I've recently been informed that the NBA does use hard brackets. I always knew the NBA used Hard Brackets, but Brian Davis came on the air recently claiming that the NBA no longer uses hard brackets.
Really? Nope. The NBA still uses hard brackets. Always have. In any case, do you know what this means? My East Bracket needs some tweaking. Here's the Updates:
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
Hawks in 7.
The Cavaliers are clearly the better team here. There is more disparity in this matchup then there is in the Thunder-Lakers Matchup. The season series is split, but the Celtics have only beaten the Cavaliers on Opening Day, and late in the season, when the Cavaliers didn't have Shaq.
Cavaliers in 6.
Eastern Conference Finals
1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 3. Atlanta Hawks
I'm still going with the Hawks here. They stand a significant chance, because while they've lost to the Cavaliers 4 times, they've shown a good ability to keep Shaq on the down low. They also limited LeBron to 14 at one point. In any case, if they can limit the Cavaliers to two main scorers and have their way in the paint, I see the Hawks winning this one.
Hawks in 7.