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Old 03-07-2011, 05:56 AM   #16 (permalink)
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amen bro and welcome to the board.

they need all the home court advantage they can get. they are in win now mode, they won against all quality opponents.
celtics will be tough to beat at the garden. but they are just not losing. its annoying.
i tought theyd lose some games after the perkins trade, but nooo.

bulls very very good at home where they can beat anyone.
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Definitely want the #2 for home court in the 2nd round. However, the #1 is worth so much more, as you avoid playing Miami or Boston in Round 2. The Celtics don't seem to be letting up, but the Bulls have a pretty good schedule down the stretch. It should be interesting to watch.
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It will be difficult to make up three games but looking at both schedules, I think you can still win the East. I'd say up until Phoenix, Atlanta is the only somewhat difficult team you'll play and they are very beatable. Boston still has to play NY, Miami, and San Antonio. Plus, you guys have a head to head. The key is to see if you can get even prior to that game. Then beat Boston and maintain the lead through the last few games. Tough but not impossible.
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Definitely want the #2 for home court in the 2nd round. However, the #1 is worth so much more, as you avoid playing Miami or Boston in Round 2. The Celtics don't seem to be letting up, but the Bulls have a pretty good schedule down the stretch. It should be interesting to watch.
The Bulls do have a pretty soft schedule now. But so do the Celtics:

Los Angeles (Clippers)
@Philadelphia
Milwaukee
@New Jersey
Indiana
@Houston
@New Orleans
@NY Knicks
Memphis
Charlotte
@Minnesota
@Indiana
@San Antonio
@Atlanta
Detroit
Philadelphia
@Chicago
Washington
@Miami
@Washington
NY Knicks

That's 4 games out of 21 that look legitimately threatening. Maybe 5. Even with our schedule, its going to take a Boston collapse for the Bulls to cover 3 whole games in the next 21.

And I don't see Boston collapsing. This isn't last year when they seemed not to care about seeding. Every team of Boston, Miami and Chicago knows what a huge advantage it is to get that #1 seed this year. Boston isn't going to coast.
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Celtics almost lost to the Bucks. Age could be catching up with the Celts, KG does not have perk to help shoulder the load in the middle.
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Celtics almost lost to the Bucks. Age could be catching up with the Celts, KG does not have perk to help shoulder the load in the middle.
They almost lost to the Bucks, and the Bulls in fact lost to the Raptors, Clippers, Bobcats (twice), etc.

Means nothing.
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The Bulls do have a pretty soft schedule now. But so do the Celtics:

Los Angeles (Clippers)
@Philadelphia
Milwaukee
@New Jersey
Indiana
@Houston
@New Orleans
@NY Knicks
Memphis
Charlotte
@Minnesota
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@San Antonio
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Detroit
Philadelphia
@Chicago
Washington
@Miami
@Washington
NY Knicks

That's 4 games out of 21 that look legitimately threatening. Maybe 5. Even with our schedule, its going to take a Boston collapse for the Bulls to cover 3 whole games in the next 21.

And I don't see Boston collapsing. This isn't last year when they seemed not to care about seeding. Every team of Boston, Miami and Chicago knows what a huge advantage it is to get that #1 seed this year. Boston isn't going to coast.

I agree. The Celts show no sign of letting up, and their schedule is also fairly easy. It would probably take a key injury for them to lose so much ground so fast.
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Tough-minded defensive teams are always going to be challenges because they usually can keep games close. The Bucks, Hornets, and 76ers are going to be tough opponents for the Bulls and Celtics because they have top-10 defenses and they play slow, disciplined offenses.
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They almost lost to the Bucks, and the Bulls in fact lost to the Raptors, Clippers, Bobcats (twice), etc.

Means nothing.
letting the bucks hang around for four Quarters is not the the sign of a championship caliber team. This years laker team would have finished the bucks off in the third quarter. And it does mean something, if the Bulls want to be an elite team they have to beat these lessor opponents like Toronto, could be tied for first if they would have beaten a few of these bad teams.
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letting the bucks hang around for four Quarters is not the the sign of a championship caliber team. This years laker team would have finished the bucks off in the third quarter. And it does mean something, if the Bulls want to be an elite team they have to beat these lessor opponents like Toronto, could be tied for first if they would have beaten a few of these bad teams.
The Bucks have beaten "this years Lakers team" in LA this year, for what that's worth.
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The Bucks have beaten "this years Lakers team" in LA this year, for what that's worth.
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Orlando loses to Portland today, Bulls have a 5 game lead on them now. I don't think we need to worry about them for seeding.
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The Bucks have beaten "this years Lakers team" in LA this year, for what that's worth.

Exactly. Even the NBA elite lose to crappy teams here and there. It's a long season.
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Add up another loss for Miami. Portland 105 Miami 96. We're 2 up on them and they have 3 more losses than us.
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miamis next games look brutal...

3/10 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
3/12 vs. Memphis
3/14 vs. San Antonio
3/16 vs. Oklahoma City
3/18 @ Atlanta
3/19 vs. Denver
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