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The Three Dogs and The Three Little Pups

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The Three Dogs and The Three Little Pups
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Last year Orlando proved everybody wrong by being the runner ups.

Last year San Antonio lost Ginobili and lost in the first round.

Last Year Dallas proved everybody wrong by getting the 6th seed.

Can these teams redeem them selves once again to play the big dogs.

Pups { Underdogs } : 

Orlando : They proved it last year by making it to the finals. With the loss of Hedo and the makeup of Carter , Anderson and Bass. They're argubaly the best team in the East.

Spurs : After getting ousted by the Mavs in the first round. They brang in Richard Jefferson , Antonio McDyess and DeJuan Blair. Three guys that can rebound , score , defend. But the Spurs need scoring. Also they signed Theo Ratliff. Watch out for the Spurs. They could very well challenge the Lakers in the West with Ginobili back.

Dallas : Dallas are a much better team than they were playing the Nuggets. With a tons of moves this year they got in the conversation for the Top 3 in the West. Dallas and San Antonio are rivals so we'll see how it all plays out at the end of the season. Ironically the Mavs last game is against the Spurs.

Big Dogs : { It's hard not to consider Orlando a big dog }

Cleveland : Last year's disappointment. Led to the bringing in Shaq , Moon and Parker.Also with Lebron not signing an extension the Cavalier GM is sweating.

Boston : They're big and old. But smart. By bringing in Rasheed. He's another a go to guy at the end of the game. And since Daniels is still in a limbo with the Celtics. And they recently got forward Shelden Williams from Sacramento.

Lakers : Defending Champs , who kept Odom and traded Ariza for Artest. Nearly an Unbeatble team,

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