2011 NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference First Round Predictions

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2011 NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference First Round Predictions
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Since every playoff spot in the East has been locked up, I figured it would be appropriate to break down the matchups and decide who will make the NBA Finals.

And unlike the NCAA tournament, upsets come few and far between and the seven-game series format is unbelievably boring for those not fans of the teams playing—unless it is a good series.

I thought last year's playoffs were going to be interesting. Little did I know it wouldn't be until the NBA Finals that things would even become intriguing. One of the most interesting stories turned out to be the Thunder taking the Lakers to six games and LeBron James broadcasting "The Decision" two months before July, by turning in one of the most disgraceful playoff performances anyone has ever seen.

It wasn't because he was off—he had just given up. If Delonte West really was fooling around with his Mom, I can understand.

Anyway, lets get to it!

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