The Boston Celtics have now lost two games in a row, and they've fallen into a tie with the Miami Heat. Even in the Heat's darkest days when they fell to 9-8 on the year, I predicted that they'd get it together and were still the favorite to win the title.
Everything since then has conspired to go in that direction. Since then, the Heat have only lost one game with the big three all playing (by 2 points to Dallas prior to their injuries when they had the best record in the league).
Now the Boston Celtics have fallen into a tie with Miami for the #1 seed in the East. Miami will easily win the East now, and the only question that remains is whether or not the Bulls can also pass Boston to get to the second seed or not.
The Bulls are only two games back behind Boston in standings, and while the Bulls have a tough road ahead of them, Boston's road is similar in difficulty. The teams match up against each other once more this season which could possibly decide where the two seed belongs.
Either way, I'm a big fan of Boston as my second round opponent rather than the Heat. It makes the Bulls playoff run far easier in my opinion. The real question for Boston is whether or not they can stay healthy enough down the stretch to finish the season as strong as they've started it.
If the Bulls can climb to the two seed, then they'll avoid the potential loaded gun that is the New York Knicks in the 1st round. I'm not all that concerned about the Knicks present team, but if Anthony lands there at the deadline then their talent level jumps up to as high or higher than Orlando/Atlanta who play in the 4/5 slot.
At that point, the three seed looks awfully ugly.
However, at this point, I think the Bulls are 50/50 on whether they can take the two seed. It really will depend on how well Joakim Noah integrates back into the team when he returns. If they figure out the chemistry quickly, the Bulls will be playing their best basketball of the season the rest of the way.
I don't think Boston's likely to do the same thing.
If it takes the Bulls longer to get the team working with Noah and Boozer then we'll have to hope Carmelo stays away from the big apple.