With the NBA ‘s regular season quickly coming to a close the 2011-2012 playoffs are about to begin, a joyous time for NBA fans around the world. There are no real huge surprises this season in the Eastern and Western Conference this season, but one team that may be a little surprising is the eight seed in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers have clinched a spot in the playoffs but they can still flip-flop with the New York Knicks, who play on the road against the Charlotte Bobcats.
If the Knicks somehow lose to the Bobcats tonight, and the only way I see that happening is if the Knickssomehow get trapped in their hotel rooms, and the 76ers win in Detroit against the Pistons, then the 76erswould move up to the seventh seed and face the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. But, according to a report, Evan Turner does not want to play the Heat because they are a tougher team, and the 76ers, according to Turner, match-up better with the Chicago Bulls.
Here’s a small piece from the report, “Sixers’ guard Evan Turner thinks the Sixers would rather play the Bulls because, “It means we’re dodging the tougher team. That’s what I think.” The better team, of course, being the Heat? “We will be able to compete well against Chicago and have an opportunity to win the series, he said.” Those are surely some big words and it will be interesting to see if he can back them up. Another thing that will be interesting to see is how the MVP Derrick Rose responds to these comments.
Rose has not played like his MVP self, due to the number of injuries that he has had this season, but come playoff time I’m sure that Rose will be ready to play, and bringing his A game. In my opinion this year the Chicago Bulls are a little reminiscent to last year’s Dallas Mavericks. Last year nearly every expert around the nation was talking about how the Mavericks would have trouble, or get beat, n the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers. As anyone who watches the NBA knows the Mavericks wound up winning the NBA championship last season, completing an epic playoff run that no one saw coming.
The Bulls current situation is comparable to the 2011-2012 Mavericks playoff run. Although I haven’t seen anyone pick the 76ers to upset the Bulls, I have seen many people state that the Bulls are not jelling correctly, and that Derrick Rose will not be able lead the Bulls past the Heat. At this point the Bulls really have nothing to lose, they are the top seed in the Eastern Conference, although they are not being treated as one, and still have a roster capable of winning an NBA championship. Now it’s time for the Bulls to put it all together and finish off what they didn’t last year.
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