Yes, we all know—LeBron James will not be gracing us with his presence in the Eastern Conference Finals, falling short of his title hopes once again.
He will be a free agent on July 1, make tons of money, and be one of the biggest names ever to reach free agency in NBA history.
But there is still a lot of basketball left to be played, including to determine who will be crowned the 2010 NBA Finals champion.
One one side, you have the Orlando Magic, last year's Eastern Conference representative. They have breezed through the first two rounds, not being severely challenged by anyone. Some doubt their ability to shake off the rust, while others think that are merely a buzz saw looking for their next victim.
On the other side, there is the Boston Celtics, the 2008 NBA champions and a group of grizzled veterans that are closer to AARP than NCAA. This group of grumpy old men are proving everyone wrong that they are over the hill, and through their experience they will make it back to the Finals to play the winner of the Suns-Lakers series.
This is a preview, position by position, of every player and his effect on the games. It will show how the series will unfold and who will be crowned the Eastern Conference champion.