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#1 David

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Posted May 05, 2013 - 06:32 PM

Ebullient in their Game 7 win, beaten and battered but finally victorious, the Chicago Bulls on Saturday celebrated as a stunned Brooklyn Nets team headed for the tunnel, the showers and the long and disappointing offseason.

 

But the Bulls, while worthy of praise for the poise and toughness they took to gut out a 99-93 Game 7 win without Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, are also a perfect metaphor for the state of the NBA playoffs in general as we kick off the second round Sunday: full of teams good enough to advance, but possessing few if any real challengers for the Miami Heat.

Indeed, as the postseason was reshaped by storylines about the Oklahoma City Thunder losing Russell Westbrook and two of the top four seeds falling in the West and the Knicks looking surprisingly vulnerable against the Celtics — as the hardships and mediocrity of everyone else crystallized — the Heat waited.


 

They waited to play. They waited for Dwyane Wade to heal. They waited for Sunday afternoon’s inevitable announcement that LeBron James and his insane level of play had earned him his fourth Most Valuable Player Award. They waited to see if any real challenger would emerge on either side of the conference divide.

 

Few did. Instead, several faded away.


 

In the Eastern Conference, Chicago remained without Rose and its remaining players seemed to fall, one by one. The Bulls will limp into their Monday opener against Miami banged up and formidable only in the sense that they hate the Heat and will burn with the desire to beat them. The Bulls are tough, and they have heart, and in dispatching an underwhelming but more talented Nets team, the Bulls reasserted themselves as the NBA’s most capable team when it comes to willpower and tenaciousness. That can get you past Deron Williams and the Nets. It’s highly unlikely to be enough against LeBron and the Heat.

 

Read the rest here: http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/No-challenger-to-Heat-has-emerged-in-playoffs-050413

 

 

Kinda agree. The East is weak hell. The window is open for them. They really have no one to challenge them.


Edited by Gotrings?, May 05, 2013 - 06:33 PM.

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Posted May 05, 2013 - 06:42 PM

In the East, Indiana and New York(for hot/cold) reasons are challenges.  If the Bulls had Rose, they'd definitely be a challenge.

in the West, the Warriors, Spurs and DEFINITELY the Grizzlies would and could trouble them, the Grizzlies I think would beat them.


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Posted May 05, 2013 - 06:45 PM

Heat have been bailed out this season do to so many drastic injuries to contending teams.

 

Thunder - Westbrook

Indiana - Danny Granger

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Posted May 05, 2013 - 06:45 PM

Grizzlies are chokers and don't have enough offense. Missing a clutch player who could create his own shot and make clutch shots like Rudy Gay is missed. Mike Conley is solid at times, but not exactly anything special.


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Posted May 05, 2013 - 07:26 PM

In the East, Indiana and New York(for hot/cold) reasons are challenges.  If the Bulls had Rose, they'd definitely be a challenge.

in the West, the Warriors, Spurs and DEFINITELY the Grizzlies would and could trouble them, the Grizzlies I think would beat them.

grizzlies? nba champions? you must be joking.



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Posted May 05, 2013 - 07:32 PM

grizzlies? nba champions? you must be joking.


If matched up with the Heat no I'm not.


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Posted May 05, 2013 - 07:46 PM

heat weren't healthy their first year and had to overcome a lot of problems to get to the finals, now luck is on their side this year. health and luck, 2 things every championship team needs

 

mind you they only had 1 or 2 maybe's this year in terms of REAL threats which have no been eliminated with health issues, all these other teams with injuries didn't stand a chance even if they were healthy..all irrelevant imo (especially knicks), surprisingly hasn't effected excitement level of playoffs but ye, they weren't about to do no damage to heat's run to the finals, including the bulls with a healthy rose, they might win 1-2 games but they are essentially the same team with the same personell with the same system that lost in 5 with home court

 

basically, miami improved about 5x from last year from personell/depth to actually running smoother system offensively and defensively, while everybody else kinda just stayed the same.


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Posted May 05, 2013 - 07:49 PM

basically, miami improved about 5x from last year from personell/depth to actually running smoother system offensively and defensively, while everybody else kinda just stayed the same.

Or in some cases, got worse. What a an embarrassment of a league. Almost as if caving in & surrendering to some extent...


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Posted May 05, 2013 - 07:54 PM

i wish more great coaches like riley would take roles as gm's, hopefully phil finds a nice place soon

 

a bunch of clowns running teams in the league, so much talent and potential to improve for so many teams


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Posted May 05, 2013 - 07:58 PM

The Heat would take the Grizzlies in 6 games easily. But I don't even think they make it to the finals.



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Posted May 06, 2013 - 12:33 PM

I wont be watching many playoff games this year for sure. Whats the point?  

 

 

wishing upon a star for Pacers vs Memphis finals.  *cross fingers*


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