2013 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals

by Mathew Frederick

NBA: Boston Celtics at Miami Heat

The 2013 NBA Playoffs have proven to be quite entertaining so far. With a handful of games reaching a game 6, and another going to a 7, the conference semifinals should be even better. The first Eastern Conference semifinals match-up will have the New York Knicks hosting the Indiana Pacers, while the second has the heavy favorite Miami Heat against the surprising Chicago Bulls.
Whether you bet on sports, or just enjoy the games from the seat of your couch, the second round expects to be even more exciting than the first. Here’s how we see it going down!

#1 Miami Heat vs. #5 Chicago Bulls

Now this could actually be an entertaining series. Could be, if Derrick Rose, Loul Deng, and Kirk Heinrich were playing. With the rest of the Chicago Bulls battling through illness and injury throughout the entire series against the Brooklyn Nets, you would think that it is time that former league MVP Derrick Rose will suck it up and play in the second round. They will definitely need it, facing the heavily favored Miami Heat. The Heat, obviously led by Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, finished off the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round easily, and are looking to do the same with the Chicago Bulls. Chicago’s big men, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah , will be difficult to contain with Miami’s usual small lineup. Look for coach Erik Spoelstra to change it up a bit, but LeBron will ultimately take over the series. The Heat will win, and there is nothing the Bulls can do about it.

Prediction: Heat in 5

#2 New York Knicks vs. #3 Indiana Pacers

Now this is the series that the world has been waiting for. Wait….this isn’t Reggie Miller against Spike Lee. Never mind. The Knicks struggled against an aging Boston team in the first round after going up 3 games to 1. This proves that, although they were able to close out a playoff series for the first time in 13 years, that they are still as unpredictable as ever. The Pacer’s new emerging superstar, Paul George, will have continue his stellar play for the Pacers to have a chance to win this series. For New York, J.R. Smith must control his temper and play like the 6th man of the year like he is. Raymond Felton has been playing solid point guard, while Tyson Chandler has been controlling the boards for New York. When it is all said and done, Carmelo Anthony will lead his team to the Eastern Conference Finals, where LeBron and the Heat will be waiting with open arms.

Prediction: Knicks in 6

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