ESPN basketball analyst Ric Bucher was on WEEI this morning. And despite the dire tone of John Dennis and Gerry Callahan (they make me look like an eternal optimist), Bucher expressed confidence in the Celtics ability to make it through the Eastern Conference.
Bucher gave the Knicks very little chance to beat the Celtics. He cited their lack of defense and inability to score in a half-court set.
As for the Heat, Bucher likes the Celtics chances in that series too. He dismissed last week's blowout loss in part because the Heat needed flukey performances (Joel Anthony) to win and the Celtics showed their ability to dominate in the first quarter.
What about Chicago you say? Bucher has concerns about the Bulls collective lack of playoff experience. The Celtics have been through the wars, the pivotal game 5s and 7s and now what it takes to win. He's not sure if anyone outside of Derrick Rose will prove to be a clutch playoff performer.