Atlantic Division

The Final 48: Nets Last Game in Jersey

The Nets tenure in New Jersey ended pretty much the same way it began, with Philadelphia celebrating. The 76ers 105-87 win at the Prudential Center, the final game for the Nets as they prepare to move to Brooklyn next season. The Nets home finale served as a perfect summary for the 35 seasons: they were never really in it. 

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Knicks Forwards Secure Win in Atlanta

Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire were able to team up when New York needed it most. Leading Atlanta by one point, Marvin Williams dribbled past Stoudemire and seemingly had a clear path to the rim. 

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76ers Continue Free Fall in Playoff Race

Philadelphia went from trying to clinch home court advantage in the opening round to fighting for a spot in the post season. After sitting atop the Atlantic Division for most of the season, the 76ers lost for the ninth time in their last 13 games with an 88-82 loss to the Magic. 

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Atlantic Division Crown Up for Grabs

At the All-Star break, the Atlantic Division seemed to belong to Philadelphia. Since Feb. 15, the 76ers have posted an 8-13 record and close out the season with 11 of their next 15 games away from the Wells Fargo Center. 

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Philadelphia Prepares for Tough Stretch

With the early struggles of the Celtics and Knicks, Philadelphia has seized control of the Atlantic Division during the first quarter of the season. Following Monday’s 103-83 throttling of Washington, the 76ers improved to 12-6 on the season and have thrived without an established superstar on the roster. 

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Knicks Roster Still Seeking a Savior

New York has spent its last decade preparing for the arrival of superstars to its roster. Since adding Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, there is no excuse for a 6-9 start. The Knicks are barely clinging onto a playoff spot despite playing the second easiest schedule in the league. 

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2011 Season Preview- Atlantic Division

New York has won the name recognition battle with the rest of the league, now the team must take a major step forward to live up to expectations. By signing the best available center and a former All-Star point guard, the Knicks are hoping to end Boston’s reign atop the Atlantic Division.

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2011 NBA Draft: Toronto Raptors

As the other team that lost its superstar to the lure of South Beach, Toronto experienced just as dismal of a season. Nearly slicing their win total in half from a year ago with Chris Bosh on the roster, the Raptors battled with Cleveland for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

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Poor Coaching Costly for Knicks

With all due respect to NBA analyst Steve Kerr, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is not making all the right moves in the Celtics’ first round series against the New York Knicks. New York head coach Mike D’Antoni is making all the wrong moves and making Rivers look good.

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Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

Just 16 victories separate each playoff team from the Larry O’Brien trophy. In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are trying to prove they are still the team to beat, Miami is attempting to validate all the pre-season hype and the Bulls are looking for a return to glory.

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