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Bloguin NBA: Eastern Conference Playoffs

We’ve developed quite the big network since the inception of Bloguin, and the following blogs have something to say about the playoffs: BlueBlitz.Net, 2nd Round Reach, Bust a Bucket, T-Wolves Blog, Points in the Paint, Hoop Heads North, The Puns are Starting to Bore Me, Curse of Cleveland and of course, yours truly (Don at With Malice).
Here’s what Bloguin thinks about the Eastern Conference match-ups…
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Well, there are the choices, and now – here’s what some blogs had to say about the Eastern Conference Playoffs…

BlueBlitz.Net‘s Zeb:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 8. Detroit Pistons
Cleveland to win in 6 Games
Remember when Rasheed Wallace said that “we aren’t afraid of these cats” when playing Cleveland in the 2nd Round? Oh, how times have changed. All of the old vets are still there sans Billups, but I still think these guys can make some noise. Alas, the Pistons bench isn’t deep enough.


2. Boston Celtics vs 7. Chicago Bulls
Celtics to win in 5 Games
I’m not convinced the Bulls can do much, honestly. I know Garnett won’t be 100%, but the bottom line is that the Bulls haven’t faced a serious team since mid-march, so their recent run is extremely inflated. I’m sure they’re set up well for the future, but they’re just too inexperienced to take down the defending champions at this point.

 

3. Orlando Magic vs 6. Philadelphia 76ers
Magic to Win in 6 Games
I like the Sixers, but these are the same guys they threw out there last season, and I’m not convinced they’ve gotten all that much better. The 3 point shooting contests that these teams will inevitably get into will scare the Magic, but in the end, Dwight Howard and Adonal Foyle will come through.

 

4. Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat
Hawks to Win in 6 Games
Two very very hot teams that no one (or at least me) didn’t expect to get this far. I’ll go with the Hawks because I think they have the more complete and deep team, whereas Miami is really reliant on guard play. Still, the athleticism of this series will be something to behold.

 

Brendan of 2nd Round Reach:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs 8. Detroit Pistons
Cleveland in 5
Before the Cav’s ascendancy and subsequent obliteration of comers, you might have thought the pre-trade Pistons had a shot at sinking the aging battleship that is the Celtics (who early on looked like the
best team in the East by a mile.)  Now, no matter how hard you try to justify one more hard-fought series from a once gritty team of veterans who knew how to win, you still can’t answer this question:
Who’s gonna guard LeBron again?


2. Boston Celtics vs 7. Chicago Bulls
Boston in 6
The news that KG might well miss the entirety of the playoffs should read less like bad luck screwing the  Celtics and more like a guy with over 1,000 career games overdoing it for too much of a season than his
body could handle. Let’s be optimists and talk about how much fun Rondo vs Rose will be.


3. Orlando Magic vs 6. Philadelphia 76ers
Orlando in 5
The 76ers have looked like a team in the depths of an identity crisis ever since signing Elton Brand, and I still don’t think they know what they’re doing out there. Say what you will of the Magic (like their recent slide down the stretch proves Dwight doesn’t have it in him to be dominant in the playoffs), but they know who they are and they have a coach who won’t let them forget.


4. Atlanta Hawks vs 5. Miami Heat
Atlanta in 6

Fact: Dwayne Wade is- at the absolute worst-the 2nd best player in the NBA heading into these playoffs, and there is no way his epic season is going to end with a whimper. That said, his team starts two rookies of questionable consistency this year, and a Jermaine O’Neal lookalike who may or may not actually be carved out of wood. Wade has an epic string of play, averaging a near triple double (38/8/7) and with LeBron happy at home, becomes the #1 prize in the 2010 free agent sweepstakes.

 

Sheed of Bust a Bucket thinks:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs 8. Detroit Pistons
Cavs in 5

The Pistons don’t have a chance. The Cavs are coming in with something to prove and Detroit really misses Billups. Plus the Pistons are older, just not the same winning team.


2. Boston Celtics vs 7. Chicago Bulls
Celtics in 6

With Garnett out for the playoffs, the C’s are in big trouble. They will likely beat the Bulls but are in trouble as things go forward. For this series the young Bulls will take their licks and come back stronger next year.


3. Orlando Magic vs 6. Philadelphia 76ers

Magic in 5

The Sixers have had a nice year, they are athletic and talented but won’t be able to stop Dwight Howard. The Magic aren’t messing around this year.


4. Atlanta Hawks vs 5. Miami Heat

Atlanta in 7

This will be the most fun series to watch out of the East. Both teams have talent and star power but I just don’t think Wade can do it alone. He’ll win a few games by himself but eventually Josh Smith and Joe Johnson will shine.

 

The T-Wolves Blog has College Wolf picking:
1. Cleveland vs 8. Detroit
Cavs in 5
Some people might be disillusioned because of Detroit’s past greatness, but that team is long gone. LeBron might glow at some point, but he definitely won’t break a sweat this series. This match-up is the end of an era for Piston fans.
2. Boston vs 7. Chicago
Boston in 7
This match-up could end up being closer than anyone thinks. Especially since it sounds like KG will definitely miss the first round, and even possibly the entire playoffs. I love what Derrick Rose has done with this team.
3. Orlando vs 6. Philadelphia
Orlando in 6
Hedo’s injury could hurt the Magic a bit, but they are still just too good for the Sixers. I guess anything can happen, but I just don’t think the Sixers have enough fire power… or the means to stop Dwight Howard.

4. Atlanta vs 5. Miami
Miami in 7
I would never, ever, NEVER bet against a healthy and motivated D-Wade in the playoffs. Throw in the fact that Atlanta struggles mightily on the road, and we’ll have quite a playoff series on our hands. The big question is whether or not Miami’s youngsters can step up under pressure. They won’t have to do too much with D-Wade on their site, but guys like Chalmers and Beasley will need to contribute for Miami to win.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs 8. Detroit Pistons
Cleveland in 6
I believe the Cavs will choke at sometime in the playoffs, be it in the second round, the Eastern conference finals or in the Finals. I see the cockiness just biting themselves in the butt at some point. But first round against Detroit? I don’t see it. Even though Detroit has playoff experience behind them, the NBA is the Lebron James show, and I can’t see anyone stopping him.

2. Boston Celtics vs 7. Chicago Bulls
Boston in 5
I just read that Boston will be without KG for what could be the rest of the playoffs but I know there will be a budding superstar in Boston that will shine in his place. I can remember back when Zach Randolph was with the Blazers and his coming out party came during the playoffs.
3. Orlando Magic vs 6. Philadelphia 76ers
Orlando in 4
I don’t know. Philly is stumbling into the post season, I say it will be a quick series.

4. Atlanta Hawks vs 5. Miami Heat
Miami in 7
I hate the fact that former Raptors, Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon are in the playoffs while the Raptors are cleaning out their lockers right about now. But I’m a huge D-Wade fan and I think he’ll continue his MVP play into the second round.
Kirk from Curse of Cleveland says:
1 Cavaliers vs. 8 Pistons
Cavaliers in 5
I could write a book on this one, but it boils down to the fact that the Cavaliers have their eyes on the top prize, and they are not going to let the Pistons stop them from that. As long as they do not lose focus, they should be able to play their game as the Pistons’ offense struggles. The Pistons had the Cavs’ number, but the Cavaliers have overcome that and are ready to continue the recent success.
2 Boston vs. 7 Chicago
Celtics in 6
Even with the injury to KG, the Celtics have plenty of ammo to dispatch the young, streaking Bulls. Again, as long as the Celtics can recover from the shock of losing KG, they shouldn’t have a real difficult time with Chicago. Chicago steals a couple with their young bodies running the floor better than the Celts.

3 Orlando vs. 6 Philadelphia
Magic in 5
This one in my opinion could be a sweep. Assuming that Lewis and Hedo are ready to go, this one could have a record disparity in three point shooting, and Dalembert, who is injured, is the lone guy on that squad that can attempt to defend Howard.
4 Atlanta vs. 5 Miami
Heat in 7
Star power is so important in the playoffs, and Dwyane Wade is deserving of his MVP consideration. The guy does everything, and if he can get some three point shooting from Chalmers or Cook, they can be tough to beat. Even with the homecourt and the great Atlanta crowd, I think Joe Johnson doesn’t get enough help in this series.
And… me:
1. Cleveland vs 8. Detroit
Cavs in 5
I cannot see LeBron James deigning to let the Pistons win more than 1 at home.  Without a doubt, James sees this as a season of destiny… and it will take more than Detroit to put a dent in that.

2. Boston Celtics vs 7. Chicago Bulls
Boston in 7
The news that KG is out for the playoffs hurts Boston immensely… but given the franchise’s penchant for theatrics, I’ll believe that when Boston are finished.  Ok, I’m an LA fan, and a cynic as far as the Celtics are concerned, but would it surprise anyone to see KG wheeled out in a wheelchair mid-way through the third quarter in game 1?
But if it’s so, Boston will have their hand’s full with the Bulls – and I can’t see them getting beyond the 2nd round this season.
And here’s hoping that Danny Ainge is completely ok…
3. Orlando vs 6. Philadelphia
Orlando in 5
Way too much Dwight for Philly to cope with.  Hedo’s injury must have Cleveland firmly believing their destiny’s here tho’.
4. Atlanta vs 5. Miami
Miami in 7
Easily the best match-up of the 1st round of the playoffs.  D-Wade’s still angry (so he says), and Atlanta will have their hands full with him.  Could go either way tho’ – it’ll all depend on how much Atlanta let this former Teflon Boy get away with… it will certainly set up a very, very interesting 2nd round series.

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