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NBA Playoff Preview (OSU Edition) – East

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I wrote on my Western Conference thoughts yesterday (which you can read about here) so today we’ll take a look at all the ties OSU has to the Eastern Conference side of things (not many) and a few predictions.

#1 Bulls vs. #8 Pacers

OSU ties: John Lucas III is on a playoff roster! Let’s just ignore the fact that he’s averaging 1.0 PPG (in two games) as the 5th string PG behind Derrick Rose, Jannero Pargo, CJ Watson, and Rose’s second wind. According to ESPN he and Pargo were picked up for Rose insurance. Also, TJ Ford once got into a quasi-fight in Gallagher-Iba and Brandon Rush owned Marcus Dove for three straight years.

My thoughts: I do have the slight advantage of already having seen Game 1 in which Derrick Rose was two parts Magic, three parts AI, and all parts awesome (though it doesn’t sway my pick much). He’s pretty surreal right now. At this point if we don’t get a Bulls Heat and Lakers Thunder Conference Finals I’m going to be devastated. Bulls in 5.

#2 Heat vs. #7 Sixers

OSU ties: Mario Chalmers and Dexter Pittman both had many many wins against us. Also Craig Brackins (who I thought at one point when he was at Iowa St. was going to be the next KG) gets PT for the Sixers.

My thoughts: This really should be a quick series. I’m mostly only worried about Wade getting enough time to post some solid numbers. We drafted five-man fantasy playoff teams and he’s my two-guard. You get total points your guys score and Finals points count 2x so I’m the biggest by proxy Bulls/Heat fan ever since I have Rose, Wade, Melo, Dirk, and Noah. Yeah, that Noah. Heat in 5.

#3 Celtics vs. #6 Knicks

OSU ties: Paul Pierce played in the Big 12 and so did Avery Bradley. Also, Delonte West played the last game of his college career against OSU.

My thoughts: I’ve got the Knicks winning this one for no other reason than I believe they have the two best players in the series. At some point these long 7-game first rounders will turn into an “our alpha dog is out-alpha-ing your alpha dog” contest and nobody in either arena can hold Melo’s jock for any extended period of time. Knicks in 6 with MSG swaying like it’s 1999.

#4 Magic vs. #5 Hawks

OSU ties: Another St. Joes guy (Jameer Nelson) who had his career ended by the Cowboys! Also, Jason Richardson beat Desmond in a dunk contest one time which I’m still a little peeved about even though it was one of the best non-VC performances in a dunk contest by a guard ever.

My thoughts: Again, shouldn’t have watched Game 1 before collecting my thoughts but like the Bulls Pacers series my decision isn’t swayed much. Though maybe it should be after witnessing Superman’s herculean effort (46 and 19) go to waste in a home loss. I don’t know who or what the Hawks are and Orlando doesn’t know who or what their own team is so I’ll just say it’s going seven and pick the home team. Magic in 7.

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