Can the chips fall their way?
Things worked out for the Celtics during last year’s playoffs. The Bulls lost Derrick Rose in their very first game. Al Horford sat for Atlanta. Chris Bosh missed five games for the Heat, and that series turned drastically when Bosh was inserted back into the lineup. The Knicks do not present an easy first-round matchup. The Pacers or Hawks are waiting in Round 2. The Heat, who are at full strength this season and getting better, hold the keys to the gate.