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CNNSI.com's Division Previews: Atlantic
(Projected Order of Finish)
Despite the uncertainty, Philadelphia should be back among
the top contenders
. After all, the Sixers still have reigning
MVP Allen Iverson and the rest of their Finals core.
Perhaps no team in the Atlantic helped itself more than
Orlando. Suddenly, the Magic went from a team fighting for a
playoff spot to one with a legitimate shot at winning the division.
The main focus in training camp will be to make sure
Alonzo Mourning is fully recovered from the kidney disease
that kept him out all but 13 games a year ago.
With all their misfit parts and Marcus Camby's brittle body,
the Knicks are vulnerable to not making the postseason for
the first time in 15 years.
Last year the Celtics finished out of the playoffs for the
sixth consecutive year, but there was reason for optimism
in Beantown.
Michael Jordan loves challenges. He certainly couldn't
have picked a bigger one
than trying to lead his Wizards
to the playoffs.
Jason Kidd isn't a bad way to start a franchise makeover.
Kidd should improve the Nets' chemistry with his unselfish
play, while also helping Keith Van Horn get untracked.


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