johnson/Williams/Smith/Horford starting lineup.
    ....and let Horford get killed by Howard again?

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Howard is playing an amazing game and Atlanta is leading.

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    Atlanta is hitting their 3s.

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    Howard is playing an amazing game and Atlanta is leading.


    Unfortunately this team is Howard and not much else sure you get something out of Nelson and Redick once in a while but in 2009 they were way more balanced.

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    Unfortunately this team is Howard and not much else sure you get something out of Nelson and Redick once in a while but in 2009 they were way more balanced.
    True, Arenas, Bass and the rest of the guys are not as good.

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    Default Re: 2011 NBA playoffs: (4) Orlando vs (5) Atlanta

    Hinrich is stomping the goomba....

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    i really wanted to see this game. i like what ATL's done with benching williams and playing big. if they ever figure out how to play together, they would be a real good team. but until then, not so much.

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