So the silly season is done, and now it's time for the players and coaches to make it count. The playoffs start today, and we're giving you our own 2 cents on what is going to happen. We take a snapshot of the Eastern 1st round match ups.
Boston Celtics (1) versus Atlanta Hawks (8)
Prediction: Boston in 4
Why: Atlanta has got a great group of young talent, so combined with Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby, these guys have a great future in the next few years. But they are going up against a Boston team whose future is right now. KG, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are a fearsome combination that could just sweep the Hawks by themselves.
Detroit Pistons (2) versus Philadelphia 76ers (7)
Prediction: Detroit in 4
Why: The 76ers barely made the playoffs and will probably regret losing out of a lottery pick by doing so. The Pistons are battle tested and playoff ready and I really don't see Philadelphia mounting any kind of legit threat in a game, much less a series.
Orlando Magic (3) versus Toronto Raptors (6)
Prediction: Toronto in 6
Why: While most people are saying that this is a battle of two great young big men in Howard versus Bosh, I have to look at the depth and talent of the rest of the team. With the Magic having a big weakness at point, and Dwight Howard with anything other than a dunk, the Raptors can and will take this game with strong outside game and long range field goals.
Cleveland Cavaliers (4) versus Washington Wizards (5)
Prediction: Cavaliers in 5
Why: Because the "dumbest team on the history of sports" according to Charles Barkley decided to weak up King James. While the Wizards may have thought it could have been a rally cry to motivate their team to get passed the first round, it will end up crushing them in the end.