The NBA playoff schedule 2010 now has both conference finals under way. Heading into this part of the 2010 NBA playoff schedule, three of the four teams came off a week of rest. For the Magic, that worked against them as they fell for the first time in the postseason. For the Suns, it turned out even worse, as they could barely keep up in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. But for the Lakers, the long break in the NBA playoff schedule showed no ill affect – and may have done the same for Kobe Bryant.
Just a few weeks ago, there was fear on whether the Lakers could make it out of round one, after the Thunder drew even with them. But since then, the Lakers had won six straight going into the Western Conference finals opener, and they would make it seven. The 128-107 win made Los Angeles look even more like a solid favorite for a repeat.
The NBA playoff schedule 2010 now has the Lakers as the undisputed title favorite, if they weren’t already. With the Cavaliers gone, and with the Magic now facing their first setback, Los Angeles now looks golden again. They proved it last night with an 18-4 to end the first quarter, as they never lost control after that.
Kobe Bryant has also been the subject of questions and doubt early on, given his various injuries. But he too has gotten stronger as the NBA playoff schedule 2010 has gone on. Bryant proved it last night with 40 points, including 21 in the third quarter to put Game 1 away.
The Suns had rolled through the postseason just like the Lakers, but their momentum was seized away in a hurry. Now Phoenix is already in a hole, as no team that lost Game 1 to a Phil Jackson-coached club has won a playoff series. To change that, the Suns actually have to steal home court in Game 2.
But the NBA playoff schedule 2010 has been easy for the Lakers at home as they haven’t lost at the Staples Center yet. As long as they hold that advantage, they will move on – although if they face the Magic in the NBA finals, they’d have to start on the road. That wouldn’t be the case against the Celtics, however.
Yet the Lakers still must get through this round of the NBA playoff schedule 2010 before they finally return to the last round. So far, they are holding true to form, but one slipup at home would send all the momentum back to Phoenix. The Suns got knocked down for the first time this postseason, but will they fail to get up, like so many who have taken the Lakers’ best shots?
Phoenix will answer that tomorrow night for Game 2, while tonight has the Magic and Celtics face off for their own Game 2.
ESPN- “Daily Dime”