2011 NBA Playoffs: We Don't Need Psychics to Say That Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls Win

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IApril 19, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 18: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls runs up the court after a dunk against the Indiana Pacers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 96-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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You would never expect Smush Parker to challenge Derrick Rose’s superiority as an elite point guard.

You would never expect LeBron James to return to Cleveland, Ohio on his hands and knees begging for a second chance.

There is no reason to believe that Jermaine O’Neal would ever be given the responsibility of taking the game winner in a last second countdown.

Therefore, do not expect a stray from the ordinary in the Chicago-Indiana and Miami-Philadelphia series. It's just a waste of your time.

Let us begin by evaluating and sculpting a true analysis of each serieswith two games apiece in our rear view mirrors, and the next two arriving rather quickly.


Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers

The Chicago Bulls stepped onto the court tripping over their own shoelaces against a team that would not stop in the middle of the court to allow them to catch their balance.

The speed of the younger Indiana team should be expected. The Indiana Pacers are barreling through their games with a renewed sense of stability and confidence that Jim O’Brien never installed in them.

The team is not ready to contend for a championship, but you have to respect the hustle that they provide and the challenge that they present to a team whose defensive schemes are lacking, and that seem unprepared.

Carlos Boozer is drooling all over himself wondering how to stop Tyler Hansbrough from having his way under the basket at his expense, and Psycho T knows it.

Still, with all of these facts being brought to light, Chicago is the better team.

The NBA has done an excellent job of allowing the crème de la crème of the Association to demonstrate their standing and win the series in a sweepor a 4-1 glimmer of hope given to their opponents.

The exaggerated indication that the Pacers have an actual chance at winning a seven-game series against the Bulls is just feeding the headlines in Indianapolis.


Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Miami Heat series is coming along quite swiftly. Quicker than I imagined, to be painfully honest.

There was a small expectancy deep in the barrels of my soul that would have suggested that Chicago would be brushing past the Pacers with 21-point victories and Miami would be struggling against the 76ersclinching onto disappearing leads in the second half of the game.

It just goes to show how immediately statuses can change when it comes to the heart and strides of a team that has been through their share of adversity in the regular season.

Miami seemed to allow the 76ers to slip past them in every way it counted in the first game.

Andre Iguodala has been a non-factor on both occasions, but Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young made a faint attempt at victory with their points and boards to add to another loss suffered at the hands of South Beach’s coronated kings of new millennium basketball.

LeBron scored 29 points, leading the charge to put the dagger into an embarrassing second game loss that should never be allowed in the postseason in the first place.

Either the 76ers did not belong in the running for an Eastern Conference Championship, or the Eastern Conference is just that feeble when it comes to competition. There seems to be no middle in the East.

Either you are great, or you are scraping by with the minimum required talent to enter the league in the first placewith the exception of Indiana.

The bouts between the teams are providing a little more entertainment than warranted, yet we still can adequately predict each outcome like we have a Bushnell Refractor Telescope for the future.