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2011 NBA Playoffs Stats Analysis: Breaking Down Eastern Conference Round One

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2011 NBA Playoffs Stats Analysis: Breaking Down Eastern Conference Round One
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I'm so excited for these NBA playoffs, I can barely contain my excitement.

I've been watching Youtube highlights of Michael Jordan's games in the Finals. I've been looking at metric stats like a huge sports nerd. I've been breaking down film of Jeff Teague. I've been hallucinating while playing two-on-two pickup games, imagining that I'm Derrick Rose driving to the hoop for an insane up-and-under layup. Okay, maybe I actually look like Mark Madsen blowing a finger roll, but my point remains the same; these are perhaps the most heavily anticipated NBA playoffs since #23 was still raining jump shots over hapless defenders.

Living in Florida and being a Magic fan however, I have a vested interest in the Eastern Conference side of things. And I could not be more intrigued and excited. Who will come out of the East? Will it be the upstart Bulls behind Derrick Rose and their forest of big men? Perhaps the Miami Heat behind the unstoppable tandem of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade? Could the Celtics turn it on yet again in the playoffs? Or maybe Dwight Howard and his undersold Magic squad could do the unthinkable?

As part of a running diary of sorts, I will breakdown the first round match ups in the East as best I can. I will provide concrete info, and make my best estimation of who will make their way into the second round.

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