This is a bubble-gum off-day post, not to be taken too seriously. But just for fun, here's how the top 8 stack up in the Eastern Conference:
Given this, we would have to (presumably) go through Atlanta, then Boston, then Miami to get to the Finals.
Nevermind what happens in the West. This is playtime. How far could we go, knowing what we know at this point, about the new Magic squad?
Background: when it comes to the Magic, I'm like the guy in a bad relationship who always thinks things will work out, even though everyone around me keeps telling me to break up. So in my heart, I think Orlando can find a way through Boston. I even think they have a flittering chance against Miami (although it's hard to accept this without home court).
It's analysis time. What say you? The 3 teams as they are structured now that we have to overcome are Atlanta, Boston and Miami. I'm assuming some things here, obviously. But aside from Magic wins, those assumptions are pretty obvious.