Re: Take the Training Wheels Off Rip
I don't understand why so many people are so worried about this team. My only concern is that everyone is healthy and has 5+ games to gel together before the first round starts.
Bring on New York in the first round. Give me Boston or Indiana in the second round. Both series will be physical. That's our game, and should prepare us well for the Heat. Last year, we had key injuries in the playoffs and I feel our guys were happy just to make it to the ECF. This year, I think our guys are all on the same page, playing their roles much better, and are a hungrier team overall. Win or lose, I expect us to have a much better showing if we do get the Chicago vs. Miami matchup in the ECF.
Outside of Miami, I think Boston is the only other team with a decent shot at taking us out in a series in the East.
We aren't a dominant team ala the Jordan Bulls, but neither are any of the other contenders this year. We are definitely a top 4 team, and a case can be made for us having the best team out of the group.