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Ultimate 1-on-1: the quarterfinals begin

Larry Bird made short work of Dave Cowens yesterday, taking all but three votes to easily move on to the quarterfinals.  And with that, the quarters are set.  Here's how they look:

1on1bracketThose are some legendary names squaring off.  We'll start in the bottom right, where John Havlicek squares off against Kevin McHale.  Let's get to it!

(3) John Havlicek
1-on-1 Advantage:  Scoring, Defense.  Havlicek is one of the greatest players in NBA history and is know for an undying tenacity on both ends of the floor.  He is the Celtics all-time leading scorer, but he also averaged more than six rebounds a game.  In a 1-on-1 situation, Havlicek will score from anywhere, and he'll defend whomever he faces with ferocity. 

1-on-1 Disadvantage: Size.  At 6'5", 203 pounds, a bigger guy can back him down.  Taller player with good mid-range games will be very hard for him to defend.  

(6) Kevin McHale

 1-on-1 Advantage:  Shooting, scoring, defense.  McHale is regarded as having the best post moves of any big man in history.  His array of moves will help him score against any big man out there.  And people forget that at the end of his time in Boston, he was hitting open 3's… so he can hit jumpers if he needs to.  Defensively, those long arms of his make shooting over him very difficult.

1-on-1 Disadvantage:  Speed, ballhandling
McHale is a 6'10" guy with arms that hang to his ankles.  He's not crossing anyone over.  And he's not winning any foot races.  He can back a guy down and hold the ball out of reach with those orangutan arms of his, but that's the end of it.