The NBA playoff schedule 2010 isn’t done for the first round. However, the 2010 NBA playoff schedule is all but done for one conference. After last night’s action, three out of the four Eastern Conference semifinal teams are set, and one series is already locked in. All they’re waiting on is either the Bucks or Hawks to face the Magic next, but the Cavaliers and Celtics can get started early. Most expected the Eastern Conference to go straight chalk, and it has, although there could be one exception. But the NBA playoff schedule is already set for a heavily hyped second round showdown in Cleveland.
On Monday, the Magic were the first team to clinch a second round berth by sweeping Charlotte. Last night, two more East teams had the chance to join them, and they did. The Celtics sent the Heat home on their second attempt, while the Cavaliers held off the Bulls and a possible LeBron James injury to advance.
With that, the NBA playoff schedule 2010 is almost filled for the Eastern Conference semifinals. Cleveland and Boston are locked in together, in a rematch of their seven game semifinal series two years ago. Back then, the Celtics were the favored top seed on the way to a title, but this time, they are the aging underdog.
However, the Celtics may look better to advance through the NBA playoff schedule 2010 at this point. They survived Dwayne Wade in five games, while the Cavaliers now have to worry if LeBron James has an elbow problem. Boston has been taken to task all year for their aging core, but experience could still win out.
Their first meeting on the NBA playoff schedule is Saturday night, even if there are still some first round series’ left to finish. Game 2 follows on Monday night, then the rest of their schedule is blank for now. That will be determined when the other second round matches are formed.
On the other side of the Eastern Conference bracket, the Magic are still waiting for an opponent. Most think it will be the Hawks, but they got in trouble on the road at Milwaukee. With their series even at 2, the Hawks and Bucks have a tiebreaker in Atlanta tonight. Since the home team has won every game in that series, it could take the full seven games to settle things – which Orlando probably wouldn’t mind.
Other than that, the NBA playoff schedule 2010 for the first round is almost done in the East. Three series in that conference ended in five games, while every series in the West will go to Game 6. What that says about each conference’s strength is unclear, and probably won’t be settled until the NBA finals.
The Cavaliers, Celtics and Magic can all prepare for the next step, while the Hawks and Bucks keep going tonight and Friday night – and possibly Sunday afternoon.
NBA.com- “Eastern Conference Semifinals – Celtics vs Cavaliers”