No one should count the Nets out. They have won 9 of their past 10 games. And beat the #1 seed Pacers by 7 tonight. Even though Scott's job is in jeopardy, they may be moved, and they lost Deke and Zo...they are playing really good together right now, and are being led by Kidd who is coming off back to back triple-doubles.
So the question is will they be able to keep this up, outplay the Pacers and Hornets, and be able to return to the Finals?
I think they probably will, because the Pacers are too inconsistent right now (5-5 out of their last 10 games) and the Hornets will have too many adjustment issues when Mashburn returns.