Which Eastern Conference Team Is Most Likely To Reach The NBA Finals?
April 18, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The 2013-2014 version of the Eastern Conference became something of a punch line around NBA circles, as most of its teams were pretty bad from the start, setting records for futility and being mostly mediocre squads.
While Indiana and Miami were forces from day 1, other teams emerged quietly as the season went along, producing intriguing foes now that playoff time has arrived. For example, the Toronto Raptors started 16-17 before winning 32 of their remaining 49 games and securing a #3 seed. Also, the Chicago Bulls relied on the force that is Joakim Noah to finish fourth despite the absence of Derrick Rose and the mid-season departure of Luol Deng. Also, squads like the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats ended their lengthy playoff droughts to be part of the dance.
This means that the East enters unfamiliar territory when it comes to history, as most of its storied franchises will spend the spring watching the games at . The 8 teams headed towards the Eastern playoff have combined for only 15 conference championships in history, and only the Miami Heat have actually accomplished the feat during the last decade.