In case you didn't notice, Philly went down to Toronto in their 1st game today. The East may have an easier road to the playoffs than the West, but when you look at it, it's definitely gotten a lot more competitive recently.
It probably wont happen, but it's conceivable that Philly wont be in the playoffs this year if they somehow don't click. They've done well as the underdog in past years, but now there are expectations, plenty of them. I have Philly as the 6th seed right now, but there's only one team I can pretty much throw out in the whole conference. In the West there's about four (OKC, Sacramento, Minnesota, Memphis).
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