- 10/27/2010, 05:48PM ET
Chosen1 said 10/27, 05:48 PM
Despite all of the the hoopla and hype about James, Wade and Bosh the Eastern Conference Champions will once again reside in Boston
With going on 4 years of chemistry between Rondo, Allen, Pierce and Garnett the Celtics still have one of if not the best Big 4 in the NBA.
Then you add in the newly acquired additions of Jermaine and Shaquille O'Neal with Kendrick Perkins (set to return in January) and the Celtics now have much improved depth at center.
Now lets take a look at the other common suspects this year when it comes to who will win the East.....
1) Pretty weak at the point guard position with not much in proven depth
2) Their team does not have the established chemistry of the Celtics
3) I still think they are still not up to par with the Celtics when it comes to centers
Did not really make any moves that would greatly improve their chances in the East and are still behind the Celtics and now more than likely the Heat.
So for the sake of this throwdown my pick is the Boston Celtics.....
good luck Hobbes
HOBBES said 10/28, 03:54 PM
The Miami Heat will win the Eastern Conference Championship.
Although they were VERY out of sink in the opener against the Celtics, we caught flashes of potential that this team possesses.
With a James, Wade and Bosh unit that has had some experience to develop and gell, they will give opposing teams nightmares defensively.
That being established, there are some very glaring issues with the other contenders in the East.
Loves to give up 4th quarter leads, which is risky business. This team will routinely go out ans build a nice lead in the third qurter, and then have it evaporate (HA) in the final quarter.
Plenty of clutch players, not a lot of execution.
On the other hand, has no clutch players. As seen in last years playoffs, they have no go to guy when the need a clutch play.
Miami, with Bosh and Wade, probably have the most talented a clutch duo in the league.
If anyone can deal with Boston's defense , it's Miami's plethora of offensive weapons.
Miami over Boston.
Chosen1 said 10/29, 03:20 AM
You say the Celtics like to give up 4th quarter leads? hmmmmm
Last time I checked in the last 3 seasons they have been to the NBA Finals twice. So they must be doing something right....
The simple fact that you said "If anyone can deal with Boston's defense" already shows that you recognize it could become a problem....
Lets take a look at the position breakdowns starting with the two positions most consider the most important
pg- Rondo vs Arroyo/Chalmers
The Celtics are by far better than the Heat at this position. They also have Nate Robinson on the bench who gives them a quality depth player
c- Shaq vs Anthony
Come the playoffs the Celtics should have three options that are all better than Anthony.
Shaq/Jermaine/Perkins all out played Anthony when they went against him last season.
So the Celtics have one of the best point guards in the league and are much deeper down low at the pf and c positions with Garnett, Davis, O'Neal, Perkins, and O'Neal
The Heat have Wade but Allen is still a threat from the 3pt line and can still score. Allen in 8 games last season vs the Heat scored 20 or more 5 times.
HOBBES said 10/29, 10:07 PM
Last time I checked in the last 3 seasons they have been to the NBA Finals twice
Last I checked, that was before a certain King took his talents to South Beach. Miami is a new, different kind of foe for the Celtics.
You want to get into positional matchups? Please. The aging Cectics are outmatched in all of the other positions you 'forgot' to mention.
LeBron is possibly the best in the league, Pierce is not. LeBron can rip off 15 points in the second half and Pierce certainly is aging. Huge advantage for LeBron.
Wade's a superstar, Ray Allen is not. Despite his conditioning, Ray Allens 35. Nothing he can do in the fight against Father Time. Wade has the potential to score 25+ nightly, Ray certainly cant at this stage of his career. Advantage Wade.
Bosh is an elite forward, and KG (stop me if you've heard this) is aging. He doesnt have that power and spring in his step that he had when he was young and truly dominant. Advantage Bosh.
As cohesive as the Cetics are, they've had time to gell.
Give the Heat the season to work out the kinks, bring on the Lakers.
Chosen1 said 10/30, 09:34 PM
Is Pierce aging? Yes but lets be honest he does not need to the super star he was say 5 seasons ago because he has help now.
Pierce has Rondo, Allen, Garnett, Davis, Robinson, Daniels and both of the O'Neals. So Pierce does not have to carry the entire team.
Pierce is still a scoring threat and still requires the defenses attention.
Now as for Allen the gap between him and Wade is smaller than that of the gap between the Celtics pg and the Heats pg.
Allen still can get it done as I already showed you in 5 of his 8 games vs the Heat last year he scored 20 or more points.
As for Bosh personally I would still take Garnett because I like his defense and veteran leadership that he brings. Bosh is good but to be honest it is not like he could dominate Garnett especially not over a 7 game series.
Miami does not have such a huge advantage in my opinion when it comes to the 2,3 and 4 positions. I say this because of the extra things Celtics bring such as Championship experience and several years of chemistry.
I like the Celtics depth and just overall team. Miami is strong at the top but not as good a team.
HOBBES said 10/31, 01:44 PM
The 2,3 and 4 players for the Heat are clearly better than the aging Celtics.
Three superstars in their prime. This combination is almost unheralded in NBA. This team has enormous potential.
Look at what the Celtics did with less talented and older players when they first got together in 07-08. They dominated, winning the title.
The Heat will have plenty of regular season games to develop into a cohesive unit, just like the old C's, only with more, younger talent.
I like the Celtics depth and just overall team
Well I'm sure you do; your arguing on their behalf. But what really matters is which is the more dynamic talented team. That team is the Heat.
Lets not forget about the the complimentary pieces that Riley acquired/retained.
- Udonis Haslem
Co captain of the team. A solid player and prolific rebounder for an undersized PF
-Eddie House and Mike Miller
Both deadly sharpshooters from 3 point land. These players will fourish with LeBron and Wade will spread the floor.
Miami is too talented, and will have time to develop.
Miami will be playing in the Finals.
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