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PBT Extra: Atlantic Division preview… this is one deep division

Oct 22, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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It’s back — PBT Extra has returned just in time to start doing some division previews for the NBA season.

Matt Stroup and I start off our run of previews in the Atlantic, which is as deep a division as there is in the NBA. There are playoff teams and the Raptors are going to be better than people think.

Boston should still be the class of the group — their off-season acquisitions of Jason Terry and Courtney Lee should make them a tough team to beat in the regular season. The Knicks should be good but they have to show they can fit all the pieces together, the Nets will score points but defense is a question, and the Sixers have some good young players that need to take the next step forward this season.

I still think four teams in this division will finish within five games of each other at the end of the season. Health and some lucky breaks will determine who wins and who faces the tougher playoff seedings.

Keep your eyes out, over the next couple of weeks we will preview every division in the NBA on PBT Extra.

  1. bozosforall - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Sixers will win the Atlantic this year over the overrated Puh C’s. You heard it hear first.

  2. bozosforall - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Here first, that is.

  3. j0esixpack - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    I’ll be the first to admit, health is the most important thing for the Celtics.

    The fact that Bradley will miss the beginning of the season is a good thing though, as it gives the other guys needed minutes.

    Where Boston finishes in the playoff seeding is irrelevant if they can be healthy come the playoffs. If that happens, watch out. They took the Heat to the final minutes of Game 7 with major injuries and lacking key players,

    Now they’ve upgraded Allen’s position, are younger, have Green back, and have improved depth. But they still must be healthy come the playoffs

  4. bozosforall - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Ray Allen, Sixth Man of the Year this year…making the Puh C’s look as stupid as the Red Sox look now for getting rid of Marco Scutaro, who just won the NLCS MVP…while the loser Red Sox were golfing.

    • andyhr17 - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      So when Ray Allen was on the Celtics he was a dinosaur who could not play…..flash forward to when he plays for a Celtics rival and he’s suddenly found the fountain of youth, his ankle is completely healed, and he will be Sixth Man of the Year. I’d toss in a childish insult, but that’s your realm of expertise. Have at it.

      • bozosforall - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM

        Never said that he was a dinosaur who could not play. Bu now that he is on a better team and won have to play as many minutes, he will benefit greatly, resulting in the SMOY award. See how simple that was, little boy.

  5. rocirius - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    Ray is still a great player, but Terry, Bradley and Lee will be a better fit in the Celtics system while proving more interchangeability, versatility and depth. The team is at least two deep at every position this year due to versatility.

    Avoiding injuries to Garnett and Pierce will be key, but they now have enough depth for Rivers to rest those two as much as necessary all year.

    Any playoff team that has one of its top three players less than 100% when they playoffs begin will struggle. Based on recent history, the Celtics may well have an injury to one of their top three, but I like the Celtics chances as a title contender if they stay healthy.

    Celtics will win the Atlantic Division by five games at least this year, and may enter the playoffs as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference since the Heat may believe that playoff seeding doesn’t matter and that they can turn it on at will.

    The other four teams may well finish within five games of each other.

    If Allen comes off the bench he will definitely be a candidate for 6th man, but there will be stiff competition from whoever the Celtics SG off the bench is as well as traditional candidates such as Ginobili and Harden. AK47 will be in the mix as well if he comes off the bench for the Timberwolves.

  6. rocirius - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:53 AM


  7. rocirius - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:21 AM

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    General terms of the contract are: $2000 for a 10 minute speech using a megaphone, plus a one-way airline ticket and subway fare to South Boston. Security and medical expenses will not be covered. The $2000 will be payable after the conclusion of the speech. The speech itself only needs to include a reading of posts made by said clown on PBT. This will provide the clown with a forum to entertain a large audience and possibly gain 15 minutes of fame.

    Hit me up if you’re interested.

  8. rocirius - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:24 AM

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  9. paulhargis53 - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Dummy. He wasn’t going to be playing huge minutes in Boston either. He lost his starting job to Bradley last year.

    You know nothing about the game. Why do you even post?

    You are unoriginal and not even remotely humorous. Didn’t daddy hug you enough as a child? Or, was it too much…….

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