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Who is the best in the East?

Posted on: March 17, 2011 6:21 pm
The Bulls and Celtics are tied for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Which team is better? Or is Miami or Orlando a better all around team? The Bulls are young and have great inside depth, have (maybe) the MVP in Derrick Rose, but lack a good shooting guard. They have above-average players at PG, SF, PF, and C. The Celtics have experience on their side. They have a good PG in Rajon Rondo, and good players in Allen, Pierce, and Garnett. But Boston lacks a center. They will struggle against teams like the Bulls and Magic inside. Will their veteran players wear down? Miami is VERY inconsistent. One week they are awful, the next they are great (knocking off the Spurs by 30.) This team would scare any team in the playoffs if they get hot. They have LeBron, Wade, and Bosh. But they do NOT have quality players at PG or center. They need someone to get the Big 3 the ball. Also, the team can struggle if you eliminate their fast break. The Magic have the best center in the game in Dwight Howard when he isn't picking up technical fouls. The Magic rely heavily on 3 point shooting. If their 3 is not falling they have to rely too much on Howard and they struggle. But when it is, the Magic are tough to beat. I think the final seeding will be 1. Chicago Bulls 2. Boston Celtics 3. Orlando Magic 4. Miami Heat
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Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:36 pm

Who is the best in the East?

I hear your arguments but for me the Heat are too inconsistent to put at #3. If the Heat are "hot" I completely agree with you. But overall, the Heat are just very inconsistent. Also... if Orlando or the Bulls play Miami Howard, Boozer, and Noah will dominate the paint. The Heat aren't balanced enough. Orlando's offense is trash when they don't hit some threes, but at least they can pound the paint with Howard. Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses (as all teams do), but I still think Orlando is a better team.

And about the Bulls road record: They started off 9-8 with most of those games on the road. Since then, they have the NBA's best record. The Bulls are dynamite at home, so if they can get their road record around .600, no more comments should happen about the Bulls' road record.

Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2011 7:25 pm

Who is the best in the East?

I have to agree w/ epiphany, the order is probably Boston/Chicago/Miami/Orlando. 
However, as I alluded to in another post, one of the issues Chicago faces is their road record - .561; compared w/ Boston (.613) and Miami (.636) they face an uphill battle when playing away fromt the United Center.  Since it's not uncommon for teams to take an away game during the playoffs, Chicago will need to win away from home even if they have home-court advantage.  Chicago's struggles away from home may haunt them.  I still like Boston coming out of the East, w/ or w/o Perkins.

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2011 6:36 pm

Who is the best in the East?

I would switch Orlando and Miami, as I watched the Magic/Lakers game the other night and Orlando's offense is garbage when tyew are not hittingt their outside shots, but other than that I have no problems with your rankings.

Problems are going to arise in the playoffs when teams have to face Boston though. Doesn't matter where they are seeded. Somehow, those old guys find a way to just lock teams down. Once again, I will say I am looking forward to a Boston/Chicago ECF. Should be fun to watch.

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