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Injuries may spell elimination for Celtics

JAIME C.HARRIS | 4/12/2011, 4:40 p.m.
It's a certainty that the Boston Celtics will be eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs...
Injuries may spell elimination for Celtics

It's a certainty that the Boston Celtics will be eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs sooner rather than later. On Tuesday, it was confirmed that their key reserve forward Leon Powe was done for the season with a torn ACL and meniscus. With Kevin Garnett likely done for the season, the Celtics' front line has been decimated.

Game 3 of their opening round series is tonight (Thursday) in Chicago versus the upstart Bulls. The Bulls have already pushed the Celtics to the limit with their best-of-seven series tied at 1-1. It was 50-50 before Powe's injury that the Celtics would escape into the next round. Now the Bulls may have the upper hand.

The Orlando Magic's heart and competence were being questioned after blowing an 18- point third quarter lead and losing to the Philadelphia 76ers at home in Game 1 of their series on Sunday by 100-98.Although the Magic's coach, Stan Van Gundy, threw his players under the bus after Sixers forward Andre Iguodala's game-winning jumper, the volcanic Van Gundy should take most of the blame for the defeat.

As has been a pattern all season, the Magic failed to get the ball into the hands of All-Star center Dwight Howard during crunch time, which is an indictment of the coach. They had the opportunity to even up the series last night.

Not much can be said about the Cleveland Cavaliers other than they are in total control of their series with the Detroit Pistons after going up 2-0 on Tuesday night with a 94-82 win. The Miami Heat have to get better production out of Dwyane Wade's supporting cast if they are going to be competitive against the Atlanta Hawks. The Heat was blown out in Game 1 by 90-64,as Atlanta's philosophy is clearly to allow Wade to get his and shut everyone else down. Game 2 was played last night in Atlanta with Game 3 scheduled for Saturday in Miami.