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AsfanSince99
02-21-2012, 05:52 PM
Atlanta
Denver
Houston
Indiana
LA Clippers
Memphis
Minnesota
New York
Orlando
Philadelphia
Portland
Utah

Kashmir13579
02-21-2012, 05:53 PM
Clippers and Knicks based on talent alone.

justinnum1
02-21-2012, 05:58 PM
nuggets if they are 100% healthy

nene
galo
chandler
lawson
aflalo


damn

AsfanSince99
02-21-2012, 05:59 PM
Clippers and Knicks based on talent alone.

Agree on the talent but keep in mind the competition they have to beat in each conference: Heat, Bulls, Thunder, etc...

KnicksorBust
02-21-2012, 06:03 PM
Should have kept the Clippers off this list. Good have had a great debate with the young teams (Nugs/Pacers/etc.)

KB-Pau-DH2012
02-21-2012, 06:04 PM
nuggets if they are 100% healthy

nene
galo
chandler
lawson
aflalo


damn

Unless your the mid-2000 Pistons with stifling suffocating team defense, in this era of the NBA, you won't get to the finals without a legitimate go-to-guy franchise superstar...Unless Gallo becomes that consistent 25+ ppg scorer, I just don't see it.

Kashmir13579
02-21-2012, 06:04 PM
Agree on the talent but keep in mind the competition they have to beat in each conference: Heat, Bulls, Thunder, etc...

Talent gives them a better shot of beating those teams, no?

ichitownclowni
02-21-2012, 06:17 PM
76ers

JasonJohnHorn
02-21-2012, 06:17 PM
Why is OKC not on the list?

AsfanSince99
02-21-2012, 06:20 PM
Talent gives them a better shot of beating those teams, no?
I think the Clips are overrated, all flash and no substance. I like dunks as much as the next person but the playoffs are a different animal.

And as much as I like the Knicks, I can't see them getting by the Heat this year.

IndyRealist
02-21-2012, 06:27 PM
Does anyone think it's going to be anything but thunder/heat or thunder/bulls?

AsfanSince99
02-21-2012, 06:45 PM
Why is OKC not on the list?

Because they're a legitimate threat to make it this year just like the Heat, Bulls.

AsfanSince99
02-21-2012, 06:47 PM
Does anyone think it's going to be anything but thunder/heat or thunder/bulls?

yes, I can see Memphis, once Randolph gets back, reaching the Finals.

2-ONE-5
02-21-2012, 07:01 PM
The Knicks are .500 why are they on this list? They are not exactly up and coming. Hawks are all but dead too. Wolves and Jazz prob miss out on the playoffs this year and Portland is awful on the road. In the East if the Bulls and Heat can matchup in the 2nd round then the Sixers and Pacers would have an outside shot to play in the ECF

lvlheaded
02-21-2012, 07:04 PM
The finals are gonna be Heat vs. Thunder IMO. Could see the Clips and Knicks both threatening though based solely on talent. But I'd be shocked if it wasn't Heat vs. Thunder

latinofire21
02-21-2012, 07:09 PM
In the East I like the Knicks and Pacers for ECF appearances on your list.

In the West I like Clippers and Grizzlies.

Timberwolves dont have a team good enough to reach the WCF. Same goes for the Nuggets in the West.

East I dont think Philly has a legitimate chance at playing any of the top heavy teams and winning the series. They may make it exciting but I dont think they will push for a tough series. Pacers match up well with a lot of the teams but they are very inconsistent in my opinion. Pacers clicking on all cylinders can be a very dangerous team.

Knicks have some new pieces they need to add to the mix and are still working on their chemistry. They finally have just about everyone healthy outside of Josh Harrelson so if they can put it all together they should be a very tough exit in the playoffs. Chandler has to be able to stay on the floor because if he gets in foul trouble this team looks very bad on defense.

Captain Moroni
02-21-2012, 07:13 PM
Agree on the talent but keep in mind the competition they have to beat in each conference: Heat, Bulls, Thunder, etc...

That goes for everybody?
Everyone has to beat the heat or thunder

Captain Moroni
02-21-2012, 07:15 PM
Does anyone think it's going to be anything but thunder/heat or thunder/bulls?

Bulls will never get there, okc heat