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    A lot of this year is going to depend on how DC improves. We are really depending on him.

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    I think 5th or 6th is realistic - although we don't have our final team together yet. No way we are going to finish ahead of the heat, Bulls or Celtics. Many of you are writing of the C's way to soon. (I still think they can win the east in the playoffs if healthy). and any team with Dwight Howard is a 50 win team

    Keep in mind 40 wins in a 66 game season is the same as 50 wins in a 82 game season.

    I don't think we are a 50 win team yet. I see more like 36 wins in a 66 game season = 45 wins in a 82 game season. I think right now 45 or 36 wins is reasonable - unless we acquire a difference maker

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    New York has proven nothing more than we have, and while the Chandler acquisition was nice, they lost the highly underrated Billups in the process.


    Realistically, I'd say #3 would be our best-case finish.
    I think you're underrating NY here.. I don't think we will have a better record than them, though i do think we would beat them in a matchup.

    Carmelo, Amare, Chandler, Bibby, Fields and co can put up some good numbers.. They will beat a lot of teams.

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    We're definitely not better than Miami or Boston, and I'm not convinced we've done enough yet to surpass Chicago. So I see #4 as the best-case scenario, if we acquire Mayo.

    I could see a Pacers/Knicks 4-5 match-up in the first round.

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    I think you're underrating NY here.. I don't think we will have a better record than them, though i do think we would beat them in a matchup.

    Carmelo, Amare, Chandler, Bibby, Fields and co can put up some good numbers.. They will beat a lot of teams.

    if Mike Brown was their new coach, I see them as the 4th best team in the east. With their current coach, who knows. Unless assistant Mike Woodson can get them to play defense and their head coach is willing to emphasize it

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    We have only added David West, we still have no rebounding presence, I think we are a little better but us doing better this season will most likely be due to other teams getting worst rather than us getting better. I think ATL has gotten worst, Orlando about the same, Boston about the same, NY will be determined once the fill in their roster, Chicago will be better, Miami will be better.

    I think we have a good chance to be in the 4th-6th spot, some where in there it should be a pretty tight race for those spots, especially with the shortened season.
    Why so SERIOUS

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    No team with Mike Bibby as their starting point guard is a threat in the playoffs anymore. Sorry.

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    No way. You are on your own on this one:


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    No team with Mike Bibby as their starting point guard is a threat in the playoffs anymore. Sorry.
    huh? Miami?

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    We have only added David West,
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    I'm in the "45 wins in 82 games" camp like Buck, 4th seed as the ceiling, but I will say that the wild card in play here is the intense schedule. The Pacers do have a lot of youth and decent depth and that could change things quite a bit. It's hard to say how this will go.

    After all, the last partial season resulted in an 8th seed in the Finals.
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    I'll stand alone on this one. I may be all hopped up on TebowMania, but I believe. I seriously think we can the East. Who's coming with me! WHO'S COMING WITH ME!
    I'm with ya Smits..

    1st full year under Vogel, the addition of Brian Shaw, last year's first round, the Indy Star writing positive articles, Larry Bird, and the shortened season all seem like the perfect storm. Conseco should be at least 75% full each game and we know Area55 will bring it. I like our chances.

    Have I mentioned I Love Larry?

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    We go into the year with what appears to be a great coaching staff and no JOB in sight.

    We added George Hill, David West, and we're probably about to add either Jamal Crawford or OJ Mayo.

    We add that to the returning Collison, Paul George, Danny Granger, Tyler Hansbrough, Roy Hibbert, and Jeff Foster.

    The younger guys may have improved or possibly will improve.

    The starters will all benefit from playing off of / with West.

    That is more than slightly better. (!)

    Winning the conference in the regular season sounds like pie in the sky to me, but we are absolutely looking much better than last year.

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    huh? Miami?
    1.) That was last season.

    2.) He didn't even play in the last game of the Finals.

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    Ironic considering your avitar
    Yeah, it's like people have completely forgotten about George Hill over the past couple days.

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    Well, they play the games for a reason.

    We are better than we were last year....on paper. Still have to go out there and get the job done.

    This team could end up anywhere from 4th to 10th in my opinion.

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    Yeah, it's like people have completely forgotten about George Hill over the past couple days.
    What is a George Hill?

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    No team with Mike Bibby as their starting point guard is a threat in the playoffs anymore. Sorry.

    he won't be their starting point guard.

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    1.) That was last season.

    2.) He didn't even play in the last game of the Finals.
    You said playoffs.

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    You said playoffs.
    I also said anymore. I wasn't talking about the Heat. I'm talking about the now.

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    2.) He didn't even play in the last game of the Finals.
    Its no wonder they lost!

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    I don't see us winning the East, but do I think we could take down a top seed come playoff time? Absolutely. We'd be hard-pressed to take down two though.

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    I also said anymore. I wasn't talking about the Heat. I'm talking about the now.
    So now you want to talk about the now, ok then.

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    . They can win the Central. It's not a forgone conclusion that Chicago is running away with it anymore. Not after the West signing. Not after the problems the Pacers gave the Bulls last year. They couldn't defend Tyler. Now they get West, with Collison running the PnR with him and oh yeah spurts of Tyler off the bench? Yah. And Paul G already showed he can disrupt Rose. Now we have Hill too? Yup. Obviously they only play them like four times or something, but my point is, there is another big dog in the yard ( central division ).
    Winning the Central means winning more regular season games than the Bulls, not beating them in a playoff series. That's a big difference. I'd say the second is more likely then the first. There's no way were winning more games than the Bulls this season.

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    I like the optimism, but damn this sure could turn quick once the games actually start. All we have to do is start off something like 7-13, a definite possibility with the first month or so of our schedule and we'll be seeing "Larry Bird needs to retire", "I'm not sure about Vogel", and "Our front court is the softest in the NBA" threads. I really don't want to see those, I hope people aren't getting their hopes up TOO much. There's a lot of upside on this squad, but I'd like to see them together a game or 2 before I start looking toward winning the East.

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    So now you want to talk about the now, ok then.
    What part of "A team with Mike Bibby as their starting point guard is not a threat in the playoffs anymore" is not dealing with the now? You're the one that brought up the Heat. Might as well have said "uh? the Kings?"

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