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PBT Extra: Eastern Conference playoffs preview

Apr 18, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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You’re getting a double dose of Kay Adams, myself and PBT Extra today — we take a quick look at the first round playoff matches in each conference.

We start in the East, where Miami advancing to the second round is as close to a lock as you can get, and the Pacers should smother the Hawks with their defense.

But then things get interesting. The Knicks are the better team and should advance but they will get tested by a gritty, physical defensive team in Boston. Then the Bulls are going to play their suffocating defense and we’re going to learn the answer to the question “can the Nets play grind-it-out playoff basketball?”

MORE: The Western Conference preview from PBT Extra

  1. florida727 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    The challenge isn’t whether or not someone can beat the Heat. Anyone can. The real question is can anyone beat them FOUR times in about a two week window. On any given night, yeah. But when you have to beat them that many times in that short a span of time, I’d be inclined to say no, because as good as they were in the regular season, the intensity ratchets up even more in the playoffs. They coasted through the regular season and dominated. And everyone “got up” for them. Imagine what’ll happen when THEY are the ones getting “up” to defend their title. I’d like Chicago’s chances if they had a healthy Rose, but absent that, see you in the Finals, Heat fans.

  2. gmsingh - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Hey Kurt–we’re in agreement! When the Heat are involved the outcome is predetermined!

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