Why the Pistons Will Make It Deep Into the Playoffs
In my opinion, the Pistons are still scheduled to make the Eastern Conference Finals.
Why? Let me elaborate.
Going down the list:
1. The Cavaliers will finish first.
They have moderate playoff experience and plenty of youth. However, their success depends entirely on LeBron James. If he fails, the entire team fails.
2. Orlando will finish second.
If they manage to avoid the Pistons in the first round, they could make it. However, this team lacks experience, although the team has enough spirit to overcome this.
3. The Celtics will finish third.
The reigning Champions know what to expect, and could easily make it to the ECF's. However, age could catch up to them, and KG's recent injury could come back to haunt him in the playoff's.
4. The Atlanta Hawks will finish fourth.
This team has a high chance of making it to the ECF's, also. However, their lack of experience is a huge shortcoming. I believe that they have enough talent to overcome this.
5. Miami will finish fifth.
Similar to the Cavaliers, their success depends on how D-Wade is feeling. He still isn't up to full strength, and the playoff atmosphere could either weaken him, or drive him to guide his team. Only time will tell. Also, Atlanta would make a grueling first round match-up. The other starters have shown that they can fare well without D-Wade.
6. The Pistons will finish sixth.
They have a nice blend of hunger, talent, and experience. They also have an explosive bench capable of taking over games. Their only shortcoming is consistency, but if everybody is healthy, the veteran leadership could erase this problem. This is also their weakness. The absence of Rip or Iverson could leave a scoring void. If healthy, they could beat Boston in six games.
7. The Sixers will finish seventh.
This team is unlikely to make it to the ECF's, but their talent could be a challenge to Orlando.
8. The Bulls will finish eighth.
This team has plenty of talent, but lacks the experience and consistency to truly pose as a threat to the Cavaliers.
The Pistons have had a lackluster season, but is still an extremely capable playoff team. I believe the only two teams that could be a problem are Atlanta and the Celtics. When healthy, the Pistons will have an extremely balanced offence and a lock down defense.
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