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NBA Check Up (Eastern Conference)

The NBA eastern conference race is turning out to be quit a show.
The 3 way battle between the Bulls, Celtics, and Heat could come down to the wire. I personally think that the Bulls will stay on top thanks to the great play of Derrick Rose. The bulls definitely seem to be clicking on all cylinders.
The Celtics and the Heat are both playing equally well as expected. Anytime you have teams with as many veterans as both of these teams have, they will always be right in the mix for a top playoff seed. The Magic are 6 games off the top spot in 4th place. Seems to me that they are in limbo. They seem to be doing just enough to keep home court advantage in the first round because they are definitely not under any pressure from the fifth place team.
Speaking of the fifth place team the (Hawks). The birds are shooting themselves down with their inconsistant play. They had a lot of guys complaining about money last summer, would it be wrong for ownership to complain about bad play?
The Sixers are in the 6th spot right behind the Hawks and personally I think that they have a chance to catch them and steal that spot. The Sixers don't really have any superstars but they are playing well together and they are hungry for a playoff birth.
The Knicks and Pacers round out the 7th and 8th spots in that order. With all the madness about Melo coming to the Knicks, shouldn't they be doing just a little bit better? Honestly, Melo is not my most favorite of NBA players but I have to respect his talent. But, the arguement I always make about him is, "
how can you consider yourself one of the NBA elite when your not making the players around you better? Kobe does it, Lebron does it, Wade does it, Nash does it!
Pacers, I wish you all the best but the only reason you will get the 8th seed is that the rest of the teams in the east are that much worse that you all. Sorry!
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1. March 25th 2011 @ 20:15. Joe Soriano Says:
I have to tell you that my favorite thing about this Bulls team is Tom Thibodeau. He has to be Coach of the Year after implementing the nastiest D in the league. That's why the Bulls are winning. They have the scheme and personnel, and the Bulls were never this good before Thibodeau came around. Sure Rose is great, but they never played at this rate even with Rose when Thibodeau isn't here. That's not to diminish Rose's impact, but it is me saying that Thibodeau has caused this team's uptick more than Rose has.
2. March 25th 2011 @ 22:21. nbageek Says:
Both conferences have great playoff races going. The West is very wide-open with David West going down to injury. Good stuff!
3. March 26th 2011 @ 00:54. HoopsinHotlanta Says:
Hey Guys,

You are absolutely right about Coach Thibodeau, what a job he is doing this season. He has challenged the team and they have answered. And yes, the west is wide open. I will be posting on the west on tues. Thanks for the comments!
4. March 26th 2011 @ 02:06. Mike Cortright Says:
Something does not seem right with Boston Right now. They have really struggled over the past 10 games. They need to turn it around over the next few weeks and get a little bit of momentum going into the playoffs.

Even though I do not live in PA anymore my Sixers could be a sleeper come playoff time. They bought in Doug Collins system and they could cause a problem for any team in the East.

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