Are the Bruins or Celtics More Likely to Advance to Conference Finals?

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April 29, 2010

Are the Bruins or Celtics More Likely to Advance to Conference Finals? If you had to pick one, would you say the Bruins or Celtics are more likely to advance to their conference finals?

Before the postseason began, most fans probably would've gone with the Celtics.

The C's, after all, are the fourth-seeded team in the East, and although they struggled mightily down the stretch — at home, on the road, against good teams, against bad teams — they still maintained the aura of the dangerous squad that won it all just two years ago.

Plus, the Green boast veteran leadership that has been to the mountaintop before in Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, and they have one of the most skilled young point guards in the game in Rajon Rondo.

Unfortunately, though — after thumping Miami with a dominant performance in the first round of the playoffs — the Celtics now face the unenviable task of taking on LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the semifinals — the team that finished the regular season with the best record in the NBA.

The Celtics are good, but are they good enough to stop the King?

The Bruins, on the other hand, didn't even clinch a postseason berth until the final weekend of the regular season, but as they began their playoff push, things seemed to come together for them. They learned how to win more than two games in a row, rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask started to get into a groove, and after a Game 1 wake-up call against the Sabres in the quarterfinals, the Black and Gold looked like a completely different team than the one we saw in the regular season.

Now, on the heels of a stunning, six-game, first-round upset of Ryan Miller and the Sabres, the sixth-seeded B's somehow find themselves with home-ice advantage in the semifinals as they prepare to face the Flyers.

The Bruins seem to be facing an easier opponent, but the Celtics seem to have the battle-tested, championship-caliber team. Each will face their own unique challenges heading into the next round of playoff action. Both of them could advance, or neither of them could.

Now, it's your turn to cast your vote. Which team has a better chance of coming out of the second round on top?

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