NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

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Well, it appeared the Boston Celtics threw in the white towel last night and gave the Big 4 the night off. The subs then promptly lost in overtime to the lowly Washington Wizards. With that loss, and Miami’s win over the Atlanta Hawks, the playoffs are now set in the Eastern Conference.

This year’s playoffs are going to very hyped up and rightfully so. There are four or five contenders in the East and many questions that will be answered in the coming weeks. The Chicago Bulls have won 60 games to date and are the top seed while the Heat are second and Boston third. Many would say one of those three teams will represent the East in the Finals but watch out for the Orlando Magic and maybe even the New York Knicks.

I’ve broken down each first round matchup and predicted the winners starting with the Bulls vs. Pacers so let’s take a look…

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Chicago, GET READY for the Kurt Thomas Era

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Ok, so maybe the signing of backup center/power forward Kurt Thomas won’t exactly usher in an “era,” at least in the sense of the phrase “the Michael Jordan era.” That’s the way most people in Chicago refer to the glory years of the Chicago Bulls franchise. This signing obviously won’t move them any closer to NBA dominance, but it does give them an 11th player under contract, at a price just above the league minimum ($1.35 million) for one season. And it adequately fills a need.

They still have $3 million left in cap space to sign another body, hopefully a veteran shooting guard. Thomas has been in the league for 15 years, most recently with the Milwaukee Bucks, where averaged three points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season.

By Paul M. Banks

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