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09-05-2013, 11:13 AM
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I think the Bulls and Pacers are each top-three seeds in the East, and I'm sure you guys can guess the other one. Rose needs to be healthy for them to win this, but Jimmy Butler is really going to help them even more on both ends. He's a special player. If his shooting continues to get more efficient, he's now a space-creator for Rose. In turn, Rose's efficiency getting to the lane can be a space-creating mechanism for Butler to take advantage of to boost his production. I'm really excited to see what happens. Rose, Deng, Butler, Boozer, and Noah is a damn good starting lineup, but I still don't see a clear-cut second scorer. An acquisition of Arron Afflalo or a guy like that as a sixth man would be extremely beneficial for the Bulls. What they need is a knock-down shooter. The effort and defense is always there, but they need someone who can consistently knock down some shots from outside. I think Butler is good, but he's not a prototypical knock-down shooter. Dunleavy is just alright. Afflalo isn't a second scorer, but he'll definitely score and space the floor for guys to get to the rim for higher quality shots.

I'll go with the Bulls since Vogel is a tool.

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