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East playoff field taking shape

PER Diem: March 10, 2010

Updated: March 10, 2010, 11:21 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Chris Bosh #4 and James Johnson #16Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty ImagesCan Chris Bosh's Raptors hold off James Johnson and the Bulls for the East's final playoff spot?

The word for today is "separation." We've had it in the Western Conference playoff chase for quite a while, and now we're finally getting it in the East, too.

We've been talking about five teams battling for four spots in the East for weeks, but Milwaukee's win over Boston on Tuesday essentially cemented a playoff berth for the Bucks. Milwaukee has 34 wins in the bank with 11 home games remaining, and it is the hottest team in the league right now (sorry, Dallas) with 10 wins in 11 games since acquiring John Salmons.

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