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JasonJohnHorn
09-04-2011, 05:52 PM
The Heat seemed to be on a roll when the playoffs hit, and jsut went on running straight through to the NBA finals. They made it look easy at times, but the series with the Bulls and the Celtics could have easily went to 7 games, and either could have went to the other team if some calls or bounces went the other way. The Heat will have little time to address their short comings (center and PG) due to a VERY short offseason (and I am being optimistic about there being a season), so my question is this: will the path to teh finals be easier or harder next year in the East. I see teams like Atlanta, Orlando and Philly getting better, and teams liek the Bulls and Celtics, if healthy, being near the top of the conference, while even teams liek Indy have the talent and youth and depth to make some noise in the post season.

So are things going to be easier or harder for teams like Miami, Chi-town and Boston?

Slimsim
09-04-2011, 06:14 PM
The Heat seemed to be on a roll when the playoffs hit, and jsut went on running straight through to the NBA finals. They made it look easy at times, but the series with the Bulls and the Celtics could have easily went to 7 games, and either could have went to the other team if some calls or bounces went the other way. The Heat will have little time to address their short comings (center and PG) due to a VERY short offseason (and I am being optimistic about there being a season), so my question is this: will the path to teh finals be easier or harder next year in the East. I see teams like Atlanta, Orlando and Philly getting better, and teams liek the Bulls and Celtics, if healthy, being near the top of the conference, while even teams liek Indy have the talent and youth and depth to make some noise in the post season.

So are things going to be easier or harder for teams like Miami, Chi-town and Boston?

No Heats Handle every team in the east So easy it was pathetic. heats beat every team in 5 games and those were the better defensive team as well. I notice you left out the Knicks but its all good .

RZZZA
09-04-2011, 06:18 PM
pretty easy to beat defensive teams when those teams aren't allowed to play defense.

Yes, the East will be better. Get ready to deal with every annoying Knicks fan in the world on PSD. You thought Bulls fans were annoying? hah. You've seen nothing yet.

Avenged
09-04-2011, 06:22 PM
I think it'll remain about the same. The top teams will dominated, the mediocre will stay mediocre, and some teams will be fighting for a playoff spot.

beasted86
09-04-2011, 06:45 PM
All teams are on level playing ground with the time available... the only difference maker is teams with the bigger holes who are adding players with bigger roles will suffer the most. Since teams like the Heat, Celtics, Hawks, etc... are pretty much set in their positions and roles, they should come out the best out the gate.

Since you seem to be focused on the Heat, as far as they are concerned, they're mostly set at PG already, they will have Chalmers, the rookie Norris Cole, and probably another bench veteran to take minutes off the rookie to start the season (maybe Bibby returns). If they do add a Center, the new player will be playing the exact role of previous Centers on the team (defend, rebound, set picks, finish at basket or spot jumper). It's a pretty limited role... the only thing the added player needs to learn is the defensive tendencies of the teammates. Overall whatever PG or C they add will have a limited role unless the Riley works his Godfather magic and brings us a top C like Nene or Gasol (not realistic though).

On the other hand a team like the Bulls who might add a SG with a totally revamped role than Bogans had will need time adjusting to teammates on both ends of the floor. Same thing with the Magic who in all likelihood look like they will be letting their starting SG walk in free agency (J-Rich), as well as trying to develop a bigger role for Arenas. The Pacers who made the playoffs last year will also have major changes in the rotation with a likely key free agent player signing that it looks like they will make with their cap space.

Evolution23
09-04-2011, 08:48 PM
yes the Knicks are back jk but yes the East is def staked with better teams.

Sadds The Gr8
09-04-2011, 08:49 PM
yes because the Raptors will beast

Sly Guy
09-05-2011, 11:19 AM
yes because the Raptors will beast

"fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me two times or more, slap me and call me handicapped"

PacersForLife
09-05-2011, 11:45 AM
yes because the Raptors will beast

I hope you aren't serious...
But anyways... I think the East will be more competitive. The Pacers will probably surprise some people next year, especially if they make a trade/ sign for a PF in free agency. They did give the Heat trouble every time they played them last year, as well as the Bulls and Lakers. I believe the Pacers actually beat the Heat, Bulls, Celtics, and Lakers in the regular season and were one of the few teams to do it. We'll see what happens after the lockout is over.

theheatles
09-05-2011, 11:51 AM
pg isn't a shortcoming for the heat, if we can keep chalmers, he's shown to be a good player in this league when healthy; he's a very good defender and i love his clutch 3 pt shooting...i really like joel anthony as the backup C but the heat need a true starting C and from what i heard eddy curry lost 100 lbs working with tim grover and the heat will be able to get him on the cheap

da ThRONe
09-05-2011, 12:13 PM
I thinking the power has shifted to the East.

I think last year was the Spurs last run. The Lakers are older and like Dallas they will be crippled by the new salary cap.

shep33
09-05-2011, 03:41 PM
The east is worse right now IMO than it was last year. Boston is a year older, and they have no centers. Kristic is playing overseas, Shaq is gone, Erden and Perkins got traded, so now they have JO.

Miami is the favorite easily, followed by Chicago... only way the Bulls get above the Heat is if they get shooters and a starting 2 guard that can score.

naps
09-05-2011, 04:01 PM
It's pretty even in my eyes about the contenders with west still being deeper.

mzgrizz
09-05-2011, 04:24 PM
I think it'll remain about the same. The top teams will dominated, the mediocre will stay mediocre, and some teams will be fighting for a playoff spot.

Ditto

LosDoyers1
09-05-2011, 10:50 PM
I think it'll remain about the same. The top teams will dominated, the mediocre will stay mediocre, and some teams will be fighting for a playoff spot.

+1. The top half will be strong and then you'll have the average and below average teams. The talent discrepancy in the East is so much more magnified. Teams below .500 shouldn't be in the playoffs.

JordansBulls
09-05-2011, 10:57 PM
Unless a star gets traded it will be the same with NY challenging this year as well.

sep11ie
09-05-2011, 11:58 PM
"fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me two times or more, slap me and call me handicapped"

Seems fitting...

gotthat?
09-06-2011, 12:22 AM
Will the East be harder next season?

why did they take VIAGRA?

mttwlsn16
09-06-2011, 12:55 AM
yes because the Raptors will beast

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