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Yeah, I think that is a big reason why some still have confidence in Boston making a run without Rondo. Outside of Miami, there are no top quality teams in the East. If something goes wrong with the Heat, the East would suddenly be wide open.
Is it possible to have two teams in the same conference that you'd be shocked to see lose? Miami is the clear favorite and have been all year. They're the champs til somebody beats em 4 out of 7.
And, oddly enough - the same three players that we believed would've made a difference last May-June are Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, and to some extent Chris Wilcox.AB and Jeff Green are playing rather well right now, and Wilcox has been solid, too.Even without Rondo, I still LOVE our opportunity.Since Rondo went down, we've beaten the Lakers (probable playoff team, maybe more), Clips (playoff team even without CP3), TOR (IN TOR, and improved), CHI (A probable 2nd round team even without Rose), DEN (probable 2nd round team in the West), and MIA.....Yep...I absolutely LOVE our chances, here. I was sad to see Barbosa go down, but even with THAT here is (IMO) our probable playoff rotation:C - KG/Wilcox/Collins/Free Agent BigPF - Bass/Wilcox/GreenSF - Pierce/GreenSG - Lee/JetPG - AB-JetI believe MIA does NOT have a clear path...if anything, I'm betting that they hope they don't meet us until the ECFs...for me, I'd rather get them EARLY...Imagine that...an 8th seed beating a 1 seed....it has happened before:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XGt25SRmdgAnything's possible, right?DEN had a tough, defensive-minded Center back then....we have that, too.
Off-Topic, but why in the WORLD isn't Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo in the HOF, yet?One of the best defensive centers ever..played in the finals...several playoff appearances...HUGE community service participant.
Quote from: GreenFaith1819 on February 14, 2013, 05:43:15 PMOff-Topic, but why in the WORLD isn't Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo in the HOF, yet?One of the best defensive centers ever..played in the finals...several playoff appearances...HUGE community service participant.He's not eligible yet - his last year was 08-09. My guess is they'll lock him out of being 1st ballot but he'll get in shortly thereafter.