Quicks Hits On The Eastern Conference
-The Pistons have been getting contributions from their second unit. With such a deep rotation, Detroit can match up with any team in the Western Conference. Remember, back in 2004, Motown’s bench helped them win an NBA Title.
-Chicago’s got an excellent defensive team. Offense is a different story. The Bulls need a player who can create shots for others.
-Larry Hughes and Sasha Pavlovic are an upgrade at point guard and small forward for Cleveland, but neither is the long term answer. The Cavaliers need to find the right combination to play with LeBron James.
-Miami’s waiting for the post-season to turn it on. At times, they’ve looked too old for another playoff run. We’ll see what happens when D-Wade returns.
-The Raptors were flying high until injuries decimated their team. This group must get healthy for the playoffs.
-Caron Butler’s injury hurts Washington. He defends, scores, rebounds, and provides toughness. Jarvis Hayes, Butler’s replacement, has to stay healthy and score points.
-Last night, things got even worse for the Wizards. Gilbert Arenas hurt his knee in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. No word on the extent of The Hibachi’s injury.
-Orlando hasn’t gotten much from Jameer Nelson and Carlos Arroyo at the 1-spot. The Magic will be on the lookout for a new point guard in the off-season.
-It’s official. The Pacers will miss the playoffs for the first time in ten years. Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh, Indiana’s front office execs, must make changes. Coach Rick Carlisle, Bird’s good friend and former teammate with the Celtics, may be the first to go.