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With all teams 31-35 games into the lockout-shortened 66 game regular season - and no more games until Tuesday - it's a good time to take another look at the current playoff seedings:

Eastern Conference     W  L  PCT  GB
1. Miami (SE) 27 7 0.794
2. Chicago (C) 27 8 0.771 ½
3. Indiana 21 12 0.636 5½
4. Philadelphia (A) 20 14 0.588 7
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5. Orlando 22 13 0.629 5½
6. Atlanta 20 14 0.588 7
7. New York 17 18 0.486 10½
8. Boston 15 17 0.469 11
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Cleveland 13 18 0.419 12½
Milwaukee 13 20 0.394 13½
Detroit 11 24 0.314 16½
Toronto 10 23 0.303 16½
New Jersey 10 25 0.286 17½
Washington 7 26 0.212 19½
Charlotte 4 28 0.125 22

Western Conference W L PCT GB
1. Oklahoma City (NW) 27 7 0.794
2. San Antonio (SW) 24 10 0.706 3
3. L.A. Clippers (P) 20 11 0.645 5½
4. Dallas 21 13 0.618 6
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5. L.A. Lakers 20 14 0.588 7
6. Houston 20 14 0.588 7
7. Memphis 19 15 0.559 8
8. Portland 18 16 0.529 9
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Denver 18 17 0.514 9½
Minnesota 17 17 0.500 10
Utah 15 17 0.469 11
Golden State 13 17 0.433 12
Phoenix 14 20 0.412 13
Sacramento 11 22 0.333 15½
New Orleans 8 25 0.242 18½




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I can't remember the last time that the champions were a total foregone conclusion. Is there even a point to having a playoff this year? Just give the title to Miami already.



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    Originally posted by It's False
    I can't remember the last time that the champions were a total foregone conclusion. Is there even a point to having a playoff this year? Just give the title to Miami already.


Teams that can beat Miami:

- OKC.
- The Clippers, assuming they don't revert back to the Paper Clips.
- Bulls (/w Rose).

And don't put it past the defending champs.
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Way too early to crown the Heat, especially in a weird season like this.

Though it would be kind of funny if LeBron gets a ring but it carries the, "well, it wasn't a FULL season" asterisk on it forever.



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Even as a fan of the Heat I also agree that it is pretty early to crown the Heat, even with their ongoing disgustingly crushing 8 win streak.

El Nastio,
I agree that the Thunder (who we can see here have an identical win-loss record to the Heat) and the Clippers can beat the Heat, but I think Miami proved last year that Lebron is the perfect answer to Rose so I'd put the Bulls on a lower tier; only in terms of who I think can beat Miami though.

Yesterday we actually had to fight the Knicks for that victory though and I do think if they can get their act together, between Stoudemire, Anthony, Lin, Smith and Chandler they can have an impressive team and maybe accomplish more than we think.

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Knicks or Celtics in the first round for Chicago...I like that scenario much better than having to play Indiana, Philly, or Atlanta in the first round.



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    Originally posted by CHAPLOW


    Yesterday we actually had to fight the Knicks for that victory though and I do think if they can get their act together, between Stoudemire, Anthony, Lin, Smith and Chandler they can have an impressive team and maybe accomplish more than we think.




It was amazing that the Heat could stay that intense for a full 48 minutes. I kept expecting them to get gassed and allow the Knicks a good run, and it just never happened. It was like there was a Lebron cherry picking on each end of the court the way he was moving around out there.

If they played the Knicks that way a month ago the Knicks roll over and die, lose by 30 and piss me off. As it was they fought the whole game, lost by 14 and yet gave me hope that if they learn to play together and aren't so sloppy they can be a real team.

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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      Originally posted by CHAPLOW


      Yesterday we actually had to fight the Knicks for that victory though and I do think if they can get their act together, between Stoudemire, Anthony, Lin, Smith and Chandler they can have an impressive team and maybe accomplish more than we think.




    It was amazing that the Heat could stay that intense for a full 48 minutes. I kept expecting them to get gassed and allow the Knicks a good run, and it just never happened. It was like there was a Lebron cherry picking on each end of the court the way he was moving around out there.

    If they played the Knicks that way a month ago the Knicks roll over and die, lose by 30 and piss me off. As it was they fought the whole game, lost by 14 and yet gave me hope that if they learn to play together and aren't so sloppy they can be a real team.




Get Jeremy Lin to the point where he's not committing six to eight turnovers a game, and the Knicks could be really dangerous. Even while the Linsanity winning streak was happening, he was still turning the ball over at an absolutely astonishing pace, but it was overlooked because of his high point totals and the final score.



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