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Hole of an issue: Eastern Conference

Every playoff team has a perceived roster hole. But who's actually in trouble?

Updated: March 30, 2011, 3:28 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
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With the playoffs on the horizon, teams have no choice but to go with what they have. Whether it's due to injury or a thin roster, each team has its holes. To win the title, it may come down to who successfully covers those holes down the stretch. Where are those holes? Let's break it down, for each of the 16 likely playoff squads, describing the size of each hole as either gaping, noticeable or overrstated.

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Chicago Bulls -- Shooting guard

Most people would say: Keith Bogans, end of discussion. But this has been exaggerated. Yes, it stings the senses that Bogans has started every game for a potentially 60-win team, but the starter label is nothing more than a designation. Coach Tom Thibodeau platoons Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver at shooting guard during crunch time depending on what the team needs. In fact, Bogans hasn't even played fourth-quarter minutes in the team's past seven games. There's no denying the Bulls could use an upgrade at the 2, but Brewer and Korver offer a sufficient package of dueling talents.

Size of hole: Overstated


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