May 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Members of the Indiana Pacers celebrate after defeating the Orlando Magic 101-99 in overtime of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs Recap

Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Sixers Lead 2-1)

Even as I type that the Sixers are leading this series, it’s hard to believe.  But then again, you lose your best player and reigning MVP, things are going to be tough.  Now the Bulls have lost Joakim Noah as well for possibly the series, and this Bulls team is just a MASH unit.  Who knows who is going down next?  The Sixers have to take advantage of that, and win game four today to take full control of this series.  Will the Sixers be able to keep putting their game together?  Can the Bulls actually get back to where they were?

 

Miami Heat vs.  New York Knicks (Heat lead 3-0)

Get out your brooms today as the Heat should put away the Knicks and move on to the second round.  Not much to talk about in this series as the Heat have looked downright dominant.  Now with the Bulls possibly out of the picture, is the toughest team for the Knicks to face the Pacers?  That’s what it is looking to be.

Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic (Pacers lead 3-1)

The Pacers have the chance to move on to the second round on Tuesday night after quite the dramatic performance in game four.  Things were rocky in the fourth quarter as the Pacers let go of the 19 point lead they had built.  The Magic pushed the game to overtime, but couldn’t get the job done.  The Pacers ran out with a win, and now can move on for the first time in some years.  The Pacers need to take care of business on Tuesday night as they will need to be ready for that series with the Heat.

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks (Celtics Lead 2-1)

Game four is tonight as the Celtics look to get the 3-1 edge, and get closer to closing out the series.  Rajon Rondo was back for game three, and put together a triple double.  Shows just how important he can be to this Celtics team.  I think the Celtics will get out of this series, and move on.

 

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