NBA preview: Eastern Conference outlook

  • Updated: October 29, 2012 - 11:24 PM

Eastern Conference

1. MIAMI

Eric Spoelstra is trying to morph the Heat into a team of position-less players -- LeBron James is his "4" and Chris Bosh his "5," or are they? -- but the new Heat's tack is clear as they aim for a title repeat: Add shooters Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis (and Mike Miller, too) around their big stars.

2. BOSTON

Don't count the old guys out just yet, because the Celtics have retooled with Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and rookies Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. This is Rajon Rondo's team more than anything.

3. PHILADELPHIA

If his knees hold up, newly acquired Andrew Bynum just might prove there's reason to vote a center to the revamped All-Star Game ballots that now exclude the position.

4. INDIANA

The Pacers retained big Roy Hibbert and bring back Danny Granger and David West, but taking the next step might depend on if 6-8 shooting guard Paul George is ready to become a real star.

5. BROOKLYN

New city, new name, new logo, new vibe, and a remade team that re-signed Deron Williams and Brook Lopez and added a third max-salary guy, guard Joe Johnson, as well. Suddenly, the Nets might be the best team in New York.

6. NEW YORK

Linsanity is gone to Houston, and old-timers Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace have arrived. A knee injury that could keep Amare Stoudemire out for the season's first six weeks won't help.

7. CHICAGO

They just might have challenged Miami for the East's No. 1 seed if Derrick Rose hadn't torn his ACL in last spring's playoffs, but he did. The former league MVP won't be back until late February, and he admits he could miss the entire season.

8. ATLANTA

The Hawks have reached the playoffs five consecutive years, but never really have gone anywhere. New GM Danny Ferry has traded away Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams and is building around Al Horford as well as Josh Smith, who could be dealt at the trade deadline.

9. WASHINGTON

John Wall will start the season sidelined because of a knee injury, but the new-culture Wizards will appear more stable with Nene, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and rookie Bradley Beal.

10. TORONTO

The Raptors will be better with the arrival of Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunias, Landry Fields and Terrence Ross, but will it matter?

11. MILWAUKEE

The Bucks possess a potentially electrifying backcourt with having Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis for a full season, but not enough elsewhere.

12. ORLANDO

Yes, Dwight Howard is gone, but don't forget Ryan Anderson is, too. This may be Glen "Big Baby" Davis' team for now.

13. CLEVELAND

This is reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving's time, even if it isn't the Cavs' time just yet.

14. DETROIT

The Pistons have some nice pieces -- Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and intriguing rookie Andre Drummond -- but you don't win with some nice pieces.

15. CHARLOTTE

The Bobcats have added new coach Mike Dunlap and new players Ben Gordon, Ramon Sessions and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, so they will be better. That's not saying a whole lot.

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Cincinnati - LP: J. Broxton 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 2
Minnesota - LP: T. May 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 9
NY Yankees - WP: C. Capuano 6 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 3
Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 4
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 8 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer 4
Miami - LP: C. Hatcher 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter 5
Cleveland 4 Top 8th Inning
Kansas City 0
Detroit 7 Top 9th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Texas 13 Bottom 9th Inning
Houston 3
Chicago Cubs - WP: N. Ramirez 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: P. Neshek 2
Colorado 0 Bottom 6th Inning
Arizona 0
Oakland 0 Top 5th Inning
LA Angels 0
Los Angeles 1 Bottom 4th Inning
San Diego 1
Washington 4 Top 4th Inning
Seattle 2
Milwaukee 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
San Francisco 4
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 21 3rd Qtr 8:07
Houston 0
Colorado State 14 3rd Qtr 4:20
Colorado 17
UNLV 0 1st Qtr 0:13
Arizona 13
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 3 2nd Half 23:00
Sporting Kansas City 1
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 39 3rd Qtr 4:00
Phoenix 59
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