I can see both PHI and BOS having try-hard reg seasons, which is why I’d have both as the top 2 seeds in the East win-wise.
BOS just has to be careful not to fall too deep into that trap that befell the ‘21 Suns, ‘07 Mavs, & ‘06 Pistons following traumatic Finals losses. i.e. peaking throughout the reg season on some revenge tour ish only to flame out in the ‘offs.
poole will be better on defense this seasonJaMychal too.
He's basically a diet version of Draymond (minus the playmaking), so they're almost always going to have a multi-tooled defensive guy out there to hold down that end of the floor. The amount of small ball lineups they can throw out there is unparalleled (they'll have an answer for every team that goes small), and apart from Poole, they've got no defensive weak links.
to be fair I don’t the suns flamed out last year, their play style caught up to them. It’s funny how people praising them so much for not shooting threes like everyone else and mid range this, midrange that…. thats what got them sent home. They couldn’t keep up with that 3ball and it was bound to happen. all the title contenders were great from outside.
I don’t think 07 mavs flamed out either it was just a nightmare matchup. Too small in the backcourt, not enough athleticism, and dirk didnt know how to punish smaller players yet. I don’t think there is any lineup they could have put out there to beat golden state.…they could have beat every other team though.